August 21, 2022
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
After-feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
I Corinthians 4:9-16: Brethren, God has exhibited us Apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill clad and buffeted and homeless; and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off scouring of all things. I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
Matthew 17:14-23: At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before Him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not heal him.” And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” Jesus said to them, “Because you have no faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. This kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.” As they were traveling together through Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.”
Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind.
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 21 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
12:00 p.m. — Special Coffee Hour honoring Tiffany Strain
Monday, August 22
Father Herman off
Tuesday, August 23
Wednesday, August 24
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Chanter Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, August 25 (Apostles Bartholomew and Titus)
Friday, August 26
Saturday, August 27
Sunday, August 28 (Dormition of the Theotokos [transferred from
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
August 21 D. Root Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites
August 28 Karam Dansereau/Alaeetawi
September 4 Brock Meadows/Pigott
September 7 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia bread) NO Coffee Hour
(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
September 11 R. Root POT LUCK MEAL
September 13 (Tues. .m.) Pacurari Lasseter/Pacurari/Miller
(Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
September 18 Baker D. Root/Baker/Cooper
September 25 Henderson Henderson/Jones
Also, please remember that we still need your tithes and offerings which may be placed in the tray that is passed during the Divine Liturgy, 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 Chanters’ stand at the front of the nave. Please be sure to use this book when you read.
Reader Reading Page#
August 14 Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 3:9-17 130
August 21 Sh. Charlotte Algood I Cor. 4:9-16 135
August 28 Brenda Baker I Cor. 9:2-12 141
September 4 Walt Wood I Cor. 15:1-11 146
September 11 Sam Habeeb Gal. 6:11-18 198
September 13 (Tues. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 1:18-24 311-312
September 18 Sh. Charlotte Algood Gal. 2:16-20 193
September 25 Ian Jones II Cor. 4:6-15 163
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: Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Lamia Dabit and her family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Jay and Joanna Davis; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver and their family; Kathy Willingham; Marilyn (Kyriake) Snell; Jack and Jill Weatherly; Lottie Dabbs (Sh. Charlotte Algood’s mother), Sh. Charlotte and their family; Maria Costas (currently at St. Catherine’s Village); Reader Basil and Brenda Baker and their family; Buddy Cooper.
We will be having a special Coffee Hour honoring Tiffany Strain NEXT Sunday, August the 21st. Tiffany will be moving to California following her September wedding. Please keep Tiffany and her finance’ George in your prayers and mark the date of August 21st on your calendar to celebrate with Tiffany. If you would like to help, please check with Sh. Charlotte Algood. (Tiffany is registered at theknot.com/tiffanyandgeorge22.)
His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for the wedding of Tiffany Strain on September 3rd and will be serving Hierarchical Divine Liturgy that Sunday.
Please mark your calendars now for this year’s Diocesan Fall Retreat. It will be hosted by St. Ignatius in Franklin, TN again this year, on September 9-10. Registration has been opened and necessary information has been emailed.
There will be NO Great Vespers service on Saturday, September 3rd.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
* The men of the parish meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month.
* The Ladies 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 Ladies meet for lunch on the last Tuesday of the month.
* September 1st is the Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year. We will have the Prayers of Indiction at the end of The Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 28th.
* The remaining date for Stewpot for 2022 is Saturday, September 3rd.
* We will celebrate the Heirarchical Divine Liturgy with His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS on Sunday, September 4th.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Wednesday evening, September 8th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
* The Feast of the Precious and Life-giving Cross will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Tuesday evening, September 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
* Church School will resume on Sunday September 11th at 9:00 a.m.
PARENTS, a problem has arisen due to the nursery room being left messy after Coffee Hour. No food of any kind should be taken into that room. Also, it is necessary for a parent to be in the room whenever their children are in there playing. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Fasting Discipline for August/September
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 feast-day of the Beheading of the Forerunner on August 29th is a strict fast day. In September, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross on September 14th is also a strict fast day.
Major Commemorations for August/September
August 25 Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31 Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos
September 1 Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year
September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael
September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos
September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna
September 13 Dedication of the Church of the Anastasis
September 14 Elevation of the Precious Life-giving Cross
September 23 Conception of the Forerunner
September 24 Proto-martyr Thekla
September 26 Apostle John the Theologian (repose)
Quotable “The weakening of the passions is not simply the result of a mental technique of concealing the thoughts. Due to the spiritual dimension and the demonic powers that support them, in order to defeat our passions, we need the superior power of divine grace which is to be found only in the humility and repentance we obtain through prayer. From the moment we receive an evil thought, we should immediately repent and ask for God’s mercy. Moreover, bad thoughts should be opposed with the Jesus Prayer, which is our surest defense against bad thoughts and the best tool we have to defeat them and to be progressively purified of all our passions.”
Elder Sergei of Vanves
Worship: Sunday, August 28, 2022 (Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: I Corinthians 9:2-12; Matthew 18:23-35
Celebrant: Father Herman
Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker
Coffee Hour: Dansereau/Alaeetawi