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1/23 announcements

January 23, 2022

Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra

Timothy 1:15-17: Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

Luke 18:35-43: At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to Him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to 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 St. Clement: Thou didst blossom forth for the faithful, O most sacred Clement, as a branch of holiness, a staff of contest, a most sacred flower, and a sweet God-given fruit. But as a fellow-sufferer of martyrs and a fellow-prelate of hierarchs, intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

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 Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

CALENDAR

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, January 23 (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, January 24

Father Herman off

Tuesday, January 25 (Gregory the Theologian)

10:00 a.m. — Funeral for Saliba Dabit

Wednesday, January 26

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

Thursday, January 27 (John Chrysostom)

NO Services

Friday, January 28

NO Services

Saturday, January 29

4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice


6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers

Sunday, January 30 (The Three Hierarchs)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

No Coffee Hour for the remainder of the month

January 23 Morris

January 30 Jones

February 1 (Tues. p.m.) D. Root (Artoklasia Bread)

(Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)

February 6 Pacurari

February 13 Davis

February 20 Karam

February 23 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

(Feast of The Forerunner)

February 26 (Sat. a.m.) Brock

(Saturday of the Souls)

February 27 R. Root

We will discontinue Coffee Hour for the remainder of January due to the rise in Co-vid cases. We will re-evaluate the resumption of Coffee Hour and Pot Luck for the month of February.

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 pray the Trisagion Prayers for the Departed for the Forty Day Memorial for Tom Willingham on Sunday, February 13th.

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#

January 23 Ian Jones I Tim. 1:15-17 245

January 30 Brenda Baker Heb. 13:7-16 365

February 6 Walt Wood II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

February 13 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 3:10-15 258

February 20 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 6:12-20 265

February 26 (Sat. a.m. Ian Jones I Thess. 4:13-17 412

February 27 Walt Wood I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

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; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ 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).

Memory Eternal! Saliba Dabit fell asleep in the Lord this past Sunday. His funeral will be Tuesday morning, January 25th at St. Peter. His Forty Day Memorial will be Sunday, February 27th. Please keep Lamia and all of their family in your prayers.

Our prayers and condolences go to Christina Katool, her mother, Connie, and all of their family on the passing of Christina’s stepfather, Wayne Strabala, this past Monday.

Calendar Items:

* 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.

* Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on Tuesday, February 1st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* 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.

* The dates for Stewpot for 2022 are Saturday, May 7th and Saturday, September 3rd.

Pledge Letters have been mailed. Please return them to the church as soon as possible.

House Blessings: Fr. Herman will be blessing homes January 7 – February 25 (except for February 23-37 when he will be out for the Winter Retreat). A sign-up sheet is located on the bureau in the hallway. Please indicate 3 dates that would work for your family and he will get back with you to schedule your house blessing. Everyone should their house blessed, but the responsibility for scheduling this lies with individuals and not Fr. Herman.

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.

DOMSE Winter Retreat! The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast has rescheduled the annual Winter Retreat to the week-end of February 25-27, at St. Elias Orthodox Church in Atlanta. Registration is now open. Please go to the Diocesan website, DOMSE.org for information on registration, hotels, etc.

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.

Fasting Discipline for January

Following January 6th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for January

January 25 Gregory the Theologian

January 27 John Chrysostom

January 30 The Three Hierarchs

January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers

Quotable: “Do not let pass any opportunity to pray for anyone, either at his request or at the request of his relatives, friends, of those who esteem him, or of his acquaintances. The Lord looks favorably upon the prayer of our love, and upon our boldness before him. Besides this, prayer for others is very beneficial to the one himself who prays for others; it purifies the heart, strengthens faith and hope in God, and enkindles our love for God and our neighbor. When praying, say thus: ‘Lord, it is possible for Thee to do this or that to this servant of Thine; do this for him, for Thy name is the Merciful Love of Men and the Almighty.”

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

Worship: Sunday, January 30, 2022 (The Three Hierarchs)

Scripture: Hebrews 13:7-16; Luke 19:1-10

Celebrant: Father Herman

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: Jones

Coffee Hour: NO Coffee Hour

Memory Eternal, Saliba Dabit

Our beloved Saliba Dabit fell asleep in the Lord Sunday evening. His faithful presence at St. Peter’s will be greatly missed. Please keep him and the family in your prayers.

Visitation will be Monday, January 24 5-7pm at Parkway Funeral Home
Flowers and body to arrive 4:15pm
Visitation with just family 4:30-5pm

There will also be a small visitation time between 9:30-10:00am on Tuesday February 25 at St. Peter’s.

