The facts of the life of St. Mary of Egypt are vague and clouded by time and separation, but the spirit of her story is a clear call to repentance and devotion. According to tradition, Mary was from Alexandria, where she was an actress and courtesan, living a life of sin and infamy. When spiritual intervention forbade her entry to Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, she spent the night in penitent prayer. The following morning she was able to enter, whereupon she venerated the cross and immediately removed herself to the life of a penitent and solitary in the Palestinian desert. She remained in isolation for forty-seven years, aided only by monks of the region and God's grace. Only at her death was she found and given communion by the priest Zosimus. On this last Sunday of Lent, as we prepare for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and the Great Feast of the eighth and eternal day, we call to mind this holy woman, her fear of the all-powerful God, her recognition of her sin, her repentance, her humility, her faith, and her unwavering intent to seek righteousness and the courts of her King. Hebrews 9:11-14: In our reading from Hebrews, we hear the Apostle tell us that when Christ entered the heavenly Holy of Holies through His own blood, He obtained for us eternal redemption for our sins. Mark 10:32-45: We again hear our Lord prophesy concerning His coming death and resurrection, but, His disciples do not understand, displaying concern for personal gain as a reward. The Lord then explains to them that greatness in the kingdom of God is attained through service to others. Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection. Troparion of St. Mary of Egypt: Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O Mother Mary; for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels. 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 Theotokos: O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee. Sunday, April 10 (St. Mary of Egypt) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Lenten Orthros 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Presanctified Liturgy followed by Lenten Meal 6:00 a.m. -- Lenten Orthros 6:00 a.m. -- Lenten Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Small Compline with the Canon of St. Lazarus Saturday, April 16 (Lazarus Saturday) 9:00 a.m. -- Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers Sunday, April 17 (Palm Sunday) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy followed by Annual Fish Fry 6:30 p.m. -- Bridegroom Matins Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Fahmys for the Divine Liturgy today. 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. Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour April 16 (Sat. a.m.) Bakers Ellis/Zouboukos April 17 Woods Anna/Joanna/Meadows April 21 (Thurs. a.m.) R. Roots Meadows April 23 (Sat. a.m.) Hendersons TBA April 23 (Sat. p.m.) Morrises T. Skirtechs/Parkers/ 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. April 10 Tom Skirtech Heb. 9:11-14 290 April 16 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 12:28-13:8 291 April 17 Walt Wood Phil. 4:4-9 294 April 21 (Thurs. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows I Cor. 11:23-32 295 April 23 (Sat. a.m.) Brenda Baker Rom. 6:3-11 300 April 23 (Sat. p.m.) Warren Strain Acts 1:1-8 25 Belated Congratulations to Chris and Rebecca Dansereau on the birth of Sophie Elizabeth (8 lbs. 3oz. 20¾ inches) on March 29th. Mother and daughter continue to do well at home. Confessions: Please go ahead and schedule your confessions so we do not have so many people trying to fit it in just before Holy Week. No confessions will be heard after Great and Holy Wednesday. Michael and Amy Surratt will be chrismated prior to the Vesperal Liturgy on Great and Holy Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Please keep them in your prayers. 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; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner's parents, Harry and Mary Jean; Fr. Joseph Bittle, Kh. Joanna, their daughter Abigail and the rest of their family. Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, bishop ANTOUN. Fasting Discipline for April 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 Palm Sunday on April 17th, when fish, wine and oil are permitted). There is no fasting during the week following Pascha ( Bright Week). Major Commemorations during April April 10 5th Sunday of Lent; St. Mary of Egypt April 16 Lazarus Saturday April 23 Great-martyr George April 30 Apostle James of Zebedee · The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. · 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. · We will hold our annual catfish dinner on Palm Sunday, April 17th, following the liturgy. Meals will be all-you-can-eat catfish, hushpuppies, cole slaw and French fries. Cost for the meal will be $9 for adults and children 12 and over, and $6 for children 5-11. We will need to turn in a headcount this week, so please be sure to place your names on the sign-up sheet. · 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. Sign-up sheets are available in the fellowship hall for both. · The schedule for the special services for Lazarus Saturday and Holy Week are as follows: Friday, April 15 -- Small Compline with Canon of St. Lazarus, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16 -- Orthros/Divine Liturgy, 9:00 a.m. Sunday, April 17 -- Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 18 -- Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19 -- Bridegroom Matins, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20 -- Holy Unction Service, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 -- Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil, 6:00 a.m. -- Reading of the Twelve Gospels, 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 23 -- Royal Hours, 6:00 a.m. -- Taking down from the Cross, 3:00 p.m. -- Lamentations Service, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23 -- Chrismations followed Vesperal Liturgy of St.Basil -- Paschal Service, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 -- Agape Vespers (at St. Peter), 3:00 p.m. · 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. · We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on July 9th and November 19th.
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 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. 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. Happy Birthdays in April: April 6 -- John Wood (#18!) April 11 -- Brandon Strain (#9!) Happy Anniversaries in April: April 12 -- Mike and Cheryl Piggott (#30!) April 25 -- Jim and Desi Roehner (#62!!) Quotable: "When we love someone, we like to think about that person, talk about him, be with him. Now the soul loves the Lord, as her Father and Creator, and stands before Him in awe and love; in awe because He is the Lord; in love because the soul knows Him for her Father – He is all mercy and His grace sweeter than aught else." Worship: Sunday, April 17, 2011 (Palm Sunday) Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9; John 12:1-18 Epistle Reader: Walt Wood Coffee Hour: FISH FRY (set-up Anna/Joanna/Meadows)