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Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2017-04-16
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General Information

  • Phone:
  • (716) 882-9485
  • Fax:
  • (716) 886-9151
  • Street Address:

  • 146 W. Utica St.

  • Buffalo, NY 14222


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Services Schedule

Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am
Sunday School: Begins following Holy Communion
Weekdays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am

For information on our services please contact the Church office at (716) 882-9485 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


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The Week's Upcoming Events

  • The Week's Upcoming Events

    April 16 to April 23, 2017

    Sunday, April 16

    12:00PM Agape Service & Youth Easter Egg Hunt

    12:30PM Junior Greek Dance Lessons

    Monday, April 17

    3:00PM Youth Greek Dance Lessons

    7:00PM Canceled: Adult Greek Dance Lessons

    Friday, April 21

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Theotokos of the Life-giving Spring (Zoodochos Pegi)

    Saturday, April 22

    10:00AM Pan Orthodox Divine Liturgy @ Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church

    10:30AM Greek School

    1:00PM Youth Greek Dance Lessons

    Sunday, April 23

    Sunday School Resumes

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy- Thomas Sunday

    12:30PM Greek School Centennial Celebration

    12:30PM Junior Greek Dance Lessons

    1:00PM Baptism: Son of John & Michelle Rosowicz


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Saints and Feasts

Anastasi
April 16

Great and Holy Pascha

Mary Magdalene, and the other women who were present at the burial of our Saviour on Friday evening, returned from Golgotha to the city and prepared fragrant spices and myrrh, so that they might anoint the body of Jesus. On the morrow, because of the law which forbids work on the day of the Sabbath, they rested for the whole day. But at early dawn on the Sunday that followed, almost thirty-six hours since the death of the Life-giving Redeemer, they came to the sepulchre with the spices to anoint His body. While they were considering the difficulty of rolling away the stone from the door of the sepulchre, there was a fearful earthquake; and an Angel, whose countenance shone like lightning and whose garment was white as snow, rolled away the stone and sat upon it. The guards that were there became as dead from fear and took to flight. The women, however, went into the sepulchre, but did not find the Lord's body. Instead, they saw two other Angels in the form of youths clothed in white, who told them that the Saviour was risen, and they sent forth the women, who ran to proclaim to the disciples these gladsome tidings. Then Peter and John arrived, having learned from Mary Magdalene what had come to pass, and when they entered the tomb, they found only the winding sheets. Therefore, they returned again to the city with joy, as heralds now of the supernatural Resurrection of Christ, Who in truth was seen alive by the disciples on this day on five occasions.

Our Lord, then, was crucified, died, and was buried on Friday, before the setting of the sun, which was the first of His "three days" in the grave; observing the mystical Sabbath, that "seventh day" in which it is said that the Lord "rested from all His works" (Gen. 2:2-3), He passed all of Saturday in the grave; and He arose "while it was yet dark, very early in the morning" on Sunday, the third day, which, according to the Hebrew reckoning, began after sunset on Saturday.

As we celebrate today this joyous Resurrection, we greet and embrace one another in Christ, thereby demonstrating our Saviour's victory over death and corruption, and the destruction of our ancient enmity with God, and His reconciliation toward us, and our inheritance of life everlasting. The feast itself is called Pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew word which means "passover"; because Christ, Who suffered and arose, has made us to pass over from the curse of Adam and slavery to the devil and death unto our primal freedom and blessedness. In addition, this day of this particular week, which is the first of all the rest, is dedicated to the honour of the Lord; in honour and remembrance of the Resurrection, the Apostles transferred to this day the rest from labour that was formerly assigned to the Sabbath of the ancient Law.

All foods allowed during Renewal Week.


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April 16

Leonidas and Charissa, Nike, Galene, Kallida, Nounenchia, Vasilissa, and Theodora the Martyrs

The Holy Martyr Leonidas and the Holy Martyrs Charissa, Nike, Galina, Kalisa (Kalida), Nunekhia, Basilissa, and Theodora suffered at Corinth in the year 258. They threw them into the sea, but they did not drown. Instead, they walked upon the water as if on dry land, singing spiritual hymns. The torturers overtook them in a ship, tied stones around their necks and drowned them.


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April 16

Agape, Chionia, and Irene, the Holy Martyrs

When the Emperor Diocletian was at Aquileia, he learned that these Saints were Christians, and had them brought before him. Because they would not deny Christ, he had them imprisoned, and when he went into Macedonia, he committed them to Dulcitius the Prefect, who, however, lost his understanding and became incapable of doing them any harm. Diocletian then gave Count Sisinius charge over them. He had Saints Agape and Chionia burned; he ordered that Saint Irene be put in a brothel, but by the providence of God this was not accomplished, and she was shot with an arrow. These holy sisters suffered martyrdom in Thessalonica in the year 295.


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April 17

Makarios, Bishop of Corinth

St Makarios, whose secular name was Mikhail Notaras, was born in 1731 at Trikala in Corinthia. He studied on Cephalonia with the famous teacher Efstathios, and served for six years at the school in Corinth, without receiving any salary. Because he had a reputation for virtue and piety, when the episcopal throne of Corinth became vacant, the whole of the people of the province of Corinthia with one voice sought that he should be made bishop. Thus, Mikhail, having first become a monk, was consecrated bishop in 1765 at the age of 34. His pastoral work was of the greatest value, but did not last long. After some ten years, he was forced to retire, whereupon he went to the Holy Mountain, where he became acquainted with the head of the Athonias, Athanasios of Paros, whom he took as his spiritual father. After visiting various cities and islands of Greece, he settled on Chios with Athanasios of Paros, and died there in 1805, on 17 April, which is observed as his feast day.


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April 17

Symeon the Holy Martyr and Bishop of Persia

This Martyr was Bishop of the royal cities Seleucia and Ctesiphon in Persia. As the number of Christians increased in Persia, building churches and appointing clergy, the Magi, guardians of the Persian religion, and the Jews, who also envied them, accused Symeon to Sapor II, King of Persia, saying that Symeon was a friend of the Roman Emperor and his spy. Then began Sapor's persecution of the Christians of Persia, about the year 343. The Magi together with the Jews destroyed the churches. Saint Symeon was brought before Sapor, and, refusing to worship the sun, was imprisoned. On Holy and Great Friday of that year, Saint Symeon was brought out of prison with a hundred others, bishops, priests, and deacons. As each was taken to be slain, Saint Symeon exhorted him to be of good courage; he was slain last of all. It is said that 1,150 Martyrs were slain; an innumerable multitude of Christians were slain throughout Persia during this persecution, among them Saints Acepsimas, Joseph, and Aethalas (see Nov. 3).


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April 17

Agapetos of Rome

Saint Agapitus, Bishop of Rome, was a zealous adherent of Orthodoxy. By his pious life he won the general esteem and was elevated to the See of Rome in the year 535.

The Gothic king Theodoric the Great sent Agapitus to Constantinople for peace negotiations. Along the way, Saint Agapitus encountered a man who was lame and mute. He healed him of his lameness, and after receiving the Holy Mysteries the mute one spoke. After arriving in Constantinople, the saint healed a blind beggar.

At that time, a local Council was convened in Constantinople. Saint Agapitus participated in it and zealously defended the Orthodox teaching against the heretic Severus, who taught that the Body of the Lord Jesus Christ was subject to decay similar to every man’s body.

Saint Agapitus died at Constantinople in the year 536.


