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