Sunday, July 07, 2019
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Tone 2 and Eothinon 3
Great Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia
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 Great Martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia
Thou didst prove an auspicious and pleasing sacrifice, a holy offering, O valiant prizewinner Kyriaki, when thou broughtest thy Creator thine own spotless soul; which Christ in turn hath glorified, for through thee, He poureth forth divine gifts and endless graces upon the faithful who praise thee, since He is the Friend of man.
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 – Galatians 3:23-39; 4:1-5 (St. Kyriaki)
Prokeimenon. Psalm 18:4, 1. Their sound has gone forth into all the earth.
Verse. The Heavens declare the glory of God!
BRETHREN, before faith came, we were preserved under the Law, enclosed within, until the faith would afterward be revealed. The Law then was our tutor leading us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise.
Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ much from the bond-servant, though he is lord of all; but he is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world: But when the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order to redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Gospel – Matthew 6:22-33 (Third Sunday of Matthew)
THE LORD SAID, “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light but if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not the soul more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of heaven: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon himself in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well.”
Next week’s homework: Titus 3:8-15 (Fathers of the Fourth Ecumenical Council)
Matthew 5:14-19 (Fathers of the Fourth 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.
JULY 07, 2019 – THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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.
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 receive the blessing and partake of the blessed bread at the dismissal. Please introduce yourself to our pastor during the coffee hour and ask him about membership in the Orthodox Church.
TODAY, SUNDAY, JULY 7 – We pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Dr. Fuad Dirbas, Marguerite and Fred Farkouh, Michael Jureidini, Olga Kaity, Abraham Kalaf, Kaleel Kalaf, Maggy Karam, Alfred A. Khouri, William Lewis, Yvette Milkie, Fred Nassoor, George Shammah, and Valentine Trabulsi. Memory eternal!
Dr. Iyad Nader offers Prayers of Oblation and a 40-Day Memorial for the repose of the soul of his father, Khilif Nader, who departed this life in Syria. A Coffee Hour in his memory will follow the Divine Liturgy. Memory eternal!
NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 14 - We will 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!
Rose Zrake will offer Prayers of Oblation and the Holy Bread for the repose of the soul of her dearly departed husband George Zrake. Memory eternal!
TODAY’S USHERS – Members of the Parish Council will serve as ushers and readers. Please allow the Church School students, teacher and volunteers to receive Holy Communion first so that classes can 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.”
FOR THE INFIRM – Please remember our ailing brethren in your daily intercessions, especially, Khalil Eid (Hamilton Park), Richard Zogob (NY Presbyterian), Charlie Bryant, Albert Castley (FL), Nadim Dahdouh, Anissa DeGroat, Diana Finger, Robert Forcina, Mary Ganim, Susan Hadad, Louise Hamwi, Rayanne (Haddad) Harney, Malak Karkenny, George Khoury, Jr., Victor Khoury, Loulou Malouf, Alfred Nahas, Elena Paris, Louis Savarese, Evelyn Shamoun, Leon Smatt, Bill Soued, 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.
PLEASE MAKE SURE all cell phones and pagers are turned off in church.
A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
HOLY BREAD – Linda and George Salamy have made a donation through the end of the year. Many years! Donors are welcome for July and succeeding months. We ask for a donation of $50/week.
PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish Council will meet tomorrow, July 8, at 7:30 PM.
ARCHDIOCESE CONVENTION – St. Nicholas Church of Grand Rapids, MI, will host the 54th Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Convention from July 21-28. Event registration forms are available at the mahrida, or register online at www.ac2019gr.org.
SAINTS AND SINNERS GOLF OUTING – Save the date, Thursday, September 19, for our largest and most important fundraiser of the year! This year Raymond Saleeby will receive a special award for his contributions to the Golf Outing on its 10th Anniversary. Dorothy and Jimmy Howie be honored with the Victor J. Samra, Jr. Memorial Award. A packet of information will appear next month. The deadline for submissions to the Journal will be August 31.
BAY RIDGE EATS FOR A CAUSE – BREFAC is back! Save the date. This very popular event featuring live music and food from some of the most popular restaurants in Bay Ridge will take place on Saturday, September 28. Please see Chair Denise Alexander if you can help with any aspect of this fun and profitable evening.
ESTATE PLANS – One of the most important components of effective estate planning is identifying the people and organizations you want to be the beneficiaries of your assets. To ensure that your decisions are honored, it is absolutely vital to express your wishes in a well-crafted and effectively executed will or trust. If you don’t have a will or trust, the state will decide how to distribute your assets. Let’s all prepare a thoughtful estate plan and include St. Mary’s Church.
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.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, July 8 Parish Council, 7:30 PM
Saturday, July 13 Connor Eckert Baptism
Sunday, July 14 Albishara-Al Assafin Wedding, 3:00 PM
Saturday, July 20 Hall Rental
July 21-28 54th Archdiocese Convention in Grand Rapids, MI
Saturday, July 27 Hall Rental
August 1-14 Dormition Fast
Wednesday, August 14 Evening Divine Liturgy
Thursday, August 15 Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos
FROM THE FATHERS – “True love of God, and of divine knowledge, when it is joined with the soul’s renunciation of its love affair with material embodiment, is our deliverance from all evil, and the short road to our salvation.”
St. Maximus the Confessor