October 16, 2022
Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
Titus 3:8-15: Titus, my son, faithful is the saying, and concerning these things I desire you to affirm confidently, that those who have believed in God may be thoughtful of how to preside in honorable occupations. These things are good and profitable to men. But avoid foolish disputes, and genealogies, and contentions, and controversies about the Law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man who is a heretic after the first and second admonition reject, knowing that such a one is subverted, and sins, being self-condemned. When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicós, give diligence to come to me to Nicopolis; for I have determined to winter there. Set forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that they may be lacking in nothing. And let our people also learn how to preside in honorable occupations, so as to help in cases of urgent need, that they should not be unfruitful. All who are with me salute you. Salute those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Luke 8:5-15: The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when His Disciples asked Him what this parable meant, Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” As Jesus said this, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
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 Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, 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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, October 16 (Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, October 17
Father Herman off
Tuesday, October 18 (Apostle Luke)
Wednesday, October 19
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
7:15 p.m. — Chanters’ Practice
7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, October 20
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22
Sunday, October 23 (Apostle James, Brother of the Lord)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
9:00 a.m. — Christian Education
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
12:00 p.m. — Pot Luck Meal
5:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
6:30 P.M. — Bishop NICHOLAS’ Supper with Men of the Parish
The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
October 16 Morris Lavric/Skirtech/Dabit
October 23 Jones POT LUCK MEAL
October 30 Davis Meadows/Pacurari/Cooper
November 5 (Sat. a.m.) Meadows Pigott/Stewart
(Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
November 6 D. Root Algood/Schelver
November 13 Karam POT LUCK MEAL
November 20 Brock D. Root/Baker
November 20 (Sun. p.m.) R. Root (Artoklasia Bread)
(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 27 Pacurari Henderson/Jones
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#
October 16 Virginia Stewart Titus 3:8-15 322
October 23 Luke Habeeb Gal. 1:11-19 188
October 30 Teen Reader Gal. 1:11-19 188
November 5 (Sat. a.m.) Ian Jones Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
November 6 Brenda Baker Gal. 2:16-20 193
November 13 Walt Wood Heb. 7:26-8:2 334
November 20 Sam Habeeb Eph. 2:4-10 202
November 27 Sh. Charlotte Algood Eph. 2:14-22 207
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.
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; Georgia and Bob Buchanan.
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.
His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be at St. Peter for his Arch-pastoral visit October 23-24th. He will be in Vicksburg for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and will be coming to St. Peter afterwards. The schedule for his visit will be available soon. Please be sure to check your email in the coming days.
October is Teen Month in our Archdiocese. In keeping with that, our teens will be reading the Epistle during the Divine Liturgy this month.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
Fasting Discipline for October
In October, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for October
October 16 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council
October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
* 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. However, the ladies will NOT meet for the month of November, due to the wedding on November 12th. (See Calendar Items below.)
* This month the Ladies will meet for lunch on Monday, October 24th instead of the last Tuesday of the month. We will eating lunch in the fellowship hall with His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS.
* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be at St. Peter for his Arch-pastoral visit October 23-24th. He will be in Vicksburg for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and will be coming to St. Peter afterwards.
* Our monthly Pot Luck Meal will be held on Sunday, October 23rd instead of the usual second Sunday of the month.
* The Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th, beginning at 4:00 p.m. There will be no Great Vespers that day. More details will be available at a later date.
* Gabriella Alaeetawi and Gavin McIntire will be married at St. Peter on Saturday, November 12th at 10:30 a.m. Please remember them in your prayers.
* The Fast of the Nativity begins on November 15th and runs through December 24th. As is our custom in the parish during this fast, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis service on Wednesday evenings instead of Daily Vespers. However, there will be no service on Wednesday evening, November 23rd due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
* Andrew Spiehler will be chrismated and Noah Shockley will be baptized on Saturday, November 19th. Please keep them both in your prayers.
* We will celebrate the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Sunday evening, November 20th, beginning at 6:30 p.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.
Quotable: “Wherefore, brethren, let us plant ourselves upon the rock of faith and the Tradition of the Church, removing not the landmarks set by our holy fathers, nor giving room to those who are anxious to introduce novelties and to undermine the structure of God’s holy ecumenical and apostolic Church. For if everyone were allowed a free hand, little by little the entire Body of the Church would be destroyed.”
+ St. John of Damascus
Worship: Sunday, October 23, 2022 (Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Apostle James, Brother of the Lord)
Scripture: Gal. 1:11-19; Luke 8:26-39
Celebrant: Father Herman
Epistle Reader: Luke Habeeb
Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL