Bulletin for Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 2 and Eothinon 5
Holy Prophet Habakkuk

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

Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 2
When thou, O immortal Life, didst humble thyself unto death, then didst thou destroy death by the brightness of thy Godhead; and when thou didst raise the bowels of the earth, then all the heavenly powers exclaimed, O Christ, thou art the Giver of life!  Glory to thee, O our God!

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 for the Preparation for the Nativity – Tone 3
Today the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth in an ineffable manner to the Word before the ages.  Rejoice, therefore, O universe, when thou hearest, and glorify with the angels and shepherds him who shall appear by his own will as a new babe, being God before the ages.

Epistle – Ephesians 6:10-17 (Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 117.14, 18.  The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse.  The Lord has chastened me sorely.

    BRETHREN, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breast plate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Gospel – Luke 18:35-43 (Fourteenth Sunday of Luke)

    AT THAT TIME, when Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant.  They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.’  And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Next week’s homework:   
Galatians 4:22-27 (Conception of the Theotokos)
Luke 13:10-17 (Tenth Sunday of Luke)

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 – Carol Makhoul and Denise McBride offer the Holy Bread for the month of December in memory of their parents, Laura and Victor Makhoul.  Memory eternal!  Rima and Elias Hazem also offer the Holy Bread for the month of December in memory of Rahma and Michel Hazem.  Memory eternal!  Linda and George Salamy have also 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.

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch 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.”


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, DECEMBER 2 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Joseph Davis, Rasheed Hajjar, Alfred Hanna, Eva Jobe, Sylvia Khouri, Jasmine Lattof, Tewfik Lewis, Pauline Maloof, Albert Massab, Lian Massab, Rose Nahmee, Herta Schroers, Felipe Trabolsi, and Virginia Zarr.  Memory eternal!

Rana Yazji and Majed Haddad offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Raja Yaziji.  Memorial eternal!

Nancy Collette of Franklin, MA, offers Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Nancy Davis and has made a donation to the Restoration Project in her memory.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Albert Assatly, George Ayoub, George Ellien, Nellie Ellien, Helen Figuccio, Maria Hajjar, Jamiel Howie, Very Rev. Abdallah Khoury, Fred Khoury, Laura Makhoul, Faris Razook, Josephine Razook, Nicholas Sabah, Edith B. Shagoury, Mary Shahin, Mike Simon, Adele Sullivan, Sarah Zarouni, Isabel Zrake, and George Zrike.  Memory eternal!

The Athineos Family will offer Prayers of Oblation for the health of Anna on her name’s day and the Artoklasia for the feast of the Conception of the Theotokos.  Many years!

Madeline Rosenberger of Lakewood, KS, will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the souls of her father, George Zrike, and her aunt, Isabel Zrake.  Memory eternal!

The Haddad Family will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day memorial for the repose of the souls of the handmaidens of God Samia Khoury and Raoufi Jreige both of whom departed this life in Syria within a week of each other.  Memory eternal!

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Clair Banat (Norwegian), Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), George Arbeeny, Charlie Bryant, Nadim Dahdouh, Robert Forcina, Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Louis Savarese, 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.

ARCHDIOCESE CONVENTION – If you are planning to attend the Archdiocese Convention in Grand Rapids, MI, this summer, take advantage of the “One Day Only” Sale on Thursday, December 6.  The Early Bird Event Package will be only $199. Go to www.AC2019GR.org for more details.

CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE - The Ladies of St. Mary's Christmas Boutique will conclude today.  We need MEN VOLUNTEERS to assist packing up.  Please see Gale Zarr if you will can help.

ST. NICHOLAS AND ST. BARBARA DAY – The Church School and the Parent/Teacher Organization invite all of the children of the parish to share in the St. Nicholas and St. Barbara Day festivities following next Sunday’s Divine Liturgy.  Please see Church School Directors Lorraine Deeb and Michael Regnier for more information.

ADVENT FAST – The Advent Fast, also known as the Fast of St. Philip, began on November 15.  This fast is divided into two periods: The first is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, dairy, fish, wine, and olive oil) is observed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; there is katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine, and oil on Saturdays and Sundays. The second is the period of the Forefeast, December 20 through 24, when the traditional fasting discipline is observed Monday through Friday, with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER OFFERING – Our December offering envelopes will contain an envelope marked “Special Offering” or “Flower Offering.”  Please be as generous as possible at the end of the calendar year and simultaneously maximize your taxable charitable deductions!  If you are not receiving pledge envelopes or do not have an official pledge, please see Fr. Michael, Parish Council Chair Daria Mayrose, or Treasurer Diana Kaiami.

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.

CHRISTMAS RECEPTION – The annual Christmas Reception for members and prospective members of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch will take place on Saturday, December 22, at St. Anthony Church in Bergenfield, NJ.

EPIPHANY LUNCHEON - The Ladies of St. Mary’s invite our parish to join them for the annual Epiphany Luncheon following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 6, 2019.  For information, contact President Sandra Arida or any of the Ladies.  There will be no tickets sold at the door due to catering constraints.

ORDER OF ST. IGNATIUS OF ANTIOCH – Did you know that membership in the Order of St. Ignatius costs less than $1.39 a day?  That amount sends children to camp, provides for retired clergy housing allowances, supports missions and evangelism, and much more.  Please prayerfully consider joining the Order.  See Fr. Michael or any member of the Order for more information.

ESTATE PLANNING – Have I included St. Mary’s Church in my estate plan?

