May 20, 2018
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
Today is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea. This day commemorates the Holy Fathers who sat in council at Nicea, the first of the ecumenical councils. Through them we see the commitment to the immutable truth of God for all the faithful, especially those who lead in the faith. The men of this council bear special note by the significance of their creed, for it is the fundamental statement of orthodox Christology and an enduring guide to our faith. The events of the ascension and the scriptures of this day emphasize to us the nature and action of Christ, and the history of these fathers puts us in mind of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church, work proclaimed by the glorious events which we now anticipate in the preparation for Pentecost.
Acts 20:16-18, 28-36: In the reading from Acts, we hear St Paul speak to the elders of the church at Ephesus, encouraging them to follow his example in their shepherding, and bidding them his final farewell as he approached his imprisonment at Rome.
John 17:1-13: In the passage from John, Jesus prays for His disciples, that they would be united as one and kept from evil.
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 the Ascension: Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, 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 the Ascension: When thou didst fulfill thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto thy beloved, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.
Sunday, May 20 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, May 21 (Constantine and Helen)
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 22
No Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 23
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 24
No Daily Orthros
Friday, May 25
Saturday, May 26
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 27 (Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education (Last day)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Picnic Pot Luck Meal
6:30 p.m. — Kneeling Vespers
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy last Sunday, by the Jones for the Feast of the Ascension this past Wednesday evening and by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
May 20 Meadows Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
May 27 D. Root PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL
June 3 Karam Ellis/Zouboukos
June 10 Brock POT LUCK MEAL
June 17 Baker Skirtech/Parker
June 24 R. Root D. Root/Dansereau/Davis
June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Henderson Karen Cooper
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#
May 20 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
May 27 Mildred Morris Acts 2:1-11 77
June 3 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 11:33-12:2 84
June 10 Sam Habeeb Rom. 2:10-16 90
June 17 Brenda Baker Rom. 5:1-10 96
June 24 Walt Wood Rom. 13:11-14:4 279
June 28 (Thur. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389
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 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; 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 take Note that there have been several car burglaries in our neighborhood recently. These involved cars that had been left unlocked. Please be sure that your car is locked in the parking lot.
Father John will be out from May 19-26 for family vacation. If you need a priest during this time, please contact Father Leo or Father James.
Congratulations and Many Years to all of our Graduates:
Emil Ellis on Saturday, May 5th from Delta State University
Dimitri Staursky on Saturday, May 5th from Milsaps College
Alexa Zouboukos on Saturday, May 12th from the University of Mississippi
Nicholas Zouboukos on Wednesday, May 23rd from St. Joseph High School
We will honor Nicholas Zouboukos our High School Graduate at the Picnic Pot Luck Meal next Sunday!
Following the Picnic Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, May 27th, Father John and anyone who desires to participate will go to the Natchez Trace Cemetery to say the Trisagion Prayers for the Departed for our departed loved ones who are buried there.
Vacation Church School will be held July 19-21 this year. The theme will be “Feasts of the Theotokos”. Parents, please make a note of these dates. More information will be available soon.
* 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.
* We will not celebrate the Saturday of the Souls liturgy on Saturday morning, May 26th as previously noted on the monthly calendar.
* Sunday, May 27th will be the last day of Church School for this year. It will resume in September.
* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, May 27th. Later that evening we will have Kneeling Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The next date for serving meals at the Stewpot is November 10th.
Bookstore News: We have a new book in the bookstore! It is called Lantern of Grace by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov. This book is about the life of St. John Maximovitch, also called St. John of San Francisco. He is an American saint, and if you don’t know much about him this book would be a wonderful opportunity to be inspired. If you do know about him, the book is beautiful and packed with stories about St. John and copies of his sermons and prayers. There are many color photographs throughout the book and it is a high quality edition.
Fasting Discipline for May
Following Ascension, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. There will also be no fasting during the week following the Feast of Pentecost (May 27th).
Major Commemorations for May
May 20 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
May 21 Sts. Constantine and Helen
May 25 The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)
May 26 Saturday of the Souls
May 27 Pentecost
For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John
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.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “How can we ‘work out our salvation’? How can we make our bodies incorruptible? How can we free ourselves from the dominion of sin and the power of death? Such are the questions that should be our continual preoccupation, ever stronger and more intense. Life is so short and the goal is so high, and so distant.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life
Worship: Sunday, May 27, 2018 (Pentecost)
Scripture: Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Prosphora: D. Root
Coffee Hour: PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL