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									           ST JOHN                                                                                             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.
                                                                  Confession:
             THE                                                  Available before or after any service, or                                   AT THE DIVINE LITURGY
                                                                  by appointment.                              Antiphon: Through the prayers of the Mother of God, O Savior save us!
           BAPTIST                                                Baptism:                                     Special petitions: (after the 5th petition: “For our Most Reverend Father…”)
                                                                  Please contact the pastor in advance to
        Melkite Greek Catholic                                    arrange for the required instructions.
                                                                                                               6. That the fruits of holy Baptism may be realized in us and that we may partake of the
               Church                                             Marriage:                                    death of Christ our God, in order to partake of his Resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
       200 E. North Ave., Northlake,                              A notice of at least 6 months should be      7. That we may be transformed by casting off the old man and putting on the new man, in
                                                                  given to the pastor, before the proposed     order to become a new creature in Christ, let us pray to the Lord
                IL 60164
                                                                  wedding date to arrange for the required     8. That the world may be sanctified and the whole creation renewed by the salvific
                                                                  interview and instructions.
 DIVINE LITURGY AT 11:00 AM
                                                                  Communion of the sick:
                                                                                                               Theophany of Our Savior Jesus Christ, let us pray to the Lord.
        (Español Liturgia 9:00 AM)                                                                             9. That the Gospel of Christ may shine upon all countries of the world and their peoples
                                                                  Sick parishioners may receive the Holy
    Rt. Rev. Fouad Sayegh:                                        Communion at home. Please advise the         may be enlightened by the Divine Knowledge, let us pray to the Lord.
    Tel: (708) 938 5804 Office: (708) 492 0391                    pastor whenever this sacrament is            10. For our deliverance from all affliction…
    Church/Hall Phone: (708) 562 7050                             needed.
    stjohnthebaptistchicago@hotmail.com                           Anointing the sick:
    Rt. Rev. Angel Marzal:           (708) 339 3139               Please contact the pastor at any time for                                                                                             6
    ArchDn. Elias Sahyouni:         (847) 674 8564                this mystery.
    ProtoDn. Antoine Shehata: (847) 705-5935                                 www.melkitechicago.org
    Dn. Fadi Rafidi:               (708) 473 5455
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            Jubilee Year of St Paul
                                                                                                               Antiphon Prayer: O Lord, Who have saved us by the baptism of regeneration and the
                (June 28.08-June 29.09)
The action of Church is Credible and effective only to the                                                     renewal coming from the Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds, uphold us in Faith, confirm us
extent that its members are willing to personally pay for their                                                in Hope, fulfill us in Love, make us worthy members of your Christ Who sacrificed
fidelity to Christ in every situation”.                                                                        Himself in redemption of our souls, so that being justified by your Grace, we may inherit
                                           Pope Benedict XVI                                                   eternal life. For You are our Light and our Sanctification and to You we render glory,
    Sunday, January 4, 2009                                                         9002             4 ‫األحد‬   Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever.
   Sunday before Theophany


  Our Theme For This Liturgical Year                                                     (Sept. 1 – Aug.
31)
  It is no longer I who live, but                                         Christ lives in me (Gal. 2: 20)      Hymns: Troparion of the Resurrection (1st Tone): While the stone was sealed by the
                                                                                                               Jews and soldiers were watching your sacred body, You rose, O Savior, on the third day,
                                                                                                               giving life to the world. Wherefore. O Giver of life, the powers of heaven cried out: Glory
to your resurrection, O Christ. Glory to your kingdom, glory to your Plan of redemption, O
You who alone are the Lover of mankind.




