St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-11-27
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St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (978) 685-4052
  • Street Address:

  • 8 Lowell Street

  • Lawrence, MA 01840-1416
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 10

  • Methuen, MA 01844

Contact Information

Services Schedule

5 PM Saturdays - Vespers

9 AM Sundays - Orthros

10 AM Sundays - Divine Liturgy

Sunday School (Sept-May) following Holy Communion

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Seventh Tone

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

حطمت بصليبك الموت، وفتحت للص الفردوس، وحولت نوح حاملات الطيب، وأمرت رسلك ان يكرزوا ، بانك قد قمت ايها المسيح الاله ، مانحاً العالم الرحمة العظمى.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Fourth Tone

As the deliverer of captives and defender of the poor, healer of the infirm and champion of kings, victorious great martyr George intercede with Christ our God for our souls salvation. 

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Tone

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Seventh Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:14-22.

Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

البروكيمنون. Seventh Tone. مزمور 28 :11 ، 1.
الرب يعطي قوة لشعبه
Verse: قدموا للرب يا أبناء الله قدموا للرب مجداً وكرامة

فصل من رسالة بولس الى أَفسس 2: 14-22.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، الْمَسِيحُ هُوَ سَلاَمُنَا، الَّذِي جَعَلَ الاثْنَيْنِ وَاحِداً، وَنَقَضَ حَائِطَ السِّيَاجِ الْمُتَوَسِّطَ أَيِ الْعَدَاوَةَ. مُبْطِلاً بِجَسَدِهِ نَامُوسَ الْوَصَايَا فِي فَرَائِضَ، لِكَيْ يَخْلُقَ الاثْنَيْنِ فِي نَفْسِهِ إِنْسَاناً وَاحِداً جَدِيداً، صَانِعاً سَلاَماً، وَيُصَالِحَ الاثْنَيْنِ فِي جَسَدٍ وَاحِدٍ مَعَ اللهِ بِالصَّلِيبِ، قَاتِلاً الْعَدَاوَةَ بِهِ. فَجَاءَ وَبَشَّرَكُمْ بِسَلاَمٍ، أَنْتُمُ الْبَعِيدِينَ وَالْقَرِيبِينَ. لأَنَّ بِهِ لَنَا كِلَيْنَا قُدُوماً فِي رُوحٍ وَاحِدٍ إِلَى الآبِ. فَلَسْتُمْ إِذاً بَعْدُ غُرَبَاءَ وَنُزُلاً، بَلْ رَعِيَّةٌ مَعَ الْقِدِّيسِينَ وَأَهْلِ بَيْتِ اللهِ، مَبْنِيِّينَ عَلَى أَسَاسِ الرُّسُلِ وَالأَنْبِيَاءِ، وَيَسُوعُ الْمَسِيحُ نَفْسُهُ حَجَرُ الزَّاوِيَةِ، الَّذِي فِيهِ كُلُّ الْبِنَاءِ مُرَكَّباً مَعاً يَنْمُو هَيْكَلاً مُقَدَّساً فِي الرَّبِّ. الَّذِي فِيهِ أَنْتُمْ أَيْضاً مَبْنِيُّونَ مَعاً، مَسْكَناً لِلَّهِ فِي الرُّوحِ.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

