December 25, 2016
The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Galatians 4:4-7: We are reminded that in the fullness of time God sent forth His Son to be born of a woman, under the law in order to redeem those who were under the law. Because the child born to the Holy Virgin was in fact God by nature, she is rightly called the mother of God (Theotokos). Our Lord was born under the law, by fulfilling the law as an infant, being circumcised on the eighth day and presented in the Temple forty days after His birth. In doing this, God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, paying ransom, as it were, to Himself, according to His own vow.
Matthew 2:1-12: From the Gospel of Matthew we learn of the visit by the Magi to the Christ Child.
Troparion of the Nativity: Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath given rise to the light of knowledge in the world; for they that worshiped the stars did learn therefrom to worship thee, O Sun of justice, and to know that from the east of the Highest thou didst come; O Lord, glory to thee.
Kontakion of Nativity: Today the Virgin giveth birth to the Transcendent in essence; the earth offereth a cave to the unapproachable One; the angels with the shepherds glorify him; and the Magi with the star travel on their way; for a new child hath been born for our sakes, God before the ages.
Sunday, December 25 (Nativity of our Lord)
NO SERVICES THIS DAY
[NO FASTING THROUGH
Monday, December 26 (Synaxis of the Theotokos)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, December 27 (Protomartyr Stephen)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, December 28
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, December 29
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, December 30
Saturday, December 31
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Sunday, January 1 (Circumcision of our Lord; St. Basil the Great)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy tonight.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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 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 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.
Pledge Letters have been mailed. Please fill yours out and return it to the office as soon as possible.
Chanters’ Stand: We are looking into the purchase of a Chanters’ Stand for the church. The ones that are currently under consideration are carved and are similar to the beautiful tables in the nave and narthex. The cost would be somewhere between $2000 and $4000. We are soliciting donations to cover the cost. If you would like to participate, please let Fr. John know.
* 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.
* 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.
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
There is no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.
Major Commemorations for December
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: “. . . the Word of the Father is Himself divine, that all things that are owe their being to His will and power, and that it is through Him that the good Father gives order to creation, by Him that all things are moved, and through Him that they receive their being . . . He has been manifested in human body for this reason only, out of love and goodness of the Father, for the salvation of us men.”
St. Athansius, On the Incarnation
Worship: Sunday, January 1, 2017 (Circumcision of our Lord; St. Basil the Great)
Scripture: Colossians 2:8-12; Luke 2:20-21,40-52
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Prosphora: R. Root
Coffee Hour: Stewart/Lockhart/Waites