mary livonia , january 5, 2014 livonia... john, michael (nicole), christy and the entire badeen...

Mary Livonia , January 5, 2014 Livonia... John, Michael (Nicole), Christy and the entire Badeen family
Mary Livonia , January 5, 2014 Livonia... John, Michael (Nicole), Christy and the entire Badeen family
Mary Livonia , January 5, 2014 Livonia... John, Michael (Nicole), Christy and the entire Badeen family
Mary Livonia , January 5, 2014 Livonia... John, Michael (Nicole), Christy and the entire Badeen family
Mary Livonia , January 5, 2014 Livonia... John, Michael (Nicole), Christy and the entire Badeen family
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  • January 5, 2014

    THE THEOPHANY (EPIPHANY) OF OUR LORD AND GODTHE THEOPHANY (EPIPHANY) OF OUR LORD AND GODTHE THEOPHANY (EPIPHANY) OF OUR LORD AND GODTHE THEOPHANY (EPIPHANY) OF OUR LORD AND GOD

    AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRISTAND SAVIOR JESUS CHRISTAND SAVIOR JESUS CHRISTAND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

    WWWW hen our Lord reached thirty years from His physical birth, He began His teaching and salvific work. He Himself signified this “beginning of the beginning” by His Baptism in the Jordan river. St. Cyril of

    Jerusalem says, “The beginning of the world is water; the beginning of the Gospel is the Jordan.” At the

    time of the Baptism of the Lord in water, the mystery was declared to the world - the mystery that was

    prophesied in the Old Testament; the mystery that was known only in fables in ancient Egypt and India;

    the mystery of the Divine Holy Trinity. The Father was revealed to the sense of hearing, the Spirit was

    revealed to the sense of sight, and the Son was revealed to the sense of touch. The Father uttered His

    witness about the Son, the Son was baptized in the water, and the Holy

    Spirit, in the form of a dove, hovered above the water. When John the

    Baptist bore witness to Christ, saying: “Behold the Lamb of God, which

    taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29),” and when John immersed

    and baptized the Lord in the Jordan, the mission of Christ in the world and

    the path of our salvation were shown. That is to say, the Lord took upon

    Himself the sins of mankind and died under them (immersion) and rose

    again (the coming out of the water); and we must die to the old sinful man

    and rise again as cleansed, renewed and regenerated. This is the Savior

    and this is the path of salvation. The Feast of the Theophany is also called

    the Feast of Illumination. The event in the Jordan river illuminates us by

    manifesting God to us as Trinity, consubstantial and undivided. That is

    one way that we are illumined. And the second way is that every one of us

    through baptism in water is illumined, in that we become adopted by the

    Father of Lights through the merits of the Son and the power of the Holy

    Spirit. From: The Prologue of Ochrid

    FATHER GEORGE H. SHALHOUB

    248-374-0591 January 5, 2014 Issue 400

    �18100 Merriman Road � Livonia, Michigan 48152 � www.saintmarylivonia.com � Office: (734)-422-0010 �

    Sunday Services

    Confession: 8:30AM

    Matins: 9:00AM

    Divine Liturgy: 10:00AM

    St. Mary’s Cultural

    and Banquet Center

    (734) 421-9220

    Daily Confession by Appointment - Call the Church Office

    “And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” Acts 11:26

    The Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary

    Fr. George Shalhoub - Pastor Fr. Jim King - Director of Youth & Pastoral Outreach Programs Archdeacon Issa Rizkallah

    313-690-2030 Deacon Dr. Dennis Bojrab Salem Samaan - Parish Council Chairman Linda Lawson - Choir Director Stacey Badeen - Church Administrator Arwa Ansara -Church School Administrator Richard Shebib/Sami Azzouz - Ushers Dr. Tom Saba - Young Adults- St. John Divine Georgine Hayes - Ladies Society President Nicole Khamis - Teen Soyo President Lina Nunu - Arabic School Keith Rowe - Cultural Center General Manager 734-421-9220

    The Light of Christ

    AL-NOUR

    PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY:

    THE ANTIOCHIAN ORTHODOX BASILICA OF ST. MARY

  • Page 2 The Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary

    THE EPISTLE

    Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

    O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good;

    for His mercy endureth forever.

