October 4, 2020
Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 6:16-7:1: St Paul reminds us that as God has promised to dwell with us, we are to be holy, cleansing ourselves from ungodliness.
Luke 6:31-36: From St Luke’s account of the Sermon on the Mount we hear our Lord teach us to love our enemies, to be unselfish in our giving, and to have mercy upon those who do us wrong rather than condemning them.
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 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.
ATTENTION: Please be reminded that both the Archdiocese and the Governor have issued directions which mandate that masks be worn while in public/group settings. If you are inside of the church, you must wear a mask. Only the chanters and serving clergy are exempted from this during services. Masks should be worn outside, too, if you are in close proximity to others. You have done well with this for the most part, but with a few lapses recently, I wanted to remind you of this essential precaution. — Fr. John
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, October 4 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, October 5
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, October 6 (Apostle Thomas)
Wednesday, October 7
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, October 8
Friday, October 9(Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus)
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
October 11 Brock
October 18 Baker
October 25 Henderson
November 1 Algood
November 7 (Sat. a.m.) Katool
(Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
November 8 Schelver
November 15 Morris
November 21 (Sat. a.m.) Jones
(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 22 Meadows
November 29 Davis
December 6 D. Root
December 13 Karam
December 20 Brock
December 24 (Thurs. p.m.) Henderson
December 27 Algood
December 31 (Thurs. p.m.) Baker (Artoklasia Bread)
(Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great)
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 may be placed in the tithe box at the back of the nave or be mailed to: St. Peter Orthodox Church, P.O. Box 2084, Madison, MS 39130-2084.
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 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 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 has been hospitalized following a stroke on December 23rd. Warren is home from the rehab facility. Please remember Sandra, Tiffany and Brandon as they care for Warren at home.
Maria Costas, who has been moved St. Catherine’s Village.
All those affected by the Corona-virus Pandemic.
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.
If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.
Many thanks to Daniel and Elizabeth Root for their hard work in getting Virtual Christian Education started for our children at St. Peter!! Parents are sent an email each Friday with the links for the lessons and activities provided by the Archdiocese. Then once a month, the kids have a virtual Coffee Hour at 1:30 on Sunday afternoon.
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.
The Archdiocese Convention scheduled for 2021 in Pittsburgh has been cancelled due to the pandemic. This was necessitated by the hotel’s demand for an excessive nonrefundable deposit.
Metropolitan JOSEPH recently announced that the Archdiocese has raised just under one million dollars for relief for Lebanon following the explosion there. Two thirds of the money raised will go to St. George Hospital which sustained severe damage and the remainder of the money will be distributed to our churches in the area that were also damaged.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
Fasting Discipline for October
In October, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for October
October 1 Protection of the Theotokos
October 6 Apostle Thomas
October 9 Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus
October 18 Apostle Luke
October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “St. Isaac the Syrian sys of the compassion of the saint: ‘What can one say of a soul, of a heart, filled with compassion? It is a heart which burns with love for every creature: for men, birds, animals, for serpents and demons. The thought of them and the sight of them make the tears of the saint flow. And this immense and intense compassion, which flows from the heart of the saints, makes them unable to bear the sight of the smallest, most insignificant wound in any creature. Thus they pray ceaselessly, with tears, even for animals, for enemies of the truth and for those who do them wrongoly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.’”
Dumitru Staniloae, Prayer and Holiness
Worship: Sunday, October 11, 2020 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
Scripture: Titus 3:8-15; Luke 8:5-15
Celebrant: Father John