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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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March 15, 2015
Third Sunday of Great Lent
Adoration of the Holy Cross
 
    In the middle of Lent, the church sets before us the Cross of Christ.  On two other occasions during the year, September 14 and August 1, the cross is presented for our remembrance and veneration.  Both these feasts link the Adoration of the Cross to historic events.  However, the remembrance of the cross on the third Sunday in Lent prepares us for the commemoration of the crucifixion which is soon to follow in Holy Week, and at the same time, it reminds us that the whole of Lent is a period when we are crucified with Christ.  The dominant note on this Sunday, as on the two Sundays preceding, is one of joy and triumph.  No separation is made between Christ's death and His resurrection, but the cross is regarded as an emblem of victory on Calvary as seen in light of the Empty Tomb.
 
Hebrews 4:14-5:6:  After describing the all-seeing power of Jesus Christ, the writer of Hebrews re­veals Him as the great high priest who perfectly identifies with us in our weakness.
 
Mark 8:34-9:1:  In our reading from the gospel of Mark we hear our Lord tell His disciples that self-denial is required for true spirituality.
 
Troparion of the Resurrection: Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross; thou didst open paradise to the thief; thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting the world Great Mercy.

Troparion of the Holy Cross:  O Lord, save thy people and bless thine inheritance, granting our believing kings victory over the Barbarians, and by the power of thy Cross preserving thy commonwealth.
 
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 Sundays of Lent:  To thee the champion leader, I thy servant offer thanks for victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me form terror.  As thou hast power invincible, free me from every danger that I may cry unto thee: Rejoice, O bride without bridegroom.
 
CALENDAR
 
Sunday, March 15   (Adoration of the Holy Cross)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:30 p.m.         -- Youth Group
 
Monday, March 16   (Christodoulos, Wonder-worker of Patmos)
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
           
Tuesday, March 17  
            6:00 a.m.         -- Lenten Orthros
 
Wednesday, March 18   
            6:30 p.m.         -- Presanctified Liturgy followed by Soup Supper
            7:30 p.m.         -- Parish Council Meeting
                                                           
Thursday, March 19  
           
Friday, March 20   
            6:30 p.m.         -- Akathist       
 
Saturday, March 21   
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
 
Sunday, March 22   (John Climacus)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            9:00 a.m.         -- Christian Education
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Joneses for the Divine Liturgy today. 
 
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                          Eucharist Bread                   Coffee Hour
March 15                         Jones                                       Algood/Lasseter
March 22                         Meadows                                R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
March 25 (Wed. am)      Davis                                       Kh. Sharon Meadows
         (Feast of the Annunciation)
March 29                         D. Root                                   Schelver/Lavric/Turner
 
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#
March 15                           Sh. Charlotte Algood           Heb. 4:14-5:6                 285
March 22                           Mildred Morris                      Heb. 6:13-20                  287
March 25 (Wed. am)       Kh. Sharon Meadows           Heb. 2:11-18                  376
March 29                           Kh. Be'Be' Schelver             Heb. 9:11-14                  290
 
Father Leo is serving today at St. George Orthodox Church in Vicksburg on behalf of Father John Morris who is seriously ill.
 
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 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.
Continue to pray for Metropolitan Paul (who is also the brother of our Patriarch) and the Syriac Archbishop John of Aleppo who were abducted while on a humanitarian mission in Syria.
 
Please continue to pray for the health of His Grace, Bishop ANTOUN.
 
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;
Walt and Charlotte Wood and their family; Tom and Jennifer Skirtech and their family; Tom and Kathy Willingham; Athena and Anthony Zouboukos and their family.
 
Please remember Fr. Joseph and Kh. Joanna Bittle, and their daughter Abigail, in your prayers.
 
Confessions:  Please go ahead and schedule your confessions so we do not have so many people trying to fit it in just before Holy Week.  No confessions will be heard during Holy Week.
 
Calendar Items:
*    The Men of the parish meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of the month.
*    The Ladies of St. Peter will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month to pray the Akathist to the Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.  Those who are able will go out for lunch and fellowship afterwards.
*    As is our parish custom, we will celebrate the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts on Wednesday evenings and the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos on Friday evenings during Great Lent.  Both services will begin at 6:30 p.m.
*    We will celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation with Divine Liturgy (only) on Wednesday morning, March 25th, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
*    We will hold our annual catfish dinner on Palm Sunday, April 5th following the Divine Liturgy.  Meals will be $10 for adults and children 12 and over, and $6 for children 5-11.  There is a sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall.  Please be sure to sign it if your family will be participating in the meal.
 