Troparion of the Preparation for Theophany (4th Tone): Make ready, Zabulon, and                                                                                                               -
prepare, Nephtali; and you, Jordan River, stop your flow and receive with a thrill of joy the     Gospel (Mark 1: 1-8): Make ready the way of the Lord
Master coming to be baptized. And you, Adam, rejoice with the first Mother, Eve, and hide         The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the
not as you did of old in paradise: for Christ at the sight of your nakedness has come forth to    prophets, “Behold, I send my messenger before thee, who shall prepare thy way, the voice
clothe you with the robe of innocence. Indeed, Christ has come forth to renew the whole           of one crying in the desert, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, make straight his paths’,
creation.                                                                                         there came John in the desert, baptizing and preaching a baptism of repentance for the
                                                                                                  forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea went out to him, and all the inhabitants of
                                                                                                  Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. And
                                                                                                  John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leathern girdle about his loins, and he ate locusts
                                                                                                  and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “One mightier than I is coming after me, the
                                                                                                  strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I have baptized you with
Kondakion of the Preparation (4th Tone): Today the Lord has appeared in the waters of the
                                                                                                  water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Jordan River. He has cried out to John, saying: “Be not dismayed at having to baptize Me:
for I have indeed come to save Adam, the first to be created.”                                                                                                             8 0 0



Epistle: Prokimenon:
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
To you, 0 Lord, I have called: O my Rock, be not deaf to me!
Reading from the Second Epistle of St. Paul to Timothy (4: 5-8)
My son Timothy, be watchful in all things, bear with tribulation patiently, work as a
preacher of the Good News, fulfill your ministry. As for me, I am already being poured out in
sacrifice, and the time of my deliverance is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have        At the end of the Liturgy: Blessing of the Water
completed the course, I have kept the faith. For the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the just Judge, will give to me on that day: yet not to me only,                                        Announcements
but also to those who love his coming.
- May God have mercy on us and bless us.                                                          Home Blessing is a very beautiful habit of our Melkite tradition; we
- May he let his face shine upon us and have mercy on us.                                         urge you all to keep up this practice of having your homes blessed.
                                                                                                  Please call Fr. Fouad at 708/638-3572 to make an appointment for the
                                                                                                  blessing of your home.
                                                                                                  The Archbishop’s Appeal: The annual Archbishop’s Appeal officially ended in all
                                 8 5 4           2                                                parishes of the Eparchy on 31 December. Donations to the Appeal will continue to be
                                                                                                  received and credited to your parish until 31 January for anyone who makes an end-
                                                                                                  of-year, tax-deductible donation. Donation cards and envelopes are available in the
narthex. Your donation means so much to so many! Thank you for your generosity. May                But Jesus didn’t do that. He began healing lepers, and blind and deaf people. He preached
God bless you and yours in the new year.                                                           a message of forgiveness. He ate and drank with sinners.
Why not give a lasting gift for future generations of Melkites in America by remembering the       Maybe John was disappointed in the way Jesus was going about things. He wanted a
Melkite Catholic Church in your will! Simply add the following statement to your last will         Messiah who was going to straighten out everything here and now.
and testament: I hereby bequeath to the Eparchy of Newton the following sum:                       We don’t know if John knew how colossal, how wonderful, this great project, this
$ _____. Contact Archbishop Cyril personally to inform                                             building of the reign of God, actually was.
him of your generous bequest: 3VFW Parkway, West                                                   What about me? Do I? Spend some quiet time with the Lord.
Roxbury, MA 02132.                                                                                                          Fr. Marzal’ Bulletin - Life and Work of St. Paul
                                                                                                   BIRTH AND EDUCATION: From St. Paul himself we know that he was born in Tarsus in
CONGRATULATIONS to Kile & Ruba Shelton on                                                          Cilicia (now Turkey) (Acts 21:39), of a father who was a Roman citizen (Acts 22.26-28; see Acts
                                                                                                   16.37), of a family in which piety was hereditary (2 Tim 1:3) and which was much attached to
the baptism of their daughter Tala Myriam on Saturday,
                                                                                                   Pharisaic traditions and observances (Phil 3:5-6).
Dec 27, 2008.                                                                                      As he belonged to the tribe of Benjamin he was given at the time of his circumcision the name of
                                                                                                   Saul, which must have been common in that tribe in memory of the first king of the Jews (Phil 3:5)
                 Book Club: In the light of the Jubilee Year of St. Paul, we recommend the         As a Roman citizen he also bore the name of Paul (Acts 13:9). It was natural that in inaugurating
                 following book: St. Paul, His Life and Teachings; by William J. Parker, C.        his apostolate among the Gentiles, Paul should have adopted his apostolate among the Gentiles,
                 Ss. R.                                                                            Paul should have adopted his roman name.
