June 14, 2020
First Sunday after Pentecost
All Saints Sunday
The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost. On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God’s people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive. These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality. On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God’s people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.
Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith. The Apostle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30: In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the meaning of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are disciples of His.
Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple. Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls 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 All Saints: To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs. Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.
From Father John: In His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH’s last communique regarding the restrictions for participation in the services at our churches, he stated that, beginning the weekend of Pentecost and with the approval of the civil authorities, the Bishops of the dioceses could begin considering petitions for increasing the number of faithful participants in the services to a maximum of 33% of seating capacity. In our case, that would be approximately 60. Due to the configuration of our space, we are holding our numbers at 40. I will continue to try my best to rotate, as fairly as possible, our members who are healthy and wish to come to the services.
As we are loosening restrictions in our state, please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, June 14 (Sunday of All Saints)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, June 15
[THE FAST OF THE APOSTLES BEGINS
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, June 17
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, June 18
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
Sunday, June 21 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Bakers 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
June 21 Katool
June 28 Schelver
June 29 (Mon. a.m.) Morris
(Sts. Peter and Paul)
July 5 Jones
July 12 Meadows
July 19 Davis
July 26 D. Root
August 2 Karam
August 5 (Wed. p.m.) Brock
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 9 Baker
August 15 (Sat. a.m.) Henderson
(Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 16 Algood
August 23 Katool
August 30 Schelver
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.
We welcome Fr. Herman and Kh. Nikki and their sons Titus and Thatcher back with us for the next few weeks! We are so proud of you for your perseverance through the past three years of seminary! We will miss you greatly and will keep you in our hearts and prayers. May God bless and keep you.
Cain Johnson will be transferring to Mississippi State University, and he, Taylor and Zoe will be moving up there. They will continue to make visits back to St. Peter. We will miss them! Please keep them in your prayers as Cain continues his education.
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.
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.
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. 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 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
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Supernatural revelation came to its close in Christ. For in him, as in its first exemplar, the plan to save and deify creation has reached its fulfillment. This plan cannot lead any higher. God draws no closer to man than he has in Christ. The union between God and man cannot advance any farther nor can we grow to any higher fulfillment than the one available to us in Christ.
But this does not mean that—by its very content—supernatural revelation can no longer be active. As God who came into the closest intimacy with us, as man raised to the supreme heights through union with God in a single person, as God’s plan completed and given in him concrete expression to its uttermost fulfillment, Christ begins the work of extending to all of us that state which had been achieved in him oly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Dumitru Staniloae, The Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, June 14, 2020 (Sunday of All Saints)
Scripture: Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23
Celebrant: Father John