May 28, 2017
After-feast of the Ascension
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Today is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea. This day commemorates the Holy Fathers who sat in council at Nicea, the first of the ecumenical councils. Through them we see the commitment to the immutable truth of God for all the faithful, especially those who lead in the faith. The men of this council bear special note by the significance of their creed, for it is the fundamental statement of orthodox Christology and an enduring guide to our faith. The events of the ascension and the scriptures of this day emphasize to us the nature and action of Christ, and the history of these fathers puts us in mind of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church, work proclaimed by the glorious events which we now anticipate in the preparation for Pentecost.
Acts 20:16-18, 28-36: In the reading from Acts, we hear St Paul speak to the elders of the church at Ephesus, encouraging them to follow his example in their shepherding, and bidding them his final farewell as he approached his imprisonment at Rome.
John 17:1-13: In the passage from John, Jesus prays for His disciples, that they would be united as one and kept from evil.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of the Ascension: Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, 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 the Ascension: When thou didst fulfill thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto thy beloved, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.
Sunday, May 28 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, May 29
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 30
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 31
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, June 1 (Justyn Martyr)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, June 2
Saturday, June 3 (Saturday of the Souls)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 4 (Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
6:30 p.m. — Kneeling Vespers
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Feast of the Ascension this past Wednesday evening and by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
May 28 Katool Ellis/Zouboukos
June 3 (Sat. a.m.) Algood Rebecca Dansereau
(Saturday of the Souls) (Koliva: ???)
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)
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 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.
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.
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.
…to Penny Bruner from St. Athanasius Orthodox Church in Goleta, CA who is here visiting and who is staying with Fr. John and Kh. Janet;
…to Mary Greene (sister of Lee and Kh. Sharon) from St. John Orthodox Church in Eagle River, AK who is staying with the Meadows.
* 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. He will be having surgery this week to implant a more permanent device. Please keep him and Joanna in your prayers.
Congratulations to Emil Ellis on making another All Tournament Team at second base as Delta State went undefeated in the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament! They are the number one seed in the Division II College World Series in Texas this weekend!
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 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.
Fasting Discipline for May/June
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays prior to Pentecost (June 4th). There will be no fasting of any kind during the week following Pentecost. The Apostles fast will begin on June 12th and run through June 29th. The traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week during this time.
Major Commemorations for June
June 1 Justyn Martyr
June 3 Saturday of the Souls
June 4 Feast of Pentecost
Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 8 Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 11 Sunday of All Saints
June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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.
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: “The whole celebration of the mystery is like a unique portrayal of a single body, which is the work of the Saviour; it places before us the several members of this body, from beginning to end, in their order and harmony. That is why the psalmody, as well as the opening chants, and before them all that is done at the preparation of the offerings, symbolize the first period of the scheme of redemption. That which comes after the psalms—readings from Holy Scriptures and so on—symbolizes the period which follows.”
Nicholas Cabasilas, A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy
Worship: Sunday, June 4, 2017 (Feast of Pentecost)
Scripture: Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL