Bulletin for Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018
New Sunday or Anti-Pascha
Eothinon 1
Sunday of Thomas the Apostle, Called “The Twin”

Today’s Hymns and Readings

After “Blessed is the Kingdom…”, “Christ is risen…” (3 times) and the Paschal Stichera

During the Little Entrance, “Christ is risen…”

Entrance Hymn – In the gathering places bless ye God the Lord from the springs of Israel.  O Son of God, who art risen from the dead, save us, who sing unto Thee. Alleluia!

Troparion of St. Thomas - Tone 7
While the tomb was sealed, thou didst shine forth from it, O Light.  While the doors were closed, thou didst come in to thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of thy mercy.

Kontakion of Holy Pascha – Tone 8
Though thou, O deathless One, didst descend into the grave, thou didst destroy the power of hell and, as Victor, thou didst rise again, O Christ our God.  Thou didst greet the ointment bearing women, saying, rejoice! Thou didst bestow peace upon thy Disciples, and resurrection upon those that are fallen.

Epistle – Acts of the Apostles 5:12-20 (Thomas Sunday)
Prokeimenon.  Psalms 146.5; 134.3.  Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse.  Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

    IN THOSE DAYS, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles.  And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor.  And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.  The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.

    But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison.  But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, “Go, and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”

Gospel – John 20:19-31 (Thomas Sunday)

    ON THE EVENING OF THAT DAY, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

    Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

    Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them.  The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.”  Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”

    Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Next week’s homework:   
Acts 6:1-7 (Myrrh-Bearing Women)
Mark 15:43-16:8 (Myrrh-Bearing Women)


Mission Statement - The mission of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, NY, is to love and worship God through participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and to live and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We carry out this mission through education, outreach, fellowship, and works of mercy with love for each other, our neighbors, and our diverse world.


TODAY, APRIL 15 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Annetta Absey, Robert Coogan Jr., Antoine Khalil Debbas, Mary Gehshan, Dr. George Ghiz, Martha Hamatie, Michael Howie, Wilfred Jabara, Lynn Lewis, Esber and Victoria Najjar, Charles Norman Sabah, Adele Trisciuzzi, and Isabel Araman Zain.  Memory eternal!

Gale Zarr and Marie Zarr offer Prayers of Oblation for the continued good health of Albert Absey and Lily Lang on the occasion of their birthdays.  Many years!

Albert Absey offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Annetta Absey.  Memory eternal!

Gloria Darzi and Family offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Isabel Araman Zain.  Memory eternal!

George Trisciuzzi offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of his parents Adele Mary Trisciuzzi and Teodoro Trisciuzzi.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Lynn Lewis offers Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of her soul.  Memory eternal!

Karen Slater and Family offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Helen Livreri.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 22 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Mary Ayoub, George Fadool, Raymond Farkouh, George Kaiatt, Edward S. Mackoul, Vivian Massab, Linda and William Nafash, Stanley Najjar, Mary Saverese, and Albert Zarr.  Memory eternal!

Peter Elkas will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God George Kaiatt.  Memory eternal!

Carol Makhoul and Denise McBride will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of their father Victor Makhoul on the anniversary of his 100th birthday.  Memory eternal!

Louis Savarese will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Mary B. Savarese.  Memory eternal!

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

POST-COMMUNION PRAYERS – As the faithful approach to reverence the cross, receive a blessing and a piece of antidoron (holy bread) at the dismissal, a reader will read the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving.  Please greet each other quietly as we reverently hear these prayers.

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Please allow the Church School students, teachers and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that they can proceed to their classes and begin in a timely fashion.   The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

HOLY BREAD – The Dalack and Ellias Families offer the Holy Bread of Oblation for the month of April in loving memory of Dr. John D. and Shamseh Dalack.  Memory eternal!  Gloria Darzi also offers the Holy Bread of Oblation today in loving memory of her mother Isabel Araman Zain.  Memory eternal!  Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year.

COFFEE HOUR – In the absence of a sponsor this week the Parish Council will place a basket on the table for our free will offerings.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Sebastian Rothhammer, Louis Savarese, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Marianne Trabulsi (PA), Jim Thompson (NJ), George Trisciuzzi, and Rose Zrake (at home).  If a member of your family is in the hospital or recuperating at home, please call the church office and let us know as soon as possible.

MEMORY ETERNAL!  We extend our sympathies to the Sadaka Family on the repose of Basil Sadaka who departed this life on the morning of Holy Pascha.  His funeral was from St. George Church in Allentown, PA, and interment will take place in Boca Raton, FL.  Memory eternal!

MEMORY ETERNAL!  We extend our sympathies to Mary Ganim on the repose of her granddaughter Renee Ganim during Holy Week.  Memory eternal!

MANY THANKS – To Deacon Farid Farkouh, Deacon Herman Fields, Sandra Arida and the Choir, and all the Chanters and Readers, including Sonia Abou Naoum, Moussa Alsaifi, Sandra Arida, Panyoti Athineos, Chris Castley, Christopher Castley, Steven Christoforou, Laila Ellias, John Eyd, John Generale, Fred Hadad, Wilson Haddad, Celestina Ivanchev, Carol Makhoul, Nicholas Massab, Connor Mayrose, Adam Murphy, Michael Obel, Subdeacon Erik Potter, Faith Potter, Lama Rajha, Alice Regnier, Luke Spolar, Paula Spolar, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, George Trisciuzzi, Andrea Zrake, Anthony Zrake, and Christina Zrake for their beautiful and faithful service throughout Great Lent and Holy Pascha.  We thank the Altar Servers, especially, John Alexander, Christos Hazem, Panyoti Athineos, Daniel Badlissi, Christopher Castley, Gaby Elkhoury, Mark Elkhoury, Christos Hazem, Joseph Khouzami, Michael Maalouf, Isaac Regnier, and Luke Spolar, and the Ushers for making sure all things are done “decently and in order.”  Many years!

FLOWER DONATIONS – God bless Sandra Arida, Michelle Ateyeh, Sandra and Robert Coogan, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, Anita and John Eyd, Josette and John Generale, Paul and Lily Lang, Chrysoula Photopolos, Marian Russo, Wade and Andrea Saadi, Cathy and Ray Saleeby, Brenda Samman, Lou Savarese, Eve Schornstein, Renee Setteducato, Barbara and Dennis Shawah, Gale Zarr, and Malakie and Richard Zogob for the donations for the flowers for Holy Week, Good Friday and Holy Pascha.

GOOD WORK!  Many thanks to the wonderful team who decorated the bier of Christ:  Rose Abdallah, Sonia Abou Naoum, Sandra Arida, Barbara Deeb, Janice Deeb, Joanne Defede, Laila Ellias, Mary Ganim, Rima Hazem, Arabella Kitchen, Dianna Russo Kitchen, Christopher Mayrose, Daria Mayrose, Chaza Rafiaa, Marianne Rafiaa, Alice, Amanda, Isaac and Susanna Regnier, Marian Russo, Brenda Samman, Karen Spolar, Paula Spolar, Marilyn Tulaney, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, and Yvonne Zrake.  Many years!

FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE – Please remember to return your FFHP boxes as soon as possible.  If writing a check, please make it payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “FFHP.”

HOME BLESSINGS – Several parishioners have requested spring time blessings of their homes.  Please feel free to call the church office for an appointment between now and the Feast of the Ascension (May 17).

BIBLE STUDY – We will resume our study of the Acts of the Apostles on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00 PM in preparation for the Bible Bowl at the Parish Life Conference.  That week only there will be a special guest speaker. Bring your Orthodox Study Bible. All are welcome!

ANTIOCHIAN VILLAGE – It’s time to sign up for Summer Camp at the Antiochian Village.  Please do not delay as some sessions have already filled.  Scholarship assistance is available. Please see Fr. Michael.  Go to www.avcamp.org asap!

ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S SCHOLARSHIP – Scholarships are available to women 26 years of age or older who are continuing their education in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families.  Women must meet certain other requirements. See Fr. Michael, or go to www.antiochian.org/scholarships for applications and more information, or contact Laila Ferris, Grant Coordinator, at (915) 565-1088 or lferris130@yahoo.com.  Application deadline is June 1, 2018.

SHAGOURY SCHOLARSHIP – The Edith Shagoury Scholarship Fund offers awards for the coming academic year to undergraduate and graduate students from St. Mary’s Church.  The qualifications for these awards are parish participation, scholarship and financial need. The number and amounts of the scholarship vary depending on the return on the fund’s investment.  Please see Marian Russo or Dr. Alice Farkouh for more information.

FRANCIS MARIA SCHOLARSHIP – The Antiochian Archdiocese awards several scholarships of $2,500 each to students attending an accredited 4-year college.  Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2018.  For more information and other scholarships offered by the Archdiocese, go to www.antiochian.org/scholarships.

EMAIL ADDRESSES – Please use the Welcome Card in the pew book racks to submit or update all your family email addresses so that we can contact our parishioners with timely news.

WORD MAGAZINE – The Word is the official news magazine of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  If you are a member of St. Mary’s Church in good financial standing and do not already receive a free copy of The Word, or would like to subscribe for $20 per year, or change your address, you can do so at www.antiochian.org/address-updates.

2018 PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE – Registration is now open for the 2018 Dioceses of the East Parish Life Conference at the beautiful Antiochian Village Heritage and Conference Center in Bolivar, PA. St. Philp Church of Souderton, St. George Church of Upper Darby, PA, and Holy Ascension Church of West Chester, PA, are the coo-hosts.  Go to www.antiochianevents.com for more information, to register, or to sponsor the souvenir journal.

PARISH WEBSITE – Did you know that we post the weekly bulletin on the web?  Simply go to www.smaoc.squarespace.com/bulletin, and view the bulletin at home.  Also, find us on Facebook.

PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.


Saturday, April 21        Hall Rental

Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

    Monday, April 23        Feast of the Great Martyr George

    Wednesday, April 25        Bible Study, 7:00 PM, with special guest speaker

    Saturday, April 28        Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

                    St. Nicholas Cathedral Spring Hafli


FROM THE FATHERS – “The gospel records that when Christ was dead, but still hung on the cross, a soldier came and pierced his side with a lance and immediately there poured out water and blood.  Now the water was a symbol of baptism and the blood, of the Holy Eucharist. The solider pierced the Lord’s side, he breached the wall of the sacred temple, and I have found the treasure and made it my own.  So also with the lamb; the people sacrificed the victime, and I have been saved by it.”

  • St. John Chrysostom


Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.

Al Maseeh qam min bain il amwat, wa wati al mawt bil bawt, wa wahabal hiyat lil la dhina fil qoobur.

Christos anesti ek nekron thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimaszi zoin, charisamenos.

“Christ is risen”            “Truly/Indeed He is risen!

“Christos Anesti”        “Alithos Anesti”

“Christos Voskrese”        “Vo Istinu Voskrese”

“Al Maseeh Qam”        “Ha’an Qam”



St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn

2018 Parish Council


Pastor, Archpriest Michael Ellias

(718) 238-8008, pastor@smaoc.org




Chair – Daria Mayrose, (718) 836-2214, dmayrose3@gmail.com

Vice Chair – Denise Alexander, (718) 745-4796, hamletsworld6@msn.com

Secretary – Michael Regnier, (347) 497-4549, regnier@gmail.com    

Treasurer – Diana Kaiami, (718) 216-4807, dianakaiami@hotmail.com


Elected Members (3 year term)


Denise Alexander

Chris Athineos

Rima Alsaifi Hazem

Diana Kaiami

Dianna Russo Kitchen

Daria Mayrose

Michael Regnier

Irene Tashji

Anthony Zrake


Appointed Members (1 year term)


Anita Eyd

Wade Saadi

Audrey Sahadi


Organization Representatives


Church School - Lorraine Deeb

Choir – Sandra Arida

Ladies – Sandra Arida

Youth Advisor – Andrea Zrake

PTO – Michael Regnier

Young Adult Fellowship – Diana Kaiami


Office Administrator – Joe Bianchino, Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM









M.DIV., YALE, 1982