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April 21, 2019

Feast of Palm Sunday

Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem

Palm Sunday begins the observance of the eight days that encapsulate all of time and eternity as relates to man. The days begin with the proclamation on earth of the entry of the Messiah into Jerusalem and end with the Eternal King rising in incomprehensible victory to establish the heavenly Jerusalem and His eternal reign. On Palm Sunday, we begin the days of the full exhibition of the awful corruption sin has spread in mankind and the measureless love that heals and deifies our humanity. Today we thrill at the picture of Christ and the praises of the people, the object of adoration yet the perfection of humility. The imagery of the scene is beyond description: the King amidst His people, the palm and olive branches symbolizing His victory, His anointing, His peace; the cloaks and garments cast before Him symbolizing our complete submission to His will; the cries of adoration, of “Hosanna,” the coming of the Lord. Yet, on this day we are also near enough to feel acutely the dread of His passion, the desolation of the trial and Golgotha. This day also begins the week of the Eighth Day, the entry to eternity. As we observe Palm Sunday, we observe all history and the fulfillment of all history.

Philippians 4:4-9: The Apostle Paul encourages us in the reading from his letter to the Philippians: we are to rejoice in the Lord and to let our concerns and desires be made known to God in prayer and sup­plication. By doing so, he tells us that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.

John 12:1-18: In anticipation of her Lord’s passion, Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with costly ointment, fore­shadowing His coming death. Jesus then enters Jerusalem shortly before Passover in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy.

First Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead before thy Passion, thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Second Troparion of Palm Sunday: O Christ God, when we were buried with thee in Baptism, we became deserving of thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise thee, crying, Hosanna in the highest, blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Kontakion of Palm Sunday: Seated upon Thy throne in heaven, and a foal on earth, O Christ our God, Thou didst receive the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children: Blessed is He that cometh to recall Adam.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 21 (Palm Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Fish Fry Meal

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins

Monday, April 22 (Great and Holy Monday)

Father John’s Day Off

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins

Tuesday, April 23 (Great and Holy Tuesday)

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins

Wednesday, April 24 (Great and Holy Wednesday)

6:30 p.m. — Service of Holy Unction

Thursday, April 25 (Great and Holy Thursday)

7:00 a.m. — Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil

6:30 p.m. — Reading of the Twelve Passion Gospels

Friday, April 26 (Great and Holy Friday)

7:00 a.m. — Royal Hours

3:00 p.m. — Taking down from the Cross

6:30 p.m. — Lamentations Service

Saturday, April 27 (Great and Holy Saturday)

9:00 a.m. — Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil

10:30 p.m. — Paschal Service

Sunday, April 28 (Great and Holy PASCHA)

4:00 p.m. — Agape Vespers at St. Peter

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered yesterday morning by the Morrises for the Liturgy of Lazarus Saturday and by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 21 Jones Kh. Janet Henderson/Christina Katool

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Katool Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Great and Holy Thursday)

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Karen Cooper

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) D. Root Turners/Kh. Be’Be’/Mary Guy/Joanna

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#

April 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) Sam Habeeb Acts 1:1-8 25

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

We will have our annual Fish Fry Meal today. The meal will once again be provided by Sal & Phil’s. The cost is $10 for adults and children over 10; $5 for children 5-10.

Agape Vespers: St. Peter will be hosting Agape Vespers this year on Pascha. A committee is being formed to plan the event. The Church will be providing the meats. A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up for appetizers, desserts, bread and drinks. We will need everyone’s help with clean up afterwards!! If you plan to drink beer, please bring your own.

Readers for Agape Vespers: We need readers for the Gospel Reading in the different languages. If you would like to participate, please see Father John and he will give you a copy of the reading in the language that you need, if you do not have it already.

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after Agape Vespers on Sunday, April 28th. If you would like your child or children to participate, please bring a dozen or more plastic eggs filled with candy or treats to Elizabeth or Daniel Root any time before the 28th.

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next archpastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers during Lent, beginning at 6:30 p.m..

* On Friday evenings of Great Lent we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* NEXT Sunday we will have our annual Fish Fry Meal following the Divine Liturgy.

* Schedule for Holy Week Services is as follows (all evening services begin at 6:30 p.m.):

Sunday, April 21st — Bridegroom Matins

Monday, April 22nd — Bridegroom Matins

Tuesday, April 23rd — Bridegroom Matins

Wednesday, April 24th

4/14 announcements

April 14, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Commemoration of Mary of Egypt

The facts of the life of St. Mary of Egypt are vague and clouded by time and separation, but the spirit of her story is a clear call to repentance and devotion. According to tradition, Mary was from Alexandria, where she was an actress and courtesan, living a life of sin and infamy. When spiritual intervention forbade her entry to Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, she spent the night in penitent prayer. The following morning she was able to enter, whereupon she venerated the cross and immediately removed herself to the life of a penitent and solitary in the Palestinian desert. She remained in isolation for forty-seven years, aided only by monks of the region and God’s grace. Only at her death was she found and given communion by the priest Zosimus. On this last Sunday of Lent, as we prepare for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and the Great Feast of the eighth and eternal day, we call to mind this holy woman, her fear of the all-powerful God, her recognition of her sin, her repentance, her humility, her faith, and her unwavering intent to seek righteousness and the courts of her King.

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 St. Mary of Egypt: Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O Mother Mary; for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

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 Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 14 (Mary of Egypt)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 15

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 16

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, April 17

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper

Thursday, April 18

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Friday, April 19

6:30 p.m. — Small Complines with the Canon of St. Lazarus

Saturday, April 20 (Lazarus Saturday)

9:00 a.m. — Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, April 21 (Palm Sunday)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

12:00 p.m. — Fish Fry Meal

6:30 p.m. — Bridegroom Matins

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 14 Schelver Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Anastasia Jones

(Lazarus Saturday)

April 21 Jones Kh. Janet Henderson/Christina Katool

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Katool Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Great and Holy Thursday)

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Karen Cooper

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) D. Root Turners/Kh. Be’Be’/Mary Guy/Joanna

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#

April 14 Warren Strain Heb. 9:11-14 290

April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

April 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) Sam Habeeb Acts 1:1-8 25

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

During Great Lent we will once again be collecting goods for the Commissary at Sunnybrook Children’s Home. Lists of the items that are needed are available in the foyer and also in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your donated items to the church and place them in the East end of the Fellowship Hall. Dn. Terry will collect them and take them to Sunnybrook.

We will have our annual Fish Fry Meal on Palm Sunday, April 20th. The meal will once again be provided by Sal & Phil’s. The cost is $10 for adults and children over 10; $5 for children 5-10. A sign-up sheet is available on the information table in the hallway. Please sign up as soon as possible so that we can have a headcount for the meal!

Agape Vespers: St. Peter will be hosting Agape Vespers this year on Pascha. A committee is being formed to plan the event. The Church will be providing the meats. A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up for appetizers, desserts, bread and drinks. We especially need volunteers to help with clean up afterwards!! If you plan to drink beer, please bring your own.

Readers for Agape Vespers: We need readers for the Gospel Reading in the different languages. If you would like to participate, please see Father John and he will give you a copy of the reading in the language that you need, if you do not have it already.

We will have an Easter Egg Hunt after Agape Vespers on Sunday, April 28th. If you would like your child or children to participate, please bring a dozen or more plastic eggs filled with candy or treats to Elizabeth or Daniel Root any time before the 28th.

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next archpastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers during Lent, beginning at 6:30 p.m..

* On Friday evenings of Great Lent we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* NEXT Sunday we will have our annual Fish Fry Meal following the Divine Liturgy.

* Schedule for Holy Week Services is as follows (all evening services begin at 6:30 p.m.):

Sunday, April 21st — Bridegroom Matins

Monday, April 22nd — Bridegroom Matins

Tuesday, April 23rd — Bridegroom Matins

Wednesday, April 24th

4/7 announcements

April 7, 2019

Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Commemoration of John Climacus

Self-denial for self-glory is equally as vain as any endeavor not directed toward divine love and the glory of God. In St. John Climacus, seventh-century hermit and ascetic, we have a model of sacrifice directed to the love of fellow men. St. John knew that emptying himself of the things of this world was the act of renouncing his own efforts and accepting God’s grace and mercy as true sustenance. The season of prayer and fasting is a time of true humility and complete submission to the Father’s will. We proceed to the Great Feast, following a path of reconciliation and contemplation, seeking the adoration of the Son and His sacrifice, and emphasizing leaving the things of this world to attain perfect submission.

