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St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church
Publish Date: 2017-04-30
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St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (316) 264-1576
  • Street Address:

  • 344 S Martinson St.

  • Wichita, KS 67213-4044


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Services Schedule

Saturday Confessions 4:30 pm    Saturday Great Vespers 5:00 pm 
Sunday Matins 9:00 am     Sunday Divine Liturgy 10:00 am


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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Tone

When thou didst submit thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal one, then Thou didst destroy Hell with Thy Godly pow'r, and when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the pow'rs of heaven did cry aloud unto Thee O Christ thou giver of life glory to Thee.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Tone

The pious Joseph, having brought down thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tome. But thou didst verily rise, after three days, O Lord, granting the world Great Mercy.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Tone

Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, The ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye, The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Eighth Tone

When thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, thou didst destroy the power of hades. In victory didst thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming 'Rejoice' to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to thine apostles and bestowing resurrection of the fallen.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7.

IN THOSE DAYS, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has 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 to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


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Holy Bread Offered by: The Ferris Family

Holy Bread offered by: The Ferris Family

04/30/2017

The Orthodox servants of God, that they may have mercy, life, peace, health, salvation and visitation:  Lorraine, Valerie, Donald & family, Bruce, Joan & family, Cathy, Dennis & family, Greg, Debi & family, Eric, Tracy & family

The Orthodox servants of God departed this life in the hope of resurrection unto life eternal: Very Rev Nicholas,  Husson Kh. Mary, Juliette Abdayem, Chet Shippy,  Virginia, Vivian, Clifford, Angela, Deanna, Frank, George, Beulah.

Trisagion Prayers of Mercy will be offered today for the repose of the soul of the servant of God, Chet Shippy. May his memory be eternal!

 

                                         YOUR PRAYERS ARE REQUESTED

Abdallah Abdayem, Tina Bnawart, Karl Beal, Terry Bentley, Virginia Bohannon, Shawn Bourgerie, Josiah Bunyard, Teresa C., Roy Clark, Eli Ferris, Maria Greene, Esther Henry, Fred Herrera, Mike Janssens, George Kaleel, Dio Kaufman, Ethan Kosjer, Nick Kosjer, Stephanie Lamone, Julia Lockwood, Donna Namee, Debra Nassif, Yvonne Nassif, Megan Patterson, Duane Rosenbaum, Annalise Shearer, Valerie Vulgamore, Autumn  Volhein, Kim Volhein, Briana, Jameson Witzenburg, Jackie.                                                               

          May God remember all of them and us in His Kingdom.

 

 


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Announcements

FAMILY PROMISE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

FAMILY PROMISE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ~ We will be hosting Family Promise guests May 21 – 28. We need volunteers for various activities, including: evening meals, Saturday breakfast, sleeping at the church, evening transportation, Mon/Wed childcare for GED tutoring, and breakfast/sack lunch items. You may use our Sign Up Genius pages (www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44aaa92aa7fb6-family6 OR www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f44aaa92aa7fb6-family4) to volunteer, or speak with Fr Aaron and he will be sure to sign you up. Thank you in advance for your service!


2017 GRADUATES

2017 GRADUATES ~If you would like your graduation info in The Scroll, please fill out a form in the foyer or email rokallail@att.net and I will send you one. Thank you!


NO KNEELING UNTIL PENTECOST

NO KNEELING UNTIL PENTECOST  ~ Please remember, in celebration of the Resurrection (in Greek, anastasis—literally, being made to stand), we do not kneel in church until the Prayers of Kneeling after Divine Liturgy on Pentecost Sunday (June 4 this year).


NO FASTING THROUGH ASCENSION/PENTECOST

NO FASTING THROUGH ASCENSION/PENTECOSTThe Antiochian Patriarchate, in celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, observes no fasting on any day of the week from Pascha through Ascension (May 25 this year). From May 25 through Pentecost (June 4 this year) we observe the Wednesday/Friday fasts, but with fish, wine, and oil allowed.


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Birthdays and Anniversaries

Birthdays and Anniversaries This Week

04/30/2017

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES THIS WEEK: Lorraine Ferris (May 3). God grant her good health and many years!

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Calendar

  • Looking Ahead at St. Mary

    April 30 to May 14, 2017

    Sunday, April 30

    Scroll in Foyer

    9:00AM Matins

    9:00AM Church School

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM St Mary on the Go: Lunch @ TJ's Burger House

    Friday, May 5

    6:00PM Mediterranean Festival

    Saturday, May 6

    11:00AM Mediterranean Festival

    4:30PM Confession

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, May 7

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Saturday, May 13

    3:00PM Baptism of Oliver Kingery

    4:30PM Confession

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, May 14

    Mother's Day

    9:00AM Matins

    9:00AM Church School

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


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Saints and Feasts

Myrrbear
April 30

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to the sepulchre, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to annoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils, that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called the Myrrh-bearers. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all, the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called "the mother of James and Joses" (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene (celebrated July 22); Mary, the wife of Clopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence (Matt 27:55-56; 28:1-10. Mark 15:40-41. Luke 8:1-3; 23:55-24:11, 22-24. John 19:25; 20:11-18. Acts 1:14).

