St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-05-28
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St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 408.605.0621
  • Street Address:

  • 9th and Lincoln, Carmel-by-the-Sea

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  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 5808 Carmel by the Sea, CA 93921

Contact Information

Services Schedule

  • Sunday Orthros and Divine Liturgy: 8:30 a.m.
  • Week day feasts Orthros and Liturgy: 8:30 a.m. - see Liturgical Calendar
  • Paraklesis most Wednesdays: 6 p.m. - see Liturgical Calendar

Past Bulletins

Schedule of Services

Saturday, May 27
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, May 28
    8:30am  Orthros + Liturgy
Wednesday, May 31
    6:00pm  Paraklesis + Blessing of the Water
Friday, June 2
    6:00pm  Vespers
Saturday, June 3 Saturday of the Souls
    8:30am  Orthros + :Liturgy
    5:00pm  Vespers
    8:30am  Orthros + Liturgy + Kneeling Vespers
Monday, June 5  Day of the Holy Spirit
    9:00 Orthros + Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in San Francisco
Wednesday, June 7
    6:00pm  Paraklesis
Saturday, June 10
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, June 11
    8:30am  Orthros + Liturgy


Special Services

This Sunday's memorial service is for the servant of God Jordan Haritou (1 year), husband of Voula Haritou and father of Sevaste Edwards. May his memory be eternal!

News & Events


Vacation Church School 2017


Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

 Monday, June 26th – Friday, June 30th

8:30am – 12:30pm Grades K- 8th

 Early Registration April 1 – May 14

Register online:

For more information contact Joan Ioannou: 


Sunday School will meet this Sunday for the younger group only. The younger group will continue with the new unit: "Lamp Unto My Feet: Reading the Bible as Orthodox Christians." Please have your child bring a Bible to class.


The teams on duty these coming Sundays are:

May 28
   Welcoming:  Anne Zavitsanos
   Parish Council Member: Christina Pressas
   Fellowship: Team 4 (Green) - always on  4th Sunday of the month.

June 4
   Welcoming: Katherine Shaw
   Parish Council Member:  Fotis Papoulias
   Fellowship: Team 1 (Gold) - always on  1st Sunday of the month.


On Saturday June 3, right before Pentecost, we will remember our departed ones just like we did before the Great and Holy Fast started. It is the tradition of our Church to celebrate this special memorial service before the feast of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and to remember the departed by their first name, one by one. We bring our list of names along with a tray of kollyva which is to remind us of their resurrection in Christ. A few pointers from the Holy Gospel:

·        “Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if die, it brings forth much fruit.” (John 12:24)

·        “You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies... and what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. (John 15:37-38)

·        "But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.” (I Corinthians 15:36-38)

Please let me know Father Ion if you are interested in learning how to make kollyva so we can arrange a workshop prior to Saturday.


Sunday, June 4th Members of the chapter are invited to cast your votes for our 2017/2019 board members.  We are looking to fill 7 board member positions.  If you are a full member in good standing with the chapter, you are invited to run for the board.  

Thank you to Sandy Sanders and her fellowship team that prepared the delicious and welcoming luncheon for Tiffany and her visiting family members.  What a blessing to have Tiffany's parents, sister and husband, and niece celebrate the Divine Liturgy with us as Tiffany received the Holy Blessing from Father Ion.

Philoptochos 2017 Membership Drive is in full swing, if you have not yet joined the chapter...what are you waiting for?  This is your opportunity to stand hand in hand with other dynamic community leaders and do His Works.  $45 is the recommended donation amount for dues, if that does not fit your budget the chapter humbly accepts all gifts.

Kids 'n Cancer, stay tuned for a fun beach hot dog roast to benefit the beloved Metropolis ministry of Kids 'n Cancer/Camp Agape...



Thank you to our new 2017 Stewards. We are blessed with so much in our lives. Thank you to :

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Balcom - Rosina Barou - James & Elaine Bernard - Lawrence Brown, Col. - Father Ion & Presbytera Ana Coman - Marie G. Cominos - Nicholas G Cominos - Ted Cominos - Chrysanthy Conomos - Chantel Cressy - Steven & Christianna Cressy - James & Rosa Deamant - Nick and Stephanie Delis - Sheila Doyle-Rickenbacker - Zlatan & Olga Drumev - John Ehab - George & Jeanne Elliott - Nick & Mary Alice Fettis - Michele & Georgia Filice - Joan Ioannou  & Edward Fong - Dr. Nick Itsines - Chrisanthi Georgalos - Simi Georgalos - Michael Georgariou - Michael & Maria Hahn - Voula Haritou - John Haveles - His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas  - Christopher & Dimitra Hubbard - Hussam Ibrahim - Georgette Jabbour - Mike & Mary Kanalakis - Maria Kastros-Taubman - Mr. Charles & Maria Leontis - Angela (Lula) Maheras - Shirley Manis - Kent Mitchell - Col. Gus & Lt. Col. Lannette Moutos - Alexandra Mouzas - Stephanie Muntean - Milton & Joanne Pagonis - Fotis Papoulias - George & Barbara Pappas - Spiro Politis - Jim and Lauren Poulos - Ms. Christina Pressas - Elaine Rogers - Euthimios & Lauren Saites - Paraskevi Saites - Sandy Sanders - Gus & Ann Scourkes - John Scourkes - Steve & Kathy Shaw - Darold Skerritt - Maria Stefanou - Jenny Stuhlmiller - Constantine & Alina Theodosion - Randy & Athena Tracey - Ms. Georgia Jo Van Dam - Jeff Vanderhoof - Frances Vardamis - Jamie Wojtal - Michael  Xitakis - Mr. & Mrs. David Zajicek - Anne Zavitsanos - Anthony & Rania Zavitsanos 

Dear Stewards - now that you've had some time, please consider increasing your stewardship. There is much  for which to be grateful and regular tithing is our goal.

We, the church, are here to help you achieve what you want to accomplish in God’s name. We are now at 75% of our Stewardship Goal. We would love to add your name to the list above.  Thank you for being part of Saint John’s.

If you have not yet completed a Stewardship Card for 2017, additional cards are on the table in the church hall and completed cards can be dropped in the collection plate of left with the greeter or any Parish Council member. We are blessed with so much. Changes are happening quickly with the only purpose to glorify God and grow His Church. Be a part of this incredible time in our parish!

If you are interested in serving in our Stewardship Ministry, please talk to Mary Kanalakis. We meet the last Tuesday of each month and we are moving into an exciting new phase of our Stewardship growth.



The Holy Trinity is celebrated on the Monday of the Holy Spirit. Father Aris and our sister parish in San Francisco are inviting us to their feast day for Orthros and Liturgy from 9:00am on Monday June 5.


The Saint Nicholas Greek Festival will take place the first weekend in June. It is a most beautiful one, an opportunity for us to support their community.

Fri June 2 (5:00pm to 10:00pm)
Sat June 3 (11:00am to10:00pm)
Sun June 4 (11:00am to 9:00pm)

Free parking and shuttle is available and there is VTA bus stop within walking distance. The Festival is wheelchair accessible. Get your free admission ticket at


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14

At that time, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36.

IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Gospel Reading

Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from John 17:1-13

At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.

"I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Mode

When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You.

Apolytikion for Holy Ascension in the 4th Mode

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, after You filled the Disciples with joy, by promising to send them the Holy Spirit, and You blessed them and established their faith, that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

Apolytikion for Fathers of the 1st Council in the Plagal 4th Mode

Supremely blessed are You, O Christ our God. You established the holy Fathers upon the earth as beacons, and through them You have guided us all to the true Faith, O greatly merciful One, glory be to You.

Apolytikion of St. John the Baptist in the 2nd Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner; for you have proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since you were granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, you did rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades:  that God has appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 2nd Mode

When You had fulfilled the dispensation for our sake, * and united things on earth with the things in heaven, * You were taken up thither in glory, O Christ our God, * going not away from any place, * but continuing inseparable, * and to them that love You crying out: * "I am with you, and there is, therefore, none against you."

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.


Saints and Feasts

May 28

Fathers of the 1st Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.

Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with "And in the Holy Spirit," was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.

Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.

June 03

The Saturday of Souls

On Saturday June 3, right before Pentecost, we will remember our departed ones just like we did before the Great and Holy Fast started. It is the tradition of our Church to celebrate this special memorial service before the feast of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and to remember the departed by their first name, one by one. We bring our list of names along with a tray of kollyva which is to remind us of their resurrection in Christ. A few pointers from the Holy Gospel:

  • “Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone; but if die, it brings forth much fruit.” (John 12:24)
  • “You foolish man! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies... and what you sow is not the body which is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. (John 15:37-38)
  • "But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body.” (I Corinthians 15:36-38)


Wisdom of the Fathers

For there is One God, and One Mediator between God and Man, the Man Christ Jesus. For He still pleads even now as Man for my salvation; ...
St. Gregory the Theologian
4th Theological Oration, 4th Century

... for He continues to wear the Body which He assumed, until He make me God by the power of His Incarnation; although He is no longer known after the flesh -- I mean, the passions of the flesh, the same, except sin, as ours.
St. Gregory the Theologian
4th Theological Oration, 4th Century