Thomas Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday, April 23, 2017

New Sunday or Anti-Pascha

Sunday of Thomas the Apostle, Called “The Twin”

Great-martyr George the Trophy-bearer

 Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

 Visitors, we want to invite you to all services of the church.

 Nourishment of the Soul: “Evils reinforce each other; so do virtues, thus encouraging us to still greater efforts.” – St Mark the Ascetic

Food for Hungry People Campaign: We will be sending a check for $802 to Food for Hungry People. If you have not made your contribution yet, please do it this Sunday!

Coffee Hour Foods: Contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with I-Z.

Next week at coffee hour we will have a pitch-in to send Caleb Lewis on his journey after completing his studies at Indiana University. He has been a faithful chanter, singer, and member here at All Saints. If you are a university student who is not returning next semester, please tell Father and Marcia so you can be included.  Graduating high school seniors, please let us know who you are so we can plan something for you as the school year draws to a close.

Soon, you will see the long-awaited changes being made to the property and to the building.

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.


Parish Council meets today in Father’s office around noon.


Monday, April  24th at 7pm – St. Mark’s Methodist Church on east side: MAYO (Musical Arts Youth Organization) Symphony and Rock Band concert, featuring Nina and Gregory Gillquist

Thursday, April 27th  – Sunday, April 30th: St. Emmelia Homeschool Conference at Antiochian Village

Thursday, April 27th at 7pm & Saturday, April 29th at 4pm: TheatreWorks of Bloomington presents “Sherlock Holmes” at The Warehouse on S. Rogers Street. The cast includes Nina Gillquist as Alice Faulkner, a clever damsel in distress, and Gregory Gillquist as Gashouse Gary, the bomb maker


 Wednesday, April 26: Daily Vespers at 6:00

Thursday, April 27: Bible Study at Becky’s home – 3:00 – 5:00

Friday, April 28: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00

Saturday, April 29: Great Vespers at 5:00

Sunday, April 30: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Saying Good-bye to Caleb Lewis and a brief Myrrh Bearers meeting


Birthday Greetings: Pres. Stacey C (23rd); Elizabeth Ar (24th); Paul B (24th); Maria Van H (25th); Noah S (28th)

Name Day Blessings: Griffin F, Max L, and George T (St. George – 23rd); Elise A and Elizabeth A (New Martyr Elizabeth – 24th); Valeria Van H(St. Valeria  – 28th)

Memory Eternal: Danny; Albert (Alex John) Alexander – 4th); Met. Elias; Lavonne (Martin’s Grandmother)

Prayer List: John Craton’s friend Matthew and family; Hal; Stephanie; Adrian (Olga’s brother); Cathy;“For the suffering Christians of Syria, Palestine, Iraq, & all of the Middle East, and for those suffering in Ukraine.”; Fr. Steven Rudy (cancer); Finley (infant girl child with stroke and spasms-Improved); Fr. Basil; Fr. Philip;  Grant (Leukemia); Chris; Doug & Dorothy Barrett; Eileen; the Tabbals; Mary Ann & Jen; Dee and Don;  Kh.Kristina; Betsy and Hannah; Leslie (paralysis); Jasmine; Deborah & Thomas; James; Becky H; Tom; Annie; Catherine; Janett;  Julian; Kh. Mary Sue Walker; Vicki; Hoppes &  Jesse Brandow (Missionaries); Vivian; Natalie; Senior Saints; Patricia; Nicetas; Barb; Shirley; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John; Fr. John Koen; Archpriest George; Heather; Susan; Gabriella & Matt; Sara; Shelley; Geni; Emily D; Emma; Nancy; Neal; Bob R;  Leanne; Beth; Lillian; Julie; Roger; Virginia; Marilyn; Eric; Cheryl; Lori; Pam; Debbie; Natasha; Michael & Shelley: Gabriel; Mary; Janet; Kelly; Matushka Raisa; Marty; Charles; Mary; Marvin, Alice; Katie; Ruth; Steve; Romaine; Derek, Claire & Micah; Tim; Sharon; Sherri; Dianna; Michael and Diane; Aaron; Brent; Jennifer; Brigid; Ethan; Lena, Dean; Gayle; Thomas; Amy; Heidi; Gene & Connie, Caleb D; Megan & Colin; Bill & Sandy; Sabrina; Christy O.

Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings

Prokeimenon: “The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.”

Verse: ” Hear my voice, O Lord.” Psalm 63:11,1

Epistle: The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. (12:1-11)

(For St. George)

In those days, Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.  He killed James the brother of John with the sword; and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also.  This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.  And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.  So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the Church.  The very night when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison; and behold, an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.”  And the chains fell off his hands.  And the angel said to him, “Wrap your mantle around you and follow me.”  And he went out and followed him; he did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.  When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city.  It opened to them of its own accord, and they went out and passed on through one street; and immediately the angel left him.  And Peter came to himself, and said, “Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.”

Gospel: The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31)

 (For Thomas Sunday)

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 with 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 with 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 with 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, “Have you 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

Priest alone at BEGINNING of the service: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!

People: Repeat twice.

The Entrance Hymn of Pascha

In the gathering places bless 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.

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.

Apolytikion for St. George – Tone 4

Since thou art a liberator and deliverer of captives, a help and support of the poor and needy, a healing physician of the sick, a contender and fighter for kings, O great among Martyrs, the victory-clad George; intercede with Christ God for the salvation of our souls.

Kontakion of Pascha – Tone 8

Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal. Thou didst destroy the pow’r of Death. In Victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women: Granting peace to Thine Apostles, and bestowing  Resurrection on the fallen.

Megalynarion forThomas 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)

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion. Alleluia.


Priest alone:  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death…

People:            … and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!