April 2021 Newsletter (revised)
Saint Nectarios Greek Orthodox Mission Church
Newsletter for April 2021 with
Bulletin for Week Ending April 11
627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301
Parish Council Meeting: There will be an online meeting of the Parish Council on April 18 at 1:00 pm during the Sunday Fellowship Time. The plans and schedule for Easter Services at St. Nectarios in Pasco are to be discussed and formalized.
Please use the link for Sunday Fellowship Time if you wish to join this meeting:
Orthodox Easter – Pascha Services: Father John has offered to come and serve during Lazarus Saturday, Holy Week, and Easter. Details are being worked out for having some in-Church Services. We hope this will be an opportunity of Father John to return to having in-Church Services. There likely will be a combination of in-Church and online Services for Lazarus Saturday, Palm Sunday, and Holy Week Services. The tentative plan is to have (if conditions allow) selected Easter Services in our Pasco Church – and offer other services online.
In-Church Participation in Liturgical Services Guidelines:
Our Parish, in its in-person participation of Parishioners in its liturgical Services will, as is possible, follow the directives of our Governor and of the other Health Authorities. Our Metropolis follows these guidelines and instructs its Priests and Parish Councils in its Zoom meetings and its encyclicals to follow these instructions. For example, wearing masks, keep 6-feet distance from each other, along with other health procedures to protect all people from the spread of the corona virus.
Message from Father John
St. John Climacus’ Teaching
On the fourth Sunday of Great Lent, we commemorate St. John Climacus. He wrote a spiritual book called the Ladder of Divine Ascent in order to teach the monks and us how to reach our heavenly goal. Step by step, he guides and teaches us how to overcome and cleanse our passions and acquire the blessed virtues of God. Starting with our blessed obedience to God and our spiritual father, we strive to overcome disobedience with obedience, with God’s Grace; pride with humility; laziness with work; gluttony with fasting; lying with truth; depression with eager work and prayer; greediness with alms giving. With God’s help and our personal effort, we will reach the positive virtues, Faith, Hope and love which will enable us to soar above our mundane preoccupations and commune daily with Christ our Victor.
Spiritual snares and obstacles lie along the way throughout our daily struggle. That is why we need our spiritual father to guide us and to protect us when we fall. We never trust ourselves alone; we depend upon God’s Grace and the Spiritual wisdom of our spiritual father to guide us. To illustrate this point, St. John Climacus shows experienced monks falling down from the upper steps of his Ladder, because they ignored their spiritual father, trusted themselves, and fell into pride.
Time and time again, we hear of prominent public figures who have fallen in disgrace because they became enslaved in one of their passions--immorality, greed, jealousy, despair, pride, etc.-- and they failed to achieve their goal in life.
Let us fix our eyes on Christ, our true goal in life, and strive to live our lives according to His teaching in order to bear abundant fruit in Him. Thus when He calls us, we will be able to welcome Him as our Savior and Deliverer, not as our dreadful Judge.
Blessed Great Lent! Prayerfully, Fr. John Angelis
Sunday of St. John Climacus
Guthlac the Hermit of Crowland
Pharmuthios the Anchorite
Hymns of the Day
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Tone
Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord by His Might, has created a Dominion. He has conquered death by death, and become the first-born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades, and has granted the world great mercy.
Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Tone
With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.
Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone
The Offspring of Selyvria and Guardian of Aegina, the true friend of virtue who appeared in the last years. Oh Nectarios we faithful honor you as a godly servant of Christ! For you bring forth healings of every kind for those who piously cry out: Glory to Christ who has glorified you, Glory to him who made you wondrous, glory to him who workest healings for all through you.
Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Tone
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
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Gospel and Epistle Readings
Prokeimenon. Third Tone. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.
BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Sunday of St. John Climacus
At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
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