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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (408) 246-2770
  • Fax:
  • (408) 246-0143
  • Street Address:

  • 1260 Davis Street

  • San Jose, CA 95126
  • Mailing Address:

  • 986 Chapman Street

  • San Jose, CA 95126


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Saturdays:

    5:00 p.m. - Great Vespers.

Sundays: from the first Sunday after Labor Day to mid May

Orthros followed by 1st Divine Liturgy 7:15 a.m.
2nd Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Church School 10:00 a.m.

Sundays: other than above days

Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m.

Feats Days: see calendar.

Confessions: Please call office.


Past Bulletins


Schedule of Services

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES

Friday, March 24

7:00pm Vespers at St. Nicholas for Eve of the Feastday of the Annunciation

 

Saturday, March 25 - Annunciation

8:00am Orthros + Liturgy

4pm Vespers

 

Sunday, March 26 - Sunday of St. John Climacus

7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1

10:00am Liturgy 2 - His Grace, Bishop Apostolos will be present

 

Monday, March 27

6:00pm Great Compline

 

Wednesday, March 29

5:30pm 9th Hour + Presanctified Liturgy followed by potluck and speaker - hosted by the Golden Years Seniors 

 

Thursday, March 30

8am Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

 

Friday, March 31

8am Presanctified Liturgy

7pm The Akathist Hymn

  

Saturday, April 1 

7:45am Blessing of the Waters/Agiasmo

8:00am Orthos + Liturgy

5:00pm Vespers

  

Sunday, April 2 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

7:15am Orthros + Liturgy 1

10:00am Liturgy 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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News and Events

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CONFESSIONS

Confessions with Father Demosthenes are available without an appointment every Monday during the Great Compline service at 6pm.  For another date or time, please call the church office to schedule an appointment. 

 


SUCCESSFUL APOKRIATIKO GLENDI/MARDI GRAS

We are pleased to announce that the Apokriatiko Glendi/Mardi Gras was a hugely successful event and raised over $54,000 for the building fund.   The St. Nicholas Community would like to heartily thank the guests that attended and supported the event, the very generous donors that provided funding and goods, and the hard-working families that tirelessly put the event together and made it memorable: John and Sophia Kouretas, Nick and Evagelia Pries, Hristos and Meropi  Spilios, and Elias and Dimitra Tsigaris.  We are all looking forward to next year and an even more successful event!


FESTIVAL NEWS

Our San Jose Greek Food Festival is coming up on June 2-4 and the Parish Council is excited to recruit and support a special team of administrative volunteers willing to learn and gain experience by helping to plan and organize this diverse, cultural and major fundraising event for our church that is unique to the South Bay and highly anticipated by the larger community.  If interested in joining this new management-oriented team or for more information, please contact George Spilios at 408-806-1699 or email at georgespilios@gmail.com


GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING

Please note that the General Assembly Meeting will take place on Sunday, April 30th at 12:30pm in the small hall.  Your attendance is highly encouraged.


GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND ANNUNCIATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY

The Center of Hellenic Education invites you to celebrate this special day on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 5pm.  Come join us as we honor the heroes of Greece who fought for our freedom, with a program by our Greek School Students and Teachers, Saint Nicholas dancers and a Lenten Dinner.  This is our school's major fundraiser of the year, so we look forward to seeing you all there!


GREEK FLAG RAISING

The 10th annual Greek Flag Raising will be held on Monday, March 27th at 4pm at the San Jose City Hall Plaza, 200 E Santa Clara Street.  Reception on the 17th floor immediately following the Ceremony compliments of the Order of Ahepa and Daughters of Penelope.  Free underground parking at City Hall.


LENT, HOLY WEEK, AND PASCHA NEEDS

Those who would like to make a special donation towards Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha, in order to offset church expenses, may select an item from the donation list below.  Please make your checks payable to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and send to the church office (please put "Pascha Needs" in the memo section.  To pay by credit card/Paypal, please go onto our website at www.saintnicholas.org and click on the "Giving" area.  Thank you and Kalo Pascha!

