April 28, 2019
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 28 (Great and Holy PASCHA)
4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers at St. Peter
Monday, April 29 (Bright Monday)
FASTING THIS WEEK]
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, April 30 (Bright Tuesday)
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros
12:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch
Wednesday, May 1 (Bright Wednesday)
6:30 p.m. — Vespers of Bright Week
Thursday, May 2 (Bright Thursday)
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, May 3 (Bright Friday)
Saturday, May 4 (Bright Saturday)
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers with Paschal Format
Sunday, May 5 (Thomas Sunday)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered this past Thursday morning by the Katools for the Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday and by the Davises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Karen Cooper
April 27 (Sat. p.m.) D. Root Turners/Kh. Be’Be’/Mary Guy/Joanna
May 5 Karam Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi
May 12 Brock Baker/D. Root/Dansereau
May 19 Baker Schelver/Karam/Pacurari
May 26 R. Root POT LUCK MEAL
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 27 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300
April 27 (Sat. p.m.) Sam Habeeb Acts 1:1-8 25
May 5 Walt Wood Acts 5:12-20 32
May 12 Warren Strain Acts 6:1-7 38
May 19 Mildred Morris Acts 9:32-42 45
May 26 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 11:19-30 52
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); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family.
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 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.
Agape Vespers: St. Peter is hosting Agape Vespers this year on Pascha. The Church will be providing the meats. We will need everyone’s help with clean up afterwards!! If you plan to drink beer, please bring your own.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!
Fr. John and Kh. Janet will be out of town for family vacation May 5-11. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. James.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
* The Ladies of St. Peter 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.
* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th. More details will be available at a later date.
* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.
* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.
Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.
Fasting Discipline for April/May
There is no fasting of any kind during Bright Week (April 29th – May 3rd). There will also be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the Feast of the Ascension, for the whole forty days, as decided by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch in 1997. (This is a departure from what we have done in the past, but is what we have been directed to do by the Archdiocese.)
Major Commemorations for April/May
April 28 PASCHA
May 2 Athanasios the Great
May 5 Thomas Sunday
May 8 Apostle John the Theologian
May 12 Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers
May 19 Sunday of the Paralytic
May 25 The Forerunner (#rd Discovery)
May 26 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
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
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “A mystical communion with our Lord Jesus Christ is granted to believers in the holy sacrament of baptism. At baptism and chrismation grace enters into the heart of the Christian, and thereafter remains constantly with him, helping him to live in a Christian way and to go from strength to strength in spiritual life.
All of us who have been baptized and chrismated, have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is in all of us, but He is not active in all of us.”
St. Theophan the Recluse
Worship: Sunday, May 5, 2019 (Thomas Sunday; Antipascha)
Scripture: Acts 5:12-20; John 20:19-31
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Coffee Hour: Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi