APRIL 21, 2013

SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother Mary, for you took up the cross and followed Christ.  By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.  Therefore your spirit, O Holy Mother Mary,  rejoices with the angels

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother Mary, for you took up the cross and followed Christ. By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal. Therefore your spirit, O Holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the angels!

5th WEEK of GREAT LENT

6th WEEK of GREAT LENT

 

5th  SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT –Tone 4 – Mary of Egypt

 

Saturday, April 20

5:00 pm  Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday, April 21

  • 9:45 am Hours – Reader Michael Luc
  • 10:00 am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Epistle Reader – Reader Michael Luc

EPISTLE: Hebrews 9:11-14  GOSPEL: Mark 10:32-45

  • 5:00 pm Lenten Vespers at St George Church

Wednesday, April 24

  • 6:00 pm Combined Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at Presentation of Our Lord Orthodox Church

Friday, April 26  

  • 6:00 pm   Vigil of Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus  Saturday

Saturday, April 27

  • 9:00 am  Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
  • 5:00 pm  Vigil of Palm Sunday, Blessing of  Palms, Church School Confessions
For the President of the United States and all civil authorities, and for the Armed Forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord.

For the President of the United States and all civil authorities, and for the Armed Forces everywhere, let us pray to the Lord

 

Prayers for those serving in the armed forces:

Anthony Freude

Son of  Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude

Egor  Cravcenco

Son of Serghei and Ludmila Cavcenco

 

 

 

 

Prayers for our sick and shut-ins: 

  • Tom Hagerman

    For the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

    For the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.

  • Mickey Stokich
  • Leonora Evancho
  • Bessie Alexandrovich
  • Larissa Freude
  • Christina Paluch Collins
  • Anastasia Haymon
  • Nicholas Dimoff
  • Veronica Dameff
  • Joseph Boyle, Sr. (father of Kathy Gray)
  • Joseph Boyle (brother of Kathy Gray, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

 

 

 

"Oh taste and see how good the Lord is!"

Prosphora Offering by Michele Lambo

 

Today's coffee hour is provided by the Kote Family.  Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

Today’s coffee hour is provided by the Kote Family. Thank you from your fellow parishioners!

 

Be a part of the ancient tradition that was started by the Myrrh-bearing Women at the tomb of our Lord.

Be a part of the ancient tradition that was started by the Myrrh-bearing Women at the tomb of our Lord.

*There are still some time slots available for Grave Watch this year.  If you are interested, please see the sign up sheet at the candle desk.*

 GOD IS WITH US!

GOD IS WITH US!

Saint Elia Church School

Saint Elia Church School

Our Church School classes are held on Sunday mornings.  Following the Divine Liturgy, the children go to their respective classes in the Church Hall.  St. Elia’s Church School Program is for children K though High School.

Confessions:

All of our children are encouraged to come for Holy Confession on Saturday, April 27.  Confessions will be held following the Vigil Service at 6:00 pm. 

  • Mavis Sugden and Sasha Sugden will be making their First Confession.

 With the coming of Holy Week and Pascha, the children will be taking part in the Divine Services:

April 28th  Palm Sunday:  In the Palm Sunday Procession, the children will be carrying their palms and the Icon of our Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem.

May 3rd   Good Friday:  During the Procession on Good Friday evening around the outside of the Church, the children will carry the instruments of the Passion and spread rose petals before the Shroud of Our Lord.

May 5th  Great Pascha:  This is a memorable time in the young lives of our children.  They may be tired and even fall asleep during the Midnight service (and that’s O.K.) – but they will never forget the experience of going to Church late at night, walking in the procession with their candles around the church and the joy of that celebration.  The children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets for blessing in the Church Hall.

 

 

This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Readings

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Readings

Monday, April 22 –St.Theodore the Skyeote, Bishop of Anastasiopolis– Strict Fast

6th Hour: Isaiah 48:17-49:4  Vespers: Genesis 27:1-42  Proverbs: 19:16-25

Tuesday, April 23 – Holy Greatmartyr, Wonderworkr George  –  Strict Fast

6th Hour: Isaiah 49:6-11  Vespers: Genesis 31:3-16; Proverbs 15:7-9

Wednesday,  April 24 – Martyr Sabbas Stratelaes (“The General”) of Rome and 70 soldiers with him. – Strict Fast

 6th Hour: Isaiah 58:1-12  Vespers: Genesis 43:26-32; 45:1-16 Proverbs 21:23-22:4

Thursday, April 25  Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark – Strict Fast

6th Hour: Isaiah 65:8-17  Vespers: Genesis 46:1-7; Proverbs 23:15-24:5

Friday, April 26 – Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea   – Strict Fast

6th Hour: Isaiah 66:10-24  Vespers: Genesis 49:33-50:26  Proverbs 31:8-31

Saturday, April 27 – LAZARUS SATURDAY– Strict Fast

Hebrews 12:28-13:8  John 11:1-45

Preparing for the Feast of Feasts!

