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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Announcements for August 10th, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
and the Sunday after the Transfiguration

I Corinthians 1:10-17
: St. Paul appeals to the Corinthians to put away their divisions and to be joined together in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 14:14-22
: In the reading from St Matthew we hear about Jesus' feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. In this miracle we see that Jesus is the Bread of Life.

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 d idst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Transfiguration
: When, O Christ our God, thou wast transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Bestower of light, 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 Transfiguration: Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.
Sunday, August 10 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. – Orthros
10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
6:00p.m. – Young Adults

Monday, August 11
6:30 p.m. – Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos
Tuesday, August 12
6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
6:30 p.m. – Choir Practice

Wednesday, August 13
5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
6:30 p.m. – Paraklesis to the Theotokos, followed by Clergy Meeting

Thursday, August 14
6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
– NOTE: No Ladies Fellowship (Only on 3rd Thursdays)
6:00 p.m. – Orthros/Divine Liturgy (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)

Friday, August 15 (Dormition of the Theotokos)
We celebrate this month the Feast of the Dormition (or "Falling Asleep") of the Theotokos. Church Tradition states that the Virgin Mary died in her early fifties. The icon shows her lying upon her funeral bier. On either side of the bier stand the Apostles; the group on the left is led by St. Peter who stands at the head of the bier; the group on the right is led by St. Paul who stands at the foot of the bier. At the time of her death many of the Apostles were scattered throughout the world preaching the Gospel. However, they all returned to Jerusalem upon learning of her death. All arrived in time for the burial except St. Thomas. Standing by the bier is her Son, who had come to receive His Mother's soul into heaven. He holds in His arms an infant in white symbolizing the soul of the Theotokos. The Orthodox Church, although it has never had the need to make it=2 0a dogma (as has the Roman Catholic Church), also believes in the Virgin Mary's "assumption" or bodily resurrection into heaven. Tradition relates that when the other disciples showed St. Thomas (who arrived in Jerusalem after the burial) the tomb in Gethsemane where the Theotokos had been buried near her parents, they discovered that the tomb was empty.

NO Daily Orthros

Saturday, August 16
6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers

Sunday, August 17
(Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and Sunday after the Dormition)
8:50 a.m. – Orthros
10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
5:30 P.M. – Youth Group
The Eucharist Bread was offered by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy today and by the Freundts for the Feast of the Transfiguration last Tuesday evening.

Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:

                                            Eucharist Bread                                                      
Coffee Hour         
August 10                                 Fahmys                                                                  Pigotts
August 14 (Thurs. evening)        Bakers                                                                   Patti/Anna Buckles
                (Feast of the Dormition)                                                                          & Rebecca Root
August 17                                 Woods                                                                   D. Roots
August 24                                 R. Roots                                                                Morrises
August 31                                 Hendersons                                                            Milnors
Schedule for Epistle Readers:
                                                                Reader                                       Reading             
August 10                                              Walt Wood                             I Corinthians 1:10-17
August 14 (Thurs. eve)                           Sh. Charlotte Algood              Philippians 2:5-11
August 17                                              Warren Strain                          I Corinthians 3:9-17
August 24                                              Mildred Morris                        I Corinthians 4:9-16
August 31                                              Kh. Be'Be' Schelver               Hebrews 9:1-7
September 7                                          Brenda Baker                         Galatians 6:11-18
Volunteers for Sunday School Teachers and Epistle Readers:
Sunday School: If you are interested in teaching Sunday School, please see Sh.Charlotte Algood
Readers: If you are interested in reading the Epistle during the Liturgy, please see Reader Basil.
Ladies of St. Peter: It's time to pay your annual dues ($20). Please give them to
Sh. Margaret Root. Many thanks to Charlotte Wood, Rebecca Root and Sh. Margaret Root who have graciously served as officers. In January it will time to elect new officers. Please think about volunteering for an office. Also, the Ladies are conducting a fund-raising drive during the month of August by selling subscriptions to certain very popular magazines. Please see Christina Katool for further information. The next meeting will be Sunday, September 21st with lunch together at Macaroni Grill following Liturgy and Coffee Hour. Please make plans to come for the f ellowship.

Buddy Cooper
transferred his membership to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton. Please keep him in your prayers.

Kitchen Maintenance:
We have a number of perishable items being left in the kitchen (including condiments, etc., in the refrigerator). These tend to spoil and often attract insects. Following any church event (feast, coffee hour, fellowship, etc.), unless specific arrange-ments are made to use left overs very soon, please take them home with you!

Calendar Items:
* The Fast of the Dormition has begun and will last through the 15th. The remaining Paraklesis Service are on the 11th and 13th. We will celebrate the feast of the Dormiton of the Theotokos with Orthros and Divine Liturgy on the evening of Thursday, August 14th.
* Katherine Sarah Habeeb will be baptized on Saturday, August 16th at 2:00 p.m. Please keep her and her family in your prayers!
* We will be serving at The Stewpot on Saturday, August 30th along with volunteers from Holy Resurrection. Please see Cheryl Pigott for details.
* The Ladies of St. Peter will be meeting for lunch at Macaroni Grill following the Liturgy and Coffee Hour on Sunday, September 21st .
* St. Peter's will be hosting the Parish Life Conference next year. The dates for the conference will be June2010-14. This will a wonderful opportunity to showcase our parish. More information will be available in the future.
Fasting Discipline for August
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed from August 1 through August 14 (the Dormition Fast), except on August 6th (Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted. The traditional fasting is again observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month; however, a strict fast is observed on August 29th, the Commemoration of the Beheading of the Forerunner.

Major Commemorations During August
Aug 15 Dormition of the Theotokos
Aug 29 Beheading of the Forerunner
Please supervise your children to avoid spills, ink stains or marks from their writing and drawing on our new chairs. We also ask that you not allow them to stand on the kneelers. Thank you for your help with this.
Quotable: "Every word of Christ shows us God's mercy, justice, and wisdom.  And if we listen gladly, their power enters into us."
    - St. Mark the Ascetic
Weekly Quote:  " an illumination, a transition from darkness to light; to repent is to open our eyes to the divine radiance--not to sit dolefully in the twilight but to greet the dawn ... To repent is to recognize that the kingdom of heaven is in our midst, at work among us . . . ."
    - Bishop KALLISTOS Ware
WORSHIP: Sunday, August 17, 2008 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday after the Dormition)
Scripture: I Corinthians 3:9-17; Matthew 14:22-54
Celebrant: Father John
Homily: Father Leo
Deacon: Deacon Terry
Acolytes: TBA
Epistle Reader: Warren Strain
Prosphora: Woods
Coffee Hour: Daniel Roots
posted by Daniel Root at 2:18 PM Parish Life

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