Sunday of the Holy Cross – March 15, 2015


Third Sunday of Great Lent: Veneration of the Holy Cross

Martyr Agapios of Palestine and those with him; Apostle Aristoboulos of the Seventy,

First bishop of Britain; New-martyrs Manual of Crete and Parthenios.


Visitors, you are welcome at  all services throughout Great Lent.


Let us pray to the Lord: “For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in the Ukraine.”


Nourishment of the Soul: “…take thou the greatest possible care that thou sin not, lest thou disgrace God Who dwelleth in thee, and thou drive Him out of thy soul.” Abba Epiphanius

 Library: We urge you to make use of the library in the hallway, and ask that you look at the check-out sheets to see if it is time to return materials checked out more than a month.


Sunday School for those in Grades One through 12 will meet after Divine Liturgy.

 Boxes for Knitted Caps and Mittens/Gloves will be available throughout the winter to collect your donations for local school children.

 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.


Today’s insert is from Metropolitan JOSEPH, our Father in Christ,  regarding the one-year anniversary of the falling-asleep of our beloved Metropolitan PHILIP of trice-blessed memory.


Women will usher and read the Epistle during March.

Consult your All Saints Annual Calendar for Fasting Allowances during Great Lent.

 Tuesday, March 17: Movie about St. Patrick with Charles on St. Patrick’s Day at 6:15

Wednesday, March 18: Presanctified Liturgy at 6:00 followed by Orthodoxy 101 at 7:45

“Orthodoxy and Sexuality” with Dr. John Craton as presenter.

Friday, March 20: 4th Akathist Hymn at 6:00

Saturday, March 21: Great Vespers at 5:00 followed by the Adult Discussion Group with Deacon Seraphim Moslener at 6:00

Sunday, March 22: Matins at 8:50; Divine Liturgy of St. Basil at 10:00 — CHOIR practices after Liturgy. It’s not too late to join the choir.



March 23: Compline and the Reading of the Life of St. Mary of Egypt at 6:00

March 25: Annunciation Liturgy with Fish allowed to celebrate the feast

March 31: Skate Night at Western Skateland


Happy Birthday: Adam Shahadey (16th); Kh. Kristina (18th); Marah Polit (19th); Lilly Blair (20th); Saraqael Hsu (21st); Georges Tabbal (21st); Ghada Labban (21st)

Blessed Name Day: David Patterson (St. Patrick – 17th); Shirley Richardson and Mezy Alexander (St. Photini – 20th)

Memory Eternal:   Regina Marie; Julietta (Milana’s great aunt in Serbia – 7th); Peter (4th)

Prayer List: Connor (child with staph); Fr. Gordon & Kh. Mary Sue Walker (both in ill health); Vicki Gans (surgery March 19); Kh. Marilyn (surgery March 23); Paoli victims Melissa & Children; Jean Foley & Laham family (lung cancer – friends of Lloyd & Barbara George); Bill Bauer (heart surgery); Hoppe & Moore Families (OCMC Missionaries); Dye Family; Vivian Orfanos; Fr. Athanasius Wilson; Natalie; Senior Saints; Ioana; Patricia; Marianne (Stephanie’s friend); Dee Haney; Galina; John G; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Kh. Loretta; Fr. John Koen; Archpriests Roman, George & Stephen; Krystal & Jason; Adrian, Catherine & Marah; Heather (Charles’ daughter); Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Fr. Moses Berry; Geni; Frank & Becky Hrisomalos; Those with child: (Kh. Kristina, Mary, Kathleen; Brooke (Theckla); Elizabeth, and Gabriella);  Kh. Marilyn; Noah; Emily D; Emma; Kim; Nancy; Neal; Lyuda; Bob R; Alex; John; Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia McCallister; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley:  Gabriel; Mary; Doug; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; John C; Marty; Charles; Eileen; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Deborah; Ruth; Steve; Kevin; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Preston; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Caleb; Dennis & Joyce; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie; Cathi

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings                                           

 Prokeimenon: “O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.”

Verse: “Unto Thee, O Lord, will I cry, O my God!”  Psalm 27:9,1


Epistle: The Reading is from Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews. (4:14-5:6)


BRETHREN, since we have a great High Priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast the confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our infirmities, but one who has been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help in time of need.

            For every high priest, being taken from among the people, is appointed on behalf of the people in things pertaining to God, that he may offer up both gifts and sacrifices for sins; who can have compassion on the ignorant and on those who are erring, since he himself also is encompassed with infirmity.  Because of this he is bound, as for the people so also for himself, to offer up for sins.  And no one takes the honor upon himself, but as being called by God, as was Aaron.

            So Christ also did not glorify Himself to become a High Priest, but it was by the One saying to Him, “Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee.”  As He says also in another place, “Thou art a Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

 Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)


THE LORD SAID, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?  For what can a man give in return for his soul?  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”  And Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”



Divine Liturgy Variables


Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 7

Thou didst shatter death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open paradise to the thief; Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment-bearing women into joy. And didst bid Thine Apostles proclaim a warning, that Thou hast risen, O Christ, granting to the world the Great Mercy.


Apolytikion for the Holy Cross – Tone 1

O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all adversaries, and by the power of Thy Cross, preserving Thy estate.

 Kontakion for Annunciation (and Great Lent) – Tone 8

To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory, O Theotokos; thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free; from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without Bridegroom.


Anti-Trisagion Hymn (Instead of Holy God) Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, Master, and Thy Holy  Resurrection, we glorify. (Words may vary slightly.)


Megalynarian (instead of It Is Truly Meet)

All of creation rejoices in thee, O Full of Grace, the assembly of angels and the race of man. O sanctified Temple and Spiritual Paradise, the glory of virgins, from whom God was incarnate, and became a child, Our God before the ages.  He  made thy body into a throne, and He made thy womb more spacious than the heavens.  All of Creation rejoices in Thee, O Full of Grace, glory to Thee.


Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) – Tone 8

The Light of Thy Countenance is marked upon us, O Lord. Alleluia. (Words may vary.)




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Beloved in Christ:


Greetings to you and your families as we being our season of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. I pray you are having a blessed beginning of the Fast.


March 19 will mark the one-year anniversary of the falling-asleep of our beloved Metropolitan PHILIP of thrice-blessed memory. It is hard to believe a whole year has already passed since our father and chief-shepherd of more than 48 years reposed. His life and legacy will continue to be with us and inspire us for many years to come. May God rest his soul with the saints and may his memory be eternal!

So that we might commemorate this anniversary in a unified way, I am directing all of our hierarchs and clergy to hold Trisagion Prayers of Mercy in their respective parishes throughout the entire archdiocese on Sunday, March 22 (the Fourth Sunday of the Fast) at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy.

 I will preside over the official memorial at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn, NY on that Sunday along with several guest hierarchs from our sister jurisdictions. Along with any of our hierarchs that might be able, any clergy who would like to join me that day for the liturgy are also welcome to do so as long as they have a replacement for theirrespective parishes and their churches remain open. If you wish to be present and to serve in the Cathedral that Sunday, please contact the Cathedral Dean, Archpriest, Thomas Zain, at

While the one-year memorial traditionally marks the end of the official mourning period in the Church, I urge you to continue to remember our late father in Christ in your proskomedia commemorations and personal prayers, keeping in mind all we have inherited from his tireless labors and prayers over almost half a century.


Wishing you a blessed and spiritually rewarding Fast, I remain,

Your Father in Christ,

+Metropolitan JOSEPH, Primate

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America




His Eminence

The Most Reverend

Metropolitan JOSEPH

Archbishop of New York and

Metropolitan of All North America