The Church commemorates and remembers all of its saints at three times during the year; in anticipation of Christmas, at the beginning of Lent, and immediately after Pentecost. On all three days we are reminded of the unified body of God's people and of the holiness they have achieved and for which we strive. These two things are not abnormal and removed from us; they are truth and reality. On this day we are especially reminded of the strength of the saints and their victories, and we move from the day of Pentecost, the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, to join God's people in our victorious procession, through purifying trial and sacrifice, to the Day of the Lord.
Hebrews 11:33-12:2: The writer of Hebrews calls us to consider the faith of those saints of the Old Testament who endured hardships and death and yet still did great things because of their faith. The Apostle encourages us to lay aside the encumbrances of sin and run with endurance the race that is set before us.
Matthew 10:32- 33, 37-38;19:27-30: In the gospel reading we hear the Lord Jesus teach the meaning of discipleship, and, when asked by Peter, tells him what shall be the reward for those who truly are disciples of His.
Troparion of the Resurrection: O compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou might deliver us from passion. Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.
Troparion of All Saints: Thy Church, O Christ God, hast regaled herself in the blood of thy Martyrs throughout all the world, as in porphyry and purple. Through them she lifts her voice, crying, Turn with thy compassion to thy people, and grant peace to thy city, and to the souls the Great Mercy.
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 Saints: To thee, O Lord and Author of all creation, the universe offers as first-fruits of nature the divinity-bearing Martyrs. Wherefore, by their imploring preserve thy Church in perfect safety, for the sake of the Theotokos, O most Merciful.
Sunday, June 10 (Sunday of All Saints) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. -- Ladies of St. Peter 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults
Monday, June 11 (Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas) Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
6:30 p.m. -- Daily Vespers 7:30 p.m. -- Choir Practice
5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 17 (Second Sunday after Pentecost) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Feast of Pentecost last Sunday and by the Algoods for the Divine Liturgy today.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour June 10 Algood Meadows/Lasseter June 17 Katool Ellis/Zouboukos June 24 Schelver Fahmy/Pigott June 28 (Thurs. p.m.) Morris
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 10 Sh. Charlotte Algood Heb. 11:33-12:2 84 June 17 Warren Strain Rom. 2:10-16 90 June 24 Mildred Morris Rom. 13:11-14:1-4 279 (reading is for the Forerunner) June 28 (Thurs. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows II Cor. 11:21-33; 12:1-9 389
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 the following in your prayers: Pete and Maria Costas; 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); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Dn. Howard and Sh. Gail Shannon.
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 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.
Congratulations to Daniel and Elizabeth Root (and Simeon, Dn Richard and Sh. Margaret) on the birth of Michel Ellen (8lbs. 10oz.) this past Wednesday. Mother and baby are doing well.
Congratulations to Stephanie Baker who has been appointed as Youth Director for the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast!
Alexander Andrei, the son of Silviu and Anna Marie Andrei, will be baptized on Saturday morning, July 28th at 10:30 a.m. Friends and family (many from Romania) will be here to celebrate the event.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * The Fast of the Apostles begins tomorrow and runs through June 28th. * Father John will be attending the Parish Life Conference June 13-17 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Stephanie Baker will also be attending in her capacity of Youth Director for the Diocese and Kh. Sharon will be representing our Ladies. * We will celebrate the feast of the Chief Apostles, Peter and Paul with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Thursday evening, June 28th. * Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – July 21st and December 29th.
Fasting Discipline for June The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed on all days during the Fast of the Apostles (June 11-28).
Major Commemorations for June June 10 Sunday of All Saints June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul June 30 Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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 June: June 8 -- Nader and Lily Dabit (#4!) June 10 -- Dorin and Carolina Lavric (#1!) June 14 -- Ken and Anastasia Jones (#42!) -- Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#48!) June 22 -- Fr. Leo and Kh. Be'Be' Schelver (#38!) June 31 -- Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#2!)
June 1 -- Fr. James Meadows June 12 -- Ellie Yeatts (#14!) June 17 -- Sh. Margaret Root June 29 -- Jennifer Skirtech
Quotable: "The mind is the guardian of memories and fantasies, the past ans the future respectively. Memories and fantasies come in two (and only two) varieties: good and bad. This means that all desires (related to keeping good memories and creating good fantasies) and all fears (related to avoiding bad memories and bad fantasies) come within the jurisdiction of the mind." "Unfortunately for the mind, the present moment is the only moment that is, in any sense, real. Moreover, in spiritual terms, the present moment is the only possible occasion in which we meet God (or anyone else)."
Archimandrite Meletios Webber, Bread and Water, Wine and Oil: an Orthodox Christian Experience of God
Worship: Sunday, June 17, 2012 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Romans 2:10-16; Matthew 4:18-23 Epistle Reader: Warren Strain Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos