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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Announcements for Sunday, September 6, 2009
September 6, 2009
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
I Corinthians 16:13-24:  St Paul concludes his first letter to the church at Corinth with greetings from the Christians in Asia, and encouragements to be strong in the faith and submit to their spiritual elders.
Matthew 21:33-42:  From St Matthew we hear our Lord use the parable of the landowner to    foretell His' rejection by the Jews and the consequences to them for that rejection.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Archangel Michael: O ye foremost of the heavenly hosts, we who are unworthy, beseech thee that by thy petitions ye encompass us with the shadow of thine immaterial glory, preserving us who kneel and cry ceaselessly, Deliver us from oppressions, since ye are the prince of rank of dominions on high.
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, September 6   (Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Youth Group
Monday, September 7   (Labor Day)
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
 6:30 p.m. – Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
Tuesday, September 8  (Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos)
    The first feast of the liturgical year celebrates the birth of the Holy Virgin Mary, most blessed of women, chosen to bear God the Son, partaker in the Incarnation as the dwelling place of God.  To celebrate her birth and give honor to her life is unavoidably to anticipate the coming of the Messiah and to adore His person.  To remember her worthiness is to remember God's grace.  To wonder at her faith is to arouse ourselves to emulate her strength of will and her depth of trust.  As we enter the cycle of the year, we turn first to honor the Holy Virgin, she who by her role in history and by her place among the saints most reminds us of the coming of the Saviour and the life He gives us, who by the Incarnation became the ladder between Heaven and Earth, who as the Mother of Christ is also the Mother of all His brethren.
 6:00 a.m. – Festal Orthros
Wednesday, September 9  (Righteous Joachim and Anna)
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, September 10
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Friday, September 11
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Saturday, September 12
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour, followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, September 13  (Forefeast and Sunday Before the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy
 5:30 p.m. – Young Adults meeting at the church
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the Joneses 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
 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), the Jones' and Ken's mother (suffering from lung cancer and recently moved to hospice), 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 #
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.
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.
The Young Adults will begin meeting on Sunday evening every other week at 5:30 p.m., beginning next Sunday, September 13th .  They will begin reading the book Feast of Friendship by Fr. Paul O'Callaghan.  (The bookstore has a few copies, more will probably need to be ordered.)  Plans have also been made to have a meal with the meetings....bring your own "stuff" to grill, or whatever you'd like to eat.
Calendar Items:
 * 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!!
 * Father John will be in Shreveport the weekend of September 26-27 with his Grace, Bishop BASIL.  They will be consecrating the altar at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church where Father Daniel Bethancourt is serving as pastor.
 * Future date for Stewpot is October 31st .
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 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: "Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and heart to God, the contemplation of God, the daring converse of the creature with the Creator.  The soul reverently standing before Him as before the King and the Life Itself.  The oblivion of everything that surrounds us.  Prayer is the food of the soul, its air and light, it life-giving warmth, its cleansing from sin; the easy yoke of Christ, His light burden."
    - St. John of Krondstadt   
Weekly Quote: "Why do we not voluntarily abandon what must be destroyed when this life comes to an end, so that we might gain the kingdom of Heaven?  Let Christians care for nothing that they cannot take away with them.  We ought rather to seek after that which will lead us to heaven; namely wisdom, chastity, justice, virtue, an ever-watchful mind, care for the poor, firm faith in Christ, a mind that can control anger, hospitality.  Striving after these things, we shall prepare ourselves a dwelling in the land of the peaceful, as it says in the Gospel."
    - St. Anthony
WORSHIP: Sunday, September 13 (Forefeast and Sunday Before the Elevation of the Holy Cross)
 Scriptures:  Galatians 6:11-18; John 3:13-17
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader:  Warren Strain
 Prosphora:  Milnors
 Coffee Hour:  Strains
posted by Daniel Root at 11:11 AM Parish Life

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