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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Announcements for Sunday, January 9, 2011
January 9, 2011
Sunday after Epiphany
Ephesians 4:7-13:  From our reading in Ephesians we hear St Paul explain how Christ gave apostles and prophets to the Church in order that through their work we might attain maturity in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 4:12-17:   Jesus settles in Capernaum after the imprisonment of John the Baptist and there begins His public ministry, preaching a gospel of repentance.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of Theophany:  By thy baptism, O Lord, in the River Jordan, worship to the Trinity has made its appearance; for the voice of the Lord didst come forth to thee with the testimony, naming thee beloved Son; and the Spirit in the likeness of a dove, confirming the truth of the word. Wherefore, O thou who didst appear and light the world, 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 Theophany:  Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hast been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.
Sunday, January 9   (Sunday after Theophany)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            11:45 a.m.       -- Ladies of St. Peter
            4:00 p.m.         -- Blessing of the Waters at the Ross Barnett Reservoir followed by meal
                                                at Cock-of-the-Walk
Monday, January 10    
            Office Closed  -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, January 11   (Theodosios, the Head of Monasteries)
            6:00 a.m.         -- Festal Orthros
Wednesday, January 12   
5:00 p.m.         -- Catechism Class      
6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
7:30 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, January 13   
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Friday, January 14  
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Saturday, January 15   
            5:00 p.m.         -- Catechism Class
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, January 16   (Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            11:45 a.m.       -- Pot Luck Meal
            1:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Dansereaus for the Feast of Theophany this past Wednesday evening and by Joanna Meadows for the Divine Liturgy today.  
Please remember the following in your prayers:  Joanna Meadows, Mary Jeanne Turner, David and Lou Turner; Sandra Strain, Warren, Tiffany and Brandon; Mrs. Gouras, Ken, Anastasia and their family; the Longa and Dn. Sidney Elliott families from St. John's in Memphis; Sh. Charlotte Algood,   Dn. Terry and their family; Fr. James and Kh. Linda Ellison; Bobby Webb (Deborah Finley's father); Tom Skirtech, Amy and Brantley Oliver; Reader Basil's family; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Jared and Stacy Autrey and their daughter Olivia Kate  (St. Ignatius in Franklin).
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, bishop ANTOUN.
Please be very careful with the Blessed Bread when you take it after communion.  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
         January 9                              Joanna Meadows                     Freundts
         January 16                            Freundts                                   POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                           Set-up and Clean-up Schelvers/Pigotts
         January 23                            Fahmys                                    Fahmys
         January 30                            Bakers                                     Morrises
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#
January 9                    Kh. Be'Be' Schelver           Eph. 4:7-13                                233
January 16                  Kh. Sharon Meadows         Acts 10:44-48; 11:1-10              50
January 23                  Tom Willingham                  I Tim. 1:15-17                            245
January 30                  Tom Skirtech                      Heb. 13:17-21                           365           
Many Years! to Virginia Anastasia Stewart who was baptized yesterday morning.
Blessing of the Waters at the Reservoir:  Along with the other Orthodox Churches in our area, we will be holding the Annual Blessing of the Waters this afternoon at the Old Trace Park at the Ross Barnett Reservoir, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Those wishing to do so, will adjourn afterwards to Cock-of-the-Walk for supper. 
Our Patronal Feast (the Venerations of the Chains of St. Peter) will be celebrated next Sunday with a Pot Luck Meal following the Divine Liturgy.  The feastday of the patron saint is very important in the life of any Orthodox church.  Please make it a priority.
Calendar Items:
·         The Men of the parish have begun meeting for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
·         Next Sunday January 16th we will celebrate the feast of the Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter with a Pot Luck Meal.  As a result we will NOT have a Pot Luck Meal next Sunday.
·         The Lower MS Valley Deanery will hold its annual Youth Retreat the weekend of February 11-13 at Roosevelt State Park in Morton.  Fr. John Parker of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Charleston, SC will be speaking on the topic "The Storms of Life:  Can God Save Me?"  Information of registration, etc. will be available at a later date.
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 once Great Lent starts (March 7th this year).
Pledge Letters for 2011 will be mailed soon.  Please return yours as soon as possible, either by mail in the enclosed envelope, or by placing your pledge slip in the Tithes box at the back of the nave.
Fasting Discipline for January
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations During January
January 11       Theodosios the Head of Monasteries
January 18       Athanasios and Cyril of Alexandria
January 20       Euthymios the Great
January 25       Gregory the Theologian
January 27       John Chrysostom
January 31       Cyros and John the Unmercenary Healers
Happy Birthdays in January:
         January 1               --    Dn. Richard Root
         January 5               --    Sarah Anne Milnor
         January 11             --    Nicholas Henderson
         January 12             --    Cheryl Pigott
         January 13             --    Andoni Fino
         January 19             --    Saliba (Sam) Dabit
         January 20             --    Alfred Katool
         January 24             --    Oliver Yeatts
         January 29             --    Michelle Pigott
         January 30             --    Chris Dansereau
         January 31             --    Jared Buckles
Happy Anniversaries in January:
         January 17             --    Chris and Rebecca Dansereau (#2!)
         January 19             --    Ramzi and Jean Kafoury (#8!)
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.
Quotable:  "If there is confusion within us, it has its greatest scope within our thoughts; our very desires and feelings are already stirred up under the action of the thoughts.'"
                                                            Saint Theophan the Recluse    
Worship:         Sunday, January 16, 2011 (Veneration of the Chains of St. Peter)
         Scripture:                                 Acts 10:44-48, 11:1-10; Luke 17:12-19
         Celebrant:                                Father John
         Epistle Reader:                         Kh. Sharon Meadows
         Prosphora:                               Freundts
         Coffee Hour:                           POT LUCK MEAL (Set-up: Schelvers/Pigotts)

posted by Daniel Root at 7:23 PM Parish Life

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