The Twelve Days of Christmas are a festival of the revealing (Epiphany) of the Lord in the flesh, including His Birth, Circumcision, and Baptism. The culmination is His Baptism, which marks the beginning of His public ministry. We celebrate this by blessing water, into which He descends and from which He rises, showing us already His Death and Resurrection.
A basin of water will be blessed in the Church on January 5, and all the local Orthodox Churches will gather at the Old Trace Park on the Ross Barnett Reservoir for an outdoor blessing of water on Sunday, January 10. We invite you to join us for all these services.
St. Basil the Great and Circumcision of the Lord:
Thursday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. Vespers, with Prayers for the Civil New Year
Friday, Jan. 1, 9:30 a.m. – Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
Theophany: Baptism of the Lord
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m. – Blessing of Water in the Church
Sunday, Jan. 1o, 4 p.m. – Blessing of Water at Ross Barnett Reservoir
Wednesday, Dec. 23, 6 p.m.
Royal Hours of the Nativity
Thursday, Dec. 24, 6 p.m.
Nativity Vigil: Great Compline and Matins
Friday, Dec. 25, 9:30 a.m.
Rylee Ann was baptized Sunday, November 22. Her patroness is the Abbess Kassiani, author of many beautiful hymns.
This week we celebrate the Entrance of Our Lord’s Mother into the Temple:
Friday, November 20, 6 p.m. Great Vespers
Saturday, November 21, 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy
This feast describes the three-year-old Mary being taken by her parents to the Temple, where she remained in a life of holiness and dedication. Though the story be legend it yields insight into spiritual truth. The scriptures for Vespers, Matins, and the Divine Liturgy all speak to the relationship between man and God within the context of the Temple and emphasize holiness and the superiority of the living, eternal temple to that built of stone. In Mary we see both. Rather than being sanctified by the Temple, she sanctifies the Temple and all mankind by becoming herself the perfect temple in which dwelt the eternal Son. Truly she was set apart, even as a child, and consecrated to the most glorious work God granted humanity. Truly she is the instrument by which we, too, become living temples in which God lives and which live eternal. Truly we, the holy, catholic church, the living Temple of God, open our doors to her, most blessed of women, the Holy Mother of God. – from the bulletin of St. Peter’s Church, Madison
Matushka Katherine (Evelyn Roane “Sissy”) Gooch Yerger, 73, fell asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 7. Visitation will be held at 5 p.m. and the funeral service at 6 p.m. Friday, October 9. The Divine Liturgy will be served at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, with burial and Mercy Meal following, all at Holy Resurrection Church. Burial will be in the Clinton Cemetery next to the Church.
Matushka Sissy leaves her husband, Father Paul Yerger, three daughters, Wisdom Yerger and Mary Yerger of Jackson and Mrs. Margaret Elliott of Memphis, son-in-law Michael Elliott of Memphis, two grandsons, James Rucks Elliott and Paul Hite Elliott of Memphis, two brothers, John H. Gooch, III, of Savannah, GA, and Dr. William R. Gooch of Kingston, NY, three sisters, Elizabeth Gooch Dearsley of Richmond, VA, Frances Gooch Saval of Petersburg, VA, Rebecca Gooch of Middlebury, VT, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, John Hite Gooch, Jr., and Elizabeth Cave Gooch, stepmother Ann Humphrey Bintliff Gooch, and a sister, Mary Jane Gooch.
She was born in Houston, TX, April 22, 1942, and grew up mainly in Texarkana, AR, and Richmond, VA. She attended St. James Day School in Texarkana and Thomas Jefferson High School and Westhampton College in Richmond. In Richmond she worked for A.H. Robins pharmaceutical company and Virginia Commonwealth University. In April, 1971, she met her husband, then the Episcopal clergyman Norval Yerger of McComb, Mississippi, and they were married six weeks later.
In 1977 the Yergers embraced Orthodox Christianity and settled in Jackson where her husband, now Father Paul, became the first pastor of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church, which relocated to Clinton in 1980. At Holy Resurrection she was the first choir director, bookstore manager, janitor, and everything in between. For many years she invited every visitor and single person at the Saturday evening Vespers service to her home for dinner, which contributed greatly to the growth of the church. In Jackson she worked as Communications Director for United Way and Copy Editor for Godwin Group advertising agency. In her youth she enjoyed sailing, horseback riding, golf, tennis, and jogging. She loved the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration, Ellwood City, PA, and visited there many times.
Memorial gifts may be made to Holy Resurrection Church.
Center for Pregnancy Choices
Fundraiser for the Center will be Tuesday, October 13, at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Pkwy, Madison. Dinner will be served at 6:30; program starts at 7:15.
This non-political group provides counselling and material aid to help women avoid abortion. It is very worthy of our support.
Tickets are $15 per person. Ticket sales end October 2nd. For more information and tickets see http://www.cpcmetrofriends.org/ or call 601-713-2322.
Views of a Typical Sunday Morning at Holy ResurrectionVideo produced by John Dietrich
For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. – 1 Cor. 1:18
Vespers Sunday, September 13, 6 p.m.
Divine Liturgy Monday, September 14, 6:30 a.m.
Fr. Thomas Hopko, Understanding the Cross of Christ
Fr. Thomas Hopko, The Word of the Cross (4 talks)
CHARLES DENNERY fell asleep in the Lord Saturday, August 22. Visitation will be at Holy Resurrection Church Monday, August 24 at 1 p.m., and the Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery. He leaves his wife Georgia and children Alex Dennery, Nettie Brown, and Andrea Thorn. May his memory be eternal!