08 Dec

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Gospel Reflection:
Christ Still Loves Sinners by Rev. George Dimopoulos
No obstacle can come between God and the man who is asking His help. Not even the Sabbath. For the Law, the Commandments, and even the Sabbath, were created for man, and not man for them.

Feast of the Day: December 09
The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos
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).

Today’s Events, Tomorrow’s Announcements:
Youth and Adult Religious Education will take place in the Hellenic Hall, after Divine Liturgy We will focus on the book, The Law of God by Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy. Fr. Constantine will lead the group discussion.

Thank you to those who have participated and have given gifts from the Christmas Tree for the Tiny Tummies. Many children and families will be happy. ‘Tis the season for giving.’

Liturgical Schedule
Christmas Eve Vesperal Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great with Anointing: Monday, December 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Coffee Hour Fellowship hosted today by the Bradshaw Family.

After Divine Liturgy, parishioners gather around the social hall for fellowship with members of the parish over coffee and some delicious food and pastries. If you would like to sponsor coffee hour by yourself or with a friend or family member, please write your name on the sheet that is mounted on the wall outside the kitchen door.

Attending to the Needs of Others:
If you or anyone you know is sick, please see or contact Fr. Constantine directly
cell phone: 978-314-4992 or email: constcamb@verizon.net.
Sacraments and Other Services:
(Baptism, Chrismation, Confession, Communion, Holy Matrimony, and Holy Unction, 40-day Churching of the Mother and Child, Memorial Service or House Blessings) Please see or contact Fr. Constantine.

Internet Ministry:
Facebook: St. George Greek Orthodox Church- Keene, NH https://www.facebook.com/events/708181219561795/
St. George Greek Orthodox Church Website: http://stgeorgekeene.org/
You Tube: three versions of the Christmas Katavasia

Christ is Born! The Katavasiae of Christmas chanted in English- The nine odes of the Katavasiae of Christmas, chanted in English, by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis and Anthony Hatzidakis. Rendering in English by Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis (1991).

Christ is Born! The Katavasiae of Christmas chanted in English

From the Philippines:

Annunciation choir sing the Katavasia (“Hymn”) of Christmas, sung during the Nativity Season in the Greek Orthodox Church, Annunciation of the Theotokos Orthodox Cathedral

Kabarnos – Christos Genate: Greek

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