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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-07-23
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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (502)425-7775
  • Street Address:

  • 930 Ormsby Lane

  • Louisville, KY 40242


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Services Schedule

Great Vespers - Saturday 5:00pm

Orthros - Sunday 9:00am

Divine Liturgy- Sunday 10:00am


Past Bulletins


Saints and Feasts

Twoblindmen
July 23

7th Sunday of Matthew


Allsaint
July 23

Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

This saint was known for the many miracles he worked and for his apostolic zeal in shepherding the flock of Sinope. He contested for the Faith during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, in the year 102, when he was burned to death in a bath-house. A homily in his honour was composed by Saint John Chrysostom. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.


Ezekiel
July 23

Ezekiel the Prophet

The Prophet Ezekiel ("God is strong") was the son of Buzi and a priest by rank. He was taken captive and brought to Babylon during the reign of Jechonias. In the fifth year of this captivity, about 594 or 593 B.C., he began to prophesy. Having prophesied for about twenty-eight years, he was murdered, it is said, by the tribe of Gad, because he reproached them for their idolatry. His book of prophecy, divided into forty-eight chapters, is ranked third among the greater Prophets. It is richly filled with mystical imagery and marvelous prophetic visions and allegories, of which the dread Chariot of Cherubim described in the first Chapter is the most famous; in the "gate that was shut," through which the Lord alone entered, he darkly foretold of the Word's Incarnation from the Virgin (44:1-3); through the "dry bones" that came to life again (37:1-14), he prophesied both of the restoration of captive Israel, and the general resurrection of our race.


Allsaint
July 23

Pelagia the Righteous of Tinos


Allsaint
July 23

Trophimos & Theophilios and the 13 others martyred in Lycia


Allsaint
July 23

St. Anna of Levkadio


Allsaint
July 23

The Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos of Pochaev

The Icon of the Mother of God of Pochaev - Metropolitan Neophytus, a bishop belonging to the see of Constantinople, was traveling through Volhynia in Ukraine where he was given hospitality by a pious woman, Anna Goyskaya. The bishop gave this woman an icon of the holy Theotokos, which began to work miracles, including the healing of her blind brother. In 1597 the icon was given to the monks residing in Pochaev near the border of Galicia, where the Mother of God had appeared in 1340, leaving an imprint of her footprint in the rock, from which a stream gushed forth. In 1675 when the Lavra of Pochaev was besieged by the Moslem Turks, it was saved by the miraculous intervention of the Mother of God through her wonderworking icon. Even though the Lavra of Pochaev came into Uniate hands for over a century, miracles continued to be worked through the holy icon. Since its return to the Orthodox Catholic Church in 1831, the icon has been a grace-bestowing support for Orthodox Christians, especially those in western Ukraine and the Carpathian region.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

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

On the first day of the week 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

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:1-7.

BRETHREN, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.


Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:27-35

At that time, as Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Phocas in the 4th Tone

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

He puts an end to the woman's fear ... He sets her right, in respect of her thinking to be hid ... He exhibits her faith to all, so as to provoke the rest also to emulation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 31 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

And then at last He for His part lays His hand upon them, saying, "According to your faith be it unto you." And this He does to confirm their faith, and to show that they are participators in the good work ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 32 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

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Message from Fr. Jon

Fr._jon

Pastoral Message from the June/July Beacon

06/01/2017

Dear Parishioners of our Beloved Assumption,

The most beautiful days of Summer are upon us.  Many are relaxing and taking family vacations to places where one may relax, refresh and recharge one’s spirit - some choose the beach, others a quiet camp site with fishing or hunting.  At times, we all need to “reset” ourselves away from the pace of life in this modern world.  We all can agree that this is necessary.

So many take a week vacation away from their homes and months and months of “vacation” from their Father’s home.  Our vacations, though, should not be ones that include an absence from the Church.  Worship is not a source of distraction from which one must get a break - but a source of refreshment that one must always partake of through vigilant presence.  It is the fallenness of the world that distracts and tires us, not our relationship with our Father in Heaven.

Faith and worship are essential elements of our lives.  None of us would say, “I’m on vacation this week, I think I will take a break from eating and bathing.  I think I’ll splurge and stop brushing my teeth also.”  This is absurd and I’m sure it makes you chuckle even as you read it.  Let us understand that worship is more essential than even these basic actions of our lives.  Many Saints have survived without food and water, but none without the Lord!

I remain,

In His Service,

Rev. Father Jon Boukis

Proistamenos

“Attract, Serve, Illuminate”


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Message from the Parish Council

Church

Parish Council Message from the June/July Beacon

06/01/2017

Dear Parishioners,

The matter of faith is very complicated.  One should believe that his faith is better that every other, otherwise - if there is another which may be better - why be part of that faith?

There is a difference between tolerance and acceptance of others and feeling supremacy over others.

We are taught not to exult ourselves as to make others less than we are. I believe that our Father, who gave His only Son for our salvation, is not going to forsake the rest of humanity because they do no see it in the same way that we do—He is loving. But this does not mean that the faith of others has the fullness of Orthodoxy.

If we believe that we are in fact the true faith, we must practice it with humility and love.  We must pray for those who do not see the fullness of the truth to be enlightened, so that God will give them righteousness, in there own way, as to inherit eternal life.

God promised salvation to all of His faithful children. We must give our love and respect  to everyone—even those whose beliefs differ from ours—because every person is made in the image of God.

Our faith, which has the fullness of the truth, must express itself through each of us as to attract people to the truth.

In Christ,

Ramsey


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Upcoming Events

Kroger Community Rewards®

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TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

· Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and register your Kroger Plus Card (if you are already registered, click “Sign In” instead of “Create an Account.”)

· Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions

· You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

· Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

· Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. If you use your phone number at the register instead of a card, call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

· Update or confirm your information.

· Enter “Assumption” or our NPO number of 10779 and select us from the list and click on confirm.

· If enrollment is complete, you will see Assumption’s name on the right side of your information page.

· That’s it!!! Use your registered Kroger Plus card or phone number at the register and our parish benefits!!!

By registering online, coupons can be electronically attached to your Plus Card. Not only do you help the Church, but you save money. Talk to everyone you know about registering to benefit our parish!!!


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Assumption Parish Calendar

  • Assumption Calendar

    July 23 to August 6, 2017

    Sunday, July 23

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, July 24

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp

    Tuesday, July 25

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp

    Wednesday, July 26

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp

    Thursday, July 27

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp

    Friday, July 28

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp

    Saturday, July 29

    St. Nicholas Summer Camp

    5:00PM No Great Vespers

    Sunday, July 30

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, August 2

    6:00PM Small Paraklesis Service

    Thursday, August 3

    6:30AM GOGO Meeting (Greek Orthodox Golf Olympics)

    Friday, August 4

    6:00PM Small Paraklesis Service

    Saturday, August 5

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, August 6

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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