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May 10, 2020

Sunday of the Paralytic

In the miracle of the healing of the paralytic at the pool of Bethesda, we see the Son’s power over life and sin, power which becomes fully evident in the Resurrection. The paralytic is a man crippled in body and spirit, for, even as He heals the body, Jesus warns against results of further sin. Christ frees us from our bodies of corruption and grants us flesh glorified in Him; He also frees us from the power of sin and grants us perfection in His Spirit. As the man at the pool accepted God’s grace and found life, so let us walk in His light and come into His presence.

Acts 9:32-42: Empowered by the Holy Spirit, St Peter heals a paralyzed man and raises a woman from the dead; both acts lead to many people believing in the Lord.

John 5:1-15: Jesus demonstrates His lordship over creation and the Sabbath when He heals a sick man at the pool of Bethsaida.

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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming Rejoice to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.

CALENDAR

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

Sunday, May 10 (Sunday of the Paralytic)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast ONLY)

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

Monday, May 11

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, May 12


NO services

Wednesday, May 13

NO services

Thursday, May 14

NO services

Friday, May 15

NO services

Saturday, May 16

NO services


Sunday, May 17 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast ONLY)

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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 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.

Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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; Jay and Joanna; 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 following a stroke on December 23rd.

All those affected by the Corona-virus Pandemic.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

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.

Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.

Fasting Discipline for May

There will be no fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays until the Feast of Ascension (May 28th this year), for the full forty days, as decided by the Holy Synod of the Church of Antioch in 1997. (this is a departure from what we have done in the past, but is what we have been directed to do by the Archdiocese.)

Major Commemorations for May

May 10 Sunday of the Paralytic

May 17 Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

May 21 Constantine and Helen

May 24 Sunday of the Blindman

May 25 The Forerunner (3rd Discovery)

May 28 Feast of the Ascension

May 31 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “If you were not subject to temptation and not recognizing your infirmities, and you saw only your own improvements and placed your hope of salvation on them, then you could fall into extreme haughtiness and incurable deception. For when the enemy cannot conquer someone through passions and infirmities, then he places into the mind haughtiness and conceit; from which (the person) falls into deception and darkening of the mind.”

St. Macarius of Optina

Worship: Sunday, May 17, 2020 (Sunday of the Samaritan Woman)

Scripture: Acts 11:19-30; John 4:5-42

Celebrant: Father John

Prosphora: Davis