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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Friday, July 26, 2013
7/28 announcements
July 28, 2013
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Romans 10:1-10:  St. Paul, writing to the Romans, contrasts the righteousness of the law with the righ­teousness of faith and goes on to say that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, then we shall be saved.
Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1:  In the gospel reading we see the authority of Jesus over the demons, who know that they have been defeated even before the appointed time of His resurrection and later His second advent.
Troparion of the Resurrection:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women Disciples cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying, Death has been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
Troparion of the Apostles:  O Holy Apostles, intercede with our merciful God to grant our souls forgiveness of sins.
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 Theotokos:  O undisputed intercessor of Christians, O mediatrix, who is unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions though we be sinners; come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, for thou art good.  Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who didst ever intercede for those who honor thee.
Sunday, July 28   (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group
Monday, July 29   
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, July 30   
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, July 31    
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:30 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
            7:30 p.m.         -- Parish Council Meeting
Thursday, August 1    (Procession of the Holy Cross)
            NO Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       -- Men's Lunch
Friday, August 2    
            NO Daily Orthros
            6:30 p.m.         -- Paraklesis Service
Saturday, August 3   
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, August 4   (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            1:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Hendersons for the Divine Liturgy this morning.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                          Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
July 28                              Henderson                               Schelver/Lavric/Turner
August 4                           R. Root                                    R. Root/Abraham/Davis
August 5 (Mon. p.m.)     Algood                                    
         (Feast of the Transfiguration)
August 11                        Katool                                      POT LUCK MEAL
                                                                             (Set-up:  Meadows/Baker/Lockhart)
August 14 (Wed. p.m.)    Schelver          
         (Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos)
August 18                        Morris                                      Jones/Stewart/Habeeb
August 25                        Jones                                       Morris/Katool/Tom Willingham
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#
July 28                              Sh. Charlotte Algood         Rom. 10:1-10                  108
August 4                          Warren Strain                      Rom. 12:6-14                  113
August 5 (Mon. p.m.)     Kh. Sharon Meadows       II Pet. 1:10-19                 401

August 11                        Mildred Morris                   Rom. 15:1-7                     119
August 14 (Wed. p.m.)  Phillip Lasseter                    Phil. 2:5-11                      403
August 18                        Kh. Be'Be' Schelver           I Cor. 1:10-17                  124

August 25                         Brenda Baker                      I Cor. 3:9-17                    130
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers. 
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.
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.
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.
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Fast of the Dormition begins on Thursday, August 1st and runs through the 14th of the month.  As is our parish custom we will have the Paraklesis Service to the Mother of God during this time.  The dates for the services this year are August 2nd, 7th, 9th, and 12th, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
*    On Monday evening, August 5th we will celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    The Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos will be celebrated with Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy on Wednesday evening, August 14th, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
*    The remaining dates for POT LUCK MEALS this quarter are 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 August
From August 1st through 14th (the Dormition Fast), the traditional fasting is observed on all days, except August 6th (the Feast of the Tansfiguration) when fish and wine are permitted.  After the 15th, the traditional fasting is observed on the remaining Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.  August 29th is also a strict fast day in remembrance of the beheading of the Forerunner.
Major Commemorations for August
August 1                Procession of the Holy Cross
August 6                Feast of the Transfiguration
August 15              Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
August 25              Apostles Bartholomew and Titus
August 29              Beheading of the Forerunner
August 31              Deposition of the Belt of the Theotokos
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 remaining dates for these meals are August 11th and September 8th.  Please make a note of these on your Quarterly Schedule.
Happy Birthdays in August:
         August 4                --    Simeon Root (#4!)
         August 7                --    Joseph Katool 
         August 18              --    Virginia Stewart (#3!)
         August 20              --    Suzi Fino
         August 22              --    Anca Basinger
         August 24              --    Anastasia Jones
         August 26              --    Bob Buchanan
         August 27              --    Eli Dabit (#3!)
         August 31              --    Elizabeth Root
Happy Anniversaries in July/August:
         July 30                   --    Clyde and Mary Ellis (#19!)
         August 16              --    Rick and Kay Carlton (#38!)
         August 17              --    Steve and Sheryl Chamblee (#22!)
         August 18              --    Jesse and Sarah Milnor (#11!)
         August 25              --    Nimr and Mona Fahmy (#39!)
         August 27              --    Alfred and Christina Katool (#25!)
Quotable:  "The closet is twofold, outer and inner, material and spiritual:  the material place is of wood or stone, the spiritual closet is the heart or mind:  St. Theophylact interprets this phrase as meaning secret thought or inner vision.  Therefore the material closet remains always fixed in the same place, but the spiritual one you carry about with you whenever you go.  Wherever man is, his heart is always with him, and so, having collected his thoughts inside his heart, he can shut himself in and pray to God in secret, whether he be talking or listening, whether among few people or many.  Inner prayer, if it comes to a man's spirit when he is with other people, demands no use of the lips or of books, no movement of the tongue or sound of the voice:  and the same is true even when you are alone.  All that is necessary is to raise your mind to God, and descend deep into yourself, and this can be done everywhere."
                  The Art of Prayer; an Orthodox Anthology compiled by Igumen Chariton of Valamo
Worship:         Sunday, August 4, 2013 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
         Scripture:                           Romans 12:6-14; Matthew 9:1-8
         Celebrant:                          Father John
         Epistle Reader:                  Warren Strain
         Prosphora:                          R. Root
       Coffee Hour:                      R. Root/Abraham/Davis
posted by Daniel Root at 12:03 PM Parish Life

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