St. Paul the Apostle Orthodox Church
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Fourth Sunday of Pascha. Sunday of the Paralytic.
Hieromartyr Patrick, Bishop of Prussa, and his companions: Presbyters Acacius, Menander, and Polyenus (2nd-3rd c.)
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. Cunninham
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
11:30am Church School/Youth Group/Talent Show
Hymns & Readings:
Paschal Hymn: 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!”
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.
(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!
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:
Sacrifice of Praise
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in the whole world. When writing to certain people the Apostle says he gives thanks for all of them, as he does now in writing to the Romans. . . .
Thus his first expression in this letter starts with a word of thanksgiving. Now to give thanks to God is to offer a sacrifice of praise; and for that reason he adds, “through Jesus Christ,” as through a great high priest. (Origen, Origen Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans 1-5 , p. 77)
Celebrating the Paschal Feast
For, himself led as a lamb
and slain as a sheep,
he ransomed us from the world’s service
as from the land of Egypt,
and freed us from the devil’s slavery
as from the hand of Pharaoh;
and he marked our souls with his own Spirit
and the members of our body with his own blood.
It is he that clouded death with shame
and stood the devil in grief
as Moses did Pharoah.
It is he that struck down crime
and made injustice childless
as Moses did Egypt.
It is he that delivered us from slavery to liberty,
from darkness to light,
from death to life,
from tyranny to eternal royalty…
It is he that was enfleshed in a virgin,
that was hanged on a tree,
that was buried in the earth,
that was raised from the dead,
that taken up to the heights of the heavens.
He is the lamb being slain;
he is the lamb speechless;
he is the one born from Mary the lovely ewe-lamb;
he is the one “taken from the flock” (cf. Ex. 12:5; 1 Sam. 17: 34),
and dragged “to slaughter” (cf. Isa. 53:7),
and sacrificed “at evening” (cf. Ex. 12:6),
and buried “at night” (cf. Ex. 12:8, 10),
who on the tree was “not broken” (cf. Ex. 12:10),
in the earth was not dissolved,
arose from the dead,
and raised up man from the grave below. (Melito of Sardis, Homily on the Pascha, from Paul M. Blowers’s The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity, pp. 98-99)
God Makes the World Make Itself
When we contemplate the physical creation, we see an unimaginable complex, organized on many planes one above another; atomic, molecular, cellular; vegetable, animal, social. And the marvel of it is that at every level the constituent elements run themselves, and, by their mutual interaction, run the world. God not only makes the world, he makes it make itself; or rather, he causes its innumerable constituents to make it. And this in spite of the fact that the constituents are not for the most part intelligent. They cannot enter into the creative purposes they serve. They cannot see beyond the tip of their noses; they have, indeed, no noses not to see beyond, nor any eyes with which to fail in the attempt. All they can do is blind away at being themselves, and fulfil the repetitive pattern of their existence. When you contemplate this amazing structure, do you wonder that it should be full of flaws, breaks, accidents, collisions, and disasters? Will you not be more inclined to wonder why chaos does not triumph; how higher forms of organization should ever arise, or, having arisen, maintain and perpetuate themselves?
Though a thousand species have perished with the mammoth and the dodo, and though all species, perhaps, must perish at the last, it is a sort of miracle that the species there are should have established themselves. And how have they established themselves? Science studies the pattern, but theology assigns the cause: that imperceptible persuasion exercised by creative Will on the chaos of natural forces, setting a bias on the positive and achieving creatures. (Austin Farrer, from The Time of the Spirit, p. 6)
The True Sabbath Rest
In the shadow of the Law given to Moses, God decreed that everyone should rest on the sabbath and do nothing. This was a figure and a shadow of the true Sabbath given to the soul by the Lord. For the soul that has been deemed worthy to have been set free from shameful and sordid thoughts both observes the true Sabbath and enjoys true rest, being at leisure and freed from the works of darkness. There, in the typical Sabbath, even though they rested physically, their souls were enslaved to evils and wickednesses. However, this, the true Sabbath, is genuine rest, since the soul is at leisure and is purified from the temptations of Satan and rests in the eternal rest and joy of the Lord.
Just as then God decreed that also the irrational animals should rest on the Sabbath - that the ox should not be forced under the yoke of necessity, that they should not burden the ass (for even the animals themselves were to rest from their heavy works) - so, when the Lord came and gave the true and eternal Sabbath, he gave rest to the soul of heavily burdened and loaded down with burdens of iniquity, of unclean thoughts, and laboring under restraint in doing works of injustice as though it were under slaver to bitter masters. And he lightened the soul from its burdens, so difficult to bear, of vain and obscene thoughts. And he took away the yoke, so bitter, of the works of injustice, and gave rest to the soul that had been worn out by the temptations of impurity.
For the Lord calls man to his rest, saying, “Come, all you who labor and are heavily burdened and I will refresh you” (Mt. 11:28). And as many persons as obey and draw near, he refreshes them from all these heavy and burdensome and unclean thoughts. And they are at leisure from every iniquity, observing the true, pleasing, holy Sabbath. And they celebrate a feast of the Spirit, of joy and ineffable exultation. They celebrate a pure service, pleasing to God from a pure heart. This is the true and holy Sabbath. Let us, therefore, entreat God that we may enter into this rest (Heb 4:11) and that we may be freed from shameful and evil and vain thoughts sot that thus we may be able to serve God out of a pure heart and celebrate the feast of the Holy Spirit. Blessed is he who enters into that rest. Glory to the Father, who is so well pleased, and the Son and the Holy Spirit, forever. Amen. (Pseudo-Macarius, The Fifty Spiritual Homilies, pp. 204-205)
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.
Church School Announcements
TODAY, May 19, we will start church school slightly early at 11:30am to end in time for the talent show. May 19 is the last day of church school classes. On May 26, we will have an end-of-the year celebration with pizza & outdoor activities and games for the whole parish. Church school will resume at the end of August.
2019 Talent Show!
Please join us TODAY May 19 following coffee hour for the talent show! 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.
Parish Council meets on Tuesday, May 21.
Fr Ted is in Chicago This Week
He is attending the Bishop’s Council and the Diocesan Council meetings. There are no matins, office hours, catechism or discussion group this week.
Wednesday Adult Discussion Group
Our group will not meet this week but will pick up on Wednesday, May 29. 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. When we finish discussing HOW ARE WE SAVED? In a couple of weeks, we will begin a new book, How To Be a Sinner by Peter Bouteneff. If you want to join our Wednesday morning discussion this summer, order a copy of the book now and begin reading.
St. Paul Park Days
We will begin our park meet-up days on Thursday, May 30 here at the church park. Arrive as early as 9:30 and feel free to bring a packed lunch. In case of rain, cancellations will be posted in the St. Paul Facebook page by 8:15am. The complete schedule can be found on the bulletin boards.
Second Saturdays Social Event
The next Second Saturdays Social event will be June 8 beginning at 3pm and ending with Vespers.. Bring the kids for an Orthodox storytime based on one of the saints for the month. We’ll have craft time as well. See Heather Weis with questions!
Prayer for Graduates
We will say a prayer for the blessing of our parish high school and college graduates on Pentecost Sunday, June 16 following the Divine Liturgy. Please submit names of graduates to Erin at email@example.com.
Saint John’s Summer Camp 2019
Sunday, July 14th to Saturday, July 20th at Camp Rivervale in Mitchell, IN. For kids going into 4th grade through college freshman in the fall. There will be fellowship, prayer, teachings, singing, games and great merriment; a week filled with wonder and one you won’t soon forget! REGISTER ASAP - SPACE IS LIMITED; REGISTRATION MAY BE CAPPED! Standard registration is $460 and ends June 30th. It is OKAY if you cannot pay the full registration fee up front as long as full payment is received two weeks before camp. If you need financial assistance, please speak to your parish priest; scholarships are also available through St. John's Camp Program's Scholarship Fund - DON’T let finances be the reason your kids don’t come!! And, don’t forget to INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
For more details and to register, please go to: saintjohnscamp.org/events/sc2019
Questions? Contact Jon Beecham - firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Feast Day Celebration
We will begin our celebration of the feast day of Sts. Peter & Paul on Friday, July 28 with Vespers at 6pm. We will have divine liturgy at 9:30am on July 29 followed by a festal meal catered by Christopher's with outdoor activities (bounce house!) for the kids. Please bring a side dish or dessert. Guests from Annunciation and Assumption Churches will also be invited.
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.
“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 email@example.com. 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 20
Martyr Thalelæus at Aegæ in Cilicia, and his companions, Martyrs Alexander and Asterius (ca. 284)
No Matins or Office Hours
Tuesday, May 21
Holy Equals-to-the-Apostles Emperor Constantine and his mother, Helen (Elena) (327).
6pm Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday, May 22
Midfeast of Pentecost. Martyr Basiliscus, Bishop of Comana (ca. 308).
No Matins, Office Hours, Discussion Group or Catechism Class
Thursday, May 23
St. Michael the Confessor, Bishop of Synnada (831).
Friday, May 24
Ven. Simeon the Stylite (the Younger) of the Wonderful Mountain (596).
No Matins or Office Hours
Saturday, May 25
Hieromartyr Therapon, Bishop of Cyprus (14th c.)
Sunday, May 26
5th SUNDAY OF PASCHA — Tone 4. Samaritan Woman. Apostles Carpus and Alphæus of the Seventy (1st c.)
Prosfora: Olesya Sainz
Altar Servers: D Beleny, J. Cunningham
Greeter(s): D. Federinko, B. Edwards
Epistle: L. Short
Donut Sponsor(s): Topalov
Chapel Vacuum: Need volunteer
Candle care: Need volunteer
Counters: K. Henry, M. Brausch
9:00am Hours: L. Short
9:30am Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
11:30am Fellowship Hour: Team 4
11:45am Church School/Youth Group End of Year Party!
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
June 5 Ascension Vespers-Liturgy 6pm
June 6 Ascension Matins 8:30am
June 9 Anniversary Announcement
June 15 Memorial Liturgy 9:30am
June 16 Pentecost
June 24-28 Vacation Church School at Annunciation