June 21, 2020
Second Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 2:10-16: In our reading from Romans we hear St Paul tell us that the Gentiles who obey the Law of God and yet are unbelievers do so out of knowledge of the Law written in their hearts and will be judged by the Lord.
Matthew 4:18-23: In the reading from Matthew we see our Lord begin His public ministry by settling in the region of Galilee and calling His first four disciples.
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
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 21 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, June 22
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, June 25
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
Sunday, June 28 (Commemoration of Sts. Peter and Paul)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
If you are ready to return to the services of our church, please let Fr. John know so that he can add you to the list of attendees. It is up to individuals to request attendance at the services. Fr. John attempts to be fair in allotting slots, but he does not make assignments or phone calls.
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools 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 28 Schelver
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.
Due to our limited schedule of services, we will NOT have a divine liturgy for the Feast of Sts. Peter on Paul on Monday morning, June 29th as we would normally do. Instead we will be commemorating them during the liturgy next Sunday morning.
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.
Sh. Charlotte Algood and their family. Sh. Charlotte will be having vascular surgery this Friday (26th) to determine treatment for the blockage of blood flow to her left foot.
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 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: “His state has a dynamic character. As god, he wishes to achieve, in his humanity, intimacy with all men as partners equal to himself and to maintain the personal identity of each. In this way, he desires to raise each man to the level where his own humanity reaches its maximal realization. In other words, Christ wishes to extend God’s plan already fulfilled in himselfoly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Dumitru Staniloae, The Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, June 28, 2020 (Commemoration of Sts. Peter and Paul)
Scripture: II Corinthians 11:21-12:9; Matthew 16:13-19
Celebrant: Father John