St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church

Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Third Sunday of Pascha. Myrrhbearing Women.
Mother's Day.

Today’s Schedule:

Prosfora: Need volunteer

Altar Servers: V. Weis, D. Beleny

Greeter(s): D. Short, M. Brausch

Epistle: M. Pearson

Donut Sponsor(s): Helferich

Chapel Vacuum: T. Jacobs

Candle care: J. Elash

Counters: B. Garber, J. Elash

9:00am Hours: M. Pearson

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Abshear Memorial

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 2

11:45am Church School/Youth Group

Hymns & Readings:

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


Tone 2 Troparion (Resurrection)

When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”


Tone 2 Troparion (from the Pentecostarion)

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.


Tone 2 Troparion (from the Pentecostarion)

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.’”


Tone 2 Kontakion (from the Pentecostarion)

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!” now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen.


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.


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.


(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)

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!             


Communion Hymn  

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!  Praise your God, O Zion! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

For Further Reading:

The Motherhood of Every Believer

True obedience is thus true love for God, the true response of Creation to its Creator. Humanity is fully humanity when it is this response to God, when it becomes the movement of total self-giving and obedience to Him. But in the “natural” world the bearer of this obedient love, of this love as response, is the woman. The man proposes, the woman accepts. This acceptance is not passivity, blind submission, because it is love, and love is always active. It gives life to the proposal of man, fulfills it as life, yet it becomes fully love and fully life only when it is fully acceptance and response. This is why the whole creation, the whole Church—and not only women—find the expression of their response and obedience to God in Mary the Woman, and rejoice in her. She stands for all of us, because only when we accept, respond in love and obedience—only when we accept the essential womanhood of creation—do we become ourselves true men and women; only then can we indeed transcend our limitations as “males” and “females.” For man can be truly man—that is, the king of creation, the priest and minister of God’s creativity and initiative—only when he does not posit himself as the “owner” of creation and submits himself—in obedience and love—to its nature as the bride of God, in response and acceptance. And woman ceases to be just a “female” when, totally and unconditionally accepting the life of the Other as her own life, giving herself totally to the Other, she becomes the very expression, the very fruit, the very joy, the very beauty, the very gift of our response to God, the one whom, in the words of the Song, the king will bring into his chambers, saying: “Thou art all fair, my love, there is no spot in thee” (Ct. 4:7). (Fr. Alexander Schmemann from For the Life of the World, found in Building an Orthodox Marriage, p. 25)



If you want a life of discipleship,

do not allow the desire for material possessions

to get a grip on you.

A disciple with many possessions

is like a ship that has been too heavily laden.

It is lashed by the storms of cares

and sinks in the deep waters of distress.

The love of money gives birth to many evil obsessions

and has rightly been called the “root of all evil.”

(Theodoros the Ascetic, The Book of Mystical Chapters, p. 58-59)


The Resurrection

Through His Resurrection, Christ put an end to death, changing it into a necessary passage to immortality. Seen in this perspective, death frees us from the demands and conditions of the fall. Death, the fruit of corruption and “corruptibility,” allows us to move beyond time, which in turn abolishes the corruptibility of death. There is one condition, however: that this movement be an entrance into the Kingdom already present in this world. This is what allows Death to open onto eternity. According to St. Irenaeus of Lyons:

            This is why God cast [Adam] out of Paradise and sent him far from the tree of life; not because He kept this tree of life form him out of jealousy, as some have dared to maintain, but He acted out of compassion, so that man might not remain in sin forever, so that the sin which weighed him down might not be immortal, so that evil might not be without end and thus without remedy. He kept him from his transgression, therefore, by introducing him an end through the dissolution of the flesh which would take place in the earth so that man, having “died to sin” [Rom 6:2], might be “alive to God” (Adv. Haer., III, 23, 6).

            Through His Incarnation, the Logos of creation penetrated matter, His own work. The Infinite became incarnate and subject to space; the Eternal entered time. By coming into the world Christ transformed time and space, effecting a revolution with profound consequences. As God-Man He did not merely assume the corporeal limitations of our condition, He surpassed them. Destined to die by virtue of His Incarnation, whereby He entered into time and space, the crucified Christ bears the suffering and death of every person throughout time and space. Through His Ascension and Resurrection, He leads us beyond the cycle of time, to the never-setting sun. (Michael Quenot, The Resurrection and the Icon, p. 210)


The Myrrhbearing Women Seeking the Lord

There are some, Dearly Beloved, who seem to be seeking the Lord, but since they are slothful, and strangers to virtue, they do not deserve to find Him; nor, when found, to see Him. What however were these holy women seeking at the tomb, if not the Body of the Lord Jesus? And you, what is it you are seeking in the Church if not Jesus, that is, the Savior? But if you wish to find Him, the sun being now risen, then come as these women came; that is, let there be no darkness of evil in your hearts; for the desires of the flesh, and works that are evil, are darkness. They in whose hearts there is darkness of this kind see not like light, and understand not Christ; for Christ is the Light.

            Therefore, drive the darkness from you, brethren; that is, all sinful desires, and all evil works, and provide yourselves with sweet spices, that is earnest prayer, saying with the psalmist: Let my prayer, O Lord, be directed as incense in thy sight (Ps. cxl. 2). (St Ambrose, The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers, p. 218)


Recent Posts on Fr Ted’s Blog


Bell Ringing During the Pascha Season

As we did last year, any children who wish, may help ring a bell during the “Christ is Risen” at the beginning and end of liturgy until Ascension. Please have your child quietly meet in the area by the choir to get a bell to ring.


Wednesday Adult Discussion Group

Our group will continue meeting this Wednesday, May 15. 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.


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.


Parish Council

Parish Council meets on Tuesday, May 21.


May Charity

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:3). This month our donation will go to the Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry to support those involved in prison ministries, to bring the Gospel to those in jails and prisons throughout the country.


Summer Book Discussion?

Interested in joining a book discussion this summer?  Fr. Ted is recommending that we read and discuss together the book CONTEMPLATING CHRIST: THE GOSPELS AND THE INTERIOR LIFE  by Vincent Pizzuto. The book is available as a paperback (about $20) and on Kindle ($12). The book explores issues of discipleship, asceticism and the spiritual life. If you would like to discuss this book with your fellow parishioners, please let Fr. Ted know. If we get enough people interested, we can have more than one discussion group on the book. We can have a discussion on summer Sundays after fellowship hour and can do a discussion on a summer evening. Let Fr. Ted know when you would want to meet to discuss this book. It is an excellent book - even though its author is not Orthodox - offering insight into the interior life and also challenging us to grow in our practice of our Faith. The book takes a very practical look at the theological claim that God became human so that humans might become God -  incarnation and deification are two pillars of our salvation.


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:

Monday, May 13

Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (ca. 177).

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

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours      


Tuesday, May 14

Martyr Isidore of Chios (251).

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


Wednesday, May 15

Ven. Pachomius the Great, Founder of Cœnobitic Monasticism (348 A.D.).

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

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours       11am  Adult Discussion Group                      6:30pm  Catechism/Inquirer’s Class 


Thursday, May 16

Ven. Theodore the Sanctified, disciple of Ven. Pachomius the Great (368)

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


Friday, May 17

Apostle Andronicus of the Seventy and his fellow-laborer, Junia (1st c.). 

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

8:30am Matins            9am Office Hours


Saturday, May 18

Martyr Theodotus of Ancyra, and with him Martyrs Peter, Dionysius, Andrew, Paul, Christina, and the seven Virgin Martyrs: Alexandra, Tecusa, Claudia, Phaïna, Euphraisa, Matrona, and Julia, who suffered under Decius (303).

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

5pm Vespers


Sunday, May 19

4th SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 3. Paralytic. Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prussa, and his companions: Presbyters Acacius, Menander, and Polyenus (2nd-3rd c.)

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

Prosfora: D. Federinko

Altar Servers: B. Garber, G. Coons

Greeter(s): D. Helferich, M. Jobst

Epistle: Need volunteer

Donut Sponsor(s): Garbers

Chapel Vacuum: J. Cunningham

Candle care: R. Helferich

Counters: J. Weise, Michaela Topalov

9:00am Hours: Need volunteer

9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 3

11:45am Church School/Youth Group

Talent Show

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

June 6 Ascension

June 9  Anniversary Announcement

June 16 Pentecost

June 24-28 Vacation Church School at Annunciation