St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

February 07.2016

16TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - Tone 3:  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and became the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the 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. APOLYTIKION OF OF THE PRESENTATION - Tone 1:  Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace, for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous elder, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, Who granteth us Resurrection.
  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 Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (6:1-10)

BRETHREN, working together with Him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain.  For He says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.  We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute.  We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (25:14-30)

The Lord spoke this parable: A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying: “Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying: “Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.” He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying: “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sew, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master answered him, “You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” As Jesus said these things He cried out: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

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.

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

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.

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!

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

èSCHOLARSHIPS 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.

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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.

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