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April 3, 2016

Third Sunday of Great Lent

Adoration of the Holy Cross

In the middle of Lent, the church sets before us the Cross of Christ. On two other occasions during the year, September 14 and August 1, the cross is presented for our remembrance and veneration. Both these feasts link the Adoration of the Cross to historic events. However, the remembrance of the cross on the third Sunday in Lent prepares us for the commemoration of the crucifixion which is soon to follow in Holy Week, and at the same time, it reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ. The dominant note on this Sunday, as on the two Sundays preceding, is one of joy and triumph. No separation is made between Christ’s death and His resurrection, but the cross is regarded as an emblem of victory on Calvary as seen in light of the Empty Tomb.

Hebrews 4:14-5:6: After describing the all-seeing power of Jesus Christ, the writer of Hebrews re­veals Him as the great high priest who perfectly identifies with us in our weakness.

Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy commonwealth.

Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear. We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.

Kontakion of the Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 3 (Adoration of the Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 4

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 5

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, April 6

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper

Thursday, April 7

6:00 a.m. –Lenten Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, April 8

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Saturday, April 9

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for the Akathist

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, April 10 (John of the Ladder)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 3 Morris Schelver/Lavric/Turner

April 10 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

April 17 Meadows Stewart/Karam/Meadows

April 23 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Sh. Margaret

April 24 D. Root Charlotte Wood/Anna Kathryn Stewart

April 28 (Thurs. a.m.) Karam Kh. Sharon

April 30 (Sat. a.m.) Brock Joanna Davis/Kh. Sharon Meadows

April 30 (Sat. p.m.) Fahmy Kh. Janet /Kh. Be’Be’

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read.

Reader Reading Page#

April 3 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

April 10 Brenda Baker Heb. 6:13-20 287

April 17 David Turner Heb. 9:11-14 290

April 23 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

April 24 Walt Wood Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 28 (Thurs. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 11:23-32 295

April 30 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 30 (Sat. p.m.) Warren Strain Acts 1:1-8 25

Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lynda Costas; Kevin and Angelina Speier.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Jay Davis will be baptized and chrismated on the morning of Great and Holy Saturday. Please keep him and Joanna in your prayers.

Confessions: Please go ahead and schedule your confessions so we do not have so many people trying to fit it in just before Holy Week. Father John will not be hearing confessions during Holy Week. (Definitely no confessions during the latter half of Holy Week, and only those that are the result of extenuating circumstances during the beginning of the week.)

Palm Sunday Meal: This year Penn’s will be providing our annual catfish dinner on Palm Sunday, April 24th following the Divine Liturgy. More information will be available shortly. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall. Please be sure to sign it if your family will be participating in the meal.

Fasting Discipline for April

During Great Lent the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pashca (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 24th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for April

April 3 3rd Sunday of Lent;Adoration of the Cross

April 10 4th Sunday of Lent; John Climacus

April 17 5th Sunday of Lent; Mary of Egypt

April 23 Lazarus Saturday; Great-martyr George

April 24-30 Holy Week

April 25 Apostle Mark

April 29 Apostle James of Zebedee

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children. Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* Schedule for Holy Week services are as follows:

Saturday, April 23rd — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 24th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 25th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27th