Services on 4-5 May, Thomas Sunday
On Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May we had services for the second Sunday of Pascha, Thomas Sunday. Thomas Sunday is so named because the appointed reading from the Gospel (John 20:19-31) gives an account of the initial unbelief and subsequent belief of the Apostle Thomas. Following the Prayer before the Amvon new icons of Saints Kuksha and Jonah of Odessa, given to our parish by a recent visitor to Ukraine, were blessed. The prayer at the breaking of the Artos was then read. In place of a sermon, the parish rector read aloud the Paschal Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion. At the dismissal, pieces of the blessed Artos were given to the faithful.