8/22 announcements

August 22, 2021

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

After-Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

I Corinthians 3:9-17: In the reading from I Corinthians St Paul admonishes the Corinthian Church to give credit to the Lord for the work done by men in building the Church.

Matthew 14:22-34: In our reading from Matthew, we see Jesus’ mastery over creation by walking on the Sea of Galilee; Peter’s attempt to join Jesus shows us that our faith is weakened when we take our eyes off the Lord.

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 the Dormition: In thy birth-giving, O Theotokos, thou didst keep and preserve virginity; and in thy falling-asleep thou hast not forsaken the world; for living thou wast translated, being the Mother of Life. Wherefore, by thine intercessions, deliver our souls from death.

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 Dormition: Verily, the Theotokos, who is ever watchful in intercessions, who is never rejected, neither tomb nor death could control. But being the Mother of Life, he who dwelt in her ever-virgin womb didst translate her to life.


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

Sunday, August 22 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, August 23

Father Herman off

Tuesday, August 24

NO Services

Wednesday, August 25

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, August 26

NO Services

Friday, August 27

NO Services

Saturday, August 28

4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice

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

Sunday, August 29 (Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)


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

COVID Precautions for St. Peter:

– For anyone who feels more comfortable participating in the Liturgy in the parish hall, we will resume streaming Sunday Orthros and Divine Liturgy onto the TV set up in there. Chairs will also be set out as previously done. If you would like to attend Orthros and Liturgy in the fellowship hall on any given Sunday, please notify Fr. Herman so that we can have the Eucharist brought in and served to you. Please note that there maybe others who wish to do this at the same time as you. When church school begins in September, we will make adjustments to accommodate both these as best we can.

– Masks are highly recommended to be worn, but the decision to wear a mask, or not wear a mask, will be left up to you. Please use your best judgement on whether or not to wear a mask.

– Please make attempts to spread out as best as possible within the nave during the divine services.

– Coffee hour will continue as it has been with only coffee being served. If kolivia, or any other food blessed in the context of the Liturgy is done, it will be served to you with the servers wearing masks and gloves.

– Church school will resume as planned on September 12.

– The clergy, when serving the Eucharist, will continue to wear a mask and stagger the lines in an attempt to reduce to close contact with the respective other line.

– Also please attempt to spread out as best as possible in the fellowship hall during coffee hour as well

– If you are not feeling well PLEASE do not attempt to come to the services. This also includes anyone who may have been exposed to you during this time. Also, please let Fr. Herman know if you are not feeling well and have COVID like symptoms.

– The parish council and Fr. Herman are keeping a close eye on the situation with this new COVID variant and will be in discussion on a regular basis as the situation changes in either direction.

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

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

August 22 Brock Elizabeth, Kh. Be’Be’

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.

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.

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 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.

Father Herman’s contact information is as follows:

cell phone #- 601-573-5246

email- abounaherman

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

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

Fasting Discipline for August

Following the 15th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) 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 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 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.

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The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast Fall Retreat 2021 will be hosted by St. Ignatius Church in Franklin TN on the weekend of September 17-19. This will be an “IN-PERSON” Retreat. Special hotel rates are available through September 1st; the rates will go up on September 2nd. For information on registration and the hotel, go the Diocesan website at DOMSE.org. A schedule for the retreat is also available on the website.

Quotable: “The one who is perfected in virtue and in the patience of trials has in himself the working or the effective force of the first coming of Christ; while the one who has reached the angelic state of knowledge has the dispassion of the second coming working within him.

St. Maximus even goes so far that he remarks: ‘The nature of virtues in each person is the unique Word of God, because the nature of all virtues is our Lord Jesus Christ Himself.’ In the commandments that He gives He speaks personally to our conscience.”

Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality

Worship: Sunday, August 29, 2021 (Feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist)

Scripture: I Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-34

Celebrant: Father Herman

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: Brock

Coffee Hour: Elizabeth Root, Brenda Baker