Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
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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

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Seventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:1-10

At that time, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


News & Upcoming Events




Orthros:  9:00AM 

Epistle: Hebrews 6:13-20 (pg. 1362)

Divine Liturgy  St.   basil the great: 10:00AM

Gospel:  Mark 9:17-31   (pg. 1189) 


Acolytes:    Demetri Phili, Niko Konstantellis, Aidan   Gnospelius, Andrew Skoufis, Paul Nonas, Kirk Simeonidis, Vassili Salvemini,   Luke Gnospelius


Narthex:  Jim   Coromilas, Evans Agrapidis,
  Liz Koykas


Ushers: Ann Barlas, Shelley Markoulis, Dimitri   Markoulis, Arthur Kominos

 Reader:  Evans   Agrapidis


Greeter: Nico   and Emmanuel Pittas


Fellowship Hour: AHEPA


Prosforon: The   Karanikolas Family


March 26, 2017    Sunday of Saint John Climacus     4th Sunday of Great Lent



Memorials: A 40 day memorial for Kleopatra Karanikola, beloved mother of Panayiota, Yiannis and his wife Eileen, Katerina and her husband Vaggelis, and Sousana. Grandfather of Cleopatra, Vasilis, Aggeliki, Stelios, Cleopatra. Beloved brother and uncle to many dear family members and beloved friend to many.
A 13 year memorial for Georgios Ioannou, beloved  husband of Aggeliki, father of Anastasios and his wife Coleen and father of Andri and her husband Xenios. Beloved grandfather of George, Michael, Angela, Anna, George, Emily, Lexi and Brother Andreas.  Eternal be their memory.  Fellowship hour is sponsored by the Karanikolas and the Ioannou families.


Religious Education:  There will be Religious Education classes today, Sunday, March 26th, 2017; also students from our classes will be participating in the New York City Greek Independence Day Parade, celebrating the Annunciation (Good News) to the Virgin Mary and the Greek nation’s liberation from Ottoman rule after 400 years of slavery

Reminder: Our Religious Education program is collecting monetary donations for the Orthodox Christian Missions Center (OCMC). We will ‘match’ whatever amount our children bring in and donate for these mission charities. Donations will be accepted during the entire Lenten period. Please be generous. We appreciate any and all donations! OCMC spreads the Gospel to all nations as we are One, Holy, Catholic (Universal) and Apostolic Church.


Tray Collection: for Holy Week and Pascha decorations and flowers.


Lenten Services: This week the following services will be observed: Monday, March 27th Great Compline 7pm; 5th Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, March 29th at 5:30pm; Akathist Hymn, Friday, March 31st at 7:00pm.  Salutations to the Theotokos service books are available in the Narthex. They contain the Friday evening Salutation Service (Akathist Hymn) and are $12 per copy.


The Saint Nicholas Lenten Lecture Series Continues this Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30p.m.  

Topic: “Why be Orthodox?”by Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou, Fordham University.  Please join us early for the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts at 5:30pm, a light Lenten meal at 6:45pm and the Lenten Lecture at 7:30p.m. Contact Fr Bill for more info at .  All millennials are invited!


Boy Scout Presentation: Today, Alexandros Christakos will be awarded the Chi-Rho Orthodox scouting award.  Congratulations!  All our scouts will be acknowledged.


The Greek Independence Day Parade: Today, members of our Parish Council, Goya,Greek School and AHEPA Family will be marching in the annual parade on 5th Avenue in New York City. Due to the generous monetary contribution of AHEPA and the Parish Council, we will be having a float in the parade this year.



Daughters of Penelope: The AGAPE Chapter is holding our annual Tsoureki Sale! We will also be selling Red ‘Easter Egg’ Dye.  Please support this fund-raiser … pre-paid orders will be accepted until Monday, April 3rd (look for the flyer/order form set out during Fellowship Hour). The tsourekia and dye will be distributed during the Fellowship Hour after Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday, April 9th.


EX-O Ministry- Excursions Orthodoxy:  Please join us for our second annual Saint Nicholas Excursion trip on Thursday June 8th to the Culinary Institute of America (three course lunch at The Bocuse French Restaurant) and a tour of The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, also known as Springwood in Hyde Park, NY. Contact John Peters at 201- 920-3265 for more information.


Vacation Church School: Save the Date: July 31- August 4, 2017 9am-12:30pm for children 5-11 years of age. More information will follow.


Parish Stewardship by the Numbers:  Stewardship is composed of our personal offering of time, talent and treasure. Stewardship is not dues. Stewardship is based on Holy Scripture. 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 214 steward households that have pledged a total of $209,310.


Mortgage Burning Campaign:  Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free! Pledge your contribution towards our goal of debt freedom. Contact Nick Pirsos at


“Candle Money”! The Parish Council authorized a pilot program that will provide a tax deduction record for your candle donations. Thanks to a parishioner, booklets of different denominations have been printed. These are available for purchase at the office or narthex on Sundays. The candle money comes in a $2 booklet of 25 for a cost of $50; a $5 booklet of 10 for a cost of $50; a $10 booklet of 5 for a cost of $50 and a $20 booklet of 5 for a cost of $100. The candle money can only be used for candle donations. It is non-refundable, must be used for its full value and cannot be used in exchange for cash.  We hope this will prove a convenience for all who make use of it.


Saint Nicholas Benevolent Fund: In his Epistle, Saint James teaches that “faith without works is dead.” Giving alms (charity) is an act of faith through good works. Great Lent is an opportunity when we can assist a family or a person in need. Anyone can donate anonymously to the Saint Nicholas Benevolent Fund. 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!


The Orthodox Ladies Prayer Group:  Welcomes anyone interested in attending prayer meetings held on the 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of each month at 7:30pm in the Theotokos chapel.  We spend a dedicated time of informal prayer lifting up our nation, church community and our families and friends.  All prayer requests are kept confidential.  Please feel free to call either the church office or Irene Ayvas 201-803-2307, with any urgent or ongoing prayer requests you would like added to our list or submitted through the “Email Prayer Chain”.    Due to services during Holy Week, our first April meeting will be on Thursday, April 6th.


“Email Prayer Chain” Sign-Ups: This may be one of the easiest things you can do to serve your community. With today’s technology the majority of people read emails on a daily basis.  We are simply asking for members of our congregation to sign up for our “Email Prayer Chain”, and they will receive occasional urgent prayer requests when a need arises for someone in immediate crisis. We ask only that you take a moment and pray for that person.  It’s that simple, yet so powerful.  If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please email Irene Ayvas at with your email contact info or call at 201-803-2307.   


The Essential SACRAMENT of  Healing & Forgiveness- Holy Confession

Fr. Bill will be hearing PRIVATE confessions during the Lenten period.  Please make your appointment by contacting him directly and in strict confidence at 201 652 4774 ext. 12 or  To learn more about the sacrament of confession, go to .

Lenten Kontakion – To You, O Champion - Ti Ipermaho: We singthis beautiful hymn of Great Lent which is dedicated to Mary, the Blessed Mother.  Phonetically – Ti ipermaho, stratigo ta nikitiria, os litrothisa ton dinon efharistiria anaghrafo si E polis sou Theotoke, al’ os ehousa to kratos aprosmahiton ek pantion me kindinon eleftheroson ina krazo si, Haire Nimfi animfefte. 

To You, O Theotokos, our leader in battle and defender, we your servants, delivered from calamity, offer hymns of victory and thanksgiving. Since you are invincible in power, set us free from every peril that we may cry to you: hail unwedded Bride.







Saints and Feasts

March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.

March 26

26 Martyrs in Crimea

March 26

Irenaeus the Hieromartyr of Hungary

March 27

The Holy Matrona of Thessalonica

This martyr was the servant of a certain Jewish woman named Pantilla, the wife of the Governor of Thessalonica. When Matrona refused to follow her mistress into the synagogue Pantilla beat her so severly that she died in a few days, and thus received the crown of her confession.

March 27

Paul, Bishop of Corinth

March 27

5th Monday of Lent

March 28

Stephen the Wonderworker

March 28

Hilarion the New

Saint Hilarion took up the monastic life from his youth and lived in seclusion. Later, as Abbot of the Monastery of Pelecete in Asia Minor (believed to be in Bithynia, not far from Triglia), he suffered much from the Iconoclasts, and reposed in the year 754.

March 28

Herodion the Apostle of the 70



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Annunciation of the Theotokos in the Fourth Mode

Today is the fountainhead of our salvation and the manifestation of the mystery which was from eternity. The Son of God becometh the Virgin's Son, and Gabriel announceth the good tidings of grace; for this cause, let us cry to the Mother of God with him: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, the Lord is with thee.



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 Plagal Fourth Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"