April 14, 2019


                                    Sunday April 14, 2019

                                    FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT                                                                                                                                                         MARY OF EGYPT


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.



  1. APOLYTIKION FOR 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.
  4. APOLYTIKION OF ST. MARY OF EGYPT - Tone 8: Through thee, the divine likeness was securely preserved, O mother Mary; for thou didst carry the cross and follow Christ. By example and precept thou didst teach us to ignore the body, because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.
  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:   Make your vows to the Lord our God, and perform them.

God is known in Judah; His Name is great in Israel.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (9:11-14)

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), He entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but His own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (10:32-45)

At that time, Jesus took His twelve Disciples, and began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles. And they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit upon Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire” And Jesus said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And they said to Him, “Grant us to sit, one at Thy right hand and one at Thy left, in Thy glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized. But to sit at My right hand or at My left is not Mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be servant of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”


THE LORD’S PRAYER (In Arabic phonetics)


Important Dates to Calendar:
April 21st & May 5th - Adult Fellowship Bertucci's Fundraiser Days
May 5th - St. Ignatius Dinner, Byblos, Norwood
May 11th & 12th - St. George Weekend

Yes Trip to Providence, RI - May 10-12.

May 18th - St. Mary's, Cambridge 90th Anniversary Celebration, Crowne Plaza - Woburn

June 7th - St. George Adult Fellowship Lobster Dinner

June 8th - PLC Events at St. George Norwood, hosted by St. Stephen's & Emmanuel Church

June 22nd - PLC Events here, hosted by St. Stephen's & Emmanuel Churrch

July 21-28th - Antiochian Orthodox Convention, Grand Rapids, MI


èWe need 200 red Service Books for the pews to replace older ones that are in poor condition. They run $15 a piece. If anyone would like to make a donation toward these books, please see Subdn. Douglas Howdy. Thank you and God bless you!


Scholarships Available: Call the Church Office for info.

Michael G. Hamaty - Deadline date, May 1st

Francis Maria Schlarship, Deadline date, May 15th

Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America, Deadline date, June 1st

  1. G. Beram Veterans - Deadline date, June 1st

the IOCC has sent out an urgent request for more hygiene kits. If you would like a member of the Adult Fellowship to fill a bag for you, just purchase a bag for $10, or buy a one-gallon plastic bag for $1 from the Religious Items case and fill it as follows: a hand towel measuring 16” x 28”; a washcloth, a wide-tooth comb; a nail clipper; a bath size bar of soap still in wrapper and a toothbrush in original package and return the bag to any member of the Adult Fellowship by June 21st.

Thank you to all those who brought in canned goods, gave monetary donations and supermarket gift certificates for the Thanksgiving holiday. These donations were given out on Saturday, November 22nd to approximately 60 needy families. A special thanks to all the teens who packaged up the food and to John Abud, Kameel Rachmani and Scott, Yvette and Andrew Easton for making the distributions on Saturday.

NORTHERN LEBANON - since the recent influx of over 300,000 refugees in Northern Lebanon, many people in that area are without clothing, housing (they are living in tents), and simple hygiene items that we take for granted.  We are asking our most generous parishioners to again come forward to help us in supplying HYGIENE KITS which will be sent directly to the refugees through the clothing drive that is now being held in many of our Churches for their benefit.  These kits will include a towel, facecloth, comb, soap, nail clipper, toothpaste and toothbrush.  All items must be new and whenever possible, in the original wrapper and placed in a plastic zip lock bag.

If you wish to be part of this drive, you can either make up the kits yourself or donate $10.00 at the Religious Items Bookstore and we will fill the bag for you.  All bags should be left at the Religious Items Case for shipping.  Our goal . . . to send as many as possible as soon as possible.

HYGIENE KITS: For your information,  IOCC has been very active in offering help to the city of Boston in regard to last week's Marathon bombing.  Our parishioners have been very generous in donating money to the cause of the Hygiene Kits.  They are now especially needed  to help victims in Japan after their  6.2 earthquake last Sunday.  Anything you can give will  be appreciated.  There are envelops at the Maridha and in the hall to help you make your donation.  If you have any questions, please search out Evelyn Easa or Gloria Moskos, Pat Ayoub, Linda Fox, Linda Ayoub or any other member of the Adult Fellowship this morning.


If anyone ordered a DVD of the Fashion Show they are available for pick up.

If anyone would like to order one, the cost is $30.

Please see Doha or Diana today or call the Church office.


Thank you to the Church School Children, Teachers and the Parish, THE HELPING HANDS PROJECT was a huge success. In this most blessed season and 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 gifts were delivered on Monday, December 17, 2012, and the MSPCC was most appreciative 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 Hourani and Danny Ozone.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Food Drive during the Thanksigiving and Christmas season either by bringing in food and/or making monetary donations.   Special thanks to Brendan Ferguson and members of Teen SOYO for coordinating the drive and to Richard and Arlene Laham, Richard D. Laham, Louie Maloof, Bob Saba and Moussa Sallale for helping with the distribution. We were able to feed approximately 65 families in our neighboring community.   The actual amount of food collected and monetary donations received for both Thanksgiving and Christmas will be reported in the February MESSENGER. We would like to thank AABA for donating Gift Certificates to Shaw’s which supplement the monetary donations received. Also, through the efforts of Elias Audy and Kids Clothes Club of Brookline we were able to provide 16 children with coats this winter. May God bless you all.


High school seniors and undergraduate students may obtain scholarship applications by downloading online at www.stgeorgeofboston.org or by calling the church office. Deadline date for submission of application is Monday, April 9, 2012. 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. If you are an undergraduate student and were a recipient of this scholarship in a previous year, we ask that you not reapply.

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