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...is to tend to the flock of our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of Christ to those outside the flock. The mission is to be accomplished by:
Living a full and liturgical and sacramental life
Proclaiming the Orthodox Christian Faith to all people
Providing effective charitable and social programs
Establishing strong spiritual leadership and educational resources
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Palm Sunday April 9th 2017
Antipascha: St. Thomas Sunday
Some icons depicting this event are inscribed “The Doubting Thomas.” This is incorrect. In Greek, the inscription reads, “The Touching of Thomas.” The Slavonic inscription is, “The Belief of Thomas.” When Saint Thomas touched the Life-giving side of the Lord, he no longer had any doubts.
This day is also known as “Antipascha.” This does not mean “opposed to Pascha,” but “in place of Pascha.” Beginning with this first Sunday after Pascha, the Church dedicates every Sunday of the year to the Lord’s Resurrection. Sunday is called “Resurrection” in Russian, and “the Lord’s Day” in Greek.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Christ is risen!
It is with the greatest joy that I greet you in Christ on this illustrious Feast of Feasts. For if we are “in Christ,” we go with Him wherever He goes. That means that by the Incarnation of the Son of God — by His coming in the flesh to assume, experience and restore everything that we human beings go through in this life, including death — the Way into His eternal Kingdom and Presence has been reopened to all of us!
In His Resurrection we are invited, enabled and made worthy, by grace, to share His Divine Life. May we humbly accept His invitation and gratefully “rejoice and be glad in this day that the Lord has made.”
Thank you for your fellowship in our journey through this Great Lent here at St. Michael’s, as expressed in your praying, chanting, reading, singing, rehearsing, altar-serving, greeting, ushering, cleaning, decorating, , bell-ringing, cooking, egg-dying, hunt-planning, etc., and for your Paschal gifts to me and my family.
May the peace of Our Risen Lord be with you and your loved ones, now and forever. —-
Fr. John Nosal
The Paschal Homily of our Father Among the Saints
John Chrysostom Archbishop of Constantinople
If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let him enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a wise servant, let him, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied himself in fasting, let him now receive his recompense.
If anyone has labored from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let him keep the feast. If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; for he shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay; for the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first. He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one he gives, and to the other he is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention.
Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward. O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy! O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day! You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today! The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you!
Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free.
He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into hades and took hades captive! He embittered it when it tasted his flesh! And anticipating this Isaiah exclaimed, “Hades was embittered when it encountered thee in the lower regions.” It was embittered, for it was abolished! It was embittered, for it was mocked! It was embittered, for it was purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
It took a body and, face to face, met God! It took earth and encountered heaven! It took what it saw but crumbled before what it had not seen!
“O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory?”
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept.
To him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen.
ATTENTION! The following message from Antiochian Village is of a critically timely nature.
Please read it NOW and respond NOW, if you would.
I pray that you are experiencing a blessed Holy Week!
I am writing to you today to ask for your assistance, if you feel so inclined. Local authorities are seeking to remove the Antiochian Village’s tax exempt status in order to collect property tax from us. If they succeed, this will seriously cripple the ministry of the Antiochian Village, both for the Camp and the Retreat Center.
If you are willing, we need you to write a letter in support of the Antiochian Village. I am writing to you with the hope that you can emphasize how the village benefits the spiritual health and spiritual well-being of you, your family, your fellow parishioners, etc, if this in fact is the case. Any testimony that you can provide is appreciated.
Please address your letter to: Honorable Board of Assessment Appeals. You can send your letter to one of our attorneys, Nathan Catanese, via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can mail it to:
Nathan Catanese c/o Williams Coulson, LLC One Gateway Center, 16th Floor 420 Duquesne Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The letters need to be at the attorneys’ office by May 1st. We realize this is short notice and time is of the essence, if you are willing and able to help us. If possible, would you please send me a copy of the letter as well email@example.com.
Thank you and please be assured of my prayers for blessed and holy Pascha!
In His Service, Fr Anthony Yazge (Antiochian Village Camp Director)
P.S. — If you are wondering if a “petition” or some similar document would be a good idea, Fr. Anthony informed me that one letter sharing a personal experience of the Village and its value will be far more impactful than fifty or sixty names on a letter or in a “petition” format.
Saint Sophia Orthodox Christian Academy
“Syrian Relief Fund” of the IOCC
(International Orthodox Christian Charities)
ANNUAL SUPPORT DINNER Sunday, May 21, 2017 3:00 P.M. — Hors D’oeuvres 4:00 P.M. — Dinner
Saint Mary’s Church Hall, 111 Alberta Ave, Johnstown 15905
Tickets:$35.00 per person. ($20.00 for children.) For Tickets, contact: Dan or Dee Tvarozna (814) 255-7732 or Pat Fedorko (814) 736-3172
Everyone’s support is greatly appreciated. The need is great; Everyone’s help makes a difference.
(Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United for Service)
FOCUS Pittsburgh is collecting clothes (clean and in good condition, please) for the very, very needy people (many homeless) in the Hill District neighborhood of the city. Clothing including coats, jackets, sweaters, trousers, shirts, blouses and other tops, shoes, handbags, gloves, scarves, etc., are all gratefully received and appreciated.
There is a drop-off area at the top of the stairs at the main entrance for those who would contribute. The contact people for this project are Marilyn Elias and Miriam Yazge.
You May Find the Text of the Divine Liturgy beginning on the bottom page 91 of the Service Book (gold embossed cross on the reddish brown cover) or in the green-spiral-bound book; sheet music can be found in the 8.5” x 11” large, spiral-bound booklet.
At the Kiss of Peace,our practice is for each of us to greet the person to our right and left with the bowing of our head, hands held in a prayerful clasp or crossed on the chest, while offering each other the Christian greeting, “Christ is in our midst!” and responding, “He is and shall be!”
Please remember that Holy Communionis reserved for those Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have appropriately prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and Confession to receive the Holy Mysteries of the Church. The bread (anti’doron, which means ’in place’ of the gifts) which we share after Communion and at the end of the Liturgy is for all.
Being mindful we are in church, let us always remember to…
...be quiet and attentive.Let us sing, pray, stand., sit, kneel and respond where responses are indicated. Let us not talk, look around, text message, play games, etc. Especially let us work at this in the Communion line and when in line to venerate the Cross and depart. If we cannot hear the post-Communion prayers being chanted during our departure, we are way too noisy.
...refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum (most obviously and especially if you will be receiving Holy Communion).
...stay put. Except in rare cases, there are few of us who cannot stay in one location for two hours (usually less, for most of us).
Please go to the main St. Michael's Facebook page to view the new 360 degree picture of our beautiful church. Please share with all of your Facebook friends.
Print and Read April 30th 2017 Palm Sunday Bulletin...CLICK HERE
HOUSE BLESSINGS BEGIN on the Feast of Theophany To make an appointment to have your home blessed during the days that follow, contact Fr. John (call, text, email) or the Church office.
Schedules/Calendars are being compiled for a number of our Ministry Teams:
Holy Bread, Greeters, Ushers, Fellowship (Coffee) Hour. If you have certain dates that you would like, please contact Debbie in the church office. We would also invite and encourage new participation in any of the above Ministry Teams, so that the opportunity to help is spread among many, rather than a few.
St. Michael’s parishioners volunteer their time and energy in the preparation, hosting and serving of a luncheon to help feed some hungry people at First Lutheran Church on South Main Streeton the second Wednesday of every other month. If you are interested in joining us in this worthwhile community effort, please contact Michele Murray at 724-837-2244.
The Volunteer sign-up sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall. St. Michael’s next hosted meal is: Wednesday, April 19th 11:30-1:00PM (3rd Wednesday due to Easter.) First Evangelical Lutheran Church 246 South Main St., Greensburg
The next meeting of AMEN. It will take place Saturday, May 13th at Baguette at 250 W.Otterman Street, Greensburg, PA 15601 at 9:00am.
I.nternational O.rthodox C.hristian C.harities
SYRIAN RELIEF Prayers and Dinner Sunday, April 2, 2017 Prayer Service — 4:00PM Lenten Dinner — 5:00PM St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Oakland See Raymounda Chaho for tickets and info (412) 558-5877. Adult — $50Students (age 7-18) — $20
Children 6 and under free.
Some 2017 dates to mark or highlight on your calendar:
Holy Pascha is Sunday, April 16
Our trip to PNC Park is Thursday, August 17
— SAVE THESE DATES —
Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10 Antiochian Women’s Annual Flea Market Save and sort your “stuff” as you continue your Spring cleaning!
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Saturday, June 10 Blessing of the Animals 9:00 AM in the Church Parking Lot _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Sunday, July 16 St. Michael’s Parish Picnic Twin Lakes Park, Pavilion #3 Divine Liturgy at 9:00 AM at the Lake followed by the picnic
Anyone who would like to support “Food on the Hill” in whatever capacity you would like should contact Dan Davis or Gus Flizanes.
"Food On The Hill" WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY - When weather causes Hempfield or Greensburg Salem School District to close for the day; "Food On The Hill" will NOT serve lunch that day! Please refer to TV & Radio Newscasts when in doubt. Thank You!
FULL TIME POSITION AVAILABLE
Administrative Assistant for the Order of St. Ignatius (OSI)
Office at Antiochian Village, Bolivar, PA. Monday—Friday from 9-5 Answer calls, schedule meetings, basic bookkeeping, financial reports, tech savvy (WORD, ACCESS), day to day communications, some travel obligations.
Contact Amy for more information and application at (724) 238-3677 x402
We are seeking new members who would be interested in learning how to prepare the Memorial Wheat. We have a group of women who currently fulfill this important function and are willing to teach anyone who may be interested in becoming part of this ministry team. For more information, contact Val Flizanes or call the church office.
The big chest you see as you come through the main entrance of our church, is a simple way to help our hungry neighbors. Just bring in a few cans of food or other unperishables when you come to church and you will making a difference for someone.
Please check that the goods you bring are “reasonably” close in time to the expiration date. (While we know the food lasts longer than that date, it is not always easy to tell how much longer.)
I.nternational O.rthodox C.hristian C.harities
It is unfortunate that IOCC is one among many charitable organizations that are never lacking for work. A glance around our globe supplies us with sufficient evidence of human beings who are suffering horrendously and are in dire need of help and aid in their affliction. IOCC has proven itself to be one of the most effective deliverers of that aid.
One statistical bit of evidence of IOCC’s efficiency is the fact that every $1 that is donated to IOCC in charitable contributions is leveraged and matched by $7 in funding from the governments, philanthropic foundations and other sources that support IOCC. That means your $1 becomes $8. Your $10 become $80. Your $100 become $800.
For information on IOCC and how to become part of the worthwhile work being done, visit www.iocc.org.
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