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March 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Leave-taking of the Annunciation to the Theotokos

Hebrews 6:13-end: In his letter to the Hebrews, the Apostle reminds us that the promise of God to Abraham was fulfilled when Jesus Christ entered through the veil as a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, and that He is our hope and the anchor of our souls.

Mark 9:16-30: Our Lord casts a demon out of a young boy and in so doing show that faith is essen­tial for actions to bear good fruit. He then gives a prophecy of His coming death and resurrection.

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 the Annunciation: Today is the beginning of our salvation, and the manifestation of the mystery from the ages; for the Son of God becometh the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaimeth grace. Wherefore, do we shout with him to the Theotokos, Hail, O full of grace. The Lord is with you.

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 Annunciation: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.


Sunday, March 26 (4th Sunday of Lent; Leave-taking of the Annunciation)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, March 27

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, March 28

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, March 29

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete with the the reading of the Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Thursday, March 30

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Friday, March 31

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Saturday, April 1

8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, April 2 (5th Sunday of Lent; St. Mary of Egypt)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Feast of the Annunciation yesterday morning and by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

March 26 Algood Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

April 2 Katool D. Root/Davis

April 8 (Sat. a.m.) Schelver Sh. Margaret Root

April 9 Morris Lamia Dabit/Cheryl Pigott

April 13 (Thurs. a.m.) Jones Kh. Sharon Meadows

April 15 (Sat. a.m.) Meadows

April 15 (Sat. p.m.) Davis Lamia/Carolina/Brenda

April 23 D. Root R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari

April 30 Karam Algood/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#

March 26 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 6:13-20 287

April 2 Phillip Lasseter Heb. 9:11-14 290

April 8 (Sat. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

April 9 David Turner Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 13 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295

April 15 (Sat. a.m.) Walt Wood Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 15 (Sat. p.m.) Warren Strain Acts 1:1-8 25

April 23 Mildred Morris Acts 5:12-20 32

April 30 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 6:1-7 38

Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.

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 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.

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.

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; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan 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.

Confessions: Please go ahead and schedule your confessions so we do not have so many people trying to fit it in just before Holy Week. Father John will not be hearing confessions during Holy Week. (Definitely no confessions during the latter half of Holy Week and only those that are the result of extenuating circumstances during the beginning of the week)

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.

March is Ladies month in our Archdiocese when we give special attention to the role of women in our parish. Ladies will be reading the Epistle this month. Also, please allow the women to go first for communion during this time.

Lenten Alms-giving Project: We will again be collecting food and household items during Great Lent for Sunnybrook Children’s Home. You may bring them to the Church and put them on one table in the corner of the Fellowship Hall on the east end nearest the street. Copies of the list of items is available in the foyer near Fr. John’s office. These will be collected until Tuesday, April 4th, when someone from Sunnybrook will collect them. As an alternative, you may drop them by Sunnybrook, not far from pour church at 222 Sunnybrook Road, Ridgeland. When you enter the gate, go straight until you have to turn. Then turn right and you will see the Commissary Building on the left. Large quantity or bulk items are preferred. Great Lent is a special time of alms-giving and remembering those in need. Please consider participating in this worthwhile project! If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dn. Terry or Alfred Katool.

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.

Palm Sunday Meal: This year Penn’s will again be providing our annual catfish dinner on Palm Sunday, April 9th following the Divine Liturgy. The meal will include all-you-can-eat catfish, French fries, hushpuppies, cole slaw, greens, tea and peach cobbler. Meals will be $10 for adults and children over 10, and $6 for children 5-10. There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall. Please be sure to sign it if your family will be participating in the meal.

Calendar Items:

* 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 Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

* As is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Soup Supper in the Fellowship Hall. On Friday evenings we will celebrate the Akathist to the Theotokos, again beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* The Feast of the Annunciation will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, March 25th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* Schedule of special services for Holy Week are as follows:

Saturday, April 8th — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 9th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, April 10th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11th — Bridegroom Matins at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 12th