St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

PALM SUNDAY

Bishop JOHN presiding

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. THE THIRD ANTIPHON:  O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the house of Israel now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the house of Aaron now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let all that fear the Lord now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.
  2. APOLYTIKION OF LAZARUS - Tone 1 O Christ God, when Thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead, before Thy Passion, Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like children, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to Thee, O Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord.
  3. THE ENTRANCE HYMN:  Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord: the Lord is God and hath appeared unto us. Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of a donkey; who sing to Thee. Alleluia.
  4. Repeat #2 above.
  5. APOLYTIKION OF PALM SUNDAY - Tone 4:  O Christ God, when we were buried with Thee in Baptism, we became deserving of Thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise Thee, crying: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
  6. KONTAKION OF PALM SUNDAY - Tone 6:  Upborne upon the heavenly throne, and seated upon the earthly foal, O Christ our God, receive the praises of angels and the hymns of men, exclaiming before Thee: Blessed is He that cometh to restore Adam.

Prokeimenon:  Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord.

                                           O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians. (4:4-9)

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, these do; and the God of peace will be with you.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (12:1-18)

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus who had died was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, one of His Disciples (he who was to betray Jesus), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the moneybox he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His Disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Jesus was that they heard He had done this sign.

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
  • Please prayerfully consider joining The Order of St. Ignatius and let Father Timothy know of your commitment to this special ministry prior to St. George Weekend.       
  • The St. George Antiochian Women would like to thank everyone who supported and helped out with their Annual Lenten Luncheon last Sunday.
  • Please remember to return your Food for Hungry People Boxes/Cannisters.  We will continue to accept donations thru the end of April.  Thank you!

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Please call the Church Office for applications:

MICHAEL G. HAMATY SCHOLARSHIP-  For St. George, Boston, high school seniors, deadline date, May 1st.

FRANCIS MARIA SCHOLARSHIP - For College Students, deadline date, May 15th.

ANTIOCHIAN WOMEN'S SCHOLARSHIP - For women 26 yrs. of age or older who wish to continue their education, deadline date June 1st.

N.G. BERAM VETERANS SCHOLARSHIP - For high school seniors who are members of the Arab American Community, deadline date June 1st.

ALL THAT JAZZ:  A MUSICAL RECEPTION FOR IOCC will take place Sunday, April 22nd from 7-9PM, at the Maliotis Cultural Center, Hellenic College Holy Cross.  Tickets $25 - Students, seminarians, & under 21 $10.  Register online, www.iocc.org/boston. 

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