Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council Titus 3:8-15: On this Sunday we read from St. Paul's letter to Titus, whom he warns to avoid delving into unprofitable and foolish questions about doctrine, and to reject heretics after two admonitions. Matthew 5:14-19: In this portion of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus teaches that we are to be Light in the darkness of this world, not hiding the glory of God from others, but rather, putting it where it can be seen. Troparion of the Resurrection: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled. Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy. 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 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, July 17 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost) 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, July 20 (Prophet Elias) 6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice 8:30 a.m. -- Workday at the Church 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers Sunday, July 24 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Schelvers 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 July 31 Algoods Hendersons August 6 (Sat. a.m.) Morrises Joanna/Rebecca (Feast of the Transfiguration) 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. July 17 Tom Skirtech Titus 3:18-15 322 July 24 Sh. Charlotte Algood Rom. 12:6-14 113 July 31 Walt Wood Rom. 15:1-7 119 August 6 (Sat. a.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Pet. 1:10-19 401 August 7 Warren Strain I. Cor. 1:10-17 124 August 14 Mildred Morris I Cor. 3:9-17 130 August 15 (Mon. am) Kh. Sharon Meadows Phil. 2:5-11 403 August 21 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver I Cor. 4:9-16 135 August 28 Phillip Lasseter I Cor. 9:2-12 141 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. Many years! to Sophie Dansereau who was baptized yesterday!
Congratulations to Stephen and Amy Schelver (and, of course, grandparents Fr. Leo and Kh. Be'Be') on the birth of Elizabeth Ann this past Monday. She weighs 4 lbs 13 oz and is 17 ¾ inches long. Mother and daughter are at home and doing well.
With Father John's blessing, Carl Boschert has decided to pursue his catechesis at Holy Trinity and St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church in Jackson. Please keep him in your prayers. Breakfast and Bible Study: we have begun a Bible Study of I Peter. The Bible Study will meet every 2-3 weeks on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast. This is open to all who are interested. Be sure to come and enjoy the fellowship. The next Bible Study will be Saturday, July 30th. * The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * Father John will be out of town July 21-31st for the Archdiocese Convention in Chicago. * The next Bible Study of I Peter is scheduled for Saturday morning, July 30th at 7:30 a.m. * The Fast of the Dormition will begin August 1st and last until the feast of the Dormition on August 15th. During this time we will once again have the Paraklesis Service on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings (with the exception of August 5th) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Please make an effort to attend these beautiful services. * We will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord with Great Vespers on Friday evening August 5th and Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, beginning at 9:00 a.m. * The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated on Monday morning, August 15th with Divine Liturgy only, beginning at 6:00 a.m. * The Annual Knucklehead Family Reunion (aka Men's Fishing Trip) will be held in Arkansas, on September 16-23 this year. * We will be serving our next meal at the Stewpot in Jackson on November 19th. * 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.
We are looking for new faces in the choir….anyone 7th grade or older who is interested should contact Karen or Sh. Margaret.
Fasting Discipline for July The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. Major Commemorations during July July 17 Great-martyr Marina July 25 Dormition of Righteous Anna July 27 Great-martyr Panteleimon New Parish Directory: The Parish Council has decided to implement a new Directory with family pictures. If you have not yet had your picture taken, please make arrangements with Daniel Root. A group picture will be taken at a later date for the cover of the Directory. 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. July 7 -- Nimer Fino (1992) July 22 -- Zachary Freundt Happy Anniversaries in July: July 3 -- Emad and Suzi Fino (#23!) July 25 -- Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#30!) Quotable: "The omnipotence of the Lord can forgive human sins. Look how unfathomable is God's mercy! God has given His power of forgiving the sins of men to the Apostles and their successors in the persons of the bishops and priests. Why has God done so? To make repentance, and therefore the forgiveness of sin, even closer, more accessible, and more certain. Receive ye the Holy Spirit, said Jesus Christ to His holy Apostles. Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained (John 20:22-23). Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (Matt. 18:18)." Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev Worship: Sunday, July 24, 2011 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost) Scripture: Romans 12:6-14; Matthew 9:1-8 Epistle Reader: Sh. Charlotte Algood