|FROM THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE|
|May the Name of the Lord be blessed!
On February 10/23, the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Hieromartyr Haralambos, Bishop of Magnesia; St. Prochorus of the Kieve Caves; the Newmartyr Anatoly; St. Anatasius, Archbishop of Jerusalem; Martyr Porphyrios; St. Anna, Wife of Yaroslav; and the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Areovindus. Through the prayers of Thy Saints, O God, save, have mercy upon and protect Thy people! Amen.
Sunday, February 16: SUNDAY OF THE PRODIGAL SON Orthros 8:45 AM Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Saturday, February 22: FIRST SATURDAY OF SOULS Orthros 8:30 AM and Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM Prayer slips available at the candle stand.
In observance of President’s Day, the Church Office will be closed Monday, February 17 and re-open on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00 AM
BOOK STUDY: Having completed the prison Epistles of St. Paul, we are studying the book “Unseen Warfare: The Spiritual Combat and Path to Paradise,” which provides a blueprint for developing one’s Orthodox spiritual life. Meets every Thursday 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM in the Church Library. All are welcome even if you missed the first part of the “Unseen Warfare” study. The book is available on Amazon.
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: 11:30 AM, following Divine Liturgy in the Church Library. The theme is “Forming Christian Culture.” In His parables to the masses, Christ always uses practical examples from everyday life to help people understand and draw near to God. The format is a round-table discussion in a relaxed atmosphere. Please join and participate freely.
FOR REFLECTION — THE REAL LOVE OF ST. VALENTINE
As noted in the earliest martyrology, St. Valentinus was a 3rd century priest and physician in Rome. He along with St. Marius and his family comforted the martyrs during the persecution of Emperor Claudius II, the Goth. Eventually, St. Valentine was also arrested, condemned to death for his faith, beaten with clubs, and finally beheaded on Feb. 14, AD 270. He was buried on the Flaminian Way. Later, He thus showed pure Christian love in making the ultimate gift for his Lord. Pope Julius I (333-356) built a basilica at the site which preserved St. Valentine’s tomb. Archeological digs in the 1500s and 1800s have found evidence of the tomb of St. Valentine. However, in the thirteenth century, his relics were transferred to the Church of Saint Praxedes near the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where they remain today. Also, a small church was built near the Flaminian Gate of Rome which is now known as the Porta del Popolo but was called in the 12th century “the Gate of St. Valentine,” as noted by the early British historian William Somerset (also known as William of Malmesbury, d. 1143), who ranks after St. Bede in authority. O Holy Martyr and Physician Valentinus, intercede with the Loving God that our health may be protected and our souls may be saved! (In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Saint is honored on July 6.)
ST. GEORGE MISSION TEAM: St. George Mission Team – SPACES STILL AVAILABLE for the 2020 Mission Trip. Don’t miss out on a wonderful opportunity to put your faith to work. The larger our team the more families we can assist. Contact Athena Kaiser to learn more email@example.com or #240-498-0870.
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 6:00 PM reception, 7:00 PM dinner at Normandie Farms Restaurant, 10710 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD. “Building and nurturing the leadership of men to lead the next generation in the knowledge of God.” All men are most welcome to join us for fellowship and to learn about our faith. RSVP to Michael Sakellarides at firstname.lastname@example.org
JAMES G. PULOS SCHOLARSHIPS will be awarded in Spring 2020. Established through a bequest by John Pulos to St. George, it provides college scholarships to select graduating high school seniors with a weighted GPA of 3.0 or above. Participant families must be St. George stewards in good standing. Applications are due April 1 and available online at https://stgeorge.org/pulos-