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April 10, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Commemoration of St. John Climacus

Self-denial for self-glory is equally as vain as any endeavor not directed toward divine love and the glory of God. In St. John Climacus, seventh-century hermit and ascetic, we have a model of sacrifice directed to the love of fellow men. St. John knew that emptying himself of the things of this world was the act of renouncing his own efforts and accepting God’s grace and mercy as true sustenance. The season of prayer and fasting is a time of true humility and complete submission to the Father’s will. We proceed to the Great Feast, following a path of reconciliation and contemplation, seeking the adoration of the Son and His sacrifice, and emphasizing leaving the things of this world to attain perfect submission.

Hebrews 6:13-20: In his letter to the Hebrews, the Apostle reminds us that the promise of God to Abraham was fulfilled when Jesus Christ entered through the veil as a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, and that He is our hope and the anchor of our souls.

Mark 9:16-30: Our Lord casts a demon out of a young boy and in so doing show that faith is essen­tial for actions to bear good fruit. He then gives a prophecy of His coming death and resurrection.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of St. John of the Ladder: With the rivers of thy tears thou hast made the barren desert fertile, and with the sighs of sorrow from thy heart thou hast made thy labours to bear fruit a hundredfold. With the glory of thy miracles thou hast become a light to the inhabited earth. O John our holy father, pray to Christ our God for the salvation of our souls.

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, April 10 (John of the Ladder)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 11

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 12

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, April 13

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete with the Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Thursday, April 14

6:00 a.m. –Lenten Orthros

Friday, April 15

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

Saturday, April 16

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

Sunday, April 17 (St. Mary of Egypt)

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 Joneses 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

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#

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; 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; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lynda Costas; Kevin and Angelina Speier.

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.

Jay Davis will be baptized and chrismated on the morning of Great and Holy Saturday. Please keep him and Joanna in your prayers.

Confessions: Please go ahead and schedule your confessions so we do not have so many people trying to fit it in just before Holy Week. Father John will not be hearing confessions during Holy Week. (Definitely no confessions during the latter half of Holy Week, and only those that are the result of extenuating circumstances during the beginning of the week.)

Palm Sunday Meal: This year Penn’s will be providing our annual catfish dinner on Palm Sunday, April 24th following the Divine Liturgy. The meal will include all-you-can-eat catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, cole slaw, greens, tea and peach cobbler. Meals will be $10 for adults and children over 10, and $6 for children 5-10. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall. Please be sure to sign it if your family will be participating in the meal.

Fasting Discipline for April

During Great Lent 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 April

April 10 4th Sunday of Lent; John Climacus

April 17 5th Sunday of Lent; Mary of Egypt

April 23 Lazarus Saturday; Great-martyr George

April 24-30 Holy Week

April 25 Apostle Mark

April 29 Apostle James of Zebedee

Burial Plots at Natchez Trace Cemetery: There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for anyone interested in a group of burial plots set aside for St. Peter at the Natchez Trace Cemetery on Highway 51 in Madison. Father John will speaking with their representative next week.

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.

* This Wednesday evening, April 13th, we will have the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete with the Life of St. Mary of Egypt in place of the usual Pre-sanctified Liturgy.

* Schedule for Holy Week services are as follows:

Saturday, April 23rd — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 24th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 25th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27th