January 5, 2020
Paramon (Eve) of and Sunday before Theophany
II Timothy 4:5-8: St Paul encourages Timothy to persevere in his calling, knowing that our perseverance in the battle before us will be rewarded with the crown of righteousness.
Mark 1:1-8: From the Gospel of St Mark we hear how John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus’ public ministry by calling for the people to repent from their sins and be baptized.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Paramon: The River Jordan was turned back by Elisseus’ mantle once, when the fiery man of zeal Elias had been taken up; then were its waters divided hither and thither. The running streams became dry passage unto him, truly as a sign and type of Baptism, whereby we pass to the other side of the shifting stream of this fleeting life. Christ hath appeared in the Jordan River, to sanctify the waters.
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 Forefeast of Theophany: In the running waters of the Jordan River, on this day the Lord of all crieth to John: Be not afraid and hesitate not to baptize Me, for I am come to save Adam, the first-formed man.
Sunday, January 5 (Forefeast of Theophany)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, January 6 (Theophany)
This Feast Day is one of the greatest days of the Christian year. In English, we are accustomed to hearing this Feast Day called “Epiphany,” a word which means “manifestation” or “appearance.” On this day, the Orthodox Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River by St. John the Baptist (he is called “the Baptist” because he baptized Christ). Epiphany is also called “Theophany” which means “God shows Himself to us.” The importance of this Feast Day lies in the fact that for the first time the Holy Trinity was revealed for all mankind to know and believe (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). When Jesus Christ was baptized in the River Jordan, a voice was heard from the heavens above saying, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.” The Father whose voice was heard from the heavens was God. The white dove was the symbol of the Holy Spirit which descended upon Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Thus, we have the Holy Trinity being revealed to all that day, almost 2000 years ago. This is why we call this day the day of illumination (light) and manifestation (appearance). The Holy Trinity made its appearance, and we have been illuminated by this wonderful truth and blessing. On this day we have the traditional blessing of the waters. Since the waters of the Jordan were blessed in the presence of Jesus Christ, it is a source of Divine Grace and blessing, and we bless ourselves and our homes with the waters of the “Sanctification Service” which is held during the Theophany Services.
Theophany Day is a day of illumination and sanctification. Let us pledge ourselves to a greater participation in the sacramental life of the Church of Christ. When the Priest blesses our homes, let us all pray that the blessing of the Theophany Season be with us throughout the year and may our homes be sanctified with our prayers, Christian living and spiritual direction in our lifetime.
7:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (only)
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, January 7 (Synaxis of the Forerunner)
6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, January 8
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, January 9
6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, January 10
Saturday, January 11 (Theodosios the Head of Monasteries)
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, January 12 (Sunday after Theophany)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
4:00 p.m. — Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasia Bread for the Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great was offered by the Meadows.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
January 5 Jones Baker/D. Root/Dansereau
January 6 (Mon. a.m.) Meadows Christina Katool
(Feast of Theophany)
January 12 Davis POT LUCK MEAL
January 15 (Wed. p.m.) D. Root Rola Karam
(Feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
January 19 Karam Schelver/Karam/Pacurari
January 26 Brock Habeeb/Jones/Turner
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.
Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the chanters stand at the front of the nave. Please be sure to use this book when you read.
Reader Reading Page#
January 5 Kh. Sharon Meadows II Tim. 4:5-8 354
January 6 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 361
January 12 Mildred Morris Eph. 4:7-13 364
January 15 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 12:1-11 50
January 19 Sam Habeeb Col. 3:4-11 233
January 26 Walt Wood I Tim. 4:9-15 252
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 continue to pray for the following members of St. Peter:
Warren Strain and their family. Warren is hospitalized in the ICU at St. Dominic’s following a stroke on December 23rd.
Nicholas Zouboukos and his family. Nickolas has recovered from his pneumonia and will be undergoing tests for a GI disorder in the future.
Aidan Milnor and his family. Aidan is hospitalized at Batson’s Children’s Hospital with influenza and possible pneumonia.
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.
* 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 Feast of Theophany will be celebrated with Royal Hours on Friday, January 3rd, beginning at 7:00 a.m. We will have Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday morning, January 6th, beginning at 7:00 a.m. Please note time change for Liturgy.
* The annual Blessing of the Water at the Ross Barnett Reservoir will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, January 12th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. beside the Cock of the Walk restaurant. All are invited to stay for a meal together at the restaurant afterwards.
* We will celebrate our Patronal Feastday with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, January 15th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* There will be no daily services and no Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers January 21-25th since our priests will be attending the Diocesan Clergy Retreat and Winter Retreat in Atlanta. We WILL have our services as usual on Sunday morning, January 26th.
* Stewpot Dates: February 22nd and August 22nd.
Fasting Discipline for January
January 5th is a strict fast day when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed. Following the Feast of Theophany the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for January
January 6 Feast of Theophany
January 7 Synaxis of the Forerunner
January 11 Theodosios the Head of Monasteries
January 16 Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter
January 18 Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria
January 20 Euthymios the Great
January 25 Gregory the Theologian
January 27 John Chrysostom
January 30 The Three Hierarchs
January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
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
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.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Everything is possible for the Lord God—not just healing the hopelessly sick person, but even raising the dead. Therefore, place all of your hope in the Lord God—with Whom there remains, both for you and for everyone, great mercy.
St. Anthony of Optina
Worship: Sunday, January 12, 2020 (Sunday after Theophany)
Scripture: Ephesians 4:7-13; Matthew 4:12-17
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL