March 24, 2019
Second Sunday of Great Lent
Commemoration of Gregory Palamas
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.
In the earlier period, there was on this day a commemoration of the Great Martyr Polycarp of Smyrna (c. 155). St. Gregory replaced St. Polycarp on the Second Sunday of Lent in the fourteenth century.
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 thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!
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.
Sunday, March 24 (Gregory of Palamas)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, March 25 (Annunciation)
THE SCRIPTURE (Luke 1:26-38): The Angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee (the northernmost district of Palestine) named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house (family) of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Rejoice, you who are full of grace, the Lord is with you! Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold you shall conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father (ancestor) David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob (the father of all the tribes of Israel) for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the Angel, “How can this be, since I have no husband?” And the Angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid (servant) of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her.
THE SIGNIFICANCE: This feast commemorates the day when the Archangel Gabriel announced to a young virgin named Mary that she, among all women, had found favor with the Father. She was invited to cooperate with Him for the Incarnation of His pre-eternal Son through the operation of the Holy Spirit. This, “the beginning of our salvation,” was conditioned not only by God’s will and His election of Mary, but also by Mary’s own “YES” to do God’s will – “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
Father John’s Day Off
7:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (only)
Tuesday, March 26 (Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel)
6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros
12:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch
Wednesday, March 27
6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper
Thursday, March 28
6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros
Friday, March 29
6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
Saturday, March 30
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, March 31 (Adoration of the Cross)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
March 24 R. Root Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites
March 25 (Mon. a.m.) Henderson Kh. Sharon Meadows
(Feast of the Annunciation)
March 31 Algood R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
April 7 Meadows Stewart/Meadows
April 14 Schelver Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Pacurari
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/? 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 24 Mildred Morris Heb. 1:10-2:3 283
March 25 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376
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 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.
* 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.
March is Ladies Month in our Archdiocese when we give special attention to the role of women in our parish. Ladies will be reading the Epistle this month. Also, please allow the women to go first for communion during this time.
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 Monday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!
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.
Fasting Discipline for March
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).
Major Commemorations for March
March 24 2nd Sunday of Lent; Gregory Palamas
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation
March 26 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
March 31 3rd Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross
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: “The practice of reading and speaking of God will, used on its own, create a facile habit for such things: it is easier to philosophize than to pray or pay attention to oneself. But since it is a work of the mind, which falls so easily into pride, it predisposes a man to self-esteem. It may altogether cool the desire for practical effort, and consequently hinder sound progress by a flattering successfulness in this mental activity.
For this reason sound-minded teachers warn their pupils of the danger, and advise them not to concern themselves too much with such reading and talk to the detriment of other things.”
St. Theophan the Recluse
Worship: Sunday, March 31, 2019 (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. Sharon Meadows
Prosphora: Algood (by Meadows)
Coffee Hour: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper