St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-10-23
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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 Second Tone

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

عندما انحدرت إلى الموت ايها الحياة الذي لايموت ، حينئذ أمتّ الجحيم ببرق لاهوتك، وعندما أقمت الاموات من تحت الثرى صرخ نحوك جميع القوات السماويين : ايها المسيح الاله المعطي الحياة المجد لك.

Apolytikion for James (Iakovos), the Brother of the Lord in the Fourth Tone

As a disciple of the Lord, O righteous one, thou hast received the Gospel. As a Martyr thou art never turned away. As the brother of God thou hast boldness. As a hierarch thou canst intercede. Do thou intercede with Christ God that He save our souls.

بما أنك تلميذ للرب تقبلت الإنجيل أيها الصديق وبما أنك شهيد فأنت غير مردود وبما أنك أخ للإله فلذلك لك الدالة وبما أنك رئيس كهنة فلك الشفاعة فابتهل إلى المسيح الإله أن يخلص نفوسنا.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Eighth Tone. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:11-19.

Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother.

البروكيمنون. Eighth Tone. مزمور 18: 4، 1.
في كل الأرض خرج صوتهم
Verse: السموات تذيع بمجد الله

فصل من رسالة بولس الاولى الى غلاطية 1: 11-19.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، أُعَرِّفُكُمْ الإِنْجِيلَ الَّذِي بَشَّرْتُ بِهِ، أَنَّهُ لَيْسَ بِحَسَبِ إِنْسَانٍ. لأَنِّي لَمْ أَقْبَلْهُ مِنْ عِنْدِ إِنْسَانٍ وَلاَ عُلِّمْتُهُ. بَلْ بِإِعْلاَنِ يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ. فَإِنَّكُمْ سَمِعْتُمْ بِسِيرَتِي قَبْلاً فِي الدِّيَانَةِ الْيَهُودِيَّةِ، أَنِّي كُنْتُ أَضْطَهِدُ كَنِيسَةَ اللهِ بِإِفْرَاطٍ وَأُتْلِفُهَا. وَكُنْتُ أَتَقَدَّمُ فِي الدِّيَانَةِ الْيَهُودِيَّةِ عَلَى كَثِيرِينَ مِنْ أَتْرَابِي فِي جِنْسِي، إِذْ كُنْتُ أَوْفَرَ غَيْرَةً فِي تَقْلِيدَاتِ آبَائِي. وَلَكِنْ لَمَّا سَرَّ اللهَ الَّذِي أَفْرَزَنِي مِنْ بَطْنِ أُمِّي، وَدَعَانِي بِنِعْمَتِهِ أَنْ يُعْلِنَ ابْنَهُ فِيَّ لأُبَشِّرَ بِهِ بَيْنَ الأُمَمِ، لِلْوَقْتِ لَمْ أَسْتَشِرْ لَحْماً وَدَماً وَلاَ صَعِدْتُ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ إِلَى الرُّسُلِ الَّذِينَ قَبْلِي، بَلِ انْطَلَقْتُ إِلَى الْعَرَبِيَّةِ، ثُمَّ رَجَعْتُ أَيْضاً إِلَى دِمَشْقَ. ثُمَّ بَعْدَ ثَلاَثِ سِنِينَ صَعِدْتُ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ لأَتَعَرَّفَ بِبُطْرُسَ، فَمَكَثْتُ عِنْدَهُ خَمْسَةَ عَشَرَ يَوْماً. وَلَكِنَّنِي لَمْ أَرَ غَيْرَهُ مِنَ الرُّسُلِ إِلاَّ يَعْقُوبَ أَخَا الرَّبِّ.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39

At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

6th Sunday of Luke
لوقا 8: 26-39

26 في ذلك الزمان أتى يسوع إِلَى كُورَةِ الْجَدَرِيِّينَ الَّتِي هِيَ مُقَابِلَ الْجَلِيلِ. 27وَلَمَّا خَرَجَ إِلَى الأَرْضِ اسْتَقْبَلَهُ رَجُلٌ مِنَ الْمَدِينَةِ كَانَ فِيهِ شَيَاطِينُ مُنْذُ زَمَانٍ طَوِيلٍ ، وَكَانَ لاَ يَلْبَسُ ثَوْباً ، وَلاَ يُقِيمُ فِي بَيْتٍ ، بَلْ فِي الْقُبُورِ. 28فَلَمَّا رَأَى يَسُوعَ صَرَخَ وَخَرَّ لَهُ ، وَقَالَ بِصَوْتٍ عَظِيمٍ: ((مَا لِي وَلَكَ يَا يَسُوعُ ابْنَ اللهِ الْعَلِيِّ! أَطْلُبُ مِنْكَ أَنْ لاَ تُعَذِّبَنِي !)). 29لأَنَّهُ أَمَرَ الرُّوحَ النَّجِسَ أَنْ يَخْرُجَ مِنَ الإِنْسَانِ. لأَنَّهُ مُنْذُ زَمَانٍ كَثِيرٍ كَانَ يَخْطَفُهُ ، وَقَدْ رُبِطَ بِسَلاَسِلٍ وَقُيُودٍ مَحْرُوساً ، وَكَانَ يَقْطَعُ الرُّبُطَ وَيُسَاقُ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ إِلَى الْبَرَارِي. 30فَسَأَلَهُ يَسُوعُ قَائِلاً : ((مَا اسْمُكَ؟)) فَقَالَ: ((لَجِئُونُ)). لأَنَّ شَيَاطِينَ كَثِيرَةً دَخَلَتْ فِيهِ.31وَطَلَبَ إِلَيْهِ أَنْ لاَ يَأْمُرَهُمْ بِالذَّهَابِ إِلَى الْهَاوِيَةِ. 32وَكَانَ هُنَاكَ قَطِيعُ خَنَازِيرَ كَثِيرَةٍ تَرْعَى فِي الْجَبَلِ ، فَطَلَبُوا إِلَيْهِ أَنْ يَأْذَنَ لَهُمْ بِالدُّخُولِ فِيهَا ، فَأَذِنَ لَهُمْ. 33فَخَرَجَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ مِنَ الإِنْسَانِ وَدَخَلَتْ فِي الْخَنَازِيرِ ، فَانْدَفَعَ الْقَطِيعُ مِنْ عَلَى الْجُرُفِ إِلَى الْبُحَيْرَةِ وَاخْتَنَقَ. 34فَلَمَّا رَأَى الرُّعَاةُ مَا كَانَ هَرَبُوا وَذَهَبُوا وَأَخْبَرُوا فِي الْمَدِينَةِ وَفِي الضِّيَاعِ ، 35فَخَرَجُوا لِيَرَوْا مَا جَرَى. وَجَاءُوا إِلَى يَسُوعَ فَوَجَدُوا الإِنْسَانَ الَّذِي كَانَتِ الشَّيَاطِينُ قَدْ خَرَجَتْ مِنْهُ لاَبِساً وَعَاقِلاً،جَالِساً عِنْدَ قَدَمَيْ يَسُوعَ ، فَخَافُوا. 36فَأَخْبَرَهُمْ أَيْضاً الَّذِينَ رَأَوْا كَيْفَ خَلَصَ الْمَجْنُونُ. 37فَطَلَبَ إِلَيْهِ كُلُّ جُمْهُورِ كُورَةِ الْجَدَرِيِّينَ أَنْ يَذْهَبَ عَنْهُمْ : لأَنَّهُ اعْتَرَاهُمْ خَوْفٌ عَظِيمٌ. فَدَخَلَ السَّفِينَةَ وَرَجَعَ. 38أَمَّا الرَّجُلُ الَّذِي خَرَجَتْ مِنْهُ الشَّيَاطِينُ فَطَلَبَ إِلَيْهِ أَنْ يَكُونَ مَعَهُ ، وَلَكِنَّ يَسُوعَ صَرَفَهُ قَائِلاً: 39((ارْجِعْ إِلَى بَيْتِكَ وَحَدِّثْ بِكَمْ صَنَعَ اللهُ بِكَ)).




Wisdom of the Fathers

Since he [the demoniac] received the healing of his mind, Christ commanded him to depart from the tombs and the graves and to return to that spiritual home. He who had in him the grave of the mind became a temple of God.
St. Ambrose
Exposition of the Gospel of Luke. 6.53. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Downer's Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2003, p. 141.

Some say, 'Why do they [demons] possess people?' I answer those who wish to have this explained that the reason of these things is very deep. Somewhere one of His saints addressed God by saying, 'Your judgments are a vast abyss.' As long as we bear this in mind, we will perhaps not miss the mark.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 44. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


Saints and Feasts

October 23

James (Iakovos) the Apostle, brother of Our Lord

According to some, this Saint was a son of Joseph the Betrothed, born of the wife that the latter had before he was betrothed to the Ever-virgin. Hence he was the brother of the Lord, Who was also thought to be the son of Joseph (Matt. 13: 55). But some say that he was a nephew of Joseph, and the son of his brother Cleopas, who was also called Alphaeus and Mary his wife, who was the first cousin of the Theotokos. But even according to this genealogy, he was still called, according to the idiom of the Scriptures, the Lord's brother because of their kinship.

This Iakovos is called the Less (Mark 15:40) by the Evangelists to distinguish him from Iakovos, the son of Zebedee, who was called the Great. He became the first Bishop of Jerusalem, elevated to this episcopal rank by the Apostles, according to Eusebius (Eccl. Hist., Book II: 23), and was called Obliah, that is, the Just, because of his great holiness and righteousness. Having ascended the crest of the Temple on the day of the Passover at the prompting of all, he bore testimony from there concerning his belief in Jesus, and he proclaimed with a great voice that Jesus sits at the right hand of the great power of God and shall come again upon the clouds of heaven. On hearing this testimony, many of those present cried, "Hosanna to the Son of David." But the Scribes and Pharisees cried, "So, even the just one hath been led astray," and at the command of Ananias the high priest, the Apostle was cast down headlong from thence, then was stoned, and while he prayed for his slayers, his head was crushed by the wooden club wielded by a certain scribe. The first of the Catholic (General) Epistles written to the Jews in the Diaspora who believed in Christ was written by this Iakovos.


Upcoming Schedule

Saturday, October 29

5 PM Vespers

Sunday, October 30

9 AM Orthros 

10 AM Divine Liturgy

Sunday School following Holy Communion


Pastor's Ponderings

Father Thomas Hopko, writing about this Sunday's Gospel comments on the townspeople who come out to see Jesus and the demoniac healed, clothed and his his right mind. He writes, "What we see is a much more subtle form of demonic possession, one that we ourselves may be caught into, one that doesn’t appear to be evil like that crazy man in the tombs, but in a sense is even crazier, even more insane. How [much] more insane can you get than to say to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, “Get out of here. We don’t want you messing up our life. We don’t want you in our city. We don’t want you in our region. Please go away?" May we resist the temptation to put God second in our lives by asking Him to leave our hearts through the choices we make against Him and our neighbors . Let us turn to the Lord's Prayer many times a day..."lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. Amen. Glory to God! Fr. Ephraim