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February 23, 2020

Sunday of the Last Judgement

Meat Fare Sunday

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 second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement. It is a lesson about Christian love. For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ’s love. Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ’s gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged. For “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me….”

I Corinthians 8:8-9:2: St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.

Matthew 25:31-46: In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righ­teous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

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 Meat Fare Sunday: When thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at thy right hand, O righteous Judge.

CALENDAR

Sunday, February 23 (Sunday of Meat Fare)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, February 24 (The Forerunner – 1st & 2nd Discoveries)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, February 25

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

12:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch

Wednesday, February 26

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:15 p.m. — Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, February 27

6:30 a.m. — Daily Orthros

Friday, February 28

Saturday, February 29

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

Sunday, March 1 (Sunday of Cheese Fare)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy last Sunday, by the Katools for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday morning and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The koliva for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday morning was offered by the Joneses.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

February 23 Schelver Pigott/Meadows

March 1 Morris Baker/D. Root/Dansereau

March 8 Jones Katool/Davis/Algood/Baba

March 15 Meadows Schelver/Karam/Pacurari

March 22 Davis Habeeb/Jones/Turner

March 24 (Tues. p.m.) D. Root Christina Katool

(Feast of the Annunciation)

March 29 Karam Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

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 23 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

March 1 Brenda Baker Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

March 8 Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281

March 15 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 1:10-2:3 283

March 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

March 24 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376

March 29 Mildred Morris Heb. 6:13-20 287

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.

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 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.

All those in our parish affected by the recent floods.

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.

Pledge Letters were mailed recently. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible.

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).

Tax letters for 2019 Donations were mailed recently. Please let Kh. Sharon know if you did not receive yours, or if there were any discrepancies in the amount listed.

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.

* Schedule for the special Services of the First Week in Great Lent:

Sunday, March 1st, 6:30 p.m. – Forgiveness Vespers

Monday, March 2nd, 6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Tuesday, March 3rd, 6:30 p.m.