December 16, 2018
Sunday of the Forefathers of Christ
Colossians 3:4-11: As we read in Colossians, we see St Paul encouraging the Church to practice the virtues of compassion, kindness, and humility. He reminds us that love is the bond which holds us together and calls us to let the peace of Christ to rule us.
Luke 14:16-24: In the parable of the man who gave a dinner we see that not all who are called to dine will come and that the consequences of refusing the invitation are great.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Forefathers: Thou hast justified by faith the ancient forefathers and through them thou hast gone before and betrothed unto thyself the Church of the Gentiles. Let the saints, therefore, take pride in glory; for from their seed sprouted forth a noble fruit, and she it was who gavest birth to thee without seed. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, save 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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.
Sunday, December 16 (Sunday of the Holy Forefathers)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — POT LUCK MEAL
12:00 p.m. — Children’s Nativity Play
Monday, December 17
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, December 18
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, December 19
6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, December 20 (Ignatios the God-bearer of Antioch)
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, December 21
Saturday, December 22
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, December 23 (Sunday before the Nativity of Christ)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
December 16 Meadows POT LUCK MEAL
December 23 Davis Baker/D. Root/Dansereau
December 24 (Mon. p.m.) D. Root 1. Sarah Milnor
(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ) 2. Natalia Aleetawi
3. Cheryl Pigott
December 30 Karam Katool/Davis/Staursky
December 31 (Mon. P.m.) Baker (Artoklasia Bread) No Meal
(January 1-Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and Feast of St. Basil the Great)
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#
December 16 Sam Habeeb Col. 3:4-11 233
December 23 Brenda Baker Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Mon. p.m.) Walt Wood Gal. 4:4-7 351
December 30 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 1:11-19 188
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 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 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); 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; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker 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.
Father John, Kh. Janet and all their family deeply appreciate all the words of encouragement, food, flowers and support that was given to them following the falling asleep of his father Jack Henderson. Please continue to keep all of them in your prayers. May his Memory be Eternal!
Memory Eternal! Martha Rowell, who was a member of St. Barnabas Orthodox Church in Lexington, SC and a friend of several members of St. Peter, fell asleep in the Lord this past week after a battle with cancer. Please keep her husband, Subdeacon Kent and all of their family in your prayers.
We will pray the Trisagion Prayers of Mercy during the Divine Liturgy this morning for Sara Cooper.
Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Winter Retreat: The Winter Retreat is scheduled for January 25-27th at St. Elias Orthodox Church in Atlanta. V. Rev. Fr. John Oliver will be the Retreat Speaker. Registration (which covers meals and all other retreat expenses) is $50. You may register at http://bit.ly/DMC-Winter-Retreat. Hotel information is also available at that site.
Camp St. Thekla applications are now available. Scholarship money is also available for a limited time. If you would like your children to attend Camp, please get your applications in as soon as possible. The sessions fill up very quickly!
* 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 Nativity has begun and continues until the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord on December 25th. As is the custom in our parish, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis on Wednesday evenings during the fast in place of Daily Vespers, beginning Wednesday, November 28th.
* The Children will present their Nativity Program on Sunday today during our Pot Luck Meal.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ with Royal Hours on Monday morning, December 24th, beginning at 7:00 a.m. and Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy that evening, beginning at 10:00 p.m.
* As is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Fasting Discipline for December
During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted. There will be no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.
Major Commemorations for December
December 20 Ignatius of Antioch, the God-bearer
December 25 Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27 Protomartyr Stephen
Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.
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: “We must preserve the spirit of repentance all our life, right to the end. Repentance is the basis of all ascetic and spiritual life. The feeling, or intuition, of sin can become so acute in us that it really engenders a repentance from the depths of our being.”
Archimandrite Sophrony, Words of Life
Worship: Sunday, December 23, 2018 (Sunday before the Nativity; Sunday of the Genealogy)
Scripture: Hebrews 11:9-10, 32-40; Matthew 1:1-25
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker
Coffee Hour: Baker/D. Root/Dansereau