Sunday, September 23, 2018
Conception of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner, and Baptist John
Tone 8 and Eothinon 6
Martyr Raidos of Egypt and New Martyrs Nicholas the Grocer and John of Brachorion
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.
Apolytikion of the Conception of the Prophet and Forerunner John the Baptist – Tone 4
Rejoice, O barren one, who had not given birth; for behold thou has conceived clearly the one who is the dawn of the Sun who was about to illuminate the whole universe, blighted with sightlessness. Shout in joy, O Zachariah, crying in favor, Verily, the one to be born is a Prophet of the High.
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 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 – Galatians 4:22-27 (Conception of St. John the Baptist)
Prokeimenon. Psalm 63.10, 1. The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.
Verse. O God, hear my prayer.
BRETHREN, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with he children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.”
Gospel – Luke 5:1-11 (First Sunday of Luke)
AT THAT TIME, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
Next week’s homework:
II Corinthians 9:6-11 (Eighteenth Sunday after the Pentecost)
Luke 6:31-36 (Second 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.
PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.
SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 – CONCEPTION OF THE FORERUNNER AND BAPTIST JOHN
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, SEPTEMBER 23 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Nicholas Awad, Zakia Awad, Albert Ayoub, Victoria Baloutine, George Haddad, Emileen Hanna, Stephen Paul James, Eleanor Kalesh, Shamseh Kaydouh, Nazera Kinge, George Moore, Donald O. Page, Matilda Saba, Very Rev. Fr. W.P.S. and Kh. Shirley Schneirla, William Sutfin Schneirla, Jr., and Sadie Shamoun. Memory eternal!
The Boyle, Howie, and Regnier Families offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Peter James (PJ) Boyle. Memory eternal!
The Hanna and Saleeby Families offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the handmaiden of God Emileen Hanna. A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy. Memory eternal!
NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Lorraine Assatly, Victoria F. Dib, Ghassan Fattouh, Avjon and Dimitry Golam, Werda Hadad, Alexander Khoury, Edward, Ronald, Valerie and Victoria Tadross, and Barbara Salamy. Memory eternal!
Michelle Ateyeh will offer Prayers of Oblation and a Memorial Service for the repose of the soul of her brother, Edward Ateyeh, Jr. A luncheon will follow the Divine Liturgy. Memory eternal!
Carol Furer will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of her mother, the handmaiden of God Victoria F. Dib. Memory eternal!
Howard Samara will offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of the souls of his brother Ferris and sister-in-law Bertha Samara. 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.”
HOLY BREAD – Roland Salloum and Wanda Salloum offer the Holy Bread for the month of September for the health of the Salloum and Kronfli Families. Donors are welcome for October and subsequent months. Linda and George Salamy have 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.
FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Clair Banat (Norwegian), Tiriz Alsaifi, George Arbeeny, 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), 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.
FOOD FESTIVAL – We extend our congratulations to Co-Chairs Bassam Maalouf and Chris Athineos on our inaugural St. Mary’s Feast and Food Fair. All the food disappeared in a little over an hour! We also thank all the ladies who cooked and baked both at home and in the church last Friday and Saturday: Sonia Abounaoum, Tiriz Alsaifi, Nour Baghdan, Siham Cawog, Majdeline Boutros Elkhoury, Kh. Laila Ellias, Marie Fallah, Aline Farkouh, Nahla Bittar Fattouh, Rima Alsifi Hazem, Samia Keriaky, Malakeh Keswani, Norma Khoury, Nahla Laham, Hanadi Maalouf, Razan Maalouf, Chaza Rafiaa, Lama Rajha, Lara Rustom, Samar Shahem, Lina Zaher, Maha Zaher, and Josephine Zgheib - as well as all the people who served and cleaned on Sunday. We heard many good things, and some have suggested that we do this every year for our feast day! There will be a review meeting on Sunday, September 30.
CHURCH SCHOOL – This year we have combined the Church School and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). All parents of students are automatically members of the Church School community. Full classes begin today following Holy Communion. Please see Co-Directors Lorraine Deeb and Michael Regnier to enroll your children.
SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – The Golf Outing, our largest fundraiser of the year, is this Thursday, September 27! This year our beloved Rev. Deacon Farid Farkouh will receive the parish’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and our long-time supporter, the late Susan Rohan will be honored with the Victor J. Samra, Jr. Memorial Award. Pray for good weather!
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Thursday, September 27 Saints and Sinners Golf Outing
Saturday, September 29 No Great Vespers
Sunday, September 30 Memorial and Luncheon in honor of Edward Ateyeh, Jr.
FROM THE FATHERS – “Do not disdain your conscience, for it always gives you the best advice. It sets before you the Will of God and the Angels, frees you from the secret defilements of the heart, and grants you boldness before God at your departure from this life.”
St. Maximus the Confessor
A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America