May 19, 2013
SUNDAY OF THE MYRRH BEARING WOMEN and
SAINTS JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA AND NICODEMOS
FEAST OF ST. GEORGE, THE GREAT MARTYR
During the Paschal Season until the Ascension, June 13th, 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!
“Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name of The Lord”
We are honored to welcome, His Grace the Rt. Rev. Bishop JOHN, to preside over our annual Patronal Feast. We are inspired and blessed by his presence and offer our prayers of thanksgiving for his pastoral ministry to our community.
We pray God bless him with good health and many years./p>
We are thankful for the Clergy assisting at today’s Heirarchical Divine Liturgy:
V. Rev. Fr. Timothy J. Ferguson; V. Rev. Fr. Joseph Purpura; Rev. Fr. Gregory Harrigle;
Rev. Fr. Elias Khoury; Rev. Archdeacon Elias Hamaty; Rev. Dn. Nicholas Belcher;
Subdeacon Douglas Howdy; Subdeacon Chadi Saad; Subdeacon James Irving; Subdeacon Rassem El-Massih
- DURING THE LITTLE ENTRANCE, SING: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
- THE ENTRANCE HYMN FOR PASCHA: In the gathering places bless ye God the Lord from the springs of Israel. O son of God, who didst rise from the dead, save us, who sing unto Thee. Alleluia.
- TROPARION OF THE RESURRECTION - Tone 2: When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy Hell, with Your Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee, O Christ Thou giver of life, Glory to Thee, O our God.
- TROPARIA FOR THE MYRRH BEARERS - Tone 2: The pious Joseph, having brought down thy pure body from the Tree, wrapped it in fine linen, embalmed it with ointment, provided for it, and laid it in a new tomb. But thou didst verily rise, after three days, O Lord, granting the world the Great Mercy.
Verily, the angel came to the tomb and said to the ointment-bearing women, The ointment is meet for the dead, but Christ is shown to be remote from corruption. But cry ye, The Lord is risen, granting the world the Great Mercy. TROPARION 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.
- KONTAKION OF PASCHA - Tone 8: Down to the grave though thou wentest immortal Lord; yet didst thou there hurl down death by thy throne of might. And art risen with victory crowned, O Christ our true God; and hast hailed with glad greeting the women that came with myrrh; and unto thine apostles hast graciously sent thy peace, O Lord, that grantest the fallen to rise with thee.
Prokeimenon: The Lord is my strength and my song.
The Lord has chastened me sorely.
EPISTLE: The reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. (Chapter 6:1-7.)
In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmeanas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them.
And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
The Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (Chapters 15:43-47, 16: 1-8)
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether Jesus was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back--it was very large.
And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Join the Choir in lifting up your voices to the Lord:
Christ is risen from the dead; trampling down death by death, and to those in the tombs bestowing life.
Al Maseeh qam min bain il amwat, wa wati al mawt bil mawt, wa wahabal hiyat lil la dhina fil qoobur.
Christos anesti ek nekron thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimasi zoin, charisamenos.
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.
ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN WOMEN OF NORTH AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - are available to deserving women over the age of 25 who are continuing their education in order to improve their circumstances and those of their families. Women must meet certain other requirements. Applications and more info may be found in the church office. Application deadline, June 1, 2013.
2013 N.G. BERAM VETERANS ASSOCIATION-SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS – The N. G. Beram Veterans Assoc. is pleased to announce the continuation of this program for the 47th year, which was established to encourage, promote and support the education of students of Arabic speaking backgrounds. High school seniors can obtain the application along with the instructions by visiting the web page at: www.stjohnd.org/ngberam. All applications must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2013.
THEOPHANY SCHOOL – Invites you to AN EVENING OF ART, their 13th Annual Benefit & Auction, Saturday, June 1st at 6:30PM at the Apollo Function Room, 615 Washington Street, Norwood. Join us for a cocktail party & celebrate an evening filled with art, raffles, and prizes. Prizes include a 50/50 cash raffle and Nook HD+! For more info and to make a reservation call (781) 444-3058; www.theophany.org.
AABA TRIVIA NIGHT – Saturday, June 8th, here at St. George at 6:30PM. Have some fun with your family & friends and support AABA’s efforts to raise funds for the James M. Sallah Family Housing at Cheriton Heights. $125 per team or $20 per person. Raffle Prizes, 1st, $400; 2nd, $250, 34d, $100. For questions or reservations please contact Darya Gamel (781) 575-1005, Elias Audy (617) 323-8436 or Nabil Hourani (781) 793-0219. Limited Food and Drink Menu available.
MAHRAJAN 2013, ST. JOHN’S, DEDHAM - On Saturday June 15th, we are planning our 2nd annual Mahrajan, featuring live Arabic music by Fouad Hajjar and Ensemble. There will also be amazing American and Arabic food, dancing raffles, children’s games, face painting, and more. For further information, please contact: Alan Cardoos: email@example.com ; Gail Kurker: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Ahto:email@example.com
ARCHDIOCESE CONVENTION – The 2013 National Convention of the Antiochian Archdiocese will be held July 21-28 in Houston TX, hosted by St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. For information and registration see http://www.achouston2013.com. We hear rooms are filling up quickly.
AABA’S 9TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT—Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Foxboro Country Club, 1PM, shotgun Start. Donation is only $150 per person and includes Green Fees, Cart, Dinner, Gift Bag and lots of fun. We need sponsors and gifts or cash for the raffle. The money or gifts that you donate will supplement the expenses incurred for our new James M. Salah Family Housing at Cheriton Heights. For ticket info, reservations, sponsorships and to make a donation, call Bill Seaver, (617) 590-0253..
Also AABA is offering two trips this year: Thursday, July 25th, Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant, 9AM-6PM and Tuesday, August 13th, Foxwood’s Casino., 8AM-6PM. AABA Members, $60; non-members, $76. Checks may be made payable to AABA and mailed to Olivia A. Waishek, 5 West Boundary Road, West Roxbury, MA 02132. You may also make a donation to Sponsor a Senior for one of these trips.
PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE – The 2013 Parish Life Conference for our diocese will be held June 27 – 30, 2013, at the Wyndam Hotel in Andover, MA, hosted by St. George Church, Lowell. Room Rate is just $99.00 per night – this special price ends May 30. Book your hotel rooms at: http://www.wyndham.com/groupevents2013/BOSAM_STGEORGE/main.wnt. For Registration, please go too: https://www.antiochianevents.org/event/96, or go to St. George’s site: http://www.saintgeorgelowell.org. Please feel free to e-mail the Chairperson, Soraya or Co-Chair, +Rt. Rev. Fr. Leonard at: LowellPLC2013@gmail.com.
COMPLETE INFORMATION PACKETS FOR THE CONFERENCE MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE MARIDHA OR CALL FRAN AT THE CHURCH OFFICE, (617) 323-0323.
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