St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Holy Pascha: The Resurrection of Our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ

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

   Today’s Schedule:

Holy Saturday (April 27)

Prosfora: A Makris

Epistle: L. Short

9:30am: Vespers-Liturgy of Holy Saturday

   Chrismation of Marlee Petersen

Prosfora: A. Makris

Altar Servers: J. Cunningham, D. Beleny

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


Hymns & Readings:


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!

Swahili - Kristo Amefufukka! Kweli Amefufukka!


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 You: Alleluia!


3rd Antiphon Refrain:  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.


Paschal 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!


Tone 8 Prokeimenon (Pascha): 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, Swahili, Turkish, Spanish, 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.

For Further Reading:

Recent Posts of Fr Ted’s Blog:

Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday, If You Feel Like You Just Don’t Belong Anywhere in the World, You Belong with Christ, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Holy Friday  -  All of the posts are from Holy Week.

Achpastoral Message of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon Pascha 2019

To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, Distinguished Stewards, and the entire family of the Orthodox Church in America:




Let no one fear death For the Savior’s death has set us free. 

With these words, and the other powerful and inspiring words of his paschal homily, Saint John Chrysostom reminds us of that which Christ has accomplished on this bright and glorious feast of Holy Pascha: the conquering of death, the revelation of the universal Kingdom, and the reign of eternal life. Death has lost its sting and hades has been abolished, mocked, and slain. Christ is risen and life reigns.


Let no one fear death For the Savior’s death has set us free. 

Life reigns and yet, on this bright and saving day, Saint John does not say that it is the Savior’s resurrection that has set us free but rather His death that has done so. We manifest this reality by unceasingly singing that Christ has trampled down death by His death. It is precisely by his voluntary death upon the Cross that Christ now lifts all things unto Himself, as the resurrection icon indicates by depicting the Lord raising Adam and Eve—the whole human race—out of hades with His hands outstretched in the form of a cross.


Let no one fear death For the Savior’s death has set us free. 

Yet, as we know too well, our existence remains full of corruption, illness, and passion, and ends in physical death. So, in what way have we been set free by the Savior’s death? We are set free because, though we suffer, though we endure illness, though we die, we need not fear death. Death is no longer a dark abyss of nothingness, but rather becomes the very place where we behold the risen Lord in all His glory, a glory that today pierces even to the depths of hades. We are free because the grave is no longer our final dwelling place but has become an entrance into another life which is eternal, an entrance into the life which Christ Himself has given to us, ‘to those in the tombs.’


In this new life, we not only come before the presence of the Lord but we gain Him for ourselves. As the Apostle Paul cries out: For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). If we have Christ, we live in Him and our physical death is merely the final veil to true and authentic communion with Him. How could one fear this? What we experience on the bright and radiant day of Pascha is not simply an external light and a passing jubilation but a transformation of our fear, our pain, and our sorrow into a taste of the freedom of everlasting life.


To be free, we need to gain Christ, not in a philosophical or abstract manner, but through our concrete participation in His death and His resurrection: Yesterday, O Christ, I was buried with Thee, and today I rise again with Thee, in Thy rising. By our baptism, all the painful realities of our existence—illness, despair, corruption, and death—are buried in Christ and we rise with Him who has voluntarily borne our human weakness, voluntarily endured our suffering, and voluntarily died. But by so doing, He has, with Himself, lifted up to life eternal all those who become His Body through communion with Him.


Christ is risen and not one dead remains in the grave. 

The resurrection is universal—it is bestowed on all of humanity and all of creation—and therefore you and I are now free to enter into that experience in a very real way. But we need to receive that experience in the very same manner in which the Apostles received and transmitted it: That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this that our joy may be complete. (I John 1:1-4)


Today, all of us—both those who have fasted and those who have disregarded the fast, both the rich and the poor, both the sober and heedless, both the sick and the healthy, both the stable and the confused—are offered this life. It is now our turn to make this joy complete by casting off the fear of death, by voluntarily dying to ourselves and living for others, by burying our passionate desires in the tomb of love, by holding back from rebuking others and by spreading our cloak over those who are falling, by rejoicing with those that rejoice and weeping with those that weep, by suffering with the sick and mourning with sinners, and by strengthening those who repent. In so doing, we will indeed enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast, receive our recompense, and enter into the joy of the Lord. Christ is Risen!


+TIKHON Archbishop of Washington Metropolitan of All America and Canada


2019 Paschal Message of His Grace, Bishop Paul

Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘He who believes will not be in haste.’” (Isaiah 28:16)


Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” (Matthew 21:42)


As we celebrate the three-day Pascha our Lord, these words from Isaiah and Matthew have been on my mind during Lent. The following words of St. Cyril of Alexandria have further helped me to clarify some words I wish to share with you.


For the Savior, although He was a chosen stone, was rejected by those who whose duty it was to build up the synagogue of the Jews in everything that was edifying; and yet He became the head of the corner. Now the sacred Scripture compares to a corner  the gathering together, or joining of two people, Israel I mean, and the Gentiles, in sameness of sentiment and faith. For the Savior has built the two people into one new man, by making peace and reconciling the two in one body to the Father  (Ephesians 2:15). And the so doing resembles a corner, which unites two walls, and, so to speak, binds them together. And this very corner, or gathering together of the two people into one and the same, the blessed David wondered at and said… This—that is the corner—was the Lord’s doing, it is marvelous in our eyes (Psalm 118:22). (St. Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on the Gospel of Luke).


The precious cornerstone is the Cross of our Lord. Our Lord Jesus Christ unites in Himself two people into one, creating a new man. He is that new Man Himself, the new Adam risen from the dead; “the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). How important it is for us to understand that this cornerstone is the way to uniting ourselves in the bond of love and joining together the dualities that exist even in our Orthodox parishes today. There seems to be an increasing tension among our parishes over issues on sexual morality, sanctify of life issues, fears for safety (and how are we to address it) issues of how to deal with immigrants and refugees. But as a bishop once said, “if we start with issues and not Christ, we won’t get anywhere.”


Let us encourage one another to enter into this relationship with the “new Man” Who has united two people into one. Let the Newly-Risen Lord be our guide to navigating the challenging waters of life in this world we live in. Who is the God-Man? What does He tell us about ourselves and who we are? What can He tell us about what it means to be male and female? What can He tell us about what it means to be stewards over the world we live in? What can He tell us about what it means to be in the world but not of the world? What can He tell us about how to live in the world, especially when we find ourselves at odds with that same world we live in? What is to be our witness?


Let us not attempt to address any of the above “issues” in isolation from this cornerstone; once we do, we will only become a “party” or a “faction” and we will be no good to anyone. Let us remember that we are called to be the “salt of the earth” in Christ. If we lose that, we will have nothing to offer this world. Let us seek to promote a spirit of good will and mutual understanding in our parishes. Let us not be so quick to judge. We have Good News to share: Christ is risen from the dead!


I wish you all a glorious, joyful celebration of our Lord’s Pascha. May we come to more deeply know the Eternal Well-Spring of Life, leaving us forever quenched in our thirst for Him. May we come to realize that “He has given all things to us” and that we need nothing else.


Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

+PAUL, Bishop of Chicago and the Midwest


Fr. Ted’s 2019 Paschal Message

Dear Fellow Members of St Paul Parish,


For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us as we sing the song of victory: Christ is risen from the dead! (Hymn of Pascha)


Great Lent is a spiritual journey.  At the beginning of Lent, we began reading the Book of Genesis.  We were expelled with Eve and Adam from Paradise and sent into this world in which we live.  We migrated into Egypt with Joseph, and then God called us out of that great civilization into the desolate desert.  Now at Pascha we travel from earth to heaven.  Our sojourn has thus taken us from Paradise to this world, to the desert, to Hades and then back to the world and now to heaven itself.   A journey from the earth to the moon is nothing compared to what we undertake every Lent!  And that journey to the moon costs millions of dollars to get two people to the moon, while our spiritual journey was free and there is no limit to the number of people who can make the journey.


The Gospel reading for the Pascha midnight service, perhaps surprisingly, is not one of the Resurrection accounts, but rather from Chapter 1 of John which takes us back to the beginning of time, to the beginning of creation, to the Big Bang.   This Gospel reading helps us understand the resurrection of Christ as a universal event – not something that happened at a moment 2000 years ago, but one which brings us to eternity.


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.


We thus travel every Great Lent the breadth and depth of time and space!  Nothing is left untouched by Christ, not even death’s kingdom.  Christ, the one in whom life dwells, brings life not only to Hades, but in baptism, He comes to dwell in each of us.  As St Paul says:


I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.   (Galatians 2:20)


We have the Word not only dwelling in our midst but also within each of us.  As we prayed each time we celebrated the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts during Lent:   


may we be united to Your Christ Himself, our true God, Who has said, “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him,” that by Your Word, O Lord, dwelling within us and sojourning among us, we may become a temple of Your all-holy and adorable Spirit … 


Throughout our long Lenten sojourn which has taken us from the beginning of time to its end (and just in 6 weeks!), Christ has sojourned with us – at every moment and in every place Christ is with us always and in all ways.


Our Lenten sojourn has accomplished what God intended from the beginning:


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.


Christ is risen!


Wishing you a joyous celebration of the resurrection of Christ.  Thank you both for traveling with me and  for having made this great voyage possible for me.


Fr. Ted


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.


Wednesday Adult Discussion Group

Our group is not meeting this week but will resume meeting on May 8. We are discussing Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s book How Are We Saved? You can order your copy online. Please join us for the discussion when we meet again. You are welcome to attend even if you don’t have a copy of the book.


St. Paul Ladies Gathering

Join the ladies Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 for some fellowship and delicious Ethiopian food at Nanya Cafe (6129 N. Dixie Dr. Dayton). We hope to see you there!


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 May 19 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.

This Week’s Schedule:

Bright Monday, April 29 (Fast Free)

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

Readings: Acts 1:12-17, 21-26, John 1:18-28

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours      


Bright Tuesday, April 30 (Fast Free)

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

Readings: Acts 2:14-21, Luke 24:12-35


Bright Wednesday, May 1 (Fast Free)

Prophet Jeremiah (6th c. B.C.).

Readings: Acts 2:22-36, John 1:35-51

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours                  


Bright Thursday, May 2 (Fast Free)

St. Athanasius the Great, Patriarch of Alexandria (373).

Readings: Acts 2:38-43, John 3:1-15

6:30pm Ladies Gathering at Nanya Cafe


Bright Friday, May 3 (Fast Free)

Ven. Theodosius, Abbot of the Kiev Caves Monastery and Founder of Cœnobitic Monasticism in Russia (1074).

Readings: Acts 3:1-8, John 2:12-22

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, May 4 (Fast Free)

Virgin Martyr Pelagía of Tarsus in Asia Minor (ca. 290).

Readings: Acts 3:11-16, John 3:22-33

5pm Vespers


Sunday, May 5

ANTIPASCHA. 2nd SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 1. St. Thomas Sunday.Great Martyr Irene (1st-2nd c.).

Readings: Acts 5:12-20, John 20:19-31

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: J. Cunningham, D. Abshear

Greeter(s): MK Smith, M. Adrian

Epistle: A. McLarnan

Donut Sponsor(s): Smith

Chapel Vacuum: S. Osman

Candle care: Garber

Counters: B. Lootens, M. Pearson

9:00am Hours: A. McLarnan

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Church School/Youth Group


Upcoming Dates to Remember:

May 19 Talent Show

June 6 Ascension

June 9  Anniversary Announcement

June 16 Pentecost

June 24-28 Vacation Church School at Annunciation