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December 1, 2019

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Ephesians 4:1-7: Reading in Ephesians, we hear St. Paul exhort us to maintain the unity of the spirit and to walk in a manner worthy of our calling.

Luke 13:10-17: By healing a woman held in bondage to an illness for eighteen years, our Lord dem­onstrates that the Law does not prohibit righteous action on the Sabbath.

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 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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.


Sunday, December 8 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Santa Lucia Celebration during Coffee Hour

Monday, December 9 (Conception of the Theotokos)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, December 10

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Wednesday, December 11

6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis

Thursday, December 12 (Spyridon the Wonder-worker)

6:30 a.m. — Festal Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia

Friday, December 13 (Herman of Alaska)

Saturday, December 14

10:00 a.m. — Women meet for Akathist

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

Sunday, December 15 (Sunday of the Holy Forefathers)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Children’s Nativity Play


Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for Great Vespers for the Feast of St. Nicholas this past Thursday evening was offered by the Hendersons.

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

December 8 Baker Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

December 15 Algood Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper

December 22 Katool Stewart/Meadows

December 24 (Tues. p.m.) Schelver Kh. Be’Be’/Cheryl/Sarah Anne/Lamia

(Feast of the Nativity of our Lord)

December 29 Morris Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

December 31 (Tues. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread) NO MEAL

(Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and Feastday of St. Basil the Great)

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#

December 8 Brenda Baker Eph. 4:1-7 212

December 15 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 1:8-18 346

December 22 Mildred Morris Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348

December 24 (Tues. p.m.) Walt Wood Gal. 4:4-7 351

December 29 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 1:11-19 188

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.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

We thank God for the safe return of Chris Dansereau from Afghanistan and for the grace given to Rebecca and their daughters during his absence!

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.

* We are currently in the Fast of the Nativity and, as is our parish custom, we will have the Service of the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, beginning December 4th.

* We will have a Santa Lucia celebration during Coffee Hour today.

* The Christian Education classes will present their annual Nativity Play following Coffee Hour next Sunday, December 15th.

* Our celebration of the Nativity of our Lord will begin with Royal Hours on Tuesday morning, December 24th, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy will take place that evening, beginning at 10:00 p.m.

* We will celebrate the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Tuesday evening, December 31st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Fasting Discipline for December

During the Fast of the Nativity (November 15-December 24) the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.

Major Commemorations for December

December 9 Conception of the Theotokos

December 12 Spyridon the Wonder-worker

December 13 Herman of Alaska

December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios

December 20 Ignatios the God-bearer of Antioch

December 25 The Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos

December 27 Protomartyr Stephen

The Parish Council is aware of problems with the water pressure in the bathrooms and is seeking solutions with the city and a plumbing company. We appreciate your forbearance.

Information regarding the Diocesan Winter Retreat will be forthcoming from Father John. Registration forms are available in the hallway outside the nave.

Anyone wishing to contribute to Sunnybrook Children’s Home can find information on options available on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Please let Dn. Terry know right away if you’d like to participate.

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: “He who directs his thoughts to God honors everyone; he finds help from everyone by the hidden will of God. And he who defends the oppressed has God as an ally; he who gives his hand to help his neighbor receives God’s hand in return.”

St. Isaac the Syrian

Worship: Sunday, December 15, 2019 (Hieromartyr Eleutherios; Sunday of the Holy Forefathers)

Scripture: II Timothy 1:8-18; Luke 14:16-24

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon Meadows

Prosphora: Algood

Coffee Hour: Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper