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August 5, 2018

Forefeast of the Transfiguration of Christ

Before His Passion, Jesus ascended Mount Tabor with His disciples Peter, James and John, for the purpose of prayer. There the three disciples beheld Him transfigured and saw a vision in which Moses the Lawgiver (shown on the icon on the right holding the tablets of the Law) and Elijah the Prophet appeared and spoke with Him. “And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him” (Matt. 17:2-3). The fact that Moses and Elijah appeared at the Transfiguration is very significant in that these two men were the leading figures of the Old Testament – which confirms the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (see Matthew 5:17). Their presence confirmed that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah whom the people of the Old Testament had been anticipating. The Gospel account also says that a voice from a bright cloud said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him” (Matt. 17:5), further confirming the person of Jesus as the divine Messiah. When the three disciples saw and heard these things they fell on their faces and were filled with awe (this is shown on the icon by the way Peter, James and John are depicted at the foot of the mount). When they came down the mountain Jesus told His disciples to “tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead” (Matt. 17:9). Jesus did not want everyone to know what had happened until the time was right. The Kontakion of the feast gives understanding as to why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to be present at His transfiguration: “On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father.”

I Corinthians 4:9-16: We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.

Matthew 17:14-23: The Lord Jesus again shows His abundant mercy when He heals a boy possessed by a demon. We also hear Him foretell His betrayal, death and resurrection, but the disciples do not understand.

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 Forefeast of the Transfiguration: Come, let us all welcome the Transfiguration of Christ, and joyously celebrate the bright pre-festival, O ye faithful, and let us cry: Nigh at hand now is the day of God-given gladness, as the Sov=reign Master goeth up on Mount Tabor to flash forth with the beautiful light of His Divinity.

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 Forefeast of the Transfiguration: All of mortal nature now divinely shineth on this day with the divine Transfiguration ere the time; and in great gladness, she crieth out: Christ is transfigured, and saveth the race of man.


Sunday, August 5 (Forefeast of the Transfiguration of Christ)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ)

7:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (only)

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, August 7

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, August 8

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Thursday, August 9

6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, August 10

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Saturday, August 11

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, August 12 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal


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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 5 Meadows Stewart/Meadows

August 6 (Mon. a.m.) Davis Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord)

August 12 D. Root POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Pacurari

August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Karam Christina Katool

(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

August 19 Brock Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

August 26 Baker Katool/Davis/Staursky

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#

August 5 Brenda Baker I Cor. 4:9-16 135

August 6 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Peter 1:10-19 401

August 12 Walt Wood I Cor. 9:2-12 141

August 14 (Tues. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Phil. 2:5-11 403

August 19 Warren Strain I Cor. 15:1-11 146

August 26 Mildred Morris I Cor. 16:13-24 152

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 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; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John.

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.

Sunnybrook Children’s Home will be holding their annual Fundraising Banquet on Saturday evening, August 11th. This year the featured speaker will be Greg Harper. Tickets are $75 and we will be having a St. Peter table at the event. If you are interested in going, the deadline for registration is Thursday, August 2nd. Also, please be sure to let Christina know so that you can be included in our table.

Our annual parish Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information will be made available in the near future.

A Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Teen Retreat will be held in Atlanta (hosted by St. Elias Church) September 7-9th. If you are interested in going, please let Fr. John know as soon as possible. Registration forms are available at https://goo.gl/forms/SIYClotCEDFDnY823.

St. Peter will be hosting the Lower MS Valley Deanery Clergy Retreat this fall. Dates and more information will be available at a later date.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter 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 Fast of the Dormition begins on Wednesday, August 1st and runs through August 14th. As is the custom in our parish we will pray the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings during the fast, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord with Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday, August 6th, beginning at 7:00 a.m.

* The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. More information soon.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be visiting St. Peter November 2-6. Please mark your calendars now.

* V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver, the pastor of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr Orthodox Church in Murfreesboro, TN, will be the speaker for the annual Women’s Retreat on Saturday, November 10th. More information will be available in the near future.

Fasting Discipline for August

From August 1st through August 14th (the Dormition Fast) the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days except Saturdays and Sundays when wine and oil are permitted. On August 6th (Feast of the Transfiguration) and 15th (Feast of the Dormition falls on Wednesday this year) fish, wine and oil are permitted. After the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner

Major Commemorations for August

August 1 Procession of the Holy Cross

August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord

August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

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.

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.

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

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “‘O Lord, vouchsafe unto us to pass this day without sin.’ I have often repeated to you this prayer of the Church. Life without sin on earth opens to us the doors of heaven. It is not a person’s intellectual acquisitions which will save him. It is life without sin which prepares us for life with God in the age to come. The grace of the Holy Spirit teaches us eternal realities, insofar as we live according to the commandments of Christ: Love God thy Creator with all thy being and love thy neighbour as thyself. Yes, always keep these commandments!

Remain in prayer, persevere, go through the day without sin. All the rest will be given by God Himself.”

Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life

Worship: Sunday, August 12, 2018 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

(Set-up: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Pacurari)