1 2019 St. George Church Staff and Organizations Pastor The Very Rev. Anthony G. Sabbagh Assistant Pastor Rev. Joseph Landino Assistant Pastor Rev. Thomas Underwood Deacon Peter Attar Altar Boy Captain George Khallouf Administrative Committee The Very Rev. Anthony G. Sabbagh, Chairman Rev. Joseph Landino Elias Gharzouzi, Vice Chairman Albert Bitar, Treasurer George Nassoor, Secretary Fred Davis Nasser Sabbagh Robert Mimari David T. Davis Office Administrator Donna Becker Custodian Adnan Sabbagh Building/Planning The Very Rev. Anthony G. Sabbagh, Pastor Rev. Joseph Landino, Ass t. Pastor Dave Davis, Chair George Nassoor, Co-Chair Choir Gail Ortner, Director Members: Jouhayna Al-Amm Soraya Greene Kate Assad George Nassoor Christina Attar Marwan Sabbagh chanter Karsten Boyer chanter Kh. Minerva Sabbagh Anthony Davis Naoumy Sabbagh David T. Davis Nour Salloum Delores Edwards Hanna Sayegh chanter Ladies Altar Society Gina Mamari, President Wafat Makhoul, Vice President Hiyam Tabchi, Treasurer Souha Hadeed, Corresponding Secretar Ebtisam Moussa, Recording Secretary Children s Relief Fund Kh. Minerva Sabbagh Sunday School Sharon Barber-Lui, Director Teachers: Maggie Abboud Kh. Mary Landino Abe Assad Rita Mamari Christina Attar Julia Marques Dima Hanna Zaneh Khuzam Jaklin Sabbagh Rehab Martin Teen SOYO The Very Rev. Anthony G. Sabbagh, Pastor Rev. Joseph Landino, Spiritual Advisor Khouria Mary Landino, Head Lay Advisor Khalil Yacoub, Ass t. Lay Advisor Safwan Saba, Ass t. Lay Advisor Takla Zagtiti, Ass t. Lay Advisor Meriam Deeb, Ass t Lay Advisor Mary Yacoub, President Giovanna Nema, Vice President Gabriella Landino, Treasurer Chelsea Shetayh, Recording Secretary Joy Sabbagh, Corresponding Secretary Katerina Landino, Historian Musical Band Ibrahim El-Moreef Vivian Abboud Homeless Dinner Ministry Naife Khalouf, Coordinator Members of Teen SOYO Bookstore Kh. Minerva Sabbagh, Salma Zaoudeh Website Elie Jabbour George Issa Facebook Hope Sabbagh Charitable Ministries The Very Rev. Anthony G. Sabbagh Nasser Sabbagh, Naife Khalouf Bachar Issa, Hala Atiyeh, Fouad Salloum Nour Salloum, Dima Botros Newcomer & Refugee Committee Marwan Sabbagh George Khalouf Nasser Sabbagh Hope Sabbagh April 21, 2019 Palm Sunday Entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom THE FIRST ANTIPHON I am filled with joy, for the Lord will hear the voice of my supplication. The anguish of death encompassed me; the perils of hell beset me. Refrain: Through the intercessions of the Theotokos, O Savior, save us. I found tribulation and anguish, and I called upon the Name of the Lord. I will walk acceptably before the Lord in the land of the living. (Refrain) Glory Both now (Refrain) THE SECOND ANTIPHON I believed, and therefore have I spoken: but I was deeply humiliated. What shall I render unto the Lord, for all His benefits unto me? Refrain: Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of an ass, who sing to Thee. Alleluia. I will take the cup of Salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. (Refrain) I will pay my vows unto the Lord in the presence of all His people. (Refrain) Glory Both now O, only begotten Son and Word of God
2 THE THIRD ANTIPHON O, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the house of Israel now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let the house of Aaron now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. Let all that fear the Lord now say that He is good: for His mercy endureth forever. During the Little Entrance, after the verses of the Third Antiphon, chant the Apolytikion of Lazarus Saturday. Then, the following: THE EISODIKON (ENTRANCE HYMN) OF PALM SUNDAY Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord: God is the Lord and hath appeared unto us. Save us, O Son of God, Who didst sit upon the foal of an ass; who sing to Thee. Alleluia. After the Little Entrance (Eisodos), sing these Apolytikia in the following order. APOLYTIKION OF LAZARUS SATURDAY IN TONE ONE In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord. APOLYTIKION OF PALM SUNDAY IN TONE FOUR O Christ God, when we were buried with Thee in Baptism, we became deserving of Thy Resurrection to immortal life. Wherefore, we praise Thee, crying: Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord. Do NOT sing the apolytikion of the patron saint or feast of the temple. KONTAKION OF PALM SUNDAY IN TONE SIX Upborne upon the heavenly throne, and seated upon the earthly foal, O Christ our God, receive the praises of angels and the hymns of men, exclaiming before Thee: Blessed is He that cometh to restore Adam. THE EPISTLE Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endures forever. The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians. (4:4-9) BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, these do; and the God of peace will be with you. THE GOSPEL The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John. (12:1-18) SIX DAYS BEFORE the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus who had died was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at table with Him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, Simon s son, one of His Disciples (he who was to betray Jesus), said, Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? This he said, not because he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the moneybox he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of My burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have Me. When
3 the great crowd of the Jews learned that He was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, Hosanna! Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel! And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it; as it is written, Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an ass s colt! His Disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of Him and had been done to Him. The crowd that had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet Jesus was that they heard He had done this sign. MEGALYNARION FOR PALM SUNDAY IN TONE FOUR God the Lord hath appeared unto us; let us celebrate the Feast, and let us rejoice and magnify Christ. With palms and branches let us raise our voices unto Him with praise, saying: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, our Savior. KOINONIKON (COMMUNION HYMN) FOR PALM SUNDAY IN TONE EIGHT Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. Alleluia. During the Communion of the laity, the choir can sing Rejoice, O Bethany. Post-Communion Hymn: Instead of We have seen the true light, sing the Apolytikion of Lazarus Saturday. During the customary procession around the exterior of the church which follows Blessed be the Name of the Lord, the choir can sing the Apolytikia of Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday, Rejoice, O Bethany and the Trisagion Hymn. THE GREAT DISMISSAL Holy Bread The Holy Bread of Oblation is offered before the Altar of God For Good Health, Well Being and Blessings Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Archbishop Youhanna Ibrahim; Metropolitan Joseph; John, Manwella, Mark, Angela, Michael, Mishleen Dergham; Hanna and Rafca Moussa; Georgette, Jason, Kensey, Joann, Janice Awad; Eyad, Jennifer, Eyan and Zayn Alraei; Joann and Daymyne Layne; Halim and Family; Georges Saba and Family; Silva, Issa, Reine Saba; Adele Alraei and Family; Angele, George, Georges, Yolla, Annabelle, Adrianna, Andrew, Danny, Racha, Daniella, Jack, Sandybelle, Jackson, Justin; Jack, Hustin Dergham; Charbel, Daniella, Andrew, Saoud Family; Nahme and Juliet Nanouh; Fayez, George, Jianna; Georgette Salloum; Tony, Wasim, Aziza and their Families; Haitham, Eklas, Mark and Matthew Zaiter; David, Fay, Lisa and Dawn Moses; Said, Faysal, Issa; Victor, Dima, Victoria, Gabriella, Anthony, Alexandria Hanna; Hala Sabbagh, George and Jessie Nakhoul; Eyad and Jennifer Alraei and Family; Badiha Daher, Faisal and Nadia Daher; Nina, Ida, Nahla, Nayla, Bashar, Bushra and their families; Mona, Wail, Heather, Mitchell, Mallory, Abeer, Elyssa and Eyanne; Albert, Shadia, Christian, Michael and Alexia Bitar; George, Hiyam, Simon, Melissa, Yasmin and babies-to-be; Leo, Rehab, Naomi and baby to-be; Neph, Resam and Nephtali; Dino and Dana Minutalo; Abed and Jaklin Makhoul; Elias, Tabitha, Sabah Makhoul; Bill, Maryann, Bowie Lohr. 7-Day Candle Sponsors Faisal & Nadia Daher for the good health of Dino & Dana Minutalo e
4 Abed & Jaklin Makhoul for the good health of Elias, Tabitha, Sabah Makhoul Bill, Maryann, Bowie Lohr e George & Hiyam Tabchi for the good health of Simon, Melissa, Yasmin & Babies-to-be Leo, Rehab, Naomi & Baby-to-be Neph, Resam & Nephtali Sponsor the Eternal Light or a Seven-Day Candle Looking for a tnagible way to remember a departed loved one or pray for the good health of a friend or relative, or recognize a special occasion? Consider a one-week sponsorship of the Eternal Light or a Seven-Day Candle that will burn continuously in the House of God asking Him to make your prayers acceptable to his holy Majesty, that His love, mercy and peace will surround and sustain those whom you are praying for in this life and the life to come. The sponsor s name and who is to be mentioned and prayed for will also be printed in this bulletin for the week