Sunday Services: Orthros-8:45 a.m. Divine Liturgy-10:00 a.m. Sunday School after Distribution of Holy Communion. Holy Day Services As announced in weekly bulletins.
Sunday July 2nd
Fourth Sunday of Matthew
Ushers: Constantine Zouboukis & Chuck Odom
Epistle Reader: Carl Boschert
Prosphoron: Father Andrew
Coffee Hour: Sophia Cox
Our Holy Trinity-St. John the Theologian Prayer List: "Remember Lord, those whom each of us calls prayerfully to mind" Georgia Dennery (Highland Colony Rehab in Ridgeland), Ted and Nancy Panaretos, Chuck Odom, Katina Marodis, Nicholas & Maria Psaris, William Abihider (Lakeland Rehab Jackson), Christ Castanis, Alice Sturgon, George V. Pinchuk, Tatianna Koufopoulos Quick and Presv. Bonnie(as they begin their travels to Tatianna and Stephen Quicks new home in Phoenix AZ) Bill and Diane Chaffins (Leslie Zouboukos's parents).Virginia Cora,Maria Castanis Quinn of Columbus MS has asked that we remember her and her son Brayden.
Gyros Drive Thru
Saturday July 1st, 2017
10:00 am – 2 pm
Sunday July 2nd, 2017
10:00 am – 2 pm
Gyros, Chips, & Bverage $10.00
Gyro Sandwich Only $8.00
June Birthday Celebrations: Lauren Hontzas-June 2nd, Maria Grillis-June 3rd, Tommy Hontzas-June 4th, Bobbie Sims-June 6th, Michael Crechale-June 8th, Zoe Valsamakis-June 9th, Adayah Wood-June 9th, Sarah Chandler Fowler-June 11th, Emma Efstratiou-June 17th, Sharon Valsamakis-June 21st, Lios Nikolis-June 21st, Zoe Efstratiou-June 22nd, Frank Sturgon-June 24th, Cohen Fowler-June 25th, Greyson Fowler-June 25th, Ben Childers-June 25th, Mena Applewhite-June 26th, Paxton Cora-June 28th , Maria Quinn-June 29th, Bella Elaine Broome-June 30th
July Birthdays: John Polles-July 3rd, Gayland Cox-July 4th, Christo Burnham-July 5th, McKenna Fowler-July 7th, Presbytera Bonnie-July 8th, Cynthia Tselepis-July 10th, Nicholas Nikolis-July 10th, Nickolas Fowler-July 12th, Stamati Polles-July 13th, William Moxey-July 15,Ted Panaretos-July 18th, Jerry Kountouris-July 23rd, Malissa Zouboukos-July 26th, Gebre Menfes Kidus-July 26th, Janet Ingram Grillis-July 28th, Alexis Ann Kountouris-July 29th, Michael Fowler-July 30th
PLEASE LET FATHER ANDREW KNOW OF ANY ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS-Thank You!
A friendly reminder - the new stained glass windows for the Church proper are being made. The second payment has been made to Pearl Glass. The balance needs to be paid upon installation of the windows, If you have made a pledge and have not paid it please make every effort to pay any balance at your earliest convenience.
As part of the windows project new windows will also be installed in the two offices, Philoptochos Book Store and the kitchen. These windows will have insulated 1inch Glass panes, and Bronze colored anodized frames. They were also donated. Many thanks to those who contributed towards this project.
There is an old song that says "Summer time and the livin is easy" - to which one might add, unless your Church is trying to meet monthly expenses. With temperatures rising our expenses also rise and without your donations and constributions it becomes difficult to meet our budgeted expenses. If your activities and vacations keep you away from church on a given Sunday please consider mailing you gift to the Church. Your continued financial support during the summer will go a long way to help in meeting our expenses.
2017 Stewardship Commitment Cards are available in the Church Narthex and in the Fellowship Hall. Please return your card as soon as possible. Thanking you in advance for your prompt response and continued support of Holy Trinity-Saint John.
