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April 4, 2021

Third Sunday of Lent

Adoration of the Holy Cross

In the middle of Lent, the church sets before us the Cross of Christ. On two other occasions during the year, September 14 and August 1, the cross is presented for our remembrance and veneration. Both these feasts link the Adoration of the Cross to historic events. However, the remembrance of the cross on the third Sunday in Lent prepares us for the commemoration of the crucifixion which is soon to follow in Holy Week, and at the same time, it reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ. The dominant note on this Sunday, as on the two Sundays preceding, is one of joy and triumph. No separation is made between Christ’s death and His resurrection, but the cross is regarded as an emblem of victory on Calvary as seen in light of the Empty Tomb.

Hebrews 4:14-5:6: After describing the all-seeing power of Jesus Christ, the writer of Hebrews re­veals Him as the great high priest who perfectly identifies with us in our weakness.

Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.

Troparion of the Resurrection: When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life! Glory to thee, O our God!

Troparion of the Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy kingdom.

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 Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.

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.

CALENDAR

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.

Sunday, April 4 (Third Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, April 5

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 6

NO Services

Wednesday, April 7

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy (NO SOUP SUPPER afterwards)

NOTE: We are still limited on the numbers of attendees for services, so it is necessary to sign up for this service. Please text Fr. John for this.

Thursday, April 8

NO Services

Friday, April 9

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

NOTE: We are still limited on the numbers of attendees for services, so it is necessary to sign up for this service. Please text Fr. John for this.

Saturday, April 10

6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)

Sunday, April 11 (Fourth Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of John Climacus)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 11 Karam

April 18 Brock

April 24 (Sat. a.m.) R. Root

(Lazarus Saturday)

April 25 Henderson

April 29 (Thur. a.m.) Algood

(Great and Holy Thursday)

May 1 (Sat. a.m.) Katool

(Great and Holy Saturday)

May 1 (Sat. p.m.) Schelver

(PASCHA)

May 9 Morris

May 16 Jones

May 23 Meadows

May 30 Davis

June 6 D. Root

June 9 (Wed. p.m.) Karam

(Feast of the Ascension)

June 13 Brock

June 19 (Sat. a.m.) R. Root Koliva:

(Saturday of the Souls)

June 20 Baker

June 27 Henderson

June 28 (Mon. p.m.) Algood (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

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 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

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.

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.

Please schedule a time for your confession during the Fast. Also, please don’t wait to the last minute to do this, as it causes difficulties for Father John.

Christian Education classes: Daniel Root sent out an email last Friday concerning re-opening of Christian Education classes. Parents, please be sure to check this.

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.

Calendar Items:

* As is our usual parish custom during Great Lent, we will celebrate the Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.,

except for the March 24th (Feast of the Annunciation) and April 14th (Canon of St. Andrew of Crete with the Life of St. Mary of Egypt).

* Also during Great Lent we will have the Akathist to the Theotokos on Friday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m., except for April 23rd (Canon of St. Lazarus).

* Stewpot dates for the coming year are JUNE 26 and November 6. More information will be available closer to time.

Fasting Discipline for April

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 March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 25th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for April

April 1 St. Mary of Egypt

April 11 4th Sunday of Lent

Commemoration of St.John Climacus

April 18 5th Sunday of Lent

Commemoration of St. Mary of Egypt

April 23 Great-martyr George

April 24 Lazarus Saturday

April 25 Palm Sunday

Holy Apostle Mark

April 26-30 Holy Week

April 30 Holy Apostle James of Zebedee

New Address for the Dansereaus: Chris and Rebecca Dansereau

198 Lubertha Road

Ridgeland, MS 39157

The new Icon Calendars are available on the table in the hall outside the nave. Please only take one per family.

Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “As we now follow instructions to begin with the inside, we must keep in mind that we are not in the least cleansing our heart for our own sake. It is not for our own enjoyment that we furbish and tidy the guest chamber, but in order that the guest may enjoy it. Will he find it pleasant? We ask ourself. Will he stay? Our every thought is for him.”

Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics

Worship: Sunday, April 11, 2021 (Fourth Sunday of Lent: Commemoration of John Climacus)

Scripture: Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-31

Celebrant: Father John

Prosphora: Karam