St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

January 24, 2016

31st SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - Tone 1:  While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O giver of life. Glory to Thy Resurrection O Christ, glory to Thy kingdom, glory to Thy providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.
  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 ST. XENIA OF ST. PETERSBURG - Tone 8:  In thee, O wandering stranger, Christ the Lord hath given us an ardent intercessor for our kind. For having received in thy life sufferings and grief and served God and men with love, thou didst acquire great boldness. Wherefore, we fervently hasten to thee in temptations and grief, crying out from the depths of our hearts: Put not our hope to shame, O Blessed Xenia.

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:  O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.
                Unto Thee have I cried, O Lord, my God.

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy. (1:15-17)

TIMOTHY, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:35-43)

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to Him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

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.

His Grace Bishop Elia (Toumeh)

Bishop of Marmarita, Syria.

Will visit St. George parish on Sunday, 24 January.

At the invitation of Metropolitan JOSEPH and Bishop JOHN, His Grace Bishop ELIA will preside at the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on that Sunday.  A special dinner/reception in his honor is being planned on Monday evening 25 January.  As bishop of the Wadi Nassera region of Syria, Bishop ELIA ministers to the thousands of refugees displaced by the ongoing war in Syria.  Saidna ELIA will provide an up-to-date report on the ongoing efforts to assist the victims of this catastrophic social upheaval.  Join us in welcoming Saidna ELIA to St. George parish.  

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.

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.
THEOPHANY SCHOOL -  Theophany School is now enrolling for fall 2016, and will hold an Open House on Thursday, February 11 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  They are located at 754 Greendale Ave., Needham, MA.  For further information contact 781-444-3058 or theophanyschool@gmail.com.

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.



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