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March 6, 2016

Meatfare Sunday

Sunday of the Last Judgement

Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, March 14th, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves.

The theme of the second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement. It is a lesson about Christian love. For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ’s love. Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ’s gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged. For “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me….”

I Corinthians 8:8-9:2: St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.

Matthew 25:31-46: In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righ­teous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world 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 Meat Fare Sunday: When thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at thy right hand, O righteous Judge.

CALENDAR

Sunday, March 6 (Meatfare Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, March 7

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, March 8

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, March 9 (Forty Martyrs of Sebaste)

NO Daily Vespers

7:00 p.m. — End of Life Symposium

Thursday, March 10

6:00 a.m. –Daily Orthros

7:00 p.m. — End of Life Symposium

Friday, March 11

Saturday, March 12

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist, Lunch and Service Project

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, March 13 (Cheesefare Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Teen’s Annual Fundraising Meal

6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Woods for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday morning and by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Koliva for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy was offered by the Stewarts

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.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

March 6 R. Root Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

March 13 Henderson TEEN’S FUNDRAISER MEAL

March 20 Algood Algood/Lasseter

March 24 (Thur. p.m.) Katool Christina Katool

(Feast of the Annunciation)

March 27 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb

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#

March 6 Walt Wood I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

March 13 Warren Strain Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

March 20 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281

March 24 (Thur. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376

March 27 Phillip Lasseter Heb. 1:10-2:3 283

Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.

Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

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 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;

Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family; Elias and Olga Karam (Simon’s parents) as well as Simon and Rola Karam; Lynda Costas.

To insure that each family has access to the weekly bulletins, please pick up only 1 bulletin per family. We’ve run short recently and want to be sure that everyone has access to the church bulletins.

Camping Registration and Scholarships: We have received the scholarship forms for the Archdiocese camps. If you need assistance, please contact Fr. John. We have also received word that registration is NOW open for Camp St. Thekla. If your children plan to attend one of their sessions, it will be important to register as soon as possible to be sure that there is room for them.

House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing. You may also e-mail Father John at frjohnc with 3 dates for your blessing. Please schedule these as soon as possible. Everyone should have their home blessed. However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not with Father John. No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (March 14th this year).

Father John is planning a Symposium on End of Life issues to be held at the church on March 9th and 10th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Daily Vespers would be cancelled on the 9th. The first night would present the Orthodox view of death and the second night, practical issues involved.

St. Nicholas Offering: This year the money raised for the St. Nicholas Offering was supplemented by the church and distributed to Bethany Christian Services ($1,000) and for Tornado Relief in the state ($1,000).

The Ladies of St. Peter will meet to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children as usual this Saturday morning, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards there will be a simple lunch and they will work on assembling emergency packs for the I.O.C.C.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children. Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* On the second Saturday of March (12th), the Ladies of St. Peter will have a simple soup meal following the monthly Akathist at 10:00 a.m. They will also spend time putting together emergency packets for I.O.C.C.

* The Teens will be hosting their annual Cheesefare Fundraising Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 13th.

* Great Lent begins on Clean Monday, March 14th. The schedule of services for the first week will be as follows:

Sunday, March 13th — Forgiveness Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 14th — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16th — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 17th — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18th — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 20th — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* On the first Saturday of April (2nd), the Ladies will hold a garage sale to raise money for their charitable projects. More information will be available in the near future.

* His Grace, Bishop THOMAS will be with us August 12-15th. Be sure to mark your calendars now.

Lenten Almsgiving Project: Sunnybrook Children’s Home is a residential group home for children who have been abused and neglected and, thereby, taken from their parents through the court system as well as those children whose guardians choose to place them there voluntarily. They have requested donations for their annual food drive and the Parish Council has decided to support their efforts. We will approach this in a manner similar to the Angel Tree with those wishing to participate providing items on the list they have supplied. The list and cover letter are located on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall and also may be found on our website.

Pledge Letters have been mailed. Please return these as soon as possible so that we can make plans for the coming year. If you did not receive one, please let Kh. Sharon know.

Bethany Christian Services is a new medical clinic that has opened across the street from the abortion clinic in Jackson. Their mission is to provide medical services and options for women who choose to not have an abortion. They are looking for volunteers to help with the tasks of running the clinic. They are especially interested in volunteers who have some medical training. If you have some time and would like to help with this worthy cause, please contact Barbara Beavers at 601-366-4282.

Fasting Discipline for March

The traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on Wednesday and Friday this week. Following Meatfare Sunday (March 6th) meat will not be eaten again until Pascha. During the week following Meatfare Sunday, dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. March 13th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day that dairy and wine are permitted. Monday, March 14th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pashca (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 24th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for March

March 6 Meatfare Sunday

March 9 Forty Martrys of Sebaste

March 13 Cheesefare Sunday

March 14 Clean Monday

March 16 Christodoulos the Wonder-worker of Patmos

March 20 1st Sunday of Lent; Sunday of Orthodoxy

March 25 Feast of the Annunciation

March 26 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel

March 27 2nd Sunday of Lent; Gregory of Palamas

Quotable: “When fallen man ‘comes to himself’ and turns to God, ‘it is time for the Lord to work’, as we say at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy; in pain, man then enters his own heart, which is the greatest honour reserved by God for wretched man. God knows that He can now seriously converse with him, and is attentive to him, for when man enters his heart he speaks to God with knowledge of his true state, for which he now feels responsible. Indeed, man’s whole struggle is waged in order to convince God that he is His child, His very own, and when he has convinced Him, then he will hear in his heart those great words of the Gospel, ‘All that I have is thine’ (Luke 15:31). And the moment he convinces God that he is His, God makes the waterfalls of His compassion to flow, and God’s life becomes his life. This is the good pleasure of God’s original design in that it is for this that He created man. God then says to the one who has succeeded in persuading Him that he is His, ‘All My life, O man, is thy life.’ Then the Lord, Who is God by nature, grants man His own life, and man becomes a god by grace.”

The Hidden Man of the Heart

by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, March 13, 2016 (Cheesefare Sunday; Forgiveness Sunday)

Scripture: Romans13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Hendersons

Coffee Hour: TEEN’S FUNDRAISING MEAL