Holy Ascension Orthodox Church
209 South Lehigh Avenue Frackville, PA. 17931
V. Rev. James M. Jadick
(570) 874-3162 rjmj_1hotmail.com
May 17, 2015
Sixth Sunday of Pascha. Blind Man.
Troparion (Tone 5) (Resurrection)
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word / co eternal with the Father and the Spirit / born for our salvation from the Virgin / for He willed to be lifted up on the Cross in the flesh / to endure death / and to raise the dead // by His glorious Resurrection.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Kontakion (Tone 4) (Feast)
I come to Thee, O Christ / blind from birth in my spiritual eyes / and I call to Thee in repentance / Thou art the most radiant light // of those in darkness.
Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Kontakion (Tone 8) (Pascha)
Thou didst descend into the tomb, O Immortal / Thou didst destroy the power of death / In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God / proclaiming rejoice to the myrrhbearing women // grating peace to Thy Apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Prokeimenon (Tone 8)
Pray and make your vows // before the Lord our God.
Vs. In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel!
Epistle Reading(Acts 16:16-34)
In those days, as the Apostles went to prayer, a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by telling fortunes. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who show unto us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, and said, “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. And they brought them to the magistrates, saying, “These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city; and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe.” Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Who, having received such a charge, put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do thyself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his were baptized. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them; and he rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
Verses after the Epistle
And to your spirit. Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Look upon me and have mercy on me.
Direct my steps according to Thy word.
Gospel Reading(John 9:1-38)
Let us attend: As Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbors therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did he to thee? how opened he thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be his disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art his disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence he is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him.
Hymn to the Theotokos (Instead of It is Truly meet)
The Angel cried to the Lady, full of grace / Rejoice, O pure Virgin! / Again, I say: Rejoice / Your Son is risen from His three days in the tomb! / With Himself He has raised all the dead / Rejoice, O ye people! / Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem! / The glory of the Lord has shone on you / Exult now, and be glad, O Zion! // Be radiant, O pure Theotokos, in the Resurrection of your Son!
Receive the Body of Christ / taste the fountain of immortality / Praise the Lord from the heavens / Praise Him in the highest // Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
Instead of “We have seen the True Light” we sing “Christ is risen …” (once). At the Dismissal, instead of “Glory to the Father, and to the Son….” we sing “Christ is risen.”
Welcome to our Visitors!
A warm welcome to all our visitors and guests who have joined us in celebrating the Divine Liturgy. Please join us for our Fellowship Hour in the Church Hall . Please note: Only those Orthodox Christians that have properly prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and confession of sins may approach the Chalice and receive Holy Communion.
Schedule of Services
Wednesday, May 20 6:00 p.m. Great Vespers with Litiya
Thursday, May 21 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Feast of the Ascension of our Lord
Saturday, May 23 4:00 p.m. Great Vespers
Sunday, May 24 9:10 a.m. 3rd and 6th Hours
9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy / Coffee Hour / Sunday School
Altar Candles: For the health of the Mogish and Cook families by Joanne Strenkoski.
Coffee Hour List
May 17 John Malinchok & David Keysock
May 24 Matushka Helen Kuchta & Catherine Bricker
May 31 Midge Paulonis & Vera Kleman
June 7 Sergius Chrush & Greg Tatusko
June 14 Becky & John Hawranick
June 21 Patricia Kania & Margie Orris
June 28 Carol & Mike Cuttic
Please remember that it is your responsibility to find someone to cover for your turn if you cannot be there on the appointed date. Thanks to all!
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