selected. Sponsors are asked to consider a donation of $10 or more per week to accompany their request. Please see Hiyam Tabchi after Church services to sponsor a week or call the church office weekdays at (610) Special donations to the Church We acknowledge families and friends who have honored dear ones with monetary gifts given in the spirit of loving kindness. $ John and Manwella Dergham to the Church for the good health of John, Manwella, Mark, Angela, Michael, Mishleen Dergham; Hanna and Rafca Moussa. $ Georgette Awad to the Church for the good health of Georgette, Jason, Kensey, Joann, Janice Awad; Eyad, Jennifer, Eyan and Zayn Alraei; Joann and Daymyne Layne; Halim and Family; Georges Saba and Family; Silva, Issa, Reine Saba; Adele Alraei and Family. $ Angele and George Dergham to the Church for the good health of Angele, George, Georges, Yolla, Annabelle, Adrianna, Andrew, Danny, Racha, Daniella, Jack, Sandybelle, Jackson, Justin. $ Jack Dergham to the Church for the good health of Jack, Sandybelle, Jackson, Justin Dergham; Charbel, Daniella, Andrew, Adrianna, Annabelle Dergham; Saoud Family. $ Nahme and Juliet Nanouh to the Church for the good health of Nahme and Juliet Nanouh; Fayez, George, Jianna. $ Georgette Salloum to the Church for the good health of Tony, Wasim, Aziza and their Families. $ Haitham and Eklas Zaiter to the Church for the good health of Haitham, Eklas, Mark and Matthew Zaiter. $ David and Fay Moses to the Church for the good health of David, Fay, Lisa and Dawn Moses. $ Anonymous to the Church for the good health of Said, Faysal, Issa. $ Victor and Dima Hanna to the Church for the good health of Victor, Dima, Victoria, Gabriella, Anthony, Alexandria Hanna. $ Hala Sabbagh to the Church for the good health of George and Jessie Nakkoul. $ Eyad and Jennifer Alraei and Family to Sunday School for the good health of Badiha Daher, Georgette Awad.
5 $ Abed and Jaklin Makhoul to the Church for the good health of Elias, Tabitha, Sabah Makhoul; Bill; Maryann, Bowie Lohr. $ Faisal and Nadia Daher; Bashar Hanna and Family to the Church for the good health of Faisal and Nadia Daher; Nina and Family; Ida and Family, Nahla and Family; Nayla and Family; Bashar and Family; Bushra and Family. $ The Bitar Family to the Church for the good health of Mona, Wail, Heather, Mitchell, Mallory, Abeer, Elyssa and Eyanna; Albert, Shadia, Christian, Michael and Alexia Bitar. The missing link Knights of St. George Church Knights of St. George is a newly formed men s group at St. George Church. The purpose of Knights is to offer opportunities for men to use their talents and time to make an impact in their church through humanitarian and economic efforts; offer Christ-centered resources for spiritual growth; and time for fun and recreation. The role of men in the church is clearly defined in the Bible. Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17. As the head of families, it is important that Christian men deal with life s challenges and serve as God inspires. The goal is for men to identify and use their gifts and callings for the benefit of their own church community. Walid Barhoum, Ghassan Makdesi, Marwan Sabbagh, George Khalouf George Sankari, Haisam Sankari and Adnan Sabbagh are core members of Knights and invite all men to contact them and consider joining. You may also call the church office at (610) with your name and contact information or complete the information below Contact me for Knights of St. George Church Your Name Phone Thank you We appreciation these benefactors during Holy Week and Pascha. Peter & Suzanna Zoudeh Lazarus Saturday Breakfast Sponsor Elie Kaba of Elie Floral Design 1739 W. Liberty St., Allentown, PA (610) Arrangement of flowers for Good Friday Bier Michelle Joseph Carnations for Good Friday Ladies Altar Society Easter Breakfast Sponsor Sharon (Barber) & Joseph Lui Easter Eggs for Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt. Danny & Hala Khouly Easter candy for Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt. John & Manwella Dergham Easter Eggs for the Church
6 All children invited to the Easter Egg Hunt next Sunday Our annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Sunday School, will be held after the Easter service on Sunday, April 28. All children are invited! Order decorated Easter Candles Decorated Easter Candles are available for purchase at $15 each. Contact Kh. Minerva at (610) We rely on your generosity to help offset expenses. The list below contain items we need but are unable to budget for at this time. Please take time to review and consider a donation towards one of these items. We are grateful for your support. For more information, please see Fr. Joseph. 1 New Censor Holder $1,000 2 Altar Robes and Covers $3,000 3 Vestments $1,500 4 Festival Expenses approximately $45,000 5 Candles for Easter $1,000 6 Chalice Wine for Divine Services $1,500
