May the Name of the Lord be blessed!

On February 11/24, the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Hieromartyr St. Blaise, Bishop of Sebaste; St. Demetrius the Monk, Wonderwork of Priluki; St. Vsevelod, Wonderworker of Pskov;  St. Theodora, wife of the Emperor Theophilus the Iconoclast; New Martyr George of Serbia; St. George, Abbot of Serbia; the Hieromartyr Lucius of Adrianople; and Pope St. Gregory II of Rome. Through the prayers of Thy Saints, O God, save, have mercy upon and protect Thy people. Amen!

BIBLE STUDY: “The Gospel of St. John: Beholding the Glory”  held on Thursdays at 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM. This year’s Scripture study focuses on the fourth Gospel, composed by St. John the Theologian. Both groups are currently on Chapter 7. Join us every Thursday at 10:30 AM or 7:00 PM in the Church library to explore the depths of the Gospel written by “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”
  
LIVE ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 2018-2019: Each Sunday at 11:30 AM, the St. George Adult Education program meets in the Church library and is live streamed to a global audience through the Orthodox Christian Network Facebook page. People all over the world listen to our class, write in their comments, and interact with your fellow parishioners in real-time. On February 10, our class on “The Hard Truth About the Truth” was connected globally to the Orthodox faithful in the U.S. and throughout the world in, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Philippines, South Africa and other countries. Comments included, “Awesome subject!” “Great message this week, thank you for this class.”“Beautifully stated.” “Thanks for your great teachings!”  Click this link to watch it using Facebook or click this link to watch from any device now and share with your family and friends!

ORTHODOX ADULT INQUIRY CLASS: For adults interested in joining the Orthodox Church. Through discussion, speakers, and personal sharing, adults will be preparing to receive Baptism or Chrismation. The theme is “Living the Liturgy.” Sessions held Wednesdays, Feb. 6-Mar. 6 at 7:30 PM in the Church Library. Contact Fr. Dimitrios for more information or to sign up at 301-469-7990.
 
FOR REFLECTION….

 “Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?” – Matthew 22:12

A great banquet, the Lord describes, is arranged by a certain King for His beloved Son. And all, are invited to attend. But upon the King’s return to greet His guests, He finds a man seated at the banquet without a wedding garment. This angered the Great King who ordered that the man be bound and cast out.  This Great King is none other than God the Father, who prepared a wedding banquet for His Son Jesus to His spouse the Church. And all, we are told, are invited to feast. But those whom God finds seated at the banquet ungowned, that is to say unprepared for the feast, He will cast out of His sight and into the outer darkness. For how can one sit in the presence of Divine Royalty with an unclean garment, tarnished by the guilt of sin? Let us therefore prepare ourselves for the great feast in order that we may attain God’s favor and find place in His dwelling as one of His honored guests.

Prayer

Dear Lord, cleanse and purify me in order that I may be counted as one of the honored guests in Your Heavenly banquet.

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PHILOPTOCHOS: TODAY, hosting fellowship after Divine Liturgy throughout February. Please visit the “P.I.T.” (Philoptochos Information Table) to join or renew your membership, learn about our upcoming events, and support our outreach programs. Support our mission to “promote charitable, benevolent and philanthropic outreach to preserve the sanctity of life and family and to perpetuate and promote our Orthodox faith and traditions.”
 
GOYA: 3rd Annual Sights & Sounds Arts Festival, Mar. 2-3. All 7-12 grade youth are encouraged to share their unique abilities through a wide use of creative mediums including painting, drawing, photography, music, dance, drama, and writing. Required participant registration fee of $20.00 includes an event T-shirt. Please indicate your individual and/or group participation categories at https://stgeorge.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/269/responses/new and support our Arts Festival by becoming a “Patron of the Arts” or purchasing a Program Book advertisement. Ad rates and artwork submittal information are at https://stgeorge.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/271/responses/new
 
ST. JOHN ORATORICAL FESTIVAL: Sunday, Mar. 10, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM. For information, contact festival chairman Nick Moniodis at nickmoniodis@gmail.com
 
“BE THE BEE” RETREAT: Steven Christoforou, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will lead a daylong program for 6-12 grade youth (9:30 AM – 5:00 PM) and an evening program for young adults 18-25 (7:00 PM), to share the Gospel in a clear and accessible way and helping young men and women see Christ at work in their lives. Watch their videos at https://www.youtube.com/y2am
 
JAMES G. PULOS SCHOLARSHIPS: April 1 application deadline. Established through a bequest by John Pulos, college scholarships are available to select graduating high school seniors. Participant families must be stewards in good standing at St. George. Applications can be found at https://stgeorge.org/scholarship-opportunities/ The entire application can be completed online except the high school transcript, which must be mailed to: Pulos Scholarship c/o Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, 7701 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817.
 
                                                            
                                     Remembering Yesterday’s Liturgy       

                           “You, too, daughter of Canaan, for righteousness
                           conquered the Unconquerable One by boldness.
                     The Just One set a boundary on the land of the Gentiles
                                     that the gospel might not cross over.
                  Blessed are you who broke through the obstacle fearlessly,
                        The Lord of boundaries praised you for the strength
               of your faith. From afar He healed your daughter in your house.”  

                                 St. Ephraim and Syrian  (Hymns, p. 379)