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March 4, 2018

Second Sunday of Lent

Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica

St. Gregory Palamas (c. 1296-1359) – St. Gregory was a Greek monk and theologian and the chief exponent of Hesychasm. He was ordained a priest in the year 1326 and became Bishop of Thessalonica in 1347. The political conditions made it impossible for him to take possession of the see until 1350. He died on November 14, 1359, which is his feast day. He was canonized in 1368. St. Gregory stressed the biblical notion of man as a single and united whole, body and soul together. In virtue of this, he argued that the physical exercises used by the Hesychasts in prayer, as well as their claim to see the Divine Light with their bodily eyes, could be defended as legitimate. He distinguished between the essence and the energies of God: God’s essence remains unknowable, but his uncreated energies, which are God Himself, permeate all things and can be directly experienced by man in the form of deifying grace.

Hebrews 1:10-2:3: Writing to the Hebrews, the Apostle quotes from Scripture to proclaim the great­ness of Jesus Christ as compared with the angels; for this reason we must be careful not to neglect our sal­vation.

Mark 2:1-12: Reading in the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus demonstrate His authority to forgive sins by healing a paralytic.

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 St. Gregory Palamas: O Gregory the Wonderworker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, glory of monks and invincible protector of theologians, pride of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, pray without ceasing for the salvation of our souls.

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 Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.

CALENDAR

Sunday, March 4 (Second Sunday of Lent; St. Gregory Palamas)

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, March 5

6:30 p.m. — Great Compline

Tuesday, March 6

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, March 7

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper

Thursday, March 8

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Friday, March 9

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Saturday, March 10

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, March 11 (Adoration of the Holy Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

March 4 Morris POT LUCK MEAL

(set-up: Schelver/Meadows/Karam)

March 11 Jones Henderson/Baker/Lockhart

March 17 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson Brenda Baker

(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva: Karen Cooper

March 18 Meadows Stewart/Turner/Waites

March 25 Davis POT LUCK MEAL

(Feast of the Annunciation) (set-up: Pigott/Lavric/Alaeetawi)

March 31 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Lazarus Saturday)

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#

March 4 Mildred Morris Heb. 1:10-2:3 283

March 11 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

March 17 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271

March 18 Brenda Baker Heb. 6:13-20 287

March 25 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 2:11-18 376

March 31 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

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 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; 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; Dr. Herman (Tristan) Englehardt.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

We welcome His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS on his first Archpastoral visit to St. Peter! Many Years, Master!

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.

FOCUS Offering: The Ladies of St. Peter recently took donations to be sent to FOCUS North America to help feed hungry children in our country. We raised $853! Thank you for your support of this worthwhile endeavor.

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.

* The dates for serving meals at the Stewpot are March 24th and November 10th.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Annuciation with a Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning, March 25th.

Fasting Discipline for March

Monday, February 19th was 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 March

March 4 Second Sunday of Lent; Gregory Palamas

March 9 Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

March 11 Third Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross

March 16 Christodoulos, Wonder-worker of Patmos

March 17 Saturday of Souls

March 18 Fourth Sunday of Lent; John Climacus

March 25 Feast of the Annunciation

Fifth Sunday of Lent; Mary of Egypt

March 31 Lazarus Saturday

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: “If an earthly king, or son of the king, visits a city or village and stays at one of its houses, a great number of people will gather near the house because all want to see his clear kingly eyes, carefully turned toward the entire realm and toward all its subjects, and all want to listen to the king’s gracious speech. The dignity of a king is so lofty, so important is his service to God and the people here on earth, that all feel toward him a peculiar involuntary reverence, and often a simple look from him is enough to enthrall someone.”

Father John of Kronstadt, Season of Repentance

Worship: Sunday, March 11, 2018 (Third Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross)

Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Mark 8:34-9:1

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: Henderson/Baker/Lockhart