Announcements for Oct. 1, 2017

October 1, 2017
17th Sunday after Pentecost – Tone 8
Protection of the Theotokos
Venerable Romanos the Melodist (5th c.)
Matins Gospel #6: St. Luke 24: 36-53
Divine Liturgy:
2 Cor. 6: 16 – 7:1; St. Luke 6: 31-36 (Sunday)
Hebrews 9: 1-7; St. Luke 10: 38-42, 11: 27-28 (Theotokos)

TODAY:
• CHURCH SCHOOL for children will be held right after Liturgy.
• FATHER PAUL will leave soon after Liturgy to go to Holy Trinity and St. John Church to greet their bishop, Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta.

WEDNESDAY:
• 12 noon – Akathist to the Theotokos
• 6 p.m. – Great Vespers
• 7 p.m. – Class on Orthodoxy

SATURDAY, October 7 at Vespers – MICHAEL McCALIP will be received as a catechumen. His sponsor is Robert Ainsworth and his patron is the Archangel Michael.
NEXT SUNDAY we will serve the two-year memorial for Matushka Sissy.
CENTER FOR PREGNANCY CHOICES “Boots and BBQ” fundraiser will be Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church. For information and reservations see www.cpcmetrofriends.org.

2017 LOCAL ORTHODOX WOMEN’S RETREAT – Plans are underway for the third annual Orthodox women’s retreat on the first Saturday of November (Nov. 4) at Holy Trinity-St. John the Theologian Church in Jackson. We are honored to have Father Barnabas Powell of Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, Georgia, as our speaker. Flyers and registration forms will be sent out October first. The fee is $25 but if that’s a problem scholarships will be available. For more information and registration forms, see http://www.holyres.net/2017-orthodox-womens-retreat/

SERVICE WEEKEND – Holy Nativity Church, Shreveport, is hosting a YES Weekend for our area and surrounding youth and college students in conjunction with Focus North America from October 27th- 29th. This event will help youth further their growth by providing them hands on ministry experience with less fortunate children in the Shreveport area, homeless people and others. For more information see attached flyer. Holy Resurrection will help with expenses if needed.

HOLY RESURRECTION MEN’S RETREAT will be October 20-21 at Roosevelt State Park. Contact Johnny Cano for more information.

PASTORAL CONFERENCE – Matthew and Ashley Prewitt will be in charge of preparations for the Diocese of the South Pastoral Conference, which we will host February 12-16, 2018. Speak to them to volunteer to help.

LOOKING AHEAD:
October 6-8 – Young Adults Conference, Atlanta
October 8 – Two year memorial for Matushka Sissy
October 9 -13 Fr. Paul on Vacation
October 16-18 – Fr. Paul at Deanery Meeting, Memphis
October 20 – 21 – HROC Men’s Retreat
October 27-29 – YES – FOCUS Youth Service Weekend, Shreveport
Nov. 4 – Women’s’ Retreat, Holy Trinity – St. John Church
November 15 – Nativity fast begins
November 18 – Serve at Stewpot
December 2 – Belarus Sisters here
December 10 – St. Nicholas Celebration
February 12-16, 2018 – We host DOS Pastoral Conference

OCTOBER 1: PROTECTION OF THE MOTHER OF GOD

…. Calling on the saints, through communion in prayer, deepens the consciousness of the catholicity of the Church. In our invocation of the saints our measure of Christian love is exhibited, a living feeling of unanimity and the power of Church unity is expressed; and, conversely, doubt or inability to feel the intercession of grace and the intervention of saints on our behalf before God witnesses not only to a weakening of love and of the brotherly and Church ties and relationships but also to a decrease in the fullness of faith in the value and power of the Incarnation and Resurrection.
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One of the most mysterious anticipations of the Orthodox Church is our contemplation on the “Protecting Veil of the Mother of God,” of her constant standing in prayer for the world, surrounded by all the saints, before the throne of God. “Today the Virgin stands in the church and with hosts of saints invisibly prays to God for us; angels and bishops worship; apostles and prophets embrace each other – it is for us that the Mother of God prays unto the Eternal God!” Thus the Church remembers the vision which was once seen by St Andrew, the fool for Christ’s sake. And that which was then visibly revealed remains now and will stand for all ages. The Protecting Veil of the Mother of God is a vision of the celestial Church, a vision of the unbreakable and ever-existent unity of the heavenly and earthly Church. And it is also a foreseeing that all existence beyond the grave, of the righteous and the saints, is one untiring prayer, one ceaseless intercession and mediation. For love is the “union of all perfection.” And the blessedness of the righteous is an abiding in love…

– Fr Georges Florovsky, “On the Veneration of the Saints”

QUOTATION – Today people want to be loved and for this reason they are unsuccessful. The correct way is not to be interested in whether or not people love you, but whether or not you love Christ and people. – Elder Porphyrios of Mt. Athos (d. 1991)

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