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WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN

SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF PASCHA:
THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN,
AND THE RIGHTEOUS JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA


RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION – TONE TWO:
When Thou didst descend to death, O Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to Thee!

TROPARION TO JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA – TONE TWO:
The noble Joseph, when he had taken down Thy most pure Body from the tree, wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices, and placed it in a new tomb.  But Thou arose on the third day, O Lord, granting the world great mercy.

TROPARION TO THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN – TONE TWO:
The Angel came to the Myrrh-bearing Women at the tomb and said: ‘Myrrh is fitting for the dead; but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption!  So proclaim: ‘The Lord is risen, granting the world great mercy.’’

KONTAKION TO THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN – TONE TWO:
You commanded the myrrh-bearers to rejoice, and stopped the lamentation of Eve, the first mother, by Your resurrection O Christ God, instructing them to preach to Your Apostles: ‘The Savior is risen from the tomb!’

PASCHAL KONTAKION – TONE EIGHT:
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal; Thou didst destroy the power of death.  In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ‘Rejoice’ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thy apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

INSTEAD OF “IT IS TRULY MEET…”:
The angel cried to the Lady Full of Grace: Rejoice, O Pure Virgin!  Again I say: Rejoice!  Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!  With Himself He has raised all the dead!  Rejoice, all ye people!  Shine!  Shine!  O New Jerusalem!  The glory of the Lord has shone on you!  Exult now and be glad, O Zion!  Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!

INSTEAD OF “WE HAVE SEEN THE TRUE LIGHT…”:
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (once)

EPISTLE READING

PROKIMENON IN TONE SIX:
O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance.

THIRD SUNDAY OF PASCHA: ACTS 6: 1-7
In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.  Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables.  Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”  And the saying pleased the whole multitude.  And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch, whom they set before the apostles; and when they had prayed, they laid hands on them.  Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

THE ALLELUIA VERSES:
Lord, You were favorable to Your land; You did restore the fortune of Jacob.  Mercy and truth have met; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

GOSPEL READING

THIRD SUNDAY OF PASCHA: MARK 15: 43 – 16: 8
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus.  Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time.  So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.  Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen.  And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.  And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid. Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.  Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.  And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”  But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away - for it was very large.  And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.  But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed.  You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He is risen!  He is not here.  See the place where they laid Him.  But go, tell His disciples - and Peter - that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.”  So they went out quickly and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed.  And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

FROM THE PROLOGUE
APRIL 17/30, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC:

The Hieromartyr Simeon, Bishop of Persia
During the reign of the wicked King Sapor, Simeon was tortured for Christ along with his two presbyters, Audel and Ananias. The king’s eunuch, Ustazan—who had earlier denied Christ but afterward, touched by the rebuke of St. Simeon, had again confessed the true Faith before the king—was executed before them. A thousand other Christians were also led to the place of execution with Simeon. Simeon intentionally moved out of the way in order to be the last one beheaded. He did this to encourage the other Christians, so that not one of them would waver out of fear of death. When the presbyter Ananias placed his head on the chopping block, his entire body quivered. The king’s court clerk, Fusik, who secretly was a Christian, began to encourage Ananias saying: “Do not be afraid, old man, close your eyes and be brave, so that you may see the Divine Light.” As soon as Fusik said this, he was recognized as a Christian and was accused before the king. Both Fusik and his daughter, the maiden Askitria, were exhausted through great torture by the king. After St. Simeon saw his flock depart to the other world, he was finally beheaded. The following year on Great Friday, Azat, the beloved eunuch of the king, was also slain for Christ and with him a thousand other faithful. Then the king mourned for his eunuch and suspended the further killing of Christians. They all suffered honorably for Christ the King and Lord in the year 341 or 344.

Saint Acacius, Bishop of Melitene
Acacius lived the ascetic life in the place where he was born, that is, in Melitene in Armenia. Blessed Otreius, the bishop of that city, who participated in the Second Ecumenical Council [Constantinople, 381], ordained him a presbyter. Following the death of Otreius, Acacius became a bishop. He participated in the Third Ecumenical Council [Ephesus, 431], which condemned the evil blasphemy of Nestorius against the Mother of God. Here, together with St. Cyril of Alexandria, Acacius zealously fought for the purity of the Orthodox Faith. St. Acacius possessed much grace from God and worked many miracles. After long and zealous service to God, Acacius reposed peacefully in the year 435.

Saint Agapitus, Pope of Rome
Agapitus was sent to the Emperor Justinian in Constantinople by Theodotus, King of the Goths, to dissuade him from his campaign against the Goths. En route, he healed a mute and blind person. In Constantinople, Agapitus assisted in confirming Orthodoxy. He died in the year 536.

