May 2nd, 2021
Stuff from the Priest: “Homily for Holy Saturday by St. Epiphanius of Cyprus” Click here for the Article.
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Saints of the Day for Sunday and the coming week, and other edifying reading:
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Propers for the Paschal Liturgy (Sunday, May 2nd):
Propers for the Bright Tuesday Liturgy (Tuesday, May 4th):
Propers for the Bright Saturday Liturgy (Saturday, May 8th):
Schedule of Service for the Coming Week:
|Saturday, May 1st||9:00 a.m. Hours, followed by the Vesperal Liturgy of Holy Saturday
10:00 p.m. Fr. John and Fr. David will be available to hear confessions, while the book of Acts is read.
11:30 p.m. The Midnight office.
|Sunday, May 2nd||12:00 a.m. Matins of Pascha, followed by the Paschal Liturgy. After the Liturgy we will have a festive Trapeza.
1:00 p.m. The Agape Vespers
|Tuesday, May 4th||9:00 a.m. Bright Tuesday Liturgy|
|Saturday, May 8th||9:00 a.m. Bright Saturday Slavonic Liturgy
5:00 p.m. Vigil
|Sunday, May 9th||9:00 a.m. Hours & Liturgy|
We need a volunteer who is willing and able to assist the treasurer. If you are interested, please speak to Fr. John Whiteford or Vassily Rodionov.
Prostrations during Holy Week: After the Presanctified Liturgy on Holy Wednesday, we do not make any more prostrations, except when venerating the Epitaphios (Plashchanitsa (Плащаница)). And beginning on Holy Saturday, we do not make any more prostrations at all, until the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost. When you venerate the Epitaphios, you do not kiss the icon of Christ on the face, you kiss the Gospel book, and the kiss the feet of Christ.
After the Paschal Liturgy, we will have a meal, but families are asked to bring their Paschal Baskets and to share from it, so that preparation and clean up will be kept to a minimum. We will have some extra baskets for those who for whatever reason do not bring a basket. We will have a regular potluck meal after the Agape Vespers.
The Reader Class will be meeting on Saturday, May 8th, at 3:30 p.m. in the parish house.
Gospel Reading at the Agape Vespers: We read the Vespers Gospel (John 20:19-25) in many languages, and so there will be a lecturn in the middle of the Church, and if you would like to read the Gospel in a different language, you can get into the line. Bring the text you want to read with you, unless you have spoken with Fr. John Whiteford in advance, so he can print it out for you.
The next Bible Study on the book of Daniel will be on Tuesday, May 4th, at 7:00 p.m. at the parish hall. We will be discussing Daniel 4. For those who want to participate remotely, they can login at this link at that time: https://meet.google.com/yuy-ohmi-bpm
The next Slavonic Liturgy will be on Bright Saturday, May 8th, at 9:00 a.m.
The next Parish Council Meeting will be on May 21st, at 7:00 p.m.
You will find texts for reader services that you can do at home through the St. Thomas Sunday, here:
Sisterhood News: Pascha Candles: Decorative candles for Pascha will be available in the narthex beginning Holy Friday. There is no set cost to purchase the candles, a donation of any amount will be accepted.
The Sisterhood Council will meet on Wednesday, May 12th, at 7:00 p.m.
Calendar year to date total (01 January thru 31 December 2021):
Building Fund: $163,527.00
For March 2021:
Building Fund: $2,637.00
Average Monthly Expenses $11,196.00
Recommended Reading for the week:
You can read “The Girl that St. John of Shanghai Named, Part 2: Olga’s mother, Sofia Lvovna, and a tragic childhood,” here:
Recommended Listening for the week:
You can also listen to the sermon “Our Gentile King – Palm Sunday 2021,” by Fr. Josiah Trenham here:
This Sunday: 5/2/21 (No fast): Parish Potluck.
Next Sunday: 5/9/21 (No fast): Sponsors Needed.
Currently: (Ending on): 5/2/21 – Team St. Jonah (i.e., we all need to pitch in).
