St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

September 11, 2016

SUNDAY BEFORE THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

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

Subdeacon James Irving; Subdeacon Douglas Howdy

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. APOLYTIKION OF NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS - TONE 4:  Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole world; for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, annulling the curse and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.
  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. 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 become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.
  4. Repeat No. 1 above.
  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 NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS - TONE 4:  By thy holy nativity, O pure one, Joachim and Anna were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee: The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

Prokeimenon:  O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.
To Thee, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (6:11-18)

BRETHREN, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.  It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.  For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the Law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh.  But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.  For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.  Peace and mercy be upon all, who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.  Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren.  Amen.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (3:13-17)

The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven but He who descended from heaven, the Son of man.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God sent His Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

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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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 next Adult Fellowship Meeting will be held on Sunday, September 18th.  At 12:30PM, prior to the actual meeting, Linda Saba will present a slide show of her recent trip to South Africa.  Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation at 12:30PM in the board room.

YOUTH CORNER.......

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.

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.

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


KITS FOR KIDS!

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.

SAVE THE DATES:

Saturday, September 17th - Sonia's Run & Theophany School Fall Fair, here

Friday, September 23rd - Adult Fellowship Lobster Supper, here

Saturday, October 2nd - Diocesan Fall Meetings for Antiochian Women and Teen SOYO,

St. Michael's Cotuit.

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

Saturday, October 29th - PTO's Harvest Fest 2016 - Please Note New Date

 

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