Pascha 2019 Bulletin

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 2:42

Kalendar

DAYDATEOFFICENOTES
SUN21.04DOMINICA RESURRECTIONISEaster Sunday
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
11:15Easter CommunionWorthing
MON22.04Die II infra octavam Paschae.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
09:30Breaking FastBCH Cafe
.No Evening Prayers.
TUE23.04Die III infra octavam Paschae.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
10:00Breaking FastRoedean Cafe
17:30Evening PrayersChapel
WED24.04Die IV infra octavam Paschae.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
08:30The Hub drop-inBCH Hall
09:30Breaking Fast The Hub
17:30Holy Hour & BenedictionChapel
18:45ConferenceChapel
20:00Fish SupperBardsleys
THU25.04Die V infra octavam Paschae.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
09:30Breaking FastBCH Cafe
17:30Evening PrayersChapel
19:30Faith Hustings 2019Brighthelm
FRI26.04Die VI infra octavam Paschae.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
10:00Breaking ~FastRoedean Cafe
17:30Evening PrayersChapel
SAT27.04Sabbato in Albis.
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
09:30Breaking FastChapel
10:00ConfessionsChapel
SUN28.04DOMINICA IN ALBIS
Low Sunday
07:30Morning PrayersChapel
08:30Mass & homilyChapel
10:00Breaking fastRoedean Cafe

Easter, also called Pascha (Greek, Latin) or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent (or Great Lent), a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

The term Octave of Easter refers to the eight-day period (octave) in Eastertide that starts on Easter Sunday and concludes with the Sunday following Easter. The Octave Day of Easter refers only to that day. It is also called Low Sunday or it may be called Thomas Sunday, especially among Eastern Christians, or Quasimodo Sunday and Quasimodogeniti, among other names.

On the Octave Day of Easter, the Gospel reading is always John 20:19-29, relating the appearance of Christ to His disciples, with Thomas the Apostle present, on the Sunday following his resurrection. A traditional name in English is Low Sunday, perhaps given this name because of the contrast with the high festival of Easter on the preceding Sunday, or the word “Low” may be a corruption of Latin Laudes, the first word of a sequence in use in the Sarum Rite. Another name is Quasimodo Sunday, from the first words of the introit in Latin.

Easter Week was known as ebdomada alba (white week) or in albis (in white), because of the white robes that those who had been baptized at the Easter Vigil used at the celebrations each day until Saturday. The pre-Tridentine edition of the Roman Missal, published in 1474, called Saturday in albis, short for in albis depositis or in albis deponendis (of removal of the white garments), a name that was kept in the Tridentine versions of the Missal for that Saturday. In the 1604 edition of the Tridentine Missal, but not in the original 1570 edition, the description in albis was applied also to the following Sunday, the octave day of Easter.

Celebrating Eastertide

Easter is not a day but a season of 50 days: the octave which is eight days of high celebration beginning on Easter Sunday followed by 42 more days of rejoicing concluding on Pentecost.

In the book of Exodus, God commanded the Israelites to celebrate the greater feasts like Passover for eight days, with a solemn assembly on the first and the 8th day. So liturgically, we celebrate Easter at highest pitch from Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday. Each and every day of this Octave is considered a solemn feast (aka a solemnity) in the Roman calendar. If there is any time to go to daily Mass, the Easter Octave is it! Can’t make it to daily Mass during the octave? Then you could watch the daily broadcast or at least read the Mass readings in your personal prayer time, or even better, with your spouse, roommate, or family. Don’t have a missal? You can get the daily mass readings on line published daily on this website.

Holy Communion on Holy Saturday

Chrysostom’s Easter homily

This classic Paschal or Easter Sermon is from Saint John Chrysostom, fifth century early church father and one of the greatest preachers of all time. This homily for Holy Pascha exhorts all, even those who have not kept the Lenten fast, to rejoice and enter into the Easter feast of the resurrection.

Let all Pious men and all lovers of God rejoice in the splendor of this feast; let the wise servants blissfully enter into the joy of their Lord; let those who have borne the burden of Lent now receive their pay, and those who have toiled since the first hour, let them now receive their due reward; let any who came after the third hour be grateful to join in the feast, and those who may have come after the sixth, let them not be afraid of being too late, for the Lord is gracious and He receives the last even as the first. He gives rest to him who comes on the eleventh hour as well as to him who has toiled since the first: yes, He has pity on the last and He serves the first; He rewards the one and is generous to the other; he repays the deed and praises the effort.

Come you all: enter into the joy of your Lord. You the first and you the last, receive alike your reward; you rich and you poor, dance together; you sober and you weaklings, celebrate the day; you who have kept the fast and you who have not, rejoice today. The table is richly loaded: enjoy its royal banquet. The calf is a fatted one: let no one go away hungry. All of you enjoy the banquet of faith; all of you receive the riches of his goodness.

Let no one grieve over his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed; let no one weep over his sins, for pardon has shone from the grave; let no one fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free: He has destroyed it by enduring it, He has despoiled Hades by going down into its kingdom, He has angered it by allowing it to taste of his flesh.

When Isaiah foresaw all this, he cried out: “O Hades, you have been angered by encountering Him in the nether world.” Hades is angered because frustrated, it is angered because it has been mocked, it is angered because it has been destroyed, it is angered because it has been reduced to naught, it is angered because it is now captive. It seized a body, and lo! it discovered God; it seized earth, and, behold! it encountered heaven; it seized the visible, and was overcome by the invisible.

O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? Christ is risen and life is freed, Christ is risen and the tomb is emptied of the dead: for Christ, being risen from the dead, has become the Leader and Reviver of those who had fallen asleep. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Tenebrae of Holy Saturday sung on Good Friday evening

Thanks

Metropolitan Jerome would like to record his particular thanks to all those who attended the liturgies throughout Holy Week and particularly the Sacrum Triduum. This year we were able to observe a full schedule with the Divine Liturgy in the morning and Tenebrae (anticipated Mattins & Lauds) in the late afternoon followed by a spiritual conference. This meant that all together the faithful participated in approximately 20 hours of accumulated worship time! This really made a tangible difference to our worship, combining understanding of the liturgies and theology with our prayers, enabling both hearts and minds to be engaged in the religious observances. He was most gratified to hear your appreciation of his own efforts at facilitation, but most especially of your generosity in spirit, sacrificially giving of your time to the Lord and in fellowship with each other. Indeed, fellowship really marked out the overall experience for everyone this year. Finally, Metropolitan Jerome would like to thank you all for your kind words and generosity ref the Easter Offering (traditionally given to the clergy).
Main photo: Metropolitan Jerome chants the Exsultet

DIARY THIS WEEK

The faith communities in Brighton & Hove reflect the multi-ethnic and multicultural diversity of our city and its varied demographic, from commuters to migrants, the homeless to the elderly and the young and lonely… The faith communities similarly deliver community and social action projects addressing a huge variety of concerns from social cohesion, community integration, poverty, mental health, homelessness, food-banks, counseling services, narcotics and alcohol abuse, rehabilitation of offenders, gateways to employment, education and skills training, well-being, community events and much more!

Faith communities are often pivotal for the delivery of all the above services and partnerships with statutory and other investors in people and third sector organisations, providing infrastructure support, venues and meeting places, office space, community networks and accessibility solutions, outreach and other forms of support including funding. There is much then that a Faith Hustings could touch upon that matters not just to people and communities of faith but to all the citizens of Brighton & Hove and significantly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged of our society.

However, despite all the obvious good the faith community contributes to the benefit of our city at large, there are some elements – often influenced by regrettable international events, though sadly sometimes nearer to home – that have engendered or seek to engender fear and distrust of and among people of faith. Faith Hate Crime is statistically on the rise in our city at an alarming rate and while various initiatives are being undertaken by BHFA with other other community groups to address some of the issues, there is much that a committed Council could do to encourage and reassure the faith community.

This week’s feast… St George

April 23rd is usually St George’s Day in England. This year however, as is usual when the feast falls in Holy Week or the Paschal Octave, it will be transferred to the Monday after Low Sunday. Of course, the secular world around us will celebrate the feast falling this Tuesday as usual. But it is beholden on us as Christians, who should hold our citizenship of Heaven in higher estimation than any earthly regard, to observe the greater celebration that is the Octave of Easter. Holy Mother Church holds that nothing – not anything – should supplant the celebration of Our Lord’s victory over death!

The Primus’s Appeal 2019

Our Orthodox Catholic mission in Cuba is currently in desperate need of funds to continue the SCHOOL FOR POOR CHILDREN Santa María de las Vegas Nuevas it provides every Saturday.

In Cuba, approximately 10% of the population lives below the poverty-line. However, even poor Cubans still have access to basic services such as healthcare, education, clean water etc. The lingering economic crisis, emigration, and teachers’ meager salaries though have led to a critical shortage of educators in primary and secondary schools throughout Cuba, with schools severely understaffed. Private remedial instruction is on the rise, as are private schools that teach English and other supplemental skills. Some children, in accordance with family custom, must work. In rural areas, children have to help their families with farm work or housework, so it’s more difficult for rural children to pay as much attention to their studies throughout the day and into the night. This has can have a negative impact, be it physical or psychological, on the lives and mentality of children.

The Santa María de las Vegas Nuevas Saturday School for kids is located in Camino de Vegas Nuevas on the outskirts of Santa Clara. The volunteer staff strive to provide a free supplementary education for children from a variety of impoverished homes both from the shanty town on the city outskirts and the poor from the surrounding countryside. The children are the sons and daughters of cheap prostitutes, peddlers, excavators (those who rummage in the municipal garbage dump to recycle raw materials), smugglers and agricultural workers without farms (poorly paid) who are forced to alternate their jobs with skullduggery and economically criminal activities e.g. the Black Market and worse.

