St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-06-11
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St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (212) 795-5870
  • Fax:
  • (212) 795-4758
  • Street Address:

  • 124 Wadsworth Avenue

  • New York, NY 10033
  • Mailing Address:

  • 124 Wadsworth Avenue

  • New York, NY 10033

Past Bulletins

Father Nicolas message

 Dear parishioners, 

The first Sunday after Pentecost commemorates all the Saints of the Church. We celebrate the fulfillment of their Christian vocation to become the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Saints are the living stones of the Church. And each one of us has received the same vocation on the day of our baptism. 

Speaking of fulfillment, this Sunday we also celebrate the end of the Sunday School with a joyful graduation ceremony at the end of the Divine Liturgy. Congratulations to all our children! We are also very grateful to Miss Vickie Adams and Mrs. Jeannie Palaigos for their tremendous work.

 Many of you have already made summer plans: going to Greece or elsewhere and relaxing. For those of you that are staying, our church will remain open during summer time. I would be more than happy to visit our parishioners who feel lonely and isolated during this time of the year. Please contact the church office and leave your contact details. I am looking forward to our encounter.

 God bless you!

Fr. Nicolas 

Αγαπητοί ενορίτες,
Την πρώτη Κυριακή μετά την Πεντηκοστή η εκκλησία μας τιμά όλους τους Αγίους της Εκκλησίας. Γιορτάζουμε την εκπλήρωση της χριστιανικής τους θείας κλήσης για να γίνουν ο  ναός του Αγίου Πνεύματος. Οι Άγιοι είναι οι ζωντανοί λίθοι της Εκκλησίας. Και ο καθένας από εμάς έχει λάβει την ίδια θεία κλήση την ημέρα του βαπτίσματος μας.
Μιλώντας για την εκπλήρωση, αυτή την Κυριακή γιορτάζουμε επίσης το τέλος του  Κυριακάτικου Σχολείου με μια χαρούμενη τελετή αποφοίτησης στο τέλος της Θείας Λειτουργίας. Συγχαρητήρια σε όλα τα παιδιά μας! Είμαστε επίσης ευγνώμονες στην  Δεσποινίς Vickie Adams και την Κυρία Jeannie Palaigos για το τεράστιο έργο τους.

Πολλοί από εσάς έχουν ήδη κάνει καλοκαιρινά σχέδια: πηγαίνοντας στην Ελλάδα ή αλλού για να χαλαρώσετε. Για όσους από εσάς μείνετε, η εκκλησία μας θα παραμείνει ανοικτή όλο το καλοκαίρι. Θα ήμουν πολύ ευτυχής να επισκεφθώ τους ενορίτες μας που αισθάνονται μοναχικοί και απομονωμένοι κατά τη διάρκεια αυτής της περιόδου του έτους. Επικοινωνήστε με το γραφείο της εκκλησίας και αφήστε τα στοιχεία επικοινωνίας σας. Ανυπομονώ για τη συνάντησή μας.

Ο Θεός να σας ευλογεί!

Π. Νικόλαος



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for All Saints in the Fourth Mode

Adorned in the blood of Thy Martyrs throughout all the world as in purple and fine linen, Thy Church, though them, doth cry unto Thee, O Christ God: Send down Thy compassions upon Thy people; grant peace to Thy commonwealth, and great mercy to our souls.
Τῶν ἐν ὅλῳ τῷ κόσμῳ Μαρτύρων σου, ὡς πορφύραν καὶ βύσσον τὰ αἵματα, ἡ Ἐκκλησία σου στολισαμένη, δι' αὐτῶν βοᾷ σοι· Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, τῷ λαῷ σου τοὺς οἰκτιρμούς σου κατάπεμψον, εἰρήνην τῇ πολιτείᾳ σου δώρησαι, καὶ ταῖς ψυχαῖς ἡμῶν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Apostle Bartholomew in the Third Mode

O Holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offenses.
Απόστολοι Άγιοι, πρεσβεύσατε τώ ελεήμονι Θεώ ίνα πταισμάτων άφεσιν, παράσχη ταίς ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

As the first-fruits of our nature to the Planter of created things, the world presenteth the God-bearing martyred Saints in off'ring unto Thee, O Lord. Through their earnest entreaties, keep Thy Church in deep peace and divine tranquillity, through the pure Theotokos, O Thou Who art greatly merciful.
Ὡς ἀπαρχὰς τῆς φύσεως, τῷ φυτουργῷ τῆς κτίσεως, ἡ οἰκουμένη προσφέρει σοι Κύριε, τοὺς θεοφόρους Μάρτυρας, ταῖς αὐτῶν ἱκεσίαις, ἐν εἰρήνῃ βαθείᾳ, τὴν Ἐκκλησίαν σου, διὰ τῆς Θεοτόκου συντήρησον, πολυέλεε.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

First Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 28:16-20

Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς. καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς. πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ῾Αγίου Πνεύματος, διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. ἀμήν.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2.

