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6/27 announcements

June 27, 2021

First Sunday after Pentecost

All Saints Sunday

The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost. On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God’s people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive. These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality. On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God’s people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.

Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith. The Apos­tle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set be­fore us.

Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30: In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the mean­ing of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are dis­ci­ples of His.

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 All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple. Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls the Great Mercy.

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 All Saints: To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs. Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.

ATTENTION: From Father John: There is no longer a need to call or text to reserve a place for the liturgies, since we are now set up to accommodate overflow into the fellowship hall. Masks and social distancing will still be in effect, both in the nave and in the fellowship hall. Seating in the nave will be on a first come, first serve basis.

CALENDAR

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

Sunday, June 27 (Sunday of All Saints)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, June 28

Father John’s Day Off

6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, June 29 (Chief Apostles Peter and Paul)

NO Services

Wednesday, June 30 (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles)

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

Thursday, July 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Rome)

NO Services

Friday, July 2(Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)

NO Services

Saturday, July 3

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

Sunday, July 4 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 28 (Mon. p.m.) R. Root

(Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)

July 4 Algood Kh. Sharon, Cheryl Pigott

July 11 Katool

July 18 Schelver

July 25 Meadows

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); Jay and Joanna; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Marilyn (Kyriake) Snell; Jack and Jill Weatherly; Darlene Amason and her family.

Please keep Lottie Dabbs (Sh. Charlotte Algood’s mother) in your prayers as she recovers from a bad fall which resulted in a fractured pelvis. Please also remember Sh. Charlotte and their family as well.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Maria Costas is currently at St. Catherine’s Village. Please keep her in your prayers as well.

If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.

Father John will be retiring as of August 1, 2021. Father Herman Lasseter will become the pastor at that time. We welcome Fr. Herman, Kh. Emelia (Nikki) and their family back from their service at St. Stephen’s Church in Hiram, GA. We look forward to his leadership and ministry. Please support his efforts to grow our church in every way.

Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors, Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns!

May God grant them Many Years! We will honor them with a special Coffee Hour on Sunday, July 18th.

Many, many thanks to Rebecca, Sophie, Anna Grace and Hazel Dansereau for their service in providing coffee after the Liturgy this month!

Coffee Hour Going Forward: We will continue to serve coffee (and juice for the children), but no food as yet, following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. People will be assigned in pairs to make and serve the coffee. We will continue to use disposable cups and individual sweeteners and creamers. Coffee will be served inside the fellowship hall and people will be free to go outside or to sit inside with some distance. Those serving the coffee will still wear gloves and masks. (The one exception to the no food rule will be Sunday, July 18th when a cake will be provided in honor of Gabby and Breeze.)

Fasting Discipline for June/July

This year, the Apostles’ Fast consists of only one day, June 28th, when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed. In July the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for June/July

June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

July 1 Cosmas and Damian of Rome

July 2 Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos

July 5 Athanasios of Athos

July 11 Euphemia the all–praised

July 17 Great-martyr Marina

July 20 Prophet Elias

July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna

July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon

Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.

Calendar Items:

* We will celebrate the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy TOMORROW night, June 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

* A Special Coffee Hour is scheduled on Sunday, July 18th to honor Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns, our graduating high school seniors.

* The remaining Stewpot date for this year is November 6. More information will be available closer to time.

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

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “Naked, small and helpless, you now pass on to the most difficult of all human tasks: to conquer your own selfish desires. Ultimately it is just this ‘self-persecution’ on which your warfare depends, for as long as your selfish will rules, you cannot pray to the Lord with a pure heart: Thy will be done. If you cannot get rid of your own greatness, neither can you lay yourself open for real greatness. If you cling to your own freedom, you cannot share in true freedom, where only one will reigns.”

Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics

Worship: Sunday, July 4, 2021 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23

Celebrant: Father John

Prosphora: Algood

6/20 announcements

June 20, 2021

Holy Pentecost

In several senses, Pentecost marks for us the end of many months of anticipation, commemoration, and celebration and the beginning of the fullness of the life and faith we share. It is a day bringing our focus on the Holy Spirit, the embodiment of divine grace, the supreme gift, the ongoing presence of God in our lives; yet, it is a day directing us to the praise of the Trinity, the three divine persons, and the historical and spatial relationship God’s people have with Him. For the disciples, the day marks their spiritual maturity. Their faith began in their nationality, for they were of the nation that God the Father chose to glorify Him. The faith was completed in their confrontation with God the Son, through His presence and the nourishment He gave. The fullness of the faith came with the coming in power of God the Spirit. The disciples had grown in spirit and were ready for their work; the birth of the Church was imminent; the Bride was to be made ready. In the cycle of the calendar, we now stand ready to do likewise, and all weeks from now until our preparation for Advent are the weeks of Pentecost. In the picture of the birth of the Church there are symbols beyond mention here; the unity in the common tongue, the Light that shines brighter than day, the bold proclamation to all men of the Gospel. We look forward from this day to weeks without special celebrations, to days without reference to past days of enormous import–to normal, uneventful days. But these are not uneventful days; they are the days for which we have prepared, the days of the Church, the days of our maturity and growth, the days when, through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, we run the good race and cross the finish to bring praise and glory to our glorious God, the eternal Trinity.

Acts 2:1-11: In the reading from Acts we see the pouring out of God’s Spirit on the apostles, the ful­fillment of Joel’s prophecy, and the beginning of the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

John 7:37-52, 8:12: Our Lord calls those thirsting for righteousness to Himself, promising to eternally quench their thirst by the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees, however, view Jesus as a threat to their authority and seek for ways to undermine His authority.

Troparion of Pentecost: Blessed art thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise, having sent upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them thou hast fished the universe, O Lover of mankind, glory to thee.

Kontakion of Pentecost: When the high One descended, confusing tongues, he divided the nations. And when he distributed the fiery tongues he called all to one unity. Wherefore, in unison we glorify the most Holy Spirit.

ATTENTION: From Father John: There is no longer a need to call or text to reserve a place for the liturgies, since we are now set up to accommodate overflow into the fellowship hall. Masks and social distancing will still be in effect, both in the nave and in the fellowship hall. Seating in the nave will be on a first come, first serve basis.

CALENDAR

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

Sunday, June 20 (Holy Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

6:30 p.m. — Kneeling Vespers

Monday, June 21

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, June 22

NO Services

Wednesday, June 23

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner)

NO Services

Friday, June 25

NO Services

Saturday, June 26

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

Sunday, June 27 (Sunday of All Saints)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

June 20 Baker

June 27 Henderson

June 28 (Mon. p.m.) R. Root

(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.

RESUMPTION OF COFFEE HOUR: We are resuming a modified Coffee Hour (Coffee only at this point) outside on the patio following the Divine Liturgy. We are NOT assigning people to this yet as part of the Quarterly Schedule. Instead, we are asking for 2-4 volunteers who would be willing to rotate this responsibility. It will involve making the coffee in the airpots, setting out the necessary supplies, and dispensing coffee (wearing gloves) into individual disposable cups. Individual packets of sweeteners and creamers will be available. We will NOT be using our ceramic mugs.

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.

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); Jay and Joanna; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Marilyn (Kyriake) Snell; Jack and Jill Weatherly; Darlene Amason and her family.

Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please keep Lottie Dabbs (Sh. Charlotte Algood’s mother) in your prayers as she recovers from a bad fall which resulted in a fractured pelvis. Please also remember Sh. Charlotte and their family as well.

Maria Costas is currently at St. Catherine’s Village. Please keep her in your prayers as well.

If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.

Father John will be retiring as of August 1, 2021. Father Herman Lasseter will become the pastor at that time. We welcome Fr. Herman, Kh. Emelia (Nikki) and their family back from their service at St. Stephen’s Church in Hiram, GA. We look forward to his leadership and ministry. Please support his efforts to grow our church in every way.

Congratulations to our graduating High School Seniors, Gabby Alaeetawi and Breeze Johns! May God grant them Many Years!

Fasting Discipline for June

There will be no fasting of any kind during the week following Pentecost (June 20th this year). Otherwise, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the Wednesdays and Friday of the month. This year, the Apostles’ Fast consists of only one day, June 28th, when the traditional fasting discipline is observed as well.

Major Commemorations for June

June 20 Pentecost

June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner

June 27 Sunday of All Saints

June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul

June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles

The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday evening, June 23rd, following Daily Vespers.

Calendar Items:

* We will have the Kneeling Vespers service of Pentecost this evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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

Camp St. Thekla: If your child is already registered for Camp St. Thekla and you need financial assistance, scholarships are available. Please contact Father John for details. If your child is NOT already registered, they will be placed on a waiting list with the Camp.

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

Quotable: “Still another piece of information the saints offer on the way: you should see yourself as a child who is setting out to learn the first sounds of letters and who is taking his first tottering steps. All worldly wisdom and all the skills you may have are totally worthless in the warfare that awaits you, and equally without value are your social standing and your possessions. Property that is not used in the Lord’s service is a burden, and knowledge that does not engage the heart is barren and therefore harmful, because it is presumptuous. It is called naked, for it is without warmth and fosters no love. You must thus abandon all your knowledge and become a dunce in order to be wise; you must become a pauper in order to be rich, and a weakling if you wish to be strong.”

Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics

Worship: Sunday, June 27, 2021 (First Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday of All Saints)

Scripture: Hebrews 11:33-12:2; Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30

Celebrant: Father John

Prosphora: Henderson