October 21, 2018 6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39
At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
Excerpt: On Overcoming the Fear of Becoming our True Selves: Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Luke in the Orthodox Church by Fr. Philip LeMasters, Eastern Orthodox priest, professor at McMurry University, commentator on Ancient Faith Radio, and author of The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity. Our Lord makes it possible for us to become our true selves in Him, the Second Adam. That means being united with Him in holiness such that, by His gracious mercy, we become â€śpartakers of the divine natureâ€ť who fulfill humanityâ€™s original vocation to become like God in holiness. He has overcome our nakedness by clothing us in a robe of light in baptism, filled us with the Holy Spirit in Chrismation, and nourished us with His own Body and Blood in the Eucharist. He Himself forgives and restores us through Confession and repentance. Our Lord is even more present to us than He was to the man in todayâ€™s gospel lesson, for He has made us members of His own Body and dwells in our hearts.
Our challenge, then, is not to ask Him to go away out of fear that He will torment us. Sin only has the power in our lives that we allow it to have, and we all have a long, challenging journey to turn away from it. Nonetheless, we must take the small steps of which we are capable to turn our hearts more fully toward God through prayer, fasting, almsgiving, forgiveness, and all the basic spiritual disciplines of the Christian life. When we fail, we must use our weakness to grow in constant dependence on the Lordâ€™s mercy and strength. We cannot save ourselves by our own power any more than the man could cast out his own demons.
Wisdom of the Fathers:
Some say, ‘Why do they [demons] possess people?’ I answer those who wish to have this explained that the reason of these things is very deep. Somewhere one of His saints addressed God by saying, ‘Your judgments are a vast abyss.’ As long as we bear this in mind, we will perhaps not miss the mark. St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on Luke, Homily 44. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture; vol 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)
Todayâ€™s Events, Tomorrowâ€™s Announcements:
Please welcome and enjoy the chanting of John Kritikos. John is the Lead Chanter at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Worcester, MA and has chanted in many Churches within the Metropolis and Greece.
Save the Dates:
November 4: General Assembly
The General Assembly will begin immediately following Divine Liturgy. Issues, concerns and motions made will be brought up for discussion and may require a vote. Only current stewards may participate in voting. Additionally, nominations for election to the parish council will also take place. In order to be nominated for election to the parish council, a member must be in good standing, active in the liturgical life of the church and have been a steward of St. George for at least one year.
Everyone is encouraged to attend the General Assembly and participate by offering your suggestions and opinions on how we can work together in a spirit of cooperation with God in order to strengthen and build the body of Christ (our Church) for ourselves and our children. If you would like to become a steward please see our Parish Council Treasurer, Mr. Dimitri Leristis.
Opening Prayer â€“ Father Constantine
Election of Moderator â€“ Louis Kolivas
Secretaryâ€™s Report â€“ Kathy Nikiforakis
Treasurerâ€™s Report â€“ Dimitri Leristis
Stewardship Report â€“ Andrea Polizos
Activities Report â€“ Louis Kolivas
Facility Report â€“ Peter Bradshaw
Other Business: December 1: St. George Christmas Bazaar
Further details will be upcoming and provided by Sue-Ellan Kolivas, the eventâ€™s chairperson.
Come on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM to learn the steps of the Greek dances you’ve always wanted to learn! Roula Leristis will hold classes in the Hellenic Hall
Todayâ€™s Coffee Hour Fellowship
Sponsored by: Fr. Constantine and Presvytera Marilou Cambas. 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.
Save the Dates:
November 4: General Assembly
December 1: St. Georgeâ€™s Christmas Bazaar
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Receiving Communion in the Orthodox Church:
The Eucharist, the principal sacrament mystery of the Orthodox Church, is not so much a text to be studied, but rather an experience of communion with the Living God in which prayer, music, gestures, the material creation, art and architecture come into full orchestration. The Eucharist is a celebration of faith which touches not only the mind but also the emotions and the senses.
Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald
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The Jesus Prayer: O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.