The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 9, 2023

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April 9, 2023




Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: “Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel” (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.
The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ’s victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means “Save, I pray,” or “Save, now.” The foal of an ass, and Jesus’ sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.






Liturgical Guide



Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Mode
Τὴν κοινὴν Ἀνάστασιν πρὸ τοῦ σοῦ Πάθους πιστούμενος…
In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion.  Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death:  Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
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Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Mode
Συνταφέντες σοι διὰ τοῦ Βαπτίσματος…
As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry:  Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
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Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode
Τῷ θρόνῳ ἐν οὐρανῷ, τῷ πώλῳ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς…
In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, “Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam.”
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Epistle Reading

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.

Epistle Reading:  

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.


Gospel Reading

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.





Saturday of Lazarus:  Divine Liturgy, Brunch, Palm Folding, Hope & Joy Retreat
Please come help us fold palms for Palm Sunday immediately after Divine Liturgy on Saturday, April 8.  Brunch will be offered by Philoptochos. Also Hope and Joy will be having their 2nd annual retreat from 12 noon-2:00pm, folding palms and baking lazarakia.


Philoptochos Pascha Treats Orders for tsourekia and cookies may be picked up in the hall after Church this Sunday, April 9. Also, we have tsourekia and koulourakia available for purchase.


Donation Opportunities Any donations towards the cost of palms and flowers would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!


Prosforo and Holy Communion Wine
Offerings of Prosforo and Nama Byzantino Red Wine for Holy Communion would be greatly appreciated.



Good Friday Myrofores
Girls in Kindergarten to 5th grade are invited to serve as Myrofores for the Holy Friday Lamentations Service.  For more information, please contact Effie Vasil at 954 773 5455.







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Thursday               4/6
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Saturday               4/8       Saturday of Lazaros 
9:00am /10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy 
After Liturgy                       Lenten brunch and Palm folding
Hope and Joy retreat

Sunday                 4/9        Palm Sunday 
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                        Luncheon
7:00pm                               Service of the Bridegroom

Monday              4/10        Holy Monday
7:00pm                               Service of the Bridegroom

Tuesday             4/11        Holy Tuesday
7:00pm                              Service of the Bridegroom

Wednesday       4/12        Holy Wednesday 
5:00pm                             Sacrament of Holy Unction

Thursday          4/13         Holy Thursday
9:00am                              Vesperal Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                       Dyeing of eggs
7:00pm                              Passion Service

Friday               4/14         Holy Friday
9:00am                             Royal Hours
10:00am                           Decorating of the Kouvouklion
3:00pm                             Apokathelosis Service
7:00pm                             Lamentations Service

Saturday          4/15        Holy Saturday
9:00am                            Orthros
10:00am                          Liturgy of St. Basil
11:00pm                          Resurrection Service followed by the Paschal Divine Liturgy

Sunday            4/16       Great and Holy Pascha
12:00 noon                     Agape Vespers