Greek Orthodox Church
24411 Rampart Blvd
Port Charlotte, FL 33980
V. Rev. Father Mojmir Zalcik, Ph.D
will lead us in the Divine Liturgy
Psalte: George Vriniotis
Sexton: George Stavropoulos
Attendants Today:Cathy Roy, Nick Louloudis,
Debbie Kontos and Peter Kyriakopoulos
Next Week: Jim Sanders, Tom Bobotas,
Michael O’Dougherty, Monica Vallee
Sweet Ladies Today: Fran Kyriakopoulos, Rose Marie Tsourkas, Eileen Tassa, Nickie Doukas, and Lesa Basta
Next Week: Cindy Seda, Dora Vriniotis,
Eve Ann Davis, Popy Athanas
Divine Services Schedule:
Sat. April 27 – Great and Holy Saturday Service:
Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great
Proti Anastasi at 10am
Sat. April 27 – Orthros/Matins of the Resurrection (Anastasi) at 11:00pm
Sun. April 28 – Holy Paschal Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom at Midnight/12 am
Refreshment will be served after service
Sun. April 28 – Paschal Sunday Vespers –
Agape Service at 11am
After service Luncheon - The Agape Picnic
Fri. May 3 – Renewal Friday
Theotokos of the Life-Giving Spring
Orthros at 9am, Div. Lit. at 10am
Sun. May 5 – Thomas Sunday
Orthros at 9am, Divine Liturgy at 10am
Memorial service for the husband of Kathy Edwards, Thomas Edwards
Sun. May 12 – Sunday of Myrrh-Bearing Women
Orthros at 9am, Divine Liturgy at 10am
May our Lord and God grant you
Many Blessed Years
Monthly meeting after church on May 5th.
All members please be available for the Elections which will be held on May 5th.
Holy Trinity Scholarship
For graduating high school seniors, the Holy Trinity scholarship is available. Please contact Michael O’Dougherty for an application.
Deadline for applying is May 16th.
Contact Fr. Mojmir Zalcik
Please let Fr. Mojmir know if you would like to have a memorial for a loved one. We can announce it in the bulletin.
If you need a prayer for yourself, or for your beloved one who is sick or in need, or spiritual talk, do not hesitate to tell Fr. Mojmir.
Fr. Mojmir Zalcik’s Office Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 to 12:00 Noon
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I thank to you all who created a beautiful decoration in our Church during all Lenten season, the Great and Holy Week, on the Feasts of Palm Sunday and Pascha, all who made the Palm Crosses, a decoration of Festal Icons, Iconostasis, Cross and Tomb, and thank to you all for all your gifts. May our Resurrected Lord and Savior bless you all with His special Paschal Blessings!
Fr. Mojmir Zalcik
We welcome all who have come to pray with us. Baptized and Chrismated Orthodox Christians who are properly prepared though prayer, fasting, repentance and alms giving are invited to come forward to receive the Holy Eucharist. Everyone is invited to receive Antidoron (blessed bread)from the priest at the end of the Divine Liturgy.
THE PASCHAL HOMILY/SERMON/HIERATIKON OF ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOM (+407 AD)
If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward. If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast. If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss. If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation. If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.
For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious. He both honors the work and praises the intention.
Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy! O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day! You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today! The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you! The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry!
Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness. Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.
He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into Hades and took Hades captive! He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: "Hades 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 purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains! It took a body and came upon God! It took earth and encountered Ηeaven! It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen!
O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy 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 a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages. Amen