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. Grave Tone. Psalm 63.11,1.
The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.
Verse: Oh God, hear my cry.
The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.
Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.
Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Προκείμενον. Grave Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 63.11,1.
Εὐφρανθήσεται δίκαιος ἐν Κυρίῳ.
Στίχ. Εἰσάκουσον, ὁ Θεός, τῆς φωνῆς μου.
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 4:6-15.
Ἀδελφοί, ὁ θεὸς ὁ εἰπὼν ἐκ σκότους φῶς λάμψαι, ὃς ἔλαμψεν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν πρὸς φωτισμὸν τῆς γνώσεως τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν προσώπῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. Ἔχομεν δὲ τὸν θησαυρὸν τοῦτον ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν, ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ μὴ ἐξ ἡμῶν· ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι· ἀπορούμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι· διωκόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐγκαταλειπόμενοι· καταβαλλόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἀπολλύμενοι· πάντοτε τὴν νέκρωσιν τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι περιφέροντες, ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι ἡμῶν φανερωθῇ. Ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες εἰς θάνατον παραδιδόμεθα διὰ Ἰησοῦν, ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ φανερωθῇ ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν. Ὥστε ὁ μὲν θάνατος ἐν ἡμῖν ἐνεργεῖται, ἡ δὲ ζωὴ ἐν ὑμῖν. Ἔχοντες δὲ τὸ αὐτὸ πνεῦμα τῆς πίστεως, κατὰ τὸ γεγραμμένον, Ἐπίστευσα, διὸ ἐλάλησα, καὶ ἡμεῖς πιστεύομεν, διὸ καὶ λαλοῦμεν· εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ ἐγείρας τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν καὶ ἡμᾶς διὰ Ἰησοῦ ἐγερεῖ, καὶ παραστήσει σὺν ὑμῖν. Τὰ γὰρ πάντα διʼ ὑμᾶς, ἵνα ἡ χάρις πλεονάσασα διὰ τῶν πλειόνων τὴν εὐχαριστίαν περισσεύσῃ εἰς τὴν δόξαν τοῦ θεοῦ.
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32
The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"
Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 15:11-32
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἄνθρωπός τις εἶχε δύο υἱούς. καὶ εἶπεν ὁ νεώτερος αὐτῶν τῷ πατρί· πάτερ, δός μοι τὸ ἐπιβάλλον μέρος τῆς οὐσίας. καὶ διεῖλεν αὐτοῖς τὸν βίον. καὶ μετ᾿ οὐ πολλὰς ἡμέρας συναγαγὼν ἅπαντα ὁ νεώτερος υἱὸς ἀπεδήμησεν εἰς χώραν μακράν, καὶ ἐκεῖ διεσκόρπισε τὴν οὐσίαν αὐτοῦ ζῶν ἀσώτως. δαπανήσαντος δὲ αὐτοῦ πάντα ἐγένετο λιμὸς ἰσχυρὸς κατὰ τὴν χώραν ἐκείνην, καὶ αὐτὸς ἤρξατο ὑστερεῖσθαι. καὶ πορευθεὶς ἐκολλήθη ἑνὶ τῶν πολιτῶν τῆς χώρας ἐκείνης, καὶ ἔπεμψεν αὐτὸν εἰς τοὺς ἀγροὺς αὐτοῦ βόσκειν χοίρους. καὶ ἐπεθύμει γεμίσαι τὴν κοιλίαν αὐτοῦ ἀπὸ τῶν κερατίων ὧν ἤσθιον οἱ χοῖροι, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἐδίδου αὐτῷ. εἰς ἑαυτὸν δὲ ἐλθὼν εἶπε· πόσοι μίσθιοι τοῦ πατρός μου περισσεύουσιν ἄρτων, ἐγὼ δὲ λιμῷ ἀπόλλυμαι! ἀναστὰς πορεύσομαι πρὸς τὸν πατέρα μου καὶ ἐρῶ αὐτῷ· πάτερ, ἥμαρτον εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ ἐνώπιόν σου. οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἄξιος κληθῆναι υἱός σου· ποίησόν με ὡς ἕνα τῶν μισθίων σου. καὶ ἀναστὰς ἦλθε πρὸς τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ. ἔτι δὲ αὐτοῦ μακρὰν ἀπέχοντος εἶδεν αὐτὸν ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐσπλαγχνίσθη, καὶ δραμὼν ἐπέπεσεν ἐπὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ κατεφίλησεν αὐτόν. εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ υἱός· πάτερ, ἥμαρτον εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ ἐνώπιόν σου, καὶ οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἄξιος κληθῆναι υἱός σου. εἶπε δὲ ὁ πατὴρ πρὸς τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ· ἐξενέγκατε τὴν στολὴν τὴν πρώτην καὶ ἐνδύσατε αὐτόν, καὶ δότε δακτύλιον εἰς τὴν χεῖρα αὐτοῦ καὶ ὑποδήματα εἰς τοὺς πόδας, καὶ ἐνέγκαντες τὸν μόσχον τὸν σιτευτὸν θύσατε, καὶ φαγόντες εὐφρανθῶμεν, ὅτι οὗτος ὁ υἱός μου νεκρὸς ἦν καὶ ἀνέζησε, καὶ ἀπολωλὼς ἦν καὶ εὑρέθη. καὶ ἤρξαντο εὐφραίνεσθαι. ῏Ην δὲ ὁ υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ὁ πρεσβύτερος ἐν ἀγρῷ· καὶ ὡς ἐρχόμενος ἤγγισε τῇ οἰκίᾳ, ἤκουσε συμφωνίας καὶ χορῶν, καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος ἕνα τῶν παίδων ἐπυνθάνετο τί εἴη ταῦτα. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὅτι ὁ ἀδελφός σου ἥκει καὶ ἔθυσεν ὁ πατήρ σου τὸν μόσχον τὸν σιτευτόν, ὅτι ὑγιαίνοντα αὐτὸν ἀπέλαβεν. ὠργίσθη δὲ καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν εἰσελθεῖν. ὁ οὖν πατὴρ αὐτοῦ ἐξελθὼν παρεκάλει αὐτόν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπε τῷ πατρί· ἰδοὺ τοσαῦτα ἔτη δουλεύω σοι καὶ οὐδέποτε ἐντολήν σου παρῆλθον, καὶ ἐμοὶ οὐδέποτε ἔδωκας ἔριφον ἵνα μετὰ τῶν φίλων μου εὐφρανθῶ· ὅτε δὲ ὁ υἱός σου οὗτος, ὁ καταφαγών σου τὸν βίον μετὰ πορνῶν, ἦλθεν, ἔθυσας αὐτῷ τὸν μόσχον τὸν σιτευτόν. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· τέκνον, σὺ πάντοτε μετ᾿ ἐμοῦ εἶ, καὶ πάντα τὰ ἐμὰ σά ἐστιν· εὐφρανθῆναι δὲ καὶ χαρῆναι ἔδει, ὅτι ὁ ἀδελφός σου οὗτος νεκρὸς ἦν καὶ ἀνέζησε, καὶ ἀπολωλὼς ἦν καὶ εὑρέθη.
Welcome Newcomers & Visitors!
Please stop by the Welcome Table at Coffee Hour!
We would love to meet you!
Andreas Djoulia ~ 9 months
Chemo Glynos ~ 1 year
George Karras ~ 75 years
May their memory be eternal!
Today's Coffee Hour is sponsored
in loving memory of George Karras
by Emanuel & Maria Karras
in loving memory of Andreas Djoulia
by his family
Recipients are invited to join us
for Liturgy & coffee hour
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are cancelling the Taste of the Shore event scheduled for Monday, February 25, 2019. If you have already paid for your reservations, the Church office will be contacting you shortly regarding a refund.
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Living the Liturgy
Directly following Divine Liturgy
Refreshments to be served
Meets 2nd Thursday of every month
Next gathering: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Contact: Mary Kotsopulos 201-893-0378
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Axelrod Theatre Production of Mama Mia!
Tickets - $50 ~ in Limited Supply
Please contact: Sophie Anest 732-508-9310
Friday, March 29, 2019 ~ 7 pm
Book Signing with Fr. Barnabas Powell
Immediately following Salutation to the Virgin Mary service
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 ~ 10 am - 3 pm
Retreat Leader: Fr. Barnabas Powell
Fr. Barnabas is known for "A Journey to Fullness" Video series
Please join us! RSVP is required - space is limited
RSVP by 3/22/2019
Antonia Lyons * email@example.com * 732-598-4784
See Website flyer for details
Place your order today!
St. George maroon jackets with embroidered logo
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MUSTARD SEED BOOKSTORE and ST. BASIL'S LENDING LIBRARY
Open every Sunday following Divine Liturgy. New children activity calendars, Icon/Saint play blocks, coloring books and reading books for purchase or lending. Come with your coffee, and browse our humble showroom!
Our next book corner is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 pm
“The Road back to Christ”
THE SPIRIT OF STEWARDSHIP
2019 Stewardship forms are available at the church office or in the narthex. The Stewardship Committee is waiting to assist you!
"As the Father has sent me, so I send you!" (John 20:21)
Be a part of the St. George Family!!!
“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 2018 do not automatically renew for 2019. You must set up your payments for 2019.
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 and 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 and 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 Sunday, December 23, 2018, we celebrated the first Divine Liturgy in our church after having completed the expanded Phase 1 of our Iconography project; the Dome, Pendentives and Solea Arch. Many were brought to tears as parishioners gazed up at the beautiful and symbolic Pantokratora, Dance of Angels, Prophets, Crucifixion, Resurrection and Birth of Christ. Father Andrew described the installed iconography which depicts the stories of our faith. Iconographer George Giariskanis thanked the community for giving him and his colleagues the opportunity to share their vision and for their hospitality. He said that they feel they are a part of the St. George family. Thank you to all who have contributed their time, talents and treasures to the success of the project to date.
Although we have pledges of $1,049,000 towards our Iconography goal of $1.3 million, we still have more to raise to be able to cover the costs of Phase 1 and complete Phase 2 in preparation for our tentative consecration in the fall of 2020. Payments of $757,000 have been made toward pledges; we encourage you to make payments towards your pledges as we will begin to incur additional expenses as we embark on Phase 2, the Platytera, Hierarchs, Icons behind chanter stand and pulpit, Life of St George Icons, and Exonarthex Mosaics which are scheduled to be installed in October 2019.
There are still opportunities to support this community project, including named icons in Phase 1 and 2, general contributions and the Gold Leaf Program. We all have an obligation to honor those who came before us, those who are with us, and future generations. No donation is too small.
This project touches all that is holy in our Church, and all parishioners of St. George have the opportunity to be part of this effort. Every contribution will have a positive impact – no contribution is too small and all contributions will be recognized at a later date. If you have questions about gifting, contributions, Gold Leaf or simply want more information on the project, please contact Father Andrew, firstname.lastname@example.org, Anne Papageorge, John Michals email@example.com or the Church office 732-775-2777. Information is available on our website www.stgeorgeap.org/iconography and pledges/donations can be made on-line at www.stgeorgeap.org/vanco.
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 and baby blankets for 40 day blessings. Beginners and experienced crocheters and knitters welcome! Help us in our current project making lap blankets for St. Michael's residents. Yarn, Needles and Hooks provided. Afternoon group - Tuesdays 4:00pm - 6:00pm in the Library. Please contact Bea Paparsenos at: 732-922-9463 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. George Philoptochos "Cookbook"
To order our fabulous cookbook
Please send an email to Errie Teevan
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 Anastasia, Konnie, John, Rafael, Marty, Rita, Elly, George, Helen, Angela, Megan, Andrew, Penny, George, Sabrina, Spiro, George, Stathis, Demitri, Sava, Jean, Patricia, Domna, Gary, Irene, Cam, Fermo, Patrick, Spiro, Ian, Erin, Nick, Renae, Gabe, Tara, Maria, Anne, Anastasia, Greek Familes from Mati in Athens 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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Link for our web site for your convenience: www.stgeorgeap.org
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” 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
The Mustard Seed Book Store
Gold Leaf Program for Iconography
Philoptochos Cook Book
Spiritual Enrichment Sunday Video Series January February 2019
Senior Socialites to see Mama Mia play
Lenten Retreat Saturday, March 30, 2019 Cultural Center RSVP
St George Jacket Order Form