St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, April 1
Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday.
Ven. Mary of Egypt (522)

Today’s Schedule:

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. Brausch

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck/Children’s Choir

11:45am Youth Group/Church School

4pm  Confession

5pm  Vespers 

Hymns & Readings:


First Antiphon (Ps 114/115)

I love the Lord because He has heard the voice of my supplication.

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

 Because He inclined His ear to me; therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. Refrain

The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of hell laid hold on me. Refrain

I suffered distress and anguish, so I called on the Name of the Lord. Refrain

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living. Refrain

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen. Refrain


Second Antiphon (Ps 115/116)

I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”

Refrain: O Son of God, seated on the foal, save us who sing to You: “Alleluia!”

What shall I render to the Lord for all the things He has given me? Refrain

I will receive the cup of salvation, and call on the Name of the Lord. Refrain

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. Refrain

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever,  and unto ages of ages. Amen. Refrain


Tone 1 Troparion (Palm Sunday)

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Your Passion, You confirmed the universal resurrection, O Christ God. Like the children with the palms of victory, we cry out to You, O Vanquisher of Death: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!”


Tone 4 Troparion (Palm Sunday)

When we were buried with You in baptism, O Christ God, we were made worthy of eternal life by your Resurrection. Now we praise You and sing: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!”


Tone 6 Kontakion (Palm Sunday)

Sitting on Your throne in Heaven, carried on a foal on earth, O Christ God, accept the praise of angels and the songs of children, who sing: “Blessed is He Who comes to recall Adam!”


Tone 4 Prokeimenon (Palm Sunday)

Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!  God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!


Epistle: Philippians 4:4-0

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.


Gospel: John 12:1-18

Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always” Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.” His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.


Hymn to the Theotokos

God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us! Celebrate the feast and come with gladness! Let us magnify Christ with palms and branches, singing: “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord, our Savior!”


Communion Hymns

Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord! God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

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Palm Sunday Children’s Procession

The church school children will be participating in the Palm Sunday today. 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.



Tonight is the last time to come to the Sacrament of Confession before Pascha. 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.


Wednesday Bible Study

The group will not be meeting this week but will resume after Pascha.


Coin Boxes

Don’t forget to return your OCMC coin boxes this week!


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 MetroPark. 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 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.


Celebrating Pascha

We will this year continue our celebration of Pascha on Tuesday, April 10, at 9:30am when we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy.   


St. Paul Musical/Talent Show

Can you play an instrument, do a neat trick, a spot on celebrity impression, a handstand while balancing a stack of plates? Then please join us on May 27 following Coffee Hour when will have our 6th Annual Talent Show! A sign up sheet will be coming soon. This is a fun afternoon for all, even if you don't participate so we hope to see you there! See Mary Schwaninger with questions.


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.

April Charity 

We will be giving our charity donations to a couple of Orthodox families who are in need of a little support to get them through a difficult patch in life.  Please pray for all those working families who struggle to make ends meet.



Birthdays: Bruce Garber, Nina McLarnan

Namedays: Diane Garber


God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule:


Great and Holy Monday, April 2 (Holy Week Fast)

Ven. Titus the Wonderworker (9th c.)

Readings: Ezekiel 1:1-20, Exodus 1:1-20, Job 1:1-12

8:30am, Bridegroom Matins               6:00pm, Bridegroom Matins


Great and Holy Tuesday, April 3 (Holy Week Fast)

Virgin Martyr Theodosia of Tyre, and Martyr Irene (307-308)

Readings: Ezekiel 1:21-28 (1:1-28,2:1 LXX), Exodus 2:5-10, Job 1:13-22


Great and Holy Wednesday, April 4 (Holy Week Fast)

Ven. Joseph the Hymnographer (883)

Readings: Ezekiel 2:3-3:3, Exodus 2:11-22, Job 2:1-10

9:30am, Presanctified Liturgy            6:00pm, Holy Unction


Great and Holy Thursday: The Mystical Supper, April 5 (Holy Week Fast)

Ven. Theodora of Thessalonica (892)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, Matt. 26:2:27:2

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

Prosfora: A. Markis

Altar Servers: V. Weis & D. Beleney

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Chapel vacuum: Need volunteers

Candle care: Garbers


Gread and Holy Friday: The Crucifixion of the Son of God, April 6 (Holy Week Fast)

St. Methodius, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Archbishop of Moravia and Enlightener of the Slavs (885).

Readings: 1 Cor. 1:18-2:2, Matthew 27:1-61

8:30am, Matins                       11:00am, 6th and 9th Royal Hours

Altar Server: M. Caldwell      6:00pm, Vespers        7:30pm, Lamentations at the Tomb            9:00pm-9:30am, All Night Vigil


Great and Holy Saturday: Christ’s Descent to Hades, April 7 (Holy Week Fast)  

Repose of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and Enlightener of North America (1925)

Readings: Romans 6:3-11, Matthew 28:1-20

9:30am, Vespers-Liturgy

Altar Servers: V. Weis & D. Beleney

Prosfora: A. Makris

Epistle: M. Pearson

Chapel vacuum & Candle Care: Need volunteers

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


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

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

Prosfora: A. Makris

Altar Servers: D. Abshear & D. Beleney

Epistle: L. Short

Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs

Candle care: Need volunteer

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 10           Divine Liturgy

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