Sunday of All Saints; First Sunday after Pentecost The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost. On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God's people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive. These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality. On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God's people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord. Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament 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. Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30: In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the meaning of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are disciples of His.
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 All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple. Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls the Great Mercy. 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 Saints: To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs. Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.
Sunday, June 19 (Sunday of All Saints) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers followed by Parish Council Meeting 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros Friday, June 24 (Nativity of the Forerunner) 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 26 (Second Sunday after Pentecost) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 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 (Tues. p.m. – Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul) 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. 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.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Sophie Elizabeth Dansereau will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 16th at 11:15 a.m.
We are looking for new faces in the choir….anyone 7th grade or older who is interested should contact Karen or Sh. Margaret. * The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * 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. * 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.
On Tuesday night, June 28th , we will be celebrating St. Peter's and St. Paul's Feast Day with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy and a supper. Kh. Be'Be' is in charge of the meal, and there is a sign up list on the small bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Please take a second to volunteer to bring a dish. This will give us an idea of how many people will be coming. Thanks!
New Parish Directory: The Parish Council has decided to implement a new Directory with family pictures. Pictures will be taken on the following Sundays: June 12th, June 26th and July 3rd. A group picture will be taken on Pentecost (June 12th) for the cover of the Directory. Fasting Discipline for June The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all days during the Fast of the Apostles (June 20-28). Major Commemorations during June 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 June: June 14 -- Ken and Anastasia Jones (#41!) -- Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#47!) June 22 -- Fr. Leo and Kh. Be'Be' Schelver (#37!) June 1 -- Fr. James Meadows June 12 -- Ellie Yeatts (1998) June 17 -- Sh. Margaret Root June 29 -- Jennifer Skirtech Quotable: "Take courage, sinners! There is deliverance for us! Jesus Christ, Who carried on His shoulders the sin of all humanity and Who paid our debts to God with His death on the cross, can take our sin on His shoulders as well. Is it not because of this that St. Andrew of Crete prays in the name of all of us who sin before God: 'Take my heavy sinful burden away from me and give me tears of repentance!' We must shed tears of repentance, because there are only two kinds of water which can wash away the filth of sin: the water of baptism and the tears of repentance." Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev Worship: Sunday, June 26, 2011 (Second Sunday after Pentecost) Scripture: Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23 Epistle Reader: Phillip Lasseter