St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

October, 15 2017

FATHERS SEVENTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

Youth Month & Seminary Month

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 2:  When Thou didst submit Thyself unto death, O Thou deathless and immortal One, then Thou didst destroy hell with Thy Godly power. And when Thou didst raise the dead from beneath the earth, all the powers of Heaven did cry aloud unto Thee: O Christ, Thou giver of life, glory to Thee.

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 THE HOLY FATHERS - Tone 8:  Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise Who didst establish our Holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to Thee.

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 OF THE THEOTOKOS  - Tone 2:  O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Prokeimenon:  Blessed are Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers.

For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done.

        The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to St. Titus. (3:8-15)

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissension, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful. All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke. (8:5-15)

The Lord spoke this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it.  And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it.  And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.”  And when His Disciples asked Him what this parable meant, Jesus said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts that they may not believe and be saved.  And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.  And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.  And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.”  As Jesus said this, He called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

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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October = Youth Month

In the Antiochian Archdiocese, we dedicate the month of October to recognizing and honoring the young people of the Church.  Here at St. George our young people and especially our teens take on a more visible role in our parish life.  This month they will be assisting at the Liturgy by reading the Epistle, serving as ushers, chanting, sponsoring and collecting our annual food drive as well as other parish activities.  Please remember to thank and compliment our teens and youth for their service to our community.

ST. JOHN OF DAMASCUS DEDHAM ANNUAL BAZAAR WEEKEND - St. John of Damascus will be holding their Annual Bazaar, Friday through Sunday, November 3-5:  Fri. 12pm-9pm, Sat. 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm- 2pm, 300 West St. , Dedham. Middle Eastern Cuisine, Country Store, Christmas Corner and More. See all details at http://stjohnd.org/.

ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN'S (LADIES SOCIETY) PENNY SALE - November 11th - 6:30PM - 10PM.

HOLIDAY POP CONCERT AT ST. JOHN'S DEDHAM - Saturday, December 2, 2017, 6-9PM, presented by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony featuring acclaimed guest vocalist Bryan Bishop.  $15 Adults; $5 children, Cocktail Hour & Mazza, 6PM; Concert 7PM; Coffee & Pastry, 8PM.  To reserve tickets call 781-326-3046, online, www.stjohnd.org/pops.

ANTIOCHIAN ARCHDIOCESE AWARDS PROGRAM

This is a new program our Metropolitan has endorsed and we strongly encourage you to participate.  It will generate extra funds for both our Parish and the Priests’ Retirement fund. A percentage of each sale has already been allotted to the retirement fund and the remaining percentage will be funded to St. George, West Roxbury when you make your purchases. Over 4000 retailers participate. From Hotels, Best Buy, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Neiman Marcus, Gas Stations, The Gap, Grocery, Gifts and many, many more. It is VERY easy to register. Go on the website, choose DOWNE then choose St. George, West Roxbury, put in your email and a password its that easy!  Here is an easy "HOW TO" video - https://vimeo.com/193822498.  Here is an easy link to sign up on - http://antiochian.org/rewardsprogram.  Install the "SUPPORT BUTTON" on Chrome, Safari or Firefox and you're set!

 URGENT APPEAL -HUMANITARIAN APPEAL FOR THE HOLIDAY & WINTER MONTHS

“When you give alms, your left hand must not know what your right is doing; your almsgiving must be in secret, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.” [Mt. 6:3-4]Funds are requested to assist several members of the community who have experienced recent hardships.  The funds will assist with rent, utilities, clothing and household items., especially during the holiday and winter months.  Out of respect for privacy the distribution will be made confidentially through the Pastoral Discretionary Fund of the Church.  If you wish to donate to a very worthy cause, please make your tax-deductible contribution to St. George Church with the memo ‘Pastoral Discretionary Fund’.  Your assistance with this appeal is a great blessing.  Thank You!

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