Save the Date! The Order of St. Ignatius

Christmas Luncheon, December 17th,2017

Please save the date for The Order of St. Ignatius Christmas Luncheon!

When:  Sunday, December 17, 2017: 1:30-3:30 PM

Where: Sandollar Restaurant & Marina
9716 Heckscher Dr,
Jacksonville, FL 32226




¨ Sunday December 31st

“Ramallah Club New Years Party


Live Arabic Band accompanied by
Samir Helme and DJ Khalil

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Please contact Tala Farah @904-238-4614




Please save theDate for Saturday January 6th, 2018

"Church Bus Trip to Tarpon Spring–Tampa Florida"

The Ladies Auxiliary is planning a “Bus Trip” to Tarpon Spring, FL
to celebrate the feast of Epiphany. 

¨ Date: Saturday January 6th, 2018

 ¨ Time: 4:45-5:00AM:  Arriving to Church Parking Lot

~~Bus Departure. 

Please note: We are not waiting for anyone who arrived late  after 5:05AM to church as the bus is leaving on time (5:00AM) in order for us to arrive at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Tarpon Spring around 9:30 AM for the  Divine Liturgy.

Bus Ticket Price:
$50.00 per person. (Prepaid Ticket & Non Refundable)

Deadline to buy ticket is December 20th, 2017.

For Bus ticket sales and reservation please see Khourieh Ranwa
Or Abla Bateh  in the church hall.

From The Desk Of Fr. Kamal

“The essence of the priesthood consists in bringing people to Our Lord through the sacraments and bringing Our Lord to them when they are unable to come themselves.” 

A word about times of sickness…

I would like to reassure all of my parishioners that as your pastor, I am always concerned about your well-being.

If you are ill in the hospital or at home or if you need special prayer, please do not hesitate to call me and let me know.  I will always do my best to be there for you, as my flock. 

However, I can’t be there to pray for you, if I don’t know about
your need.
Ask for the Grace of Our Lord…   It is good to remember that your outlook and frame of mind during sickness or suffering will improve as you strive to identify your suffering with the Suffering of our Lord.

This change of perspective can greatly strengthen your communication with Christ.  Sickness is not a total disaster.  It can be transformed into an opportunity to grow as we go to God with our complaints and fears, letting Him answer us in His own way. If we cooperate with those who can help us, then any sickness or suffering we endure can end in God’s glory and prepare us for greater happiness.

For the immediate family of the one who is ill:
When a loved one is very sick, especially in an emergency situation, please do not wait until he/she is dying to send for me. The sick person cannot go to confession and receive Holy Communion after he is unconscious.

This is very important.
As their family member, you may feel apprehensive that seeing the priest will frighten the sick person. On the contrary, the sacraments are usually a source of comfort and consolation to the sick. They are usually much happier and at ease after our visit.

 Please note : If I don't receive a call from the person who is ill or in need, or their immediate family,  I will have to assume that you would prefer to keep your situation private and I will respect that decision.

   With love, Archpriest Fr. Kamal Al-Rahil

Epistle Readers:

English: Chris Farha
Arabic: Ragheda Khanashat

Tray Collection:
Bader & Jeanette Bajalia

Suheil & Salwa Akel

Nick Bajalia & Ameen Hakim


Altar Servers:
Sbdn. Nadeem Tannous,

Matthew Mousa,  Sam Awwad, Khalil Farhat,  Bader Bajalia, Timothy Conner, Jamil & Jean Fayad,  Dominic & Nicholas Joseph, and Jackson Salem.

Sunday Servers

Sunday of the Forefathers


Tone 3     Eothinon 6

 Epistle:  Col 3:4-11

Gospel: Luke 14:16-24



December 17th, 2017

كنيسةُ القِدِّيسِ جَاورجِيُوسَ الَأنطَاكِيَّة للرُّومِ الأُرْثُوذُكسِ في جَاكسِنْفل فلُوريدا

Holy Bread of Oblation

 Holy Bread of Oblation for 

Sunday December 17th,  2017.

 For the health and spiritual welfare of the Order of St. Ignatius members of  Jacksonville Chapter and their families, offered by the Order of  St. Ignatius of Antioch.