Repose of Fr. Matthew Baker:  Fr. Matthew Baker (not to be confused with Bill and Brenda Baker's son, Matthew) died on his way home from the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers in a snow storm.  He leaves behind his wife, Presbytera Katherine and six children - Isaac (12), Elias (10), George (8), Eleftheria(6), Cyril (4) and Matthew (2). Fr. Matthew was a very good friend of Ian when Ian was in New York.  Please keep them all in your prayers and consider a gift of alms to this very urgent need.  For more information, go to:   http://www.gofundme.com/nizf2g
 
March is Ladies Month in our Archdiocese when we honor the women in our church who serve so faithfully throughout the year.  This month the Ladies will be reading the Epistle during the Liturgy.
Young Adults Study Group:  The Young Adults agreed to begin meeting twice a month.  One of these meetings will feature a teaching by Fr. John on various aspects of the Orthodox Christian faith.  Topics will include education, ethics and parenting children.  The next meetings will be Sunday, March 22nd.
 
Pledge Letters have been mailed.  Please fill these out and return them to the office as soon as possible. Your pledges make it possible to plan a budget for the coming year.
 
Parish Life Conference 2015:  This year St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN will be hosting the Parish Life Conference for our Diocese on June 10-14.  His Grace, Bishop JOHN Abdallah will be the speaker.  Registration forms are available in the office or you can go online at www.saint-ignatius.org to register.  The Conference will take place at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs and last day to book the special conference rate is May 20th.
 
Fasting Discipline for March
During Great Lent the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) is observed on all days of the week until Pascha (except Annunciation on March 25th and Palm Sunday on April 5th, when fish wine and oil are permitted).
 
Major Commemorations for March
March 15               3rd Sunday of Lent; Adoration of the Cross
March 16               Christodoulos the Wonder-worker of Patmos
March 22               4th Sunday of Lent; John of the Ladder
March 25               Feast of the Annunciation
March 26               Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel
March 29               5th Sunday of Lent; Mary of Egypt
 
Thermostats in the Fellowship Hall:  There are two thermostats in the Fellowship Hall—one in the main room to control the air in the main room, and a second one in the Nursery room that controls the air in all four of the Sunday School rooms.  Please be sure when you leave the building that both thermostats are set to 80 degrees in warm weather or 60 degrees in cold weather.
 
Suggestions on use of the Cry Room:
            -- Please remember you're in liturgy when you're in the cry room.
            -- Its main purpose should be a place for parents to take their children if they're being disruptive during liturgy, staying for 5-10 minutes (or until the child is calmed down) and then returning to liturgy.
            -- It should not be used as a main sitting area during the liturgy.
            -- Children should not be eating snacks or watching electronic devices while in the cry room.
 
Parents, please supervise your children with food in the Fellowship Hall.  We are getting stains on the new carpet (and also the chairs in the nave).
 
Happy Birthdays in March:
         March 3                 --    Kay Carlton
         March 6                 --    Amy Surratt
         March 9                 --    Ian Jones
         March 12               --    Alexa Zouboukos (#20!)
         March 17               --    Cliff Stewart
         March 20               --    Charlotte Wood
         March 24               --    Brenden Skirtech (#11!)
         March 26               --    Katherine Habeeb (#7!)
         March 29               --    Sophie Dansereau (#4!)
         March 30               --    Aidan Milnor (#9!)
 
Happy Anniversaries in March:
         March 10               --    Fr. James and Kh. Sharon Meadows (#42!)
         March 13               --    Warren and Sandra Strain (#21!)
         March 15               --    Dn. Richard and Sh. Margaret Root (#40!)
         March 27               --    Sam and Anne Habeeb (#11!)
 
Quotable:  "You will soon see that great modesty and deep humility resided in Fr. Isidore's heart, attentive reader.  He seldom spoke of his own works for God, save for someone else's edification:  he usually kept them hidden.  He never showed off, nor spoke of himself in a way that placed him higher than anyone else.  The good he would do would be kept a secret, not only from others, but from himself as well; he would do something and immediately forget about it.  In truth—in the words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—his right hand didn't know what his left hand was doing.  Therefore, he never thought about himself, but always considered himself as nothing, and –with absolute sincerity—was convinced that no one was worse than himself."
                                                St. Paul Florensky
                                                from Salt of the Earth:  An Encounter with a Holy Russian Elder:
                                                            Isidore of Gethsemane Hermitage
 
Worship:         Sunday, March 22, 2015 (4th Sunday of Great Lent; Commemoration of
                                                            St. John Climacus)
 
         Scripture:                               Hebrews 6:13-20; Mark 9:17-30
         Celebrant:                              Father John
         Epistle Reader:                     Mildred Morris
         Prosphora:                              Meadows
         Coffee Hour:                          R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
posted by Daniel Root at 1:45 PM Parish Life
 


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