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May 21, 2017

Sunday of the Blindman

Sts. Constantine and Helen

Today is the Sunday of the Blind Man. Though the Gospel account of the healing of the blind man touches many subjects, there is but one theme: Christ is the divine Light which illuminates the hearts of those who behold Him in faith. Despite the intimidation of the authorities, despite the confusion of the people who know him, despite the fear of his parents, the blind man given sight refuses to deny what he knows is the truth: Jesus has given him sight, has healed the affliction he has born from birth, and one who does such good is from God. To deny his healer is to deny the truth, and he prefers persecution and rejection to that denial. More than his eyes have been opened; his heart has been opened to true and eternal Light. As were the Israelites cast into the dark despair of his fear, as are we all blinded by the frustration of sin and of our weakness, so this man was trapped by his closed eyes; and, as may all be, he was freed by the coming of the Messiah. In faith we open our eyes to the radiant glory of our Lord and King.

Acts 26:1, 12-20: St. Paul describes his vision on the road to Damascus and his calling by our Lord to be His witness to both Jews and Gentiles, declaring that they should repent, turn to God and do works befitting repentance.

John 9:1-38: After Jesus heals a man born blind, we see the hypocrisy and unbelief of the Pharisees as they seek to learn how the man came to see. After being put out of the temple, the formerly blind man again encounters Jesus, whom he worships as his savior.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.

Troparion of Sts. Constantine and Helen: Having seen the image of Thy Cross in Heaven, and, like Paul, having received the call not from men, Thine apostle among kings entrusted the commonwealth to Thy hand, O Lord. Keep us always in peace, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, O only Friend of man.

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.

CALENDAR

Sunday, May 21 (Sunday of the Blindman; Sts. Constantine and Helen)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, May 22

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, May 23

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

6:30 p.m. — Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha

Wednesday, May 24

6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Thursday, May 25 (Feast of the Ascension)

The fortieth day after Easter is the day of the Ascension, the liturgical end to the celebration of the Resurrection and the opening of the season observing the glory of the Messiah. This is a day too often associated with the sadness of departure; yet this day brought great joy to the Disciples. They saw not the departure of one dear to them, but the glorious entry of their King to His heavenly throne. They saw not the loss of their Intercessor, but the Father accepting the eternal sacrifice and blessing the completion of man’s salvation. They saw not their separation from Christ but their assumption with Him into glory through the Incarnation. They saw not the removal of the blessed One but the promise from Him of further blessings. This day is another step in our procession into eternity, a remembrance of heavenly things, a reminder that the essence of our lives is the heavenly, a refreshing of the image of our God in all His glory.

Friday, May 26

Saturday, May 27

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

Sunday, May 28 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn. Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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

June 3 (Sat. a.m.) Algood Rebecca Dansereau

(Saturday of the Souls) (Koliva: Joanna Davis)

June 4 Schelver POT LUCK MEAL

(Feast of Pentecost) set-up: Pigott/Meadows/Alaeetawi

June 11 Morris Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker

June 18 Jones D. Root/Davis

June 25 Davis Algood/Strain/Dabit

June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows Karen Cooper

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

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.

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 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

June 3 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Acts 28:1-31 72

June 4 Mildred Morris Acts 2:1-11 77

June 11 Phillip Lasseter Heb. 11:33-12:2 84

June 18 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Rom. 2:10-16 90

June 25 David Turner Rom. 6:22-33 96

June 28 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9 389

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

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.

Chanters’ Stand: We have ordered a Chanters’ Stand for the church. It will be hand-carved carved and is similar to the beautiful tables in the nave and narthex. The cost will be a little more than $3400. We are soliciting donations to cover the cost. If you would like to participate, please let Fr. John know.

Medical Updates:

* Sh. Margaret Root is still recuperating from successful surgery last week. Please pray for her continued recovery.

* Jay Davis underwent a trial period the first week of May for a device that will hopefully alleviate his back pain. The trial was a success. The temporary device was removed last 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.

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.

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.

* 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.

* We will celebrate Saturday of the Souls on Saturday morning, June 3rd with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

* The Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday, June 4th. We will hold our monthly Pot Luck Meal on this Sunday (instead of the usual second Sunday of the month) in honor of the Feast. We will also have the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost that evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Vacation Church School will be held June 8-10 at the church.

* The Parish Life Conference will be held June 16-18 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 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: “There is another way in which these forms, like all the ceremonies of the Holy Sacrifice, sanctify us. It consists in this: that in them Christ and the deeds he accomplished and the sufferings he endured for our sakes are represented. Indeed, it is the whole scheme of the work of redemption which is signified in the psalms and readings, as in all the actions of the priest throughout the liturgy; the first ceremonies of the service represent the beginnings of this work; the next, the sequel; and the last, its results. Thus, those who are present at these ceremonies have before their eyes all these divine things. The consecration of the elements—the sacrifice itself—commemorates the death, resurrection, and ascension of the Saviour, since it transforms these precious gifts into the very Body of the Lord, that Body which was the central figure in all these mysteries, which was crucified, which rose from the dead, which ascended into heaven. The ceremonies which precede the act of sacrifice symbolize the events which occurred before the death of Christ: his coming on earth, his first appearance and his perfect manifestation. Those which follow the act of sacrifice recall ‘the promise of the Father,’ as the Saviour himself called it: that is the descent of th Holy Spirit upon the apostles, the conversion of the nations which they brought about, and their divine society.”

Nicholas Cabasilas, A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy

Worship: Sunday, May 28, 2017 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)

Scripture: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Katool

Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos