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Church Bulletin: April 28, 2013

posted Apr 29, 2013, 11:45 AM by Saint Raphael of Brooklyn Antiochian Orthodox Church
April 28, 2013- The Feast of the Triumphal Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
This Week's Services and Events
Apr 29, Holy Monday
        + 3rd Hour Prayers, 9AM
        + Father's Office Hours, 9:15AM-11:30AM
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
Apr 30, Holy Tuesday
        + Bridegroom Matins, 7PM
May 1, Holy Wednesday
        + Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts, 9AM
        + Service of Holy Unction, 7PM
May 2, Holy Thursday
        + Vesperal Liturgy, 9AM
        + Rite of Footwashing, 6PM
        + 12 Passion Gospels Service, 7PM
May 3, Holy Friday
        + Royal Hours, 9AM, followed by decorating the Lord's funeral bier
        + Great Vespers (Taking Down the Lord from the Cross), 3PM
        + Lamentations Service, 7PM, followed by all-night Psalm reading vigil

May 4 Holy Saturday
        + Vesperal Liturgy with chrismation of the Morey family, 9AM
        + Rush Service, 11:40PM
May 5, Great and Holy Pascha
        + Paschal Mains and Liturgy, 12AM, followed by Pascha potluck feast at church
        + Agape Vespers, 1PM, followed by potluck picnic at Coralville Rec. Center (1506 8th St., Coralville)

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Pray for Bishop Anthony-
        His Grace Bishop Anthony was involved in a automobile accident during which another driver ran a red light and caused a collision with His Grace. Apparently, the deployment of His Grace's airbag cracked his sternum. He is resting and recovering and was only briefly hospitalized. Please keep him in your prayers.
 
Palm Sunday Letter from Metropolitan Philip-
Beloved in the Lord:
Greetings to you and your families on this Great Feast of the Church. As we have completed the 40-day Fast and prepare to enter into the most solemn week of the Church year, we pause this weekend to celebrate the raising of Lazarus and our Lord's triumphant and brilliant entry into the holy city of Jerusalem.
Today, as we celebrate this feast, we also take time to remember our beloved Mother Church headed by our new patriarch, His Beatitude, Patriarch John X. This past year has been one of many emotions in that we welcomed our late Patriarch Ignatius IV of thrice-blessed memory to our archdiocese last October, only to mourn his passing into eternal life less than two months later. Then, in December we received with geat joy the good news of the election by the Holy Synod of Antioch of Patriarch John X who should capably lead our Church of Antioch for many years to come. May God grant him many years!
Each year on this special day, we ask you, the faithful of our God-protected Archdiocese for an offering of love to send to His Beatitude as his spiritual children here in America. His Beatitude faces an enormous challenge as he takes the helm of our Church in the midst of a civil war in Syria, the home of our Patriarchate. With hundreds of thousands of displaced people as a result of the civil war, the needs of and demands on our Patriarchate are great. Churches have been destroyed and vandalized and two priests have been murdered by terrorists. Families have been driven from their homes and are in desperate need of our help. With that in mind, we hope you will be as generous as possible, most especially this year.
Wishing you in advance a prayerful Holy Week and a most joyous Pascha, I remain,
Yours in Christ,
+Metropolitan Philip, Primate
Patriarch John X's Palm Sunday Pastoral Letter-
        His Beatitude Patriarch John X's Palm Sunday Pastoral Letter is attached.
Pray for Kidnapped Orthodox Bishops in Syria-
        On April 22, while attempting to free two priests who had been kidnapped 4 months ago, Metropolitan Paul of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna of Aleppo were kidnapped by armed men. Metropolitan Paul is an Antiochian bishop of our Patriarchate and the brother of Patriarch John. Metropolitan Youhanna is from the Syriac Orthodox Church. Their driver and another man riding in the car were released, but their driver, a deacon, was later killed. Our Archdiocesan website, www.antiochian.org is providing updates as is the Notes on Arab Orthodoxy blog, www.araborthodoxy.blogspot.com. May the Lord have mercy! Metropolitan Philip encourages the faithful of our Archdiocese to consider signing a petition urging President Obama's administration to make it a priority to work for the release of these two bishops. To sign the petition, go to: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appeal-president-obama-and-his-government-release-two-abducted-orthodox-christian-archbishops-syria/xNskxL1q
Have You Invited Anyone to Church Lately?-
        This is an excellent time to invite a friend or two to come and experience a the services of our church. We sing at each Liturgy, "We have seen the true light! We have received the Heavenly Spirit! We have found the True Faith!" If this is true, let us share it with others! Invite someone to come to Holy Week services or Pascha.
New Church Directories Available-
        The new 2013 St. Raphael Church directories are printed and available in the narthes for members and friends to pick up a copy or two. Thank you to Karen Kuntz for the final layout and printing.
Thank You-
        Thank you to all who came on Saturday and helped clean the church building and grounds.