PLEDGE REMINDER – As we approach the end of the calendar year we remind our faithful to complete their remaining pledge commitments and to consider prayerfully their commitment for the year ahead.  And always remember to include St. Mary’s in your will or estate plan! Thank you.

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.”

HOLIDAY DRAWING – The “Little Bit O’ Luck” Sweepstakes announces that Christine Farkouh won the Grand Prize of $2500, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney won the Second Prize of $1000, Karen Rich won the Third Prize of $500 which she, in turn, donated to the Restoration Fund.  We congratulate the winners and Bob Sabbagh, Deacon Farid Farkouh for another successful raffle!

ORTHODOX REWARDS PROGRAM – Earn money for St. Mary’s Church 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.”

DONATING SECURITIES – Did you know that you can donate securities to St. Mary’s Church either in fulfillment of your pledge or as a contribution to the Endowment Fund or Restoration Fund?  You can deduct the full market value of the stocks on your income taxes and not pay any capital gains; however, Congress is now changing the law on deductions.  Next year there may be less opportunity for charitable deductions, and there may be other restrictions on highly appreciated assets, so act during calendar year 2018.

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.


Saturday, December 8        Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

Sunday, December 9        Church School SS Nicholas and Barbara Day

Monday, December 10        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Thursday, December 20        Orthodoxy on Tap

Friday, December 21        Midnight Run

Saturday, December 22        Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch Christmas Gathering

Monday December 24        Vespral Divine Liturgy of St. Basil, 10 AM

                    Church School Christmas Pageant

                    Festal Orthros, 10 PM

                    Divine Liturgy for the Nativity, 11 PM           

FROM THE FATHERS – “Through genuine love for God we can drive out the passions.  Love for God is this: to choose Him rather than the world, and the soul rather than the flesh, by despising the things of this world and by devoting ourselves constantly to Him through self-control, love, prayer, psalmody, and so on.”

  • St. Maximus the Confessor

RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – We remind our faithful parishioners that we will celebrate all divine services in Couri Hall.  We anticipate that the restoration of the church will take approximately six months. As we stated in our letter to the parish, we will need to make alternative arrangements in the event of baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

If you have not yet made a pledge or contribution toward this project, please find a pledge card on the table at the back of the hall, or see any Parish Council member.  The pledge card will provide an opportunity to make a one-time donation or a pledge for payment over a period of six months. To date the following friends and families have made pledges or donations towards this project:

Renee Abate, Rose Abdallah, Albert Absey, Fadi Albishara and Ann Nardone, Beverly and Alexander Araman, Dr. Kenneth and Euginia Arida, Sandra Arida, Michele Ateyeh, Angela & Christopher Athineos, Kenneth Azar, Michael and Maria Azar, Joan Bacon, Diana & Timothy Bittar, Charles and Marie Bryant, Nancy Collette, Drs. Gregory and Amal Dalack, Michael Nassif Dalack, Gloria Darzi, Barbara Deeb, Janice Deeb, Fr. Michael and Laila Ellias, John and Anita Eyd, Peter Elkas, Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh, Diana Finger, Alice Carolyn and David Furer, Marc and Helen Galloway, Mary Ganim, Josette and John Generale, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Ghiz, Dr. George Haddad, Nissar Haddad, Gregory Hamaty, Lola Hamra, Marianne Hindelly, Lina and Sam Kaiami, Joyce Katen, Anthony Kirshy, Shelly and Patricia Kaufman, George Khoury, Jr., Dr. Nidal and Christine Khoury, Debbie and Robert Mackoul, Sabry and Anne Glynn Mackoul, Rafik Mahab, Carol Makhoul, Michael and Corrine Mallia, Linda Mantia, Denise and Christopher McBride, Edith Tadross O’Donnell, Dr. Amer and Chaza Rafiaa, Maria Russo, Karen Sadaka, Theodore Sadaka, Audrey and Charles Sahadi, Louise Sahadi, Linda and George Salamy, Victor and Joyce Samaha, Louis Saverese, Gladys Schroeder, Dennis and Barbara Shawah, William and Nadia Soued, Anthony Speer, Karen and Matthew Spolar, Hiam Sukkarieh, Michael Tadross, Irene Tashji, Marie Tashji, Marilyn and Michael Tulaney, Gisele and George Wardi, Henry Wardi, Jeffrey Zahka, Gale Zarr, Marie Zarr, Malakie and Richard Zogob, Cindy & Gregory Zrake, and Rose Zrake.

MIDNIGHT RUN – On the third Friday of each month our Teens and Young Adults participate in the “Midnight Run” in cooperation with Holy Cross G.O. Church.  If you would like to offer any donations of clothing or toiletries, kindly bring them to the church before that Friday each month.  If you would like to volunteer preparing food for the homeless, please meet at Holy Cross at 8 PM on Friday, December 21. If you would like to go on the Midnight Run to deliver the food and clothing right into the hands of those in need, they leave at 10 PM and are usually back in Bay Ridge by 2 AM.  Please see Deacon Farid, Angela Athineos or Andrea Zrake for more information.

WORD MAGAZINE – All registered members of the parish are entitled to receive the Word Magazine at home.  If you are not receiving the Word, please contact the church office so that we can submit your name for the mailing list.  Thank you.

ORTHODOX RADIO – Did you know that Ancient Faith Radio is a 24 hour source for Orthodox music, lectures, podcasts and resources You can hear them now on the internet at www.ancientfaith.com.

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