St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Fifth Sunday in Lent: St. Mary of Egypt

St. Martin the Confessor, Pope of Rome (655)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Freezer

Altar Servers: Brian Garber, G. Coons

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger

Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs

Candle care: J. Elash

Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

11:30am Team 2

11:45am Church School/Youth Group

12pm Book study

Hymns & Readings:


Tone 5 Troparion (Resurrection) 

Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.


Tone 8 Troparion (for St Mary of Egypt)

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother, for you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul, for it is immortal. Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the angels.


Tone 4 Kontakion (Resurrection)

You descended into hell, O my Savior, shattering its gates as Almighty, resurrecting the dead as Creator, and destroying the sting of death. You have delivered Adam from the curse, O Lover of Man, and we cry to You: “O Lord, save us!”


Tone 3 Kontakion (for St Mary of Egypt)

Having been a sinful woman, you became through repentance a bride of Christ. Having attained angelic life, you defeated demons with the weapon of the Cross. Therefore O most glorious Mary, you are a bride of the Kingdom.


Tone 5 Prokeimenon

 You, O Lord, shall protect us and preserve us from this generation forever.


Epistle: Hebrews 9:11-14

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


Gospel: Mark 10:32-45

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask.” And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”


Hymn to the Theotokos

All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace: the assembly of Angels and the race of men. O sanctified temple and spiritual paradise, the glory of virgins, from whom God was incarnate and became a Child – our God before the ages. He made your body into a throne, and your womb He made more spacious than the heavens. All of creation rejoices in you, O Full of Grace. Glory to you!


Communion Hymns

Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the highest! The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not fear evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

For Further Reading:

Looking Inward

If you watch your life carefully you will discover quite soon that we hardly ever live from within outwards; instead we respond to incitement, to excitement. In other words, we live by reflection, by reaction. Something happens and we respond, someone speaks and we answer.

            But when we are left without anything that stimulates us to think, speak or act, we realize that there is very little in us that will prompt us to action in any direction at all.

            This is really a very dramatic discovery. We are completely empty, we do not act from within ourselves but accept as our life a life which is actually fed in from outside; we are used to things happening which compel us to do other things. How seldom can we live simply by means of the depth and the richness we assume that there is within ourselves. (Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, The Modern Spirituality Series: Metropolitan Anthony, p. 38)


Baptism: Being Born of Christ

As the name of the Trinity is invoked, the candidate is immersed three times in the water and then three times rises up from the water once more: and immediately he enters into possession of all that he seeks. He is born and created; he receives the good seal; he is granted all the happiness that he desires; darkness before, he now becomes light; non-existent before, he now receives existence. God claims him for his own and adopts him as a son. From prison and utter enslavement he is led to a royal throne.

            The water of baptism destroys one life and reveals another: it drowns the old man raises up the new.

            To be baptized is to be born according to Christ; it is to receive existence, to come into being out of nothing. (Nicholas Cabasilas, from The Time of the Spirit, p. 89)


The Fear of God

In some cases, the sensitivity of the elders toward those who were lost in despair or confusion was such that they were willing to adopt whatever position necessary to lead the others out of their pain. In a story alluded to earlier, some old men who had heard of Abba Sisoes’s reputation for wisdom came to consult him on the matter of the coming judgement. This first two cited texts having to do with eternal judgement, and the third, obviously troubled by the thought of this, asked: “Father, what shall I do, for the remembrance of the outer darkness is killing me.” Sisoes himself was not troubled by these thoughts and tried to encourage the brothers by speaking of his own experience: “For my part, I do not keep in mind the remembrance of any of these things, for God is compassionate and I hope that he will show me his mercy.” However, the old men were offended by this answer, which seemed to them to make light of the issue of the final judgement, and got up to leave. Realizing the effect that his response had had upon them, Sisoes quickly changed course, and said to them: “Blessed are you, my brothers; truly I envy you. The first speaks of the river of fire, the second of hell and the third of darkness. Now if your spirit is filled with such remembrances, it is impossible for you to sin. What shall I do then? I who am hard of heart and to whom it has not been granted so much as to know whether there is a punishment for men; no doubt it is because of this that I am sinning all the time.” They prostrated themselves before him and said, “Now we have seen exactly that of which we have heard tell.” One could argue that Sisoes was being disingenuous with these old men. Did he really believe what he was telling them in his second response? In a sense he did - he knew that a constant awareness of one’s own sinfulness and the uncertainty of the judgement to come could kindle real moral acuity. Yet his response is more important for what it shows us about his capacity to empathize with his visitors’ concerns. His desire to reach them and draw them out of their paralyzing fear about the final judgement was stronger than his attachment to any particular position about that judgement. It was Siseos’s willingness to move toward his visitors in love which touched them most deeply. (Douglas Burton-Christie, The Word in the Desert, pp. 284-285)


Fasting According to Jesus

Now, the symbolic purpose of fasting in Second Temple Judaism was to express mourning. Religiously, if extended its significance to become a demonstrative way of adding force to prayer, to invoke the pitiful mercy of the Most High who would look upon the self-humbling lamentation of his servants in need. This was exactly why stress was placed in ancient Israel on the need for externally observable signs of distress when fasting. In simple terms, fasting was meant to force God’s hand, as it were, and was a fitting prelude if one expected a reconciliation with God…

            In Jesus’ understanding of the covenant, fasting served the purpose of lamenting the absence of God and pleading for his return to his people in living experience. If God has returned (the dynamic force of the Kingdom preaching of Jesus), then fasting no longer has a place, and the wedding feast must surely be the more appropriate spiritual exercise to celebrate that belief. (John A. McGuckin, Witnessing the Kingdom, pp. 284-285)


Remembering Mary of Egypt in Lent

The Fifth Sunday in Lent was formerly dedicated to the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), and later, probably by the end of the fourteenth century, assigned to St. Mary of Egypt (5th century). A model of repentance, St. Mary’s commemoration was moved from 1 April, which would often fall in the Lenten period, during which time the celebration of the saints was forbidden (Canon 51, Council of Laodicea, 4th cent.). (Footnote, The Homilies, p. 554)


Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog


Sunday Lenten Book Discussion 

We are discussing the book Time and Despondency on Sundays from 12:15-1pm. We will be meeting in the Library. This discussion is open to all who would like to add a spiritual study to their Lenten discipline this year. You can purchase the book online and it is available as an ebook. You are welcome to attend the discussion even if you don’t have a copy of the book. A free study guide for the book can be downloaded online: Ask Fr. Ted if you need a printed copy of the study questions.


Making Palm Crosses

We will be folding palm crosses today after liturgy. Anyone who wishes to help is more than welcome!


Wednesday Adult Discussion Group

Our Wednesday morning discussion is discussing Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved? You can order your copy online. Please join us. You are welcome to attend the discussion even if you don’t have a copy of the book.


Great Lent - Time for Confession

We are now in the last two weeks of Great Lent. The times when Fr. Ted is at the church for Confession is listed in the weekly schedule. We do Confession for our own salvation, for in our sins being forgiven, we are united to Christ and  we are given eternal life. We confess our sins to empty our hearts of the burden of sin, to make room for Christ our God to enter our hearts and abide in us. God promises to forgive your sins if you confess them, He doesn’t promise you a tomorrow on which to repent. April 21 is the last day for confession during Great Lent of 2019.


Church School & Youth Group Service Project

The church school and youth group students will be participating in a service project for Dayton Children's Hospital. Our goal is to collect 75 new, small stuffed animals (with tags on). The students will also be assembling 48 activity bags for the patients. The teachers will be purchasing the items needed for the activity bags and assembly will take place during church school on Palm Sunday. Please consider donating a stuffed animal or making a monetary donation to use for the purchase of items needed for the activity bags. Please direct all questions to Kerrie Wiese or Tammy Abshear. Thanks so much for your support in helping to brighten a child's stay at Dayton Children's.


Sign Up Sheet for the All-Night Vigil at the Tomb of Christ

Beginning at 9:30pm on Holy Friday, we will continue our tradition of reading Psalms at the tomb of Christ until the liturgy the next morning on Holy Saturday. A sign up sheet has been posted on the bulletin board. More than one person may sign up for each time slot.


Myrrhbearing Girls

There is a sign up sheet for girls who wish to participate in the myrbearing girl activities on Holy Friday. Girls who are PreK-K are invited to carry a small basket of rose petals to throw during the procession with the winding sheet as they walk with their parents. Baskets with rose petals will be available in the fellowship hall before the service.

Girls 1st grade and up are invited to gather in the fellowship hall to dress in white robes and to get their baskets of petals. They will sit in the front of the church so they can process behind the altar boys to throw petals. Two of the older girls will also be standing by the tomb of Christ and placing rose petals at the tomb. See Kerrie Wiese with questions.


Lilies & Flowers for Pascha

There is now a sign up sheet on the bulletin board for anyone who wants 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 28 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 “Pascha Lilies” and/or “Pascha Flowers” in the memo line. If you would like to pay by cash, please see Kerrie Wiese, Father Ted or Erin Caldwell.


Palm Sunday Children’s Procession

All children are invited to process behind the altar boys on Palm Sunday (April 21) with palm crosses and bells. Please have your child(ren) gather around the table after Father Ted has said the prayer of blessing for the palms and an adult will distribute a palm cross and a bell. If your child is not able to walk independently, the child can stay back to process with the congregation.


Pascha Celebration at Hills & Dales Metropark

The Brausch family is organizing a picnic for Pascha Sunday, April 28, 1:30 pm at the Paw Paw Picnic Shelter of the Hills and Dales Metro Park. (2471 Deep Hollow Rd, Oakwood, OH 45419)  Look for sign up sheet on the bulletin board and include a dish to share (and pray for warm weather!). Easter egg hunt at 3 pm. If your kids would like to hunt for Easter eggs, bring a dozen filled eggs for each child.


Lazarus Saturday: Church Cleaning Day/Baptisms

April 20 is our annual pre-Pascha parish cleaning day from 9am-12pm. All ages are welcome to come help do some deep cleaning in preparation for Holy Week and Pascha.

Also, the baptisms of the Ryan Family; Jarrett, Vera & Max Sainz, and Costanza Wyrick will be at 3pm that day.


Interested in Learning about the Orthodox Faith and Church?

If you are interested in learning more about Orthodoxy and would like to attend the next Catechism/Inquirer’s Class, please let Fr Ted know ASAP. He would appreciate an email from you so he can add you to the email list for the class. Contact him at


2019 Talent Show!

Can you play an instrument, do a neat trick, a spot on celebrity impression, a handstand while balancing a stack of plates? If so, please entertain us in May following coffee hour (exact date yet to be determined). A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the coffee room. This is a fun afternoon for all, even if you don’t participate, so we hope to see you there! Please see Mary Schwaninger with questions.


St. Paul 2019 Mission Trip

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave the comfort of your home for a week and go someplace new and strange and spend time serving someone in need? Do you have an extra week this summer that you can spare to be the hands and feet of Jesus? We have an exciting opportunity for you! St. Paul’s is in the process of assembling a team to do a week of mission work this summer. We are considering an IOCC homebuilding trip in July or August. The final date will be selected once we know who is interes as soon as possible with your interest or questions. Once we have a date selected and a team formed, we will begin fundraising activities and detailed planning.


April Charity

Our funds this month are being distributed to several local food pantries who help feed the poor and hungry, the least of Christ’s brothers and sisters. Please remember the hungry poor in your prayers and support those agencies which work to feed them.


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.


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, April 15 (Great Lent Fast)

Apostles of the Seventy: Aristarchus, Pudens and Trophimus (ca. 67)

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

8:30am Matins            9am Confession        


Tuesday, April 16 (Great Lent Fast)

Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene and Chionia, in Illyria (304).

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

4pm  Confession        5:30pm  Vespers        6pm Parish Council


Wednesday, April 17 (Great Lent Fast)

Hieromartyr Simeon, Bishop in Persia, and those with him: Martyrs Abdechalas and Ananias—Presbyters, Usthazanes, Fusicus (Pusicius), Ascitrea, Azades the Eunuch, and many others (344)

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

8:30am Matins            9am Confession         11am  Discussion Group        6-7pm Confession


Thursday, April 18 (Great Lent Fast)

Ven. John, disciple of Ven. Gregory of Decapolis (9th c.)

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


Friday, April 19 (Great Lent Fast)

Ven. John of the Ancient Caves in Palestine (8th c.)

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

8:30am Matins            9am Confession         10am  Office Hours   

6pm Presanctified Liturgy      7:30pm Confession/Lenten Potluck


Saturday, April 20 (Great Lent Fast)

Lazarus Saturday. Ven. Theodore Trichinas (“the Hair-shirt Wearer”), Hermit, near Constantinople

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

9am-12pm Church Cleaning Day

3pm Baptisms of Jarrett, Vera & Max Sainz, Thomas, Jessica, Layla & Josie Ryan, Costanza Wyrick


Sunday, April 21 (Great Lent Fast)

ENTRY OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM. Palm Sunday . Hieromartyr Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, and his companions: Festus, Proculus, and Sosius—Deacons, Desiderius—Reader, and Eutychius and Acutius—laymen, at Pozzuoli (ca. 305)

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

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: Brian Garber, G. Coons

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger

Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham

Candle care: Helferich

Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov

9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45am Church School/Youth Group

12pm Book study

3pm-5pm Last Chance for Confession

5pm Vespers


Holy Week Schedule:

Great and Holy Monday, April 22

8:30am - Bridegroom Matins

6:00pm - Bridegroom Matins


Great and Holy Wednesday, April 24

9:30am - Presanctified Liturgy

6:00pm - Holy Unction


Great and Holy Thursday: The Mystical Supper, April 25

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


Great and Holy Friday: The Crucifixion of the Son of God, April 26

8:30am - Matins

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

6:00pm - Vespers

7:30pm - Lamentations at the Tomb

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


Great and Holy Saturday: Christ’s Descent into Hades, April 27

9:30am - Vespers-Liturgy

Christmation of Marlee Petersen

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


Pascha Sunday, The Resurrection of Our Lord, God & Savior Jesus Christ, April 28

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 Dates to Remember:

June 6 Ascension

June 9 Pentecost

June 24-28 Vacation Church School at Annunciation