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.
Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.
The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2.
Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
Προκείμενον. Fourth Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 146.5;134.3.
Μέγας ὁ Κύριος ἡμῶν, καὶ μεγάλη ἡ ἰσχὺς ἀὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον, ὅτι ἀγαθός.
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 8:8-13, 9:1-2.
Ἀδελφοί, βρῶμα ἡμᾶς οὐ παρίστησιν τῷ θεῷ· οὔτε γὰρ ἐὰν φάγωμεν περισσεύομεν, οὔτε ἐὰν μὴ φάγωμεν ὑστερούμεθα. Βλέπετε δὲ μήπως ἡ ἐξουσία ὑμῶν αὕτη πρόσκομμα γένηται τοῖς ἀσθενοῦσιν. Ἐὰν γάρ τις ἴδῃ σε τὸν ἔχοντα γνῶσιν ἐν εἰδωλείῳ κατακείμενον, οὐχὶ ἡ συνείδησις αὐτοῦ ἀσθενοῦς ὄντος οἰκοδομηθήσεται εἰς τὸ τὰ εἰδωλόθυτα ἐσθίειν; Καὶ ἀπολεῖται ὁ ἀσθενῶν ἀδελφὸς ἐπὶ τῇ σῇ γνώσει, διʼ ὃν Χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν; Οὕτως δὲ ἁμαρτάνοντες εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφούς, καὶ τύπτοντες αὐτῶν τὴν συνείδησιν ἀσθενοῦσαν, εἰς Χριστὸν ἁμαρτάνετε. Διόπερ εἰ βρῶμα σκανδαλίζει τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, οὐ μὴ φάγω κρέα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, ἵνα μὴ τὸν ἀδελφόν μου σκανδαλίσω. Οὐκ εἰμὶ ἀπόστολος; Οὐκ εἰμὶ ἐλεύθερος; Οὐχὶ Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν τὸν κύριον ἡμῶν ἑώρακα; Οὐ τὸ ἔργον μου ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν κυρίῳ; Εἰ ἄλλοις οὐκ εἰμὶ ἀπόστολος, ἀλλά γε ὑμῖν εἰμι· ἡ γὰρ σφραγὶς τῆς ἐμῆς ἀποστολῆς ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν κυρίῳ.
Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
The Reading is from Matthew 25:31-46
The Lord said, "When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 25:31-46
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐν τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ καὶ πάντες οἱ ἅγιοι ἄγγελοι μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, τότε καθίσει ἐπὶ θρόνου δόξης αὐτοῦ, καὶ συναχθήσεται ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, καὶ ἀφοριεῖ αὐτοὺς ἀπ᾿ ἀλλήλων ὥσπερ ὁ ποιμὴν ἀφορίζει τὰ πρόβατα ἀπὸ τῶν ἐρίφων, καὶ στήσει τὰ μὲν πρόβατα ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ, τὰ δὲ ἐρίφια ἐξ εὐωνύμων. τότε ἐρεῖ ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ· δεῦτε οἱ εὐλογημένοι τοῦ πατρός μου, κληρονομήσατε τὴν ἡτοιμασμένην ὑμῖν βασιλείαν ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου. ἐπείνασα γάρ, καὶ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ἐδίψησα, καὶ ἐποτίσατέ με, ξένος ἤμην, καὶ συνηγάγετέ με, γυμνός, καὶ περιεβάλετέ με, ἠσθένησα, καὶ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με, ἐν φυλακῇ ἤμην, καὶ ἤλθετε πρός με. τότε ἀποκριθήσονται αὐτῷ οἱ δίκαιοι λέγοντες· κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα καὶ ἐθρέψαμεν, ἢ διψῶντα καὶ ἐποτίσαμεν; πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ξένον καὶ συνηγάγομεν, ἢ γυμνὸν καὶ περιεβάλομεν; πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ἀσθενῆ ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ ἤλθομεν πρός σε; καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐρεῖ αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφ᾿ ὅσον ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἀδελφῶν μου τῶν ἐλαχίστων, ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε. τότε ἐρεῖ καὶ τοῖς ἐξ εὐωνύμων· πορεύεσθε ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ οἱ κατηραμένοι εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ αἰώνιον τὸ ἡτοιμασμένον τῷ διαβόλῳ καὶ τοῖς ἀγγέλοις αὐτοῦ. ἐπείνασα γάρ, καὶ οὐκ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ἐδίψησα, καὶ οὐκ ἐποτίσατέ με, ξένος ἤμην, καὶ οὐ συνηγάγετέ με, γυμνός, καὶ οὐ περιεβάλετέ με, ἀσθενὴς καὶ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ οὐκ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με. τότε ἀποκριθήσονται αὐτῷ καὶ αὐτοὶ λέγοντες· κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα ἢ διψῶντα ἢ ξένον ἢ γυμνὸν ἢ ἀσθενῆ ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ οὐ διηκονήσαμέν σοι; τότε ἀποκριθήσεται αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφ᾿ ὅσον οὐκ ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἐλαχίστων, οὐδὲ ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε. καὶ ἀπελεύσονται οὗτοι εἰς κόλασιν αἰώνιον, οἱ δὲ δίκαιοι εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Deacon Zessis Lappas
Congratulations on your ordination to the Deaconate!
