April 21, 2019
Feast of 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 21 (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 22 (Great and Holy Monday)
Father John’s Day Off
6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins
Tuesday, April 23 (Great and Holy Tuesday)
6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, April 24 (Great and Holy Wednesday)
6:30 p.m. — Service of Holy Unction
Thursday, April 25 (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 26 (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 27 (Great and Holy Saturday)
9:00 a.m. — Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
10:30 p.m. — Paschal Service
Sunday, April 28 (Great and Holy PASCHA)
4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers at St. Peter
Eucharist Bread …was offered yesterday morning by the Morrises for the Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday and by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
April 21 Jones Kh. Janet Henderson/Christina Katool
April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Katool Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Great and Holy Thursday)
April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Karen Cooper
April 27 (Sat. p.m.) D. Root Turners/Kh. Be’Be’/Mary Guy/Joanna
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 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Phil. 4:4-9 294
April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295
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
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.
We will have our annual Fish Fry Meal today. The meal will once again be provided by Sal & Phil’s. The cost is $10 for adults and children over 10; $5 for children 5-10.
Agape Vespers: St. Peter will be hosting Agape Vespers this year on Pascha. A committee is being formed to plan the event. The Church will be providing the meats. A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up for appetizers, desserts, bread and drinks. We will need everyone’s help with clean up afterwards!! If you plan to drink beer, please bring your own.
Readers for Agape Vespers: We need readers for the Gospel Reading in the different languages. If you would like to participate, please see Father John and he will give you a copy of the reading in the language that you need, if you do not have it already.
We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after Agape Vespers on Sunday, April 28th. If you would like your child or children to participate, please bring a dozen or more plastic eggs filled with candy or treats to Elizabeth or Daniel Root any time before the 28th.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next archpastoral 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!
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.
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 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.
* We will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers during Lent, beginning at 6:30 p.m..
* On Friday evenings of Great Lent we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* NEXT Sunday we will have our annual Fish Fry Meal following the Divine Liturgy.
* Schedule for Holy Week Services is as follows (all evening services begin at 6:30 p.m.):
Sunday, April 21st — Bridegroom Matins
Monday, April 22nd — Bridegroom Matins
Tuesday, April 23rd — Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, April 24th