St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
of Boston, MA

Weekly Bulletin

FEBRUARY, 02 2018

SUNDAY OF MEAT FARE

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 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.

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 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.

5.  KONTAKION FOR THE SUNDAYS IN LENT - Tone 1:  When Thou comest, O God, to earth with glory, and all creatures tremble before Thee, and the river of fire floweth before the Altar, and the books are opened and sins revealed, deliver me then from that unquenchable fire, and make me worthy to stand at Thy right hand, O righteous Judge.

Prokeimenon:  The Lord is my strength and my praise.

The Lord chastising hath chastised me, but He hath not delivered me over to death.

The Reading from the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians. (8:8-9:2)

BRETHREN, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care, lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you—a man of knowledge—at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (25:31-46)

The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He will place the sheep at His right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at His right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry and feed Thee, or thirsty and give Thee drink? And when did we see Thee a stranger and welcome Thee, or naked and clothe Thee? And when did we see Thee sick or in prison and visit Thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see Thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to Thee?’ Then He will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to Me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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.

ST. GEORGE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF BOSTON ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018 at 12 NOON (Snow date the following Sunday) - If you wish to nominate a candidate for member of the Parish Council (4) please submit their/your name to Father Timothy, Michael Sassine or Michel Melhem during the Coffee Hour today.  Please secure your nominee’s consent before his/her name is placed in nomination.  All parishioners who are regular in their weekly participation in the Divine Liturgy and have their pledges up-to-date are welcome to vote.  We encourage you to also come for confession and communion before the Annual Meeting.  You should be receiving an Annual Meeting packet of info in the mail.  Copies of last year’s Annual Meeting Minutes will be at the Maridha for your perusal before this year’s meeting.

SCHOLARHIPS

èMICHAEL G. HAMATY - 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 May 1, 2018.  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.

 èSYRIAN-LEBANESE SOMEN'S CLUB OF GREATR BOSTON -  ($1,000) 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 1, 2018.  If you have any questions, contact Mary Winstanley O’Connor at 617-523-1010 or email at moconnor@koilaw.com .

YOUTH CORNER

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • St. George February Break Ice Skate! February 21st

We have some private ice time for St. George members! Free Admission & skate rentals will be available. All ages welcome!

  • Teens at Boston Rescue Mission Sunday February 25th

Please join us as we help serve our local Boston community by preparing and serving a warm meal to about 175 men and women at the mission!  If you are interested in sponsoring this meal please contact Randah, any donation is greatly appreciated!  The average cost of a meal is $350.

  • Family Night, Saturday March 3rd

We have another fun family night planned for March! There will be a Q&A for adults and movies for the kids!

To RSVP please email: stgeorgeyouthdirector@gmail.com

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