With high priority given in the State schools to literacy and numeracy there is nothing in the limited budget left for extracurricular activities nor arts or creative projects. The Saturday School provides a place where poorer kids can be assisted with their education, have an alternative activity than slave-work and a safe place to play and be creative, free to express themselves, their hopes and their dreams.

The Primus of the Holy Synod, Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey has chosen the Saturday School project for our Communion’s Lent Appeal. The monthly rent of the school building is $40 per month or approximately £30, we’d like to raise a year’s rent this Lent, approximately £360 almost $500 and perhaps a little more to contribute to materials and resources for the activities.

Please prayerfully consider contributing to this worthwhile cause, perhaps donating a month’s rent for the school building? Use the button below and be clear to make the donation for “Saturday School Cuba” when prompted. God bless you.

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CATECHISM CLASSES will continue THIS Saturday, March 16th immediately following the end of the Mass there’ll be a quick break fast and class starts at 10am finishing at 11am. This is the perfect opportunity to invite enquirers to the Faith or come along yourself to revisit the basic tenets of Christianity. “Catechumen” i.e. those enrolling to be received into the Church at Easter will be baptised/Confirmed during the Vigil on Holy Saturday morning.

The weekly discussions will be framed around study of the old Penny Catechism. This excellent pocket catechism provides a wealth of detailed guidance on, and explanation of, the Catholic faith. It explains Faith in God and the Apostle’s Creed, Hope and Christian Prayer, Charity as lived out in the Ten Commandments and other guidance of the Church. Participants will be expected to do some light prep and study in the week as well as attend the Saturday morning sessions.

Premier Christian Radio

Christianophobia refers to the state of being hateful or spiteful to Christians. A Christianophobe hates or despises Christians and/or what they stand for. The existence of Christianophobia should not be surprising. Jesus Himself predicted the world’s hatred for Christians: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18–19). Christians are called not to conform to the world but to be transformed into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29; 12:1–2). The unbelieving world hates what it does not understand and, therefore, will hate those who follow Christ.

Home Office statistics from last year on religious hate crimes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland indicate there were 316 incidents (out of a total of 4213) affecting Christians between March 2015 and March 2016. Organisations like National Churchwatch who describe themselves as a ‘leading organisation for security and advice in the Christian sector’, believe anti-Christian hate crime is significantly under-reported. 

A Stop Christophobia campaign has been launched by Premier Christian Radio. The success of this campaign depends highly on the number of people who support it so please share this link with your contacts on social media and sign it yourself! There is currently a momentum building, but change won’t happen unless people stand up and be counted. Together we can ensure that Christian minorities are protected from discrimination and persecution.https://www.thestopcampaign.org/

Other news…

The MY BRIGHTON & HOVE Photo Project are running Photography Mentoring and Workshops which kicked off on the 2nd of Feb 2019. The group is open to anyone who is homeless or has a history of homelessness. It is an opportunity to work with professional photographers from across the city in a relaxed and supportive environment and a chance to prepare work to be exhibited as part of the Brighton Fringe in May at One Church Brighton. This is a great way to build confidence and self-esteem and brought some great results for those involved in 2018.
Workshops take place fortnightly between 2-4pm on Saturday at the Justlife Studios in the Open Market. A group of professional photographers are volunteering their time to run workshops and support participants, so it’s a fantastic opportunity for some creative advice and direction.

For prayer…

Of your charity, please hold the following in your prayers…

For those in need… Christopher, Lyn B, Simon G, Dagmar B, Karen, Debbie G, Fr Graham F, Fr Stephen D, Heather & Susanna L-D, Finley G, Diane C, Pat, Paul, +Rommel B, Penny E, Colin R, John, Ronald, Fr Gerard H, Lilian & family, Ruth L, David G, David P, Patrick H, Debbie G, Karen K, Fr Graham F, S&A, Dave G, +Charles of Wisconsin, +Tissier, Fr Gerrard H, +Guo Xijin, +John P,
For those discerning… James, Manuel, Vincent, Darren, Akos, Roger, James, Adrian, Carlos, Yordanis, Nicholas
For those who mourn… Barbara R & family, Brenda W & family, Joseph S, Catherine L & family, Rev George C & family, Jean C, Margaret & Bonita C, Debbie M & family
For the recently departed… Lauretta (21.01.19), Clive Reed (23.01.19), Fr John Wright (24.01.19), Shelley Luben (11.12.18), Mick Howells (13.12.18), Daniel Callaghan (13.02.19), Alfie (Hub guest), Jill Lewis (24.02.19), Cynthia Sharpe Conger (28.02.19), Richard (Ricky) Belmonte, Fr Leo Cameron, OSA (29.03.19), Fr John Corbett (30.03.19), Deacon Richard Mulholland (Easter Day)

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