St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST

ST. BASIL THE GREAT

New Year's Day

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

1. THE THIRD ANTIPHON -  I will sing of Thy mercies, O Lord, forever. With my mouth will I tell of Thy truth. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity.

2. APOLYTIKION OF THE CIRCUMCISION - TONE 1Our human form hast Thou taken on Thyself without change, O greatly-compassionate Master, though being God by nature, fulfilling the Law, Thou willingly receivest circumcision in the flesh, that Thou mightest end the shadow and roll away the veil of our sinful passions. Glory be to Thy goodness unto us. Glory be to Thy compassion. Glory, O Word, to Thine inexpressible condescension.

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 3;  Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord hath done a mighty act with His own arm. He hath trampled down death by death, and become the first-born from the dead. He hath delivered us from the depths of Hades, granting the world the Great Mercy.

5. Repeat No. 2 above.

6. APOLYTIKION OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT – TONE 1:  In all the earth that received thy sayings, thy melody did resound, O righteous father, through which thou didst go about and proclaim, as worthy of God, the nature of creatures, cultivating the character of mankind, O thou of kingly Priesthood, Basil. Wherefore, plead thou with Christ God to save our souls.

7. 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.

8. KONTAKION OF THE CIRCUMCISION OF CHRIST - Tone 3:  Now the Lord of all that is doth undergo circumcision, in His goodness cutting off the sins and failings of mortals. He this day doth give salvation unto the whole world; and the hierarch and bright daystar of the Creator now rejoiceth in the highest, Basil the wise and divine initiate of Christ.

Prokeimenon:  My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.  Hear this, all ye people.

The reading from the Epistle of St. Paul Epistle to the Colossians. (2:8-12)

BRETHREN, see to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in Him the whole fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness of life in Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority. In Him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of flesh in the circumcision of Christ; and you were buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, Who raised Him from the dead.

The reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (2:20-21, 40-52)

And it came to pass that the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon Him. Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when He was twelve years old, they went up according to custom; and when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it, but supposing Him to be in the company they went a day’s journey, and they sought Him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances; and when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. After three days they found Him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why hast Thou treated us so? Behold, Thy father and I have been looking for Thee anxiously.” And Jesus said to them, “How is it that you sought Me? Did you not know that I must be in My Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which He spoke to them. And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. 

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 MINASHIRR-EER.

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
Our 2017 Church Ecclesiastical Calendars have arrived and are at the back of the Church.  Please feel free to take one.  Our supply is limited so one per household.  We thank Dr. Fadi Metri for once again sponsoring these beautiful calendars, iconography and calendar design by Kh. Erin Kimmett
UPCOMING EVENTS:

2017 PRE-LENTEN RETREAT SPONSORED BY DOWNE ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN - Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017  Where:  St. George, Norwood  Time: 10am - 2:30 pm (begins with Divine Liturgy at 9am)  Featured Speaker: V. Rev. Michael Ellias, pastor of Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church, Brooklyn, NY - Topic: We are All Prodigal Sons and Daughters: Coming to Ourselves in Repentance and Spiritual Direction.  Additional details and publicity materials to follow in the coming weeks.


THE ORDER OF ST. IGNATIUS DINNER will be held on Sunday January 29th at 5:00pm. At Byblos's restaurant in Norwood Ma. Metropolitan JOSEPH and Bishop JOHN will be joining us this year. More information will be mailed. Any questions or for reservations, contact Debbie Laham at debbielaham@aol.com or 781-326-1648.

CAMPERS SUNDAY JANUARY 15th St. George of Boston

Applications are already being accepted for this summer’s program.  We are targeting next Sunday 15 January as ‘Campers Awareness Day’ here at St. George in order to recruit new and returning campers.  Veteran campers and volunteers will share their experiences with the community in Church and at the ‘coffee hour’ - video, application table and ‘Village’ literature will be made available.   Cost and Scholarship information will also be presented.  Parents are asked to encourage their children to attend the Village this summer and to join us next Sunday for this special focus on Orthodox Camping.  Veteran Campers and Volunteers are invited to join us on Sunday to share their experience at the Antiochian Village.  Let’s send all our children to the Village this year.

Time 4 Tots – will resume this Wednesday the 11th of January from 10 to 11:30 am. and continue each Wednesday thereafter. Parents, please take advantage of this unique opportunity to introduce your pre-school child to an aspect our Faith through stories, songs and crafts while experiencing this special part of parish life as our children get together at Church. Please join us on Wednesday!
Family Night – will continue – on Friday 27 January from 6:00 to 9:00. The evening will feature a dinner followed by a presentation for the adults and the teens on a timely and Faith related topic. A learning / crafts activity will be designed for the young children. A period of socializing and board games or cards will follow the presentation. These evenings are intended as parish-family ‘get-togethers’ for parents, singles, teens, children and seniors – all are welcome. On the 27th, Fr. Nicholas will offer a presentation and direct a discussion on ‘The Question of Salvation’ – we’ll talk about why salvation, salvation from what, salvation by and for whom. Mark the date and plan to join us – you’ll be glad you did.
This is a vital part of our social outreach effort here at St. George Church and we want to continue this opportunity to assist the homeless and hungry especially during this winter. Currently the Boston Rescue Mission feeds +/- 200 needy people at each Sunday dinner. Our participation in this program will resume on Sunday 19 February. We urgently need 8 volunteers – preferably 2 adults and 6 teens to prepare and serve the meal – please speak with Brendan Ferguson to help. Contributions to offset the cost of the meal are encouraged and most welcome, see Fr. Timothy. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to do something meaningful for the ‘least of these’ – sign up today.
PLEASE SAVE THIS DATE SATURDAY EVENING 18 FEBRUARY 2017 Saint George Annual “WINTERFEST” We are planning a HAFLI with outstanding entertainment and delicious food COMPLETE DETAILS TO BE POSTED VERY SOON For now – be sure and SAVE THE DATE

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