                 Sometimes called the patron saint of everything, Saint Paul referred to           As Every respectable Jew he had to teach his son a trade, young Saul learned how to make tents
                 himself as “the servant of Jesus Christ.” The life and teachings of Paul          (Acts 18:3). Possibly some of his family resided in the holy city; later there is mention of the
                 reveal his passion to spread the faith across the globe. 24-page pamphlet, $1.    presence of one of his sisters whose son saved his life (Acts 23:16). From that time it is absolutely
                 To order: (800-325-9521) or www.liguori.org                                       impossible to follow him until he takes an active part in the martyrdom of St. Stephen (Acts 7:58-
                                                                                                   60; 22:20). He was then qualified as a young man, but his was very elastic appellation and might
                                                                                                   be applied to a man between twenty and forty.
                                                                                                   CONVERSION AND EARLY LABOURS: We read in the Acts of the Apostles three accounts
                                  Epiphany Personal Prayer:                                        of the conversion of St. Paul (9:1-19, 22:3-21; 26:9-23). The conversion of Paul was the result of
Each 24-hour day has 1,440 minutes. You’re asked to give 6 of those 1,440 minutes to prayer        his experience on the road to Damascus. Jesus appeared to him and Paul and was blinded for a
for the next few days till Christmas. You can give more if you wish. But the main thing is to      few days until he was cured and baptized by the Christian Ananias. Paul is certain of having
pray every day.                                                                                    “ssen” Christ as did the other apostles (1 Cor 9:1); he declares that Christ “appeared” to him (1
People who pray regularly will tell you that it works best if you do it at a set time every day.   Cor 15:8), as He appeared to Peter, to James, to the Twelve, after His Resurrection. He knows that
The main thing is to make it part of your schedule, not something you try to squeeze in            his conversion was the fruit of an unforeseen, sudden, startling change, due to the all-powerful
whenever. It can vary at times, but you need a basic pattern. You can’t simply say, “I’ll do it    grace (Gal 1:12-15; 1 Cor 15:10).
when I get a chance.”                                                                              After his conversion, his baptism and his miraculous cure Paul set about preaching to the Jews
In these coming weeks you’ll find a reflection on a biblical reading assigned to help you          (Acts 9:19-20). He afterwards withdrew to Arabia – probably the region south of Damascus
pray:                                                                                              (Ga.1:17), to mediate on the Scriptures. He went to Jerusalem to see Peter (Gal 1:18) but
                                                                                                   remained only fifteen days. He was persecuted, and left for Tarsus, where he was for five or six
“A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the Lord.” (Is 40: 1-5, 9-11).
                                                                                                   years, until Barnabas went in search of him and brought him to Antioch, where they worked
Isaiah’s words can be understood as a description of John the Baptist announcing Jesus’            together in fruitful apostolate (Acts 11:25-26). They both went to Jerusalem to carry alms to the
coming ministry. In fact, the Gospels even use that description of “a voice of one crying out      poor brethren (Acts 11:27-30).
in the desert” to describe John.                                                                   APOSTOLIC CAREER: This period of twelve years was the most active and fruitful of his life.
Perhaps John thought that the Messiah would come and put everything in order and establish         It comprises three great Apostolic expeditions (Acts 13-14; Acts 15:36-18:21; Acts 18.23-21:14),
the Kingdom of God with Jerusalem as its center. Israel would reign supreme and there              of which Antioch was in each instance the starting-point and which invariably ended in a visit to
would be peace and justice all around.                                                             Jerusalem. It probably went to Spain also. He was imprisoned and executed in Rome in 67-68.
All this would be accomplished in a couple years… and it would be accomplished by power            The Roman tradition put his martyrdom in the site of the Basilica of St. Paul “outside the walls”.
and might.
                                          CALCULATOR:
-Daddy, it is already five months since they stole your credit card, and you have not reported it to the
police.
-Look son, I have been calculating, and it is cheaper for me that a thief may have the credit card than
your mother.                                                       End of Fr. Marzal’ Bulletin.
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