April 14, 2019

In Your Prayers

In Nursing Homes or Convalescing:
Gladys Anderson (Montefiore)
John Bakuhn (Jameson Rehab)
Marian Charles (Vincentian)
Mikalyn Dado
Betty Farris
Rose Hanna (Rhodes Estates)
Elizabeth Horney
Elias (Paizon) Jacobs (Home)
Joel Scalzo (Home)
Nancy Thomas (Avalon)

Parish News:


This week's Lenten activities:


Wednesday, April 17

6:00 PM: Presanctified Divine Liturgy @St. Elias



Friday, April 19

10:00 AM: Presanctified Divine Liturgy @St. Elias





Saturday, April 20

9:00 AM: Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy

5:00 PM: Vespers


Sunday, April 21

9:00 AM: Matins for Palm Sunday

10:00 AM: Divine Liturgy


6:00 PM: Bridegroom Matins I


Monday, April 22

6:00 PM: Bridegroom Matins II


Tuesday, April 23

No Bread Baking


6:00 PM: Bridegroom Matins III


Wednesday, April 24

6:00 PM: Holy Unction


Thursday, April 25

7:00 AM: Last Supper Vesperal Divine Liturgy


6:00 PM: 12 Gospels


Friday, April 26

9:00 AM: Royal Hours


3:00 PM: Holy Friday Vespers


6:00 PM: Lamentations


Saturday, April 27

9:00 AM: Holy Saturday Vesperal Divine Liturgy


10:30 PM: Great and Holy Pascha Divine Liturgy


Spinach Pies - THANK YOU! to everyone who helped




We have ordered new Presanctified and Holy Week books. Please consider sponsoring them. Memorials can be made with labels being put inside the number of books that you wish to memorialize.


The cost of the Presanctified book is $10.00. These books are being used this year for our services.


The cost of the Holy Week book is $30.00. These books will be used by Father to work with new catechumens, and will also be the focus of his Monday Night Adult Study after Hebrews is done and in the Fall. They will be used in the church for Holy Week starting in 2020. It is suggested that you buy a copy for your home, and that way it is yours and you can bring it to church. Copies will also be on-hand at church, and these will be available to be memorialized.


Both of these books are excellent, and they are required for usage in allof the churches in the Antiochian archdiocese. If you would like ot contribute or if you have have any questions, please let Father know.


This Week's Events
Saturday, April 13


5:00 PM - Vespers


Sunday, April 14



9:00 AM - Classes for Kids and Adults

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 15



6:00 - Intercessory Prayers followed by Father's class.

Tuesday, April 16



Wednesday, April 17



6:00 PM - Presanctified Divine Liturgy @ Saint Elias


Thursday, April 18



Friday, April 19



10:00 AM - Presanctified Divine Liturgy @ Saint Elias

Saturday, April 20 - LAZARUS SATURDAY


9:00 AM - Lazarus Saturday Divine Liturgy


5:00 PM - Vespers


Sunday, April 21 - PALM SUNDAY



9:00 AM - Palm Sunday Orthros

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy


Fr. is available for confessions 1 hour before Vespers or upon request


Sunday's Epistle

Make your vows to the Lord our God, and perform them.
God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (9:11-14)
Brethren, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


Sunday's Gospel

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (10:32-45)
At that time, Jesus took His twelve Disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles.  And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit upon Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And they said to Him, “Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized. But to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

From Father

Nobody likes to lose.  Losing is lousy.  People that win often gloat; they parade all around, celebrating their triumph, rubbing it in to the ones that lose.  It is far better to be with the winners.


People especially like to be on the winning side when it comes to matters of life and even of eternity.  We don’t want the things of this world (be they physical or mental, internal or external) to bring us down.  That’s why many are Christian: Christ rose from death, destroyed death and overcame the Devil and brought life to the world.

Christ is both the offerer and the offered of the great sacrifice of sin.  He is the High Priest whose offering on our behalf eliminates the sin of all of us because He offers only for us and not for Himself since He has no sin.  He is perfect; He is blemishless.  He took everything the world threw at Him, and He won.  All was accomplished, all was finished.  And He died.


He died!  Our winner died.  Our Lord taught us that the way of worldly winning is not winning at all.  He willingly ascended the cross, He willingly died innocently. He didn’t die to satisfy some bloodlust of some nearly demonic, malevolent deity, but He died to bring humanity – lost, deluded, blind, and unable to save itself – back into its rightful place as the creation most beloved by God.


Thus we are winners.  But it sure doesn’t feel like it.  It hasn’t felt like it since the time immediately following His ascension.  People who follow Him die.  Stephen the Deacon died horribly.  So did just about everyone else who we see on our iconostasis.  10 of the 11 remaining disciples (Judas doesn’t count here) were martyred.  The other died of old age in exile.  And Christians continue to die like that for Him to this day.


Our sports, our political systems, our global economics, even our American Idol all emphasize a philosophy that there is really on one true victor.  That is completely wrong.  Because of Christ, everyone wins, whatever team, ideology, market, or voice they have.


"You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.”


The Children's Word