April 8, 2018
Great and 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 8 (Great and Holy PASHCA)
4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton
Monday, April 9
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, April 10
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros
Wednesday, April 11
6:30 p.m. — Bright Week Vespers
Thursday, April 12
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros
Friday, April 13
Saturday, April 14
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers with Paschal Format
Sunday, April 15 (Thomas Sunday)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Brocks for the Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday; by the Bakers for the Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Saturday and by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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 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.
Welcome and Many Years! to Scott Parker and to Ashley and Gwen Shows who were chrismated at the Vesperal Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday!
Please take Note that there have been several car burglaries in our neighborhood recently. These involved cars that had been left unlocked. Please be sure that your car is locked in the parking lot.
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.
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.
* 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.
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). The Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch also decided that there would be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays, not only during Bright Week but until the Feast of the Ascension, for the whole forty days.
Major Commemorations for April
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: “How miserable is the man who, being fully conscious, cannot walk due to extreme weakness and must rely on the help of others: he is a burden to himself and to others. Such a man was the paralytic mentioned in today’s Gospel, and there are also such people among us, who are bound by paralysis and other afflictions. But there is a spiritual paralysis that is caused by sins, by passions, which is incomparably more dangerous and much more deserving of pity than physical paralysis because it often brings about eternal death.”
Father John of Kronstadt, Season of Repentance
Worship: Sunday, April 15, 2018 (Thomas Sunday)
Scripture: Acts 5:12-20; John 20:19-31
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker