St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

February, 05 2017



Celebrants: V. Rev. Fr. Timothy Ferguson; Rev. Fr. Nicholas Belcher;

Subdeacon James Irving; Subdeacon Douglas Howdy


1.  THE THIRD ANTIPHON:  Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house. Even the rich among the people shall entreat thy favor. I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations.

2.  APOLYTIKION OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST - TONE 1:  Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace, for from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness. Rejoice and be glad, O righteous old man, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, Who granteth us Resurrection.

3.  THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  Come, let us worship and fall down befoe Christ, Save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead; who sing to Thee.  Alleluia.

4.  APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - TONE 8;  From the heights Thou didst descend, O compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

5.  Repeat No. 2 Above.

6.  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.

7.  KONTAKION OF THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST - Tone 1:  Thou, O Christ God, Who by Thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve Thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom Thou didst love, for Thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

       Prokeimenon:  Make your vows to the Lord your God, and perform them.

                In Judah God is known; His Name is great in Israel.

The Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to St. Timothy. (3:10-15)

Timothy my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my sufferings; and what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra. What persecutions I endured; yet from them all, the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (18:10-14)

The Lord spoke this parable: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank Thee that I am not like other men, extortionists, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to Heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

THE LORD’S PRAYER  (In Arabic phonetics)


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

St. George ‘Family Night’ was a great success, nearly 50 children and adults attended.  We enjoyed a fun pizza dinner [thanks to Fairouz Restaurant] and there were plenty of games and activities for the kids [thanks to Christina and Salam].  Fr. Nicholas had a packed house for his presentation on the mystery of Salvation and the who, what and why of being Saved – everyone enjoyed it.  Thanks to ALL who helped and who attended.   We’re doing it again [see flyer] on Friday evening, 24 February from 6 – 9.  Pass the word and plan to join us then.

DOWNE ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN 2017 PRE-LENTEN RETREAT AND YOUTH DAY - The date is Saturday, February 11, beginning with Liturgy at 9am at Saint John of Damascus Church. Our featured speaker is the V. Rev. Fr. Michael Ellias! We are excited to announce that this year we will again offer Youth Day at the same time, so there are programs for youth ages 2.9 years to 18 as well! A perfect opportunity for families of all ages to attend and prepare for Great Lent. See flyer enclosed.

MUSICAL RECEPTION FOR IOCC - All That Jazz, Sunday, February 19th, 7-9:30PM at Maliotis Cultural Center, Hellenic College, Wine reception & Live jazz. Suggested donation, $25; Students & under 21, $10.  Register online:

ANNUNCIATION CATHEDRAL, 7 V.F.W. Parkway will celebrate its Feast Day after a combined Divine Liturgy @ 10:30AM with a Lenten Lunch including fish (donation $15) on Sunday March 26, 2017.  To reserve your ticket please call:Gracia Skaf 617-323-5242 or 617-470-8050

SYRIAN-LEBANESE WOMEN’S CLUB OF GREATER BOSTON SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE - Scholarships are available 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 31, 2017. If you have any questions, contact Mary Winstanley O’Connor at 617-523-1010 or email at

MICHAEL G. HAMATY SCHOLARSHIP - St. George, Boston, high school seniors may obtain scholarship applications by downloading online at or by calling the church office.  Deadline date for submission of application is Sunday, May 1, 2017.  This scholarship serves as a living memorial to Mr. Hamaty, whose intention was to assist the youth of the parish as they pursue their academic studies at an accredited college or university.

NOTICE FROM AABA: PARISHIONERS (62+ or disabled) know that applications are available for Market Value, Tax Credit and Section 8 apartments in AABA Village so that you can be placed on the wait lists for both buildings. Please have them call Dorothy McNerny or Tom Chapman at 617-325-1913 and an application will be mailed. AABA Village is a multi-cultural community with a lot of residents of Syrian/Lebanese descent. Amenities include on-site Resident Service Coordinators, accessible laundry rooms, sun room, game room, community rooms, and library/computer labs. There are weekly and monthly activities including yoga, massage, The Ride and the Boston senior shuttle. There are also outings organized by the RSCs.

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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