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January 7, 2018

Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner & Baptist John

Acts 19:1-8: In Ephesus St. Paul discovers disciples of John the Baptist and teaches them about the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven, baptizing them in the name of the Lord and laying hands upon them.

John 1:29-34: John the Baptist sees the Lord coming toward him and publically refers to Him as Athe Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.@ John further bears witness that he has seen the Spirit descending from heaven upon Him and that He is the Son of God.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of Theophany: By thy baptism, O Lord, in the River Jordan, worship to the Trinity has made its appearance; for the voice of the Lord didst come forth to thee with the testimony, naming thee beloved Son; and the Spirit in the likeness of a dove, confirming the truth of the word. Wherefore, O thou who didst appear and light the world, glory to thee.

Troparion for the Forerunner: The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner. Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize Him Who had been proclaimed. After suffering with joy in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in Hades the God Who appeared in the flesh, Who takest away the sin of the world, and granteth us the Great Mercy.

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 Theophany: Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hast been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.


Sunday, January 7 (Synaxis of John the Baptist)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

4:00 p.m. — Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at Ross Barnett Reservoir

Monday, January 8

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, January 9

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, January 10

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, January 11 (Theodosios the Head of Monasteries)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Friday, January 12

Saturday, January 13 (Theophany)

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, January 14 (Sunday after Theophany)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Feast of Theophany yesterday morning and by the Davises for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for the Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great was offered last Sunday evening by the Bakers.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

January 7 Davis Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

January 14 D. Root POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Stewart/Turner/Waites)

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#

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.

The Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will be held beside Cock of the Walk Restaurant THIS afternoon, 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.

The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold a Winter Retreat in Atlanta January 25-28th. This is a spiritual retreat that is open to all – Clergy, Antiochian Men, Antiochian Women, Young Adults and Teen SOYO. There will be brief business meetings with the Bishop followed by a retreat for each organization of the Diocese with wonderful speakers. There will also be a time for His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS to lay out his vision for our Diocese with a time for Questions and Answers. The retreat will be held at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown and the reservation number is 1-404-371-0204 (Courtyard Decatur Front Desk) or 1-888-236-2427 (Marriott Central Reservations). The special rate is $144 per night and is good until January 11th. Be sure to mention the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church room block when making your reservations over the phone. Please see the enclosed flyer with the Retreat Schedule.

House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for your house blessing. You may also e-mail Father John at frjohnc with 3 dates for your house blessing. Please schedule these as soon as possible. Everyone should have their home blessed. However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not with Father John. No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (February 19th this year).

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.

2018 Church Calendars are in the foyer. Please take only one per family.

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.

Calendar Items:

* 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 Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir will be held at Cock of the Walk on THIS afternoon, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

* The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Winter Retreat in Atlanta is January 25-28th.

* 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 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 January

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

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.

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: “And so He appeared, He to Whom the world owed its creation; and with rare exceptions ‘the world knew him not’ (John 1.10). The event was immeasurably beyond the ordinary man’s grasp. The first to recognize Him was John the Baptist, for which reason he was rightly termed the greatest ‘among them that are born of women’ and the last of the law and the prophets (cf. Matt. 11.9-13).”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, January 14, 2018 (Sunday after Theophany)

Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-13; Matthew 4:12-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Stewart/Turner/Waites