7 Scholarship applications available for graduating high school seniors We are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the 2019 Eastern Dioceses Scholarships. This year, up to four awards for graduating high school seniors are available in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Interested applicants can download the application on the St. George Church website: call or pick up a copy in the church office. Applicants should be active members of a parish of either The Diocese of New York and Washingdon D.C. or The Diocese of Charleston, Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic of the Antiochian Orthodox Archiocese of North America (Eastern Dioceses). For more information, contact Mary Elizabeth Asencio, Scholarship Coordinator at (201) or Easter and Holy Week items needed Please consider a donation towards Easter flowers, palms, oil, charcoal and incense for use during Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter. If you would like to contribute, you may do so in the following ways: 1. Use your Easter Flower contribution envelope found with your contribution envelopes. 2. Make a Spiritual Bouquet donation. 3. Mail the form below to the Church Office or place it in the collection tray on Sunday. Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Donation Name Amount $ Address Thank you! Great Lent Special Services Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Sunday, April 21, 10 am Holy Week Great and Holy Monday Great and Holy Tuesday Great and Holy Wednesday Great and Holy Thursday Great and Holy Friday Great and Holy Friday Great and Holy Saturday Great and Holy Saturday Pascha Matins, 9 a.m.divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.; Bridegroom Service, 7 pm April 22 7 p.m., Bridegroom Service April 23, 7 p.m., Bridegroom Service April 24, 7 p.m., Holy Oil Annointing Service April 25, 9 a.m., Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 7 p.m., 12 Gospel Passion Service April 26, 10 a.m., Royal Hours Passion Service 3 p.m., Lowering the Body of Christ from the Cross and Burial Service; Pascha (Easter Resurrection Service) 7 p.m. Lamentations Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m., Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 11 p.m. Noctourns, Rush, Matins and Liturgy of Pascha Sunday, April 28, 12 noon Matins and Agape Vespers; Annual Easter Egg Hunt follows Are you a member? We are truly thankful for you and your family here at St. George Church. You are a vital part of our church community and we stand ready to serve you. Your valued membership allows our Church to continue to enhance the spiritual growth of the Orthodox Christians entrusted to our care. Please contact the Church Office at (610) if you are not a member and would like to receive a membership application, or if you have any questions concerning your membership status. We thank you for your generosity and partnership in St. George Orthodox Church.
8 Within the Church We wish God s blessings to our parishioners and friends of St. George Church on their special day. Please keep your church office informed of birthdays, anniversaries and special family events (610) Best wishes for a wonderful Birthday/Anniversary and a year filled with good health and happiness. Happy Birthday 4/21 Nadlin Saoud 4/23 Marie Salibi Sami Layoun 4/24 Reema Makdessi Michael Makhoul 4/28 Robert Azar Patricia Charles James Salibi 4/22 Jason Ferkh Fairouz Koury Rounett Mamari Happy Anniversary Majed Daher 4/25/09 Chris & Deema Hadid Dima Hanna 4/27/52 Sam & Naida Abraham Treasurer s Report Contributions received week of 4/14/19: $4,576. Thank you for your contribution to the Church It is by offering our blessings back to God that He will be able to continue His forgiving, healing, liberating, empowering, transfiguring, loving ministry through the Church. For God, infinite though He be, has chosen to work through us, through our gifts, to continue His saving work in the world today. Stewardship is our response to God s grace and moves us from grace to gratitude. Just as we love because God first loved us (1 John 4:14), we give because God first gave to us. The question of the Psalmist, What shall I give to the Lord in return for all His benefits towards me? (Ps. 116:2), is answered in every liturgy when the celebrant calls us to offer ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.