FYI – Changes for the Weekend.
Readers Great Vespers is planned for Saturday, April 21.
There will be no Matins on Sunday, April 22,
but Divine Liturgy is at the usual 10 o’clock hour.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Third Sunday of Pascha
The Holy Myrrh-Bearing Women,
Pious Joseph of Arimathaea & Righteous Nicodemus
& Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer George
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death;
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!
If you are visiting, we warmly welcome you
and invite you to join us during the social hour, following Divine Liturgy.
Nourishment of the Soul: “Give thanks to God for everything, believing that everything which proceeds from the Lord is sent by Him for the good of our souls.”
St. Theophan the Recluse
We are happy to have Fr. John Miller with us today.
Father Peter Jon will be traveling this week with Khouria Kristina and the kids. They will attend an Orthodox homeschooling conference at the Antiochian Village in Pennsylvania. If you have any needs, please contact Dn. Lawrence or Marcia Baldwin. Fr. Peter Jon will be reachable through them in case of emergency.
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors this Sunday are those whose last names start with G-H; however you may contribute as you are able.
The Camp Fundraiser last week, along with other donations, gave each camper over $170 to help with expenses. You may be interested to know that camp fees are $700 for the two-week session at Antiochian Village.
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.
Tuesday, April 24: OCF meeting at the Webb’s home, 6:00 – 8:00.
Wednesday, April 25: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Thursday, April 26: Bible Study at Becky’s home 3:00 – 5:00
Saturday, April 28: Great Vespers at 5:00
Sunday, April 29: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00 – Myrrh Bearers meet.
…Mother’s Day – May 13th
…Holy Ascension – May 17th
…Holy Pentecost – May 27th
…All Saints Feast Day – June 3rd
Birthday Celebration: Elizabeth A (24th); Maria V (25th); Noah S(28th)
Name Day Remembrance: Being Celebrated today – Great Martyr and Trophy-bearer George (Griffin F, Max L, Georges T); Elizabeth A (New-Martyr Elizabeth – 24th); Elise A (New-Martyr Elizabeth – 24th); Valeria V (St. Valeria – 28th)
Memory Eternal: Gladys; Betty
Prayer List: Paul; Caden, Dylan,& Maddie; Marvin (surgery) & Alice; Cathy; Kh. Kristina; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Iva Lee; Adrian T; Nancy & Shalayna; Rigsby family; those suffering in the drug crisis in the USA; Safety in our Schools; Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop John
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.”
Verse: ” Hear my voice, O God.” Psalm 63:11,1
Epistle: The Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. (12:1-11)
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 is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (15:43-16:8)
At that time, Joseph of Arimathaea, 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.
Divine Liturgy Variables
The Third Antiphon
+ Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.
Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death; and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life!
+ As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish; as wax melteth before the fire. (Refrain)
+ So let sinners perish at the presence of God, and let the righteous be glad. (Refrain)
+ This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein. (Refrain)
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 2
When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee; O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.
Eisokikon (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 of Joseph of Arimathaea – Tone 2
The pious Joseph, having brought down Thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb. But Thou didst verily rise after three days, O Lord, granting the world Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of the Myrrh-Bearing Women – Tone 2
Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women: the ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye: The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of 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
O Immortal One, when Thou didst descend into the tomb, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades; and Thou didst rise victorious, O Christ God. Thou hast said to the ointment bearing women: Rejoice! And Thou gavest peace to Thy Disciples, O Bestower of Resurrection to those Who had fallen.
Megalynarion for Pascha – Tone 1
The angel cried to the lady full of grace, Rejoice, rejoice, O pure Virgin; again I say, Rejoice; your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb. With Himself, He has raised all the dead. Rejoice, Rejoice, all ye people! Shine, shine, shine, O New Jerusalem; the glory of the Lord hath shone on you. Exult and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son.
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) of Pascha
Receive ye the body of Christ; taste ye the immortal Fountain. Alleluia.