Palm Sunday begins the observance of the eight days that encapsulate all of time and eternity as relates to man. The days begin with the proclamation on earth of the entry of the Messiah into Jerusalem and end with the Eternal King rising in incomprehensible victory to establish the heavenly Jerusalem and His eternal reign. On Palm Sunday, we begin the days of the full exhibition of the awful corruption sin has spread in mankind and the measureless love that heals and deifies our humanity. Today we thrill at the picture of Christ and the praises of the people, the object of adoration yet the perfection of humility. The imagery of the scene is beyond description: the King amidst His people, the palm and olive branches symbolizing His victory, His anointing, His peace; the cloaks and garments cast before Him symbolizing our complete submission to His will; the cries of adoration, of "Hosanna," the coming of the Lord. Yet, on this day we are also near enough to feel acutely the dread of His passion, the desolation of the trial and Golgotha. This day also begins the week of the Eighth Day, the entry to eternity. As we observe Palm Sunday, we observe all history and the fulfillment of all history.
Philippians 4:4-9: The Apostle Paul encourages us in the reading from his letter to the Philippians: we are to rejoice in the Lord and to let our concerns and desires be made known to God in prayer and supplication. By doing so, he tells us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.
John 12:1-18: In anticipation of her Lord's passion, Mary anoints Jesus' feet with costly ointment, foreshadowing His coming death. Jesus then enters Jerusalem shortly before Passover in fulfillment of Zechariah's prophecy.
First Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before thy Passion, thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Second Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when we were buried with thee in Baptism, we became deserving of thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise thee, crying, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Kontakion of Palm Sunday: Seated upon Thy throne in heaven, and a foal on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children: Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.
Sunday, April 8 (Palm Sunday) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- Annual Catfish Fry 6:30 p.m. -- Bridegroom Matins
Monday, April 9 (Great and Holy Monday) Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:30 p.m. -- Bridegroom Matins Tuesday, April 10 (Great and Holy Tuesday) 6:30 p.m. --Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, April 11 (Great and Holy Wednesday) 6:30 p.m. -- Holy Unction Service (remember to fast)
Thursday, April 12 (Great and Holy Thursday) 6:00 a.m. -- Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 6:30 p-.m. -- Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels
Friday, April 13 (Great and Holy Friday) 3:00 p.m. -- Taking down from the Cross 6:30 p.m. -- Lamentations Service
Saturday, April 14 (Great and Holy Saturday) 9:00 a.m. -- Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 10:30 p.m. -- Paschal Service
Sunday, April 15 (PASCHA) TBA -- Agape Vespers at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for Lazarus Saturday yesterday and by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy today.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour April 8 Katool Meadows/Joanna/Freundt April 12 (Thurs. a.m.) Schelver Meadows April 14 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Cooper April 14 (Sat. p.m.) Jones Jones/Chamblee/? April 22 Meadows Meadows/Lasseter April 29 Joanna Meadows Ellis/Zouboukos
Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read. April 8 Tom Skirtech Phil. 4:4-9 294 April 12 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295 April 14 (Sat. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Rom. 6:3-11 300-301 April 14 (Sat. p.m.) Walt Wood Acts 1:1-8 25 April 22 Warren Strain Acts 5:12-20 32 April 29 Mildred Morris Acts 6:1-7 38
Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
Please be reminded of the following: Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully. Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Maria Costas; Amy and Michael Surratt and Amy's family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and Jennifer's mother, Jessamine Hinkson; Warren and Sandi Strain and their family; Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner's mother Mary Jean; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia's grandson) and his family; Dorin and Carolina Lavric and Victor (Carolina's brother); Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon's sister); Joanna Meadows and Jay Davis (as they prepare for their wedding).
Date Changes for Baptism and Chrismation: due to a change in schedules, Oliver Yeatts will be chrismated during the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil on Great and Holy Saturday morning (instead of May 12th). Isabelle Goss will be baptized on Saturday, April 21st at 10:30 a.m. (instead of Great and Holy Saturday as announced last week).
Confessions: Please go ahead and schedule your confessions so we do not have so many people trying to fit it in just before Holy Week. No confessions will be heard after Great and Holy Wednesday.
Opportunity for Almsgiving: Ian Jones will be travelling to Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala the first week in June as part of a mission team led by Father Chad Hatfield. They plan to help the nuns prepare for their patronal feast, catechize incoming members of the church and help in moving the orphanage out to the monastery and away from its current location in one of the most crime-ridden parts of Guatemala City. As a team member, he is attempting to raise $1100. If you would like to contribute to this cause, make your check out to St. Vladimir's Seminary, earmarked "Guatemala Mission Trip 2012," and mail it to Ian at the following address: St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary
When you host Coffee Hour or the meal for a Feast please make sure that the oven, warmer, and coffee maker are turned off afterwards. On several occasions in the past, the cleaning ladies have found the oven still on when they came in to clean later during the week.
Breakfast and Bible Study: will resume after Pascha -- date TBA. This is open to all who are interested. Be sure to come and enjoy the fellowship.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * We will hold our annual catfish dinner today following the Divine Liturgy. Meals will be all-you-can-eat catfish, hushpuppies, cole slaw and French fries. Cost of the meal will be $9 for adults and children 12 and over, and $6 for children 5-11. Please be sure to stay for the fun and fellowship. * The schedule of services for Holy Week is as follows: Sunday, April 8 Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 Holy Unction Service, 6:30 p.m. (remember to fast) Thursday, April 12 Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, 6:00 a.m. Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels, 6:30 p.m . Friday, April 13 Royal Hours, 6:00 a.m. Taking down from the Cross, 3:00 p.m. Lamentations Service, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, 9:00 a.m. Paschal Service, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15 Agape Vespers at Holy Resurrection, time TBA * His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here the weekend of May 6, 2012 to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary as a parish. The planning committee is working very hard to make our celebration a memorable one. There will be an evening event at the MS Museum of Art on Saturday, May 6th. Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months. * Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – July 21st and December 29th.
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is turned off.
Fasting Discipline for April The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except Palm Sunday on April 8th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). There is no fasting of any kind during the week following Pascha (Bright Week). Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline is once again observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for April April 23 Great-martyr George April 29 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
Happy Anniversaries in April: April 12 -- Mike and Cheryl Piggott (#31!) April 25 -- Jim and Desi Roehner (#63!) April 28 -- Anthony and Athena Zouboukos (#22!)
Happy Birthdays in April: April 6 -- John Wood (#19!) April 11 -- Brandon Strain (#10!)
Quotable: "Let us have a look at another, perhaps less threatening, example. A woman speaking to her mother is not exactly the same person as when she speaks to her own child. Anyone who is present at a large family gathering will see individuals switching from being a child to being a parent with great ease. It is no huge psychological feat. I remember seeing a television program about the present queen of Great Britain that showed her attending a horseracing event. At one point she turned to her own mother, who had, one imagines, just made some sort of off-camera parental comment. She reacted just as any little child would ("oh Mummy!"), in a tone far removed from the regal dignity and bearing she often exhibits. If this sort of behavior holds true for a queen, it probably holds true for the rest of us as well." Archimandrite. Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, April 8, 2012 (Palm Sunday)
Scripture: Acts 1:1-8; John 1:1-17 Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Coffee Hour: Jones/Chamblees/?