St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

February 14.2016

17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - Tone 4:  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world Great Mercy.
  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. 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.
  5. KONTAKION OF THE THEOTOKOS - Tone 2:  O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Prokeimenon:  Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.

                           God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (6:16-7:1)

BRETHREN, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore, come out from them, and be separate from them,” says the Lord, “and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,” says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (15:21-28)

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her one word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

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.

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

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!

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Wahib and Eileen Saliba

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Pierre and Zeina Kahhale

Gregory and Deborah Laham

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Edward and Gloria Cortas

Fr. Timothy and Kh. Louise

BRONZE SPONSORS

Jamie Cortas

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or CALL the OFFICE – 617.323.0323 / or

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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.

ST. 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 name 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.

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 tomorrow February 15 to ErinMaryK@aol.com or 781.775.

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.

Back to Basics:

St. George Orthodox Church should be a place where dignity, protocol, respect, and reverence are maintained and observed as a matter of course.  Our Church building is a Sacred Space unlike any other and the time we spend here together is Sacred Time radically different from the time we spend anywhere else.  When we come to Church to celebrate the Divine Liturgy or any other Liturgical service we are entering the “Kingdom of God” here on earth, that’s not a figure of speech, it’s a real fact.  We honor God’s presence by our attentiveness to what is proper and orderly. Every time we come to Church to worship God we take the opportunity to witness to the image of Christ in us by our behavior and actions. “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9).  We come to church to worship God and to pray for ourselves and one another and that should be our only focus every time we gather in this Sacred Space during this Sacred Time.

It’s part of our human nature that we sometimes take things for granted, even Church, that’s unfortunate.  It’s also part of our human nature that we can re-mind ourselves, that’s fortunate.  Hopefully, this series of articles to be presented in our Sunday bulletin and monthly Messenger will re-mind us of our proper attitude towards Church, Worship and each other.

The following are offered not as mere ‘guidelines’ rather they are points of information long established by our spiritual ancestors and honored by our parents and grandparents as articles of basic common sense that insure dignity, reverence and respect as we come together as the Church. 

Part One - Entering the Church

The fact that the Church building is a Sacred Space should be obvious but sometimes we forget and overlook what is obvious.  If we stop to think about it, the only real thing we do inside our Church Building is pray to God and offer our Divine Liturgical Services – it’s not our social hall or meeting room –it’s not our lecture hall or school – it’s not our kitchen or dining room –and it’s not our office space – we have separate facilities for all these activities. 

When we pass through the doors of the Church we are entering a very special place and we should be prepared to do a very special thing.  Every Divine Liturgy begins with the priest declaring “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” We should be here on time to receive this blessing – it’s the declaration of who we are and where we are going. Arriving later distracts those who are here on time and who are praying. If an occasional problem occurs, which it may, and we have to come in late, then we enter the church reverently and quietly. There are times when we must stay at the entrance of the church before finding our seat, these include: when the Little or the Great Entrance is being made, when the priest or deacon is censing, when the Epistle or the Gospel is being read and during the Sermon. If you are unsure when the best time to enter the church is, please ask one of the ushers for guidance.

We need to come to Church on time, remembering that we are special guests at a great banquet. We need to attend with great respect and reverence, remembering that we will receive of the true Body and Blood of Christ, our Savior. Attending the Orthros service before the Divine Liturgy helps us to be settled in time to offer the Divine Liturgy without being distracted.

Some of us here at St. George are very lax about coming to Church on time – we can do much better.  Let’s re-mind ourselves of our responsibility toward each other and toward God and His Kingdom by being on time and encouraging our family and friends to join us when worship begins. 

 

To be continued……..

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