April 22, 2012
Antipascha or Thomas Sunday
On the Sunday following Easter, we hear the story of Thomas and are reminded of the all-permeating presence of Christ and the faith of those who followed the disciples. Even as walls and doors proved no obstacle to His coming to His followers, so nothing can prevent His presence with us. Even as He commissioned them to be peaceful of themselves and to bear His peace and life to those about them, so He grants us peace for ourselves and those we touch. Even as Thomas turned from his doubt to faith, so let us bow before our Lord and God in acknowledgment and praise. With Thomas and all the faithful who sing in heavenly worship, let us raise our hymn of adoration and life to our risen Saviour.
Acts 5:12-20: Through healing of the sick and the addition of new believers to the Church in Jerusalem, we see the power of the Holy Spirit at work with the Apostles. John 20:19-31: In our gospel reading we hear of the Apostle Thomas' doubt regarding Jesus' resurrection. When our Lord appears to Him he immediately believes; yet, the Lord pronounces a blessing upon those who believe without having seen Him.
Troparion of Thomas Sunday: While the tomb was sealed, thou didst shine forth from it, O Light. While the doors were closed, thou didst come in to thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of thy mercy.
Kontakion of Thomas Sunday: With his anxiously searching right hand, O Christ God, Thomas did probe your life-giving side; for when you did enter, the doors being shut, he shouted with the rest of the Disciples, crying, You are my Lord and my God.
Sunday, April 22 (Thomas Sunday) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
Monday, April 23 (Great-martyr George) Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, April 25 (Apostle Mark) 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
6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros
7:30 a.m. -- Bible Study with Breakfast 5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, April 29 (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers) 9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by Meadows for the Divine Liturgy today.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour April 22 Meadows Meadows/Lasseter April 29 Joanna Meadows Ellis/Zouboukos May 6 Yeatts Barbeque Luncheon (set-up: Lamia Dabit/Sandy Strain/Jennifer Skirtech/Phillip Lasseter) May 13 Freundts Morris/Jones/Stewart May 20 Fahmys Fahmy/Pigott May 23 (Wed. p.m.) Bakers May 27 Wood R. Root/Algood
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. April 22 Warren Strain Acts 5:12-20 32 April 29 Mildred Morris Acts 6:1-7 38 May 6 Phillip Lasseter Acts 9:32-42 45 May 13 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver Acts 11:19-30 52 May 20 Tom Willingham Acts 16:36-34 58 May 23 (Wed. p.m.) Brenda Baker Acts 1:1-12 63 May 27 Tom Skirtech Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66
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 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 remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle and their daughter Abigail in your prayers.
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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 their family; 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 and Sammie; David Turner's mother Mary Jean; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia's grandson) and his family; Dorin and Carolina Lavric and Victor (Carolina's brother); Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon's sister); Joanna Meadows and Jay Davis (as they prepare for their wedding).
Welcome and Many Years! to Oliver Yeatts who was chrismated on Holy Saturday morning and to Isabell Goss who was baptized yesterday morning.
Welcome to Silviu and Anna Maria Andrei who have become members of St. Peter! Silviu is a software developer and Anna Maria is a pathologist at Baptist Medical Center. They are expecting their first child on April 26th!
Opportunity for Almsgiving: Ian Jones will be travelling to Hogar Rafael Ayau in Guatemala the first week in June as part of a mission team led by Father Chad Hatfield. They plan to help the nuns prepare for their patronal feast, catechize incoming members of the church and help in moving the orphanage out to the monastery and away from its current location in one of the most crime-ridden parts of Guatemala City. As a team member, he is attempting to raise $1100. If you would like to contribute to this cause, make your check out to St. Vladimir's Seminary, earmarked "Guatemala Mission Trip 2012," and mail it to Ian at the following address: St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – July 21st and December 29th.
Fasting Discipline for April Following Bright Week, the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is once again observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for April April 23 Great-martyr George April 29 Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers
Bar-b-que on Sunday, May 6th: A sign-up sheet is in the foyer to reserve plates for the BBQ following the Hierarchical Liturgy on Sunday, May 6th. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for each child over 6 years of age. The lunch is being catered through Chimneyville Smokehouse.
25TH Anniversary Weekend – May 4-6, 2012: A number of events are planned and special guests will be here the first weekend in May to join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of our church's entrance into the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN will be here, along with Father Jon Braun and Kh. Mary Ellen and Father Peter Gillquist and Kh. Marilyn. Many other friends and family will be here, too—some from Orthodox churches in the area, along with friends from St. John in Memphis. MS Mary O'Connor, representing the National Office of the Order of St. Ignatius, will also be here. Among the events planned are:
FRIDAY, MAY 4TH 7:00 p.m. Daily Vespers followed by a teaching by Father Jon Braun, followed by an Ice Cream Social with light
SATURDAY, MAY 5TH 10:00 a.m. 3rd Hour Prayers followed by a teaching by Father Peter Gilliquist, followed by light refreshments;
5:00 P.M. Great Vespers (Note: No 9th Hour) followed by our 25th Anniversary Reception/Banquet at the MS
Museum of Art (201 E. Pascagoula St., Jackson), with a keynote address by Father Jon Braun;
SUNDAY, MAY 6TH 8:50 a.m. Orthros/Hierachical Divine Liturgy, followed by a lunch catered by Chimneyville Smokehouse.
The Order of St. Ignatius is a service organization in our Archdiocese that has founded many worthwhile projects. If you are interested in joining this organization during His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN's visit in May, please see Father John.
When you host Coffee Hour or the meal for a Feast please make sure that the oven, warmer, and coffee maker are turned off afterwards. On several occasions in the past, the cleaning ladies have found the oven still on when they came in to clean later during the week.
Happy Anniversaries in April: April 12 -- Mike and Cheryl Piggott (#31!) April 25 -- Jim and Desi Roehner (#63!) April 28 -- Anthony and Athena Zouboukos (#22!)
Happy Birthdays in April: April 6 -- John Wood (#19!) April 11 -- Brandon Strain (#10!)
Quotable: "In some respects, we might say that Western psychotherapy aims at healing the fragmentation of the mind. This it does by encouraging the acquisition of insight, and by the application of method, system, and sometimes even common sense to achieve a change in the person undergoing therapy." "Unlike conventional psychotherapy, however, the spiritual path of Orthodoxy does not stop at that point, since it is concerned not only with the workings of the mind but with the heart as well. Ultimately, healing from an Orthodox point of view must inevitably include the reunification (or, to borrow a term from computer technology, 'defragmentation') of the human personality, including re-placing the mind in the heart (where it belongs). Indeed, this process is often described in the ascetic literature of the Orthodox Church as the ultimate purpose of prayerful effort (or 'ascetic labor')." Archimandrite. Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, April 29, 2012 (Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women and Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemos)
Scripture: Acts 6:1-7; Mark 15:43-16:8 Epistle Reader: Mildred Morris Prosphora: Joanna Meadows Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos