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St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-07-03
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Fax:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Street Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301-5315


Contact Information







Services Schedule

Sundays:

Orthros - 8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.

Weekdays:

Evening Vespers - 6:00 p.m.

Calendar


Past Bulletins


St. George News and Events

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 Click here to stream our services if you are not able to join us in person.  
 

 ALL new items are ALWAYS on top of the bulletin.

There are several inserts at the end of this bulletin, please scroll to the end when done reading and look at all the inserts.There is more info on those inserts thruout the bulletin.
If you don't YOU will miss out.
In Christ,
editor, Demetris <-- Click here to send your questions via email to editor@ourparish.us

Or See me after church, I'll help you!

General Announcements:


PLEASE NOTE:

 

Please note the following changes on Divine Liturgies to be held this week.  

Additions:
Wednesday, June 29th - Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul
Orthros  - 9:00 a.m.
Divine Liturgy - 9:45 a.m.

Changes:
Father Jim will be attending the Clergy/Laity Congress to be held in New York City this coming weekend.  Father Christian will be celebrating Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 3rd in Fresno meaning there will be no Divine Liturgy that day in Bakersfield.  Instead, Father Christian will join us for service on:

Saturday, July 2nd - Commemoration of the Placement in Blachernai of the Precious Garment of the Most Holy Theotokos
Orthros  - 9:00 a.m.
Divine Liturgy - 9:45 a.m.

Virgin Mary Life Giving Spring Antiochian Orthodox Church will have Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 3 starting at 11:00 a.m.

Please call the Church Office at 325-8694 if you have any questions.
 
The above was received by those who have signed up for email notices.
 
If you want to be included in the email anouncements and notices, please send your email to editor@ourparish.us or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added.
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ATTENTION
Request to any and all current and former choir members (anyone interested) to help with Orthros and Divine Litturgy for the month of July?
The Dorlis' and Ted will be out of town.
Please send emai to secratary@ourparish.us or call church office at 325-8694.
Thank you for any help!

 
Stavros will continue with evening reader services,

and on Saturday the evening vespers.
 

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Communion order will be as follows:
Sunday school staff, children and choir will receive communion FIRST.

Then depart to the Sunday school building immediately following receiving communion

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We have a new secretary, Amy Pearson.
Her hours are M-F 9am-1pm.

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If you want to be included in the email anouncements and notices, please send your email to editor@ourparish.us or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added.

This is the fastest way to get updated for services changes and other important church information.

Note: This is separate from the bulletin.
If you are not receiving the bulletin, either send your name & email to editor@ourparish.us or apply from our website here, or directly here or call church office, 325-8694 and give your info and request to be added to the weekly bulletin.

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Special price, $20

Half sheet pastitsio, frozen, ready to bake, limited supply.

Contact Mary Mekhel

1/2 sheet pastitsio

 

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We have a new secretary, Amy Pearson.
Her hours are M-F 9am-1pm.

 
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 Until further notice you will not see a calendar at the end of the bulletin.

We are updating it and will keep you posted.
 

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OUR BOOK STORE, GIFT SHOP & LIBRARY

Open every Sunday following divine litturgy and by appointment, by calling 661.342.2407
Seasonal specials, lenten related items 10% off thru Pascha.
Special orders available.

ALL are welcome, stop by, check out the variety of gifts, books & icons.
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Senior Zoomers
Our 55 and over group, self named The Senior Zoomers, meets Wednesdays at 11:00am on Zoom. 
Join us for good conversation and activity planning during our weekly meetings.  To join us click the follow link, or go to Zoom.us and enter the meeting ID and passcode located below.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 889 9047 4592
Passcode: 078537 
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128
 
Morning Bible Study
Meet with Fr. Jim Pappas Thursdays at 9:30am on ZOOM for Morning Bible Study.  We look forward to studying God’s word together.
Meeting ID: 814 2559 2675
Passcode: 730910
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128

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 Catechumen meetings postponed till end of summer church camps.

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Shop on Amazon

 

If you DO, you can help your parish by assigning St. George as your charity and Amazon will donate to St. George with each purchase you make at NO cost to you!

 

Here's how.... (if you don't understand or need help, email (click/tap) --> Demetri

 Support St. George by using the Amazon Smile program when shopping on Amazon.
You still get the same Amazon selection, and the same Amazon prices.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to our parish at ZERO COST TO  YOU.

 Thank you for your support of our parish!
God Bless you and keep you! 

 Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

 1. Visit smile.amazon.com

 2. Sign in with your Amazon.com credentials

 3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice
     (if you wish to donate to our parish, search "st george bakersfield" exactly like that without the quotes). 

 4. Select your charity

 4. Start shopping!

 5. Add a bookmark for smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
You MUST shop at smile.amazon.com not the amazon.com, same site, but does not give to St. George, the smile.amazon.com has been setup specificaly for donating to your charity, same site, same selection, same prices.

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Prayer app

"Every Christian, without exception, ought to dwell always in prayer." 
                      - St. Gregory Palamas

Prayer is a human need.

We’re all searching to fill the void left by a God-denying culture like the one we live in. And we look in so many different places. But nothing can fill that void like Christ.

And where do we meet Him?

In prayer.
 
The Challenge 
For so many of us, we want to mature in our prayer lives, and we know faith can only be grown if we pray. But we don’t know where to begin.
 
The Solution
The Encounter: The Common Discipline of the Fellowship of St. Philip the Evangelist is a comprehensive initiative that will help you not only grow in your personal daily prayer discipline, but also, will connect you to a fellowship of other Christians that are praying with you daily.

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Participating is easy 


1. Choose how you want to participate in The Encounter.
Are you a digital person? Download our free app to your favorite device. Just type in Faithtree Resources in the Apple or Google App Stores or click one of the buttons below to download The Encounter. Prefer to hold a physical prayer book in your hand? It's coming soon! You'll find them in just a few weeks on our website: Faithtree.org. 

2. Commit to praying the 3 short prayer sessions each day.
Each session is less than ten minutes, many less than five. The impact on your calendar is small, but the benefit of daily prayer is extraordinary. 

3. Explore!
The Encounter app has a variety of other resources to help you grow in prayer. With a growing library of prayers for specific occasions, short articles to help you understand more about prayer, hymns of the Church to help you focus, and opportunities to pray for every Orthodox jurisdiction, our parishes, hierarchs, clergy and more, you will never weary of drawing closer to the living God through prayer!




Without prayer, our spirit shrivels, our hope fades, and our joy diminishes. With prayer, our soul quickens, our vision clarifies, and our Christian life is fulfilled. 

Join the fellowship of believers who use The Encounter to pray the beautiful prayers of the Church every day.

Let us pray to the Lord!

DOWNLOAD HERE: iPhone or other
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  Youth Group Announcements
 
 CROSSROAD SAN FRANCISCO
SUMMER 2022
JULY 2-12
 
See flyer at the end of this bulletin
 
Youth group will have to resume in June due to May graduations and school activities.
Please make sure Joyce Cisneros has your contact information for future meetings and outings.

 
*Donations to St. George Youth Group are always welcome!
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Get excited, Summer Camp is Back!!

More info in flyer at the end of this bulletin.

Our Youth attend camp July 24-July 30th.

Register here

Summer Camp Themed Attire

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Sign up to host a Sunday lunch!  See sign up list in the hall bulletin board.

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Ukraine Relief Fund

 

Click on above image to read more and donate

 

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May 2022 Stewardship News

(Excerpts from Stewardship Seminar by: Bill Marianes)

What if you had to make an accounting to God for what you had done with all the many blessings, gifts and resources over which you were made a steward?

What would you say?

How can you better use your many God-given talents and better live your stewardship calling?

A scripture-based plan to follow is 10-10-80

10% to God/Church/Charities

10% Rainy Days Fund (investment for retirement/emergencies)

80% of your household income used to cover all household expenses

Let’s teach our children and grandchildren 10-10-80!!!

Don’t forget to strive to increase your percentage giving an additional 1% this year from last year.  For example if you donated $1000 to St. George in 2021 than your goal this year would be $1010 or 1% increase.  If you gave $5000 in 2021 than your goal this year would be $5050. Our ultimate goal would be to tithe 10% so if you earn $75,000 then donating $7,500 back to God/Church/Charities this year would be a blessing to you and the Church.

Have a safe upcoming summer!

Stewardship Committee

Stewardship@ourparish.us


If you have not yet fulfilled your stewardship commitment you can easily give online using your credit card.  There are two ways to donate; using your PayPal Account or your Debit/Credit Card:

Using a PayPal account:

Note: If you don’t have a PayPal account you’ll need to open one.

How to open a PayPal account 

1.   Click here to create a PayPal account, then come back here when done.
2.   Once you create your PayPal account, come back to this page and click on the "Make donation via PayPal" link below.
3.   Enter your donation amount.

4.   Log into your PayPal account
5.   Confirm your donation amount
6.   Enter the donation purpose (click on “Please indicate purpose (i.e. Pledge)”)
7.   Click on “Donate $xxUSD Now” 

Using a credit card:

1.   Click on the "Make donation via PayPallink below.
2.   Enter your donation amount.
3.   Complete your credit card information.
4.   Click “Review Donation and Continue”
5.   Enter the ddonation purpose (click on “Please indicate purpose (i.e. Pledge)”)
6.   Click on “Donate $xxUSD now”

For both methods you’ll receive an email confirmation after you donate.

See links below.

Make donation via PayPal <-- Use paypal; (CC or PayPal) to make a donation.

Click here, to download the 2022 Commitment Card.

Please fill it out and return to the church office or mail it, address at bottom of buletin.

Or you may fill it out the form online and sumbit it online. ---> ONLINE FORM

You may also download here the flyer to read all about stewardship according to the Bible.

Stewardship@ourparish.us

 

Sunday School

SUMMER BREAK

Starting again in August/September
For more info contact Stavro at pa@ourparish.us

 BIBLE READING


Please join Irene on Zoom, and let us Read our Orthodox Bible together on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 P.M. every week.
We just simply read the Orthodox Bible (available at the church's bookstore) and the comments at the bottom of each page.
It is a Bible reading NOT Bible study.
Click here to Join Zoom Meeting
 
or
Zoom ID: 99602662409
Passcode: 88888Z
 
Orthodox Sudy Bible Book

Congratulations to our 2022 Parish Council members.


Fr. Jim Pappas & Fr. Christian Burkhard (non-voting)

President:           Namaz Habroun-Pimentel

Vice President:    Dr. Emmanuel Strategos

Treasurer:           Osama Dawood

Secretary:          Danny Andrews

Mary Mekhel
Ted Exarchulakos
Nikoli Hackelman
Julie Pierucci
Christopher McNaughton
Tom Drulias
Ted Buddy
Tom Dorlis


Next Parish Council meeting is 7/28/22 at  7:00pm at the back office.


Social Media & website


Follow and join us on Facebook

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield

St George Christian Outreach Facebook Page

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield YouTube channel

Legacy

Leave your mark!
Consider naming St. George Church as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. It's a great legacy gift to your parish and very easy to do...just ask your provider for the change beneficiary form and complete and return to them.  The legal name for the church is Hellenic Community St. George Church Tax ID #95-3575365 God bless you.

Endowment

Click here to read how you can leave a lasting legacy to your parish.
Church Beautification and Capital Improvements. Click here for the 2021 update.

Text Notifications

If you would like to be part of our system, please provide your phone number to the church secreatary at Secretary@ourparish.us.

This service will only be used to notify parishioners of any changes to service times or to provide information on events or occurences that affect the entire parish.  We see this as being used infrequently but feel that we need to an effective way to communicate important information quickly. 

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 Prayers for Thanksgiving-Healing and Help:

Please add to your daily prayers 

Orthodox: Ernie, George, Abram, Vickie, Elaina, Maher, Nabel, Magdy, Daniel, Natalia and family, Nickolas, Irene, Pamela, Virginia, Paraskevi, Michael, Dimitris, Margarita, Jennifer, Nikolas, Pamela
Non-Orthodox: Judith, Nayeli and David, Peggy, Patricia

For the rest of the soul of our departed:

Orthodox: Fr. Daregas, Vasiliki, Vasilli, Fouad, Bert, Nicolas, Louise, George, George, Sooad, George, Leonid, Nikos, Vivian, John, Mary, Louise, Nektarios, Nicholas, Elephtheria, Kyriakos, Candess.


PROSPHORO OFFERING

Elaine: 1/2, 2/6, 3/13, 4/17, 5/22, 6/26, 7/31, 9/4, 10/9, 11/13, 12/18

Joyce:  1/9, 2/13, 3/20, 4/24, 5/29, 7/3, 8/7, 9/11, 10/16, 11/20, 12/25

Mary: 1/16, 2/20, 3/27, 5/1, 6/5, 7/10, 8/14, 9/18, 10/23, 11/27

Basema: 1/23, 2/27, 4/3, 5/8, 6/12, 7/17, 8/21, 9/25, 10/30, 12/4

Olympia: 1/30, 3/6, 4/10, 5/15, 6/19, 7/24, 8/28, 10/2, 11/6, 12/11

 

Thank you!

Father Jim would like the Prosphoro brought to the church Sunday morning between 7:30 AM
and no later than 8:30 AM.

We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread.
Please approach Father if interested.
If you want to learn more about how to make Prosphora, you can visit our Prosphoro site
Thank you.

JULY

ANNIVERSARIES

7/10 Michael & Anna Cornett
7/25 Teddy & Lynn Budy
7/31 Jim & Candace Strategos

BIRTHDAYS

7/3 Teddy Budy
7/3 Savvas Chaffee
7/4 Achilleas Hackleman
7/5 Saba Asmerom
7/5 Rebecca Asmerom
7/5 Alexandria Southerd
7/8 Layth Dawood
7/8 Elias Strategos
7/8 Jose Pimentel
7/10 Hana Ayoub
7/15 Caitlyn Jennings
7/19 Matthew Antonaros
7/20 Jennifer Dean
7/21 Matthew Andrews
7/23 Timothy Haynes
7/24 Genevieve Christensen
7/25 Meqedes Mesfin
7/30 Zachary Dorlis
7/30 Isaiah Dawood

If your Anniversary or Birthday is not listed and would like to be added or if it's incorrect, please contact the editor at editor@ourparish.us

PLEASE NOTE:  All bulletin announcements must be received each week by 6:00 pm Wednesday to be included in the Sunday bulletin for that week.

A note from the publisher:
PLEASE READ CONTENT AFTER THE CALENDAR, THERE IS  MORE, there are inserts of interest!

If you have ANY kind of a challenge reading this bulletin or ANY part of it, like unable to or know how to open various inserts at the end of the bulletin, PLEASE contact me at editor@ourparish.us
I'll be happy to help you! And any suggestions for improvement are welcome!

Please send email with your request or suggestion to editor@ourparish.us

TEMPORARLY THE CALENDAR WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE BULLETIN WHILE WE ARE  UPDATING. WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:1-10.

Brethren, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Προκείμενον. Second Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 117.14,18.
Ἰσχύς μου καὶ ὕμνησίς μου ὁ Κύριος.
Στίχ. Παιδεύων ἐπαίδευσέ με ὁ Κύριος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς ῾Ρωμαίους 5:1-10.

Ἀδελφοί, δικαιωθέντες οὖν ἐκ πίστεως, εἰρήνην ἔχομεν πρὸς τὸν θεὸν διὰ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, διʼ οὗ καὶ τὴν προσαγωγὴν ἐσχήκαμεν τῇ πίστει εἰς τὴν χάριν ταύτην ἐν ᾗ ἑστήκαμεν, καὶ καυχώμεθα ἐπʼ ἐλπίδι τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ. Οὐ μόνον δέ, ἀλλὰ καὶ καυχώμεθα ἐν ταῖς θλίψεσιν, εἰδότες ὅτι ἡ θλῖψις ὑπομονὴν κατεργάζεται, ἡ δὲ ὑπομονὴ δοκιμήν, ἡ δὲ δοκιμὴ ἐλπίδα· ἡ δὲ ἐλπὶς οὐ καταισχύνει, ὅτι ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ θεοῦ ἐκκέχυται ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου τοῦ δοθέντος ἡμῖν. Ἔτι γὰρ Χριστός, ὄντων ἡμῶν ἀσθενῶν, κατὰ καιρὸν ὑπὲρ ἀσεβῶν ἀπέθανεν. Μόλις γὰρ ὑπὲρ δικαίου τις ἀποθανεῖται· ὑπὲρ γὰρ τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ τάχα τις καὶ τολμᾷ ἀποθανεῖν. Συνίστησιν δὲ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ἀγάπην εἰς ἡμᾶς ὁ θεός, ὅτι ἔτι ἁμαρτωλῶν ὄντων ἡμῶν Χριστὸς ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἀπέθανεν. Πολλῷ οὖν μᾶλλον, δικαιωθέντες νῦν ἐν τῷ αἵματι αὐτοῦ, σωθησόμεθα διʼ αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῆς ὀργῆς. Εἰ γὰρ ἐχθροὶ ὄντες κατηλλάγημεν τῷ θεῷ διὰ τοῦ θανάτου τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ, πολλῷ μᾶλλον καταλλαγέντες σωθησόμεθα ἐν τῇ ζωῇ αὐτοῦ.

البروكيمنون. Second Tone. مزمور 117: 14، 18.
الرب قوتي وتسبيحتي
Verse: أدباُ أدّبني الرب

فصل من رسالة القديس بولس الرسول الى اهل رومية 5: 1-10.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، إِذْ قَدْ تَبَرَّرْنَا بِالإِيمَانِ لَنَا سَلاَمٌ مَعَ اللهِ بِرَبِّنَا يَسُوعَ الْمَسِيحِ الَّذِي بِهِ أَيْضاً قَدْ صَارَ لَنَا الدُّخُولُ بِالإِيمَانِ إِلَى هَذِهِ النِّعْمَةِ الَّتِي نَحْنُ فِيهَا مُقِيمُونَ وَنَفْتَخِرُ عَلَى رَجَاءِ مَجْدِ اللهِ. وَلَيْسَ ذَلِكَ فَقَطْ بَلْ نَفْتَخِرُ أَيْضاً فِي الضِّيقَاتِ عَالِمِينَ أَنَّ الضِّيقَ يُنْشِئُ صَبْراً وَالصَّبْرُ تَزْكِيَةً وَالتَّزْكِيَةُ رَجَاءً وَالرَّجَاءُ لاَ يُخْزِي لأَنَّ مَحَبَّةَ اللهِ قَدِ انْسَكَبَتْ فِي قُلُوبِنَا بِالرُّوحِ الْقُدُسِ الْمُعْطَى لَنَا. لأَنَّ الْمَسِيحَ إِذْ كُنَّا بَعْدُ ضُعَفَاءَ مَاتَ فِي الْوَقْتِ الْمُعَيَّنِ لأَجْلِ الْفُجَّارِ. فَإِنَّهُ بِالْجَهْدِ يَمُوتُ أَحَدٌ لأَجْلِ بَارٍّ. رُبَّمَا لأَجْلِ الصَّالِحِ يَجْسُرُ أَحَدٌ أَيْضاً أَنْ يَمُوتَ. وَلَكِنَّ اللهَ بَيَّنَ مَحَبَّتَهُ لَنَا لأَنَّهُ وَنَحْنُ بَعْدُ خُطَاةٌ مَاتَ الْمَسِيحُ لأَجْلِنَا. فَبِالأَوْلَى كَثِيراً وَنَحْنُ مُتَبَرِّرُونَ الآنَ بِدَمِهِ نَخْلُصُ بِهِ مِنَ الْغَضَبِ. لأَنَّهُ إِنْ كُنَّا وَنَحْنُ أَعْدَاءٌ قَدْ صُولِحْنَا مَعَ اللهِ بِمَوْتِ ابْنِهِ فَبِالأَوْلَى كَثِيراً وَنَحْنُ مُصَالَحُونَ نَخْلُصُ بِحَيَاتِهِ.


Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33

The Lord said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."

3rd Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 6:22-33

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· ῾Ο λύχνος τοῦ σώματός ἐστιν ὁ ὀφθαλμός· ἐὰν οὖν ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου ἁπλοῦς ᾖ, ὅλον τὸ σῶμά σου φωτεινόν ἔσται· ἐὰν δὲ ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου πονηρὸς ᾖ, ὅλον τὸ σῶμά σου σκοτεινὸν ἔσται. εἰ οὖν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἐν σοὶ σκότος ἐστί, τὸ σκότος πόσον; Οὐδεὶς δύναται δυσὶ κυρίοις δουλεύειν· ἢ γὰρ τὸν ἕνα μισήσει καὶ τὸν ἕτερον ἀγαπήσει, ἢ ἑνὸς ἀνθέξεται καὶ τοῦ ἑτέρου καταφρονήσει. οὐ δύνασθε Θεῷ δουλεύειν καὶ μαμωνᾷ. Διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν, μὴ μεριμνᾶτε τῇ ψυχῇ ὑμῶν τί φάγητε καὶ τί πίητε, μηδὲ τῷ σώματι ὑμῶν τί ἐνδύσησθε· οὐχὶ ἡ ψυχὴ πλεῖόν ἐστι τῆς τροφῆς καὶ τὸ σῶμα τοῦ ἐνδύματος; ἐμβλέψατε εἰς τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, ὅτι οὐ σπείρουσιν οὐδὲ θερίζουσιν οὐδὲ συνάγουσιν εἰς ἀποθήκας, καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος τρέφει αὐτά· οὐχ ὑμεῖς μᾶλλον διαφέρετε αὐτῶν; τίς δὲ ἐξ ὑμῶν μεριμνῶν δύναται προσθεῖναι ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλικίαν αὐτοῦ πῆχυν ἕνα; καὶ περὶ ἐνδύματος τί μεριμνᾶτε; καταμάθετε τὰ κρίνα τοῦ ἀγροῦ πῶς αὐξάνει· οὐ κοπιᾷ οὐδὲ νήθει· λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐδὲ Σολομὼν ἐν πάσῃ τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ περιεβάλετο ὡς ἓν τούτων. Εἰ δὲ τὸν χόρτον τοῦ ἀγροῦ, σήμερον ὄντα καὶ αὔριον εἰς κλίβανον βαλλόμενον, ὁ Θεὸς οὕτως ἀμφιέννυσιν, οὐ πολλῷ μᾶλλον ὑμᾶς, ὀλιγόπιστοι; μὴ οὖν μεριμνήσητε λέγοντες, τί φάγωμεν ἢ τί πίωμεν ἢ τί περιβαλώμεθα; πάντα γὰρ ταῦτα τὰ ἔθνη ἐπιζητεῖ· οἶδε γὰρ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος ὅτι χρῄζετε τούτων ἁπάντων. ζητεῖτε δὲ πρῶτον τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ τὴν δικαιοσύνην αὐτοῦ, καὶ ταῦτα πάντα προστεθήσεται ὑμῖν.

3rd Sunday of Matthew
متى 6: 22-33

22 قال الرب سِرَاجُ الْجَسَدِ هُوَ الْعَيْنُ ،فَإِنْ كَانَتْ عَيْنُكَ بَسِيطَةً فَجَسَدُكَ كُلُّهُ يَكُونُ نَيِّراً ، 23وَإِنْ كَانَتْ عَيْنُكَ شِرِّيرَةً فَجَسَدُكَ كُلُّهُ يَكُونُ مُظْلِماً  فَإِنْ كَانَ النُّورُ الَّذِي فِيكَ ظَلاَماً فَالظَّلاَمُ كَمْ يَكُونُ!24لاَ يَقْدِرُ أَحَدٌ أَنْ يَخْدِمَ سَيِّدَيْنِ ، لأَنَّهُ إِمَّا أَنْ يُبْغِضَ الْوَاحِدَ وَيُحِبَّ الآخَرَ ، أَوْ يُلاَزِمَ الْوَاحِدَ وَيَحْتَقِرَ الآخَرَ. لاَ تَقْدِرُونَ أَنْ تَخْدِمُوا اللَّهَ وَالْمَالَ. 25لِذَلِكَ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ: لاَ تَهْتَمُّوا لِحَيَاتِكُمْ بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَبِمَا تَشْرَبُونَ ، وَلاَ لأَجْسَادِكُمْ بِمَا تَلْبَسُونَ. أَلَيْسَتِ الْحَيَاةُ أَفْضَلَ مِنَ الطَّعَامِ ، وَالْجَسَدُ أَفْضَلَ مِنَ اللِّبَاسِ؟ 26 اُنْظُرُوا إِلَى طُيُورِ السَّمَاءِ: إِنَّهَا لاَ تَزْرَعُ وَلاَ تَحْصُدُ وَلاَ تَجْمَعُ إِلَى مَخَازِنَ،وَأَبُوكُمُ السَّمَاوِيُّ يَقُوتُهَا. أَلَسْتُمْ أَنْتُمْ بِالْحَرِيِّ أَفْضَلَ مِنْهَا؟27وَمَنْ مِنْكُمْ إِذَا اهْتَمَّ يَقْدِرُ أَنْ يَزِيدَ عَلَى قَامَتِهِ ذِرَاعاً وَاحِدَةً؟ 28وَلِمَاذَا تَهْتَمُّونَ بِاللِّبَاسِ؟ تَأَمَّلُوا زَنَابِقَ الْحَقْلِ كَيْفَ تَنْمُو! لاَ تَتْعَبُ وَلاَ تَغْزِلُ. 29وَلَكِنْ أَقُولُ لَكُمْ : إِنَّهُ وَلاَ سُلَيْمَانُ فِي كُلِّ مَجْدِهِ كَانَ يَلْبَسُ كَوَاحِدَةٍ مِنْهَا. 30فَإِنْ كَانَ عُشْبُ الْحَقْلِ الَّذِي يُوجَدُ الْيَوْمَ وَيُطْرَحُ غَداً فِي التَّنُّورِ،يُلْبِسُهُ اللَّهُ هَكَذَا ، أَفَلَيْسَ بِالْحَرِيِّ جِدّاً يُلْبِسُكُمْ أَنْتُمْ يَا قَلِيلِي الإِيمَانِ؟ 31فَلاَ تَهْتَمُّوا قَائِلِينَ: مَاذَا نَأْكُلُ ؟ أَوْ مَاذَا نَشْرَبُ ؟ أَوْ مَاذَا نَلْبَسُ؟ 32فَإِنَّ هَذِهِ كُلَّهَا تَطْلُبُهَا الأُمَمُ. لأَنَّ أَبَاكُمُ السَّمَاوِيَّ يَعْلَمُ أَنَّكُمْ تَحْتَاجُونَ إِلَى هَذِهِ كُلِّهَا. 33لَكِنِ اطْلُبُوا أَوَّلاً مَلَكُوتَ اللَّهِ وَبِرَّهُ ، وَهَذِهِ كُلُّهَا تُزَادُ لَكُمْ.

 

 


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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.
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον, ἡ Ζωὴ ἡ ἀθάνατος, τότε τὸν ᾅδην ἐνέκρωσας τῇ ἀστραπῇ τῆς Θεότητος, ὅτε δὲ καὶ τοὺς τεθνεῶτας ἐκ τῶν καταχθονίων ἀνέστησας, πᾶσαι αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν ἐπουρανίων ἐκραύγαζον·Ζωοδότα Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν δόξα σοι.

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.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.
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