Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost; Forefeast of the Presentation of the Theotokos Ephesians 2:4-10: St Paul, writing to the Ephesians, encourages us by reminding us that we who were dead in our sins are now alive in our union with Christ because of God's mercy toward us and are now able to do the good works prepared for us. Luke 12:16-21: In the parable of the rich landowner the Lord teaches us that material possessions are worthless when valued more than knowing God. 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 Forefeast: By blossoming forth the only Ever-virgin as fruit, today holy Anna doth betroth us all unto joy, instead of our former grief; on this day she doth fulfill her vows to the Most High, leading her with joy into the Lord=s holy temple, who truly is the temple and pure Mother of God the Word.
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 Presentation of the Theotokos: The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today enters the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit; whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle. Sunday, November 20 (Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 6:30 p.m. -- Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia Monday, November 21 (Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple) Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 5:00 p.m. -- Catechism Class 6:30 p.m. -- Advent Paraklesis 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice Friday, November 25 (Great-martyrs Catherine and Mercurios) 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers Sunday, November 27 (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Freundts 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 November 20 Freundts D. Roots/Dansereaus November 20 (p.m.) Katools (Artoklasia Bread for Nativity of the Theotokos) November 27 Dansereaus Morrises December 4 Fahmys Joneses December 5 (p.m.) Hendersons (Artoklasia Bread for St. Nicholas) December 11 Bakers Ellis/Zouboukos December 18 Woods Meadows/Lasseters/Karen December 24 (p.m.) R. Roots Sandi/Mary/Christina December 31 (p.m.) (Artoklasia Bread for the Circumcision of our Lord and the feast of St. Basil) 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. November 20 Tom Skirtech Eph. 2:4-10 202 November 27 Walt Wood Eph. 2:14 to end 207 December 4 Brenda Baker Gal. 3:23; 4:1-5 160-161 December 11 Sh. Charlotte Algood Col. 5:4-11 233 December 18 Kh. Sharon Meadows Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348 December 24 Warren Strain Gal. 4:4-7 351 Please be reminded that the Sacristy/Vestry which is adjacent to and behind the altar in our church is considered by the Orthodox Church to be part of the Sanctuary (Altar area) and should not be entered without the blessing of the priest for a specific purpose. If you need to speak with a member of the clergy while they are in the Sanctuary, please ask them to come to you in the nave.
Please remember the following in your prayers: Maria Costas; Amy and Michael Surratt and Amy's family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and Jennifer's mother, Jessamine Hinkson; Warren and Sandi Strain and Warren's mother, Ouida Strain; 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.
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers. Abigail, who was born prematurely and only recently came home after months in the NICU, has developed meningitis. Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN. Please be sure to schedule a time for Confession with your priest during the Fast of the Nativity. Congratulations to Glenn and Mildred Morris on the birth of their grandson David Glenn Morris last week! Angel Tree: We are again participating in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program to provide gifts for needy children at Christmas. The Angels are located on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Families may go in together to buy gifts, if they so desire. Please note that the gifts must be brought to the church NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 4TH. We have to turn them in to the Salvation Army on that date. If you would be willing to help deliver the gifts to the Salvation Army headquarters following the Liturgy on December 4th, please let Fr. John know. 25th Anniversary Celebration: The Church is planning a celebration of our being received into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in March 1987. The weekend of May 4th-6th, 2012, has been set aside for some special events, including visits from Bishop ANTOUN and V. Rev. Fr. Jon Braun, with a celebratory banquet planned at the Mississippi Museum of Art on Saturday evening, May 5th. The planning committee (composed of Dn. Terry, Kh. Janet, Sh. Charlotte, Brenda Baker, Elizabeth Root and Paul Katool) is working on some other projects and we need your help! An "Anniversary Book" is being compiled and will be printed and made available that weekend. It will contain, among other things, articles on the life of our church, our church's history, and photos (new and old) of church members and activities. We are asking you to look through your files and albums for pictures that can be included in the book and also in a special video presentation. These photos will of course be returned to you as soon as they are scanned, etc. We need photos of church events going back 25 years or longer – but also events and photos from recent activities – from newer church members as well as the "old heads!" These can include our chrismation weekend in '87, teen retreats, work-days, our renovation project, ladies'/men's activities, feast day celebrations, etc., etc., etc. Please put your photos in an envelope –CLEARLY LABELED WITH YOUR NAME, AND ON THE BACK OF EACH PHOTO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, DATE OF PICTURE (IF KNOWN) NAMES OF THE PEOPLE, AND WHAT THE EVENT WAS. Give these either to Deacon Terry or Kh. Janet NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST. We will also need a host of volunteers to help with various things over the next several months. If you would like to help, please contact Deacon Terry. THANK YOU!!! At the request of some of our young parents, Father John will speak on the Orthodox view of the rearing and disciplining children in the near future. This will probably take place on a Saturday morning. For those who are interested in participating in this forum, please let Father John know what dates would be best for you as soon as possible. Breakfast and Bible Study: we are continuing to meet every 2-3 weeks for Bible Study 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. * During the Fast of the Nativity, as is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 p.m. * We will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord with Orthros and Divine Liturgy beginning at 10:00 p.m. Saturday, December 24th. Royal Hours for the Feast of the Nativity will be held at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, December 23rd. * His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Pensacola the weekend of December 4th to consecrate their church. Father John and others from our parish plan to attend. * The Annual Deanery Youth Retreat will be held on February 10-12, 2012 at John W. Kyle State Park in Sardis. Joel and Sarah Finley will be addressing the topic of the Culture of Dating. More information will be available as the time draws near. * Father Thomas Hopko will be speaking at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Clinton February 14-16, 2012. More information will be available at a later date. * 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 November In November the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays in the first half of the month. Then, beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katalysis on Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and on Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine and oil are permitted. Major Commemorations for November November 21 Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple November 23 St. Amphilocios of Iconium November 25 St. Catherine the Great-martyr November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First-called Happy Birthdays in November: November 5 -- Alexia Parker (#13!) November 11 -- Beth Ann Baker Pappas November 13 -- Sophia Skirtech (#3!) November 16 -- Melissa Curtis (#18!) November 17 -- Karen Cooper November 24 -- Mildred Morris November 29 -- Mike Pigott November 30 -- Peter Henderson Happy Anniversaries in November: November 26 -- Glenn and Mildred Morris (#45!) November 28 -- Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#40!) 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. Quotable: "However, if you are shielding your name before the confessor, your authority will collapse before all. Repent only before one man. Your confession will teach you to struggle with your passions; and if you are really fighting against them, the multitude of people will not find out about them. You, with God's help, will be healed before you have shamed yourself. But if you do not want to be healed through Confession, then you will both expose your name to abuse here and then be disgraced before the whole universe at the Last Judgment!" Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev Worship: Sunday, November 20, 2011 (Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost) Scripture: Ephesians 2:14 to end; Luke 18:18-27 Epistle Reader: Walt Wood