Bulletin for Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Celebrated) and
Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Tone 6 and Eothinon 4
Synaxis of the Ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna

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 and Righteous Ancestors of God Joachim and Anna – Tone 2
We celebrate the memory of your holy ancestors, O Lord, and through them we beseech You to save our souls.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos – Tone 4
By thy holy birth-giving, O pure one, Joachim and Anne were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee, The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

Epistle – Philippians 2:5-11 (Nativity of the Theotokos)
Prokeimenon.  Luke 1:47, 48.  My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Verse.  For he has regarded the humility of his servant.

    BRETHREN, have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel – Luke 1:39-49; 56 (Nativity of the Theotokos)

    IN THOSE DAYS Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zachariah and greeted Elizabeth.  And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.  And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.  For, behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

    And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

Next week’s homework:   
Galatians 2:16-20 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross)
Mark 8:34-9:1 (Sunday after the Elevation of the Cross)

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.

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.

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.”


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, SEPTEMBER 9 - We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Gloria Dirbas, Elie Khouri, Latifie Kiamie, Olga Lewis, Louise Martin, Nicholas Lian Massab, George Manessa, Addie, Mary Alice and Alfred Nahas, Adrienne Poulakakos, Adele Sadaka, Muneer Salamy, Mary Zagby, Alfred Zaher, Adla and Victoria Zimmerman.  Memory eternal!

Deacon Farid and Aline Farkouh offer the Holy Bread of Oblation for the repose of the soul of Deacon’s grandmother, Adele Sadaka.  Memory eternal!

NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – We will pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Rose Awad, Elizabeth Ganim Cohen, George Fauty, Victor Hamaty, Katherine Jabara, Alexander Orfaly, Wajieha Sabbagh, and Edward Trabulsi.  Memory eternal!

HOLY BREAD – Roland Salloum and Wanda Salloum offer the Holy Bread for the month of September for the health of the Salloum and Kronfli Families.  Donors are welcome for October and subsequent months.  Linda and George Salamy have made a donation through the rest of the year.

FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Lorraine Diahy, and Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Rose Abdallah, Charlie Bryant, Nadim Dahdouh, 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 call the church office and let us know as soon as possible.

FOOD FESTIVAL – As a “dry run” for a full festival in May 2019, there will be a Middle Eastern Food Festival today following the Divine Liturgy instead of a Coffee Hour.  Please patronize this event either by enjoying lunch in the church hall or purchasing food for take-out.

BEQUEST RECEIVED –St. Mary’s Church has received official notification that the late Nancy Davis has left a generous bequest in her estate plan for the parish.  We pray fervently for the repose of Nancy’s soul, and we encourage all of our faithful members to emulate her example and include a provision in our wills and estate plans for our beloved community.  Memory eternal!

LADIES OF ST. MARY’S – Welcome back!  The Ladies of St. Mary’s will have their first meeting of the Fall today.  Buy some lunch at the Food Fair and have a picnic with the Ladies on the balcony.  All women of the parish are welcome and encouraged to participate.

CHURCH SCHOOL – This year we have combined the efforts of the Church School and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  All parents of students are automatically members of the Church School community.  Registration for the new academic year continues today.  Please see Co-Presidents Lorraine Deeb and Michael Regnier today.  Classes begin today.

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

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS – Our brethren at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church invite us to celebrate their parish’s feast day with Great Vespers at 7 PM on Thursday, September 13, with Matins at 8:15 AM and the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 AM on Friday, September 14.  We will hold the procession of the Holy Cross on Sunday, September 16.

FLOWER DONORS – We would welcome donors for the flowers for the decoration of the Holy Cross for next Sunday’s procession.  Please see Fr. Michael or Treasurer Diana Kaiami.

MIDNIGHT RUN – Due to the festival at Holy Cross this month the Midnight Run will take place this Friday, September 14.  Please see Deacon Farid Farkouh if you wish to participate.

OFFERING ENVELOPES – Our September offering envelopes included a beige envelope to sponsor a Coffee Hour and a blue envelop to support Orthodox Campus Fellowship (OCF).  We will receive the OCF offering next Sunday, September 16.

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.  Please submit all journal subscriptions today.

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


Sunday, September 9       
Nativity of the Theotokos (Celebrated) and Food Fair Ladies of St. Mary’s Meeting

Monday, September 10        Parish Council, 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 13    Great Vespers @ Holy Cross G.O. Church, 7:00 PM

Friday, September 14        Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross – Strict Fast

                Midnight Run

Saturday, September 15    Great Vespers, 5:00 PM

    Thursday, September 27    Saints and Sinners Golf Outing


FROM THE FATHERS – “All the saints wrote many praises to our Panagia.  But I, the poor one, have found no words more elegant or sweet to describe her, than to cry out to her at every moment:  ‘My dear Mother!  My dear, sweet Mother!  When my soul departs, may it come into thy hands, and through them may it be given to its Creator, thine Only-begotten Son.”

  • Elder Joseph the Hesychast