Together with them we celebrate also the secret disciples of the Saviour, Joseph and Nicodemus. Of these, Nicodemus was probably a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy Scriptures. He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Saviour's preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night. Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence and love for the divine Teacher (John 19:39). Joseph, who was from the city of Arimathea, was a wealthy and noble man, and one of the counsellors who were in Jerusalem. He went boldly unto Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus he gave Him burial. Since time did not permit the preparation of another tomb, he placed the Lord's body in his own tomb which was hewn out of rock, as the Evangelist says (Matt. 27:60).


Jameszebedee
April 30

James the Apostle and brother of St. John the Theologian

James was one of the Twelve, like his brother John (celebrated on Sept. 26), whom the Lord called "Sons of Thunder," because they became great preachers and because of their profound theology. It was the Saint's boldness in preaching the Gospel that Herod Agrippa, the son of Aristobulus and grandson of Herod the Great, could not endure, and so he took him into custody during the days of the Passover, and slew him with the sword (Acts 12: 1-2); and thus he drank the cup of which the Saviour had spoken to him prophetically (Matt. 20:23). As for Herod, the following year he went down to Caesarea, and, as the Acts of the Apostles records: "Upon a set day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration" to the elders of Tyre and Sidon; and the flatterers that surrounded him "gave a shout, saying, 'it is the voice of a god, and not of a man.' And immediately an Angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and like his grandfather (see Dec. 29) "he was eaten of worms and gave up the spirit" (Acts 12:21-23)


Jeremiah
May 01

Jeremias the Prophet

This great Prophet of God, Jeremias, who loved his brethren and lamented for them greatly, who prayed much for the people and the Holy City, was the son of Helkias of the tribe of Levi, from the city of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. He was sanctified from his mother's womb, as the Lord Himself said concerning him: "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth from the womb, I sanctified thee; I appointed thee a prophet to the nations" (Jer. 1:5). He prophesied for thirty years, from 613 to 583 B.C. During the last captivity of the people in the reign of Sedekias, when only a few were left behind to cultivate the land, this Prophet remained with them by the permission of Nabuzardan, the captain of the guard under Nabuchodonosor. He wept and lamented inconsolably over the desolation of Jerusalem and the enslavement of his people. But even the few that remained behind transgressed again, and fearing the vengeance of the Chaldeans, they fled into Egypt, forcibly taking with them Jeremias and Baruch his disciple and scribe. There he prophesied concerning Egypt and other nations, and he was stoned to death in Taphnas by his own people about the year 583 B.C., since they would not endure to hear the truth of his words and his just rebukes. His book of prophecy is divided into fifty-one chapters, and his book of lamentation into five; he is ranked second among the greater Prophets. His name means "Yah is exalted."


05_irene
May 05

Irene the Great Martyr

Saint Irene was the daughter of a princelet called Licinius; named Penelope by her parents, through a divine revelation she was brought to faith in Christ and at Baptism was renamed Irene. In her zeal for piety she broke in pieces all the idols of her father, who commanded that she be trampled underfoot by horses. But while she remained unharmed, one of the horses rose up and cast down her father, killing him. By her prayer she raised him to life again, and he believed and was baptized. Afterwards, in many journeyings, Saint Irene suffered torments and punishments for her faith, but was preserved by the power of God, while working dread miracles and converting many thousands of souls. At last she came to Ephesus, where she fell asleep in peace, in the first half of the fourth century. Two days after her death, her gravestone was found lifted off, and her grave empty. At least two churches were dedicated to Saint Irene in Constantinople, and she is also the patroness of the Aegean island of Thera, which is commonly called Santorin (or Santorini), a corruption of "Saint Irene."


Allsaint
May 06

Job the Prophet

This faithful servant of God, the most perfect icon of all virtue, and especially of patience, was the son of Zare and Bosorra, and was the fifth from Abraham. He was true, blameless, just, devout, and abstained from every evil thing. He was very wealthy and blessed by God in all things, as was none other of the inhabitants of the land of Ausis, his homeland, which lies between Idumea and Arabia. But by divine permission, that he might be tried, he was suddenly deprived of his children, wealth, glory, and every consolation, and was covered with grievous sores over all his body. Some say that he endured courageously in this unparalleled calamity for seven whole years. Then, by divine blessing, he was restored again to a prosperity even more illustrious than the first. Having lived after his affliction for 170 years, he reposed full of days at the age of 240, in the year 1350 B.C. Others say that his affliction lasted only one year, and that he lived thereafter 140 years, living 210 years altogether.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

They [the women] had followed Him ministering to Him, and were present even unto the time of the dangers. Wherefore also they saw all; how He cried, how He gave up the ghost, how the rocks were rent, and all the rest.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century

The second [Sunday after Pascha] is dedicated to the women who visited the tomb of Christ, hoping to anoint his body with myrrh, but they found an empty tomb instead. In many ways, this reflects the content of every Sunday and every Divine Liturgy: we come to church to celebrate the sacrifice of Christ, which takes place on the altar, a symbol of the tomb of Christ. Our testimony, every time, is that the tomb is empty, a reflection of the revelation to the Myrrh bearers.
Rev. Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos
Gazing on God: Trinity, Church and Salvation in Orthodox Thought and Iconography. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2013, 55-56.

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