Bulletin for Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017
Transfiguration of Our Lord and Savior 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 the Transfiguration – Tone 7
When, O Christ our God, thou was transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it.  Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O thou Bestower of light, glory to thee.

Entrance Hymn – For in Thee is the fountain of life, in Thy light we shall see the light.  O Son of God, who wast transfigured on Mount Tabor, we sing to thee, Alleluia!

Troparion of the Transfiguration – Tone 7
When, O Christ our God, thou was transfigured on the mountain, thou didst reveal thy glory to thy Disciples in proportion as they could bear it.  Let thine everlasting light also enlighten us sinners, through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O thou Bestower of light, glory to thee.

Kontakion of the Transfiguration – Tone 7
Thou wast transfigured on the mount, and thy Disciples, in so far as they were able, beheld thy glory, O Christ our God:  so that, when they should see thee crucified, they would remember that they suffering was voluntary, and could declare to all the world that thou art truly the effulgent Splendour of the Father.

Epistle – II Peter 1:10-19 (Transfiguration of Christ)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 103.24, 1.  O Lord, how magnificent are your works.
Verse.  Bless the Lord, O my soul.

BRETHREN, be more zealous to confirm your call and election, for if you do this you will never fall; so there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Therefore I intend always to remind you of these things, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have.  I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to arouse you by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.  And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  For when he received honor and glory from God the Father and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain.  And we have the prophetic word made more sure.  You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Gospel – Matthew 17:1-9 (Transfiguration of Christ)
AT THAT TIME, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain apart.  And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light.  And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.  And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is well that we are here; if you wish, I will make three booths here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.”  He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him!”  When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”  And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.

And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of man is raised from the dead.”

Next week’s homework:
I Corinthians 4:9-16 (Tenth Sunday after Pentecost)
Matthew 17:14-23 (Tenth Sunday of Matthew)

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.

AUGUST 6, 2017 – TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

TODAY, AUGUST 6 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Mary Assatly, Vivian Biele, Peter Boragi, Victoria Boragi, William Cury, Nabiha Dibbs, Adele Forzly, Henry Joseph Halaby, lll, Victoria Katen, Adrienne Poulakakos, and Victor Samra.  Memory eternal!

Dr. Alice B. Farkouh offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God William B. Cury.  Memory eternal!

The Ladies of St. Mary’s offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of their two devoted members, Nancy Davis and Helen Sahadi.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Nancy Davis offers Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of her soul.  A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Helen Sahadi offers Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of her soul.  A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Stephanie Bitar, Emile N. Jabbour, Alex Kalaf, George Kalesh, Aref Khoury, Salwa Khoury, Sally Klele, Margarite Razook, Erna Saydah, Edward Zarick, Ernest Zayat, and Lawrence Zayat.  Memory eternal!

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

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Since Church School has ended, the students can remain with their families and receive the Holy Eucharist together.   The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

HOLY BREAD – Donors are now welcome for August through November.  Linda and George Salamy have made a donation through the rest of the year.  Many years!

Dr. John Dalack offers the grapes for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ for the repose of the souls of his beloved wife Shamseh and of the servant of God Dr. John L. Boojamra on the anniversary of his birthday.  Memory eternal!

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Edward Hanna (Norwegian), Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), Kenneth Jabara (Lehigh Valley, E. Stroudsburg, PA), Renee Najjar (NY Presbyterian), Josette Generale, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Louis Savarese, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Jim Thompson (NJ), Malakie Zogob, 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.

SUMMER PLEDGES – As many members take their vacations, we ask everyone to maintain their pledge payments as the summer months are very lean.

DORMITION FAST – The final fasting period of the church year, the Fast for the Dormition of the Theotokos, began on Tuesday, August 1, and continues through Monday, August 14.  The traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and olive oil) is observed on all days except Saturdays and Sundays when there is katalysis for wine and olive oil, and today, the Feast of the Transfiguration, when fish is permitted.

EPISTLE READERS – In Gareth’s absence, we are preparing a list of parishioners who are interested in reading the epistle in English and/or Arabic.  Please see Fr. Michael.

CHURCH SCHOOL FIELD TRIP – The Church School will sponsor its annual field trip to Victory Stables, 121 Five Points Road, Colts Neck, New Jersey, on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Please see Carol Makhoul or Lorraine Deeb for more information.

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – Save the date, Thursday, September 21, for our largest and most important fundraiser of the year!  This year our beloved Evelyn Shamoun will receive the parish’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and both Elaine and Edward Ateyeh will be honored with the Victor J. Samra, Jr. Memorial Award.  The packet of information has gone out.  If you did not receive a packet, please call the church office.

FALL HAFLI – Save the date, Saturday, September 30, for the 2nd Annual Fall Hafli here at St. Mary’s Church.  Please see Rima Alsifi Hazem or Samer Kaiami for more information.

ESTATE PLANNING – Have you provided for the guardianship of any minor children or disabled adult children?  Have you included St. Mary’s Church in your plan?

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

August 6-14 Dormition Fast Continues

Monday, August 14 Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Tuesday, August 15 Dormition of the Theotokos @ Kimisis G.O. Church, 9:30 AM

Saturday, September 16 Church School Outing to Victory Stables, Colts Neck, NJ

Thursday, September 21 Annual Saints and Sinners Golf Classic, Hempstead, NY

Saturday, September 30 Fall Hafli, 8:00 PM

 

FROM THE FATHERS – “Lift up the eyes of your mind to the light of the Gospel of Transfiguration, that you yourself might be trnasfigured as your spiritual intellect is made new.  If this happens, you will draw down divine rays from on high and will be conformed to the image of the glory of the Lord, whose face shone on the mountain as radiant as the sun.”

  • St. Gregory Palamas

Bulletin for Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 6 and Eothinon 7
Hieromartyr Phocas, Bishop of Sinope

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 the Resurrection – Tone 6
When Mary stood at thy grave looking for thy sacred body, angelic powers shone above thy revered tomb, and the soldiers who were to keep guard became as dead men. Thou led hades captive and wast not tempted thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst give life to the world; O thou that art risen from the dead! O Lord, glory to thee.

Troparion 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 Theotokos – Tone 2
O undisputed intercessor of Christians, the mediatrix unrejected by the Creator, turn not away from the voice of our petitions, though we be sinners. Come to us in time, who cry to thee in faith, with assistance; for thou art good. Hasten to us with intercessions, O Theotokos, who dost ever intercede for those who honour thee.

Epistle – Romans 15:1-7 (Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon. Psalm 27.9, 1. O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Verse. To you, O Lord, have I cried, O my God.

BRETHREN, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Gospel – Matthew 9:27-35 (Seventh Sunday of Matthew)
AT THAT TIME, when Jesus was passing by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud and saying, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then Jesus touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, “See that no one knows it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to Jesus. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, “Never was anything like this seen in Israel.”

But the Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity of the people.

Next week’s homework: I Corinthians 1:10-17 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
Matthew 14:14-22 (Eighth Sunday of Matthew)

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 – Justice and Kaden Salloum offer the Holy Bread for the month of July for the good health of the Salloum Family. Many years! Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year. Many years!

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers. Since Church School has ended, the students can remain with their families and receive the Holy Eucharist together. The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

JULY 23, 2017 – SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

TODAY, JULY 23 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Jamila Eadeh, Victor Farkouh, Archpriest Wakeem Dalack, Edmund Nahas, Josephine Khoury, Eissa Makarious Laham, Amelia Mansfield, Rose S. Razook, Odette Saadi, Marguerite Sabah, Laurice Swaya, and George Zrake. Memory eternal!

Lily and Paul Lang, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, and Rose Zrake offer Prayers of Oblation for the good health of Josette Generale and Malakie Zogob. Many years!

The Zrake Family offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of George Zrake. Thirty-nine years, but never forgotten. Memory eternal!

The Laham Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Thuraya and Eissa Makarious Laham. Memory eternal!

Vicky Nahas and Family offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Edmund Nahas. A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy. Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 30 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Evelyn Arwady, Dewey and Rose Awad, Joseph Imtanios, Kh. Rose Khoury, George Sabbagh, Lulu Sahdala, Vivian Salem, and Georgette and John Shahood. Memory eternal!

Georgette Maione will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of her aunt, Kh. Rose Khoury. Memory eternal!

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Edward Hanna and Charles Salloum (Norwegian), Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), Josette Generale, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Alfred Nahas, Renee Najjar, Elena Paris, Louis Savarese, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Jim Thompson (NJ), Malakie Zogob, 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.

PROJECT MEXICO - The Fellowship of Saint John the Divine, Parent Teacher Organization, and Young Adult Fellowship are jointly hosting a six-month fundraiser for Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage.  Please make checks payable to The Fellowship of Saint John the Divine and give all monetary donations to Carol Makhoul no later than today. We will culminate our fundraiser with a Fall Harvest Luncheon on Sunday 12 November 2017. All donations from the Partner Pantry Program and Fall Harvest Luncheon will be dedicated in memory of Kh. Stephanie Yazge, wife of Fr. Anthony Yazge, Director of the Antiochian Village, and sister of Gregory Yova, Founder of Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage. For more information, please contact Carol Makhoul at 732-677- 3910 or at cmakhoul@optimum.net.

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN MISSION CENTER - There are still open opportunities on three OCMC medical mission teams to Guatemala and Indonesia and youth outreach teams that will be traveling to Ghana and Kenya in the fall. If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining these vital efforts of the Church, please contact Andy Lekos by phone at (904) 829-5132 x140, or by e-mail at teams@ocmc.org. Teams serve in the mission field for approximately two weeks and are a great way to impact the lives of people who are in great need around the world.

SUMMER PLEDGES – As many members take their vacations, we ask everyone to maintain their pledge payments as the summer months tend to be a little lean.

EPISTLE READERS – In Gareth’s absence, we are preparing a list of parishioners who are interested in reading the epistle in English and/or Arabic. Please see Fr. Michael for more information.

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – Save the date, Thursday, September 21, for our largest and most important fundraiser of the year! This year our beloved Evelyn Shamoun will receive the parish’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and both Elaine and Edward Ateyeh will be honored with the Victor J. Samra, Jr. Memorial Award. The mailing went out last week. If you did not receive a packet, please call the church office.

ESTATE PLANNING - Have you made a list of personal property items and who is to receive each? Have you included St. Mary’s Church in your plan?

PRAYER BEFORE TRAVEL – Lord Jesus, You traveled with the two disciples after the resurrection and set their hearts on fire with Your grace. Travel also with me and gladden my heart with Your presence. I know, Lord, that I am a pilgrim on this earth, seeking the citizenship which is in heaven. During my journey surround me with Your holy angels and keep me safe from seen and unseen dangers. Grant that I may carry out my plans and fulfill my expectations according to Your will. Help me to see the beauty of creation and to comprehend the wonder of Your truth in all things. For You are the way, the truth and the life, and to You I give thanks, praise and glory forever. Amen.

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

July 24-30 Archdiocese Convention, Miami, FL

August 1-14 Fast for the Dormition of the Theotokos

Sunday, August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

Tuesday, August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos

Thursday, September 21 Annual Saints and Sinners Golf Classic, Hempstead, NY

FROM THE FATHERS – “Do not run away from poverty or sorrows; such things lift our prayer to heaven.”

- Abba Evagrius the Solitary