March 7, 2021
Sunday of the Last Judgement
Sunday of Meat Fare
Yes, it is that time again. Lent begins on Monday, March 15th, but we begin the preparations for the journey of “bright-sadness” by especially dealing with our hearts and our spiritual condition. In her wisdom the Church is a great aid to us, for the four Sundays before Lent carry special themes that enable us to examine ourselves.
The theme of the second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement. It is a lesson about Christian love. For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ’s love. Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ’s gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged. For “inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me….”
I Corinthians 8:8-9:2: St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.
Matthew 25:31-46: In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righteous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.
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 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 Meat Fare Sunday: When thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at thy right hand, O righteous Judge.
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, March 7 (Sunday of Meat Fare )
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, March 8
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, March 9 (Forty Martyrs of Sebaste)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, March 11
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
Sunday, March 14 (Sunday of Cheese Fare)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
6:30 p.m. — Forgiveness Vespers
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Katools for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy yesterday and by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Koiliva for the Saturday of the Souls liturgy was offered by Karen Cooper.
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
March 6 (Sat. a.m.) Katool Koliva: Karen Cooper
(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; Anthony and Athena Zouboukos.
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.
If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.
* Great Lent will begin with Clean Monday on March 15th. The schedule for the services of the first week of Lent are as follows:
Sunday, March 14 — Forgiveness Vespers at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, March 15 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 16 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 17 — Presanctified Liturgy at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 18 – Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 19 – Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, March 24th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* Stewpot dates for the coming year are May 26 and November 6. More information will be available closer to time.
Fasting Discipline for March
Following Meatfare Sunday (March 7th) meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meatfare Sunday, dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. Beginning with Clean Monday on March 15th, the traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on Marsh 25th and Palm Sunday on April 25th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).
Major Commemorations for March
March 6 Saturday of the Souls
March 7 Sunday of Meatfare
March 9 Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
March 14 Sunday of Cheesefare
March 15-20 First week of Great Lent
March 16 Christodoulos, Wonder-worker of Patmos
March 21 1st Sunday of Lent; Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 24 Feast of the Annunciation
March 26 Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
March 28 2nd Sunday of Lent; Gregory of Palamas
The new Icon Calendars are available on the table in the hall outside the nave. Please only take one per family.
Tax letters were mailed recently. If you did not receive your letter for your 2020 donations, please contact Kh. Sharon as soon as possible.
Pledge Letters have been mailed out. Please return them to the church as soon as possible.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “The earth brings forth thorns and thistles, it is said. By the sweat of his brow, with anguish shall man till it; it is he himself, his own substance. The holy Fathers’ counsel is to begin with small things, for, says Ephraem the Syrian, how can you put out a great fire before you have learned to quench a small one? If you wish to set yourself free from a great suffering, crush the small desires, say the holy Fathers
oly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa. Do not suppose that the one can be separated from the others: they all hang together like a long chain or a net.”
Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics
Worship: Sunday, March 7, 2021 (Forgiveness Sunday: Sunday of Cheese Fare)
Scripture: Romans 13:11-14:4; Matthew 6:14-21
Celebrant: Father John