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Antipascha.  2nd Sunday of Pascha/St Thomas Sunday

Greatmartyr Irene of Thessalonica


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.


Great Marty Irene

The holy Great Martyr Irene was born in the city of Magedon in Persia during the fourth century. She was the daughter of Licinius, the pagan ruler of a certain small kingdom, and his wife Licinia, and at birth her parents named her Penelope.

Penelope was very beautiful, and her father kept her isolated in a high tower from the time she was six so

that she would not be exposed to Christianity. He also placed thirteen young maidens in the tower with her. An old tutor by the name of Apellian was appointed to give her the best possible education. Apellian was a Christian, and during her lessons, he told the girl about Christ the Savior and taught her about the Christian Faith and Christian virtues.


Since Saint Irene had dedicated herself to Christ, she refused to marry any of the suitors her father had chosen for her. When Licinius learned that his daughter refused to worship the pagan gods, he was furious. He attempted to turn her from Christ by having her tortured. She was tied up and thrown beneath the hooves of wild horses so that they might trample her to death, but he horses remained motionless. Instead of harming the saint, one of the horses charged Licinius, seized his right hand and tore it from his arm. Then it knocked Licinius down and began to trample him to death. This caused a great deal of confusion among the people there but Irene consoled them with the words of Christ: “All things are possible to the one who believes” (Mark 9: 23). And indeed, with wondrous faith, she prayed and through her prayers Licinius rose unharmed in the presence of many eyewitnesses with his hand intact. Then, Licinius and his wife were baptized as Christians, along with almost 3000 others who turned away from the worship of inanimate idols. Licinius abandoned his domain and lived in the tower he had built for his daughter. There he spent the rest of his life in repentance.

Saint Irene led thousands of people to Christ through her preaching, and by her example. The Church continues to honor her memory and to seek her heavenly intercession. She is invoked by those wishing to effect a swift and happy marriage. In Greece, she is also the patron saint of policemen. Saint Irene is also one of the twelve Virgin Martyrs who appeared to Saint Seraphim of Sarov (January 2) and the Diveyevo nun Eupraxia on the Feast of the Annunciation in 1831. By her holy prayers, may the Lord have mercy upon us and save us. Amen.

(at the Divine Liturgy)

Priest: “Blessed is the Kingdom … “

Choir: “Amen.”

Priest: “Christ is risen from the dead …” (2 ½ times)

Choir: “and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!”

  (The Divine Liturgy is begun in this manner until the Leavetaking of Pascha.)


Tone 7Troparion (from the Pentecostarion)

From the sealed tomb, Thou didst shine forth, O Life!

Through closed doors Thou didst come to Thy Disciples, O Christ God.

Renew in us through them an upright spirit,//

by the greatness of Thy mercy, O Resurrection of all!  


Tone 8Kontakion (from the Pentecostarion)

Thomas touched Thy life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God,

when Thou didst come to Thy Apostles through closed doors.

He cried out with all: “Thou art my Lord and my God!”


(The Trisagion is sung)


Tone 3Prokeimenon

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power!  His understanding is beyond measure! (Ps 146/147:5)


v: Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God! (Ps 146/147:1)



Acts 5:12-20

[12] And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
[13] And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
[14] And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
[15] Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
[16] There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
[17] Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,
[18] And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.
[19] But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,
[20] Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.


Tone 8Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

v: Come, let us rejoice in the Lord!  Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior! (Ps 94/95:1)

v: For the Lord is a great God, and a great King over all the earth.(Ps 94/95:3).



John 20:19-31

[19] Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
[20] And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
[21] Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
[22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
[23] Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.
[24] But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
[25] The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
[26] And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
[27] Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
[28] And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
[29] Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
[30] And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
[31] But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.


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

The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace:

“Rejoice, O pure Virgin! Again, I say: Rejoice,

thy Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!

With Himself He has raised all the dead.”

Rejoice, O ye people!


Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem!

The glory of the Lord has shone on thee.

Exult now, and be glad, O Zion!

Be radiant, O pure Theotokos,

in the Resurrection of thy Son!

Communion Hymn

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!  Praise your God, O Zion!

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!


 Priest: “In the fear of God …”

 Choir: “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of the Lord … “

 Priest: “O Lord, save Thy people … “

 Choir: “Christ is risen from the dead … “ (sung once, instead of “We have  seen the True Light … )

 Priest: “Always, now and ever …”

 Choir: “Let our mouths be filled …”


(At the Dismissal, the Priest says: “Glory to Thee, O Christ….,” and the choir sings “Christ is risen from the dead….” (thrice).


And unto us He has given eternal life.

Let us worship His Resurrection on the third day!



Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! Khristos voskrese! Voistinu voskrese! Khristós anésti! Alithós anésti!
Orthodox Book Group will meet this Sunday after the agape meal. Bring a book to share.
The Sunday School has a Pascha egg hunt after liturgy today.
Vespers will be held in the chapel on Wednesday, May 8 at 6 pm, followed by a potluck meal and bible study. We will start the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament.
Parish Council will meet next Sunday, May 12, after liturgy.
There will be an informal meeting to discuss the church's website on May 19. Please join us with your ideas on how we can better minister in this way.
Thursday, May 9, we remember St. Christopher, patron saint of Chris Maas. God grant you many years!
Please pray for: Lisa, Mel, Christian, Thomas, Adam, and Nancy.



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.)



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.


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