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February 5, 2023

Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

After-feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple

II Timothy 3:10-15: My son Timothy, you have followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience, persecutions, sufferings, what things befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra. What persecutions I endured! And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Indeed all who would live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But people who are wicked and deceivers will proceed from worse to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and how from infancy you have known the sacred temple writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Luke 18:10-14: The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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 Presentation: Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace; for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous old man, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, who granteth us 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.

Sunday, February 5 (Pharisee and the Publican)

[NO FASTING THIS WEEK]

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

Monday, February 6

Father Herman off

Tuesday, February 7

NO Services

Wednesday, February 8

6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers

Thursday, February 9

NO Services

Friday, February 10 (Hieromartyr Haralampos)

NO Services

Saturday, February 11

10:00 a.m. — Ladies meet for Akathist


4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice

6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers

Sunday, February 12 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

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

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dn Richard Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning. The Artoklasoia Bread for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple was offered this past Wednesday evening by the Pacuraris.

Pledge Letters were mailed out last week. Please return them as soon as possible.

Eucharist Bread Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

February 5 R. Root Lavric/Skirtech/Dabit

February 12 Lasseter Alaeetawi/Waites

February 18 (Sat. a.m.) Baker Meadows/Pacurari/Cooper

(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva:

February 19 Henderson Pigott/Stewart

February 26 Algood FUNDRAISER (TEENS) MEAL

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#

February 5 Brenda Baker II Tim. 3:10-15 258

February 12 Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 6:12-20 265

February 18 (Sat. a.m.) Walt Wood Thess. 4:13-17 412

February 19 Walt Wood I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

February 26 Ian Jones Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

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; Fr. Joseph Bittle.

Please pray for the Holy Synod in Damascus who will meeting on February 22nd to discuss the election of the new Metropolitan.

House Blessings: A sign-up sheet is located on the bureau in the hallway. Please indicate 3 dates that would work for your family and Father Herman will get back with you to schedule your house blessing. Everyone should have their house blessed, but the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not Father Herman. (There will be no house blessings once Great Lent starts.)

Parents! If your children plan to attend Camp St. Thekla in the summer, please let Daniel know.

Parents, your help is needed! Please monitor your children with regards to the Men’s Bathroom. Recently one of the stalls was locked as a prank.

Calendar Items:

* 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.

* February 27th is Clean Monday when Great Lent begins. The schedule of services during the first week of Lent are as follows:

Sunday, February 26 — Forgiveness Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 27 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1 — Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 2 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 3 — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 5 — Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at St. Peter, beginning at 6:00

p.m.

Winter Camp will be held at Camp St. Thekla on February 17-20, 2023 for ages 12-17.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers: St. Peter will be hosting the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers this year on Sunday March 5th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. More information will be available shortly.

Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.

Fasting Discipline for February

There will be no fasting during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (February 5th this year). Other than that, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of the month until Meat Fare Sunday on February 19th. After that time, meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meat Fare Sunday, dairy products are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. Beginning with Clean Monday on February 27th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except for the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 9th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for February

February 5 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

February 10 Hieromartyr Haralampos

February 11 Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste

February 12 Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 18 Saturday of the Souls

February 19 Sunday of Meat Fare

February 24 The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)

February 26 Sunday of Cheese Fare

February 27 Clean Monday (Great Lent Begins)

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: “How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! It is the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes. Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!”

+ St. Nektarios of Aegina

Worship: Sunday, February 12, 2023 (Sunday of the Prodigal Son)

Scripture: I Corinthians 6:12-20; Luke 15:11-32

Celebrant: Father Herman

Epistle Reader: Kh. Sharon Meadows

Prosphora: Baker

Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL

Waites/Alaeetawi

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January 29, 2023

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

II Corinthians 6:16-7:1: Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from them, and be separate from them,” says the Lord, “and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Matthew 15:21-28: At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of St. Ignatius of Antioch: By choosing the Apostles’ way of life, thou hast succeeded to their throne. Inspired by God, thou didst find the way to divine contemplation through the practice of virtue. After teaching the Word of Truth without error, thou didst defend the Faith to the very shedding of thy blood, O Holy Martyr among bishops Ignatius. Entreat the Lord our 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 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.

Sunday, January 29 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)

8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)

9:00 a.m. — Christian Education

10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)

12:00 p.m. — Baby Shower for Reader Chad and Sara Miller

Monday, January 30 (The Three Hierarchs)

Father Herman off

Tuesday, January 31 (Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers)

NO Services

1:00 p.m. — Ladies’ Lunch

Wednesday, February 1

6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia

Thursday, February 2 (Presentation of our Lord in the Temple)

Many years before the coming of Christ there lived a very pious and saintly man called Simeon. He was one of the most intelligent Jewish scholars of his day. Simeon prayed for the day that the Saviour would come and deliver all Israel (and the world) from sin. One evening while kneeling in prayer, Simeon heard the voice of God saying to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Holy Tradition tells us that Simeon waited many long years. Some Holy Fathers inform us that Simeon was over 150 years old when the Promise of God was fulfilled. The Holy Scriptures tell us that 40 days after the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ the Virgin Mary brought the Christ Child to the Temple for Presentation. It was a law that the first born son of a family should be offered to God and His service, as soon as a period of purification was past. It was here that Simeon waited patiently that day, as he had done for so many years. The Spirit of the Lord brought him to the baby Jesus. Simeon took the infant Child in his trembling hands and recited the following beautiful prayer which is recited in the Orthodox Church every evening during Vesper services:

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word.

For mine eyes have seen Thy Salvation which thou hast prepared before the

face of all peoples. A Light to enlighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of

thy people Israel.”

Thus the promise to the aged Simeon was finally fulfilled. The next day Simeon died in peace, thankful to Almighty God that he was honored to see the coming of Christ.

This custom has continued down to our own day for both male and female children, and every mother who brings her new-born child to Church on the fortieth day is remembering the Great Feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple.

NO Services

Friday, February 3 (Simeon the God-receiver)

NO Services

Saturday, February 4

4:45 p.m. — Choir Practice


6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers

Sunday, February 5 (Pharisee and the Publican)

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 Brocks for the Divine Liturgy this morning.

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.

Pledge Letters were mailed out last week. Please return them as soon as possible.

Eucharist Bread Schedule:

Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour

January 29 Brock Dansereau/Alaeetawi

February 1 (Wed. p.m.) Pacurari (Artoklasia Bread) No Coffee Hour

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

February 5 R. Root Lavric/Skirtech/Dabit

February 12 Lasseter Ellis/Zouboukos/Waites

February 18 (Sat. a.m.) Baker Meadows/Pacurari/Cooper

(Saturday of the Souls) Koliva:

February 19 Henderson Pigott/Stewart

February 26 Algood FUNDRAISER (TEENS) MEAL

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 29 Sam Habeeb II Cor. 6:16-7:1 173

February 5 Brenda Baker II Tim. 3:10-15 258

February 12 Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 6:12-20 265

February 18 (Sat. a.m.) Walt Wood Thess. 4:13-17 412

February 19 Walt Wood I Cor. 8:8-9:2 273

February 26 Ian Jones Rom. 13:11-14:4 279

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; Fr. Joseph Bittle.

Please pray for the Holy Synod in Damascus who will meeting on February 22nd to discuss the election of the new Metropolitan.

House Blessings: A sign-up sheet is located on the bureau in the hallway. Please indicate 3 dates that would work for your family and Father Herman will get back with you to schedule your house blessing. Everyone should have their house blessed, but the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not Father Herman. (There will be no house blessings once Great Lent starts.)

Parents! If your children plan to attend Camp St. Thekla in the summer, please let Daniel know.

Parents, your help is needed! Please monitor your children with regards to the Men’s Bathroom. Recently one of the stalls was locked as a prank.

Calendar Items:

* 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.

* We will celebrate the Entrance of the Lord into the Temple with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Wednesday evening, February 1st, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

* February 27th is Clean Monday when Great Lent begins. The schedule of services during the first week of Lent are as follows:

Sunday, February 26 — Forgiveness Vespers, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, February 27 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1 — Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 2 — Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 3 — Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Baby Shower for Reader Chad and Sara Miller: We will have a Diaper/Frozen Casserole Shower for Reader Chad and Sara Miller at Coffee Hour today. They are expecting a new daughter in February. Please continue to keep all in your prayers!

Fasting Discipline for January/February

There will be no fasting during the week following the Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican (February 5th this year). Other than that, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on Wednesdays and Fridays of the month until Meat Fare Sunday on February 19th. After that time, meat will no longer be eaten until Pascha. During the week following Meat Fare Sunday, dairy products are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday. Beginning with Clean Monday on February 27th, the traditional fasting discipline is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except for the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 9th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).

Major Commemorations for January/February

January 30 The Three Hierarchs

January 31 Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers

February 5 Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican

February 10 Hieromartyr Haralampos

February 11 Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste

February 12 Sunday of the Prodigal Son

February 18 Saturday of the Souls

February 19 Sunday of Meat Fare

February 24 The Forerunner (1st and 2nd Discoveries)

February 26 Sunday of Cheese Fare

February 27 Clean Monday (Great Lent Begins)

Winter Camp will be held at Camp St. Thekla on February 17-20, 2023 for ages 12-17.

Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.

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: “It is true that Christ has eliminated the necessity of sin, has put an end to the devil’s tyranny, and has removed the sting of death. But He has not ended sin, nor the actions of the devil, nor the actions of the demons, nor physical death, nor in general the consequences of sin, for He did not want to violate the freedom of the human will which is the cause of these things.”

Jean Claude Larchett, The Theology of Illness

Worship: Sunday, February 5, 2023 (Sunday of the Pharisee and Publican)

Scripture: II Timothy 3: 10-15; Luke 18:10-14

Celebrant: Father Herman

Epistle Reader: Brenda Baker

Prosphora: R. Root

Coffee Hour: Lavric/Skitech/Dabit