Sunday, May 5, 2024

Sunday of Great and All-Holy Pascha 

Christ is Risen, Truly He is Risen!

Thought for Today“With such joy does Christ fill our hearts the day by His Resurrection, not alone because He gives us the gladness of this day, but because He has also given us salvation through His Passion, immortality through His Death, healing for our wounds, and resurrection from our fall!” + St. Proclus of Constantinople


The Eisodikon (Entrance Hymn) of Pascha

In the gathering places bless ye God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.

Paschal Apolytikion – Tone 5

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (once)

The Hypakoe of Pascha – Tone 4

When they who were with Mary came, anticipating the dawn, and found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, they heard from the Angel: Why seek ye among the dead, as though He were mortal man, Him Who abideth in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Go quickly and    proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath put death to death. For He is the Son of God, Who saveth the race of man.

The Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8

Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of     Hades, and didst arise as victor, O Christ God, calling to the myrrh-bearing women, Rejoice, and giving peace unto Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.


The Epistle

This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein!

O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; His mercy endureth forever.

The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. (1:1-8)

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen. To them He presented Himself alive after His passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them He charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, He said, “You heard from Me; for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”

The Gospel 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:1-17)

            In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world knew Him not. He came to His own home, and His own people received Him not. But to all who received Him, who believed in His Name, He gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to Him, and cried, “This was He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me ranks before me, for He was before me.’”) And from His fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 

Receiving the Eucharist: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.


 Saturday May 18, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Baby Shower, honoring Mary Maschino. All Ladies are Welcome. 

Congratulation and May God grant you many years! To all the Graduating College Students; Thomas Stucker (December), Taylor ShahadeyTeya Tabbal,Stephen Berck,

Eirene, Albert Newberry.


Bright Week 

 Sunday, May 5Agape Service at 12:00 pm; Feast to follow.

Monday, May 6Bright Week Liturgy for St. George at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, May 7: Bright Week Liturgy at 9:00 am.

Wednesday, May 8: Paschal Hours at 12:00 noon; Bright Week Vespers at 6:00 pm.

Thursday, May 9: Paschal Hours at 9:00 am.

FridayMay 10Bright Week Liturgy at 9:00 am.

Saturday, May 11: Bible Study at the Webb’s home, 9:00 am; Great Vespers at 5:00 pm, (followed by Ask Abouna); Jr. SOYO at 3:30pm; SOYO at 6:30pm.

Sunday, May 12Matins at 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy at 10:00 am.


Names Day CelebrationEirene, Sami Koutares, Irene Vlachos Weber, St. Eirene (5th); Barbara Grinder, St. Isadora (10th).

Birthday Celebration: Fiona Rose (6th); Kh. Marilyn Gillquist (9th); Mariam Gillquist (10th); Linda Storm (10th); McKenzie Hall (10th); Lance Cowen (11th).

Memory EternalDoug; infant Athanasius; Anthony; Matushka Raisa; Priest Andrew.

Prayer ListTaylor and infant Houston(congenital heart defect);Fr. James Bernstein; Rebecca with child;Shu-Mei,Charlie;Shirley; Jim;Jan; Don and Dee; those suffering the war in Ukraine, and the Middle East; Peace talks; our nation and all nations’ leaders; schools: children, youth and personnel across the nation; Mat. Raisa; Mary Ann; Emma; Bob & Bonnie Thelen; Megan (lymphoma); Josiah; Fr. Athanasius; Jack; Christopher; Fr. Jerome; Fr. Basil; Catherine; Wadia; Jayci; Patricia; Marvin; Alice; Kitsa; Apthrodite; Kim; Kristy; Vicki;Kenzie; Dusty; Cari; Betsy; Josh; Allison; Andrew; Isaac; Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Michael, Olga, Eileen, Soren, Kathy Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Jeremy; Dn. Lawrence, Marcia; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer; Christy; Megan; John; Stanley; Macrina with child; Anne; Allen; Linda; Mary Barger; Allison and children; Nino with child, Kip, Erica with child, Stephanie with child, Mary with child, Meaghan with child, Alexis with child.

 Coffee Hour Host: Wendy Carter with Parishioners C-G.

Next Week HostNina Rogers with Parishioners H-R.

Giving Opportunities:

Our In-House Food PantryThank you for the generous support to theFood Pantry. The pantry is available to parish members as well as families and individuals in the greater Bloomington community. Donations of nonperishable items of pasta, marinara sauce, peanut

butter, canned chicken and Tuna, canned vegetables, canned fruit and soups are always welcome.

Mission Donations: We send monthly support to two missionary units in Albania, the Hoppe family and Hannah Valentine. We welcome and encourage you to contribute to their ongoing support. 

Benevolence FundDonations may be made to this fund throughout the year, and are mainly used to support families in need of help with rent and utilities payments.

Building Committee Update: The Building Committee met on April 12 and voted unanimously to pursue bids for blueprinting, which is the next phase of the Building Campaign.  The Committee will convene monthly and will liaise monthly updates to the parish by way of RESOUND, our newsletter, and the regular bulletin.

Donations to the church are being made online at and by U.S mail.  Many thanks to all who continue supporting All Saints.