DIVINE LITURGY 9:30AM
ORTHROS BEGINS AT 8:30AM & THE DIVINE LITURGY BEGINS AT 9:30AM
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WE WELCOME EVERYONE TO OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY!
We are pleased that you have joined us for prayer and worship. Please join us after the Divine Services in our Fellowship Hall for our hospitality hour sponsored by the Parish Council in honor of Effie & Vasili Triantafillou.
Memorial Services Today For:
Meletios Lendis – 9 days Eugen Bejan – 40 days
Joyce Stavros – 1 year Fotini Haniotis – 3 years
Elizabeth Stavros – 6 years
May their memory be eternal.
Sunday, Dec. 3rd – Hierarchical Great Vesper at St. Barbara in Toms River, NJ ……6:00PM
Mon., Dec. 4th – St. Barbara the Great Martyr (at St. George)………Orthros & Div. Lit. 8:30AM
Tuesday, Dec. 5th – Hierarchical Great Vespers at St. Nicholas in Wyckoff, NJ………6:00PM
Wed., Dec. 6th – St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (at St. George)…Orthros & Div. Lit. 8:30AM
Friday, Dec. 8th – Hierarchical Great Vespers at St. Anna in Flemington, NJ………6:00PM
Sat., Dec. 9th – The Conception of St. Anna (at St. George)…..........Orthros & Div. Lit. 8:30AM
Tues., Dec. 12th – St. Spyridon the Wonderworker (at St. George)…Orthros & Div. Lit. 8:30AM
Special Prayers During Church Services:
Requests for Memorial Services, Artoclasias, 40-day baby blessings, Fanouropites, etc. are welcomed. We ask that you please let the office know ahead of time so that we can include your special service in the Sunday bulletin.
Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, December 3rd & 10th ……Daughters of Penelope Christmas Money Tree Raffle
Monday, December 4th……………St. Paraskevi Philoptochos Jingle & Mingle Mtg.–7:00PM
Thursday, December 7th ………….AHEPA #54 & DOP#188 Annual Christmas Party at the Greycliff from 7-11PM
Saturday, December 9th…………..Metropolis of NJ Christmas Concert at Kimisis Tis Theotokou, Holmdel, NJ – 6:00PM
Sunday, December 10th ………….Parish Council Elections
Tuesday, December 12th …………Seniors Ministry Group Holiday Gathering – 11:30AM
Tuesday, December 12th …………Metropolis of NJ Annual Christmas Tree Lighting & Open House at the Metropolis Headquarters in Westfield – 6:00PM
Sunday, December 17th ………….Sunday School Christmas Pageant Greek School Hosts Christmas Brunch
Dec. 23rd – Dec. 26th ……………..Church Office Closed
Honoring Effie & Vasili on their Retirement:
Today we are honoring and recognizing the over 35 years of tireless and dedicated service that Effie and Vasili provided to our beloved community of St. George. We want to thank them for the countless hours they spent nurturing our community and how they impacted so many people throughout the years. Their devotion to St. George has been an inspiration to us all. As they embark on this new chapter in their life, we pray that they will continue to be blessed with good health, happiness, and a sense of fulfillment. Their many years of hard work and dedication to our church is an example to us all. May God bless them always, and may they find peace, joy, and happiness in their retirement years.
‘Tis the Season for the Angel Tree:
Once again, Sunday School is sponsoring the angel giving tree. This year’s collection will benefit two groups! Parishioners are invited to select a red or green Angel from our Christmas Tree and return a wrapped gift for the families helped by The Manifesting Miracles in the World group in Passaic. Parishioners can also select an angel and return an unwrapped gift that will be mailed to orphans ranging in age from infant to 21 years old by Warm the Children. All gifts should be returned no later than Sunday, December 17th. We thank all of you for your generosity during this joyous season!
Please be reminded that we are currently in the Nativity Fast. We should all continue to make a deliberate effort to prepare for the coming of our Lord by recommitting to worship, more prayer, engaging with our families, practicing forgiveness, partaking in the Sacrament of Confession and considering the needs of others, particularly the less fortunate.
Metropolis of New Jersey Christmas Concert:
All are invited to join His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey for a beautiful evening of celebration in anticipation of the Nativity of our Lord at the Annual Metropolis of New Jersey Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 6:00pm at Kimisis Tis Theotokou in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Feast Day Flower and Icon Donations:
During the Ecclesiastical year, our Church comes alive with many Liturgical services. It is customary in our faith to decorate icons used during special Feast Day services with flowers. We encourage our parishioners to offer this special donation as a unique and appropriate way to remember departed friends and relatives, as well as an expression of love on behalf of their family and prayers for their loved ones. Donations are now being accepted for:
24 (20) Christmas Poinsettia Plants - $25 each
Sunday School Save the Date:
Our annual Christmas Pageant will be held on Sunday, December 17th in church immediately following the completion of the Divine Liturgy. While every age group will be invited to participate, the key parts of our annual Christmas Pageant are assigned to members of our Fifth and Sixth Grade Church School class and our readers are selected from the upper grades (7th-8th). We are hoping that your children will be able to participate in this year’s Church School Christmas pageant and we invite them to bring a friend! A SignUpGenius was sent to all. If your children are interested and available, please be sure to sign them up via the SignUpGenius. The absolute deadline to sign up is November 30th. If you did not receive the SignUpGenius invite, please email us TODAY at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you the link.
IOCC Christmas Ornaments:
Today our Sunday School children will be creating beautiful IOCC Christmas tree ornaments. These very special ornaments will be offered for sale to the community for $5.00 each. All money raised will go directly to the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities.) As part of this project our students learned about the important work that the IOCC does in our country and around the world. Please support this worthwhile project and help us teach our children to think of others.
St. George Seniors Ministry Group:
Join us on Tuesday, December 12th, following the Divine Liturgy, for our Holiday Gathering. We will all enjoy a light brunch and then get into the holiday spirit by watching a classic Christmas movie.
Northern NJ YAL 2nd Annual New Year’s Bash:
Saturday, January 6, 2024 at The Liberty House in Jersey City! Join fellow Greek Orthodox young adults ages 18-35 for food, dancing, & fellowship! Each ticket includes a buffet, DJ Kon, and Open Bar. Early bird tickets are available until December 7th, afterwards, ticket prices will increase. Please see link for more information and to buy your tickets: https://www.NNJYALnyb.eventbrite.com
Hopeful Hearts Ministry:
William Pakos Mammas, a licensed Grief Counselor, offers weekly, free grief counseling to people who have lost a significant loved one. He has volunteered to facilitate our weekly sessions. The mission of the Hopeful Hearts ministry is to process our grief, learn from our experiences and educate our group, so that we can offer support to others who are experiencing a similar type of grief (i.e., loss of a child, parent, husband, wife). Please join us on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm (via Zoom) to learn how to handle grief. Our group listens and supports one another in a relaxing and confidential safe space. We begin and end with prayers and have become a family. If you would like to participate, please contact Konstantina at (973) 767-8340. You also may purchase a $10 white candle in memory of your loved one; it will be placed in our Hopeful Hearts glass holder in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary at the iconostasion (icon stand).
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Sponsor A Day Program:
One way to help the church is through our “Sponsor A Day” program. We encourage our parishioners to select a day that has special meaning to them like a birthday, feast day, anniversary or a memorial and make a suggested donation of $250. For more information about the program, please speak to one of our Parish Council members, Ministry Leaders or call the church office.
Please consider sponsoring these feast days:
This Prophet, who is ninth in order among the minor Prophets, was the son of Chusi (Cushi), from the tribe of Levi, or according to some, the great-grandson of King Hezekias. He prophesied in the years of Josias, who reigned in the years 641-610 before Christ. His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters. His name means "Yah has concealed."
Saint Barbara was from Heliopolis of Phoenicia and lived during the reign of Maximian.
She was the daughter of a certain idolater named Dioscorus. When Barbara came of age, she was enlightened in her pure heart and secretly believed in the Holy Trinity. About this time Dioscorus began building a bath-house; before it was finished he was required to go away to attend to certain matters, and in his absence Barbara directed the workmen to build a third window in addition to the two her Father had commanded. She also inscribed the sign of the Cross with her finger upon the marble of the bath-house, leaving the saving sign cut as deeply into the marble as if it had been done with an iron tool. (When the Synaxarion of Saint Barbara was written, the marble of the bath-house and the cross inscribed by Saint Barbara were still preserved, and many healings were worked there.) When Dioscorus returned, he asked why the third window had been added; Barbara began to declare to him the mystery of the Trinity. Because she refused to renounce her faith, Dioscorus tortured Barbara inhumanely, and after subjecting her to many sufferings he beheaded her with his own hands, in the year 290.
This Saint was born in 439 in Moutalaska, a small village of Cappadocia. He entered the arena of the monastic life from childhood and was under that master trainer of monastics, Euthymius, the Great, the teacher of the desert. He became the spiritual Father of many monks and an instructor for the monasteries in Palestine, and was appointed leader (archimandrite) of the desert-dwellers of Palestine by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. In his old age he went to Constantinople, to the Emperors Anastasius and Saint Justinian the Great, in behalf of the Orthodox Faith and the dogmas of the Council of Chalcedon. Having lived ninety-four years, he reposed in 533. The Typicon for the ecclesiastical services had its beginning in the monastery established by this righteous one.
This Saint lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, and reposed in 330, As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for many. He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain of the bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not out of passion, but extreme love and piety. The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs, The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock ... was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travellers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.
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).
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Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Ως των αιχμαλώτων ελευθερωτής, και των πτωχών υπερασπιστής, ασθενούντων ιατρός, Βασιλέων υπέρμαχος, Τροπαιοφόρε μεγαλομάρτυς Γεώργιε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ το Θεώ σωθήναι τας ψυχάς ημών.
Apolytikion for St. Nektarios the Wonderworker in the First Mode
O faithful, let us honor Nektarios, divine servant of Christ, offspring of Silivria and guardian of Aegina, who in these latter years was manifested as the true friend of virtue. All manner of healing wells forth for those who in piety cry out, "Glory to Christ who glorified you; glory to Him who, through you, produced wonders; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all.
Σηλυβρίας τον γόνον και Αιγίνης τον έφορον, τον εσχάτοις χρόνοις φανέντα, αρετής φίλον γνήσιον, Νεκτάριον τιμήσωμεν πιστοί, ως ένθεον θεράποντα Χριστού· αναβλύζει γαρ ιάσεις παντοδαπάς, τοις ευλαβώς κραυγάζουσι· δόξα τω σε δοξάσαντι Χριστώ, δόξα τω σε θαυμαστώσαντι, δόξα τω ενεργούντι διά σου πάσιν ιάματα.
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Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12
On the first day of the week at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking spices, which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered His words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the Apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.
Fourth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 24:1-12
Τῇ μιᾷ τῶν Σαββάτων, ὄρθρου βαθέος ἦλθον ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμα, φέρουσαι ἃ ἡτοίμασαν ἀρώματα, καί τινες σὺν αὐταῖς. Εὗρον δὲ τὸν λίθον ἀποκεκυλισμένον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου, καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι οὐχ εὗρον τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Κυρίου Ἰησοῦ. Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ διαπορεῖσθαι αὐτὰς περὶ τούτου, καὶ Ἰδού, δύο ἄνδρες ἐπέστησαν αὐταῖς ἐν ἐσθήσεσιν ἀστραπτούσαις· ἐμφόβων δὲ γενομένων αὐτῶν καὶ κλινουσῶν τὰ πρόσωπον εἰς τὴν γῆν, εἶπον πρὸς αὐτάς· Τί ζητεῖτε τὸν ζῶντα μετὰ τῶν νεκρῶν; οὐκ ἔστιν ᾧδε, ἀλλ' ἠγέρθη. Μνήσθητε ὡς ἐλάλησεν ὑμῖν, ἔτι ὢν ἐν τῇ Γαλιλαίᾳ, λέγων, ὅτι δεῖ τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδοθῆναι εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων ἁμαρτωλῶν, καὶ σταυρωθῆναι, καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστῆναι. Καὶ ἐμνήσθησαν τῶν ῥημάτων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ὑποστρέψασαι ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου, ἀπήγγειλαν ταῦτα πάντα τοῖς ἕνδεκα καὶ πᾶσι τοῖς λοιποῖς. Ἦσαν δὲ ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ Μαρία καὶ Ἰωάννα καὶ Μαρία Ἰακώβου, καὶ αἱ λοιπαὶ σὺν αὐταῖς, αἳ ἔλεγον πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους ταῦτα. Καὶ ἐφάνησαν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ὡσεὶ λῆρος τὰ ῥήματα αὐτῶν, καὶ ἠπίστουν αὐταῖς, ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἀναστὰς ἔδραμεν ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ παρακύψας βλέπει τὰ ὀθόνια κείμενα μόνα, καὶ ἀπῆλθε, πρὸς ἑαυτόν θαυμάζων τὸ γεγονός.
Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 5:8-19.
Brethren, walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light." Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.
Προκείμενον. First Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 32.22,1.
Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφ' ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Ἀγαλλιᾶσθε δίκαιοι ἐν Κυρίῳ
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 5:8-19.
Ἀδελφοί, ὡς τέκνα φωτὸς περιπατεῖτε - ὁ γὰρ καρπὸς τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν πάσῃ ἀγαθωσύνῃ καὶ δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ ἀληθείᾳ - δοκιμάζοντες τί ἐστιν εὐάρεστον τῷ κυρίῳ· καὶ μὴ συγκοινωνεῖτε τοῖς ἔργοις τοῖς ἀκάρποις τοῦ σκότους, μᾶλλον δὲ καὶ ἐλέγχετε· τὰ γὰρ κρυφῆ γινόμενα ὑπʼ αὐτῶν αἰσχρόν ἐστιν καὶ λέγειν. Τὰ δὲ πάντα ἐλεγχόμενα ὑπὸ τοῦ φωτὸς φανεροῦται· πᾶν γὰρ τὸ φανερούμενον φῶς ἐστίν. Διὸ λέγει, Ἔγειρε ὁ καθεύδων καὶ ἀνάστα ἐκ τῶν νεκρῶν, καὶ ἐπιφαύσει σοι ὁ Χριστός. Βλέπετε οὖν πῶς ἀκριβῶς περιπατεῖτε, μὴ ὡς ἄσοφοι, ἀλλʼ ὡς σοφοί, ἐξαγοραζόμενοι τὸν καιρόν, ὅτι αἱ ἡμέραι πονηραί εἰσιν. Διὰ τοῦτο μὴ γίνεσθε ἄφρονες, ἀλλὰ συνιέντες τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ κυρίου. Καὶ μὴ μεθύσκεσθε οἴνῳ, ἐν ᾧ ἐστὶν ἀσωτία, ἀλλὰ πληροῦσθε ἐν πνεύματι, λαλοῦντες ἑαυτοῖς ψαλμοῖς καὶ ὕμνοις καὶ ᾠδαῖς πνευματικαῖς, ᾄδοντες καὶ ψάλλοντες ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ ὑμῶν τῷ κυρίῳ.
14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43
At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
14th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:35-43
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ᾿Εγένετο δὲ ἐν τῷ ἐγγίζειν αὐτὸν εἰς ῾Ιεριχὼ τυφλός τις ἐκάθητο παρὰ τὴν ὁδὸν προσαιτῶν· ἀκούσας δὲ ὄχλου διαπορευομένου ἐπυνθάνετο τί εἴη ταῦτα. ἀπήγγειλαν δὲ αὐτῷ ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ὁ Ναζωραῖος παρέρχεται. καὶ ἐβόησε λέγων· ᾿Ιησοῦ υἱὲ Δαυΐδ, ἐλέησόν με· καὶ οἱ προάγοντες ἐπετίμων αὐτῷ ἵνα σιωπήσῃ· αὐτὸς δὲ πολλῷ μᾶλλον ἔκραζεν· υἱὲ Δαυΐδ, ἐλέησόν με. σταθεὶς δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐκέλευσεν αὐτὸν ἀχθῆναι πρὸς αὐτόν. ἐγγίσαντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτὸν λέγων· τί σοι θέλεις ποιήσω; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· Κύριε, ἵνα ἀναβλέψω. καὶ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀνάβλεψον· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε. καὶ παραχρῆμα ἀνέβλεψε, καὶ ἠκολούθει αὐτῷ δοξάζων τὸν Θεόν· καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ἰδὼν ἔδωκεν αἶνον τῷ Θεῷ.
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 6:00PM at Kimis Tis Theotokou in Holmdel, NJ.
Sponsored by St. Paraskevi Philoptochos. Please sign up by December 3rd.
Tuesday, December 12, 2023 @ 6:00PM.
Monday, December 4, 2023 at7:00PM.
Thursday, December 7, 2023 from 7-11PM at the Greycliff.
Pick an “Angel” off the Christmas Tree in the atrium and purchase the gift listed. Help make a difference for those less fortunate this holiday season.
Order by Sunday, December 10th and pick up on Sunday, December 17th.
Please complete form and return to church office.
Sunday, December 17th.
Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 7:00PM at Liberty House in Jersey City.