November 21, 2021
Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos
The Presentation of the Holy Virgin into the Temple is found in the apocryphal gospels, which describe the three-year-old Mary being taken by her parents to the Temple, where she remained in a life of holiness and dedication. Though the story be legend, as symbol it yields insight into spiritual truth. The scriptures for vespers, matins, and the divine liturgy all speak to the relationship between man and God within the context of the Temple and emphasize two themes: holiness and the superiority of the living, eternal temple to that built of stone. In Mary we see both. Rather than being sanctified by the Temple, she sanctifies the Temple and all mankind by becoming herself the perfect temple in which dwelt the eternal Son. Truly she was set apart, even as a child, and consecrated to the most glorious work God granted humanity. Truly she is the instrument by which we, too, become living temples in which God lives and which live eternal. Truly we, the holy, catholic church, the living Temple of God, open our doors to her, most blessed of women, the Holy Mother of God.
Hebrews 9:1-7: In our reading from Hebrews, we hear the Apostle describe the composition of the two tabernacles, the sanctuary and the Holy of Holies, into which only the high priest could enter, and that but once a year.
Luke 10:38-42, 11:27-28: In these passages from Luke the focus is on devotion and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. In the first part, Martha was distracted and troubled about many things in providing hospitality for Jesus. But the one thing needed was for her to listen to Christ, to hear His words – a priority which certainly does not exclude serving Him. In the second part, we read that God’s blessing falls not upon those who have prominent family connections, but upon those who hear the word of God and keep it. Jesus is not denigrating His mother; she both heard God’s word and kept it, and thus became the most blessed of women.
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 Entrance of the Theotokos: Today the Virgin is the foreshadowing of the pleasure of God, and the beginning of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. You have appeared in the Temple of God openly and have gone before, preaching Christ to all. Let us shout with one thrilling voice, saying, Rejoice, O you who are the fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation.
Kontakion of the Presentation of the Theotokos: The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.
Sunday, November 21 (feast of the entrance of the Theotokos)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, November 22
Father Herman off
Wednesday, November 24
due to Thanksgiving Holiday]
Thursday, November 25 (Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios)
4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)
Sunday, November 28 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Please be reminded that it is common Antiochian practice to tilt your head back and open your mouth to receive the Body and Blood. Please be aware of this when you approach the Chalice.
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artos for Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia was offered by the Meadows last night.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee, pre-packaged food**):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
November 21 Schelver Meadows, Pigott
November 28 Jones Schelver, Algood
December 5 Meadows D. Root, Baker
December 5 (Sun. p.m.) Henderson (Artoklasia bread)
(Feast-day of St. Nicholas)
December 12 Davis Henderson, Jones
December 19 D. Root Danereau, Alaeetawi, Katool
December 24 (Fri. p.m.) Karam Meadows, Pigott
December 26 Brock Schelver, Algood
December 31 Baker (Artoklasia bread)
(Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord; Feast-day of St. Basil the Great)
We will continue to serve coffee (and juice for the children), and will now add pre-packaged snacks, following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. We will also continue to use the 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 Chanters’ stand at the front of the nave. Please be sure to use this book when you read.
Reader Reading Page#
November 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Heb. 9:1-7 337
November 28 Walt Wood Eph. 2:4-10 202
December 5 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 5:22-6:2 222
December 12 Kh. Sharon Meadows Eph. 5:8-19 78
December 19 Ian Jones Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348
December 24 (Fri. p.m.) Brenda Baker Gal. 4:4-7 351
December 26 Walt Wood Gal. 1:11-19 188
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 Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
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; Lottie Dabbs (Sh. Charlotte Algood’s mother), Sh. Charlotte and their family; Maria Costas (currently at St. Catherine’s Village); Eugene and Bea Berry.
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.
We will celebrate Fr. John’s Retirement as well as our 35th Anniversary and our annual visit from His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS on the weekend of March 5-6, 2022. More information will be coming on the festivities in the near future.
Sunnybrook Children’s Home has requested again this year that a monetary donation be made instead of Christmas gifts for their children. If you would like to make a donation, please write your check to the church and designate it “for Sunnybrook”. The church will then, in turn, write one check to Sunnybrook. If you do wish to make a donation, please have it in by December 1st.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
* 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. They will also enjoy a book study afterwards.
* The Ladies will meet for lunch on the last Tuesday of the month.
* The Fast of the Nativity begins tomorrow, November 15th. As is our usual custom in the parish, we will pray the Advent Paraklesis on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers. (There will be NO service, however, the evening of November 24th because of the Thanksgiving holiday.)
* The Parish Council Meeting on the November calendar has been moved from November 17th to December 8th and will address both months.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple on Sunday morning, November 21st. We will have Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia the evening before.
* The feastday of St. Nicholas will be celebrated with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Sunday evening, December 5th.
* The Christian Education classes will stage a St. Nicholas play during Coffee Hour on Sunday morning, December 12th.
* The next Workday at the Church is scheduled for Saturday, December 18th.
* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be at St. Peter the weekend of March 5-6, 2022 to help us celebrate Fr. John’s retirement and our 35th anniversary as a parish. Please mark your calendars now.
Dn. Richard is in charge of showing photos from St. Peter’s last 35 years for the celebration on March 5th. Please look through your photos and submit good selections to him within the next couple of weeks. They may be physical prints or digital clips. Be sure to put your name on them if you want them returned. The deadline for submitting your photos to Dn. Richard is the end of January. Suggested Categories:
Weddings, Baptisms, Chrismations Bible Studies
Fishing Trips Men’s and Women’s lunches
Retreats Angel Tree
Fall Festival Sunday School and Garden work
Stew Pot Work Days
Any other things involving the life of our parish
Fasting Discipline for November
During the Fast of the Nativity the traditional fasting (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) discipline is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted.
Major Commemorations for November
November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
November 25 Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios
November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First-called
Quotable: “Woe to the world for malice! It harms everything and in every way, as we have said above. No one can hide from it anywhere. When it cannot harm a man any other way, then it injects its poison into a man through his tongue. However, many misfortunes, calamities, and evils there may be in the world, malice is the cause of all.”
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Journey to Heaven
Worship: Sunday, November 28, 2021 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-10; Luke 18:18-27
Celebrant: Father Herman
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Coffee Hour: Schelver/Algood