December 18, 2016
Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord
Sunday of the Genealogy
Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40: Reading from Hebrews we hear the Apostle tell us of the faith of Abraham and other saints of ancient times who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith.
Matthew 1:1-25: In the Gospel we hear the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and of how Joseph was visited by an angel of God who told him of the child that Mary bore in her womb.
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
Troparion of the Fathers: Great are the accomplishments of faith; for the three holy youths rejoiced in the fountain of flames as though at waters of rest. And the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.
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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.
Sunday, December 18 (Sunday before the Nativity of our Lord)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
11:30 a.m. — Children’s Christmas Presentation
Monday, December 19
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, December 20 (St. Ignatius of Antioch, the God-bearer)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, December 21
6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, December 22 (Hieromartyr Eleftherios)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, December 23
7:00 a.m. — Royal Hours
Saturday, December 24
10:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Sunday, December 25 (Nativity of our Lord)
NO SERVICES THIS DAY
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
December 18 Fahmy Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
December 24 (Sat. p.m.) Baker 1. Cheryl Pigott
(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord) 2. Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
3. Sh. Charlotte Algood
December 31 (Sat. p.m.) Karen Cooper (Artoklasia Bread)
January 1 R. Root Stewart/Turner/Waites
January 5 (Thurs. p.m.) Henderson Georgia Buchanan
(Feast of Theophany)
January 8 Algood Ellis/Zouboukos/Fahmy
January 15 Katool POT LUCK MEAL
January 22 Schelver Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
January 29 Morris D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
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#
December 18 Brenda Baker Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Sat. p.m.) Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Gal. 4:4-7 351
January 1 Walt Wood Col. 2:8-12 356
January 5 (Thurs. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 361
January 8 Warren Strain Eph. 4:7-13 364
January 15 Kh. Sharon Meadows Acts 12:1-11 50-51
January 22 Mildred Morris I Tim. 4:9-15 252
January 29 Phillip Lasseter II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173
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 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 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.
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.
Remember to schedule a time for confession with your priest during the Fast of the Nativity.
Pledge Letters have been mailed. Please fill yours out and return it to the office as soon as possible.
* 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 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.
* The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord will be celebrated with Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy on Saturday evening, December 24th, beginning at 10:00 p.m. There will be no service on Sunday morning, December 25th.
* 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.
Nativity Feast: This year, we are trying something different with the meal following the Liturgy on December 24th. Instead of assign-up sheets and assignments for the dishes for the meal, we are having sandwiches catered form Newk’s Deli. As a result, we are asking that all adults (and children 12 and older) pay $8 for the meal. Children under the age of 12 are free. Please be sure to designate on your check that it is for the Nativity Meal.
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.
Fasting Discipline for December
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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. There is no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.
Major Commemorations for December
December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch
December 25 Nativity of our Lord
December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27 Protomartyr Stephen
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.)
Quotable: “Quite illustrative of the above theme are two passages from St. Basil the great’s writings. In one text he says that in the spiritual man—who has become a temple of God and the Most Holy Spirit—reason and the nous exist and operate simultaneously. Reason is engaged in the unceasing remembrance of God. Moreover, because his nous is united with the heart and has communion with God, man is not disturbed by unexpected temptations, that is to say, by temptations caused by the decay and transiency of his nature.”
Orthodox Spirituality by Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS of Nafpaktos
Worship: Sunday, December 24, 2016 (Feast of the Nativity of our Lord)
Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7; Matthew 2:1-12
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Coffee Hour: Cheryl Pigott/Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver/Sh. Charlotte Algood