November 20, 2016
Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost
Forefeast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
Galatians 6:11-18: In the conclusion of his letter to the Galatians, St Paul reminds them that to be circumcised or uncircumcised is not the issue, but rather to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Luke 12:16-21: In the parable of the rich landowner the Lord teaches us that material possessions are worthless when valued more than knowing God.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Forefeast: By blossoming forth the only Ever-virgin as fruit, today holy Anna doth betroth us all unto joy, instead of our former grief; on this day she doth fulfill her vows to the Most High, leading her with joy into the Lord=s holy temple, who truly is the temple and pure Mother of God the Word.
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 Entrance of the Theotokos: The whole world is filled today with joy and gladness on the Theotokos’ auspicious and resplendent feast, whereupon with great voice it crieth out: The heavenly tabernacle is she in truth.
Sunday, November 20 (Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, November 21 (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
The Presentation of the Holy Virgin into the Temple is found in the apocryphal gospels, which describe the three-year-old Mary being taken by her parents to the Temple, where she remained in a life of holiness and dedication. Though the story be legend, as symbol it yields insight into spiritual truth. The scriptures for vespers, matins, and the divine liturgy all speak to the relationship between man and God within the context of the Temple and emphasize two themes: holiness and the superiority of the living, eternal temple to that built of stone. In Mary we see both. Rather than being sanctified by the Temple, she sanctifies the Temple and all mankind by becoming herself the perfect temple in which dwelt the eternal Son. Truly she was set apart, even as a child, and consecrated to the most glorious work God granted humanity. Truly she is the instrument by which we, too, become living temples in which God lives and which live eternal. Truly we, the holy, catholic church, the living Temple of God, open our doors to her, most blessed of women, the Holy Mother of God.
9:00 a.m. –Divine Liturgy (only)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, November 22
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, November 23
NO Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, November 24
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, November 25 (Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios)
Saturday, November 26
11:30 a.m. — Serving Meal at Stewpot
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, November 27 (Twenty-third 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 Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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
December 4 Karam POT LUCK MEAL
(set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari)
December 11 Brock Schelver/Lavric/Karam
December 18 Fahmy Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
December 24 (Sat. p.m.) Baker 1.
(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord) 2.
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#
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
December 4 Phillip Lasseter Gal. 3:23-4:5 160-161
December 11 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Col. 3:4-11 233
December 18 Brenda Baker Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Sat. p.m.) David Turner Gal. 4:4-7 351
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 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.
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.
Our condolences and prayers continue to go out to Ken and Anastasia Jones, Ian Jones and Cliff and Anna Kathryn Stewart as well as their families on the falling asleep of Anastasia’s mother, Mrs. Anna Gouras, last week. May her Memory be Eternal!
Our congratulations go to Reader Basil and Brenda Baker on the birth of their grandson, Colin Baker last week in Houston! Congratulations also to parents, Matthew and Sally Baker!!
December Pot Luck Meal: In December we will have our monthly Pot Luck Meal on the first Sunday of the month instead of the second Sunday 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.
Directory Update: Arthur Jones and DeeDee Baba’s address is as follows:
1014 Poplar Boulevard
Jackson, MS 39202
Arthur – 601-863-9127 (c) arthurjones3@ gmail.com
DeeDee – 713-577-9110 (c) firstname.lastname@example.org
Burial and Funeral Care Instructions forms: These forms are located on the bureau in the hallway outside the nave. There are two forms: one for the church and one for the family (with a copy given to the church). Please fill out your forms and return to the office as soon as possible.
Please be sure to have your forms notarized. The forms will be kept in a file in the office so that we have your instructions should the need arise.
* 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 Fast of the Nativity begins on Tuesday, November 15th and runs through the 24th of December. During this time, as is our custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Divine Liturgy (only) beginning on Monday, November 21st, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* 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.
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 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 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios
November 30 Apostle Andrew the First-called
Quotable: “All asceticism in the Church aims at mans theosis (divinization), at his communion with God the Trinity. This is accomplished when the energy of the soul (nous) returns to its essence (heart) and ascends to God. For unity with God to be attained, the unity of the soul, through the grace of God, must precede it. Sin in fact is the dispersion of these powers; it is primarily the scattering of the soul’s energy, i.e. of the nous, to things and its separation from the heart.”
Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS of Nafpaktos
Worship: Sunday, November 27, 2016 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 18:18-27
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Prosphora: D. Root
Coffee Hour: Algood/Lasseter/Strain/Dabit