January 10, 2021
Sunday after the Theophany of Christ
Ephesians 4:7-13: From our reading in Ephesians we hear St Paul explain how Christ gave apostles and prophets to the Church in order that through their work we might attain maturity in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 4:12-17: Jesus settles in Capernaum after the imprisonment of John the Baptist and there began His public ministry, preaching a gospel of repentance.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of Theophany: By thy baptism, O Lord, in the River Jordan, worship to the Trinity has made its appearance; for the voice of the Lord didst come forth to thee with the testimony, naming thee beloved Son; and the Spirit in the likeness of a dove, confirming the truth of the word. Wherefore, O thou who didst appear and light the world, 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 Theophany: Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hast been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.
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 35 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, January 10 (Sunday after the Theophany of Christ)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, January 11 (Theodosios the Head of Monasteries)
Father John’s Day Off
Wednesday, January 13
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, January 14
Saturday, January 16(Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
Sunday, January 17 (Sunday before the Theophany of Christ)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
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.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
January 16 (Sat. a.m.) Meadows
(Feast of the Chains of St. Peter)
January 17 Davis
January 24 D. Root
January 31 Karam
February 1 (Mon. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)
(Presentation of our Lord in the Temple – Great Vespers with Litia & Artoklasia)
February 7 Brock
February 14 R. Root
February 21 Henderson
February 28 Algood
March 6 (Sat. a.m.) Katool Koliva:
(Saturday of the Souls)
March 7 Schelver
March 14 Morris
March 21 Jones
March 24 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows
(Feast of Annunciation)
March 28 Davis
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.
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.
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); Jay and Joanna; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Walt and Charlotte Wood.
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.
Pray for the following:
Rola’s parents, Mona and Toufic, and her brother, Riad, as all three have contracted the coronavirus.
Rachel and Andy Anderton who are recovering from the coronavirus.
If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.
Congratulations and Many Years! to Ian and Jenny Jones who were married last Saturday in Spring, TX!
Pledge Letters were mailed out this past week. Please return them to the church as soon as possible.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, January 16th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Fasting Discipline for January
January 5th is a strict fast day when the traditional fasting discipline (No meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed. However, Wednesday, January 6th is not a fast day as it is the Feast of Theophany. Following that the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for January
January 11 Theodosios the Head of Monasteries
January 16 Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter
January 18 Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria
January 20 Euthymios the Great
January 25 Gregory the Theologian
January 27 John Chrysostom
January 30 The Three Hierarchs
January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
The new Icon Calendars are available on the table in the hall outside the nave. Please only take one per 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.)
Save the Date! The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold a Virtual Winter Retreat January 29th – 31st, 2021. Please check your emails for registration materials.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
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.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Take a look at yourself, therefore, and see how bound you are by your desire to humour yourself and only yourself. Your freedom is curbed by the restraining bonds of self-love, and thus you wander, a captive corpse, from morning til eve. ‘Now I will drink,’ ‘now I will get up,’ ‘now I will read the paper.’ Thus you are led from moment to moment in your halter of preoccupation with self, and kindles instantly to displeasure, impatience or anger if an obstacle intervenesoly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics
Worship: Sunday, January 17, 2021 (Anthony the Great)
Scripture: Hebrews 13:17-21; Luke 17:12-19
Celebrant: Father John