Saint George Portland, Oregon

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

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August 30, 2015

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Leave-taking of the commemoration of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Tone 4 Eothinon 2
Today we commemorate: Alexander, Paul the New, and John, Patriarchs of Constantinople; Venerable Phantinos of Calabria; repose of Venerable Alexander of Svir; translation of the relics of Alexander Nevsky, prince of Novgorod; Cyril and Makarios, patriarchs of Serbia

Apolytikion of the Resurrection - Tone 4: Having learned the joyful message of the Resurrection from the angel, the women disciples of the Lord cast from them their parental condemnation, and proudly broke the news to the Disciples, saying death hath been spoiled; Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy.

Apolytikion of the Forerunner - Tone 2: The memory of the righteous is celebrated with songs of praise, but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner. Thou wast shown indeed to be the most honorable of the prophets, for in the waters thou didst baptize Him Who had been proclaimed. After suffering with joy in behalf of the truth, thou didst proclaim even to those in Hades the God Who appeared in the flesh, Who takest away the sin of the world, and granteth us the Great Mercy.

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 Nativity of the Theotokos - Tone 4: By thy holy nativity, O pure one, Joachim and Anna were delivered from the reproach of barrenness; and Adam and Eve were delivered from the corruption of death; thy people do celebrate it, having been saved from the stain of iniquity, crying unto thee: The barren doth give birth to the Theotokos, who nourisheth our life.

Fasting Guidelines
This week we fast as usual on Wednesday, Sept 2, and Friday, Sept 4.

Church School
Parents, please plan to enroll your students with the church school teachers who will be collecting registration information during coffee hour for the next several Sundays. Church School classes will begin on Sunday, Sept. 20. When Church School is in session, students will be dismissed to their classes immediately following Holy Communion.

Exploring the Faith
Beginning the first week in October, Fr. Alban will be offering a weekly introductory class for inquirers, catechumens and anyone who would like to review the basics of Orthodox Christian theology. The required readings for the class will be taken from The Faith, by Clark Carlton. The class is open to those who have been regularly attending services for at least three months and who are willing to make a serious commitment to attend all class sessions (through February). If you are interested, please contact Fr. Alban by email or text to be placed on the contact list for further details.

Altar Servers
As we begin a new ecclesiastical year it is time to begin training new altar servers. Boys nine years old or older are welcome to begin observing and training to serve. If your son is interested in joining the altar servers, please speak with Fr Alban. Servers should be willing to be present most Sundays. It is essential that they are ready to serve well before the start of the Sunday Divine Liturgy: no later than 9:20am. The required uniform for serving is a white, collared shirt, black pants with black dress shoes and socks.

Saint George Annual Middle Eastern Festival
Two Weeks Away!
September 13, 2015 from 12 noon - 7 pm.

Please help us to publicize the festival by posting the advertising flyers which are available in the outer narthex and spreading the word to your family and friends. We are also seeking the donation of high-quality items for the Festival silent auction. If you have an item to donate, please contact Mike Teeny at or 503-307-8494 or Fairouz Reed at 503-422-1536 or

SEPTEMBER FESTAL SERVICE SCHEDULE – We will celebrate the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Monday, September 7, with a Vigil beginning at 5pm and the Divine Liturgy beginning at approximately 7pm. We will celebrate the Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross with a Vigil and the Exaltation Service at 6pm on Sunday, September 13, and the Divine Liturgy at 8am on Monday, September 14.

Coffee Hour Hosts: Today – no host; Sep 6 – Alexandra Obeid & Mary Teeny; Sep 13 – Middle Eastern Festival; Sep 20 – date available; Sep 27 – date available

Holy Bread: Sep 6 – Alexandra Obeid & Mary Teeny; Sep 13 – Nektaria Fortier; Sep 20 – date available; Sep 27 – date available

Ushers: Today (5th Sunday) – Kai Johnson, David Morgan, Patrick Stuart, Michel Teeny, Joshua Cheves; Sep 6 – Team 1: Patrick Barnes, Patrick Stuart, Wael Sekkariah; Sep 13 – Team 2: Joshua Cheves, David Morgan, Kai Johnson; Sep 20 – Team 3: Paull Kaady, Jacob Kaady, Wadie Khouri, Larry Williams

Fall Gathering
St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, CA, will host the West Coast Fall Gathering, October 9-11, 2015. Information and registration forms are available at Attendees are asked to please register as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Christie Speier Robinson at or 805-455-4312.

Save the Date—Youth Retreat
Orthodox Christian Youth Retreat for 7th – 12th Grades over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Weekend, January 16-18, 2016. Join us for prayers, inspiring talks, fun group activities, dancing, skiing and more at Buck Creek Camp in Enumclaw, Washington. Online registration opens Oct. 1 at For more information contact Nia Chopelas at Young adult counselor applicants and adult volunteers contact JoyAnn Wise at Estimated cost for the weekend is $160 (+skiing costs) so start saving now!

What are the new cloth things on the iconostasis?
Our iconostasis is now adorned with podea. Podea are a traditional element of church décor in the Orthodox Christian tradition. They are cloths of woven brocade or embellished with embroidery that hang below the principal icons of the church temple. They were originally carried in processions through the streets of Constantinople, but eventually came to be installed under icons on iconostases or pillars. They are found in well-appointed churches throughout the Orthodox world. Our new podea are made from a beautiful, real-metal brocade with motifs of roses, which are appropriate for adorning our icons in the “City of Roses.”
        The Portland, Oregon Antiochian Christian Parish of Saint George
The Portland, Oregon Antiochian Christian Parish of Saint George

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

For Web related issues contact me, Barney Athanasius Blalock at:

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

The Clergy of St. George Parish

Note: The Sermon page is being updated to include most of the more recent sermons.

Pride vs Humility
Rev. Fr. Dionysius Seib, Deacon
March 29, 2015

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