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HOLY RELICS OF SAINT JOHN OF SHANGHAI, THE WONDERWORKER - IN OUR PARISH

A particle of the relics of St. John the wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco and a belt he wore is currently on display in our parish. The holy relics will stay with us until early August 2017. We invite everyone to come and join us to venerate this great saint. A brief description of his life can be found here:
https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/07/02/206392-our-father-among-the-sain...

SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH-BEARING WOMEN

The Sunday of Myrrh-bearing Women falls on the second Sunday following Pascha. The myrrh-bearers had brought funeral spices and ointments to finish commiting Christ's body to the grave. They were the first to see the empty tomb and were instructed by the risen Lord to bring the joyful news to the apostles. Ss. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus are also commemorated on this day.
https://orthodoxwiki.org/Sunday_of_Myrrh-bearing_Women

THOMAS'S SUNDAY

The first Sunday after Easter is called Thomas's Sunday. The Bright (Easter) week ends with this day, which is like a replacement (repetition) of the Easter day itself, and therefore it is called Antipascha (Greek for "instead of Easter"). The divine service of this day remembers the appearance of resurrected Jesus Christ to the disciples on the "first day of the week in the evening" and the assurance of the apostle Thomas on the eighth day after Easter. Based on the Gospel reading of the feast (John 20: 19-31), the whole service of this day encourages believers to awaken from the sinful sleep, turn to the Sun of Truth, Christ, to strengthen the faith, and together with the apostle Thomas sincerely, joyfully exclaim: "My Lord and my God."

Troparion of the day
From the sealed tomb, You did shine forth O Life! / Through closed doors You did come to Your disciples, O Christ God! / Renew in us, through them, an upright spirit, / By the greatness of Your mercy, O Resurrection of all!

Kontakion of the day
Thomas touched Your life-giving side with an eager hand, O Christ God, / When You did come to Your apostles through closed doors. / He cried out with all: You are my Lord and my God!

EASTER IN OUR PARISH

All photos can be viewed in the album here

CHRIST IS RISEN!

Brothers and sisters, on Sunday, April 16, there will be no day service. Everyone is welcome at the Liturgy on April 23 at our usual time.
There will be an additional Radonitsa (Commemoration of the Dead) service on Tuesday April 25, at 18:30.

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