St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Christian Church
Publish Date: 2024-07-21
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St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Christian Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (619) 297-4165
  • Fax:
  • (619) 297-4181
  • Street Address:

  • 3655 Park Boulevard

  • San Diego, CA 92103

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services

Orthros/Matins: 9:00am

Divine Liturgy: 10:00am

Past Bulletins

St. Spyridon Parish News, Events, Activities and Announcements

2024 Vacation Church School Recap

Vacation Church School was this week and it was amazing! Spiritual Athletes, Youth Coaches, and Volunteers all worked, played, and sang together to make VCS a huge success! We all learned the memory verse, “So I run straight toward the goal in order to the win the prize which is God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above” Phil. 3:14.

Our VCS Service Project has been collecting donations for Paws for Purple Hearts. The donation bin will be in the Hall this Sunday, July 21st if you would like to contribute dog toys or dog treats to Paws for Purple Hearts. 

Save the date for next year’s Vacation Church School - July 14-18, 2025. 


Lamb Shoulder Chops for Sale

There are uncooked, frozen lamb shoulder chops for sale from the festival - 20 lb. Case for $40, while supplies last. If you would like to buy some, please contact the Church Office at 619-297-4165. Please make cash or check payments to St. Spyridon Greek Festival


Dance and Choral School

Whether you're sipping a frappe by the Aegean or enjoying the San Diego shores, we're sure there's some Greek music in your background. And where there's Greek music, there's Greek dance! In just a few short weeks we will begin our Fall Dance schedule on September 8th. Until then, we are looking for more dance instructors as the dance school has swelled in size since the Festival! If you or someone you know would be interested please reach out to Timmy Paraskevopoulos at [email protected] or call 714-931-2431.


Summer Stewardship Reminder

With summer upon us and the days seem and are lighter, longer, and warmer.  The sounds of summer come through the windows, especially in the evening, as children play outside until sunset.  

I am mindful of the many challenges we all personally face and the endless number of distractions we wrestle with every day, so many that I cannot remember them all. I am sure that you can each recount the countless ones – TV, sports, phones, emails, texts, social media.

Thus, through our communal Church life and its ministries, we find respite in the sanctuary and its calling to be a “good neighbor.” For me, it is the camaraderie of working with boys and teens in the holy altar; these boys give me hope for a brighter and better future, not only for our church but the larger society as well. This is just one ministry amongst many that deserve your support.

As chairperson of the Stewardship Committee, I ask you again today to be the “one,” the primary one, in assisting St. Spyridon parish, our church, and your church, to help “Build the Body of Christ” through your honorable and generous pledge toward the thirty-nine ministries of the church. Whether it is assisting altar servers, helping to bake (bread), or helping out in the narthex as a volunteer, all are worthy and important. We do this through the giving of our time, our talent, and our financial support.

We respectfully ask you to take a moment to refresh your commitment and to fulfill your honorable stewardship pledge to your beloved St. Spyridon parish. You may give online at, pay through your bank, or call the office at 619-297-4165 for assistance.

Thank you and God bless you!

The Stewardship Committee:

John T. Kalas, Chairperson                                                    


Philoptochos Decorated Icons

Commemorate a Feast Day by offering a decorated icon to be displayed in the Narthex for veneration. The suggested donation is $85 to: Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society. Call 619-297-4165 to reserve.

Icons available for decoration:

7/25 - The Dormition of St. Anna

7/27 - St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr

8/6 - The Holy Transfiguration of Christ

8/15 - The Falling Asleep of the Holy Theotokos

8/27 - St. Phanourios the Great Martyr

8/29 - The Beheading of St. John the Baptist


Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday - July 28th

As the national prison ministry of the Orthodox Church, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) supports prisoners’ unique spiritual needs through long-term case management and provides resources and training to parishes and clergy, enabling them to offer local solutions and fulfill Christ’s command to visit Him in prison. As a result, families are reunited, marriages are
healed, and thousands of incarcerated men and women have a new sense of peace and restored order in their lives. To donate or learn more visit or call 347-868-6957.


Pan-Arcadian Federation—Tegea Chapter Scholarship Fund

The completed application and all required documents must be postmarked by Wednesday, July 31, 2024.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements as listed in the scholarship Bylaws:

1. Be active members of the Tegea Chapter of the Pan-Arcadian Federation OR have at least one member of their families or guardians (Mother/Father/ Grandfather/Grandmother/Brother/Sister) who is an active member of the Tegea Chapter and has been a member for at least one year prior to the scholarship application date.

2. Plan to continue their education at a four-year institution of higher learning leading to a Bachelor’s Degree, or at a junior college or trade school.

3. Provide evidence of matriculation at a four-year college/university, junior college, or trade school. This includes student ID and proof of enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year.

4. Be graduating seniors in the current school year from a San Diego City/County high school, or continuing students at an institution of higher learning, junior college or trade school.

5. Submit the following documents (including those of #3 above)
a. A letter from a school official
b. A letter from any other source of the applicant’s choice
c. An official transcript of the current school of attendance

See the attached application in the Inserts & Flyers section below.


St. Sophia Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, September 13th at the California Country Club, 1509 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, CA.

Brunch will be at Noon and Tee off will be at 1:30pm

Contact Stephanie Lubian at [email protected] for more information.

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section below.


Construction Zone!

You may have noticed some things are changing around our church property. We kindly ask you to please watch your step and make sure that you and your children are safe while walking through the church campus. Thank you for your understanding.


Fellowship and Coffee Hour

Please consider sponsoring a Sunday Fellowship Hour with your friends and family by providing simple refreshments (donuts or bagels, fruit, and juice).  This is a beautiful way to honor family members or celebrate special occasions. See details below in the attached flyer and QR Code to sign up or contact Christina Frangos, 858-220-0071, [email protected].
With appreciation, 
Anthousa Chapter of Philoptochos

The following Sundays are currently available:

August 4th

August 11th

August 25th

September 1st

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers Section below.


Agape Meals
Philoptochos provides meals to St. Spyridon community members in need following hospitalizations, the death of a family member, or the birth of a child. Please reach out to Marian Dougenis (619) 520-3660 if you or someone you know is in need.
When You Park in the Church Parking Lot
As a reminder, when you park your car in the church lot, please do not double-park, block any of the exits, or block anyone in. Only park in a marked parking spot.  Also, parking in the alley is not permitted. Your consideration and cooperation are greatly appreciated by your fellow parishioners.   
Your Legacy and Your Church whom much is given; from them much more is required (Luke 12:48).  

Please remember to include your Saint Spyridon parish in your estate plan and bequest. 


Inserts and Flyers


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, the women went to the tomb, taking 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 of the Lord Jesus. 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? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into 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. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 6:18-23.

Brethren, having been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel Reading

4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.


Archdiocese News

Archepiscopal Encyclical on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Invasion of Cyprus


The Fiftieth Anniversary of the unjust and unnecessary invasion of the Island Nation of Cyprus by Türkiye is a sad and heartbreaking milestone in what has been too long a journey of injustice and diplomatic neglect by the World Powers. The mistakes and grim miscalculations of the past are long overdue for forgiveness, so that credible solutions can emerge with an air of possibility.

The Black American Orthodox Experience on OCN, Season 2 Episode 10: Evangelism, the Nubian Church, Islam and Orthodoxy - Reflections from a Convert of 15 Years


In this tenth episode of “The Black American Orthodox Experience” (season 2), a collaboration of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Christian Network, Rev. Samuel Davis speaks with Maximus Scott about his conversion, his experience as a longtime convert, learning about the history of Black Orthodox Christians, and the misunderstandings that get in the way of effective evangelism.

Department of Religious Education Launches Newly-Rebranded DRE


With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Department of Religious Education (DRE) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched its newly rebranded DRE at the 47th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Delivers Invocation at 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America delivered the invocation at the 2024 Republican National Convention held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, today, Monday, July 15, 2024. After receiving a warm welcome, His Eminence prayed that our “Almighty and Eternal God...Look down now upon this gathering of our Nation’s political leaders, and grant them illumined hearts and minds, as they strive to serve their fellow citizens through this Republican National Convention.”

Archbishop Elpidophoros Leads Thyranixia of St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City, Utah


Saturday, July 15, 2024, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America led the Thyranoixia (door-opening) of St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. The youth of the community warmly welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America to St. Anna as the community joyfully celebrates the opening of the doors of the church.

