December 24, 2017
Sunday before Nativity of Christ (Sunday of the Genealogy),
Which Falls on the Paramon (Eve) of Nativity of Christ
Hebrews 11:9-10,17-23,32-40: Reading from Hebrews we hear the Apostle tell us of the faith of Abraham and other saints of ancient times who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith.
Matthew 1:1-25: In the Gospel we hear the genealogy of Jesus Christ, and of how Joseph was visited by an angel of God who told him of the child that Mary bore in her womb.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of Daniel and the Three Holy Youths: Great are the accomplishments of faith; for the three holy youths rejoiced in the fountain of flames as though at waters of rest. And the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, have mercy upon us.
Troparion of the Paramon of the Nativity: As the fruit of David’s seed, Mary was registered of old with the Elder Joseph in the little town of Bethlehem, when she conceived with a seedless and pure conception. Behold, the time was come that she should bear her Child, but no place was found within the inn for them; yet the cave proved a delightful palace for the pure Lady and Queen of all. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.
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 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
Monday, December 25 (Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ)
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, December 26 (Synaxis of the Theotokos)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, December 27 (Protomartyr Stephen)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, December 28
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, December 29
Saturday, December 30
5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, December 31 (Sunday before Theophany)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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)
January 6 (Sat. a.m.) Meadows Cheryl Pigott
(Feast of Theophany)
January 7 Davis Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
January 14 D. Root POT LUCK MEAL
January 15 (Mon. p.m.) Karam Christina Katool
(Feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
January 21 Brock Ellis/Zoubouos
January 28 Baker Pigott/Lavric/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#
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
January 6 (Sat. a.m.) Mildred Morris Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 361
January 7 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 19:1-8 64
January 14 Sam Habeeb Eph. 4:7-13 364
January 15 (Mon. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 12:1-11 50-51
January 21 David Turner I Tim. 4:9-15 252
January 28 Walt Wood II Tim. 3:10-15 258
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 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.
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 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.
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.
* 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 feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy TONIGHT, 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 next 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.
Fasting Discipline for December/January
From December 25th through January 4th, there is no abstinence of any kind and all types of food are permitted. The Forefeast of Theophany (January 5th) is observed as a strict dast day (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil). The traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for December/January
December 25 Nativity of our Lord
December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27 Protomartyr Stephen
January 1 Circumcision of Christ; St. Basil the Great
January 6 Theophany
January 7 Synaxis of the Forerunner
January 11 Theodosios the Head of Monasteries
January 16 The Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter
January 18 Athanasius and Cyril of Alexandria
January 20 Euthymios the Great
January 25 Gregory the Theologian
January 27 John Chrysostom
January 30 The Three Hierarchs
January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
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.
Pledge Letters were mailed out recently. Please return yours to the Church Office as soon as possible. This information is vital to formulating a budget for next year.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
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: “So for us Christians the focal point of the universe and the ultimate meaning of the entire history of the world is the coming of Jesus Christ, Who did not repudiate the archetypes of the Old Testament but vindicated them, unfolding to us their real significance and bringing new dimensions to all things—infinite, eternal dimensions. Christ’s new covenant announces the beginning of a fresh period in the history of mankind. Now the Divine sphere was reflected in the searchless grandeur of the love and humility of God, our Father. With the coming of Christ all was changed: the new revelation affected the destiny of the whole created world.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine
Worship: Sunday, December 31, 2017 (Sunday before Theophany)
Scripture: II Timothy 4:5-8; Mark 1:1-8
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon Meadows
Coffee Hour: Schelver/Meadows