† PALM SUNDAY.
On Palm Sunday, the great and glorious celebration, we celebrate the entrance into Jerusalem of our Lord Jesus Christ. Eupsychios the martyr (†362). Hieromartyr Vadim, the holy martyrs of Persia (†364).
Philoptochos Palm Sunday Luncheon. . . . April 9 The GOYA teen ministry is asked to help in the Community Palm Sunday Fish Luncheon again this year in the Chopman Center. Please make plans to attend with your family !
Help Decorate Kouvouklion on Holy Thursday! . . . April 13 As we prepare to celebrate Pascha! All ages are invited to come to the church and help with decorating the Kouvouklion (the Tomb of Christ) with flowers immediately following the service of Holy Thursday night! Please consider taking the day off from school or work on Holy Friday. Service of the Royal Hours is at 9:00 a.m. You can come to participate and read the Royal Hours service. Important note: this is a family opportunity, not a “drop-off” event. Young children must be supervised by a responsible adult.
Make Plans for the Anastasi Dinner . . . . . April 16 Don’t forget to make plans to attend the Resurrection Orthros, Liturgy and Dinner at Saint George on Saturday evening/early morning of Pascha. Following the liturgical celebration of the Resurrection, join your family, friends and other members of Saint George to celebrate the Feast of Feasts!
Agape Vespers & Pascha. . . . . April 16 Agape Vespers Service at 12:00 p.m. MARK your calendars also for the Feast of Saint George on Saturday, April 22nd! All the children are invited to come for this beautiful and bright service. It is a great way for all children and families to attend the service to share in a special celebration of Pascha and to honor our Patron Saint at the Great Vespers 6 p.m.!
Αre we willing to suffer with Christ?
The Cross shows us, in the most possible vivid way, that Christ suffers with us in our sufferings. Christ does not merely identify with our wounds, but is crucified to participate in our suffering and to show His love to us through His passions. The question is if we are willing to suffer with Christ for the salvation of mankind; if we are willing to love Him so as to evangelize His love to others by offering ourselves in philanthropy, taking part in the suffer-ings of our fellow man. Without such an offering, without this kind of sacrifice, there will be no resurrection.
Pain as it is related to death
Archim. Joel Giannakopoulos
Pain is related to death. For pain is daily death. Death is something ab-stract, but pain is specific. We fear death but we do not live it. We all though live pain, both young and old… Great pain often causes the de-sire of death, and, something more, it makes [death] its savior. In this way we are forced to think that there is something better than life. No knowledge can obstruct the metaphysical desire of pain. Pain knows more than knowledge. Thus, the pain we have in facing life and death verifies that whatever comes from the present life in this world is a trumpet, an echo, a voice of the other world, of eternity.
(John. 12, 1-18)
How interested are we to meet Christ?
Six days before Christ’s passion, we find the Lord at the house of Martha and Mary where he had resurrected their brother Lazarus. Out of deep gratitude, Mary anoints the Lord’s feet with myrrh. And Judas protests, supposedly from concern for the poor. Here, we see Mary’s loving disposition towards the Lord, which calculates neither money, nor what impression this will give to those around her. Perhaps few Christians understand what great importance this worship of the Lord has. Usually we become busy with practical things, more or less just like Judas is thinking here as well. Taking the example from Mary, we must stress here that it is a worshipping disposition towards Christ that has great importance. This is not something simply expressed through a few works. It is the deepest flame, the desire of the soul to be given God and to enjoy him. However, few overcome the impediments which they must overcome in order to arrive at union and communion with God, which is incomprehensible delight. Also, the evangelist stresses that certainly many came to see Jesus but mostly Lazarus, and his resurrection, although Jesus is everything. In this manner, men rise up in certain situations to hear certain news, to satisfy their curiosity and not to have personal communion with Christ. And this is incredible. And so, we Christians, how interested are we to meet with Christ? Usually other things that encircle Christ move us, attract our interest, but nobody seeks Christ. People do not have a disposition to travel along with Christ and to go where he goes – to his Passion – and to where he leads them. As we come, my brothers, into Holy Week, let us consider these things, so that with the grace of God, this time we will truly be there with the Lord. To feel his love but also to love him without calculations, without a disposition to be rewarded – at such times no one thinks of what he will get. Truly, therefore, we are to die to sin and to rise with the Lord in new life.
On PALM Sunday we celebrate the Entrance of the Lord in Jerusalem. I would like to remind you that Orthros service on major feast days of our Lord is shorter!
Mon: Matthew 21:18:43 ; Matthew 24:3-35
Tues: Matthew 22:15-46;23:1-39;24:36-51; 25:1-46; 26:1-2
Wed: John 12:17-50 ; Matthew 26:6-16
Thurs: Cor. 11:23-32; Mt. 26:1-20; Jn. 13:3-17; Mt. 26:21-39; Lk.22:43-44; Mt. 26:40-75; 27:1-2
Fri: Corinthians 5:6-8 ; Matthew 27:62-66
Sat: Romans 6:3-11 ; Matthew 28:1-20
Sun: Philippians 4:4-9;John 12:1-18
Palm Sunday Hymn
To confirm the general resurrection before Your Passion, You resurrected Laz-arus from the dead, O Christ our God. Therefore imitating the children, carry-ing the symbols of victory, we cry out to You the Victor over death: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are You, the One, who comes in the name of the Lord.”
We were buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, and thus by Your Resurrection we have been granted immortal life, and extolling You we cry aloud, “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are You, the One who comes in the name of the Lord.”
In heaven upon the throne, on earth upon the foal, You were carried, O Christ our God; and the praise of the Angels, and the hymns of the children, You re-ceived as they cried to You, Blessed are You, the One, who is coming to call Adam back again.”