Epistle: Philippians 4:4-9
Gospel: John 12:1-18
Schedule of Services:
Monday April 10th, Bridegroom Matins at 6pm.
Tuesday April 11th, Bridegroom Matins at 6pm.
Wednesday April 12th, Bridegroom Matins with Unction at 6pm.
Thursday April 13th, Vesperal Liturgy at 3pm, 12 Passion Gospels at 6pm.
Friday April 14th, Burial of Christ at 3:30pm, Descent into Hades at 6pm.
Saturday April 15th, Liturgy of St. Basil at 9am, Pascha at 11pm.
Note: there will be a pot-luck in-between services on Thursday and Friday.
Saturday, April 22nd, Great Vespers at 4pm.
Sunday, April 23rd, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Pot luck coffee hour today.
-Please see the schedule of services for this week noted in the bulletin and on the calendar. There will be no bulletin handed out on Pascha, so please note the services for the weekend following Pascha above.
-After Saturday's Vesperal Liturgy, we will have bread, wine and dried fruit that will be blessed. Please stay to enjoy fellowship and offer congratulations to the newest member of our church, Brendan, who will be Chrismated before the service begins.
-There will be a brief council meeting held today.
-Fr. Tristan is willing to bless baskets after Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Saturday for those elderly who sincerely cannot make it to the midnight Paschal service.
Living: Steven, Paul, Melissa, Helen, John, Stephen, Michele, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla, Ira, Victor; the servant of God, Brendan; Vinni, Caroline, Tyler, and Aubrey, Metropolitan Onuphry and the faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church; the suffering people and innocent victims of the Ukrainian/Russian war and those being persecuted; the suffering people of Yemen, Syria and Turkey, and Palestine.
Words for the Day:
Draw nigh to the righteous, and through them you will draw nigh to God. Communicate with those who possess humility, and you will learn morals from them. A man who follows one who loves God becomes rich in the mysteries of God; but he who follows an unrighteous and proud man gets far away from God, and will be hated by his friends.
(St. Isaac the Syrian, Sermon 57,8)
Whoever prays for those who hurt him lays the demons low; but he who opposes his affronter is bound to the demons.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 1.45)
Whoever does not fight the one who despises him, neither in word not in thought, has received true knowledge and demonstrates a firm trust in God.
(St. Mark the Ascetic, Homilies, 2.119)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: Acts 1:1-8. In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he
said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Gospel: John 1:1-17. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 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 bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.