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					    ST JOHN THE                                       Confession:
                                                                                                      Please take this BULLETIN home with you, read it carefully with your family and
                                                                                                             pass it on to someone who did not come to Church today. Thank you.
      BAPTIST
                                                      Available before or after any service, or
                                                      by appointment.                                                                AT THE DIVINE LITURGY
                                                      Baptism:                                        Special petitions (after the 5th petition):
       Melkite Greek Catholic
                                                      Please contact the pastor in advance to         6. That the fruits of holy Baptism may be realized in us and that we may partake of the
              Church                                  arrange for the required instructions.          death of Christ our God, in order to partake of his Resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
          200 E. North Ave.,                          Marriage:
                                                      A notice of at least 6 months before the
                                                                                                      7. That we may be transformed by casting off the old man and putting on the new man, in
          Northlake, IL 60164
                                                      proposed wedding date should be given           order to become a new creature in Christ, let us pray to the Lord
 DIVINE LITURGY AT 11:00 AM                           to the pastor to arrange for the required       8. That the world may be sanctified and the whole creation renewed by the salvific
      (Español Liturgia 9:00 AM)                      interview and instructions.                     Theophany of Our Savior Jesus Christ, let us pray to the Lord.
                                                      Communion of the sick:                          9. That the Gospel of Christ may shine upon all countries of the world and their peoples
  Rt. Rev. Fouad Sayegh                               Sick parishioners may receive the Holy
  stjohnthebaptistchicago@hotmail.com                 Communion at home. Please advise the
                                                                                                      may be enlightened by the Divine Knowledge, let us pray to the Lord.
  Rt. Rev. Angel Marzal                               pastor whenever this sacrament is               10. For our deliverance from all affliction…
  ArchDn. Elias Sahyouni                              needed.
  ProtoDn. Antoine Shehata                            Anointing the sick:
  Deacon Fadi Rafidi                                  Please contact the pastor at any time for                                                                                                   6
                                                      this mystery.
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             Year of the Priests                                                                                                                                                                  8
  “Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests”
          (June 19, 2009-June 11, 1010)                                                                                                                                                           9
          Prayer for Priestly Vocations
 O God, in your plan for our salvation You provide
   shepherds for your people. Fill your Melkite                                                                                                                                               01
 Church with the spirit of courage and love. Raise                                                    Antiphon Prayer: O Lord, Who have saved us by the baptism of regeneration and the
 up worthy ministers for your altars and ardent but                                                   renewal coming from the Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds, uphold us in Faith, confirm us
           gentle servants of the Gospel.                                                             in Hope, fulfill us in Love, make us worthy members of your Christ Who sacrificed
  For You are a good and loving God, and to You
                                                                                                      Himself in redemption of our souls, so that being justified by your Grace, we may inherit
 we render glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now
                                                                                                      eternal life, For You are our Light and our Sanctification and to You we render glory,
     and always and forever and ever. Amen.
                                                                                                      Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
 Sunday, January 10, 2010                                                0101              01 ‫األحد‬
 Sunday after the Theophany                                                                  ‫األحد‬

Our Theme For This Liturgical Year                                   Sept. 1 – Aug. 31_
“The Church Needs Holy Priests to Help the                     Let us help our priests to help
Faithful experience the merciful Love of the                   us experience Lord’s merciful
 Lord and to be convinced witnesses”                           love and to become convinced           Antiphons of the Feast: O Son of God, Who were baptized by John in the Jordan
       Pope Benedict XVI                                                witnesses                     River, save us who sing to you Alleluia!

                                                                                                      - I love the Lord because He has heard my voice in supplication.
                                                                                                  - Your favor, O Lord, I will sing forever; from generation to generation, my mouth will
                                                                                                  proclaim your faithfulness.
- I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
                                                                                                  - For you have said, “My kindness is established forever.” In heaven you have confirmed
                                                                                                  your faithfulness.
Entrance hymn: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. The Lord is God and
He has appeared to us.
Hymns: Troparion of the Resurrection (7th Tone): You destroyed Death by Your cross.
You opened paradise to the thief. You changed the weeping of the myrrh bearers, and                                                     31 7 4
commanded Your apostles to proclaim, that You, O Christ God, have risen, granting to the
world great mercy.



Troparion of the Theophany (1st Tone): At your Baptism in the Jordan, O Lord, the
worship of the Trinity was revealed: for the Father’s voice bore witness to you by calling
You his Beloved Son, and the spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the truth of these
words. O Christ God who have appeared to us and enlightened the world, glory to You.


