Saint George Portland, Oregon

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May 8, 2016

Antipascha, on which we commemorate the Confession of Faith of Thomas the Apostle
Synaxis of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
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Today we also commemorate: Venerable Arsenios the Great

The Paschal Apolytikion - Tone 5: Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.
Apolytikion of Thomas Sunday - Tone 7: While the tomb was sealed, Thou didst shine forth from it, O Life. While the doors were closed, Thou didst come in to Thy disciples, O Christ God, Resurrection of all, renewing in us through them an upright spirit, according to the greatness of Thy mercy.
Apolytikion of St John - Tone 2: O Apostle John, speaker of divinity, the beloved of Christ God, hasten and deliver thy people powerless in argument; for He on Whose bosom thou didst lean accepteth thee as an intercessor. Beseech Him, therefore, to disperse the cloud of the stubborn nations, asking for us safety and the Great Mercy.
Kontakion of Pascha - Tone 8: Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of Hades; and didst arise as victor, O Christ God, calling to the myrrh-bearing women: Rejoice; and giving peace unto Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.

Happy Mother's Day
A special greeting to all of the mothers of our parish on this day which is set aside to honor your high calling. May God bless you, your children, and all your families on this day and always!

Why "Antipascha"?
In present-day English usage the prefix "anti" is often understood to mean "against" or "opposed to". Historically, however, the meaning of the Greek preposition "anti" is "in place of" or "opposite". Thus this Sunday, which concludes Bright Week, is traditionally called "Antipascha", that is the Sunday which stands facing Pascha at the opposite end of the celebratory Week of Renewal.

Fast-Free Forty Days
While most of the Orthodox world resumes the keeping of the Wednesday and Friday fasts this week (though allowing for wine and oil), a 1997 proclamation of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch designates the entire forty days from Pascha to Ascension as a fast-free period. During this time period there is no required fasting on Wednesdays or Fridays. Please note that the pre-Communion fast (i.e. no food or drink from midnight until our morning reception of Holy Communion or from our noon meal until the evening reception of Holy Communion) is observed at all times and in all seasons.

Remember Your Alms Boxes
It is time to collect the alms boxes that were distributed at the beginning of Lent. For the next several Sundays there will be a basket in the narthex to receive your alms boxes. If you wish to make an additional contribution to the Food for Hungry People campaign, you may place a check in the offering basket made out to "St. George Orthodox Church" and designated "Food for Hungry People" on the memo line. May God bless you for your generosity toward those who are in need!

ASCENSION LITURGY- We will celebrate the Great Feast of the Ascension of Christ on the evening of Wednesday, June 8. The Vigil will begin with Great Vespers at 5pm. The Divine Liturgy will commence at approximately 7pm. Join us for as much of these celebratory services as you are able.

PARISH PICNIC - Sunday, June 12, following the Church School graduation exercises, there will be a parish picnic at the home of Tony and Mary Charles. Our hosts will provide the main dish as well as lemonade and coffee. Please bring one of the following to share: side dish, salad, chips & dip, or dessert and please bring your own drinks. The location of the Charles' home is: 19206 NE 205th Ct, Brush Prairie, WA 98606

Save The Date: Saint George Annual Middle Eastern Festival. August 28, 2016 From Noon - 7 PM.

Coffee Hour Hosts: May 15 - Brittany Kupanoff & Ranae Rice; May 22 - date available; May 29 - Mary Faris
Holy Bread: Today - Stacy Knuth; May 15 - Nektaria Fortier; May 22 - Magdolin Khouri; May 29 - Mary Faris
Ushers: Today - Team 2: Joshua Cheves, David Morgan, Michel Teeny; May 15 - Team 3: Paull Kaady, Jacob Kaady, Wadie Khouri, Larry Williams; May 22 - Team 4: Nick Charles, Nabeel Hanna, Robert Keys; May 29 - Volunteer team

Ushers Needed
Like the minor clerical order of the "Doorkeepers" in ancient times, the ushers of our church perform a vital ministry of maintaining order in the Divine Liturgy and providing hospitality to our guests. We are in need of committed and faithful individuals willing to serve as ushers. Requirements are an availability to serve at least once a month, a commitment to be present no later than 9am on the Sundays one is scheduled, the ability to communicate about schedules and updates via email, and a cheerful willingness to serve. If you are interested in serving in this important ministry, please contact Fr Alban at

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

Prayer and Fasting
The Very Reverend Fr. Alban West
April 10, 2016

The Publican and the Pharisee
The Very Reverend Fr. Alban West
February 21, 2016

Metropolitan JOSEPH's Paschal Message
rRead by the Very Reverend Fr. Alban West
May 8, 2016

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