September 10, 2017
Sunday before the Elevation of the Holy Cross
After-feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos
Galatians 6:11-18: In the conclusion of his letter to the Galatians, St Paul reminds them that to be circumcised or uncircumcised is not the issue, but rather to be a new creation in Christ Jesus.
John 3:13-17: In the Gospel of John we hear Jesus speak concerning His purpose for coming into the world: to save mankind through His death and Resurrection.
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 the Nativity of the Theotokos: Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe; for from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the everlasting blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.
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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.
Sunday, September 10 (Sunday before the Exaltation of the Cross)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
Monday, September 11
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, September 12
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, September 13 (Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis)
6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Thursday, September 14 (Elevation of the Precious Cross)
This feast is celebrated as one of the most important in the Church Year because it commemorates two events of great significance. After St. Helen had found at Jerusalem the cross upon which Christ was crucified, she built a Church on Mount Calvary to hold the precious relic. The Christians held the Holy Cross in such high regard that they soon began to celebrate this feast in honor of the finding of the Cross.
In the year 614, the Persians invaded the Empire and took Jerusalem, and sent the case containing the Cross back to their country. For fifteen years the Greek Emperor Heraclius waged war against the Persians, and finally in 629 defeated them, forcing them to make peace, and to restore the Holy Cross to him. It is said that the case containing the sacred relics was returned to him with the seals still unbroken. The Relics were replaced in the Church with great rejoicing, and to the original Feast in honor of the finding of the Cross was added another, in honor of its safe return to Jerusalem.
A special feature of the Church Services on this day, is the procession in which the Cross is borne aloft on a tray of flowers and placed in the midst of the Church; the Priest then elevates it to the four corners of the compass, blessing thrice with it as he does so, and praying that God will protect and preserve the President and the Civil Authorities of our country and the Armed Forces, and guard and guide the Hierarchs and clergy of the Church, and protect and preserve all His faithful people from every evil.
NO Daily Orthros [STRICT
Friday, September 15
Saturday, September 16
8:30 a.m. — Workday at the Church
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 17 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Davises for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for the Litia and Artoklasia for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos last Thursday evening was offered by the Meadows.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
September 10 Davis POT LUCK MEAL
September 13 (Wed. p.m.) D. Root Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
September 17 Brock Schelver/Meadows
September 24 Baker Pigott/Alaeetawi
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#
September 10 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 6:11-18 198
September 13 (Wed. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 1:18-24 311
September 17 Warren Strain Gal. 2:16-20 193
September 24 Mildred Morris II Tim. 3:10-15 258
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.
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 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; 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; Peggy (David Turner’s paternal aunt) who is suffering from cancer and related complications; and George (Dorothea and Daniel Staursky’s uncle) who sustained injuries in a bad fall; David Morris; John Lockhart (Mary Guy’s brother) and his family in Richmond, TX.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. Fr. John has been ill and was recently hospitalized. 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.
Nimr Fahmy has a new cell phone number: 615-635-2223.
With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS, Fr. Alex Mackoul, Camp Director for Camp St. Thekla, has requested that we take up a collection for the Camp on the feastday of St. Thekla on September 24th. Please make your checks pay to St. Peter Orthodox Church and we will write one check to send to Fr. Alex. Be sure to note that your check is for the Camp on the memo line.
Parents of Altar Servers. . . . please make sure that all of the Altar Servers see Sh. Margaret Root in the next few weeks to be measured for new vestments.
Relief for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey: At the request of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, we will be taking up a special collection each week this month to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please indicate on your check that it is for this fund. We will then send a single check to the Archdiocese.
Fall Festival: We will hold our annual Fall Festival on Saturday afternoon, October 28th. Anna Kathryn Stewart will once again head up this activity. (As in the past, we will not have Ninth Hour and Great Vespers that day.) More information will be available at a later date.
* 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 last Tuesday of the month, beginning in September.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* Our next time to serve a meal at the Stewpot will be November 18th.
Fasting Discipline for September
In September the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. Thursday, September 14th is also a strict fast day for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Major Commemorations for September
September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis
September 14 Exaltation of the Holy Cross
September 23 Conception of the Forerunner
September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
September 28 Venerable Chariton
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: “Dependence on the grace of God
The first seed of the new life is lies in the combination of freedom and grace; and growth and ripening come from the development of the same elements. When making a vow to live according to the will of God, for His glory, the penitent should say, ‘Only do Thou strengthen and confirm my resolve’; and from then on he must, as it were, place himself every minute in the hand of God, with the prayer, ‘Do Thou Thyself perform within me what is pleasing to Thy will’. In this way, alike in consciousness and will and in actual fact, it is God who will be acting in us, both in what we desire and in what we do according to His good pleasure.
But as soon as man himself expects to achieve something in virtue of his own power and self-mastery, then immediately the spiritual life, full of grace, is extinguished. In this state, in spite of immeasurable efforts, true fruit cannot come into being.”
St. Theophan the Recluse, The Art of Prayer
Worship: Sunday, September 17, 2017 (Sunday after the Exaltation of the Cross)
Scripture: Galatians 2:16-20; Mark 8:34-9:1
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
Coffee Hour: Schelver/Meadows