On the first Sunday of Great Lent, we celebrate the feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. This is an historical feast commemorating the restoration of the icons, which had been banned for several decades, to their rightful liturgical use in the year 843 A.D. The major emphasis of this feast is the victory of the true faith, the victory which always ultimately triumphs. Having completed the first week of our lenten efforts, we are reminded that Christ, the perfect image of God the Father, calls us to personal victory by restoring within ourselves "the image and likeness of God" in which we were first created (Genesis 1:26). The icons of Our Lord, the Theotokos, and all the saints are images of true humanity, signs of what our eternal calling and vocation really is. They tell us that we are all called to be living icons and imitators of Christ, bearing the likeness of God as gracious vessels of the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 11:24-26;32-40: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those Old Testament saints who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith. The Apostle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set before us. John 1:44-52: From our reading in the Gospel of John we see Jesus call Philip and Nathaniel to be His disciples. Troparion of the Resurrection: The stone being sealed by the Jews, and thy pure body being guarded by the soldiers, thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life to the world. Wherefore, the heavenly powers acclaimed thee, O Giver of life, crying, Glory to thy Resurrection, O Christ! Glory to thy kingdom! Glory to thy gracious providence, O only Lover of mankind. Troparion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy: Thy pure image do we venerate, O good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for by thine own will thou didst ascend the Cross in thy body, to save thy creatures from the bondage of the enemy. Thou hast truly filled all with joy, since thou didst come, O our Saviour, to save the world. 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 Sundays of Lent: To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror. As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom. Sunday, March 13 (Sunday of Orthodoxy) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 6:00 p.m. -- Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:30 p.m. -- Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 6:00 a.m. -- Lenten Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Small Compline with the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos 8:30 a.m. -- Workday at the Church 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers Sunday, March 20 (St. Gregory of Palamas) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy today. Please remember the following in your prayers: Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, bishop ANTOUN. Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour March 13 Joneses Schelvers March 20 Joanna Meadows Meadows March 24 (Thurs. p.m.) Meadows Mary Guy Lockhart (Feast of the Annunciation) March 27 D. Roots Hendersons 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. March 13 Tom Willingham Heb. 11:24-26, 32-40 281 March 20 Tom Skirtech Heb. 1:10-14, 2:1-3 283 March 24 (Thurs. p.m.)Brenda Baker Heb. 2:11-18 376 March 27 Walt Wood Heb. 4:14-16, 5:6 285 Father John will be out of town for family reasons March 12-17. Please call Father James if you have need of a priest during this time. Please be reminded of the following: 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. Also, at the end of the liturgy, maintain a prayerful disposition during the veneration of the cross as the prayers of thanksgiving after communion are still underway. Please exchange your greetings with each other in the Fellowship Hall during Coffee Hour. March is Ladies Month in our Archdiocese. We thank God for the ladies in our church. During this month, the ladies will take communion first. · The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be April 7th at 11:15 a.m. at Grant's Kitchen (2847 Lakeland Drive in the area across from Jackson Prep). · 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 a Lenten Supper following the Liturgy on Wednesdays. · Tonight the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton beginning at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your icon with you. · We will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, March 24th. · The Ladies of St. Peter will meet for lunch at the home of Sh. Margaret Root on Saturday, March 26th at 12:00 noon. · We will hold our annual catfish dinner on Palm Sunday, April 17th, following the liturgy. More details will be available at a later date. · The Feast of Pascha is April 24th and St. Peter's will be hosting Agape Vespers (beginning at 3:00 p.m.) and the meal afterwards. More information will be available at a later date. · The Youth Group will be having a Garage Sale on Saturday morning, April 2nd. More information (concerning when and where to bring items) will be available later. · We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on July 9th and November 19th. · The 2011 Parish Life Conference is being hosted by St. John Orthodox Church in Memphis on June 16-19. More information (hotels, etc.) is available through the Archdiocese website at antiochian.org.
If you have not yet returned your pledge slip, please do so 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. We need this information to prepare our budget for the year.
Antiochian Women's Scholarship: Each year AOCWNA is able to award scholarships, usually in the amount of $500 each, to help women continue their education in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families. In order to be eligible, a woman must be over 25 years of age, a member in good standing and active in her parish, registered in an academic or trade program of study, and demonstrate financial need. The application deadline is May 27, 2011. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please see Fr. John for an application.
If you are the last to leave the building, please make sure that the heating and cooling unit in the Fellowship Hall is turned off.
Fasting Discipline for March During Great Lent 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 April 17th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). Major Commemorations during March March 13 1st Sunday of Lent; Sunday of Orthodoxy March 16 Christodoulos, the Wonder-worker of Patmos March 20 2nd Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of Gregory of Palamas March 25 Feast of the Annunciation March 27 3rd Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Holy Cross Happy Birthdays in March: March 20 -- Charlotte Wood March 24 -- Brenden Skirtech (#7!) March 26 -- Katherine Habeeb (#3!) March 30 -- Aidan Milnor (#5!) Happy Anniversaries in March: March 10 -- Fr. James and Kh. Sharon Meadows (#38!) March 13 -- Warren and Sandra Strain (#17!) March 15 -- Dn. Richard and Sh. Margaret Root (#36!) March 27 -- Sam and Anne Habeeb (#7!) Quotable: "Many people like to read good books, and this is right, but it is best to pray; while he who reads newspapers or bad books condemns his soul to go hungry – hungry because the food of the soul and her true satisfaction lie in God. In God are life, joy, gladness, and the Lord loves us ineffably, and this love is made known by the Holy Spirit."
Worship: Sunday, March 20, 2011 (Second Sunday of Lent; Commemoration of Scripture: Hebrews 1:10-14, 2:1-3; Mark 2:1-12 Epistle Reader: Tom Skirtech Prosphora: Joanna Meadows