October 30, 2016
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 11:31-12:9: Today we hear St Paul encourage the Corinthian church not to engage in boasting about their greatness in this or that, but rather to boast as he does, in their weaknesses that the Lord has made strong.
Luke 16:19-31: In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, our Lord teaches us that giving mercy to others, regardless of the form, is essential to holiness.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!
Troparion of Sts. Zenobius and Zenobia: Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption. O Christ our God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
Sunday, October 30 (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, October 31
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, November 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Asia)
8:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 2
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, November 3 (Dedication of the Church of St. George)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, November 4
Saturday, November 5 (Raphael, Bishop Brooklyn)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 6 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
October 30 Katool Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
November 5 (Sat. a.m.) Schelver Sh. Charlotte Algood
(Feast day of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
November 6 Morris Pigott/Meadows/Alaeetawi
November 13 Jones POT LUCK MEAL
November 20 Meadows D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
November 21 (Mon. a.m.) Davis Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 27 D. Root Algood/Lasseter/Strain/Dabit
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#
October 30 David Turner II Cor. 11:31-12:9 183
November 5 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
November 6 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188
November 13 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
November 20 Warren Strain Gal. 6:11-18 198
November 21 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 9:1-7 337
November 27 Mildred Morris Eph. 2:4-10 202
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 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 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 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
* 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.
* We will celebrate the Feastday of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn, with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday, November 5th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* The second Annual Pan-Orthodox Ladies’ Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on Saturday, November 12th. V. Rev. Fr. Stephen Rogers, Pastor of St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN will be speaking on the topic of God’s Gardens. Registration forms are available in the hall.
* The remaining date for serving at the Stewpot Ministries this year is November 26th.
* The MS Valley Deanery will hold its annual Teen Retreat February 3-5, 2017 at Camp Hopewell in Oxford, MS. Fr. Daniel Bethancourt, Retreat Master this year, will be addressing issues related to self-esteem. Please mark your calendars now.
Many thanks to all who helped with last week’s Deanery Retreat! Thank you for giving so generously of your time and effort.
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.)
Directory Update: Maria Grillis’ address is as follows:
1340 Simwood Place
Jackson, MS 39211
Fasting Discipline for November
In November the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays until the 15th of the month, when the Fast of the Nativity begins. During this fast the traditional fasting discipline is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.
Major Commemorations for November
November 1 Cosmas and Damian of Asia
November 3 Dedication of the Church of St. George
November 5 Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn
November 8 Archangels Michael and Gabriel
November 9 Nektarios of Pentapolis
November 13 John Chrysostom (repose)
November 16 Apostle Matthew
November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios
November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called
November and December Pot Luck Meals: In November, we will have our Pot Luck Meal on the second Sunday of the month as we usually do. In December, however, we will have our Pot Luck Meal on the first Sunday of the month instead because of the meal for the feast of the Nativity later in the month. This Pot Luck Meal on December 4th is not on the Quarterly Schedule that was recently distributed. So please make a note of it on your copy at home.
Quotable: “St. Gregory of Nyssa states characteristically that the soul is not held by the body but it is she who contains the body. In other words, the body does not function as a vessel or a wine-skin, containing the soul, but rather the body is within her. The soul acts throughout the whole man’s body.”
Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS of Nafpaktos
Worship: Sunday, November 6, 2016 (Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 8:41-56
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Coffee Hour: Pigott/Meadows/Alaeetawi