St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

August, 06 2017

TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD

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.

VARIATIONS IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

1.  THE THIRD ANTIPHON:  Of Thy mercies, O Lord, will I sing forever.  The heavens shall confess Thy wonders, O Lord, and Thy truth in the congregation of saints.  Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation.  O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance shall they walk, and in Thy Name shall they rejoice all the day long.

2.  APOLYTIKION FOR THE TRANSFIGURATION - Tone 7:  When, O Christ our God, Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos. O Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee.

3.  THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  For with Thee is the fountain of life, and in Thy light shall we see light. Save us, O Son of God, Who wast transfigured on Mount Tabor, who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

4.  REPEAT NO. 2 ABOVE.

5.  KONTAKION FOR THE TRANSFIGURATION - TONE 7:  Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and Thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see Thee crucified, they would remember that all Thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that Thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.

Prokeimenon:  O Lord, how manifold are Thy works; in wisdom hast Thou made them all.  Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Peter. (1:10-19)

BRETHREN, be the more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Therefore, I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.  I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.  And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.  For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For when He received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to Him by the Majestic Glory, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased,” we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with Him on the holy mountain.  And we have the prophetic word made surer.  You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (17:1-9)

At that time, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.  And He was transfigured before them, and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became white as light.  And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with Him.  And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if Thou wilt, I will make three booths here, one for Thee and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; hear Him.”  When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”  And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.  And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is risen from the dead.”

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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MESSAGE FROM THEOPHANY SCHOOL, NEEDHAM, MA - Spots available in Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergaten!  Enroll today to start August 30th!   Quality Education in a loving Orthodox Christian environment helping to develop a life-long love of learning with a low student:teacher ratio and flexible after-school programs.  For more info or to enroll:  781-444-3058, office@theophanyschool.org; www.theophanyschool.org.

DORMITION DINNER AND HAFLI - Our Lady of the Annunciation Melkite Catholic Church, West Roxbury, invities you to their Annual Dormition dinner and Hafli featuring George Maalouf on Tuesday, August 15 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25/person.  To reserve your tickets call Gracia Skaf at 617-470-8050.

Upcoming Events and Dates to Calendar:

  • September 10 - Church School Kick-Off, here
  • September 16 - Building Social Justice Ministry Teams in the Church, St. Mary's, Cambridge
  • September 18 - Annual AABA Golf Outing, Canton, MA, 1:00PM
  • September 23 - Sonia's Run & Fall Fair, here 9AM
  • September 24 - Seminarian Reception, hereSeptember 29 - Adult Fellowship Lobster Supper, here 5-7PM
  • October 13-15 - DOWNE Family Camp in New Hampshire
  • October 20, 21, 22nd - 41st Annual Bazaar & Food Fair
  • November 11th - St. George Antiochian Women's Penny Sale, here 6:30-10PM
  • November 11th - Theophany School Annual Benefit - St. John's, Dedham

Antiochian Women of St. George

A follow-up meeting was held on Wednesday [28 June] and 21 women attended to continue our conversation about revamping our Women’s Organization.  Responses to the questioner/survey were reviewed – to date we have 28 responses – and the results are encouraging.  The respondents represent woman of the parish who have been involved in our women’s group in the past as well as a several new faces.  Our existing programs i.e. Mercy Meals for bereaved families, Lenten Parish Dinners etc. received very favorable approval ratings and we will continue to offer and improve these services.  An impressive number of volunteers emerged to assist with these programs as well as help with publicity, communications and promoting awareness of the organizations ministry.  A dedicated FaceBook page is contemplated to help members keep up-to-date.  Publication in Arabic of the survey and other announcements etc. is now underway.    

Everyone is eager to expand our existing program to include more humanitarian and social outreach, ministry to young mothers and children, educational and informative opportunities visa-vis guest presenters, films, select readings etc. and efforts will be made over the summer to address these requests.  For the time being a ‘steering committee’, consisting of the chairwoman of each project is charged with guiding the organization over the next few months until a more formal central committee of officers is put in place. For now we have two signers on our checking account so the financial/banking component is covered.  

In September we anticipate hosting a meeting devoted to ‘mission and goals’ setting.  We will devote an evening to ‘brain storming’ around ways for women to more dramatically impact the life of the parish community and respond to the needs and concerns of the greater society.  Planning for this exercise is ongoing over the summer.  On Sunday, September 24th, we will also host Saidna John and the Diocesan Clergy as together with our sister parishes of the diocese we welcome the returning and new Antiochian students at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary.  More details to follow.

If you have not completed your Survey, please do so today, this is an ongoing project.  Please be with us for our September gathering [date to be announced] and support us as we continue to restructure a viable Women’s Organization here at St. George.   SURVEYS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND ARABIC CAN BE FOUND AT THE MARIDHA AND ON THE TABLE IN THE HALLWAY.

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