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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Palm Sunday and the Feast of the Annunciation. During the fourth century, at the very place where the glorious entrance into Jerusalem had occurred, it was commemorated in the following fashion: first, a public reading of the Gospel in which Christ is hailed as the King of Israel taking possession of his capital city, Jerusalem, symbol of the Heavenly City; then a bishop, riding an ass and surrounded by a multitude of people carrying palms and singing hymns, went up to the Church of the Resurrection. Every Eastern Church took up this celebration in the form of a procession. This also was adopted by the Church of Rome in the year 1039.

Saturday of Lazarus: Lazarus and his two sisters; Martha and Mary, were beloved friends of Jesus. They received Him frequently in their home and served Him. The weeping of Jesus over the dead body of Lazarus is a manifestation of Christ’s mortal humanity, and his raising him from the dead, an act of immortal and divine power.

March 25. Feast of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary.
In accordance with Eastern tradition, the Divine Liturgy of the Annunciation stresses the divine aspect of this mystery: the salutation of Gabriel heralds the decent of the Son of God into the virginal womb of Mary. On this day, the Word was made flesh and assumed forever the humanity of Jesus. On March 25, nine months before the Nativity, Jesus, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, became the Supreme Pontiff, the Mediator between God and men. Mary, through her absolute purity and total submission, obtained the most glorious title: Mother of God or Theotokos, and has ever since been honored with a very special devotion and love.
According to the Evangelist Luke, the archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth in Galilee to a virgin betrothed to Joseph named Mary. He appeared to her and said, “Rejoice so highly favored! The Lord is with you!” (Lk. 1:29). Mary was puzzled by these words. The Archangel assured her that God’s favor rested upon her so much, that she was to bear His son who was to be called Jesus. He would be great, the Son of the Most High and the inheritor of the throne of David. Again, Mary was puzzled, well aware that she was a virgin so Gabriel explained that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. Mary, filled with the Lord, then accepted His will as conveyed by the Archangel Gabriel.
In becoming the Mother of God, Mary became the mother of the entire human race who was to be redeemed by her Son. Her acceptance of the will of God to bear His Son has accorded her the great position in the Church as the most holy of all humanity, an honor she rightfully deserves. Another aspect of the Feast of the Annunciation which must be remembered is that it is on this occasion that the pre-eternal Word of God became man, a sharer in our humanity. While the Feast of the Nativity commemorates Jesus’s birth, it is the feast of the Annunciation which honors His taking flesh, forever uniting Himself with us in a physical manner. The celebration of this feast should remind all of us to follow the example of the Most Holy Mother of God who was faithful to the will of God in all things. By accepting the Lord’s will, she made possible the Incarnation of the Son of God who brought about our salvation. By modelling ourselves after her, we too can work to accomplish God’s will in our life. Like the Archangel Gabriel who is honored on the day after the feast, we too can announce the mystery of the Incarnation and the message of salvation in Jesus Christ to all.

Holy Week Schedule:
Friday, March 23.
If you have palms in your yard that you can prune, please bring some to Church anytime today or tomorrow.
7:00 p.m. Byzantine music choir and potluck dinner. The choir has been practicing diligently to put on a great performance for all to hear.

Saturday, March 24. Lazarus Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy (In the Church).
12:30 p.m. Please join us as we set up the chairs and decorate the tent for Palm Sunday. If you have palms in your yard that you can prune, please bring some to Church anytime today.
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers (In the Church).

Sunday, March 25. Palm Sunday.
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Palms, and procession (In the large covered tent). After the Divine Liturgy we need everyone to help clean-up and realign the chairs in the tent.
12:30 p.m. Bake Sale organized by “Our Lady's Society.”
-No Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) or Youth Ministry spiritual discussions

Monday, March 26. Great and Holy Monday.
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Tuesday, March 27. Great and Holy Tuesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Wednesday, March 28. Great and Holy Wednesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Mystery Of Holy Anointing (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, March 29. Great and Holy Thursday.
11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Institution of the Holy Eucharist (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Washing of the Feet, Passion Gospels, and Crucifixion Service (In the Church).

Friday, March 30. Great and Holy Friday.
11:00 a.m. Royal Hours, Descent from the Cross, and Burial of Christ (In the Church).
12:30 p.m. We need volunteers to help decorate the Tomb of Christ.
7:00 p.m. Service Of Lamentations (Funeral Of Christ / Genaz Al-Maseeh) (In the large covered tent).

Saturday, March 31. Great and Holy Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Blessing of the New Light, Vespers, and Discovery of the Empty Tomb. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great.
10:00 p.m. Matins and Hajmeh. (Resurrection Matins and Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom). Following the Divine Liturgy we will bless the bread and eggs.

Sunday, April 1. Holy Resurrection/Pascha/Easter Sunday.
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Of The Holy Resurrection.
-No ECF/Sunday School or Youth Ministry meeting.

Thursday, April 5.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, April 7.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 8.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:30 p.m. Annual Holy Cross Church post-Easter Luncheon. BBQ chicken and beef. $15.00 donation.
The youth will organize an Easter egg hunt for all the children.
-Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, April 15.
12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Young Adults Group. We will be gathering at the tree in the courtyard after church, have lunch at Church, and from there meet at AMF Carter Lanes (1501 S Lemon St, Fullerton, CA 92832) for some bowling fun!

5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

See calendar near end of bulletin for more calendar details.

Thank you to all those who donated to the Holy Land Collection. We raised: $1,492.

Thank you to all those who helped with the Falafel Luncheon. A special thanks to the Lady’s society for hosting this event. The event raised: $870.

Thank you to all those who helped with the Manaeesh Luncheon. A special thanks to the Youth for hosting this event. The event raised: $742.

Choir practice. “Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). Please join our choir practices to review the regular hymns of the Divine Liturgy and learn new ones. Everyone is welcome.
At Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church for the Sunday choir. Every Thursday at 7:00-8:30 p.m. and every Sunday at 10:00-10:45 a.m.
At Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church, every Friday at 6:00 p.m. for the Byzantine Music Recital at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.
For the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church (26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691). 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Upcoming dates: March 28 and April 11. Parish center. Room 6.

Our Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) program is for all children up to grade 8. Please contact the office if you would like to register your children or would like to teach our wonderful children.
Vacation Bible Camp at Holy Cross Church: Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20, 2018.
Time: 9:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Theme: Shipwrecked-Rescued by Jesus. Ages 5-12.
Registration information: HolyCrossMelkite.org/vbc
At Shipwrecked Vacation Bible Camp, children experience God’s Word in surprising and unforgettable ways! Each day, leaders reinforce one simple Bible truth – which makes it easy for them to remember and apply the message to real life situations!

Holy Cross Youth Ministry Spiritual Meetings take place every Sunday following the Divine Liturgy for all those in grades 9-12.

Holy Cross Church Youth Retreat at Celebrity Ranch for all those in grades 9-12. Thursday, August 2-Sunday, August 5, 2018. This year’s theme is “Lord teach us to pray.” Our Youth Retreat offers a long weekend of amazing activities including great speakers, fantastic music, stargazing and more food than you'll know what to do with.

Holy Cross Young Adults Group. We are planning social and religious activities to build our Young Adults Community at Holy Cross Church. Feel free to bring your friends and family. Ages 21-35. See calendar for event details (Holycrossmelkite.org/ministries/young-adults). Contact Tony Helo (562) 371-5466.
Upcoming events: Sunday, April 8: Holy Cross Church luncheon, followed by bowling. We will be gathering at the tree in the courtyard after church, have lunch at Church, and from there meet at AMF Carter Lanes (1501 S Lemon St, Fullerton, CA 92832) for some bowling fun! April 26: Dinner and Trivia Night; May 6: Miniature Golf; May 22: Dinner and Game Night.

The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. Please invite your family and friends and remind everyone in the area to join us. We will meet in the hall at 5:45 p.m. to review the hymns and the Divine Liturgy will begin in the Church at exactly 6:30 p.m. on Sunday April 8, 2018, at Saint Kilian’s. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (off Marguerite Parkway).
2018 dates: Sunday, April 8, Sunday, May 13, Sunday, June 10, Sunday, July 15, Sunday, August 12, Sunday, September 16, Sunday, October 14, Sunday, November 11, Sunday, December 9.
If you live or know anyone who lives in the area surrounding Mission Viejo please give us their contact information so that we can keep everyone informed on upcoming events. Please send contact details to the parish office at (714) 985-1710 or email a list of names to Father François at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Saydet Em El Nour Shrine (Ain Ebel- Lebanon): A Shrine and Church are being build in Lebanon, if you would like to support these efforts you can mail checks to Saint John Maron Church (300 South Flower Street, Orange, CA 92868, with “Shrine” in the Notes. For more details and updates visit Shrine of Em El Nour on Facebook, or call Suad Saqr Ammar at (951) 818-2668.

Listen to Melkite audio links on our parish website at holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns
We uploaded many Melkite hymns for the Divine Liturgy and other important services. To practice or become more familiar with our beautiful liturgical hymns you can listen or download them by visiting the above link.

Vocation Awareness. In today’s Epistle, Saint Paul reminds the people that God is near and encourages them to be open to recognizing Him in order to find their strength and consolation in Him. In the Gospel, the people encountered Christ on Palm Sunday, but not in the way they had been expecting. Priests help us to be attentive to Christ in all the unexpected ways He comes to us in our daily life. Pray that many will answer God’s call to the priesthood.

Vocation View. Saint Paul urges Christian readers to live a life of communion, in mutual love, and in the love that God has given us. Jesus teaches us the importance and implications of that life of loving communion. Who shall preach and teach it to us today? Pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and monastic life and encourage possible candidates.

A Prayer for Vocations. O Lord God, in every age, You invite men and women to hear Your call to serve You and the Church. We bow before You now, asking that You call forth more persons to serve our Melkite Church in America. Give us priests, deacons, monks and nuns, who will lead and guide your holy people. By Your will, bless us with vocations so that we continue to be the church which You called us to be, centuries ago. Let all hear Your voice inviting them to care for and serve Your people. Strengthen us in being disciples of Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son and fishers of men. Inspire in us the spirit and pride of Antioch, our holy heritage. We ask You, O Lover of mankind, to raise up men and women who appreciate what they have received from You and who want to be generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts, to serve others, to give You glory, thanksgiving and worship, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.

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Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Saturday, March 3 collection: $279.
-Sunday, March 4 collection: $2,220 in 34 envelopes (average of $65.29 per envelope) + $314 cash + $201 candles = $2,737.
-Wednesday, March 7 building fund deposit: $6,505.
-Sunday, March 11 collection: $1,245 in 40 envelopes (average of $31.13 per envelope) + $434 cash + $166 candles = $1,845.
-Wednesday, March 14 building fund deposit: $3,617.
-Saturday, March 17 collection: $590 in 7 envelopes (average of $84.29 per envelope) + $532 cash = $1,122.
-Sunday, March 18 collection: $1,377 in 28 envelopes (average of $49.18 per envelope) + $260 cash + $200 candles = $1,837.
-Sunday, March 18 Saint Kilian’s collections: $610 in 14 envelops (average of $43.57 per envelope) + $48 cash = $658.
-Wednesday, March 21 building fund donation: $3,517.

Total deposits in the past three months: January: $36,013, February: $15,961, March: $22,117.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$86.09 paid on February 22, 2018 for American Chemical & Sanitary Supply.
$214.59 paid on February 22, 2018 for Our Sunday Visitor envelopes.
$200.00 paid on March 6, 2018 for Gardening services.
$302.96 paid on March 6, 2018 for Cleaning services.
$750.00 paid on March 6, 2018 for Melkite Church Calendar. Amount reimbursed by Mieh-Mieh community.
$38.94 paid on March 6, 2018 for Sparkletts water services.

