St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Entrance 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)

Today’s Schedule:

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

Hymns & Readings:


First Antiphon

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

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.


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 

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


Epistle: Philippians 4:4-9

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 Hymn

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

All children are invited to process behind the altar boys TODAY (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.


Sunday Lenten Book Discussion 

This is the last Sunday that we will be discussing the book Time and Despondency 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.


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.


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 TODAY (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 still 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.


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.


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 interested and what they can free up on their calendar. Please contact David Short  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. 


Notes from the 16 April Parish Council Meeting

Present:  Fr Ted, Bruce Garber, Kerrie Wiese, Heather Wies, Ann McLarnan, Brian Garber, David Short, David Avdakov


Financial Report as of 28 February 2019

Expenses                    $  42,361.73

Income                        $  40,877.56

Budget                         $  44,230.84

Assets                         $237,089.46


Despite several bad weather days in January, donations remained strong for the first two months of the year. Council discussed ways of helping new members to be introduced to others in the parish and for existing members to learn the names of the new members.  Lights are not working in the parking lot and this is being looked into.  Church school is planning an end of the year party for the parish on May 26. The parish Feast celebration will take place on Saturday, June 29 after the Divine Liturgy. Bishop Paul is coming to the parish the weekend of August 11.  Council discussed concerns of church school teachers that children are getting into the classrooms and destroying materials that are meant for lessons. Need to enlist the help of parents to watch their children. Reminder to all: no food is to be taken into the classrooms. 


This Week’s Schedule:


Great and Holy Monday, April 22 (Holy Week Fast)

St. Theodore the Sykeote, Bishop of Anastasiopolis (613).

Readings: Exodus 1:1-20, Job 1:1-12, Matthew 21:18-43

8:30am Bridegroom Matins    6pm Bridegroom Matins        


Great and Holy Tuesday, April 23 (Holy Week Fast)

Holy Glorious Greatmartyr, Victorybearer and Wonderworker George (303)

Readings: Ezekiel 1:21-28 (1:1-28,2:1 LXX), Exodus 2:5-10, Job 1:13-22, Matthew 22:15-23:39


Great and Holy Wednesday, April 24 (Holy Week Fast)

Martyr Sabbas Stratelates (“the General”) of Rome, and 70 soldiers with him (272)

Readings: Ezekiel 2:3-3:3, Exodus 2:11-22, Job 2:1-10, John 12:17-50, Matthew 26:6-16

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


Great and Holy Thursday, April 25 (Holy Week Fast)

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark (1st c.)

Readings: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, Matt. 26:2-20; John 13:3-17; Matt. 26:21-39; Luke 22:43-45; Matt. 26:40-27:2

6pm Vespers-Liturgy, lenten potluck following


Great and Holy Friday, April 26 (Strict Fast)

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

Readings: 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:2, Matt. 27:1-38; Luke 23:39-43; Matt. 27:39-54; John 19:31-37; Matt. 27:55-61

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


Saturday, April 27 (Holy Week Fast Fast)

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

9:30am Vespers-Liturgy

Reception of Marlee Petersen into the Orthodox Faith

11:30pm Nocturnes of Pascha & Midnight Paschal Procession


Sunday, April 28 (Fast-free)

HOLY PASCHA — THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. [Beginning of the Pentecostarion]. Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy, the Virgin Cercyra, and those with them (1st c.).

Readings: Acts 1:1-8, John 1:1-17

Prosfora: A. Makris

Altar Servers: D. Beleny, J. Cunningham

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

Epistle: L. Short

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 16 Pentecost

June 24-28 Vacation Church School at Annunciation