St. Mark Orthodox Church of Irvine
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

THE LAMENTATIONS SERVICE OF GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY

April 17th, 2014 by webmasterER

THE LAMENTATIONS SERVICE OF GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY

(BEING THE MATINS OF HOLY SATURDAY, SUNG BY ANTICIPATION)

ST. MARK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF IRVINE

At the end of the Great Doxology we will process around the outside of the church, while singing “Holy God…” Please light your candles in the entry way as you leave the building and extinguish them as you return.  Please use the plastic cups on the candles. (Take care that the plastic cups do not melt or catch fire).

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As you leave the church this evening, you will greet your relatives and friends.  In so doing please remember that this is a solemn night, for which loud talk and laughter are not appropriate.  Let’s continue our fast from “idle talk,” and save our celebration for Pascha !

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SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR Holy Saturday AND PASCHA

Saturday April 19th, 10:00  a.m. Divine Liturgy of Holy Saturday.

Saturday/Sunday, 11:00 p.m. Rush Service, Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha.

Pascha Breakfast follows the service.

Next week services and events

Sunday April 20th, Agape Vespers of Pascha, 1:00 p.m.

Thursday April 24, Evening Liturgy for Feast of our Patron, the holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming Services & Events

St. John’s Greek Festival. Friday May 16, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 at St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church 405 N. Dale Ave, Anaheim.

Free admission coupons are available at the table in our church hall along with flyers for more information. Please support them!

Saturday May 17th, 12:00 P.M. Mother Daughter Tea at the church hall

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West
2014
Parish Life ConferenceJuly 1-6, 2014
Hosted by St. Nicholas Church, San Francisco, California

Make your reservations early as the hotel space is filling rapidly!

“The predominant note [of the Lamentations service] is not so much one of mourning as of watchful expectation.  For the time being God observes a Sabbath rest in the tomb, but we look forward to the moment when He will rise again, bringing new life and recreating the world.

Today Thou dost keep holy the seventh day, Which Thou hast blessed of old by resting from Thy works.  Thou bringest all things into being and Thou makest all thing new, Observing the sabbath rest, my Savior, and restoring Thy strength.

At the end of the service, all go with the Epitaphion around the outside of the church, singing ‘Holy God…’, exactly as they would at a funeral.  And yet this is not in fact a funeral procession at all.  God had died on the Cross, and yet he is not dead.  He who died, the Word of God, is the Life Himself, holy and immortal; and our procession through the night signifies that He is now proceeding through the darkness of Hell, announcing to Adam and to all the dead His coming Resurrection, in which they are also called to share.” — From The Meaning of the Great Fast, by Bishop Kallistos Ware.

Thanks to Wafa Hanna, and to all the ladies who helped in decorating the Bier and our Church with flowers for tonight’s service. Charlotte Hanna was responsible for our Palm Sunday decorations.

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Sunday Bulletin – April 13th, 2014

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April 13th, 2014

CHANGES FOR THE PALM SUNDAY DIVINE LITURGY

Refrain of Second Antiphon: O Son of God, who rode upon the foal of an ass, save us who sing to Thee, Alleluia.

Entrance Hymn: Priest: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. The Lord is God and hast appeared unto us.   People: Save us O Son of God, who rode upon the foal of an ass, who sing unto Thee, Alleluia.

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion for Palm Sunday in the First Tone: O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before thy passion, thou didst reveal the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we like the children carry palms of victory and triumph and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord!

Troparion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Tone: When we were buried with thee in baptism, O Christ God, we became deserving of the resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise thee, crying unto thee: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord!

Kontakion for Palm Sunday Tone 6:  Upborne upon the heavenly throne, and seated upon the earthly foal, O Christ our God, receive the praises of angels and the hymns of men, exclaiming before thee, Blessed is he that cometh to restore Adam.

Prokeimenon (Ps. 117:26, 1) Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His mercy endures forever.

Reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (4:4-9)

Brethren, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand.  Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 97:1, 3): O sing to the Lord a new song. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of the Lord.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John (12:1-18)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with him.  Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was here, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.  So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an ass’s colt!”

His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.

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Megalynarion of Palm Sunday (Instead of “It is truly meet…”)

God the Lord hath appeared unto us; let us celebrate the Feast, and let us rejoice and magnify Christ; and with palms and branches let us raise our voices unto him with praise, saying, Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord our Savior. (Tone 4)

Communion Hymn (Instead of “Praise ye the Lord…”): Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Instead of “We have seen the true light…” we sing,” O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus…” (as above in Tone 1).

April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday

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Sunday Bulletin – April 6th, 2014

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April 6th, 2014

Troparion for the Resurrection in the Eighth Tone: From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate one, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our life and our resurrection.  O Lord, glory to Thee.

Troparion of Saint Mary of Egypt in the Eighth Tone: In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the souls since it is immortal.  Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

All: Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion for the Theotokos in the Second Tone: O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant:  O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned, but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee:  Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Prokeimenon (Psalm 75.11,1) Tone 8: Make your vows and pay them to the Lord our God.  God is known in Judah. His name is great in Israel.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews (9:11-14)

Brethren, Christ having appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; neither through the blood of goats and calves but through His own blood, entered in once for into the holy place, having found eternal redemption.  For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of bulls and goats and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 94.1, 2) Tone 8: Come, let us rejoice in the Lord; Let us shout with jubilation unto God our Savior.  Let us come into his presence in thanksgiving.

The Reading from the Gospel according to St. Mark (10:32-45)

At that time, Jesus took His twelve disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit upon him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.”

And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

April 6, 2014 Fifth Sun of Lent

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Sunday Bulletin – March 30th, 2014

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March 30th, 2014

Troparion of the Resurrection in the Seventh Tone: Thou didst shatter death by Thy cross. Thou didst open paradise to the thief, Thou didst turn the sadness of the ointment bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine apostles proclaim a warning that Thou hast risen O Christ granting to the world the great mercy.

Troparion of St John Climacus in the Eighth Tone: The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundred-fold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father John Climacus, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

All: Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion for the Sundays in Lent, in the Eighth Tone: To thee the Champion Leader do I offer thanks of Victory.  O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone canst set me free; from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without bridegroom.

Prokeimenon (Psalm 28.11, 1) Tone 7: The Lord will give strength to His people. The Lord will bless His people with peace.

The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (6:13-20)

Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater by whom to swear, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by one greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He interposed with an oath. So that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 91.1, 2) Tone 7: It is good to give praise unto the Lord, and to chant unto Thy name, O Most High. To proclaim in the morning Thy mercy, and Thy truth by night.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark (9:16-30)

At that time, a man came to Jesus, kneeling down and saying unto him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked Thy Disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And Jesus answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to Me.” And they brought the boy to Him; and when the spirit saw Jesus, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if Thou canst do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when Jesus had entered the house, His Disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And Jesus said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And Jesus would not have anyone know it; for He was teaching His Disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and after He is killed, He will rise on the third day.”

March 30, 2014 Fourth Sun of Lent

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Special Services/Events in April 2014

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Special Services/Events in April 2014

Final Week of Lenten weekly services

Monday April 7: Great Compline 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday April 9: Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, 6:30 p.m.

Friday April 11: Little Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus 7:00 p.m.

Saturday April 12: Divine Liturgy, Lazarus Saturday 10:00 a.m.

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Sunday April 13, Entrance of our Lord and Savior into Jerusalem {Palm Sunday} 8:45 a.m. Orthros, 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Sunday evening, 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Orthros

Monday April 14, 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Orthros

Tuesday April 15, 7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Orthros

Wednesday April 16, 7:00 p.m. Holy Unction Service

Thursday Morning April 17: Orthros 9:00 a.m.,  Vesperal Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday Evening April 17: Service of the Twelve Passion Gospels, 7:00 p.m. Archbishop Joseph presiding

Friday Morning April 18: Royal Hours, 9:30 a.m.