Next (Ending on): 5/16/21 – Team Rosa.
This Saturday: 5/1/21: Shane Martin.
Next Saturday: 5/8/21: Rdr. Joshua Gonzales.
This Sunday: 5/2/21: Shane Martin.
Next Sunday: 5/9/21: Rdr. Joshua Gonzales.
Commemorations from the past week:
Commemorations for this week and next will be done on the Sunday of St. Thomas (May 9th), since this Sunday is Pascha, and commemorations are omitted due to the Feast.
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For the Servants of God, Metropolitan Mark; Archimandrite Ioann (Magram), Archpriest Andre Papkov, Archpriest Geoffrey Korz, Archpriest Emil Hutnyan, Archpriest Anthony Nelson, Archpriest George Brooks, Archpriest John Maxwell, Matushka Debra Maxwell, Priest Benigno Pardo, Priest Cassian Sibley, Deacon Lev Opie, Matushka Tatiana Trussin, Matushka Parasceva Brooks, Matushka Olympia Sibley, Matushka Margarita Pardo, Matushka Patricia Whiteford, Thekla Podrasky, Ann (Eleanor) Wandke, Ann (Sonia) Shepherd, Elizabeth (Lori) Hritz, Zoe Wren, Denise (Leslie) Barnett, Marina Watson, Billy (Jean) Holloway, Demetra Durham, Sarah (Anna) Herzog, Cassie Hunt, Mike (Apollos) McBride, Yelena Yegorova, Galina Lay, James and Sophia (Cynthia) Hirsch, Demetra; Panagyiota; Georgia; Nathaniel Barrett Mahand; Jack (John) Mahand; Elizabeth Kowasic; Joan Marie Pennings; Robert Carlisle; James Marsh; Katherine Garbett Casanova; Renee (Ann) Nahlous; John Nicholas Ostis; Garrett (Maximus) and Merilee (Mary) Eidson; Georgy; Valentina Kramareva; Anna (Oksana Mahecha’s sister); Evgeny (Fr. Sergei Baranov’s father-in-law); Viacheslav Chebotko; Natalia Petrova; Tatyana Grigorieva; Victor (Yelena Yegorova’s father); Alexis Lukianov; and the Child Irene Harrington, who are ill.
For Nikolai, who is struggling.
For the safety and salvation of those in Kiev: Vladimir, Yelena, Tatiana, Alexei, Maria, Ivan, and Artem.
For the newly reposed Archpriest Antonio Perdomo, Peter, Andrey, Stergos, and the Orthodox who have perished in the pandemic, and those slain in the violence in Syria, Lebanon, Ukraine, and the Holy Land.
Laura Ibanez, and Elizabeth Cline.
For the Servants of God, Aiden, Shawna Hiu; Misty; Harold Wren; Bethany; Shiela; Cecilia Beck; Rohayu; Infant Jared; Laura Odom, Leslie Swain (Ben Bryant’s mother); Melissa Munster (Moses Munster’s mother); Heather Tolliver (Melissa Holloway’s daughter); Pam Morris (Eleanor’s niece); Keaton Munster, Jeff Perkins, John Williams, William Allen (Eleanor’s adopted brother), John Ward (Rdr Demitri Likomitros’ Uncle), King Kotchavar, Debbie, Carol Schwendeman, the Vanderhider family, Donna Beauchamp, Nicoline and Kent, John Lay, Melissa Hall, Margaret, Angelica, Luna, Chad Holloway, Bridgette Dunlap (Matrona Marsh’s cousin), Adriana Mahand, Karym Kinnibrugh, and William who are ill.
For Aki and family; and Johnnie.
The Captive Gregorios.
For the safety and salvation of those in Kiev: Lubov.
For the newly reposed Ann Kellas (Thekla Podrasky’s daughter).
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No Sunday School this Week.
The Schedule for Holy Week 2021:
The Schedule for May through 2021:
You can also see our online parish calendar of events and services here:
Fasting in the Coming week: On Sunday, May 2nd, we break the fast and do not fast throughout the following week.
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