Pussy Willows needed for Palm Sunday

Palms, along with Pussy Willows (if available), will be blessed on Palm Sunday, April 28.  Please let Father Don know if you can bring the willows for Palm Sunday.

Good Friday and Pascha Flowers

Flowers adorn the Cross on the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, April 7th and will adorn the tomb of our Lord on Good Friday, May 3rd  and the Holy Altar on Pascha, May 5th Please make your donations at the candle Desk for the flowers and decorations for these celebrations.

 

Good Friday Preparations

Following the 9:00 am morning Service of the Royal Hours on Good Friday, the tomb of Good Friday will be decorated with flowers in preparation for receiving the Shroud of our Lord at the evening service of Great Vespers and Lamentations at 6:00 p.m.  We need your helping hands.  Whatever you can do and how much time you can give will be greatly appreciated.

 

Paschal Breakfast and Basket Blessing

Following the Midnight Services of Pascha, the blessing of the Paschal Baskets and Paschal Foods for the traditional breakfast will be held in the Church Hall.  Our children are encouraged to bring their basket of “goodies” for the Pascha Blessing.  Everyone is asked to provide a half-dozen of red eggs and a Pascha Bread.  Please bring the eggs to the Church Office and they will be blessed and distributed in Church. The Pascha Breads are to be brought to the Church Hall kitchen for the breakfast.

 

RED EGGS symbolize the New Life in the Risen Christ granted to us through the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ shed on the Cross.  Father will present each one of us with a red egg and greet us with “Christ is Risen!”  We respond: “Indeed, He is Risen!”

Blessing of the Artos

Following the Midnight Services of Pascha, the ARTOS will be blessed.  The Artos is a Paschal Bread and bears on it the Icon of Christ’s Resurrection.  In the Old Testament the Jews commemorated the Passover from bondage in Egypt by sacrificing a Passover Lamb.  Christ is our Passover Lamb Who has freed us from the bondage of sin and death.  The Artos is offered and blessed on Holy Pascha and symbolizes the Angelic Bread, the Bread of Eternal Life:  namely our Lord Jesus Christ.  We will break the bread and partake of it on the eighth day of Pascha, St. Thomas Sunday.

 

UPPER ROOM WEEKLY REFLECTION:

 

“God descends to the humble as waters flow down from the hills into the valleys.”

~ St. Tikhon of Voronezh

Reflections from the Upper Room...

Reflections from the Upper Room…

 

 

Ready in Every Way to Hear His Word

This weekly bulletin insert complements the curriculum published by the Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America. This and many other Christian Education resources are available at http://dce.oca.org.
At Thursday Vespers of the sixth week of Great Lent, which falls on April 25th this year, we read Genesis 46: 1-7. The passage tells the story of Jacob’s journey to Egypt with his sons. God calls the aged Jacob, and makes a great promise to him, speaking to him in visions of the night: “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.” God also tells Jacob that his favorite son Joseph, presumed to be dead, will be the one to close the old man’s eyes when he dies.

Having this assurance, Jacob and his sons set out: “They also took their cattle and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, his sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters, and his sons’ daughters; all his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.”

This is a momentous journey, because it begins the history of the Hebrews first flourishing in Egypt and then, in the Book of Exodus, being enslaved by a new king “who did not know Joseph.”

The king is worried that the Hebrews have become “too many and too mighty for us.” After the harsh years of slavery he imposes on them, Moses will come forth to deliver them from their Egyptian bondage and lead them toward the Promised Land.

But what would have happened if Jacob wasn’t ready to hear and do the word of God, and to begin this important journey? In preceding verses (Genesis 45: 21-26) we are told that Jacob’s sons had returned from Egypt where, to their wonder, they met their brother Joseph. He was not only alive, but had become the highest official in the Egyptian government. They relate this amazing news to Jacob, but “his heart fainted, for he did not believe them.” (The Orthodox Study Bible translates the verse this way: “But Jacob’s mind was completely stunned, for he could not believe them.”) He only does believe when he sees the loads of “good things of Egypt” and “provision for his father on the journey” back to Egypt that Joseph has sent with the brothers.

Jacob was not ready for the good news that his beloved Joseph was alive; he was too stunned and faint of heart. He regained his senses, fortunately, and was able to carry out God’s plan for him. That plan was more than just for a father to be reunited with a beloved and long-lost son. Jacob’s journey would begin a whole new chapter in the history of salvation.

As Great Lent ends, this passage reminds us that we, too, will soon receive the good news that someone presumed to be dead is truly alive. Are we ready to hear that news? Will we do whatever God wants us to do as a result of hearing it, and take our own place in the history of salvation?

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