Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-05
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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

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. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Reading is from John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."


News & Upcoming Events



Orthros:  9:00AM 

Epistle: Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40 (pg. 1367)

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

Gospel:  John  1:43-51 (pg. 1237)   


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


Narthex: Jon Zymaris, Nick Pirsos,
  Nick Karras



Greeter  & Reader:  GOYA


Fellowship Hour: AHEPA


Ushers: Angelo Lefer, Nick Tselepis, John Psomas, Steve   Limperopoulos







March 5, 2017             Sunday   of Orthodoxy             The 1st Sunday of Great Lent


Sunday of Orthodoxy: Today, the First Sunday of Great Lent is the Sunday of Orthodoxy, where we commemorate the restoration of the icons in the Church.  In 726 A.D. the Iconoclastic controversy began opposing the usage and depiction of images in church.  Finally in 843A.D. the Church decreed icons as holy images for veneration, not worship.  Thus, today is also commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy and the Restoration of the Icons.” We pray with our religious educators and students  during the icon procession that we too may become holy images through our relationship with our Lord, practice of our faith, doing good works and yielding to  God’s plan.




Religious Education:  Today we observe the Sunday of Orthodoxy, or Icon Sunday. The students have either brought their own icons in from home, or have prepared one in their classrooms. The children will process carrying their icons into church. Be ready with your cameras!


Next Sunday, March 12th, Religious Education   begins its Lenten season  collection of non-perishable foods  to benefit the Orthodox Christian Missions Center (OCMC). We appreciate any and all donations!




Tray Collection: Today we are passing a tray to support the 2017 Lenten Lecture Series.




Philoptochos: Our cookbook   "To Your Health" - which includes a collection of our Favorite Greek Family Recipes and a wonderful Lenten Section, will be available for purchase.




Lenten Services: This week the following services will be observed: Monday, March 6th Great Compline 7pm; 2nd Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Wednesday, March 8th at 5:30pm; 2nd Salutation Service, Friday, March 10th at 7:00pm.  Salutation 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 Continuous this Wednesday, March 8th at 7:30p.m.  


Topic: “The Role of the Laity” by Dr. Despina Prassas,  Providence College.    Each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm during Lent a topic on the Faith will be offered in the Fellowship Hall.  Please join us early for the Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts at 5:30pm, a light Lenten meal at 6:45pm and the presentation (lecture) at 7:30p.m. Contact Fr Bill for more info at








Sessions on Scripture: SOS meets this Wednesday, March 8th at 2:00pm in the conference room. We will complete our study Saint Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapters 1-6. Contact Caroline Kalliotzis at or Fr. Bill at 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! 




Kali Parea (Seniors Fellowship): will meet this Tuesday, March 7th at noon. Please bring your own Lenten  lunch. Our speaker will be Detective Sgt. Joseph Soto who will talk about freud and scams. Coffee and deserts will be served. Membership dues for 2017 of $20 will be collected.  Any questions call May Grammatikos at 201-236-2817. 




Save the Date!! On Sunday, March 12th, immediately following worship services, we will be hosting our annual Sights and Sounds Showcase. Our  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!




GOYA Local  Oratorical Festival: We will hold our local Oratorical Festival on Wednesday evening March 22nd at 7:30pm (following the Lenten Meal and Pre sanctified Liturgy which begins at 5:30pm) participation in the Oratorical Festival is required of all GOYAns who wish to compete in the Metropolis of NJ Olympics this May. Contact Fr Bill at




The Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC will take place on Sunday, March 26th. Transportation will be provided. If you are interested in participating, please contact Tammy Spyropoulos (




The Essential Sacrament of 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 .


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 210 steward households that have pledged a total of $203,210.




Mortgage Burning Campaign:  Participate in making Saint Nicholas debt free! Pledge your contribution towards our goal of debt freedom. See insert.




“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!














Saints and Feasts

March 05

Righteous Father Mark of Athens

Of our righteous Fathers commemorated today, Saint Mark of Athens lived in the fourth century. Born in Athens of pagan parents, he believed in Christ, was baptized, and forsook the world, living the eremitical life in extreme privation in the deep wilderness beyond Egypt. His life is recounted by the monk Serapion, who found Mark in deep old age and about to depart this lfe, not having seen a man for ninety-five years. Serapion gave him burial after his blessed repose, even as Paphnutius had done for Saint Onuphrius (see June 12).

March 05

Sunday of Orthodoxy

For more than one hundred years the Church of Christ was troubled by the persecution of the Iconoclasts of evil belief, beginning in the reign of Leo the Isaurian (717-741) and ending in the reign of Theophilus (829-842). After Theophilus's death, his widow the Empress Theodora (celebrated Feb. 11), together with the Patriarch Methodius (June 14), established Orthodoxy anew. This ever-memorable Queen venerated the icon of the Mother of God in the presence of the Patriarch Methodius and the other confessors and righteous men, and openly cried out these holy words: "If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons, not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema." Then with common prayer and fasting during the whole first week of the Forty-day Fast, she asked God's forgiveness for her husband. After this, on the first Sunday of the Fast, she and her son, Michael the Emperor, made a procession with all the clergy and people and restored the holy icons, and again adorned the Church of Christ with them. This is the holy deed that all we the Orthodox commemorate today, and we call this radiant and venerable day the Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is, the triumph of true doctrine over heresy.

March 05

Conon the Gardener

This saint lived during the reign of emperor Decius in 251. He came from the town of Nazareth. He left his hometown and went to the city of Mandron, in the province of Pamphylia. There he stayed at a place called Karmela or Karmena cultivating a garden which he used to water and plant with various vegetables. From this garden he obtained what is necessary for life. He had such an upright and simple mind that, when he met those who wished to arrest him and saw that they greeted him, he also greeted in return from the bottom of his soul and heart. When they told him that governor Publius called the saint to go to him, the saint answered with simplicity: "What does the governor need me, since I am a Christian? Let him call those who think the way he does and have the same religion with him." So, the blessed man was tied and brought to the governor, who tried to move him to sacrifice to the idols. But the saint sighed from the bottom of his heart, cursed the tyrant and confirmed his faith in Christ with his confession, saying that it is not possible to be moved from it even though he might be tortured cruelly. So, for this reason they nailed his feet and made the saint run in front of the governor's coach. But the saint fainted in the street. Having fallen on his knees, he prayed and, thus, he commended his holy soul to the hands of God.

March 05

John the Bulgarian

March 05

Mark the Faster

March 05

Parthenios the New Martyr who contested in Didymoteichos

March 05

George the New-Martyr of Rapsani

March 05

Eulogios the Martyr

March 05

Eulabios the Martyr

March 05

Mark the Ascetic

Saint Mark the Ascetic lived in the fifth century and according to Nicephorus Callistus was a disciple of Saint John Chrysostom's. Besides his blameless life of asceticism, Saint Mark was distinguished for his writings, some of which are preserved in Volume One of the Philokalia. His writings were held in such great esteem that in old times there was a saying, "Sell all that thou hast, and buy Mark."



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of Orthodoxy in the Second Mode

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.

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!"