St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, April 15
2nd Sunday of Pascha. Thomas Sunday

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

Today’s schedule:

Prosfora: Maria

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, J. Fencik

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, G. Friesel

Epistle: Need volunteer

Donut Sponsor(s): Fencik

Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman

Candle care: R. Helferich

Counters: J. Wiese, L. Wagner

9:00am Hours: Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Hymns & Readings:

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, 

and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!


Tone 7, Troparion (from the Pentecostarion)

From the sealed tomb, You shone forth, O Life!

Through closed doors You came to Your Disciples, O Christ God.

Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit,

by the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all!


Tone 1, Hymn of St. Paul

O blessed and Holy Paul the Apostle, Enlightener of the Nations; Your preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has brought salvation to the ends of the earth. Never cease to intercede for us your children, that within us the Love of God may abide, bringing great joy to our neighbors and for us the salvation of our souls!


Tone 8, Kontakion (from the Pentecostarion)

Thomas touched Your life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God, when You came to Your Apostles through closed doors. He cried out with all: “You are my Lord and my God!”


Tone 3 Prokeimenon

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power!  His understanding is beyond measure!


Epistle: Acts 5:12-20

And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”


Gospel: John 20:19-31

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.


Hymn to the Theotokos:  

The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace: “Rejoice, O pure Virgin!  Again, I say: ‘Rejoice, your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb! With Himself He has raised all the dead.’” Rejoice, O ye people! Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you! Exult now, and be glad, O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!


Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!  Praise your God, O Zion! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

For Further Reading:

Resurrection Not Immortality

“St. Paul, furthermore, is not concerned with the specifically Greek dichotomy between the soul and the body.  Faithful to the realism of Jewish thought, he always thinks of man as a whole: for him, the body does not imply so much the materiality of human life as opposed to its spirituality, as it does the organic unity of that life, indissolubly material and spiritual.

This is why eternal life, salvation made perfect, is for him in no way a deliverance from the body, but the resurrection of the body.  Is not man’s body called to become a member of Christ, a temple of the Spirit?” (Louis Bouyer, The Spirituality of the New Testament and the Fathers, p. 79)



“Christianity, claims Michel Quenot, is not a moral structure but a hope. It is a witness to the fact that ‘Christ, by his death, has conquered death,’ and that all are now able to participate in his eternal Life. This is possible to the extent that one is willing to welcome the Word of God into the very depths of one’s being, to open one’s heart to that which the eyes of flesh can no longer see and to fulfill one’s true nature as created in the image of God. The Church Fathers teach us that man is called to become a mediator for all that became separated through sin and which Christ reunited in his person: the heart and the mind, the soul and the body, matter and spirit, heaven and earth.” (Maxime Egger in The Resurrection and the Icon by Michel Quenot, p x)


On Death and Resurrection in Christ

Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him.

Yesterday I died with Him; today I am made alive with Him.

Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I am raised up with Him.

Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us ... ourselves, the possession most precious to God and most proper. Let us become like Christ, since Christ became like us.

Let us become Divine for His sake, since for us He became Man.

He assumed the worse that He might give us the better.

He became poor that by His poverty we might become rich.

He accepted the form of a servant that we might win back our freedom.

He came down that we might be lifted up.

He was tempted that through Him we might conquer.

He was dishonored that He might glorify us.

He died that He might save us.

He ascended that He might draw to Himself us, who were thrown down through the fall of sin.

Let us give all, offer all, to Him who gave Himself a Ransom and Reconciliation for us.

We needed an incarnate God, a God put to death, that we might live.

We were put to death together with Him that we might be cleansed.

We rose again with Him because we were put to death with Him.

We were glorified with Him because we rose again with Him.

A few drops of Blood recreate the whole of creation! (St. Gregory the Theologian, Easter Orations, from The Orthodox Faith Doctrine & Scriptures Vol. 1 by Fr. Thomas Hopko)


Thomas Sunday

We find the same line of thought in Thomas’ having to touch the risen Christ before he can believe (chap. 20.27). Indeed Jesus says to him afterwards: ‘Because thou hast seen me and thou hast believed; blessed are they which have not seen and yet have believed.’ In these words here at the end of the gospel reference is made, as has already been said, to those who no longer have the opportunity of seeing, and the readers of the Gospel are in this situation. These are then addressed directly two verses later and indeed specifically with reference to their faith: that ye might believe. The Thomas story, therefore, holds, as it were, the key to the Johannine understanding of the whole life of Jesus. But Thomas the apostle himself must see, he must touch. The last words of the risen Christ are not necessarily words of reprimand only, since the other apostles too, mentioned in v. 5.19 ff, had to see Jesus’ hands and side. Besides, Thomas did in fact attain to true faith, he makes the best confession of faith the fourth evangelist knows: ‘My Lord and my God!’ (v. 28).

            Here too, however, seeing alone is not sufficient to enable one to come to this faith. The eyewitnesses had to see, but for them also something else had to be added to the seeing.

            The Thomas story, chapter 20.24ff may again be mentioned here. Although, as we have asserted, the actual seeing appears there as a necessity for the apostle living in the lifetime of Jesus, the other idea plays an equally important part, the idea that believing, which must be added to seeing, is more important than seeing. That seeing in the flesh alone is in itself of little account is also expressed in the words in chapter 9.39: ‘For judgement I am come into the world, that they which see not might see, and they which see might be made blind.’ To see is here used in its double sense. (Oscar Cullmann, Early Christian Worship, p. 42-43, 45)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog


Thank You! 

We are so grateful for all the work so many did during this past Great Lent, Holy Week and Pascha. Thanks to the choir for their time, talents and efforts to make every service an offering to the Lord and also to our children’s choir. Thanks to all those who serve in the altar and to all who bake the prosfora. Thanks to the Myrrhbearing girls and to those who organized the liturgical processions on Palm Sunday and Holy Friday. Thanks to those who cleaned up after the services and after the meals  in the fellowship hall. Thanks to those who decorated the church and those who donated the flowers. Thanks to those who provided all of the food at our meals and potlucks. Thanks to all who attended the services and to those who prayed with us wherever you were. Thanks to those who read at the Holy Friday vigil and those who kept watch by being present all night. Thanks to those who decorated the hall and who helped clean up. Thanks to those who proclaimed the Gospel in the various languages and those who set up the sanctuary for Holy Friday and Pascha. Thanks to the Parish Council for their ongoing labor of love. Thanks to the Church school teachers. Thanks to those who chair our various committees and ministries and those who champion the many programs and activities of the parish. THANK YOU!


Children’s Choir

Will be singing a hymn today (April 15) and the Sunday of the Myrrhbearing women (April 22) during the preparation. Any kids who would like to sing, please gather in the back of the church after the Our Father. We will then be taking a break until Vacation Church school where we will be learning a hymn for the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul.


Please Take Home a Lily (or two!)

Please take home a lily or two to plant today. We always order way more than people sign up for, so even if you didn’t pay for one, please take one!


Wednesday Bible Discussion

The adult discussion group will resume this Wednesday (April 18) at 11am. Our discussion is focusing on the liturgical Scripture readings from the lectionary for each weekend. This week we will discuss Acts 5:21-33, Acts 6:1-7, John 6:14-27 & Mark 15:43-16:8.


Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council meets Wednesday, April 18 at 6pm.


Ladies Get Together 

Our next evening get together is April 27 at 7:30 at Lily’s Bistro in the Oregon District. Erin Ferdelman will be making a reservation so she needs a solid headcount. If you plan to come, please make sure to let her know.


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 is on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. 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. 


I Was in Prison and you …

Some parishioners have been wondering about ways in which they can fulfill the Gospel of the Last Judgment’s requirements to feed the hungry or to visit those in prison (Matthew 25).  Fr. Ted has ordered a food box to be sent to Daryl Cochran in prison. If you would like to donate toward this act of charity, please speak with Fr. Ted.


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: Mark Caldwell, Nicholas McLarnan, Hannah Engel, Steve Richey


God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, April 16

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

Readings: Acts 3:19-26, John 2:1-11

8:30am  Matins           9am  Office Hours


Tuesday, April 17

Day of Rejoicing — (Rádonitsa). Hieromartyr Simeon, Bishop in Persia, and those with him (344)

Readings: Acts 4:1-10, John 3:16-21


Wednesday, April 18

Martyrs Victor, Zoticus, Zeno, Acindynus, and Severian, of Nicomedia (303).

Readings: Acts 4:13-22, John 5:17-24

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours                   11am Scripture Discussion

5:30pm Vespers         6pm Parish Council Meeting


Thursday, April 19

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

Readings: Acts 4:23-31, John 5:24-30


Friday, April 20

Child-martyr Gabriel of Bialystok (1690)

Readings: Acts 5:1-11, John 5:30-6:2

8:30am  Matins           9am  Office Hours


Saturday, April 21

Hieromartyr Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, and his companions (ca. 305)

Readings: Acts 5:21-33, John 6:14-27

2-4:30pm Spirituality Class

5pm Vespers


Sunday, April 22

3rd SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 2. Myrrhbearing Women. St. Theodore the Sykeote, Bishop of Anastasiopolis (613

Readings: Acts 6:1-7, Mark 15:43-16:8

Prosfora: Freezer supply

Altar Servers: V. Weis, B. Garber

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

Epistle: Need volunteer

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer

Candle care: Need volunteer

Counters: K. Henry & M. Brausch

9:00am Hours: Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Upcoming Events to Remember

April 24            Meet-up

April 28            Wedding of Daniel Kuzikov and Katya Loukianova

May 17            Ascension

May 27            Pentecost

June 4             Apostles’ Fast begins

June 25-29      Vacation church school

June 29           Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul