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Parish News

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Sunday of the Paralytic


Welcome! We hope your time with us is healing and worshipful. Please note that, although we have much respect for other Christian traditions, Holy Communion is reserved for properly prepared members of the Orthodox faith. Everyone is invited to partake of the blessed bread after the conclusion of the Liturgy. May God’s blessing be upon you!

Resurrectional Apolytikion (Tone 3): Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Apolytikion of St. Mary of Egypt (Tone 8): Through thee, the divine likeness was securely preserved, O mother Mary; for thou didst carry the cross and follow Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body, because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

Kontakion of Pascha (Tone 8): O Immortal One, when Thou didst descend into the tomb, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades; and Thou didst rise victorious, O Christ God. Thou hast said to the ointment-bearing women: Rejoice! And Thou gavest peace to Thy Disciples, O Bestower of Resurrection to those Who had fallen.


Acts 9:32-42

In those days, as Peter went throughout all regions, he came down also to the saints who dwelt at Lydda. There he found a certain man named Æneas, who was bedridden for eight years and paralyzed. And Peter said to him: “Æneas, Jesus Christ heals you; arise and make your bed.” And immediately he arose. And all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned back to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha (which means Gazelle). She was full of good works and of charitable deeds which she did. And it came to pass in those days that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they placed her in an upper chamber. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him: “Come to us without delay!” So Peter arose and went with them. And when he arrived, they took him into the upper chamber. All the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and other garments which Tabitha made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body, he said: “Tabitha, arise!” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and raised her up. Then he called the saints and widows and presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.


John 5:1–15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first, after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befalls you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had healed him.



English: Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Arabic: Al-Maseeh Qam! Haqan Qam!

Greek: Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!

Romanian: Kristos A Inviat! Adeverat a Inviat!

Slavonic: Khristos Voskrese! Voyistinu Voskrese!


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Book Study 19:00 via ZOOM



Adult Education 19:00 @ St. Mary



Women’s Group 10:00 @ St. Mary

Cooking Demo 11:30 @ St. Mary

Great Vespers 18:00 @ St. Mary


Orthros & Divine Liturgy 09:00 @ St. Mary

Pancake Breakfast 11:30 @ St. Mary

Bible Study 12:00 @ St. Mary


Cooking Demo: On Saturday, 1 June, at 11:30, following the women's meeting, Amal's friend Dawn Spott will be doing a cooking demonstration on how to make two traditional middle eastern foods:

  1. Kibbeh Balls (a mixture of bulgur wheat, onions, and ground beef or lamb forms a hollow shell for a delicious stuffing.)

  2. Lahm Mishwi (lamb shish kabab).  

We need a headcount to know how many ingredients to buy. If you would like to attend this cooking event, please RSVP to Amal  via email at

Women’s Group Fundraiser: On 2 June, our parish women’s group will be holding a pancake breakfast as a fundraiser during coffee hour that day to raise money for the Widowed Clergy Wives fund. This is the annual project for the Antiochian Women in the archdiocese, so please place this on your calendars so as to be able to contribute to this very worthy cause. Attached at the back of the bulletin is the flyer for this project.


Parish Life Conference: Coming up on 26-29 June, our Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest will be holding our annual Parish Life Conference at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook. Host parishes are All Saints, Chicago and Holy Transfiguration, Warrenville, IL. Deadlines are approaching, so if you can attend and would like to (even if just for a day), please get registered at

Coffee Hour: Coffee hour is our time of fellowship after the Liturgy. Parents, please, in the interest of maintaining sanitation, take care of your children’s plates. This week, the families in charge will be in group C led by Amal Hanania. Next week, the ladies will be having their pancake fundraiser for the Antiochian Women annual project.


Adult Classes: Sunday Bible Study with Subdeacon Mark resumes this week following coffee hour. The Monday book study at 19:00 (currently reading Byzantine Theology by Fr John Meyendorff) has resumed, again exclusively on Zoom. We also have a Tuesday evening class at 19:00 here at the church, soon to be done in a hybrid format. Please just give Sdn Mark a heads-up that you’re coming at so he can have materials prepared. If you are interested in joining us virtually, please contact Patrick at  


Sunday School: Sunday School for our parish children is as follows: the younger class (ages 3–6) will leave with Ms. Duncan after Communion, while the older class (ages 7–13) will meet with Mrs. Cornelius during coffee hour. Please allow the children and their teachers to go first for communion (immediately after our newly illumined) so to allow them the most time possible in class.


Community Dinner: The next dinner will be on Friday, 7 June; the menu will be Gyros, Greek Rice, Salad Fruit and Dessert. Since we are still in our 40 day fast free period, please come join us for gyros that night. We need help with clean up after every community meal from 18:30–20:00.  Anyone willing to assist with this or future meals, please contact Amal with your availability at

Blood Drive: We will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive in our parking lot on 2 July 11:00–16:00. If you are available that day, please schedule a time online. We will have a QR code that one can scan to schedule a time which will be posted on the bulletin board in the social hall once we receive it from the Red Cross.

Blessing Box: We continue to be grateful for everyone who assists us with the blessing box pantry. The most pressing needs currently are dry pasta, canned meats, mac & cheese, helper meals, canned pastas, pasta sauce, canned soup, granola bars, Pop-Tarts®, cereal, peanut butter, rice or noodle sides, and toothbrush kits. Please remember those in need as you do your grocery shopping, as this is one of our (to date, very successful) projects for our community at large. If you are very busy and cannot get food to donate, there is a basket in the narthex where you can give money earmarked for this ministry of our parish.

Horizon House: Even though we are entering the warmer months of spring and summer, the need to collect things for the homeless doesn’t end. Kendra Blanchard is heading this project, and the needs this month are travel-size toiletries, rain ponchos, umbrellas, and rain jackets. Please feel free to bring things in and place them in the hallway across from the kids’ playroom or place them in the red tote in the narthex.


LIVING: Archpriest Athanasius, Archpriest Joseph, Sdn Mark; Thomas; Thomas & Connie; Robert & Bonnie; Larry & Tanya; Amber; Natalia; Victor (6/10); Bobetta (6/5); Joanna; Wyatt (6/26); Mary (6/27)

DEPARTED:   Denise (6/10)

Please notify Charles  of any new prayer requests by Wednesday for inclusion in the bulletin.

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On 26 May, in the Holy Orthodox Church, we commemorate the Apostle Karpos of the Seventy; and the Apostle Alphæus and his children, Martyrs Abercius and Helen.

On this day, the fourth Sunday of Pascha, we commemorate the Paralytic and, as is right, we celebrate the miracle wrought for him.

The word of Christ was strength for the paralytic;

So that this word alone was the man’s full healing.

Jesus healed the Paralytic at the Sheep’s Pool, located near the Sheep’s Gate of Jerusalem, where people sacrificed their beasts and washed their insides. The pool had five sides, with a porch and arch on each. A number of people, afflicted with various diseases, passed through them, waiting at the water for an angel to come down and stir it. Once it moved, whoever stepped into the water first was instantly healed. One poor man, whose story is recounted in today’s Gospel lection in the Divine Liturgy, waited 38 years for someone to lower him into the water, because he was unable to move into the water himself. However, the Savior merely commanded the man to get up and walk, and he was healed. In Thine infinite mercy, O Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

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