Saint George Portland, Oregon

"Believe in the light
that you may become the children of light." John 12:36

November 22, 2015

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost and Ninth Sunday of St Luke
After-feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos
Tone 8 Eothinon 3
Today we commemorate: Apostles Philemon, Apphia, Archippos and Onesimos of the Seventy; Clement, Bishop of Ochrid and Enlightener of Bulgaria; Martyr Cecilia of Rome and those with her; Venerable Kallistos Xanthopoulos of Athos; Martyr Michael, prince of Tver

Apolytikion of the Resurrection - Tone 8: From the heights Thou didst descend, O Compassionate One, and Thou didst submit to the three-day burial, that Thou might deliver us from passion; Thou art our Life and our Resurrection, O Lord, glory to Thee.

Apolytikion of the Entrance - Tone 4: Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God, of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. The Virgin appears in the temple of God, in anticipation proclaiming Christ to all. Let us rejoice and sing to her: Rejoice, O fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation.

Apolytikion of St George - Tone 4: 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.

Kontakion of the Entrance - Tone 4: The sacred treasury of God's holy glory, the greatly precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the Saviour's most pure temple, free of stain and undefiled, into the House of the Lord on this day is brought forward and bringeth with herself the grace of the Most Divine Spirit; her do God's angels hymn with songs of praise, for she is truly the heavenly tabernacle.

Nativity Fast
The forty-day fast in preparation for the Nativity continues until the Divine Liturgy of Christmas morning. During the Nativity Fast it is our practice as Orthodox Christians to abstain from all meat, eggs, and dairy products. Fish, wine and oil may be consumed on all days except Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays and Fridays we fast as usual: abstaining from meat, eggs, dairy, fish, and wine (those who keep the fast in its fullest measure abstain from oil as well). Beginning December 18 the fast becomes stricter, with the final week leading up to Dec 25 being kept as a season of full Lenten abstinence (i.e. we fast on every weekday with the same rigor and abstinence as on Wednesdays and Fridays). On weekends during this final period, wine and oil are permitted,

ANNUAL MEETING - The Annual General Meeting of the St. George Parish voting membership will take place on Sunday, December 13, following the Divine Liturgy. All are welcome to attend and all parish members in good standing, age 18 or over, are eligible to vote at the meeting. Members in good standing are Orthodox Christians who attend services regularly and have supported St. George Parish with a signed pledge in 2015.

CHURCH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - The children of the St. George Church School are preparing their annual Christmas program for Sunday, Dec 20, following the Divine Liturgy. Don't miss it!

        Thursday, Dec 24: 9am Royal Hours; 5pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy for Nativity of Christ (Paramon)
        Friday, Dec 25: 8:30am Orthros of Nativity; 9:30am Divine Liturgy for Nativity of Christ
Thursday, Dec 31: 5pm Vesperal Divine for Circumcision of Christ & St Basil the Great followed by potluck supper & sharing of the Vasilopita (St Basil's bread)
        Tuesday, Jan 5: 9am Royal Hours; 5pm Vesperal Divine Liturgy for Theophany of Christ (Paramon) with Great Blessing of the Waters
        Wednesday, Jan 6: 8:30am Orthros; 9:30am Divine Liturgy for Theophany of Christ
Sunday, Jan 10: Outdoor Blessing of the Waters at Fountain following the Divine Liturgy

Coffee Hour Hosts: Nov 29 (fasting) - Ola Hanna & Elaine Safadi; Dec 6 (fasting) - Dina Khoury; Dec 13 (fasting) - date available; Dec 20 (fasting) - Order of St Ignatius of Antioch; Dec 27 - date available
Holy Bread: Today - Nadia Kahl; Nov 29 - Ola Hanna & Elaine Safadi; Dec 6 - Dina Khoury; Dec 13 - Sh Jenny Bambakidis; Dec 20 - Order of St Ignatius of Antioch; Dec 27 - Nektaria Fortier
Ushers: Today - Team 4: Nick Charles, Nabeel Hanna, Robert Keys; Nov 29 - Fifth Sunday, Volunteer Team; Dec 6 - Team 1: Patrick Barnes, Patrick Stuart, Wael Sekkariah; Dec 13 - Team 2: Joshua Cheves, David Morgan, Michel Teeny; Dec 20 - Team 3: Paull Kaady, Jacob Kaady, Wadie Khouri, Larry Williams

Stewardship Pledge - Renew Your Parish Membership
According to the St George Parish constitution and by-laws, membership in good standing in the parish requires that each household (individual or husband and wife with their dependent children) submit, on an annual basis, a signed pledge of financial support. Now is the time to initiate your membership or renew it for 2016. If you are an Orthodox Christian in good sacramental standing and wish to have your local membership registered at St George, please submit your pledge for the coming year. Pledge forms are available in the exonarthex.

Youth Retreat Registration Closes on Nov. 30
Grades 7-12, do not miss out on this one! Jan 16-18, 2016

Weekly Schedule

Saturday Vespers 5pm, Confessions Follow

Sunday Matins 8:30am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am

The schedule above is the normal schedule throughout the year, no matter what season. During fasting seasons, such as Lent, and Advent, there will be added services. If these services do not appear on this page they will be on the Bulletin page.

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Contact Us

Saint George is a parish of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America.

Our mailing address is:
Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
P.O. Box 20695
Portland, Oregon 97294

Father Alban's e-mail address is:

Father Alban's phone number is: 503 313 3575

Father Edward Hillhouse's phone number: 503 591 8242

Deacon Dionysius Seib's phone number: 503 929 5121

Deacon Steven Bambakidis's phone number 971 217 5742

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His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

The Clergy of St. George Parish

Who is My Neighbor?
The Very Reverend Fr. Alban West
November 15, 2015

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