St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

Sunday, April 29, 2018
SUNDAY OF THE PARALYTIC

During the Paschal Season until the Ascension, May 17th, there is NO FASTING (except prior to communion) as we continue the festive celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.

CHRIST IS RISEN!  TRULY HE IS RISEN!

AL MASSEH QAM!  HAQAN QAM!

CHRISTOS ANESTI!  ALITHOS ANESTI!

CHRISTOS VOSKRESE!  VO ISTINU VOSKRESE!

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.

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VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

 

1.  THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  In the gathering places bless God the Lord, from the springs of Israel. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee: Alleluia.

2.  APOLYTIKION FOR 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 became the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

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 PASCHA- Tone 8:  O Immortal One, when Thou didst descend into the tomb, Thou didst destroy the power of Hades; and Thou didst rise victorious, O Christ God. Thou hast said to the ointment‑bearing women: Rejoice! And Thou gavest peace to Thy Disciples, O Bestower of Resurrection to those Who had fallen.

Prokeimenon:  Sing praises to our God, sing praises. Clap your hands, all you nations.

The Reading from the Acts of the Saintly and Pure Apostles. (9:32-42)

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments, which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (5:1-15)

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethsaida, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first, after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befalls you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had healed him.

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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.

T H U R S D A Y – May 10th

ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN’S

PASCHAL SEASON DINNER and GET-TOGETHER

ALL of the Women of the parish are cordially invited to join us as we host a Paschal Season Buffet Dinner and evening fellowship on THURSDAY, MAY 1oth  at 7 o’clock here at St. George.  His Grace Bishop JOHN is our welcomed guest and he will discuss the role and mission of Orthodox Women in the Church, the Parish and in Society.

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US as we ENJOY this SPECIAL EVENING TOGETHER.  Please RSVP to the Church Office so we can plan for the evening.  Thank you. 

Please call the Church Office for applications:

MICHAEL G. HAMATY SCHOLARSHIP-  For St. George, Boston, high school seniors, deadline date, May 1st.

FRANCIS MARIA SCHOLARSHIP - For College Students, deadline date, May 15th.

ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN'S SCHOLARSHIP - For women 26 yrs. of age or older who wish to continue their education, deadline date June 1st.

N.G. BERAM VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP - For high school seniors who are members of the Arab American Community, deadline date June 1st.

 

ADULT CAMP AT THE ANTIOCHIAN VILLAGE - Registration will open May 1st for a new program for all ages 21+.  An opportunity to experience summer camp for a few days at the Village.  Cost is $195 which includes all lodging, food & activities.  More info, including schedule can be found at https://avcamp.org/other-programs/adult-camp/.

 

TOUR AT AABA - As part of our Parish's Vision actions, we are planning a tour, on Sunday May 20, 2018 after Liturgy (around 12:30 PM), of the two buildings owned by the American Arabic Benevolent Association (AABA) in West Roxbury. The purpose of this visit, led by our-own Ms.Darya Gamel, is to discover what AABA has accomplished for our community and to open communication between our Parish and our Senior brethren who need our help and support. Please reserve your place by contacting either Michel Sassine, Nabil Hourani, or Dr. Michel Fayad.

 

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church | V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Ferguson, Pastor
55 Emmonsdale Road P.O.Box 320164 | West Roxbury, MA 02132
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