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SUNDAY: APRIL 21

The Entrance of Our Lord into Jerusalem (Sunday of Palms)

Entry of our Lord Into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)

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.

Our Pledge

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 over 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).

Very Rev. Paul Lazor

(at the Divine Liturgy)

Antiphon 1(Ps 114/115)

I love the Lord because He has heard the voice of my supplication.

Refrain: Through the prayers of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us!

Because He inclined His ear to me; therefore I will call on Him as long as Ilive.  (Refrain is sung after each of the following verses)

The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of hell laid hold on me. R

I suffered distress and anguish, so I called upon the Name of the Lord. R

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living. R

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen. R

 

Antiphon 2(Ps 115/116)

I kept my faith, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted.”

Refrain: O Son of God, seated on the colt of an ass, save us who sing to Thee: Alleluia!

What shall I render to the Lord for all the things He has given me?

(Refrain is sung after each of the following verses)

I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord.  R

I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people. R

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever,and unto ages of ages. Amen. No refrain.

(“Only-begotten Son and immortal Word of God … “)

Antiphon 3(Ps 117/118)

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever!

Tone 1Troparion

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion,

Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God.

Like the children with the palms of victory,

we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death:

“Hosanna in the highest!//

Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord.”

Let the house of Israel say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever!

Troparion: “By raising Lazarus from the dead …”)

Let the house of Aaron say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever!

Troparion: “By raising Lazarus from the dead …”)

Let those who fear the Lord say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever!

Troparion: “By raising Lazarus from the dead …”)

 

(After the Entrance)

Tone 1Troparion

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy passion,

Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, O Christ God.

Like the children with the palms of victory,

we cry out to Thee, O Vanquisher of Death:

“Hosanna in the highest!//

Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord.”

 

Tone 4Troparion

When we were buried with Thee in baptism, O Christ God,

we were made worthy of eternal life by Thy Resurrection.

Now we praise Thee and sing:

“Hosanna in the highest!//

Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!”

 

 

 

Tone 6 Kontakion

Sitting on Thy throne in Heaven,

carried on a foal on earth, O Christ God,

accept the praise of angels and the songs of children, who sing://

“Blessed is He Who comes to recall Adam!”

(The Trisagion is sung)

 

Tone 4Prokeimenon

Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!  God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

v: O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy enduresforever!

 

Epistle

Philippians 4:4-9

[4] Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
[5] Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
[6] Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
[7] And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
[8] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
[9] Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Tone 1Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

v: O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things!

v: All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

 

Gospel

John 12:1-18

[1] Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
[2] There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
[3] Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
[4] Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
[5] Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
[6] This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
[7] Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
[8] For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
[9] Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
[10] But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
[11] Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
[12] On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
[13] Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
[14] And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
[15] Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
[16] These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
[17] The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.
[18] For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

 

(Instead of “It is truly meet …,” we sing:)

God is the Lord and hath revealed Himself to us!

Celebrate the feast and come with gladness!

Let us magnify Christ with palms and branches,

singing: “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord, our Savior!”

(Hirmos of the 9th Ode of the Kanon)

 

Communion Hymn

Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord!

God is the Lord and has revealed Himself to us!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

 

Announcements

Please pray for: Christian, Lisa, Thomas, and the newly illumined Philip, Ester, Michael, Christina, Rebecca, Mary, Michael, and Cecilia.
This week we celebrate St. George, patron saint of Joan. God grant you many years!

 

Schedule of Services through Pascha

4/23 Tuesday 6pm Bridgroom Matins

4/24 Wed 6pm Presanctified Liturgy

Thursday April 25th: Holy Thursday: MORNING Service: Vespers and Liturgy of St Basil the Great at Bangor Chapel 9:30 am with meal to follow. 

Friday April 26th: Holy Friday—Evening Service: Matins for Holy Saturday/ Lamentations at Bangor Chapel 6:00 pm dinner to follow.

Saturday evening April 27th (to Sunday am): PASCHAL CELEBRATION: At St Teresa’s Church. Confessions/ Prayer/Reading of the Book of Acts 8;30-11:30pm. Starting at 11:30pm  to 3:30 am  Nocturnes, Resurrection Matins, Paschal Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Paschal Food and Agape Meal. (Please be sure to confess before the service if you have not been to confession during Great Lent.) No service Sunday during the day.

 

Wednesday April 11: Bright Wednesday: Bangor Chapel: 6:00pm  Paschal Vespers, meal and Study

 

 

Christ the Savior Orthodox Mission

Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New England

425 South Main Street, Brewer, ME 04412

(With the blessing of our hiararchs, we meet at St. Teresa's Catholic Church.)

 

Services

Sundays:  9:40 am - in Brewer, Divine Liturgy (with 3rd and 6th hours) Every liturgy includes a festal meal served after the liturgy.  All are welcome.  (In our parish the meal is pot luck.)
Wednesdays: 6:00 pm - Brewer Chapel, Vespers with the 9th hour read before. Followed by a Bible study and meal.

 

Christ the Savior Contact information:

Holy Communion is only given to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves by prayer, fasting, and recent confession.
All present are welcome to partake of the blessed bread offered by the priest at the end of the service.
Confessions are always available before Divine Liturgy during Hours every Sunday or after any Vespers service.
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