(Please note schedule subject to change. Please call church office to confirm times.)
Sunday Services: Orthros 8:15 am; Divine Liturgy 9:15 am. Followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour in our Community Center.
Weekly Feastday / Major Saint Day Liturgies: 9 am Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy.
This great Father and Teacher of the Church was born in 329 in Arianzus, a village of the second district of Cappadocia, not far from Nazianzus. His father, who later became Bishop of Nazianzus, was named Gregory (commemorated Jan. 1), and his mother was named Nonna (Aug. 5); both are among the Saints, and so are his brother Caesarius (Mar. 9) and his sister Gorgona (Feb. 23). At first he studied in Caesarea of Palestine, then in Alexandria, and finally in Athens. As he was sailing from Alexandria to Athens, a violent sea storm put in peril not only his life but also his salvation, since he had not yet been baptized. With tears and fervour he besought God to spare him, vowing to dedicate his whole self to Him, and the tempest gave way to calm. At Athens Saint Gregory was later joined by Saint Basil the Great, whom he already knew; but now their acquaintanceship grew into a lifelong brotherly love. Another fellow student of theirs in Athens was the young Prince Julian, who later as Emperor was called the Apostate because he denied Christ and did all in his power to restore paganism. Even in Athens, before Julian had thrown off the mask of piety; Saint Gregory saw what an unsettled mind he had, and said, "What an evil the Roman State is nourishing" (Orat. V, 24, PG 35:693).
After their studies at Athens, Gregory became Basil's fellow ascetic, living the monastic life together with him for a time in the hermitages of Pontus. His father ordained him presbyter of the Church of Nazianzus, and Saint Basil consecrated him Bishop of Sasima (or Zansima), which was in the archdiocese of Caesarea. This consecration was a source of great sorrow to Gregory, and a cause of misunderstanding between him and Basil; but his love for Basil remained unchanged, as can be plainly seen from his Funeral Oration on Saint Basil (Orat. XLIII).
About the Year 379, Saint Gregory came to the assistance of the Church of Constantinople, which had already been troubled for forty years by the Arians; by his supremely wise words and many labours he freed it from the corruption of heresy, and was elected Archbishop of that city by the Second Ecumenical Council, which assembled there in 381, and condemned Macedonius, Archbishop of Constantinople, the enemy of the Holy Spirit. When Saint Gregory came to Constantinople, the Arians had taken all the churches and he was forced to serve in a house chapel dedicated to Saint Anastasia the Martyr. From there he began to preach his famous five sermons on the Trinity, called the Triadica. When he left Constantinople two years later, the Arians did not have one church left to them in the city. Saint Meletius of Antioch (see Feb. 12), who was presiding over the Second Ecumenical Council, died in the course of it, and Saint Gregory was chosen in his stead; there he distinguished himself in his expositions of dogmatic theology.
Having governed the Church until 382, he delivered his farewell speech - the Syntacterion, in which he demonstrated the Divinity of the Son - before 150 bishops and the Emperor Theodosius the Great; in this speech he requested, and received from all, permission to retire from the see of Constantinople. He returned to Nazianzus, where he lived to the end of his life, and reposed in the Lord in 391, having lived some sixty-two years.
His extant writings, both prose and poems in every type of metre, demonstrate his lofty eloquence and his wondrous breadth of learning. In the beauty of his writings, he is considered to have surpassed the Greek writers of antiquity, and because of his God-inspired theological thought, he received the surname "Theologian." Although he is sometimes called Gregory of Nazianzus, this title belongs properly to his father; he himself is known by the Church only as Gregory the Theologian. He is especially called "Trinitarian Theologian," since in virtually every homily he refers to the Trinity and the one essence and nature of the Godhead. Hence, Alexius Anthorus dedicated the following verses to him:
Like an unwandering star beaming with splendour,
Thou bringest us by mystic teachings, O Father,
To the Trinity's sunlike illumination,
O mouth breathing with fire, Gregory most mighty.
Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. 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 First Letter to Timothy 4:9-15.
TIMOTHY, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.
15th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 19:1-10
At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."
TODAY Fellowship Hour is sponsored by Mary and Wayne Mulcahy.
Please contact Father Anastasios on his mobile phone to schedule House Blessings this month.
January 25: St. Gregory the Theologian - Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9 am
January 30: Three Hierarchs - Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9 am
Apokriatiko Glendi – February 18, 2017, 7 pm – 11 pm
REGISTER NOW!! The Parish Council and Philoptochos are jointly sponsoring St. Anna’s Apokriatiko Glendi (Mardi Gras), an evening of music, dancing, food and family fellowship. Please support this fundraiser for our beloved St. Anna, as it is part of our parish’s history on our path towards continuing growth. Tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for children under 18 and free for children under five. You have choices to sign up to attend – every Sunday after church or contact Margaret Panageas at 908-246-7527 or Arge Mardakis at 908-253-0484. We look forward to hearing from you.
PC Corner: 2017 PC members: John Kaldes – President, John Douvris – 1st Vice President, Costa Tsatsos – 2nd Vice President, Peter Zannikos – Treasurer, Jorge Ferreira – Assistant Treasurer, Arge Mardakis – Recording Secretary, Joanne Diver – Corresponding Secretary
Fellowship Hour Coordinator: Nikolaos Kritharis
Liaison to Philoptochos: Arge Mardakis
Liaison to GOYA: Dean Soteropoulos and Bill Panageas
Liaison to Athletics: Larry Tattoli
Sunday and Greek School Programs: Joanne Diver
Ways and Means Committee is lead by John Douvris with the support of Nikolaos Kritharis
Stewardship Committee is led by Peter Zannikos with the support of Larry Tattoli
The PC meets the first Tuesday of every month.
• 2017 is an exciting year as we mark our 15th anniversary (first incorporated in 2002).
• In the next few weeks the PC will invite all the ministry heads to a 2017 planning session so that we can efficiently manage the church calendar.
• PC priority will be given to "Nicholas and Anna Memorial Hall" dedication event, donor recognition, and launch of iconography project on May 7. Please MARK THIS DATE and plan not to miss it. Diana Grina and John Douvris have volunteered their time to lead the Hall Dedication and Donor recognition event on May 7. Please see them but if you are willing to volunteer your talent and time.
Key Dates for 2017.
• February 18 - Mardi Gras (PC and Philoptochos run event)
• April 2 - Spring General Assembly
• May 7 - Hall Dedication, Donor Recognition
• June 3 - Wine and Dine (Tentative Date - to be confirmed)
• September 8,9,10 - OPA Festival
• October 28 - Taverna Night
• November 5 - Fall General Assembly
The PC is focused on making the Mardi Gras and other events successful. Please plan to attend and bring few family members and friends. We will have excellent food and music - the perfect combination to good time.
We have launched the new "Saint Anna Scholarship" program. Please look for the Eligibility form and Application at the Pangari or the church office.
• The St. Anna Event Request Form can be accessed on the website, for anyone who would like to hold an event at the Church, Community Center, or gym. The Gym has been rented for 3 nights a week until March. This limits the availability for our own use to Monday and Wednesday. If you have any questions, please see Costa Tsatsos.
Please help us to have another great year!
Fellowship Hour sponsors needed! Please sign up outside the Church office, or contact Dr. Nikolaos Kritharis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 201-572-3420.
Please join us for fun, food, and fellowship
STEWARDSHIP: Stewardship is the sharing of the talents and treasures that God has provided for us. An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards.
2017 Stewardship Status: We have 72 Pledges totaling $133,250 for an average of $1,851 and $28,424 received to date. We also have 4 families who have contributed $ 475 to date but have not yet submitted a stewardship card. It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward.
We need everyone’s participation to exceed this year’s stewardship pledge budget of $175,000. If the remaining stewards from 2016 give at the same level as last year we could exceed our budget and reach a record high number of stewards.
…Remember a rich man is not one who has much, but one who gives much…