July 5, 2020
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Commemoration of the Venerable Athanasius of Athos
Galatians 5:22-6:2: St. Paul reminds the Galatians that a walk in the spirit comes from life in the spirit and that those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Matthew 8:5-13: Jesus shows His great mercy to those who have faith in Him when He heals the servant of a centurion.
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 St. Athanasius the Athonite: The Angels’ ranks were awed by thy life in the flesh, how though corporeal, and clad with earthly clay, thou didst set forth with courage to invisible wars and wrestlings and didst boldly smite the hordes of the demons with mortal wounds. Wherefore, Christ rewarded thee with abundant gifts in return. Entreat Him that our souls find salvation, O most renowned Father Athanasius.
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, we should follow the guidelines based on our local numbers with the virus. As our numbers locally are rising, we will be dropping back to 25 participants at liturgies (which includes the priest and chanters). 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.
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, July 5 (Athanasios of Athos; Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, July 6
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, July 8
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, July 9
Saturday, July 11(Euphemia the All-praised)
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
Sunday, July 12 (Fifth 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 Joneses 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
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
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 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.
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 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 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: “The act of extending his plan is similarly carried out by Christ through the Holy Spirit; it was through the Holy Spirit that he communicated revelation and created and sustained the community of the people of Israel in its incomplete phase of its existence. It is also through the Holy Spirit that the continuous efficacy of a revelation which has reached its conclusion is maintained through the creating and sustaining of the higher and universal community of the Church. The Church is the dialogue of God with the faithful through Christ in the Holy Spirit. This dialogue, conducted formerly by the Word from afar, becomes an intimate dialogue through the incarnation of the Son of God as man and begins to spread through the Churcholy Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Dumitru Staniloae, The Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, July 12, 2020 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Romans 10:1-10; Matthew 8:28-9:1
Celebrant: Father John