Great Lent begins on a Monday; the eve of this day is known as Forgiveness Sunday. The way to resurrection and life, the path to Christ's eternal victory over death, begins with forgiveness. God will not forgive us our sins and raise us from the dead unless we forgive the sins of others and work for their salvation as well as for our own. In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ clearly teaches us the importance of forgiveness: If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your Romans 13:11-14:4: As we read from his letter to the Romans, St Paul encourages us to walk in the light and put aside the deeds of darkness, knowing that the time of salvation is near at hand. He also encourages us to accept those who are weak in faith and not to make personal judgments. Matthew 6:14-21: The Lord Jesus in this portion of the Sermon on the Mount gives us instructions on forgiving others, on fasting, and on laying up treasures in our hearts. 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 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 Cheese Fare Sunday: O thou who guidest to wisdom, and givest understanding and intelligence, the Instructor of the ignorant and Helper of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it understanding, O Master. Give me word, O Word of the Father; for behold, I shall not refrain my lips from crying to thee, O merciful One, have mercy upon me who am fallen.
Sunday, March 6 (Sunday of Cheesefare) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- Fundraising Cheesefare Luncheon 6:30 p.m. -- Forgiveness Vespers Monday, March 7 (Great Lent Begins) Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:30 p.m. -- Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:00 a.m. -- Lenten Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete Wednesday, March 9 (Forty Martyrs of Sebaste) 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 6:00 a.m. -- Lenten Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Great Compline with Canon of St. Andrew of Crete 6:00 a.m. -- Lenten Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Small Compline with the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers 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 Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Morrises for the Divine Liturgy today. Please remember to keep Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey in your prayers. 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 March 6 Morrises Youth Group March 13 Joneses Hendersons March 20 Joanna Meadows Meadows March 24 (Thurs. p.m.) Meadows Mary Guy Lockhart (Feast of the Annunciation) March 27 D. Roots Schelvers 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 6 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver Rom. 13:11-14, 14:1-4 279 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 · The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. · The Youth Group will hold its annual Cheesefare Fund-raising TODAY following the Divine Liturgy. They will be raising money to cover their expenses for the upcoming Parish Life Conference in June. Please plan to stay and enjoy the fellowship. · Lent begins tomorrow. The schedule for the services of the first week in Great Lent are as follows: Sunday, March 6 Forgiveness Vespers at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 7 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 Presanctified Liturgy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 Canon of St. Andrew of Crete at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 Akathist Hymn at 6:30 p.m. · 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. · This year the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers will be held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton next Sunday evening March 13th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. · 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 Saturday, March 26th at 12:00 noon. · Teen Garage Sale Saturday, April 2nd to raise money for the PLC. · 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 also 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.
Camp St. Thekla: Please consider donating to Camp St. Thekla by putting your donation in the offering tray, tithe box, or giving to Deacon Terry, noting on the check or envelope that it's for Camp St. Thekla. This camp as been very meaningful for many, many of our children, and they are in need of our support to continue their wonderful work! 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. Directory Updates: With changes in people's information and with new families being added, we need to update our Parish Directory. The information slips are located on the table in the hallway outside the nave. Please fill one out and turn it into the office (or take one and mail it back). The new Directories will be printed on March 15th. In order to have your information included, the forms must be turned in no later than March 10th. 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 Today is Forgiveness Sunday (Cheesefare), the last day until Pascha that cheese, dairy and wine (some also include oil) are permitted. Tomorrow 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 April 17th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). Major Commemorations during March March 6 Cheesefare Sunday March 7 Clean Monday (Great Lent begins) March 9 Forty Martyrs of Sebaste 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: "Sorrow and danger have brought many people to prayer." Worship: Sunday, March 13, 2011 (Sunday of Orthodoxy) Scripture: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40; John 1:43-51 Epistle Reader: Tom Willingham