St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

March 19, 2017

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

ADORATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

1.  THIRD ANTIPHON;  Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at His footstool. O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance. Feed them, and lift them up forever.

2.  APOLYTIKION OF THE HOLY CROSS - Tone 1;  O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, granting to Thy people victory over all their enemies, and by the power of Thy Cross preserving Thy commonwealth.

3.  THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  O 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 6;  When Mary stood at Thy grave, looking for Thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above Thy revered tomb; and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led Hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world, O Thou, Who art risen from the dead, 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 FOR THE SUNDAYS IN LENT- Tone 8:  To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free: from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without Bridegroom.

Prokeimenon: O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

                   To Thee, O Lord, have I cried, O my God.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (4:14-5:6)

BRETHREN, since we have a High Priest, Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One Who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by Him Who said to Him, “Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee”; as He says also in another place, “Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1)

The Lord said, “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” And Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Kingdom of God come with power.”

 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.

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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.

SPECIAL COLLECTION NEXT SUNDAY FOR SEMINARIANS

The money collected next Sunday will be forwarded to the Archdiocese to help provide scholarships to Archdiocesan students who are undertaking theological studies in preparation for ordination.  May God bless them for their dedication to serve Christ and His Holy Church, and may He bless you for your geneorsity.  See Metropolitan JOSEPH's letter enclosed.

FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE PROGRAM – We will continue to collect the boxes through the month of April.  Gift certificates to local supermarkets are also being accepted for our local needy.  He who feeds the hungry also feeds God.  

SPINACH FATAYER BAKE SALE
Thursday, March 23rd
. $18 per dozen.

Fatayer will be sold and ready for pick up after 1:00PM.  No orders will be taken--just come down to the church if you would like to buy some.  The Adult Fellowship would appreciate anyone who would like to help bake to come down that morning at 10:00AM.  Thank you!

FISH FEAST AT ST. MICHAEL'S, COTUIT - Saturday, March 25th at Noon immediately following Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Annunciation to support ZOE House in Parma, OH, zoeforlifeonline.org.  $17 adults 13+; $7 children 6-12; children 5 and under free.  For reservations call Soroya Bandeli, 617-842-8591 or sbandeli@comcast.net.

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.

DOWNE 2017 TEEN SOYO LENTEN RETREAT - "Packing My Lenten Lunchbox" - Dates:  March 31-April 2 in Contoocock, NH. For all Teens, Grades 7-12.  For info contact John Abud, 810-252-5769, abudjohn@gmail.com.

PARENTING WORKSHOP AT ST. GEORGE, WORCESTER - Sat., April 1st, for families of all ages, $20 per person; $30 for couples, beginning at 9AM and concluding with a wrap-up panel discussion at 2:15PM.  RSVP deadline, March 29.  To register, stgeorgeworc@gmail.com or call 508-752.9150.

Diocese of Worcester and New England will host a “MARRIAGE PREPARATION and ENRICHMENT” WORKSHOP to be held at St. Mary’s, Cambridge on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am-3pm. The Workshop leader will be Bishop JOHN.  This workshop is open to anyone, not just those getting married.  Register by April 15th.  To register, email (secretary@stmaryrthodoxchurch.org) with your name and phone number or call Barbara @ 617-547-1234.  This workshop is free of charge.

AABA & RINGLING BROS & BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS - Tickets available for $27.25 each for Sat., May 6th at 3PM in Providence.  Call 617.323.2722#4 or daryag@aabausa.org to reserve yours.

PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE NEWS:  St. George, Worcester, is happy to announce they will host this year's Parish Life Conference, June 17th & June 23rd-25th. This year's PLC is filled with events for the whole family to enjoy. Some of the scheduled events include: Divine services, Teen SOYO baseball game outing, Young Adults Summer BBQ Bash, presentation on the conference theme by Fr. George Eber, Oratorical, Bible Bowl, Hafli, delicious food and much more... Event rates are very affordable so be sure to

register your family at : http://www.antiochianevents.com/worcester.html


SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

SYRIAN-LEBANESE WOMEN’S CLUB OF GREATER BOSTON - 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 moconnor@koilaw.com.

MICHAEL G. HAMATY SCHOLARSHIP - St. George, Boston, high school seniors may obtain scholarship applications by downloading online at www.stgeorgeofboston.org 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.

FRANCIS MARIA SCHOLARSHIP  - Available through the Archdiocese’s scholarship page, www.antiochian.org/scholarships.  Several scholarships  of $2,500 each will be awarded to students attending an accredited 4-year college.  Applications must be postmarked by May 15, 2017 and received by May 21, 2017.  Read more about this scholarship and others offered by the Archdiocese by logging on to the website www.antiochian.org.

ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN'S SCHOLARSHIP - Scholarships are available to females 25 years of age and older in good standing of the Antiochian Archdiocese, actively involved in their parish and who demonstrate need.  The application deadline is June 1, 2017.  Applications are available in the Church Office.  E-mail cindy@nimeys.com with any questions. 

N.G. Beram Scholastic Achievement Award applications are available for high school seniors.  Please call the church office if interested.  Applications may also be obtained by visiting www.stgeorgeofboston.org or www.stjohnd.org/ngberam.  Application deadline, June 1, 2017.

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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