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of the Annunciation (Tone 4). (Three times). Today is the fountainhead of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery that was planned from all eternity: the Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin and Gabriel announces this grace. Let us join him in crying out to the Mother of God: Hail, O Woman full of grace! The Lord is with you.
First Troparion of Palm Sunday (Tone 1). (Twice) O Christ God, when You raised Lazarus from the dead, before the time of your passion, you confirmed the future resurrection of all. We too, like the children of old, carry before You the symbols of your triumph and victory and cry out to You, the conqueror of Death: “Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Strengthen our Public Authorities in every good deed and protect your nation with your Cross.
Kondakion of the Annunciation (Tone 8). Triumphant leader to you belongs our prize of victory! And since you saved us from adversity we offer you our thanks. We are your people O mother of God! So as you have that invincible power, continue to deliver us from danger that we may cry out to you Hail, O Virgin and bride ever pure.

Epistle: Hebrews 2:11-18. Eliana Haddadin will read this Sunday’s Epistle. Full reading below. If you would like to read the Epistle please contact the office.
Gospel: John 12:1-18. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
Ratiba (Saikaly) Khalaf (March 20, 2018), Edmond Goubran (March 19, 2018), Georgette Genadry (March 15, 2018), Lina Wakim Zoorob (March 9, 2018), Saeb Sunaa (March 7, 2018), George Shannis (March 2, 2018), Amal Rassi (March 1, 2018), Fuad Sidhom (February 26, 2018), Samar Chalhoub (February 25, 2018), Janice Murphy Terris (February 25, 2018), Mary Awadalla (February 24, 2018), Almaza Chemali (February 20, 2018), Aldo Kanz (February 19, 2018), Richard Issa Wahhab (February 17, 2018), Patricia (Laurie) Pondella (February 13, 2018), Hans Van Nas (April 28, 2017).
the health, safety, and salvation of:
Diana Abukhader, Jimmy Bahnan, Griffith Family, Brother Gabriel Jon, Mirwan Kassouf, Joseph Lufti, Corliss Martin, Jamal Nesheiwat, John Olenick, Andre Saikaly, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Yasmeen Tashman, Riham Turk, Noel Zadah.
For the health of the families of:
-Akl & Sabat Kozhaya and family.
-Eddie and Raniah Salman and family.
-Laila Kishek and family.

For vocations to the priesthood, monastic life, and lay parish ministries.
For peace in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and all the troubled regions around the world.

Scripture Memory:
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. [8] Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:6-8).

“The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. [13] So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’ ” (John 12:12-13)

Calendar:
Friday, March 23.
If you have palms in your yard that you can prune, please bring some to Church anytime today or tomorrow.
1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m. Byzantine music choir and potluck dinner. The choir has been practicing diligently to put on a great performance for all to hear.

Saturday, March 24. Lazarus Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy (In the Church).
12:30 p.m. Please join us as we set up the chairs and decorate the tent for Palm Sunday. If you have palms in your yard that you can prune, please bring some to Church anytime today.
4:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
5:00 p.m. Triumphal Entry Vespers (In the Church).

Sunday, March 25. Palm Sunday.
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Palms, and procession (In the large covered tent). After the Divine Liturgy we need everyone to help clean-up and realign the chairs in the tent.
12:30 p.m. Bake Sale organized by “Our Lady's Society.”
-No Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) or Youth Ministry spiritual discussions

Monday, March 26. Great and Holy Monday.
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Tuesday, March 27. Great and Holy Tuesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (In the Church).

Wednesday, March 28. Great and Holy Wednesday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Mystery Of Holy Anointing (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, March 29. Great and Holy Thursday.
11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great. Institution of the Holy Eucharist (In the Church).
7:00 p.m. Washing of the Feet, Passion Gospels, and Crucifixion Service (In the Church).

Friday, March 30. Great and Holy Friday.
11:00 a.m. Royal Hours, Descent from the Cross, and Burial of Christ (In the Church).
12:30 p.m. We need volunteers to help decorate the Tomb of Christ.
7:00 p.m. Service Of Lamentations (Funeral Of Christ / Genaz Al-Maseeh) (In the large covered tent).

Saturday, March 31. Great and Holy Saturday.
11:00 a.m. Blessing of the New Light, Vespers, and Discovery of the Empty Tomb. The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great.
10:00 p.m. Matins and Hajmeh. (Resurrection Matins and Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom). Following the Divine Liturgy we will bless the bread and eggs.

Sunday, April 1. Holy Resurrection/Pascha/Easter Sunday.
10:30 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Of The Holy Resurrection.
-No ECF/Sunday School or Youth Ministry meeting.

Thursday, April 5.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, April 7.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 8.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:30 p.m. Annual Holy Cross Church post-Easter Luncheon. BBQ chicken and beef. $15.00 donation.
The youth will organize an Easter egg hunt for all the children.
-Eastern Christian Formation (Sunday School) and Youth Ministry spiritual discussions resume on Sunday, April 15.
12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Young Adults Group. We will be gathering at the tree in the courtyard after church, have lunch at Church, and from there meet at AMF Carter Lanes (1501 S Lemon St, Fullerton, CA 92832) for some bowling fun!

5:45 p.m. Music practice in the hall.
6:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy. The Melkite Eastern Catholic Community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691.

Wednesday, April 11.
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, April 12.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, April 14.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
5:00 p.m. Memorial Divine Liturgy. Arayna Harb (March 4, 2018).
6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Parents Night Out. The Youth group would be happy to watch your children ages 6 and up for you parents to go and enjoy a “Date Night”. $10 a child includes dinner, games and music. If you have any questions please see any Youth Group Advisor.

Sunday, April 15.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.

Tuesday, April 17.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, April 18.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Thursday, April 19.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday, April 21.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 22.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
10:00 a.m. Choir practice.
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Eastern Christian Formation/Sunday School for children in kindergarten to grade 8.
12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Youth Ministry spiritual discussion for all in grades 9-12.
1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. House blessings.

Wednesday, April 25.
7:00 p.m. Choir practice for the Melkite Eastern Catholic community at Saint Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church. 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691. Parish center. Room 6. Second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Thursday, April 26.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Choir Practice at Holy Cross Church.
7:30 p.m. Young Adults Group: Dinner and Trivia Night We will meet at Kelly’s Korner Tavern (907 E Yorba Linda Blvd, Placentia, CA 92870) for Dinner and Trivia Night!

Saturday, April 28.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Readings for Sunday, March 25, 2018.
Epistle: Hebrews 2:11-18.
Prokimenon (Tone 3)
My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Stichon: Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for, behold, henceforth al generations shall call me blessed.

Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews.
Brethren, the sanctifier and the sanctified are all of one nature: therefore he is not ashamed of calling them brethren and saying, “I will declare your name to my brethren; in the midst of the church I will sing your praise. (Ps. 21: 22)” And again, “I and my children whom God has given me (ls.8: 17, 18).” Now, since children have blood and flesh in common, so he likewise has shared in the same, that through death he might destroy the one who had the power of death, that is, the devil; and might deliver those who throughout their life were kept in slavery by the fear of death. For of course it is not angels he is assisting, but the offspring of Abraham. Wherefore it was right that he should in all things be made in the likeness of his brethren, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the people’s sins. For because he himself has suffered and was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.

ALLELUIA (Tone 2)
He shall come down like rain upon a fleece, like showers he shall gently fall upon the ground.
Stichon: His name shall be praised forever; as long as the sun, his name shall last.

