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.
Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25
At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."
Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" So, the word went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die; but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die. He said, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.
The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.
TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14
The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."
Epistle: II Timothy 3:10-15 (pg. 1355)
Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom: 10:00AM
Gospel: Luke 18:10-14 (pg. 1226)
Acolytes: Christopher Gasparis, Chris Angelis, Alex Angelis, James Gougousis, Demetri Kotrokois, Nick Saros, Connor O’Neill, Alexandros Christakos
Narthex: John Psomas, Manny Toskos,
Reader & Greeter: GOYA
Fellowship Hour: AHEPA
Ushers: Michael Kalliotzis, Ted Milyadis,
John Peters, Nick Pirsos
Prosforon: The Papastrat Family
February 5, 2017 Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee Triodion Begins
Memorials: A 40 day memorial for Mary Papastrat, beloved wife of the late Harry Papastrat, beloved mother of Sophia and her husband Walter, John and his wife Ingela and Deanna. Dearest grandmother of Michael, Matthew and Ryan. Beloved sister and aunt to many dear family members.
A 15 year memorial for George Karalis, beloved husband of Virginia, father of Dean and his wife Kay and Thaya and her husbandAster. Grandfather of Evi, George, Vanessa, Chris and Athan.
Eternal be their memory. Fellowship hour is sponsored by the Papastrat and the Katsantonis families.
GOYA Volleyball & Basketball Teams Trophy Presentation: Congratulations to our girls volleyball team on its first place finish and our boys basketball team on its second place finish!
Saint Haralambos: On Friday, February 10th we celebrate the feast day of Saint Haralambos. Orthros will begin at 9:00am followed by the Divine Liturgy at 10:00am.
Triodion & Fasting:Todayis the first Sunday of a three-week period prior to the commencement of Great Lent. The week of February 5th is designated by the Church as a non-fasting week. There are only four fast-free weeks in Greek Orthodoxy. During this non-fasting week, all foods are allowed every day of the week, including Wednesday and Friday. Our Religious Educators will begin discussing preparation for Great Lent with our children, as well as prayers and fasting as we approach Clean Monday on February 27th when the Great Lent commences.
“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 20 for a cost of $100; a $10 booklet of 10 for a cost of $100 and a $20 booklet of 5 for a cost of $100. The candle money can only be used for candle donations and any St. Nicholas of Wyckoff tray. 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.
Greek Dance: The Junior and Senior GOYAN dance groups have been busy with their weekly practices and they are all doing a fantastic job working on traditional Greek dance steps. The GOYAN dance group has begun additional dance practices for the upcoming Sights and Sounds exhibition on March 4th, 2017, in Westfield, NJ. If you have any questions, please contact Christina Carmichael at email@example.com or Diana Manoussakis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date!! On Sunday, March 12th, immediately following worship services, we will be hosting our annual Sights and Sounds Showcase. The GOYANs will be performing their dances, singing, and playing their instruments,
showcasing their teamwork and talents, from the competition they participated in at the Sights and Sounds Event on March 4th, 2017 in Westfield, NJ. Additionally, various art pieces and other ‘sight’ pieces will also be on display, all created by our wonderful GOYANs. We encourage all to attend this showcase, and support our wonderful and talented GOYANs! Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
Sessions on Scripture: SOS returns this Wednesday, February 8th at 2:00pm in the conference room. We will study Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapters 1&2. Contact Caroline Kalliotzis at email@example.com or Fr. Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. The vibrant group has expanded as more of you have responded to the call to read, study and learn the living Word. All are welcome!
Greek Language Classes for Adults: The AHEPA Modern Greek Language Program for Adults began its Spring Semester Classes. For more details about upcoming classes and registration please contact Niko Spiridakis at 201-481-2882 or at email@example.com
Super Bowl Party - AHEPA would like to invite the entire St. Nicholas Community to our Free Super Bowl viewing party on the big screen today starting at 4:30pm in our St. Nicholas Parish Center. Come and enjoy our famous Chili and other delicious food items and you are welcome to bring along anything that you would like to share with the group. It is also BYOB and we will have water and sodas aplenty. Hope to see you all later today for what is
sure to be a lot of fun and great fellowship.
AHEPA Ramapo Chapter #453: The Ramapo AHEPA Chapter 453 Membership Drive begins todayand will continue for the next 4 Sundays at the Fellowship Hall following the Divine Services. Stop at the AHEPA table to pick up membership forms and other promotional materials on the AHEPA Organization. For more information contact Paul Goulet Vice President of Ramapo Chapter #453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kali Parea (Seniors Fellowship): will host its Vasilopita cutting this Tuesday, February 7th at noon in our fellowship hall. Please bring your own lunch. Any questions call May Grammatikos at 201-236-2817.
