Schedule of Services:
-Saturday, May 7th, Great Vespers at 5pm.
-Sunday, May 8th, Divine Liturgy at 10am. Hours begin at 9:40am.
-Thank you, Erin, for hosting coffee hour today.
-A special thanks to everyone for their efforts over the last couple of weeks in regards to helping serve the Holy Week and Paschal services. Thank you, especially, to those who helped provide meals in-between services, as well.
-Thanks to Larry for fixing the sign in front of the church building and replacing the lock and key for it.
-If you would like a grave blessed by the priest during this Paschal season, please make arrangements with the priest in order to do so. Customarily, we would go to a cemetery today and bless all graves at once, but since we do not have one cemetery designated for St. Gregory’s, the priest will be happy to make arrangements upon individual requests.
-Please do not forget about gift cards for the donation box, and food donations for the food pantry. Thank you!
Living: Melissa, Helen, John, Darlette, Departed: Jim, Patricia
Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla,
Ira, Archpriest Paul, Matushka Mary,
the suffering people of Ukraine,
Yemen, Syria, and Palestine.
Words for the Day:
Happy is the man in whom there is love for God, for he bears God within himself. The one in whom there is love is with God, above all things.
Whoever has love in himself does not fear. He is never mad at anyone, nor does he exalt himself above anyone. He does not calumniate anyone, nor
does he listen to the calumniator. He does not compete with anyone, is not jealous, does not rejoice in the fall of another, does not slander the fallen, but sympathizes with him and helps him. He does not disdain his brother who is fallen into need, but helps him and is ready to die for him. Whoever has love fulfills the will of God.
(St. Ephraim the Syrian, Spiritual-Moral Letters)
Next Week’s Readings:
Epistle: Acts 6:1-7. Now in these days when the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint by the Hellenists arose against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the full number of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them. And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.
Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8. Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph. And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.