June 28, 2020
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Transfer of the Commemoration of the Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
II Corinthians 11:21-23,12:6-9: St. Paul chastises the Corinthian church for their attitude toward weakness, pointing out to them that if anyone can boast, he himself can. Then he reminds them that the Lord’s power is perfected weakness.
Matthew 16:13-19: In the Gospel of St. Matthew we read of Peter’s confession concerning the Divinity of Christ.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!
Troparion of Sts. Peter and Paul: O foremost in the ranks of the Apostles and teachers of the world, intercede with the Master of all to grant safety to the world 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 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.
We have been given permission to resume baptisms and chrismations. In the near future we will be scheduling these sacraments for those who would have been baptized and/or chrismated at Pascha this year. More details will be available at a later date.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, June 28 (Transfer of the Commemoration of Sts. Peter and Paul)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, June 29 (Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, July 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Rome)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, July 2 (Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
Sunday, July 5 (Athanasios of Athos; Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
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 Schelvers 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.
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 July
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month
Major Commemorations for July
July 1 Cosmas and Damian of Rome
July 2 Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos
July 5 Athanasios of Athos
July 11 Euphemia the All-praised
July 17 Great-martyr Marina
July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “But Christ is above all. He is not a human person who stood in need of salvation and who, with this salvation in view, was united to God. He assumed human nature which was not hypostasized in itself but in his own hypostasis in order to make it the fundamental means through which he might extend to all men the deification to which his own human nature was raised. But precisely in this way, Christ can fulfill that work of saving and deifying all, as no other man could do it. He is not a human person united with the divine person; for any man could have been in that situation, inasmuch as he would not be the human center which is also God. In such a case, communion with Christ would not bring about the communion with God himself for which our being yearns. Christ is the divine person who—being man also—makes possible, through that communion accessible to us with himself as man, the communion of all with God himself, or with absolute Person. He is the center and foundation of that act whereby salvation and deification are extended to all who believe. In him, as in its foundation, the plan of salvation has been fulfilledoly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Dumitru Staniloae, The Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, July 5, 2020 (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost; Athanasios of Athos)
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-6:2; Matthew 8:5-13
Celebrant: Father John