November 8, 2020
The Synaxis of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael
and all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven
Hebrews 2:2-10: On this day which we commemorate to the Angels and Archangels, we read in Hebrews how the Lord made man to be for a little while lower than the Angels; but, thanks to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, man shall one day rule over the Angels.
Luke 8:41-56: From the Gospel of Luke we hear of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage and raising a young girl from death; showing His desire to heal suffering and to respond to the faith of those who come to Him.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
Troparion of the Archangels: Supreme Commanders of the Hosts of Heaven. we, the unworthy, importune and beseech you that by your supplications ye encircle us in the shelter of the wings of your immaterial glory; guarding us who now fall down and cry to you with fervor: Deliver us from dangers of all kinds, as the great marshals of the heavenly hosts on high.
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 Presentation of the Theotokos: The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.
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. Thank you for your cooperation with these restrictions.
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, November 8 (Archangels Michael and Gabriel)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, November 9 (Nektarios of Pentapolis)
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, November 11
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, November 12
Friday, November 13(John Chrysostom — repose)
Saturday, November 14(Apostle Philip)
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 Katools for the Feast of St. Raphael of Brooklyn yesterday morning and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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.
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.
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, many thanks to Sh. Margaret, Kh. Janet, Kh. Sharon and Rebecca, Dn. Terry and Dn. Richard for their hard work which made Warren’s funeral such a blessing. May his memory be eternal! Pray for Sandra, Tiffany, Brandon and all of their family.
A Benevolence account remains in effect 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. (All funds previously raised to go toward the purchase of a special van will now be applied to Warren’s funeral expenses.)
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.
* The Fast of the Nativity begins on November 15th. During this time, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis on Wednesday evenings instead of Daily Vespers.
* The Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, November 21st, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
* As is our custom, we will not have services on November 25th, the eve of Thanksgiving.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
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.
Fasting Discipline for November
In November, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays until the 15th of the month, when the Fast of the Nativity begins. During this fast the traditional fasting discipline is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.
Major Commemorations for November
November 8 Archangels Michael and Gabriel
November 9 Nektarios of Pentapolis
November 13 John Chrysostom (repose)
November 14 Apostle Philip
November 16 Apostle and Evangelist Matthew
November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios
November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First-called
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Moreover, no one is humbler than the saint, more free from all that is artificial, further from any kind of boasting, more ‘natural’ in his behaviour, because he accepts and understands everything that is truly human, all those lowly and sometimes ridiculous aspects of our humanity, which is great only when it is not boasting of its greatness. Thus the saint immediately creates an atmosphere of friendliness, of kinship and indeed of intimacy between himself and others. In this way he humanizes his relationships and leaves on them a mark of genuineness, because he himself has become profoundly human and genuine. He speaks kindly and avoids naming the weaknesses of others with brutal frankness; but at the same time he creates the conditions for a direct, candid and open relationship between himself and others. He urges them to confess their weaknesses and sins sincerely, and fortifies them in their struggle to overcome them.oly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Dumitru Staniloae, Prayer and Holiness
Worship: Sunday, November 15, 2020 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 10:25-37
Celebrant: Father John