2018 Holy Week Schedule

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

PALM SUNDAY – APRIL 1

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 2

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 3

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 4

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 5

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 6

9:30 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 7

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 8

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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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.

Click here to download the brochure

 

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Church School Retreat Series

Our church school added a new “Journey to the Kingdom” retreat series to our program this year spearheaded by Father Meletios, our deacons and our reader.  At our last three retreats our church school families enjoyed learning about iconography, Christ’s Nativity, and preparation for Lent.

Be sure to mark your calendar for the fourth and final engaging and enriching retreat of the church school year on Saturday, March 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, followed by Vespers.

 

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Syrian Hoagie Sale!

Our delicious Syrian Hoagies are on sale now!  Please call the church office at 724-335-9988 to place your order.  Hoagies are $7.00 each, and will be available for pick-up Sunday, February 4, 2018 after church (11:30am)

  • Italian Hoagie on Syrian Bread Bun with Pepperoni / Salami / Ham / Provolone Cheese with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Italian dressing (on the side), or
  • Turkey Hoagie on Syrian Bread Bun with Swiss Cheese with lettuce, tomato, onion, and Mustard dressing (on the side)
  • Several varieties of soup will also be available by the quart for $5.00

See our flier below for full details.

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Mark your calendars for 2018 Vegan Lenten lunches!

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Lenten lunches!  Come and join us for delicious vegan food, starting on Friday, February 16th.  See the flyer below for full details, including the menu, dates, and how to pre-order.  We hope to see you in February!

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This Saturday — Lamb Shish Kabob Dinner

Join us this Saturday, October 14th from 12 pm to 5 pm for our delicious Lamb Shish Kabob dinner:

$17 Lamb Shish Kabob Dinner includes:

  • 1 skewer of lamb
  •  rice and green beans
  •  salad
  •  pita bread
  •  dessert
  •  beverage

Add an additional lamb skewer to your dinner for $8

Hope to see you on Saturday!

 

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Fresh Express Food Distribution

We appreciate the great support of help we received distributing fresh food to our neighbors in New Kensington via Westmoreland County Food Bank’s Operation Fresh Express.  Thank you to the United Presbyterian Church of New Kensington parishioners for their assistance with the distribution.

 

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“Journey Toward the Kingdom” Church School Retreat

Join us at our first

 “JOURNEY TOWARD THE KINGDOM”

St. George Church School Retreat

Saturday, October 7th

from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

in the church hall (dinner included),

followed by Vespers at 6:00 pm

Bring your favorite icon

Our clergy and readers will guide us on a tour of the iconography in our church and help us understand their role in our “Journey Toward the Kingdom.”

Then you have a chance to ask any questions about your faith.

We also look forward to the joy of fellowship.

All church school families and parishioners are welcome. Bring your friends.

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First Day of Church School

We kicked off another church school year with Matins and a church school blessing.

After Liturgy we handed out Creative Arts awards and each sixth grader was gifted a bible.  Thanks to the St. George bookstore, and those who support the bookstore, for donating the bibles to our sixth graders.

We look forward to another fruitful church school year!

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2017 Creative Arts Winners

Congratulations to our 2017 Creative Arts Winners.

  • Art Awards
    • Marina Zafaran – 1st Place 5th Grade
    • Maria Zafaran – 2nd place High School
  • Photography Awards
    • Maria Zafaran – 2nd Place 10th Grade
  • Media Award
    • Maria Zafaran – 2nd Place High School

All children who submitted creative projects will be recognized this Sunday after Liturgy:

 

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Food Festival: Join us on August 19th!

Come and join us for fellowship and Middle Eastern food on Saturday, Calvin Klein Bragas August 19th, Comprar Boxer Calvin Klein 2017 from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Calvin Klein Underwear Baratos Click the flyer below for full detail.

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