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August 1, 2021
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Procession of the Precious and Life-giving Cross

Romans 12:6-14: In the reading from Romans, St Paul encourages us to practice the use of the gifts which the Lord has given to us and to serve the Lord with diligence.

Matthew 9:1-8: Jesus demonstrates His authority by both healing the physical illness of a paralytic and by forgiving him of his sins.

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 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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.


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

Sunday, August 1 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost; Procession of the Holy Cross)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, August 2
6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Tuesday, August 3
NO Services

Wednesday, August 4
6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Thursday, August 5
11:00 p.m. — Men’s Lunch at Crab’s Seafood Shack (located next to Cock of the
Walk Restaurant at the Ross Barnett Reservoir)
6:00 p.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

Friday, August 6(Feast of the Transfiguration)
Before His Passion, Jesus ascended Mount Tabor with His disciples Peter, James and John, for the purpose of prayer. There the three disciples beheld Him transfigured and saw a vision in which Moses the Lawgiver (shown on the icon on the right holding the tablets of the Law) and Elijah the Prophet appeared and spoke with Him. “And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him” (Matt. 17:2-3). The fact that Moses and Elijah appeared at the Transfiguration is very significant in that these two men were the leading figures of the Old Testament – which confirms the fact that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets (see Matthew 5:17). Their presence confirmed that Jesus was indeed the Christ, the Messiah whom the people of the Old Testament had been anticipating. The Gospel account also says that a voice from a bright cloud said “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him” (Matt. 17:5), further confirming the person of Jesus as the divine Messiah. When the three disciples saw and heard these things they fell on their faces and were filled with awe (this is shown on the icon by the way Peter, James and John are depicted at the foot of the mount). When they came down the mountain Jesus told His disciples to “tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead” (Matt. 17:9). Jesus did not want everyone to know what had happened until the time was right. The Kontakion of the feast gives understanding as to why Jesus allowed Peter, James and John to be present at His transfiguration: “On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, O Christ God, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could see it; so that when they would behold Thee crucified, they would understand that Thy suffering was voluntary, and would proclaim to the world that Thou art truly the Radiance of the Father.”

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Saturday, August 7
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)

Sunday, August 8 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)


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

Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee only, no food**):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
August 1 Davis Sh. Charlotte, Cheryl
August 5 (Thurs. p.m.) Jones NO Coffee Hour
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 8 D. Root Rebecca, Natalia
August 15 Karam Kh. Sharon, Kh. Be’Be’
August 22 Brock Elizabeth, Brenda
August 29 R. Root Kh. Janet, Anastasia
September 5 Henderson Kh. Sharon, Cheryl
September 7 (Tues, p.m.) Baker (Artoklasia Bread) NO Coffee Hour
(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 12 Algood Rebecca, Natalia
September 13 (Mon. p.m.)Katool NO Coffee Hour
September 19 Schelver Kh. Sharon, Christina
September 26 Jones Kh. Be’Be’, Sh. Charlotte

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.
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. We will also continue to use disposable cups and individual sweeteners and creamers. Please use the available hand sanitizer before using the air-pots to get your coffee. Coffee will be served inside the fellowship hall and people will be free to go outside or to sit inside. For those sitting inside, we ask that you spread out and provide some space for each other. Please DO NOT congregate in front of the coffee table or in the entrance to the Fellowship Hall.

Schedule for Epistle Readers – Page numbers refer to the Apostolos (book of the Epistles) located on the front pew. Please be sure to use this book when you read.
Reader Reading Page#
August 1 Kh. Elizabeth Rom. 12:6-14 113
August 5 (Thurs. p.m.) Sam Habeeb II Pet. 1:10-19 401
(Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 8 Sh. Charlotte Algood Rom. 15:1-7 119
August 15 Kh. Sharon Phil. 2:5-11 403
August 22 Brenda Baker I Cor. 3:9-17 130
August 29 Walt Wood Acts 13:25-33 406
September 5 Kh. Elizabeth I Cor. 9:2-12 141
September 12 Sam Habeeb Gal. 6:11-18 198
September 13 (Mon. p.m.) Kh. Sharon I Cor. 1:18-24 311
(Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
September 19 Brenda Baker Gal. 2:16-20 193
September 26 Walt Wood I John 4:12-19 315

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.

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 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. Herman know.

We rejoice to 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. This morning a cake is being provided at Coffee Hour in their honor.

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

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

Fasting Discipline for August
The Fast of the Dormition begins today and runs through August 15th. During this time the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week, except Saturday and Sunday when wine and oil are allowed and August 6th (Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish, wine and oil are allowed. Following the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. The feastday of the Beheading of the Forerunner on August 29th is a strict fast day.

Major Commemorations for August
August 1 Procession of the Holy Cross
August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord
August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

Calendar Items:
* The Ladies will meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children on behalf of our children.
* The Fast of the Dormition begins today and runs until the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, August 15th. During this time, we will pray the Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, August 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* The next Parish Council Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25th following Daily Vespers.
* The remaining Stewpot date for this year is November 6. More information will be available closer to time.

Quotable: “We said that Jesus Christ is from the beginning ‘the Way’ for the ascent to God, even in the phase of ascetical endeavors, when it seems to us that we are predominately occupied with ourselves.
This truth is sustained in the spiritual writings of the Eastern Orthodox Church by the affirmation that the Lord gives Himself to us by commands. ‘The Lord is hidden in His commands and they that see Him find Him in the measure in which they carry them out,’ says St. Mark the Ascetic. Origen first had this idea, and Maximus the Confessor developed it later. It means that he who wants to start out toward God must first take hold of the rope of the commandments which Jesus Christ offers us.”
Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality

Worship: Sunday, August 8, 2021 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: Romans 15:1-7; Matthew 9:17-35
Celebrant: Father Herman
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Prosphora: D. Root
Coffee Hour: Rebecca Dansereau, Natalia Alaeetawi