Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-09-10
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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (201) 652-4774 for emergencies: 201 870 2676
  • Fax:
  • (201) 652-0789
  • Street Address:

  • 467 Grandview Avenue

  • Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Sundays in the fall, winter & spring:

Matins: 9 a.m. &  Divine Liturgy 10a.m. except during the summer


Summer hours for Sundays in July and August:

Matins: 8:30a.m.  & Divine Liturgy 9:30a.m.

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the Fourth Mode

Thy Nativity, O Theotokos, hath procliamed joy to the whole world; for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, annulling the curse and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.



The truth of things has revealed you to your flock as a rule of faith, an icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, you have achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty.  O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Epistle Reading

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 Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Gospel Reading

Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17

The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."



News & Events




Orthros:  8:30A.M.   

Epistle: Galatians  6:11-18    (pg. 1333)

Divine Liturgy: 9:30A.M.

Gospel: John 3:13-17  (pg. 1238)


Acolytes: Niko Konstantellis, Aidan Gnospelius, Andrew   Skoufis, Paul Nonas, Kirk Simeoniidis, Vassili Salvemini, Luke Gnospelius


Narthex: Angelo Lefer, George Bayiokos, John Tsadilas


Ushers: Peggy Goulet, Paul Goulet,
  George Diamantopoulos, Ted Vittas

 Reader: Ted   Vittas


Fellowship Hour: The   Parish Council

Prosforon: Mrs. Irene Pittas




September 10, 2017                  Sunday before the Holy Cross



Memorial: A 40 day memorial for Emmanuel Pittas, beloved husband of Irene, father of Katherine and her husband John and Michael and his wife Demetra. Grandfather of Alexander,Emmanuel and Nicholas. Beloved brother of Paul.   May his memory be eternal.  Fellowship hour is sponsored by the Pittas and Peppes family.


Commemoration of 9/11: This Tuesday, September 11 is the 16 year anniversary of 9/11.  We will pray for the victims and the surviving families of the 9/11 Tragedy. 


Special Collection Today: For International Orthodox Christian charities (IOCC) for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and their families.


Feast of the Holy Cross: This Thursday, September 14th we will hold worship services for the Major Holy Day: The Elevation of the Holy Cross with Orthros starting at 9:00am and Divine Liturgy at 10:00a.m.


Annual Holy Cross Celebration (“Toss of the Cross”): Metropolitan Evangelos invites all of us to celebrate Holy Cross Day next Sunday, September 17th in Asbury Park, NJ at the Paramount Theatre. Orthros will start at 8:00am and Divine Liturgy at 9:30am. All are invited to participate in this annual event and bbq picnic.  Three of our GOYAns (1 boy and 2 girls) will sprint & swim into the Atlantic Ocean to retrieve the Holy Cross! The Greek Orthodox Churches in New Jersey will not be open for worship on September 17th and Saint Nicholas will be closed. See you at the Jersey Shore!


GOYA-Opening Night:GOYA will be starting the new calendar year with our first gathering this Tuesday, September 12th at 7:30pm.  See enclosed insert for more information.

Parish Council:  The monthly Parish Council meeting will be held this Thursday, September 14th at 7:30pm


Saint Nicholas is on Social Media! Like us on Facebook @stnicholasnj and follow us on Instagram @stnicholasgoc. To share your ministry’s events and activities email .


Regular Schedule: Our fall/winter schedule of worship services begins Sunday, September 24th. Orthros begins at 9:00am and Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00am. 



Greek Festival: Please join us in helping Saint Nicholas once again proudly showcase our faith and heritage via our wonderful Festival, in which we were recognized as one of the top three in its category by 201 Magazine in 2016. Please respond by sending your name, e-mail address, and which station you would like to volunteer for in 2017 to office@stnicholasnj.orgOur Greek Festival is September 22-24.


Religious education: Classes will begin Sunday, October 1st after Holy Communion.


Couples Workshop/Seminar: Saint Nicholas will be hosting a couple’s workshop/seminar for anyone in a long-term relationship, engaged, newlywed or married on Saturday, October 21st from 9:30am-4pm (free of charge).  The interactive program will be led by Presvytera Kerry Pappas who is a licensed marriage and family therapist and works for the Archdiocese. For more info contact Mary Tselepis or Dean


Part-Time Caretaker: Our Saint Nicholas community is looking to hire a part-time caretaker. Duties will include, but are not limited to, maintaining our facilities, setting up and taking down setups for various events and other tasks as needed to support the maintenance needs of events held by our community.  The scheduled working days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9AM to 2PM and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM. Additional hours may be needed on Friday and Saturday from 11PM to 2AM depending on our banquet hall activity. For further information or if interested please contact George Bayiokos at 201-286-3022 or email at

Community Garden: We are seeking parishioners (especially emerging young adults) interested in creating a community garden at Saint Nicholas. The garden will be run by and for members of our community. It will nourish us spiritually and physically as we work outside and eat together from the garden, but it will also serve as a reaffirmation that we exist within a larger ecological chain in God’s creation. Anyone interested in further information and in planning the initial stages of the garden, please contact Billy Tsadilas at (551) 427 2805 or

Candle Money:Earn a convenient tax deduction record for your candle donations. Booklets are available for purchase at the Office or Narthex (Sundays). Candle money comes in a $2 booklet of 25 for $50; a $5 booklet of 10 for $50; a $10 booklet of 5 for $50 and a $20 booklet of 5 for $100. Candle money can only be used for candle donations. It is non-refundable, must be used for its full value and cannot be exchanged for cash.


Saint Nicholas Benevolent Fund: Saint James in his epistle teaches that “faith without works is dead.” Giving alms (charity) is an act of faith. Anyone can donate anonymously to this Fund benefitting a family or a person in need. Mail your donation check or drop it in the collection plate in our Narthex. “God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7). God bless you always for your open heart! You have made a difference! Contact Fr Bill for information

Mortgage Burning: Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free by pledging and fulfilling specific donations to this program. Further information can be found at the Narthex or contacting any Parish Council member.


Other Ways to Give: Please consider Saint Nicholas throughout the year in the following ways: Gift in Stock; Gifting from an Estate; Corporate Matching Programs; recurring gift payments via credit card or PayPal. Call the Parish Office for details.


Grandview LLC: If interested in assisting “friends of St. Nicholas” acquire additional property for our church's benefit; please contact Nick Pirsos at  for additional details.


Parish Stewardship Status:  Stewardship is composed of our personal offering of time, talent and treasure. Stewardship is not dues but is based on Holy Scripture from both the Old and New Testaments. Since time and talent offerings are more difficult to measure, one measurement of our response to God is our average “treasure” pledge per steward household. In 2016, we had 430 steward households that donated a total of $347,301 or 51% of our budgetary needs. To date in 2017, we have 242 steward households that have pledged a total of $234,610.


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Saints and Feasts

September 10

Sunday before Holy Cross

September 10

Menodora, Metrodora, & Nymphodora the Martyrs

These Martyrs, sisters according to the flesh, were from Bithynia. They lived in virginity on a mountain near the Pythian hot springs of Bithynia, devoting themselves to asceticism and prayer. Betrayed to the local governor, Fronto, they were subjected to frightful tortures, and so gave up their holy souls into the hands of God. They contested for the Faith during the reign of Maximian, in the year 304.

September 10

Poulcheria the Empress

September 10

Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos

September 11

Euphrosynos the Cook

September 11

Theodora of Alexandria

This saint lived in the fifth century. Out of remorse for the adultery that she committed with another man, she fled from her husband's house, renamed herself Theodore, clothed herself as a man, and pretending to be a eunuch, entered a monastery of men. Her identity as a woman was discovered only after her death.

September 11

Demetrios & Evanthea the Martyrs & their son Demetrianos

September 11

Sergius and Herman of Valaam, Finland

September 11

Deinol the First Bishop of Bangor

September 11

Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos


Wisdom of the Fathers

For not in heaven only is He, but everywhere, and He fills all things; but yet He speaks according to the infirmity of His hearer, desiring to lead him up little by little ... For after having spoken of the very great benefaction that had come to man by Baptism, He proceeds to mention another benefaction, which was the cause of this, and not inferior to it; namely, that by the Cross ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century

But wherefore did He not say plainly, "I am about to be crucified," instead of referring His hearers to the ancient type? First, that you may learn that old things are akin to new, and that the one are not alien to the other; next, that you may know that He came not unwillingly to His Passion; and ... you may learn that no harm arises to Him from the Fact, and that to many there springs from it salvation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century