Repentance and Confession-
        Although this is a busy week, Fr. Ignatius will gladly hear your confession before Pascha. Contact him to set up a date/time.
Charitable Projects-
        We still have a few slots left for helping with the May 11 farmers market, especially if you like to bake cookies or are interested in helping package foods the evening before. This is so fun! The signup sheet is on the bulletin board outside the church library/bookstore. Questions? Ask Karen Kuntz, Amy Spencer, or Allison Rockwell. All proceeds will be donated by our church to the Johnson County Crisis Center, which helps families and others in need.
Do You Need Some Encouragement?-
        Although we are about to celebrate the joy of Pascha, a celebration of our Risen Lord, still, there are things that we struggle with and which weigh us down. But God does not leave us without help. Through His written Word, we can find much consolation. Also, the Church gives us services like the Paraklesis to the Theotokos, the purpose of which is to offer consolation and support in difficult times. If you want to know where in the Bible to look for encouraging verses, we have a nice summary of such Bible verse references printed on bookmarks and available in the church narthex. If you want to pray the Paraklesis service, it can be found at: http://www.orthodoxchristian.info/pages/main.htm
Upcoming Teen SOYO Events-
        On Friday May 3, Holy Friday, teens will be sleeping overnight in the church and participating in the all-night Psalm-reading vigil. On Monday, May 13, they will have dinner and book club at 6:30PM. On Saturday, May 18 from 10AM-2PM, the teens will be cleaning our stretch of highway on I-80. Finally, on Monday, May 20, they will have dinner and a movie at 6:30PM.

Importance of Holy Week-
        This is the most sacred time of the year for us Orthodox Christians. Some people in the parish even take days of from work in order to be present at the services. Do yourself a favor. Try to get to as many as you can. Make attending some of them a priority! Your faith will grow!
Do You Want To Learn More About Holy Week?-
        Our Archdiocese has put together several good resources to help us learn about the meaning and significance of the Holy Week services. To learn more, go to: www.antiochian.org/lent/holy-week. If you prefer audio podcasts, then try Fr. Thomas Hopko's teaching on the meaning of the first three days of Holy Week on Ancient Faith Radio at: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/series/the_first_three_days_of_holy_week
New Holy Week Service-
        New to our Holy Week schedule this year, is the Rite of Footwashing which will be held at 6PM on Holy Thursday, May 2. In imitation of the Lord washing the feet of His disciples (John 13:1-17) and in obedience to His statement that in the footwashing, He has given His disciples an example of service to follow, Fr. Ignatius will wash the feet of all those present. Plan to come to this service and stay for the 12 Passion Gospels service at 7PM that evening.
Rejoice O Bethany Hymn-
        On Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, we sing a special hymn called "Rejoice, O Bethany". To listen to a beautiful rendition of it, go to: http://youtu.be/Rju5GyVtfnQ
Paschal Feast and Picnic Sign-ups-
        We must celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and so to do so properly, we will truly feast. On Sunday May 5, Holy Pascha, there are two opportunities to share a festive meal with others. First, we will gather at church following the Paschal Liturgy, at about 3AM or so, and break the Lenten fast. Later in the day, after some sleep (?!) and after Agape vespers at 1PM, we will go to the Coralville Rec. Center (1506 8th St., Coralville), for an outside picnic, if the weather cooperates, or an inside meal if it does not. Please check the bulletin boards for related food sign-up sheets.
Other Holy Week/Pascha Sign-up Sheets-
        With all of the activity in church during Holy Week and Pascha, there are plenty of opportunities to help out around church. Please check the bulletin boards for sign-up sheets that cover the decorating of the funeral bier on Holy Friday, the reading of Psalms through the night after the Holy Friday Lamentations service, bringing dyed red eggs to Pascha (we have dye for sale in the church bookstore), bringing and the reading of the Agape Vespers Gospel in various languages.
St. John of Damascus Society Launches Collaborative Music Composition Project-
        The St. John of Damascus Society is a sacred arts organization that seeks to promote excellence in the liturgical music of the Orthodox Christian Church, regardless of ethnic/national heritage of style, as well as support related outreach, educational, and academic efforts. Their artistic director is Richard Barrett, a friend of our parish, and one of their advisory board members is our own Matthew Arndt. To learn about an exciting project they are undertaking, which will include some compositional work from Matthew, and to learn about the fundraising necessary to complete it, go to: http://www.johnofdamascus.org/2013/04/with-wisdom-all/

Volunteers Needed to Serve on Mission Teams to Albania, Kenya and Tanzania in July!
        From July 19th-August 1, 2013, the Albania Family Team will work alongside OCMC missionaries and Church leaders to offer parent workshops, children’s programs, family activities and ministry outreach. Families with children, couples, and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. OCMC is also seeking team members for the Kenya teaching team that will be serving in Turkana from July 22-August 7th, 2013. This team will be offering a catechetical seminar in Lodwar where the foundation of Orthodoxy is being built. New catechists will be trained so they can return to their villages and share the faith. Also in Africa, the Tanzania teaching team needs team members to serve from July 22nd-August 8, 2013. The team will conduct seminars for church leaders in the Metropolis of Mwanza. OCMC is seeking people with skills in teaching basic catechism for this team.Make the most of your 2013 and sign up for a life-changing experience – both for you and those you’ll be serving – by joining an OCMC Mission Team today! For more information, or to apply for a team, visit http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx, call Teams Director Andrew Lekos at 1-877-GO-FORTH, or e-mail the OCMC Teams Department at teams@ocmc.org.
Informed Choices Medical Clinic Walk for Life Fundraiser-
        Informed Choices Medical Clinic specializes in helping pregnant women look beyond the life-ending option of abortion by providing support for them so that keeping the baby is a viable option for them. On the Saturday of Mother's Day Weekend, May 11th, at Kent Park, all are invited to participate in a Walk for Life fundraiser for the clinic. For more information and to register, go to: www.iowawalkforlife.org.
Antiochian Women's Retreat, May 17-19-
        A flier advertising the Antiochian Women's retreat which will be held at Holy Dormition Monastery in Rives Junction, MI on May 17-19 is posted on a bulletin board at church and attached to this email.
Upcoming Bible Study: Highlights from the Resurrection Gospel Readings-
        On three consecutive Wednesday evenings during the Paschal season (May 22, May 29, June 5) following 7PM Akathist, you are invited to join Fr. Ignatius to explore highlights from the 11 Resurrection Gospels that we hear at Sunday matins.The many post-Resurrection appearances of Jesus to his disciples are full of wonderful teaching, but we only hear a small portion of them read at Liturgy. There are 11 readings that we cycle through during Sunday morning matins. Fr. Ignatius will choose highlights from these readings to discuss. Start time will be 7:45PM.

Antiochian Women's Scholarship Available-
        Several $500 scholarships are available to women over 26 years of age who are active in an Antiochian Orthodox parish,and who are registered for or are enrolled in a program of study and who can demonstrate financial need. Application deadline is June 1, 2013. For a copy of the application, see Fr. Ignatius.
 
Parish Life Conference is June 19-23-
        PLC registration is now OPEN! To register online, please visit www.antiochianevents.org/95. Look for additional information and The Galt House Hotel reservation link on our church website www.stmichaelorthodoxchurch.org/plc. If you would prefer to speak with someone, please call the church office at (502) 454-3378 Option 8, or you may send an email to stmichaelplc@gmail.com. If you would like a packet of forms mailed to you, please call the church office at the number listed above. We also have a Facebook page titled St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Church – 2013 Parish Life Conference and we encourage you to “like” it.
Fasting and Feasting-
        We continue with the Lenten fast during Holy Week with Holy Friday and Holy Saturday being days when we especially ought to eat very modest amounts of food. The fast is broken at our potluck feast following the midnight Paschal service. According to Antiochian custom, there is an allowance to not fast from any foods during the entire Paschal season, including on Wednesdays and Fridays, until after the Feast of Ascension (June 13). We will resume weekly Wednesday/Friday fasting on Friday, June 14.

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim-
        O Lord and Master of my life,
Take from me the spirit of sloth, meddling, lust of power and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own sins and not to judge my brother,
For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen.
Almsgiving (Food For Hungry People Program)-
        Along with fasting, prayer and repentance, almsgiving is one of the pillars of the Lenten time. Look for ways to be generous with others and let your giving be as anonymous as possible. One easy way to give something to those in need is to participate in the Archdiocesan Food For Hungry People Program which collects money for all of the Antiochian parishes and gives it to various programs that serve the hungry. We will be gathering the collection boxes in the days and weeks following Pascha. Fill them up and bring them in!

Do You Have a Prayer Request?
        Please give it to Fr. Ignatius and he will distribute it by email to all those on the Prayer Chain. If you wish to join the Prayer Chain, please let Fr. Ignatius know.
Coffee Hour-
        On Sunday April 28, the food for coffee hour and the clean-up of the fellowship hall will be provided by the St. John the Baptist team.

Choir Leadership-
        On Sunday May 5, Lori Branch will lead the choir.
Holy Bread-
        On Sunday May 5, the holy bread will be provided by the Branch/Peterson family. Thank you in advance. Anyone can sign up to provide holy bread for future liturgies. Look for the sign-up sheet in the narthex.

Church Cleaning-
        During the week of April 28-May 4, the cleaning of the nave, narthex, bookstore, stairs, nursery and bathrooms will be accomplished by the St. Raphael team.

Food for Thought-
 
Before Thy voluntary Passion, Christ our God, Thou hast given to all men an assurance of the general resurrection; for at Bethany Thou hast raised by Thine almighty power Lazarus who was four days dead, and as Giver of Light, O Saviour, Thou hast made the blind to see. With Thy disciples Thou hast entered the Holy City, seated upon the foal of an ass as though upon the cherubim, and so Thou hast fulfilled the preaching of the prophets. The children of the Hebrews with palsm and branches came to meet Thee. Therefore, we also, bearing palms and olive branches, cry aloud to Thee in thanksgiving: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord.
 
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