 

Candles - Holy Friday & Holy Saturday Night $1,100
Candles for Epitaphio $700
Candles for Lent Services $400
Communion Wine  $700
Stefani/Wreath - Holy Thursday  $300
Flowers - Easter Lilies $400
Palms $600
Candle Cups $300
Incense (Livani) $500
Olive Oil for Vigil Lamps (Kantilia) $600
Olive Oil for Holy Unction $300
2 Clergy Lambades for Anastasi $500
Candles for Altar Boys - Myrrhbearers (Myrofores) $400
Rose Water $200
Charcoal  $300
Flowers for Icons and Cross during Lent Services $900
Flowers for Icons during Holy Week & Resurrection $1,200
Flowers for Epitafios $1,800
Rose Petals $300
Flowers used for Apodosis, Ascension, and Pentecost $600

 


CIOPPINO DINNER NIGHT

Tickets are on sale NOW for the Cioppino Dinner Night to be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 in the Community Center, 6:30pm Social Hour, 7:30pm Dinner. Entertainment following dinner featuring vocalist Matt Helm as DEAN MARTIN. Adults $45 ($55 after March 20th) - Students $25. Taking paid reservations for tables of 8 and 10. Tickets must be purchased in advance – open seating! You can purchase in the small hall after both liturgies on Sundays, OR mail a check payable to Ahepa c/o Bill Christie, 3327 Lake Albano Circle, San Jose, Ca 95135.  Questions or more information? Contact Bill Christie at 408 531-9211 or email: billchristie1@mac.com.


MISSION WORK FOR TEENS

Attention Parents of Teens and Teens of St. Nicholas:  Are you interested in short term missions work, but don't know how to get started?  We are planning a short term mission trip with YOCAMA (www.yocama.com) to Browning, Montana, to serve the Native American Blackfeet Indians.  This is a great introductory to missions work without ever leaving the country.  The trip will be July 17th-24th.  If you are interested, please join us for an informational session immediately following the 2nd Liturgy on April 2.  We will talk about all aspects of the trip from travel to fundraising.  Information will be handed out on March 26 to all 8th-12th grade Sunday School classes.  Please see Presvytera Mindy Verginis or Rosa Deamant if you have any questions prior to the meeting on April 2.  


YOUTH EVENTS FOR LENT AND PASCHA

Luminaries - Goyans will be selling luminaries this Sunday and the following two Sundays outside the church after first and second liturgy.  The luminaries can be purchased to honor the memory of deceased loved ones.  The cost is $5.

Salutations – Readers from our Youth: Friday at 7:00 PM on March 17, 24 and 31       

Youth Pre-Sanctified Lenten Potluck:  Wednesday, April 5 at 6:00 PM.  Dinner and guest speaker to follow services.  Direct questions to SaintNicholasSundaySchool@gmail.com.     

Lazarus Saturday (Palm Cross) Saturday, April 8.  Breakfast following services and children will make palm crosses.  Any questions, please direct to Gena Vasilakis (GOYA Director) at genavasilakis@gmail.com.      

Holy Friday, April 14th Retreat 10:00 – 3:00 PM for grades 1 – 12. Lenten lunch and learning programs are being offered.   Registration required, send name and grade to SaintNicholasSundaySchool@gmail.com or you can sign up your child in the Sunday School office.


GOYA MINI BEETREAT

Join Orthodox Christians from the San Jose area for this retreat, which is open to all Orthodox youth (6th-12th grade), parents, youth workers (18 years and older), and young adults (ages 18-35)!  It promises to be a very motivational and fun learning experience!

Dates & Times: Youth (6th - 12th grade) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Parents & Youth Workers (ages 18 & older) on Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church | 1260 Davis Street | San Jose, CA 95126

Cost: Free!  Snacks provided. Please register online at BeTheBee.goarch.org/retreats

Questions: Contact Vicki Ryan via email at saintnicholassundayschool@gmail.com

Hosted by: Y2AM (The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries), the Metropolis of San Fransisco Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

 


GREEK DANCE LESSONS FOR ALL AGES

Peter and Victoria Panayotopoulos will be directing a fun session of Greek dance lessons, "Back to Basics". Please join us on Monday, March 27 at 7:00pm in the Small Hall for our lesson. Please contact Roula Demertzis at (408) 564-2387 for more information.