Metropolis of Atlanta Announces 2nd Annual Catechist Conference, September 6-8


The Metropolis of Atlanta has announced its second annual Catechist Conference, which will take place from September 6-8, 2024 at the Diakonia Retreat Center in Salem, South Carolina.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Visits Camp St. Paul, the Archdiocesan District Summer Camping Ministry


On Thursday July 11, 2024, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America made a pastoral visit to Camp Saint Paul, the Archdiocese District summer camping ministry, creating an atmosphere filled with excitement, joy and anticipation.

Center for Family Care's Family Matters Podcast: Paving the Road to College through an Orthodox Perspective


This episode, GOARCH Center for Family Care's Rev. Protopresbyter Alexander Goussetis speaks with Christopher Chiakulas (@cchiakulas), founder of Orthodox Christian College Counseling (@occollegecounseling), a platform that supports families in navigating the high school journey and focuses on the college search, application, and selection process from an Orthodox perspective.

CrossRoad Summer Institute's Session 2 Meets in Northern California


#ICYMI: while the Greek Orthodox Archdioces of America, Philoptochos, and YAL National Conference were meeting in San Diego, California, CrossRoad Summer Institute’s Session 2 met in northern California, hosted by the Dominican University of California.

Sunday Sermon Series: Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council July 14


This week, find insights about the upcoming Gospel reading, where we learn about what it means for us to be the light of the world.

YAL and Philoptochos Perfect Together! National Philoptochos Convention Concludes with a 4th of July Diakonia Project with YAL in San Diego


San Diego, CA — July 10, 2024—The National Philoptochos Convention culminated in a powerful display of community service and intergenerational collaboration as Philoptochos and Young Adult League (YAL) partnered up to spearhead the Diakonia Project. The recipients of this “syndiakonia” (joint-Diakonia) of YAL and Philoptochos are Your Safe Place and San Diego Rescue Mission, two extraordinary programs in San Diego.



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad, for the Lord has shown the power of his reign. He has conquered death by death and become the first born of the dead. He has delivered us from the depths of Hades and has granted the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

The Hymn of Saint Spyridon

At the first of the Synods, you appeared as a champion, * and Wonderworker, our God-bearing Father Spyridon. *  Wherefore, you addressed the dead one in the grave, * and a serpent you changed to gold. *  And while chanting * in service your sacred prayers, * you joined the angels concelebrating, most holy one.*  Glory to Christ who glorified you, * glory to Him who crowned you, * glory to the One who works through You, * healings for everyone.


Τής Συνόδου τής πρώτης ανεδείχθης υπέρμαχος, * καί Θαυματουργός Θεοφόρε Σπυρίδων πατήρ ημών. *  διό νεκρά σύ έν τάφω προσφωνείς, * καί όφιν είς χρυσούν μετέβαλες. * καί έν τώ μέλπειν τάς αγίας σου ευχάς, *  Αγγέλους έσχες συλλειτουργούντας σοι Ιερώτατε, * Δόξα τώ σέ δοξάσαντι Χριστώ * δόξα τώ σέ στεφανώσαντι. * δόξα τώ ενεργόυντι, διά σου πάσιν ιάματα.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.

Saints and Feasts

July 21

John and Symeon the Fool for Christ

These Saints were from the city of Edessa in Mesopotamia and flourished during the reign of Justin the Younger (565-578). After a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were moved with a desire to forsake the world; they were tonsured monks by the Abbot Nicon, and soon after left the monastery to struggle together in the wilderness near the Dead Sea. When they had passed a little more than thirty years together in silence and prayer, Symeon, having reached the heights of dispassion, departed for Emesa in Syria, where he passed the rest of his life playing the fool, saving many souls from sin while hiding his sanctity with seemingly senseless behavior. He reposed in 570; by the providence of God, John, who had remained in the wilderness, departed soon after.

