July 12, 2020
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 10:1-10: St Paul, writing to the Romans, contrasts the righteousness of the law with the righteousness of faith and goes on to say that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, then we shall be saved.
Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1: In the gospel reading we see the authority of Jesus over the demons, who know that they have been defeated even before the appointed time of His resurrection and later His second advent.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world 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, 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 12 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, July 13
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, July 15
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, July 16
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
Sunday, July 19 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
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 Meadows 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 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 still ill with the corona virus and has been moved back to Baptist Hospital, along with her husband, Peter.
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 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 Church is, thus, that supernatural revelation concluded in Christ as it exercises its effect upon us in the course of time through the Holy Spirit. It is supernatural revelation—which has reached its fullness in Christ—in the act of bringing forth much fruit in those who believe. The Church is Christ united in the Holy Spirit with those who believe and over whom has been spread and through whom is spreading Christ’s own act of drawing the faithful—by means of dialogue with them—into the process of growing into his likeness. Through the sensibility produced in them by the Holy Spirit within the Church, the faithful; become aware of Christ’s power by which the whole of revelation is fulfilled, and aware also of its action within themselves. But they do not discover a new revelation or some further revelation beyond the one fulfilled in Christ. Revelation continues to be active in the world through the Holy Spirit, in and through the Church, but it is not being continually completed by the addition of new parts. It is complete in Christ and from his power it is integrally at work in and through the Church on those conscious beings who believe and receive the faith. The light and power of revelation reached their zenith in that sun which is Christ.oly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Dumitru Staniloae, The Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, July 19, 2020 (Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
Scripture: Titus 3:8-15; Matthew 5:14-19
Celebrant: Father John