Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 63.11,1.
The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.
Verse: Oh God, hear my cry.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27.
Brethren, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married."
10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17
At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.
According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord (see also Sept. 8).
HT STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
9:00AM Orthros & Liturgy - Monessen , PA
9:00AM Office Hours
9:00AM Holy Unction
9:00AM Office Hours
9:00AM Office Hours
EVE OF NATIVITY
WEEKLY BULLETIN – December 2, 2018
14th Sunday of Luke
ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Welcome to all visitors! Everyone is welcome in the Orthodox Church and may receive the blessed bread (antidoron) at the end of the service; but only practicing Orthodox Christians may receive the sacrament of Holy Communion.
KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS
Hunter Adkins, Flora Alexander, Chris Collaros, James Demitras, Sophia Diamond, Georgiann Hart, Marie Kamarados, Angela Kohelis-Dobson, Nick Kirlangitis, George Maragos, Mary McElhaney, Anna Moten, George & Stella Panagis, George Parikakis, Irene Petrides, Chuck Rangos, Jim Ritter, Gloria Sergakis
(If you have names to add or remove from this list, please contact the church office.)
Today’s fellowship hour will be provided by the Philoptochos Society.
METROPOLIS STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
Today, December 2, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh is observing Metropolis Stewardship Sunday. Please consider becoming a St. Photios Steward of the Metropolis Ministries. For more information, please see Fr. Nick.
Today, December 2, after liturgy, we will be decorating the church in preparation for the Nativity season. We encourage everyone, the young and the young at heart, to join us as we adorn our beautiful church.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
Monday, December 3
5:00 P.M. Choir rehearsal
Tuesday, December 4
10:00 A.M. Clergy peer learning
3:30 P.M. Chicken Fest
Wednesday, December 5 St. Savas
9:00 A.M. Orthros & Liturgy at the Metropolis of PGH
6:00 P.M. Great Vespers St. Nicholas, PGH
Thursday, December 6 St. Nicholas
8:30 A.M. Orthros
9:30 A.M. Liturgy
6:30 P.M. Philoptochos Christmas Party
December 9 - 10th Sunday of Luke
H.T. Stewardship Sunday
9:00 A.M. Orthros
10:00 A.M. Liturgy
11:00 A.M. Sunday School
Epistle Reader: Spiro Alexander
MEMORIAL: Darryl Shekas (1 yr.)
Gloria Sergakis would like to thank everyone for all the cards, calls, gifts and the flowers during her stay at the hospital and at Country Club Manor.
H.T. STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY
Next Sunday, December 9 is Stewardship Sunday. We will collect your completed 2019 Stewardship cards when they will be brought in baskets to the front of the church. A special prayer will be given at that time asking the Lord to accept our Stewardship offering and multiplying it for the good of the church and its ministries.
HOLY TRINITY AT THE NUTCRACKER VILLAGE
Holy Trinity is sponsoring a chalet at the Nutcracker Village this year. We still need volunteers. Please sign up for a four-hour shift. (One 3-hour shift is on Dec. 8.) We need two people per shift. Signup sheets are in the office or see Rikki.
CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL DINNER
Plans are underway for the 8th Annual Christmas Memorial Dinner on Christmas day. It is not too early to get your donations in to the Agape Fund which sponsors that dinner. Please contact Spiro Alexander or Father Nick to offer your time or resources. Thank you.
GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER
Philoptochos will also be collecting money for Christmas gifts to be handed out on that day. Please be generous with your donation since this is such a worthy cause.
There will be a Chicken Fest this Tuesday, December 4; the sale is from 3:30 – 6:30 P.M. It is open to the public. Price of dinner is $11 which includes festival or lemon chicken, rice pilaf, & green beans. Eat in or carry out. Drinks and pastries sold separately.
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT PRACTICE
For those who are interested in signing up for this year’s Christmas pageant, please see Presbytera Anne-Charissa to sign up. There will be more information coming soon with the practice dates; watch the weekly bulletin.
The next scheduled Gyro Sale will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Please help support our ladies in this endeavor.
AHEPA/ICARIAN CHRISTMAS PARTY
The AHEPA/ICARIAN Christmas Party will be on Thursday, December 13, at 5:30 P.M at Scaffidi’s Restaurant in Hollywood Plaza.
GOYA BASKETBALL TOURAMENT
The GOYA basketball tournament will be held on February 1 thru 3. We are in need of clock operators and statisticians. If interested, please contact Nick Demitras at 740-424-5185.
We would like to invite all GOYAns to join us for a lock-in on December 21, at 7:00 P.M. There will be more information coming soon; watch the weekly bulletin and the NET.