July 22

Mary Magdalene, Myrrhberer & Equal-to-the-Apostles

Saint Mary was from Magdala in Galilee on the Sea of Tiberias, and for this was named Magdalene. When the Lord Jesus cast out seven demons from her, from which she had been suffering, she became His faithful and inseparable disciple, following Him and ministering unto Him even to the time of His crucifixion and burial. Then, returning to Jerusalem together with the rest of the Myrrh-bearers, she prepared the fragrant spices for anointing the body of the Lord. And on the Lord's day they came very early to the tomb, even before the Angels appeared declaring the Resurrection of the Lord. When Mary Magdalene saw the stone taken away from the tomb, she ran and proclaimed it to Peter and John. And returning immediately to the tomb and weeping outside, she was deemed worthy to be the first of the Myrrh-bearers to behold the Lord arisen from the dead, and when she fell at His feet, she heard Him say, "Touch Me not." After the Lord's Ascension, nothing certain is known concerning her. Some accounts say that she went to Rome and later returned to Jerusalem, and from there proceeded to Ephesus, where she ended her life, preaching Christ. Although it is sometimes said that Saint Mary Magdalene was the "sinful woman" of the Gospel, this is nowhere stated in the tradition of the Church, in the sacred hymnology, or in the Holy Gospels themselves, which say only that our Lord cast seven demons out of her, not that she was a fallen woman. "Madeleine" is a form of Magdalene.

July 23

Ezekiel the Prophet

The Prophet Ezekiel ("God is strong") was the son of Buzi and a priest by rank. He was taken captive and brought to Babylon during the reign of Jechonias. In the fifth year of this captivity, about 594 or 593 B.C., he began to prophesy. Having prophesied for about twenty-eight years, he was murdered, it is said, by the tribe of Gad, because he reproached them for their idolatry. His book of prophecy, divided into forty-eight chapters, is ranked third among the greater Prophets. It is richly filled with mystical imagery and marvelous prophetic visions and allegories, of which the dread Chariot of Cherubim described in the first Chapter is the most famous; in the "gate that was shut," through which the Lord alone entered, he darkly foretold of the Word's Incarnation from the Virgin (44:1-3); through the "dry bones" that came to life again (37:1-14), he prophesied both of the restoration of captive Israel, and the general resurrection of our race.

July 24

Christina the Great Martyr of Tyre

Saint Christina was from Tyre in Syria, the daughter of a pagan named Urban. Enlightened in her heart to believe in Christ, she broke her father's idols, made of gold and silver, and distributed the pieces to the poor. When her father learned this, he punished her ruthlessly, then cast her into prison. The rulers subjected her to imprisonments, hunger, torments, the cutting off of her breasts and tongue, and finally impalement, in the year 200, during the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus.

July 25

Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos

According to tradition, Anna, the ancestor of God, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim, for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. The Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, when she was living in the Temple (see Sept. 8 and Nov. 21). Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth.

July 26

Paraskevi the Righteous Martyr of Rome

Saint Paraskeve, who was from a certain village near Rome, was born to pious parents, Agatho and Politia. Since she was born on a Friday (in Greek, Paraskeve), she was given this name, which means "preparation" or "preparedness" (compare Matt. 27:62, Mark 15:42, Luke 23:54, and John 19:31, where 'Friday' is called "the day of the preparation"). From childhood she was instructed in the sacred letters and devoted herself to the study of the divine Scriptures, while leading a monastic life and guiding many to the Faith of Christ. During the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, she was apprehended because she was a Christian and was urged to worship the idols, but she answered with the words of Jeremias: "Let the gods that have not made heaven and the earth perish from off the earth" (Jer. 10:11). Because of this she endured exceedingly painful torments, and was beheaded in the year 140. The faithful pray to her for the healing of eye ailments.

July 27

Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer

This Saint, who had Nicomedia as his homeland, was the son of Eustorgius and Eubula. His father was an idolater, but his mother was a Christian from her ancestors. It was through her that he was instructed in piety, and still later, he was catechized in the Faith of Christ by Saint Hermolaus (see July 26) and baptized by him. Being proficient in the physician's vocation, he practiced it in a philanthropic manner, healing every illness more by the grace of Christ than by medicines. Thus, although his parents had named him Pantoleon ("in all things a lion"), because of the compassion he showed for the souls and bodies of all, he was worthily renamed Panteleimon, meaning "all-merciful." On one occasion, when he restored the sight of a certain blind man by calling on the Divine Name, he enlightened also the eyes of this man's soul to the knowledge of the truth. This also became the cause for the martyrdom of him who had been blind, since when he was asked by whom and in what manner his eyes had been opened, in imitation of that blind man of the Gospel he confessed with boldness both who the physician was and the manner of his healing. For this he was put to death immediately. Panteleimon was arrested also, and having endured many wounds, he was finally beheaded in the year 305, during the reign of Maximian. Saint Panteleimon is one of the Holy Unmercenaries, and is held in special honor among them, even as Saint George is among the Martyrs.