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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, June 27, 2013
6/30 announcements
June 30, 2013
All Saints Sunday
Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
    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.
I Corinthians 4:9-16:  We hear St Paul speak to the Corinthians as their spiritual father and exhort them to imitate him in their actions.
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 Sts. Peter and Paul: O foremost in the ranks of the Apostles and teachers of the world, intercede with the Master of all to grant safety to the world and to the souls the great mercy.
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 30   (Sunday of All Saints)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group
Monday, July 1   (Cosmas and Damian of Rome)
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, July 2   (Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos)
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 3    
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, July 4       
            NO Daily Orthros
Friday, July 5    (Athanasios of Athos)
            NO Daily Orthros
Saturday, July 6   
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers

Sunday, July 7  (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            12:30 p.m.       -- Baptism of Anna Grace Dansereau
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Basingerss for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
 Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
June 30                        Basinger                                Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
July 7                                                                           Fahmy D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper
July 14                         Baker                                      POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                        set-up:  Meadows/Lasseter/Greene/Strain
July 21                         Wood                                      Algood/Bassinger/Yeatts
July 28                         Henderson                              R. Root/Abraham/Davis
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.
                                          Reader                                 Reading                          Page#
June 30                             Kh. Be'Be' Schelver          I Cor. 4:9-16                    130
July 7                                Tom Willingham                Gal. 3:23-4:5                    160-161
July 14                              Tom Skirtech                      Titus 3:8-15                     322
July 21                              Walt Wood                         Rom. 6:18-23                   102
July 28                              Sh. Charlotte Algood         Rom. 10:1-10                  108
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
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;
Fr. Alexander Atty, the Dean of St. Thikon's who is battling cancer.
Please remember Charles and Vivian Hadad in your prayers.  They are members of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church and have been dear friends of St. Peter's for many years.  Both are experiencing issues with their health.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted recently while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.

Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
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 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.
Anna Grace Dansereau will be baptized next Sunday following the Divine Liturgy.  Please pray for her; her Godmother, Anna Kathryn Stewart; and her parents, Chris and Rebecca Dansereau.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
      Due to the July Fourth holiday, they will meet on July 11th next month.
*    The dates for POT LUCK MEALS this quarter are July n14th, August 11th and September 8th (this Sunday is also the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos).
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will have a fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th to replenish funds used for charitable activities.  They will be auctioning off casseroles and baked goods during Coffee Hour that Sunday.
Fasting Discipline for July
The traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for July
June 30                  Sunday of All Saints
                              Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
July1                      Cosmas and Damian of Rome
July 2                     Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos
July 5                     Athanasios of Athos
July 11                   Euphemia the all-praised
July 17                   Great-martyr Marina
July 20                   Prophet Elias
July 25                   Dormition of Righteous Anna
July 27                   Great-martyr Panteleimon

Palm Sunday Feast:  If you have not yet paid for your meal at Cock of the Walk on Palm Sunday, please do so as soon as possible.  Make checks payable to St. Peter and designate Palm Sunday Feast on the memo line.
Quarterly Schedule Update:  When the Quarterly Schedule was compiled for July through September, the dates for POT LUCK MEALS were left off inadvertently.  The dates for these meals are July 14th, August 11th and September 8th .  Please make a note of these on your Quarterly Schedule.
Happy Birthdays in June/July:
         June 30                  --    Jeffrey Bassinger
         July 10                   --    Ramzi Kafoury
         July 11                   --    Titus Lasseter (#1!)
         July 14                   --    Emil Ellis (#17!)
         July 15                   --    Emad Fino
         July 22                   --    Amy Oliver
                                       --    Thomas Wood
                                       --    Walt Wood
         July 25                   --    Vickie Curtis
         July 26                   --    George Curtis (#14!)
Happy Anniversaries in June:
         June 30                  --    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#3!)
         July 3                     --    Emad and Suzi Fino (#25!)
         July 25                   --    Reader Basil and Brenda Baker (#32!)
         July 30                   --    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#19!)
Quotable:  "Man is dual:  exterior and interior, flesh and spirit.  The outer man is visible, of the flesh; but the inner man is invisible, spiritual—or what the Apostle Peter terms '. . . the hidden man of the heart, which is not corruptible, . . . a meek and quiet spirit' (I Pet. iii. 4).  And St. Paul refers to this duality when he says:  'But though our outer man perish, yet the inward is renewed' (2 Cor. iv. 16).  Here the Apostle speaks clearly about the outer and inner man.  the outer man is composed of many members, but the inner man comes to perfection through his mind—by attention to himself, by fear of the Lord, and by the grace of God.  The works of the outer man are visible, but those of the inner man are invisible, according to the Psalmist:  'the inner man and the heart are very deep' (Ps. lxiii. 7:  Septuagint).  And St. Paul the Apostle also says:  'For what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him?' (1 Cor. ii. 11).  Only He who tests the innermost hearts and the inward parts knows all the secrets of the inner man."
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo

Worship:         Sunday, July 7, 2013 (Second Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                                  Galatians 3:23-4:5(for St. Kyriake); Matthew 4:18-23
         Celebrant:                                 Father John
         Epistle Reader:                        Tom Willingham
         Prosphora:                                Fahmy
       Coffee Hour:                     D. Root/Dansereau/Dale Cooper          
posted by Daniel Root at 10:11 AM Parish Life

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