Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-08-20
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Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (540) 667-1416
  • Fax:
  • (540) 667-1990
  • Street Address:

  • 1700 Amherst Street

  • Winchester, VA 22601

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services

Matins -                 8:45am 

Divine Liturgy -    10:00am

Sunday School -  In summer recess

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead, and he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" So, the word went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die; but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12.

Brethren, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a sister as wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain." Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 18:23-35

The Lord said this parable: "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.' And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, 'Pay what you owe.' So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you.' He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?' And in anger his lord delivered him to the torturers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart."


Saints and Feasts

August 20

11th Sunday of Matthew

August 20

Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

August 20

Samuel the Prophet

This most holy man, a Prophet of God from childhood, was the last judge of the Israelite people, and anointed the first two Kings of Israel. He was born in the twelfth century before Christ, in the city of Armathaim Sipha, from the tribe of Levi, the son of Elkanah and Hannah (Anna). He was the fruit of prayer, for his mother, being barren, conceived him only after she had supplicated the Lord with many tears; wherefore she called him Samuel, that is, "heard by God." As soon as Hannah had weaned him, she brought him to the city of Silom (Shiloh), where the Ark was kept, and she consecrated him, though yet a babe, to the service of God, giving thanks to Him with the hymn found in the Third Ode of the Psalter: "My heart hath been established in the Lord . . ." Samuel remained in Silom under the protection of Eli the priest. He served in the Tabernacle of God, and through his most venerable way of life became well-pleasing to God and man (I Kings 2: 26). While yet a child, sleeping in the tabernacle near the Ark of God, he heard the voice of God calling his name, and foretelling the downfall of Eli; for although Eli's two sons, Ophni and Phineas, were most lawless, and despisers of God, Eli did not correct them. Even after Samuel had told Eli of the divine warning, Eli did not properly chastise his sons, and afterwards, through various misfortunes, his whole house was blotted out in one day.

After these things came to pass, Samuel was chosen to be the protector of the people, and he judged them with holiness and righteousness. He became for them an example of all goodness, and their compassionate intercessor before God: "Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; yea, I will serve the Lord, and show you the good and the right way" (ibid. 12:23). When he asked them -- having God as witness -- if he ever wronged anyone, or took anyone's possessions, or any gift, even so much as a sandal, they answered with one voice: "Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, nor afflicted us, neither hast thou taken anything from anyone's hand" (ibid. 12:4). When Samuel was old, the people asked him for a king, but he was displeased with this, knowing that God Himself was their King. But when they persisted, the Lord commanded him to anoint them a king, saying, "They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me from reigning over them" (ibid. 8:7); so Samuel anointed Saul. But Saul transgressed the command of God repeatedly, so Samuel anointed David. Yet, since Samuel was a man of God, full of tender mercy, when the Lord told him that He had rejected Saul, Samuel wept for him the whole night long (ibid. 15:11); and later, since he continued to grieve, the Lord said to him, "How long wilt thou mourn for Saul?" (ibid. 16:1). Having lived blamelessly some ninety-eight years, and become an example to all of a God-pleasing life, he reposed in the eleventh century before Christ. Many ascribe to him the authorship of the Books of judges, and of Ruth, and of the first twenty-four chapters of the First Book of Kings (I Samuel).

August 20

Hierotheos, Bishop of Hungary

August 20

Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos

August 20

Stephen, First King of Hungary

August 20

Oswin the Martyr, King of Deira


Wisdom of the Fathers

Wherefore then did He not do this, nor forgive the debt before the account? Desiring to teach him, from how many obligations He is delivering him, that in this way at least he might become more mild towards his fellow servant .... He gave more than he asked, remission and forgiveness of the entire debt.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 61 on Matthew 18, 4th Century

When then you are minded to be revengeful, consider that against yourself are you revengeful, not against another; that you art binding up your own sins, not your neighbors ....
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 61 on Matthew 18, 4th Century


His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey

 Dormition of the Theotokos 2017

The Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Esteemed Members of the Metropolitan Council, Esteemed Members of the Parish Councils, Philoptochos Sisterhood, Faculty and Students of the Catechetical and Greek Afternoon Schools, Directors and Participants of all of the Youth Organizations, and all devout Orthodox Christians of the Greek Orthodox Communities of our Holy Metropolis of New Jersey

My Beloved,

     In the life of the Church we encounter several saints and holy people whose lives inspire us and whose deeds prove to be examples for our everyday lives. But there is no greater saint of the Church nor is there any saint who shares more in our struggles than that of the Theotokos––the Mother of God. Perhaps it is for this reason that she is “…more honorable than the Cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim.” As we commemorate the Dormition of the Theotokos today, we are reminded of the various reasons we honor her and why she is so revered in the Orthodox Church. 

     There are various reasons for which we honor the Mother of God. One of these reasons is that she is the representative of humanity before her Son and her God. God did not desire to intervene and to infringe upon humanity’s freedom, even when humanity had fallen. However, it was the pureness of the person of the Panagia and her freely saying “Yes” to God and “Yes” to bearing Christ in her womb that allowed the curse of the devil on humanity to be reversed. It was her free-willed decision that opened the door of salvation to humanity once more. Thus, as the one who gave her entire self freely, she has the special position of being the representative for all of humanity as she continually intercedes on our behalf. 

     Another reason she is so revered by the Orthodox everywhere is because she not only holds the title of the Mother of God, but she also holds the role of mother to all of us as well. One of the most comforting and tender words in all languages is that of “mother”. Whereas the role of a mother is usually limited to her own children, the Theotokos took on this role and included all of humanity as her children. It is her to whom we flee when we are afflicted, when we are in pain, and when we are in despair precisely because in her motherly love that nurtured God, she also guards, protects, and nurtures us. 

     Therefore, as we commemorate her Dormition today, we should not only remember her motherly attributes or the favor she has with her Son as she intercedes for all of humanity, but we should principally remember that her devotion to God opened the door to paradise for all of creation. It is to her example that we should strive every day of our lives as we seek to “commit ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.” Praying the Theotokos continues to guard, guide, and protect you all, I remain,

With Paternal Love and Blessings,

† E V A N G E L O S
Metropolitan of New Jersey





Rev Protopresbyter Panagiotis Papanikolaou

Disciple and Discipline

My beloved in the Lord:

     I have always found it interesting that the words “disciple” and “discipline” are related through their connections to being a learner and follower, and to the work of teaching and learning. As I connect the words and apply them to our lives as Orthodox Christians, to be a disciple of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ means that we are committed to the work of learning and being taught first by our Lord Himself, and then by more-experienced disciples. These disciples have named prayer, fasting, philanthropy and study as “the work” that we must follow.

     Our Lord included these dimensions in His ministry. We know from Holy Scripture that our Lord prayed and fasted. We know that He was philanthropic; He loves humanity, demonstrating this most profoundly in His Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection, as well as in His many miracles of healing and feeding. We can infer from Holy Scripture that our Lord knew His own Jewish tradition very well, because the crowds marveled at His teachings and He often confounded critics with His wisdom. We see in the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles and the early history of the Church that the first Christians were “devoted” to the disciplines of prayer, fasting, philanthropy and study (see Acts 2:42-46). These practices created the fertile soil for the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of those first Christians, and all Orthodox Christians since, to live the Orthodox Christian life and to grow the Orthodox Christian Church throughout the world.

     For Orthodox Christians the spiritual disciplines are essential to our relationship with God, our well-being and our journey of faith throughout our lives. Prayer, fasting, philanthropy and studying the Holy Scriptures as well as the writings of the Church Fathers are practices that help us connect with God. They are guides that nurture our souls in divine wisdom and truth. They renew our strength and fill us with power, assurance and hope. In our daily lives the spiritual disciplines connect us to our Creator, our Source of life and our Redeemer. Through worship we give praise and thanksgiving to God. Through prayer in His presence, we seek His will, confess our sins and receive forgiveness and grace. As we practice and live our spiritual lives, we encounter and are transformed by His abiding love.

     In pray, fasting and study, we are offered spiritual guidance. In these disciplines we ask and we seek; and we find the way, the truth and the life in our Resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ. By His example we are led in compassionate service to others, a spiritual discipline that guides us in dedicating our time and resources in showing the grace of God to others. Through the daily, disciplined praxis of these vital elements of our Faith – namely prayer, fasting, philanthropy and study – we are equipped to serve and to share, we are emboldened in the Holy Gospel, and we are filled with assurance and hope in the promises of God.

     Some scholars have described their attitude to religion as “whatever-ism.” Whatever you want to do is okay; whatever you believe is okay. This should not be our approach as Orthodox Christians. From the examples of the saints, our role models in Christian living, we see discipline and discipleship as central characteristics of their lives. The saints did not have a “whatever” you want approach. They did not put their Christianity on display for a few hours per week or when a Church leader was present. They were Christians 24/7, as we would say today. They were disciplined in their prayer, fasting, philanthropy and study.

     We do not believe you have to “go it alone” in the discipline of Orthodox Christian life. The Holy Church, the community of Faith, is our guide and support in these efforts. It is meant to be a community of people who are dedicated to these disciplines. Many of them are done as a community. We pray together. We follow the same guidelines for fasting as a parish. We can study in classes organized by our parish. We work together to do good works in the world and in our parish.