GOLDEN YEARS NEWS

CALENDAR:

  • MARCH 29, 2017 – HOST PRESANCTIFIED DINNER- PLEASE BRING A DISH
  • APRIL 8 & 9 -  VISITATION TO SHUT-INS - SEVERAL PEOPLE WILL VISIT OUR SICK  PARISHIONERS AND BRING THEM TSOUREKIA AND KOULOURAKIA. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS EASTER GOOD-WILL PROJECT CALL MINA AT: 408 515-8301.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GOLDEN YEARS WILL MAKE ONLY A FEW TSOUREKIA FOR THE "SHUT-IN" PARISHIONERS, NOT FOR GENERAL SALE.
  • APRIL 11 - HOLY WEEK-NO MEETING
  • MAY 9 - LAST MEETING - BLUE DOOR RESTAURANT- 11AM - MENU: CHICKEN KEBAB $25, SHRIMP PASTA $30 – FOR RESERVATIONS CALL ANTONIA AT: 408 472-3888

AN ELEGANT WINE AFFAIRE

The St. Nicholas Dance Ministry presents An Elegant Wine Affaire on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7pm at the Karamanos Residence, 14090 Shannon Road, Los Gatos, 95032. 

$65 per person, advanced tickets only;  Cocktail attire

Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and live Greek music

For more info, contact Rita Argiris at 408-858-4335 or rzagas@yahoo.com

 


SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY OCF

SJSU now has new chapter of OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship).  With the blessing of Metropolitan Gerasimos, and the care and efforts of parishioners of St. Nicholas and St. Basil, we have endeavored to provide an opportunity for Orthodox College students from our area to meet regularly, pray and discuss issues together, and find the support they need in their very busy and stressful lives.  Our meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:00pm.  If you know of any students from within or outside our community, please let them know of our OCF group.  For more information, please call Fr. Yanni at 408-476-1214.


METROPOLIS YOUNG ADULT LENTEN RETREAT

Join Orthodox Young Adults from across the West Coast for a Lenten Retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center. Young Adults in their 20's and 30's from all Orthodox traditions are welcome to attend!

He are honored to have both His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco and His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia join us for this beautiful retreat. Our guest speakers will be Fr. Jim Pappas and Rondal Burkhard from St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA. We will spend time having discussions and fellowship at St. Nicholas Ranch, as well as visit and help the Sisters at the Monastery of the Life-Giving Spring with a work project on Saturday afternoon.

DATE: Friday March 31 -  Sunday April 2, 2017
LOCATION: St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center, Dunlap, CA

PRICE: $135
AGES: Young Adults in their 20's and 30's

REGISTRATION: www.gosfyouth.org


MISSIONS MINISTRY

Nominate Fili Inc. for matching funds program at the company you work for.  We are on Apple's list of nonprofits they will match.  Donate online at www.fili-inc.com.  Please contact rosa@deamant.com for more information.

Walk for Missions is happening Sunday, May 7th.  More details to come.

 


ST NICHOLAS RANCH SUMMER CAMP

Spots are quickly filling up for our Metropolis Summer Camp at St. Nicholas Ranch! We know that family budgets are very limited and summer camp sells out very quickly, so we wanted to give you all the opportunity to register now by securing your spot with a $100 deposit. After you pay the deposit, you can set up monthly payments through CampDoc to pay the balance through June 30, 2017 so this allows you to have 4 full months to spread out the cost. Please also take this opportunity to touch base with your friends to make sure they are able to secure their spots if they have not yet registered.

2017 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION UPDATE:

Session I: July 9 – 15 (SOLD OUT, 10 on wait list)*

Session II: July 16 – 22 (SOLD OUT, 9 on wait list)*

Session III: July 23 – 29 (4 spots left)*
*As of March 17, 2017

Online registration and more info available at www.gosfyouth.org


FOR THE NEEDS OF THE ALTAR

Sacramental wine has been acquired from St. Anthony’s Monastery in Arizona. This wine is dedicated only to be used for sacraments such as the Proskomide or Artoklasia at St. Nicholas or other Orthodox churches.  It is available for purchase at the bookstore for a $20 donation.  All proceeds go towards the needs of the Altar and will also help support St. Anthony’s Monastery.  Thank you for your support.


JOIN THE SAINT NICHOLAS CHOIR

            Please consider becoming a member of our church

            choir, one of the most important ministries of our

            church.  There are openings in all sections, especially

            in the tenor and bass sections.  Requirements:  age, 

            16 and over; be able to carry a tune, knowledge of

            Greek NOT required, phonetics provided.  Take 

            advantage of the opportunity to learn and sing our

            beautiful hymns and thus serve our church.  For

            more information please call the director, Dr. Tikey Zes

            at 408-723-0640.


NEW CHURCH FACILITY FEES

Commencing Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church will institute a Church facility fee to offset the costs for the general maintenance and usage of the Church. The facility fees are listed below:

 Marriage Ceremony

Steward: $300.00

Non- Steward: $500.00

 Baptism

Steward: $ 200.00

Non- Steward: $400.00

 We thank you for your consideration!


SUNDAY SCHOOL

If you are interested in volunteering for the Sunday School, teaching, aiding or events, please contact Vicki Ryan at SaintNicholasSundaySchool@gmail.com

DONOR BRICK FUNDRAISER

Help us pave the way to success by purchasing a donor brick, customized with your message and to be laid in the existing area near the office/community center.  With the purchase of a brick, you may pay tribute to someone special, honor the memory of a loved one, or have your family name or ministry group forever recognized on one or more bricks.

All profits of this fundraiser go towards the Building Fund at St. Nicholas, supporting the future growth of our parish.  

Bricks are being offered for a donation of $1,000 each. Don’t miss out on this beautiful opportunity.

 

Please contact the office at churchoffice@saintnicholas.org or 408-246-2770 for more information.


AMAZON SMILE

If you already shop on Amazon, or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, we invite you to shop at smile.amazon.com and choose Greek Orthodox Community of Santa Clara as your charity of choice and .5% of your purchase will be donated to St. Nicholas. This is no cost to you. Below you can read about how to use Amazon Smile.

How Does it Work?

1. Visit smile.amazon.com.

The entire shopping experience is the same and most products available on amazon.com are available at Amazon Smile.

2. Sign in and Choose Greek Orthodox Community of Santa Clara County

The screen will look slightly different depending on whether you’re already signed into Amazon. If you’re already signed in, you’ll see a screen like the one below. Simply search for “Greek Orthodox Community of Santa Clara County” and proceed to step 3.

3. Begin Shopping 


ADULT CATECHISM CLASS

Adult Catechism classes take place on Thursdays at 6:30pm in the church office boardroom. The classes are open to everyone.


BYZANTINE MUSIC PROGRAM

The Byzantine Music School classes have resumed on Friday evenings from 7:00pm until 9:00pm in Room 10.  Please register online at www.ByzantineMusicSchool.com.


CANON OF FAITH

Starting in October, the monthly Canon will be issued electronically. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please contact the office at 408-246-2770 or churchoffice@saintnicholas.org   and one will be mailed to you.


KOLLYVA

If you need to arrange for a mnemosino, you must contact the church office and inform our priests at least two weeks prior to the date.  You will be responsible for making or ordering the kollyva, and we can provide the names of the people who provide this service.  However, payment will not be made to the church but directly to the person making the kollyva. 



SUNDAY BULLETIN NOTICE

To avoid any confusion on our part as we compose and print the Sunday bulletin, we ask that anyone who wishes to include a notice in the Sunday bulletin submit the notice in writing to the office BY THURSDAY NOON!  Please don't wait until the last minute or send a note into the altar on a Sunday morning while the liturgy is in progress.


SMALL HALL BULLETIN BOARD

Please check with Father Demosthenes in the office before posting anything on the bulletin board in the Small Hall.  Notices, announcements, advertisements, etc. that have not been approved will be removed.  Thank you for your kind cooperation.


ONLINE REGISTRATION for all of our school programs (SUNDAY SCHOOL, GREEK SCHOOL, BYZANTINE MUSIC SCHOOL

 
To register for Sunday School please visit:  www.StNicholasSundaySchool.com.
 
To register for Greek School please visit: www.CenterofHellenicEducation.org
 
To register for Byzantine Music School visit:  www.ByzantineMusicSchool.com.

 


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Special Services

 

MNEMOSINA

Please join in prayer for the souls of those who have fallen asleep in the Lord:

 

 

                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

                                                          

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Kontakion of the Fallen Asleep

Remember, O Lord, as good, your servants, and forgive whatever sins in life they committed, for no one is without sin, except you the Mighty One; and grant rest to them who have been removed from among us.

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 20:1-10

Τῇ δὲ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ ἔρχεται πρωῒ σκοτίας ἔτι οὔσης εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ βλέπει τὸν λίθον ἠρμένον ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου. τρέχει οὖν καὶ ἔρχεται πρὸς Σίμωνα Πέτρον καὶ πρὸς τὸν ἄλλον μαθητὴν ὃν ἐφίλει ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· ἦραν τὸν Κύριον ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου, καὶ οὐκ οἴδαμεν ποῦ ἔθηκαν αὐτόν. ἐξῆλθεν οὖν ὁ Πέτρος καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς καὶ ἤρχοντο εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον. ἔτρεχον δὲ οἱ δύο ὁμοῦ· καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς προέδραμε τάχιον τοῦ Πέτρου καὶ ἦλθε πρῶτος εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ παρακύψας βλέπει κείμενα τὰ ὀθόνια, οὐ μέντοι εἰσῆλθεν. ἔρχεται οὖν Σίμων Πέτρος ἀκολουθῶν αὐτῷ, καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον καὶ θεωρεῖ τὰ ὀθόνια κείμενα, καὶ τὸ σουδάριον, ὃ ἦν ἐπὶ τῆς κεφαλῆς αὐτοῦ, οὐ μετὰ τῶν ὀθονίων κείμενον, ἀλλὰ χωρὶς ἐντετυλιγμένον εἰς ἕνα τόπον. τότε οὖν εἰσῆλθε καὶ ὁ ἄλλος μαθητὴς ὁ ἐλθὼν πρῶτος εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ εἶδε καὶ ἐπίστευσεν· οὐδέπω γὰρ ᾔδεισαν τὴν γραφὴν ὅτι δεῖ αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῆναι. ἀπῆλθον οὖν πάλιν πρὸς ἑαυτοὺς οἱ μαθηταί.

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

At that time, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.


Epistle Reading

Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 28.11,1.
Κύριος ἰσχὺν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ δώσει.
Στίχ. Ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ υἱοὶ Θεοῦ, ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ δόξαν καὶ τιμήν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 6:13-20.

Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ ἐπαγγειλάμενος ὁ θεός, ἐπεὶ κατʼ οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι, ὤμοσεν καθʼ ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων, Ἦ μὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε, καὶ πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε. Καὶ οὕτως μακροθυμήσας ἐπέτυχεν τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι μὲν γὰρ κατὰ τοῦ μείζονος ὀμνύουσιν, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος. Ἐν ᾧ περισσότερον βουλόμενος ὁ θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς κληρονόμοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀμετάθετον τῆς βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐμεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον ψεύσασθαι θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωμεν οἱ καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης ἐλπίδος· ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχομεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ βεβαίαν, καὶ εἰσερχομένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσματος· ὅπου πρόδρομος ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδὲκ ἀρχιερεὺς γενόμενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 9:17-31

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγων, διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρός σε, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ, ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει· ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦμα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ εἴ τι δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου μετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· πιστεύω, κύριε· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος, ἐπετίμησε τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφόν, ἐγώ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξαν αὐτὸν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός, ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν κατ᾿ ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται.

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. * To the robber You opened Paradise. * The lamentation of the myrrhbearing women You transformed, * and You gave Your Apostles the order to proclaim to all * that You had risen, O Christ our God, * and granted the world Your great mercy.
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion of Saint Nicholas

Κανόνα πίστεως καί εικόνα πραότητος, εγκρατείας Διδάσκαλον, ανέδειξέ σε τή ποίμνη σου, η τών πραγμάτων αλήθεια, διά τούτο εκτήσω τή ταπεινώσει τά υψηλά, τή πτωχεία τά πλούσια, Πάτερ Ιεράρχα Νικόλαε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

An example of the faith and a life of humility, as a teacher of self-control you did inspire and lead your flock, and through the truthfulness of your deeds, were exalted by greatness through your humility, uplifting all, and by poverty gaining strength. Father and hierarch Saint Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God, that our souls may be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε, Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.
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Saints and Feasts

Climicus
March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Gabriel1
March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.


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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. https://www.goarch.org/-/statement-from-his-eminence-archbishop-demetrios-of-america


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