Today is the Sunday of the Blind Man. Though the Gospel account of the healing of the blind man touches many subjects, there is but one theme: Christ is the divine Light which illuminates the hearts of those who behold Him in faith. Despite the intimidation of the authorities, despite the confusion of the people who know him, despite the fear of his parents, the blind man given sight refuses to deny what he knows is the truth: Jesus has given him sight, has healed the affliction he has born from birth, and one who does such good is from God. To deny his healer is to deny the truth, and he prefers persecution and rejection to that denial. More than his eyes have been opened; his heart has been opened to true and eternal Light. As were the Israelites cast into the dark despair of his fear, as are we all blinded by the frustration of sin and of our weakness, so this man was trapped by his closed eyes; and, as may all be, he was freed by the coming of the Messiah. In faith we open our eyes to the radiant glory of our Lord and King.
Acts 16:16-34: In our reading from Acts we see Paul and Silas imprisoned unjustly; but the Lord uses the circumstances to bring the jailer to Himself by means of a dramatic rescue.
John 9:1-38: After Jesus heals a man born blind, we see the hypocrisy and unbelief of the Pharisees as they seek to learn how the man came to see. After being put out of the temple, the formerly blind man again encounters Jesus, whom he worships as his savior.
Troparion of the Resurrection: Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.
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 Pascha: When Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades. In victory didst Thou arise, O Christ God, proclaiming ARejoice@ to the myrrh-bearing women, granting peace to Thine apostles and bestowing resurrection on the fallen.
Sunday, June 9 (Sunday of the Blindman) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy 5:30 p.m. -- Young Adults
Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off Tuesday, June 11 (Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas) 6:00 a.m. -- Daily Orthros 6:30 p.m. -- Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha 6:o0 p.m. -- Orthros followed by Great Vespers
Thursday, June 13 (Feast of Ascension) [Parish Life Conference begins]
5:45 p.m. -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 16 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Council of Nicea) 10:00 a.m. -- Divine Liturgy
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule: Eucharist Bread Coffee Hour June 9 Jones TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED June 12 (Wed. p.m.) Meadows DUE TO CONSTRUCTION June 22 (Sat. a.m.) Yeatts Anastasia Jones June 23 Abraham (We need volunteers for this-usually a June 29 (Sat. a.m.) Liturgy for Sts. Peter and Paul cancelled due to Church School June 30 Basinger Skirtech/Skirtech/Parker
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 9 Sh. Charlotte Algood Acts 16:16-34 58 June 12 (Wed. p.m.) Kh. Sharon Meadows Acts 1:1-12 63 June 16 Warren Strain Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 66 June 22 (Sat. a.m.) Phillip Lasseter Acts 28:4-31 72 June 23 Mildred Morris Acts 2:1-11 77 June 29 (Sat. a.m.) Liturgy for Sts. Peter and Paul cancelled due to Church School June 30 Kh. Be'Be' Schelver I Cor. 4:9-16 130
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.
Congratulations!! …to Dorin and Carolina on the news of an upcoming addition to their family! …to Fr. James and Kh. Sharon (and of course to Amanda and Joseph!) on the news that they will be grandparents in January!
* The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month. * The Paschal season will come to a close with Paschal Vespers for the Leave-taking of Pascha on Tuesday evening, June 11th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. * We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Orthros and Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, June 12th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. * Parish Life Conference in New Orleans – June 12-16th. * We will celebrate Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy for Saturday of the Souls on Saturday morning, June 22nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m. * The Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on June 23rd. As is the usual custom in our parish, the Kneeling Vespers will be held that Sunday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m. * Vacation Church School will be held June 27-29, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. * There will be no liturgy this year for Sts. Peter and Paul due to Vacation Church School.
Fasting Discipline for June The 12th the traditional fasting (no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or oil) is observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month until the Feast of Pentecost. There is no fasting of any kind during the week following Pentecost (June 24-28th). Due to the lateness of Pentecost this year, there will be no fast of the Apostles.
Major Commemorations for June June 9 Sunday of the Blindman June 11 Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas June 13 Feast of the Ascension June 16 Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea June 22 Saturday of the Souls June 24 Nativity of the Forerunner June 29 Chief Apostles Peter and Paul June 30 Sunday of All Saints Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
Vacation Church School …The Christian Education department will hold a Vacation Church School June 27-29 from 8:30-12:30 each day. The curriculum will be "Ark of our Salvation – Feast Days of the Theotokos." Parents, please be sure to mark your calendars now.
June 1 -- Fr. James Meadows June 6 -- Michel Root (2012) June 12 -- Ellie Yeatts (1998) June 17 -- Sh. Margaret Root June 22 -- Isabelle Goss (2010) June 29 -- Jennifer Skirtech June 30 -- Jeffrey Bassinger
Happy Anniversaries in June: June 8 -- Nader and Lily Dabit (2008) June 10 -- Dorin and Carolina Lavric (2011) June 14 -- Ken and Anastasia Jones (1970) -- Saliba and Lamia Dabit (1964) June 22 -- Fr. Leo and Kh. Be'Be' Schelver (1974) June 31 -- Denis and Tatiana Lavric (2010)
Quotable: "Quite illustrative of the above theme are two passages from St. Basil the Great's writings. In one text he says that in the spiritual man—who has become a temple of God and of the Most Holy Spirit—reason and the nous exist and operate simultaneously. Reason is engaged in earthly cares and the nous is engaged in unceasing remembrance of God. Moreover, because his nous is united with the heart and has communion with God, man is not disturbed by unexpected temptations, that is to say, by temptations caused by the decay and transiency of his nature."
Metropolitan HIEROTHEOS, Orthodox Spirituality
Worship: Sunday, June 16, 2013 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)
Scripture: Acts 20:16-18, 28-36; John 17:1-13 Epistle Reader: Warren Strain Coffee Hour: Temporarily Suspended due to Construction