Sunday January 6, 2019
FEAST OF THE THEOPHANY OF CHRIST
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
APOLYTIKION OF THE THEOPHANY OF CHRIST - 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 hast appeared and enlightened the world, glory to Thee.
THE ENTRANCE HYMN: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord. The Lord is God and hath appeared unto us. Save us, O Son of God, Who wast baptized by John in the Jordan; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.
REPEAT NO. 1 ABOVE.
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.
THE ANTI-TRISAGION HYMN (Sung in place of “Holy God”): As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia. (THRICE)
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Have put on Christ. Alleluia.
As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Alleluia.
Prokeimenon: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever.
The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus. (2:11-15; 3:4-7)
My son Titus, the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world; awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for Himself a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds. Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (3:13-17)
At that time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by Thee, and Thou dost come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, He went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased.”
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.
Our 2019 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.
WE PLANT THE SEED – WE GROW THE PARISH
“All shall give as they are able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that He has given you.” The Book ofDeuteronomy 16:7.
January is Pledge Month at St. George. Each year every parishioner is asked to make a pledge of financial support to the parish. Our pledge is part of the requirement for membership in the parish. Parish membership implies that we participate in the Liturgical life of the parish, receive the Sacraments and pledge to the financial stability of St. George Church. The St. George Pledge Program allows us to fulfill our financial responsibility to our faith community. In order to achieve a sound and solvent financial picture with a balanced budget, it is essential that everyone contribute honestly and generously. Each of us is the seed that together grows the Church. “With every gift show a cheerful face, and dedicate your offering with gladness.” The Book of Sirach 35:11.
We participate in the 2019 Pledge Program by promising to offer an honest portion of our income to sustain and grow the mission of the parish. For 2019 we need $265,000 in pledges to help meet our financial obligations. We need approximately $47,000 each month just to keep the doors open. Each of us is asked to do our fair share to help meet this budget.
We will receive a series of mailings explaining the program and asking us to prayerfully consider the amount of money we are able to pledge to the parish for 2019. If you did not received the first mailing, please call the church office [617.323.0323] or see one of our Parish Council members. If you have not yet returned your pledge form, please consider doing so today. Please help St. George parish have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
Please contact our Pastoral Assistant, Sarah Livick-Moses at firstname.lastname@example.org or see her during Coffee Hour today if you have any questions regarding: Myrrh Bearers Ministry Program for young girls in our parish family·St. Phoebe Liturgical Ministry for adults Winter Camp at Antiochian Village Summer Camp at Antiochian Village
Make your Stewardship Pledge, Memorial Donations, or General Donations online using the secure link below.