Announcements for May 10-16, 2009

Sunday of the Paralytic (John 5:1-15)

Monday: 7:15 pm Discussion of M. Webber: Bread and Water, Wine and Oil, pp. 9-28 & 29-50.
Tuesday:  6:00 pm Vespers
Wednesday:  6:00 am Mid-Pentecost Divine Liturgy
Thursday:  6:00 pm Vespers
Saturday:  6:00 pm Vespers
Sunday:  8:30 am Matins, 9:30 am Divine Liturgy, Classes, Brunch

Christ is Risen!
Indeed He is Risen!

Ua ala Hou ‘O Kristo!
Ua ala ‘i ‘o no ‘oia!

Kriost Ergim!
Ergim!

From the Jerusalem Catechesis by St. Cyril (+386)
Let no one imagine that baptism consists only in the forgiveness of sins and in the grace of adoption. Our baptism is not like the baptism of John, which conferred only the forgiveness of sins. We know perfectly well that baptism, besides washing away our sins and bringing us the gift of the Holy Spirit, is a symbol of the sufferings of Christ. This is why Paul exclaims: Do you not know that when we were baptised into Christ Jesus we were, by that very action, sharing in his death? By baptism we went with him into the tomb.

This is something amazing and unheard of! It was not we who actually died, were buried and rose again. We only did these things symbolically, but we have been saved in actual fact. It is Christ who was crucified, who was buried and who rose again, and all this has been attributed to us. We share in his sufferings symbolically and gain salvation in reality. What boundless love for men! Christ’s undefiled hands were pierced by the nails; he suffered the pain. I experience no pain, no anguish, yet by the share that I have in his sufferings he freely grants me salvation.