Bulletin for Sunday, May 14, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Sixth Sunday of Pascha:  Sunday of the Blind Man
Tone 5 and Eothinon 8
Virgin-Martyr Glykeria of Heraklea

Today’s Hymns and Readings

After “Blessed is the Kingdom…”, “Christ is risen…” (3 times)
During the Little Entrance, “Christ is risen…”
Entrance Hymn – In the gathering places bless ye God the Lord from the springs of Israel.  O Son of God, who art risen from the dead, save us, who sing unto Thee. Alleluia!

Apolytikion of the Resurrection – Tone 5
Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation.  For he took pleasure in ascending the cross in the flesh to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious 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 Holy Pascha – Tone 8
Though thou, O deathless One, didst descend into the grave, thou didst destroy the power of hell and, as Victor, thou didst rise again, O Christ our God.  Thou didst greet the ointment bearing women, saying, rejoice! Thou didst bestow peace upon thy Disciples, and resurrection upon those that are fallen.

Epistle – Acts 16:16-34 (Blind Man)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 11.7, 1.  You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse.  Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

    IN THOSE DAYS, as we apostles were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by soothsaying.  She followed Paul and us, crying, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul was annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.”  And it came out that very hour.

    But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the rulers; and when they had brought them to the magistrates they said, “These men are Jews and they are disturbing our city.  They advocate customs which it is not lawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in attacking them; and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely.  Having received this charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

    But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s fetters were unfastened.  When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out and said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?”  And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and he was baptized at once, with all his family. Then he brought them up into his house, and set food before them; and he rejoiced with all his household that he had believed in God.

Gospel – John 9:1-38 (Sunday of the Blind Man)

    AT THAT TIME, when Jesus was passing, he saw a man blind from his birth.  And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him.  I must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Silo’am” [which means Sent].  So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he”; others said, “No, but he is like him.”  He said, “I am the man.” They said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Silo’am and wash’; so I went and washed and received my sight.”  They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

    They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind.  Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.  The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”  Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?”  There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

    The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?  How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.”  His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if any one should confess him to be Christ, he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore, his parents said, “He is of age, ask him.”

    So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.”  He answered, “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become his disciple?”  And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.”  The man answered, “Why this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if any one is a worshipper of God and does his will, God listens to him.  Never since the world began has it been heard that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

    Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”  He answered, “And who is he, Sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you.”  He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshipped him.

Megalynarion – Shine, shine, O new Jerusalem; for the glory of the Lord hath risen upon thee.  Rejoice and exult now, O Zion, and thou, O pure one, Theotokos, rejoice at the Resurrection of thy Son.

Next week’s homework:   
Acts 20:16-18, 28-36 (Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)John 17-1-13 (Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council)

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.


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, MAY 13 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Anita, George, Matilda, Nicholas and Yvonne Alwon, Asma Araman, Julia Awad, Michael Davis, Albert Farrah, Hadbo and Nadra Haddad, Murad Kaity, Ibrahim Laham, Liza Mashnouh, Wadea Massab, Yvonne Najjar, Toufic Nehme, Richard Sahadi, Samuel Samman, Nicholas, Peter and Rose Smatt, Ratiba Sukkarieh, Donald Texeira, Salma Torpey, Careemy and George Zaher.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Najibe Imtanios offers Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of her soul.  A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy. Memory eternal!

Brenda Samman and Family offer Prayers of Oblation and a 10-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of the servant of God and former Parish Council Chair Samuel Samman. Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 20 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Albert Abdelnoor, George Alsifi, George Awad, William Eyd, Naseeba Farkouh, Joseph Figuccio, Lorraine and Rose Ghiz, Kate Haddad, James Vernon Harris, Abraham Karkenny, Margaret Kassatly, Freida Khoury, Valerie Konecny, Brain Mackoul, Victor Saadi, George and Marie Saab, Spiro Sarkees, and Gloria Shawah.  Memory eternal!

The Family of Valerie Konecny will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 5-Year Memorial for the repose of her soul.  Memory eternal!

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council 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.”

HOLY BREAD – Donors are welcome for the month of May and subsequent months.  Linda and George Salamy have also made a donation through the rest of the year.

MOTHER’S DAY – We wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and godmothers in Christ.  Many years!

FEAST OF THE ASCENSION – We will celebrate an Evening Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension on Wednesday, May 16, at 7:00 PM.  Begin your Eucharistic fast after an early and light lunch.  

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

PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish Council will hold its regular monthly meeting tomorrow, Monday, May 14, at 7:30 PM.

MIDNIGHT RUN - Please consider giving a homeless person a sense of dignity by giving them a new package of undershirts.  You can bring a new package of undershirts in any size Medium, Large, XL and XXL that will be delivered directly to the homeless on one of the Midnight Run that is hosted by the Holy Cross Brooklyn Outreach Center every month.   Please give your undershirt donations to Angela Athineos.  Thank you for your generosity to the poor.  The next Midnight Run is this Friday, May 18.

FOOD FOR HUNGRY PEOPLE – Please remember to return your FFHP boxes as soon as possible.  If writing a check, please make it payable to St. Mary’s Church earmarked “FFHP.”

HOME BLESSINGS – Several parishioners have requested spring time blessings of their homes.  Please feel free to call the church office for an appointment between now and the Feast of the Ascension (May 17).

SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – Save the date, Thursday, September 27, for our largest and most important fundraiser of the year!  This year our beloved Rev. Deacon Farid Farkouh will receive the parish’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and our long-time supporter, the late Susan Rohan will be honored with the Victor J. Samra, Jr. Memorial Award.  If you did not receive a packet of information, please call the church office.  The deadline for submissions to the Journal is August 31.

BIBLE STUDY – There will be no Bible Study this Wednesday due to the Evening Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Ascension of Christ.  We will resume our study of the Acts of the Apostles on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:00 PM in preparation for the Bible Bowl at the Parish Life Conference.  Bring your Orthodox Study Bible. All are welcome!

ANTIOCHIAN VILLAGE – It’s time to sign up for Summer Camp at the Antiochian Village.  Please do not delay as some sessions have already filled.  Scholarship assistance is available. Please see Fr. Michael.  Go to www.avcamp.org asap!

ADULT CAMP - Registration is now open for Adult Camp!  It will be held September 14-17 at the Antiochian Village Camp and is for all adults ages 21+!  Adult Camp is an opportunity for adults, ages 21 to 101, to experience summer camp for a few days!  Adult Camp is open to all adults who want to spend a weekend in an Orthodox Christian environment growing in their faith.  Cost is $195, which includes all lodging, food, and activities; and our session priest is Fr. Nicholas Belcher!  For more information go https://avcamp.org/other-programs/adult-camp/, or write to chris@avcamp.org.

2018 PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE – Registration is now open for the 2018 Dioceses of the East Parish Life Conference at the beautiful Antiochian Village Heritage and Conference Center in Bolivar, PA. St. Philp Church of Souderton, St. George Church of Upper Darby, PA, and Holy Ascension Church of West Chester, PA, are the co-hosts.  Go to www.antiochianevents.com for more information, to register, or to sponsor the souvenir journal.

EMAIL ADDRESSES – Please use the welcome card in the pew book racks to submit or update all your family email addresses so that we can contact our parishioners with timely news.

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.


    Monday, May 14        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

    Wednesday, May 16        Evening Divine Liturgy – Feast of the Ascension, 7:00 PM

    Thursday, May 17        Feast of the Ascension of Christ

    Friday, May 18            Midnight Run

    Saturday, May 19        Debs-Pylak Wedding, 3:30 PM

                    Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

                    Hall Rental

    Saturday, September 8        Fall Festival

    Thursday, September 27    Saints and Sinners Golf Outing


FROM THE FATHERS – “The name of Jesus should be repeated over and over in the heart just as flashes of lightning are repeated over and over in the sky before rain.”

  • St. Hesychius of Jerusalem


Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.


Al Maseeh qam min bain il amwat, wa wati al mawt bil bawt, wa wahabal hiyat lil la dhina fil qoobur.


Christos anesti ek nekron thanato thanaton patisas, kai tis en tis mnimaszi zoin, charisamenos.


“Christ is risen”            “Truly/Indeed He is risen!

“Christos Anesti”        “Alithos Anesti”

“Christos Voskrese”        “Vo Istinu Voskrese”

“Al Maseeh Qam”        “Ha’an Qam”




A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America