During the reign of Leo the Great (457-474) two patricians and brethren on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land lodged with an old widow, a Christian of Jewish descent. Seeing the many miracles wrought at a small shrine in her house, they pressed her until she revealed to them that she had raiment of the most holy Theotokos kept in a small coffer. Our Lady had had two virgins in her lifetime who attended upon her; before her holy dormition, she gave each of them one of her divine garments as a blessing. This old widow was of the family of one of those two virgins, and it had come through the generations into her hands. With the permission of God, that this holy relic might be had for the profit of many, the two men took the garment by stealth and brought it to Blachernae near Constantinople, and building a church in honor of the Apostles Peter and Mark, they secretly enshrined the garment therein. But here again, because of the multitude of miracles that were worked, it became known to the Emperor Leo, and a magnificent church was built, as some say, by that same Leo, but according to others, by his predecessors Marcian and Pulcheria, and enlarged by Leo when the holy raiment was found. The Emperor Justin the Younger completed the church, which the Emperor Romanus IV Diogenes raised up immediately again after it had burned in 1070. It burned again in 1434, and from that time it remained a small house of prayer together with the renowned holy spring. After the seventh century, the name Blachernae was given to other churches and monasteries by their pious founders out of reverence for this famous church in Constantinople. In this church John Catacuzene was crowned in 1345; also, the Council against Acindynus, the follower of Barlaam, was convoked here (see the Second Sunday of the Great Fast).
Saint Juvenal was (together with Saint Herman; see Dec. 12) a member of the first mission sent from Russia to proclaim the Gospel in the New World. He was a priest-monk, and a zealous follower of the Apostles, and baptized hundreds of the natives of Alaska. He was martyred by enraged pagans in 1796.
Today we also commemorate the translation of the holy and incorrupt relics of Saint Philip from the Monastery of Solovki, where he was Abbot, to the Cathedral of the Dormition in Moscow, his Metropolitan throne. This came to pass in 1652, some eighty years after his martyric death in Tver. (See also Jan. 9 and Oct. 5.)
Tsar Nicholas II was the son of Alexander III, who had reposed in the arms of Saint John of Kronstadt. Having been raised in piety, Tsar Nicholas ever sought to rule in a spirit consonant with the precepts of Orthodoxy and the best traditions of his nation. Tsaritsa Alexandra, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England, and a convert from Lutheranism, was noted for her piety and compassion for the poor and suffering. Their five children were beloved of all for their kindness, modesty, and guilelessness.
Amidst the political turmoil of 1917, Tsar Nicholas selflessly abdicated the throne for what he believed was the good of his country. Although he had abdicated willingly, the revolutionaries put him and his family under house arrest, then sent them under guard to Tobolsk and finally Ekaterinburg. A letter written from Tobolsk by Grand Duchess Olga, the eldest of the children, shows their nobility of soul. She writes, "My father asks that I convey to all those who have remained devoted to him ... that they should not take vengeance on his account, because he has forgiven everyone and prays for them all. Nor should they avenge themselves. Rather, they should bear in mind that this evil which is now present in the world will become yet stronger, but that evil will not conquer evil, but only love shall do so."
After enduring sixteen months of imprisonment, deprivation, and humiliation with a Christian patience which moved even their captors, they and those who were with them gained their crowns of martyrdom when they were shot and stabbed to death in the cellar of the Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg in 1918.
Together with them are also commemorated those who faithfully served them, and were either slain with them, or on their account: General Elias Tatishchev; Prince Basil Dolgorukov; the physician Eugene Dotkin; the lady-in-waiting Countess Anastasia Hendrikova; the serving-maid Anna Demidova; the cook John Kharitonov; and the sailors Clement Nagorny and John Sednev.
Saint Kyriake was the daughter of Christian parents, Dorotheus and Eusebia. She was given her name because she was born on Sunday, the day of the Lord (in Greek, Kyriake). She contested in Nicomedia during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 300. After many bitter torments she was condemned to suffer beheading, but being granted time to pray first, she made her prayer and gave up her holy soul in peace.
Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.
Prokeimenon. Third Tone. Luke 1: 46-48.
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Verse: For he has regarded the humility of his servant.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:1-7.
BRETHREN, the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly sanctuary. For a tent was prepared, the outer one, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence; it is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain stood a tent called the Holy of Holies, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, which contained a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go continually into the outer tent, performing their ritual duties; but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood which he offers for himself and for the errors of the people.
4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13
At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.
As we celebrate the civil holiday of Independence Day, we ask that God bless our nation’s civil Authorities, armed forces, and citizens. May we trust in Him, seeking His will not only for ourselves but also for our entire nation. O Lord, be with us!