                                                                                                  Gospel (Matthew 4:12-17): The people who sit in darkness have seen a Great Light
                                                                                                  At that time, When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He
                                                                                                  left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and
Kondakion of the Theophany (4th Tone): Today You have appeared, O Lord, to the                    Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: "Land of
universe, and Your light, O Christ our God, has been impressed upon us who sing to You            Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the
with full knowledge: You came and appeared, O Inaccessible Light.                                 Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a
                                                                                                  land overshadowed by death, light has arisen." From that time on, Jesus began to preach
                                                                                                  and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
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Instead of the Trisagion: All of you who have been baptized into the Christ...
Epistle:
Prokimenon: May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in you.
               Exult, you just, in the Lord; praise from the upright is fitting.
Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Ephesians (4:7-13):
Brethren, to each one of us the grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s
bestowal. Thus it says, Ascending on high, he let away captives; he gave gifts to men. Now        Hymn to the Theotokos (2nd Tone): O my soul, magnify the one who is more honorable
this ascending, what does it mean but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the    and glorious than the Heavenly Powers. O Mother of God, when it comes to singing
earth? He who descended, he who ascended also above all the heavens, that he might fill           proper praise to you, every tongue and language are at a loss. Even supernatural
all things. And he himself gave some men as apostles, and some as prophets, and others as         intelligences are wrapped in wonder when it comes to rendering honor to you. But in your
pastors and teachers, in order to perfect the saints for a work o ministry, for building up the   graciousness, and because you know our holy longing to sing your praise, be pleased to
body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the deep knowledge of the    accept our faith. Intercessor of Christians, we exalt you!
Son of God, to perfect manhood, to the mature measure of the fullness of Christ.
                                                                                                  PLEASE BE POSITIVE AND START YOUR LOVE FOR OTHERS BY LOVING
                                                                                                    YOUR CHURCH’ COMMUNITY WHICH IS YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY.
                                                                                                                         Fr. Marzal’s Bulletin
Kinonikon: The grace of God our Savior has appeared to all people. Alleluia.                                                         KNOWING THE BIBLE
                                                                                               The Bible is a collection of books written under the inspiration of God. These books were
                                                                                               entrusted to the Church, which officially recognized them as containing the word of God, because
Post-communion Hymn: Troparion of the feast.                                                   God has been its principal author.
                               ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                   In the Bible we have the truths that God has revealed to man for his eternal salvation. However,
As of today, 01/10/10, Fr. Fouad Sayegh will be traveling overseas, Frs. Philaret (WI),        not all the truths that God revealed are contained in the Bible. Other truths of revelation are
John Paul (WI) and Robert Rabbat (MA) will replace him inshallah. In case of an                contained in the oral Divine Tradition. This oral Divine Tradition are the teachings that the
emergency, please contact Protodeacon Tony Shehata at (847)227-8884 or Dean. Fadi              Church and the Apostles of Christ received directly from the mouth of Christ; he told them to
Rafidi at (708)473-5455                                                                        preach them all until the end of the time; and the Apostles and the Church have been faithfully
The Blessing of our Homes is very encouraged. Please call Fr. Fouad, when he’ll be             preaching these truths until our times. (This is why some of the teachings of the Church are not
back, to arrange an appointment at (708) 938-5804                                              expressly contained in the Bible, but they are equally, the revealed Word of God, received from
                                                                                               Jesus’ mouth).
                                                                                               The apostles and their disciples before their death, decided to write some of the actions and
                                                                                               teachings of Christ (gospels, epistles); but they did not write everything. (Juan 21:25). Christ did
                                                                                               not write anything himself nor did he order his disciples to write anything, but to preach his
A Big Thank You goes to Louis Najjar                                                           doctrines, promising them that he would be with them until the end, and that whoever would listen
for donating our yearly Calendar.                                                              to them would be listening to him. Since the apostles could not be everywhere, at times they wrote
God bless Louis and his family.                                                                some things about Christ and Christianity and sent these writings to far away Christian
                                                                                               communities. ( These writings are the Bible).
                                                                                               Most people think of the Bible as a book they may have at home. However, the Bible is not a
 February 13, 2010 – St. John’s Valentine’s Party: Please Mark your calendars, our
                                                                                               book, but rather a collection of books. The "Old Testament" is actually 46 books combined and the
 Valentine Party for 2010 will fall on February 13 and will be held at St. John’s Hall; more   "New Testament" contains 27 books. Some of these books are extensive; for instance, the Book of
 details will follow. Support your church and attend with families and friends.                the prophecies of Isaiah has 66 chapters; others are very short, for instance the Letter of Paul to
 Learning from past experiences, you could reserve a table of your choice only after a full    Philemon has only one chapter, so do the second and third Letter of John.
 non-refundable payment is made at the time of reservation; no exceptions made. Seats are      CATECHISM FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
 limited and we cannot afford last minute cancellations.                                       What does God reveal to man?
 Necessary recommendations: PLEASE collaborate for a better being:                             God in his goodness and wisdom reveals himself. With deeds and words, he reveals himself and
 Do not reserve two parking places for one car; our parking lot is limited.                   his plan of loving goodness which he decreeds from all eternity in Christ. According to this plan,
 Each car must have a parking sticker in case you block someone in.                           all people by the grace of the Holy Spirit are to share in the divine life as adopted “sons” in the
                                                                                               only begotten Son of God. (Compendium, n. 6)
 Be considerate to others, make sure your tables are clean before leaving                     SACRED SYMBOLS: Uplifted Hands
   the hall; our Syrian Orthodox Brothers use the hall immediately after we use it.            Another posture of prayer consists of the uplifted hands. This practice is not a recent phenomenon.
 St. Johns Church Events: We need more volunteers to roll up their sleeves and help-          It goes all the way back to the Old Testament.
   and less people complaining and criticizing!                                                When a holy monk was asked how one should pray, he answered, “There is no need to waste time
 Hall Kitchen is only for the service of the community and can become very crowded.           with words; it is enough to hold out your hands and say: ‘Lord, according to Your desire and Your
   Please remain in the hall if you are not part of the event that is currently taking place   wisdom, have mercy’… He knows what is best for you, and He will have mercy upon you.“
   (including coffee hour).                                                                    When praying at the Holy Table the priest often lifts his hands upward as an external expression of
 Coffee Hour--To give an opportunity for every family at our church to serve for the          the movement of the soul upward to God. Lifting one’s hands in prayer is an ancient Jewish
                                                                                               tradition of which the psalms speak so often. We stretch out our hands to God for help.
   coffee hour, we are formulating an Alphabetical list (by last name) that will include the
                                                                                               It is a very natural and expressive religious symbol, a sound prayer gesture. We remember Moses
   week each family will serve.                                                                praying with uplifted hands for victory over the enemy. As long as his hands remained uplifted in
prayer, victory was with the Israelites. But when through fatigue he lowered his hands the enemy
prevailed. His friends came to his assistance, helping him hold up his weary hands in prayer (Ex.
17:8 ff).
When I use this gesture in prayer, I imagine my lifted hands forming an empty cup and I pray,
“Lord, I come to you as an empty cup. Without you I shall remain empty. Fill my emptiness to
overflow with your Holy spirit”.
HARD SAYINGS
“Woe to you that are full now, for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now, for you shall
mourn and weep” (Luke 6:25).
It may well be that we have read these words from Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, so often that we
have forgotten how revolutionary they are. They are a series of bombshells. They take the accepted
standards and turn them upside down. For the people whom Jesus calls happy, the world would call
wretched; and the people Jesus called wretched the world would call happy. Just imagine anyone
saying, “Happy are the poor, and, Woe are the rich!”, to talk like that is to put an end to world
values altogether.
Jesus says, “If you set your heart and bend your whole energies to obtain the things which the world
values, you will get them - but that is all you will ever get.” But if on the other hand you set your
heart and bend all your energies to be utterly loyal to God and true to Christ, you will run into all
kinds of trouble; you may by the world’s standards look unhappy, but much of your payment is still
to come; and it will be joy eternal”.
St. Peter says: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life, and we have believed”.
TWO LADY FRIENDS: “Don’t fool yourself. Men are like buses. Many pass by, but the one you
are waiting for, never comes.                                           End of Fr. Marzal’s Bulletin
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                                      Liturgy Intentions
                To add or remove Names, please call Fr. Fouad at 708/938-5804
    Happiness & Prosperity: Marlin, George, Faris and Ceasar Faycurry & Families
    Healthy & Speedy Recovery: Archdn. Elias Sahyouni,
    Violet Attiyeh, Joe Bousleiman, Jamileh Nijmeh, Hilda Farah,
    Marie Daoud, Odeh Zanayed, Raymond Khasho, Claudia
    Halasa, Alice Nasr and Fr Philip Azoon.
    Repose in the Heavenly Kingdom:
    Gehan Faycurry                          By the Faycurry Families
    Lana Noujeime                           By the Chicago Lebanese Club
    Bernice Simon                           By Anthony R. Shaker and Family
    Antoine & Georgette Khoury              By Naffah the Family
    George Batbouta                         By Abe Souri and Family
    Fr Anthony Sayegh (1/17/95) and
    Fr. Basil Sawaya (1/18/1905)            By Our Church

				
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