January 28, 2018
Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, February 19th, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves. The theme of the fourth Sunday before Lent is HUMILITY and the Gospel lesson of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) is read. Here we are taught to avoid the arrogant thoughts of the Pharisee and to emulate the humble prayer of the Publican “God be merciful to me a sinner.”
II Timothy 3:10-15: In St Paul’s second letter to Timothy we are reminded that godliness will bring persecutions; and we are encouraged to continue doing those things that we have been taught so as to gain the wisdom that leads to salvation in Christ.
Luke 18:10-14: In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-gatherer, Jesus teaches us that justification does not come to those who are proud and arrogant, but rather to those who are humble and repentant.
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
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 Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
Sunday, January 28 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, January 29
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
FASTING THIS WEEK]
Tuesday, January 30 (The Three Hierarchs)
6:00 a.m. — Festal Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, January 31 (Cyros and John the Merciful)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, February 1
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia
Friday, February 2 (Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)
Saturday, February 3 (Simeon the God-receiver)
5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, February 4 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
January 28 Baker Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi
February 1 (Thurs. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)
(Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)
February 4 R. Root Skirtech/Parker
February 10 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson Brenda Baker
(Saturday of the Souls – Koliva: Karen Cooper)
February 11 Algood POT LUCK MEAL
(set-up: D. Root/Dansereau/Davis)
February 18 Katool Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit)
February 25 Schelver R. Root/Habeeb/Pacurari
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 28 Walt Wood II Tim. 3:10-15 258
February 4 Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 6:12-20 265
February 10 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271
February 11 Warren Strain I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273
February 18 Sam Habeeb Rom. 13:11-14:4 279
February 25 David Turner Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Father John and Kh. Janet, along with Father James and Kh. Sharon and others from our parish, are attending the Diocese Mid-Winter Retreat in Atlanta and will be travelling home today. If you need a priest during this time, please call Father Leo.
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).
* 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 Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Winter Retreat in Atlanta is January 25-28th.
* February 11th is Meatfare Sunday. As is our parish custom we will celebrate Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy for Saturday of the Souls on Saturday morning, February 10th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* Due to the Saturday of the Souls Liturgy on February 10th, the Ladies of St. Peter will pray the Akathist on Saturday morning, February 17th beginning at 10:00 a.m. (instead of the usual second Saturday). They will also have a lunch afterwards and Father John will give a Pre-Lenten talk. Please mark your calendars now and make plans to be there.
* Bishop NICHOLAS will be making his first arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter the weekend of March 2nd-5th. Please mark your calendars now.
2018 Church Calendars are in the foyer. Please take only one per family.
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.
Fasting Discipline for January/February
There is no fasting of any kind during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (January 28th). The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the following Wednesday and Friday. Following Meatfare Sunday (February 11th) meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meatfare Sunday dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. February 18th is Cheesefare Sunday, the last day that dairy and wine are permitted. Monday, February 19th is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 1st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).
Major Commemorations for January/February
January 28 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
January 30 The Three Hierarchs
January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
February 2 Presentation of our Lord in the Temple
February 3 Simeon the God-receiver
February 4 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 10 Saturday of the Souls
February 11 Sunday of Meatfare
Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste
February 18 Sunday of Cheesefare
February 19 Clean Monday
February 24 The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)
February 25 Sunday of Orthodoxy
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.
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.
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: “Genuine Christian life is lived ‘in spirit and in truth’ (John 4.23), and so can be continued in all places and at all times since the divine commandments of Christ possess as absolute character. In other words, there are and can be no circumstances anywhere on earth which could make observance of the commandments impossible.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine
Worship: Sunday, February 4, 2018 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
Scripture: I Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Prosphora: R. Root
Coffee Hour: Skirtech/Parker