Gospel: Palm Sunday, John 12:1-18 (The Glorious Entry into Jerusalem)
The Holy Gospel According To St. John.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany the home of Lazarus, he had raised from the dead. And they made him a supper there; and Martha served, while Lazarus was one of those sitting at table with him. Mary therefore took a pound of ointment, genuine nard of great value, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and with her hair wiped his feet dry. And the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then one of his disciples, Judas son of Simon the Iscariot, the one who was about to betray him, said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?” Now he said this, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and holding the purse, used to take what was put in it. Jesus therefore said, “Let her be: she was to keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you have always with you, but you do not always have me.” Now the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there; and they came, not only because of Jesus, but that they might see Lazarus, the man he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also. For on his account many of the Jews began to leave them and to believe in Jesus. Now the next day the great crowd which had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took up palm fronds and went out to meet him. And they cried out, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel!” And Jesus found a young ass, and sat upon it, as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Sion; behold, thy king comes, sitting upon the colt of an ass.” These things his disciples did not at first understand. But when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered these things were written about him, and that they had done these things to him. The crowd therefore, which was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness to him. And the reason why the’ crowd also went to meet him was that they heard he had worked this sign.

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
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Parish Web site: HolyCrossMelkite.org
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
YouTube Page: Youtube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCMelkite

Pastor: Father François Beyrouti.
Electronic mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Cellular phone: (714) 914-1710

Pastoral Associate: Deacon Elias Kashou.
Office Manager: Tony Helo.
Administrative Assistant: Rosemarie Nasr.
Parish Hall Rentals: Hala Nakhoul (714) 920-6180.
Choir Director: Reader Saad Tashman.
Sunday School / Eastern Christian Formation Program: Every Sunday after the Divine Liturgy from September-May. Pre-School to Grade 8.
Our Lady’s Society: Iman Lutfi (714) 595-7999.

LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY: 4:30 p.m. Confession. 5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).
SUNDAY: 9:45 p.m. Orthros (Morning prayer). 11:00 a.m. The Divine Liturgy.

ARABIC DIVINE LITURGY: 5:00 p.m. Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. In 2018: May 5, June 2, June 30, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2018: May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2.

HOLY DAYS AND WEEKDAYS: Please check the bulletin.

THE HOLY MYSTERIES
MYSTERIES OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION: The three Mysteries of Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Eucharist are always celebrated together in one ceremony. One month notice is required and one baptismal preparation meeting is required with the priest.
MYSTERY OF HOLY CROWNING: Six month notice, an initial meeting with the priest, marriage preparation sessions, and a wedding license are required. You must be an active member of the parish.
MYSTERY OF HOLY CONFESSION: Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
MYSTERY OF HOLY ANOINTING: Available for anyone who is ill.
PLEASE NOTE: There is no charge for the celebration of the Sacramental Mysteries, however, it is appropriate to offer a gift of thanksgiving. Therefore the Parish Advisory Council suggests an offering of $200 for Baptisms; $500 for Weddings; $300 for Funerals; and $100 for a Memorial Service.

HALL RENTAL POLICY.
MERCY-MEAL ON THE DAY OF THE FUNERAL, MERCY-MEAL FOR THE 40th DAY OR OTHER MEMORIALS: $200.00 for registered parishioners of Holy Cross Church who regularly use donation envelopes.
A PARTY WITH MUSIC, FOOD, AND DRINKS (up to 5 hours of use): $400.00 for parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese. $500.00 for non-parishioners + $100 insurance payable to the diocese.
DAMAGE/CLEANING DEPOSIT: $200.00. Refundable if the hall is left in the condition it was given to you.
SECURITY FEE: $150 charge will be added to cover security for 5 hours.
A MEETING (Use of the chairs and tables only. No use of the kitchen, oven, or refrigerator). $75 / hour for parishioners. $100 for non-parishioners.
ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR A RENTAL OVER 5 HOURS: $100 / hour.

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