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Bulletin- April 12, 2020. The Glorious and Holy Easter Sunday (Pascha).

Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church Bulletin. April 12, 2020.
The Glorious and Holy Easter Sunday (Pascha). Glorious Resurrection of our Lord.
The Hebrew Passover (Pascha, Pesach) was instituted to commemorate the deliverance of Israelites the night before their departure from Egypt as recounted in the Old Testament book of Exodus. By God’s command, communicated by Moses, each Hebrew family was to slay a lamb without blemish and sprinkle its blood on the door frame. The lamb was to be roasted in the evening. No bones were to be broken and it was to be eaten with unleavened bread. They were to repeat this rite every year in a solemn ceremony on the eve of the feast, as it is still being done by Jewish people everywhere. Jesus observed the Passover on the night before he died.
There is a significant link between the Christian Pascha (Easter) and the Jewish Passover Day as Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” (John 1:29). Hence the name and signification of the Hebrew Pasch was devoutly accepted and used by the Church. On this glorious and holy day, the whole Church celebrates with joy the final triumph and life-giving resurrection of our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ. After the long period of darkness brought about by original sin, after the seemingly endless expectations of the prophets, after the glad tidings of the nativity that came to pass when the time had come, after the thirty hidden years and the three years of public life, after the frightful passion which had seemed to be the end of all hope, and after two days in the depth of the tomb, behold: CHRIST IS RISEN! Indeed, indeed, He is risen, and all is true, every promise of God has been fulfilled: the Saviour has come, the Lamb of God has been Sacrificed to take away the sins of the world, and supremely triumphant in his apparent defeat, He has crushed death by his death and restored everlasting life through his resurrection! The time of weeping is over and now is the time for joy! Now that we have been cleansed by the passion of Christ, now that we have repented and atoned for our sins during a Christ-like kiss of peace, confirming our love towards all, celebrating the end of the enmity between God and man, proving our reconciliation through Christ. Easter is truly for us the Passover: for Christ, through his passion and resurrection, made us return from the curse of Adam and the bondage of Satan to the state of Children of God.
The day after the Sabbath, which is the Sunday, was called by the Hebrews “the First Day.” In the early Church, Sunday was dedicated to the resurrection and glorification of the Lord. It was called in Greek, “kyriake” and prescribed to be a holy day and a day of rest. Thus did the first day of the Hebrew week become Sunday, the Day of the Risen Lord.

The Symbolism of Easter Eggs. Easter eggs are dyed red by boiling them with onion skins. Red represents the blood of Christ that was shed on the Cross. The hard unbroken shell of the egg is a symbol of the sealed tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ because while dormant it contains a new life sealed within it and when cracked reminds us of the new life of the Risen Christ that emerges from the tomb on Easter Sunday. When we crack the eggs we remember that Jesus shattered the gates of hell by His resurrection. If we are cracking the eggs with someone else, the winner proclaims “Christ is Risen” and the one holding the broken egg says “He is truly Risen.” This fun tradition, as a game is a symbol of resurrection and new life. We end our fast after the Paschal Vigil on Saturday evening, not during the day on Saturday.

April 12. Commemoration of our Holy Father the Confessor Basil, Bishop of Parios. Basil lived and died during the Iconoclastic controversy.

Holy Cross Church is here for you and your family during this difficult time.
Helping Hands. If you are homebound and cannot make it to the grocery store or pharmacy, please contact the church office. We will pick up and deliver any necessities, medications, or anything else you need.
Food assistance. If your family is facing financial difficulty we are able to assist you financially to purchase food or other items.
Health Concerns. If you have any questions regarding your health or are concerned about symptoms you or a family member might be exhibiting, health care professionals in our parish are available to assist and answer your questions.

If you wish to spend some private time with the Lord in Church during Holy Week, please contact the church office for hours. The Church is available for private prayer and are carefully practicing social distancing.

We have some updates on the many ways we have found to help all of us remain connected as a family of faith by bringing the Divine Liturgy and prayers to your home.
-We have invested in some equipment to turn our video camera in church into a webcam so you can view all the prayers and the Divine Liturgy.
-We are live streaming all our prayers on Facebook and YouTube and they remain posted following the prayers for future use.
-Our Facebook Page is: Facebook.com/HolyCrossMelkite
-To get automatic notifications to our parish’s YouTube page please subscribe at: YouTube.com/HolyCrossMelkite
-You may subscribe to Father François Beyrouti's homilies at: YouTube.com/MelkiteTV
-Holy Cross Church currently has 1,311 followers on Facebook and some of the prayers have reached over 5000 viewers. Please invite your friends and family who are seeking the Lord to “like” our Facebook page and “share” in order to spread the good news of salvation.
-Online Meetings. We subscribed to a Zoom account and have begun meetings for our Youth, Young adults, and Parish Leadership Team (PLT). Within two weeks we will be having meetings for other groups in the Church.
-If you are able to continue financial assistance to your parish you may mail your donation to the Church or donate with your credit card at: holycrossmelkite.org/donate.
-Addition Online Giving Options. You may donate via the Givelify app. We are currently setting up the Zelle app and adding Vanco to our website. Please contact the church office if you need more information.
-Saint Paul reminds us: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).
-We thank you for your great generosity and ongoing support for your Church.

Continue to gather as a family for daily prayers, watch the live-stream prayers together, and spend time with each other reading the Bible.

If you have any questions or requests please contact the office. We are praying for you every day. Keep in mind Psalm 23:4. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me.”

A family in our Church is making face masks. If you need a limited amount of masks or are able to donate any of these items please contact the office.
-Cotton fabric. If you are able to cut the fabric into 9x7 rectangles that would be ideal. If you can’t whatever size you have is ok.
-1/4” elastic bands.
-Bobbins for a Brother sewing machine .
-Please wash the fabric and dry on the highest heat.
-In addition to cotton fabrics the following materials are effective against 1-micron particles: dish towel (83%), cotton blend (74%) or 100% cotton (69%) t-shirt or clothing, antimicrobial pillowcase (65%), scarf (62%), pillowcase (62%), linen (60%), silk (58%).
-Bedsheets and table cloths are not good for masks.

Friday, April 10. Great and Holy Friday.
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Confession.
7:00 p.m. Service of Lamentations (Funeral of Christ / Genaz Al-Maseeh).
Isaiah 53:5. “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.”

Saturday, April 11. 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.
1 Peter 3:18-20. “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit; [19] in which he went and preached to the spirits in prison.”

10:00 p.m. Hajmeh, Paschal Resurrection Matins, and Easter Sunday Divine Liturgy. Christ is Risen. Al-Maseeh Qaam.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22. “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”

Sunday, April 12. The Saturday evening Divine Liturgy celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus (Easter Sunday). There will not be a Sunday morning Divine Liturgy. Christ is Risen. Al-Maseeh Qaam.

Saturday, April 18.
4:30 p.m. Confession.
5:00 p.m. Vespers (Evening prayer).

Sunday, April 19.
9:45 a.m. Orthros (Morning prayer).
11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy.

John 20:26-29. “Eight days later, Jesus’s disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ [27] Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ [28] Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ [29] Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.’ ”

Hymns: (See our Church’s website for Audio Recordings: holycrossmelkite.org/Melkite-hymns)
Troparion of Pascha (Tone 5) (Three Times). Christ is risen from the dead and by His death He has trampled upon death; and has given life to those who were in the tomb.
Troparion of the Holy Cross (Tone 2). O Lord save your people and bless your inheritance, granting peace to the world; and protect your community by the power of your Cross.
Hipacoi of Pascha (Tone 4). Mary and her companions went forth before dawn. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb and heard the angel say, “Why do you seek Him as a man among the dead, when He is in eternal splendor? Behold, the shroud is laid aside. Hasten and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen and has put Death to death, for He is the Son of God, the Savior of mankind.
Kondakion of Pascha (Tone 2 or 8). Though You went down in the tomb, O immortal One, You overthrew the power of Hades and rose victorious, O Christ God. You greeted the ointment bearing women, saying “Rejoice!” You gave peace to Your apostles, and to those who had Fallen resurrection.

Epistle: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-9. Eliana Haddadin will read today’s Epistle.
Gospel: John 1:1-17. Full reading below.

Today’s Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the repose of the souls of:
1 Year memorial: Ziad Lutfi (April 9, 2019). Andy and Jinan Ajlouni (April 6, 2020), Fr. Federico Büttner (April 4, 2020), Joseph Saikali (April 4, 2020), Samir Chafic Jarawan (March 31, 2020), Bernardo Navarro Leyes (March 28, 2020), Fr. Stephen Casmus (March 24, 2020), Morched Ibrahim (March 23, 2020), Claire Andraos Saikaly (March 22, 2020), Iman Farah (March 21, 2020), Jeanne d’Arc Nassar (March 10, 2020), Maroon Karam (March 10, 2020), Sr. Paule (Toufica) Wehbe (February 24, 2020), Anne Bernadette Rembisz (March 4, 2020), Michel Absi (March 3, 2020), Bassem Fouad Sidhom (March 2, 2020), Anise Eramya (February 29, 2020).
The health, safety, and salvation of:
Inaam Bottomley, Violette Saghbini, Marie Semaan, Florence Shaib, Father Saba Shofany, Tom Tomey.
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:
“To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. [4] And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, ‘you heard from me, [5] for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit’ ” (Acts 1:3-5).

“The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. [10] He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. [11] He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. [12] But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; [13] who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:9-13).

Father François Beyrouti’s Homilies. You can listen and subscribe to the homilies on YouTube.com/MelkiteTV or these podcasts: Apple’s iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn + Alexa, Google Podcast, and iHeart Radio podcasts.
If you would like to receive the emailed weekly parish bulletin or homily please sign up on our website (HolyCrossMelkite.org) or contact the office. Most recent homilies by Father François Beyrouti:
-“Do You Have Values?” April 5, 2020.
-“Are You Still Alive?” March 29, 2020.
-“Is There Peace in Your In-vironment?” March 22, 2020.
-“Spiritual Control of the Corona Virus.” March 15, 2020.
-“Confession, Not Just to God.” March 08, 2020.
-“Are you Saved?” February 23, 2020.

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.

Do you want to be inspired and learn more about your Catholic Faith? Listen to Relevant, a Catholic Radio station on 930 am. For further information visit their website or call 1-888-887-7120.

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.

Your Sunday donation envelopes are mailed to you every two months. These envelopes are dated with your envelope number on the back. Please contact the office if you are not registered or did not receive your envelopes. Thank you.

Thank you for your ongoing generous donations:
-Friday April 10. Charity account deposit: $100.
-Monday April 6. Online Giving: $2,119.
-Monday April 6. Palm Sunday donation: $2,065.
-Monday April 6. Building fund deposit: $730.
-Thursday April 2. Palm Sunday donation: $175.
-Tuesday March 31. Holy Land deposit: $25.
-Tuesday March 31. Memorial. Building fund deposit: $25.
-Tuesday March 31. Building fund deposit: $625.
-Tuesday March 31. Sunday donation deposit: $1,175 + candles $15 = $1,190.
-Friday March 27. Sunday donation: $175.
-Friday March 27. Charity account deposit: $260.
-Friday March 27. Funeral. Building fund deposit: $300.
-Friday March 27. Building fund deposit: $2,740.
-Friday March 20. Building fund deposit: $2,600.
-Friday March 20. Memorial. Building fund deposit: $600.

2020. Monthly deposits: January: $30,322, February: $18,027, March: $20,790, April: $5,189.

2019 Palm Sunday donations: $12,495. 2019 deposits. January: $24,729, February: $20,291, March: $21,132.

Sample Holy Cross Church Expenses:
$49.02 paid April 10, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$131.59 paid March 25, 2020. Sparkletts.
$118.63 paid March 25, 2020. Photocopier lease (Great American Financial Services).
$94.30 paid March 12, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$62.94 paid March 11, 2020. SoCal Gas.
$177.39 paid March 6, 2020. Republic Trash Services.
$359 paid March 6, 2020. Servant Keeper parish database computer program.
$58.64 paid March 4, 2020. SoCal Edison.
$528.69 paid March 3, 2020. Golden State Water Company.
$118.63 paid March 1, 2020. Photocopier lease (Great American Financial Services).

Prokimenon (Tone 8): This is the day the Lord has made: let us be glad and rejoice in it!
Stichon: Give praise to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:1-9).
In the preceding book, Theophilus, I was concerned with everything Jesus did and taught from the beginning, until the day he was taken up, after giving commandments through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. To them also he showed himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about God’s kingdom. And while eating with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise, “of which you have heard,” he said, “by my mouth. For while John baptized with water, you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit within a few days.”
Now, those gathered there questioned him, asking, “Lord, is it now that you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” But he answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or the proper moments the Father has set by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and even to the very ends of the earth.”

ALLELUIA (Tone 4): You shall arise and have mercy upon Sion, for the time to pity her, the right time has come.
Stichon: The Lord has looked down from heaven upon all the sons of men.

Gospel of Pascha According to St. John (1:1-17: In The Beginning Was The Word)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was made nothing that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness grasped it not. There was a man, one sent from God, whose name was John. This man came as a witness, to bear witness concerning the light, that all might believe through him. He was not himself the light, but was to bear witness to the light. It was the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not. He came to his own, and his own received him not. But to as many as received him he gave the power of becoming children of God; to those who believe in his name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us. And we saw his glory (glory as of the only-begotten of the Father) full of grace and of truth. John bore witness concerning him, and cried, “This was the one of whom I said, ‘He who is to come after me has been set above me, because he was before me.’” And of his fullness we have all received, grace for grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

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Holy Cross Melkite Catholic Church.
451 West Madison Avenue, Placentia, CA 92870-4537
Telephone: (714) 985-1710.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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: Carol Nasr.
Choir Directors: Saad Tashman and Lupe Ojeda.
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 2020: May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, October 31, December 5.

ENGLISH DIVINE LITURGY: 11:00 a.m. First Sunday of the month. In 2020: May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6.

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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