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May 29, 2011
Sunday of the Blind Man
 
  Today is the Sunday of the Blind Man.  Though the Gospel account of the healing of the blind man touches many subjects, there is but one theme:  Christ is the divine Light which illuminates the hearts of those who behold Him in faith.  Despite the intimidation of the authorities, despite the confusion of the people who know him, despite the fear of his parents, the blind man given sight refuses to deny what he knows is the truth:  Jesus has given him sight, has healed the affliction he has born from birth, and one who does such good is from God.  To deny his healer is to deny the truth, and he prefers persecution and rejection to that denial.  More than his eyes have been opened; his heart has been opened to true and eternal Light.  As were the Israelites cast into the dark despair of his fear, as are we all blinded by the frustration of sin and of our weakness, so this man was trapped by his closed eyes; and, as may all be, he was freed by the coming of the Messiah.  In faith we open our eyes to the radiant glory of our Lord and King.
 
Acts 16:16-34:  In our reading from Acts we see Paul and Silas imprisoned unjustly;  but the Lord uses the circumstances to bring the jailer to Himself by means of a dramatic rescue.
 
John 9:1-38:  After Jesus heals a man born blind, we see the hypocrisy and unbelief of the Pharisees as they seek to learn how the man came to see.  After being put out of the temple, the formerly blind man again encounters Jesus, whom he worships as his savior.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
 
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.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, May 29  (Sunday of the Blind Man)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
           
Monday, May 30   
            Office Closed  — Father John’s Day Off
           
Tuesday, May 31   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
            6:30 p.m.         — Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking
 
Wednesday, June 1   (Leave-taking of Pascha)
NO Catechism Class   
6:00 p.m.         — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
 
Thursday, June 2   (Feast of the Ascension)
  The fortieth day after Easter is the day of the Ascension, the liturgical end to the celebration of the Resurrection and the opening of the season observing the glory of the Messiah.  This is a day too often associated with the sadness of departure; yet this day brought great joy to the Disciples.  They saw not the departure of one dear to them, but the glorious entry of their King to His heavenly throne.  They saw not the loss of their Intercessor, but the Father accepting the eternal sacrifice and blessing the completion of man’s salvation.  They saw not their separation from Christ but their assumption with Him into glory through the Incarnation.  They saw not the removal of the blessed One but the promise from Him of further blessings.  This day is another step in our procession into eternity, a remembrance of heavenly things, a reminder that the essence of our lives is the heavenly, a refreshing of the image of our God in all His glory.                    
NO Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m.       — Men’s Luncheon at Pigskins in Ridgeland
 
Friday, June 3           
6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
 
Saturday, June 4   (Metrophanes of Constantinople)
5:00 p.m.         — Catechism Class
5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, June 5   (Sunday of the Holy Fathers)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         — Young Adults
 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses 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.
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                                      Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
         May 29                                 Joneses                                    Pigotts
         June 1                                   Meadows                                 Woods/T. Skirtech/
                  (Wed. p.m. – Feast of the Ascension)                          Mary Guy
         June 5                                   Joanna Meadows                     D. Roots   
         June 12                                 Freundts                                   POT LUCK
         June 19                                 Fahmys                                    Strains
         June 26                                 Bakers                                     Morrises
         June 28                                 Woods                                     Schelvers
                  (Tues. p.m. – Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
We will NOT hold the service for Saturday of the Souls on the day before Pentecost.  This was scheduled for Saturday morning June 11, but has been cancelled for this year only.        
 
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 29                        Tom Skirtech                       Acts 16:16-34                          58
June 1 (Wed. p.m.)      Sh. Charlotte Algood           Acts 1:1-12                               63
June 5                         Walt Wood                          Acts 20:16-18, 28-36               66
June 12                        Mildred Morris                    Acts 2:1-11                              77
June 19                       Warren Strain                       Heb. 11:33-12:2                       84
June 26                        Phillip Lasseter                     Rom. 2:10-16                           90
June 28 (Tues. p.m.)    Brenda Baker                       II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:1-9          389
 
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; Brees Johns.
 
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.
 
We are looking for new faces in the choir….anyone 7th grade or older who is interested should contact Karen or Sh. Margaret.
 
Fr. John is in Pensacola and will return tomorrow evening.  He has been filling in for Fr. David Bleam at St. Andrew’s and taking time for a family vacation. 
 
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.
 
New Parish Directory:   The Parish Council has decided to implement a new Directory with family pictures.  Pictures will taken on the following Sundays:  May 29th, June 5th, June 12th, June 26th and July 3rd.  A group picture will taken on Pentecost (June 12th) for the cover of the Directory.
 
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.
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
      The next meeting will be this Thursday at Pigskins in Ridgeland.
*    The Paschal Season will come to a close with Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.  We will have Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy the preceding night (June 1st), beginning at 6:00 p.m.  There will be no Daily Orthros on Thursday morning.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, June 12th.  As is our custom, we will also have the service of Kneeling Vespers that evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be no fasting during the following week.
*    The Fast of the Apostles will run from June 20-28 this year.  We will celebrate Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on Tuesday evening, July 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. 
*    The 2011 Parish Life Conference is being hosted by St. John Orthodox Church in
*    Memphis on June 16-19.
*    We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on July 9th and November 19th.
*    Father John will be out of town July 21-31st for the Archdiocese Convention in Chicago.
*    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 Saturday, May 6th.  Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months.
 
Fasting Discipline for June
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  There will be no fasting during the week following Pentecost (June 12th).  The traditional fasting discipline is again observed on all days during the Fast of the Apostles (June 20-28).
 
Major Commemorations during June
June 1              Justyn Martyr
June 2              Feast of Ascension
June 4              Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 5              Holy Fathers of the First Council of Nicea
June 8              Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 11            Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas
June 12            Feast of Pentecost
June 19            Sunday of All Saints
June 24            Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29            Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30            Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
 
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.
 
Happy Anniversaries remaining in May/June:
         May 30                      Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#34!)
         June 14                      Ken and Anastasia Jones (#41!)
                                           Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#57!)
         June 22                      Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver (#37!)
 
Happy Birthdays in May/June:
         May 30                      Dn. Terry Algood
         May 31                      Stephen Chamblee
         June 1                        Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                        George Wood
         June 12                      Ellie Yeatts (1998)
         June 13                      Lou Turner
         June 17                      Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                      Sandra Strain
         June 29                      Jennifer Skirtech
 
Quotable:  “But sin is the most wretched poverty of the heart—poverty blocking the treasure of grace.  Sin is a deadly sickness of the soul, a sickness which deprives us both of the joys of earth and the joys of heaven.  Sin is a terrible and most lamentable spiritual death which separates us eternally from the joy of the heavenly inhabitants in paradise and buries us in the darkness of hell.”
                                                                        Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
 
        
Worship:         Sunday, June 5, 2011 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Council
of Nicea)
 
         Scripture:                                Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                              Joanna Meadows
         Coffee Hour:                           D. Roots

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