Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Philipians 4:4-9.

Gospel: John 12:1-18

 

Schedule of Services (Holy Week): 

-Monday, April 18th, Bridegroom Matins at 6pm.

-Tuesday, April 19th, Bridegroom Matins at 6pm.

-Wednesday, April 20th, Bridegroom Matins/Unction at 6pm.

-Thursday, April 21st, Vesperal Liturgy at 3pm, 12 Passion Gospels at 6pm

-Friday, April 22nd, Christ’s Burial at 3:30pm, Descent into Hades/Lamentations at 6pm.

-Saturday, April 23rd, Holy Saturday, Vesperal Divine Liturgy at 9:30am.

-Saturday Night, PASCHA at 9:30pm.  (Baskets will be blessed after the Pascha service!)

Announcements:

-Please note that confessions for the next upcoming days will be offered by the priest before or after any upcoming church service, or by appointment.  Holy Week is meant for 100% attention to Jesus Christ—his suffering and Passion.  Therefore, please plan, if you not have yet done so, to go to confession before the Bridegroom service that begins on this Wednesday of Holy Week, as Holy Unction will follow the Bridegroom service on this Wednesday of Holy Week.  Then, all of our attention will be focused, not on ourselves, but on Christ—his Passion and Resurrection.  

-Thank you to Stephanie V. for hosting coffee hour today!  God bless you!

-Thank you to all for coming out and helping with the pierogi making. We were able to make 277 dozen pierogis.  Thank you!

-Thank you to all who donated to the Ukrainian Refugee Relief. We collected $520.  This collection and $1,000 from the general fund has been sent out to assist the Ukrainian refugees. -

-If you want to reserve pierogi, see Nellie, as we are  opening up our pierogi sale to the general public and want to be sure all of our parishioners are taken care of.

-We will need 5 doz. red Easter eggs for Pascha. If you would like to hard boil and color a dozen, please see the sign-up sheet on freezer. Eggs must be brought to church no later than the morning of  April 23.

-The minutes from our last council meeting are available on the bulletin board. In March our income was $9,271 and our expenses were $13,984. This included a $9,690 deposit on upcoming reroofing project.

-To feed the hungry, we are especially in need of Shop Rite gift cards. Please place them in the blue box on the candle table.

Further notes for Holy Week

-On Thursday, after Vesperal Liturgy at 3pm, there will be food provided for parishioners who are attending the Vesperal Liturgy of the “Last Supper” and before the 12 Passion Gospel Readings that same evening.  The food plan for that day has already been organized, so please do not feel obligated to bring food after Vesperal Liturgy on Thursday.

-On Friday, however, we plan to have a pot-luck meal after the Burial Service of Christ that takes place at 3:30pm.  Please, if willing, plan to bring a dish for after the service of Christ’s Burial on Friday. A sign up sheet is downstairs.  After the pot-luck meal we will celebrate the Matins service of Christ’s Decent into Hades.

-A final note: Please know that Holy Week in the Orthodox Christian Church is the most important week in the the entire world, as it leads us all into the most important feast: PASCHA!  Please set aside time to participate in Holy Week and the Feast of Feasts: PASCHA!  May we not be lethargic and extremely distracted by earthly cares this week!  Listen, contemplate, sing, hear, absorb, and be united to love in Christ through our community in the joyous resurrection of our Lord!

 

Prayers for: 

Living: Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette,     Departed: Jim, Patricia

Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla,                                   

Ira, the suffering people of Ukraine, 

Yemen, Syria, and Palestine.

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: Acts 1:1-8.  In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Gospel: John 12:1-18. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.