HOLY RESURRECTION ORTHODOX CHURCH
10201 DEMOCRACY BOULEVARD
POTOMAC, MARYLAND 20854
Services: April 02 - 08, Sundays: 10:00 a.m., Daily Liturgy: (as scheduled) 9 a.m., Eve of Feasts: 7p.m.
Monday, Tuesday: Bridegroom Matins 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Anointing Service (Holy Unction) 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 9:00 a.m. | Reading of The Passion Gospels 7:00 p.m.
Friday: Royal Hours 9:00 a.m. | Burial Service with Procession 7:00 p.m. Strict Fast Day
Saturday: Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 9:00 a.m. | Resurrection Matins 8:00 p.m. Strict Fast Day
Sunday: Paschal Divine Liturgy with the blessing of Paschal Foods 10:00 a.m.
There is some kolbassi and a few bake item left from the bake. Please see Debi Myers or Irene Dzubak if you would like to purchase any of this items.
The National Junior ACRY has taken it upon itself to help aid the Diocesan mission of Saint John the Compassionate located in Toronto, Canada. This decision was made by the National Jr. ACRY at the National ACRY Convention.
The National Juniors are inviting all parishes, Church school classes, and other parish organizations to aid in this endeavor.
Our Junior Chapter sponsored the Coffee Hour the whole month of March for this purpose of raising funds for the mission. The Jr. ACRY would like to thank everyone who gave towards this endeavor.
Please remember to pray for the person on your Prayer Card until Pascha (April 8). God Bless.
Flowers are needed to adorn the Church for the great feast of Our Lord’s Resurrection, Pascha. Please see Faith Breno to make a flower donation.
This year’s Camp Nazareth Family Day will be held on Sunday, June 3. The tickets for the Family Day Raffle are also available. Please see Chris Hudack to purchase a ticket.
The Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring a food drive to aid The Manna Food Center. The drive to collect items which will provide nutritious and kid-friendly foods for children. You can help by donating item that are found on the flyer which is attached to the bulletin. The container will be provide in the hall for this items. God Bless.
The Washington Deanery DDD dinner is April 29. Donations can now be given through the parish or directly to the diocese. Your donation of $100.00 or more goes to benefit Camp Nazareth. Please make note of the change of date and make plans to attend this year’s Three D dinner.
This project will enhance the beauty of the current Iconastas by extending it to the wall on each side with doors at each end.
Attached to the bulletin is a donation form which has information about the Iconastas Project. You can use the form to make your donation toward this project or you can mark an envelope with Icon Screen Project.
A Special Election Committee, as recommended by the Diocesan guidelines, will be formed to oversee, coordinate and conduct the vote to select the Church Calendar that will be followed by our Church. The committee will consist of the Priest who will also be the Spiritual Advisor, two Church Council members and two parishioners. Any parishioner who would like to serve on the committee is asked to contact Fr. Miles or John Hrapchak.
On behalf of the parish I would like to thank everyone who came and worked on Saturday at the Parish Work Day. Your time and efforts help prepare the Church or our Lord’s Resurrection.
Our Deanery’s camp week at Camp Nazareth, in Mercer, PA, is July 15 - 21, 2007. Children who are ages 8 - 18 are eligible to attend. Registration forms and booklets with information on the camp week are in the hall. The children who attend camp not only learn about their faith; But, they make friends that last a life time.
Also, the Camp employment forms for those who are of college age or older, who are interested in working at the camp this summer, are available to those. The camp is a great place to work and to live and learn about your faith. Please see Father if you have any questions.
Attached to the bulletin is a summery of the last Parish Council Meeting. It is provide so parishioner can keep abreast of the parish councils activates. Please see Parish Council president John Hrapchak if you have any questions about the summery. This summery will be a monthly feature to the bulletin.
Please keep in your prayers all those who are ill:
Metropolitan Nicholas: Healing
Les Miller: Improved Health
Steve Sheftic: Healing
Rudy Kormanik: Healing & Recovery
Jason Janowick: Improved Health
Lois Erhard: Improved Health
Mary Ann Muchesko: Healing & Recovery
Ivan Pop: Improved Health
Pañi Yvonne Lysack: Healing
Carol Miller: Healing
John Kloss: Healing & Recovery
Mary Kesselak: Improved Health
Daniel Kormanik: Healing & Recovery
Marge Chica: Healing & Recovery
Alexandra Delare: Health & Healing
Fr. Ronald Hazuda: Healing & Recovery
Michael Hall: Healing & Recovery
Fr. David Wine: Improved Health
Fr. Stephen Jula: Improved Health
Ann Thear: Healing & Recovery
Ronald Koval: Improved Health
Matthew Muhlenberg: Healing & Recovery
Entry of Our Lord into Jerusalem
Palm Sunday is the celebration of the triumphant entrance of Christ into the royal city of Jerusalem. He rode on a colt for which He Himself had sent, and He permitted the people to hail Him publicly as a king. A large crowd met Him in a manner befitting royalty, waving palm branches and placing their garments in His path. They greeted Him with these words: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! (John 12:13).
This day together with the raising of Lazarus are signs pointing beyond themselves to the mighty deeds and events which consummate Christ's earthly ministry. The time of fulfillment was at hand. Christ's raising of Lazarus points to the destruction of death and the joy of resurrection which will be accessible to all through His own death and resurrection. His entrance into Jerusalem is a fulfillment of the messianic prophecies about the king who will enter his holy city to establish a final kingdom. "Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on an ass, and on a colt, the foal of an ass" (Zech 9:9).
Finally, the events of these triumphant two days are but the passage to Holy Week: the "hour" of suffering and death for which Christ came. Thus the triumph in a earthly sense is extremely short-lived. Jesus enters openly into the midst of His enemies, publicly saying and doing those things which most. enrage them. The people themselves will soon reject' Him. They misread His brief earthly triumph as a sign of something else: His emergence as a political. messiah who will lead them to the glories of an earthly kingdom.
The liturgy of the Church is more than meditation or praise concerning past events. It communicates to us the eternal presence and power of the events being celebrated and makes us participants in those events. Thus the services of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday bring us to our own moment of life and death and entrance into the Kingdom of God: a Kingdom not of this world, a Kingdom accessible in the Church through repentance and baptism.
On Palm Sunday palm and willow branches are blessed in the Church. We take them in order to raise them up and greet the King and Ruler of our life: Jesus Christ. We take them in order to reaffirm our baptismal pledges. As the One who raised Lazarus and entered Jerusalem to go to His voluntary Passion stands in our midst, we are faced with the same question addressed to us at baptism: "Do you accept Christ?" We give our answer by daring to take the branch and raise it up: "I accept Him as King and God!"
Thus, on the eve of Christ's Passion, in the celebration of the joyful cycle of the triumphant days of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, we reunite ourselves to Christ, affirm His Lordship lover the totality of our life and express our :readiness to follow Him to His Kingdom:
... that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible 1 may attain the resurrection from the dead (Philippians 3:10-11).
Very Rev. Paul Lazor