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Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Church
Madison, Mississippi
Thursday, May 28, 2015
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May 31, 2015
  In several senses, Pentecost marks for us the end of many months of anticipation, commemoration, and celebration and the beginning of the fullness of the life and faith we share.  It is a day bringing our focus on the Holy Spirit, the embodiment of divine grace, the supreme gift, the ongoing presence of God in our lives; yet, it is a day directing us to the praise of the Trinity, the three divine persons, and the historical and spatial relationship God's people have with Him.  For the disciples, the day marks their spiritual maturity.  Their faith began in their nationality, for they were of the nation that God the Father chose to glorify Him.  The faith was completed in their confrontation with God the Son, through His presence and the nourishment He gave.  The fullness of the faith came with the coming in power of God the Spirit.  The disciples had grown in spirit and were ready for their work; the birth of the Church was imminent; the Bride was to be made ready.  In the cycle of the calendar, we now stand ready to do likewise, and all weeks from now until our preparation for Advent are the weeks of Pentecost.  In the picture of the birth of the Church there are symbols beyond mention here; the unity in the common tongue, the Light that shines brighter than day, the bold proclamation to all men of the Gospel.  We look forward from this day to weeks without special celebrations, to days without reference to past days of enormous import--to normal, uneventful days.  But these are not uneventful days; they are the days for which we have prepared, the days of the Church, the days of our maturity and growth, the days when, through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit, we run the good race and cross the finish to bring praise and glory to our glorious God, the eternal Trinity.
Acts 2:1-11:  In the reading from Acts we see the pouring out of God's Spirit on the apostles, the ful­fillment of Joel's prophecy, and the beginning of the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
John 7:37-52, 8:12:  Our Lord calls those thirsting for righteousness to Himself, promising to eternally quench their thirst by the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Pharisees, however, view Jesus as a threat to their authority and seek for ways to undermine His authority.
Troparion of Pentecost:  Blessed art thou, O Christ our God, who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise, having sent upon them the Holy Spirit, and through them thou hast fished the universe, O Lover of mankind, glory to thee.
Kontakion of Pentecost:  When the high One descended, confusing tongues, he divided the nations.  And when he distributed the fiery tongues he called all to one unity.  Wherefore, in unison we glorify the most Holy Spirit.
Sunday, May 31   (Pentecost)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            12:00 p.m.       -- Picnic Pot Luck Meal
            6:00 p.m.         -- Kneeling Vespers    [PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIME]
Monday, June 1   (Justyn Martyr)
            Office Closed -- Father John's Day Off
Tuesday, June 2  
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
Wednesday, June 3   
            6:30 p.m.         -- Daily Vespers
            7:15 p.m.         -- Choir Practice
Thursday, June 4   (Metrophanes of Constantinople)
            6:00 a.m.         -- Daily Orthros
            11:30 a.m.       -- Men's Lunch
Friday, June 5   
Saturday, June 6  
            5:45 p.m.         -- Ninth Hour followed by Great Vespers
Sunday, June 7   (Sunday of the All Saints)
            8:50 a.m.         -- Orthros
            10:00 a.m.       -- Divine Liturgy
            5:00 p.m.         -- Young Adults
Eucharist Bread …was offered by the Meadows yesterday morning for Saturday of the Souls and by the Davises for the Divine Liturgy today.  The Koliva for Saturday of the Souls was offerered by the Dn. Richard Roots.
Eucharist Bread and Coffee Hour Schedule:
                                    Eucharist Bread                     Coffee Hour
May 31                        Davis                                       POT LUCK MEAL
         (Feast of Pentecost)                                            (Set-up:  Elizabeth Root
                                                                                                   Brittany Salisbury)
June 7                          D. Root                                    Algood/Lasseter
June 14                        Abraham                                  R. Root/Abraham/Habeeb
June 21                        Karam                                      Schelver/Lavric/Turner
June 28                        Brock                                       Henderson/Baker/Lockhart
June 29 (Mon. am)      Fahmy                                     Kh. Sharon Meadows
         (Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul)
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#
May 31                              Tom Willingham                Acts 2:1-11                        77
June 7                                Walt Wood                           Heb. 11:33-12:2               84
June 14                              Sh. Charlotte Algood         Rom. 2:10-16                    90
June 21                              Warren Strain                       Rom. 5:1-11                      96
June 28                              Phillip Lasseter                    Rom. 6:18-23                    102
June 29 (Mon. am)           David Turner                       II Cor. 11:21-33, 12:6-9  389
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.
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 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 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.
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. 
*    This evening we will have Vespers with the Kneeling Prayers of Pentecost, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  [PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME FOR THIS SERVICE.]
*    There will be no fasting of any kind during the week following Pentecost.  The Fast of the Apostles will then begin on Monday, June 8th and last through June 28th.  We will celebrate the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with Divine Liturgy (only) on Monday morning, June 29th, beginning at 6:00 a.m.
*    Vacation Church School will be held Thursday, July 2nd through Saturday, July 4th.
Fr. Matthew Baker,  the 37-year-old Orthodox priest (and dear friend of Ian Jones) who died in a car accident on March 1st while pursuing a doctorate in Theology at Fordham University, was awarded a degree posthumously on May 16th.  An article about Fr. Matthew may be found in the University Newsletter at the following link: 
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).
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 to register.  The Conference will take place at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.
Fr. David Alexander, an Antiochian priest who is also a Marine Corps Chaplain, will be here with his wife on June 7-9 to visit Ian Jones.  Please make them welcome.
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, June 7th and 21st.
Fasting Discipline for June
The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil) will be observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays of the month.
Major Commemorations for June
May 31                  Feast of Pentecost
June 1                    Justyn Martyr
June 4                    Metrophanes of Constantinople
June 7                    Sunday of All Saints
June 8                    Theodore the General (transfer of relics)
June 24                  Nativity of the Forerunner
June 29                  Chief Apostles Peter and Paul
June 30                  Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles
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.
Happy Anniversaries in June:
         June 8                    --    Nader and Lily Dabit (#7!)
         June 10                  --    Dorin and Carolina Lavric (#4!)
         June 14                  --    Ken and Anastasia Jones (#45!)
                                       --    Saliba and Lamia Dabit (#51!)
         June 22                  --    Fr. Leo and Kh. Be'Be' Schelver (#41!)
         June 31                  --    Denis and Tatiana Lavric (#5!)
Happy Birthdays in June:
         June 1                    --    Fr. James Meadows
         June 5                    --    George Wood
         June 6                    --    Michel Root (#3!)
         June 7                    --    Simon Karam
         June 12                  --    Ellie Yeatts (#17!)
         June 13                  --    Lou Turner
         June 17                  --    Sh. Margaret Root
         June 21                  --    Sandra Strain
         June 22                  --    Isabelle Goss (#5!)
         June 29                  --    Jennifer Skirtech
Fr. John will be attending the Parish Life Conference in Franklin, TN June 10-14 and the Archdiocese Convention in Boston July 17-25.  If you need a priest during these times, please contact Fr. Leo or Fr. James.
Quotable:  "How Should We Conduct Ourselves in the Morning?
                       After having washed and dressed, stand before the holy icons and say those morning prayers as specified and in the order specified by the Holy Church, the interpreter and guardian of the path to salvation.
                       So that you may pray unimpeded, especially if you do not know how to read, learn by heart at least the beginning morning prayers.  Is this difficult?  And how could you not know by heart even the Lord's Prayer, that is the prayer 'Our Father, Who art in the heavens.'  Learn it!  This is the most important prayer and the most salvific for all occasions."
                                                How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan GREGORY of
                                                            St. Petersburg
Worship:         Sunday, June 7, 2015 (First Sunday after Pentecost; Sunday of All Saints)
         Scripture:                                Hebrews 11:33-12:2; Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38; 19:27-30
         Celebrant:                               Father John
         Epistle Reader:                      Walt Wood
         Prosphora:                               D. Root
         Coffee Hour:                          Algood/Lasseter
posted by Daniel Root at 12:19 PM Parish Life

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