Bulletin for Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
Tone 6 and Eothinon 7
Great Prince Vladimir (Basil) of Kiev, Equal-to-the-Apostles

Today’s Hymns and Readings

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 the Holy Fathers – Tone 8
Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, 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 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 – Titus 3:8-15 (Holy Fathers)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 31.11, 1.  Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.
Verse.  Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven.

TITUS, my son, the saying is sure.  I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.  But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greetings to you.  Greet those who love us in the faith.

Grace be with you all.  Amen.

Gospel – John 17:1-13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)

AT THAT TIME, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou has given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou has given him.  And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.

“I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word.  Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me.  I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee.  Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”

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

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.

JULY 15, 2018 –SUNDAY OF THE HOLY FATHERS OF THE FOURTH ECUMENICAL COUNCIL

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, JULY 15 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God George Abdelnoor, Wajiha Arees, Joseph Arida, Joseph Fadool, Mary Farkouh, Ferris Samara, Amelia Khoury, John Molfino, Victor Makhoul, Nora Khoury, Joseph Klam, Edmund Saleeby, and Bassem Sukkarieh.  Memory eternal!

The Bryant and Wallace Families offer Prayers of Oblation for the anonymous donor family who shared a “Gift of Life” following the loss of their son.  This gift provided Charlie an opportunity to continue his life through the grace and mercy of the Lord.

Malakie and Richard Zogob offer Prayers of Oblation for the good health of Charlie Bryant.  Many years!

Deacon Farid Farkouh offers Prayers of Oblation and the Holy Bread today for the repose of the soul of his mother, Mary Farkouh.  Memory eternal!

Malakie and Richard Zogob, and Rose Zrake and Family, offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Edward Ateyeh, Jr.  Memory eternal!

Vicky Nahas and Family offer Prayers of Oblation and a 2-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 22 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Jamila Eadeh, Victor Farkouh, Archpriest Wakeem Dalack, Joseph Imtanios, Josephine Khoury, Eissa Makarious Laham, Amelia Mansfield, Rose S. Razook, Odette Saadi, Marguerite Sabah, and George Zrake.  Memory eternal!

Lola Hamra will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 6-month Memorial for the repose of the soul of her husband, Chehadeh Hamra.  Memory eternal!

Marc Galloway will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 5-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of his mother, Gloria Saba Galloway.  A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

Rose Zrake and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God George Zrake on the fortieth anniversary of his repose.  Memory eternal!

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

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Now that Church School has ended the children can stay with their parents to receive Holy Communion.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

HOLY BREAD – Audrey and Charlie Sahadi have offered the Holy Bread of Oblation for the months of July and August for the good health and well being of the Sahadi Family.  Linda and George Salamy have made a donation through the rest of the year.

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.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Charlie Bryant (Gift of Life House, Philadelphia), Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Joey Ganim (MD), Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Brenda Samman, Louis Savarese, Susan Schocket-Obel, 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 inform the church office.

FESTIVAL MEETING – The committee organizing the Fall Festival will meet each Sunday following the Divine Liturgy until further notice.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

CLERGY SYMPOSIUM – Fr. Michael will attend the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village from Monday through Friday this week.  In the event of a pastoral emergency please call Deacon Farid at the number listed here in the bulletin.

MIDNIGHT RUN - Please consider giving a homeless person a sense of dignity by giving them a new package of undershirts.  You can bring a new package of undershirts in any size Medium, Large, XL and XXL that will be delivered directly to the homeless on the Midnight Run on July 20.   Please give your undershirt donations to Angela Athineos.  Thank you for your generosity to the poor.

DATES TO REMEMBER

Wednesday, August 1 Dormition Fast Begins

Monday, August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

Monday, August 13 Parish Council Meeting, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 15 Dormition of the Theotokos

Friday, August 17 Volunteers Baking for the Fall Festival

Saturday, August 18 Volunteers Baking for the Fall Festival

Saturday, September 8 Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and Fall Festival

Thursday, September 27 Saints and Sinners Golf Outing

FROM THE FATHERS – “They please the world most who please Christ least.”

  • St. Jerome of Stridonium

 

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

Bulletin for Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday, July 8, 2018
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 5 and Eothinon 6
Great Martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal 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.

Apolytikion of St. Procopius the Great Martyr – Tone 4
Thy Martyr, O Lord, in his courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God.  For since he possessed Thy strength, he cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons’ strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by his prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

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 – Romans 12:6-15 (Sixth Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 11.7, 1.  You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse.  Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

BRETHREN, having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:  if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.  Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.

Gospel – Matthew 9:1-8 (Sixth Sunday of Matthew)

AT THAT TIME, Jesus got into a boat, crossed over and came to his own city.  And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”  And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?  But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he then said to the paralytic – “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they marveled, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Next week’s homework: Titus 3:8-15 (Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
Matthew 5:14-19 (Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)

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.  Now that Church School has ended the children can stay with their parents to receive Holy Communion.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

HOLY BREAD – Audrey and Charlie Sahadi have offered the Holy Bread of Oblation for the months of July and August for the good health and well being of the Sahadi Family.  Linda and George Salamy have made a donation through the rest of the year.

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

JULY 8, 2018 – SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

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, JULY 8 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Fuad Dirbas, Michael Eyd, Nora Hamod, Fred and Marguerite Farkouh, Michael Jureidini, Olga Kaity, Abraham Kalaf, Kaleel Kalaf, Alfred A. Khouri, George Lewis, William Lewis, Yvette Milkie, Fred Nassoor, George Shammah, and Valentine Trabulsi.  Memory eternal!

Brian Farkouh offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Marguerite and Fred Farkouh.  Memory eternal!

Nassan Fattouh and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of his brother George who departed this life in Syria.  A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

Leila and Raymond Trabulsi of Lincoln, RI, offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Lillian and Leon Hattab, Bassem Trabulsi, and Valentine Trabulsi.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 15 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God George Abdelnoor, Wajiha Arees, Joseph Arida, Joseph Fadool, Mary Farkouh,  Ferris Samara, Amelia Khoury, John Molfino, Victor Makhoul, Nora Khoury, Joseph Klam, Edmund Saleeby, and Bassem Sukkarieh.  Memory eternal!

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Charlie Bryant (U Penn, Philadelphia), Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Joey Ganim (MD), Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Brenda Samman, Louis Savarese, Susan Schocket-Obel, 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.

MIDNIGHT RUN - Please consider giving a homeless person a sense of dignity by giving them a new package of undershirts.  You can bring a new package of undershirts in any size Medium, Large, XL and XXL that will be delivered directly to the homeless on the Midnight Run on July 20.   Please give your undershirt donations to Angela Athineos.  Thank you for your generosity to the poor.

FALL FESTIVAL MEETING – There will be a meeting for the Fall Festival following today’s Divine Liturgy on the balcony.  Everyone is welcome. We will soon be announcing dates for food preparation and posting a sign-up sheet for volunteers to work before, during, and after the Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, September 8.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The church office needs volunteers on Monday at 1:00 PM to prepare the mailing of the quarterly pledge statements and a letter concerning the upcoming restoration of the church.  Please see Fr. Michael if you can help.

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – Save the date, Thursday, September 27, for our largest and most important fundraiser of the year!  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.  A packet of information will go out this month.  The deadline for submissions to the Journal will be August 31.

PRAYER BEFORE TRAVEL – Lord Jesus Christ my God, be my companion, guide and protector during my journey.  Keep me from all danger, misfortune and temptation. By Your divine power grant me a peaceful and successful journey and safe arrival.  In You I place my hope and trust, and You I praise, honor and glorify, together with Your Father and Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages.  Amen.

AIR CONDITIONING – During the summer months we will set the A/C at a comfortable temperature, but if you feel the need, please remember to bring a sweater.

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.

EMAIL ADDRESSES – Please use the welcome card in the pew book racks to submit or update all your family email addresses so that we can contact our parishioners with timely news.

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

Monday, July 9 Mailing, 1:00 PM

July 16-20 Clergy Symposium at Antiochian Village

Friday, July 20 Midnight Run

Wednesday, August 1 Dormition Fast Begins

Monday, August 13 Parish Council Meeting, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 15 Evening Divine Liturgy, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 8 Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and Fall Festival

Thursday, September 27 Saints and Sinners Golf Outing

FROM THE FATHERS – “If it should ever happen that we are hindered…by some necessary and God-pleasing task…from observing our customary fasting and reading, we should not neglect love – which brings about purity of heart.  For the gain that comes from fasting and reading is not as great as the harm that comes from despising our brother and grieving him.”

  • St. John Cassian

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America