St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

August, 13 2017



Bishop JOHN presiding

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.


1.  APOLYTIKION FOR THE TRANSFIGURATION - Tone 7:  When, O Christ our God, Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, Thou didst reveal Thy glory to Thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it. Let Thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos. O Thou Bestower of light, glory to Thee.

2.  THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  For in Thee is the fountain of life, O Lord, and in Thy light shall we see light. Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead, who sing to Thee. Alleluia.

3.  APOLYTIKION FOR THE RESURRECTION - Tone 1:  While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O giver of life. Glory to Thy Resurrection O Christ, glory to Thy kingdom, glory to Thy providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.


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 TRANSFIGURATION - TONE 7:  Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and Thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; so that, when they should see Thee crucified, they would remember that all Thy suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that Thou art truly the effulgent Splendor of the Father.

Prokeimenon:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.  Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (4:9-16)

BRETHREN, God has exhibited us Apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men.  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ.  We are weak, but you are strong.  You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.  To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill clad and buffeted and homeless; and we labor, working with our own hands.  When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off scouring of all things.  I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.  For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers.  For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.  I urge you, then, be imitators of me.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (17:14-23)

At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before Him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.  And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not heal him.”  And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you?  Bring him here to me.”  And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  Jesus said to them, “Because you have no faith.  For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.  This kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.” As they were traveling together through Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and He will rise on the third day.

THE LORD’S PRAYER  (In Arabic phonetics)



MESSAGE FROM THEOPHANY SCHOOL, NEEDHAM, MA - Spots available in Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergaten!  Enroll today to start August 30th!   Quality Education in a loving Orthodox Christian environment helping to develop a life-long love of learning with a low student:teacher ratio and flexible after-school programs.  For more info or to enroll:  781-444-3058,;

DORMITION DINNER AND HAFLI - Our Lady of the Annunciation Melkite Catholic Church, West Roxbury, invities you to their Annual Dormition dinner and Hafli featuring George Maalouf on Tuesday, August 15 at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $25/person.  To reserve your tickets call Gracia Skaf at 617-470-8050.

Upcoming Events and Dates to Calendar:

  • September 9 - St. George Charles River Sunset Dinner Cruise, 7:30PM (
  • September 10 - Church School Kick-Off, here (Registration on Sundays, August 27th, September 3rd and September 10th after Divine Liturgy in the hall.)
  • September 16 - Building Social Justice Ministry Teams in the Church, St. Mary's, Cambridge
  • September 18 - Annual AABA Golf Outing, Brookmeadow Country Club, Canton, MA, 1:00PM.  Deadline to Sign-Up, 8/31.  See or call Richard E. Laham for more info (781) 329-1041. Forms in the hallway.
  • September 23 - Sonia's Run & Fall Fair, here 9:00 - All proceeds from the run to benefit Theophany School. Vendor tables are available. To register for the run or for more information go to
  • September 24 - Seminarian Reception, here 4:30PM
  • September 28 - Antiochian Women of St. George Meeting, here 7PM
  • September 29 - Adult Fellowship Lobster Supper, here 5-7PM
  • October 13-15 - DOWNE Family Camp in New Hampshire
  • October 20, 21, 22nd - 41st Annual Bazaar & Food Fair, here
  • November 11th - St. George Antiochian Women's Penny Sale, here 6:30-10PM
  • November 11th - Theophany School Annual Benefit - St. John's, Dedham

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. 

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.  

On Sunday, September 24th at 4:30PM, we will 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. 

Also, on Thursday evening, September 28th at 7PM we will host 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.  Please join us and bring a friend. 

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


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