St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

Sunday December 23, 2018

SUNDAY BEFORE THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

 

VARIATION IN TODAY’S DIVINE LITURGY

  1. APOLYTIKION OF THE RESURRECTION - Tone 5: Let us believers praise and worship the Word; coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation. For, He took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh to suffer death; and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
  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 FOREFEAST OF THE NATIVITY - Tone 4: Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of Life hath blossomed forth in the cave from the holy Virgin. Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.
  5. APOLYTIKION OF SUNDAY BEFORE THE NATIVITY - Tone 2: Great are the accomplishments of faith; for the three holy youths rejoiced in the fountain of flames as though at waters of rest. And the Prophet Daniel appeared a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. Wherefore, by their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls.
  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 PREPARATION OF CHRIST'S NATIVITY - Tone 3: Today the Virgin cometh to the cave where she will give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word Who is before all the ages. Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when thou hearest it heralded: Glorify Him, with the angels and the shepherds, Who chose to be seen as a new-born babe, the God Who is before all the ages.

 

Prokeimenon: 

Blessed are Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers.

For Thou art justified in all that Thou hast done for us.

 

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (11:9-10, 32-40)

BRETHREN, by faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets—who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, and put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

 

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (1:1-25)

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.  And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.  And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, Who is called Christ.  So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ were fourteen generations.  Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.  When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.  But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us).  When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called His Name Jesus.

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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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Our 2019 Church Ecclesiastical Calendars have arrived and are at the back of the Church.  Please feel free to take one.  We thank Dr. Fadi Metri for once again sponsoring these beautiful calendars; iconography and calendar design by Kh. Erin Kimmett.  

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Thank you to the Church School Children, Teachers and the Parish, THE HELPING HANDS PROJECT was once again a huge success.  In these most trying times for America we would like to say thank you for your unselfish giving to the children and families of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC).  The MSPCC was most appreciatve for all of the donations.  They asked us to give everyone at

St. George their thanks.  May God bless you all.  Thank you so much, Amal.

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Thank you to Rich Fannoney and Richard and Arlene Laham for helping to distribute Gift Cards and hams for Christmas to approximately 55 families in our neighboring community.  This project is able to continue each year through the geneorsity of the members of our Parish Family.Thank you to all those who made donations.

       
 
2019 Orthodox Pocket Planners  are available at the Bookstore TODAY. There will be a limited number of these Planners available, so if you want one, please stop by today.
 
   

The Paper Recycling bin located in the driveway on Emmonsdale Road is in the process of being removed.  We will no longer be recycling paper at this location.

 

 

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