Palm Sunday (2012)

Palm Sunday Epistle:  Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

St. John Chrysostom says about our Palm Sunday Epistle:

“The whole of time is a festival for Christians, because of the abundance of good things that have been given…The Son of God was made man for you; He freed you from death and called you to a kingdom. Therefore, you who have obtained and are still obtaining such things, how can it be less than your duty to keep the feast all your life? Let no one then be downcast about poverty, and disease, and craft of enemies. For it is a festival, even the whole of our time. For this reason Paul said: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice.’ “ (St. John Chrysostom in The Way of Christ: Gospel, Spiritual Life and Renewal in Orthodoxy, pg. 28)

The Raising of Lazarus

As a human being

you wept for Lazarus;

as God you raised him up.

You asked,

‘Where have you laid him,

dead four days?’

And so, good Lord,

you gave proof of your incarnation.

By your word in the beginning,

O Word of God,

you breathed life into the clay

and joined dust to spirit.

Now by your word

you have raised up

your friend

from death’s corruption

and the depths of the earth.

      (Compline Hymn)