St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

January 31, 2016

32ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - Tone 2:  When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee: O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.
  2. THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  O Come, let us worship and fall down before Christ.  Save us, O son of God, Who art risen from the dead; who sing to Thee, Alleluia.
  3. Repeat #1 above.
  4. APOLYTIKION OF SS. CYRUS AND JOHN - Tone 5:  Since Thou hast given us the miracles of Thy holy Martyrs, Cyrus and John, as an invincible battlement, by their entreaties scatter the counsels of the heathen, O Christ our God, and strengthen the faith of Orthodox Christians, since Thou alone art good and the Lover of mankind.
  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 PRESENTATION OF CHRIST - Tone 1:  Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

Prokeimenon:  The Lord will give strength to His people.

Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of God; ascribe to the Lord honor and glory.

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy. (4:9-15)

TIMOTHY, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, Who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties; devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (19:1-10)

At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. And he sought to see Who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Jesus, for He was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”

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

THE LORD’S PRAYER  (In Arabic phonetics)

ABANA LLATHI FI SSAMAWAT / LI-YATAQADAS ISMUK / LI-YATI MALAKOOTUK/ LI-TAKUN MA-SHEEATUK / KAMA FI SSAMA-EE KATHALIKA ALA L-ARD/ KHUBZANA L-JAWHARI AHTINA L-YOWM / WATRUK LANA MA ALYNA, KAMA NATRUKU NAHNU LIMAN LANA ALYH / WA LA TUDKHILNA FI TAJRIBAH / LAKIN NAJJINA MINA SHIRR-EER.

The Choir is looking for new members.  Please see Pat Ayoub if you are interested in joining. Thank you.

GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF BOSTON ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - SUNDAY, March 13, 2016 at 12 NOON (Snow date the following Sunday) - If you wish to nominate a candidate for member (4) of the Parish Council, please submit their/your name to Father Timothy or George Jreige prior to the meeting date.  Please secure your nominee’s consent before his/her nme is placed in nomination.  All parishioners who are regular in their weekly participation in the Divine Liturgy and have their pledges up-to-date are welcome to vote.  We encourage you to also come for confession and communion before the Annual Meeting.  Watch for the  Annual Meeting packet of info in the mail.  Copies of last year’s Annual Meeting Minutes will be at the Maridha for your perusal before this year’s meeting

DIOCESE MEETING - There will be a General Assembly meeting of Diocesan Delegates of Antiochian Women and Teen SOYO on Saturday, February 6, at St. Mary’s, Cambridge. Morning Prayers start at 9:30 am, meetings at 10:00 and lunch at noon.

OPEN HOUSE -  Theophany School is now enrolling for Fall 2016! Theophany School offers 3 and 5 day Preschool programs, including a full day Pre-K and Kindergarten! Join us for an Open House on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:30-8pm located at 754 Greendale Ave Needham, MA 02492. Meet our staff and learn more about Theophany School! Fun activities for kids and light refreshments will be provided. All families are welcome! For more information contact us at 781-444-3058 or theophanyschool@gmail.com, or visit our website at http://www.theophanyschool.org

Antiochian Women DOWNE 2016 Pre Lenten Retreat

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016, beginning with 9am Divine Liturgy

Location: Saint John of Damascus Church, Dedham

Speaker:  V. Rev. Father Michael Keiser, Chair of the Department of Missions & Evangelism

Title:  The Light at the End of the Tunnel:  Dealing with the Oncoming Train

Cost:  $20 for the retreat, breakfast & lunch.

RSVP deadline February 15 to ErinMaryK@aol.com or 781.775.0789.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - Scholarships ($1,000) are available to young women of Syrian and Lebanese origin, residing in Massachusetts within 50-mile radius of Boston, who plan to pursue a four-year college education. Scholarships are based on outstanding academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, charitable and civic involvement and good character; and applicants must be in good academic standing in her school and possess those personal attributes which best serve the community. Applications are available through the Church Office and must be postmarked by March 31, 2016. If you have any questions, contact Mary Winstanley O’Connor at 617-523-1010 or email at moconnor@koilaw.com.

URGENT APPEAL -HUMANITARIAN APPEAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WINTER MONTHS

“When you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be in secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.” [Mt. 6:3-4]

Funds are requested to assist several members of the community who have experienced recent hardships.  The funds will assist with rent, utilities, clothing and household items, especially during the holidays and winter months.  Out of respect for privacy the distribution will be made confidentially through the Pastoral Discretionary Fund of the Church.  If you wish to donate to a very worthy cause, please make your tax-deductible contribution to St. George Church with the memo ‘Pastoral Discretionary Fund’.  Your assistance with this appeal is a great blessing, Thank You!

SAVE THE DATE St. Ignatius Winter Get Together Sunday, February 14, 2016 At Ken's Steak House in Framingham 4PM cocktails and dinner at 5PM Invitation to follow. Any questions contact debbielaham@aol.com.

The Youth Corner

 CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST!  HE IS AND EVER SHALL BE!

Save the Date:

Sunday, February 7: Once a month, six of our teens will be preparing and serving food for the homeless at the Boston Rescue Mission, downtown, from 2-6pm. Please sign-up! The sign-up sheet is available right before you enter the hall. We are only able to send 8 volunteers, including two adults at a time. If anyone would like to sponsor this meal, which will help to serve approximately 150 needy people, the cost is about $350. Please see Rassem if you are interested in sponsoring all or part of this meal.

Friday, February 19: Join us for a family night here at St. George in the hall. There will be food, a brief presentation on “Relationships in marriage, family, and with the other” by His Grace Bishop JOHN, board games, and fun activities for all ages. We invite the entire community of St George to attend this family fun night from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Reminders

Registration for summer camp at the Antiochian Village is now open! Be to visit the Village website to register! God willing, Rassem will accompany our teens to the second session from July 3rd to July 15.

The Boston Metropolis Winter Camp is will take place from Feb 12-Feb 15 (Presidents Day Weekend). It would be great for our St George youth to participate in this pan-Orthodox opportunity! Enjoy a weekend of hot chocolate, skiing, prayer and fellowship! For more information visit http://www.mbcamp.org/goya_winter.html

For any questions, or to RSVP for an event, contact Rassem via email at stgeorgeyouthdirector@gmail.com, or by phone at 781-738-6101.

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