St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

Weekly Bulletin

January, 07 2018

SYNAXIS 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.

VARIATIONS IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

1.  APOLYTIKION OF THE THEOPHANY - Tone 1:  When Thou, O Lord, wast baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity wast made manifest; for the voice of the Father bore witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the likeness of a dove confirmed the truth of His word. O Christ our God, Who hath appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.

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 SYNAXIS OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST- Tone 2:  Proclaim, O Joseph, to David, the grandparent of God, the amazing wonders; for thou hast seen a Virgin great with child; for with the shepherds thou didst give glory, with the Magi thou didst worship, and by the angel it was revealed to thee. Wherefore, plead thou with Christ God to save our souls.

6.  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.

7.  KONTAKION OF THE THEOPHANY OF CHRIST - Tone 4:  On this day Thou hast appeared unto the whole world, and Thy light, O Sovereign Lord, is signed on us who sing Thy praise and chant with knowledge: Thou hast now come, Thou hast appeared, O Thou Light unapproachable.

Prokeimenon:  The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord. O God, hear my prayer.

The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles. (19:1-8)

In those days, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the One Who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve of them in all. And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the Kingdom of God.

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (1:29-34)

At that time, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of Whom I said, ‘After me comes a man Who ranks before me, for He was before me.’ I myself did not know Him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that He might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on Him. I myself did not know Him; but He Who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on Whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

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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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Christ is in our midst!  He is and ever shall be!

The Word is the official news magazine of the Antiochian Archdiocese.  Published monthly, the magazine circulates to the households of all members of the Antiochian Archdiocese and other subscribers.  The magazine was founded in 1905 in the Arabic language by St. Raphael of Brooklyn.  While content is primarily intended to keep readers informed of Orthodox news, it also educates and inspires with articles on faith and practice.  The current and back issues are available on the archdiocese webpage www.antiochian.org/theword.  If you are a member in good financial standing of St. George, and do not already receive a free copy of The Word magazine, or would like to subscribe for $20 per year, or change your address you can do so at www.antiochian.org/address-updates. Check it out!

Announcing Our New Youth Director

Following a thorough search for an appropriate candidate, we are pleased to announce that Randah Rachmani has been selected as our new Youth Director.  Randah will fill the position on a full-time ‘interim’ basis pending her acceptance into a graduate program.  She has just finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell with a degree in Psychology and Disability Studies.  A member of the parish, Randah was an active member and officer of our Teen SOYO and worked as a head counselor at the Antiochian Village where she developed and implemented counselor training programs as well as programs for the campers.  She brings to this position her sincere love for the parish and her recognized experience and talents in working with children, teens and young adults.  Randah will officially begin her duties here as of January 1st.  Please join us today as we  ‘welcome’ Randah as our new parish youth director.

Announcing Our New Youth Director

Following a thorough search for an appropriate candidate, we are pleased to announce that Randah Rachmani has been selected as our new Youth Director.  Randah will fill the position on a full-time ‘interim’ basis pending her acceptance into a graduate program.  She has just finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell with a degree in Psychology and Disability Studies.  A member of the parish, Randah was an active member and officer of our Teen SOYO and worked as a head counselor at the Antiochian Village where she developed and implemented counselor training programs as well as programs for the campers.  She brings to this position her sincere love for the parish and her recognized experience and talents in working with children, teens and young adults.  Randah will officially begin her duties here as of January 1st.  Please join us today as we  ‘welcome’ Randah as our new parish youth director.

Our 2018 Church Ecclesiastical Calendars have arrived and are at the back of the Church. Please feel free to take one. We thank Dr. Fadi Metri for once again sponsoring these beautiful calendars; iconography and calendar design by Kh. Erin Kimmett.

SCHOLARSHIPS ($1,000) are available from the Syrian-Lebanese Women’s Club of Greater Boston to young women of Syrian and Lebanese origin, residing in Massachusetts within 50-mile radius of Boston, who plan to pursue a four-year college education.  Scholarships are based on outstanding academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, charitable and civic involvement and good character; and applicants must be in good academic standing in her school and possess those personal attributes, which best serve the community.  Applications are available through the Church Office and must be postmarked by March 1, 2018.  If you have any questions, contact Mary Winstanley O’Connor at 617-523-1010 or email at moconnor@koilaw.com

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