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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We hope all of you are well and are taking precautions to stay that way. For the good of yourself and those around you we ask that you consider the risk before you venture out, including coming to church. You can still participate in the life of the Church - though we may not be together in body we can be together in spirit.

When at home, we ask that you to pray the Morning Prayer Office and Spiritual Communion service on Sunday (parishioners have been mailed booklets with these, or see below), and if you can, to do this at the same time Mass is being offered at Saint Mark's. In this way, those who are here and those who join us in prayer from home can still worship together.

Service schedule for Holy Week:

Note: In accordance with recommendations that gatherings be held to no more than ten people during the current pandemic, these services will be conducted with a minimal set of clergy, cantors, servers and organist, and Masses will be live-streamed.
  • Maundy Thursday, April 9
    • 7:00pm High Mass (streamed)
  • The Watch at the Altar of Repose follows the Maundy Thursday Mass. (streamed - The church will be closed for the Watch, but parishioners are encouraged to set aside an hour to pray as Jesus asked His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.)
  • Good Friday, April 10
    • 7:00pm High Mass (streamed)
  • Easter Sunday, April 1
    • 5:00am The Great Vigil and the First Mass of Easter (streamed)
    • 10:00am Solemn High Mass (streamed)

    It is a tradition in the Orthodox Church to read the Easter (Pascha) sermon of St. John Chrysostom.

    The Paschal Sermon

    The Catechetical Sermon of St. John Chrysostom is read during Matins of Pascha.

    If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in nowise be deprived thereof. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; He gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.

    And He shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one He gives, and upon the other He bestows gifts. And He both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering. Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival. You sober and you heedless, honor the day. Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.

    Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions. It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

    O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.


    About Saint John Chrysostom

    Saint John Chrysostom (The Golden Tongue) was born at Antioch in about the year 347 into the family of a military-commander, spent his early years studying under the finest philosophers and rhetoricians and was ordained a deacon in the year 381 by the bishop of Antioch Saint Meletios. In 386 St. John was ordained a priest by the bishop of Antioch, Flavian.

    Over time, his fame as a holy preacher grew, and in the year 397 with the demise of Archbishop Nektarios of Constantinople—successor to Sainted Gregory the Theologian—Saint John Chrysostom was summoned from Antioch for to be the new Archbishop of Constantinople.

    Exiled in 404 and after a long illness because of the exile, he was transferred to Pitius in Abkhazia where he received the Holy Eucharist, and said, "Glory to God for everything!", falling asleep in the Lord on 14 September 407.

    From the Sermons on the 12 Feasts section of the Orthodox Church in America site.

    Prayers to be Said Daily

    Parishioners are encouraged to say the following prayers daily during this challenging time:

    For Christian Service

    O LORD our heavenly Father, whose blessed Son came not to be ministered unto, but to minister; We beseech thee to bless all who, following in his steps, give themselves to the service of their fellow men. Endue them with wisdom, patience, and courage, that they may strengthen the weak and raise up those who fall; and, being inspired by thy love, may worthily minister in thy Name to the suffering, the friendless, and the needy; for the sake of him who laid down his life for us, the same thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

    In Time of Calamity

    O GOD, merciful and compassionate, who art ever ready to hear the prayers of those who put their trust in thee; Graciously hearken to us who call upon thee, and grant us thy help in this our need; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    In Time of Great Sickness and Mortality

    O MOST mighty and merciful God, in this time of grievous sickness, we flee unto thee for succour. Deliver us, we beseech thee, from our peril; give strength and skill to all those who minister to the sick; prosper the means made use of for their cure; and grant that, perceiving how frail and uncertain our life is, we may apply our hearts unto that heavenly wisdom which leadeth to eternal life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    A Prayer for the Clergy and People

    ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift; Send down upon our Bishops, and other Clergy, and upon the Congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honour of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.


    Morning Prayer and Service of Spiritual Communion

    Parishioners are encouraged to say the Office of Daily Morning Prayer and the following service on Sunday mornings when not attending Mass at church. The Collects, Psalms and readings for this coming Sunday will be displayed below the services.


    Spiritual Communion

    when unable to attend Mass

    In the Name of the ✠ Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

    Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Collect

    Let the Power of the Holy Spirt come upon me, O Lord, I beseech thee: that he may both mercifully cleanse my heart and defend me from all adversities. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    The Epistle appointed for the day, or Revelation 3:20

    Behold. I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

    The Gospel appointed for the day, or St. John 15:5

    I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

    Act of Contrition

    O God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against thee who art so good. Forgive me for Jesus' sake, and I will try to sin no more.

    Act of Reception

    In Union, dear Lord, with the faithful at every altar of thy Church where thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer thee praise and thanksgiving. I believe that thou art truly present in the Holy Sacrament. And since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, I beseech thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself unto thee, and embrace thee with all the affections of my soul. Let me never be separated from thee. Let me live and die in thy love. Amen.

    Come Lord Jesus, dwell in thy servant in the fulness of thy strength, in the perfection of thy ways, and in the holiness of thy spirit, and rule over every hostile power in the might of thy Spirit, and to the glory of the Father. Amen.

    May the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my body and Soul unto everlasting life. Amen

    Act of Praise and Thanksgiving

    Blessed, praised, and adored be Jesus Christ on his throne of glory in Heaven, and in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Amen.


    Psalms and Lessons for Morning Prayer for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

    Psalm 93. Dominus regnavit.

    THE LORD is King, and hath put on glorious apparel; * the LORD hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.
    2 He hath made the round world so sure, * that it cannot be moved.
    3 Ever since the world began, hath thy seat been prepared: * thou art from everlasting.
    4 The floods are risen, O LORD, the floods have lift up their voice; * the floods lift up their waves.
    5 The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly; * but yet the LORD, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.
    6 Thy testimonies, O LORD, are very sure: * holiness becometh thine house for ever

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;

    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

    Psalm 111. Confitebor tibi.
    I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, * secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
    2 The works of the LORD are great, * sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
    3 His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour, * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
    4 The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works, * that they ought to be had in remembrance
    5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him; * he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
    6 He hath showed his people the power of his works, * that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
    7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; * all his commandments are true.
    8 They stand fast for ever and ever, * and are done in truth and equity.
    9 He sent redemption unto his people; * he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.
    10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost;

    As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

    First Lesson - Isaiah 25: 1-9

    O LORD, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built. Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee. For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low. And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

    Second Lesson - Matthew 28 1-10, 16-20

    In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


    Epistle and Gospel for Spiritual Communion for Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

    Collect for Easter Sunday

    Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; we humbly beseech thee, that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

    Epistle. Colossians 3:1

    If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

    Gospel. St. John 20:1

    The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself. Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.


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    Updated 04/03/2020