Welcome Newcomers & Visitors!
Please stop by the Welcome Table at Coffee Hour!
We would love to meet you!
Today's Coffee Hour is sponsored
In Loving Memory of Anastasia Michals
by Jeff Michals & Family
And in Loving Memory of Charalambos Tsivicos
by the Tsivicos Family
May their memories be eternal
Altar Flowers are offered to the Greater Glory of God and in
Loving Memory of Anastasia Michals
Charalambos Tsivicos ~ 3 months
Anastasia Michals ~ 1 year
May their memory be eternal
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Second Saturday of Souls
8:30 am Orthros 9:30 am Divine Liturgy
Book of James
Continuing Tuesday, March 10 ~ 7:00 - 8:00 pm library
Bring Bible & pen & paper
Facilitators: Teri Lalli & Father Andrew
Questions, please contact Teri: firstname.lastname@example.org
3/10 James - Chapter 4
3/17 James - Chapter 5
YAL Winter Coat Drive 2020
Collection of new or gently used coats
Also accepting socks, gloves and scarves
Donations go to Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury Park
Drop off in box by the office by February 29, 2020 or
Text Niki ~ 732-614-5635 to arrange a drop off
Sunday, March 1, 2020 ~ following Divine Liturgy
Spiritual Enrichment Pot Luck Forgiveness Sunday Luncheon
Forgiveness Sunday Vespers immediately following
Please join us! What a wonderful way to begin Lent
Contact: Errie Teevan ~ 732-241-0091 ~ email@example.com
ADULT GREEK LESSONS
Classes have already started for this session
Please contact Maria Lambrinos at MLambrinos@hotmail.com for info on future classes
Thursday, April 9, 2020 ~ 7 - 9 pm
Sharing Our Faith Book Corner
Book Discussion: The Holy Angels, by Mother Alexandra
$13 ~ Mustard Seed Bookstore
Palm Sunday, April 12, 2020
Philoptochos Annual Bake Sale ~ following Divine Liturgy
Please join us!
Purchase your Pascha Koulourakia, Paximadia, Kourambiedes, Baklava, Tsourekia and more. Baking dates on Wednesday, March 4th, for Koulourakia and on Monday, March 16th, for Kourambiedes. We encourage and welcome all to join us to help bake and wrap our delicious Pascha sweets.
Contact Athena Loesch at 908-433-7742 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be taking pre-orders for pans of Spanakopita, Pastitsio and Galaktoboureko. Please contact Angie Swaroop, 732-693-7740 or email email@example.com by March 30, 2020, to place your order
MUSTARD SEED BOOKSTORE and ST. BASIL'S LENDING LIBRARY
Orthodoxy is a way of life. Let us help you bring it into the lives of others. Keep us in mind for upcoming name days, birthdays and special occasions.
Stop by & see new items in stock including upcoming Book Corner recommended reading! Can't find what you want? Ask about our ordering options. Open Sundays following Divine Liturgy & during Church Office Hours.
Sunday School 2019 - 2020
Reminders and info via text messages, text @familiesst to 81010
2020 Stewardship forms are available at the church office or the narthex
If you have not pledged or contributed for 2019, it is not too late to submit your 2019 form
and become a supporting Steward of our St. George. If you do not feel like filling out a form for
2019, but would like to contribute, please do so from your heart and to the best of your ability.
"As the Father has sent me, so I send you!" (John 20:21)
Be a part of the St. George Family!!!
Stewardship is an opportunity to examine our priorities and values, to express our thankfulness
for all the blessings God has bestowed upon us, and to grow in grace.
Please Complete your 2020 Commitment Form today!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men….” (Colossians 3:23)
Thank you to all our faithful Stewards for their support of our St. George Stewardship Program!
If not you – who? If not now – when?
Time + Talent + Treasure = Stewardship!
PLEASE NOTE: Recurring Stewardship payments for 2019 do not automatically renew for 2020. Please set up your payments for 2020.
ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF ELECTRONIC GIVING!!!
Did you know that St. George Church offers you the convenience of electronic giving? You can now make all donations to your parish life online! Pledge & donate your Stewardship for 2019 online! Give your weekly candle and tray offerings, Easter offerings, Epitaphios offerings, as well as donations towards the Epitaphio flowers, coffee hour, cemetery grave purchases and more! You can pledge & donate online to our Iconography Project. Be a part of our Community Icon, or donate an icon of your own.
You can make a one-time payment, or schedule weekly/monthly/quarterly payments automatically! For additional information contact the church office or log onto www.stgeorgeap.org/vanco and start today!
For questions regarding Stewardship, please visit our Stewardship Table during any Sunday Coffee Hour or contact the Church Office
ICONOGRAPHY PROJECT UPDATE
On December 1, we celebrated Iconography Sunday where Phase 2 Iconography was unveiled. We ask those of you who have pledged to fulfill your pledge, and those of you who have not yet contributed to join us. The following icons are available:
3 Crosses in Windows
Nativity of Christ
Scene of Life of St George (George Moutis is organizing Georges who would like to contribute)
Sts Rafael Nicholas Irene to Left of Choir Loft
St Katerina to Right of Choir Loft
Medallions of Archangels Gabriel and Michael
St Antonios Behind Icon Stand
In the Altar:
2 Hierarchs Half (Gregory and Fotios)
2 Archangels Gabriel and Michael
Artoforio Amnos tou Theo
In addition, the Gold Leaf Program or any donation you would like to offer to the Community Icon are available. We thank you for your generosity. Happy 2020, the year of our Consecration.
Chair Anne Papageorge
Faithful Hands Crochet & Knitting Ministry
Faithful Hands ministry is making baby blankets for a local group to send all throughout the world to families with babies recovering from airway surgery. These tiny babies need our extra hugs and prayers!
If you have any leftover baby yarn you can donate to our project, please drop it into our YARN DONATION box near our Mustard Seed bookstore. Any color yarn would be a blessing!
Please visit copingwithlm.org for more information on this caring group. Of course EVERYONE is welcome to join our Faithful Hands group - see our notice below for dates and times!
Join us for fun and fellowship: create beautiful lap blankets for the homebound & St. Michael's residents, blankets for hospitalized children, shawls for cancer patients & 40-day blessing blankets. Beginners and experienced crocheters and knitters welcome! We will teach you! Help us in our current project making lap blankets for St. Michael's residents. Yarn, Needles and Hooks provided. Group meets every Tuesday 3:30pm - 5:30pm in the Library. Please contact Bea Paparsenos at: 732-585-3402 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. George Philoptochos "Cookbook"
To order our fabulous cookbook
Please send an email to Errie Teevan
Errie.email@example.com or call 732-294-9327
See Flyer below
Fellowship in Prayer
"Heavenly father physician of our souls and bodies, you have sent Your only-begotten Son and Our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, we ask that you visit and heal also your servants Mina, Odysseas, Katerina, Sydney, Bill, Edward, Stefanos, Colin, William David, Melina, Sue, Kosta, George, Nick, George, Art, Madoula, Georgia, Maria, Steve, George, Tiffany, Tyler, Jerry, Vicki, Cleo, Stephen, Mihali, Alexios, Alexandra, Hurricane Dorian people, George, Donna, Joseph, Barbara, Megan, Matthew, Amber, Domna, Spiro, Gabe, Angela, Maria and our Security Forces from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant them patience through this hardship, strength of body and spirit and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed. We pray that You heal Your Servents and grant them the gift of complete joy in You. For You are the source of healing and to You we give glory in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!
For an addition to this list,
please contact the Church Office: 732-775-2777
or George Moutis firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. GEORGE SOCIAL MEDIA
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WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE ST. GEORGE?
Get trained for Narthex Service: open/close the doors, extinguish candles & clean Icons, 7-Day Candle Placement; rotating schedule for service. Can you help? Please contact the Church Office at 732-775-2777.
Several naming opportunities for our building campaign are available:
Friendly reminder: When making a contribution, please ensure all checks include the specific “fund” and year where your contribution should be applied. THANK YOU!!
AS DEVOTED AND RESPECTFUL
PARISHIONERS OF ST. GEORGE
Please be considerate and make room in the pews for others. If you insist on keeping the end of the pew, please be aware of others looking for a seat and step out to allow them to enter. Those in the stasidia must step down onto the floor as follows: *When the Gospel is being read, *During the Small and Great entrances, *During Holy Communion. It is disrespectful to stand higher than the Holy Gifts. Please instruct your children in this discipline as well.
PROCEDURE FOR HOLY COMMUNION DISMISSAL
In order to insure proper reverence for the Holy Gifts before us:
1) Please exit FROM YOUR ROW, row by row into the CENTER AISLE
2) Only Newly-Illumined Christians, infants from the crying room, Sunday School teachers and their families, and the Choir proceed from the back rope-FIRST
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF THE PARISH COUNCIL WHO ARE MAINTAINING ORDER FOR YOUR PRAYERFUL APPROACH
All doors and lights must be secured before leaving facility. The Township of Ocean has advised that fire lanes must be kept clear. Lost keys or fobs will require a fifty dollar fee to replace. Please do not adjust the thermostats.
Effective Immediately - the following items are prohibited during church services:
Back Packs of any size - Shopping bags
Fanny Packs - Brief Cases
Shoulder Book bags - Luggage of any type
Boxes of any kind - Food or Drinks
Cameras or Video equipment
For any questions, please see a Parish Council Member
Environmental Stewardship and Protection Ministry
Spiritual Enrichment Winter 2020
Socialites Bus Trip - April 7, 2020
St. George Apokriatiko Glendi 2020 Saturday, February 22, 2020 Cultural Center
Philoptochos Palm Sunday Bake Sale 2020 Order Form
Forgiveness Sunday, March 1, 2020 Videos and lunch
June 13, 2020
YAL Winter Coat Drive 2020 Deadline: February 29, 2020