Saint Nicholas Charity Golf Classic: Save the Date: June 19th, 2017.
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 190 steward households that have pledged a total of $193,860.
Saint Nicholas Benevolent Fund: Giving alms is an act of faith through good works. At this holy time of year you can assist a family or a person in need. You can donate anonymously to the Saint Nicholas Benevolent Fund. Mail your check in 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!
House / Business Blessings (Agiasmos) 2017: To bring Christ into your home and business after Theophany and for 2017, have your home and/or business blessed with Holy Water. Just complete the green request form in narthex and insert in the drop box in the narthex. Blessing your home/business allows Fr. Bill to pray with your family/coworkers and to bring the Lord into your household/business and sanctify them. Furthermore, the Agiasmos service teaches our children the purpose of continuing this holy tradition.
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The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the word of our Lord, they "did all their works to be seen of men" (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14, 15, etc.), because of the apparent holiness of their lives they were thought by all to be righteous, and separate from others, which is what the name Pharisee means. On the other hand, Publicans, collectors of the royal taxes, committed many injustices and extortions for filthy lucre's sake, and all held them to be sinners and unjust. It was therefore according to common opinion that the Lord Jesus in His parable signified a virtuous person by a Pharisee, and a sinner by a Publican, to teach His disciples the harm of pride and the profit of humble-mindedness.
Since the chief weapon for virtue is humility, and the greatest hindrance to it is pride, the divine Fathers have set these three weeks before the Forty-day Fast as a preparation for the spiritual struggles of virtue. This present week they have called Harbinger, since it declares that the Fast is approaching; and they set humility as the foundation for all our spiritual labors by appointing that the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee be read today, even before the Fast begins, to teach, through the vaunting of the Pharisee, that the foul smoke of self-esteem and the stench of boasting drives away the grace of the Spirit, strips man of all his virtue, and casts him into the pits of Hades; and, through the repentance and contrite prayer of the Publican, that humility confers upon the sinner forgiveness of all his wicked deeds and raises him up to the greatest heights.
All foods are allowed the week that follows this Sunday.
This Martyr, who was from Panormus (that is, Palermo) or perhaps Catania of Sicily, was a most comely and chaste virgin. After many exceedingly harsh torments, she gave up her spirit in prison at Catania in 251, because she did not consent to the seductions of Quintian, the Governor of Sicily. At her burial, an Angel placed a stone tablet on her grave inscribed with the words, "A righteous mind, self-determining, honor from God, the deliverance of her father-land." The following year this was fulfilled when Mount Etna erupted, spewing forth violent fire from which Catania was manifestly saved by Saint Agatha's prayers. The holy Martyr Agatha, the protectress and chief patroness of Sicily, is, with perhaps the exception of Saint Agnes of Rome, the most highly venerated Virgin Martyr of the West. Saint Damasus, Pope of Rome, and Saint Ambrose of Milan both wrote in praise of her.
Saint Bucolus was ordained by John the Evangelist; having made many pagans to be sons of the day through holy Baptism, he left Polycarp as his successor to the bishopric of Smyrna, and reposed in peace.
As for the thrice-blessed Photius, the great and most resplendent Father and teacher of the Church, the Confessor of the Faith and Equal to the Apostles, he lived during the years of the emperors Michael (the son of Theophilus), Basil the Macedonian, and Leo his son. He was the son of pious parents, Sergius and Irene, who suffered for the Faith under the Iconoclast Emperor Theophilus; he was also a nephew of Saint Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople (see Feb. 25). He was born in Constantinople, where he excelled in the foremost imperial ministries, while ever practicing a virtuous and godly life. An upright and honorable man of singular learning and erudition, he was raised to the apostolic, ecumenical, and patriarchal throne of Constantinople in the year 857.
The many struggles that this thrice-blessed one undertook for the Orthodox Faith against the Manichaeans, the Iconoclasts, and other heretics, and the attacks and assaults that he endured from Nicholas I, the haughty and ambitious Pope of Rome, and the great persecutions and distresses he suffered, are beyond number. Contending against the Latin error of the filioque, that is, the doctrine that the Holy Spirit proceeds from both the Father and the Son, he demonstrated clearly with his Mystagogy on the Holy Spirit how the filioque destroys the unity and equality of the Trinity. He has left us many theological writings, panegyric homilies, and epistles, including one to Boris, the Sovereign of Bulgaria, in which he set forth for him the history and teachings of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. Having tended the Church of Christ in holiness and in an evangelical manner, and with fervent zeal having rooted out all the tares of every alien teaching, he departed to the Lord in the Monastery of the Armenians on February 6, 891.
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