The Venerable Sabbatius and Zosimas
Sabbatius and Zosimas were the co-founders of the ascetic community on the Solovki Island in the White Sea. Many great saints were glorified in the Solovki Monastery. St. Sabbatius died in 1435, and St. Zosimas in 1478.

HYMN OF PRAISE: Saint Zosimas

On a desert isle amidst the stormy sea,
Beyond the vanity of the world and beyond conversation,
Zosimas nourishes his soul with prayers
And defends it from demons with the name of God.

Vicious demons become embittered against him,
And direct all of their power against him.

Zosimas speaks to them: “In vain is your effort
As long as the mighty hand of God protects me.

Is it the will of God that I be slain?

Then strike quickly, and do not waste time!

Why do you change yourselves into beasts and serpents,
Into angry wolves, tigers and scorpions,
When you do not have the strength of shadows
To do me any harm?

You are dreadful only to the sons of sin
And to the lovers of pleasure and laughter.

But to the lovers of the yoke of Christ,
The Mother of God, and pure asceticism,
You are like the fog carried by the wind,
Which one moment is blown in and the next moment blown away.

If the fog is able to uproot a rock,
Then you are able to sway me, a sinner!

Leave me alone; I do not give myself over to you.

I am the servant of Christ; I look to Christ.”

REFLECTION
After the Fourth Ecumenical Council [Chalcedon, 451] the heretical Emperor Anastasius banished the Orthodox Patriarchs Elias of Jerusalem and Flavian of Antioch. One day, simultaneously, both saints discerned the death of the heretical emperor and sent each other the news of this, saying: “Anastasius is dead! Let us also go to stand judgment with him before God.” The emperor died, and two days later both patriarchs died. What zeal for the true Faith! What a humble hope before God’s judgment! For these saints, it was not a matter of living longer on earth but of God’s truth. Neither did they say, “We judged him,” but, “May God judge him!” Our stay on earth is not for the sake of sojourning, but for a personal choice for good or for evil, for truth or for falsehood. Blessed are we if, in everything, we trust God’s will and hope in God’s judgment. For in all things, one must have a strong faith. These Orthodox archpastors had strong faith. St. Acacius also had strong faith. Once, during a great drought, when the people were despairing, this wonderful Acacius led a procession of the people through the town and to its outskirts. He ordered that the Divine Liturgy be celebrated outside the town before the Church of St. Eustace. After consecrating the Holy Gifts, Acacius did not want to pour water into the wine, but prayed to God that He, the Most High, would send down water into the chalice from the clouds. God heard the prayer of His faithful servant and sent abundant rain onto the dry fields as well as into the honorable chalice.

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplate the resurrected Lord Jesus:

1. How for forty days after the Resurrection He remained on earth, showing Himself to the faithful and strengthening them in the Faith;

2. How, by His forty-day manifestation, He demonstrated that He did not resurrect for His own sake, but for the sake of mankind.

HOMILY
on the wonderful promise of Christ

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me on My throne (Revelation 3:21).

This, brethren, is the promise of Christ, the Victor over the devil, sin and death.

But the devil, sin and death are stronger than man. Who can overcome them? No one, except Christ and those who stand firm with Christ and enter into battle with His weapons.

The devil is as old as the world, and even older. How can a man, whose life-span is measured by a pendulum, defeat him who, for many thousands of years, has learned to wage battle against man? How can a mortal overpower all the temptations of the devil, whose number equals the number of sins on earth? By no means, if he does not know that the Lord Jesus conquered the three main types of diabolical temptations on the high mountain. By no means, if a man does not remain firm and steadfast alongside Christ, Who is older than time and mightier than all the angels, both evil and good.

Sin is as old as the devil. How can a man, whose life-span is measured by a pendulum, avoid sin, which, as a contagious disease and evil odor, has been passed from generation to generation, from man to man, since man has existed on this earth? By no means, if he does not know that there exists one Man, the One and Only, Who did not commit sin, either in birth or after birth: the God-man Jesus Christ, Who, through the humbleness of His humanity and the fire of His Divinity, crushed sin on the Cross. By no means, if a man does not stand firm with Christ, Who is older than sin and Who is mightier than all of the sowers and carriers of sin.

Death is as old as man expelled from Paradise. How can a man, whose life span is measured by a pendulum, conquer death in this worldly grave? By no means, if he does not acknowledge the power of the Cross, the suffering of Christ, and the truth of His Resurrection from the grave. By no means, if he does not stand firm with Christ, the Almighty Victor over death.

Oh, what a glorious reward for those who achieve victory! They will be seated and crowned with wreaths of glory on the throne of the greatest Victor on earth and in heaven!

To Him be glory and praise forever. Amen.

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Христос Васкрсе! Christ Is Risen!


 

WEEKLY DIOCESAN BULLETIN 

Sunday, April 23, 2017


SECOND SUNDAY OF PASCHA
THE HOLY APOSTLE THOMAS


PASCHAL TROPARION – TONE ONE:

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

THOMAS SUNDAY TROPARION – TONE SEVEN:
From the sealed tomb, You shone forth, O Life!  Through closed doors You came to Your disciples, O Christ God!  Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit, by the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all!

THOMAS SUNDAY KONTAKION – TONE EIGHT:
Thomas touched Your life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God; for when You came to Your apostles through closed doors, he cried out with them all: “You are my Lord and my God!”

PASCHAL KONTAKION – TONE EIGHT:
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal; Thou didst destroy the power of death.  In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ‘Rejoice’ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thy apostles, and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.  

INSTEAD OF “IT IS TRULY MEET…”:
The angel cried to the Lady Full of Grace: Rejoice, O Pure Virgin!  Again I say: Rejoice!  Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb!  With Himself He has raised all the dead!  Rejoice, all ye people!  Shine!  Shine!  O New Jerusalem!  The glory of the Lord has shone on you!  Exult now and be glad, O Zion!  Be radiant, O Pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!

INSTEAD OF “WE HAVE SEEN THE TRUE LIGHT…”:
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (once)

EPISTLE READING

PROKIMENON IN TONE THREE:
Great is our Lord and abundant in power.  His understanding is beyond measure.

SECOND SUNDAY OF PASCHA: ACTS 5: 12-20
In those days, through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people.  And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.  Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly.  And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.  Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.  Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, and laid their hands on 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, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” 

THE ALLELUIA VERSES:
Come, let us rejoice in the Lord!  Let us make a joyful noise to God our Savior!  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all the earth!

GOSPEL READING

SECOND SUNDAY OF PASCHA: JOHN 20: 19-31
At that time, 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, Jesus came and stood in the midst 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.  So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you!  As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”  And when He said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”  Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”  So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  And after eight days His disciples were again inside and Thomas with them.  Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!”  Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here and put it into My side.  Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”  And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”  Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His 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.

FROM THE PROLOGUE:
APRIL 10/23, BY SAINT NIKOLAI VELIMIROVIC:

The Holy Martyrs Terence, Africanus, Maximus, Pompeius and thirty-six others with them

They all suffered for Christ and were crowned with wreaths of glory during the reign of Emperor Decius. By order of the emperor, the governor of Africa announced to the people that everyone had to offer sacrifices to the idols. Those who resisted, the governor threatened with cruel tortures. Upon hearing of these threats, many fell away from the Faith and worshiped the idols. However, these forty remained unwavering in their faith and were subjected to torture. St. Terence encouraged his companions, saying: “Brothers, let us be on guard that we do not deny Christ our God, lest He deny us before His Heavenly Father and the holy angels.” The governor divided them into two groups. Thirty-six of them, after being flogged and having their skin scraped and salt poured into their open wounds, were all beheaded. The first four were cast into prison with heavy iron chains around their necks, hands and feet. An angel of God appeared in the prison and touched the chains of the shackled men, and the chains fell off. After that, the angel prepared a bountiful table for them and fed them. Once again, they were brought out and tortured, and again they were imprisoned. Then the governor ordered the soothsayers to gather as many poisonous, loathsome creatures as possible, such as snakes and scorpions, and to lock them up in the same cell with the martyrs. The loathsome creatures did not touch the God-pleasers, but rather lay huddled in the corner, where they remained for three days. On the third day, when the door of the cell was opened, the repulsive creatures rushed out and bit the soothsayers. Finally, the governor pronounced the death penalty upon the four martyrs. When they were brought out to be beheaded, they joyfully chanted psalms and praised God, Who had vouchsafed them a martyr’s death. They suffered honorably in the year 250, and were found worthy of the Kingdom.

