Weekly Bulletin for St. Paul Orthodox Church — April 30, 2017

Third Sunday of Pascha/Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women, Tone 2

Holy Apostle James, the brother of St John the Theologian

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Freezer supply

Altar Servers: M. Caldwell

Greeter(s): D. Federinko

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

11:15am  Memorial: Phyllis Warner, Helen Vicen

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:30am Youth Group

11:45am Church School

12pm Adult Discussion Group led by D. Abshear


Today’s Hymns and Readings:

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

Troparion Righteous Joseph [Tone 2]: The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Your most pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb. But You rose on the third day, O Lord, granting the world great mercy.


Myrrhbearing Women Troparion [Tone 2]: The angel came to the myrrhbearing women at the tomb and said: Myrrh is fitting for the dead; but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption! So proclaim: The Lord is risen, granting the world great mercy.


Myrrhbearing Women Kontakion [Tone 2]: You commanded the myrrhbearers to rejoice, O Christ God! By Your Resurrection, You stopped the lamentation of Eve, the first mother! You commanded them to preach to Your apostles: The Savior is risen from the tomb.


Paschal Kontakion [Tone 8]: You descended into the tomb, O Immortal. You destroyed the power of death. In victory you arose, O Christ God, proclaiming rejoice to the myhrrbearing women, granting peace to your apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.


Prokeimenon [Tone 6]: O Lord, save Your people, / and bless Your inheritance.

Epistle: Acts 6:1-7

Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them. Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.


Gospel: Mark 15:43-16:8

Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time. So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away – for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.” So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


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: Receive the Body of Christ; taste the fountain of immortality. Praise the Lord from the heavens! Praise Him in the highest! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

For Further Reading:

Women Disciples of the Lord

3rd Century Christian theologian Origen commenting on Romans 16:1-2 notes that the Myrrhbearing women were not the only females to have served the Church.  Women continued serving in recognized offices in the Church throughout the early centuries of Christianity. “’I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, so that you  may receive her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may  require from you, for she has helped many and myself as well.’ [Romans 16:1-2] This passage teaches us, with apostolic authority, that women were appointed to the ministry of the church. Paul describes Phoebe, who held office in the church of Cenchreae, with great praise and commendation.   He lists her outstanding deeds and says, she has helped many, ready whenever they were in difficulty, and myself as well, in my troubles and my apostolic labors, with full devotion. I would compare her work to that of Lot; because he always offered hospitality, he merited to receive angels as guests. Similarly Abraham, who always went out to meet strangers, merited that the Lord and his angels would stop and rest in his tent. In the same way, Phoebe, since she offered and provided assistance to everyone, merited to become a benefactor of the Apostle. This passage provides two lessons: women served as ministers in the church and those appointed to the ministry of the church should be benefactors to many and through their good services merit the praise of the apostles. The passage also encourages Christians to honor those who commit themselves to good works in the church; whether they serve spiritual or fleshly needs, they should be held in honor.” (J. Patout Burns Jr., Romans: Interpreted by Early Christian Commentators, Kindle Loc. 7510-18)


Being a Disciple

You say that you have no success. Indeed, there will be no success so long as you are full of self-indulgence and self-pity. These two things show at once that what is uppermost in your heart is “I” and not the Lord. It is the sin of self-love, living within us, that gives birth to all our sinfulness, making the whole man a sinner from head to food, so long as we allow it to dwell in the soul. And when the whole man is a sinner, how can grace come to him? It will not come, just as a bee will not come where there is smoke.

            There are two elements in the decision to work for the Lord: First a man must deny himself, and secondly he must follow Christ (Mark 8:34). The first demands a complete stamping out of egoism or self-love, and consequently a refusal to allow any self-indulgence or self-pity--whether in great matters or small. (St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer, p. 260, from St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, Heavenly Wisdom from God-illuminated Teachers on Conquering Depression, pp. 55-56)


The Eucharist 

The Holy Eucharist is given by the Lord “in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:25). First of all, in sensu realissimo, the Eucharist is the power of the Incarnation, the realized and abiding Divine-humanity, including all the faithful: “we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread” (10:17). The Divine Eucharist is the abiding of Christ in the world, His connection with the world, despite the ascension: “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20) by the Holy Spirit, sent by Him into the world from the Father: and I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever...I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you” (John 14:16, 18).  

            Communion with the body and blood is therefore not yet all that the Eucharist signifies as the divine “It is finished” (John 19:30), as the sacrificial and abiding Incarnation. It is the sacrament of sacraments, the foundation of all the sacraments, and its accomplishing power is the Pentecost, the coming into the world of the Holy Spirit, who “shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you “ (14:26). “In remembrance of me [anamnesin]” and “to bring...to your remembrance [hypomnesei] are closely connected, which is expressed in the fact that the “breaking of the bread” appears in the life of the Church only after the Pentecost, as the accomplishment of Divine humanity.

