December 17, 2017
Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ
Colossians 3:4-11: As we read in Colossians, we see St Paul encouraging the Church to practice the virtues of compassion, kindness, and humility. He reminds us that love is the bond which holds us together and calls us to let the peace of Christ to rule us.
Luke 14:16-24: In the parable of the man who gave a dinner we see that not all who are called to dine will come and that the consequences of refusing the invitation are great.
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 Forefathers: Thou hast justified by faith the ancient forefathers and through them thou hast gone before and betrothed unto thyself the Church of the Gentiles. Let the saints, therefore, take pride in glory; for from their seed sprouted forth a noble fruit, and she it was who gavest birth to thee without seed. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, save 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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.
Sunday, December 17 (Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Children’s Nativity Play
Monday, December 18
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, December 19
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, December 20 (Ignatius of Antioch, the God-bearer)
6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, December 21
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, December 22
Saturday, December 23
7:00 a.m. — Royal Hours
5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, December 24 (Sunday of the Genealogy)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
10:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
December 17 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit
December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Morris Ellis/Zouboukos
December 31 (Sun. a.m.) Jones Schelver/Meadows
December 31 (Sun. p.m.) Bakers (Artoklasia Bread)
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#
December 17 Walt Wood Col. 3:4-11 233
December 24 (Sun. a.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Sun. p.m.) Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351
December 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354
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 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 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 and his family.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
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 keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.
We have established a Seminary Fund for Phillip Lasseter. If you would like to make a contribution, please make a note on your check that it is for the Seminary Fund.
2018 Church Calendars are in the foyer. Please take only one per family.
* 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.
* The Nativity Fast began on Wednesday, November 15th and continues through December 24th. During this time, as is our parish custom, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis Service on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The Children’s Nativity Play will be performed TODAY during Coffee Hour.
* The feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be celebrated with Royal Hours on Saturday, December 23rd, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Sunday evening, December 24th, beginning at 10:00 p.m.
* As is our custom we will celebrate the feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the feast of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Sunday evening, December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate the feast of Theophany with Royal Hours on Friday, January 5th beginning at 7:00 a.m. Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday morning, January 6th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* The Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir will be held at Cock of the Walk on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 p.m.
* Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the weekend of March 2nd-5th. Please mark your calendars now.
The Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will be held beside Cock of the Walk Restaurant on Sunday afternoon, January 7th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. We are very grateful to the ownership of Cock of the Walk for allowing us to conduct this service on their property! There will be a room reserved at the restaurant for those who want to remain afterwards and partake of a meal together. We are looking forward to this time of fellowship with our sister churches in the area.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first Arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the week-end of March 2-5, 2018. We look forward to spending this time with His Grace! More will be forthcoming in the future about his specific schedule and meetings he would like to schedule while he is here.
Registration for Campers at the Antiochian Village opened online on December 11th. Camp
St. Thekla has not yet posted their registrations on their website, but will probably do so soon. Please check their website at campstthekla.org or go to the Archdiocese website antiochian.org and click on Departments and Organizations and then click on Camping. You can find a link to Camp St. Thekla there as well.
Fasting Discipline for December
During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted. There is no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.
Major Commemorations for December
December 20 God-bearer Ignatius of Antioch
December 25 Nativity of our Lord
December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27 Protomartyr Stephen
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: “That the revelation received by Moses was incomplete is shown in his testimony to the people that ‘the Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee . . . unto him ye shall hearken’. Also: “And the Lord sai unto me . . . I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him” (Deut. 18.15, 18). According to the Old Testament all Israel lived in expectation of the coming of the Prophet of whom ‘Moses wrote’ (John 5.46), the Prophet par excellence, ‘THAT prophet’ (John 1.21). The Jewish people looked for the coming of the Messiah who when he was come would tell them ‘all things’ (John 4.25). Come and live among us, that we may know Thee, was the constant cry of the ancient Hebrews. Hence the name ‘Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us’ (Is. 7.14; Matt. 1.23).”
Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine
Worship: Sunday, December 24, 2017 (Sunday before the Nativity of Christ; Sunday of the Genealogy)
Scripture: Hebrews 11:9-10, 32-40; Matthew 1:1-25
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari