St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

May 08, 2016

THOMAS SUNDAY (New Sunday)

Happy Mother's Day!

CHRIST IS RISEN!  TRULY HE IS RISEN!

AL MASSEH QAM!  HAQAN QAM!

CHRISTOS ANESTI!  ALITHOS ANESTI!

CHRISTOS VOSKRESE!  VO ISTINU VOSKRESE!

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  In the gathering places bless God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.
  2. APOLYTIKION OF THOMAS SUNDAY - Tone 7:  While the tomb was sealed, Thou didst shine forth from it, O Life. While the doors were closed, Thou didst come in to Thy Disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Thy mercy.
  3. APOLYTIKION OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST - Tone 2:  O Apostle John, speaker of divinity, the beloved of Christ God, hasten and deliver thy people powerless in argument; for He on Whose bosom thou didst lean accepteth thee as an intercessor. Beseech Him, therefore, to disperse the cloud of the stubborn nations, asking for us safety and the Great Mercy.
  4. KONTAKION OF PASCHA - Tone 8:  O Immortal One, when Thou didst descend into the tomb, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades; and Thou didst rise victorious, O Christ God. Thou hast said to the ointment‑bearing women: Rejoice! And Thou gavest peace to Thy Disciples, O Bestower of Resurrection to those Who had fallen.

Prokeimenon:  His sound hath gone forth into all the earth.

                             The heavens declare the glory of God.

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. John. (1:1-7)

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life – the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us – that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing this that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (20:19-31)

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the Disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the Disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other Disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, His Disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the Disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His Name.

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.

Note from the St. George PTO:  A reminder that the PTO is serving coffee hour in May and needs help on Sundays to prep/serve and clean up.  The sign-up sheet will be available in the Church Hall, so please sign up for at least one Sunday.
Note from the Adult Fellowship - The Hygiene Kit Project has been extended to Sunday, May 22nd.  Please inquire at the Book Store.
Also, Lobster Supper on Friday, June 3rd.  Details to be announced.

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!

Francis Maria Scholarship  - Available through the Archdiocese’s scholarship page, www.antiochian.org/scholarships.  Several scholarships  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.

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
55 Emmonsdale Road P.O.Box 320164 | West Roxbury, MA 02132
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