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1 Saint John of Damascus Orthodox Church A parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America His Grace Bishop John, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Worcester 300 West Street, Dedham, Massachusetts ; Pastoral Staff: Archpriest John K. Teebagy, Pastor Rev. Deacon Christos Hatzopoulos Andrew Hazerjian, Choir Director Anthony Hamwey, Chanter Erin DeSista, Parish Secretary Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 9:30 am 2:30 pm Church Office: Bulletin Deadline: Wednesday at 2 pm Regular Sunday Services: Confessions: 8:40 am - 9:40 am; Matins: 9 am; Divine Liturgy: 10 am ST. JOHN OF DAMASCUS MISSION STATEMENT We worship and glorify God, by loving and caring for each other, providing a safe, thriving and life-long home, from which we spread the teaching and good works of our Orthodox Christian Faith. Being God s stewards, we celebrate our faith by: participating fully in the sacramental and liturgical life of the church. responding to the needs of all by living the message of the Gospel through outreach to each other and to the community at large. fostering our God-given talents as stewards to strengthen God's church. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:7) A NOTE TO OUR VISITORS WELCOME! We are glad to have you worshipping with us today. We hope that you will complete one of our visitor cards and will introduce yourself to Fr. John after the service. Please also join us for coffee following the Liturgy. Since the Orthodox Church understands Communion to be a sign of our unity of faith, only Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and periodic confession are permitted to participate in Holy Communion. All present, however, are welcome to partake of the blessed bread and receive a blessing at the end of liturgy.

2 17 March 2019 First Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of Orthodoxy) After the Little Entrance: RESURRECTIONAL APOLYTIKION Tone 1: While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O giver of life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ, glory to Thy kingdom, glory to Thy providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind. APOLYTIKION OF FIRST SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT- Tone 2: Thy pure image do we venerate, O good One, asking forgiveness of our sins, O Christ our God; for by Thine own will Thou didst ascend the Cross in Thy body, to save Thy creatures from the bondage of the enemy. Thou hast verily filled all with joy, since Thou didst come, O our Savior, to save the world. Troparion of St. John of Damascus Tone 8: Thou hast shown thyself, O God-inspired John, as a guide to the Orthodox Faith, a teacher of true worship and purity, O star of the universe and companion of monastics, O wise one. Through thy light thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit. Therefore intercede with Christ God to save our souls. KONTAKION FOR SUNDAYS IN GREAT LENT (AND AKATHIST SATURDAY)- Tone 8: To thee, the Champion Leader, do I offer thanks of victory, O Theotokos, thou who hast delivered me from terror; but as thou that hast that power invincible, O Theotokos, thou alone can set me free: from all forms of danger free me and deliver me, that I may cry unto thee: Hail, O Bride without Bridegroom. THE EPISTLE Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers. For Thou art just in all that Thou hast done for us. The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews (11:24-26, 32-40) Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets; who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, and put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated of whom the world was not worthy wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not

3 receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. THE GOSPEL The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. John (1:43-51) At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And He found Philip and said to him, Follow Me. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and said to him, We have found Him of Whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. Nathanael said to him, Can anything good come out of Nazareth? Philip said to him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael said to Jesus, How do you know me? Jesus answered him, Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you. Nathanael answered Him, Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God! Thou art the King of Israel! Jesus answered him, Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these. And Jesus said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. And the rest of the Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great Great Lent Week 2 (March 18-25) Monday, March 18: Great Compline 7 pm with Bishop John; a reception will follow. Wednesday, March 20: Liturgy of the Presanctified 5:30 pm. Please begin your Eucharistic fast after a light Lenten luncheon. Friday, March 22: 6:30 pm. Sunday, March 24: The Second Sunday of Great Lent. Monday, March 25 - the Feast of the Annunciation: Festal St. George, 8:30 am; Great 7 St. Mary's, Pawtucket.

4 Announcements Reminder: Please remember to contact Fr. John ( or at your earliest convenience, if you or a loved one has a pastoral need. Thank you. Friendly Reminder: Please let the church school staff and students go to communion first. Thanks! Important Virgin Mary Society: Meeting noon. All are welcome! We need new members! Please contact Gail Kurker with any questions - or Teen SOYO Mtg: March 24 th after Church School in the Small Hall. March is Antiochian Women s Month: VMS will read the Epistle and take collections. On Sunday, March 31st, a special collection will be taken to support the Antiochian Women special project, Building A New Cathedral for our Archdiocese at the Antiochian Village. We thank you for your support. ATTENTION ST. JOHN S TEENS!! It s Bible Bowl time and we are looking to put together a team of 3 or 4 students, age Participating in Bible Bowl is fun and exciting! We practice during Church School time to be ready for the regional competition in June. Please contact Nancy Close to join or for any questions. Choir: Interested in joining the choir? New members are always welcomed! Please see Andrew Hazerjian for more information. Leave your mark! The Tree of Life Leaves and the Legacy Walkway Pavers are now open if you wish to donate one in memory of loved ones or for other reasons. Order forms are available at the Bengari area or on our church website. Any questions, please call Erin at the church office ( ) or contact Mike Tawa at Your support will be greatly appreciated. It is a beautiful legacy to leave our children and grandchildren Archdiocese Convention: The bi-annual archdiocese convention will take place from July in Grand Rapids, MI. Complete information can be found at Altar Servers: John Najjar, Dean of Altar Servers. Serving today: St. Mark s Team. Looking for a spiritual home? If you would like more information about joining this parish, please contact Fr. John. You would be most welcomed!

5 FROM THE FATHERS Passion was not planted by God in nature, for He is not the Creator of passions. God is not the cause of evil. Those who teach that passions are natural to the soul are wrong, not realizing that it is we who have turned natural things into passions. For example, by nature we have within us the seed necessary for childbearing but we have perverted this into lust. Nature gave us the feeling of anger, which we are supposed to use against the Evil One instead we use it against our neighbor. St. John Climacus

6 Donations for Lent and Holy Week The Lenten Season will soon be under way and soon Holy Week and Pascha will be here as well. There are many things, as you know, that the Church will need for all of the special services coming up, and we ask for your participation and support. If you would like to offer a donation to the Church of St. John of Damascus for the health of or in memory of any of your family members or friends, please fill out the form below and mail it back to the church office as soon as possible. We thank you and pray that you experience a most joyfully rewarding and fruitful Lenten season and celebration of our Lord's Holy Pascha. Dear Fr. John, It would be a great joy for me/us (envelope # ) to offer a donation of $ for my Paschal gift to the church. Please accept this donation for: (please circle one) for the health of or in memory of: Given by: Please list in the Palm Sunday bulletin or Please list in the Pascha (Easter) Bulletin Deadline for donations is Sunday, April 14, 2019

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