St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, March 25, 2018     Tone 1

Fifth Sunday of Lent/Annunciation/St. Mary of Egypt

Today’s Schedule

Prosfora: Freezer

Altar Servers: V. Weis, M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Edwards

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K Henry, M. Brasch

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4/Children’s Choir

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Hymns & Readings

Tone 1 Troparion (Resurrection)

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews, while the soldiers were guarding Your most pure body, You rose on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. The powers of heaven therefore cried to You, O Giver of Life: “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your Kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, O Lover of mankind!”


Tone 4 Troparion (Annunciation)

Today is the beginning of our salvation, the revelation of the eternal mystery! The  Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin as Gabriel announces the coming of Grace. Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos: “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!”       


Tone 8 Kontakion (Annunciation)

O victorious leader of triumphant hosts! We, your servants delivered from evil

sing our grateful thanks to you, O Theotokos. As you possess invincible might set us free from every calamity so that we may sing; “Rejoice, O unwedded Bride!”


Tone 4 Prokeimenon 

From day to day proclaim the salvation of our God!


Epistle: Hebrews 2:11-18

For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.


Gospel: Luke 1:24-38

Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


Hymn to the Theotokos

O earth, announce good tidings of great joy: O heavens, praise the glory of God! Since she is a living Ark of God let no profane hand touch the Theotokos. But let the lips of believers unceasingly sing to her, praising her in joy with the Angel’s song: “Rejoice, O Lady, full of grace, the Lord is with you!”


Communion Hymns

Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest! The Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! 

For Further Reading

The Theotokos

My Lady Mary--

What knowledge bedecks you, what chastity crowns you!

Just as sin once brought the Kingdom of Death to power,

So your grace makes the Kingdom of Justice spring forth.

Just as the Sunrise dispels the shadows of the dawn,

So too the light of faith in your Son dispels the darkness of sin.

Blessed is he who seeks after your love,

Whose footsteps tread the threshold of your house at break of day;

Such a man will be satisfied with your blessings, filled to abundance. (Enzira Sebhat, Harp of Glory: An alphabetical Hymn of Praise for the Ever-Blessed Virgin Mary from the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, p. 52)



Do not be ashamed to enter again into the Church. Be ashamed when you sin. Do not be ashamed when you repent. Pay attention to what the devil did to you. These are two things: sin and repentance. Sin is a wound; repentance is a medicine. Just as there are for the body wounds and medicines, so for the soul are sins and repentance. However, sin has the shame  and repentance possesses the courage. I beg of you, pay careful attention to me, so you may not confuse the order and lose the benefit. There is a wound and there is a medicine, sin and repentance.  Sin is the wound; repentance is the medicine.  In the wound there is rottenness; the medicine cleanses the decay. The putrefaction, reproach, and mocking are caused by sin. However, courage, freedom, and the cleansing of sin accompany repentance. Pay attention carefully. After the sin comes the shame; courage follows repentance. Did you pay attention to what I said? Satan upsets the order; he gives the courage to sin and the shame to repentance. . . .  There exist a wound and a medicine. The wound has the rottenness; the medicine can cleans the decay. Could the decay be derived from the medicine, the cure from the wound? Do these things not have their own order and those things theirs? Is it possible for this to pass over to that, or that to this? Never!

            Let us now come to the sins of the soul. Sin has the shame, sin has the contempt and the infamy as its lot. Repentance has courage, repentance has fasting. Repentance procures righteousness. “First tell your transgression, so you may be justified” and, “A righteous man accuses himself at the beginning of his speech.” (St. John Chrysostom, The Fathers of the Church: St. John Chrysostom On Repentance and Almsgiving, p. 115)


Be an Example in Virtue

An old man asked Abba Poemen, saying, “Some brethren dwell with me; does thou wish me to give them commandments?” And he said unto him, “No, but thou thyself must first do work, and if they wish to live, they will observe it and do it.” The old man said unto him, “Ought they also to wish me to govern them?” And Abba Poemen said unto him, “No, be unto them an example, and not a lawgiver.” (E. Wallis Budge, The Paradise of the Holy Fathers, p. 108)


The Annunciation

Gay is today’s festival, and splendid is the joy it conveys to the ends of the earth. The joy it yields banishes the cures of the world, inaugurates the raising of him who fell long ago, and pledges salvation to all of us. An angel converses with a virgin, and the whispering of the serpent is made idle, and the impact of his plot is averted. An angel converses with a virgin and Eve’s deceit fails, and convicted nature, seen to rise about condemnation, as it had been before condemnation is enriched with the possession of paradise as its portion. He speaks to the Virgin, and Adam receives a pledge of liberty, and the serpent, instigator of evil, is deprived of his tyranny over our kind, and is dispossessed of his authority, and learns now that he had armed himself in vain against Creation. His devices against us weaken, as an incorporeal being brings the message of the invincible trophy against sin: for Christ’s cross and willing suffering are death and sin swallowed up in victory, and such also is His suffering through the Incarnation. The angel is now bearing the good tidings of the Incarnation, in which tidings we are rejoicing today, and whose festival we are celebrating. An angel is being sent to the Virgin, and human nature is renewed; for, having quaffed the tidings like a remedy of salvation, it spits out all the poison of the serpent, and is cleansed from the spots of its disease. An angel is being sent to the Virgin, and the bond of sin is being torn up, and the penalty for the disobedience is abolished, and the universal recall is pledged in advance. Today the tidings of joy have arrived, since the archangel is exchanging words with the virgin maiden, the commander of the invisible host is conversing with Mary, espoused to Joseph but designated and preserved for Jesus. (Photius, Patriarch of Constantinople, The Homilies of Photius Patriarch of Constantinople, p. 112-113)


An Historical Note About March 25 and the Annunciation

...the origin of the solemnity on the fifth Saturday of Great Lent is linked to a shift in the feast of Annunciation. We know that, in the spirit of Canon 51 of the Council of Laodicea (c. 365), it was not appropriate to celebrate feasts during Great Lent, and such celebrations consequently had to be shifted to the following Saturday or Sunday. It was only the Council in Trullo (692) that decided to celebrate Annunciation on the very day (March 25). (Archimandrite Job Getcha, The Typikon Decoded, p. 200)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog



This is the last week for coming to the Sacrament of Confession during Great Lent of 2018. Times when Fr. Ted is at the church for Confession is listed in the weekly schedule. The Sacrament of Confession is God’s gift to us enabling us to experience God’s forgiveness. It is also part of our life as disciples of Christ.  As Christ died on the cross for our salvation, so too we do Confession for our own salvation.   


Children’s Choir

We will continue learning a new hymn today to sing on Thomas Sunday (April 15) and the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing women (April 22). Any kids who would like to sing, meet in the church at 11:30.


Tuesday Meet-Up Group

We will be getting together again this Tuesday (March 27) at 9:30am to hang out! Join us!


Wednesday Bible Study

Throughout Great Lent we will be discussing on Wednesday mornings the Epistle and Gospel readings for the Saturdays and Sundays of Great Lent. Please join us to consider these essential Scripture lessons and to share what value these readings have had in your spiritual life. This Wednesday, March 28, we will discuss the readings for Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday: Hebrews 12:28-13:8, John 11:1-45 & Philippians 4:4-9, John 12:1-18. Please join your fellow Orthodox in discussing these Scriptures as part of your Lenten effort this year.


Spring Church Cleaning Day

In preparation for Pascha, the church cleaning day will be Lazarus Saturday (March 31) from 9am-12pm. Volunteers are needed to clean/organize classrooms, wipe down fellowship hall tables/chairs, clean windows, and do all kinds of detail cleaning. It is helpful if you bring your own cleaning supplies and rags. See you all there!


Serving at St Vincent DePaul 

What a great way to serve during Great Lent! The first fifth Saturday of 2018 (March 31) is this month so it's time to serve at St Vincent de Paul (120 W. Apple St. 45402) again. For those new to this we make sub sandwiches for the single woman and families who stay at the shelter. Come at 9:15am and stay till about 1pm. Please call or email Matthew Jobst if coming. 


Spirituality Class

Those enrolled in the Diocesan course on Spirituality will be meeting with Fr. Silviu on Saturday, March 31 from 2-4:30pm.


Palm Sunday Children’s Procession

The church school children will be participating in the Palm Sunday procession on April 1. Instead of sitting in church as a group, we will just gather around the table for the blessing of the palm crosses/branches and then proceed outside, weather permitting, for the procession.


Pascha Celebration at Hills & Dales Metropark

The Brausch family is organizing a picnic for Pascha Sunday at 1:30 pm at the Paw Paw Shelter in the Hills and Dales Metro Park. If you would like to attend, please add your name to the sign up sheet on the bulletin board and include a dish you would like to share (and pray for no more snow!).


Pascha Flowers/Lilies 

St. Paul members have the opportunity to sponsor a Pascha lily to honor or commemorate the memory of a loved one. The names of those honored will be included in the Pascha bulletin. The cost for each pot is $9.50 from Furst Florist. Those sponsoring lilies will then be able to take the lilies home after the Pascha liturgy on April 8 to plant and remind them of their loved one and the resurrection every spring.

            Donations can also be made to help cover the cost of the other flower arrangements that will decorate the Tomb of Christ and be placed over the icons and around the church.

            If you are paying by check please note “Easter Lily” and/or “Pascha Flowers” in the memo line. If you would like to pay by cash, please see Father Ted or Erin Caldwell.


Pascha Celebration Alcohol Use 

The Paschal celebration meal / blessing of the baskets following Liturgy on Pascha is wonderful time for rejoicing, fellowship and sharing. Often times along with our meal, alcoholic beverages are included to “gladden the heart of man”. However, in recent Paschal celebrations there has been a proliferation of the quantity (and strength) of alcoholic beverages which may increase liability risks for the entire church community. There have been a couple of instances of parishioners becoming intoxicated at our agape feast. Furthermore, there have been several reports of people feeling as though alcohol has been pushed on them even after they declined to drink. Intoxication at any church event is unacceptable. No one at a parish event should ever feel as though they are being peer pressured into drinking. Beyond the dogmatic reasons for sober behavior, driving home intoxicated is a liability for the entire parish exposing us to the risk of litigation.

In order to mitigate and correct these issues, all members are reminded that while families may bring alcohol for their own use at the Pascha agape celebration, no one is to bring alcohol solely for mass distribution. This applies to all forms of alcohol including frozen drinks, homemade alcoholic beverages, and rare/expensive hard liquors. As always if consuming alcohol, please know your own limits. It is not appropriate for you or anyone else at a church celebration to become intoxicated. Please be courteous and respectful to your fellow parishioners: please do not encourage someone else to drink alcohol. They may be abstaining for health reasons, past addiction problems, or because they know they can't control their drinking. You may be leading them into temptation.

            If we cannot get everyone to voluntarily cooperate with appropriate use of alcohol at the Pascha agape meal this year, Parish Council for the safety of all and for liability reasons will be forced to forbid the consumption of alcoholic beverages entirely at the church following our midnight celebration.


St. Paul Prayer Team

If you would like to submit prayer requests for the prayer team, forms can be found on the greeter’s table. Please place requests in the box on the greeter table or by email to If you would like to be a part of praying with the team - and pray daily for others in the parish, or if you have further questions please contact Mark Pearson at


March Charity

This month we are donating our charity fund to the Oasis House which helps women who are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Please pray for women and children who are victimized by the sex trade. Stop purchasing pornography and instead give your money to agencies which help the victims of sexual trafficking and exploitation. Help women and children get out of sexual slavery - don’t enslave them by purchasing pornography. Mary of Egypt, whom we commemorate during Great Lent, is a well known saint of the church who got out of prostitution and sexual exploitation in order to follow Christ. Ask her to pray for women and children who are victimized by sexual exploitation and ask her to pray that you might be healed of your own addiction to pornography.


Notes from the 20 March Parish Council Meeting

Present:  Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Ann McLarnan, Kerrie Wiese, Rebecca Barone, Janine Elash, Bruce Garber, David Short


Financial Reports

2017 Year End Financial Report (Unaudited)

Expenses        $278,842.35

Income            $256,978.61

Expenses include the playground which was funded almost entirely by additional donations from the members. 2017 donations were about $9000 lower than in 2016.  


2018 YTD Financial Report as of 28 February 2019

Expenses        $  43,092.79

Income            $  36,779.33

Assets             $228,267.69


So far in 2018 donations received are less than the donations received in 2017.  


Council Discussions and Decisions:

  1.  Council extensively discussed and debated the Pascha Agape Policy adopted last year.  Council regrets that some have taken offense at the policy or how it was announced to the parish, and recognizes that perhaps the policy could have been introduced in a better way to the community, but after long discussion Council reaffirmed its commitment to the policy and its intended goals. We have an obligation to live the Gospel commandments, and to consider the spiritual well being of all members. We have an obligation to be good witnesses to the life in Christ, including practicing self denial as Christ taught. 2) Council will now begin meeting on the third Tuesday of each month. 3) Water heater was replaced which has apparently solved the problem of the extremely high water bills. 4) Council approved replacing the emergency lighting and exit signs throughout the building. Council approved the Building Committee to go ahead and replace all lighting in the building which needs to be updated. 5) The Risk Committee put forth ideas for  security in the building and on the church grounds.


Birthdays: Teresa Lynne, Rich Helferich, Nathan Friesel

Namedays: Jordan Carpenter

God grant you many years! 

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, March 26 (Great Lent Fast)

Leavetaking of the Annunciation. Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel.

Readings: Isaiah 48:17-49:4, Genesis 27:1-41, Proverbs 19:16-25

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours


Tuesday, March 27 (Great Lent Fast)

Martyr Matrona of Thessalonica (3rd-4th c.)

Readings: Isaiah 49:6-10, Genesis 31:3-16, Proverbs 21:3-21


Wednesday, March 28 (Great Lent Fast)

Ven. Hilarion the New, Abbot of Pelekete (ca. 754)

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-11, Genesis 43:26-31, 45:1-16, Proverbs 21:23-22:4

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours

11am Adult Discussion: The New Testament Readings of Great Lent

6-7pm   Confession


Thursday, March 29 (Great Lent Fast)

Hieromartyr Mark, Bishop of Arethusa, Martyr Cyril the Deacon, of Heliopolis, and others who suffered under Julian the Apostate (ca. 364)

Readings: Isaiah 65:8-16, Genesis 46:1-7, Proverbs 23:15-24:5

5:00-6:00pm  Confession                  


Friday, March 30 (Great Lent Fast)

St. Sophróny (Sophronius), Bishop of Irkutsk (1771)

Readings: Isaiah 66:10-24, Genesis 49:33-50:26, Proverbs 31:8-31

8:30am Matins            9:00am Confession               9:30am Office Hours 

6pm Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts followed by Lenten Potluck   7:15pm  Confession


Saturday, March 31 (Great Lent Fast--W, O)  Lazarus Saturday

Repose of St. Innocent, Metropolitan of Moscow, Enlightener of the Aleuts and Apostle to the Americas (1879). Lazarus Saturday

Readings: Hebrews 12:28-13:8, John 11:1-45

9am-12pm Church Cleaning Day

9:30am-1pm Serving at St. Vincent DePaul

2-4:30pm  Spirituality Class               5pm Vespers              5:30-6:30pm Confession


Sunday, April 1 (Great Lent Fast--F, W, O)

ENTRY OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM. Palm Sunday. Ven. Mary of Egypt (522).

Readings: Philippians 4:4-9, John 12:1-18

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Servers: V. Weis, J. Fencik

Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Edwards

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K Henry, M. Brasch

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4/Children’s Choir

11:45am Youth Group/Church School

4pm  Confession

5pm  Vespers


Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 1

5pm, Vespers


Great and Holy Monday: April 2

8:30am, Bridegroom Matins

6:00pm, Bridegroom Matins


Great and Holy Wednesday: April 4

9:30am, Presanctified Liturgy

6:00pm, Holy Unction


Great and Holy Thursday: The Mystical Supper, April 5

6:00pm, Vespers-Liturgy, lenten potluck following


Great and Holy Friday: The Crucifixion of the Son of God, April 6

8:30am, Matins

11:00am, 6th and 9th Royal Hours

6:00pm, Vespers

7:30pm, Lamentations at the Tomb

9:00pm-9:30am, All Night Vigil


Great and Holy Saturday: Christ’s Descent into Hades, April 7

9:30am, Vespers-Liturgy

11:30pm, Nocturnes of Pascha & Midnight Paschal Procession


Pascha Sunday: The Resurrection of Our Lord, God & Savior Jesus Christ, April 8

12:30am, Paschal Matins

1:15am, Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

2:30am, Blessing of Paschal Baskets, Pascha Agape Fellowship Celebration & Potluck

12pm, Vespers of Pascha

Upcoming Events to Remember

April 24            Meet-up

May 17            Ascension

May 27            Pentecost

June 4             Apostles’ Fast begins

June 25-29      Vacation Church School

June 29           Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul