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August 14, 2016

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

Forefeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

I Corinthians 1:10-17: St. Paul appeals to the Corinthians to put away their divisions and to be joined together in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 14:14-22: In the reading from St Matthew we hear about Jesus’ feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. In this miracle we see that Jesus is the Bread of Life.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Forefeast of the Dormition: In faith, O ye people, leap for joy while clapping your hands; and gather in gladness on this day with longing and shout in radiant jubilation. For the Theotokos cometh nigh to departing from the earth unto the heights; and we glorify her with glory as the Mother of God in our unceasing hymns.

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 Forefeast of the Dormition: In the Immaterial Spirit, the whole world hath been mystically adorned upon thy glorious memory; and it doth cry to thee joyously: Rejoice, O Virgin, thou boast of the Christian race.


Sunday, August 14 (Forefeast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Hierarchical Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal (Fasting)

5:30 p.m. — Great Vespers for the Feast of the Dormition

Monday, August 15 (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

We celebrate this month the Feast of the Dormition (or “Falling Asleep”) of the Theotokos. Church Tradition states that the Virgin Mary died in her early fifties. The icon shows her lying upon her funeral bier. On either side of the bier stand the Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier. At the time of her death many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel. However, they all returned to Jerusalem upon learning of her death. All arrived in time for the burial except St. Thomas. Standing by the bier is her Son, who had come to receive His Mother’s soul into heaven. He holds in His arms an infant in white symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos. The Orthodox Church, although it has never had the need to make it a dogma (as has the Roman Catholic Church), also believes in the Virgin Mary’s “assumption” or bodily resurrection into heaven. Tradition relates that when the other disciples showed St. Thomas (who arrived in Jerusalem after the burial) the tomb in Gethsemane where the Theotokos had been buried near her parents, they discovered that the tomb was empty.

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

9:00 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, August 16

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 17

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, August 18

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, August 19

Saturday, August 20

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

Sunday, August 21 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 14 Algood POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Schelver/Lavric/Turner)

August 15 (Mon. a.m.) Katool Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

August 21 Schelver Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

August 28 Morris R. Root/Stewart/Meadows

September 4 Jones Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy

September 7 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

September 11 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Strain/Osborne)

September 13 Karam Karen Cooper

(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)

September 18 Brock Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

September 25 Fahmy Algood/Lasseter/Dansereau

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#

August 14 Mildred Morris I Cor. 1:10-17 124

August 15 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Phil. 2:5-11 403

(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

August 21 Phillip Lasseter I Cor. 3:9-17 130

August 28 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 4:9-16 135

September 4 Brenda Baker I Cor. 9:2-12 141

September 11 David Turner Gal. 6:11-18 198

September 13 (Tue. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 1:18-24 311-312

September 18 Walt Wood Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 25 Warren Strain II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

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.

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; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Demitrius Zouboukos; Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family.

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

Our deepest sympathy goes to Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (and their daughter Wendy) on the death of their beloved son, Stephen last Saturday evening. Please keep them and all of their family in your prayers. May his memory be eternal!

Please keep Dr. David Morris, son of Glenn and Mildred, in your prayers. He suffered at least one heart attack Thursday evening and will be undergoing bypass surgery presently. Please also keep his wife, Ming, and their two small sons, David and James William, in your prayers as well as Glenn and Mildred and the rest of their family.

We welcome His Grace, Bishop THOMAS to St. Peter’s. We are blessed by his visit. May God grant him Many Years!

Tithes and Donations: We have had several unexpected expenses this summer (new a/c unit for the nave, etc.) and have used some of our financial buffer. If you are behind on your contributions, please catch them up as soon as you are able, so that we can rebuild our buffer.

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.

* The Feast of the Dormition will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy tomorrow morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Great Vespers for the Feast will be celebrated this evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m.)

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

Fasting Discipline for August

From August 1st through August 14th (the Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days, except August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted. After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.

Major Commemorations for August

August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

Quotable: “When man banishes God and his neighbor from his heart, he loses his sovereignty over God’s creation, bestowed on him by virtue of his likeness to God. In other words, he fails in what he has been designed for—to oversee the world with justice and, being enlarged by the spirit of prophecy, to bring all creation to God. He becomes accustomed to living with a deadened spirit, because the hostile power of the wicked one holds his nature fast.”

The Hidden Man of the Heart by Archimandrite Zacharias

Worship: Sunday, August 21, 2016 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after the

Dormition of the Theotokos)

Scripture: I Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Phillip Lasseter

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: Henderson/Baker/Lockhart