May 12, 2019
Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers
About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when our Lord was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to His sepulcher, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to anoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils that these God-loving women brought to the tomb that they are called the Myrrh-bearers. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called Athe mother of James and Joses@ (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene; Mary, the wife of Cleopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee; Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence.
On this day we also make commemoration of Joseph of Arimathea, who was a secret disciple, and also of Nicodemus, who was a disciple by night. Joseph went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus, he gave Him burial out of reverence and love.
Acts 6:1-7: In the reading from Acts we see the establishment of the office of diaconate as an order of Church government with a purpose of serving the people and caring for their needs.
Mark 15:43-16:8: St Mark describes how Joseph of Arimathea claims the body of our Lord from Pilate to place it in his own tomb. On the third day, the three women learn from an angel that the Lord has risen from the dead.
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!
Troparia of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers: The pious Joseph, having brought down thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb. But thou didst truly rise, after three days, O Lord, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, The ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye, The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy.
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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, May 12 (Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, May 13
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, May 14
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, May 15
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, May 16
6:00 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, May 17
Saturday, May 18
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, May 19 (Sunday of the Paralytic)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
May 12 Brock Baker/D. Root/Dansereau
May 19 Baker Schelver/Karam/Pacurari
May 26 R. Root POT LUCK MEAL
June 2 Henderson Meadows/Jones/Turner
June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Katool Mary Guy Lockhart
(Feast of the Ascension)
June 9 Schelver Ellis/Zuoboukos/Waites
June 16 Morris PICNIC POT LUCK MEAL
(Feast of Pentecost) Set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper
June 23 Jones Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi
June 29 (Sat. a.m.) D. Root Marica Pacurari
(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
June 30 Davis Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric
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.
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 12 Walt Wood Acts 6:1-7 38
May 19 Mildred Morris Acts 9:32-42 45
May 26 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 11:19-30 52
June 2 Sam Habeeb Acts 16:16-34 58
June 5 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 1:1-12 63
June 9 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
June 16 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Acts 2:1-11 77
June 23 Warren Strain Heb. 11:33-12:2 84
June 29 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:6-9 389
June 30 Mildred Morris I Cor. 4:9-16 135
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.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral 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!
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.
* 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.
* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th. More details will be available at a later date.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* The Parish Life Conference will be held in Raleigh NC, June 13-16.
* We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Picnic Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, June 16th.
* We will have the Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost on the evening of June 16th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* 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.
Fasting Discipline for May
There will be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the Feast of the Ascension, for the whole forty days, as decided by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch in 1997. (This is a departure from what we have done in the past, but is what we have been directed to do by the Archdiocese.)
Major Commemorations for May
May 12 Sunday of the Holy Myrrh-bearers
May 19 Sunday of the Paralytic
May 25 The Forerunner (#rd Discovery)
May 26 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
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: “You are making strenuous efforts to attain the habit of the Jesus Prayer. May the Lord bless you! You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is within us—by the power of baptism and holy communion, according to His own promise; for He is united with us through these sacraments. For those who are baptized are clothed in Christ, and those who take holy communion receive the Lord. ‘He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him’ (John vi. 56), says the Lord. Only mortal sins deprive us of this great mercy: and even then it can be regained by those who repent and go to confession, and after receive holy communion. You must believe this. If your faith is insufficient, pray that God may increase it and establish it in you, firm and unshakeable.’”
St. Theophan the Recluse
Worship: Sunday, May 19, 2019 (Sunday of the Paralytic)
Scripture: Acts 9:32-42; John 5:1-15
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Coffee Hour: Schelver/Karam/Pacurari