St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

December 03, 2017

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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 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.

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.

4.  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.

5.  KONTAKION OF PREPARATION OF CHRIST'S NATIVITY - Tone 3:  Today the Virgin cometh to the cave where she will give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word Who is before all the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when thou hearest it heralded: Glorify Him, with the angels and the shepherds, Who chose to be seen as a new-born babe, the God Who is before all the ages.

Prokeimenon:  Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us.

                       Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

May God bless you all!

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians. (5:8-19)

BRETHREN, walk as children of light—for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true—and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore, it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:35-43)

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant.  They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”  And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.”  And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to 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

ADVENT SERIES –Continues through December 20  – a six week Bible Study and discussion series  in preparation for Christmas.  Every Wednesday from 7 – 8:30 pm in the Conference Room.  BYOB, Bring Your Own Bible, as we examine the story of the Nativity and the texts and events surrounding the Birth of Christ.

FINAL DAY -Just a reminder that members of the St. George Antiochian Women will be on hand during the Coffee Hour today taking subscriptions for the parish Christmas Card, all proceeds benefitting their National Project for 2017/2018, Strengthening the Ministries of our Church - Vocations.  Don't miss out on a wonderful way to wish everyone a joyful, blessed Christmas season!  Thank you and may God bless you always.


ANNUAL HOLIDAY CANNED FOOD DRIVE SPONSORED BY TEEN SOYO -    The food drive continues for Christmas until next Sunday.

St. Joseph of Damascus Institute – Appeal

We were blessed with the recent visit of Fr. Hereth Ibraham, director of the ‘St. Joseph of Damascus Institute for the Conservation of Manuscripts’ at the Balamand University and the assistant director, Ms. Eveleen Ayoub as they presented us with the restored ‘Maloof Manuscript’.  In recognition of their effort to collect, repair and preserve precious books and manuscripts related to the historic presence of Christianity in the Near and Middle East, which are now threatened with destruction, we hope to raise enough funds to obtain a much needed ‘sanitizing’ machine for the institute.  Total cost of the machine is $10,000.  So far, we have collected about 80% of that amount.  Please help us meet our goal and make your donation today – make your check out to; St. George Church – memo ‘St. Joseph Institute fund’ and leave it at the ‘maridah’ or return it to the church office.  Thank You.

THE NEXT DEPARTMENT of LAY MINISTRY LEADERSHIP TRAINING SEMINAR WITH TONY BASHIR AND RICHARD ROBBAT –Rescheduled for January 2018.

SYRIAN-LEBANESE WOMEN’S CLUB OF GREATER BOSTON—Annual Christmas Party, Saturday, December 9th from 12Noon to 3PM at St. John’s, Dedham.  $25 per person, checks payable to Syrian-Lebanese Women’s Club and mailed to PO Box 320243 West Roxbury, MA 02132.  Questions, call Linda Hakar 781-551-9444.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 .

              Church School Humanitarian Project “Helping Hands”

Church School Children, Parents and Parishioners

 Each Year, the Church School donates many gifts to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). In doing so, we fulfill the Christmas wishes of the children of Boston who are victims of domestic violence. Can you help us?

Simply take a “helping hand” cutout off of the MSPCC tree located in the Narthex of the church. Purchase the specific item that is listed and bring it back to the church no later than Sunday, December 17th.  Please do not wrap these gifts.  Please attach the “hand” to the gift. Thank you and God bless you.  --Amal

The Adult Fellowship would like to thank all those who donated to the Kits for Kids Project.  Your generosity was overwhelming.  Approximately $700 was collected this past Sunday during the Coffee, and will pay for 150 much needed school kits for underprivileged children.

St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church | V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Ferguson, Pastor
55 Emmonsdale Road P.O.Box 320164 | West Roxbury, MA 02132
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