June 6, 2021
Sunday of the Blindman
Today is the Sunday of the Blind Man. Though the Gospel account of the healing of the blind man touches many subjects, there is but one theme: Christ is the divine Light which illuminates the hearts of those who behold Him in faith. Despite the intimidation of the authorities, despite the confusion of the people who know him, despite the fear of his parents, the blind man given sight refuses to deny what he knows is the truth: Jesus has given him sight, has healed the affliction he has born from birth, and one who does such good is from God. To deny his healer is to deny the truth, and he prefers persecution and rejection to that denial. More than his eyes have been opened; his heart has been opened to true and eternal Light. As were the Israelites cast into the dark despair of his fear, as are we all blinded by the frustration of sin and of our weakness, so this man was trapped by his closed eyes; and, as may all be, he was freed by the coming of the Messiah. In faith we open our eyes to the radiant glory of our Lord and King.
Acts 16:16-34: In our reading from Acts we see Paul and Silas imprisoned unjustly; but the Lord uses the circumstances to bring the jailer to Himself by means of a dramatic rescue.
John 9:1-38: After Jesus heals a man born blind, we see the hypocrisy and unbelief of the Pharisees as they seek to learn how the man came to see. After being put out of the temple, the formerly blind man again encounters Jesus, whom he worships as his savior.
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 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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming Rejoice! to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
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.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, June 6 (Sunday of the Blindman)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, June 7
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 8 (Leave-taking of Pascha; Theodore the General)
Wednesday, June 9
6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy
Thursday, June 10 (Ascension)
The fortieth day after Easter is the day of the Ascension, the liturgical end to the celebration of the Resurrection and the opening of the season observing the glory of the Messiah. This is a day too often associated with the sadness of departure; yet this day brought great joy to the Disciples. They saw not the departure of one dear to them, but the glorious entry of their King to His heavenly throne. They saw not the loss of their Intercessor, but the Father accepting the eternal sacrifice and blessing the completion of man’s salvation. They saw not their separation from Christ but their assumption with Him into glory through the Incarnation. They saw not the removal of the blessed One but the promise from Him of further blessings. This day is another step in our procession into eternity, a remembrance of heavenly things, a reminder that the essence of our lives is the heavenly, a refreshing of the image of our God in all His glory.
Friday, June 11(Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas)
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)
Sunday, June 13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
June 6 D. Root
June 9 (Wed. p.m.) Karam
(Feast of the Ascension)
June 13 Brock
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.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for Jack and Jill Weatherly. While visiting family in Ocean Springs, Jack suffered a bad fall last week-end that resulted in a fracture of his skull. He is still in the hospital in Gulfport.
Our newest member, Marilyn (Kyriake) Snell is suffering with fractures in her vertebrae. Please keep her in your prayers and text or give her a call to encourage her. Her phone number is 769-572-7474.
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.
2021 Virtual PLC! The Virtual PLC of the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will be held June 13-20, 2021. Registration is free and is now available online through the Diocesan website DOMSE.org. Please make plans to participate.
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.
* The Leave-taking of Pascha will be celebrated with Paschal Vespers on Tuesday evening, June 8th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 9th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* We will NOT have a liturgy for the Saturday of the Souls on June 19th as previously listed in the Eucharist Bread listing in past announcements. This is due to the Virtual Parish Life Conference which will be held June 13-20.
* Stewpot dates for the coming year are JUNE 26 and November 6. More information will be available closer to time.
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 1 Justyn Martyr
June 4 Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 6 Sunday of the Blindman
June 8 Leave-taking of Pascha
Theodore the General
June 10 Feast of the Ascension
June 13 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
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
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “Thus say nothing of your newly conceived purpose. Say nothing of the new life you have begun or of the experiment you are making and experiences you expect to have. All this is a matter between God and you, and only between you two. The only exception might be your father-confessor.
This silence is necessary because all chatter about one’s own concerns nourishes self-preoccupation and self-trust. And these must be stifled first of all! Through stillness one’s trust grows in Him who sees what is hidden; through silence one talks with Him who hears without words. To come to Him is your endeavour, and in Him shall be all your confidence: you are anchored in eternity, and in eternity there are no words.”
Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics
Worship: Sunday, June 13, 2021 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)
Scripture: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13
Celebrant: Father John