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June 26, 2016

First Sunday after Pentecost

Sunday of All Saints

The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost. On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God’s people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive. These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality. On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God’s people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament 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.

Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30: In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the mean­ing of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are dis­ci­ples of His.

Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple. Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls the Great Mercy.

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 All Saints: To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs. Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.

CALENDAR

Sunday, June 26 (Sunday of All Saints)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, June 27

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 28

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch

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

Wednesday, June 29 (Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, June 30 (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles)

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, July 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Rome)

Saturday, July 2 (Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)

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

Sunday, July 3 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 26 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

June 28 (Tues. p.m.) Meadows Karen Cooper

July 3 Davis Karam/Stewart/Meadows

July 10 Karam POT LUCK MEAL

set-up: Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

July 17 Brock Pigott/Strain/Osborne

July 24 Fahmy Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

July 31 Baker 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#

June 26 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:33-12:2 84

June 28 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9 389

July 3 Phillip Lasseter Rom. 2:10-16 90

July 10 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 2:1-10 328

July 17 Brenda Baker Titus 3:8-15 322

July 24 David Turner Rom. 10:1-10 108

July 31 Walt Wood Rom. 12:6-14 113

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.

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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

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; Demitrius Zouboukos; Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family.

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 Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please keep Phillip, Nikki and Titus Lasseter in your prayers as Phillip is seeking the Metropolitan’s blessing to attend seminary in the fall.

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.

* The men of the parish will meet at the church once each quarter for a Saturday morning Father-Son Prayer Breakfast.

* This year the Fast of the Apostles will only be Monday and Tuesday, June 27th and 28th.

* The Feast of the Chief Apostles Peter and Paul will be celebrated with Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy, beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 28th.

* Mother Christophora of Holy Transfiguration Monastery will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton Tuesday through Thursday, July 12-14, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Her topic will be “Spiritual Healing: Working through the Bumps and Bruises of Human Failings and Hurts”.

* Vacation Church School will be held July 14th – 16th.

* The remaining dates for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year are September 17th and November 26th.

* His Grace, Bishop THOMAS will be with us August 12-15th. Be sure to mark your calendars now.

* The MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat will be held at St. Peter October 24-26th.

Burial Plots at Natchez Trace Cemetery: Mr. Michael Hudgins, the Director of the Natchez Trace Funeral Home has made a very generous offer to the members of St. Peter who wish to purchase a burial plot and pre-arrange their funeral needs. The offer will expire at the end of 2016. Copies of Mr. Hudgins letter may be found on the information table in the Fellowship Hall. If you are interested in this offer, please contact Mr. Hudgins for an appointment. (We will not have another meeting of the parish as previously announced.)

Supper Club!! Supper Club is not dead—merely delayed. If you wish to participate, please sign the list located on the information table in the hallway.

Father John will be out July 15-22nd for the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.

Fasting Discipline for June/July

The Fast of the Apostles begins tomorrow and runs through the 28th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day. There is a katalysis for fish, wine and oil on Wednesday, June 29th for the feastday of Sts. Peter and Paul. In July the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for June/July

June 26 Sunday of All Saints

June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

July 1 Cosmas and Damian of Rome

July 2 Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos

July 5 Athanasios of Athos

July 11 Euphemia the all-praised

July 17 Great-martyr Marina

July 20 Prophet Elias

July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna

July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

Quotable: “Everyone is made in God’s image; but to be in His likeness is granted only to those who through great love have brought their own freedom into subjection to God. For only when we do not belong to ourselves do we become like Him who through love has reconciled us to Himself. No one achieves this unless he persuades his soul not to be distracted by the false glitter of this life”

Saint Diadochos of Photiki

Worship: Sunday, July 3, 2016 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Phillip Lasseter

Prosphora: Davis

Coffee Hour: Karam/Stewart/Meadows