     Praying that the abundant grace and rich mercy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ dwell in your hearts and minds, directing your steps to every good deed that is well pleasing to God, I humbly remain,

 With love and blessings in the Lord,
+Fr Panagiotis 



August & September Liturgical Calendar

11th Sunday of Matthew

Sunday, August 20
8:45am - Matins & Divine Liturgy

12th Sunday of Matthew

Sunday, August 27
8:45am - Matins & Divine Liturgy

Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Tuesday, August 29
9:00am - Matins & Divine Liturgy

13th Sunday of Matthew

Sunday, September 3
8:45am - Matins & Divine Liturgy

Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

Thursday, September 7
6:00pm - Great Vespers in Fredericksburg, VA

The Nativity of the Holy Theotokos

Friday, September 8
9:00am - Matins & Divine Liturgy in Fredericksburg, VA

Sunday before Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sunday, September 10
8:45am - Matins & Divine Litury

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Thursday, September 14
9:00am - Matins & Divine Liturgy

Sunday after Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sunday, September 17
8:45am - Matins & Divine Liturgy

1st Sunday of Luke

Sunday, September 24
8:45am - Matins & Divine Liturgy


Parish Life

Raffle Sales

The Parish Council kindly requests that any stubs and monies that are outstanding for the Raffle be returned to Marios Orfanides prior to this year's Greek Festival. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Dormition's Annual Greek Festival

Will be held this year on Saturday, August 19, from 11:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday, August 20, from 12;00 noon to 7:00pm. Please join in on the fun, excellent food, sumptuous pastries, refreshing drinks, great Greek music and much, much more. OPA!!

Sunday School

Classes will begin on Sunday, September 17, immediately following Holy Communion. We encourage our youth to participate in Sunday School to learn and live the catechism of the Holy Orthodox Faith. For more information, please contact Presvytera Tina at (240) 578-2549.


Altar Boys

Young men between the ages of 10 to 18 are invited to serve in the Holy Altar. Altar Boys are requested to be in the Holy Altar at 9:45am. For more information, please contact Father Panagiotis at (540) 667-1416.



CCAP Ministry

Please help the less fortunate by donating non-perishable foods, pantry items, clothing and baby needs for the CCAP Ministry. Place your donations in the CCAP bin in the Social Hall. 

Coffee Hour

Everyone is welcome to join in fellowship during the Coffee Hour following the Divine Liturgy on Sundays. If you would like to host a coffee hour, please sign up on the bulletin board next to Father's Study. For more information regarding hosting a Coffee Hour, please contact Marie Hughes at (540) 664-1185. 

Cell Phones

We respectfully request that you please turn off or silence your cell phone prior to entering the Narthex during the Church services. If you have a professional reason to carry a cell phone for emergencies, keep it on mute, not vibrate, and sit near to the exits so that leaving for an emergency will not be a distraction to others who are praying. Thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation.

Parish Calendar

Is on the Dormition’s website and can be viewed for upcoming liturgical services, meetings and events. To view the Parish Calendar  Click here.

All ministries are kindly requested to coordinate with Father Panagiotis, as early as possible, the date/time of proposed meetings and events to prevent scheduling conflicts. E-mail new postings or updates to Everyone's cooperation is essential.


Bulletin Submission Guidelines

Bulletin Announcements

Announcements for the Sunday e-bulletin and printed bulletin may be submitted by e-mail to or by fax to Father's Study at (540) 667-1990. The deadline for all announcements is Wednesday morning by 9:00 for the upcoming  bulletins. When feastdays or holidays fall on Thursday or Friday, the bulletins will be published earlier in that week.

All announcements must be in connection with Parish events, activities, fundraisers or community services. Fundraiser and community service announcements must be for non-commercial/non-profit events and activities. The content of the announcement must be in accordance with Orthodox Christian teachings, believes and values.

All ministries are requested to coordinate with Father Panagiotis, as early as possible, the date/time of proposed meetings and events to prevent scheduling conflicts. E-mail new postings, updates and changes to Father. Everyone's cooperation is essential.

To ensure the privacy of our Parishioners, announcements for births, baptisms, and weddings are not automatically included.  The family should make this request to Fr. Panagiotis. 

All announcements should be brief and concise including accurate contact information. All submissions are subject to edit by the Presiding Priest.



Driving Directions to the Church

The Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church welcomes you to worship with us on Sunday and whenever the Divine Liturgy is celebrated. Orthros begins at 8:45am and the Divine Liturgy at 10:00am.

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1. Proceed south on Interstate 81 South heading toward Winchester
2. Take exit 317 for VA-37/ US-11 toward US-522 N/ US-50 W/ Winchester/ Stephenson (0.3 mi)
3. Turn right at US-11 S/ VA-37 S/ Martinsburg Pike, Continue to follow VA-37 S (3.8 mi)
4. Take the ramp to US-50 E/ Northwestern Pike (0.2 mi)
5. Turn left at US-50 E/ Northwestern Pike, Continue to follow US-50 E (0.6 mi )
6. Turn left at Omps Dr, Continue to entrance of the Church`s parking lot (100 ft)
7. Turn left into the Church`s parking lot.


1. Proceed north on Interstate 81North heading toward Winchester
2. Take exit 310 for VA-37 toward US-11/VA-642/ Winchester/ Kernstown/ US-50/ US-522/ Berkely Spgs/ Romney (0.2 mi)
3. Turn left at VA-37 N (5.2 mi)
4. Take the US-50 ramp to Winchester/ Romney (0.3 mi)
5. Turn right at US-50 E/ Amherst St (0.5 mi)
6. Turn left at Omps Dr, Continue to entrance of the Church`s parking lot (100 ft)
7. Turn left into the Church`s parking lot.