Friday Afternoon April 18: Vespers of the Taking Down of our Lord’s Body from the Cross, 3:30 p.m.

Friday Evening April 18: Service of Lamentations 7:00 p.m.

Saturday morning May 4: Holy Saturday Vesperal Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.

Saturday night April 19/20: PASCHA Rush, Procession, Orthros and Divine Liturgy 11:00 p.m. Pascha Breakfast following.

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April 2014 Calendar

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St Mark April 2014 Calendar

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April 2014 Newsletter The Apostle

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On April 20, we will again proclaim the Paschal greeting: Christ is Risen! The Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the cornerstone of our Christian Faith. If there is no resurrection, then there is no basis for the Faith. We say that Christ has “trampled down death by death,” yet we are all too aware that there continues to be sin, tragedy, injustice, hypocrisy, betrayal and illness, war, murder and the like. How, then, is death overcome in the Resurrection? In this way: death is no longer the end of our hopes and aspirations, rather it is a passage (albeit a difficult one) to life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The Scriptures tell us that Jesus, being both God and man, broke down the dividing wall between humanity and God, making it possible for us to once again have communion with God, as did Adam and Eve before the Fall. This communion is made possible by our Lord’s Pascha, that is to say by His Death on the Cross, and third day Resurrection.

The fact that the Crucifixion is inseparable from the Resurrection is most important. When Jesus comes again in glory, the end of earthly suffering and death will come, but in the meantime, Christ tells us that in order to be his disciples; we also must carry a cross. This means that we must expect to have to live with the consequences of sin (ours and others’) and of the brokenness of this fallen world, just as Christ did, and to join our sufferings with His in order to share in his glory!

Along the way God does not leave us “on our own,” but grants us strength and comfort to continue on the way. Indeed, in his merciful love, he grants us participation in the Kingdom to come even in this life (Holy Communion is the best, but not the only example of this).

So my dear ones, let us not be overwhelmed by the news of evil which we see and hear all the time. As have Christian believers throughout the centuries, let us remain people of hope. As such we must work for more justice, more peace, more good in the world, anticipating the day when Christ returns and “God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:3, 4)

In this hope, in this the light that shines from the Empty Tomb, let us rejoice!

Truly He is Risen!

April 2014, Newsletter The Apostle

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Sunday Bulletin – March 23th, 2014

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March 23rd, 2014

Troparion of the Holy Cross in the First Tone: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, grant victories to the Orthodox Christians over their adversaries, and by the virtue of thy Cross, preserve thy habitation.

HYMNS AFTER THE LITTLE ENTRANCE

Troparion of the Resurrection in the Sixth Tone: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred Body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby; Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Troparion of the Holy Cross in the First Tone: O Lord, save thy people…

All: Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion for the Sundays in Lent, in the Eighth Tone: To thee the Champion Leader do I offer thanks of Victory.  O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone canst set me free; from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without bridegroom.

Instead of “Holy God…” we sing today, “Before thy Cross, we bow down…” (p. 30 A in the Congregational Service Book).

Prokeimenon (Psalm 27.9, 1) Tone 6: O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.  Unto Thee I will cry, O Lord, O my God.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews (4:14-5:6)

Brethren, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not exalt Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by Him who said to Him, “Thou art my Son, today I have begotten Thee”; as he says also in another place, “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

Alleluia verses (Psalm 88.1, 2) Tone 6: Remember Thy congregation which Thou hast purchase from the beginning.  God is our King before the ages; He hath wrought salvation in the midst of the earth.

The Reading from the Gospel according to St. Mark (8:34-9:1)

The Lord said, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?  For what can a man give in return for his soul?  For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  And Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

March 23, 2014 Third Sun of Lent

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Sunday Bulletin – March 16th, 2014

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March 16th, 2014

Troparion of the Resurrection in the Fifth Tone: Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious resurrection.

