April 7, 2013

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SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES

Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.

Fourth Week of Great Lent

3rd  SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT

Tone 3- VENERATION OF THE CROSS

Repose of St. Tikhon, Enlightener of North America

 

Saturday, April 6

  • 5PM  Great Vespers and Confessions

Sunday,    April 7

  • 9:45AM     Hours – Florence Lambo
  • 10:00AM   Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Epistle Reader – Rebecca Di Puccio

              EPISTLE: Heb.4:14-5:6 ~ GOSPEL: Mark 8:34-9:1

  • 5PM   Lenten Vespers @ St. Elia’s

Wednesday, April 10

  • 6PM   Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

Friday, April 12

  • 6PM    Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. followed with Covered Dish Dinner

 

†Next Week†

4th  SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT –Tone 4 –St. John Climacus

†Saturday, April 13 – 5PM  Great Vespers and Confessions

†Sunday, April 14 – 9:45AM Hours – Reader Aaron Gray

10AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

Epistle Reader – Reader Aaron Gray

EPISTLE: Hebrews 6:13-20    GOSPEL: Mark 9:17-31

5PM  Lenten Vespers at St. Nicholas Church

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

Thanks to Michele Lambo for today’s Proshpora Offering

 

 

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

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

 

 

Remember our sick and shut-ins:

 

  • Mickey Stokichget-well
  • Tom Hagerman
  • 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)

 

 

 

Remember the servants of God serving in the Armed Forces:

You are in our prayers without ceasing!

                   

 

              Anthony Freude, son of Fr. Don and Popadia Donna Freude

              Egor Cravcenco, son of Serghei and Ludmila Cavcenco

 

 

 

 

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CLICK on this icon for more information about this year’s Grave Watch Vigil

 

*If you would like more information, have any questions or would like to keep vigil at the tomb of Christ this Great Friday and/or Saturday, please contact Joseph Turner by calling him @ 330.283.6833, emailing him directly by clicking HERE or seeing him in church.*

 

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This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Readings

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Readings

 

Monday, April 8 – Apostles of the 70: Herodion, Agabus, Asyncritus– Strict Fast

6th Hour: Isaiah 14:24-32  Vespers: Genesis 8:21-9:7  Proverbs: 11:19-12:6

Tuesday, April 9 – Martyr Eupsichius of Caesarea in Cappadocia –  Strict Fast
6th Hour: Isaiah 25:1-9  Vespers: Genesis 9:8-17; Proverbs 12:23-13:9

Wednesday,  April 10 – Martyrs Terence, Maximus, Africanus – Strict Fast
6th Hour: Isaiah 26:21-27:9   Vespers: Genesis 9:18-10:1  Proverbs 12:23-13:9

Thursday, April 11 – Hieromartyr Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum – Strict Fast
6th Hour: Isaiah 28:14-22  Vespers: Genesis 10:32-11:9; Proverbs 13:19-14:6

Friday, April 12 – St. Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Pergamum   – Strict Fast
6th Hour: Isaiah 29:13-23  Vespers: Genesis 12:1-7  Proverbs 14:15-26

Saturday, April 13 – Hieromartyr Aremon, Presbyter  of Laodicea – Strict Fast

Hebrews 6:9-12  Mark 7:31-37

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The Veneration of the Cross – 3rd Sunday during Lent   

 

The Third Sunday of Lent is that of the Veneration of the Cross. The cross stands in the midst of the church in the middle of the lenten season not merely to remind us of Christ’s redemption and to keep before us the goal of our efforts, but also to be venerated as that reality by which we must live to be saved. “He who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt.10:38). For in the Cross of Christ Crucified lies both “the power of God and the wisdom of God” for those being saved. (1 Cor.1:24).

 

The Blessed Repose of St. Tikhon, Enlightener of North America

 

St. Tikhon of Moscow & North America

St. Tikhon of Moscow & North America

Sayings of Saint Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow

  • The spread of Christ’s faith ought to be near and precious to the heart of every Christian.
  • May God teach every one of us to strive for His truth and for the good of the Holy Church, rather than something for our own sake.
  •  Devote all your energy to preaching the word of God and the truth of Christ, especially today, when unbelief and atheism are audaciously attacking the Church of Christ. May the God of peace and love be with all of you!

 

 

Really One of Us

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.
On April 7 we read one of the clearest statements the New Testament gives us about Jesus Christ and who He really is.Hebrews 4: 14-15 says that Jesus Christ is the Son of God “who passed through the heavens”—meaning that He is the eternal Son of the Father, who has His dwelling with the Father in the heavens.Then Hebrews goes on to say that Jesus is not one who is “unable to sympathize with our weaknesses.” Why is this so? Because He “in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

Christ couldn’t have been “tempted as we are” unless He was fully human, which means that He was sometimes hungry, uncomfortable, cold, sad, exhausted, angry and upset, just as we are. Always maintaining His divinity, He still became one of us, a true human person.

One of the special “additional readings” for this day shows us how Jesus expressed His humanity to people around Him so that they could know it was authentic. In John 10: 9-16 Jesus compares Himself to the shepherd who is not an uncaring hired hand, but a real protector who will lay down his life for his sheep. He won’t be frightened off by a wolf, leaving the sheep to be snatched and scattered by the predator.

Jesus’ hearers, many of whom know the life of a shepherd well, comprehend what He is saying about Himself. He is telling them that He knows their life because He has come among them to share it.

Then Jesus says, “I know my own and my own know me.” These words, like the verses from Hebrews, stress His true humanity. There is no way people could be Jesus’ own, or know they are His own, except by recognizing Him as one of them. Yet those who are willing to understand Him fully know also that He is the Savior.

That is why in the verses that follow, when some accuse Him of being mad and having a demon, others retort, “These are not the sayings of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” (10: 21).

Kontakion – Tone 8

Let us all chant with faith and love, O people,
blessing the godly Eutychius as a great pastor and minister,
an all-wise teacher and expeller of heresies,
for he entreats the Lord on behalf of us all!

A day earlier, on April 6th, is the commemoration of a saint who had to defend the teaching that Jesus Christ truly became a human being. The sixth-centurey Saint Eutychius, served for many peaceful years as Patriarch of Constantinople. But then a heresy with a very long name and a very large influence—aphthartodocetism—took hold strongly in the empire. The teaching was that Jesus Christ, because He was divine, had a body that did not feel human sensations such as hunger and thirst, or pain.

Saint Eutychius, along with others, argued that salvation means nothing if Jesus Christ’s humanity was not real. For standing up against the false teaching, which had attracted even the Emperor Justinian, Eutychius was exiled. But he stood firm in the Church’s teaching: Christ saved us by becoming one of us and overcoming our great enemy, death.

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