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January 14, 2018

Leave-taking of & Sunday after the Theophany of Christ

Ephesians 4:7-13: From our reading in Ephesians we hear St Paul explain how Christ gave apostles and prophets to the Church in order that through their work we might attain maturity in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 4:12-17: Jesus settles in Capernaum after the imprisonment of John the Baptist and there began His public ministry, preaching a gospel of repentance.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

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 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 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

Monday, January 15

Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off

6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, January 16 (Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, January 17

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, January 18 (Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria)

6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros

Friday, January 19

Saturday, January 20 (Euthymios the Great)

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

Sunday, January 21 (Thirty-second 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 Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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 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 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 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). 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.

* We will celebrate our patronal feast-day with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy TOMORROW evening, beginning at 6:00 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

The traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for January

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.

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: “Moses, as a man, needed obvious tokens of the power and authority bestowed on him, if he were to impress the Israelites, still prone to idol-worship, and compel them to heed his teaching. But it is impossible for us Christians to read the first books of the Old Testament without being appalled. In the Name of Jehovah all those who resisted Moses suffered fearful retribution and often death. Mount Sinai ‘burned with fire’ and the people were brought ‘unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest’, to ‘the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, which . . . they could not endure’ (Heb. 12.18-20).

It is the opposite with Christ. He came in utter meekness, the poorest of the poor with nowhere to lay His head. He had no authority, neither in the State nor even in the Synagogue founded on revelation from on High. He did not fight those who spurned Him. And it has been given to us to identify Him as the Pantocrator precisely because He ‘made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant’ (Phil. 2.7), submitting finally to duress and execution. As the Creator and true Master of all that exists, He had no need of force, no need to display the power to punish opposition. He came ‘to save the world’ (John 12.47), to tell us of the One True God. He discovered to us the Name of the Father. He gave us the word which He Himself had received from the father. He revealed God to us as Light in Whom is no darkness at all (cf. I John 1.5). He made known the most exquisite mystery of all, that God is a Hypostatic Being, yet not One Person but Three Persons in One: the Holy Trinity. He gave us baptism ‘with the Holy Ghost, and with fire’ (Matt. 3.11). In the light of this knowledge we now see the path to eternal perfection (cf. Matt. 5. 48).”

Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine

Worship: Sunday, January 21, 2018 (Thirty-second Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Timothy 4:9-15; Luke 19:1-10

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: David Tuner

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos