St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

Weekly Bulletin

July, 16, 2017

        FATHERS OF THE FOURTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

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 RESURRECTION - Tone 5:  Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For, He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.

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.  REPEAT NO. 1 ABOVE.

4APOLYTIKION OF THE HOLY FATHERS - TONE 8:  Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our Holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.

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 FOR 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:  Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.

For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to St. Titus. (3:8-15)

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful. All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (5:14-19)

The Lord said to His Disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father Who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them, but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

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.

SEMINARIAN RECEPTION SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th!

The Diocesan Antiochian Women will host a Seminarian Reception here at St. George, West Roxbury.  Please mark your calendar for Sunday, September 24th.

More details to follow.

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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. 

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 CAN BE FOUND AT THE MARIDHA AND ON THE TABLE IN THE HALLWAY.

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