Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost Leave-taking of the Presentation of the Theotokos St. Catherine the Great-martyr
Galatians 3:23-29;4:1-5: In this reading from Galatians we hear St. Paul explain that prior to the coming of Christ, we were under the Law and hence divided, but now that Christ has come we are justified by faith in Christ and have become one, belonging to Christ. Therefore, we are no longer under bondage to the Law and the world, but are now free as children of God.
Luke 18:18-27: In the Gospel according to St Luke we hear our Lord tell us via an encounter with a rich, young ruler that to obtain eternal life we must be willing to give up everything that we possess in service to the Kingdom of God.
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 the Presentation of the Theotokos: Today the Virgin is the foreshadowing of the pleasure of God, and the beginning of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. You have appeared in the Temple of God openly and have gone before, preaching Christ to all. Let us shout with one thrilling voice, saying, Rejoice, O you who are the fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation.
Troparion of St. Catherine: Let us extol the all-lauded bride of Christ, Catherine, the guardian of Sinai, who is our succour and our support; for by the power of the Spirit she silenced brilliantly the nobility of liars. And now that she hath been crowned as a Martyr, she seeketh for all 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 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 25 (Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
9:00 a.m. -- Christian Education
10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off 6:30 p.m. -- Advent Paraklesis 7:30 p.m. -- Parish Council Meeting
Friday, November 30 (Apostle Andrew, the First-called)
7:30 a.m. -- Breakfast with Bible Study
9:00 a.m. -- Madison Christmas Parade
5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour Prayers followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, December 2 (Twenty-sixth 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 Algoods for the Divine Liturgy this morning and the Artoklasia Bread for the Feast of the Presentation of the Theotokos in the Temple was provided by the Katools for the vespers service this past Tuesday evening.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour November 25 Algood Meadows/Lasseter/Greene December 2 Wood Ellis/Zouboukos December 5 (Tues pm) Henderson (Artoklasia Bread) No Meal December 9 Schelver Fahmy/Brock/Stephanie Baker December 16 Morris Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker December 23 Jones D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper December 24 (Mon pm) Meadows Katool/Strain/Dabit/Dabit (Feast of the Nativity of our Lord) December 30 Davis Pigott/Freundt/Turner December 31 (Mon pm) Baker (Artoklasia Bread) No Meal (Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord and Feastday of St. Basil the Great)
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 25 Brenda Baker Gal. 3:23-29, 4:1-5 160-161 December 2 Warren Strain Eph. 5:8-19 217 December 9 Kh. Sharon Meadows Gal. 4:22-27 314 December 16 Mildred Morris Col. 3:4-11 233 December 23 Phillip Lasseter Heb. 11:9-10, 32-40 348 December 24 (Mon pm) Kh. Be'Be' Schelver Gal. 4:4-7 351 December 30 Brenda Baker Gal. 1:11-19 188
Please remember the following in your prayers: Steve, Sheryl and Stephen Chamblee; Amy and Brantley Oliver; Aidan Milnor, the Milnor family; Sam and Lamia Dabit and Sammie; Georgia Buchanan, George Johns (Georgia's grandson) and his family; Mary Greene (Lee and Kh. Sharon's sister); Fr. Stephen Tewfik; Sh. Gail Shannon; Dn. Sidney and Sh. Mary Elliot.
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 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 continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
Father John is at home recovering from surgery on his hip. He will be out of commission for the next few weeks and Fr. Leo and Fr. James will be filling in for him. Please keep Fr. John and Kh. Janet in your prayers. (There will be no Daily Orthros for the remainder of November.)
Please keep Chris and Rebecca Dansereau in your prayers (along with Chris' family). Chris' father passed away this past Friday. Mr. Ellis Rantizi, a long-time member of St. George Orthodox Church in Vicksburg (and brother-in-law of Lamia Dabit), fell asleep in the Lord this past Sunday evening. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Directory Update: the Surratts have a new mailing address:
Building Fund: As we proceed with the plans for the approval by the City of Madison and Metropolitan PHILIP for our addition/renovation, we are reviewing our Building Fund. We currently have over $150,000 in the fund and are regularly adding to it. The Parish Council has decided to apply cash donations from the Sunday offering to the Building Fund – UNLESS it is specified or otherwise apparent that these are intended as a regular tithe/donation. Of course, other donations by check, etc., specified for the Building Fund are always welcome! So feel free to chip in a little (or lot!) extra as you are able. With God's grace, we look forward to this next phase of our building program and beyond to the next phase of building a new main church building/temple.
The Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013. Sister Magdalene from the Monastery of St. John in England will be the speaker. Sister Magdalene will also be speaking at St. Peter's for two evenings around the time of the retreat. More details will be available at a later date. But be sure to mark your calendars now for the retreat and Sister Magdalene's talks!!
Coffee Hour guidelines have been posted on the refrigerator in the kitchen. These list the items to be set out for Fasting and Non-fasting Coffee Hours along with guidelines for setting out the food and for storage afterwards. Please be sure that the power switch on the dishwasher is turned off when you are through with clean-up.
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * As is our custom we will celebrate the Advent Paraklesis in place of Daily Vespers on Wednesday evenings during the Fast of the Nativity. (However, on the evening of December 5th, we will celebrate Great Vespers with Litia and Artoklasia for the Feast of St. Nicholas instead of the Paraklesis Service.) This is a very beautiful service. Please make plans to attend. * Stewpot schedule (together with Holy Resurrection) – December 29th. * Deanery Youth Retreat is scheduled for February 15-17, 2013. More details later.
His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP has sent out an appeal to all the churches of our Archdiocese for financial assistance for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to contribute to this cause, please make your checks out to St. Peter's and mark it for the Hurricane Sandy Relief effort. Please do this as soon as possible. We will be sending a single check from our parish in the very near future.
The Madison Christmas Parade is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. next Saturday morning, December 1st. We are looking for volunteers to ride on the float and to walk along with it. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. You may check with Cliff Stewart for more information.
Fasting Discipline for November The traditional fasting is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month. Beginning November 15th, the first day of the Nativity Fast, the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine and oil) is observed each day of the week. Note, however, through December 19th there is a katlysis 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 25 St. Catherine the Great-martyr November 30 Apostle Andrew, the First-called
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 Birthdays in November: November 5 -- Alexia Parker (#15!) November 11 -- Beth Ann Baker November 13 -- Sophia Skirtech (#4!) November 16 -- Melissa Curtis (#19!) November 17 -- Karen Cooper November 24 -- Mildred Morris November 29 -- Mike Pigott
Happy Anniversaries in November: November 26 -- Glenn and Mildred Morris (#46!) November 28 -- Dn. Terry and Sh. Charlotte Algood (#41!)
Quotable: "It is a true saying, that the fruit of good deeds is honorable. For those who wish to lead lives pure and undefiled as far as is possible for men, Christ will adorn with His gifts, and grant them an abundant recompense for all their saintly deeds, and make them partakers of His glory. For it is impossible that He should ever lie who says: As I live, saith the Lord, those who honor Me, I will honor."
Worship: Sunday, December 2, 2012 (Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
Scripture: Ephesians 5:8-19; 4:1-5; Matthew 17:14-23 Epistle Reader: Warren Strain Coffee Hour: Ellis/Zouboukos