May 1, 2016
“Unique and holy day, King and lord of days, feast of feasts, solemnity of solemnities. . . ” Thus we celebrate the Great Feast because of the resurrection of our Lord and begin the season of celebration which lasts through Pentecost. The paschal solemnities (of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) are joined to the feast of the resurrection to endow the mystery of Christmas and the Incarnation with the fulness of its meaning and are the prerequisite condition for Pentecost. Easter, therefore, is the center, the heart of the Christian Year.
“Come, take light from the Light that has no evening, and glorify Christ, risen from the dead.” The Church again represents the Christian mystery in terms of light; this Light, whose birth was marked by the star of Bethlehem, is shining among us with growing intensity; the darkness of Golgotha could not extinguish it. The physical Resurrection of Jesus would be without value to us if the divine light did not shine at the same time among us, within us. But the good news of the Resurrection is that the light brought by the Saviour now completely overcomes the darkness of our sins!
“Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by death, and to those in the tomb He has given life!”
Acts 1:1-8: From our reading in Acts we are reminded that following the Resurrection and Ascension of our Lord, the Church would receive the Holy Spirit to empower her in spreading the eternal gospel to all parts of the Earth.
John 1:1-17: Reading in the Gospel of John we see Jesus Christ as the eternally Begotten Son of The Father with Whom He has always existed. We also see John the Baptist coming to prepare the way for our Lord’s ministry.
Paschal Troparion: Christ is risen from the dead; by Death has he trodden death, and upon those in the tombs, hath he bestowed life.
Hypakoe of Easter: They who were with Mary came before the dawn, found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, and heard the angels say unto them, Why seek ye him as man with the dead, who dwelleth in light eternal? Behold the grave wrappings; make haste and declare to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath caused death to die; for he is the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind.
Kontakion of Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, May 1 (Great and Holy PASCHA)
4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers
Monday, May 2 (Athanasios the Great)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 3
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros
Wednesday, May 4
11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch
6:30 p.m. — Vespers of Bright Week
Thursday, May 5
6:00 a.m. — Bright Week Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, May 6
Saturday, May 7
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 8 (Thomas Sunday)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Thursday morning, by the Brocks for the Vesperal Liturgy of Great and Holy Saturday morning and by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy tonight.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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 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 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.
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.
Welcome and Many Years! to Jay Davis who was baptized and chrismated this morning!
We will be having a special Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 15th to honor Alexia Parker and Anastasia Osborne who will be graduating from high school!
Fasting Discipline for May
During Bright Week (the week following Pascha) there is no fasting of any kind. Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for May
May 2 Athanasios the Great
May 8 Thomas Sunday; Antipascha
Apostle John the Theologian
May 10 Apostle Simon the Zealot
May 15 Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers
May 21 Constantine and Helen
May 22 Sunday of the Paralytic
May 25 The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 29 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
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. There is a letter detailing a special offer for members of St. Peter for burial plots and funeral arrangements. For those interested we will have a meeting to discuss this further.
* 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 seniors, Alexia Parker and Anastasia Osborne.
* 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: “Another infallible means by which the believer finds his heart is in accepting shame for his sins in the sacrament of confession. Christ saved us by enduring the Cross of shame for our sakes. Similarly, when the believer comes out of the camp of this world (cf. Heb. 13:11-12), he disregards its good opinion and judgment, taking upon himself the shame of his sins, and thereby acquiring a humble heart. The Lord receives his sense of shame for his sins as a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and imparts to him the grace of His great sacrifice on the Cross. This grace so purifies and renews his heart that he can then stand before God in a manner that is pleasing to Him.”
The Hidden Man of the Heart
by Archimandrite Zacharias
Worship: Sunday, May 8, 2016 (Thomas Sunday; Antipascha)
Scripture: Acts 5:12-20; John 20:19-31
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Coffee Hour: Pigott/Strain/Osborne