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St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-04-30
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St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (817) 283-2291
  • Fax:
  • (817) 545-0302
  • Street Address:

  • 303 Cullum Drive

  • Euless, TX 76040


Contact Information





Services Schedule

Small Paraklesis - Wednesday 6:00PM

Great Vespers - Saturday 5:00PM

Matins - Sunday 8:30AM

Divine Liturgy - Sunday 9:30 AM

Confessions - Saturday after Vespers or upon request


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode

Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday 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.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode

The noble Joseph, taking Thine immaculate Body down from the Tree, and having wrapped It in pure linen and spices, laid It for burial in a new tomb. But on the third day Thou didst arise, O Lord, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode

Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave: Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption. But cry out: The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion of the Synaxis of John the Forerunner in the Second Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise * but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner, * for thou wast proved to be truly more wonderful than the Prophets * since thou wast granted to baptize in the running waters * Him Whom they proclaim. * Wherefore having contested for the Truth, * thou didst rejoice to announce, 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 Fourth Mode

Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades' power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, "Hail!" and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
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Saints and Feasts

Myrrbear
April 30

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him. They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to the sepulchre, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to annoint His body. It is because of the myrrh-oils, that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called the Myrrh-bearers. Of those whose names are known are the following: first of all, the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called "the mother of James and Joses" (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene (celebrated July 22); Mary, the wife of Clopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna. As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence (Matt 27:55-56; 28:1-10. Mark 15:40-41. Luke 8:1-3; 23:55-24:11, 22-24. John 19:25; 20:11-18. Acts 1:14).

Together with them we celebrate also the secret disciples of the Saviour, Joseph and Nicodemus. Of these, Nicodemus was probably a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy Scriptures. He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Saviour's preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night. Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence and love for the divine Teacher (John 19:39). Joseph, who was from the city of Arimathea, was a wealthy and noble man, and one of the counsellors who were in Jerusalem. He went boldly unto Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus he gave Him burial. Since time did not permit the preparation of another tomb, he placed the Lord's body in his own tomb which was hewn out of rock, as the Evangelist says (Matt. 27:60).


Jameszebedee
April 30

James the Apostle and brother of St. John the Theologian

James was one of the Twelve, like his brother John (celebrated on Sept. 26), whom the Lord called "Sons of Thunder," because they became great preachers and because of their profound theology. It was the Saint's boldness in preaching the Gospel that Herod Agrippa, the son of Aristobulus and grandson of Herod the Great, could not endure, and so he took him into custody during the days of the Passover, and slew him with the sword (Acts 12: 1-2); and thus he drank the cup of which the Saviour had spoken to him prophetically (Matt. 20:23). As for Herod, the following year he went down to Caesarea, and, as the Acts of the Apostles records: "Upon a set day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration" to the elders of Tyre and Sidon; and the flatterers that surrounded him "gave a shout, saying, 'it is the voice of a god, and not of a man.' And immediately an Angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and like his grandfather (see Dec. 29) "he was eaten of worms and gave up the spirit" (Acts 12:21-23)


Jeremiah
May 01

Jeremias the Prophet

This great Prophet of God, Jeremias, who loved his brethren and lamented for them greatly, who prayed much for the people and the Holy City, was the son of Helkias of the tribe of Levi, from the city of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. He was sanctified from his mother's womb, as the Lord Himself said concerning him: "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth from the womb, I sanctified thee; I appointed thee a prophet to the nations" (Jer. 1:5). He prophesied for thirty years, from 613 to 583 B.C. During the last captivity of the people in the reign of Sedekias, when only a few were left behind to cultivate the land, this Prophet remained with them by the permission of Nabuzardan, the captain of the guard under Nabuchodonosor. He wept and lamented inconsolably over the desolation of Jerusalem and the enslavement of his people. But even the few that remained behind transgressed again, and fearing the vengeance of the Chaldeans, they fled into Egypt, forcibly taking with them Jeremias and Baruch his disciple and scribe. There he prophesied concerning Egypt and other nations, and he was stoned to death in Taphnas by his own people about the year 583 B.C., since they would not endure to hear the truth of his words and his just rebukes. His book of prophecy is divided into fifty-one chapters, and his book of lamentation into five; he is ranked second among the greater Prophets. His name means "Yah is exalted."


Allsaint
May 06

Job the Prophet

This faithful servant of God, the most perfect icon of all virtue, and especially of patience, was the son of Zare and Bosorra, and was the fifth from Abraham. He was true, blameless, just, devout, and abstained from every evil thing. He was very wealthy and blessed by God in all things, as was none other of the inhabitants of the land of Ausis, his homeland, which lies between Idumea and Arabia. But by divine permission, that he might be tried, he was suddenly deprived of his children, wealth, glory, and every consolation, and was covered with grievous sores over all his body. Some say that he endured courageously in this unparalleled calamity for seven whole years. Then, by divine blessing, he was restored again to a prosperity even more illustrious than the first. Having lived after his affliction for 170 years, he reposed full of days at the age of 240, in the year 1350 B.C. Others say that his affliction lasted only one year, and that he lived thereafter 140 years, living 210 years altogether.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.


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 Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7.

IN THOSE DAYS, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

They [the women] had followed Him ministering to Him, and were present even unto the time of the dangers. Wherefore also they saw all; how He cried, how He gave up the ghost, how the rocks were rent, and all the rest.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century

And these [the women] first see Jesus; and the sex that was most condemned, this first enjoys the sight of the blessings, this most shows its courage. And when the disciples had fled, these were present.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 88 on Matthew 27, 4th Century

The second [Sunday after Pascha] is dedicated to the women who visited the tomb of Christ, hoping to anoint his body with myrrh, but they found an empty tomb instead. In many ways, this reflects the content of every Sunday and every Divine Liturgy: we come to church to celebrate the sacrifice of Christ, which takes place on the altar, a symbol of the tomb of Christ. Our testimony, every time, is that the tomb is empty, a reflection of the revelation to the Myrrh bearers.
Rev. Dr. Andreas Andreopoulos
Gazing on God: Trinity, Church and Salvation in Orthodox Thought and Iconography. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2013, 55-56.

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Information about Holy Communion

Information about Holy Communion

Orthodox faithful are encouraged to participate regularly in the Eucharist.  Yet, for our spiritual development, we need to examine ourselves responsibly before coming in front of the Holy Chalice (I Cor. 11:28).  Please remember that Holy Communion should be received only by the Orthodox Faithful in good ecclesiastical standing that have prepared as prescribed by the Canons of the Church through fasting, prayer and regular Confession, and attend the entire Divine Liturgy.


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Calendar

  • The Weekly Calendar of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

    April 30 to May 7, 2017

    Sunday, April 30

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM High School/College Graduation Luncheon & Announcement of Philoptochos Scholarship

    12:00PM Chi-Rho Program for 4th & 5th grade Orthodox Scouts

    Wednesday, May 3

    6:00PM Paraklesis

    7:00PM UMG Sandwich / Lunch bag preparation

    Saturday, May 6

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, May 7

    8:30AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Pascha Passport reward ceremony

    11:30AM Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser - Free Will Donation

    12:00PM Chi-Rho Program for 4th & 5th grade Orthodox Scouts

    1:00PM GOYA Meeting

    1:00PM Festival Meeting


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Parish Activities

Inquirers/ Faith Enrichment Classes

Our catechism / faith enrichment classes came to an end on April 9, 2017. Our New Catechism class will start in September 2017, after Divine Liturgy. The program is open for non-Orthodox as well as for Orthodox Christians. Join us to learn more about the Orthodox Faith and don't forget to bring a friend. See Fr. Vasile if you like to join!


CURRENT FORERUNNER

You can read our current Forerunner here:

http://issuu.com/stjohndfw


TODAY EVENTS

Please welcome Rev. Hieromonk Gregory Zaiens from St. Arsenius of Konevits monastery, Decatur, Texas, who is serving today in Fr. Vasile’s absence.

 

Special services:  Announcement of Philoptochos Scholarship winner

 

This Sunday’s Coffee Hour is offered by the Youth Ministry - High School/College Graduation Luncheon 

 We need volunteers to host coffee hour on:

-          June 18 & 25 (Fast: Fish, wine, oil allowed)

PLEASE SIGN UP! Check the sign-up sheet in the hall or call / text Connie Rafailedes at (817) 994 – 7077!

 

STEWARDSHIP 2017 info as of 4/30/2017:

 - Goal to cover expenses:      $355,337

 - Pledged:                                $269,956

 - Short:                                    $  85,381

 - No. of stewards: 121

 

BOOKSTORE: Orthodox Prayer book for children (w/CD) $28

 

TODAY, AFTER SERVICE:

-          Sunday school students please submit your Pascha Passports!

-          The Chi-Rho Program : in the 3rd & 4th Grade classroom.

-          Philoptochos Mother’s Day Celebration. Please join us in honoring a special woman, living or departed, orthodox or non-orthodox!! Please see the flier in narthex or fill online form: http://bit.ly/mothersdaycelebration, Due date: May 7.


UPCOMING EVENTS

-          Wednesday, May 3, after paraklesis: UMG sandwich making

-          Sunday, May 7: Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

-          Sunday, May 7: 1st 2017 Festival Meeting, after coffee hour

-          Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Celebration. See flier!

-          Sunday, May 21: Picnic for the End of Sunday School Year.

-          Saturday, May 27: “Marriage: Pilgrimage to the Eternal” – Nativity Monastery Retreat for married couples and singles. See flier in narthex.

-          Vacation Bible School: June 6 -9, 2017, from 9 am – 1 pm

-          Camp Emmanuel: our church will REIMBURSE registration funds for those interested. Senior Session:  June 11-17 (Ages 15-18); Junior Session:  June 18-24 (Ages 11-14), Location: New Mexico. Last day to register: TODAY! http://youth.denver.goarch.org/events/2017-events.

-          All Saints Summer Camp: June 25–30, Ages: 8 – 18, Location: Cooper Farms in Ledbetter, TX. Registration: $295 until May 15thwww.allsaintssummercamp.org 


FEAST ICONS DEDICATIONS

We are starting a small, longer term project to replace the plastic, low quality portable Feasts and Saints icons we use during the ecclesiastical year with proper ones, executed in the traditional high quality egg tempera/burnished gold technique. 

You have probably already seen the first batch of icons that are already in the Church, all icons will be done by the same hands. 

Here are the icons that are available for dedications. Please let the church office know which one you are interested in sponsoring. 

-          Circumcision of the Lord: $500

-          Sunday of All Saints: $500

-          Sunday of Orthodoxy: $500

-          Martyrs of Mt. Sinai and Raithu: $500

The icons will be ordered as the funds become available, we hope to finish this project withn a year or so. Please do not wait until the last minute since the icons will be dedicated on a first come, first served basis.

Thank you all for participating in this beautiful project. 


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From The Metropolis of Denver

News from Denver Metropolis

Support our Metropolis by participating in our Advocates 1000 program. More info at the link below

http://denver.goarch.org/advocates-support-for-the-metropolis-


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Announcements and Forms for Various Activities

    Mother's Day Celebration

    Mother's Day Celebration

    Mother's Day celebration


    “Marriage: Pilgrimage to the Eternal” retreat

    “Marriage: Pilgrimage to the Eternal” retreat

    – Nativity Monastery Retreat for married couples and singles. Speakers: Father Chad and Matushka Thekla Hatfield. Fr. Chad Hatfield is the President of St. Vladimir’s Seminary where he has served since 2007.


    FEAST ICONS DEDICATIONS

    FEAST ICONS DEDICATIONS

    Here are the icons that are available for dedications. Please let the church office know which one you are interested in sponsoring. - Circumcision of the Lord: $500 - Sunday of All Saints: $500 - Sunday of Orthodoxy: $500 - Martyrs of Mt. Sinai and Raithu: $500


    2017 STEWARDSHIP CARD

    2017 STEWARDSHIP CARD

    Click on the link bellow or see attached the 2017 Stewardship Form. Right click on the link, save it on your computer, open it, fill in the information and save it on your computer again with your name in the title. For example if your name is John Baptist save it as John_Baptist_2017.pdf. Once done, mail the completed form to us at 


     FUNDS NEEDED TO RESTORE THE MONASTERY OF ST. NINIAN AND ST. CUTHBERT ON THE ISLE OF MULL, SCOTLAND

    FUNDS NEEDED TO RESTORE THE MONASTERY OF ST. NINIAN AND ST. CUTHBERT ON THE ISLE OF MULL, SCOTLAND

    Fr. Serafim Aldea is a Hieromonk from UK and he is opening a monastery in the Island of Mull, dedicated to All the Celtic Saints. He is currently doing a tour in the USA to gather some necessary construction funds for the monastery. (Please see the attached flier)


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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

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Archbishop Demetrios to Deliver Lecture at the University of Notre Dame

04/18/2017

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Geron of America has been invited to deliver the 2017 Tantur Lecture at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana on the subject: “Exegetical Creativity: St. Basil's Nine Homilies on the Creation of the Universe.”

Archiepiscopal Encyclical on Holy Pascha 2017

04/15/2017

On this glorious Feast of Feasts that is filled with the transcendent light and unsurpassable joy of the Lord’s Resurrection, I proclaim with you, my beloved people, the exclamation of victory, Christ is Risen! Truly, He is Risen!
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