Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea Today is the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea. This day commemorates the Holy Fathers who sat in council at Nicea, the first of the ecumenical councils. Through them we see the commitment to the immutable truth of God for all the faithful, especially those who lead in the faith. The men of this council bear special note by the significance of their creed, for it is the fundamental statement of orthodox Christology and an enduring guide to our faith. The events of the ascension and the scriptures of this day emphasize to us the nature and action of Christ, and the history of these fathers puts us in mind of the work of the Holy Spirit in the church, work proclaimed by the glorious events which we now anticipate in the preparation for Pentecost. Acts 20:16-18,28-36: In the reading from Acts, we hear St Paul speak to the elders of the church at Ephesus, encouraging them to follow his example in their shepherding, and bidding them his final farewell as he approached his imprisonment at Rome. John 17:1-13: In the passage from John, Jesus prays for His disciples, that they would be united as one and kept from evil.
Troparion of the Resurrection: When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou who art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of the Holy Fathers: Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee. Troparion of the Ascension: Thou hast ascended in glory, O Christ our God, and gladdened thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit, having become confident of the blessing. Verily, thou art the Son of God, and Deliverer of 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 Ascension: When thou didst fulfill thy dispensation for our sakes, uniting the terrestrials with the celestials, thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, inseparable in space, but constant without separation, and crying unto thy beloved, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.
Sunday, June 5 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros Wednesday, June 8 (Theodore the General) 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros Saturday, June 11 (Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas) 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers Sunday, June 5 (Pentecost) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- Pot Luck Meal 6:30 p.m. -- Kneeling Vespers Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows for the Feast of the Ascension this past Wednesday evening and By Joanna Meadows for the Divine Liturgy today. We will NOT hold the service for Saturday of the Souls on the day before Pentecost. This was scheduled next Saturday morning June 11, but has been cancelled for this year only. 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. 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. Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour June 5 Joanna Meadows D. Roots June 12 Freundts POT LUCK (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 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 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. 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. * The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * We will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Pot Luck Meal next 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. 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. 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 5th, 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 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 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 June: June 14 -- Ken and Anastasia Jones (#41!) -- Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#57!) 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: "There is no greater evil for man than sin. It destroys both the body and the soul. It makes both this life and eternal life bitter. It causes discord in families, quarrels among neighbors, and disagreements among relatives. It starts the fire of malice among people. It makes the soul proud and embittered. It poisons the heart with envy. It drives out holy feelings from the breast and invites the demons to settle there. It separates us from God. It extinguishes everything bright in our hearts. It teaches us to lie, to be gluttonous, and to be selfish and greedy. It makes us slander and judge our neighbors. It incites us to seek revenge. It commits all outrages, debaucheries, and crimes. It causes all diseases, suffering, injustice, violence, bloodshed, and war. It has filled the souls of all of us with unbearable spiritual stench. It pours this stench into the relationships among us." Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev Worship: Sunday, June 12, 2011 (Feast of Pentecost) Scripture: Acts 2:1-11; John 7:37-52, 8:12 Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris Coffee Hour: POT LUCK MEAL