Troparion for St. Gregory Palamas in the Eighth Tone: O Star of Orthodoxy, support of the Church and its teacher, O comeliness of ascetics, and incontestable champion of those who speak in theology, Gregory the wonder-worker, the pride of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, implore thou constantly for the salvation of our souls.

All: Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion for the Sundays in Lent, in the Eighth Tone: To thee the Champion Leader do I offer thanks of Victory.  O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone canst set me free; from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without bridegroom.

Prokeimenon: (Psalm 11:8) Tone 1: Lord, Thou wilt preserve us and keep us from this generation. Save me, O Lord, for the godly man hath disappeared.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (1:10-2:3)

“In the beginning, Thou, O Lord, didst found the earth, and the heavens are the work of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle Thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed.  But Thou art the same, and Thy years will never end.”  But to what angel has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies a stool for thy feet”?  Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?  Therefore, we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  For if the message, declared by angels, was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?  It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard Him.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 88.1, 2) Tone 5: I will sing of Thy mercies, O Lord, forever.  For Thou hast said: “Mercy shall be established forever.”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (2:1-12)

At that time, when Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that He was at home.  And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the Word to them.  And they came, bringing to Jesus a paralytic carried by four men.  And when they could not get near Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.  And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Now, some of the scribes were sitting there, reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus?  It is blasphemy!  Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  And immediately Jesus, perceiving in His spirit that they thus reasoned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you reason thus in your hearts?  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – He said to the paralytic – “I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.”  And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all.  So that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

March 16, 2014 Second Sun of Lent

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Sunday Bulletin – March 9th, 2014

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March 9th, 2014

Troparion of the Resurrection in the Fourth Tone: Having learned the joyful message of the resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation and proudly broke the news to the disciples saying death hath been spoiled.  Christ God is risen granting the world the great mercy.

Troparion of the First Sunday of Lent, in the Second Tone: We reverence thine immaculate icon, O good One, and ask forgiveness of our transgressions, O Christ our God; for of thine own good will thou wast pleased to ascend the cross in the flesh, that thou mightest deliver from bondage to the enemy those who thou has fashioned. Wherefore, we cry aloud unto thee with thanksgiving: Thou hast filled all things with joy, O our Savior, for thou didst come to save the world.

Troparion of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste in the First Tone: Be Thou entreated for the sake of the sufferings of Thy Saints, the Forty Holy Martyrs, which they endured for Thee, O Lord, and do Thou heal all our pains, we pray, O Lover of mankind.

All: Troparion to St. Mark in the Fourth Tone: From thy childhood the light of truth enlightened thee, O Mark, and thou didst love the labor of Christ the Savior. Wherefore thou didst follow Peter with zeal and didst serve Paul as a fellow laborer and didst enlighten the world with thy holy Gospel.

Kontakion for the Sundays in Lent, in the Eight Tone: To thee the Champion Leader do I offer thanks of Victory.  O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone canst set me free; from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without bridegroom.

Prokeimenon (Psalm 11.7,1) Tone 8: Thou, O Lord, will preserve us and keep us from this generation. Save me, O Lord, for the godly man hath disappeared.

The reading from Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews (12:1-10)

Brethren, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely; and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus: the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him Who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation which addresses you as sons?  “My son: do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor lose courage when you are punished by Him; for the Lord disciplines him whom He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.”  It is for discipline that you have to endure.  God is treating you as sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Besides this, we have had earthly fathers to discipline us and we respected them.  Shall we not much more be subject to the Father?

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Alleluia Verses (Psalm 98.6; 33.17) Tone 4: Moses and Aaron among His priests, and Samuel among them that call upon His Name. They called upon the Lord, and He hearkened unto them.

The Reading from the Gospel according to St. John (1:43-51)

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”  Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”  Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”  Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.”  And Jesus said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

March 9, 2014 First Sun of Lent

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