April; 2009/Monthly Bulletin of the Orthodox V Charitable Association

EditorÛAlona Sergeeva

Happy Easter!!!
On Easter morn, we celebrate our Savior;
Whatever people seek in Him, they find.
In history, there has never been another
So holy, sacrificial, good and kind.
His resurrection makes us all immortal;
0n henven, æe´éé be togethez ætth ouz ktng.
Eteznnééq æe´éé shnze tn néé 0ts béesstngs·
Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is everything!
If any man is a devout lover of God, let him enjoy this fair and
radiant triumphal feast. If any man is a wise servant, let him
rejoicing enter into the joy of the Lord. If any has labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any
has wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any has come at the third hour, let him have
no misgivings; because he will in no wise be deprived thereof. If any has delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw
near, fearing nothing. If any has 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 to him who comes at the
eleventh hour, even as to him who has wrought from the first hour. And he shows mercy on the last, and cares for
the first; and to the one he giveth, and upon the other he bestoweth gifts. And he 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 you all sumptuously. The calf
is fatted; let no one go away hungry. All of you, enjoy the feast of faith: receive 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 par-
don has shone forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free. He who was held
prisoner of it, has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, he has made Hell captive. He angered it when it tasted of
his flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was angered, when it encountered You in the lower re-
gions. It was angered for it was abolished. It was angered, for it was mocked. It was angered, for it was slain. It was
angered for it was overthrown. It was angered, 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, has become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages
of ages. Amen. (The famous 'Easter Sermon" of St. John Chrysostom is truly one of those
"classic" texts that cannot be read enough!)
Christ is Risen!!! Indeed He is Risen!!!

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The Patriarchal Parishes Meeting was held
on Saturday February 28/09 in Chipman church
after the Divine Liturgy, which leaded His Grace
Iov, Bishop of Kashira, Administrator of the
Patriarchal Parishes in Canada. Concelebrated
him minister parishes of Orthodox V father
George Sergeev, minister of St. Barbara Russian
Orthodox Cathedral in Edmonton father Sergey
Kipriyanovich and minister parishes of Ortho-
dox IX father Igor Kisil.
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On March 6 in Chipman church there
was a meeting of different Christian
confessions within the framework of-
World Day of Prayer, which was de-
voted to women-Christians of Papua
New Guinea. The rector of the church a
priest George Sergeev made a report
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After the prayer meeting in which
about 80 people took part, there was a
lunch organized by the ladies of our
parishes.
Three Christians killed in Eri-
trea for refusing to denounce
faith.
International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that
three Christians have been tortured and killed in
Eritrea for refusing to denounce their faith.
Eritrea's one-party communist regime has report-
edly arrested around 2,000 Christians since
2002 and often imprisons them in metal contain-
ers. The country is listed ninth on the ICC Hall
of Shame, which lists the worst persecutors of
Christians in the world.
The three latest victims of the regime were ar-
rested because they were not members of one of
the approved Christian churches in the country -
the Roman Catholic Church, the Eritrean Ortho-
dox Church and the Eritrean Lutheran Orthodox
Church.
ICC said one of those killed was a
woman who was tortured until she
was given the option of being killed
or signing a document denying her
faith. Two men were also given the
same choice.
Two of the three victims were deliber-
ately exposed to malaria and offered
medicine if they denied their faith. ICC
said all three refused the offer and
have been killed.
ICC is calling on Christians to remem-
ber the victims of persecution and their
families in their prayers.
Chriistian Today, 12 March 2009

Prison governor says to the pastor:
- I've just received the documents: the convict
to death is granted pardon.
x Oh, what a pity! I prepared him so well.
- Dear, I retire to a cloister
-. Wow! Should I dine in the cloister now?

Two autos clashed on the road, one driven
by a Protestant pastor, and another with a
Jesuit at wheels. The pastor feels sick, and
the Jesuit is a little better. The Jesuit takes
out a bottle of whiskey and offers a drop to
the pastor: "Brother, I see you are unwell.
Please, have some whiskey..."
Whiskey does not makes the Protestant any
better, and the Jesuit offered him some
more, and more, and more... So the pastor
almost finished the bottle. He felt much bet-
ter and said:
- What about you, Father? Have a drink, get
warm!
- Why? I'm waiting for the police...
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His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill expressed
hope that relations between Russia and Canada would develop in a
number of directions.
On Tuesday (March 10) there was a
meeting of the embassador of Canada in
Russia Ralph Lisishin with the Patriarch in
his residence in Chysty Lane. The Patriarch
said that Russia and Canada had many
common features, in the first place the life
of people in severe northern conditions
and the necessity to fight with frost, the
infrastructure and the culture are also simi-
lar.
¨lhese common clrcumslonces ol llle musl
help our counlrles lo develop muluolly benellclol cooperollon ln oll llelds", lhe Polrlorch
noted.
He olso pold ollenllon lo lhe locl lhol ¨ lhe Russlon Church lrodlllonolly hod good relo
tions with Christians of Canada and reminded that there were several parishes of the Mos-
cow Polrlorchole ln Conodo".
¨From lhe polnl ol vlew ol relollons belween lhe Church ond lhe slole our porlshes ln
Conodo ore ln very lovoroble slluollon", lhe Polrlorch sold. Accordlng lo hlm lhese lovor
able conditions make it possible for the Orthodox clergy and believers to follow freely
lhelr rellglous lrodlllon, brlng up lhelr chlldren, preserve lhelr splrlluol ldenllly".
¨Ve volue lhls opporlunlly", odded Polrlorch Klrlll.
Special thanks from father George, Alona and Kirill!

Dear brothers and sisters!!!
Thank all of you for your prayers, attention, love and cares in
that time, when Alona was in hospital and thank all of you for
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The Day before Palm Sunday calls Lazarus Saturday. Lazarus was Jesus' friend
and the brother of Martha and Mary. When he became very sick, his sisters informed
Jesus. But before He was able to visit him, Lazarus died. Shedding tears for his friend,
Jesus hurried to his tomb and brought him to life again.
This foreshadows Christ's own Resurrection and serves to remind us of the new life in
Christ.
Palm Sunday
The day is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the be-
ginning of Holy Week calls Palm Sunday. The feast com-
memorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in
the days before his Crucifixion and Resurrection.
Lols ol people knew oboul Chrlsl´s mlrocles ond when lhe
crowd heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they
went out to meet Him. He came, riding atop a donkey.
Some people spread garments in the way, others cut
down branches from the trees and strewed them along
lhe woy. People crled. ¨Hosonno, lo lhe Son ol Dovld,
Blessed is he Who comes in the Name of the Lord; Ho-
sonno ln lhe hlghesl!".
Two thousand years ago it was not uncommon in the Middle East for people to
use palm branches in triumphal processions.
The various names for the Sunday before Easter come from the plants used ÷
palms (Palm Sunday) or branches in general (Branch Sunday, Domingo de Ramos,
Dimanche des Rameaux). In most countries of Europe real palms are unobtainable,
so in their place people use many other plants: olive branches (in Italy), box, yew,
spruce, willows, and pussy willows. In fact, some plants have come to be called
"palms" because of this usage, such as the yew in Ireland and the willow in Eng-
lond [polm wlllowì ond ln Germony [Polmknlzchenì. lhe Greek Church uses lhe
names "Sunday of the Palm-carrying" and "Hosanna Sunday."
From the use of willow branches Palm Sunday was called "Willow Sunday" in
porls ol Englond, Polond, Russlo ond Ükrolne.[¨Verbnoyo Medelyo"ì. Cn lhls doy,
pussy willows, which symbolize new life are blessed and distributed to the faithful
and use for decoration of the Church.
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SPECIAL SERVICES
Holy Friday (Holy Shroud Services) Holy Saturday (Blessing of Paschas)

10:00AM - Chahor 1:00PM - Chahor
12:00PM - Skaro 3:00PM - Lamont Aux. Hospital
1:00PM - Wostok 4:00PM - Wostok
2:00PM - Farusi 5:00PM - Farusi
3:00PM - Serediak 6:00PM - Serediak
4:00PM - Mundare 7:00PM - Shishkovtzi
5:00PM - Shishkovtzi 8:00PM - Chipman
6:00PM - Chipman 9:00PM - Skaro
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The Saturday of the Akathist
Hymn is the day, in which the Akathist to the Theotokos is read
during Matins. This Akathist to the Theotokos (Great Akathist) is the only
one recognized by the Typicon and used formally in Divine services; all oth-
ers, nearly all of which are of late Slavic origin, are para-liturgical and
properly used only in private devotions. Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) in his
introduction to the Lenten Triodion writes that this Akathist is one of the
greatest marvels of Christian religious poetry. The Akathist Hymn is a pro-
found, devotional poem, which sings the praises of the Holy Mother and
Ever-Virgin Mary. It is one of the most beloved services in the Orthodox
Church. It was composed in the imperial city of Constantinople, "the city of
the Virgin," by St. Romanos the Melodist, who reposed in the year 556. The
Akathist Hymn has proven so popular in the liturgical life of the Church
that many other hymns have been written following its format. These in-
clude Akathists to Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the Cross, and to many Saints.
The Akathist hymn consists of praises directed to the Mother of God, beginning with the salutation of the
Archangel Gabriel: "Rejoice." As the hymn is chanted all of the events related to our Lord's Incarnation pass
before us for our contemplation. The Archangel Gabriel marvels at the Divine self-emptying and the renewal
of creation which will occur when Christ comes to dwell in the Virgin's womb. The unborn John the Baptist
prophetically rejoices. The shepherds recognize Christ as a blameless Lamb, and rejoice that in the Virgin
"the things of earth join chorus with the heavens." The pagan Magi following the light of the star, praise Her
for revealing the light of the world.
The word "akathistos" means "not sitting," i.e., standing; normally all participants stand while it is being
prayed. The hymn is comprised of 24 stanzas, arranged in an acrostic following the Greek alphabet. The stan-
zas alternate between long and short. Each short stanza is written in prose and ends with the singing of
"AIIeIuio." Eoch Ionqer sfonzo ends wifh fhe refroin: "Pe¡oice, O 8ride Unwedded".
" The firsf porf of fhe hymn is obouf fhe Annunciofion fo fhe Virqin Mory by fhe AnqeI. If describes Mory's
surprise of fhe news, her visif fo her mofher ond Joseph's doubfs os fo her innocence. The second porf is
about the birth of Christ, the worship of the Shepherds and Magi, the flight to Egypt and the visit to Saint
Simeon in the Temple. In the third part the hymn directs our attention to the renewal of the world by
Chrisf's cominq, ond fhe omozemenf of fhe AnqeIs ond fhe wise men of fhe siqhf of fhe Incornofion of 0od's
Son. The fourth and the last part is once more a lyric and rhetorical appraisal of Virgin Mary, whom the poet
adorns with the most beautiful of adjectives asking her to accept his poetical offering and to intercede for
the salvation of human race from the earthly sin.
Schedule of Services
For April 2009
01 Wednesday Annual Ortho V Bake Sale

04 Saturday - Confession - North Star

05 Sunday - (Tone 1) 5th Sunday of Lent ² Confession - Spirit River

05 Sunday - ( Tone 1) 5th Sunday of Lent ² Confession Chahor, Bishop Iov
11 Saturday - Lazarus Saturday - Confession ²Shishkovtzi

12 Sunday - PALM SUNDAY ² Confession ±Serediak

16 Thursday - Holy Thursday - Reading of 12 Gospels - Serediak. 7:00 PM

17 Friday -Holy Friday See page 5

18 Holy Saturday - Blessing of Easter Baskets See page 5
19 Sunday -EASTER SUNDAY ,RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST -Mundare ²8:00 AM

25 Sunday -(2th after Easter) -1ST SUNDAY AFTER EASTER - 10:00PM³Skaro 3:00 PM ²Wostok

Orthodox feasts (prazdniki)
in april
If you have any questions or proposals, please, Contact us:

Priest Father George Sergeev 780-895-21-49
Email: www.sergal07@yahoo.com. / PO Box 483 Lamont Alberta TOB 2R0

President Yakim Lopushinsky (780-895-26-67
Vice - President Jim Nemirsky 780-896-23-47
Secretary John Tkachuk 780-576-30-73
Treasurer Fred Pewarchuk 780-895-21-59

Or visit our website www.orthodoxfive.org

4 April n Saturday of the Akathist Hymn

7 April - The Annunciationof our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos (one of the 12 High Holidays)

11 April - The Saturday of Lazarus

13-18 April - Passion/Holy Week

19 April - Easter Sunday. Holy Pascha (the Greatest Christian Feast)

20-26 April - Easter Week

28 April - Radonitsa ("Day of Rejoicing"). This day is a general memorial for the departed.
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