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April 12, 2020

Feast of Palm Sunday

Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday begins the observance of the eight days that encapsulate all of time and eternity as relates to man. The days begin with the proclamation on earth of the entry of the Messiah into Jerusalem and end with the Eternal King rising in incomprehensible victory to establish the heavenly Jerusalem and His eternal reign. On Palm Sunday, we begin the days of the full exhibition of the awful corruption sin has spread in mankind and the measureless love that heals and deifies our humanity. Today we thrill at the picture of Christ and the praises of the people, the object of adoration yet the perfection of humility. The imagery of the scene is beyond description: the King amidst His people, the palm and olive branches symbolizing His victory, His anointing, His peace; the cloaks and garments cast before Him symbolizing our complete submission to His will; the cries of adoration, of “Hosanna,” the coming of the Lord. Yet, on this day we are also near enough to feel acutely the dread of His passion, the desolation of the trial and Golgotha. This day also begins the week of the Eighth Day, the entry to eternity. As we observe Palm Sunday, we observe all history and the fulfillment of all history.

Philippians 4:4-9: The Apostle Paul encourages us in the reading from his letter to the Philippians: we are to rejoice in the Lord and to let our concerns and desires be made known to God in prayer and sup­plication. By doing so, he tells us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.

John 12:1-18: In anticipation of her Lord’s passion, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly ointment, fore­shadowing His coming death. Jesus then enters Jerusalem shortly before Passover in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy.

First Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before thy Passion, thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Second Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when we were buried with thee in Baptism, we became deserving of thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise thee, crying, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Kontakion of Palm Sunday: Seated upon Thy throne in heaven, and a foal on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children: Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.

CALENDAR

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast ONLY.

Friday, April 10

6:30 p.m. — Little Compline with the Canon to the Raising of Lazarus the Righteous

(webcast ONLY)

Saturday, April 11 (Lazarus Saturday)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros for Saturday of Lazarus the Righteous (webcast ONLY)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (webcast ONLY)

6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers for the Feast of Palm Sunday: The Entrance of our Lord

Jesus Christ into Jerusalem (NO Ninth Hour) (webcast ONLY)

Sunday, April 12 (Palm Sunday)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast ONLY)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast ONLY)

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins (webcast ONLY)

Monday, April 13 (Great and Holy Monday)

No services will be done to give our chanters’ voices a rest before resuming the Holy

Week services on Great and Holy Wednesday

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 14 (Great and Holy Tuesday)

No services will be done to give our chanters’ voices a rest before resuming the Holy


Week services on Great and Holy Wednesday

Wednesday, April 15 (Great and Holy Wednesday)

6:30 p.m. — Orthros for Great and Holy Thursday (NO Unction Service) (webcast

ONLY)

Thursday, April 16 (Great and Holy Thursday)

(NO Vesperal Divine Liturgy in the morning)

6:30 p.m. — Service of the 12 Passion Gospels (webcast ONLY)

Friday, April 17(Great and Holy Friday)

3:00 p.m. — Service of Taking down from the Cross (webcast ONLY)

6:30 p.m. — Orthros of Great and Holy Saturday: The Lamentations Service

(webcast ONLY)

Saturday, April 18 (Great and Holy Saturday)

10:00 a.m. — Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great (webcast ONLY)

10:00 p.m. — Midnight Office, Rush Procession, Paschal Orthros and Great and Holy

PASCHA (webcast ONLY)

Sunday, April 19 (Great and Holy PASCHA)

Agape Vespers will not be celebrated this year due to the Pandemic. We hope to be able to celebrate the Paschal service together on the Leave-taking of Pascha (May 27, 2020). That will be determined at a later date.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers for Lazarus Saturday yesterday and by the Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Please remember that the schedule for prosphora is still in place as we will continue to serve the Divine Liturgy. Also, please remember that we still need your tithes and offerings which should be sent to: St. Peter Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 2084, Madison, MS 39130-2084. If you need Father John for anything, do not hesitate to get in touch with him. If you become ill, please let him know.

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.

Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 12 Henderson

April 18 (Sat. a.m.) Katool

(Great and Holy Saturday)

April 18 (Sat. p.m.) Schelver

April 26 Morris

May 3 Jones

May 10 Meadows

May 17 Davis

May 24 D. Root

May 27 (Wed. p.m.) Karam

(Feast of Ascension)

May 31 Brock

June 6 (Sat. a.m.) Baker

(Saturday of the Souls)

June 7 Henderson

June 14 Algood

June 21 Katool

June 28 Schelver

June 29 (Mon. a.m.) Morris

(Sts. Peter and Paul)

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 continue to pray for the following members of St. Peter:

Warren Strain and their family. Warren is hospitalized at Methodist Rehab following a stroke on December 23rd.

Nicholas Zouboukos and his family. Nicholas continues to undergo evaluation for a GI disorder.

Aidan Milnor and his family.

Charlotte Wood and their family. Charlotte is recovering at home from spinal surgery.

All those affected by the Corona-virus Pandemic.

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.

Fasting Discipline for April

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). There is no fasting of any kind during Bright Week (April 20th – 25th).

Major Commemorations for April

April 12-18 Holy Week

April 19 PASHCA

April 20-25 Bright Week

April 23 Great-martyr George

April 25 Holy Apostle Mark

April 26 Thomas Sunday

During the current COVID-19 outbreak, St. Peter’s will be using YouTube to stream services. We will post announcements about the streams to stpeterorthodox.org “Announcements” section and to our Facebook page. You should be able to go directly to the St Peter Orthodox Church YouTube channel from most mobile phones, desktops, and connected TVs. In case you need more instructions, below are details about how to watch from a variety of devices.

Apple iPhone or iPad

· Be sure you have the YouTube app from the Apple App Store.

· Sign up or login in the YouTube app if needed.

· Tap here to go to the St. Peter Orthodox Church YouTube Channel

· Tap ‘Subscribe’

· If a service is streaming, it will appear here. Tap it to watch.

· If a service is not streaming, past services will appear in the list. Tap the one you would like to watch.

Android Phone or Tablet

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· Sign up or login in the YouTube app if needed.

· Tap here to go to the St. Peter Orthodox Church YouTube Channel

· Tap ‘Subscribe’

· If a service is streaming, it will appear here. Tap it to watch.

· If a service is not streaming, past services will appear in the list. Tap the one you would like to watch.

Desktop or Laptop computer

· Click here to go to the St. Peter Orthodox Church YouTube Channel

· Sign up or login if needed.

· Click ‘Subscribe’

· If a service is streaming, it will appear here. Click it to watch.

· If a service is not streaming, past services will appear in the list. Click the one you would like to watch.

Roku or “Smart TV”

· Be sure you have the YouTube app and have set it up on the Roku

· Saint Peter may not show up in YouTube Search yet. Instead, follow the steps above to subscribe from another device, logged in with the same username and password as you use on YouTube on your Roku.

· Open YouTube on your Roku

· Click “Subscriptions”

· Find “Saint Peter Orthodox Church”

· Select the most recent live video or a past one to watch.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “Thus the passions produce and maintain chaos between people. So, Christ, founding the Church, seeks by it the reestablishment of human unity and conciliarity. But this isn’t possible without the weakening of the passions.”

Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality

Worship: Sunday, April 19, 2020 (Great and Holy PASCHA)

Scripture: Acts 1:1-8; John 1:1-17

Celebrant: Father John

Prosphora: Schelver