April 23, 2017

Second Sunday of Pascha/St. Thomas Sunday, Tone 1

Holy Glorious Greatmartyr, Victorybearer and Wonderworker George (303)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: A. Makris

Epistle: L. Short

Donut Sponsor(s): Fenciks

Chapel Cleaner: A. Turri & J. Elash

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


Today’s Hymns & Readings:


Paschal Hymn: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Pentecostarion Troparion [Tone 7]: While the tomb was sealed, You, O life, shone forth from the grave, O Christ God. And while the doors were shut, You came unto Your disciples, O Resurrection of all, Renewing through them an upright Spirit in us according to Your great mercy.

St. Thomas Troparion [Tone 8]:  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.

St. Thomas Kontakion, Tone 8: With his searching right hand Thomas probed Your life-bestowing side, O Christ God; For when You entered while the doors were shut, He cried out unto You with the rest of the disciples: You are my Lord and my God.


Prokeimenon [Tone 3]: Great is our Lord and abundant in power.  His understanding is beyond measure!

Epistle: Acts 5:12-20

In those days,

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, 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.


Communion Hymns: Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! The righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance!  He shall not fear evil tidings. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

For Further Reading:

St. Thomas Sunday

“How could a faithful Jew who had recited the Sh’ma since childhood, whose prayers were addressed to God the king of the universe, address Christ as God or Son of God, as the earliest Christians did? Hilary’s answer is that the Resurrection of Christ transfigured everything. When Jesus came and stood among the disciples and he put his finger in his side, Thomas said, “My Lord and my God!” When confronted by the risen Christ one does not say, “How interesting,” but “My Lord and my God!”

            The terms used by Thomas, Lord and God, are significant, and they allow Hilary [d. 367 AD] to Drive home his point. “Lord” and “God” are the terms that occur in the Sh’ma, yet here they are used not of God the creator of the world and the king of the universe, but of Christ. Because of the Resurrection Thomas recognized that the one he knew, who had lived among them, was not just an extraordinary human being but the living God. “No one except God is able to rise from death to life by his own power,” writes Hilary. But his argument runs deeper. He wishes to say not only that the Resurrection revealed something about Christ to His disciples, namely, that he is God; his more penetrating observation is that Resurrection caused them to think about God differently. Once Jesus was raised, writes Hilary, Thomas “understood the whole mystery of the faith,” for “now,” that is, in light of the Resurrection, Thomas was able to confess Christ as God “without abandoning his devotion to the one God.” After the Resurrection he could continue to recite the Sh’ma because he had begun to conceive of the oneness of God differently. Thomas’s confession “my Lord and my God” was not the “acknowledgement of a second God, nor a betrayal of the unity of the divine nature,” it was a recognition that God was not a “solitary God” or a “lonely God.” God is one, says Hilary, but not alone.” (Robert Louis Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought, pp. 91-92)



“The eucharistic body is that of the historical Jesus as well as that of the risen Christ. It is the body of the child in the crib, the body that endured the suffering on the cross - for bread is ‘broken’, the blood ‘poured out’ - the body that is risen and glorified. The term ‘body’ covers the whole human nature. For God’s human nature since the resurrection and the ascension encompasses the world and secretly transfigures it. However, Jesus’s historical body, while allowing itself in the foolishness of love to be contained in a point of space and a brief moment of time, in reality already contained space and time in itself. For it was not the body of a fallen individual, crushing human nature in order to take possession of it. It was the body of a divine Person assuming that nature, with the whole universe, in order to offer them up. Incarnate, the Logos remained the subject of the logoi, the spiritual essences, of all created beings.

            At the same time God-made-man had to accept into himself all our finiteness, our whole condition of separation and death, in order to fill it with his light.

            It is this deified humanity, this deified creation, this transfigured bread and wine, this body bathed in glory yet bearing for ever the wounds of the Passion, that the Eucharist communicates to us.” (Oliver Clement, The Roots of Christian Mysticism: Texts from the Patristic Era with Commentary, pp. 108-109)



“The transmission of this knowledge to succeeding generations also presupposes an experience of relation--the Church’s gospel does not function as the communication of information...It is a relation of trust (faith) in those who once were eyewitnesses to his presence, in the persons who from generation to generation, in an unbroken chain of the same experiential participation, transmit the testimony of their encounter with the gospel’s signs. 

