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.
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.
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Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. 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 any one, for they were afraid.
Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 2:10-16.
Brethren, glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality. All who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
2nd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 4:18-23
At that time, as Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left their boat and their father, and followed him. And he went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
This Martyr was from Greece. Being of great bodily stature and strength, he was an illustrious soldier in the Roman legions who had won many victories, and was known for his prudence and sobriety of mind. When it was learned that he gave grain to the poor from the imperial stores, and was moreover a Christian, Hadrian the Governor of Phoenicia sent Hypatius, a tribune, and Theodulus, a soldier, to arrest him. Saint Leontius converted them on the way to Tripolis in Phoenicia, where Hypatius and Theodulus were tormented and beheaded by Hadrian for their confession of Christ. Then Hadrian with many flatteries and many torments strove to turn Leontius from Christ. All his attempts failing, he had Leontius put to such tortures that he died in the midst of them, under Vespasian in the year 73.
The Apostle Jude was of the choir of the Twelve, and by Luke was called Jude, the brother of James the Brother of God (Luke 6:16; Acts 1:13), and therefore also a kinsman of the Lord according to His humanity. But by Matthew (10:3), he is called Lebbaeus, surnamed Thaddeus (he is not the Thaddeus who healed the suffering of Abgar, as Eusebius says in his Eccl. Hist., 1:13; see Aug. 21). Saint Jude preached in Mesopotamia, Arabia, Idumea, and Syria, and, it is said, completed the path of his divine apostleship by martyrdom in Beirut in the year 80. Written after the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, his is the last of the Catholic (General) Epistles to the believing Jews in the Diaspora. His name (a variant of Judah) means "Praise."
Our righteous Father Païsius the Great was born in Egypt about the year 300 and was consecrated to God as a monk at a young age. He together with Saint John the Short (commemorated Nov. 9) was trained in the ascetical life in Scete by the great Abba Pambo (July 18). He practiced extreme fasting and vigil beyond the limits of human strength, and received many revelations of mysteries. The Saviour often appeared to him; once He appeared to him with two Angels, as He had to Abraham, and allowed him to wash His immaculate feet. When he was asked which virtue was the highest of all, he would answer, "That which is done in secret." He reposed in peace in deep old age; his relics are found in the monastery of Amba Bishoy in Wadi Natrun (the ancient Nitria of Egypt), and to the present day they work healings and miracles.
Because of his wisdom and virtue, this Saint was surnamed Eubulus ("of good counsel"). He was an eminent theologian and one of the first to oppose and refute the heretical writings of Origen. According to Jerome (De vir. ill., 83) and Socrates the historian (Eccl. Hist., 6:13), he was bishop, not of Patara (as a sixth century work by Leontius the Byzantine wrongly asserts), but of Olympus in Lycia, and later, of Tyre in Phoenicia. It appears he was called Bishop of Patara by later writers because his famous dialogue concerning the resurrection takes place in that city. He underwent a glorious death as a martyr in Chalkis of Greece in the year 311, under Emperor Maximinus. Among his extant writings is one called Symposium of Virgins.
Epistle: Romans 2:10-16 (pg. 1295)
Divine Liturgy: 10:00AM
Gospel: Matthew 4:18-23 (pg. 1149)
Acolytes: Demitri Phili, Niko Konstantellis, Aidan Gnospelius, Andrew Skoufis, Paul Nonas, Kirk Simeonidis, Vassili Salvemini, Luke Gnospelius
Narthex: Jon Zymaris, Evans Agrapidis,
Greeter: Daughters of Penelope
Fellowship Hour: Philoptochos
Prosforon: The Kyriacou Family
Ushers: Angelo Lefer, Nick Tselepis,
June 18, 2017 2nd Sunday of Matthew Father’s Day
Memorial: A 13 year memorial for Andreas Rodotheou, beloved father of Irene Kyriacou and grandfather of Christo, Lindsay, Kenny, Eleni and Vasilis.Eternal be his memory.
Happy Father’s Day: The idea of honoring parents stems from Holy Scripture. “Honor thy Father and thy Mother” is one of the Ten Commandments. The father’s role as protector, provider and head of the family is one that complements the mother’s leadership and love in the home. We thank our fathers for their love and concern, as well as for their leadership in our families. Let us pray that God will bless them and guide their pathways to fulfill their fatherly position.
GOYA: On Memorial Day weekend 25 of our Goyans competed in the annual GOYA Metropolis of New Jersey Olympics at Monmouth University! Congratulations to all of our athletes and many many thanks to our Olympics Coach Peter Tahinos and Olympics Volleyball Coach Vinny Long for all their hard work and time they put in to this event. Many thanks also to our chaperones, Athan Gougousis and Mary Meyer, for their time staying over and helping manage our youth. Our Goyans once again had awesome athletic performances, and displayed great sportsmanship, respect and love as defined by our Christian Orthodox faith.
MEDALISTS SAINT NICHOLAS GOYA 2017 METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY OLYMPICS
Indoor Olympics, May 13, 2017
Backgammon Junior Girls Cassandra Meyer Gold Medal
Table Tennis Senior Boys Yianni Kallopoulos Silver Medal
Outdoor Olympics, May 27-28, 2017
50YD Backstroke Senior Girls Hope Diamantopoulos Bronze Medal
800M Senior Boys Christopher Gasparis Gold Medal
Mile Senior Boys Christopher Gasparis Bronze Medal
4x200 Relay Senior Girls Alex Pirsos, Bronze Medal
Saint Nicholas Vacation Church School (VCS) (on our site): July 31- August 4, 9am-12:30pm for children 5-11 years of age. VCS 2017 Registration forms are available in the Narthex area and on our web site! www.stnicholasnj.org Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Summer Schedule: Our Summer Sundays worship schedule begins next Sunday, June 25th. Orthros begins at 8:30am and Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30am. Weekday Worship Hours Remain the Same.
Honoring Our Graduates: Each year, we proudly list our high school, college and post-graduate graduates. Kindly e-mail the church office at email@example.com to list your son/daughter in our August Parish Life newsletter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Good Shepherd (CGS): Registration is Now Open!
JOY Session (ages 8-11) July 9th-15th, 2017 GOYA Session #1 (ages 12-18) July 16th-22nd, 2017: GOYA Session #2 (ages 12-18) July 23rd -29th, 2017 Register: app.campdoc.com/register/gomnj Location: Linwood Macdonald YMCA in Branchville, NJ For more information: Alexia Lekkas email@example.com , Assistant Camp Director
Festival: Please join us in helping Saint Nicholas once again proudly showcase its 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. OPA!
Please note we are still looking for Chairperson(s) for the following: Inside Food Line, Cleaning Tables, & Busses/Parking. Contact Nick Pirsos for further information at Pirsos@verizon.net
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 Fund: In his Epistle, Saint James teaches that “faith without works is dead.” Giving alms (charity) is an act of faith through good works. 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 email@example.com
Mortgage Burning: Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free by pledging 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 Office for details.
Grandview LLC: If interested in assisting “friends of St. Nicholas” acquire additional property for church benefit; please contact Nick Pirsos at Pirsos@verizon.net 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 238 steward households that have pledged a total of $225,560.