 1.  In loving memory of Abe ( Anwar) Farah (9 day Obs.) offered by his family. May his memory be eternal.

2. In loving memory of Katrina Akel (6 mos. Obs), offered by Jameel S. Akel and his children. May her memory be eternal.

3. In loving memory of Abdo Rustom (6 mos. Obs), offered by Munira Rustom and her children. May his memory be eternal.

4. For the health and spiritual welfare of Abeer Iwais Farhat and her children, offered by Abeer Iwais Farhat.
5. In loving memory of Ahlam AL Hirsh,  offered by Abla Al-Hirsh and  her children.  May her memory be eternal.


St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church

Sweets Host – Sunday December 17th,  2017

Bader & Jeanette Bajalia

Randa Samaan

Ragheda Khanashat

Chris Farha 






Tuesday  December 19th @6:30PM : Parish Council Meeting

(Liturgy for Christmas will be on Held on Sunday

 December 24th in the morning ( regular time )

Matins: 9:00AM and Divine Liturgy @10:0AM

 No Service will be held on Monday morning December 25th. 

¨ Year End-Giving:
Friday December 29th is the FINAL DAY to make an offering to St. George , which will be reflected on your account for 2017.

Any offering made after this date will be credited towards the 2018 year. Please make sure that you are up to date with your Membership contributions. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Where is the Church on our list of priorities?

 Wait, don't answer. I know. You don't have to tell me with your words. What you do, what you say, what you wear to Church, where you are during charity events and fundraisers, what you give, everything answers for you. Let your answers say Church is #1. Learning God's Word is #1. Presenting ourselves to God better than we do for a movie theatre is #1. Giving back what God gives us is #1. These are the answers we all must give.

“Lift up and stretch out your hands, not to heaven but to the poor; for if you stretch out your hands to the poor, you have reached the summit of heaven. But if you lift up your hands in prayer without sharing with the poor, it is worth nothing… Every family should have a room where Christ is welcomed in the person of the hungry and thirsty stranger.

The poor are a greater temple than the sanctuary; this altar, the poor, you can raise up anywhere, on any street, and offer the liturgy at any hour.”

- Saint John Chrysostom

Russian Orthodox Christmas is Jan. 7th

 Why do Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas so much later than Western Christians?

Because the Russian Orthodox Church still observes the Julian calendar. Dec. 25 on the Julian calendar corresponds to Jan. 7 on the Gregorian calendar, which America and most of the rest of the world uses. Currently, each day of the Julian calendar occurs 13 days after its corresponding day on the Gregorian calendar—therefore, Dec. 25 on the Julian calendar corresponds to today on the Gregorian calendar. (Although the Russian Orthodox Church still uses the Julian calendar, the Russian government uses the Gregorian calendar just like the rest of the world, so for secular purposes, today is Jan. 7 in Russia, not Dec. 25.) Because the Julian calendar has a leap year in all years divisible by four—without excepting centurial years not divisible by 400, the way the Gregorian calendar does—the discrepancy between the Julian and Gregorian calendar changes periodically. For instance, beginning in 2100 the difference will increase from 13 days to 14 days when the Julian calendar adds a day to that year, and Russian Christmas will then fall on Jan. 8 instead of Jan. 7.

The Russian Orthodox Church is one of 15 mostly independent national churches that comprise the Eastern Orthodox Church. All Eastern Orthodox churches base their liturgical calendar on the Julian calendar, but some use the Revised Julian calendar. It was introduced in 1923 to bridge the gap between the Julian calendar used by the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Gregorian calendar used by the rest of the world. Currently, the Revised Julian calendar is identical to the Gregorian calendar—therefore, Orthodox Christians whose church uses the Revised Julian calendar celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25. The Greek, Cyprian, and Romanian Orthodox Churches are among the churches that use the Revised Julian calendar; the Orthodox Church in America also uses the revised calendar (with some exceptions). The Serbian, Macedonian, Georgian, and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches, like the Russian Orthodox Church, are celebrating Christmas today. Due to a difference in the way the Revised Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar tally leap years, the Revised Julian calendar will pull ahead of the Gregorian calendar by one day in the year 2800.

Eastern Orthodox Christians often abstain from meat, eggs, dairy, and/or alcohol for a period of 40 days leading up to Christmas and then fast during the day of Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve observances include church services followed by an evening meal of 12 dishes corresponding to each of the 12 apostles. During the Soviet era, the celebration of Christmas in Russia was banned (along with the celebration of other religious holidays); during this period many Christmas traditions were transposed to New Year’s to align with the law. Since 1991 Russian Orthodox Christmas has been a public holiday in Russia.

 Christmas Prayer

Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men. 

Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires will every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clear hearts. 

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen