May 14, 2017
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
After-feast of Mid-Pentecost
This Sunday concludes the week which includes mid-Pentecost. The scriptures for that day make reference to the great and final feast and the Lord’s words concerning fountains of living water and the nourishment of the spirit. The episode of the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well and Jesus’ further description of Himself as living water continue this theme. There are innumerable nuances to the message of this episode, ranging from the allusion to the patriarch Joseph to the faith of those who believe without seeing, but let us concentrate on the woman who comes into the presence of her God. Christ asks service of her, asks her to ignore their traditional enmity, confuses her with parables, confronts her with her sins, and claims to be her Messiah and Lord. She enters the scene with skepticism, but she does not let circumstances blind her, for the words of the man before her ring with unmistakable authority and truth. Whether she wants to or not, she must believe herself to be in the presence of the Son of God; she not only believes, but she quickly bears witness to the others of her town. We join her in her faith, and we, too, partake of the Water of Life.
Acts 11:19-30: Reading in Acts, we see the establishment of the first predominately Gentile church in Antioch under the leading of Barnabas and Saul.
John 4:5-42: In Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman we see our Lord’s concern with the truth, both in our dealings with others and in our worship of God. We also see that spreading the eternal gospel of the Kingdom is a corporate action and not that of just one or two.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion for mid-Pentecost: In the midst of this Feast, O Saviour, give my thirsty soul to drink of the waters of true worship; for thou didst call out to all, saying, Whosoever is thirsty, let him come unto me and drink. Wherefore, O Christ our God, Fountain of life, glory to thee.
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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, May 14 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, May 15
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 16
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 17
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 18
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, May 19
Saturday, May 20
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers with Paschal Format
Sunday, May 21 (Sunday of the Blindman; Sts. Constantine and Helen)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
May 14 Baker Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
May 21 R. Root Stewart/Turner/Waites
May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Henderson Mary Guy Lockhart
(Feast of the Ascension)
May 28 Katool Ellis/Zouboukos
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#
May 14 David Turner Acts 11:19-30 52
May 21 Walt Wood Acts 26:1, 12-20 384
May 24 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 1:1-12 63
May 28 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
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.
His Grace, Bp. ANTOUN will retire this summer. He has continuing health problems, so please keep him in your prayers. We thank God for all that he has done for us. We are especially thankful for his role in bringing us into canonical Orthodoxy. Many Years to you, Master!
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 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; Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother), Walt and Charlotte 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.
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.
* Sh. Margaret Root is at home recuperating from successful surgery earlier this week. Please pray for her continued recovery.
* Jay Davis underwent a trial period last week for a device that will hopefully alleviate his back pain. The trial was a success. The temporary device was removed earlier this week and a date will be set sometime in the next two-three weeks to implant a more permanent device. Please keep him and Joanna in your prayers.
Penny Brunner, wife of Dean Brunner and mother of the late Cyrus Brunner and a member of St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Goleta, CA, will be visiting here May 24-30 and will be staying with Fr. John and Kh. Janet.
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 Fahmys’ new address is 2117 Loudenslager Drive
Thompsons Station, TN 37179-5313
Parents of Young Children: Please make sure that your children are supervised if they are in the Nursery during Coffee Hour, just as they are supervised if out on the Playground. The Nursery is being left in a mess on Sunday mornings following Coffee Hour and the clean-up is falling on the same people (i.e. those who teach Sunday School classes in that room). If you leave and there are still children using the room, please make sure that your children pick up the things with which they have been playing.
* 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.
* We will celebrate the Leave-taking of Pascha with Paschal Vespers on Tuesday, May 23rd, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The Feast of the Ascension will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, May 24th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* Vacation Church School will be held June 8-10 at the church.
* The Parish Life Conference will be held June 15-18 in Atlanta.
* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.
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.
Fasting Discipline for May
Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. In May the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for May
May 14 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 21 Sunday of the Blindman
Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 24 Leave-taking of Pascha
May 25 Feast of the Ascension
The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 28 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
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.
Quotable: “They sanctify us in two ways. The first consists in this: that we are helped by these prayers, psalms, and readings. The prayers turn us towards God and obtain for us pardon for our sins; the psalms make God look favourably upon us, and draw us to that outflowing of mercy which is the result of such propitiation. ‘Offer unto God thanksgiving’, says the Psalmist, ‘and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.’ As for the lessons from the Holy Scripture, which proclaim the goodness of God, and his love for men, but also the severity of his justice and judgement, they instill in our souls the fear of the Lord, enkindle in us love for him, and thereby arouse in us great eagerness and zeal for the observance of his commandments. All these things, which make the souls of both priest and people better and more divine, make them fit for the reception and preservation of the holy mysteries, which is the aim of the liturgy. Especially, they put the priest in a proper frame of mind for the accomplishment of the mystagogy. This intention can be seen in many parts of the prayers: the priest prays that he be not judged unworthy to perform so great an act, but that he may devote himself to the sacrifice with pure hands, a pure heart, and a pure tongue. Thus it is that we are aided in the celebration by the very virtue of the words themselves, said or sung.”
Nicholas Cabasilas, A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy
Worship: Sunday, May 21, 2017 (Sunday of the Blindman; Sts. Constantine and Helen)
Scripture: Acts 26:1, 12-20; John 9:1-38
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Prosphora: R. Root
Coffee Hour: Stewart/Turner/Waites