BRETHREN, all the saints through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated - of whom the world was not worthy - wandering over deserts and mountains and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 67.35,26.
Θαυμαστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τοῖς Ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Ἐν Ἐκκλησίαις εὐλογεῖτε τὸν Θεὸν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 11:33-40, 12:1-2.

Ἀδελφοί, οἱ Ἅγιοι πάντες διὰ πίστεως κατηγωνίσαντο βασιλείας, εἰργάσαντο δικαιοσύνην, ἐπέτυχον ἐπαγγελιῶν, ἔφραξαν στόματα λεόντων, ἔσβεσαν δύναμιν πυρός, ἔφυγον στόματα μαχαίρας, ἐνεδυναμώθησαν ἀπὸ ἀσθενείας, ἐγενήθησαν ἰσχυροὶ ἐν πολέμῳ, παρεμβολὰς ἔκλιναν ἀλλοτρίων. Ἔλαβον γυναῖκες ἐξ ἀναστάσεως τοὺς νεκροὺς αὐτῶν· ἄλλοι δὲ ἐτυμπανίσθησαν, οὐ προσδεξάμενοι τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν, ἵνα κρείττονος ἀναστάσεως τύχωσιν· ἕτεροι δὲ ἐμπαιγμῶν καὶ μαστίγων πεῖραν ἔλαβον, ἔτι δὲ δεσμῶν καὶ φυλακῆς· ἐλιθάσθησαν, ἐπρίσθησαν, ἐπειράσθησαν, ἐν φόνῳ μαχαίρας ἀπέθανον· περιῆλθον ἐν μηλωταῖς, ἐν αἰγείοις δέρμασιν, ὑστερούμενοι, θλιβόμενοι, κακουχούμενοι - ὧν οὐκ ἦν ἄξιος ὁ κόσμος - ἐν ἐρημίαις πλανώμενοι καὶ ὄρεσιν καὶ σπηλαίοις καὶ ταῖς ὀπαῖς τῆς γῆς. Καὶ οὗτοι πάντες, μαρτυρηθέντες διὰ τῆς πίστεως, οὐκ ἐκομίσαντο τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν, τοῦ θεοῦ περὶ ἡμῶν κρεῖττόν τι προβλεψαμένου, ἵνα μὴ χωρὶς ἡμῶν τελειωθῶσιν. Τοιγαροῦν καὶ ἡμεῖς, τοσοῦτον ἔχοντες περικείμενον ἡμῖν νέφος μαρτύρων, ὄγκον ἀποθέμενοι πάντα καὶ τὴν εὐπερίστατον ἁμαρτίαν, διʼ ὑπομονῆς τρέχωμεν τὸν προκείμενον ἡμῖν ἀγῶνα, ἀφορῶντες εἰς τὸν τῆς πίστεως ἀρχηγὸν καὶ τελειωτὴν Ἰησοῦν.

Gospel Reading

The Sunday of All Saints
The Reading is from Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30

The Lord said to his disciples, "Every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." Then Peter said in reply, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?" Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first."

The Sunday of All Saints
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Εἶπεν ὁ Κὐριος τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ μαθηταῖς· Πᾶς οὖν ὅστις ὁμολογήσει ἐν ἐμοὶ ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ὁμολογήσω κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν οὐρανοῖς. ὅστις δ᾿ ἂν ἀρνήσηταί με ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ἀρνήσομαι αὐτὸν κἀγὼ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν οὐρανοῖς. ῾Ο φιλῶν πατέρα ἢ μητέρα ὑπὲρ ἐμὲ οὐκ ἔστι μου ἄξιος· καὶ ὁ φιλῶν υἱὸν ἢ θυγατέρα ὑπὲρ ἐμὲ οὐκ ἔστι μου ἄξιος· καὶ ὃς οὐ λαμβάνει τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀκολουθεῖ ὀπίσω μου, οὐκ ἔστι μου ἄξιος. Τότε ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Πέτρος εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἰδοὺ ἡμεῖς ἀφήκαμεν πάντα καὶ ἠκολουθήσαμέν σοι· τί ἄρα ἔσται ἡμῖν; ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ὑμεῖς οἱ ἀκολουθήσαντές μοι, ἐν τῇ παλιγγενεσίᾳ, ὅταν καθίσῃ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπὶ θρόνου δόξης αὐτοῦ, καθίσεσθε καὶ ὑμεῖς ἐπὶ δώδεκα θρόνους κρίνοντες τὰς δώδεκα φυλὰς τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ. καὶ πᾶς ὃς ἀφῆκεν οἰκίας ἢ ἀδελφοὺς ἢ ἀδελφὰς ἢ πατέρα ἢ μητέρα ἢ γυναῖκα ἢ τέκνα ἢ ἀγροὺς ἕνεκεν τοῦ ὀνόματός μου, ἑκατονταπλασίονα λήψεται καὶ ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσει. Πολλοὶ δὲ ἔσονται πρῶτοι ἔσχατοι καὶ ἔσχατοι πρῶτοι.


