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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Friday, February 05, 2010
Announcements for Sunday, February 7, 2010
February 7, 2010
Sunday of Meat Fare
and Sunday after the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple
    The theme of the second Sunday before Lent is THE LAST JUDGEMENT (meat fare) and the Gospel lesson is Matthew 25:31-46 in which Christ describes the last judgement.  It is a lesson about Christian love.  For we all need love and each have been given the gift and grace of Christ's love.  Thus, on whether or not we have accepted this responsibility (of Christ's gift), and on whether we have loved or refused to love, shall we be judged.  For "inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me...."
I Corinthians 8:8-9:2:  St Paul, writing to the Corinthians, uses the situation about eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols to encourage them and us that we should be aware of our actions and how they affect others in their quest for holiness.
Matthew 25:31-46:  In describing the judgment of the nations, the Lord Jesus tells us that the righteous will receive eternal blessings, while the unrighteous shall receive eternal punishment.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!
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.

Monday, February 8
 Office Closed – Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, February 9
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Wednesday, February 10 (Hieromartyr Haralampos) 
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 6:30 p.m. – Daily Vespers
 7:30 p.m. – Choir Practice
Thursday, February 11 (Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste)
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Friday, February 12
 6:00 a.m. – Daily Orthros
Saturday, February 13
 5:00 p.m. – Catechism Class
 5:45 p.m. – Ninth Hour and Great Vespers
Sunday, February 14 (Cheese Fare)
 8:50 a.m. – Orthros
 9:00 a.m. – Christian Education
 10:00 a.m. – Divine Liturgy followed by Cheese Fare Meal
 6:30 p.m. – Forgiveness Vespers
Eucharist Bread: ...was offered by the by Joneses for the Saturday for the Souls Liturgy yesterday and by the Milnors for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                   Eucharist Bread     Coffee Hour
 February 7       Milnors                 R. Roots
 February 14     Meadows              Woods/Teens
 February 21     Joanna Meadows   Hendersons
 February 28     Freundts               Freundts
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.
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 #
February 7    Mildred Morris              I Cor. 8:8 - 9:2             273
February 14  Kh. Be'Be' Schelver      Rom. 13:11 - 14:4        279
February 21  Tom Willingham           Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40    281
February 28  Tom Skirtech               Heb. 1:10 - 2:3             283
Please remember Father John Atty, the pastor of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Louisville, KY.  He was recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer which has metastasized. 
Please remember the following in your prayers: Sh. Charlotte Algood, Deacon Terry and their family; Fr. James and Kh. Linda Ellison; Lee Greene; Bobby and Sue Webb (Deborah Finley's parents); Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver;  Reader Basil's family (sister Betty; uncle and aunt, James and Sarah Powell),  Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
House Blessings! A sign-up sheet is available in the fellowship hall to sign up for your house blessing.  Please schedule these as soon as possible.  Everyone should have their house blessed.  However, the responsibility for scheduling lies with individuals and not Father John.  No house blessings will be done after this week.
The Sara Cooper Memorial Fund will remain open until further notice.  Please designate the fund on your checks if you are making donations.
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.
Calendar Items:
 * Next Sunday is Cheese Fare and, as is our custom, we will have Forgiveness Vespers that evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  We seek to enter the time of the Great Fast at peace and in unity with all our brethren.  This is an important service.  Please make plans to attend.
 * Great Lent begins Monday, February 15th.
 * On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings of the first week of Lent we will celebrate Complines with the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete.  These services remind us of our need for repentance and healing and help us to begin the in a proper frame of mind.
 * During the Fast we will be celebrating the Presanctified Liturgy on Wednesday evenings and the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos on Friday evenings.  Both services will begin at 6:30 p.m. and, as is our custom, we will have Soup Suppers following the Liturgy on Wednesdays.
 * Sunday, February 21st , is the Sunday of Orthodoxy.  Vespers will be held at Holy Trinity/St. John the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church at 6:00 p.m.
 * We will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with Orthros/Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, March 24th , beginning at 6:00 p.m.  There will be a meal afterwards.
 * Services for Holy Week this year are as follows:
   Saturday, March 27th - Lazarus Saturday , Orthros/Divine Liturgy beginning at 9:00 a.m.
   Sunday, March 28th - Palm Sunday (followed by Fish Fry meal)
     - Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m.
   Monday, March 29th  - Bridegroom Matins, 630 p.m.
   Tuesday, March 30th  - Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m.
   Wednesday, March 31st  - Holy Unction Service, 6:30 p.m. (Be sure to fast beforehand)
   Thursday, April 1st  - Vesperal Liturgy, 6:00 a.m.
     - Reading of Twelve Passion Gospels, 6:30 p.m.
   Friday, April 2nd  - Royal Hours, 6:00 a.m.
     - Great Vespers for the Taking down from the Cross, 3:00 p.m.
     - Lamentations Service, 6:30 p.m.
   Saturday, April 3rd  - Orthros/Liturgy for Great and Holy Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
     - Paschal Services, 10:30 p.m.
   Sunday, April 4th - Agape Vespers, time and place TBA
Sunday Pot Luck!!  On the first Sunday of each month instead of Coffee Hour we have a Pot Luck meal.  There will be a sign-up sheet posted on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall in the weeks prior to the meal, so that we can have an idea of the food that will be brought.  If you can't bring a dish, sign up for set-up or clean-up.  Participation is open to all (men as well as children!!)  This is a wonderful chance for some fellowship.  Please be sure to mark it on your calendars!!
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.
Fasting Discipline for February
Today is Judgement Sunday (Meatfare), the last day until Pascha that meat, poultry and fish are permitted. But during the following week, beginning Monday, February 8th , dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, etc.) are permitted, even on Wednesday and Friday.  February 14th is Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare), the last day until Pascha that cheese, dairy and wine (some also include oil) are permitted.  Monday, February 15th , is Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on March 28th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted).
Major Commemorations During February
 February 7  Sunday of Meatfare
 February 10 Heiromartyr Haralampos
 February 14 Sunday of Cheesefare
 February 15 Clean Monday
 February 21 1st Sunday of Lent; Sunday of Orthodoxy
 February 24 1st and 2nd Discoveries of the Head of the Forerunner
 February 28 2nd Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of Gregory of Palamas)
Quotable: " Repentance is the highest of virtues, because it isn't itself a virtue developed with the others–it always remains unsatisfied with what they accomplish; it always urges them to go higher.  Without being a virtue developed by itself, it is the motor of all the virtues.  If it wasn't for repentance, man wouldn't have the tendency to want to overcome.  Repentance is a continual fire in man, which maintains the tension for the better.  By it man surpasses himself and is judge in the name of the absolute claims of God.  Thus he rises ever higher."
    - Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality
Weekly Quote: "In normal sailing, you cannot avoid inclement weather; and even more so in the path of life.  But the misfortunes and storms of life are not so frightening to those traveling under the protection of the saving prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner."
    - St. Barsanuphius of Optina
WORSHIP: Sunday, February 14, 2010 (Sunday of Cheese Fare)
 Scriptures:  Romans 13:11 - 14:4; Matthew 6:14-21
 Celebrant:  Father John
 Deacon:  Deacon Richard
 Epistle Reader: Kh. Be'Be' Schelver
 Prosphora:  Meadows
 Coffee Hour: Woods and Teens
posted by Daniel Root at 3:40 PM Parish Life

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