Bulletin for Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Sunday after the Theophany of Christ
Tone 8 and Eothinon 11
Martyrs Hermylos and Stratonikos of Belgrade

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 8
O Compassionate One, thou didst descend from the heights; thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that thou mightest deliver us from passion.  Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion of Epiphany – Tone 1
By thy baptism, O Lord, in the River Jordan, worship to the Trinity hath made its appearance; for the voice of the Lord did come forth to thee with the testimony, naming thee His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the likeness of a dove, confirming the truth of the word.  Wherefore, O thou who didst appear and lighted the world, O Christ, glory to thee.

Apolytikion of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4
Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe.  For from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

Kontakion of Epiphany – Tone 4
Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hath been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou has come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.

Epistle – Ephesians 4:7-13 (Sunday after Epiphany)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 32.22, 1.  Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse.  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.

    BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high, he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.”  In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth?  He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel - Matthew 4:12-17 (Sunday after Epiphany)

    AT THAT TIME, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled;

    “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.”

    From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Next week’s homework:   
II Corinthians 4:6-15 (Euthymios the Great)
Luke 17-12-19 (Twelfth Sunday of Luke)

We are pleased to welcome you to worship with us today.  Please note that only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves with prayer, fasting and a recent confession may approach to receive Holy Communion.  Everyone is welcome to reverence the cross and to partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor, and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYERS – As the faithful approach to reverence the cross, receive a blessing and a piece of antidoron (holy bread) at the dismissal, a reader will read the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving.  Please greet each other quietly as we reverently hear these prayers.

HOLY BREAD – Because we are ordering more bread, and the cost has gone up slightly, we will now ask for a donation of $50/week.  Donors are welcome for January and succeeding months.

PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 – THE SUNDAY AFTER THE THEOPHANY OF CHRIST

Mission Statement - The mission of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, NY, is to love and worship God through participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and to live and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We carry out this mission through education, outreach, fellowship, and works of mercy with love for each other, our neighbors, and our diverse world.

TODAY, JANUARY 13 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Eli T. Abdallah, Juad Arida, Pearl Arida, Nora and Kalel Ballan, Samia Arida, Adele Azeez, Mary Fadool, Ameenie Freije, Edward Ghazal, Emily Ghazal, Pauline Haddad, James Hamod, Maria Hindelly, Tofeek Kaidy, Leila M. Khouri, George John Nahas, Edma Saab, Madeleine H. Salamy, Alberta Samaha, Alexander Trabolsi, Nora Trefz, and Emil Tweel.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Ida and Gabriel Ashie, Alexander Azar, Barbara Boragi, Leon Ayoub Brown, Mary Fadool, Loretta Fianni, Rev. Melatios Fianni, Nora Hawa, Ramez Elhelou, Alex A. Howie, Riad Malouf, Frank Morgan, James D. Pappas, Ethel K. Phillips, Farieda Sarafien, Robert Samara, George and Renate M. Sheheri, Minas Sparsidis, Edmund Swaya, and Thomas A. Zarr.  Memory eternal!

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Please allow the Church School students, teachers and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that they can proceed to their classes and begin in a timely fashion.   The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercession, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Louis Savarese (Haym Salomon Home), George Arbeeny, Charlie Bryant, Albert Castley (FL), Nadim Dahdouh, Robert Forcina, Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Jim Thompson (NJ), Marianne Trabulsi (PA), and Rose Zrake (at home).  If a member of your family is in the hospital or recuperating at home, please call the church office and let us know as soon as possible.

PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY – St. Mary’s Church will host a service of “Prayer for Christian Unity” following Great Vespers on Saturday, January 19.  A Pot Luck Supper will follow. Please see Aline Farkouh for more information.  All are welcome.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE AND WINTER COAT DRIVE – Teen SOYO has placed large containers in the narthex for their annual Canned Food and Winter Coat Drives.  The Coat Drive includes gloves, hats, socks, blankets and sweaters, and will continue into January.  Thank you for your support.

FESTIVAL MEETING – There will be a meeting for the Spring Festival on the balcony this morning following the Divine Liturgy.  All are welcome.

ICON EXHIBIT – The Sheen Center for Though and Culture, 18 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, will present a free Mosaic Icon Exhibition by Ukrainian artist Oksana Prokopenko from now until January 18, 2019 from 9 AM – 9 PM.  For more information go to www.oksanapro.com.

When Thou, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity was made manifest.  For the voice of the Father bare witness unto thee, and called thee His beloved Son. And the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed these words.  O Christ our God, who has appeared to us and has enlightened the world, glory to thee!

- Troparion of the Feast of Epiphany, Tone 1

EPIPHANY 2019

Blessing of Homes

The blessing of homes during the season of Theophany is a long-standing tradition of our Orthodox Church.  Following the Great Blessing of Water, it is customary for the priest to visit the homes of the faithful, bringing with him the “blessings of the Jordan.”  Through the solemn prayers, we rededicate our home to be a place where a family is guided by Jesus Christ.  Since this is the time in our Church Year when we remember the coming of Christ and the beginning of His ministry, when He descended into the Jordan to be baptized by St. John the Forerunner, it is fitting that the Lord enter our homes and our hearts now.  It reminds us that we must “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  (Matthew 4:17)  This is why our homes must be blessed and sanctified on a regular basis.  

When the priest comes for the house blessing, please use these guidelines:

  1. Have as many family members as possible present for the appointment.

  2. Set up a place for prayer in the dining room or kitchen with an icon and candle.

  3. Print a list of the first names of all family members, making a distinction between the living and the departed.

  4. Turn off the television, radio, stereo, computer or any other distraction.

  5. Make the priest aware of any special needs or issues you may have.

  6. Tell the priest about any family members who are ill or in need of a visit.


Either complete the form below and return it to the office, or call the office at (718) 238-8008.  The Church also blesses homes between Holy Pascha and Pentecost and between the Feast of the Cross and October 1.

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Dear Father Michael:


I/we would like to have you bless my/our home in 2019.


Name:  _________________________________  Phone: _____________________________


Address:  ____________________________________________________________________


Best Season:        Between Epiphany (January 6) and Great Lent (March 10)

(Please circle one)    Between Holy Pascha (April 28) and Pentecost (June 16)

            Between the Feast of the Cross (September 14) and October 1


Best Day:    Mon    Tue    Wed    Thu    Fri    Sat    Sun    (Please circle)

Best Time:    ________________    AM    PM


A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

MEMORY ETERNAL!  St. Mary’s Choir invites our parishioners to join them in a celebration of Nancy Schmidt, their dedicated choir director for 43 years.  The tribute will be held in the Church on Sunday, January 27, at 1 PM after coffee hour.  All are welcome.


RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – As usually happens in projects of this nature, the Church has run into unbudgeted expenses which the Parish Council will discuss after the first of the year.  These expenses make it vitally important that everyone does what he or she can to bring this project to a successful conclusion.  If you have not yet made a pledge or contribution toward this project, please find a pledge card on the table at the back of the hall, or see any Parish Council member.  To date the following friends and families have made pledges or donations towards this project:


Renee Abate, Rose Abdallah, Albert Absey, Fadi Albishara and Ann Nardone, Beverly and Alexander Araman, Dr. Kenneth and Euginia Arida, Sandra Arida, Michele Ateyeh, Angela and Christopher Athineos, Kenneth Azar, Michael and Maria Azar, Joan Bacon, Diana and Timothy Bittar, Charles and Marie Bryant, Nancy Collette, Drs. Gregory and Amal Dalack, Michael Nassif Dalack, Gloria Darzi, Barbara Deeb, Janice Deeb, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, John and Anita Eyd, Peter Elkas, Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh, Diana Finger, Alice Carolyn and David Furer, Gary Gagnone, Marc and Helen Galloway, Mary Ganim, Josette and John Generale, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Ghiz, Dr. George Haddad, Nissar Haddad, Gregory Hamaty, Lola Hamra, Edward Hanna, Marianne Hindelly, Gloria and Kenneth Jabara, Lina and Sam Kaiami, Joyce Katen, Anthony Kirshy, Shelly and Patricia Kaufman, George Khoury, Jr., Dr. Nidal and Christine Khoury, Debbie and Robert Mackoul, Sabry and Anne Glynn Mackoul, Rafik Mahab, Carol Makhoul, Michael and Corrine Mallia, Linda Mantia, Denise and Christopher McBride, Edith Tadross O’Donnell, Dr. Amer and Chaza Rafiaa, Marian Russo, Karen Sadaka, Theodore Sadaka, Audrey and Charles Sahadi, Louise Sahadi, Linda and George Salamy, Victor and Joyce Samaha, Louis Saverese, Caroline and Peter Schneirla, Gladys Schroeder, Dennis and Barbara Shawah, William and Nadia Soued, Anthony Speer, Karen and Matthew Spolar, Hiam Sukkarieh, Karen and Tony Tadross, Michael Tadross, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney, Gisele and George Wardi, Henry Wardi, Jeffrey Zahka, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, Metropolitan JOSEPH (Zehlaoui), Malakie and Richard Zogob, Cindy and Gregory Zrake, and Rose Zrake.

DATES TO REMEMBER

    Monday, January 14        Parish Council, 7:30 PM   

    Friday, January 18        Midnight Run

    Saturday, January 19        Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

                    Prayers for Christian Unity

    Sunday, February 3        Ladies of St. Mary’s Meeting

FROM THE FATHERS – “Passion was not planted by God in nature, for He is not the Creator of passions.  God is not the cause of evil. Those who teach that passions are natural to the soul are wrong, not realizing that it is we who have turned natural things into passions.  For example, by nature we have within us the seed necessary for childbearing – but we have perverted this into lust. Nature gave us the feeling of anger, which we are supposed to use against the Evil One – instead we use it against our neighbor.”

  • St. John Climacus


Bulletin for Sunday, January 6, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019
The Sunday of the Divine Epiphany of our Lord and God Jesus Christ

We are pleased to welcome you to worship with us today.  Please note that only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves with prayer, fasting and a recent confession may approach to receive Holy Communion.  Everyone is welcome to reverence the cross and to partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor, and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Troparion of Epiphany – Tone 1
By thy baptism, O Lord, in the River Jordan, worship to the Trinity hath made its appearance; for the voice of the Lord did come forth to thee with the testimony, naming thee His beloved Son; and the Spirit in the likeness of a dove, confirming the truth of the word.  Wherefore, O thou who didst appear and lighted the world, O Christ, glory to thee.

Entrance Hymn – Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.  The Lord is God and hath appeared unto us. O Son of God, who was baptized by John in the Jordan, save us who sing unto thee, Alleluia.

Troparion of Epiphany – Tone 1

Kontakion of Epiphany – Tone 4
Today thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and thy light hath been shed upon us, who praise thee with knowledge, saying, Thou has come and appeared, O unapproachable Light.

Instead of the Trisagion Hymn (“Holy God…”), “As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have truly put on Christ.  Alleluia.”

Epistle – Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 (Epiphany)

Prokeimenon.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse.  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

MY SON TITUS:  The grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.  

Declare these things; exhort and reprove with all authority.  Let no one disregard thee.

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Gospel - St. Matthew 3:13-17 (Epiphany)

AT THAT TIME, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.  John would have prevented him, saying, I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  But Jesus answered him, “Let it to be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”  Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

The rest of the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

On “Especially…” Ninth Ode of the First Canon – Tone 2 – Verily all tongues are at a loss to praise thee properly; and every mind, even though transcending the world, is distracted in thy praise, O Theotokos.  But because thou art good, accept our faith, having known our divine longing. Wherefore, since thou art the aider of Christians, we do magnify thee.

Communion Hymn – “The grace of God our Savior hath appeared to all men.  Alleluia.”

Instead of “We have seen the true light…” Troparion of the Epiphany, Tone 4

Next week’s homework:   
Ephesians 4:7-13 (Sunday after Epiphany)
Matthew 4:12-17 (Sunday after Epiphany)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 6 – THE SUNDAY OF THE DIVINE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD AND GOD JESUS CHRIST

This morning we are honored and blessed to welcome our father in Christ, Most Reverend Archbishop JOSEPH, Metropolitan of New York and of all North America, to St. Mary’s Church to preside at this Hierarchical Epiphany Divine Liturgy and to bless the waters.  We are also pleased to welcome Rev. Deacon John El Massih.  Many years!

Mission Statement - The mission of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, NY, is to love and worship God through participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and to live and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We carry out this mission through education, outreach, fellowship, and works of mercy with love for each other, our neighbors, and our diverse world.

TODAY, JANUARY 6 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Fred Arida, Dr. Hickmet Arida, Economous Faried Farkouh, Khouria Wassila Farkouh, Anna Habib, Gabriel Hamatie, Mary Hamwi, Olga Kalaf, Robert Malouf, Madeleine Malouf, Rose Merhige, Sally Renieri, Ronald Sadaka, Melia Saydah, Edward Saydah, Edward Shoucaire, Anne Marie Smatt, Demetri Zayat, and Nazli N. Zayat.  Memory eternal!

Albert Absey offers Prayers of Oblation in celebration of the wedding of Dana Wizeman and Dudley Poston on New Year’s Day.  Many years!

Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of the servants of God V. Rev. Fr. Faried and Khouria Wasilla Farkouh.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 13 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Eli T. Abdallah, Juad Arida, Pearl Arida, Nora and Kalel Ballan, Samia Arida, Adele Azeez, Mary Fadool, Ameenie Freije, Edward Ghazal, Emily Ghazal, Pauline Haddad, James Hamod, Maria Hindelly, Tofeek Kaidy, Leila M. Khouri, George John Nahas, Edma Saab, Madeleine H. Salamy, Alberta Samaha, Alexander Trabolsi, Nora Trefz, and Emil Tweel.  Memory eternal!

POST-COMMUNION PRAYERS – As the faithful approach to reverence the cross, receive a blessing and a piece of antidoron (holy bread) at the dismissal, a reader will read the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving.  Please greet each other quietly as we reverently hear these prayers.

HOLY BREAD – Because we are ordering more bread, and the cost has gone up slightly, we will now ask for a donation of $50/week.  Donors are welcome for January and succeeding months.

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Please allow the Church School students, teachers and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that they can proceed to their classes and begin in a timely fashion.   The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

POINSETTIAS – Please feel free to take home a poinsettia after today’s Divine Liturgy.  The church would appreciate any free will offerings.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Clair Banat (Norwegian), Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Louis Savarese (Haym Salomon Home), George Arbeeny, Charlie Bryant, Albert Castley (FL), Nadim Dahdouh, Robert Forcina, Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Jim Thompson (NJ), Marianne Trabulsi (PA), and Rose Zrake (at home).  If a member of your family is in the hospital or recuperating at home, please call the church office and let us know as soon as possible.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER OFFERINGS – We gratefully receive the offerings of Albert Absey, Naziha and Bassam Aldaia, Trisha Aznavoorian, Joan Bacon, Violette Bastajian, Marie and Charles Bryant, Rhonda Byrnes, Christopher Castley, Sandra and Robert Coogan, Katherine and Hassan Dagher, Gloria Darzi, Barbara Deeb, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, Anita and John Eyd, Dr. Alice Farkouh, Mary Ganim, Josette and John Generale, Marianne Hindelly, George Khoury, Lily and Paul Lang, Razan and Sam Maalouf, Anne and Sabry Mackoul, Robert Mackoul, Carol Makhoul, Linda Mantia, Renee and Theodore Najjar, Kathryn and Dr. George Nassoor, Dr. Amer and Chaza Rafiaa, Marian Russo, Wade and Andrea Saadi, Roland Salloum, Wanda Salloum, Brenda Samman, Barbara and Dennis Shawah, Hiam Sukkarieh, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, Marilyn Tulaney, Jessica Zaher,  Karl Zarr and Marie Zarr.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE AND WINTER COAT DRIVE – Teen SOYO has placed large containers in the narthex for their Canned Food and Winter Coat Drives.  The Coat Drive includes gloves, hats, socks, blankets and sweaters, and will continue into January.  Thank you for your support.

PARISH WEBSITE – Did you know that we post the weekly bulletin on the web?  Simply go to www.smaoc.squarespace.com/bulletin, and view the bulletin at home.  Also, find us on Facebook.

PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.

DATES TO REMEMBER

    Sunday, January 6        Metropolitan JOSEPH presides at Epiphany

                    Ladies’ Epiphany Luncheon

    Saturday, January 12        Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

    Monday, January 14        Parish Council, 7:30 PM   

FROM THE FATHERS – “Do you see, beloved, how many and how great blessings we would have lost, if the Lord had yielded to the exhortation of John, and declined baptism?  For the heavens were shut before this; the region above was inaccessible. A reconciliation took place of the visible with the invisible; the celestial orders were filled with joy; the diseases of earth were healed; secret things were made known; those at enmity were restored to amity.  For you have heard the word of the evangelist, saying, the heavens were opened to Him on account of three wonders. For when Christ the Bridegroom was baptized, it was meet that the bridal-chamber of heaven should open its brilliant gates. And in like manner also, when the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove, and the Father’s voice spread everywhere, it was meet that the gates of heaven should be lifted up.  And, lo, the heavens were opened to Him; and a voice was heard, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

  • St. Hippolytus of Rome

When Thou, O Lord, were baptized in the Jordan, worship of the Trinity was made manifest.  For the voice of the Father bare witness unto thee, and called thee His beloved Son. And the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed these words.  O Christ our God, who has appeared to us and has enlightened the world, glory to thee!

- Troparion of the Feast of Epiphany, Tone 1

EPIPHANY 2019

Blessing of Homes

The blessing of homes during the season of Theophany is a long-standing tradition of our Orthodox Church.  Following the Great Blessing of Water, it is customary for the priest to visit the homes of the faithful, bringing with him the “blessings of the Jordan.”  Through the solemn prayers, we rededicate our home to be a place where a family is guided by Jesus Christ.  Since this is the time in our Church Year when we remember the coming of Christ and the beginning of His ministry, when He descended into the Jordan to be baptized by St. John the Forerunner, it is fitting that the Lord enter our homes and our hearts now.  It reminds us that we must “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”  (Matthew 4:17)  This is why our homes must be blessed and sanctified on a regular basis.  

When the priest comes for the house blessing, please use these guidelines:

Have as many family members as possible present for the appointment.

  1. Set up a place for prayer in the dining room or kitchen with an icon and candle.

  2. Print a list of the first names of all family members, making a distinction between the living and the departed.

  3. Turn off the television, radio, stereo, computer or any other distraction.

  4. Make the priest aware of any special needs or issues you may have.

  5. Tell the priest about any family members who are ill or in need of a visit.

Either complete the form below and return it to the office, or call the office at (718) 238-8008.  The Church also blesses homes between Holy Pascha and Pentecost and between the Feast of the Cross and October 1.

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Dear Father Michael:


I/we would like to have you bless my/our home in 2019.


Name:  _________________________________  Phone: _____________________________


Address:  ____________________________________________________________________


Best Season:        Between Epiphany (January 6) and Great Lent (March 10)

(Please circle one)    Between Holy Pascha (April 28) and Pentecost (June 16)

            Between the Feast of the Cross (September 14) and October 1


Best Day:    Mon    Tue    Wed    Thu    Fri    Sat    Sun    (Please circle)

Best Time:    ________________    AM    PM


PLEDGE REMINDER – As we begin the new calendar year we remind our faithful to consider prayerfully their commitment for the year ahead.  There is a pledge card in the January offering envelopes, and there are pledge cards in the back of the church. And always remember to include St. Mary’s in your will or estate plan!  Thank you.

ICON EXHIBIT – The Sheen Center for Though and Culture, 18 Bleecker Street in Manhattan, will present a free Mosaic Icon Exhibition by Ukrainian artist Oksana Prokopenko from now until January 18, 2019 from 9 AM – 9 PM.  For more information go to www.oksanapro.com.   

2019 CHURCH CALENDARS – The Church Calendars for 2019 are now available in the “narthex.”

RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – We remind our faithful parishioners that we will celebrate all divine services in Couri Hall.  We anticipate that the restoration of the church will take approximately six months. As we stated in our letter to the parish, we will need to make alternative arrangements in the event of baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

As usually happens in projects of this nature, the Church has run into unbudgeted expenses which the Parish Council will discuss after the first of the year.  These expenses make it vitally important that everyone does what he or she can to bring this project to a successful conclusion.  If you have not yet made a pledge or contribution toward this project, please find a pledge card on the table at the back of the hall, or see any Parish Council member.  The pledge card will provide an opportunity to make a one-time donation or a pledge for payment over a period of four months. To date the following friends and families have made pledges or donations towards this project:


Renee Abate, Rose Abdallah, Albert Absey, Fadi Albishara and Ann Nardone, Beverly and Alexander Araman, Dr. Kenneth and Euginia Arida, Sandra Arida, Michele Ateyeh, Angela and Christopher Athineos, Kenneth Azar, Michael and Maria Azar, Joan Bacon, Diana and Timothy Bittar, Charles and Marie Bryant, Nancy Collette, Drs. Gregory and Amal Dalack, Michael Nassif Dalack, Gloria Darzi, Barbara Deeb, Janice Deeb, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, John and Anita Eyd, Peter Elkas, Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh, Diana Finger, Alice Carolyn and David Furer, Gary Gagnone, Marc and Helen Galloway, Mary Ganim, Josette and John Generale, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Ghiz, Dr. George Haddad, Nissar Haddad, Gregory Hamaty, Lola Hamra, Edward Hanna, Marianne Hindelly, Gloria and Kenneth Jabara, Lina and Sam Kaiami, Joyce Katen, Anthony Kirshy, Shelly and Patricia Kaufman, George Khoury, Jr., Dr. Nidal and Christine Khoury, Debbie and Robert Mackoul, Sabry and Anne Glynn Mackoul, Rafik Mahab, Carol Makhoul, Michael and Corrine Mallia, Linda Mantia, Denise and Christopher McBride, Edith Tadross O’Donnell, Dr. Amer and Chaza Rafiaa, Marian Russo, Karen Sadaka, Theodore Sadaka, Audrey and Charles Sahadi, Louise Sahadi, Linda and George Salamy, Victor and Joyce Samaha, Louis Saverese, Caroline and Peter Schneirla, Gladys Schroeder, Dennis and Barbara Shawah, William and Nadia Soued, Anthony Speer, Karen and Matthew Spolar, Hiam Sukkarieh, Michael Tadross, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney, Gisele and George Wardi, Henry Wardi, Jeffrey Zahka, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, Malakie and Richard Zogob, Cindy and Gregory Zrake, and Rose Zrake.

ESTATE PLANNING – Have I included St. Mary’s Church in my estate plan?


A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Bulletin for Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Holy Martyr Menas of Egypt
Tone 7 and Eothinon 2
Martyrs Victor and Stephanie in Damascus

We are pleased to welcome you to worship with us today.  Please note that only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves with prayer, fasting and a recent confession may approach to receive Holy Communion.  Everyone is welcome to reverence the cross and to partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor, and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 7
Thou didst shatter death by thy Cross.  Thou didst open paradise to the thief. Thou didst turn the mourning of the ointment-bearing women into joy, and didst bid thine Apostles proclaim a warning that thou hast risen, O Christ, granting to the world thy Great Mercy.

Apolytikion of the Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4
Thy nativity, O Theotokos, hath proclaimed joy to the whole universe.  For from thee did shine forth the Sun of justice, Christ our God, annulling the curse, and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.

Kontakion of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple – Tone 4
The all-pure temple of the Saviour, the most precious bridal-chamber and Virgin, the treasure-house of the glory of God, today entered the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace which is in the divine Spirit:  whom also the angels of God do celebrate in song; for she is the heavenly tabernacle.


Epistle – II Corinthians 4:6-15 (Holy Martyrs Menas of Egypt and Victor of Damascus)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 67:35, 27.  God is wondrous in His saints.
Verse.  In the churches bless ye God!

    BRETHREN, seeing that it is the God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, the same also shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

    But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of power is from God, and not from us.  We are pressed on every way, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; smitten down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body.  For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you.

    But having in us the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, “I believed, and therefore I spoke,” we also believe, and therefore we also speak, knowing that the One who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up through Jesus, and will make us stand together with you.  For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, which is multiplied through the thanksgiving of many, may abound to the glory of God.


Gospel – Luke 10:25-37 (Eighth Sunday of Luke)

AT THAT TIME, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read?” And the lawyer answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”  And Jesus said to him, “You have answered right; do this, and you will live.”

    But the lawyer, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”  Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”  The lawyer said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

Next week’s homework:   
Ephesians 4:1-7 (Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Luke 12:16-21 (Ninth Sunday of Luke)

PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.

NOVEMBER 11, 2018 – HOLY MARTYR MENAS THE WONDERWORKER

Mission Statement - The mission of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, NY, is to love and worship God through participation in the liturgical life of the Church, and to live and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We carry out this mission through education, outreach, fellowship, and works of mercy with love for each other, our neighbors, and our diverse world.


TODAY, NOVEMBER 11 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra, Linda Cassatly, Leila Dahdouh, Stanley Fadel, Charlene Alekel Goldrick, Rashida Marie Haddad, Victoria Khouri, Dorothy Madey, George Malouf, George Massabni, Nora K. Nahas, Gabriella R. Sadaka, Nicholas Sahadi, Charles Salloum, Victor Smatt, and Alex Zahka.  Memory eternal!

Michele Ateyeh offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Victoria Khouri.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Fawzi Semaan offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of his soul.  A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy. Memory eternal!

Michelle and David Solano offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Leila Dahdouh.  Memory eternal!

