May 5, 2013


Christ is Risen!  Indeed, He is Risen!

Christ is Risen! Indeed, He is Risen!

Sunday, May 5

  • 12:00 Midnight   Resurrection Matins with Paschal Procession

Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

  Epistle Reader – Sandy Graham

EPISTLE:  Acts 1:1-8    GOSPEL: John 1:1-17

  • 11:00 am – Agape Vespers of Holy Pascha – Paschal Processions

GOSPEL:   John 20:19-25

The Holy Gospel will be proclaimed at the Agape Vespers in different languages

Bright Monday, May 6

  • 9:00 am  Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom with Paschal Procession

Bright Tuesday, May 7

  • 9:00 am  Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom with Paschal Procession

Saturday, May 11

  • 5:00 pm  Great Vespers & Confessions

Sunday, May 12

  • 9:45 am  Hours
  • 10:00 am  Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostym


Christos Voskrese!  Hristos a Inviat! Christos Aneste! 

Al Masseh Qam! Krishti Ungjall! Christ is Risen! 

¡Cristo ha Resucitado!  Le Christ est ressuscité!

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

Prosphora Offering by Michele Lambo



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 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!”


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.



Father Don is the Spiritual Adviser for the Orthodox Christian Women who will come together at St. Elia to celebrate their Name Day of St. Irene the Greatmartyr with Divine Liturgy at St. Elia on Monday, May 13th, at 9:30 am.  Following the Divine Liturgy there will be a Covered Dish Luncheon with the election of officers for the coming year of 2013-2014.


Christ our God has called thee Irene, for thou grantest peace to those who hasten to thy church with hymns.  Thou dost intercede for all before the Light-creating Trinity.  Together we celebrate thy memory as we magnify God Who has glorified thee.





Daily Scripture Readings and Feast Days

This Week's Feast Days & Scripture Readings

This Week’s Feast Days & Scripture Readings

Bright Monday, May 6   Righteous Job the Long-suffering – Fast Free  

  • Acts 1:12-17, 21-26    John 1:18-28

Bright Tuesday, May 7   Repose of St. Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America – Fast Free

  • Acts 2:14-21   Luke 24:12-35

Bright Wednesday,  May 8   Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian– Fast Free

  •  Acts 2:22-36     John 1:35-51

Bright Thursday, May 8   Prophet Isaiah– Fast Free

  • Acts 2:38-43     John 3:1-15

Bright Friday, May 9   The Life-giving Spring of the Most-holy Theotokos– Fast Free

  • Acts 3:1-8     John 2:12-22

Bright Saturday, May 10 – Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and Methodius First Teachers of the Slavs – Fast Free

  • Acts 3:11-16     John 3:22-33
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 faithful who are ill or who are shut-in*:

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
     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)


*NOTE: If you would like an address or telephone # to brighten someone’s day or to get in touch with anyone, please see Father Don.  We will never publish any parishioner’s safety-sensitive and private information such as home addresses and phone numbers.  We promise.

While on the subject of privacy, we would like to inform all parishioners that from time to time we photograph and film various parts of the worship services as well as other activities we conduct as a parish family.  Many of these pictures and video clips are posted and shared onto our Facebook page or YouTube channel as well as our official Church website.  We will continue doing so as those who are not able to attend services take great delight in being able to stay in the loop with our St. Elia family.  The social media outlets such as Facebook and YouTube also assist with showcasing an accurate depiction of our parish family of Saint Elia as an active Orthodox parish that is alive and well and continually growing in so many ways.  Past activities have included dinners, movie nights, Trunk or Treat, outings to Akron Aeros’ baseball games, visits from St. Nicholas and the list goes on and on and on.  Our outlook is very bright and promising as a parish and we have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.

Reflections from the Upper Room...

Reflections from the Upper Room…

My fellow brothers and sisters of Saint Elia, I say unto you that Christ is Risen!  These three words that are ever so powerful and beyond any comprehension of any earthly beauty should make our hearts skip a beat when proclaimed by anyone at anytime.  This greeting is not just for the big day of Pascha or even perhaps just for the week after Pascha that we refer to as Bright Week.  We are talking forty days of the most important words and the message of the true faith.   We are able to and we should use this greeting in place of the same old, same old “How’s it going?” or “What’s new?”  We each have 39 days left to practice this amazing gift that we get to receive every year as Orthodox Christians.  This week we will act like we are on the telephone and the automated answering system just answered our call and has asked us if we would like to proceed in Spanish…

Let’s do it.  We press #2 in order to continue in Español.  Here is what we get:

“Hola.  ¡Cristo ha resucitado!  ¡Verdaderamente, ha resucitado!”




Christ is Risen!

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
On this day of the Resurrection of Our Lord, we have a special duty to the world around us. We need to help other people come to a true understanding of what Christ’s rising from the dead means for the world.

This is needed because there is so much misunderstanding of God’s plan and intention. And that misunderstanding is often expressed with great certainty by people who are sure they know the “facts” about God, and what He does.

For example, in an article published in the New Yorker Magazine, Adam Gopnik wrote that Jesus’ cry on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” indicates failure. Gopnik wrote: “His father let him down, and the promise wasn’t kept.”

But this is the exact opposite of what God did. The truth about His plan and work are well expressed in the Prayer of Commemoration in the Liturgy of Saint Basil, which we have heard all through Great Lent. That prayer reminds us that man(kind) was “set in a paradise of delight” but lost it through “his own transgressions.” So God sent man forth from paradise, “returning [him] to the earth from which he was taken, yet providing for him the salvation of regeneration in Christ Himself.”

The prayer goes on to say that “it pleased Thine only-begotten Son…to condemn sin in His flesh, so that those who were dead in Adam might be made alive by Thy Christ Himself.” Christ “made for all flesh a path to the resurrection from the dead.”

These words mean that the Father and the Son agreed that Christ should come into the world, and should suffer, be crucified and raised. It was the only way He could once and for all defeat the power of death.

In one of the readings for May 7th, Jesus Himself gives the reason for His agonizing death. Luke 24: 12-35 includes the story of the two travelers on the road to Emmaeus who meet the risen Jesus but do not recognize Him. As they walk along together, Jesus reminds them of all the prophecies of the Old Testament. He asks them, “Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” (24: 26).

That word “necessary” is significant. It surely wasn’t necessary for the Son of God, as God, to suffer and die. He is alive forever with His Father. But His creatures transgressed and could not save themselves from the deadly consequences of what they had done. To save them, it became necessary. We are the children of a God who refuses, as Saint Basil’s prayer says, to “turn His face away from His creatures forever.” No matter what we do, He will never forget us, because we are “the work of His hands.” His love is so great, His determination not to let us perish is so absolute, that He will do anything for us. On this day of Pascha we celebrate that love and the eternal life it brings us.

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