St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

September, 17 2017

     SUNDAY AFTER THE ELEVATION OF THE CROSS

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. APOLYTIKION 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 6:  When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, O Lord, glory to Thee.

4.  REPEAT NO. 1 ABOVE.

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 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, how manifold are Thy works.  In wisdom hast Thou made them all.  Bless the Lord, O my soul.

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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We welcome Subdeacon James Hargrave, second year student at Hellenic College/Holy Cross who is assigned to our parish, and Subdeacon Nicholas Heide of St. Anthony's, Tulsa, OK, also a second year student doing his field work in Education. Subdn. Nicholas will be helping in the Church School.

Upcoming Events and Dates to Calendar: 

  • November 3rd, 4th & 5th - St. John of Damascus, Dedham, Bazaar Weekend
  • November 11th - St. George Antiochian Women's Penny Sale, here 6:30-10PM
  • November 11th - Theophany School Annual Benefit - St. John's, Dedham

DEPARTMENT of LAY MINISTRY LEADERSHIP TRAINING SEMINAR -Here – Beginning THURSDAY – SEPTEMBER 21st from 7 to 9 PM - Beginning on Thursday evening September 21, we will begin a series of seminars conducted by Anthony Bashir and Richard Robbat of the ‘Department of Lay Ministry’ aimed at encouraging and reinforcing the lay leaders of the parish with their ministry in the Church.  The series – which includes multiple sessions spread over several months and totaling approximately 16 hours – employs structured conversations and consensus decision-making process for pastors and parish leaders to achieve; a realistic understanding of Orthodox Christian leadership; an articulation of the mission of the parish; a realistic 3 to 5 year plan for the parish; identification of parish core values and convictions; setting of realistic goals and an action plan reflecting the communities vision for the future.  We are excited about beginning this series and look forward to working with Tony and Richard over the next few months.  All members of the Parish Council and leaders of our parish organizations and committees are encouraged to participate in this program.

Antiochian Women of St. George MEETING THURSDAY, September 28th at 7 PM In the CHURCH HALL - We will be ‘brain storming’ around ways for women to more dramatically impact the life of the parish and respond to the needs and concerns of the broader community.  A survey was conducted over the summer to determine the level of interest women of the parish have in select ministries or services within the community.  To date, 41 women have responded and many have volunteered to assist with certain programs.  The survey is ongoing and is available in Arabic.  If you have not completed your Survey, please do so today, copies are at the Marida.  Pamphlets can be returned at the Marida or at a special table set up at the ‘coffee-hour’ beginning on September 10th. Based on the conversation at our two summer meetings, 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.  Please join us, and bring a friend. 

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