January 29, 2017
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1: St Paul reminds us that as God has promised to dwell with us, we are to be holy, cleansing ourselves from ungodliness.
Matthew 15:21-28: In the passage from Matthew we see our Lord demonstrate His mercy by healing the daughter of a Canaanite woman.
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 St. Ignatius of Antioch: By choosing the Apostles’ way of life, thou hast succeeded to their throne. Inspired by God, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue. After teaching the Word of Truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith to the very shedding of thy blood, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Entreat the Lord our God to save our souls.
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 Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
Sunday, January 29 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, January 30
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, January 31
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, February 1
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Thursday, February 2 (Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)
Many years before the coming of Christ there lived a very pious and saintly man called Simeon. He was one of the most intelligent Jewish scholars of his day. Simeon prayed for the day that the Saviour would come and deliver all Israel (and the world) from sin. One evening while kneeling in prayer, Simeon heard the voice of God saying to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Holy Tradition tells us that Simeon waited many long years. Some Holy Fathers inform us that Simeon was over 150 years old when the Promise of God was fulfilled. The Holy Scriptures tell us that 40 days after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ the Virgin Mary brought the Christ Child to the Temple for Presentation. It was a law that the first born son of a family should be offered to God and His service, as soon as a period of purification was past. It was here that Simeon waited patiently that day, as he had done for so many years. The Spirit of the Lord brought him to the baby Jesus. Simeon took the infant Child in his trembling hands and recited the following beautiful prayer which is recited in the Orthodox Church every evening during Vesper services:
“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation which thou hast prepared before the
face of all peoples. A Light to enlighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of
thy people Israel.”
Thus the promise to the aged Simeon was finally fulfilled. The next day Simeon died in peace, thankful to Almighty God that he was honored to see the coming of Christ.
This custom has continued down to our own day for both male and female children, and every mother who brings her new-born child to Church on the fortieth day is remembering the Great Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, February 3 (Simeon the God-receiver)
Saturday, February 4
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, February 5 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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
January 29 Morris D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
February 1 (Wed. p.m.) Katools (Artoklasia Bread)
(Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)
February 5 Jones Algood/Lasseter/Strain/Dabit
February 12 Meadows POT LUCK MEAL
(set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari)
February 18 (Sat. a.m.) Davis
(Saturday of the Souls)
February 19 D. Root Schelver/Lavric/Karam
February 26 Karam Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
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#
January 29 Phillip Lasseter II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173
February 5 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 3:10-15 258
February 12 Brenda Baker I Cor. 6:12-20 265
February 18 (Sat. a.m.) David Turner I Cor. 10:23-26 271-272
February 19 Walt Wood I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273
February 26 Warren Strain Rom. 13:11-14:4 279
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 and Michael Johns (Georgia’s grandsons) and their 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 and Tom’s stepdaughter, Marica, who has been diagnosed with MS; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; Alexa (Lou Turner’s very close friend) who sustained multiple injuries in a serious car wreck; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall.
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.
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.
House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing. You may also e-mail Father John at frjohnc with 3 dates for your blessing. Please schedule these as soon as possible. Everyone should have their home blessed. However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not with Father John. No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (February 27th this year).
Thomas Wood’s wedding is scheduled for Sunday, February 19th in San Antonio, TX. An invitation has been placed on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep Thomas and Caitie and their families in your prayers!
Please pray for the following:
Kevin Spier, the son of Fr. Nicholas and Kh. Jan from St. Athanasius in Goleta, CA, has been moved to hospice care and is rapidly declining.
Vivian Joy, the ten year-old daughter of Jill Weatherly’s goddaughter, is in ICU with probable complications of a brain tumor and not doing well.
Taxable Donations for 2016: The letters documenting your taxable donations to St. Peter for 2016 were mailed earlier this week. If you have not received yours, or if you have found any discrepancies with your records, please let Kh. Sharon know as soon as possible.
Pledge Letters were mailed last month. Please fill yours out and return it to the office as soon as possible.
If you are the last to leave, please make sure that the doors in the Fellowship Hall, the kitchen and the hallway are all locked.
* 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 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.
* Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church’s 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held February 3rd-5th. Please see additional information elsewhere in these announcements.
* Great Lent will begin on Clean Monday, February 27th. More information about the schedule of services will be available in the coming weeks.
Fasting Discipline for January
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for January
January 30 The Three Hierarchs
January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
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.
Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton will be celebrating their 40th year as a Canonical Orthodox Church on February 3rd-5th. His Grace, Bishop ALEXANDER will be here presiding. Please pray for them. Father John and some of our clergy will be participating.
Quotable: “But you have neither experience, nor even knowledge, of what you ought to do. So recognize your infirmity. The inactivity of eremitic life is completely beyond you. You are used to exterior activity, whereas interior life is utterly unfamiliar to you. You have to learn about it, and this is what you should be thinking about. We must get used to turning the attention of our mind to the heart: watching over what is happening there, what it is reflecting on, what feelings it is living with, what state it is in, i.e., whether its state is in accordance with the commandments of God or whether it is overwhelmed by passions (anger, irritation, lust, self-love and so on). This continual looking into our heart with prayer should lead to the state where the mind and the heart are inseparably united. Then you will know the true being for which your soul is thirsting..”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Striving for Knowledge of God
Worship: Sunday, February 5, 2017 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)
Scripture: II Timothy 3:10-15; Luke 18:10-14
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL
(set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari)