February 9, 2020
Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican and
Leave-taking of the Presentation (Meeting) of Christ
Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, March 2nd, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves.
The theme of the fourth Sunday before Lent is HUMILITY and the Gospel lesson of the Publican and the Pharisee (Luke 18:10-14) is read. Here we are taught to avoid the arrogant thoughts of the Pharisee and to emulate the humble prayer of the Publican “God be merciful to me a sinner.”
II Timothy 3:10-15: In St Paul’s second letter to Timothy we are reminded that godliness will bring persecutions; and we are encouraged to continue doing those things that we have been taught so as to gain the wisdom that leads to salvation in Christ.
Luke 18:10-14: In the parable of the Pharisee and the tax-gatherer, Jesus teaches us that justification does not come to those who are proud and arrogant, but rather to those who are humble and repentant.
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 the Presentation: Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace; for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous old man, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, who granteth us resurrection.
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 Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
Sunday, February 9 (Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, February 10 (Hieromartyr Haralampos)
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, February 11 (Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste)
6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Wednesday, February 12
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice
Thursday, February 13
6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros
Friday, February 14
Saturday, February 15
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, February 16 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
February 9 Henderson Henderson/Lockhart/Alaeetawi/Cooper
February 16 Algood Stewart/Meadows
February 22 (Sat. a.m.) Katool Rebecca Dansereau
(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva: Sh. Charlotte Algood
February 23 Schelver Pigott/Meadows
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#
February 9 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 3:10-15 258
February 16 Mildred Morris I Cor. 6:12-20 265
February 22 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 10:23-26 271
February 23 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273
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 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; Tom and Kathy Willingham..
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the following members of St. Peter:
Warren Strain and their family. Warren is hospitalized at Baptist Hospital following a stroke on December 23rd.
Nicholas Zouboukos and his family. Nicholas is back in classes at Ole Miss but continues to undergo evaluation for a GI disorder.
Aidan Milnor and his family. Aidan is continuing to recover from his illness at home.
A Benevolence account has been established at St. Peter to help the Strain family deal with Warren’s medical bills and other needs. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please note on your check that it is for the Warren Strain Benevolence Fund. 100% of these funds will go to the Strain family.
Dorin and Carolina Lavric’s temporary address (until March 31st) is
4106 Johns Creek Circle
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Pledge Letters were mailed recently. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible.
The Annual Lebanese Dinner at St. George’s in Vicksburg will be Monday, February 10th. They will begin serving lunch at 10:00 a.m. and the evening meal at 4:00 p.m. The tit price will $15 per plate. The address is 2709 Washington Street, Vicksburg (the phone number is 601-636-2483.)
Tax letters for 2019 Donations were mailed last week. Please let Kh. Sharon know if you do not receive yours, or if there are any discrepancies in the amount listed.
House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall to sign up to have your home blessed. You may also e-mail Father John at frjohnc with 3 dates for your house blessing. Please schedule these as soon as possible. Everyone should have their home blessed. However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not with Father John. No house blessings will be done once Great Lent starts (March 2nd this year).
* 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 Annual Lebanese Dinner at St. George in Vicksburg is on Monday, February 10th.
* The Saturday of the Souls will be celebrated on Saturday morning, February 22nd with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* Stewpot Dates: February 22nd and August 22nd.
* Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will take place at St. Peter this year on Sunday evening, March 8th. More information will be available shortly.
* Sunday May 17th will be the last day of Church School until the fall.
* Bishop NICHOLAS’ next archpastoral visit is tentatively scheduled for May17-18th.
* Vacation Church School will be July 9-11. More information will be available at a later date.
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.
Fasting Discipline for February
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. However there is no fasting during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (February 9th). Following Meat Fare Sunday (February 23rd) meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meat Fare Sunday dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday.
Major Commemorations for February
February 9 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
February 10 Heiromartyr Haralampos
February 11 Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste
February 16 Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 22 Saturday of the Souls
February 23 Meat Fare Sunday
February 24 The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)
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
Quotable: “Passion is a knot of contradictions. It’s the expression of an egotism which wants to make all things gravitate around it; it’s the transformation of the world exclusively into a center of preoccupation as well. Passion is a product of the will of egocentric sovereignty; it’s also a force which pushes man down to the state of an object carried here and there against his will. Sometimes it seeks the infinite; other times it chooses nothingness.”
Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirtuality
Worship: Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)
Scripture: I Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris
Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows