May 31, 2020
Sunday of the After-feast of the Ascension
Commemoration of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council
Today is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea. This day commemorates the Holy Fathers who sat in council at Nicea, the first of the ecumenical councils. Through them we see the commitment to the immutable truth of God for all the faithful, especially those who lead in the faith. The men of this council bear special note by the significance of their creed, for it is the fundamental statement of orthodox Christology and an enduring guide to our faith. The events of the ascension and the scriptures of this day emphasize to us the nature and action of Christ, and the history of these fathers puts us in mind of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church, work proclaimed by the glorious events which we now anticipate in the preparation for Pentecost.
Acts 20:16–34: In the reading from Acts, we hear St Paul speak to the elders of the church at Ephesus, encouraging them to follow his example in their shepherding, and bidding them his final farewell as he approached his imprisonment at Rome.
John 17:1-13: In the passage from John, Jesus prays for His disciples, that they would be united as one and kept from evil.
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 the Ascension: Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.
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 Ascension: When thou didst fulfill thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto thy beloved, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, May 31 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, June 1 (Justyn Martyr)
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, June 3
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, June 4 (Metrophanes of Constantinople)
Saturday, June 6(Saturday of the Souls)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy with the Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost (webcast)
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Feast of the Ascension this past Wednesday and by the Brocks 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.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
May 31 Brock
June 6 (Sat. a.m.) Algood
(Saturday of the Souls) (Koliva: Anastasia Jones)
June 7 Henderson
June 14 Baker
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.
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 following a stroke on December 23rd.
Maria Costas, who is recovering from the corona virus and is now being moved to a rehab facility.
All those affected by the Corona-virus Pandemic.
Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost: We will not have Kneeling Vespers on Sunday evening, June 7th, as is our usual parish custom with the Feast of Pentecost. Instead we will have the Kneeling Prayers at the end of the Divine Liturgy that morning.
Our restrictions for the conduct of and attendance at services continues as the Archdiocese has directed for the past few weeks.
Congratulations to Dorin and Carolina Lavric on the birth of their son Nicholas (7 lbs 10 oz) last Friday! They are all doing well!
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.
Virtual PLC (VLC): Due to the pandemic, the Archdiocese cancelled all Parish Life Conferences for this summer. In its place our Diocese will be holding a Virtual Parish Life Conference through zoom and band June 8-13, 2020. Father John will be sending an email shortly with the information for registration (which is free) and the schedule of events. There are a couple of book studies in the morning during that week, but almost all of the events are in the evening. You must register for the VLC in order to participate in the sessions. If you do not receive an email shortly, please contact Father John.
Kh. Ruth Bibeaux, wife of Fr. David Bibeaux, from St. Paul Mission in Tupelo, MS will be here in June and part of July while she is working on her clinicals. She will be staying with the Woods during that time.
Fasting Discipline for June
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the first Wednesday and Friday of the month. There will be no fasting during the week following Pentecost (June 7th this year). The Fast of the Apostles will begin on Monday June 15th and last until the Feastday of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the 15th, 17th, 19th 22nd, and 26th. Wine and oil are allowed on the 16th, 18th and 23rd-25th. Fish, wine and oil are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays of the Fast.
Major Commemorations for June
June 1 Justyn Martyr
June 4 Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 6 Saturday of the Souls
June 7 Feast of Pentecost
June 9 Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas
June 14 Sunday of All Saints
June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “This Pentecostal season could be for each of us, as it should be, a time of re-creation and renewal. It could lead to an illumining of the heart and mind that enables us to see ourselves as we truly are, and to love our enemy as he or she truly is, created in the image of God, renewed by the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, and called to eternal communion with the Lord of love.”
St. Silouan of Mount Athos
Worship: Sunday, June 7, 2020 (Feast of Pentecost)
Scripture: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13
Celebrant: Father John