October 20, 2019
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 9:6-11: Reading in II Corinthians we hear St Paul encourage the church to minister generously to others, knowing this, that God will grant grace in abundant measure to those who serve others.
Luke 8:26-39: From the reading in St Luke, we see Jesus heal a man possessed by demons; in doing so, Jesus demonstrates His authority over His creation, even when it rebels against Him.
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
Troparion of St. Artemius the Great-martyr: Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crown of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons= strengthless presumption. O Christ our God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
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 20 (Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, October 21
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, October 22
NO Daily Orthros
Wednesday, October 23 (Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, October 24
NO Daily Orthros
Friday, October 25
Saturday, October 26 (Great-martyr Demetrios)
9:00 a.m. — Orthodox Women’s Retreat at Holy Resurrection
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, October 27 (Nineteenth 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 Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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 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.
Please keep Maria Costas in your prayers. She is hospitalized at Baptist Hospital with a serious staph infection.
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.
Many thanks to all who helped with our Fall festival yesterday! Thanks especially to Anna Kathryn Stewart for coordinating the event!
The schedule for Bishop NICHOLAS’ visit on the week-end of November 8-10 will be forthcoming in the near future.
* 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.
* The Women’s Pan-Orthodox Retreat will be held at Holy Resurrection THIS Saturday, October 26th.
* We will celebrate the Feastday of St. Raphael, 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. Dn. Herman Lasseter will be ordained into the priesthood that Sunday. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
* Daily Orthros will resume with the Fast of the Nativity, which begins on November 15th.
Directory update: Davis Bourne has a new address:
4661 Trawick Drive
Jackson, MS 39211
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 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
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: “The grace of mindfulness of death must, however, be cultivated, because it unites man with the personal God of Revelation. As he perceives the magnitude of his fall and begins to dread the consequences of sin, he cleaves to God in fear, and this fear of God humbles his heart in all its depth. The heart has now been discovered and rekindled, and there is new strength in his prayer of repentance. He becomes an expression of the biblical truth about man, who is described as a ‘deep heart’ (Ps. 64:6) thirsting after that sense of divinity which alone satisfies his nous (cf. Prov. 15:14 Lxx).”
Archimandrite Zacharias, The Hidden Man of the Heart
Worship: Sunday, October 27, 2019 (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: II Corinthians 11:31-12:9; Luke 8:41-56
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Coffee Hour: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric