June 9, 2019
Sunday of the After-feast of the Ascension
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Today is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea. This day commemorates the Holy Fathers who sat in council at Nicea, the first of the ecumenical councils. Through them we see the commitment to the immutable truth of God for all the faithful, especially those who lead in the faith. The men of this council bear special note by the significance of their creed, for it is the fundamental statement of orthodox Christology and an enduring guide to our faith. The events of the ascension and the scriptures of this day emphasize to us the nature and action of Christ, and the history of these fathers puts us in mind of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church, work proclaimed by the glorious events which we now anticipate in the preparation for Pentecost.
Acts 20:16–34: In the reading from Acts, we hear St Paul speak to the elders of the church at Ephesus, encouraging them to follow his example in their shepherding, and bidding them his final farewell as he approached his imprisonment at Rome.
John 17:1-13: In the passage from John, Jesus prays for His disciples, that they would be united as one and kept from evil.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of the Ascension: Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.
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 Ascension: When thou didst fulfill thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto thy beloved, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.
Sunday, June 9 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, June 10
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 11 (Apostles Bartholomew and Baranabas)
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, June 12
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, June 13
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, June 14
Saturday, June 15
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 16 (Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Picnic Pot Luck Meal
6:30 p.m. — Kneeling Vespers of Pentecost
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Feast of the Ascension this past Wednesday evening and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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
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#
June 9 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
June 16 Kh. Sharon Meadows 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 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.
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 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; 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.
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.
For updates on Fr. Leo’s condition, please go to caringbridge.org/visit/leofredrichschelver.
Father John will be in Raleigh/Durham NC for the Parish Life Conference June 12-15. If you need a priest during this time, please call Father James. We will have Daily Vespers and Great Vespers as usual but there will no Daily Orthros in his absence.
Father Lawrence Farley will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church on June 21-22. Fr. Lawrence is one of the speakers on Ancient Faith Radio and has several books available through Ancient Faith Publishing. He will be speaking on the challenges of Christian discipleship.
* 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 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 June
There is no fasting the Week following Pentecost (June 16th). The Fast of the Apostles will run from June 24th through the 28th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days.
Major Commemorations for June
June 9 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas
June 16 Feast of Pentecost
June 23 Sunday of All Saints
June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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: “Everyone is made in God’s image; but to be in His likeness is granted only to those who through great love have brought their own freedom into subjection to God. For only when we do not belong to ourselves do we become like Him who through love has reconciled us to Himself. No one achieves this unless he persuades his soul not to be distracted by the false glitter of this life.”
St. Diadochos of Photiki
Worship: Sunday, June 16, 2019 (Feast of Pentecost)
Scripture: Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon
Coffee Hour: PICNIC POT LUCK
Set-up: R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper