St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

January 5, 2014

SUNDAY BEFORE THE EPIPHANY
Blessing of Water

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

At the entrance (Service Book page 97)

  1. TROPARION OF THE RESURRECTION – Tone 3: Let the Heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own hand.  He has trampled death by His death and has become the first born from the dead.  He has delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting to the people of the world His Great Mercy.
  2. THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  O Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ.  O son of God, who art risen from the dead save us who sing unto thee:  Alleluia.
  3. Repeat #1 above.
  4. PARAMON (EVE) OF EPIPHANY – Tone 4:  The river Jordan receded of old by the mantle of Elisha when Elijah ascended to heaven; and the water was separated to this side and that, the wet element turning into a dry path for him, being truly a symbol of Baptism, by which we cross the path of transient age Christ appeared in the Jordan to sanctify its waters.
  5. TROPARION OF ST. GEORGE – Tone 4:  As deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm, champion of kings, victorious, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ our God for our soul’s salvation.
  6. KONTAKION OF THE FOREFEAST OF EPIPHANY – Tone 4:  Today hath the Lord appeared in the courses of the Jordan, crying to John and saying, Be not dismayed at my baptism; for I have verily come to save Adam the first to be created.

Prokeimenon: O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
              To you, O Lord, have I cried, O my God.

EPISTLE:  The reading is from Saint Paul's Second Letter to Timothy. (Chapter 4:5-8.)

TIMOTHY, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. 

For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

THE HOLY GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MARK.  (Chapter 1:1-8.)

 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God.  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, "Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness:  Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."  John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.  Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey.  And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit

While only Orthodox Christians may approach the chalice for Holy Communion, everyone is welcome to venerate the Cross and receive the blessed bread at the end of the Divine Liturgy.

Special note: Except for those who are elderly and/or disabled, please remain standing during Holy Communion.

Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Bishop JOHN on the Feast of the Holy Epiphany, tomorrow, January 6th at 9AM.  Deanery Clergy and the Theophany School will be joining us. Coffee Hour to follow.
The SYRIAN CLOTHING DRIVE is an on-going Project. Please bring clean, new and/or gently used clothing and shoes for men, women and children of any age and place them in the Clothing Bin at the rear of the Church on Emmonsdale Road. THANK YOU!
coat

WINTER COAT DRIVE FOR ST. FRANCIS HOUSE – We are collecting new or clean, gently used adult winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves and hooded sweatshirts.  If you have any of these items, please bring them to church by Sunday, January 12th.  We will deliver them on Monday, January 13th.  If you have any questions, please call the church office.  Thank you.

Youth Ministry Program News

SOYO Christmas Party - Date change!  The SOYO Christmas Party will now be on January 11th at 1pm.  The party will be held at John Abud’s house (34 Bradwood Street in Roslindale).  Bring a gift under $5 for a White Elephant Gift Exchange!

Learning Liturgy - On Saturday, January 18th, Fr. Timothy will hold a Learning Liturgy.  This will be just like a normal Liturgy, except we will stop a number of times during the service to learn why we do what we do!  It promises to be eye-opening and educational.  This is for everyone!  We all have things to learn!

SOYO Bible Study - SOYO will be starting up their weekly bible studies again soon.  They will be held at the church from 7-9pm, but we’re still trying to decide on what day of the week to hold them.  Visit http://goo.gl/hfpx01 to vote on the day that works for you!

Winterfest 2014 - Winterfest 2014 is planned for Saturday, February 1st.  Stay tuned for more details.  All proceeds from the Winterfest support our ability to have a full-time youth director.

Winter Camp at the Antiochian Village- Winter Camp is a weekend retreat from February 14-17 for teenagers that includes services, education in the Faith, and tons of fun!  The keynote speaker will be Holy Cross graduate and new Assistant Camp Director Chris Shadid.  Visit www.antiochianvillage.org/camp for additional information and to register.  The fee for the weekend is $150, which includes food, lodging, and (weather-permitting) snow-tubing!  Scholarship is available, so please ask.  John Abud will accompany any teens desiring to go, and we can explore our travel options based on parent feedback...so talk to him ASAP if you’re interested!

Antiochian Village Summer Camp - Registration is open!  St. George will send a contingency of campers and volunteers for the 2nd session, which is from June 29th - July 11th.  Scholarships are available, so please apply with confidence!  Visit www.antiochianvillage.org/camp to register today!  Volunteers that are interested should also apply ASAP

Youth Ministry ProgramYouth Director, John Abud
abudjohn@gmail.com
Work: (617) 323-0323, ext. 3
Cell: (810) 252-5769

Youth Ministry Program, the only beneficiary of The St. George 21st-Century Endowment Fund
Your generous contributions help make the Youth Ministry Program possible.

 

SAVE THE DATE – Diocese of Worcester & New England Parish Life Conference, June 19-22, 2014, in Plymouth, MA, sponsored by St. George, Boston.

PROJECT ROOTS is an endeavor of the Christian Lebanese Foundation in the World (CLFW), the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and all the other Lebanese churches in the US.

Register in Lebanon with us and spread the word about the need for registration. Your registration will NOT jeopardize your American citizenship. It will help Lebanon maintain the demographic and political power-sharing balance and prevent the Christians there from becoming only 10% of the population.

Contact one of Project Roots representatives today and start the process. You can even use the website (www.projectroots.net) to register online and get a chance to win free tickets to Lebanon.

If you have already tried to register without success, sign the Lebanese Citizenship Petition:  www.yes-i-want.com. Together, we can effect change!

NORTHERN LEBANON - since the recent influx of over 300,000 refugees in Northern Lebanon, many people in that area are without clothing, housing (they are living in tents), and simple hygiene items that we take for granted.  We are asking our most generous parishioners to again come forward to help us in supplying HYGIENE KITS which will be sent directly to the refugees through the clothing drive that is now being held in many of our Churches for their benefit.  These kits will include a towel, facecloth, comb, soap, nail clipper, toothpaste and toothbrush.  All items must be new and whenever possible, in the original wrapper and placed in a plastic zip lock bag.

If you wish to be part of this drive, you can either make up the kits yourself or donate $10.00 at the Religious Items Bookstore and we will fill the bag for you.  All bags should be left at the Religious Items Case for shipping.  Our goal . . . to send as many as possible as soon as possible.

SAVE THE DATE – AABA’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - Saturday, May 17, 2014, 1-6PM.  “Open House” on the property and our own little muhrajan, BBQ, entertainment.

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church | V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Ferguson, Pastor
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