St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

September 18, 2016

SUNDAY AFTER THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. APOLYTIKION OF THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS - TONE 1:  O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross preserving Thy commonwealth.
  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 4  Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation. And proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying: Death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world 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 ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS - TONE 4:  Do Thou, Who of Thine own good will was lifted up upon the Cross, O Christ our God, bestow Thy bounties upon the new Nation which is called by Thy Name; make glad in Thy might those who lawfully govern, that with them we may be led to victory over our adversaries, having in Thine aid a weapon of peace and a trophy invincible.

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. (2:16-20)

BRETHREN, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ.  Even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified.  But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin?  Certainly not!  But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor.  For I through the Law died to the Law, that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ Who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)

The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?  For what can a man give in return for his soul?  For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”  And He said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”

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

TODAY, prior to the Adult Fellowship meeting, at 12:30 Linda Saba will present a slide show of her recent trip to South Africa.  Everyone is welcome to attend this presentation 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.

Save the date: "Teens Lock-in" this year is on Friday & Saturday October 28-29 at our church. More information will be soon provided.

For any questions, or to RSVP for an event, contact Rassem via email at stgeorgeyouthdirector@gmail.com, 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.


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, October 1st- Diocesan Fall Meetings for Antiochian Women and Teen SOYO, St. Michael's Cotuit.

Saturday, October 15th - THEOPHANY SCHOOL BENEFIT EVENING –. This year it will hold its 16th annual Benefit Evening with cocktails, dinner, and a silent auction at St. Demetrios Orthodox Church, Weston at 5:00pm. Tickets are $100. To learn more visit http://theophanyschool.org/news/events/16th-annual-benefit-evening

Saturday, October 15th - The American Arabic Benevolent Association fill hold a fund raiser at 8:00 pm at Norwood High School. The event will be An Evening with Gina Dimia,  General Seating is $25.  For reservations contact David Franciosa 781-856-0974 or Darya Gamel at daryag@aabausa.org

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

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

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; gsl28@aol.com.

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