GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
18000 Behner Road
New Buffalo, MI
Mailing address: P.O. Box 93, New Buffalo, MI 49117
Rev. Fr. Paul Martin
Hymn of the Feast
Apolytikion, First Tone
"In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, You raised up Lazarus from the dead before Your Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to You, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!"
Palm Sunday, April 28
Orthros begins at 10 a.m., Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m.
PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST BY THE BEGINNING
OF DIVINE LITURGY
Confessions are heard on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. or by appointment.
We are a diverse community of Orthodox Christians who come together to worship the Holy Trinity, offer our hearts to God, and receive the Body and Blood of Christ. All are welcome to pray with us. All are invited. But only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves may partake of Holy Communion.
Worship Schedule, April and May, 2013
Wednesday, April 3, Presanctified Liturgy, 6:30 p.m. Those preparing to
receive the Presanctified Gifts should fast from 12 noon.
Sunday, April 7, Sunday of the Holy Cross
Wednesday, April 10, Presanctified Liturgy, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, April 12, Salutations to the Theotokos, 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, Sunday of St. John Climacus; 40 Day Memorial Service
for Patsy Govatos following Divine Liturgy
Friday, April 19, Akathist Hymn. 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21, Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt. Parish Council meeting to
Saturday, April 27, Lazarus Saturday. Cleaning of church to follow.
Sunday, April 28, Palm Sunday
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Wednesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m., Holy Wednesday Annointing
Thursday, May 2, 10:30 a.m., Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
6:30 p.m., Orthros of Great Friday-Passion Service
Friday, May 3, 1:00 p.m., Great Friday Vespers, the Apokathelosis
(Taking down from the Cross)
6:30 p.m., Orthros of Holy Saturday--The Lamentations
Saturday, May 4-Sunday, May 5: Great and Holy Pascha
11:00 p.m., Orthros of the Resurrection
11:30 a.m., Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy
Lights will be extinguished at 11:30 p.m. Please arrive before then!
Sunday, May 5, Pascha Agape Vespers, 11:00 a.m. Those who cannot
attend our Resurrection Services are encouraged to attend Agape
Vespers Easter Sunday morning.
Sunday, May 12, Sunday of Thomas (Mother's Day)
Sunday, May 19, Sunday of the Myrrh Bearers. Parish Council meeting to
Sunday, May 26, Sunday of the Paralytic. Adult education topic to be
*Holy Wednesday: The Sacrament of Holy Unction: "The Sacrament of Holy Unction is given for spiritual and physical healing, 'unto soul and body,' as the prayers state repeatedly throughout the service. We should listen intently to all the hymns and prayers, and, more importantly, commit to live the words we hear. The Sacrament of Holy Confession is presupposed, and indeed very necessary for soul cleansing...In this particular service, we can readily see how the Sacrament of Penance is closely allied to the Sacrament of Holy Unction." (Adapted from an introduction to Holy Wednesday Evening services, compiled and translated by Fr. George Papadeas, Patmos Press, 1976).
*Holy Thursday Morning: The Institution of Holy Eucharist: On Holy Thursday morning, the Church is mystically present at the Lord's Last Supper. The Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil is served with great reverence, for here and now Christ God is giving us His very Body and Blood as we prepare for His Holy Passion.
St. Gregory Palamas says this about the Holy Eucharist:
"Christ has become our brother by sharing our flesh and blood and so becoming assimilated to us...He has joined and bound us to Himself, as a husband his wife, by becoming one single flesh with us through the communion of His blood; He has also become our Father by divine baptism which renders us like Him, and He nourishes us at His own breast as a tender mother nourishes her babies
...Come, He says, eat My Body, drink My Blood...so that you be not only made after God's image, but become gods and kings, eternal and heavenly, clothing yourselves with Me, King and God!"
On Holy Thursday morning we offer the sacred Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil. Please come and experience the Institution of the Holy Eucharist.
*Holy Thursday Evening--Passion Service (Orthros of Great Friday): On Holy Thursday evening, we hear all of the Gospel accounts concerning Christ's trial and passion, a solemn and sobering experience. All should attend. It is our very real way of being there with our Lord as He suffers and dies for the life of the world. At the conclusion of the service, all come forward to venerate the Cross (Estavromenos).
*Great Friday: Vespers and Orthros of Holy Saturday: On the morning of Great Friday, the Kouvoulkion (sepulchre or tomb) is decorated with flowers.
Early Great Friday afternoon, we serve Great Friday Vespers, concluding the remembrance of events of the Lord's passion. Yet for the first time during Holy Week, the order of a festive service is used..."It is finished," as Christ says from the Cross; all has been accomplished! This signals the beginning of the transformation of lipi (sorrow) into xara (joy). The corpus of Christ is removed from the large Cross (Apokathelosis--literally meaning "un-nailing"), wrapped in a sheet, and taken up to the altar, where it will remain until the Apodosis of Pascha. We process around the church with the Epitaphios (the embroidered icon of Christ's body), finally placing it in the Kouvouklion, which is moved to the middle of the solea, in front of the Holy Doors.
On the evening of Great Friday, we serve Orthros of Holy Saturday, which is festive by nature--mourning is being transformed into joy. Following The Lamentations, which are sung in a spirit of xarmolipi (joyful sadness), and after the procession around the church with the Kouvouklion, all pass under the Epitaphios, thus expressing our belief that in Christ we have already passed from life to death. The priest then receives the Epitaphios from the tomb and places it on the altar, demonstrating the truth of Christ's victory over death. At the end of the service, the people come forward to venerate the empty tomb.
GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA!
HAVING WITNESSED CHRIST'S SAVING PASSION AND HIS GLORIOUS RESURRECTION, WE RECEIVE HIS BODY AND BLOOD, CRYING OUT WITH JOY, "CHRISTOS ANESTI! ALITHOS ANESTI!" "CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!"
A JOYOUS PASCHA TO ALL!
Greek Nite, May 18!
The Parish Council has decided to hold our annual Greek Nite on Saturday, May 18 this year. We hope that this change from previous years will encourage a larger attendance. Anticipate the day. Hold the date! Spread the word! Tickets will be available soon.
Church Sign: Donations are appreciated and needed
We thank all who have made contributions toward the purchase of a new, illuminated sign to be visible from Interstate 94 and Hwy 12. This is an important improvement, and we hope it will make our presence in the community better known. We continue to encourage parishioner and friends to contribute to this worthy cause. God bless all of you who have already responded so generously.
Enclosed is an envelope for your Easter offering. Please be generous. The parish needs your support.