February 11, 2018
Sunday of Meatfare
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 second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement. It is a lesson about Christian love. For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ’s love. Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ’s gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged. For “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me….”
I Corinthians 8:8-9:2: St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.
Matthew 25:31-46: In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righteous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.
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 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 Meat Fare Sunday: When thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at thy right hand, O righteous Judge.
Sunday, February 11 (Sunday of Meatfare)
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, February 12
Office Closed — Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, February 13
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, February 14
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, February 15
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, February 16
Saturday, February 17 (Saturday of the Souls)
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist and Pre-Lenten meal
5:45p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, February 18 (Sunday of Cheesefare)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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#
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.
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 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; 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; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their 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.
Please keep Tatyana Rukhlina in your prayers as she is nearing the end of her life. When the event occurs, her funeral and mercy meal will be held here at St. Peter with her burial at Natchez Trace Cemetery.
Memory Eternal! Please remember Mr. Luther Meadows (Fr. James’ father) and Mrs. Sue Thayer (Charlotte Wood’s mother) in your prayers both of whom fell asleep in the Lord this past week. May their Memory be Eternal! Please keep their families in your prayers as well.
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 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. However, they will meet on the third Saturday in February due to the Saturday of the Souls liturgy on the 10th.
* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.
* The Schedule of Services for the first week of Great Lent is as follows:
Sunday, February 18 — Forgiveness Vespers at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, February 19 — Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 20 — Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 — Presanctified Liurgy with Soup Supper at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 22 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 23 — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
Sunday, February 25 — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Trnity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson,
* 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.
* The dates for serving meals at the Stewpot are March 24th and November 10th.
2018 Church Calendars are in the foyer. Please take only one per family.
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.
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).
St. Nicholas Offering: The Parish Council has decided that the money raised in December for our St. Nicholas Offering will go to the Little Lighthouse, an organization that ministers to children with Special Needs.
Father Patrick Reardon will be speaking on the Psalms at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton on Tuesday, February 13th at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. These two talks are open to the public.
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.
Ladies of St. Peter Pre-Lenten Luncheon: On Saturday morning, February 17th, the Ladies will meet to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, we will have a Pre-Lenten Luncheon and Father John will give a teaching. There will also be a brief business meeting. This has always been a wonderful means of fellowship and of preparing our hearts for the journey through Great Lent together. Please make plans to attend.
Fasting Discipline for February
After today 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 (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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 February
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
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: “In Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit God gave us the full and final revelation of Himself. His Being now for us is the First Reality, incomparably more evident than all the transient phenomena of this world. We sense His divine presence both within us and without: in the supreme majesty of the universe, in the human face, in the lightning flash of thought. He opens our eyes that we may behold and delight in the beauty of His creation. He fills our souls with love towards all mankind. His indescribably gentle touch pierces our heart. And in the hours when His imperishable Light illumines our heart we know that we shall not die. We know this with a knowledge impossible to prove in the ordinary way but which for us requires no proof, since the Spirit Himself bears witness within us.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, His Life Is Mine
Worship: Sunday, February 18, 2018 (Sunday of Cheesefare)
Scripture: Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sam Habeeb
Coffee Hour: Algood/Jones/Strain/Dabit