St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, April 29
4th Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of the Paralytic.
Nine Martyrs at Cyzicus: Theognes, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artemas, Magnus, Theodotus, Thaumasius, and Philemon (3rd c.)

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Maria

Altar Servers: D. Abshear, D. Beleny

Greeter(s): D. Short

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Need sponsor

Chapel Vacuum: Friesel

Candle care: Friesel

Counters: B. Lootens, J. Wiese

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:00am Helen Vicen Memorial

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Youth Group/Church School

Noon Young Adult Ministry Committee 

Hymns and Readings:

Paschal Troparion

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

and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!


Tone 3, Troparion (Resurrection)

Let the heavens rejoice! Let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm.

He has trampled down death by death. He has become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world great mercy.


Tone 3, Kontakion (from the Pentecostarion)

By Your divine intercession, O Lord, as You raised up the Paralytic of old, so raise up my soul, paralyzed by sins and thoughtless acts; so that being saved I may sing to You: “Glory to Your power, O compassionate Christ!”


Hymn of Sts. Peter & Paul

O First-Enthroned of the Apostles! Teachers of the Universe! Entreat the Master of all, to grant peace to the world and great mercy to our souls!


Tone 8, Kontakion (Pascha)

You descended into the tomb, O Immortal, You destroyed the power of death. In victory You arose, O Christ God, proclaiming: “Rejoice!” to the Myrrhbearing Women, granting peace to Your Apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.


Tone 1 Prokeimenon

Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us as we have set our hope on You!


Epistle: Acts 9:32-42

Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.


Gospel: John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.


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!

For Further Reading:

Christian Faith

My faith, finally, is that if I am canceled by the power death has in our world, then God’s greater power can overcome it. (John Garvey, Death and the Rest of Our Life, p. 78)



A person who has acquired

            good health in himself

and is aware in his mind

            of what sickness is,

has gained something beneficial,

            and he knows something profitable;

but the person who lies

            in sickness;

and knows in his mind

            what good health is like,

is vexed by his sickness

            and tormented in his mind.


Had Adam conquered,

            he would have acquired

glory upon his limbs,

            and discernment of what suffering is,

so that he might be radiant in his limbs

            and grow in discernment.

But the serpent reversed all this

            and made him taste

abasement in reality,

            and glory in recollection only,

so that he might feel shame at what he had found

            and weep at what he had lost.


The tree was to him

            like a gate;

its fruit was the veil

            covering that hidden Tabernacle.

Adam snached the fruit,

            casting aside the commandment.

When he beheld that Glory


shining forth with its rays,

            he fled outside;

he ran off and took refuge

            amongst the modest fig trees.


In the midst of Paradise God had planted

            the Tree of Knowledge

to separate off, above and below,

            Sanctuary from Holy of Holies.

Adam made bold to touch,

            and he was smitten like Uzziah:

the king became leprous;

            Adam was stripped.

Being struck like Uzziah

            he hastened to leave:

both kings fled and hid,

            in shame at their bodies.


Even though all the trees

            of Paradise

are clothed each in its own glory,

            yet each veils itself at the Glory:

the Seraphs with their wings,

            the trees with their branches,

all cover their faces so as not to behold

their Lord.

They all blushed at Adam

            who was suddenly found naked;

the serpent had stolen his garments,

            for which it was deprived of its feet.


God did not permit

Adam to enter

that innermost Tabernacle:

            this was withheld,

so that he might first prove pleasing

            in his service of that outer Tabernacle.

Like a priest

            with fragrant incense,

Adam’s keeping of the commandment

            was to be his censer;

then he might enter before the Hidden One

            into that hidden Tabernacle.

The symbol of Paradise

            was depicted by Moses

who made the two sanctuaries,

            the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies;

into the outer one,

            entrance was permitted

but into the inner,

            only once a year.

So too with Paradise,

            God closed off the inner part

but He opened up the outer,

            wherein Adam might graze. (Ephrem the Syrian, Treasure-house of Mysteries, pp. 48-50)


Jesus & the Church

Just as Christ could be described and understood by way of the images and titles that were associated with and ascribed to him, so could the Church. Indeed, since formal and extended reflections on the nature of the Church was relatively rare in patristic times-despite the obviously crucial significance of the topic--images, which sometimes appear to be used almost unreflectively, are a valuable means of capturing the early Christian idea of the Church. Three of the most important ones--namely, mother, ark, and virgin-bride--suggest the rudiments of an ecclesiology. The Church was a mother because through baptism it bore and nourished children who formed a single family around it. It was an ark because it carried passengers saved from the flood of sin. And it was a virgin-bride because it renounced the world of carnality and was espoused chastely to Christ. In other words, the Church was a community of the saved, marked by a shared baptism, set apart from the world, and bound to Christ. (Boniface Ramsey, Beginning to Read the Fathers, p. 99)



On my first visit to Armenia in 1990, I visited the home of Anahid and Kevork Oynoyan. They had lost their twelve-year-old son, Armen, in the catastrophic earthquake of December 1988, and Kevork was profoundly depressed as a result. . . .  He got up and brought back a copy of the New Testament and a book that had been distributed by the Hare Krishna sect describing the transmigration and reincarnation of the soul. He asked if I would explain the difference between reincarnation and the Christian belief in the resurrection. He said that in his atheism classes years before he had been taught that Christianity is spiritualist.  If that was so, weren’t reincarnation and resurrection essentially the same?  I suggested that we read 1 Corinthians 15, where St. Paul defends the belief in the resurrection of the body and the soul.  In silence, visibly and deeply absorbed, Kevork read that chapter not once but several times.  Then joyfully shouted, “So Christianity is materialist!”  The darkness had lifted, because in St. Paul’s teaching Kevork had discovered what he had hoped would be there but had not found in the book on reincarnation: the assurance that he would see his son again, recognize him, and be able to love him in an embrace of the resurrected flesh.  In the person of Jesus Christ, God’s love is manifested as life.  Jesus’ resurrection proclaims the triumphant power of love and life over death.  (Vigen Guroian, Life’s Living Toward Dying, pp. 27-28)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog:


May God Grant Many Years!

May God bless Daniel Kuzikov and Katya Loukianova who were united in the sacrament of marriage yesterday and grant them many years of joy and peace together.


Wednesday Bible Discussion

The adult discussion group will resume this Wednesday (April 25) at 11am. Our discussion is focusing on the liturgical Scripture readings from the lectionary for each weekend. This week we will discuss Acts 12:1-11, John 8:31-42 and Acts 11:19-26, 29-30, John 4:5-42


Orthodox Parents in Action at Annunciation Greek Church

Orthodox Parents in Action (OPA) will be meeting on Friday, May 11th from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Athenagoras Room while the kids are entertained in the Nursery and they are hoping some families from St. Paul can join, too! Dinner will be served.  Please bring a drink and/or side to share. The group will discuss getting together through the summer and possibly a family volunteering project/event so bring ideas! (Maybe along the lines of Blessing Bags, a 5k or the disaster kits we all did in the Fall.) Please RSVP to Staky Bambakidis by May 4th.


Memorial Saturday Liturgy

Saturday, May 26 is the next Memorial Saturday in the Orthodox Church and we will do the Divine Liturgy that morning at 9:30am.  Come to the Liturgy that morning and give Fr. Ted the list of names of your deceased loved ones, and he will pray by name for them during the Liturgy.


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


Vacation Church School Registration & Volunteers

Our Vacation Church School program, “Behold the Light” will be Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:40 p.m for ages 5-11. Registration forms can be found on the greeters’ table and can be turned in to Heather Weis or Erin Caldwell by June 10.

            We also need volunteers! To make this program a success, we need your help! If you are available to help as a teacher, snack preparer, nursery staff member, or general helper please sign up! Sign-up sheets are located on the hallway and fellowship hall bulletin boards. Thanks!

For more information, contact Heather Weis.


Coin boxes

Thanks to all those who collected coins during Lent for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. We raised $120!


Risk Committee; Severe Weather

If we were to experience a severe weather warning during Liturgy, the Risk Committee would very discreetly inform Father Ted, who would then make an announcement for all of us to go to our Shelter-In-Place. We would all very calmly go into the Library, Ladies Room, Coat Room, Men’s Room and Lobby and wait until the potential danger is over. We want everyone to be safe, to stay away from windows, and not to run out to their cars. If you have any questions, please ask Any Risk Committee Member (Susan Ruh, Bryan Edwards, David Short, Jeff Wiese). Thank you for your cooperation.


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.


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: Erin Caldwell, Malachi DeLong

Namedays: Isabelle Weis, Zoe Weis, Irene Snodgrass

Anniversary: Chip & Sherri Pritchard, Paul & Lin Paslosky, Nick & Sandy Pacak


God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, April 30

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

Readings: Acts 10:1-16, John 6:56-69

8:30am  Matins           9am  Office Hours


Tuesday, May 1

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

Readings: Acts 10:21-33, John 7:1-13


Wednesday, May 2

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

Readings: Acts 14:6-18, John 7:14-30

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


Thursday, May 3

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

Readings: Acts 10:34-43, John 8:12-20


Friday, May 4

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

Readings: Acts 10:44-11:10, John 8:21-30

8:30am  Matins           9am  Office Hours


Saturday, May 5

Greatmartyr Irene of Thessalonica (1st-2nd c.)

Readings: Acts 12:1-11, John 8:31-42

5pm Vespers


Sunday, May 6

5th SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 4. Samaritan Woman. Righteous Job the Long-suffering (ca. 2000-1500 B.C.)

Readings: Acts 11:19-26, 29-30, John 4:5-42

Prosfora: S. Pacak

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell, J. Fencik

Greeter(s): MK Smith & M. Adrian

Epistle: S. Pacak

Donut Sponsor(s): Schwaninger

Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham

Candle care: Garber

Counters: B. Lootens, R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: S. Pacak

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:45am Youth Group/Church School


Upcoming Events to Remember

May 11             Parent OPA Meeting at Annunciation

May 15            Parish Council Meeting

May 17            Ascension

May 26            Memorial Saturday Liturgy

May 27            Pentecost

June 4             Apostles’ Fast begins

June 25-29      Vacation church school

June 29           Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul