Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church
Hunt Valley, MD

Beloved in Christ, 

I wanted to share with you these words as we are wrapping up this year, and I am confident that all of us are on the level of responsibility expected. while I was writing a New Year greeting to you, I have received these following words from a beloved fellow priest who serves in Lebanon Fr. Rami Wannous, and I found them very profound and I really want to share them with you: 

"My beloved parishioners, 
If the heart of the father don't pour out for his children, he cannot be a father, 
I write to you today pleading that you be vigilant and to avoid the large gatherings for the New Year Eve, the way we used to have them. The New Year Eve is a night like any other night, this year it might be different for one reason, that it can play false and tick you and your family, in case and God forbid, any of you will contract the corona virus because of a new year gathering. Do not let a few happy hours make the rest of your life a life of lamentation and regretfulness. 

If you want to celebrate the New Year Eve, do that with your immediate household members whom you live with, postpone the big celebration until we conquer this pandemic. 

 All of you, young, young adults, and elderly let us bear the responsible and pray like this:

O Thou who came down from heaven to save us from our fall,
O Thou who accepted to shed His blood to quench our thirst, 
You Lord, stretch forth your hand and help us
You are the hope of the hopeless, you are the spiritual health for us, 
Do not abandon those who lie in sickness, You know O Lord what does it mean to be lonely when every one left you alone hanging on the cross, 
Do not let alone those who are bedridden, 
Many will be today in their sickness beds without their families, be their family O Lord, 
You taught us that Divinity is the outpouring of love, all the years are yours
we celebrate the covenant with you, and the covenant is that we promise to outpour our love on the altars of the poor, the needy and the sick. "

Blessed New Year. 

إحتفلوا بأمان


أبناء رعيّتي المحبوبين جدًا بالرب، 

إن لم يكن قلب الأب على أولاده فهو ليس بأبٍ. 

من هنا اتوجّه إليكم راجيًا إياكم أن تكونوا يقيظين وان تبتعدوا عن السهرات والتجمّعات التي تعودنا عليها. 

ليلة رأس السنة المدنيّة ليلة مثل غيرها. لكن هذه السنة قد تكون مختلفة لكونها قد تغدر بكم وبعائلاتكم، إذا، لا سمح الله، التقطتم فيروس كورونا. لا تدعوا فرح بضع ساعاتٍ يبكيكم طوال حياتكم. 

من شاء السهر، فليسهر مع عائلته الصغيرة في بيته. ولنؤجل احتفالنا الكبير إلى "يوم النصر" على هذا الوباء.

الشباب ومن طرق الشيب بابه فلنتحمّل سويّة المسؤولية ولنصلّ:


يا من طأطأ السموات ونزل ليُنهضنا من سقطتنا. 

يا من أهرق دمه ليروي عطشنا.

أنت الآن امدد ساعدك العزيز وساعدنا. 

أنت وحدك عزاءٌ للذين لا عزاء لهم. 

أنت صِحّتُنا الروحيّة.

المطروحين في الأمراض لا تترك. أنت عرفت الوحدة لمّا تركوك وحدك مُعلّقًا على الصليب. 

لا تترك المرضى مصلوبين على أسرّتهم. 

كثيرون سيعيّدون في أسرّتهم دون اُسرهم. كن انت عائلتهم. 


أنت علّمتنا أنّ الألوهة هي دفقُ حبٍ. 

كلّ السنين هي لك. 

نحن نعيّد فقط للعهد الذي أقمناه معك أننا سنسكب حبّنا على مذبح الفقراء والمرضى والمعوزين.


الأب رامي ونّوس

Saint Mary Orthodox Church
A Parish of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America

Most Rev. Metropolitan JOSEPH 
Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
Right Rev. Bishop THOMAS  Diocese of Charleston and Oakland and the Mid-Atlantic
Rev Father Damaskinos Issa, Pastor
Parish Council and Church Leaders
 Robert Sallitt
Sam Darraj
Mary Rizkallah

Eiad Nasser
George Makhamreh

Sylvia Tsakalos
Andy Markopoulos
Nuha Jabaji 
Christ Kerlish
Choir Director: Elie Azar
Sunday School: Sylvia Tsakalos
Youth Director: Zade Jabaji
JOY:Hayat Jabbour, Yousef Jabaji
Teen SOYO president:Sarah Jabbour
SOYO Advisors: Abe Morjana, Andrew Markopoulos
Ladies Society: Nuha Jabaji
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