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April 18

Renewal Tuesday: The Commemoration of Saints Raphael, Nicholas, Irene, and the Other Newly-revealed Martyrs of Lesbos

On the island of Mytilene (Lesbos in ancient times), near the village of Therme, the villagers had a custom of ascending a certain hill on this day to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the ruins of a small chapel, although no one knew whence the tradition sprang. In the year 1959, certain villagers began seeing persons who spoke to them, first in dreams, then awake, both by day and by night. Through these wondrous appearances, which were given to many people independently, the holy Martyrs Raphael, Archimandrite of the ancient monastery, and Nicholas, his deacon, together with other Saints who had been martyred on the island, told the villagers the whole account of their martyrdom, which had taken place at the hands of the Moslem Turks ten years after the fall of Constantinople, in 1463. The twelve-year-old Irene had been tortured, then burned alive in a large earthenware jar in the presence of her parents. On Tuesday of Renewal Week, Saint Raphael had been tied to a tree and his head sawn off through his jaws; Saint Nicholas had died at the sight of this. Although the feast is celebrated today because it is the day of their martyrdom, through the appearances of the Saints as living persons five hundred years after their martyrdom, it is also a singular testimony to the Resurrection of Christ.


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April 20

Theodore the Trichinas

Saint Theodore who was from Constantinople, was born to parents who were pious and of means. He took up the monastic life in a monastery in the imperial city, and wore nought but a rough hair shirt for all his life, from whence also he received his name. He reposed in the late fourth, or early fifth century. Saint Joseph the Hymnographer composed a canon in his honour.


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April 19

The Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutius

All that is known concerning this Saint is that he was a bishop and that he suffered many torments by fire, the sword, and wild beasts.


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April 20

Zacchaeus the Apostle of Caesaria

The conversion of the publican Zacchaeus, and our Saviour's compassion for him, is narrated in the Holy Gospel (Luke 19:1-10). Afterwards he laboured as a companion of the Holy Apostles, and became first Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine.


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April 21

Renewal Friday: Theotokos of the Life-giving Spring

Outside of Constantinople, towards the district of the Seven Towers, there was in ancient times a very large and most beautiful church named in honour of the Theotokos; it had been built about the middle of the fifth century by the Emperor Leo the Great (also called "Leo of Thrace," he is commemorated on Jan. 20). Before he became Emperor, he had encountered there a blind man, who being tormented with thirst asked him to help him find water. Leo felt compassion for him and went in search of a source of water but found none. As he became downcast, he heard a voice telling him there was water nearby. He looked again, and found none. Then he heard the voice again, this time calling him "Emperor" and telling him that he would find muddy water in the densely wooded place nearby; he was to take some water and anoint the blind man's eyes with it. When he had done this, the blind man received his sight. After Leo became Emperor as the most holy Theotokos had prophesied, he raised up a church over the spring, whose waters worked many healings and cured maladies by the grace of the Theotokos; from this, it came to be called the "Life-giving Spring." The Church of Christ celebrates the consecration of this church on this day.

After the fall of the imperial city, this church was razed to the ground and the materials from it were used for building the mosque of Sultan Bayezid. Nothing remained of that church's ancient beauty, except for a small and paltry chapel, almost completely buried in the ruins. This chapel had twenty-five steps going down into it, and a transom window on the roof, wherefrom it received a little light. Toward the western side of the chapel was the aforementioned holy Spring, fenced about with a railing, and with fish swimming in it. Such was the condition of the Spring until 1821. Then even that little remnant was destroyed, occasioned by the uprising of the Greek nation against the Ottoman Empire; the sacred Spring was buried with it and disappeared altogether.

But in the days of Sultan Mahmud, when those subject to him were rejoicing in their freedom to practice their religion, permission was sought by the Orthodox Christian community to rebuild at least part of the chapel. Thus the work was begun on July 26, 1833. When the excavation had been made, and the foundations of the ancient church were found, there was rebuilt -- by a later writ of permission from the Sultan -- not merely a chapel of the holy Spring, but another new church, constructed upon the foundations of the ancient one. The building of this spacious, beautiful, and most majestic temple began on September 14, 1833, and the work was completed on December 30, 1834. On February 2, 1835, the Ecumenical Patriarch Constantine II, serving the Liturgy together with twelve hierarchs and a great company of clergy, as well as a boundless multitude of Christians, performed the consecration of this sacred church and dedicated it to the glory of the Mother of God. On September 6, 1955, however, it was desecrated and destroyed again by the Moslem Turks; it has been restored again, but not to the former magnificence.


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April 21

The Holy Hieromartyr Januarius and Those With Him

These Martyrs contested for piety's sake in Campania of Italy, during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), when Timothy was Proconsul. Saint Januarius was the Bishop of Benevento in Campania; he was arrested and taken to Nola, where he was cast into a burning furnace, from which he came forth unharmed; at Puteoli, together with Proculus, Sosius, and Faustus the deacons, Desiderius, reader of the Church of Benevento, and Eurychius and Acutius, nobles from Puteoli, he was cast to wild beasts, which as they came near the Saints, fell affectionately at their feet. Finally they were all beheaded, about the year 305.


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April 22

Theodore of Sykeon

Saint Theodore was born out of wedlock in Sykeon, a village of Galatia in Asia Minor. From his childhood, he was under the protection and guidance of the holy Great Martyr George, who often appeared to him, and was as it were his trainer in the hard ascetical discipline which he took upon himself all his life. After a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he became a monk in his native Galatia. About 584 he was ordained Bishop of Anastasiopolis in Galatia, where he shepherded his flock for ten years. After this, he asked to be allowed to be relieved of the duties of governing the diocese. His request was granted but he was commanded to retain his rank as bishop. Saint Theodore was a great worker of miracles, and also received from God the power to cast out even the most obstinate demons, who called him "Iron-eater" because of his stern way of life. Having passed throughout many regions, worked numerous miracles, and strengthened the faithful in piety, he departed this life in 613.


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April 23

George the Great Martyr and Triumphant

George, this truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or chiliarch (that is, a commander of a thousand troops), he was illustrious in battle and highly honoured for his courage. When he learned that the Emperor Diocletian was preparing a persecution of the Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia.

His sacred remains were taken by his servant from Nicomedia to Palestine, to a town called Lydda, the homeland of his mother, and then were finally transferred to the church which was raised up in his name. (The translation of the Saint's holy relics to the church in Lydda is commemorated on November 3; Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21.)

If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday.


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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal 1st Tone

Christ is risen from the dead, by death hath He trampled down death, and on those in the graves hath He bestowed life.
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.

Hypakoe of Great and Holy Pascha in the 4th Tone

When they who were with Mary came, anticipating the dawn, and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, they heard from the Angel: Why seek ye among the dead, as though He were mortal man, Him Who abideth in everlasting light? Behold the grave-clothes. Go quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath put death to death. For He is the Son of God, Who saveth the race of men.
Προλαβοῦσαι τὸν ὄρθρον αἱ περὶ Μαριάμ, καὶ εὑροῦσαι τὸν λίθον ἀποκυλισθέντα τοῦ μνήματος, ἤκουον ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου. Τὸν ἐν φωτὶ ἀϊδίῳ ὑπάρχοντα, μετὰ νεκρῶν τί ζητεῖτε ὡς ἄνθρωπον; βλέπετε τὰ ἐντάφια σπάργανα, δράμετε, καὶ τῷ κόσμῳ κηρύξατε, ὡς ἡγέρθη ὁ Κύριος, θανατώσας τὸν θάνατον· ὅτι ὑπάρχει Θεοῦ Υἱός, τοῦ σῴζοντος τὸ γένος τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Tone

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε, ἀλλὰ τοῦ ᾍδου καθεῖλες τὴν δύναμιν, καὶ ἀνέστης ὡς νικητής, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, γυναιξὶ Μυροφόροις φθεγξάμενος. Χαίρετε, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις εἰρήνην δωρούμενος ὁ τοῖς πεσοῦσι παρέχων ἀνάστασιν.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 117.24,29.
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8.

IN THE FIRST BOOK, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?" He said to them, "it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth."

Προκείμενον. Plagal 4th Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 117.24,29.
αὕτη ἡ ἡμέρα, ἣν ἐποίησεν ὁ Κύριος· ἀγαλλιασώμεθα καὶ εὐφρανθῶμεν ἐν αὐτῇ
Στίχ. ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ, ὅτι ἀγαθός, ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πράξεις Ἀποστόλων 1:1-8.

Τὸν μὲν πρῶτον λόγον ἐποιησάμην περὶ πάντων, ὦ Θεόφιλε, ὧν ἤρξατο ὁ Ἰησοῦς ποιεῖν τε καὶ διδάσκειν, ἄχρι ἧς ἡμέρας, ἐντειλάμενος τοῖς ἀποστόλοις διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου οὓς ἐξελέξατο, ἀνελήφθη· οἷς καὶ παρέστησεν ἑαυτὸν ζῶντα μετὰ τὸ παθεῖν αὐτὸν ἐν πολλοῖς τεκμηρίοις, διʼ ἡμερῶν τεσσαράκοντα ὀπτανόμενος αὐτοῖς, καὶ λέγων τὰ περὶ τῆς βασιλείας τοῦ θεοῦ. Καὶ συναλιζόμενος παρήγγειλεν αὐτοῖς ἀπὸ Ἱεροσολύμων μὴ χωρίζεσθαι, ἀλλὰ περιμένειν τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ πατρός, Ἣν ἠκούσατέ μου· ὅτι Ἰωάννης μὲν ἐβάπτισεν ὕδατι, ὑμεῖς δὲ βαπτισθήσεσθε ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳ οὐ μετὰ πολλὰς ταύτας ἡμέρας. Οἱ μὲν οὖν συνελθόντες ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν λέγοντες, Κύριε, εἰ ἐν τῷ χρόνῳ τούτῳ ἀποκαθιστάνεις τὴν βασιλείαν τῷ Ἰσραήλ; Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς, Οὐχ ὑμῶν ἐστιν γνῶναι χρόνους ἢ καιροὺς οὓς ὁ πατὴρ ἔθετο ἐν τῇ ἰδίᾳ ἐξουσίᾳ. Ἀλλὰ λήψεσθε δύναμιν, ἐπελθόντος τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς· καὶ ἔσεσθέ μοι μάρτυρες ἔν τε Ἱερουσαλήμ, καὶ ἐν πάσῃ τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ καὶ Σαμαρείᾳ, καὶ ἕως ἐσχάτου τῆς γῆς.


Gospel Reading

Great and Holy Pascha
The Reading is from John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Great and Holy Pascha
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 1:1-17

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος, καὶ ὁ Λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος. Οὗτος ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ πρὸς τὸν Θεόν. πάντα δι᾽ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ χωρὶς αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο οὐδὲ ἓν ὃ γέγονεν. ἐν αὐτῷ ζωὴ ἦν, καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἦν τὸ φῶς τῶν ἀνθρώπων. καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν. 

᾿Εγένετο ἄνθρωπος ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ Θεοῦ, ὄνομα αὐτῷ ᾿Ιωάννης· οὗτος ἦλθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός, ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσι δι᾽ αὐτοῦ. οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, ἀλλ᾽ ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός. ῏Ην τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινόν, ὃ φωτίζει πάντα ἄνθρωπον ἐρχόμενον εἰς τὸν κόσμον. ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἦν, καὶ ὁ κόσμος δι᾽ αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ ὁ κόσμος αὐτὸν οὐκ ἔγνω. εἰς τὰ ἴδια ἦλθε, καὶ οἱ ἴδιοι αὐτὸν οὐ παρέλαβον.  ὅσοι δὲ ἔλαβον αὐτόν, ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν τέκνα Θεοῦ γενέσθαι, τοῖς πιστεύουσιν εἰς τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ, οἳ οὐκ ἐξ αἱμάτων, οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος σαρκός, οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος ἀνδρός, ἀλλ᾽ ἐκ Θεοῦ ἐγεννήθησαν. 

Καὶ ὁ Λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν, καὶ ἐθεασάμεθα τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, δόξαν ὡς μονογενοῦς παρὰ πατρός, πλήρης χάριτος καὶ ἀληθείας. ᾿Ιωάννης μαρτυρεῖ περὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ κέκραγε λέγων· οὗτος ἦν ὃν εἶπον, ὁ ὀπίσω μου ἐρχόμενος ἔμπροσθέν μου γέγονεν, ὅτι πρῶτός μου ἦν. Καὶ ἐκ τοῦ πληρώματος αὐτοῦ ἡμεῖς πάντες ἐλάβομεν, καὶ χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος· ὅτι ὁ νόμος διὰ Μωϋσέως ἐδόθη, ἡ χάρις καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια διὰ ᾿Ιησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐγένετο.


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Greek School Centennial

    Greek School Centennial Celebration

    Greek School Centennial Celebration

    Come celebrate the first 100 years of our school! Celebrations will take place in the Demakos Hall at 12:30 PM in which we will have awards, presentations and special guests. In addition, enjoy an array of appetizers, desserts, mimosas and champagne. In honour of the Centennial Celebration, the Greek School will be selling a Centennial Book. This book is a special limited edition hard-cover book honouring the students, teachers, PTO and friends of our Greek School for the past 100 Years!


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Iconography Workshop

    Iconography Workshop

    Iconography Workshop

    This Archangel Gabriel icon will “come alive” as he will guide you step by step, through the ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography. Let us journey together, discovering anew, this traditional artistic expression of theology and spirituality often called the “meeting place of the Divine.” No previous experience or art background required.


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Parish News & Events

Christ is Risen! Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!

Christ is Risen (English) Truly, He is Risen
Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! (Greek) Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη
Hristos Voskrese (Slavonic) Vouistinou Voskrese
Almasiah -Kam (Arabic) Hakkunk-Kam
Krishti Ungjall (Albanian) Vertet Ungjall
Hristos A Inviat (Romanian) Adevarat A Inviat
Kiristos-Kemot Tenesa (Ethiopian) Bewnat-Kemot Tenesa

Δόξα τῇ ἁγίᾳ αὐτοῦ τριημέρῳ ἐγέρσει! Προσκυνοῦμεν αὐτοῦ τὴν τριήμερον ἔγερσιν
Glory to His Holy third day Resurrection! We worship his third day Resurrection!

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν… Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη ὁ Κύριος
Christ is Risen from the dead… Truly the Lord is Risen


Altar Boys

All Altar Boys are invited to serve 


Today's Choir: Byzantine Choir

Director: George Marinides


Collection of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center Coin Boxes

If your child has not returned their Mission Box, please bring it to the Agape Vespers where it can be collected by Fr. John. These little boxes may seem small, but they help support missionaries in countries such as Guatemala, Albania, and Kenya. Every little helps! 


Library

Happy Easter!

CD Archangel Voices Resurrection – Chants and Hymns of Holy Pascha

The Mystery of the Pascal Flame by Anthony Coniaris: The book includes moving eye-witness accounts of the Miracle of the Holy Fire as well as the meditation on the miracle and what it means to us.


Philoptochos

Board Meeting Date Change    The next board meeting date has been changed to Tuesday, April 25th, at 6:30 in the Meeting Room.

Installation Luncheon   Our Installation Luncheon will be held Sunday, May 21st, after Liturgy in the Taverna. Please save the date. Menu details to follow.

English Tea: The English Tea event will take place on June 27th @ 12 Noon. The cost of the tea is $20 and reservations are required. Because seating is limited, please make reservations by contacting Priscilla Candiliotis @ 634-0117 or Mary Eyler @ 873-7278. Checks/reservations can also be mailed to Mary Eyler @ 97 Waverly Ave, Kenmore, NY 14217. Tickets will be available for purchase during the Fellowship Hour beginning Sunday, April 30th.


