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.
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)
Wednesday, June 30 (Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles)
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, July 1 (Cosmas and Damian of Rome)
Friday, July 2(Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)
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)
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.
* 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