Today is the Sunday of the Blind Man. Though the Gospel account of the healing of the blind man touches many subjects, there is but one theme: Christ is the divine Light which illuminates the hearts of those who behold Him in faith. Despite the intimidation of the authorities, despite the confusion of the people who know him, despite the fear of his parents, the blind man given sight refuses to deny what he knows is the truth: Jesus has given him sight, has healed the affliction he has born from birth, and one who does such good is from God. To deny his healer is to deny the truth, and he prefers persecution and rejection to that denial. More than his eyes have been opened; his heart has been opened to true and eternal Light. As were the Israelites cast into the dark despair of his fear, as are we all blinded by the frustration of sin and of our weakness, so this man was trapped by his closed eyes; and, as may all be, he was freed by the coming of the Messiah. In faith we open our eyes to the radiant glory of our Lord and King. Acts 16:16-34: In our reading from Acts we see Paul and Silas imprisoned unjustly; but the Lord uses the circumstances to bring the jailer to Himself by means of a dramatic rescue. John 9:1-38: After Jesus heals a man born blind, we see the hypocrisy and unbelief of the Pharisees as they seek to learn how the man came to see. After being put out of the temple, the formerly blind man again encounters Jesus, whom he worships as his savior. 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 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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, May 29 (Sunday of the Blind Man) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking Wednesday, June 1 (Leave-taking of Pascha) 6:00 p.m. -- Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy Thursday, June 2 (Feast of the Ascension) The fortieth day after Easter is the day of the Ascension, the liturgical end to the celebration of the Resurrection and the opening of the season observing the glory of the Messiah. This is a day too often associated with the sadness of departure; yet this day brought great joy to the Disciples. They saw not the departure of one dear to them, but the glorious entry of their King to His heavenly throne. They saw not the loss of their Intercessor, but the Father accepting the eternal sacrifice and blessing the completion of man's salvation. They saw not their separation from Christ but their assumption with Him into glory through the Incarnation. They saw not the removal of the blessed One but the promise from Him of further blessings. This day is another step in our procession into eternity, a remembrance of heavenly things, a reminder that the essence of our lives is the heavenly, a refreshing of the image of our God in all His glory. 11:30 a.m. -- Men's Luncheon at Pigskins in Ridgeland 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros Saturday, June 4 (Metrophanes of Constantinople) 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers Sunday, June 5 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses 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. Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour June 1 Meadows Woods/T. Skirtech/ (Wed. p.m. – Feast of the Ascension) Mary Guy June 5 Joanna Meadows D. Roots June 12 Freundts POT LUCK (Tues. p.m. – Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul) We will NOT hold the service for Saturday of the Souls on the day before Pentecost. This was scheduled for Saturday morning June 11, but has been cancelled for this year only. 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. May 29 Tom Skirtech Acts 16:16-34 58 June 1 (Wed. p.m.) Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 1:1-12 63 June 5 Walt Wood Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66 June 12 Mildred Morris Acts 2:1-11 77 June 19 Warren Strain Heb. 11:33-12:2 84 June 26 Phillip Lasseter Rom. 2:10-16 90 June 28 (Tues. p.m.) Brenda Baker II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:1-9 389 Please remember the following in your prayers: Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Maria Costas; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit; David Turner's mother Mary Jean; Fr. Joseph Bittle, Kh. Joanna, their daughter Abigail and the rest of their family; Brees Johns. Because our clergy will be attending the Parish Life Conference there will be no Daily Vespers on Wednesday June 15th. There will also be no catechism class on Wednesday June 15th or Saturday June 18th. Nor will there be Daily Orthros on Thursday or Friday of that week. However, Father James will be returning on Saturday afternoon. So our regular services will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday June 18th and 19th. We are looking for new faces in the choir….anyone 7th grade or older who is interested should contact Karen or Sh. Margaret. Fr. John is in Pensacola and will return tomorrow evening. He has been filling in for Fr. David Bleam at St. Andrew's and taking time for a family vacation. If you are planning to attend the Parish Life Conference in Memphis, please register as soon as possible. St. John needs our registrations as they continue their preparations to host this event. New Parish Directory: The Parish Council has decided to implement a new Directory with family pictures. Pictures will taken on the following Sundays: May 29th, June 5th, June 12th, June 26th and July 3rd. A group picture will taken on Pentecost (June 12th) for the cover of the Directory. Lost Items! Are you missing any items?? …most notably 3 sets of keys or a thread-counted bookmark.? These may be claimed in the church office. Please see Kh. Sharon. * The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting will be this Thursday at Pigskins in Ridgeland. * The Paschal Season will come to a close with Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. * Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord. We will have Orthros followed by the Divine Liturgy the preceding night (June 1st), beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be no Daily Orthros on Thursday morning. * We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Pot Luck Meal on Sunday, June 12th. As is our custom, we will also have the service of Kneeling Vespers that evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be no fasting during the following week. * The Fast of the Apostles will run from June 20-28 this year. We will celebrate Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul on Tuesday evening, July 28th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. * The 2011 Parish Life Conference is being hosted by St. John Orthodox Church in * We will be serving a meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on July 9th and November 19th. * Father John will be out of town July 21-31st for the Archdiocese Convention in Chicago. * His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here the weekend of May 6, 2012 to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary as a parish. The planning committee is working very hard to make our celebration a memorable one. There will be an evening event at the MS Museum of Art on Saturday, May 6th. Other events are being planned and more information will be available in the coming months. Fasting Discipline for June The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. There will be no fasting during the week following Pentecost (June 12th). The traditional fasting discipline is again observed on all days during the Fast of the Apostles (June 20-28). Major Commemorations during June June 2 Feast of Ascension June 4 Metrophanes of Constantinople June 5 Holy Fathers of the First Council of Nicea June 8 Theodore the General (transfer of relics) June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas June 12 Feast of Pentecost June 19 Sunday of All Saints June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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 Anniversaries remaining in May/June: May 30 -- Tom and Jennifer Skirtech (#34!) June 14 -- Ken and Anastasia Jones (#41!) -- Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#57!) June 22 -- Fr. Leo and Kh. Be'Be' Schelver (#37!) Happy Birthdays in May/June: May 30 -- Dn. Terry Algood May 31 -- Stephen Chamblee June 1 -- Fr. James Meadows June 12 -- Ellie Yeatts (1998) June 17 -- Sh. Margaret Root June 29 -- Jennifer Skirtech Quotable: "But sin is the most wretched poverty of the heart—poverty blocking the treasure of grace. Sin is a deadly sickness of the soul, a sickness which deprives us both of the joys of earth and the joys of heaven. Sin is a terrible and most lamentable spiritual death which separates us eternally from the joy of the heavenly inhabitants in paradise and buries us in the darkness of hell." Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev
Worship: Sunday, June 5, 2011 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Council Scripture: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13 Epistle Reader: Walt Wood Prosphora: Joanna Meadows