ENTRY OF OUR LORD INTO JERUSALEM - Palm Sunday
Hieromartyr Januarius, Bishop of Benevento, and his companions: Festus, Proculus, and Sosius—Deacons, Desiderius—Reader, and Eutychius and Acutius—laymen, at Pozzuoli (ca. 305). Hieromartyr Theodore of Perge in Pamphylia, his mother, Philippa, and Martyrs Dioscorus, Socrates, and Dionysius (2nd c.). Martyrs Isaac, Apollos, and Quadratus, of Nicomedia (303). St. Maximian, Patriarch of Constantinople (434).
Philippians 4:4-9 (Epistle) John 12:1-18 (Gospel)
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is available Sunday morning at the Continental Inn parking lot – 166 St. and 100 Ave. If you expect to park there regularly remember to place a parking permit card on your dash. Parking permits are available on the candle desk in the narthex.
Special Collection TODAY, Palm Sunday!
The Archdiocesan Council has asked that, every year on Palm Sunday, all parishes collect funds for missions in our Archdiocese. If you would like to contribute this year, in addition to your regular parish offering, please mark “Missions” in the special offering blank on your offering envelope and submit it to the offering drawer. Many thanks for your generous support.
Holy Friday and Holy Saturday Vigil
Come join us as we watch over the Lord’s tomb, remembering His suffering and death for our salvation. Let us all take time out of our busy schedules to wait with expectation for our Lord’s Resurrection from the dead as we prepare ourselves to exclaim: “Christ is risen!”
If you would like to keep vigil at the tomb of Christ after the vigil service (Vespers/Matins) on Great and Holy Friday or after the Vesperal Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Consider signing up either as individuals or a family to read for an hour or two from the Psalms throughout the night on Friday or the Acts of the Apostles Saturday afternoon and evening.
The Church has given us this opportunity to watch and wait with the countless saints and myriads of angels as our Lord conquers death.
A huge thank you goes out to all in the congregation who donated so generously to the Jasper Place High School breakfast club. Your donations help to keep these children fed and able to attend school. Thank you, thank you!
Our coffee hour lunches are in need of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee beans or COARSE GROUND coffee.
Please NO FINE GRIND as it cannot be used. Thank you!
The blessing of Pascha Baskets is an ancient Christian tradition. Customarily, foods from which one was fasting during Great Lent would be brought to the Church for blessing by the priest at the vigil of Pascha (Saturday night). For those who are unable to attend the Saturday night Paschal services, your basket can be blessed following the Holy Saturday Divine Liturgy, which starts at 11 am on Saturday morning. After the Paschal Vigil on early Sunday morning, the food would then be used to break the Great Fast and celebrate the Lord's Resurrection.
We continue this tradition, and encourage everyone to prepare a basket of Paschal foods for blessing. Traditionally, this includes a Paska Bread (usually a round loaf decorated on the top with a cross, and a candle placed on it), hard-boiled eggs, butter, cheese, sausage, ham, and other meats of your choosing. Cultural variations, and suitable "feasting" foods from around the world, are also most suitable for Pascha baskets. And, of course, your favorite liquid refreshment. A note to all Godparents and Sponsors – be sure to help your godchildren if they have any questions on how to prepare a basket, especially if this is their first time doing so.
CRACKING EGGS AT PASCHA
Following the midnight Pascha Liturgy, each person venerating the cross will receive a red Pascha Egg. Tradition teaches that Mary Magdalene first used the red-dyed egg to teach the message of the resurrection to a pagan emperor. After receiving your egg, it is traditional to crack your egg with someone else's.
Cracking eggs at Pascha symbolizes the breaking of the wax seal on the tomb of Christ:
-- The eggshell itself represents the tomb of Christ.
-- The egg contains life, just as the tomb contains Christ who IS life.
-- Cracking the eggs with the greeting “Christ is Risen” represents the seal of the tomb cracked open when Christ rose from the dead.
-- the red dye symbolizes the blood of Christ
Hosanna! Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!