            Thus, originally, in the apostolic age, the Divine Eucharist as the basis of all the sacraments was exclusively that which it is as the realization of the body of the Church as the body of Christ. Its essential character was not hierarchical but koinonic. That is, its character was one of sobornost, but this character was replaced as early as the second century by hierarchism, which, of course, did not completely eliminate it, but was capable of obscuring it. How this happened has to be explained by church history. (Sergius Bulgakov, The Bride of the Lamb, pp. 286-287).



Knowing as we do that we are responsible both for the salvation of our neighbors and their loss, let us so regulate our life as not only to be sufficient for ourselves but also to prove an occasion of instruction to others, so that we may draw down on us here and now the favor from God, and may in the future enjoy God’s loving kindness in generous measure, thanks to the grace and mercy of his only-begotten Son, to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit be glory, power and honor, now and forever, for ages of ages. Amen. (St. John Chrysostom, The Fathers of the Church: St. John Chrysostom Homilies on Genesis, Homily 7, p. 104)


Recent Posts on Fr. Ted’s Blog   


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 Greatest Virtue is Love, “God is Love” & “Love of God”. Please come for a lively discussion led by Dave Abshear.


Church School Teacher Meeting

There will be a teacher meeting on May 7 immediately following church school. We will be discussing the end of the year and plans for the 2017-2018 school year. All those interested in helping with the church school program are encouraged to attend the meeting. Please direct all questions to Kerrie Wiese.


Wednesday Book Study

Is not meeting this week but will resume on Wednesday, May 10 at 11 am to discuss Chapter 9 of Changes that Heal.  


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! Contact Mary Schwaninger if you have any questions.


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!


Popadia Nedelkoff

Popadia is currently in the rehab building at Dorothy Love Nursing home in Sidney. She would love to get some cards/visitors. The address is:

Marilyn Nedelkoff

℅ Dorothy Love Nursing Home

3003 West Cisco Road, Sidney, OH 45365


Memorials Today:

The memorials we are doing today are for Phyllis Warner, the wife of Dave Cooper and Helen Vicen, mother of Paul Vicen.


Thank you: Homefull

“Thank you so much for your generous gift of $600 that you recently made to Homefull. Your support is critical as we continue our strategic work to end homelessness in our community by providing housing, services, advocacy and education...We appreciate your commitment to our vision of ‘a community where there is no homelessness.’”


Thank you: St. Vincent de Paul

“We are very grateful for your gift of $600 and your support of the ministries of St. Vincent de Paul. Your gift empowers us to help nearly 900 persons every day: in our shelters, in our other housing ministries, in our nine food pantries, in our Furniture Bank, and in the 34 Conferences of St. Vincent de Paul that help your neighbors stay in their homes and avoid homelessness. Thanks so much for your generosity. We couldn’t do our work without you.


Thank you: Orthodox Christian Mission Center Coin Boxes

Thanks to all who collected coins and made donations during Lent for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. We collected over $100!


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: Erin Caldwell, Ana Moore

Namedays: Isabelle Weis, Irene Snodgrass

Anniversaries: Chip & Sheri Prichard, Rich & Diane Helferich, Paul & Lin Paslosky, Nick & Sandy Pacak


God grant you many years!

This Week’s Schedule

Monday, May 1                                                        

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

Readings: Acts 6:8-7:5, 47-60, John 4:46-54

8:30am Matins

9:00am  Office Hours

Tuesday, May 2                                                      

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

Readings: Acts 8:5-17, John 6:27-33


Wednesday, May 3 (fast)                

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

Readings: Acts 8:18-25, John 6:35-39

NO Matins, Office Hours, or Adult Discussion Group.  


Thursday, May 4

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

Readings: Acts 8:26-39, John 6:40-44


Friday, May 5 (fast)

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

Readings: Acts 8:40-9:19, John 6:48-54

8:30am: Matins

9:00am: Office Hours


Saturday, May 6                                        

Righteous Job the Long-suffering (ca. 2000-1500 B.C.)

Readings: Acts 9:20-31, John 15:17-16:2

5:00pm: Vespers


Sunday, May 7: Fourth Sunday of Pascha/Healing of the Paralytic

Repose of St. Alexis Toth, Confessor and Defender of Orthodoxy in America (1909)

Readings: Acts 9:32-42, John 5:1-15

Prosfora: E. Caldwell

Altar Servers: D. Abshear

Greeter(s): MK Smith

Epistle: E. Caldwell

Donut Sponsor(s): Perez

Chapel Cleaners: Need volunteers

Counters: B. Lootens & R. Wagner

9:00am Hours: Need a volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Potluck

11:30am Youth Group

11:45am Church School

12pm Adult Discussion Group in the Fellowship Hall: Pascha - The Resurrection

12:30pm Church School Teacher’s Meeting