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Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-02-26
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Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (203) 795-1347
  • Fax:
  • (203) 795-1348
  • Street Address:

  • 480 Race Brook Road

  • Orange, CT 06477


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 8:30 AM Divine Liturgy: 9:45 AM
Weekdays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy: 10:00 AM


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς ῾Ρωμαίους 13:11-14, 14:1-4.

Ἀδελφοί, νῦν ἐγγύτερον ἡμῶν ἡ σωτηρία ἢ ὅτε ἐπιστεύσαμεν. Ἡ νὺξ προέκοψεν, ἡ δὲ ἡμέρα ἤγγικεν· ἀποθώμεθα οὖν τὰ ἔργα τοῦ σκότους, καί ἐνδυσώμεθα τὰ ὅπλα τοῦ φωτός. Ὡς ἐν ἡμέρᾳ, εὐσχημόνως περιπατήσωμεν, μὴ κώμοις καὶ μέθαις, μὴ κοίταις καὶ ἀσελγείαις, μὴ ἔριδι καὶ ζήλῳ. Ἀλλʼ ἐνδύσασθε τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, καὶ τῆς σαρκὸς πρόνοιαν μὴ ποιεῖσθε, εἰς ἐπιθυμίας. Τὸν δὲ ἀσθενοῦντα τῇ πίστει προσλαμβάνεσθε, μὴ εἰς διακρίσεις διαλογισμῶν. Ὃς μὲν πιστεύει φαγεῖν πάντα, ὁ δὲ ἀσθενῶν λάχανα ἐσθίει. Ὁ ἐσθίων τὸν μὴ ἐσθίοντα μὴ ἐξουθενείτω, καὶ ὁ μὴ ἐσθίων τὸν ἐσθίοντα μὴ κρινέτω· ὁ θεὸς γὰρ αὐτὸν προσελάβετο. Σὺ τίς εἶ ὁ κρίνων ἀλλότριον οἰκέτην; Τῷ ἰδίῳ κυρίῳ στήκει ἢ πίπτει. Σταθήσεται δέ· δυνατὸς γάρ ἐστιν ὁ θεὸς στῆσαι αὐτόν.


Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Forgiveness Sunday
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 6:14-21

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· ᾿Εὰν γὰρ ἀφῆτε τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τὰ παραπτώματα αὐτῶν, ἀφήσει καὶ ὑμῖν ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ὁ οὐράνιος· ἐὰν δὲ μὴ ἀφῆτε τοῖς ἀνθρώποις τὰ παραπτώματα αὐτῶν, οὐδὲ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν ἀφήσει τὰ παραπτώματα ὑμῶν. ῞Οταν δὲ νηστεύητε, μὴ γίνεσθε ὥσπερ οἱ ὑποκριταὶ σκυθρωποί· ἀφανίζουσι γὰρ τὰ πρόσωπα αὐτῶν ὅπως φανῶσι τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύοντες· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἀπέχουσι τὸν μισθὸν αὐτῶν. σὺ δὲ νηστεύων ἄλειψαί σου τὴν κεφαλὴν καὶ τὸ πρόσωπόν σου νίψαι,ὅπως μὴ φανῇς τοῖς ἀνθρώποις νηστεύων, ἀλλὰ τῷ πατρί σου τῷ ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ, καὶ ὁ πατήρ σου ὁ βλέπων ἐν τῷ κρυπτῷ ἀποδώσει σοι ἐν τῷ φανερῷ. Μὴ θησαυρίζετε ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ὅπου σὴς καὶ βρῶσις ἀφανίζει, καὶ ὅπου κλέπται διορύσσουσι καὶ κλέπτουσι· θησαυρίζετε δὲ ὑμῖν θησαυροὺς ἐν οὐρανῷ, ὅπου οὔτε σὴς οὔτε βρῶσις ἀφανίζει, καὶ ὅπου κλέπται οὐ διορύσσουσιν οὐδὲ κλέπτουσιν· ὅπου γάρ ἐστιν ὁ θησαυρὸς ὑμῶν, ἐκεῖ ἔσται καὶ ἡ καρδία ὑμῶν.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord by His Might, has created a Dominion. He has conquered death by death, and become the first-born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades, and has granted the world great mercy.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, "O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen."
Τῆς σοφίας ὁδηγέ, φρονήσεως χορηγέ, τῶν ἀφρόνων παιδευτά, καὶ πτωχῶν ὑπερασπιστά, στήριξον, συνέτισον τὴν καρδίαν μου Δέσποτα. Σὺ δίδου μοι λόγον, ὁ τοῦ Πατρός Λόγος· ἰδοὺ γὰρ τὰ χείλη μου, οὐ μὴ κωλύσω ἐν τῷ κράζειν σοι· Ἐλεῆμον, ἐλέησόν με τὸν παραπεσόντα.
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Saints and Feasts

Eden
February 26

Forgiveness Sunday

The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today's Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.


February 26

Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza

Saint Porphyrius had Thessalonica as his homeland. He became a monk in Scete of Egypt, where he lived for five years. He went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, after which he spent five years in much affliction in a cave near the Jordan. Stricken with a disease of the liver, he departed to Jerusalem, where he was ordained presbyter and appointed Keeper of the Cross at the age of 45. Three years later he was made Bishop of Gaza. He suffered much from the rulers and pagans of Gaza; but with the friendship of Saint John Chrysostom, and the patronage of the Empress Eudoxia, he razed the temple of the idol Marnas in Gaza and built a great church to the glory of God. He reposed in 450.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Henceforward then we must be free from our listlessness; "for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed."[*] You see how he puts the Resurrection now close by them. For as the time advances, he means, the season of our present life is wasting away, and that of the life to come waxes nearer. If then thou be prepared, and hast done all whatsoever He hath commanded, the day is salvation to thee...Yes, for the day is calling us to battle-array, and to the fight. Yet fear not at hearing of array and arms. For in the case of the visible suit of armor, to put it on is a heavy and abhorred task. But here it is desirable, and worth being prayed for. For it is of Light the arms are! Hence they will set thee forth brighter than the sunbeam, and giving out a great glistening, and they place thee in security: for they are arms, and glittering do they make thee: for arms of light are they!...It is the deadly kind of passions then that he is for extinguishing, lust, namely, and anger. Wherefore it is not themselves only, but even the sources of them that he removes. For there is nothing that so kindles lust, and inflames wrath, as drunkenness, and sitting long at the wine...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 25 on Romans 13, 4th Century

Here it were well to sigh aloud, and to wail bitterly: for not only do we imitate the hypocrites, but we have even surpassed them.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 20 on Matthew 6, 4th Century

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St. Barbara News

Parish News and Events

Sunday, February 19

Judgment Sunday - Κυριακή Της Απόκρεω

Orthros - Ορθρος...........................................................................................  8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - Θεία Λειτουργία .......................................................................... 9:45 a.m.

Sunday School - Κατηχητικό Σχολείο.................................................................... 9:45 a.m.

A.H.E.P.A. Pancake Breakfast following the Divine Liturgy 

Curious Creatures in the Library.......................................................................... 1:00 p.m.

St. Barbara Volleyball Varsity vs. Holy Trinity (NR) at New Rochelle.............................. 4:30 p.m.

 

Monday, February 20

St. Barbara Jr. Varsity Volleyball Practice - Προπόνηση Αθλητικών - CT Sports Center....... 6:00 p.m.

St. Barbara Youth Division Basketball Practice - Προπόνηση Αθλητικών - CT Sports Center.7:00 p.m.

St. Barbara Volleyball Varsit13 vs. Holy Trinity (Bpt) at CT Sports Center.......................7:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, February 21

Endowment Fund Committee Meeting - Συνεδρίασις Επιτροπής Endowment Fund.............. 7:30 p.m.

 

Wednesday, February 22

Orange Clergy Meeting.................................................................................... 12:30 p.m.

Philoptochos General Meeting - Γενική Συνέλευση Φιλοπτώχου...................................  7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, February 23

Greek Language School - Ελληνικό Σχολείο............................................................ 4:30 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal - Πρόβες Χορωδίας...................................................................... 6:45 p.m.

Adult Greek Language...................................................................................... 6:30 p.m.

 

Friday, February 24

P.T.O. Crafterparty at the Lightle Community Center................................................ 6:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, February 25 - Saturday of Souls

Orthros - Ορθρος...........................................................................................  9:00 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - Θεία Λειτουργία ........................................................................  10:00 a.m.

Marriage Preparation Seminar at the Lightle Community Center.........................  9:00 - 3:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, February 26

Forgiveness Sunday - Κυριακή Της Tυροφάγου

Orthros - Ορθρος...........................................................................................  8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - Θεία Λειτουργία .......................................................................... 9:45 a.m.

Sunday School - Κατηχητικό Σχολείο.................................................................... 9:45 a.m.

St. Barbara Volleyball Varsity vs. Stamford United at Annunciation.............................. 3:00 p.m.

 


2016 Stewardship

Stewardship 2016 Goal:  $360,000
Total Amount Pledged:    $361,048
Total Amount Received:   $347,694

Total Pledges Received:    770

The Saint Barbara Stewardship Committee and the Parish Council wish to thank our stewards for their continued support of our community.  If you have not yet completed your 2016 Stewardship Plege we ask that you do so as soon as possible.  Thank you.


Saint Barbara General Fund 2016 Financial Summary

Total Annual Expenses:       $625,000.00

Total Expenses All Sources: $625,761.80  (As of 12-31-16)

 

                                                                                                                                                                

How much does it cost per day to run the  Saint Barbara Parish?     $2,394 per day*

* Total includes General Fund and Building Fund expenses.

                                                                                                                                                                

What about Stewardship? 

Our stewardship income covers only about half of the total expenses of our parish.  The other half is paid through fund raisers.  If our stewardship income was at or above the Archdiocese national average, we would not have any shortfall.

Archdiocese National Stewardship Average:   $1,200 per family

Saint Barbara Annual Stewardship Average:   $575 per family

                                                                                                                                                              

Strength of Heart, Strength of Faith, Building Up Together

Progress To Date Towards Our Goal:

The Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Community of Orange, Connecticut is embarking on a three-year capital campaign entitled:  “Strength of Heart, Strength of Faith... Building up Together” to build the Athletic Center and complete the Master Plan as voted on by the General Assembly nearly two decades ago.  

This is the next step of a planning study and strategic vision that was under taken by the Parish Assembly in 1999.  We surveyed every parishioner and interviewed several hundred, consulted ministry leaders and tested a statement of needs and visual concepts.  What would become know as the parish’s “Master Plan” was then brought before the General Assembly on November 5, 2000 and approved.  

In 2009, we saw the completion of Phase One of the Master Plan with the renovation of our Education Center and the Construction of our Community Center, Kitchen, Bookstore, Library etc.  Since then we have been able to witness and participate in the expansion of our parish’s ministries and outreach.  The results of which we are only beginning to see materialize.

The time has come for us to complete the Master Plan.  As members of the Saint Barbara Parish we are all being asked to make a three-year, financial commitment towards the completion of Phase Two of this project, with the construction of our Athletic Center. 

Funding Plan:  Target pledges and cash donations:  $5,000,000

 

Time Line for Fulfilling the Vision

Coming months:  Provide parishioners with early architectural plans, a summary marketing document and a full plan of completing the Master Plan.  Publicly commence Capital Campaign.

Construction:  We will commence the construction of the Athletic Center after we have secured the funding through donations.

 


S.A.T. Practice Exams

02/18/2017

The Saint Barbara Mentoring Initiative is partnering with The Princeton Review to offer free full-length practice tests for the ACT® and SAT® for area high school students. 

With the ACT® and SAT® just around the corner, we know that students have more questions and concerns about the exams than ever before. That’s why The Princeton Review is excited to announce Free Practice Test events!   These free events will provide students with stress-free, realistic testing environments where they can try their hand at the ACT® or SAT®, see what the new tests will be like and find out how they may score before they take the real thing. These events will also provide students who are having trouble deciding between the ACT and SAT with a chance to try each test and find which one they prefer. How will you score? Find out by taking a full-length practice test given under the same testing conditions as the actual exams. You'll learn about the endurance and skill needed, and you'll get a personalized score report that shows your strengths and weaknesses. Students will receive detailed feedback from Princeton Review within 3 weeks. 


Saint Barbara Choir

The St. Barbara Choir is actively seeking new members. Men and women, high school seniors and older, are encouraged to contact Stacey Grimaldi (staceygrimaldi113@gmail.com or 860-655-5617) or Jane Hadjimichael (jane.hadjimichael@gmail.com) for information and a rehearsal schedule. Rehearsals begin in October.  It's not necessary that you read Greek! Contact us with your interest, no matter how slight, and we'll be happy to answer your questions or concerns.


Saint Barbara Grand Ballroom

Consider renting the Saint Barbara Grand Ballroom for your next family celebration. It`s perfect for weddings, baptisms, anniversaries, or birthdays. For smaller events we also have the Lightle Community Center. Call the Church Office for more details.(203) 795-1347


2016-2017 Ministry Resource Guide

The 2016-2017 Ministry Resource Guide of the Saint Barbara Parish is now available on-line on our parish web site.  The guide highlights the various ministries that are offered ot our community as well as other pertinent Orthodox information.


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Hellenic College Holy Cross News

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Nicholas Logothetis, Executive Board Member at the Libra Group and Co-Founder and Chairman of Concordia, to Visit HCHC

02/16/2017

Nicholas Logothetis, Executive Board Member at the Libra Group and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Concordia, will visit with the student body of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology on Thursday, February 23 at 12:00 pm in the Maliotis Cultural Center.

Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos to Lead 14th Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat

02/16/2017

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, the 14th Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat will be held on March 31 and April 1, 2017 at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Christian Church in Southampton, New York.

Holy Cross Faculty to Speak at March Book Festival

02/15/2017

Two members of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology faculty, Rev. Dr. Eugen Pentiuc and Dr. Bruce Beck, will be featured speakers next month at the annual Celebration of Books hosted by Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, Illinois.

Get to Know Our New Students: Andreas Bessinas

02/15/2017

Hellenic College freshman Andreas Bessinas has lived in a number of places, and he has been involved all of his young life in Church-related activities, including Project Mexico.

Holy Cross Announces Summer Diaconate Program

02/14/2017

Holy Cross will once again host the annual summer session of the Diaconate Program from July 29-August 6, 2017.
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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

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41st Annual FDF Brings Together Faith, Culture and Philanthropy

02/13/2017

he sights and sounds of the 41st Annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF) will fill the Town and Country Resort in San Diego from February 16 – 19, 2017. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America will once again join this celebration of faith and culture. This exceptional ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, will bring together over 3,000 people in celebration of Faith, Dance and Fellowship...
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