Remembering St. George in Your Will

Our church has been a beacon of faith and hope for you and the generations before you that came here to worship in the Orthodox Christian tradition.  You can help ensure that it will be here to serve future generations by remembering St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, of New Kensington, PA in your will.  Click below to download the brochure to learn more information or contact our church office at 724/335-9988.

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Two More Days — Come get the best Middle Eastern Food around!

We finished the grape leaves today!  Come on down!  Hope to see you on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.

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Food Festival: Join us on August 19th!

Come and join us for fellowship and Middle Eastern food on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  Click the flyer below for full detail.  We hope to see you then!

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Transfiguration Monastery Retreat

We enjoyed a delightful retreat at Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City.

Our visit started and ended with prayer and in between we enjoyed tours of the monastery and chats with Mother Christophora, a picnic lunch, and a walk around the beautiful grounds.

We thank Mother Christophora and the other mothers and sisters for their wonderful hospitality. We look forward to making this a regular trip a couple times a year.

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Helping our Neighbors

On the first Friday of every month,we serve as a pantry for the Westmoreland County Food Bank.  The food bank truck arrives at 8 am and we unload all the food and prepare to distribute it to our qualified neighbors.

Thank you to all the volunteers from our community that help us with the Food Pantry each month and to  the volunteers from Allegheny Health Networks’ Citizens school of nursing that helped us in June.  We really appreciate the help!

Our teen SOYO also periodically prepares bagged lunches to take to FOCUS Pittsburgh for distribution to their neighbors in the Hill District.

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Food Festival: August 19th, 11am – 6pm

Come and join us for fellowship and Middle Eastern food on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.  Eat in or take out.  The menu will include:

  • Kibbee
  • Kafta on the grill
  • Meat pies
  • Spinach pies
  • Grape leaves
  • Falafel
  • Tabbouli
  • Hummus
  • Baba Ghanouj
  • Baklawa and other amazing desserts

Elevator access will be available.  Church tours will be available upon request.  More details to come as the date approaches.

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Holy Week 2017

We look forward to seeing you at our Holy Week services:

PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 9

9:00 a.m. Matins and Blessing of Palms
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy followed by a luncheon hosted by the church school families

THEME: The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem before His voluntary death is recalled. Carrying palm branches, the faithful join in procession around the outside of the church in recognition of this historic event.

7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service

THEME: The commemoration of the noble Joseph and the Gospel account of the fig tree that withered remind us that our lives are intended to produce ripe fruit.

GREAT MONDAY – APRIL 10

7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service

THEME: The account of the wise and foolish virgins reminds us of the need to be watchful at all times expecting the arrival of Christ.

GREAT TUESDAY – APRIL 11

7:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service

THEME: The anointing of Christ by the woman at Bethany reminds us of our sinfulness and our need for humility and mercy. The hymn of St. Cassiani calls us to pursue a spirit of reflection and repentance.

GREAT WEDNESDAY – APRIL 12

7:00 p.m. Sacrament of HOLY UNCTION

THEME: The Sacrament of Holy Unction is celebrated for the healing of our souls and bodies. The themes of the seven Epistle and Gospel readings are: repentance, forgiveness, and healing.

GREAT AND HOLY THURSDAY – APRIL 13

9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

THEME: The Mystical Supper of Christ with His disciples is remembered as He offers the Mystery of His Body and Blood for our salvation. He commands us ‘do this in memory of Me’.

7:00 p.m. The Service of the Passion Gospels

THEME: The passion and death of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is read from twelve Gospel accounts. The life giving Cross is placed in the center of the church for our contemplation and veneration.

GREAT AND HOLY FRIDAY – APRIL 14

9:00 a.m. The Royal Hours & Vespers, and the decorating of the Tomb

Commemorating the removal of the Holy Body from the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus.

7:00 p.m. Orthros with the Lamentations of the Theotokos

THEME: The life giving death on the Cross of Our Savior Jesus Christ, the removal of His sacred body and the placing in the tomb are commemorated. As we relive these events we are reminded that the most beloved One has given over His very life for our sake. The sacred shroud and decorated bier are carried in funeral procession around the outside of the church as we relive the burial of our Lord.

GREAT AND HOLY SATURDAY – APRIL 15

9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

THEME: The tomb of Our Lord is our focus as we realize the death and burial of Christ and anxiously anticipate the joy of His Resurrection. The morning is one of both sorrow and joy. During the Liturgy we scatter bay leaves and rose petals, ancient signs of victory and the return of a king, to acknowledge Christ’s victory over death.

10:30 p.m. Rush Procession and Resurrection Matins

THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS PASCHA – APRIL 16

MIDNIGHT PASCHAL DIVINE LITURGY

THEME: The Glorious Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the sign of universal life. The ‘true light’ is offered and a candle lit procession makes its way around the church reminding us that the Light has overthrown the darkness. Blessed red eggs are offered as a sign of new life. The Paschal exclamation ‘Christ Is Risen’ is offered and exchanged. The Paschal Liturgy is celebrated in the light filled church as if in the light giving tomb of the Resurrection.

12:00 p.m. Agape Vespers of the Resurrection

Theme: The Joyous Resurrection of Christ is announced and celebrated with the reading of the Resurrection Gospel in many languages.

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Paschal Greeting from His Grace, Bishop THOMAS

We pray that you are having a blessed season of Great Lent, in preparation for the Resurrection of our Lord, and God, and Savior Jesus Christ!  Please take a moment to read and reflect on these words from Bishop THOMAS.

Paschal Greeting from His Grace, Bishop THOMAS

 

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Guest Speaker on October 22nd: Rita Madden, Author of “Food, Faith and Fasting”

We are honored that Rita Madden, a registered dietician, has agreed to host a workshop on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00 pm at St. George on the enlightening topic: “Food, Faith and Fasting.” Light refreshments will be served.  We hope you can come!

Feel free to also join us for a Vespers church service at 6:00 pm prior to the workshop.

RSVP if you plan to attend at 724/335-9988.

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Join us for Liturgy on Wednesday, October 5th

We invite you to join us for services on Wednesday, October 5th:  Matins at 6:00 pm and Liturgy at 7:00 pm. Come and see!

Additionally we have regular services each week:

  • Tuesdays – 9:30 am:  Matins
  • Saturdays – 6:00 pm:  Vespers
  • Sundays – 9:00 am: Matins and 10:00: Liturgy

Last month we additionally celebrated two feast day services:  The Nativity of the Theotokos (September 8th) and the Elevation of the Holy Cross (September 14th).

 

 

 

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A Churching and a Crowning

We welcome our newest member of the church, baby Desi. “The servant of God is brought within the church in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

We also congratulate our newest married couple, James and Anna.  “Do thou bless also in the removal of these crowns those who have been united to one another, and preserve their union indissoluble.”

May God grant them many years.

 

 

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