13th Sunday of Luke
لوقا 18: 18-27

18 في ذلك الزمان دنا إلى يسوع إنسان مجرباً له وقائلاً: ((أَيُّهَا الْمُعَلِّمُ الصَّالِحُ ، مَاذَا أَعْمَلُ لأَرِثَ الْحَيَاةَ الأَبَدِيَّةَ؟)) 19فَقَالَ لَهُ يَسُوعُ: ((لِمَاذَا تَدْعُونِي صَالِحاً؟ لَيْسَ أَحَدٌ صَالِحاً إِلاَّ وَاحِدٌ وَهُوَ اللهُ. 20أَنْتَ تَعْرِفُ الْوَصَايَا: لاَ تَزْنِ. لاَ تَقْتُلْ. لاَ تَسْرِقْ. لاَ تَشْهَدْ بِالزُّورِ. أَكْرِمْ أَبَاكَ وَأُمَّكَ)). 21فَقَالَ: ((هَذِهِ كُلُّهَا حَفِظْتُهَا مُنْذُ حَدَاثَتِي)). 22فَلَمَّا سَمِعَ يَسُوعُ ذَلِكَ قَالَ لَهُ: ((يُعْوِزُكَ أَيْضاً شَيْءٌ: بِعْ كُلَّ مَا لَكَ وَوَزِّعْ عَلَى الْفُقَرَاءِ ، فَيَكُونَ لَكَ كَنْزٌ فِي السَّمَاءِ ، وَتَعَالَ اتْبَعْنِي)). 23فَلَمَّا سَمِعَ ذَلِكَ حَزِنَ ، لأَنَّهُ كَانَ غَنِيّاً جِدّاً. 24فَلَمَّا رَآهُ يَسُوعُ قَدْ حَزِنَ ، قَالَ: ((مَا أَعْسَرَ دُخُولَ ذَوِي الأَمْوَالِ إِلَى مَلَكُوتِ اللهِ! 25لأَنَّ دُخُولَ جَمَلٍ مِنْ ثَقْبِ إِبْرَةٍ أَيْسَرُ مِنْ أَنْ يَدْخُلَ غَنِيٌّ إِلَى مَلَكُوتِ اللهِ!)). 26فَقَالَ الَّذِينَ سَمِعُوا: ((فَمَنْ يَسْتَطِيعُ أَنْ يَخْلُصَ؟)) 27فَقَالَ: ((غَيْرُ الْمُسْتَطَاعِ عِنْدَ النَّاسِ مُسْتَطَاعٌ عِنْدَ اللهِ)).




Wisdom of the Fathers

Spiritual delight is not enjoyment found in things that exists outside the soul.
St. Isaac of Syria
Unknown, 7th century

Love of money is the worship of idols, a daughter of unbelief, an excuse for infirmities, a foreboder of old age, a harbinger of drought, a herald of hunger.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century


Saints and Feasts

November 27

James the Great Martyr of Persia

This Saint was from the city of Bythlaba and was of noble birth; he was the closest and most honoured friend of Isdiger (or Yazdegerd) I, King of Persia (reigned 399-420). Though a Christian from his youth, James renounced Christ because he was allured by the King's friendship and flatteries. When his mother and his wife learned of this, they declared to him by letter that they would have nothing more to do with him, since he had preferred a glory that is temporal to the love of Christ. Wounded in soul by these words and coming to himself, the Saint wept over his error, and repudiated the worship of the idols. Therefore, becoming exceedingly wroth, the King - this was Bahram (or Varahran) V (reigned 421-438), Isdiger's son and successor - condemned him to a most bitter death, the likes of which not even a brute beast was ever condemned to: that is, his body was dismembered at every joint of his arms and legs. And so, when he had been cut asunder limb by limb to his very hips and shoulders, the courageous Martyr was finally beheaded, in the year 421.

November 30

Andrew the First- Called Apostle

This Saint was from Bethsaida of Galilee; he was the son of Jonas and the brother of Peter, the chief of the Apostles. He had first been a disciple of John the Baptist; afterwards, on hearing the Baptist's witness concerning Jesus, when he pointed Him out with his finger and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1.29,36), he straightway followed Christ, and became His first disciple; wherefore he is called the First-called of the Apostles. After the Ascension of the Saviour, he preached in various lands; and having suffered many things for His Name's sake, he died in Patras of Achaia, where he was crucified on a cross in the shape of an "X," the first letter of "Christ" in Greek; this cross is also the symbol of Saint Andrew.


Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, November 26

5 PM Vespers

Sunday, November 27

9 AM Orthros 

10 AM Divine Liturgy

Sunday School following Holy Communion


Pastor's Ponderings


To glorify Christ above all things. To pass through the narrow eye of the neeble is not possible for us, but by the grace and mercy of God we may pass through into the brillaince of his glory with the angels and saints. The great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and are now bathed with the holy radiance of God's glory. Yhey are praying for us and offering to us their example and friendship. The Church is the entire body of believers enlivened and united by the love of God in us. As we celebrate the Divine Liturgy the whole Church together worships the Holy Trinity crying out with joy...Holy, Holy, Holy..! May the assurance of the Lord's mercy fill us with joy so that many more may come and see what we see...the love and glory of God shared with us and all the saints. Glory to God! Father Ephraim