August 13, 2017
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Leave-taking of the Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ
I Corinthians 4:9-16: We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.
Matthew 17:14-23: The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon. We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
Troparion of the Transfiguration: When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, 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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.
Sunday, August 13 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, August 14
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Tuesday, August 15 (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
We celebrate this month the Feast of the Dormition (or “Falling Asleep”) of the Theotokos. Church Tradition states that the Virgin Mary died in her early fifties. The icon shows her lying upon her funeral bier. On either side of the bier stand the Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier. At the time of her death many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel. However, they all returned to Jerusalem upon learning of her death. All arrived in time for the burial except St. Thomas. Standing by the bier is her Son, who had come to receive His Mother’s soul into heaven. He holds in His arms an infant in white symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos. The Orthodox Church, although it has never had the need to make it a dogma (as has the Roman Catholic Church), also believes in the Virgin Mary’s “assumption” or bodily resurrection into heaven. Tradition relates that when the other disciples showed St. Thomas (who arrived in Jerusalem after the burial) the tomb in Gethsemane where the Theotokos had been buried near her parents, they discovered that the tomb was empty.
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, August 16
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, August 17
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, August 18
Saturday, August 19
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 20 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
August 13 Algood Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit
August 14 (Mon. p.m.) Katool Christina Katool
(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 20 Schelver Skirtech/Parker
August 27 Morris D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
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#
August 13 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver I Cor. 4:9-16 135
August 14 (Mon. p.m.) Brenda Baker Phil. 2:5-11 403
August 20 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 9:2-12 141
August 27 David Turner I Cor. 15:1-11 146
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.
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 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.
Please keep Lamia Dabit in your prayers. She has been having some cardiac problems and is currently having to wear an outpatient monitor and undergo a series of tests to evaluate her condition.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Update on the health of Caroline Halley . . .Anna has sent a letter to the church giving an update on Caroline’s health (she was diagnosed with Lewy Bodies Dementia last November and has experienced a marked decline). Copies of the letter are available in the foyer. Please keep Caroline and all of her family in your prayers.
Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was hospitalized this past week. He is home now but is still ill. Kh. Cheryl has also been ill.
His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN has officially retired and Metropolitan JOSEPH has appointed His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to oversee the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast. Father John has invited him to visit us soon and he has expressed a wish to do so. More information on His Grace is to be found in the Metropolitan’s letter which is posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall. Please keep him in your prayers.
Welcome and Many Years! to Thatcher Jude Lasseter who will be baptized TODAY following Coffee Hour. Please keep him, his parents and his godfather, Ian Jones, in your prayers.
Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.
* 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 August.
* The fast of the Dormition began on August 1st and will run through August 14th. We will celebrate the Feast with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy tomorrow evening, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* Thatcher Jude Lasseter will be baptized TODAY following Coffee Hour.
* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.
Fasting Discipline for August
From August 1st through August 14th (the Dormition Fast) the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days, except August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration)when fish and wine are permitted. After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.
Major Commemorations for August
August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos
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.
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.
Quotable: “We should all hold fast to the fear of God. It is the root of all spiritual knowledge and all right action. When the fear of God rules in the soul everything goes well both within and without. Try to kindle this sense of fear in your heart every morning before you do anything else. Then it will go on working by itself as a kind of pendulum.”
St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer
Worship: Sunday, August 20, 2017 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb
Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Parker