May 5, 2019

 

 

                                 Sunday, May 5, 2019

                                   THOMAS SUNDAY

 

During the Paschal Season until the Ascension, June 6th, there is NO FASTING (except prior to communion) as we continue the festive celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.

CHRIST IS RISEN!  TRULY HE IS RISEN!

AL MASSEH QAM!  HAQAN QAM!

CHRISTOS ANESTI!  ALITHOS ANESTI!

CHRISTOS VOSKRESE!  VO ISTINU VOSKRESE!

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. THE ENTRANCE HYMN: In the gathering places bless God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.
  2. APOLYTIKION FOR THOMAS SUNDAY - Tone 7;   While the tomb was sealed, Thou didst shine forth from it, O Life; and while the doors were closed, Thou didst come in to Thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Thy mercy.
  3. KONTAKION OF PASCHA- Tone 8: O Immortal One, when Thou didst descend into the tomb, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades; and Thou didst rise victorious, O Christ God. Thou hast said to the ointment‑bearing women: Rejoice! And Thou gavest peace to Thy Disciples, O Bestower of Resurrection to those Who had fallen.

Prokeimenon: Great is the Lord, and great is His power. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The Reading from the Acts of the Saintly and Pure Apostles. (5:12-20)

In those days, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the Apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the Apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31)

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the Disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the Disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other Disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, His Disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the Disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (In Arabic phonetics)

ABANA LLATHI FI SSAMAWAT / LI-YATAQADAS ISMUK / LI-YATI MALAKOOTUK/ LI-TAKUN MA-SHEEATUK / KAMA FI SSAMA-EE KATHALIKA ALA L-ARD/ KHUBZANA L-JAWHARI AHTINA L-YOWM / WATRUK LANA MA ALYNA, KAMA NATRUKU NAHNU LIMAN LANA ALYH / WA LA TUDKHILNA FI TAJRIBAH / LAKIN NAJJINA MINA

SHIRR-EER.

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While only Orthodox Christians may approach the chalice for Holy Communion, everyone is welcome to venerate the Cross and receive the blessed bread at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

Special note:   Except for those who are elderly and/or disabled, please remain standing during Holy Communion.

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Scholarships Available: Call the Church Office for info.

Francis Maria Scholarship, Deadline date, May 15th

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America, Deadline date, June 1st

  1. G. Beram Veterans - Deadline date, June 1st

 

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Important Dates to Calendar:Today - Adult Fellowship Bertucci's Fundraiser Days (see flyer)Today - St. Ignatius Dinner, Byblos, NorwoodMay 11th - Theophany School Sunset Cruise Fundraiser (see flyer)

May 12th - St. George Weekend Festal Luncheon (see flyer)

Yes Trip to Providence, RI - May 10-12.   (see flyer)

May 18th - St. Mary's, Cambridge 90th Anniversary Celebration, Crowne Plaza - Woburn

May 25th - Young Adult Hiking @ Blue Hills (see flyer)

June 7th - St. George Adult Fellowship Lobster Dinner (see flyer)

June 8th - PLC Events at St. George Norwood, hosted by St. Stephen's & Emmanuel Church

June 22nd - PLC Events here, hosted by St. Stephen's & Emmanuel Church (see flyer)

July 21-28th - Antiochian Orthodox Convention, Grand Rapids, MI

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