March 15, 2020
Second Sunday of Lent
Commemoration of Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonica
St. Gregory Palamas (c. 1296-1359) – St. Gregory was a Greek monk and theologian and the chief exponent of Hesychasm. He was ordained a priest in the year 1326 and became Bishop of Thessalonica in 1347. The political conditions made it impossible for him to take possession of the see until 1350. He died on November 14, 1359, which is his feast day. He was canonized in 1368. St. Gregory stressed the biblical notion of man as a single and united whole, body and soul together. In virtue of this, he argued that the physical exercises used by the Hesychasts in prayer, as well as their claim to see the Divine Light with their bodily eyes, could be defended as legitimate. He distinguished between the essence and the energies of God: God’s essence remains unknowable, but his uncreated energies, which are God Himself, permeate all things and can be directly experienced by man in the form of deifying grace.
In the earlier period, there was on this day a commemoration of the Great Martyr Polycarp of Smyrna (c. 155). St. Gregory replaced St. Polycarp on the Second Sunday of Lent in the fourteenth century.
Hebrews 1:10-2:3: Writing to the Hebrews, the Apostle quotes from Scripture to proclaim the greatness of Jesus Christ as compared with the angels; for this reason we must be careful not to neglect our salvation.
Mark 2:1-12: Reading in the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus demonstrate His authority to forgive sins by healing a paralytic.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of St. Gregory Palamas: O Gregory the Wonderworker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, glory of monks and invincible protector of theologians, pride of Thessalonica and preacher of grace, pray without ceasing for the salvation of our souls.
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 Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.
Sunday, March 15 (Second Sunday of Lent; Gregory Palamas)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
Monday, March 16 (Christodoulos the Wonder-worker of Patmos)
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, March 17
6:30 a.m. — Lenten Orthros
Wednesday, March 18
6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper
Thursday, March 19
6:30 a.m. — Lenten Orthros
Friday, March 20
6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos
Saturday, March 21
10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for the Akathist
4:00 p.m. — Choir Practice
5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, March 22 (Third Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy
1:00 p.m. — Sunday School Classes to visit The Home Place
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
March 15 Meadows Schelver/Karam/Pacurari
March 22 Davis Habeeb/Jones/Turner
March 25 (Mon. a.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#
March 15 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 1:10-2:3 283
March 22 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 4:14-5:6 285
March 25 (Mon. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 2:11-18 376
March 29 Mildred Morris Heb. 6:13-20 287
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 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.
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 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.
All those in our parish affected by the recent floods.
Charlotte Wood and their family. Charlotte is recovering at home from spinal surgery.
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.
Welcome and Many Years! to Arianna Lavric who was baptized yesterday.
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.
March is Ladies’ Month in our Archdiocese when we give special attention to the role of women in our parish. Ladies will be reading the Epistle this month. Also, please allow the women to go first for communion during this time.
Due to Arianna’s baptism on March 14th, the Ladies will meet for their monthly Akathist to the Theotokos on behalf of our children next Saturday, March 21st instead.
Pledge Letters were mailed recently. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible.
We will NOT celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with services on the evening of Tuesday, March 24th as listed on the March calendar and the Quarterly Schedule. Instead, at the instruction of the Archdiocese, we will celebrate Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on the morning of March 25th, beginning at 6:00 a.m. This change also means that we will NOT have a Pre-sanctified Liturgy the evening of the 25th (as also listed on the March calendar). Please make a note of these changes.
Fasting Discipline for March
Beginning with Clean Monday on March 2nd, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 12th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).
Major Commemorations for March
March 15 2nd Sunday of Lent; Gregory Palamas
March 16 Christodoulos, the Wonder-worker of Patmos
March 22 3rd Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross
March 25 Feast of the Annunciation
March 26 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
March 29 4th Sunday of Lent; John Climacus
* 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. However, in March they will meet on the 21st due to the baptism on the 14th.
* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.
* The Sunday School classes will make a visit to The Home Place on Sunday, March 22nd, at 1:00 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday morning, March 25th, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Please note these changes from the March Calendar and the Quarterly Schedule
* Sunday May 17th will be the last day of Church School until the fall.
* Vacation Church School will be July 9-11. More information will be available later.
* Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next Arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter August 2-4th. He will arrive here on the evening of Sunday, August 2nd and leave on Tuesday, August 4th.
* Stewpot Date: August 22nd.
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: “Precisely this interaction of the bodily passions, prompted by the gluttony of the stomach, and those of the soul, instigated by pride, make these same spiritual writers declare gluttony as the first passion and then later ‘pride as the first chick of the devil.’
Someone can be proud without being stuffed with food, just as there are plenty of ascetics who are proud of their asceticism. It could be said then that there is a double circuit which leads from gluttony to all the passions—including those of the soul—and again from pride, to almost all of the passions, including some of the bodily ones. Gluttony and pride represent one and the same egocentric thirst for man, under the double aspect of his psycho-physical nature. There is a close interconnection between the biological and the spiritual; one realm influences the other both in the decline and the restoration of man. Here a vast field of research is possible on the details of the interdependence between the biological and the spiritual.”
Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality
Worship: Sunday, March 22, 2020 (Third Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross)
Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-5:6; Mark 8:34-9:1
Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver
Coffee Hour: Habeeb/Jones/Turner