Sunday, 4/30

  • + Των Μυροφόρων. Sunday of the Myrrh Bearers
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
  • Philoptochos Elections
  • GOYA Basketball: Quarter-final games – here
  • Sunday school

Wednesday, 5/3

  • Due to the parking lot construction the church grounds will be inaccessible.

Friday, 5/5

  • GOYA: Basketball practice 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sunday, 5/7

  • + Των Παραλύτου. Sunday of the Paralytic
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
  • Sunday school
  • GOYA Basketball Finals here at Assumption gym
  • Kids ‘n’ Cancer (Newport Beach)

Saints and Feasts

Clement the Hymnographer

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women – About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to the sepulchre, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to annoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils, that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called the Myrrh-bearers. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all, the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called “the mother of James and Joses” (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene (celebrated July 22); Mary, the wife of Clopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence (Matt 27:55-56; 28:1-10. Mark 15:40-41. Luke 8:1-3; 23:55-24:11, 22-24. John 19:25; 20:11-18. Acts 1:14).

Together with them we celebrate also the secret disciples of the Saviour, Joseph and Nicodemus. Of these, Nicodemus was probably a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy Scriptures. He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Saviour’s preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night. Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence and love for the divine Teacher (John 19:39). Joseph, who was from the city of Arimathea, was a wealthy and noble man, and one of the counsellors who were in Jerusalem. He went boldly unto Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus he gave Him burial. Since time did not permit the preparation of another tomb, he placed the Lord’s body in his own tomb which was hewn out of rock, as the Evangelist says (Matt. 27:60).

James the Apostle and brother of St. John the Theologian – James was one of the Twelve, like his brother John (celebrated on Sept. 26), whom the Lord called “Sons of Thunder,” because they became great preachers and because of their profound theology. It was the Saint’s boldness in preaching the Gospel that Herod Agrippa, the son of Aristobulus and grandson of Herod the Great, could not endure, and so he took him into custody during the days of the Passover, and slew him with the sword (Acts 12: 1-2); and thus he drank the cup of which the Saviour had spoken to him prophetically (Matt. 20:23). As for Herod, the following year he went down to Caesarea, and, as the Acts of the Apostles records: “Upon a set day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration” to the elders of Tyre and Sidon; and the flatterers that surrounded him “gave a shout, saying, ‘it is the voice of a god, and not of a man.’ And immediately an Angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and like his grandfather (see Dec. 29) “he was eaten of worms and gave up the spirit” (Acts 12:21-23)

 

Announcements

Memorial Service/Μνημόσυνo – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Spiridon Eleftheriou (3 years). May his memory be eternal.

Σήμερα προσευχόμαστε υπέρ αναπαύσεως της ψυχής του κεκοιμημένου δούλου του Θεού Σπυρίδωνος Ελευθερίου (3 χρόνια). Αιωνία σου η μνήμη αξιομακάριστε και αείμνηστε αδελφέ ημών.

Social Hour – Sponsored by the Eleftheriou family.

Philoptochos – Kids ‘n’ Cancer reception will be held this year at Newport Beach Country Club on May 7th at 2 pm. Today we will be passing a 2nd tray to help send children stricken with cancer and their families to camp Agape. Thank you for your generosity.

Graduation Recognition will be on Sunday, May 14 along with the Sunday school graduation. We would like to know if you are graduating from High School or College this year. Please give your name to the church secretary Voula.

Mother’s Day & Sunday School Graduation – Join us to celebrate Mother’s Day and Sunday School Graduation on Sunday, May 7. You are all welcome to stay and enjoy a delicious brunch. Flyer is posted on the last page of Sunday’s bulletin.

Upcoming Memorial Services – Evangeline (Angie) Zambos (40 days), Beatrice Zouras (5 years)

GOYA Basketball – The last basketball practice will be the following Friday: 5/5 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

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