July 2, 2017
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
The Placing of the Theotokos’ Robe in Blachernae
Hebrews 9:1-7: In our reading from Hebrews, we hear the Apostle describe the composition of the two tabernacles, the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies, into which only the high priest could enter, and that but once a year.
Matthew 8:5-13: Jesus shows His great mercy to those who have faith in Him when He heals the servant of a centurion.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Theotokos: O Ever-Virgin Theotokos, shelter of mankind, thou hast bestowed upon thy people a mighty investure, even thine immaculate body’s raiment and sash, which by thy seedless childbirth have remained incorrupt; for in thee, nature and time are made new. Wherefore, we implore thee to grant peace to the world, and Great Mercy to 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 Theotokos: O godly shelter that dost cover all mankind, the sacred robe that covered thy sacred body hast thou bestowed on all the faithful graciously, O pure Virgin, as a robe of divine incorruption. As we celebrate its august deposition, we cry to thee with faith, O graced of God: Rejoice, O Lady, thou boast of the Christian race.
Sunday, July 2 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, July 3
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, July 4
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 5 (Athanasios of Athos)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting (Please note change of date for this month only)
Thursday, July 6
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, July 7
Saturday, July 8
8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, July 9 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — POT LUCK MEAL
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul this past Wednesday evening and by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
July 2 D. Root R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
July 9 Karam POT LUCK MEAL
Set –up: Schelver/Lavric/Karam
July 16 Brock Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
July 23 Baker Stewart/Turner/Waites
July 30 R. Root 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#
July 2 Walt Wood Heb. 9:1-7 337
July 9 Sh. Charlotte Algood Rom. 10:1-10 108
July 16 Warren Strain Titus 3:8-15 322
July 23 Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 15:1-7 119
July 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 1:10-17 124
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 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.
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 Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
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.
Christina Smith and Matt Hood will be married on Saturday, July 15th. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this holy sacrament.
Hazel Dansereau will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 22nd. Please keep Hazel, her godparents and her parents in your prayers.
Congratulations to Reader Basil and Brenda (and to Beth and Noah) on the birth of their newest grandchild, Marina Penelope Papas on Wednesday, June 14th (8 lbs, 3oz.). Mother and baby are doing well.
* 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 first Saturday in July to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.
* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September. They will still meet for lunch on the fourth Tuesday in July and August.
* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.
Fasting Discipline for July
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays in July.
Major Commemorations for July
July 2 Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos
July 5 Athanasios of Athos
July 11 Euphemia the All-praised
July 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 20 Prophet Elias
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
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.
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.
Quotable: “The fruit of prayer is the concentration of attention in the heart accompanied by a feeling of warmth. This is the natural effect. Everyone can achieve it. And everyone, not only monks but laymen as well, can perform prayer of such a kind.
This sort of work is simple, and not on a high level. The Jesus Prayer is not itself miraculous, but like any other short prayer it is oral and consequently external. Yet it can become the prayer of mind-in-heart in a wholly natural way. As for what comes from grace, on the other hand, this we must simply await; no kind of technique can lay hold on it by force.”
St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer
Worship: Sunday, July 9, 2017 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-9:1
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL
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