Janice Hili offers Prayers of Oblation and a Five-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of her father, Stanley Fadel.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Eva Abdalla, Antanius N. Arida, Fred Brahamsha, Louise Dibbs, Sahab Dibbs, Alice Elkas, Richard H. Habeeb, George R. Haddad, Henry Haddad, Jr., Paul David Khoury, John G. Klele, Sophie Kotite, John A. Livreri, Louis Orfaly, Dorothy Dillon Page, Fuad Salamy, Adele Sarkees, George Shamyer, Moufid Taweel, John Trabulsi, and Gregory Zarr.  Memory eternal!

Peter Elkas will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Alice Elkas.  Memory eternal!

Claudie Hadad and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Henry Hadad, Jr.  They also pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Saleem Jabara, Olga Azkoul Jabara, Delores Jabara, and Paul Jabara.  Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – The Family of George Malouf offers the Holy Bread for the month of November in his memory.  Memory eternal!  Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year.  Because we are ordering more bread, and the cost has gone up slightly, we will now ask for a donation of $50/week.

PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish Council will meet tomorrow, November 12, at 7:30 PM.

POST-COMMUNION PRAYERS – As the faithful approach to reverence the cross, receive a blessing and a piece of antidoron (holy bread) at the dismissal, a reader will read the Post-Communion Prayers of Thanksgiving.  Please greet each other quietly as we reverently hear these prayers.

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Please allow the Church School students, teachers and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that they can proceed to their classes and begin in a timely fashion.   The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Tiriz Alsaifi, George Arbeeny, Clair Banat, Charlie Bryant, Nadim Dahdouh, Robert Forcina, Joey Ganim (MD), Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Gregory Hamaty, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Brenda Samman, Louis Savarese, Susan Schocket-Obel, Nancy Schmidt, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Jim Thompson (NJ), Marianne Trabulsi (PA), Kathleen Zarr, and Rose Zrake (at home).  If a member of your family is in the hospital or recuperating at home, please call the church office and let us know as soon as possible.

MIDNIGHT RUN – Teen SOYO and the Young Adults will participate in this Friday’s Midnight Run.  Please meet at Holy Cross Church at 8 PM for food and clothing preparation.  Please see Deacon Farid, Andrea Zrake, or Diana Kaiami for more information.

IOCC SUNDAY – Our November pledge envelopes included a yellow envelope for “International Orthodox Christian Charities” dated November 18.  We annually receive this collection on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  Our faithful can either drop their envelope in the collection tray on Sundays or return it to the church office.  If you are not receiving pledge envelopes, please inform the church office so that we can add you to our list of supporters.  Thank you for your support of IOCC.

ORDER OF ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH – Save the date for the Order of St. Ignatius Christmas Gathering on Saturday, December 22, following Great Vespers at 6 PM at St. Anthony Church in Bergenfield, NJ.  This year everyone is invited, not just current members of the Order. There will be appeal for the new cabins at the Antiochian Village Camp.  A formal invitation will follow. Please consider induction into the Order when Metropolitan JOSEPH visits on January 6.

LADIES’ CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – The Ladies of St. Mary’s are preparing for the Annual Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 1.  We are hoping that our very talented bakers will generously donate their specialties. If you would like to donate baked goods, please contact Marian Russo at (718) 836-7876.  We would appreciate receiving donations of costume and better jewelry, liquor, and new merchandise for the raffle baskets.  Other new items and gently used items should be brought to the church by Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 to be sold at the Ladies’ tables.  We need MEN VOLUNTEERS on a Sunday afternoon (date will be determined shortly) to pick up Christmas decorations. MEN VOLUNTEERS are also needed on the afternoon of December 1 to pack up after the Boutique.  Please contact Gale Zarr at (917) 771-2427.

PARISH WEBSITE – Did you know that we post the weekly bulletin on the web?  Simply go to www.smaoc.squarespace.com/bulletin, and view the bulletin at home.  Also, find us on Facebook.

Cries of the Heart:  Words of Assurance

Using the Psalms to Make it through the Day

The Psalms are great songs of our dignity and fallibility, they serve as tools that help us get in touch with our feelings and realize that we are never alone, never forgotten, never overlooked, no matter how bleak or broken we may feel.  They are honest to God, raw, harsh, unexpurgated and very adult in content and sentiment.

The Psalms express human cries of Anger, Despair, Loneliness, Anxiety, and Hopelessness.  They express what it feels like to be broken, worried for your children, your parents, your partners and your friends. The poison we feel when we are full of resentments toward those we envy or have the desire to get even with those who have hurt us.  They are also songs of Hope, Joy and Praise.

For ages upon ages these songs have been used as guideposts and safe havens for those of many faiths, of lost faith, of no faith or of other spiritual traditions and temperaments.

For six weeks we will read selected psalms and use them therapeutically to ease our fears and heighten our gratitude and joy that we are not alone and that God is working with us.  All this makes for lively dialogue and wonderful way for us to come together as a community.

Please join Fr. Michael and Dr. Jim Maroosis as they discuss how the Psalms free us from shame, teach us to live healthier, happy lives through good times and times of difficulty or extreme hardship and concern.

Remaining Schedule of Psalms and Themes to be discussed:


10/10 You Are What You Eat

“Blessed is the man / Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…

Nor sits in the seat of the troublesome” – Psalm 1


10/17 Family Betrayal

“Oh Lord, why do those who afflict me multiply” - Psalm 3


10/24 Trust in God

“The Lord is my Shepard: I shall not want” - Psalm 23


11/7 Feeling Forsaken and Confused

“Oh God, my God, hear me: Why have you forsaken me” – Psalm 22


11/14 The Joy of Forgiveness

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy” – Psalm 50/51


11/21 Jump for Joy

“Let everything that breathes praise the Lord” – Psalm 150



RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – We remind our faithful parishioners that we will celebrate all divine services in Couri Hall.  We anticipate that the restoration of the church will take approximately six months. As we stated in our letter to the parish, we will need to make alternative arrangements in the event of baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

To date the following friends and families have made pledges or donations towards this project:

Renee Abate, Rose Abdallah, Albert Absey, Fadi Albishara and Ann Nardone, Beverly and Alexander Araman, Dr. Kenneth and Euginia Arida, Sandra Arida, Michele Ateyeh, Angela & Christopher Athineos, Kenneth Azar, Michael and Maria Azar, Joan Bacon, Charles and Marie Bryant, Drs. Gregory and Amal Dalack, Michael Nassif Dalack, Gloria Darzi, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, John and Anita Eyd, Peter Elkas, Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh, Diana Finger, Alice Carolyn and David Furer, Marc and Helen Galloway, Mary Ganim, Josette and John Generale, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Ghiz, Nissar Haddad, Gregory Hamaty, Lola Hamra, Marianne Hindelly, Joyce Katen, Anthony Kirshy, Shelly and Patricia Kaufman, George Khoury, Jr., Dr. Nidal and Christine Khoury, Debbie and Robert Mackoul, Sabry and Anne Glynn Mackoul, Rafik Mahab, Carol Makhoul, Michael and Corrine Mallia, Linda Mantia, Denise and Christopher McBride, Edith Tadross O’Donnell, Dr. Amer and Chaza Rafiaa, Maria Russo, Karen Sadaka, Theodore Sadaka, Audrey and Charles Sahadi, Louise Sahadi, Linda and George Salamy, Victor and Joyce Samaha, Louis Saverese, Gladys Schroeder, Dennis and Barbara Shawah, William and Nadia Soued, Anthony Speer, Karen and Matthew Spolar, Hiam Sukkarieh, Michael Tadross, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney, Gisele and George Wardi, Henry Wardi, Jeffrey Zahka, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, Malakie and Richard Zogob, Cindy & Gregory Zrake, and Rose Zrake.

If you have not yet made a pledge or contribution toward this project, please find a pledge card on the table at the back of the hall, or see any Parish Council member.  The pledge card will provide an opportunity to make a one-time donation or a pledge for payment over a period of six months.


ESTATE PLANNING – Have I included St. Mary’s Church in my estate plan?


DATES TO REMEMBER


    Monday, November 12        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

    Wednesday, November 14    Adult Discussion Group, 7:00 PM

    Thursday, November 15        Advent Begins

    Friday, November 16        Midnight Run, 8:00 PM

    Saturday, November 17        Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

    Thursday, November 29        Ladies Baking and Boutique Set up

    Saturday, December 22        Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch Christmas Gathering


FROM THE FATHERS – “Consider all men to be your brothers, and sick brothers at that.  And if you come to feel that God has given you better health than others, now that it is given through mercy, so in health you may serve your frailer brothers.”

  • St. Nikolai Velimerovich


A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America