Bulletin for Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council
Tone 6 and Eothinon 7
Great Prince Vladimir (Basil) of Kiev, Equal-to-the-Apostles

Today’s Hymns and Readings

Apolytikion 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.

Apolytikion of the Holy Fathers – Tone 8
Thou, O Christ, art our God of exceeding praise who didst establish our holy Fathers as luminous stars upon earth, and through them didst guide us unto the true Faith, O most merciful One, glory to thee.

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 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 – Titus 3:8-15 (Holy Fathers)
Prokeimenon.  Psalm 31.11, 1.  Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.
Verse.  Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven.

TITUS, my son, the saying is sure.  I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.  But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greetings to you.  Greet those who love us in the faith.

Grace be with you all.  Amen.

Gospel – John 17:1-13 (Sunday of the Holy Fathers of Nicea)

AT THAT TIME, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee, since thou has given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom thou has given him.  And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made.

“I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word.  Now they know that everything that thou hast given me is from thee; for I have given them the words which thou gavest me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from thee; and they have believed that thou didst send me.  I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom thou hast given me, for they are thine; all mine are thine, and thine are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to thee.  Holy Father, keep them in thy name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in thy name, which thou hast given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.  But now I am coming to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”

Next week’s homework:
I Corinthians 1:10-17 (Eighth Sunday after Pentecost)
Matthew 14:14-22 (Eighth Sunday of Matthew)

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.


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, JULY 15 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God George Abdelnoor, Wajiha Arees, Joseph Arida, Joseph Fadool, Mary Farkouh, Ferris Samara, Amelia Khoury, John Molfino, Victor Makhoul, Nora Khoury, Joseph Klam, Edmund Saleeby, and Bassem Sukkarieh.  Memory eternal!

The Bryant and Wallace Families offer Prayers of Oblation for the anonymous donor family who shared a “Gift of Life” following the loss of their son.  This gift provided Charlie an opportunity to continue his life through the grace and mercy of the Lord.

Malakie and Richard Zogob offer Prayers of Oblation for the good health of Charlie Bryant.  Many years!

Deacon Farid Farkouh offers Prayers of Oblation and the Holy Bread today for the repose of the soul of his mother, Mary Farkouh.  Memory eternal!

Malakie and Richard Zogob, and Rose Zrake and Family, offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Edward Ateyeh, Jr.  Memory eternal!

Vicky Nahas and Family offer Prayers of Oblation and a 2-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 22 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Jamila Eadeh, Victor Farkouh, Archpriest Wakeem Dalack, Joseph Imtanios, Josephine Khoury, Eissa Makarious Laham, Amelia Mansfield, Rose S. Razook, Odette Saadi, Marguerite Sabah, and George Zrake.  Memory eternal!

Lola Hamra will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 6-month Memorial for the repose of the soul of her husband, Chehadeh Hamra.  Memory eternal!

Marc Galloway will offer Prayers of Oblation and a 5-Year Memorial for the repose of the soul of his mother, Gloria Saba Galloway.  A Coffee Hour in her memory will follow the Divine Liturgy.  Memory eternal!

Rose Zrake and Family will offer Prayers of Oblation for the repose of the soul of the servant of God George Zrake on the fortieth anniversary of his repose.  Memory eternal!

PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.

TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers.  Now that Church School has ended the children can stay with their parents to receive Holy Communion.  The ushers will assist us in proceeding row by row so that we can distribute Holy Communion “decently and in order.”

HOLY BREAD – Audrey and Charlie Sahadi have offered the Holy Bread of Oblation for the months of July and August for the good health and well being of the Sahadi Family.  Linda and George Salamy have made a donation through the rest of the year.

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.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Charlie Bryant (Gift of Life House, Philadelphia), Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Joey Ganim (MD), Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Brenda Samman, Louis Savarese, Susan Schocket-Obel, 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 inform the church office.

FESTIVAL MEETING – The committee organizing the Fall Festival will meet each Sunday following the Divine Liturgy until further notice.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

CLERGY SYMPOSIUM – Fr. Michael will attend the Clergy Symposium at the Antiochian Village from Monday through Friday this week.  In the event of a pastoral emergency please call Deacon Farid at the number listed here in the bulletin.

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 the Midnight Run on July 20.   Please give your undershirt donations to Angela Athineos.  Thank you for your generosity to the poor.


Wednesday, August 1 Dormition Fast Begins

Monday, August 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ

Monday, August 13 Parish Council Meeting, 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 15 Dormition of the Theotokos

Friday, August 17 Volunteers Baking for the Fall Festival

Saturday, August 18 Volunteers Baking for the Fall Festival

Saturday, September 8 Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos and Fall Festival

Thursday, September 27 Saints and Sinners Golf Outing

FROM THE FATHERS – “They please the world most who please Christ least.”

  • St. Jerome of Stridonium


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