April 16, 2017
Great and All Holy PASCHA
“Unique and holy day, King and lord of days, feast of feasts, solemnity of solemnities. . . ” Thus we celebrate the Great Feast because of the resurrection of our Lord and begin the season of celebration which lasts through Pentecost. The paschal solemnities (of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) are joined to the feast of the resurrection to endow the mystery of Christmas and the Incarnation with the fulness of its meaning and are the prerequisite condition for Pentecost. Easter, therefore, is the center, the heart of the Christian Year.
“Come, take light from the Light that has no evening, and glorify Christ, risen from the dead.” The Church again represents the Christian mystery in terms of light; this Light, whose birth was marked by the star of Bethlehem, is shining among us with growing intensity; the darkness of Golgotha could not extinguish it. The physical Resurrection of Jesus would be without value to us if the divine light did not shine at the same time among us, within us. But the good news of the Resurrection is that the light brought by the Saviour now completely overcomes the darkness of our sins!
“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and to those in the tomb He has given life!”
Acts 1:1-8: From our reading in Acts we are reminded that following the Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord, the Church would receive the Holy Spirit to empower Her in spreading the eternal gospel to all parts of the Earth.
John 1:1-17: Reading in the Gospel of John we see Jesus Christ as the eternally Begotten Son of The Father with Whom He has always existed. We also see John the Baptist coming to prepare the way for our Lord’s ministry.
Paschal Troparion: Christ is risen from the dead; by Death has he trodden death, and upon those in the tombs, hath he bestowed life.
Hypakoe of Easter: They who were with Mary came before the dawn, found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and heard the angels say unto them, Why seek ye him as man with the dead, who dwelleth in light eternal? Behold the grave wrappings; make haste and declare to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath caused death to die; for he is the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind.
Kontakion of Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, April 16 (Great and All Holy PASCHA)
4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers at Holy Trinity/St. John the
Theologian Greek Orthodox Church
[We are asked to bring desserts]
Monday, April 17 (Bright Monday)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, April 18 (Bright Tuesday)
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros
Wednesday, April 19 (Bright Wednesday)
6:30 p.m. — Vespers of Bright Week
Thursday, April 20 (Bright Thursday)
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Ortheos
Friday, April 21 (Bright Friday)
Saturday, April 22 (Bright Saturday)
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers with Paschal Format
Sunday, April 23 (Thomas Sunday)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Jones for the Vesperal Liturgy on Great and Holy Thursday; by the Meadows for the Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Saturday this morning and by the Davises for the Paschal Liturgy tonight.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
April 15 (Sat. p.m.) Davis Lamia/Carolina/Brenda
April 23 D. Root R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
April 30 Karam POT LUCK MEAL (honoring Fahmys)
May 7 Brock Schelver/Lavric/Karam (No Pot Luck)
May 14 Baker Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
May 21 R. Root Stewart/Turner/Waites
May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Henderson Mary Guy Lockhart
(Feast of the Ascension)
May 28 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos
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 15 (Sat. p.m.) Warren Strain Acts 1:1-8 25
April 23 Mildred Morris Acts 5:12-20 32
April 30 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 6:1-7 38
May 7 Brenda Baker Acts 9:32-42 45
May 14 David Turner Acts 11:19-30 52
May 21 Walt Wood Acts 26:1, 12-20 384
May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 1:1-12 63
May 28 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
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.
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 Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte and their family; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Tom and Kathy Willingham and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.
Chanters’ Stand: We are looking into the purchase of a Chanters’ Stand for the church. The ones that are currently under consideration are carved and are similar to the beautiful tables in the nave and narthex. The cost would be somewhere between $2000 and $4000. We are soliciting donations to cover the cost. If you would like to participate, please let Fr. John know.
Congratulations and Many Years! to Phillip and Nikki Lassseter on the birth of their son, Thatcher Jude (8lbs. 4oz.) this past Monday! Mother and son are doing well.
Sad Farewell! Nimr and Mona Fahmy will be moving to Franklin, TN in May and will be leaving St. Peter to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They will be greatly missed! In their honor we will be having a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, April 30th. (There will not be a Pot Luck Meal in May as listed on the Quarterly Schedule.)
If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.
Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms: These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave. There are two forms: one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church). Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.
Please be sure to have your forms notarized. The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.
* 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.
* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
* The next time for serving meals at the Stewpot will be Saturday, May 6th.
Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.
Fasting Discipline for April
During Bright Week (the week following Pascha) there is no fasting of any kind. Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for April
April 16 PASCHA
April 23 Thomas Sunday
April 25 Apostle Mark
April 29 Apostle James of Zebedee
April 30 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
Quotable: “Let no one weep for his sins, for forgiveness has shone forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner by it has destroyed it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. . . O Death, where is your sting? Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the First-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.”
St. John Chrysostom
Worship: Sunday, April 23, 2017 (Thomas Sunday)
Scripture: Acts 5:12-20; John 20:19-31
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Prosphora: D. Root
Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari