Today’s Readings:

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7

Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8

 

Schedule of Services: 

-Saturday, May 14th, Great Vespers at 5pm.

-Sunday, May 15th, Divine Liturgy at 10am.  Hours begin at 9:40am.

-There will be no Great Vespers on Saturday, May 21st.

 

Announcements:

-Happy Mothers’ Day!  Many years, and memory eternal to all of our beloved mothers!

-Memory Eternal to Gregory Russin (Helen Morris's father), who reposed in the Lord on May 8th, when Helen was 21 years old.

-Thank you, John and Patricia, for hosting coffee hour today.

-Also, thank you to Anna, who stepped in to help with the choir this weekend.  God bless you!

-There will be a parish council meeting next Sunday following Divine Liturgy.

-A reminder that 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 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!

-Next week, beginning on May 16th, Father Tristan will be away in Western, PA due to personal commitments.  If there happens to be any emergency during the time he is gone, please contact our Dean, Fr. Gary Breton, if the need is immediate.  Also, please notify Nellie and Father Tristan with any significant information.  There will be no Great Vespers served the evening of Saturday, May 21st.  Thank you.

-Fr. Gary’s contact information: Phone (732) 458-9032. Email: gjbreton@gmail.com

 

Prayers for: 

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

Steven, Janet, Teresa, Irina, Alla,                                   

Ira, Archpriest Paul, Matushka Mary,

the suffering people of Ukraine, 

Yemen, Syria, and Palestine.

 

Words for the Day:

The flood of temporal things draws us after itself, but in this flood there is, as it were, a full-grown tree: our Lord Jesus Christ. He took flesh, died, and ascended to heaven. It is as if He agreed to be in the flood of the temporal. Is this stream dragging you headlong? Hold on to Christ. He became temporal for you, so that you might become eternal, for He became temporal in such a way that He remained eternal. What difference is there between two men in a prison when one of the is a convict and the other a visitor! Sometimes a man comes to visit his friend, and it seems that both are in prison, but there is a great difference between them. One of them is held there because of guilt, while the other has come out of love for mankind. Thus it is with our mortality: guilt holds us here, but Christ had come out of mercy. He came freely into bondage, and not as a convict.
(St. Augustin, Sermons on I John, II.10).

 

A man in this world must solve a problem: to be with Christ, or to be against Him. And every man decides this, whether he wants to or not. He will either be a lover of Christ or a fighter of Christ. There is no third option.
(St. Justing Popovich, Explanation of I John, 4.3)

 

Next Week’s Readings:

Epistle: Acts 9:32-42.  Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.Now there was in Joppa a disciple named 

Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she became ill and died, and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Gospel: John 5:1-15. After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had  healed him.