October 13, 2019
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Titus 3:8-15: On this Sunday we read from St. Paul’s letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delving into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions.
Luke 8:5-15: Our Lord tells the parable of the sower in which he teaches us that the believer who perseveres with honest and good hearts will bear much fruit.
Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
Sunday, October 13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
Monday, October 14
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, October 15
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, October 16
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, October 17
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, October 18 (Apostle Luke)
Saturday, October 19
4:00 p.m. — FALL FESTIVAL
NO Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, October 20 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Katools for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
October 13 Katool POT LUCK MEAL
October 20 Schelver Stewart/Meadows
October 27 Morris Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric
November 2 (Sat. a.m.) Jones Karen Cooper/Anastasia Jones
(Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
November 3 Meadows Baker/D. Root/Dansereau
November 10 Davis BANQUET
November 17 D. Root Katool/Davis/BaBa/Algood
November 20 (Wed. p.m.) Katool (Artoklasia Bread) NO MEAL
(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 24 Karam Schelver/Karam/Pacurari
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#
October 6 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 6:1-10 168
October 13 Warren Strain Titus 3:8-15 322
October 20 Sh. Charlotte Algood II Cor. 9:6-11 178
October 27 Mildred Morris II Cor. 11:31-12:9 183
November 2 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
November 3 Sam Habeeb Gal. 1:11-19 188
November 10 Walt Wood Gal. 2:16-20 193
November 17 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 6:11-18 198
November 24 Warren Strain Eph. 2:14-22 207
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; 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; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi 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.
We welcome the Miller Family, Chad, Sarah, Katie, Timothy, Anna and Isaac as catechumens at St. Peter! Please keep them in your prayers.
There will be no Daily Orthros on weekdays until the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.
Our annual Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. Many thanks to Anna Kathryn Stewart for agreeing to coordinate this event again! Several people have agreed to help with this as well, but we need more volunteers, including men to help cook burgers and hotdogs, etc. A link to the sign–up sheet was e-mailed earlier. Also, an e-mail was sent asking for a headcount for food purposes. If you did not receive either e-mail, please let Anna Kathryn know. As in past years, we will not have Ninth Hour or Great Vespers that evening.
* 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.
* Our annual Fall Festival is 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.
* We will celebrate the Feastday of St. Rapael, Bishop of Brooklyn with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, November 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* 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.
Fasting Discipline for October
In October, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for October
October 18 Apostle Luke
October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
Directory update: Davis Bourne has a new address:
4661 Trawick Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
2019 Orthodox Women’s Retreat: The fifth annual Orthodox Women’s Retreat is scheduled for the last Saturday of October at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton, MS. We are honored to have Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery, Vashon Island, Washington, as our speaker. The ladies of Holy Resurrection, Holy Trinity-St. John the Theologian, and St. Peter Orthodox Churches look forward to hosting you on October 26th. Flyers and registration forms are available in the hallway outside the nave.
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.
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.
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: “If man is to pray in a way that will both unite him with God and sustain the world, he will need inspiration and energy. We have seen how the grace of mindfulness of death powerfully alters man’s perspective on life, and prepares man to turn his whole being towards God in prayer. This is because eternity is knocking at the door of his soul, bearing witness to the unbearable fact that every created thing, being tainted by sin, has been deprived of the glory of God and is therefore devoid of true life. He now sees clearly that he originates from nothing, and that he is nothing outside the good pleasure and kind intention of God. This realization almost inevitably begets in him a humble disposition, a humble faith in God’s revelation, and his soul is prepared for enlightenment by grace. This humble disposition is a most precious foundation which will inspire him to turn in prayer and hope to ‘the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially those that believe’ (I Tim. 4:10). At this point, man begins to know the action of the right hand of the Most High. He is enriched in his heart by the illumination of ‘the light of knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’ (2 Cor. 4:6). At first, the light of God illumines man ‘unseen and from behind’, without his being able to see its source—the Person of Christ. But he is gradually granted faith in Christ’s divinity, and he becomes increasingly aware of his spiritual poverty and uselessness, for the divinity of Christ discloses the true nature of sin. Man now perceives the metaphysical dimension of his fall from the blessed and undefiled life ‘in the Light proceeding from the Countenance of the Father of all’, and his sense of spiritual poverty and sinfulness prepare him further for deeper repentance in prayer.”
Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart
Worship: Sunday, October 20, 2019 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: II Corinthians 9:6-11; Luke 8:26-39
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows