Bulletin for Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sunday, February 4, 2018
Sunday of the Prodigal Son and After-feast of Presentation (Meeting) of Christ

Tone 2 and Eothinon 2
Venerable Isidore of Pelusium

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 Presentation of Christ into the Temple – Tone 1
Rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, full of grace, for from thee arose the Sun of justice, Christ our God, lighting those who are in darkness.  Rejoice and be glad, O righteous old man, carrying in thine arms the Deliverer of our souls, who granteth us resurrection.

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 Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Tone 1
Thou, O Christ God, who by thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin’s womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon’s arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love; for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.

Epistle – I Corinthians 6:12-20 (Prodigal Son)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 32.22,1.  Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse.  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous.

BRETHREN, “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful.  “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.  “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” – and God will destroy both one and the other.  The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?  Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?  Never!  Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her?  For, as it is written, “The two shall become one flesh.”  But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.  Shun immorality.  Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?  You are not you own; you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel – Luke 15:11-32 (Prodigal Son)

THE LORD SPOKE THIS PARABLE:  “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’  And he divided his living between them.  Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living.  And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want.  So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine.  And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything.  But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, I and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”  And he arose and came to his father.  But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.  And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’  But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.

    Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.  And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant.  And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’  But the son was angry and refused to go in.  His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends.  But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’  And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.  It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.’”

Next week’s homework:   
I Corinthians 8:8-9:2 (Meat Fare)
Matthew 25:31-46 (Meat Fare)


TODAY, FEBRUARY 4 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Lorice Arida, Najeeby Arida, Gaberiel Ashie, Louis Assatly, Lila Zayat Ara, Elaine Ateyeh, Laura Sayeg Awad, Leon Ayoub Brown, Shamseh Dalack, Jameel Farhood, Matilda Halel, Daisy Hamod, Alex A. Hamwi, Lillian John, Olga Kalaf, Violet Karkenny, Mitchel Merhige, Philip Merhige, George Nader, Helen Awad Najjar, Ethel Phillips, Yvonne Sahadi, Samuel and Suraya Samaha.  Memory eternal!

Amir Kabanny and the Laham Family offer Prayers of Oblation and a 7-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of the handmaiden of God Malakie Kabanny.  A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

The Children of George Said Loli, Joseph, Julianna and Jennifer, offer Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day memorial for the repose of his soul.  Mr. Loli was instrumental in establishing Archangel Gabriel Antiochian Church in Lafayette, LA.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Elias Darzi, Jacob Khoury, James Pappas, Wadih Rahhal, Olga Shawah Roccosanto, Louis Sabah, Farieda Sarafien, Edward Saydah, William Shamoun, and Florence Ventrice.   Memory eternal!

Marie and Charles Bryant will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Jacob Khoury.  Memory eternal!

Gloria Darzi and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of their husband and father Elias Darzi.  Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – Donors are welcome for February and subsequent months for a donation of $35/week.  George and Linda Salamy have made a donation for 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.

A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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 so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid, (Hamilton Park), Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Kenneth Jabara, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Susan Schocket-Obel, 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.

LADIES OF ST. MARY’S – The Ladies of St. Mary’s will hold their regular monthly meeting today following the Divine Liturgy.  All women of the parish are welcome and encouraged to participate.  Please see President Sandra Arida for more information.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING – Today Teen SOYO will sponsor its annual Souper Bowl Sunday on Super Bowl Sunday.  The Teens ask everyone to bring one canned good and $1 to support their work at the local soup kitchen.  The Teens perform this service each year in cooperation with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC).

SATURDAY OF THE SOULS – We will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Saturday of the Souls this Saturday, February 10, at 10:00 AM.  Please give the names of your departed loved ones to Fr. Michael by Friday.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING – The Parish Council has established Sunday, March 4, 2018, the second Sunday of Great Lent, as the date for the Annual Parish Meeting.  Please mark your calendars.  Please submit all nominations for election or appointment to the Parish Council to Denise Alexander, but secure the consent of the nominee before submitting a nomination.  Only members in good financial standing will be able to vote.


Sunday, February 4        Souper Bowl of Caring

                Ladies of St. Mary’s Meeting

Saturday, February 10        Saturday of the Souls Divine Liturgy, 10 AM

                Great Vespers, 5 PM

Sunday, February 11        Meat Fare Sunday Luncheon

Monday, February 12        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Saturday, March 3        Phase II – Strategic Planning Session, 9:30 AM

Sunday, March 4        Annual Parish Meeting


FROM THE FATHERS – “If you want your sins to be covered by the Lord (Ps. 32.1), do not parade your virtues before others.  God will treat our sins the same way that we treat our virtues.”

  • St. Mark the Ascetic