Bulletin for Sunday, January 7, 2017

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Synaxis of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John
Tone 6 and Eothinon 9
New Martyr Athanasios of Attalia

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Little Entrance Hymn - Apolytikion 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 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.

Apolytikion of Epiphany – Tone 1
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.

Apolytikion of the Synaxis of John the Baptist – Tone 2
The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner.  Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize Him Who had been proclaimed.  After suffering with joy in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in Hades the God Who appeared in the flesh, Who takest away the sin of the world, and granteth us the Great Mercy.

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, “As many as have been baptized into Christ…”

Epistle – Acts 19:1-8 (Synaxis of St. John the Baptist)
Prokeimenon.  The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.
Verse.  O God, hear my prayer.

    IN THOSE DAYS, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus.  There he found some disciples.  And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  And they said, “No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?”  They said, “Into John’s baptism.”  And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the One Who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus.  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.  There were about twelve of them in all.  And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the Kingdom of God.

Gospel – John 1:29-34 (Synaxis of Honorable, Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John)

    AT THAT TIME, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’  I myself did not know him; for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”  And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.  I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”

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

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

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, JANUARY 7 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Fred Arida, Dr. Hickmet Arida, Economous Faried and Khouria Wassila Farkouh, Anna Habib, Gabriel Hamatie, Mary Hamwi, Maria Hindelly, Olga Kalaf, Robert Malouf, Madeleine Malouf, Rose Merhige, Sally Renieri, Ronald Sadaka, Melia Saydah, Edward Saydah, Edward Shoucaire, Demetri Zayat, and Nazli N. Zayat.  Memory eternal!

Sonia and Henri Abou Naoum, Juan Farrell, Fr. Joel and Renee Gillam, Virginia Haddad, Robert Sahadi, Kerry and Ron Sahadi, James Thompson, and Christine and Patrick Whelan all offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Wade Sahadi.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 – 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, Pauline Haddad, James Hamod, Tofeek Kaidy, Leila M. Khouri, George John Nahas, Edma Saab, Madeleine H. Salamy, Alberta Samaha, Anna Marie Smatt, Alexander Trabolsi, and Nora Trefz.   Memory eternal!

Rose Abdallah and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Eli T. Abdallah.  A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

Michele Ateyeh will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Leila M. Khouri.  Memory eternal!

Loulou Malouf and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God George Malouf.  A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

Claudette Hadad and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Henry Hadad, Jr.   Memory eternal!

Diane Jucovics will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 6-Month Memorial for the repose of the soul of her mother, Helen Sahadi.  A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.   Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh offer the Holy Bread of Oblation today for the repose of the souls of his grandparents, Economos Faried and Kh. Wassila Farkouh.   For January and subsequent months donors are welcome for a donation of $35/week.

GREAT VESPERS – There will be no Great Vespers this Saturday, January 13.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Kenneth Jabara, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Renee Najjar, Alfred Nahas, Susan Obel, Elena Paris, Brenda Samman, Louis Savarese, Leon Smatt, Marie Tashji, Claudette Teen, Marianne Trabulsi (PA), Jim Thompson (NJ), George Trisciuzzi, 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.

PLEDGE REMINDER – As we begin a new calendar year, we remind our faithful to complete their 2017 pledge commitments and to consider prayerfully their commitment for 2018.

PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish Council will meet tomorrow, Monday, January 8, at 7:30 PM.

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS – Brenda and Bobby Sabbagh have donated the Christmas decorations and candles on the pews in loving memory of Beder and Sadallah Sabbagh, Eleanor and George Kalesh, George R. Sabbagh, Victoria and Edgar Saadi, Adele Trisciuzzi, Vivian and George Massab, Alice & Victor Ayoub and Karen Ayoub.  Memory eternal!

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD – After our Community Christmas card went to print, we received additional greetings from Wayne, Renee, and Nathaniel Landry, Ronald and Renee Setteducato, and Dr. Robert and Gloria Madey.  Thank you for your contributions!

WINTER COAT DRIVE – Teen SOYO has placed a large container in the narthex for their annual Winter Coat Drive.  The Coat Drive includes gloves, hats, socks, blankets and sweaters, and will continue through January.  Thank you for your support.

PROCESSIONAL LANTERNS – The Ladies of St. Mary’s have sponsored two of the new processional lanterns in memory of their departed sisters Nancy Davis and Helen Sahadi.  Colette Samaan offers one of the lanterns in loving memory of her father, Samuel Samaan, and Dr. John Dalack offers the last one in loving memory of his beloved wife Shamseh Dalack.  Memory eternal!


Sunday, January 7            Ladies’ Epiphany Luncheon

Monday, January 8            Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 13            NO GREAT VESPERS

Thursday, January 18            Lecture @ St. Nino’s Orthodox Church, 7 PM

Friday, January 19            Teen SOYO and Young Adult Midnight Run

Saturday, January 20            Rhapsody Players, 7:00 PM


FROM THE FATHERS – “The labor of your heart must consist of ceaselessly praying to God that He will not allow you to wander astray or follow your own desres:  through this you will attain discernment.”

  • Sts. Barsanuphius the Great and John the Prophet


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