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May 19, 2013
Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
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.
Acts 6:1-7:  In the reading from Acts we see the establishment of the office of diaconate as an order of Church government with a purpose of serving the people and caring for their needs.
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.
Sunday, May 19   (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers)
            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 20   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 21   (Sts. Constantine and Helen)
            6:00 a.m.         — Festal Orthros
Wednesday, May 22    
            6:30 p.m.         — Great Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, May 23    
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, May 24    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, May 25  (The Forerunner – 3rd Discovery) 
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 26   (Sunday of the Paralytic)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education 
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         — Youth Group
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning. 

 Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
May 19                        Katool                                      TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
May 26                        Schelver                                               DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
June 2                          Morris                                     
June 9                          Jones
June 12 (Wed. p.m.)  Meadows
June 16                        Davis
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 19                            Tom Willingham                  Acts 6:1-7                       38
May 26                            Tom Skirtech                        Acts 9:32-42                   45
June 2                              Walt Wood                           Acts 11:19-30                 52
June 9                              Sh. Charlotte Algoos           Acts 16:16-34                 58
June 12 (Wed. p.m.)       Kh. Sharon Meadows         Acts 1:1-12                     63
June 16                             Warren Strain                       Acts 20:16-18, 28-36     66
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia’s grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot;
Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Thikon’s who is battling cancer.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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 be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose.  If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. 
*    Parish Life Conference in New Orleans – June 12-16th.
*    Vacation Church School will be held June 27-29, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fasting Discipline for May
There is no fasting of any kind during the week following Pascha (Bright Week).  After the 12th the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or oil) will be observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for May
May 19                  Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
May 21                  Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 25                  The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 26                  Sunday of the Paralytic
Vacation Church School …The Christian Education department will hold a Vacation Church School June 27-29 from 8:30-12:30 each day.  The curriculum will be “Ark of our Salvation – Feast Days of the Theotokos.”  Parents, please be sure to mark your calendars now.
Happy Anniversaries in May:
         May 12                  —    Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart (#6!)
         May 14                  —    Lorencz and Geraldine Quirk (#53!)
         May 19                  —    Jay and Joanna Davis (#1!)
         May 30                  —    Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#36!)
Happy Birthdays in May:
         May 5                    —    Dale Cooper
                                       —    Joanna Davis
         May 7                    —    Tiffany Strain (#16!)
         May 8                    —    Kh. Janet Henderson
         May 10                  —    Fr. Leo Schelver
         May 11                  —    Meghan Brock
         May 15                  —    Tom Skirtech
         May 21                  —    Jacob Skirtech (#6!)
         May 24                  —    Paul Katool
                                       —    Daniel Root
         May 26                  —    David Turner
         May 27                  —    Luke Habeeb (#8!)
         May 30                  —    Dn. Terry Algood
         May 31                  —    Stephen Chamblee
Parish Life Conference 2013:  This year St. Basil Orthodox Church in Metairie, LA will be hosting the Parish Life Conference for our Diocese on June 12-16.  His Grace, Bishop JOHN Abdallah will be the speaker.  There will also be a special presentation by Fr. Philip Rogers on keeping our children in the Orthodox Christian Church.  Parents are especially encouraged to hear his presentation.  Please mark your calendars now and make plans to attend.
Quotable:      “Having made these clarifications it is important to examine more analytically what the heart and the nous are in Orthodox tradition.”
                      “The heart is the centre of man’s psychosomatic constitution, since, as we noted previously, there is an ‘unconfused’ union between the soul and body. The centre of this union is called heart.”
                      “The heart is the place which is discovered through ascetic practice in  a state of grace; it is the place wherein God is revealed and made manifest.  This definition may seem abstract, yet it is a matter of spiritual experience.  [No one] can fully show the place of the heart by rational and speculative definitions.  In any case the heart is the centre and summation of the three faculties of the soul:  of the intellect, the appetive and the irascible.  The fact is that when a person lives the inner life—when his nous returns within his inner world from its previous dispersion; when he experiences mourning and, in the deepest sense, repentance—he is then conscious of the existence of this centre, i.e. the existence of the heart.  He feels therein pain and spiritual sorrow; he experiences the grace of God; there also he even hears the voice of God.”
                                    Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS, Orthodox Spirituality
Worship:         Sunday, May 26, 2013 (Sunday of the Paralytic)
         Scripture:                                Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15
         Celebrant:                                Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Tom Skirtech
         Prosphora:                              Schelver
         Coffee Hour:                           Temporarily Suspended due to Construction                                          

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