April 24, 2016
Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem
Palm Sunday begins the observance of the eight days that encapsulate all of time and eternity as relates to man. The days begin with the proclamation on earth of the entry of the Messiah into Jerusalem and end with the Eternal King rising in incomprehensible victory to establish the heavenly Jerusalem and His eternal reign. On Palm Sunday, we begin the days of the full exhibition of the awful corruption sin has spread in mankind and the measureless love that heals and deifies our humanity. Today we thrill at the picture of Christ and the praises of the people, the object of adoration yet the perfection of humility. The imagery of the scene is beyond description: the King amidst His people, the palm and olive branches symbolizing His victory, His anointing, His peace; the cloaks and garments cast before Him symbolizing our complete submission to His will; the cries of adoration, of “Hosanna,” the coming of the Lord. Yet, on this day we are also near enough to feel acutely the dread of His passion, the desolation of the trial and Golgotha. This day also begins the week of the Eighth Day, the entry to eternity. As we observe Palm Sunday, we observe all history and the fulfillment of all history.
Philippians 4:4-9: The Apostle Paul encourages us in the reading from his letter to the Philippians: we are to rejoice in the Lord and to let our concerns and desires be made known to God in prayer and supplication. By doing so, he tells us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.
John 12:1-18: In anticipation of her Lord’s passion, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly ointment, foreshadowing His coming death. Jesus then enters Jerusalem shortly before Passover in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy.
First Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before thy Passion, thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Second Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when we were buried with thee in Baptism, we became deserving of thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise thee, crying, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Kontakion of Palm Sunday: Seated upon Thy throne in heaven, and a foal on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children: Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.
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
Monday, April 25
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins
Tuesday, April 26
6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins
Wednesday, April 27
6:30 p.m. — Holy Unction Service
Thursday, April 28 (Great and Holy Thursday)
6:00 a.m. –Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil
6:30 p.m. — Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels
Friday, April 29 (Great and Holy Friday)
6:00 a.m. — Royal Hours
8:30 a.m. — Decorating the Bier and making flower arrangements for Pascha
3:00 p.m. — Taking down from the Cross
6:30 p.m. — Lamentations Service
Saturday, April 30 (Great and Holy Saturday)
9:00 a.m. — Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil with Baptism and
11:45 a.m. — Reception honoring Jay Davis
10:30 p.m. — Paschal Service
Sunday, May 1 (Great and Holy PASCHA)
4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises yesterday morning for Lazarus Saturday and by the Daniel Roots 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.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
April 24 D. Root Kh. Sharon /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’
May 8 Baker Pigott/Strain/Osborne
May 15 Meadows Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
May 22 R. Root D. Root/Dansereau
May 29 Henderson Algood/Lasseter
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 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
May 8 Mildred Morris Acts 5:12-20 32
May 15 Phillip Lasseter Acts 6:1-7 38
May 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 9:32-42 45
May 29 Brenda Baker Acts 11:33-12:2 52
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.
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; Tom and Kathy Willingham.
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.
Palm Sunday Meal: This year Penn’s will be providing our annual catfish dinner today 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.
Plans for decorating the Church for Pascha: 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 a.m. 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!
We will be having a special Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 15th to honor Alexia Parker who will be graduating from high school!
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 24 Palm Sunday
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.
* 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.
* Special Coffee Hour honoring our graduating senior, Alexia Parker.
* 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.
* The dates for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year are May 14th, September 17th and November 26th.
* His Grace, Bishop THOMAS will be with us August 12-15th. Be sure to mark your calendars now.
Parish Life Conference: This year’s PLC will be hosted by St. Andrew the Apostle in Pensacola, FL, from June 15-18. Registration and information about the hotel is available on the Antiochian website. Please make plans to support our sister parish in their efforts.
Quotable: “When man believes and his spirit finds true contact with the Spirit of ‘Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead’ (2 Tim. 2:8) and Who lives and reigns forever, he is enlightened so that he can see his spiritual poverty and desolation. He also perceives that he is still far from eternal life, and this gives birth to great fear in him because he is now aware that God is absent from his life. Godly fear such as this strengthens man’s heart to resist sin and begets a firm resolve to prefer heavenly things to earthly things. His life begins to prove the truth of the words of Scripture: ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (Prov. 1:7 Lxx). As man’s heart draws to itself the grace of God, this gift of fear humbles him, and prevents him from becoming overbold; that he ‘not think of himself more highly than he ought to think’ (Rom. 12:3), and that he keep himself prudently within the limits of created being.”
The Hidden Man of the Heart
by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, May 1, 2016 (Great and Holy PASCHA)
Scripture: Acts 1:1-8; John 1:1-17
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
Coffee Hour: Kh. Janet Henderson/Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver