Sunday & Weekday Services
9:00am - Orthros and Divine Liturgy
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17
At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."
The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,
'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"
And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.
Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.
The reading is from St. 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.
The Reading is from John 12:1-18
Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros 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 there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros 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 donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey'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 Lazaros 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.
Ἀδελφοί, χαίρετε ἐν Κυρίῳ πάντοτε· πάλιν ἐρῶ, χαίρετε. Τὸ ἐπιεικὲς ὑμῶν γνωσθήτω πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις. Ὁ Κύριος ἐγγύς. Μηδὲν μεριμνᾶτε, ἀλλ' ἐν παντὶ τῇ προσευχῇ καὶ τῇ δεήσει μετὰ εὐχαριστίας τὰ αἰτήματα ὑμῶν γνωριζέσθω πρὸς τὸν Θεόν· καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ Θεοῦ ἡ ὑπερέχουσα πάντα νοῦν φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ νοήματα ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Τὸ λοιπόν, ἀδελφοί, ὅσα ἐστὶν ἀληθῆ, ὅσα σεμνά, ὅσα δίκαια, ὅσα ἁγνά, ὅσα προσφιλῆ, ὅσα εὔφημα, εἴ τις ἀρετὴ καὶ εἴ τις ἔπαινος, ταῦτα λογίζεσθε· ἃ καὶ ἐμάθετε καὶ παρελάβετε καὶ ἠκούσατε καὶ εἴδετε ἐν ἐμοί, ταῦτα πράσσετε· καὶ ὁ Θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης ἔσται μεθ' ὑμῶν.
Ιωα ιβʹ 1 - 18
Πρὸ ἓξ ἡμερῶν τοῦ πάσχα ἦλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς Βηθανίαν, ὅπου ἦν Λάζαρος ὁ τεθνηκώς, ὃν ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρῶν. ἐποίησαν οὖν αὐτῷ δεῖπνον ἐκεῖ, καὶ ἡ Μάρθα διηκόνει· ὁ δὲ Λάζαρος εἷς ἦν ἐκ τῶν ἀνακειμένων σὺν αὐτῷ. ἡ οὖν Μαρία, λαβοῦσα λίτραν μύρου νάρδου πιστικῆς πολυτίμου, ἤλειψε τοὺς πόδας τοῦ Ἰησοῦ καὶ ἐξέμαξε ταῖς θριξὶν αὐτῆς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ· ἡ δὲ οἰκία ἐπληρώθη ἐκ τῆς ὀσμῆς τοῦ μύρου. λέγει οὖν εἷς ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ, Ἰούδας Σίμωνος Ἰσκαριώτης, ὁ μέλλων αὐτὸν παραδιδόναι· Διατί τοῦτο τὸ μύρον οὐκ ἐπράθη τριακοσίων δηναρίων καὶ ἐδόθη πτωχοῖς; εἶπε δὲ τοῦτο οὐχ ὅτι περὶ τῶν πτωχῶν ἔμελεν αὐτῷ, ἀλλ' ὅτι κλέπτης ἦν, καὶ τὸ γλωσσόκομον εἶχε καὶ τὰ βαλλόμενα ἐβάσταζεν. εἶπεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἄφες αὐτήν, εἰς τὴν ἡμέραν τοῦ ἐνταφιασμοῦ μου τετήρηκεν αὐτό. τοὺς πτωχοὺς γὰρ πάντοτε ἔχετε μεθ' ἑαυτῶν, ἐμὲ δὲ οὐ πάντοτε ἔχετε. Ἔγνω οὖν ὄχλος πολὺς ἐκ τῶν Ἰουδαίων ὅτι ἐκεῖ ἐστι, καὶ ἦλθον οὐ διὰ τὸν Ἰησοῦν μόνον, ἀλλ' ἵνα καὶ τὸν Λάζαρον ἴδωσιν ὃν ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρῶν. ἐβουλεύσαντο δὲ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς ἵνα καὶ τὸν Λάζαρον ἀποκτείνωσιν, ὅτι πολλοὶ δι' αὐτὸν ὑπῆγον τῶν Ἰουδαίων καὶ ἐπίστευον εἰς τὸν Ἰησοῦν. Τῇ ἐπαύριον ὁ ὄχλος πολὺς ὁ ἐλθὼν εἰς τὴν ἑορτήν, ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ἔρχεται Ἰησοῦς εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα, ἔλαβον τὰ βαΐα τῶν φοινίκων καὶ ἐξῆλθον εἰς ὑπάντησιν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἐκραύγαζον· Ὡσαννά· εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου, ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῦ Ἰσραήλ. εὑρὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ὀνάριον ἐκάθισεν ἐπ' αὐτό, καθώς ἐστι γεγραμμένον· Μὴ φοβοῦ, θύγατερ Σιών· ἰδοὺ ὁ βασιλεύς σου ἔρχεται καθήμενος ἐπὶ πῶλον ὄνου. Ταῦτα δὲ οὐκ ἔγνωσαν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ τὸ πρῶτον, ἀλλ' ὅτε ἐδοξάσθη ὁ Ἰησοῦς, τότε ἐμνήσθησαν ὅτι ταῦτα ἦν ἐπ' αὐτῷ γεγραμμένα, καὶ ταῦτα ἐποίησαν αὐτῷ. Ἐμαρτύρει οὖν ὁ ὄχλος ὁ ὢν μετ' αὐτοῦ ὅτε τὸν Λάζαρον ἐφώνησεν ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου καὶ ἤγειρεν αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν. διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ὑπήντησεν αὐτῷ ὁ ὄχλος, ὅτι ἤκουσαν τοῦτο αὐτὸν πεποιηκέναι τὸ σημεῖον.
