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Sunday of the Holy Cross


Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church 

www.holyapostlesgo.org

(206) 542-13



Weekly ebulletin for April 4, 2021

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The Cross:  The Greatest Weapon

 
The feast day of the Holy cross reminds us that the Cross is a symbol of victory. The church  honors a tree!  Yes, creation ‘gets’ to participate in our salvation and the wood of the cross becomes the means with which we are saved!  Through the death of Jesus on the Cross, the greatest evil, death itself, was destroyed. Before the Cross, the devil thought that death was his greatest weapon. All who died would enter his dark kingdom. And yet, when Jesus went to hell, the devil trembled. 


The Cross, which had been a tool of evil, became a power of death for hell itself. One of the morning hymns describes the devil trembling when he sees Christ himself enter into Hades and cries out, “My spirit trembles, and now I must cast out Adam and his posterity. A tree brought them to my realm, but now the tree of the Cross brings them back again to paradise.”


The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?


We are invited to deny our self ANY thing that keeps us from God.  Anything that distracts us from His peace.  Anything that clouds our minds.  We are called to take up our cross with joy and respect and true faith knowing that Jesus is victorious in all if we allow Him.


We Christians place the Cross in our Church, in our homes, in our cars. We continually make the sign of the Cross, and wear a Cross around our neck. The Cross is not a decoration for us but has become a symbol of love, joy, hope, power and victory.


The Cross reminds us of God’s love. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16) What greater love is there than to lay down your life for others?  The creator of the Universe gave His life so we can have it in abundance!!


The Cross reminds us of joy, the joy of paradise, the Kingdom.  We start the liturgy with ‘blessed is the kingdom. Many hymns of our church recall how Adam and Eve were sent out of paradise because of a tree. They ate fruit from the forbidden tree. And yet it is also a tree that has opened the doors of paradise once again for all believers, the tree of the Cross.


Finally, the Cross is a symbol of victory. Through the death of Jesus on the Cross, the greatest evil, death itself, was destroyed. Before the Cross, the devil thought that death was his greatest weapon. All who died would enter his dark kingdom. And yet, when Jesus went to hell, the devil trembled. The Cross, which had been a tool of evil, became a power of death for hell itself. 


One of the morning hymns describes the devil trembling when he sees Christ himself enter into Hades and cries out, “My spirit trembles, and now I must cast out Adam and his posterity. A tree brought them to my realm, but now the tree of the Cross brings them back again to paradise.”

Lord we are grateful for your love for us!  We are grateful for your Holy Cross!!



+fr. tom
 



Upcoming Events


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Sunday, April 4th

Orthos 8:00 am

Liturgy 9:00 am


Monday, April 5th

​​​​No Compline Tonight


Wednesday, April 7th

Bible Study Online 12noon - 1pm

Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm


Friday, April 9th 

Salutations IV 6:30pm


Sunday, April 11th

Orthos 8:00 am

Liturgy 9:00 am


Monday, April 12th

Great Compline 6:30pm


Wednesday, April 14th

Bible Study Online 12noon - 1pm

Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm


Friday, April 16th 

Salutations 6:30pm


Sunday, April 18th

Orthos 8:00 am

Liturgy 9:00 am


Monday, April 19th

Great Compline 6:30pm


Wednesday, April 21st

Bible Study Online 12noon - 1pm

Presanctified Liturgy 6:30pm


Saturday, April 24th

Lazarus Saturday

Orthos 8:00 am

Liturgy 9:00 am


Sunday, April 25th

Palm Sunday

Orthos 8:00 am

Liturgy 9:00 am


Monday, April 26th

Holy Monday

Bridegroom Service 6:30pm


Tuesday, April 27th

Holy Tuesday

Bridegroom Service 6:30pm


Wednesday, April 28th

Holy Wednesday

Holy Unction Service 6:30pm


Thursday, April 29th

Holy Thursday

Divine Liturgy 9am 

​12 Passion Gospel Service 6:30pm


Friday, April 30th

Holy Friday

Royal Hours 9am

Taking Christ Down from the Cross 3pm

Lamentations 6:30pm


Saturday, May 1st 

Holy Saturday

Divine Liturgy 9am

Resurrection Service 11:30pm


Sunday, May 2nd

Pascha

Agape Service 1pm





"One Fight Two Winners"


Thursday 

at 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

Most of us hate conflict and avoid it at all costs, since the after math of conflict is anger, frustration and hurt feelings.  Conflict can be a means to connection not separation if we respond to the conflict with the armor of Christ, with a grounded and centered heartl.  Join me as we discuss the powerful theme of conflict:  "One Fight Two Winners" this coming Thursday at 6:30 pm.


We will discover that it is ‘how’ we respond to conflict that becomes the problem and that conflict is truly God’s megaphone that something needs tending to within ourselves and within the relationship.


We will explore the origins of conflict and what happens when we respond to conflict in our right mind from the sacred space of the heart.  Then we will be open and realized conflict is God's invitation to healing, connection and transformation.


pre-register at:  http://www.familywellnessministry.org/coming-home-to-a-better-marriage/

 



Sunday Readings 


The Gospel According to Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."




Epistle Reading



Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 2.
Psalm 27.9,1
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.



The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."





Bible Study: 


Wednesday, April 7th

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


We will study the Previous Sunday's


 Epistle and Gospel


 

A Message of Hope in a Chaotic World


For the journey through Lent we will focus on the previous Sunday's epistle and gospel reading. 

 

Our next study will be on: Mark 8:34-38; 9:1


 This is a recurring Wednesday meeting.  just click the link below


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83144582046


Please make time to immerse yourself in God's word...We look forward to being with you together with one mind and heart, to study the lessons discovered during the Lenten Journey Wednesday from 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m..  Looking forward to stepping into this sacred scripture as God's word  brings peace in our hearts during our lenten journey.






Take up your Cross


Jesus tells us to deny our self, take up our cross and to follow Him.  I'm not sure who you are following and where you are going but Jesus promises us if we follow His path, the path into our heart, the path to His righteousness, the path to salvation that He will meet us in our joys, and our struggles.  He will help transfigure the cross we bear, the pain we experience, into life. 


Henri Nouwen reminds us that: "Your pain is deep, and it won’t just go away… Your call is to bring that pain home.  As long as your wounded part remains foreign to your adult self, your pain will injure you as well as others."  


"Yes, you have to incorporate your pain into your self."


"This is what Jesus means when he asks you to take up your cross.  He encourages you to recognize and embrace your unique suffering and to trust that your way to salvation lies therein.  taking up your cross means, first of all, befriending your wounds and letting them reveal to you your own truth."

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