The Six Thousand Martyrs in Georgia
In the desert of St. David of Garesja in Georgia, there were twelve monasteries, in which many monks lived the ascetic life for centuries. In 1615 the king of Persia, Shah Abbas I, attacked Georgia, devastated it and beheaded many Christians. Once, while hunting early in the morning on the Feast of the Resurrection, Shah Abbas noticed many lights in the mountains. They were the monks from the twelve monasteries, in procession around the Church of the Resurrection with lighted tapers in hand. When the Shah discovered that they were monks, he asked in amazement: “Has not all of Georgia been given over to the sword?” He then ordered his solders to immediately behead all the monks. At that moment, an angel of God appeared to Abbot Arsenius and informed him of their impending death. Arsenius informed his brethren. They all received the All-pure Mysteries and prepared themselves for death. Suddenly, the assailants arrived and cut to pieces first the abbot, who was the first to come out, and then the rest. They all suffered honorably and were crowned with incorruptible wreaths in the year 1615. Thus ended the history of these famous monasteries, which, for more than a thousand years, had served as the spiritual hearth of enlightenment for the Georgians. Only two of the monasteries exist today: St. David and St. John the Forerunner. The Georgian King Archil gathered the relics of the monks and honorably interred them. Even today, these relics emit a sweet-smelling myrrh and heal the sick.

HYMN OF PRAISE: The Six Thousand Martyrs of Georgia

Six thousand God-pleasers
Rejoicing in the glorious Resurrection;
Six thousand human hearts,
A whole flock of innocent lambs!

With tapers they processed around the church,
Singing sweet hymns to the Resurrection,
Until a terrible wolf, from the midnight darkness,
Attacked together with his hungry pack,
To slaughter the innocent lambs.

Yet these were not lambs, but shepherds
Of the suffering Georgian race:
Saints and enlighteners,
All monks, wonderful ascetics.

Arsenius foresaw death for all,
And spoke thus to the monks:

“Brethren of mine, sons of Georgia,
The hour has come to drink of the cup,
The sweet cup of suffering for Christ.

Behold, the wolves rush through the mountains.

Faster, brethren, let us rush to All-pure Communion,
And then to a baptism of blood!

Repent for yourselves and for the people,
And direct all your thoughts to God.

Forgive those who have done you wrong:
For us the gates of Paradise are opening—
Let every brother forgive his brother.

Christ is Risen—that we may resurrect.

We are faithful to Him unto death!”

REFLECTION
When a man detaches his mind from earth and opens it to God with the desire to please Him, then God reveals His will in various ways. St. Peter of Damascus writes: “If a man has a full intention to please God, then God teaches him His will either through thoughts, through some other person, or through Holy Scripture.” Such a man becomes attentive and keen, and awaits God’s promptings from within and from without. For him, chance ceases to exist. The whole world becomes as a ten-stringed harp, which does not give out a single sound without the finger of God.

CONTEMPLATION

Contemplate the resurrected Lord Jesus:

1. How He appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus, and they did not recognize Him;

2. How the hearts of these two disciples burned within them when He spoke to them, and how they recognized Him only when He blessed and broke bread for them;

3. How the Lord suddenly disappeared before their eyes.

HOMILY: on living hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a living hope by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (I Peter 1:3).

Brethren, who has dead hope and who has living hope? He who hopes in dead things has a dead hope. He who hopes in the Living God has a living hope.

Further, he who hopes in himself and in other people has a dead hope. He who hopes in the Living God has a living hope.

Further, he who hopes in luck and well-being in this brief earthly existence, and who does not extend his hope beyond the grave has a dead hope. He who hopes in the resurrection and eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven has a living hope.

Truly, a living hope is better than a dead hope; as life is better than death; as light is better than darkness; as health is better than sickness; as understanding is better than ignorance.

But Who brought and showed man that living hope—Who and how? The Apostle Peter gives an answer to that question: Our Lord Jesus Christ, by His Resurrection from the dead. No one else but the Lord Jesus Christ and by nothing else than by His Resurrection from the dead. By His Resurrection, the Lord gave wings to the pathetic hopes of man and extended those hopes beyond the grave, showing man the goal and purpose and fruit beyond the grave.

All of this is confirmed not by a credulous man, but by an apostle who wavered for a long while in his faith and who denied Christ three times. That is why St. Peter’s testimony of the resurrected Lord and the significance of His Resurrection is inexpressibly priceless for us.

O resurrected Lord, Thou Victor over death, uproot from us dead hope, and plant a living hope in us through the prayers of St. Peter, Thy great apostle.

To Thee be glory and praise forever. Amen.

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DIARY OF THE COUNCIL:
Reflections from the Holy and Great Council at the Orthodox Academy in Crete,June 17-26, 2016. (In Serbian and English) by Bishop Maxim. 

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Covek zajednice u Hristu

Човек заједнице у Христу
"Participation in God" in the Theological Anthropology of St Gregory Nazianzen and St Maximus the Confessor
by His Grace Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic

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