Bulletin for April 16, 2017
Holy Pascha: The Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Schedule for Holy Saturday, 4/15/17
Prosfora: A. Makris
Altar Server: M. Caldwell
Epistle: L. Short
9:30am: Vespers-Liturgy of Holy Saturday/Baptism of John Ugur Can
Chapel Cleaner: Need volunteers
Prosfora: S. Pacak
Altar Servers: D. Abshear
Epistle: S. Pacak
Schedule for Pascha, 4/16/17
Midnight, Paschal Procession
12:30am, Paschal Matins
1:15am, Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
2:30am, Blessing of Paschal Baskets, Pascha Agape Fellowship Celebration & Potluck
3:30am: Clean up
12pm, Vespers of Pascha
Hymns & Readings for Pascha
Processional Hymn: Thy Resurrection, O Christ our Savior, the angels in heaven sing. Enable us on earth to glorify Thee in purity of heart.
Paschal Hymn: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Paschal Greeting: Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!
Greek – Christos Anesti! Aleithos Anesti!
Slavonic – Khristos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!
German - Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaftig auferstanden!
Romanian - Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Arabic - Al-Masih-Qam! Hakkan Qam!
Japanese - Haristos fukatsu. Jitsuni fukatsu.
Turkish - Mesih dirildi! Hakikaten dirildi!
1st Antiphon Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!
2nd Antiphon Refrain: O Son of God who arose from the dead, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!
3rd Antiphon Refrain: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Pascha Kontakion: Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of death. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming "Rejoice" to the Myrrhbearing women, granting peace to Thy apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Instead of "Holy God..." As many as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia!
Prokeimenon [Tone 8]: This is the day which the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Epistle: Acts 1:1-8
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.”But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Gospel: John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.(John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
The Gospel Polyglot: Greek, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese
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, all you people." Shine! Shine! O New Jerusalem! The glory of the Lord has shone on you. Exalt, now exalt! And be glad O Zion! Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the resurrection of your son.
Selections from the Hymns of Pascha and Bright Week & Commentary from Fr. Ted
“Hell rules the race of mortal humans, but not eternally; for when You were placed in the grave, O powerful One, You tore asunder the bars of death by Your life-creating hand and proclaimed true deliverance to those sleeping there from the ages, since You, O Savior, have become the first-born of the dead.” (Pascha Nocturnes)
God warned Adam that should he choose to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, he would die. God never said death was a permanent, eternal punishment. While Death claimed all humans, its power came to an end when Christ died and descended to the place of the dead. Christ raises all the dead, bringing a permanent end to death’s reign over humanity.
“This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined by the feast. Let us embrace each other. Let us call “brothers” even those who hate us, and forgive all by the resurrection, and so let us cry: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.” (Pascha Matins)
There is no more joyous day for humanity than Pascha. We are baptized into Christ’s death and raised from the dead with Him to eternal life. Consequently, we can embrace everyone for death has no more power over any of us.
“Pascha of beauty, the Pascha of the Lord! A Pascha worthy of all honor has dawned for us. Pascha! Let us embrace each other joyously. O Pascha, ransom from affliction! For today as from a bridal chamber Christ has shown forth from the tomb and filled the women with joy saying: Proclaim the glad tidings to the apostles.” (Pascha Matins)
Though the death of Christ stunned His disciples, causing them to flee into hiding, His death turned out to be the source of the greatest joy for us humans. Christ emerged from the tomb not as a zombie, but as a glorious groom on His wedding day. We now can proclaim the joyous good news to all the world.
“This is the day of resurrection. Let us be illumined, O people, Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord. For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us, as we sing the song of victory.” (Pascha Matins)
In the book of Exodus, the Passover took the Jews out of slavery in Egypt and put them on the road to the Promised Land. Now, Christ who is the new Passover, leads us victoriously from earth to heaven and from death to life. Something for everyone in the world to celebrate!