            Faith/trust is a constant struggle to maintain a relation, and the knowledge that faith conveys is the coherent articulation of that struggle. The struggle signifies an attempt to attain something without the certainty that one has attained it--however long the struggle lasts, nothing is sure or safe, nothing may be taken as given. The relation of life is gained or lost from moment to moment…

            The only “objective” information compatible with the ecclesial event is the invitation “Come and see” (John 1:46), that is, a call for human beings to participate in specific relations, relations of communion with life, in a common struggle for each person’s individual self-transcendence and self-offering. And the goal is the knowledge that comes about when a person loves…

            In a religion “faith” may mean the blind acceptance of principles, doctrines, axiomatic statements, the castration of thought and judgement. But in the Church faith (pistis) recovers its original meaning; it is the attainment of trust (in Greek, literally, “enfaithment,” epistosyne), the freedom of self-transcendance--a dynamic realization of relation, with knowledge as its experiential product.”  (Christos Yannaras, Against Religion: The Alienation of the Ecclesial Event, pp. 35-37)


The Resurrection

“The death of the Savior revealed that death held no power over him. The Lord was mortal in respect of His complete human nature; for even in the original nature there was a potentia mortis (capacity of death). The Lord died, but death could not keep Him. He was the eternal life, and through His death He destroyed death. His descent into hell, the kingdom of death, is the powerful revelation of life. By descending into hell, He gives life to death itself. And by the resurrection, the powerlessness of death is revealed. The reality of death is not repealed, but its powerlessness is revealed.” (Georges Florovsky, On the Tree of the Cross, p. 150)


Fr. Ted’s Recent Blog Posts

All of the past week’s posts were related to Pascha and Holy Week: Pascha: The Resurrection, Paschal Message, Bright Monday, Bright Tuesday, Bright Wednesday, Bright Thursday, and Bright Friday.


Sunday Adult Discussion   

The group is meeting today 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. 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.


Wednesday Book Study

Our Wednesday group is not meeting this week, but will resume next week when we will continue our discussion of the book Changes That Heal (Chapter 9).


St Vincent de Paul and St Paul are seven!

St Paul has now been serving meals at St. Vincent de Paul for seven years. Big thanks to all who have helped over this time and special thanks to Ben Lootens for heading it all up! Matthew Jobst will now be coordinating the effort. Interested in helping? Every fifth Sunday come serve and call me if interested.  This month’s time will be April 29th-come at 9:15 AM and stay till about 1:30 PM at 120 W. Apple St. 45402. Please call if coming.


Liturgical Theology Class

Our Liturgical Theology Class for the Diocesan diaconate and catechist program is meeting this Saturday from 2-4:30pm. Topics for this class are the Church Year and the Received Tradition.  Read Hopko’s Spirituality chapters 2-3 (pp 145-181) and from Getcha’s Typikon Decoded chapters 2,3 and 5 (pp 67-140).

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!


Orthodox Summer Camp!

Saint John’s Summer Camp: Sunday, July 16th – Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at Camp Rivervale in Mitchell, IN. For youth going into 4th grade through college freshman in the fall. There will be fellowship, prayer, teachings, singing, games, a climbing wall and zip-line, refreshing pool and water slide, many outdoor sports and activities, and a talent/no-talent show - all in beautiful Southern Indiana! Early bird rate ends 4/30; standard registration ends 7/2; space is limited – don’t wait! If you are in need of financial assistance please speak to your parish priest. Scholarships may also be available through St. John's Camp Program's Scholarship Fund. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! It will be a week filled with wonder and one you won't soon forget - don't miss it for the world! Questions? Contact Jon Beecham, director@saintjohnscamp.org. Go to www.saintjohnscamp.org/events/sc2017 for more details and to register!


A Note from Greg and Becky Coons

Dear St. Paul Parish Community,

With the location of our jobs, a recent promotion, and a great increase in job responsibilities, Becky and I have decided to relocate to Cincinnati this year. This will afford us more time together each day with our family and allow me to better support Becky with our children's activities. As you might imagine there is a lot of planning and investigation regarding our children's schooling, parish community, and home location.We have been visiting parish communities in Cincinnati, hence our absence these past several weeks. Becky and I appreciate our time at St. Paul Orthodox Church and especially spending time with its caring Christian community. Please feel free to contact us anytime. Our phone numbers and email addresses are listed in the directory.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

With Love in Christ,

Greg, Becky, Seth, & Natalie


Thank you from Oasis House

“Thank you for providing your support to Oasis House during the month of March! Your donation of $1650 allowed us to continue the necessary programs and services that are provided each month to the women of Oasis House. We are so incredibly grateful for your organization’s donation.”

Notes from the 17 April Parish Council Meeting

Present: Fr. Ted, Brian Garber, Ann McLarnan, Kerrie Wiese, Janine Elash, Rebecca Barone, Bruce Garber


YTD Financial Report as of 31 March

Income                        $  64,612.59

Expenses                    $  69,112.08

Budget                         $  65,703.33

Assets                         $241,595.12


Donations for 2017 so far are down about $8,000 as compared to 2016.  


Council will review recent updates in Parish Policies from the Risk Committee and adopt the changes if approved.  Council discussed parish policy regarding posting photos of parish members on the Internet.  All members are reminded that not everyone wants photos of themselves circulating on the Internet, please be cautious and courteous about the wishes of members.  Do not publish the names of any children with their photos on the Internet.  While many enjoy seeing photos of church events on the Internet, everyone is reminded to follow good etiquette when using photos of others on the Internet and remove photos of members if they ask you to do so.  


Council discussed possible ways to do community outreach - to invite people to visit the church as well as to make the church better known to the local community - a food truck rally for example might bring visitors to our property and might give them reason to take a look at the church. Icon exhibits have also been a wonderful forum for attracting visitors to the church. //   We anticipate having 46 children in the church school program in September. There will be a church school teacher’s meeting on Sunday, April 30. We do need 4 new teachers for this coming fall, especially needed are teachers for the 3rd-5th grade class and for the junior high class. // Council discussed the possibility of adding playground equipment on the property.  Estimate for equipment installed is between $20-25,000. Council will continue researching the possibility. // Council discussed the volunteer survey which was emailed to all members recently.  It will be sent out again in the near future and hard copies will be made available to encourage more members to respond. // Next meeting is Monday, May 15.

April Charity

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: Tim McLarnan, Emily Engel, Gabe Brausch, Mellie Champ, Martha Osman

Namedays: George Friesel, Marky Champ, Mark Champ, Mark Adrian

God grant you many years!


This Week’s Schedule

Monday, April 24                                                                

Martyr Sabbas of Rome

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

8:30am Matins

9:00am Office Hours

Tuesday, April 25                                                       

Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark

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


Wednesday, April 26 (fast)                

Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea (ca. 322)

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

NO Matins, Office Hours, or Adult Discussion Group.  Fr. Ted is at St. Stephen’s Church in Lima with Bishop Paul


Thursday, April 27

Hieromartyr Simeon, the kinsman of the Lord (107)

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


Friday, April 28 (fast)

Apostles Jason and Sosipater of the Seventy, the Virgin Cercyra, and those with them (1st c.)

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

8:30am Matins

9:00am Office Hours

Saturday, April 29                                     

Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon (3rd c.)

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

2-4:30 Liturgical Theology Class: The Church Year; The Received Tradition.

5:00pm Vespers


Sunday, April 30: Third Sunday of Pascha

Holy Apostle James (Jacob), the brother of St. John the Theologian (44 A.D.). Myrrhbearing Women.

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


Altar Servers: M. Caldwell


Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): N. Muzzy

Chapel Cleaners: George & Pam Friesel

Counters: B. Lootens & D. Gresh

9:00am Hours: B. Edwards

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

     Chrismation of Maria Bellini, Jordan Carpenter, James Cunningham, David Mohler

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:30am Youth Group

11:45am Church School

12pm Adult Discussion Group led by D. Abshear

12:30pm Church School Teacher’s Meeting