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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, August 30, 2009
August 30, 2009
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
I Corinthians 15:1-11: Continuing our reading from I Corinthians we hear St Paul present the facts of the resurrection as the basis for our salvation and the cornerstone of our faith.
Matthew 19:16-26: St Matthew describes Jesus' encounter with the rich young ruler. In this incident we learn that spirituality is not founded only on keeping the law, but on giving mercy to others and denial of oneself.
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 for the Forerunner: The memory of the righteous is in praise. And for thee, Forerunner, the testimony of the Lord sufficeth; for in truth thou hast been revealed as nobler than all the Prophets, for having been considered worthy to baptize in the running waters Him who was preached. Therefore, thou dost strive for truth happily. Thou didst proclaim to those in Hades God appearing in the body, the Lifter up of the sin of the world, who granteth us the 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 Nativity of the Theotokos: By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

Sunday, August 30 (Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost)
8:50 a.m. – Orthros
10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Monday, August 31
Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, September 1 (Indiction of the Ecclesiastical Year)
September 1 marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. The liturgical year is a body of sacred "signs" which have a present effect. Each liturgical feast renews and actualizes the event of which it is the symbol; it takes the event out of the past and makes it immediate; it offers us the appropriate grace; it becomes the "effectual sign." The liturgical year is a special means of union with Christ. Every Eucharist unites us intimately with Christ, for in it He is "both He who offers and He who is offered." Every prayer, being the prayer of the members of the mystical body, shares in the prayer of Him who is the Head of the Body and the only One whose prayer is perfect. We are called to relive the whole life of Christ: from Christmas to Easter, from Easter to Pentecost, we are exhorted to unite ourselves to Christ in his birth and in his growth, to Christ suffering, to Christ dying, to Christ in triumph and to Christ inspiring His Church. The liturgical year forms Christ in us; the liturgical year is Christ Himself, annus est Christus. It includes the cycle of feasts of the saints, the glorified members of the body of Christ. Their sanctity is but an aspect, a shining ray of the holiness of Christ Himself. To celebrate the feast of a saint is to celebrate a special grace that flows from Christ to that saint and so to us. In the same way that the feasts of our Lord in a mysterious way renew the events of His life, so the feasts of the saints make their lives, their merits and their deaths mysteriously actual. Commemorations of the martyrs renew the grace of their violent deaths, so that, as these were a participation in the passion of Christ, this passion is relived in remembering the martyrs. The liturgical year has but one and the same object, Jesus Christ; whether we contemplate Him directly or through the members of His body. Great graces and great spiritual opportunities are offered us during the course of the liturgical year. It provides a frame and support for Christian piety; it gives it a style which is sober and objective; it maintains a bond of unity among believers. Above all, it communicates an inspiration and transmits a life. It acquires its true meaning to the extent that it becomes an adoration in spirit, in truth.
6:00 a.m. – Festal Orthros

Wednesday, September 2
5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, September 3
6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Friday, September 4
6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros

Saturday, September 5
11:30 a.m. – Serving at Stewpot
5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers (beginning around 6:00 p.m.) PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME

Sunday, September 6 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost; Miracle of the Archangel Michael)
8:50 a.m. – Orthros
10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
6:00 p.m. – Young Adults
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Please be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take after communion or at the end of the liturgy. 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.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour
August 30 Morrises Dansereaus
September 6 Joneses Morrises
September 7 (Mon. evening) Joanna Meadows (Artoklasia Bread) No Meal
(Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Great Vespers with Litia & Artoklasia)
September 13 Milnors Strains
September 14 (Mon. morning) Meadows Meadows
September 20 Dansereaus Joneses/Stewarts
September 27 Freundts Milnors
Sunday School! Sunday School will resume Sunday, September 13th. Thanks to our teachers who volunteer for this important service to our church. Parents are asked to have their children attend and be on time!
Please remember the following in your prayers: Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver ; Jack and Ginny Henderson (Fr. John's parents) and their family; Reader Basil's family (Dad, Bill; sister Betty; and uncle and aunt, James and Sarah Powell), Ken Jones' mother (recovering from hip surgery), Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family, Penny and Dean Bruner and their family, Deborah and Paul Finley, Effie Johnson (Kh. Susan Cushman's mother) and the Cushman family (St. John's in Memphis) Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
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 #
August 30 Tom Skirtech I Cor. 15:1-11 146
September 6 Walt Wood I Cor. 16:13-24 152
September 7 (Mon. pm – Reading on Quarterly Schedule not done – Great Vespers instead)
September 13 Warren Strain Gal. 6:11-18 198
September 14 (Mon. am) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 1:18-24 311
September 20 Mildred Morris Gal. 2:16-20 193
September 27 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver II Cor. 6:1-10 168
New Time for Great Vespers on Saturdays!! Starting next Saturday we will begin to pray Ninth Hour on Saturday evenings prior to Great Vespers. It was also decided by the Parish Council to move Great Vespers to an earlier time. So, in the future, Ninth Hour will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed immediately by Great Vespers (around 6:00 p.m.). Please make a note of this change in times.
Stewpot!!! We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot next Saturday along with members of Holy Resurrection. Please see Cheryl Pigott to find out how you can help.
St. Peter shirts....several of you placed an order for one of the shirts with our name on them. They have arrived and the cost is $30. If you ordered one of these, please see Fr. John. We do have a few extras if someone wanted one but was unable to order it.
Calendar Items:

* Future dates for Stewpot meals are September 5th and October 31st .

* We will celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos with Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia on Monday evening, September 7th.

* The feast of the Elevation of the Cross will be celebrated on Monday morning, September 14th.

* There will be a Work Day at the Church on Saturday morning, September 19th , starting at 8:30 a.m. Come enjoy the fellowship and help spruce up the church!!
Fasting Discipline for September
In September, the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays; however, a strict fast is observed on September 14th (Elevation of the Holy Cross).
Major Commemorations During September
September 1 Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year
September 6 Miracle of the Archangel Michael
September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos
September 9 Righteous Joachim and Anna
September 14 Elevation of the Precious Cross
September 16 Great-martyr Euphemia, the All-praised
September 20 Great-martyr Eustathios and his family
September 23 Conception of the Forerunner
September 24 Protomartyr Thekla, Equal-to-the-Apostles
September 26 Repose of the Apostle John, the Theologian
September 28 Venerable Chariton
Those hosting Coffee Hour or feasts MUST be sure to place fresh trash bags in the trash cans when cleaning up afterwards. If this is not done, items get thrown into the empty trash cans and then dumped as is into the cans outside. The trash people will NOT pick up loose trash from the cans and have even dumped it out in the past. This means that Father John has to pick these items up by hand and bag them! Please help us with this!!
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is set to the optimum temperature for the building when unoccupied. If you have overridden the programmed setting, please be sure to restore it to the original setting. We are trying to keep our utility costs down. If you do not know how to operate the thermostat, please consult with either Father James or Deacon Richard for instruction.
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: "It is a wonderful thing when the heart is united, by means of lively faith, with the origin of life, the Holy Spirit; then it becomes calm, it expands, and thought is free and bright."
- St. John of Krondstadt
Weekly Quote: "Do not try to be verbose when you pray, lest your mind be distracted in searching for words. One word of the publican propitiated God, and one cry of faith saved the thief. Loquacity in prayer often distracts the mind and leads to fantasy, whereas brevity makes for concentration."
- St. John Climacus

WORSHIP: Sunday, September 6, 2009 (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scriptures: I Corinthians 16:13-24; Matthew 21:33-42
Celebrant: Father John
Deacon: Deacon Terry
Epistle Reader: Walt Wood
Prosphora: Joneses
Coffee Hour: Morrises
posted by Daniel Root at 12:38 PM Parish Life

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