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August 8, 2021

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

After-Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

Romans 15:1-7: St Paul encourages us to deny ourselves on behalf of others for our own edification. He reminds us that the Lord has brought salvation to the Gentiles, thus giving hope to those who were lost.

Matthew 9:27-35: The Lord Jesus again demonstrates His mercy by healing two blind men and cast­ing out a demon from a man possessed. We see that the Lord has compassion for all those who are op­pressed by sin, death and Satan.

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 Transfiguration: When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, 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 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.

CALENDAR

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

Sunday, August 8 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, August 9

Father Herman off

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Tuesday, August 10

NO Services

Wednesday, August 11

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Thursday, August 12

NO Services

Friday, August 13

6:30 p.m. — Paraklesis Service

Saturday, August 14

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice

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

Sunday, August 15 (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Feast of the Transfiguration this past Thursday evening and by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee only, no food**):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

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

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 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

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 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.

Father Herman’s contact information is as follows:

cell phone #- 601-573-5246

email- abounaherman

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 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner

August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos

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.

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 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.

* 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: “Each believer knows God by the providential action which leads him in the particular circumstances of his life; sometimes God grants him blessings, other times he is deprived of them as a matter of discipline.”

Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality

Worship: Sunday, August 15, 2021 (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

Scripture: Phillipians 2:5-11; Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28

Celebrant: Father Herman

Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon Meadows

Prosphora: Karam

Coffee Hour: Kh. Sharon Meadows, Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver