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March 20, 2016

First Sunday of Great Lent

Sunday of Orthodoxy

On the first Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. This is an historical feast commemorating the restoration of the icons, which had been banned for several decades, to their rightful liturgical use in the year 843 A.D.

The major emphasis of this feast is the victory of the true faith, the victory which always ultimately triumphs. Having completed the first week of our lenten efforts, we are reminded that Christ, the perfect image of God the Father, calls us to personal victory by restoring within ourselves “the image and likeness of God” in which we were first created (Genesis 1:26).

The icons of Our Lord, the Theotokos, and all the saints are images of true humanity, signs of what our eternal calling and vocation really is. They tell us that we are all called to be living icons and imitators of Christ, bearing the likeness of God as gracious vessels of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 11:24-26;32-40: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those Old Testa­ment saints who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith. The Apos­tle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set be­fore us.

John 1:43-51: From our reading in the Gospel of John we see Jesus call Philip and Nathaniel to be His disciples.

Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.

Troparion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy: Thy pure image do we venerate, O good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for by thine own will thou didst ascend the Cross in thy body, to save thy creatures from the bondage of the enemy. Thou hast truly filled all with joy, since thou didst come, O our Saviour, to save the world.

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 the Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.

CALENDAR

Sunday, March 20 (Sunday of Orthodoxy)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

6:00 p.m. — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection

Monday, March 21

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, March 22

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch

Wednesday, March 23

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, March 24

6:00 a.m. –Lenten Orthros

6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Friday, March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation)

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Saturday, March 26 (Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel)

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

Sunday, March 27 (Gregory of Palamas)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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 20 Algood Algood/Lasseter

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

(Feast of the Annunciation)

March 27 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb

April 3 Morris Schelver/Lavric/Turner

April 10 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

April 17 Meadows Stewart/Karam/Meadows

April 23 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Sh. Margaret

April 24 D. Root Charlotte Wood/Anna Kathryn Stewart

April 28 (Thurs. a.m.) Karam Kh. Sharon

April 30 (Sat. a.m.) Brock Joanna Davis/Kh. Sharon Meadows

April 30 (Sat. p.m.) Fahmy Kh. Janet /Kh. Be’Be’

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.

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

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

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

April 3 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

April 10 Brenda Baker Heb. 6:13-20 287

April 17 David Turner Heb. 9:11-14 290

April 23 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

April 24 Walt Wood Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 28 (Thurs. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 11:23-32 295

April 30 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 30 (Sat. p.m.) Warren Strain Acts 1:1-8 25

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

* Tonight we will celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers with our sisters churches at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* We will celebrate the feast of the Annunciation with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, March 24th, 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.

Fasting Discipline for March

Monday, March 14th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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 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: “With such a lamentation of despair and, thirsting only for God’s blessed eternity, man can then turn his whole being towards the living Lord. He can cry from the depths of his heart to Him Who ‘has power of life and death: who leads to the gates of hell and brings up again’ (Wisd. 16:13). This is the turning point in our life, for God the Saviour then begins His work of refashioning man.”

The Hidden Man of the Heart

by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, March 27, 2016 (Second Sunday of Great Lent; Commemoration of

St. Gregory Palamas)

Scripture: Hebrews 1:10-2:3; Mark 2:1-12

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Phillip Lasseter

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb