Weekly Bulletin

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2020, THE SUNDAY OF THE SAMARITAN WOMAN. ,
whose memory we commemorate today and all the saints,
have mercy on us and save us, as a Good and Loving and Merciful God.

Tone 4. Eothinon 7.
HYMNS FOR THE SMALL ENTRANCE.

APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION, FOURTH TONE. Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

APOLYTIKION OF MID-PENTECOST, PLAGAL OF FOURTH TONE. At Mid-feast give Thou my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of piety; for thou, O Saviour, didst cry out to all: Whosoever is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Wherefore, O Well-spring of life, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

APOLYTIKION OF THE DORMITION, FIRST TONE. In giving birth, thou didst preserve thy virginity; in thy dormition, thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. Thou wast translated unto life, since thou art the Mother of Life and by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death.

APOLYTIKION OF THE CHAPEL, STS. RAPHAEL, NICHOLAS AND IRENE, FOURTH TONE. On Lesbos, ye strove in contest for the sake of Christ God; * ye also have hallowed her with the discovery of your relics, O blessed ones. * O God-bearer Raphael, with thee, we all honor * Nicholas the deacon and Irene the chaste virgin, * as our divine protectors, who now intercede with the Lord.

KONTAKION, PLAGAL OF FOURTH TONE. Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of Hades and didst arise as victor, O Christ God, calling to the myrrh-bearing women, Rejoice, and giving peace unto Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.

ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΑΓΙΟ ΠΑΙΣΙΟ,

Απο την απλη φυσικη ζωη, οσο απομακρυνονται οι ανθρωποι και προχωρουν στην πολυτελεια, τοσο αυξανουν τα βασανα και το αγχος τους.

Οσο μεγαλωνει η ‘κοσμικη ευγενεια’ τοσο χανονται η φυσικη απλοτητα και το ανθρωπινο χαμογελο.

SERMON
After a terrible earthquake in Antioch, St. John Chrysostom said to the people; ‘Great are the fruits of the earthquake. Behold, the Lord, who loves mankind, who shakes the city but confirms the souls; who makes the foundations tremble but strengthens the thoughts; who demonstrates the weakness of the city but makes the will strong! Behold His love for men: He makes to sway for a little, and makes strong for ever. The earthquake lasts for two days, but the devotion will remain for all time; sorrow endures for a season, but strength is for ever. A mother who wants to wean her child from frequents crying rocks the cradle strongly, not in order to kill it but to frighten it. Precisely thus, the Lord, who holds His universe in His hand, shakes it – not in order to destroy it but to bring those who love lawlessness back to salvation.’ This is how the holy fathers, the pillars of the universal Church, knew how to explain by God’s love for man both assaults and blessings, both misfortunes and pleasures. LET US BE ASHAMED OF OUR SLOWNESS IN THANKING GOD WHEN HE GIVES AND OF OUR QUICKNESS IN GRUMBLING AT HIM WHEN HE TAKES AWAY

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