St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

SUNDAY OF THE FOREFATHERS

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

1.  APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - TONE 8From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

2.  THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  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 No. 1 above.

4.  APOLYTIKION OF THE FOREFATHERS - TONE 2  Thou hast justified by faith the ancient Forefathers, and through them Thou hast gone before and betrothed unto Thyself the Church of the Gentiles. Let the saints, therefore, take pride in glory; for from their seed sprouted forth a noble fruit, and she it was who gave birth to Thee without seed. Wherefore, by their pleadings, O Christ God, save our souls.

APOLYTIKION 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 PREPARATION OF CHRIST'S NATIVITY - Tone 3:  Today the Virgin cometh to the cave where she will give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word Who is before all the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when thou hearest it heralded: Glorify Him, with the angels and the shepherds, Who chose to be seen as a new-born babe, the God Who is before all the ages.

Prokeimenon:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.

For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians. (3:4-11)

BRETHREN, when Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.  Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.  On account of these, the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.  In these you once walked, when you lived in them.  But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.  Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (14:16-24)

The Lord spoke this parable: “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’  But, one by one, they all began to make excuses.  The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’  And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’  And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’  So the servant came and reported this to his master.  Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’  And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’  And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.  For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’  For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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.

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 ORTHODOX ADVENT WREATH - 4th Week - PEACE (White Candle)

Shortly before Jesus' blessed birth

The Angels told shepherds, "Peace on Earth."

Our white candle means peace, peace from on high,

The peace that God gives; his peach will not die.  (Luke 2:1-18)

Our 2017 Church Ecclesiastical Calendars have arrived and are at the back of the Church.  Please feel free to take one.  Our supply is limited so one per household.  We thank Dr. Fadi Metri for once again sponsoring these beautiful calendars, iconography and calendar design by Kh. Erin Kimmett

 

CHRISTMAS OFFERING FORMS AND DONATION FOR THE NEEDY ENVELOPES - If you would like to offer Christmas poinsettias/wreaths for the health of or in memory of a loved one, please pick up a form at the Maridha fill it out accordingly, and leave it at the Maridha TODAY.  There is also a supply of Christmas Offering Envelopes at the Maridha, all proceeds to benefit the needy during this Christmas season.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

2017 PRE-LENTEN RETREAT SPONSORED BY DOWNE ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN - Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017  Where:  St. George, Norwood  Time: 10am - 2:30 pm (begins with Divine Liturgy at 9am)  Featured Speaker: V. Rev. Michael Ellias, pastor of Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Brooklyn, NY - Topic: We are All Prodigal Sons and Daughters: Coming to Ourselves in Repentance and Spiritual Direction.  Additional details and publicity materials to follow in the coming weeks.


ANNUAL HOLIDAY CANNED FOOD CONTINUES

Please return filled bags for Christmas Holiday distribution.  Gifts cards to local supermarkets and monetary donations are gratefully accepted.

ORTHODOX PLANNERS SHOULD BE ARRIVING SOON - Very soon the 2017 Orthodox Calendar Pocket Planners should be at the Bookstore for $5.00 each.  We will have a very limited supply, so please inquire TODAY.  Thank you to all those who brought in items for the Christmas Gift Program for Project Mexico.

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