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September 1, 2019

Indiction of the New Ecclesiastical Year

September 1 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. The liturgical year is a body of sacred “signs” which have a present effect. Each liturgical feast renews and actualizes the event of which it is the symbol; it takes the event out of the past and makes it immediate; it offers us the appropriate grace; it becomes the “effectual sign.” The liturgical year is a special means of union with Christ. Every Eucharist unites us intimately with Christ, for in it He is “both He who offers and He who is offered.” Every prayer, being the prayer of the members of the mystical body, shares in the prayer of Him who is the Head of the Body and the only One whose prayer is perfect. We are called to relive the whole life of Christ: from Christmas to Easter, from Easter to Pentecost, we are exhorted to unite ourselves to Christ in his birth and in his growth, to Christ suffering, to Christ dying, to Christ in triumph and to Christ inspiring His Church. The liturgical year forms Christ in us; the liturgical year is Christ Himself, annus est Christus. It includes the cycle of feasts of the saints, the glorified members of the body of Christ. Their sanctity is but an aspect, a shining ray of the holiness of Christ Himself. To celebrate the feast of a saint is to celebrate a special grace that flows from Christ to that saint and so to us. In the same way that the feasts of our Lord in a mysterious way renew the events of His life, so the feasts of the saints make their lives, their merits and their deaths mysteriously actual. Commemorations of the martyrs renew the grace of their violent deaths, so that, as these were a participation in the passion of Christ, this passion is relived in remembering the martyrs. The liturgical year has but one and the same object, Jesus Christ; whether we contemplate Him directly or through the members of His body. Great graces and great spiritual opportunities are offered us during the course of the liturgical year. It provides a frame and support for Christian piety; it gives it a style which is sober and objective; it maintains a bond of unity among believers. Above all, it communicates an inspiration and transmits a life. It acquires its true meaning to the extent that it becomes an adoration in spirit, in truth.

(Excerpted and paraphrased from The Year of Grace of the Lord)

I Timothy 2:1-7: From our reading in St. Paul=s first letter to Timothy, we hear him exhort Timothy to offer intercessory prayers for all without partiality, and to give special attention to prayer for those in authority.

Luke 4:16-22: In a synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah concerning the anointing of the Christ and the blessings that he will bring to the Jewish people. Then He tells them that He is the fulfillment of that prophecy.

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 for the Indiction: O Maker of all creation, Who hast established the times and seasons in Thine own power: Bless the crown of this year with Thy goodness, O Lord, and keep our rulers and Thy flock in peace, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, and save us.

Troparion of the Synaxis of the Theotokos: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, haven and protection of the race of man; for the Redeemer of the world became incarnate of thee; for thou alone art both mother and virgin, ever blessed and glorified. Intercede with Christ God that peace be granted unto all the world.

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 for the Indiction: O God of all, Thou Who hast made all the ages, O Sovereign Lord, truly transcendent in essence, bestow Thy grace and blessing on the year to come; and, O Most Compassionate, in Thine infinite mercy save all them that worship Thee, Who alone art our Master, and that with fear, O Savior, cry to Thee: Grant unto all men a fruitful and godly year.


Sunday, September 1 (Indiction of the New Ecclesiastical Year)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, September 2

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, September 3

NO Daily Orthros

Wednesday, September 4

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

Thursday, September 5

NO Daily Orthros

Friday, September 6 (Miracle of the Archangel Michael)

[DOMSE Retreat begins in Franklin,

Saturday, September 7

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, September 8 (Nativity of the Theotokos)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal


Eucharist Bread …was offered by 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:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

September 1 Meadows Meadows/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

September 8 (Sun. a.m.) D. Root POT LUCK MEAL

(Nativity of the Theotokos) Set-up: Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

September 14 (Sat. a.m.) Karam Kh. Sharon Meadows

September 15 Brock Katool/Davis/Baba

September 22 Baker Schelver/Karam/Pacurari

September 29 Henderson Habeeb/Jones/Turner

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#

September 1 Warren Strain I Tim. 2:1-7 303

September 8 Mildred Morris Phil. 2:5-11 307

September 14 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 1:18-24 311

September 15 Sam Habeeb Gal. 2:16-20 193

September 22 Brenda Baker II Cor. 1:21-2:4 158

September 29 Walt Wood II Cor. 4:6-15 163

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; Dn. Noah and Sh. 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 refrain from wearing shorts or revealing clothes to the services of the church this summer. We realize that it is hot but the church frowns on attire that is that casual for its services.

There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

Our annual Fall Festival is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Many thanks to Anna Kathryn Stewart for coordinating this event for the last few years! We are still looking for a volunteer who would be willing to take it on this year. If you would be willing to do so, please let Fr. John know. If no volunteers come forward, we will cancel the event.

Christian Education Classes will resume on Sunday, September 8th. Please be sure to have your children at church on time.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. However, they will meet on the third Thursday in July (only).

* 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.

* There will be a Back to School Swim Party for the Christian Education classes following Coffee Hour TODAY at the home of Mike and Cheryl Pigott.

* The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold its second Fall Retreat September 6-7 at St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN.

* Christian Education classes resume NEXT Sunday, September 8th.

* The banquet for Sunnybrook Children’s Home is Thursday, September 26th. Please see info below.

* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.

* Our annual Fall Festival is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, October 19th.

* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection on Saturday, October 26th. Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington will be our speaker. More information will be available at a later date.

* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter on the weekend of November 8-10. Please mark your calendars now.

* Daily Orthros will resume with the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.

The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold its second Fall Retreat on September 6-7 at St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN. This will be strictly a spiritual retreat. There will be no business meetings of any kind. There is a $40 registration fee per person (to cover meals and snacks). Please see the flyer in the hallway outside the nave and on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall for hotel information.

The Sunnybrook “Champions for Children Dinner” will be held at the Jackson Country Club on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. The Keynote Speaker will be First Lady Deborah Bryant. The cost of the banquet is $75 per person and the deadline for purchase is September 15th. Contact Dn. Terry if you would like to be included at a table(s) with others from St. Peter.

If severe weather is in the area please check our website or facebook page for information on services. If it is ever necessary to cancel any of our services due to severe weather conditions, this will be posted on those sites.

Fasting Discipline for September

In September, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross on September 14th is also a strict fast day.

Major Commemorations for September

September 1 Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year

September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael

September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos

September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna

September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis

September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross

September 23 Conception of the Forerunner

September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla

September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)

September 28 Venerable Chariton

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: “The fruits of prayer are beyond telling. Prayer rekindles one’s inspiration, dissolves doubts and fears, and revives the desire for eternal blessings. It comforts the heart with groanings that cannot be uttered, heals the wounds of sin, warms the soul and enlightens the mind. It renders man’s spirit sagacious, instilling in him an unrivalled resolve to prefer nothing earthly to the things of heaven, and in every labour of whatever kind and in whichever place to be well-pleasing to God (cf. 2 Cor. 5:9), be it in death or in life. Fr. Sophrony calls prayer an ever-new creation that unites the spirit of man with the Spirit of God and heals nature wounded by sin.”

Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart

Worship: Sunday, September 8, 2019 (Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross; Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)

Scripture: Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris

Prosphora: D. Root

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Set-up: Baker/D. Root/Dansereau