St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

October 16, 2016


October is Youth Month and Seminarian Month!

Celebrants: V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Ferguson; Rev. Fr. Nicholas Belcher;

Subdeacon James Irving; Subdeacon Douglas Howdy


  1. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - TONE 8:  From 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 HOLY FATHERS - Tone 8:  Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our Holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.
  5. 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 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:  O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

                        Unto Thee have I cried, O Lord my God.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to St. Titus. (3:8-15)

TITUS, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissension, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful. All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:5-15)

The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.  And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.  And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.”  And when His Disciples asked Him what this parable meant, Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.  And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.”  As Jesus said this, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


THE LORD’S PRAYER  (In Arabic phonetics)


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


Bags to be passed out the last Sunday in October and returned for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.


A project of the IOCC and the St. George Adult Fellowship.  Send a needy child back to school with a fully supplied School Kit today!   If you would like to donate a bag, drop by the Bookstore on Sunday.  Your $10.00 donation will provide a needy child all the necessary items to start back to school.Donations accepted through the end of October.



In the Antiochian Archdiocese, we dedicate the month of October to recognizing and honoring the young people of the Church.  Here at St. George our young people and especially our teens take on a more visible role in our parish life.  This month they will be assisting at the Liturgy by reading the Epistle, serving as ushers, chanting, sponsoring and collecting our annual food drive as well as other parish activities.  Please remember to thank and compliment our teens and youth for their service to our community.

In preparation for next year's diocesan Bible Bowl contest, we are going to have a Bible study on the Gospel of Mark every fourth Friday of each month starting on Friday September 23 at 6:30 pm. We need three teams (pre-teens 10-12, teens 13-19, adults 20 and above). Please consider coming to the Bible study even if you do not want to participate in the contest. For a head count, please let Rassem know if you plan on coming.  Because of the Teen Lock In, there will be no Bible Study on Friday, October 28th.  Thank you.

Stay tuned:  For the next Boston Rescue Mission dates for the months of September, October, November, and December.

For more information about the Antiochian Village at Home Weekend. Rassem is in the process of organizing it to make sure we have the highest turnout.

Save the date: "Teens Lock-in" this year is on Friday & Saturday October 28-29 at our church. More information will be soon provided.
Save the date:  Village at Home! - November 18th & 19th at St. George Cathedral, Worcester.  More info to come.

For any questions, or to RSVP for an event, contact Rassem via email at, or by phone at 781-738-6101.

 Youth Ministry Program, the only beneficiary of The St. George 21st-Century Endowment Fund.Your generous contributions help make theYouth Ministry Program possible.


Fri-Sun, October 21st-23rd - 40TH Annual Bazaar & Food Fair

Saturday, October 29th - PTO's Harvest Fest 2016 - Please Note New Date
PTO Bake Sale - Sunday, November 20th.

ST JOHN OF DAMASCUS CHURCH BAZAAR.  Live & Silent Auction, bidding starts Fri. until 2PM on Sat.  For more info visit

Saturday, November 26th, Holiday Inn, Dedham, 12 Noon to 4PM. N.G.BERAMS VETERANS AWARDS BANQUET -  Banquet Reservations Forms and Ad Book Forms may be found at and the Church Office.  No tickets will be sold at the door; Ad Book deadline, 10/14.  Among the award recipients this year are:  Ivan Abi-Elias, Sabina Aouad, Julia Haidar, Caroline Ahearn, George Hawat, Elissa Haddad, Michael Melhem, George Rammah, Jad Haddad and Neiman Melhem.  Congratulations to all!

Saturday, November 12th - Ladies Society Penny Sale, 6:30-10PM - If you would like to donate an item for the Penny Sale, please spend at least $15 or more on sale with a value of $25 or better.  All donated items have to be brand new.  Any questions or for further info, call Chairperson Gladys Laham, 617.469.0223;

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