St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

                                    Sunday, June 24, 2018

FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

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.

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

1.  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.

2.  THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  O 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.  Repeat No. 1 above.

4.  APOLYTIKION OF THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST - Tone 4:  O prophet and Forerunner of Christ God’s coming to us, all we who with longing now extol thee are at a loss to honor thee worthily.  For thy mother’s barrenness and father’s long silence,  by thine all-renowned and hallowed birth, were both ended, and the Incarnation of the Son of God is preached unto all the world.

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 THEOTOKOS - Tone 2:  O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Prokeimenon:  The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.

 O God, hear my voice when I cry unto Thee.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans. (13:11-14:4)

BRETHREN, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand.  Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.  As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions.  One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables.  Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him.  Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another?  It is before his own master that he stands or falls.  And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (1:1-25, 57-68, 76, 80)

Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things which have been accomplished among us, just as they were delivered to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the truth concerning the things of which you have been informed.  In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.  But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.  Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the Temple of the Lord and burn incense.  And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.  And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.  And Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.  And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink neither wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.  And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”  And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this?  For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.”  And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news.  And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.”  And the people were waiting for Zacharias, and they wondered at his delay in the temple.  And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained dumb.  And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home.  After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, “Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.”  Now the time came for Elizabeth to be delivered, and she gave birth to a son.  And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.  And on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they would have named him                     Zacharias after his father, but his mother said, “Not so; he shall be called John.”  And they said to her, “None of your kindred is called by this name.”  And they made signs to his father, inquiring what he would have him called.  And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, “His name is John.”  And they all marveled.  And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke, blessing God.  And fear came on all their neighbors.  And all these things were talked about through all the hill country of Judea; and all who heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying “What then will this child be?”  For the hand of the Lord was with him.  And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people.  And you, child, will be called the Prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways.”  And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his manifestation to Israel.

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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.

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SUMMER HOURS at ST GEORGE

Beginning  NEXT SUNDAY  the 1st of JULY thru SUNDAY the 2nd of SEPTEMBER we will be on a SUMMER SCHEDULE for SUNDAY SERVICES:

ORTHROS    8 am

LITURGY      9 am

Vespers remains at 5:30 on Saturdays but watch email blasts for Saturdays when we will not schedule Vespers.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY - AGP House is a sober house for up to 18  men and is located in Taunton. They accept men who have been recently released from a drug or alcohol treatment program or from jail. The men stay at AGP House anywhere from a few months up to one year.  Most men work a day labor job through an employment service.   Most earn minimum wage and are in need of daily items such as toiletries, (shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, etc. ) laundry soap, men's used or new clothing and even food. Many men do not drive, so they are in need of bicycles for transportation. If you would  like to contribute any of these items, you may bring them to the church and leave them in the back of the church for pick up.  We hope to bring any donated items to the AGP House by within the next several weeks. Thank you in advance for your generosity to AGP House. For more information, see their webcite at www.AGPHouse.com, or see Nabil Hourani, Michel Sassine, Michel Fayad, or Valerie Irving.

YOUTH CORNER

VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL –  NEXT WEEK JUNE 25th – 28th *

Pick up registration forms on the table in the hallway near the Suggestion Box or see Randah.  Please fill out the registration form AND BRING IT WITH YOU TOMORROW!

To RSVP, or if you have any questions please email: stgeorgeyouthdirector@gmail.com

Some September Dates to keep in mind:
The Olivia A. Waishek Memorial Golf Tournament - sponsored by AABA, Monday, September 17th at Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton. Reservation deadline, August 31st. Info on the hallway bulletin board or see Richard E. Laham or Darya Gamel for details. 10TH Annual Sonia's Run - here on Saturday, September 22nd. A Celebration of Seminarians & Vocations - here on Sunday, September 30th, Vespers 4PM followed by dinner.

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