Parish “Bulletin” April 5th, 2020

My dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ!

Greetings in the Name of the Lord!

Beginning now we can start considering this weekly update also as your SJM bulletin.  At the bottom of this email will be the readings and the variable hymns of the day to follow. 

Virtual Coffee Hour, Sunday 11:30a-12:20a:  We had a wonderful turnout last week.  This time we will not be timed out by Zoom.  SJM now has a paid Zoom account with unlimited time and up to 100 participants.  John Pendarvis will be our moderator.  Also because of the news about hacking, we have added a password.  Your log in is: and the Meeting ID is 188 975 738 and the super-secret password is 807112.  If you prefer to call in, dial 1 646 558 8656.  The Meeting ID and password is the same. 

Virtual Catechism:  Again, on Wednesday evening follow PreSanctified Liturgy, at 7:30p we will have a Zoom Catechism Class.  Your log in is and Meeting ID is 319 167 558 and the password is  680159.  If you prefer to call in, dial 1 646 558 8656.  The Meeting ID and password is the same. 

Sunday School: Posted on the SJM FB page today are two Virtual Sunday School Lessons.  One for the Elementary by Herman Brown, and another of the Middle School and High School by Matt Augenstein.  Matt is a youth counselor and his message is must listen for our teens. 

Confessions:  With the blessings of our Holy Synod all OCA priests are hearing confessions by phone.  Wearing my cassock, cross and stole, I stand, before the Cross/Golgotha and hear confessions.   

Prayers:  Please email me any names of those who you would like commemorated at Proskomeide.  Especially send me names of friends and loved ones who are on the front lines battling Covid-19

Please remember to look out for your neighbors—especially ones who live alone.  A simple call will make their day!

I will be posting the revised Holy Week Schedule early next week. 

I have been lighting candles for people who ask, so let me know if you like a cancel lit for anyone.

Hope to see you virtually tomorrow!


Fr Ted


5th Sunday of Lent

April 5, 2020

Tone 1

St. Mary of Egypt

 Hebrews 9:11-14

 But Christ came as a High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own Blood, He entered once into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and oxen, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the Holy Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our conscience from dead Works to serve the Living and True God?

 Mark 10:32-45  

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and scourge him, and spit upon him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking.  Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.


 Troparion Resurrection Tone 1

When the Stone had been sealed by the Jews

While the Soldiers were guarding thy most pure body;

Thou didst rise on the third day, O Savior,

Granting Life to the World.

The powers of heaven therefore cried to thee O Giver of Life;

Glory to thy resurrection O Christ!

Glory to thy Kingdom//

Glory to thy Dispensation, O Thou who lovest mankind!


Troparion of St Mary of Egypt Tone 8

The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother,

for you took up the Cross and followed Christ.

By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;

but to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.//

Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the angels.


Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit


Kontakion of St Mary of Egypt Tone 3

Having been a sinful woman,

you became through repentance a Bride of Christ.

Having attained angelic life,

you defeated demons with the weapon of the Cross!//

Therefore, most glorious Mary, you are a Bride of the Kingdom.


  now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.


Kontakion Resurrection Tone 1

As God, Thou didst rise from the tomb in glory,

Raising the world with Thyself.

Human Nature praises thee as God, for death has vanished,

Adam exaults O Master!

Eve rejoices, for she is freed from bondage, and cries to thee;//

Thou art the giver of resurrection to all, O Christ!


Prokeimenon   Tone 1

Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us  as we have set our hope on Thee.

  1. Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the just!