The funeral will be Tuesday, January 25 10:00 am at St. Peter’s followed by a procession to Parkway Memorial Gardens on Highland Colony Parkway for Trisagion Prayers for the Departed and burial.

1/16 announcements

January 16, 2022

Twenty-ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Veneration of the Precious Chains of the Apostle Peter

Colossians 3:4-11: Brethren, when Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these, the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Luke 17:12-19: At that time, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When He saw them He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

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 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 Presentation: Thou, O Christ God, who by your Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us, preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

CALENDAR

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, January 16 (Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

NO Pot Luck Meal today

Monday, January 17 (Anthony the Great)

Father Herman off

Tuesday, January 18 (Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria)

NO Services

Wednesday, January 19

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

7:30 p.m. — Parish Council Meeting

Thursday, January 20 (Euthymios the Great)

NO Services

Friday, January 21

NO Services

Saturday, January 22

4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice


6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers

Sunday, January 23 (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Eucharist Bread Schedule (MODIFIED Coffee Hour — Coffee, pre-packaged food**):

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

January 16 Schelver No Coffee Hour for the remainder of the

month

January 23 Morris

January 30 Jones

February 1 (Tues. p.m.) D. Root (Artoklasia Bread)

(Feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)

February 6 Pacurari

February 13 Davis

February 20 Karam

February 23 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows (Artoklasia Bread)

(Feast of The Forerunner)

February 26 (Sat. a.m.) Brock

(Saturday of the Souls)

February 27 R. Root

We will discontinue Coffee Hour for the remainder of January due to the rise in Co-vid cases. We will re-evaluate the resumption of Coffee Hour and Pot Luck for the month of February.

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 pray the Trisagion Prayers for the Departed for the Forty Day Memorial for Tom Willingham on Sunday, February 13th.

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#

January 9 Sh. Charlotte Algood Eph. 4:7-13 364

January 16 Kh. Sharon Meadows Col. 3:4-11 233

January 23 Ian Jones I Tim. 1:15-17 245

January 30 Brenda Baker Heb. 13:7-16 365

February 6 Walt Wood II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

February 13 Kh. Be’Be’ Schelver II Tim. 3:10-15 258

February 20 Sam Habeeb I Cor. 6:12-20 265

February 26 (Sat. a.m. Ian Jones I Thess. 4:13-17 412

February 27 Walt Wood I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

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; Saliba and Lamia Dabit; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Jay and Joanna; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ 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).

Calendar Items:

* 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.

* 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.

House Blessings: Fr. Herman will be blessing homes January 7 – February 25 (except for January 25-30 when he will be out for the Winter Retreat). A sign-up sheet is located on the bureau in the hallway. Please indicate 3 dates that would work for your family and he will get back with you to schedule your house blessing. Everyone should their house blessed, but the responsibility for scheduling this lies with individuals and not Fr. Herman.

Pledge Letters have been mailed. Please return them to the church as soon as possible.

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.

Save the Date! The Diocese of Miami and the Southeast will hold their annual Winter Retreat January 28-30, at St. Elias Orthodox Church in Atlanta. Registration is now open. Please go to the Diocesan website, DOMSE.org for information on registration, hotels, etc.

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.

Fasting Discipline for January

Following January 6th, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.

Major Commemorations for January

January 16 Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter

January 17 Anthony the Great

January 18 Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria

January 20 Euthymios the Great

January 25 Gregory the Theologian

January 27 John Chrysostom

January 30 The Three Hierarchs

January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers

Quotable: “Avoid by every means occasions, causes, and words that produce enmity, and avail yourself of every opportunity and occasion to show holy and sincere love. By doing the first, the inimical disposition of the soul will little by little be eradicated, and by the second, love will be nourished and strengthened. Do not allow yourself for a moment to have any ill-feeling against anyone; always be kind to everyone, conquering your evil disposition by the love that endureth all things and conquereth all things. Avoid obstinacy, self-will, and opposing your neighbor; do not persist in having your own way, in order to satisfy your caprice, or in order to intentionally injure anyone.”

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

Worship: Sunday, January 23, 2022 (Thirty-first Sunday after Pentecost)

Scripture: I Timothy 1:15-17; Luke 18:35-43

Celebrant: Father Herman

Epistle Reader: Ian Jones

Prosphora: Morris

Coffee Hour: NO Coffee Hour