June 13, 2021
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea
Today is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea. This day commemorates the Holy Fathers who sat in council at Nicea, the first of the ecumenical councils. Through them we see the commitment to the immutable truth of God for all the faithful, especially those who lead in the faith. The men of this council bear special note by the significance of their creed, for it is the fundamental statement of orthodox Christology and an enduring guide to our faith. The events of the ascension and the scriptures of this day emphasize to us the nature and action of Christ, and the history of these fathers puts us in mind of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church, work proclaimed by the glorious events which we now anticipate in the preparation for Pentecost.
Acts 20:16-18, 28-36: In the reading from Acts, we hear St Paul speak to the elders of the church at Ephesus, encouraging them to follow his example in their shepherding, and bidding them his final farewell as he approached his imprisonment at Rome.
John 17:1-13: In the passage from John, Jesus prays for His disciples, that they would be united as one and kept from evil.
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 Ascension: Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of the world.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, 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 the Ascension: When thou didst fulfill thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto thy beloved, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.
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 13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, June 14
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, June 15
Wednesday, June 16
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, June 17
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)
Sunday, June 20 (Holy Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
6:30 p.m. — Kneeling Vespers
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Karams for the Feast of the Ascension this past Wednesday evening and by the Brocks 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.
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 on the Gulf Coast, Jack suffered a bad fall that resulted in a fracture of his skull. He came home from the hospital this past Tuesday, but is still having some headaches and nausea.
Our condolences go out to Darlene Amason on the passing of her father, Donald Amason, this past Tuesday morning. Please keep him in your prayers, as well as Darlene, her mother Doris, and her brother Stacy.
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.
* 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.
* 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.
The Parish Council will meet on Wednesday evening, June 23rd, following Daily Vespers.
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.
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 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: “Hereafter you will consider that everything that happens to you, both great and small, is sent by God to help you in your warfare. He alone knows what is necessary for you and what you need at the moment: adversity and prosperity, temptation and fall. Nothing happens accidentally or in such a way that you cannot learn from it; you must understand this at once, for this is how your trust grows in the Lord whom you have chosen to follow.”
Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics
Worship: Sunday, June 20, 2021 (Holy Pentecost)
Scripture: Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52; 8:12
Celebrant: Father John