“You came forth from a painless birth, O my Maker, and Your side was pierced. By this, You, the New Adam, accomplished the restoration of Eve. You fell into a sleep both surpassing and renewing nature and as the omnipotent One, You raised up life from sleep and corruption.” (Pascha Nocturnes)
Eve, according to Genesis 2, was taken by God from the side of Adam. Now, from Christ’s side at His crucifixion flowed the blood and water which brought redemption for Eve. Eve is recreated from the side of the New Adam. As Adam of old was put to sleep before Eve was taken from his side, so in the resurrection, Christ is put to sleep on the cross and from His side, renewed humanity comes forth.
“We celebrated the death of death and the overthrow of hell, the beginning of another life which is eternal, and in exultation we sing the praises of its source. He alone is blessed and most glorious, the God of our fathers.” (Pascha Matins)
Christ, the incarnate God, is the source of eternal life. By His death, He destroys death – Death cannot hold the Christ and is forced to surrender to God all those whom Death holds captive. Christ is our liberator from death; salvation is liberation from bondage to Death.
“Through death You transformed what is mortal, and through burial You transformed what is corruptible; for in a manner befitting God You made incorrupt and immortal the nature which You had assumed, since Your flesh did not see corruption and in a wondrous manner Your soul was not abandoned in hell.” (Pascha Nocturnes)
In the incarnation, God the Son, took on sinful, fallen human flesh. He transfigures that flesh – transforming what was mortal and corruptible, making even the flesh incorruptible and immortal. Christ as God enters into the place of the dead and saves not just souls, but the entirety of what it is to be human including our bodies.
“Before the dawn Mary and the women came and found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They heard the angelic voice: ‘Why do you seek among the dead as a man the one who is everlasting light? Behold the clothes in the grave! Go and proclaim to the world: The Lord is risen! He has slain death, as He is the Son of God, saving the race of men.” (Hours of Pascha)
The myrrhbearing women do not find Christ or Christ’s body in the tomb – the tomb is empty. By itself it proves nothing. The women are not told to return to the tomb and make it a shrine – there are no relics there. Rather they are told to go into all the world with the message of the resurrection. They weren’t to turn the resurrection into religion, rather they were to show the world how they were transformed by the news of Christ’s resurrection. Christ is eternal light not a resuscitated corpse that we can parade about in religious ceremony. Our goal as Christians is not to make a pilgrimage to the holy sepulcher, nor even to Pascha night. Our goal is to live the resurrection so that everyone will come to embrace Christ our Savior. The myrrhbearing women may have had to go to the tomb to learn of the resurrection, but they are told they’ve come to the wrong place if they are looking for Christ. He is not at the holy sepulcher, He is Lord of the Sabbath and of the universe.
Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon
To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, Distinguished Stewards, and the entire family of the Orthodox Church in America:
CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!
The radiant day of the Resurrection of Christ has dawned and our Paschal celebrations have bathed us in the glorious light of renewal and regeneration. Today is a completely new day, a day which began when the divine brilliance pierced and dispelled the darkness of Hades and ended with the remarkable explosion which took place when Eternal Life crushed death and corruption.
On this new and bright day, our faith is renewed along with that of the Myrrhbearing Women standing by the open tomb; our hope is confirmed along with that of the Apostles on the road to Emmaus; and our love is strengthened along with that of the Mother of God who remained ever at the side of her Son. Even if we count ourselves among the numbers of those who previously denied or deserted the crucified Lord, such hesitation or shame cannot withstand the force of the new life of this day.
We know too well that there is no human being who lives and yet does not sin, and the consequences of the Fall are reflected in a world overshadowed by war, terrorism, and human misery. Nevertheless, this dark reality loses its hold on us today because we have tasted of the new drink from the fountain of incorruption which fills us with spiritual courage and divine hope.
This courage and hope are not simply fleeting emotions of the moment but rather an experience of the life of the risen Lord Who fills our hearts with such joy that every day and every moment of our existence we can sing paschal hymns such as this:
How sweet is Thy voice, O Christ!
For Thou hast faithfully promised to be with us
To the end of the world.
Having this as our anchor of hope,
we the faithful rejoice!
With my archpastoral blessing and love in the Risen Lord,
+TIKHON, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Paschal Message of His Grace, Bishop Paul
Beloved Clergy, Laity, and Monastics of the Diocese of the Midwest,
"Waitin', watchin' the clock, it's four o'clock, it's got to stop. Tell him; take no more, she practices her speech as he opens the door, she rolls over. Pretends to sleep, as he looks her over. She lies and says she's in love with him can't find a better man. She dreams in color, she dreams in red, can't find a better man. Can't find a better man." Better Man by Pearl Jam
During the course of Lent we have been "waitin', watchin'." I began this letter with lyrics from the Pearl Jam song "Better Man" because it speaks to two issues, that someone is waitin' and watchin' for a better man. But it also speaks to disappointment with the better man spoken about in this song. ("She lies and says she's in love with him.")
Throughout Great Lent we have heard these wonderful readings from Hebrews on Saturdays and Sundays that have gone to great lengths to point out the fact that the sacrifices and rites of the Old Covenant were inferior to the once and for all offering of the Great High Priest Jesus Christ, the One Who offers and is offered; both priest and victim. The rites of the Old Testament had to be repeated. The Lord offered Himself once and for all. The High Priest in Leviticus entered the Holy of Holies made by hands every year with the blood of animals to atone for the sins of people as well as his own. Christ enters the Heavenly Holies of Holies not made by hands with His own blood to atone for our sins, not His own as He was sinless and was more than mere man.
"For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God." Hebrews 9:12-13
The better man of the Old Testament rites was inferior to the Better Man of the New Covenant; His offering is the Sacrament of the Church. The Old Covenant was a shadow, a type of what was to come. The Old Covenant high priest didn't get the job done. The High
Priest of the New Covenant gets the job done.
"For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world,awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." Titus 2:11-3
The time of Holy Week has come, and all that we have been watchin' and waitin' for has been revealed and fulfilled in the Life Creating Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the "appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" It is this "appearing" that the thief on the cross experiences that we sing about at Holy Friday Matins:
"The wise thief You made worthy of Paradise in a single moment O Lord. By the wood of the Your Cross illumine me as well and save me." Exapostilarion of Holy Friday Matins
Isn't this the eternal moment of "Today" that we have been waitin' and watchin' for during the course of Lent and Holy Week? The Better Man who has come, is coming, and is to come. He is the One Chrysostom refers to in his Paschal Sermon concerning what is encountered when Christ descends to Hades:
"Hell took a body, and discovered God. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see."
Can't find a better man. Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!
With love in Christ,
Paul, Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest
Paschal Message from Fr. Ted
My Beloved Fellow Parishioners,
On this day of Pascha, I offer to you the words of our Parish Patron, St. Paul the Apostle to the Nations:
“Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
Thirty-one years ago, I came to Dayton to follow in St. Paul’s footsteps and to follow his words – to hand over to you what I received: our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord. My hope was to help our community remain focused on Christ, faithful to the Gospel, practicing Orthodox Christianity. Tonight as we celebrate the culmination of our spiritual lives and our Lenten efforts, we encounter the risen Lord and experience Christ who is the Good News. Lent and Pascha are not about eating or not eating meat and dairy products. They are about our relationship to Jesus Christ our Lord and to His Body, the Church, in which we find salvation. Pascha is God’s own acceptance of death in order to give us eternal life. The Christian Faith and the Paschal Feasts are summed up by Fr. Alexander Schmemann, who inspired me to choose Orthodoxy as the way to know God:
“Death is . . . man’s rejection of life in God. It is the rejection of God for the sake of man’s life in and for himself, the result of man’s alienation from God in whom alone is life and the life of man. Death, therefore, must be destroyed as the spiritual reality of man’s separation from God – hence, the gospel, the Good News. Christ has destroyed death by trampling it with his own death. . . . Under the guise of death, Divine Love itself enters Sheol, overcoming the separation and solitude. Dispelling the darkness of hades, Christ’s death is a divine and radiant act of love, and in his death, therefore, the spiritual reality of death is abolished. Finally, the Christian gospel announces that with Christ’s resurrection a new life – a life which has no death in it – is given to all those who believe in him and are united with him.” (THE LITURGY OF DEATH, pp 45-46)
Tonight, in the Paschal Liturgy, we celebrate everything I believe and wanted to share with you. In the darkness, in the middle of the night, we are illumined by the radiant Light which is Christ. Jesus sought out the gloom of hades to find those hidden by the shadow of death. We came out in the pitch darkness of the night to see Christ and all those who are alive in Him. The joy of the resurrection enlightens our hearts and shines light wherever there is darkness.
Christ is risen! Indeed, He is risen!
Recent Blog Posts from Fr. Ted's Blog
The Pascha flowers and lilies were donated by many of the faithful of St. Paul church and by the following in memory of:
Pat Drosdak: Tom
Nancy Muzzy: Nicholas & Anne Kuzemka, Charles & Alice Zolak, & Julia Rohall
Bruce Garber: Dwight & Lucille Garber
Diane Garber: Lawrence & Marie Bowser
Audrey Makris: George Makris, parents & brothers and sisters
Miguel, Michaela & Paul Topolov: Alex, Ruse & Magda Topolov
Rich & Diane Helferich: Earnest & Eva Helferich
Dot Federinko: John
The Caldwell Family: Mary Claire
Bill Lamb: Brad Miter
Janine Elash: James & Stella Calta
Tatiana Fenner: Afanasia, Tamara, Gregory, Valentina
Mark Pearson: John
Wednesday Book Study
Our Wednesday morning 11am Discussion Group will be be meeting this week (April 19) to discuss chapters 8 & 9 of Changes that Heal.
Sunday Adult Discussion Group
The group is meeting next Sunday, April 23, in the library at 12:00pm. We will be discussing Fr. Thomas Hopko’s book Spirituality Vol. 4 the chapter on The Virtues the sections on Faithfulness, Self Control, and Gratitude. As you read, please keep in mind a couple of questions to spark the discussion: What is “passionlessness”? Why are we kinder to strangers than we are to friends/family (does familiarity truly breed contempt)? Why does St John Chrysostom tell us to be grateful even for those things that seem to be evil? Please come for a lively discussion led by Laura Short.
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 21 following Coffee Hour when will have our 5th Annual Talent Show! A sign up sheet has been posted 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!
As we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, we also will be sharing our bounty with those in need. This month we will be giving our charity donation to area food banks to help them feed the needy and the hungry. Please do pray for the poor that God will bless them with enough to eat.
Birthdays: Mark Caldwell, Nicholas McLarnan, Hannah Engel, Steve Richey. God grant you many years!
This Week’s Schedule – Fast Free
Bright Monday: April 17
St. Acacius, Bishop of Melitene (ca. 433)
Readings: Acts 1:12-17, 21-26, John 1:18-28
9am, Office Hours
Bright Tuesday, April 18
Martyrs Victor, Zoticus, Zeno, Acindynus, and Severian, of Nicomedia (303)
Readings: Acts 2:14-21, Luke 24:12-35
Bright Wednesday, April 19
St. Tryphon, Patriarch of Constantinople (933)
Readings: Acts 2:22-36, John 1:35-51
9am, Office Hours
11am, Wednesday Book Discussion Group: Changes that Heal, Chapters 8 & 9
6pm, Paschal Vespers-Liturgy
7:30, Festal Potluck Supper
Bright Thursday, April 20
Child-martyr Gabriel of Bialystok (1690)
Readings: Acts 2:38-43, John 3:1-15
Bright Friday, April 21
Hieromartyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother, Philippa, and Martyrs Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius (2nd c.)
Readings: Acts 3:1-8, John 2:12-22
9am, Office Hours
Bright Saturday, April 22
St. Theodore the Sykeote, Bishop of Anastasiopolis (613)
Readings: Acts 3:11-16, John 3:22-33
Sunday, April 23, Second Sunday of Pascha, St. Thomas Sunday
Holy Glorious Greatmartyr, Victorybearer and Wonderworker George (303)
Readings: Acts 5:12-20, John 20:19-31
Prosfora: Need Volunteer
Altar Servers: V. Weis
Greeter(s): D. Federinko & B. Edwards
Donut Sponsor(s): Fencik
Chapel Cleaner: Need volunteer
Counters: D. Gresh, M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: D. Abshear
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:30am Youth Group
11:45am: Church School
12pm: Adult Discussion Group led by L. Short