Bulletin for Sunday, July 8, 2017

Sunday, July 9, 2017
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 4 and Eothinon 5
Hieromartyr Athenogenes, Bishop of Herakleopolis, and His Ten Disciples

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 4
Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the disciples, saying, Death hath been spoiled.  Christ God is risen, granting the world 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 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 10:1-10 (Fifth Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 103.24, 1.  O Lord, how magnificent are your works.  You have made all things in wisdom
Verse.  Bless the Lord, O my soul.

BRETHREN, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.  I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened.  For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.  For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified.

Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it.  But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say?  The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.

Gospel – Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1 (Fifth Sunday of Matthew)
AT THAT TIME, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way.  And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God?  Have you come here to torment us before the time?”  Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them.  And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.”  And he said to them, “Go.”  So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.  The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs.  And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood.

And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.

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

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, JULY 9- We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Fuad Dirbas, Fred and Marguerite Farkouh, Michael Jureidini, Olga Kaity, Abraham Kalaf, Kaleel Kalaf, Alfred A. Khouri, William Lewis, Yvette Milkie, Fred Nassoor, George Shammah, and Valentine Trabulsi.  Memory eternal!

Leila and Raymond Trabulsi of Lincoln, RI, will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the servants of God Leon Hattab, Lilian Hattab, Baseem Trabulsi, Herbert Trabulsi, John Trabulsi, and Valentine Trabulsi.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 16 – We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God George Abdelnoor, Wajiha Arees, Joseph Arida, Joseph Fadool, Mary Farkouh, Amelia Khoury, Victor Makhoul,  Nora Khoury, Joseph Klam, Edmund Saleeby, and Bassam Sukkarieh.  Memory eternal!

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.”

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), 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.  Both are Christian Orthodox missions that have received the blessing of the bishops from all Orthodox jurisdictions throughout the USA. The Order of Saint Ignatius and IOCC also support them.  From June through July 16, 2017, we will be collecting cash donations towards the purchase of cases of items from the attached list to send to Saint Innocent Orphanage.  A case of each item will cost between $18 to $48 dollars from the Dollar Tree or 99 cent Store.  Please consider donating the equivalent of a case of one of the items.  If you prefer, you may give an equivalent cash/check donation.  Please make checks payable to The Fellowship of Saint John the Divine and give all monetary donations to Carol Makhoul no later than the 16 July 2017.  If donating a case of an item(s), please bring the box to church each Sunday through August 20, 2017 and leave on the table in the narthex.  We will culminate our fundraiser with a Fall Harvest Luncheon on Sunday 12 November 2017.  All proceeds raised from the sale of raffle tickets and free will donations that day as well will be sent to Saint Innocent Orphanage to provide a meal to the boys and staff on Christmas Day.  For more information, please contact Carol Makhoul at 732-677-3910 or at (cmakhoul@optimum.net).  Please prayerfully consider supporting our Brothers in Christ at Saint Innocent Orphanage.

COFFEE HOUR – In the absence of a sponsor for this week’s Coffee Hour the Parish Council will place a basket on the table for our free will offerings.  Thank you!

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.

SUMMER ATTIRE – With warmer weather people tend to dress more casually.  As Orthodox Christians we know that our attire should be modest at all times, but especially in church.  We never appear with bare shoulders, inappropriate shirts, short skirts, or shorts.  We wear our “Sunday best” for God in whose presence we come whenever we enter His Holy temple.  Just as it would be disrespectful to show up at the White House without proper attire, we should be at least as concerned about how we present ourselves to the Ruler of Heaven and Earth.

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.  Watch the bulletin for more details.

ESTATE PLANNING?  Have you executed a durable power of attorney to provide for management of your affairs if you are, God forbid, incapacitated?  Have you included St. Mary’s Church in your plan?

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 home 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.

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.


Monday, July 10 Parish Council, 7:30 PM

July 10-12 Golf Outing Mailing Preparation

July 24-30 Archdiocese Convention, Miami, FL

Thursday, September 21 Annual Saints and Sinners Golf Classic, Hempstead, NY


FROM THE FATHERS – “He who wishes to overcome temptations without prayer and patient endurance will not succeed in driving them away, but will, in fact, become more entangled in them.”

  • St. Mark the Ascetic