5/26 announcements

May 26, 2013
Sunday of the Paralytic
In the miracle of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, we see the Son’s power over life and sin, power which becomes fully evident in the Resurrection. The paralytic is a man crippled in body and spirit, for, even as He heals the body, Jesus warns against results of further sin.  Christ frees us from our bodies of corruption and grants us flesh glorified in Him; He also frees us from the power of sin and grants us perfection in His Spirit.  As the man at the pool accepted God’s grace and found life, so let us walk in His light and come into His presence.
Acts 9:32-42:  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, St Peter heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead; both acts lead to many people believing in the Lord.
John 5:1-15:  Jesus demonstrates His lordship over creation and the Sabbath when He heals a sick man at the pool of Bethsaida.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm.  He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the 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 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.         — Young Adults
Monday, May 27   
            Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 28   
            6:00 a.m.         — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 29    
            6:30 p.m.         — Great Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 30    
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, May 31    
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, June 1   (Justyn Martyr) 
            5:45 p.m.         — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 2   (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
            8:50 a.m.         — Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         — Christian Education 
            10:00 a.m.       — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning. 
 Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
May 26                        Schelver                                   TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
June 2                          Morris                                                  DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
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 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 remember Charles and Vivian Hadad in your prayers.  They are members of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church and have been dear friends of St. Peter’s for many years.  Both are experiencing issues with their health and Vivian is currently hospitalized.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted recently while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
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.
*    The Paschal season will come to a close with Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha on Tuesday evening, June 11th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Orthros and Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 12th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. 
*    Parish Life Conference in New Orleans – June 12-16th.
*    We will celebrate Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy for Saturday of the Souls on Saturday morning, June 22nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
*    The Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on June 23rd.  As is the usual custom in our parish, the Kneeling Vespers will be held that Sunday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    Vacation Church School will be held June 27-29, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
*    There will be no liturgy this year for Sts. Peter and Paul due to Vacation Church School.
Fasting Discipline for May/June
The 12th the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month until the Feast of Pentecost.  There is no fasting of any kind during the week following Pentecost (June 24-28th).  Due to the lateness of Pentecost this year, there will be no fast of the Apostles.
Major Commemorations for May/June
May 26                  Sunday of the Paralytic
June 1                    Justyn Martyr
June 2                    Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
June 4                    Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 8                    Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 9                    Sunday of the Blindman
June 11                  Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas
June 13                  Feast of the Ascension
June 16                  Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
June 22                  Saturday of the Souls
June 23                  Pentecost
June 24                  Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29                  Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                  Sunday of All Saints
                              Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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/June:
         May 30                  —    Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#36!)
         June 8                    —    Nader and Lily Dabit (2008)
         June 10                  —    Dorin and Carolina Lavric (2011)
         June 14                  —    Ken and Anastasia Jones (1970)
                                       —    Saliba and Lamia Dabit (1964)
         June 22                  —    Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver (1974)
         June 31                  —    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (2010)
Happy Birthdays in MayJune:
         May 26                  —    David Turner
         May 27                  —    Luke Habeeb (#8!)
         May 30                  —    Dn. Terry Algood
         May 31                  —    Stephen Chamblee
         June 1                    —    Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                    —    George Wood
         June 6                    —    Michel Root (2012)
         June 12                  —    Ellie Yeatts (1998)
         June 13                  —    Lou Turner
         June 17                  —    Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                  —    Sandra Strain
         June 22                  —    Isabelle Goss (2010)
         June 29                  —    Jennifer Skirtech
         June 30                  —    Jeffrey Bassinger
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:      “According to patristic tradition, the essence of the soul, which is called heart, is found within an organ, not in a vessel where the physical organ of the heart is.  This should be interpreted in reference to what it was said before, that the soul holds the body and gives life to it; it is not contained by the body but it contains the person’s body.  It is within this perspective that St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite speaks of the heart as a biophysical (natural) centre, since the blood is circulated to all parts of the body from there; as an affected (contrary to nature) centre, since the passions prevail therein, and as a supernatural centre since the grace of God operates there, as many passages of the Holy Scripture state:
                       ‘But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart’ (Matt. 5,28)
                       ‘But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God’ (Rom. 2,5)
                       ‘That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith’ (Eph. 3,17)”
                                    Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS, Orthodox Spirituality
Worship:         Sunday, June 2, 2013 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
         Scripture:                                Acts 11:19-30; John 4:5-42
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                       Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                              Morris
         Coffee Hour:                           Temporarily Suspended due to Construction                                          

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