Sunday, November 19, 2017
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 7 and Eothinon 2
Holy Prophet Obadiah
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 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.
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 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 – Ephesians 2:14-22 (Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon. Psalm 28.11, 1. The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse. Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.
BRETHREN, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Gospel – Luke 12:16-21 (Ninth Sunday of Luke)
THE LORD SPOKE THIS PARABLE: “The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
As he said this, Jesus called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Next week’s homework:
Ephesians 4:1-7 (Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Luke 18:18-27 (Thirteenth Sunday of Luke)
HOLY BREAD – Dr. John D. Dalack has offered the Holy Bread for the month of November for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. John L. Boojamra and Dorothy Madey. Memory eternal! Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year. Many years!
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.
NOVEMBER 19, 2017 – TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
TODAY, NOVEMBER 19 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Eva Abdalla, Antanius N. Arida, Fred Brahamsha, Louise Dibbs, Sahab Dibbs, Edward Richard Eadeh, Alice Elkas, Richard H. Habeeb, Paul David Khoury, John G. Klele, Sophie Kotite, John A. Livreri, Aziz Malika, Louis Orfaly, Dorothy Dillon Page, Fuad Salamy, Adele Sarkees, George Shamyer, John Trabulsi, and Moufid Taweel. Memory eternal!
Mr. & Mrs. John Hooper offer the Divine Liturgy in memory of their uncle, Oscar and Charles Salloum. Memory eternal!
Peter Elkas offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of his mother, Alice Elkas. Memory eternal!
NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Basil Kazan, Paul Dib, Albert Ganim, Eva Jobe, Antonia Khoury, Zakia Tannous Khoury, Theresa Kirshy, Mary Monier, Pauline Nehme, Elias Rahhal, Edward Sarkis, Edward Sayegh, Freda Sayegh, and Souhaila Jada Sciacchitano. Memory eternal!
The Bryant, Dalack, Ellias, Nassr, and Wallace Families will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Zakia Tannous Khoury. Memory eternal!
Alice Carolyn Furer will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of her father, Paul T. Dib. Memory eternal!
Laurice Ganim will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Albert Ganim. Memory eternal!
The Family of Antonia Khoury will offer Prayers of Oblation and a One-Year Memorial for the repose of her soul. Memory eternal!
The Family of Philip Alshayeb, who departed this life in Syria, will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of his soul. Memory eternal!
Marie Zarr and Gale Zarr will sponsor next week’s Coffee Hour in memory of Gregory Zarr, George Zarr, Rose Zarr and Gail Hall Zarr. Memory eternal!
TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers. Please allow Church School students, teachers, volunteers and Choir members to commune first so that classes can begin in a timely fashion and so that choir members can return to the loft. The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”
FALL HARVEST LUNCHEON - The Fellowship of Saint John the Divine, Parent Teacher Organization, and Young Adult Fellowship extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone who reached out at the Fall Harvest Luncheon to support Project Mexico and Saint Innocent Orphanage. Thanks to your generosity, a check, in the amount of $1100 is being sent to Project Mexico to provide a meal on Christmas Day to the 23 boys and 19 staff. God bless each of you.
FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), George Malouf (Lutheran), Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Kenneth Jabara, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Renee Najjar, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Sebastian Rothhammer, 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.
FEAST OF THE ENTRANCE OF THE THEOTOKOS – We will celebrate an Evening Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple tomorrow, November 20, at 7:00 PM. This feast is one of the twelve great feasts of the church year. If you plan to receive Holy Communion, please begin your fast after an early and light lunch.
ORGANIZATION MEETINGS – The Ladies of St. Mary’s, the Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO), and the Young Adult Fellowship will all meet after the Divine Liturgy today. All parents of Church School students are encouraged to participate in the PTO. The Young Adult Fellowship welcomes every ages 21-40 to join them today for the election of officers. No experience necessary!
FASTING DISCIPLINE FOR NOVEMBER – On Wednesday, November 15, we began the Advent Fast (Fast of St. Philip) in anticipation of the feast of the Nativity of Christ on December 25. The fast is divided into two periods. The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine, olive oil and their by-products) is observed on all days except Tuesdays and Thursdays when wine and oil are permitted, and Saturdays and Sundays when fish, wine, and oil are permitted.
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. Please bring in your contributions of canned goods before Sunday, December 17. The Coat Drive includes gloves, hats, socks, blankets and sweaters, and will continue into January. Thank you for your support.
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES – The Pastor’s Discretionary Account welcomes contributions during Advent to support cases of urgent need both inside and outside the parish. Make your check payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “PDA.”
GIVING TUESDAY - Black Friday and Cyber Monday are huge shopping days, but #GivingTuesday, November 28, allows us to give online to our favorite charity. Please consider donating to St. Vladimir’s Seminary that day: a generous benefactor will match whatever you give, up to $50,000. Also the Seminary will donate 10% of your gift to Pro Vita Association for the Born and Unborn in Romania, an organization that provides healthcare and education to family units being torn apart by economic stress and that often prevents the heartbreaking decision by a desperate mother to abort her unborn child. Donate online: www.svots.edu/support/gt.
ESTATE PLANNING – Have I included St. Mary’s Church in my estate plan?
TEEN SOYO – We have changed the Teen Christian Education Class from Wednesday at 6:00 PM to Saturday following Great Vespers. All teens are welcome and encouraged to attend.
CONTINUING EDUCATION – There will be no Bible Study this Wednesday, November 22. We will resume our Adult Education classes on Wednesday, November 29, at 7:30 PM. The topic is “The Early Church in the Book of Acts.” Bring your Orthodox Study Bibles. Everyone is welcome!
IOCC SUNDAY – Our November pledge envelopes included a yellow envelope for “International Orthodox Christian Charities.” 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 generous support.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – The Ladies of St. Mary’s are preparing for the Christmas Boutique in Couri Hall on Saturday, December 2. 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 new items and gently used items for sale at the Ladies’ Tables. These items should be brought to the church by Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1. Also we would be very grateful for any Christmas Boutique cash donations which can be used to offset the costs of the event. We need MEN VOLUNTEERS on Sunday, December 3, to pack up after the Boutique. Please contact Gale Zarr (917) 771-2427 if you are available.
ORTHODOX REWARDS PROGRAM – Earn money for St. Mary’s and the Retired Clergy Housing Fund. Shop online and in stores at over 4000 retailers. Take advantage of discounts and free shipping. Earn money for St. Mary’s on every dollar you spend at no additional cost. Register at Antiochian.org/rewardsprogram, select St. Mary’s Church, and install the “Support Button.”
EFFECTIVE GIVING IN 2017 – Did you know that there can be special tax benefits when you give life insurance policies to St. Mary’s Church? Life insurance policies you no longer need for their original purpose may be a good way to make a special gift. For example, if you expect to owe less in estate taxes, or if loved ones no longer need the protection provided by a particular policy, consider using that policy to fund a gift to the church. Gifts of life insurance policies offer a number of tax benefits depending on the policy’s value and other factors.
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, November 20 Evening Divine Liturgy - Entrance of the Theotokos, 7 PM
Saturday, November 25 Great Vespers, 5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 29 Adult Education, 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 30 Ladies baking and Christmas Boutique set-up
Friday, December 1 Christmas Boutique set-up
Saturday, December 2 Christmas Boutique
Sunday, December 3 SS. Nicholas and Barbara Day
FROM THE FATHERS – “He who sufficiently knows and judges himself has no time to judge others.”
St. Philaret of Moscow