My beloved friends in the Lord:
“This child is chosen by God for the fall and the salvation of many” (Luke 2:34). The Elder Simeon’s words were fulfilled in the Lord’s ministry. None generated so diverse a reaction as our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ did among His contemporaries. To those who came to the Lord with faith, Jesus was sent by God to heal, forgive and teach the people. Saint Peter confessed the Lord with these words: “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Mathew 16:16). Jesus Christ was God’s Anointed, full of the Holy Spirit, one in whose person, words and actions the age of salvation was dawning. The more the people were attached to the Lord, the more the Lord seemed to threaten the security of the religious and political order of the day. When the Lord came to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the atmosphere was one filled with hope and controversy; enthusiasm and hostility; joy and tension.
In the ancient world, kings often led triumphal processions into cities. These were magnificent spectacles of power and pomp involving chariots, horses and armies. However, the Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem included no such external signs of power and splendor. In the Gospels, we find the Lord always walking. There is no reference that the Lord was ever on a horse. And now the Lord entries into Jerusalem accompanied by simple Galilean fishermen riding a donkey. What king, asks Saint John Chrysostom in a homily, ever entered into a city on a donkey? The Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ came as the Prince of Peace. A spontaneous crowd and enthusiastic children gave the Lord a hero’s welcome. The Lord accepted their warm acclaim as a joyful expression of His Spiritual Kingship. In this humble setting of fishermen, ordinary people and children, the central event of Palm Sunday fulfilled the prophecy of Zachariah: “Rejoice, rejoice, people of Zion! Shout for joy, you people of Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you! He comes triumphant and victorious, but humble and riding on a donkey – on a colt, a the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).
Praying that we faithfully conclude the journey of the Great Lent and begin the solemn Lenten journey of Holy Week, laying aside every worldly care so that we may receive the Risen Lord into our hearts on Holy and Great Pascha, I humbly remain,
With love and blessings in Christ,
* Friday, April 2nd – 7:00pm 3rd Salutations to the Holy Theotokos
* Sunday, April 4th – 9:00am Orthros and Divine Liturgy - Sunday of the Adoration of the Holy Cross
* Monday, April 5th – 7:00pm Great Compline
* Wednesday, April 7th – 7:00pm Presanctified Divine Liturgy
* Friday, April 9th – 7:00pm 4th Salutations to the Holy Theotokos
* Sunday, April 11th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of Saint John Climacus
* Monday, April 12th – 7:00pm Great Compline
* Wednesday, April 14th – 7:00pm Presanctified Divine Liturgy
* Friday, April 16th – 7:00pm The Akathist Hymn
* Sunday, April 18th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt
* Wednesday, April 21st – 7:00pm Presanctified Divine Liturgy
* Saturday, April 24th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Saturday of Lazarus
11:30am - Preparations of the palms for Palm Sunday
* Palm Sunday, April 25th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy
7:00pm Bridegroom Service
* Holy Monday, April 26th – 7:00pm Bridegroom Service
* Holy Tuesday, April 27th – 7:00pm Bridegroom Service (Hymn of Kassiani)
* Holy Wednesday, April 28th – 9:00am Presanctified Divine Liturgy
6:00pm The Sacrament of Holy Unction
* Holy Thursday, April 29th – 9:00am Vesperal Divine Liturgy of the Mystical Supper
6:00pm The Passion of our Lord (The 12 Gospel Readings)
* Good Friday, April 30th – 9:00am The Royal Hours
10:30am The Decoration of the Epitaphios
3:00pm Apokathelosis (Taking the Body from the Cross)
7:00pm Lamentation Service with the Procession of the Epitaphios
(Trisagion chanted quietly by the Priest in front of the Epitaphios)
* Sunday April 25th - Bakaliaro lunch to go.
* Sunday School - Will begin as soon as the number of COVID cases decreases significantly.
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
FELLOWSHIP HOUR HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
ABSOLUTELY NO GATHERINGS IN THE CHURCH HALL.