Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Romans 15:1-7: St Paul encourages us to deny ourselves on behalf of others for our own edification. He reminds us that the Lord has brought salvation to the Gentiles, thus giving hope to those who were lost. Matthew 9:27-35: The Lord Jesus again demonstrates His mercy by healing two blind men and casting out a demon from a man possessed. We see that the Lord has compassion for all those who are oppressed by sin, death and Satan. 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 Cross: O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting our believing kings victory over the Barbarians, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy commonwealth.
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 31 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults Monday, August 1 (Procession of the Holy Cross) Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:30 p.m. -- Paraklesis Service 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Paraklesis Service 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 11:30 a.m. -- Men's Lunch 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Great Vespers Saturday, August 6 (Feast of the Transfiguration) 9:00 a.m. -- Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers Sunday, August 7 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after Transfiguration) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- Ladies of St. Peter Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Algoods 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) August 14 Meadows Pigotts August 15 (Mon. a.m.) Joanna Meadows Meadows August 21 D. Roots POT LUCK August 28 Dansereaus D. Roots/Dansereaus 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 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: Maria Costas; Amy and Michael Surratt and Amy's father; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and Jennifer's parents; Warren and Sandi Strain and Warren's mother; Fr. Leo, Kh. Be'Be', Stephen and Amy, Justyn and Jeffrey; Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; 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. Congratulations and Many Years! On Sunday, August 21st we will have a special POT LUCK meal in honor of Dorin and Carolina Lavric. More information will be available shortly. 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 Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * The Fast of the Dormition will begin tomorrow 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. Fasting Discipline for August From August 1st through 14th (the Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all days, except on August 6th (the Feast of the Transfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted. After the 15th, the traditional fasting is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner. Major Commemorations during August August 1 Procession of the Holy Cross August 6 Transfiguration of our Lord August 15 Dormition of the Theotokos August 29 Beheading of the Forerunner 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. Happy Birthdays in August: August 4 -- Simeon Root (#2!) August 7 -- Joseph Katool (#20!) August 18 -- Virginia Stewart (#1!) August 24 -- Anastasia Jones August 26 -- Bob Buchanan August 27 -- Eli Dabit (#1!) August 31 -- Elizabeth Root Happy Anniversaries in August: August 16 -- Rick and Kay Carlton (#36!) August 17 -- Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (#20!) August 18 -- Jesse and Sarah Milnor (#9!) August 25 -- Nimr and Mona Fahmy (#37!) August 27 -- Alfred and Christina Katool (#23!) Quotable: "Sin is a great evil with immeasurably heavy consequences—eternal torments in hell! But its cure, established by Jesus Christ, turns out to be so easy! This is simply incredible—just as Jesus Christ told the ten lepers: Go shew yourselves unto the priests (Luke 17:14), and when they went, were healed, so it is as if He were speaking to us, sinners: 'You are sick with spiritual leprosy?! Do not be afraid! You will be healed. Just do this: go show yourselves to the priests.'" Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev Worship: Sunday, August 7, 2011 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday after Scripture: I Corinthians 1:10-17; Matthew 14:14-22 Epistle Reader: Warren Strain