3rd SUNDAY OF PASCHA
Tone 2. Myrrhbearing Women. Hieromartyr Basil, Bishop of Amasea (ca. 322). St. Stephen, Bishop of Perm (1396). Righteous Virgin Glaphyra (322). St. Joannicius of Devich in Serbia (13th c.).
Acts 6:1-7 (Epistle) Mark 15:43-16:8 (Gospel)
is available Sunday morning at the Continental Inn parking lot Ė 166 St. and 100 Ave. If you expect to park there regularly remember to place a parking permit card on your dash. Parking permits are available on the candle desk in the narthex.
Please direct all inquiries to the church office.
*In an emergency contact Fr. Vincent at (780) 288-5347
When donating by cheque or debit please fill out an offering envelope before depositing in the offering drawer. If you have made a previous donation it is not necessary to write your address on the offering envelope as it is already on file.
St Peter the Aleut Summer Camp
St Peter the Aleut Summer Camp is thrilled to announce the dates and location for 2015! Camp this year will be Sunday, August 9th through Saturday, August 15th, for campers (completed grade 2 Ė completed grade 9), with a training day for the volunteer staff on Saturday, August 8th. This year, camp will be at Pioneer Bible Camp, Hanmore Lake, Alberta. Staff applications and camper registrations are now available and are located on the candle desk in the narthex. Staff applications are due Monday, May 25th and camper registrations are due Sunday, July 19th. It takes many volunteers to run camp, so please prayerfully consider how you can be involved in camp this year.
Habitat for Humanity Build
Save the date: July 4 is the date for our annual Habitat for Humanity build. Please mark the date on your calendar and plan to participate - we want to have a full team out this year! More information will be forthcoming closer to the time.
ST. HERMAN'S MEMORIAL FUND
The St. Herman's Memorial Fund is dedicated to remembering and paying tribute to our dearly departed family and friends. By contributing financially to the works of the Church, we also beseech the Lord through this act of giving, to have mercy on their souls, and grant them eternal life.
Your contributions in memory of your loved ones can be donated to a specific parish project (such as the Icon Fund), or to the General Memorial Fund. The general memorial fund donations are used by various parish ministries and provide training for our leaders, thus positively impacting the spirit of the Orthodox Church and growth at St. Hermanís parish.
You are encouraged to include St. Hermanís in your estate planning. This way of tithing fostered the first Christian Churches and brought Christianity into our lives today through successive giving and/or the donations of personal goods and property. Let us continue this generational progressive giving that enabled us, two thousand years later, to carry forward the Orthodox Faith. You can continue to sustain future generations of Orthodox Christians by including St. Hermanís as a worthy beneficiary in your will.
The Holy Myrrhbearing Women
The myrrh-bearers had brought funeral spices and ointments to finish committing Christís 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.
There are eight women who are generally identified as the myrrh-bearers. Each of the four Gospels gives a different aspect of the roles of these eight women at the cross and at the tomb on Pascha morning, perhaps since the eight women arrived in different groups and at different times. The eight were:
Mary Magdalene, Mary, the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary), Joanna, Salome, Mary the wife of Cleopas (mother of James), Susanna, Mary of Bethany (sister of Lazarus) and Martha of Bethany (sister of Lazarus).
These eight women had been together throughout Jesusí public ministry. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna, and others (Luke 8:3) are described as providing for Jesus out of their possessions. These same women also faithfully followed him from Galilee and came up with him to Jerusalem.
The Noble Joseph,
When he had taken down Your most pure Body from the tree,
Wrapped it in fine linen and anointed it with spices,
And placed it in a new tomb.
But You did rise on the third day, O Lord,
Granting the world great mercy.
The angel came to the myrrhbearing women at the tomb and said:
Myrrh is meet for the dead;
But Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption!
So proclaim: the Lord is risen,
Granting the world great mercy!
You did command the myrrh-bearers to rejoice, O Christ!
By Your Resurrection, You did stop the lamentation of Eve, O God!
You did command Your apostles to preach: The Savior is Risen!
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