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April 1, 2018

Palm Sunday

Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday begins the observance of the eight days that encapsulate all of time and eternity as relates to man. The days begin with the proclamation on earth of the entry of the Messiah into Jerusalem and end with the Eternal King rising in incomprehensible victory to establish the heavenly Jerusalem and His eternal reign. On Palm Sunday, we begin the days of the full exhibition of the awful corruption sin has spread in mankind and the measureless love that heals and deifies our humanity. Today we thrill at the picture of Christ and the praises of the people, the object of adoration yet the perfection of humility. The imagery of the scene is beyond description: the King amidst His people, the palm and olive branches symbolizing His victory, His anointing, His peace; the cloaks and garments cast before Him symbolizing our complete submission to His will; the cries of adoration, of “Hosanna,” the coming of the Lord. Yet, on this day we are also near enough to feel acutely the dread of His passion, the desolation of the trial and Golgotha. This day also begins the week of the Eighth Day, the entry to eternity. As we observe Palm Sunday, we observe all history and the fulfillment of all history.

Philippians 4:4-9: The Apostle Paul encourages us in the reading from his letter to the Philippians: we are to rejoice in the Lord and to let our concerns and desires be made known to God in prayer and sup­plication. By doing so, he tells us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.

John 12:1-18: In anticipation of her Lord’s passion, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly ointment, fore­shadowing His coming death. Jesus then enters Jerusalem shortly before Passover in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy.

First Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before thy Passion, thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Second Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when we were buried with thee in Baptism, we became deserving of thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise thee, crying, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Kontakion of Palm Sunday: Seated upon Thy throne in heaven, and a foal on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children: Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.


Sunday, April 1 (Palm Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Fish Fry Meal

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins

Monday, April 2 (Great and Holy Monday)

Father John’s Day Off

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins

Tuesday, April 3 (Great and Holy Tuesday)

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins

Wednesday, April 4 (Great and Holy Wednesday)

6:30 p.m. — Service of Holy Unction

Thursday, April 5 (Great and Holy Thursday)

7:00 a.m. — Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil

6:30 p.m. — Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels

Friday, April 6 (Great and Holy Friday)

7:00 a.m. — Royal Hours

3:00 p.m. — Taking down from the Cross

6:30 p.m. — Lamentations Service

Saturday, April 7 (Great and Holy Saturday)

9:00 a.m. — Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil

10:30 p.m. — Paschal Service

Sunday, April 8 (Great and Holy PASHCA)

4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday and by the Karams for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 1 Karam FISH FRY MEAL

(set-up: Kh. Be’Be’/Joanna)

April 5 (Thur. a.m.) Brock Kh. Sharon Meadows

April 7 (Sat. a.m.) Baker D. Roots/Katools

April 7 (Sat. p.m.) R. Root Turners/Cheryl Pigott/Anastasia Jones

April 15 Henderson Skirtech/Parker

April 22 Algood D. Root/Dansereau/Davis

April 29 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit

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 1 Walt Wood Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 5 (Thur. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:22-32 295

April 7 (Sat. a.m.) Mildred Morris Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 7 (Sat. p.m.) Warren Strain Acts 1:1-8 25

April 15 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 5:12-20 32

April 22 Sam Habeeb Acts 6:1-7 38

April 29 Brenda Baker Acts 9:32-42 45

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 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.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt.

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

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

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.

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

The memorial for Tatyana and Caroline will be held on Sunday, April 22nd. We need to get beyond Thomas Sunday to do it. They were both remembered during the Saturday of the Souls liturgy last week.

This year Agape Vespers will be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on Sunday, April 8th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Father Paul will let us know if we need to bring any food and he will determine the need for readers in other languages. More information will be forthcoming in the future.

On Great and Holy Saturday morning Scott Parker, Ashley and Gwen Shows will be chrismated at the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil. Please pray for them and welcome them into the family of St. Peter.

Palm Sunday Meal: Sal and Phil’s is providing our catfish meal today. The cost of the meal is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please make your check out to St. Peter and make a note that it is for the Palm Sunday Meal.

Decorating the Church for Holy Week and Pascha: On Holy Friday (April 6th), following the Royal Hours, we will be decorating the Bier for the Lamentations Service, making arrangements for the church and decorating the baskets for the myrrh bearers. We will begin around 8:30 a.m. On Saturday morning, following the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil, we will decorate the church for Pascha. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall for those who can help with either event. (Please indicate on the sign-up sheet when you are available.)

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, in April they will meet on the second Thursday since the first week of the month is Holy Week.

* 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 last Tuesday of the month.

* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot is November 10th.

Bookstore News: We have a new book in the bookstore! It is called Lantern of Grace by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov. This book is about the life of St. John Maximovitch, also called St. John of San Francisco. He is an American saint, and if you don’t know much about him this book would be a wonderful opportunity to be inspired. If you do know about him, the book is beautiful and packed with stories about St. John and copies of his sermons and prayers. There are many color photographs throughout the book and it is a high quality edition.

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 Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 1st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). There is no fasting of any kind during Bright Week (April 9-15). Following Thomas Sunday the traditional fasting discipline is once more observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for April

April 1 Palm Sunday

St. Mary of Egypt

April 2-7 Holy Week

April 8 PASCHA

April 15 Thomas Sunday

April 22 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers

April 23 Great-martyr George

April 25 Apostle Mark

April 29 Sunday of the Paralytic

Apostle James of Zebedee

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “Now you can see why the citizens of Capernaum were unfortunate people, because even though they often saw the miracles of the Lord and heard His teachings, they remained unrepentant sinners and were condemned to hell.”

Father John of Kronstadt, Season of Repentance

Worship: Sunday, April 8, 2018 (Great and Holy PASCHA)

Scripture: Acts 1:1-8; John 1:1-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: Turners/Cheryl Pigott/Anastasia Jones