Variety Kids Telethon

The Variety Kids Telethon would like to express their heartfelt thanks for your support and donations. The total raised was $1,025,777 with the Greek  Satellite raising over $5,000. The Greek Community Satellite is still collection donations for Varitey Kids. If you would still like to make a donation, please Priscilla Candiliotis or mail the donation to: Greek Community Satellite, 368 Bauman Rd, Williamsville, NY 14221.


Do You Know a Foreign Language? – Agape Vespers: April 16 @ 12 PM

Agape Vespers (also called Vespers of Love) is a Vespers service that continues the celebration of Pascha, typically held in the afternoon on the day of Pascha (April 16 @ 12 PM). At this service the Gospel reading (John 20:19-25) depicts the first appearance of the risen Lord to his disciples, and is recited in many languages symbolizing that the glorious resurrection of Christ is proclaimed to all the nations of the world. If you are interested in reading the Gospel in a specific language, please contact Fr. John. 


Easter Egg Hunt: April 16

All kids are invited to participate in the Easter egg hunt following the Agape Service on April 16th. Kids who want to participate should bring a basket (nut free candies will be provided).


Adult Greek Dance Open House: April 17

GREEK ETHNIC DANCE OPEN HOUSE! Monday April 17th We welcome all who want to stop by and visit and participate at NO COST. Refreshments from the Village Greek are provided. Join us as we have fun learning the steps to the traditional dances of the Greek islands, including Crete plus dances from the mainland of Greece under the expert guidance of the DANCEMASTER VASILIS Z!

Schedule of Upcoming Dance Practices:
Mondays 7-8:30 PM: April 17, April 24, May 1, May 22, June 12, June 26


Annunciation Buffalo Greek Dancers

Annunciation Buffalo Greek Dancers is now open for all youth and young adults:
Junior Group: ages 10-13
Senior Group: ages 14-30

April's Schedule for Junior Dance Practice
Monday April 17 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturday April 22 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday April 29 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Sunday April 30 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Please contact Sylvia P Koutsomitis (skoutsomitis@gmail.com) or Pres. Pavlina (psakellariou8@gmail.com) if your child is interested in joining. 


Greek School Centennial Celebration - April 23

Γιορτή για τα 100 Χρὀνια του Ελληνικού Σχολείου! Come celebrate the first 100 years of our school! Celebrations will take place in the Demakos Hall at 12:30 PM in which we will have awards, presentations and special guests. In addition, enjoy an array of appetizers, desserts, mimosas and champagne. In honour of the Centennial Celebration, the Greek School will be selling a Centennial Book. This book is a special limited edition hard-cover book honouring the students, teachers, PTO and friends of our Greek School for the past 100 Years!

Centennial Book available only at this event while supplies last: $25
Admission: $10 or Centennial Book + Admission Ticket: $30!
Kids 12 & under: FREE
Greek School Students: FREE


GOYA Retreat: June 16-18

Please save the date for this GOYA retreat in June. We are excited to announce that we will have our GOYA friends from Dayton & Cincinnati, OH joining us for a weekend of fun and fellowship. The retreat will include a visit and dinner at Niagara Falls. More information TBA.


Orthodox Youth Day at Fantasy Island: July 13

We are excited to announce that there is a Pan-Orthodox Youth Day this July at Fantasy Island. This is a great opportunity for us and our kids to meet other Orthodox Christians in our city and to expand our bonds with our fellow Orthodox brothers and sisters. More details will be forthcoming in the near future. 


2017 Sweepstakes Tickets

Tickets are ready for purchase.  You can obtain your tickets from Chairperson Nina Krestos (716-839-5540) or Co-chair Tracy Krestos.

For more information, visit: www.buffalogreekfest.org/hellenic-festival-sweepstakes.html


Message from the Greekfest Festival Chairman, Milton Koutsandreas

Dear Parishioners,

Before we know it the time will be here on June 2,3,4 for our annual Greek Fest to kick off the festival season in WNY

Buffalo Greekfest is truly a heritage festival which has promoted the Greek culture and religion to Western NY for over 40 years. Our authentic Greek dancers, live bands, cultural displays, church tours, the variety of shops,  good food and many other events have made it one of the nation’s top Greek Festivals.

I want to thank all our volunteers who through their hard work and dedication throughout the years have made this festival a success and something our whole community is proud of.

With the help of all our volunteers, our mission is to not only continue this great event which is a major fundraiser for our church, but to make it better than ever and to assure that all our guests will enjoy their visit and leave with a pleasant and unforgettable experience.  

We need everyone’s help to make our festival even stronger and to keep the tradition going forward for many years to come. We owe this to our church and to all those before us who worked so hard to make it what it is today.     

I would like to ask and invite those who have not been volunteering in the past to do their part and help in order to make it easier for those who spend endless hours year after year.

Call our church office and offer to volunteer!!

Your continued work and support is very much appreciated!!

Sincerely,

Milton Koutsandreas

Festival Chairman


Iconography Workshop

Iconography Workshop this Summer July 28, 29 & 31 and Aug 1, 2 & 3 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Lunch and all materials are included in the tuition of $680.00 (a non refundable deposit of 230.00 is required on registering). The class will create an icon of Archangel Gabriel under the guidance of master Iconographer Theodoros Papadopoulos. For more info contact Church Office.


Electronic Option for Stewardship & Capital Campaign is here!

We are pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our parish.

Your online gift is completely secure through the external monitoring and protection of Vanco Payment Solutions. Also, as with all offerings given through traditional means, your online gift is kept completely confidential.

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:

1) Visit the church website at www.greekorthodoxchurchbuffalo.org
2) Click on the “Support our Ministries” button which is located on the right side of the homepage
3) Click on the Create Profile button, then
4) Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions for items such as stewardship and the Capital Campaign.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in contacting the Church Office.


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Encyclical Of Archbishop Demetrios For Greek Independence Day Parade

03/17/2017

In the joy and fellowship of our celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation and Greek Independence Day, we will gather this year on March 26th for our annual Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City. I invite all of our parishes in the region to join with us as we honor our legacy of freedom as Greeks and as Americans, and we offer a witness of the heroism and sacrifice of those who engaged in the struggle for liberty. Read more

Archdiocese Takes Active Role during International Women’s Commission

03/10/2017

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is greatly involved in the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, continuing its decades-long work in promoting women’s rights. The functional commission is held annually in New York City at U.N. headquarters, and is generally aimed at advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide. During the two-week commission, the Archdiocese is co-sponsoring three parallel events that will focus on various topics related to women’s economic empowerment. All three events are open to the public. See more at: https://www.goarch.org/-/archdiocese-takes-active-role-during-international-women-s-commission

Encyclical Of Archbishop Demetrios For Holy And Great Lent 2017

02/24/2017

As we begin this sacred journey through Holy and Great Lent, through a time of earnest prayer and sincere reflection, we are guided by the presence of our Lord and the hymns and prayers of this season to experience the power of God’s grace. https://www.goarch.org/-/encyclical-of-archbishop-demetrios-for-holy-and-great-lent-2017

“All For One” In The 41st Folk Dance And Choral Festival, FDF 2017

02/20/2017

The 41st Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF 2017) a four day celebration of Faith, Dance and Fellowship of the Metropolis of San Fransisco, culminated yesterday Feb. 19, 2017 with the Archieratical Divine Liturgy in the morning, the Finals of the Advance Senior Division and the Awards Ceremony, all taking place at Town and Country Resort Hotel here in San Diego. See more at https://www.goarch.org/news/releases/2017


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese To Continue Successful Fellowships At The UN

02/07/2017

The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is inviting graduate and recent post-graduate students to apply for its fellowships at the United Nations. https://www.goarch.org/-/statement-from-his-eminence-archbishop-demetrios-of-america


Statement From His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Of America

02/04/2017

As Greek Orthodox Christians and as Americans, we express our sadness and pain for our brothers and sisters all over the world who find themselves in tragic circumstances of hostility, violence and war, where families have been torn apart, displaced and where people are denied basic human rights. Read more.
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