PALM SUNDAY
THE LORD’S ENTRANCE INTO JERUSALEM
КВІТНА НЕДІЛЯ
First Antiphon
I am filled with love for the Lord will hear the voice of my plea.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.
For He has inclined His ear to me, and I will call to Him all the days of my life.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us
The pangs of death encircled me, the trials of Hades befell me.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.
I met with anguish and pain, and called upon the name of the Lord.
Refrain: Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior, save us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.
Only-Begotten Son….
Third Antiphon
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.
Tropar tone1: Assuring us before Your Passion of the general resurrection, You raised Lazarus from the dead, O Christ God: and so, like the children we also carry signs of victory and cry to You, the conqueror of death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Therefore, let the house of Israel say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever.
Tropar tone1: Assuring us before Your Passion of the general resurrection, You raised Lazarus from the dead, O Christ God: and so, like the children we also carry signs of victory and cry to You, the conqueror of death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Therefore, let the house of Aaron say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever.
Tropar tone1: Assuring us before Your Passion of the general resurrection, You raised Lazarus from the dead, O Christ God: and so, like the children we also carry signs of victory and cry to You, the conqueror of death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Let all who fear the Lord say that He is good, for His mercy endures forever.

Tropar tone1: Assuring us before Your Passion of the general resurrection, You raised Lazarus from the dead, O Christ God: and so, like the children we also carry signs of victory and cry to You, the conqueror of death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Entrance Verse: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, we bless you from the house of the Lord, the Lord is God and has appeared to us.

Tropar tone1: Assuring us before Your Passion of the general resurrection, You raised Lazarus from the dead, O Christ God: and so, like the children we also carry signs of victory and cry to You, the conqueror of death: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and the Holy Spirit;
Tropar, tone 4:
Buried with You through Baptism, O Christ our God, we have been granted immortal life by Your resurrection, and we sing Your praises, crying out: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Kondak, tone 6: Mounted on the throne in heaven, O Christ God, and on a colt here on earth, You accepted the praise of the angels, and the hymn of the children who cried to You: Blessed are You, who have come to call Adam back.

Prokimen, tone 6:

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; God the Lord has appeared to us.
verse (solo):
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for His mercy endures forever. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; God the Lord has appeared to us.

Epistle: Philippians4: 49

A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I say it again: Rejoice! Your kingdom should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your request known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Alleluia Verse:
Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has worked wonders. Alleluia. (3x) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Alleluia! (3x)

Gospel– John 12: 1-18
Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. They gave a dinner for him there and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with Him. Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then Judas the Iscariot, one [of] His disciples, and the one who would betray Him, said, “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions. So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” the large crowd of Jews found out that He was there and came, not only because of Jesus, but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too, because many of the Jews were turning away and believing in Jesus because of him.

On the next day, when the great crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took palm branches and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, [even] the king of Israel.” Jesus found an ass and sat upon it, as is written: “Fear no more, O daughter of Zion; see, your king comes, seated upon an ass’s colt.” His disciples did not understand this at first, but when Jesus had been glorified they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done this for Him. So the crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from death continued to testify. This was [also] why the crowd went to meet him, because they heard that He had done this sign.

It is truly rightДостойно O My soul, extol the Lord Who sat upon the colt.

God the Lord has appeared to us. Let us celebrate the Feast, and let us rejoice and extol Christ. With palms and branches in hand, let us raise our voices to Him in praise, saying: Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord, our Savior.

EASTER PASTORAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE U.S.A.
TO OUR CLERGY, HIEROMONKS AND BROTHERS, RELIGIOUS SISTERS, SEMINARIANS AND BELOVED FAITHFUL

CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN! Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This Easter greeting resounds in a new and, for us, unfamiliar situation. We find ourselves celebrating, not in brightly decorated churches filled with joyful parish- ioners, with bells loudly ringing, but in the midst of a solitude and emptiness, that has enveloped our world due to the emergence of a virus that remains frightfully confusing for the average person, the virus known as COVID19.

Especially now, it is so important for us to hear these words of hope and joy: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs giving life!He also grants life to us—who live here and now, in the midst of a quiet world, that seems to have suddenly come to a standstill.

Pascha is the greatest and most joyful feast in the Christian calendar, a feast of overflowing happiness. It is interesting to note, however, that the Feast of Pascha be- gins with sorrow and emptiness.

The Evangelists, in their telling of the story of Easter, begin, not with the joy of the Resurrection, but with the sadness of the empty tomb. Mary Magdalene and the other women come, lamenting and sorrowful, early in the morning, to the grave of Jesus in order to anoint the body of their beloved teacher. Instead of Jesus’ body, however, they discover an empty tomb. Horrified, they think that someone has inexplicably stolen the body! Only then do they hear the angel’s announcement of Christ’s Resurrection: “He is not here for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay” (Mt. 28:6). Only then do they encounter the risen Christ and embrace him: “And suddenly, coming to meet them was Jesus… and the women came up to him and, clasping his feet, did him homage” (Mt. 28:9). Only then, do they receive their commission from Jesus: “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; there they will see me” (Mt. 28:10).

First comes emptiness, then comes fulfillment. First comes sorrow, then comes joy. First comes death, then comes life. Pascha begins with nothing and ends with everything!

When we think about it, we can say that there is a tiny reflection of the Paschal story in each of our lives. Just as Pascha begins with emptiness, so do our lives begin with emptiness. Before we take our first breath, we are called to leave the comfort of our mothers womb. And throughout our entire life, every time we take a step forward, we are called to empty ourselves and leave something behind. Before we make a com- mitment to our spouse in marriage, we are called to let go of our independence. Before we respond to a vocation call or make a career choice, we are called to let go of other equally attractive opportunities. At every step of life, in order to receive new life, we are called to empty ourselves in some way.

The same applies to our spiritual life. Emptiness is part of the human experience, and over these past weeks in the midst of a global pandemic, it is an experience being shared by all humankind. Emptiness can bring emotional pain, yet at the same time, it can also be received as a spiritual gift. We all need that emptiness within our- selves: that space that makes room for something new, that space that can be opened to God.

This is why during the time of Great Lent, the Church in her wisdom, tradition- ally asks us to empty ourselves of the sins, temptations and daily preoccupations that clutter up our lives. Why? In order to make room for Christ, who rises triumphantly from the tomb today. He fills our spiritual emptiness with the promise that Resurrection brings —the promise of eternal life!

Our prayerful wish for each of us today on this glorious Feast of Pascha is that our hearts and souls be filled with the indescribable and incomparable joy of Our Lords Resurrection from the tomb. May this joy fill every emptiness within us, wipe away all pain and fear, conquer every doubt and temptation, and remain with us forever!

Let us follow the example of the holy women who visited the tomb at dawn on that first Easter morning—distressed with the empty tomb they received the fullness of joy. Let us embrace the Risen Christ who comes to fill our emptiness, especially in this time of global crisis. Let us with confidence and in the sureness of our faith, in word and deed, spread the Good News of his Resurrection throughout the world!

Christ is Risen! Truly he is Risen!

+Borys Gudziak
Archbishop of Philadelphia for Ukrainians

A message from Father Mark

As your pastor I am deeply saddened not to be able to hold public services for you as we are following the “Stay at Home Order” placed upon us because of the spread of the Coronavirus. Holy Week will not be the same for any of us. We are called to sacrifice being physically present for the celebration of Palm Sunday, Holy Week as well as Easter Services. For some of us this is a great sacrifice. However, during this time of the year we remember the greatest sacrifice – Our Lord’s death upon the cross for all of us. This great Sacrifice brought forth the Great Joy of the Resurrection.

We are called to experience a personal encounter with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This personal encounter is what will make us stronger within the Church. For many the Church is a building where we gather for services, meet friends, fulfill our obligation and occasionally encounter Christ. Church is not a building, it is not palms and pussy willows or Easter foods. Church is the mystical Body of Christ, and we are a part of His Mystical Body. As baptized members of His Mystical Body we are “Church.”

The night before He was handed over Jesus showed His disciples the greatest act of humility. “He took a towel and tied it around His waist. Then He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with a towel around His waist” (Jn. 13: 4-5). In this simple act Jesus shows us how to be humble. He shows us that we must be there in a special way for others. We are called not to be arrogant and self-righteous. If continue living as if there were no Coronavirus, or that “my actions do not effect others”, we are denying the humility which connects us to Christ, “The Suffering Servant.” By practicing self – distancing, and “stay at home” we are washing the feet of others, and are uniting ourselves to Christ, “The Suffering Servant.” Praying at home is washing the feet of others.

I pray for all of you daily. I will continue having private services each day, and plan to have Holy Week Services privately. I hope to have some Live-stream services, and a “virtual adoration” with the Holy Shroud, since the church building will not be open for adoration. (This will be posted on our Facebook account).

I ask all of you to pray for those who are the true “servants” ministering to the needs of those afflicted by Coronavirus, as well as those who are suffering and experiencing great loss.

May the Good Lord who suffered His passion for us relieve our sufferings, and show us the great joy brought forth by His Resurrection.

Closeup view of cross shape of palm leaf and palm branches with white blank paper on wooden background. Palm Sunday concept

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