Our St. George Community welcomes you to today’s celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We are delighted to have you worship with us, and we pray that you will be blessed through your participation in our services. While Holy Communion may only be received by prepared Orthodox Christians, our non-Orthodox guests are welcome to join us in venerating the Cross and receiving blessed bread at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy. Literature about the Orthodox faith can be found in the vestibule. Feel free to ask questions before or after the services. Please join us for refreshments and fellowship in the social hall after Liturgy. If this is your first visit to our parish, we welcome you and invite you to return as often as you are able. For those interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Paul.
SCRIPTURE READINGS THIS WEEK
Apr 14th Holy Monday: St. Martin, Pope of Rome
Ezekiel 1:1-10 Exodus 1:1-20 Job 1:1-12
Apr 15th Holy Tuesday: Apostles of the 70, Aristarchus, Pudens, and Trophimus
Ezekiel: 1:21-29 Exodus 2:5-10 Job 1:13-22
Apr 16th Holy Wednesday: Virgin Martyrs Agape, Irene, & Chionia in Illyria
Ezekiel 2:3-3:3 Exodus 2:11-22 Job 2:1-10
Apr 17th Holy Thursday: Hieromartyr Simeon, Bishop in Persia & Companions
1 Corinthians 11:23-32 Matthew 26:2-20 etc.
Apr 18th Holy Friday: New Martyr John of Epirus; St. Cosmas, Bishop of Chalcedon
1 Corinthians 1:18-22 Matthew 27:1-38 etc.
Apr 19th Holy Saturday: Venerable John of the Caves in Palestine; St. George the Confessor
Romans 6:3-11 Matthew 28:1-20
Greeter: Cyril & Carol Yonov Reader: Daniel Serdar Serving Group: Archangel Michael
Holy Week Services (all services at the church except for Paschal Vespers)
Bridegroom Matins: Sunday, April 13th, 6:30 PM
Bridegroom Matins: Monday, April 14th, 6:30 PM
Presanctified Liturgy: Tuesday, April 15th, 10 AM
Bridegroom Matins: Tuesday, April 15th, 6:30 PM
Holy Unction: Wednesday, April 16th, 6:30 PM
Betrayal Matins: Wednesday, April 16th, 8:30 PM
Holy Thursday Vesperal Liturgy: April 17th, 7 AM
Holy Friday Matins w/12 Gospels: Thursday, April 17th, 6:30 PM
Royal Hours: Friday, April 18th, 9:30 AM
Holy Friday Great Vespers: April 18th, 3 pm
Holy Saturday Matins/Lamentation Hymns: Friday, April 18th, 6:30 PM
Holy Saturday Vesperal Liturgy w/ OT readings: April 19th, at 9 AM
Paschal Service/Liturgy: Saturday, April 19th, 11:30 PM; Paschal breakfast afterwards
Paschal Vespers: Sunday, April 20th, 12 Noon @ St. George/Woodley (no service in Rossford)
Last Sunday April 6th, 55 Adults and 17 Youth, attended Divine Liturgy.
The Sanctuary Lamp is burning this week for health of Evanka Dimitroff on her birthday and her sister Panka Eneff. There are May openings to sign up for the Sanctuary Lamp.
At the potluck meal after the Presanctified service on 4/9, $22 was collected for those in need of food or shelter. An online donation was made to Cherry St. Mission for that amount.
Please remember to receive the sacrament of Confession. Father Paul is available to hear Confessions during Holy Week before or after Weekday services, through Saturday or by appointment.
Please pick up a flyer in the Narthex for Reverse Raffle on April 26, 2014. This is an important activity to build up our building fund. Tickets are $60 per person which includes dinner, open bar, and participation in the reverse raffle itself. For more information, speak with Stan Pentsos or a board member. Donations of desserts are needed for the Dinner served that evening.
Pascha and Easter items now available in the bookstore. Stop by and take a peek after services and see if there is anything you might need!
Paschal Breakfast on April 20th:
Breakfast will be served after Paschal services on early Sunday morning. The church will provide eggs, sausage, and potatoes; people are asked to bring breads and desserts to supplement the meal. Thanks to Steve Timofeev who will be bringing the items and hopefully be able to do the cooking. Please speak with Steve if you are able to lend him any assistance. For anyone who will be bringing Easter baskets to be blessed, bring them to hall and place them on the tables set aside for them. Our bishop or one of the priests will bless the baskets at the end of service.
Women’s Guild Luncheon April 22, 2014
The St. Anna’s Women’s Guild will meet for lunch at 12 Noon at the Elephant Bar Restaurant, 5001 Monroe St., Toledo, OH 43623, 419-474-5061; please call or speak with Carol Yonov (419-472-4505, or
to make your reservation by no later than April 20th.
We will be celebrating the feast of our patron St. George with Paschal Vespers on Tuesday, April 22nd, at 6:30 PM, and Paschal Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 10 AM; lunch at Denny’s Restaurant afterwards.
April 13, 2014 Palm Sunday by the Very Rev. Paul Lazor
Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13). This day together with the raising of Lazarus are signs pointing beyond themselves to the mighty deeds and events which consummate Christ’s earthly ministry. The time of fulfillment was at hand. Christ’s raising of Lazarus points to the destruction of death and the joy of resurrection which will be accessible to all through His own death and resurrection. His entrance into Jerusalem is a fulfillment of the messianic prophecies about the king who will enter his holy city to establish a final kingdom. “Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass” (Zech 9:9). Finally, the events of these triumphant two days are but the passage to Holy Week: the “hour” of suffering and death for which Christ came. Thus the triumph in a earthly sense is extremely short-lived. Jesus enters openly into the midst of His enemies, publicly saying and doing those things which mostly enrage them. The people themselves will soon reject Him. They misread His brief earthly triumph as a sign of something else: His emergence as a political messiah who will lead them to the glories of an earthly kingdom.
The liturgy of the Church is more than meditation or praise concerning past events. It communicates to us the eternal presence and power of the events being celebrated and makes us participants in those events. Thus the services of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday bring us to our own moment of life and death and entrance into the Kingdom of God: a Kingdom not of this world, a Kingdom accessible in the Church through repentance and baptism. On Palm Sunday palm and willow branches are blessed in the Church. We take them in order to raise them up and greet the King and Ruler of our life: Jesus Christ. We take them in order to reaffirm our baptismal pledges. As the One who raised Lazarus and entered Jerusalem to go to His voluntary Passion stands in our midst, we are faced with the same question addressed to us at baptism: “Do you accept Christ?” We give our answer by daring to take the branch and raise it up: “I accept Him as King and God!” Thus, on the eve of Christ’s Passion, in the celebration of the joyful cycle of the triumphant days of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, we reunite ourselves to Christ, affirm His Lordship lover the totality of our life and express our :readiness to follow Him to His Kingdom: ... that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11). Taken from: http://oca.org/saints/lives/2014/04/13/20-entry-of-our-lord-into-jerusalem-palm-sunday