Schedule of Services


Wednesday, June 14

Saint Elisha, Prophet

9:00 Orthos 10:15 Divine Liturgy

Sunday, June 18, 2017


9:00 Orthos 10:15 Divine Liturgy

Saturday, June 24, 2017


9:00 Orthos 10:15 Divine Liturgy

Sunday, June 25, 2017


9:00 Orthos 10:15 Divine Liturgy

Thursday, June 29, 2017


9:00 Orthos 10:15 Divine Liturgy


Memorial Trisagion


Angelika Tanery - 6 Months


Immediately after the Divine Liturgy a Trisagio

will be held in memory of our Parishioner Mr. Philippos Bessios and our friend Mrs. Toula Koutsogiannis.

May their memory be eternal.


Info for Mr. Philippos Bessios Funeral


Sunday, June 11, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM  & 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Riverdale Funeral Home, Inc. 5044 Broadway New York, New York 10034
Funeral Service

Monday, June 12, 2017 10:00 AM

St. Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church 1547 St. Nicholas Ave. New York, New York 10040

Monday, June 12, 2017 12:00 PM

St. Michael's Cemetery 72-02 Astoria Blvd S Flushing, New York 11370

 In Lieu of flowers, family request donations be made to Ronald McDonald- Greek Division. 

Ronald McDonald House Greek Division New York

405 East 73rd Street

New York, NY 10021


Summer Letter

Summer Donation 2017 

Dear Faithful Family,  

As many of us spend our summer months with family and friends in far off locales, the work and the ministry of Saint Spyridon in Washington Heights continues. In order to keep our doors, open for the summer months, today we are asking you to help support us; not only through prayers and love, but also financially. Any donation that you make will help ensure that the work of our historic parish can continue through the summer months. We hope and pray that you have a restful and enjoyable summer vacation. May God continually bless each of you and your families!

Καλοκαιρινή Δωρεά 2017

 Αγαπητοί Πιστοί,

Καθώς πολλοί από εμάς περνάμε τους καλοκαιρινούς μήνες με την οικογένεια και τους φίλους μας σε μακρινές περιοχές, το έργο και η διακονία του Αγίου Σπυρίδωνα στο Washington Heights συνεχίζεται. Για να διατηρήσουμε τις πόρτες μας ανοιχτές για τους καλοκαιρινούς μήνες, σήμερα  ζητάμε  την υποστήριξη σας, όχι μόνο μέσα από τις προσευχές και την αγάπη σας, αλλά και οικονομικά. Κάθε δωρεά που κάνετε θα βοηθήσει να διασφαλιστεί  το έργο της ιστορικής ενορίας μας  μέσα στους καλοκαιρινούς μήνες. Ελπίζουμε και προσευχόμαστε να έχετε ξεκούραστες και ευχάριστες καλοκαιρινές διακοπές. Είθε ο Θεός να ευλογεί συνεχώς τον καθένα από εσάς και τις οικογένειές σας!


Parish Council Update


Dear Fellow Parishioners and Friends of Saint Spyridon Church, 

The Parish Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Father Nicolas Kazarian as our full time priest beginning June 1st, 2017. 

Rev. Dr. Protopresbyter Nicolas Kazarian was born in France in 1982. His father is a Greek Orthodox priest in the south of France and his mother is a physician. Immediately after finishing high school in Nice, he started his undergraduate degree in Orthodox Theology at the Institute de Theology Orthodox Saint Serge in Paris, graduating with a BA in 2004. In 2005 he spent almost a year studying Greek at the University of Cyprus, in Nicosia, before moving to Switzerland to start an MA in Orthodox Theology at the Orthodox Theological Institute of Chambésy. After finishing his MA, he changed courses and started a PhD in geopolitics at the Sorbonne. He received a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation to spend a year in Athens, where he improved his knowledge of the Greek language and strengthened his love for Greek culture.  He successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Cyprus, Geopolitics and Minorities”, in November 2011.

He was the assistant of H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel of France from 2010 through June 2015. In the spring of 2014, Metropolitan Emmanuel asked him to be ordained as a priest, and he was ordained in June of the same year and served at Saint Etienne cathedral in Paris. Through H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel’s leadership, he also had the opportunity to work for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, especially most recently during the Holy and Great Council in June 2016 (Crete, Greece) as a subject expert in the Press Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Fr. Nicolas has been teaching Theology at Saint-Serge since 2007, initially as an Instructor in Patristics and later as a lecturer in Western Church History and Ecumenical Relations. He has also taught Ecumenical Relations at the Catholic University of Paris. He is the author of numerous articles about the Orthodox Church in various languages. He sees dialogue – especially ecumenical and interreligious – as a way to reach out to society in general and to youth in particular.

After moving to Philadelphia in 2015, he assisted the Metropolis of New Jersey as a substitute priest serving different communities of the Greater Philadelphia region. He is very grateful to H.E. Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey for allowing him to serve in so many different parishes (especially in St. George, Philadelphia, PA; St. Thomas, Cherry Hill, NJ, St. Demetrios, Wildwood, NJ; Evangelismos, Jersey City, NJ), almost every Sunday, and for the chance to be part of his pastoral ministry.

He is married to Presbytera Lianna, who he met during the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s World Youth Conference in Istanbul in July 2007. She works as a translator. They married in October 2010 and have two children, Matthias (4) and Emilie (2). Fr. Nicolas is fluent in English, Greek and French and speaks some Russian and Italian.

Please join us in welcoming Father and his family to our Saint Spyridon Community.


Restoration Project: The restoration of our beautiful church continues.  Every week there are new things to see. We hope you will all participate and donate the icon restoration or area of your choosing.  The more funds we receive; the more areas of restoration will be completed.


Εργασίες Αποκατάστασης: Σας παρακαλούμε ,  να δώσετε ό, τι μπορείτε για την ενίσχυση του  προγράμματος  Διαχείρισης για να μπορέσουμε να συνεχίσουμε τα προγράμματα  και τις λειτουργίες του «Αγίου Σπυρίδωνα».  Οι εργασίες αποκατάστασης της όμορφης εκκλησίας μας συνεχίζονται. Κάθε εβδομάδα υπάρχει και κάτι καινούργιο για να δείτε. Ελπίζουμε ότι όλοι θα μπορέσετε να συμμετάσχετε στις εργασίες αποκατάστασης των εικόνων  και  να κάνετε Δωρεά για την αποκατάσταση της εικόνας της επιλογής σας. Όσο περισσότερα χρήματα συλλέγουμε τόσο  περισσότερες εικόνες και περιοχές της εκκλησίας θα αποκατασταθούν.




Philoptochos Ladies Update


 COFFEE HOUR: If you are interested in sponsoring a Coffee Hour after Church Services on Sunday, please call the church office. Αν ενδιαφέρεστε να γίνετε χορηγός στον καφέ μετά την Θεία Λειτουργία της Κυριακής, παρακαλώ επικοινωνήστε με το γραφείο της εκκλησίας.

 This Sunday's Coffee Hour is sponsored by Toula Hanjis in memory of her mother Angelika Tenery 





Sunday School - Girls Scouts

Sunday School Graduation Ceremony

For additional  information contact: Jeanne-  call or text 914-588-2284 Or email  

As always, many thank for your support!


A Special thank you to:

the following Parishioners and Friends for their very generous donation for the restoration of our beautiful church:

 Vickie Adams , Jeannie Palaigos and Sunday School for Archangel Gabriel & Michael

Mr. & Mrs. George Chokos for the Chanter's stand(Analogion), Chanter's Wood Carved Seats and Saint Gerasimos Icon

Mr. & Mrs. John Chronopoulos in memory of Stavros Siarres

Mr. Stathis Katsaros In memory of Kaliroi Vizoukis

Mrs. Mary Sideris for the Icon of Saint George

Mr. John Vagelos for the decoration under Saint Spyridon Icon



 Upon completion of the Restoration project a plaque with the names of all donors will be placed in our church.

Thank you for you continued support

 Very Truly 

Parish Council




    National Herald Info

    National Herald Info

    The National Herald honored the President of the Parish Council Mrs. Lydia Vagelos - Callimanis in the April edition for the monthly magazine Γυναίκα. A great opportunity for the advertisement of the restoration project of our beautiful church.

    The restoration of St. Spyridon Church has begun!

    The restoration of St. Spyridon Church has begun!

    Beloved family and friends of St. Spyridon Church: The restoration of St. Spyridon Church has begun! You can witness the iconography returning to its original glory as soon as you walk into the nave. The removal of years of smoke and grime is revealing some of the finest example of Byzantine iconography in the United States. Each week brings a new surprise and blessing. Come see for yourself and be amazed! The attached brochure details the extent of the project and the cost. Please review it carefully and prayerfully consider how you can help complete the project with as generous a donation as you can. Working together, we can restore our church, spiritually and physically. The restoration project is an important part of that endeavor. Wishing you an abundance of God’s blessings and thank you!