Hebrews 6:13-end: In his letter to the Hebrews, the Apostle reminds us that the promise of God to Abraham was fulfilled when Jesus Christ entered through the veil as a priest according to the order of Melchizedek, and that He is our hope and the anchor of our souls.

Mark 9:16-30: Our Lord casts a demon out of a young boy and in so doing show that faith is essen­tial for actions to bear good fruit. He then gives a prophecy of His coming death and resurrection.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Troparion of St. John of the Ladder: The barren wilderness thou didst make fertile with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing thou hast given fruit through thy struggles a hundredfold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe, sparkling with miracles. Therefore, O righteous Father John Climacus, intercede with Christ God to save our souls.

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 Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.

CALENDAR

Sunday, April 7 (John Climacus)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 8

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 9

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, April 10

6:30 p.m. — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete with the Life of St. Mary of Egypt

Thursday, April 11

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Friday, April 12

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Saturday, April 13

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist

TBA — Virtual Teen Retreat

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, April 14 (Mary of Egypt)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

April 7 Meadows Stewart/Meadows

April 14 Schelver Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Anastasia Jones

(Lazarus Saturday)

April 21 Jones Kh. JanetHenderson/Christina Katool

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Katool Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Great and Holy Thursday)

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Karen Cooper

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) D. Root Turners/Kh. Be’Be’/ ? and ?

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#

April 7 Walt Wood Heb. 6:13-20 287

April 14 Warren Strain Heb. 9:11-14 290

April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

April 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) Sam Habeeb Acts 1:1-8 25

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers during Lent, beginning at 6:30 p.m..

* On Friday evenings of Great Lent we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Virtual Teen Retreat here on Saturday, April 13th.

* Palm Sunday we will have our annual Fish Fry Meal following the Divine Liturgy.

* We will be hosting Agape Vespers this year. More info will be available later.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th. More details will be available at a later date.

* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.

* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.

There will be a Virtual Teen Retreat here NEXT Saturday, April 13th. This is a Diocesan event with Teens from the other parishes in our Diocese connected via the internet!! There will be a speaker and it will be possible to see fellow teens in the other parishes. Teens, please make plans to attend. Parents, please let Father John know whether or not your teen will be attending.

During Great Lent we will once again be collecting goods for the Commissary at Sunnybrook Children’s Home. Lists of the items that are needed are available in the foyer and also in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your donated items to the church and place them in the East end of the Fellowship Hall. Dn. Terry will collect them and take them to Sunnybrook.

The Center for Pregnancy Choices of Jackson is hosting LifeWalk at Flowood Nature Park to raise funds for the many services it provides to the tri-county area. Find a sponsor, sponsor a walker, or sponsor yourself and join the Eastern Orthodox Churches team at nine o’clock, NEXT Saturday, April 13, 2019. Register at cpcmetrofriends.org/lifewalk or contact Susan Ainsworth at susana133@comcast. Sponsorship pledge forms are available in the foyer as well as additional information about the walk, but if you have any questions, please contact Susan Ainsworth.

We will have our annual Fish Fry Meal on Palm Sunday, April 20th. The meal will once again be provided by Sal & Phil’s. The cost is $10 for adults and children over the age of 10; $5 for children ages 5-10. A sign-up sheet is available on the information table in the hallway. Please sign up as soon as possible so that we can have a headcount for the meal!

Agape Vespers: St. Peter will be hosting Agape Vespers this year on Pascha. The Church will be providing the meats. A sign-up sheet is available in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up for appetizers, desserts, bread and drinks. We especially need volunteers to help with clean up afterwards!!

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next arch-pastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!

Fasting Discipline for April

During Great Lent the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 21st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). There is no fasting of any kind during Bright Week (April 29th – May 3rd).

Major Commemorations for April

April 7 4th Sunday of Lent

John Climacus

April 14 5th Sunday of Lent

Mary of Egypt

April 20 Lazarus Saturday

April 22-27 Holy Week

April 23 Great-martyr George

April 25 Apostle Mark

April 28 PASCHA

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “From the psychological point of view, this must be said of the kingdom of God: it is born in us when the mind is united with the heart, both alike adhering steadfastly to the remembrance of God.

Then man surrenders to the Lord his consciousness and freedom as a sacrifice pleasing to Him, and receives from God power over himself; and by strength received from Him he rules over all his inner and outer life as God’s viceregent.”

St. Theophan the Recluse

Worship: Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Fifth Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of Mary of Egypt)

Scripture: Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 10:32-45

Celebrant: Father John

Epistle Reader: Warren Strain

Prosphora: Schelver

Coffee Hour: Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

3/31 announcements

March 31, 2019

Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of Precious and Life-giving Cross

In the middle of Lent, the church sets before us the Cross of Christ. On two other occasions during the year, September 14 and August 1, the cross is presented for our remembrance and veneration. Both these feasts link the Adoration of the Cross to historic events. However, the remembrance of the cross on the third Sunday in Lent prepares us for the commemoration of the crucifixion which is soon to follow in Holy Week, and at the same time, it reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ. The dominant note on this Sunday, as on the two Sundays preceding, is one of joy and triumph. No separation is made between Christ’s death and His resurrection, but the cross is regarded as an emblem of victory on Calvary as seen in light of the Empty Tomb.

Hebrews 4:14-5:6: After describing the all-seeing power of Jesus Christ, the writer of Hebrews re­veals Him as the great high priest who perfectly identifies with us in our weakness.

Mark 8:34-9:1: In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.

Troparion of the Resurrection: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad; for the Lord hath done a mighty act with his own arm. He hath trampled down death and become the First-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Holy Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting to thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy kingdom.

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 Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.

CALENDAR

Sunday, March 31 (Veneration of the Cross)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 1 (St. Mary of Egypt)

Father John’s Day Off

Tuesday, April 2

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

Wednesday, April 3

6:30 p.m. — Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper

Thursday, April 4

6:00 a.m. — Lenten Orthros

11:30 a.m. — Men’s Lunch

Friday, April 5

6:30 p.m. — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos

Saturday, April 6

5:45 p.m. — Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, April 7 (John Climacus)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Feast of the Annunciation this past Monday morning and on behalf of the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

March 31 Algood (by Meadows) R. Root/Habeeb/Cooper

April 7 Meadows Stewart/Meadows

April 14 Schelver Pigott/Dabit/Strain/Lavric

April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Morris Anastasia Jones

(Lazarus Saturday)

April 21 Jones Kh. JanetHenderson/Christina Katool

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Katool Kh. Sharon Meadows

(Great and Holy Thursday)

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Davis Karen Cooper

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) D. Root Turners/Dabits/Kh. Be’Be’ and ?

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#

March 31 Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 4:14-5:6 285

April 7 Walt Wood Heb. 6:13-20 287

April 14 Warren Strain Heb. 9:11-14 290

April 20 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Heb. 12:28-13:8 291

April 21 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver Phil. 4:4-9 294

April 25 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295

April 27 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Rom. 6:3-11 300

April 27 (Sat. p.m.) Sam Habeeb Acts 1:1-8 25

Please be reminded of the following:

Be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion. Because this bread has been blessed, we should take care not to let crumbs fall on the floor. Parents, especially, please help your children to choose a small piece and treat it carefully.

Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour.

Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Vernie Meadows, Fr. James and Kh. Sharon and their family; Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Lou Turner’s cousin Amy and her husband John; Noah and Beth Ann (Baker) Pappas, the Reader Basil and Brenda and all of the Baker family; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.

Please keep Fr. John Morris and Kh. Cheryl in your prayers. They have both been ill recently.

Calendar Items:

* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.

* The Ladies of St. Peter meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.

* The Ladies of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the last Tuesday of the month.

* We will celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings in place of Daily Vespers during Lent, beginning at 6:30 p.m..

* On Friday evenings of Great Lent we will pray the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* Virtual Teen Retreat here on Saturday, April 13th.

* We will be hosting Agape Vespers this year. More info will be available later.

* His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will be with us for a visit on May 26-27th. More details will be available at a later date.

* Vacation Church School will be held again this year in July on the 11th,12th, and 13th. More information will be available later.

* Our next date for serving at the Stewpot is Saturday, September 28th.

There will be a Virtual Teen Retreat here on Saturday, April 13th. This is a Diocesan event with Teens from the other parishes in our Diocese connected via the internet!! There will be a speaker and it will be possible to see fellow teens in the other parishes. Teens, please make plans to attend. Parents, please let Father John know whether or not your teen will be attending.

During Great Lent we will once again be collecting goods for the Commissary at Sunnybrook Children’s Home. Lists of the items that are needed are available in the foyer and also in the Fellowship Hall. Please bring your donated items to the church and place them in the East end of the Fellowship Hall. Dn. Terry will collect them and take them to Sunnybrook.

New Address for the Algoods!!

601 Abbots Lane, Ridgeland, MS 39157

The Center for Pregnancy Choices of Jackson is hosting LifeWalk at Flowood Nature Park to raise funds for the many services it provides to the tri-county area. Find a sponsor, sponsor a walker, or sponsor yourself and join the Eastern Orthodox Churches team at nine o’clock, Saturday, April 13, 2019. Register at cpcmetrofriends.org/lifewalk or contact Susan Ainsworth at susana133@comcast. Sponsorship pledge forms are available in the foyer as well as additional information about the walk, but if you have any questions, please contact Susan Ainsworth.

Agape Vespers: St. Peter will be hosting Agape Vespers this year on Pascha. A committee is being formed to plan the event. More information will be available later.

His Grace, Bishop NICHOLAS will make his next archpastoral visit to St. Peter’s on May 26-27th (he will be leaving on Tuesday morning, May 28th). More information will be available at a later date. Please mark your calendars now!

Fasting Discipline for April

During Great Lent the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 21st, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). There is no fasting of any kind during Bright Week (April 29th – May 3rd).

Major Commemorations for April

April 1 Mary of Egypt

April 7 4th Sunday of Lent

John Climacus

April 14 5th Sunday of Lent

Mary of Egypt

April 20 Lazarus Saturday

April 22-27 Holy Week

April 23 Great-martyr George

April 25 Apostle Mark

April 28 PASCHA

For Parents: Children in the nursery during Coffee Hour MUST be supervised just as they are on the playground. This room is used for Sunday School each week. Children who are unsupervised create disarray and use materials set aside for the teaching of Christian Education. This creates extra work for the Sunday School teachers who have to come in and set the room in order before class or who find supplies depleted unexpectedly. A parent must be in the room with their children at all times. Please help us with this! — Fr. John

Unsupervised children in the Kitchen: For health and safety concerns children are not to be allowed in the kitchen unless accompanied by a parent. Please get ice for your children and do NOT allow them to use the icemaker themselves.

ead of ManHead of Maonasteries

Quotable: “Now begins the task of accustoming ourselves to spiritual prayer to the Lord. The first-fruits of this prayer quicken our faith, faith reinforces our efforts and multiplies their fruits; and so the work proceeds successfully.

If we attain this habit of spiritual prayer to the Lord, we shall find that, by God’s mercy, the inward longing for Him comes more frequently. And subsequently it comes about that this interior involvement is confirmed for ever, and the man dwells inwardly before God without ceasing. This is the establishing of the kingdom of God within us. But let us add that with this comes also the start of a new cycle of changes in our inner life, which may be called the spiritualization of soul and body.”

St. Theophan the Recluse

Worship: Sunday, April 7, 2019 (Fourth Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of John Climacus)

Scripture: Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-31

Celebrant: Father John
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood

Prosphora: Meadows

Coffee Hour: Stewart/Meadows