April 17, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt
The facts of the life of St. Mary of Egypt are vague and clouded by time and separation, but the spirit of her story is a clear call to repentance and devotion. According to tradition, Mary was from Alexandria, where she was an actress and courtesan, living a life of sin and infamy. When spiritual intervention forbade her entry to Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, she spent the night in penitent prayer. The following morning she was able to enter, whereupon she venerated the cross and immediately removed herself to the life of a penitent and solitary in the Palestinian desert. She remained in isolation for forty-seven years, aided only by monks of the region and God’s grace. Only at her death was she found and given communion by the priest Zosimus. On this last Sunday of Lent, as we prepare for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and the Great Feast of the eighth and eternal day, we call to mind this holy woman, her fear of the all-powerful God, her recognition of her sin, her repentance, her humility, her faith, and her unwavering intent to seek righteousness and the courts of her King.
Hebrews 9:11-14: In our reading from Hebrews, we hear the Apostle tell us that when Christ entered the heavenly Holy of Holies through His own blood, He obtained for us eternal redemption for our sins.
Mark 10:32-45: We again hear our Lord prophesy concerning His coming death and resurrection, but, His disciples do not understand, displaying concern for personal gain as a reward. The Lord then explains to them that greatness in the kingdom of God is attained through service to others.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of St. Mary of Egypt: Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O Mother Mary; for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.
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.
Sunday, April 17 (St. Mary of Egypt)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, April 18
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, April 19
6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros
Wednesday, April 20
6:30 p.m. — Pre-sanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper
Thursday, April 21
6:00 a.m. –Lenten Orthros
Friday, April 22
6:30 p.m. — Small Compline with the Canon of St. Lazarus
Saturday, April 23 (Lazarus Saturday)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
11:45 a.m. — Decorating the Church for Palm Sunday
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, April 24 (Palm Sunday)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Palm Sunday Meal
6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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’
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 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
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.
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 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
Plans for decorating the Church for Palm Sunday and Pascha: We will decorate with palms Lazarus Saturday after the Divine Liturgy. Please check with Joanna and Elizabeth for details.
We will decorate the bier on Holy Friday morning after the royal hours. All are welcome. Bring your pruners and creative juices! We usually start about 8:30. We’ll also be making arrangements for the church windows and a few for extra tables for Agape.
If your elementary school or preschool daughter wants to be a myrrh-bearing woman during the Lamentations Service on Holy Friday evening, please let Sh. Charlotte know so that we can have enough flower baskets available!
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.
* 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.
* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast. The next meeting is Saturday, May 21st.
* 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