September 27, 2020
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
II Corinthians 6:1-10: In our reading from II Corinthians, St Paul commends his and the other apostles’ ministry as servants of God, explaining the means by which they were able to endure all things for the glory of God.
Luke 5:1-11: In the reading from the Gospel of St Luke we see Simon Peter, James, and John become disciples of our Lord.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.
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.
From Father John: In His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH’s last communique regarding the restrictions for participation in the services at our churches, he stated that, we should follow the guidelines based on our local numbers with the virus. As our numbers locally are rising, we will be dropping back to 25 participants at liturgies (which includes the priest and chanters). I will continue to try my best to rotate, as fairly as possible, our members who are healthy and wish to come to the services.
Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to limit contagion and the spread of the COVID virus.
ATTENTION: Please be reminded that both the Archdiocese and the Governor have issued directions which mandate that masks be worn while in public/group settings. If you are inside of the church, you must wear a mask. Only the chanters and serving clergy are exempted from this during services. Masks should be worn outside, too, if you are in close proximity to others. You have done well with this for the most part, but with a few lapses recently, I wanted to remind you of this essential precaution. — Fr. John
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: All services listed on the calendar will be available through streaming and webcast.
Sunday, September 27 (Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Monday, September 28 (Venerable Chariton)
Father John’s Day Off
Tuesday, September 29NO Services
Wednesday, September 30
6:30 p.m. — Daily Vespers
Thursday, October 1 (Protection of the Theotokos)
6:00 p.m. — Great Vespers (No Ninth Hour Prayers)
8:50 a.m. — Orthros (webcast)
10:00 a.m. — Divine Liturgy (webcast)
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Daniel Roots for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread Schedule (NO Coffee Hour):
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
October 4 Karam
October 11 Brock
October 18 Baker
October 25 Henderson
November 1 Algood
November 7 (Sat. a.m.) Katool
(Feast of St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn)
November 8 Schelver
November 15 Morris
November 21 (Sat. a.m.) Jones
(Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple)
November 22 Meadows
November 29 Davis
December 6 D. Root
December 13 Karam
December 20 Brock
December 24 (Thurs. p.m.) Henderson
December 27 Algood
December 31 (Thurs. p.m.) Baker (Artoklasia Bread)
(Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and the Feastday of St. Basil the Great)
Please remember that the schedule for prosphora is still in place as we will continue to serve the Divine Liturgy.
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.
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 the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl Chamblee; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon’s sister); Lynda Costas; Fr. Nicholas, Kh. Jan and Angelina Speier; David Morris and his family; Jay and Joanna; Chris and Rebecca Dansereau and their daughters; Fr. Leo and Kh. Be’Be’ and their family; Emad and Natalia Alaeetawi and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the following members of St. Peter:
Warren Strain and their family. Warren has been hospitalized following a stroke on December 23rd. Warren is home from the rehab facility. Please remember Sandra, Tiffany and Brandon as they care for Warren at home.
Maria Costas, who has been moved St. Catherine’s Village.
All those affected by the Corona-virus Pandemic.
If you are ready to return to the services of our church, please let Fr. John know so that he can add you to the list of attendees. It is up to individuals to request attendance at the services. Fr. John attempts to be fair in allotting slots, but he does not make assignments or phone calls.
If you get sick, especially with the Corona virus, please let Fr. John know.
Many thanks to Daniel and Elizabeth Root for their hard work in getting Virtual Christian Education started for our children at St. Peter!! Parents are sent an email each Friday with the links for the lessons and activities provided by the Archdiocese. Then once a month, the kids have a virtual Coffee Hour at 1:30 on Sunday afternoon.
Many Years! This past Friday, Fr. John baptized Frederick Kallistos Baldwin, sone of Rev. Fr. Alexis and Matushka Veronica Baldwin. Fr. Alexis is pastoring OCA missions in Columbus, MS and Hattiesburg, MS. Frederick Kallistos joins five brothers: Aidan, Isaak, Justin, Seraphim and Benjamin. May God grant him many years of blessings!
A Benevolence account has been established at St. Peter to help the Strain family deal with Warren’s medical bills and other needs. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please note on your check that it is for the Warren Strain Benevolence Fund. 100% of these funds will go to the Strain family.
Be sure to register for the 3rd Annual Fall Retreat. This will be a virtual retreat and it’s free! The dates are October 2nd – 4th, 2020. You must register in order to participate in the sessions. Father John recently sent an email with the registration information and the schedule are included in the email. If you did not receive this email, please let Father John know.
Instructions for streaming our services can be found on the parish website.
Fasting Discipline for September/October
In September, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. The Feast of the Elevation of the Cross on the 14th is also a strict fast day. In October, the traditional fasting discipline) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for October
October 1 Protection of the Theotokos
October 6 Apostle Thomas
October 9 Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus
October 18 Apostle Luke
October 23 Apostle James, Brother of the Lord
October 26 Great-martyr Demetrios
ead of ManHead of Maonasteries
Quotable: “In the person of the saint, because of his availability, his extreme attention to others, and by the alacrity with which he gives himself to Christ, humanity is healed and renewed. How does this renewed humanity show itself in practice? The saint shows us a bearing full of tact transparency, purity of thought and feeling, in relation to every human being. His consideration extends even to animals and to things, because every creature he sees is a gift of God’s love, and does not wish to wound that love by treating his gifts with negligence or indifference. He has respect for each man and for each thing. He shows towards the suffering of any man, or even of an animal, a profound compassionoly Spirit, goiven and sent by both the FFaa.”
Dumitru Staniloae, Prayer and Holiness
Worship: Sunday, October 4, 2020 (Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: II Corinthians 6:16-7:1; Luke 6:31-36
Celebrant: Father John