St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

April 24, 2016

PALM SUNDAY

Bishop JOHN presiding

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. THE THIRD ANTIPHON:  O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the house of Israel now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the house of Aaron now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let all that fear the Lord now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.
  2. APOLYTIKION OF LAZARUS - Tone 1 O Christ God, when Thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead, before Thy Passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like children, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to Thee, O Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord.
  3. THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord: the Lord is God and hath appeared unto us. Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of a donkey; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.
  4. Repeat #2 above.
  5. APOLYTIKION OF PALM SUNDAY - Tone 4:  O Christ God, when we were buried with Thee in Baptism, we became deserving of Thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise Thee, crying: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
  6. KONTAKION OF PALM SUNDAY - Tone 6:  Upborne upon the heavenly throne, and seated upon the earthly foal, O Christ our God, receive the praises of angels and the hymns of men, exclaiming before Thee: Blessed is He that cometh to restore Adam.

Prokeimenon:  Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord.

        O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

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

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, these do; and the God of peace will be with you.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (12:1-18)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus who had died was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of His Disciples (he who was to betray Jesus), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the moneybox he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His Disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Jesus was that they heard He had done this sign.

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

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              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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OFFERINGS FOR LENT AND HOLY PASCHA

If you would like to make an offering for Holy Week or Pascha for Flowers, etc., for the health of or in memory of a loved one, please make sure you call the Church Office no later than Wednesday, April 27th or fill out an offering slip located at the Maridha, and give it to one of the Ushers.  Thank you.

  • The St. George Ladies Society would like to thank everyone who supported and helped out the with their Annual Lenten Luncheon last Sunday.
  • Please prayerfully consider joining The Order of St. Ignatius and let Father Timothy know of your commitment to this special ministry prior to St. George Weekend.
  • Please remember to return your Food for Hungry People Boxes/Cannisters.  We will continue to accept donations thru mid May.  Thank you!

MICHAEL G. HAMATY SCHOLARSHIP

St. George, Boston, high school seniors may obtain scholarship applications by downloading online at www.stgeorgeofboston.org or by calling the church office.  Deadline date for submission of application is Sunday, May 1, 2016.  This scholarship serves as a living memorial to

Mr. Hamaty, whose intention was to assist the youth of the parish as they pursue their academic studies at an accredited college or university.

Francis Maria Scholarship  - Available through the Archdiocese’s scholarship page, www.antiochian.org/scholarships.  Severalscholarships  of $2,500 each will be awarded to students attending an accredited 4-year college.  Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2016 and received by May 21, 2016.  Read more about this scholarship and others offered by the Archdiocese by logging on to the website listed above.

N.G. Beram Scholastic Achievement Award applications are available for high school seniors.  Please call the church office if interested.  Applications may also be obtained by visiting www.stgeorgeofboston.org or www.stjohnd.org/ngberam.  Application deadline, June 1, 2016.

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America Scholarship Awards are available to deserving women over the age of 25 who are continuing their education in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families.  Women must meet certain other requirements.  Applications and more info may be found in the church office.  Application deadline, June 1, 2016.

THEOPHANY SCHOOL is pleased to announce its 16th Annual Benefit Evening! This year's event will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in Weston, MA. Join us for cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction as we recognize our co-founders and welcome our Guests of Honor, Reverend Nicholas C. Triantafilou and Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Gladys Laham. To learn more, visit theophanyschool.org/benefit or contact Alexis El Massih at 781-444-3058 or via email at theophanyschool@gmail.com. 

MESSAGE FROM OUR FRIENDS AT AABA:  Applications are available for those 62+ or disabled for Market Value, Tax Credit and Section 8 apartments in AABA Village. Please have them call Vivian Haidar at 617-325-1913 and an application will be mailed.  AABA Village is a multi cultural community with a lot of residents of Syrian/Lebanese descent. Amenities include on-site Resident Service Coordinators, accessible laundry rooms, sun room, game room, and library/computer labs. There are weekly and monthly activities including yoga, massage, The Ride and the Boston senior shuttle.

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St. George, Lawrence, host of this year's Annual Parish Life Conference and Pre-Conference is excited to announce the following:

 

The Pre-Conference activities will be held on Saturday, June 11th at St. George (8 Lowell St, Lawrence, MA).  This day will include judging of the Creative Arts Festival, Oratorical Competition as well as various meetings and a luncheon.

 

The Parish Life Conference, which will include Liturgy, Awards Lunch, Bible bowl competition, keynote speaker and break out workshops, as well as a lively dinner and dance to end the day, will be held at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on 71 Chandler Rd. in Andover, MA, on Saturday, June 25th.  

 

We look forward to having you be a part of this wonderful event!

REGISTRATION FORMS, SPONSORSHIP FORMS AND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS MAY BE FOUND AT THE MARIDHA or go to http://www.antiochianevents.com/worcester.html

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