    The Reading is from the Epistle of St. Paul to Titus Chapter 2:11-14; 3:4-7

    MMMM y son Titus, the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world; awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and

    Savior Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify

    for Himself a people of His own who are zealous for good deeds. Declare these things;

    exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you. When the goodness and

    loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of deeds done by us

    in righteousness, but in virtue of His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and

    renewal in the Holy Spirit, which He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our

    Savior, so that we might be justified by His grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

    THE GOSPEL

    The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew Chapter 3:13-17

    AAAA t that time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by Thee, and Thou dost come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill

    all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, He went up

    immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of

    God descending like a dove, and alighting on Him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying,

    “This is My beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased.”

  • The Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of St. Mary Page 3

    PRAYER CORNER memorials

    IIII am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25)

    Thank You

    OUR NEW ARRIVALS

    “A Vigil Light is Burning” In Loving Devotion

    FFFF or The Health and Well Being Of: IIII n Memory Of: Joseph Michael Mouaikel; George Abodeely; Ken

    Biedron,

    HOLY BREAD OF OBLATION

    HHHH oly Bread of Oblation is offered by the families, for the

    month of January, in loving memory

    of:

    Fuad Ghannam

    Edward Ayoub

    Naimeh Ayoub

    Azizeh and Julia Harb

    Naiem and Haleeleh Warra

    Michael Abukhader

    Farah Kakish

    HHHH oly Bread of Oblation is offered by the families, for the

    month of January, for the health and

    well being of:

    Jeries and Malak Abukhader and

    their family

    LLLL ord, you are the physician of

    our souls and body. We pray

    You grant the following parish-

    ioners good health and blessings: Metropolitan PAUL Yazigi, Arch-

    bishop Youhanna Ibrahim, Mother

    Pelagia, the nuns and orphans of

    Maaloula, Syria,

    CCCC ongratulations and best wishes to Fady and Dr. Victoria

    Tarazi on the birth of their baby

    boy, Raphael Edward. Proud

    grandparents are Dr. Nabil and

    Isabelle Sultani and Nahedd and

    Souzan Tarazi.

    May God bless parents,

    grandparents and child.

    TTTT he following parishioners and

    friends of the Basilica of St.

    Mary have given special donations

    to the Church in the past few

    weeks:

    $50-For the health and well being of Jeries and Malak Abukhader and

    their family,

    $50-In loving memory of Mona Zakhem offered by sons John and

    George Saad,

    $100-For the health and well being of daughter Erin Herron and

    new-born grandson Colin James

    Herron offered by David and Noel

    Bawulski,

    $100-In loving memory of Azizeh and Julia Harb, and Naiem and

    Haleeleh Warra offered by Basim

    and Ferial Warra,

    $200-For the health and well being of their children and grandchildren

    offered by Salah and Siham Salah,

    $200-In loving memory of Naimeh Ayoub, Ayoub Ayoub, Jamal

    Ayoub, Fred Ayoub and Edward

    Ayoub offered by Anton and Laila

    Hassan,

    $500-For the health and well being of newly baptized Madison Rose

    offered by parents Dr. Jim and

    Stefanie Madany,

    $1000-For the health and well being of newly baptized Ella Sirene

    (Elizabeth) and Oliver Riyad

    (Michael) offered by parents Drs.

    Majed and Nevin Ajluni,

    Condolences

    TTTT he clergy and parishioners at the

    Basilica of St. Mary extend

    their deepest sympathy to

    Khouriyeh Mariam Elias, the

    children and grandchildren on the

    passing of the V. Rev. Fr. Anis

    Elias

    TTTT he clergy and parishioners at the Basilica of St. Mary extend

    their deepest sympathy to

    Khouriyeh Louise, children Farida,

    James (Linda), George (Lynne), the

    grandchildren Kevin (Trish), Dana,

    John, Michael (Nicole), Christy and

    the entire Badeen family on the

    passing of the V. Rev. Fr. John

    Badeen.

    May their memories be eternal.

    Save the Dates Feb. 15, 2014 - Annual Valentine’s Party at the Cultural Center.

    Feb. 28th - Ladies Society annual Wine Tasting Event

    June 5-8, 2014 - St. Mary’s Festival