St. Michael the Archangel Russian Orthodox Church
A Patriarchal Parish in the USA
335 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia
7 April 2024




Confessions heard, Third and Sixth Hours– 9:30 am 

Divine Liturgy – 10:00 am



Prayer List: Mother Raphaela; and Arleen (Pauluch)


Sunday, April 7th Divine Liturgy offered:

For the Health of:  

Peter, Anna, Nicholas, Alaric, Natalia, Alexei, Elya, Andrew by Seasholtz Family

For the Memory of Departed servants: 

+Archpriest Emil (Minkovich) by Saverino Family

+Samuel Sr (Sokoluk) on 10th anniversary of passing into eternal life by Alexei, Lucia & Amelia

+Eugene (Coppola) by Dennis Starr


Flowers on the tetrapod and on the altar are in memory of +Samuel Sr (Sokoluk) on the 10th anniversary of his passing into eternal life, by Alexei, Lucia and Amelia. Memory Eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!


Schedule of services this week

  • Great Lent Dairy & Meat are excluded until Pascha May 5th
  • Sunday, April 7th Feast of Annunciation, Sunday of Adoration of Precious, Life-Giving Cross, Divine Liturgy 10AM
  • Sunday April 7th - Pan Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Philadelphia Lenten Sunday Vespers, 4 PM at St. Vladimir OCA Church, 812 Grand Street Trenton, NJ 08610
  • Wednesday, April 10th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6PM
  • Saturday, April 13th Soul Saturday Divine Liturgy 10AM, Panikhida/Parastas
  • Sunday, April 14th Sunday of St. John Climacus Divine Liturgy 10AM
  • Sunday April 14 Pan Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Philadelphia Lenten Sunday Vespers, at 4 PM at Holy Trinity OCA Church,1236 Juniper Street, Pottstown PA 19464
  • Wednesday, April 17th Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts 6PM
  • Thursday, April 18th Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6PM
  • Sunday, April 21st Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt Divine Liturgy 10AM
  • Sunday, April 21st Pan Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Philadelphia Lenten Sunday Vespers, at 4 PM at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 506 Stahr Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 


Third Sunday of the Great Lent: Adoration of Cross, Troparion, Tone I O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Grant victory over their enemies to Orthodox Christians, and protect Thy people with Thy Cross.

Kontakion, Tone IV O Christ our God, Who wast voluntarily lifted up on the Cross, grant Thy mercies to Thy new people named after Thee. Gladden with Thy power Orthodox Christians and give them victory over their enemies. May they have as an ally that invincible trophy, Thy weapon of peace. 

Another Kontakion, Tone VII No longer does the flaming sword guard the gate of Eden, for a glorious extinction has come upon it, the wood of the Cross. The sting has been drawn from death and the victory from hell. And Thou, my Saviour, didst come and shout to those in hell: Enter Paradise again.

Troparion of the Sunday, Tone III Let the heavens rejoice, / let the earth be glad! / For the Lord has shown might with His arm,/ He has trampled down death by death. / He has become the first-born of the dead. / He has delivered us from the depths of hell, / and has granted the world great mercy!

Kontakion of the Sunday, Tone III On this day Thou didst rise from the tomb, O Merciful One, / leading us from the gates of death. / On this day Adam exults as Eve rejoices; / with the prophets and patriarchs they unceasingly praise / the divine majesty of Thy power!

Annunciation, Troparion, Tone IV Today is the crown of our salvation,/ and the revelation of the mystery which is from before the ages!/ The Son of God becometh the Son of the Virgin,/ and Gabriel announceth the glad tidings of grace./ Wherefore, with him let us cry out to the Theotokos:/ Rejoice, O thou who art full of grace!// The Lord is with thee!

Kontakion, Tone VIII Automelon To thee, the Champion Leader, we, thy servants, dedicate a feast of victory and of thanksgiving,/ as ones rescued out of sufferings, O Theotokos;/ but as thou art one with might which is invincible,/ from all dangers that can be do thou deliver us, that we may cry to thee:// Rejoice, thou Bride unwedded!


EPISTLE HEBREWS 2:11-18 (THEOTOKOS) For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You." And again:"I will put My trust in Him." And again:"Here am I and the children whom God has given Me." Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. 

GOSPEL LUKE 1:24-38 (THEOTOKOS) Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!" But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end. Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I do not know a man?" And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible. Then Mary said, "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

EPISTLE HEBREWS 4:14-5:6 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins. And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him:"You are My Son, Today I have begotten You." As He also says in another place:"You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek".

GOSPEL MARK 8:34-9:1  When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power."