New Sunday or Anti-Pascha
Sunday of Thomas the Apostle, Called “The Twin”
Prophet Isaiah; Martyr Christopher of Lycia;
Translation to Bari of the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
Thought for Today: “Do not let pass any opportunity to pray for anyone, either at his request or at the request of a his relative, friend, or those who esteem him or of his acquaintances. The Lord looks favorably upon the prayer of our love, and upon our boldness before Him. Besides this, prayer for others is very beneficial to the one himself who prays for others; it purifies the heart, strengthens faith and hope in God, and enkindles our love for God and our neighbor. When praying, say thus; ‘Lord, it is possible for Thee to do this or that to this servant of Thine; do this for him, for Thy Name is the Merciful Love of Men and the Almighty.'”
St. John of Kronstadt
Welcome Father Matthew and Khouria Kelly Wade, parents of Persis and friends of our parish!
Happy Mother’s Day to the mothers, grandmothers and godmothers in our midst.
May God grant you many years!
Food for Hungry People and Outreach Fund: Checks may be made out to All Saints or you may donate online at the church website. We will send all contributions to the Antiochian Archdiocese tomorrow.
Wednesday, May 12: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Saturday, May 15: Great Vespers at 5:00 – SOYO at 6:00
Sunday, May 16: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Parish Council meets at noon.
EPISTLE and GOSPEL READINGS
The Reading is from the Acts of the Holy Apostles. (5:12-20)
Great is our Lord, and great is His strength. Praise ye the Lord, for the Lord is good.
In those days, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. None of the rest dared to join them, but the people magnified them. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the cities around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. But the chief priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the sect of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said: “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31)
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be to you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be to you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, you have believed because you have seen Me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name.
DIVINE LITURGY VARIABLES for CHOIR and PARISH
Apolytikion for Thomas Sunday – Tone 7
While the tomb was sealed, Thou didst shine forth from it, O Life. While the doors were closed, Thou didst come in to Thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Thy mercy.
- Do NOT sing the apolytikion of the patron saint or feast of the temple.
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.
Megalynarion for Thomas Sunday – Tone 1
O most radiant lamp, the Theotokos, the immeasurable honor, which is more exalted than all creatures, with praises do we magnify thee.
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Thomas Sunday – (Psalm 147:1)Tone 8
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. Alleluia.
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Happy Birthday: Kh. Marilyn G (9th); Anthony Gt (12th); Teya T (12th); Howard W(14th)
Name Day Blessings: Scott K (St. Christopher-9th);Barb G (St. Isadora of Tabenna – 10th)
Memory Eternal: Sara (Nina’s sister)
Prayer List: Cleo, Christ, Nick;Jan Gudaitis (following hip replacement); Jake Immimk; Ingrid, Fr. Jerome; Catherine; Catherine with child our nation and nation’s leaders at all levels of government; schools, school children, youth and personnel across the nation; Bonnie Thelen (awaiting kidney transplant); Wadia; Jayci; Dee, Patricia, Marvin, Alice; Judith Ann; Cleo; Michael; Olga; Eileen; Soren; Kitsa; Apthrodite and Angelos; Kim; Dusty, Cari; Betsy, Josh; Allison; Robin; Vicki; Mat. Raisa; Cleo; Andrew; Leanne; Heather; Nancy; Sharon Catherine; Emma; Lexi, Ross and Vivian; Theo; Doug; Jeremy; Marcia & Deacon; Elias; Waded; Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer