Bulletin for Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Great and Holy Pascha

We are pleased to welcome you to worship with us today.  Please note that only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves with prayer, fasting and a recent confession may approach to receive Holy Communion.  Everyone is welcome to receive the blessing and partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor during the coffee hour and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

Today’s Hymns and Readings

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 Holy Pascha – Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!

Hypakoe of Holy Pascha – Tone 4
They who were with Mary came before the dawn, found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher, and heard the angels say unto them, Why seek ye him as man with the dead, who dwells in light eternal?  Behold the grave wrappings; make haste and declare to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath caused death to die; for he is the Son of God, the Savior of mankind.

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 1:1-8 (Holy Pascha)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 117.24, 29.  This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Verse.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endures forever.

    IN THE FIRST BOOK, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.  To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “You heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

    So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of Israel?”  He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”

Gospel – John 1:1-17 (Holy Pascha)

IN THE BEGINNING was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

    There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him.  He was not the light, but was to bear witness to the light.

    The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not.  He came to his own, and his own received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.  John bore witness to him, and cried, “This is he of whom I said, ‘he who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.’” And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Next week’s homework:   
I John 1:1-7 (St. John the Theologian)
John 20:19-31 (Thomas Sunday)


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.


NO FASTING – The church prohibits fasting all week due to the joy of the Resurrection.  Within the Patriarchate of Antioch some suspend fasting until the Feast of the Ascension, May 17.

TODAY, APRIL 8 - On Holy Pascha we pray for all “the quick and the dead” of the parish.

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 15 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Annette 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!

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

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

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

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers and readers.  Please allow the Church School students, teacher and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that classes can 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.  Many years!

MEMORY ETERNAL! – We extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Gregory Dalack and Family and to Kh. Laila Ellias and Family on the passing of Dr. John D. Dalack on Lazarus Saturday.  Metropolitan JOSEPH, Bishop JOHN, ten priests, and three deacons celebrated his funeral on Holy Wednesday.  Memory eternal!

MEMORY ETERNAL! – We are saddened to learn that Renee Ganim, the granddaughter of Mary Ganim, departed this life on Holy Friday following an extended illness.  May her memory be eternal!

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.

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 Suzanne Regnier, Marian Russo, Brenda Samman, Karen Spolar, Paula Spolar, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, and Yvonne Zrake.  Many years!

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, Chrysoula Photopolos, Marian Russo, 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.

AGAPE BREAKFAST – Audrey and Charles Sahadi and Robert Sahadi have sponsored this year’s Breakfast for Holy Pascha following tonight’s service in loving memory of Najla, Wade and Richard Sahadi, and Ameenie Freiji.  Memory eternal!

AGAPE VESPERS – At Agape Vespers at noon on Holy Pascha, April 8, we will read the Gospel in many languages.  We have the text for almost any language! Please see Father Michael or come to church by 11:45 AM.

EASTER EGGS – The Ladies of St. Mary’s lovingly dyed the eggs at home.  Many years!

EASTER EGG HUNT - All Church School students and guests are welcome to join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 8 following Agape Vespers in celebration of Great and Holy Pascha at 12 noon.  Weather permitting we will meet outside on the grass. Please bring your own Easter basket or bag to collect the eggs. Please contact PTO President Michael Regneir for more information at regnier@gmail.com or (347) 497-4549.

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 Gospel of Mark on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:00 PM in preparation for the Bible Bowl at the Parish Life Conference.  Bring your Orthodox Study Bible. There will be a guest speaker on this Wednesday only. 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.

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.

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.

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.



    Sunday, April 8            Agape Vespers, 12:00 PM

    Monday, April 9            Parish Council, 7:30 PM

    April 8 – April 14        No Fasting Allowed

Saturday, April 14        Tulips and Tea

                    Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

    Saturday, April 21        Hall Rental

                    Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

FROM THE FATHERS – “Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him; yesterday I died with Him; today I am quickened with Him; yesterday I was buried with Him; today I rise with Him.  But let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again for us – you will think perhaps that I am going to say gold, or silver, or woven work or transparent and costly stones, the mere passing material of earth, that remains here below, and is for the most part always possessed by bad men, slaves of the world and of the Prince of the world.  Let us offer ourselves, the possession most precious to God, and most fitting; let us give back to the Image what is made after the Image. Let us recognize our Dignity; let us honor our Archetype; let us know the power of the Master, and for what Christ died.”

  • St. Gregory the Theologian


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”




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