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May 8, 2011
Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women
and Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemos;
Feastday of St. John the Theologian
About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when our Lord was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their homeland and from then on followed after Him.  They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to His sepulcher, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to anoint His body.  It is because of the myrrh-oils that these God-loving women brought to the tomb that they are called the Myrrh-bearers.  Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called Athe mother of James and Joses@ (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene; Mary, the wife of Cleopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee; Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna.  As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence.
  On this day we also make commemoration of Joseph of Arimathea, who was a secret disciple, and also of Nicodemus, who was a disciple by night.  Joseph went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus, he gave Him burial out of  reverence and love.
I John 4:12-19:  How can we know God lives in us?  St. John gives us a fourfold answer: (1) if we love one another; (2) if we have been given His Spirit; (3) if we can confess Jesus is the Son of God; and (4) if we abide in the love of God. 
Mark 15:43-16:8:  St Mark describes how Joseph of Arimathea claims the body of our Lord from  Pi­late to place it in his own tomb.  On the third day, the three women learn from an angel that the Lord has risen from the dead.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
Troparia of the Ointment-Bearers:  The pious Joseph, having brought down thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb.  But thou didst truly rise, after three days, O Lord, granting the world the Great Mercy.
  Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, The ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption.  But cry ye, The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Troparion of St. John:  O Apostle, beloved of Christ our God, hasten to deliver a defenseless people.  He that allowed thee to recline on His breast, receiveth thee bowing in intercession.  Implore Him, O Theologian, to dispel the persistent cloud of the heathen, and ask for us His peace and great mercy.
Troparion of the Chains of St. Peter: O Holy Apostle, Peter, thou dost preside over the Apostles by the precious chains which thou didst bear.  We venerate them with faith and beseech thee that by thine intercessions we be granted the great mercy.
Kontakion of Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades.  In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, May 8  
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
Monday, May 9   
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 10   (Apostle Simon the Zealot)
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 11   
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class      
6:30 p.m.         — Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 12   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Friday, May 13          
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Saturday, May 14   
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 15  
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m.       — Pot Luck Meal honoring our graduating High School Seniors
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Katools for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Please be reminded of the following:
Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion.  Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor.  Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.
         Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway.  Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         May 8                                   Katools                                    Algoods
         May 15                                 Schelvers                                 POT LUCK MEAL
         May 22                                 Morrises                                   Schelvers
         May 29                                 Joneses                                    Pigotts
Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew.  Please be sure to use this book when you read.
                                    Reader                               Reading                                  Page#
May 8                          Mildred Morris                   I John 4:12-19                           315
May 15                        Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver           Acts 9:32-42                             45
May 22                        Tom Willingham                 Acts 11:19-30                            52
May 29                        Tom Skirtech                      Acts 16:16-34                           58
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Fr. Leo, Kh. Be’Be’, Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Maria Costas; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner’s mother Mary Jean; Fr. Joseph Bittle, Kh. Joanna, their daughter Abigail and the rest of their family.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Because our clergy will be attending the Parish Life Conference there will be no Daily Vespers on Wednesday June 15th.  There will also be no catechism class on Wednesday June 15th or Saturday June 18th.  Nor will there be Daily Orthros on Thursday or Friday of that week.  However, Father James will be returning on Saturday afternoon.  So our regular services will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday June 18th and 19th.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. 
*    The 2011 Parish Life Conference is being hosted by St. John Orthodox Church in
*    Memphis on June 16-19. More information (hotels, etc.) is available through the Archdiocese website at antiochian.org.
*    We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on July 9th and November 19th.
*    His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here the weekend of May 6, 2012 to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary as a parish.  The planning committee is working very hard to make our celebration a memorable one.  There will be an evening event at the MS Museum of Art on Friday, May 5th.  Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months.
If you are planning to attend the Parish Life Conference in Memphis, please register as soon as possible.  St. John needs our registrations as they continue their preparations to host this event.
We are looking for new faces in the choir….anyone 7th grade or older who is interested should contact Karen or Sh. Margaret.
The Updated Directory is temporarily on hold.  We hope to have it available in the near future.
Fasting Discipline for May
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations during May
May 8              Apostle John the Theologian
May 10            Apostle Simon the Zealot
May 21            Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 25            The Forerunner (3rd discovery)
Antiochian Women’s Scholarship:  Each year AOCWNA is able to award scholarships, usually in the amount of $500 each, to help women continue their education in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families.  In order to be eligible, a woman must be over 25 years of age, a member in good standing and active in her parish, registered in an academic or trade program of study, and demonstrate financial need.  The application deadline is May 27, 2011.  If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please see Fr. John for an application.
Happy Birthdays in May:
         May 5                        Joanna Meadows
                                           Dale Cooper
         May 7                       Tiffany Strain (#14!)
         May 8                        Kh. Janet Henderson
         May 10                      Fr. Leo Schelver
         May 11                      Meghan Brock
         May 15                      Tom Skirtech
         May 21                      Jacob Skirtech (#4!)
         May 24                      Daniel Root
                                           Paul Katool
         May 26                      David Turner
         May 27                      Luke Habeeb (#6!)
         May 30                      Dn. Terry Algood
         May 31                      Stephen Chamblee
Happy Anniversaries in May:
         May 2                        Samer and Irene N’Ser (1999)
         May 12                      Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart (2007)
         May 30                      Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (1977)
Lost Items!  Are you missing any items?? …most notably 3 sets of keys or a thread-counted bookmark.?  These may be claimed in the church office.  Please see Kh. Sharon.
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is turned off.
Quotable:  “It is in vain that some unenlightened people seek the greatest evil for man somewhere else, rather than in sin.  Some consider disease to be the greatest evil, others—poverty, and others—death.  But neither disease, nor poverty, nor death, nor any other earthly disaster can be such a great evil for us as sin is.  These earthly misfortunes do not separate us from God if we are seeking Him sincerely, but, on the contrary, they bring us closer to Him.”
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
Worship:         Sunday, May 15, 2011 (Sunday of the Paralytic)
         Scripture:                                    Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15
         Celebrant:                                   Father John
         Epistle Reader:                         Kh. Be’Be’ Schever
         Prosphora:                               Schelvers
         Coffee Hour:                           POT LUCK MEAL
                                                         (Set-up – R. Roots/Meadows)

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