Third Sunday of Pascha
Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women,
Pious Joseph of Arimathea & Righteous Nicodemus
Venerable Martyr Pelagia of Tarsus; Athanasios, bishop of Corinth;
Venerable Nikephoros the Solitary of Athos
Visitors, we welcome you
in the Name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Nourishment of the Soul: “For in the baptismal rite, death ensues through the slaying of sin; threefold immersion initiates the lying in the tomb three days, and the raising out of the water is like Him Who rose again from the tomb. The very nature, therefore, of the act teaches us that that is the recognized day for the general reception of the grace, on which the power of the gift and the character of the action originated.” — St. Leo the Great
Today at 9:00we welcome through Holy Chrismation Dan and Jennifer Rigsby and through Holy Baptism their children Ava and Tristan. We know them well and their love for the church.
Communion: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession. If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church.
Communion Line: The choir goes first in both lines so members may continue ministering through music during communion. Little Lambs Sunday School follows. The ushers then assist each row from front to back. Those in the overflow behind the choir may follow adjacent rows.
Tonight, Sunday, May 4: Akathist to the Mother of God “The Inexhaustible Cup” at 5:00. Meet at the church and go in procession together to the shrine on our property. (The icon is also known as “The Chalice of Non-Intoxication.”)
There is a dispensation from fasting until Holy Ascension, May 29th.
Wednesday, May 7: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Saturday, May 10: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, May 11: Mother’s Day – Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
May 28: Vesperal Liturgy of the Ascension of Christ
June 8: Holy Pentecost
June 15: All Saints Feast Day
June 16: Apostles Fast begins.
Happy Birthday: Kh. Marilyn Gillquist (9th); Marina Stant (9th)
Happy Name Day: Irene Vlachos-Weber (5th – The Great Martyr Irene); Subdeacon Jon Weber (8th – St. John the Evangelist); Barbara Grinder (10th – St. Isadora of Tabenna)
Memory Eternal: Dorothy (26th); Edward (March- Bara’s brother); Vicki (March); Louise (March)
Prayer List: Please update the list by adding or deleting names. Vicki Gans; John; Alex; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John, Syrian Orphans; Danica D’Onofrio; Kh. Loretta Wilson; Chad & Connie; Beth; Jeffry Ellis; Lillian Miller; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Marna; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Ioana; Geni Gritton; Michael & Shelley: Leanne; Jill Patterson; Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Patricia; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; John; Charles; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest Roman; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Bob R; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Korene; Dennis and Joyce.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “The Lord is my strength and my song.”
Verse: “With chastisement has the Lord chastened me!” Psalm 117:14, 18
Epistle: The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
In Those Days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily ministry. And the Twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said: “It is not right that we should forsake the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. And we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem exceedingly, and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8)
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the Kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if He were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that He was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down, wrapped Him in the linen shroud, and laid Him in a tomb, which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where He was laid. And when the Sabbath was passed, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices so that they might go and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His Disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.