November 28, 2021
Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
Ephesians 2:4-10: St Paul, writing to the Ephesians, encourages us by reminding us that we who were dead in our sins are now alive in our union with Christ because of God’s mercy toward us and are now able to do the good works prepared for us.
Luke 18:18-27: In the Gospel according to St Luke we hear our Lord tell us via an encounter with a rich, young ruler that to obtain eternal life we must be willing to give up everything that we possess in service to the Kingdom of God.
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 Venerable Martyr Stephen the New: Trained on the mountain in ascetical labors, with the whole armor of the Cross thou didst vanquish the spiritual arrays of unseen enemies; and when thou hadst stripped thyself with great courage for the contest, thou didst slay Copronymos with the sword of true Faith. For both these things hast thou been crowned by God, O righteous martyr, blessed Stephen of great renown.
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 Preparatory for Nativity: Today the Virgin comes unto the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when you hear, and glorify with the angels and the shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.
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 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)
Monday, November 29
Father Herman off
Tuesday, November 30 (Apostle Andrew the First-Called)
11:30 a.m. — Ladies Lunch
Wednesday, December 1
6:30 p.m. — Advent Paraklesis
Thursday, December 2
Friday, December 3
Saturday, December 4 (Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable Father John of Damascus)
4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour)
Sunday, December 5 (Sava the Sanctified)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
6:30 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for the Feast of St. Nicholas
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 Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee, pre-packaged food**):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
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)
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 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.
We will continue to serve coffee (and juice for the children), and 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.
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.
We welcome Andrew Spiehler as a catechumen and ask that you remember him in your prayers as he pursues his journey into the Orthodox faith.
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.
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
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
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.
* 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.
* As is our usual custom in the parish during the Fast of the Nativity, 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.
* The feastday of St. Nicholas will be celebrated with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia next 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.
Fasting Discipline for November/December
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. There will be no fasting of any kind from December 25th through January 4th.
Major Commemorations for November/December
November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First-called
December 4 Great-martyr Barbara and Venerable Father John of Damascus
December 5 Sava the Sanctified
December 6 Nicholas the Wonder-worker of Myra
December 9 Conception of the Theotokos
December 12 Spyridon the Wonder-worker
December 13 Herman of Alaska
December 15 Hieromartyr Eleutherios
December 20 Ignatios the God-bearer of Antioch
December 25 The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
December 26 Synaxis of the Theotokos
December 27 Protomartyr Stephen
Quotable: “So compare your soul with the life of Christ; and as you set your face before a mirror, set your soul before the mirror of the immaculate life of Christ, and take every care to correct and go after whatever you may see that is opposed to it. If you do so, then I assure you, that day by day you will become better, for it is impossible for him who looks often into that immaculate mirror not to correct himself.”
St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Journey to Heaven
Worship: Sunday, December 5, 2021 (Sava the Sanctified)
Scripture: Galatians 5:22-6:2; Luke 13:10-17
Celebrant: Father Herman
Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood
Coffee Hour: D. Root/Baker