March 31, 2019
Third Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of Precious and Life-giving Cross
In the middle of Lent, the church sets before us the Cross of Christ. On two other occasions during the year, September 14 and August 1, the cross is presented for our remembrance and veneration. Both these feasts link the Adoration of the Cross to historic events. However, the remembrance of the cross on the third Sunday in Lent prepares us for the commemoration of the crucifixion which is soon to follow in Holy Week, and at the same time, it reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ. The dominant note on this Sunday, as on the two Sundays preceding, is one of joy and triumph. No separation is made between Christ’s death and His resurrection, but the cross is regarded as an emblem of victory on Calvary as seen in light of the Empty Tomb.
Hebrews 4:14-5:6: After describing the all-seeing power of Jesus Christ, the writer of Hebrews reveals Him as the great high priest who perfectly identifies with us in our weakness.
Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.
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 Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy kingdom.
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.
Sunday, March 31 (Veneration of the Cross)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, April 1 (St. Mary of Egypt)
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, April 2
6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros
Wednesday, April 3
6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper
Thursday, April 4
6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros
11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch
Friday, April 5
6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
Saturday, April 6
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, April 7 (John Climacus)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Feast of the Annunciation this past Monday morning and on behalf of the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
March 31 Algood (by Meadows) R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
April 7 Meadows Stewart/Meadows
April 14 Schelver Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric
April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Anastasia Jones
April 21 Jones Kh. JanetHenderson/Christina Katool
April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Katool Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Great and Holy Thursday)
April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Karen Cooper
April 27 (Sat. p.m.) D. Root Turners/Dabits/Kh. Be’Be’ and ?
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 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 4:14-5:6 285
April 7 Walt Wood Heb. 6:13-20 287
April 14 Warren Strain Heb. 9:11-14 290
April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Heb. 12:28-13:8 291
April 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Phil. 4:4-9 294
April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295
April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300
April 27 (Sat. p.m.) Sam Habeeb Acts 1:1-8 25
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); 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; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family.
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 keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.
* 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.
* We will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers during Lent, beginning at 6:30 p.m..
* On Friday evenings of Great Lent we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* Virtual Teen Retreat here on Saturday, April 13th.
* We will be hosting Agape Vespers this year. More info will be available later.
* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th. More details will be available at a later date.
* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.
* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.
There will be a Virtual Teen Retreat here on Saturday, April 13th. This is a Diocesan event with Teens from the other parishes in our Diocese connected via the internet!! There will be a speaker and it will be possible to see fellow teens in the other parishes. Teens, please make plans to attend. Parents, please let Father John know whether or not your teen will be attending.
During Great Lent we will once again be collecting goods for the Commissary at Sunnybrook Children’s Home. Lists of the items that are needed are available in the foyer and also in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your donated items to the church and place them in the East end of the Fellowship Hall. Dn. Terry will collect them and take them to Sunnybrook.
New Address for the Algoods!!
601 Abbots Lane, Ridgeland, MS 39157
The Center for Pregnancy Choices of Jackson is hosting LifeWalk at Flowood Nature Park to raise funds for the many services it provides to the tri-county area. Find a sponsor, sponsor a walker, or sponsor yourself and join the Eastern Orthodox Churches team at nine o’clock, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Register at cpcmetrofriends.org/lifewalk or contact Susan Ainsworth at susana133@comcast. Sponsorship pledge forms are available in the foyer as well as additional information about the walk, but if you have any questions, please contact Susan Ainsworth.
Agape Vespers: St. Peter will be hosting Agape Vespers this year on Pascha. A committee is being formed to plan the event. More information will be available later.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next archpastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!
Fasting Discipline for April
During Great Lent 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 21st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). There is no fasting of any kind during Bright Week (April 29th – May 3rd).
Major Commemorations for April
April 1 Mary of Egypt
April 7 4th Sunday of Lent
April 14 5th Sunday of Lent
Mary of Egypt
April 20 Lazarus Saturday
April 22-27 Holy Week
April 23 Great-martyr George
April 25 Apostle Mark
April 28 PASCHA
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
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.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Now begins the task of accustoming ourselves to spiritual prayer to the Lord. The first-fruits of this prayer quicken our faith, faith reinforces our efforts and multiplies their fruits; and so the work proceeds successfully.
If we attain this habit of spiritual prayer to the Lord, we shall find that, by God’s mercy, the inward longing for Him comes more frequently. And subsequently it comes about that this interior involvement is confirmed for ever, and the man dwells inwardly before God without ceasing. This is the establishing of the kingdom of God within us. But let us add that with this comes also the start of a new cycle of changes in our inner life, which may be called the spiritualization of soul and body.”
St. Theophan the Recluse
Worship: Sunday, April 7, 2019 (Fourth Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of John Climacus)
Scripture: Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-31
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows