Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2024-07-14
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Assumption Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (203) 748-2992
  • Fax:
  • (203) 748-7747
  • Street Address:

  • 30 Clapboard Ridge Road

  • Danbury, CT 06811


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Services Schedule

 
Orthros at 8:45 am - Sundays
Divine Liturgy at 10am - Sundays
 
Weekday Liturgies & Evening Divine Services as scheduled in Google Calendar
 
 


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 31.11,1.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.
Verse: Blessed are they whose transgressions have been forgiven.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to Titus 3:8-15.

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.

When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.

All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Matthew 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."


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Saints and Feasts

July 14

Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the 630 Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together for the 4th Ecumenical Council who assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation, and Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who illegally received Eutyches back into communion and deposed Saint Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had excommunicated Eutyches.

In the Slavic tradition, on this Sunday, the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils are all commemorated.


July 15

Julitta & Kyrikos the Martyrs

Saint Julitta was from the city of Iconium. Fearing the persecution of Diocletian, she took her son Cyricus, who was three years old, and departed for Seleucia; but finding the same evil there, she went over to Tarsus in Cilicia, where the ruler arrested her. He took her son from her and tried with flatteries to draw the youth to himself. But the little one, in his childish voice, called on the Name of Christ and kicked the ruler in the belly so hard, that the tyrant became enraged and cast him down the steps of the tribunal. In this manner, the child's head was crushed, and he gave up the spirit. As for his blessed mother, she first endured many torments, and finally was beheaded in the year 296.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

The Lord says to His disciples, 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven' (Matt. 5:16). He does not say this to urge them to show off, but to urge them to organize their lives as is pleasing to God. Just as light effortlessly attracts people's gaze, so a way of life pleasing to God draws their minds along with their eyes. We do not praise the air which shares in the brilliance of the sunlight, but the sun which is the source of this brilliance and bestows it on us. Even if we do praise the air for its brightness, we praise the sun much more. So it is when someone makes the brilliance of the Sun of righteousness (Mal. 4:2) visible through his virtuous deeds. As soon as anyone looks at him, they are immediately led towards the glory of the Father in heaven of Christ, the Sun of righteousness.
St. Gregory Palamas
Homilies Vol. 1, Homily Ten para. 14; Saint Tikhon's Seminary Press pgs. 110-111, 14th century

Since he who cannot teach himself, yet attempts to set others right, will have many to ridicule him. Or rather such a one will have no power to teach at all, his actions uttering their voice against him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homilies 15 and 16 on Matthew 5, 4th Century

Every work which does not have love as its beginning and root is nothing.
St. John Chrysostom
Unknown, 4th century

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Church Life

Holy Baptism

July 7 - Baptism of Xander (Alexander) Hoffmann Lee, son of Richard Lee and Alexandra Karadimas of New York, NY. Sponsor is Nicholas Karadimas of New York, NY.

July 7 - Baptism of Sofia Janina Lee, daughter of Richard Lee and Alexandra Karadimas of New York, NY.  Sponsor is Rosalin Karadimas of New York, NY.

Να μας ζήσουν! Grant, O Lord, a prosperous life, peace, health, salvation, progress in faith and all good things, to Your newly illumined servants!

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Hospitality Ministry

Coffee hour will take a break for the months of July and August. But if you'd like to be a hostess or host any time from September 1, 2024 and into the New Ecclesiastical Year, please contact Barbara Soldano, Danai Sachinidou or Linda Dallaku at [email protected].

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Parish News

The Good News Corner 

The 47th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has concluded.  Please visit https://www.clergylaity.org/reports and https://www.clergylaity.org/news-releases for relevant Reports and News Releases and find links to various recordings of workshops and presentations.

Hear Me with Fire: The Life of Prophet Elijah

Learn more about the life and significance of the fiery prophet Elijah (Elias) by watching https://youtu.be/guTOkW0pR1s?si=9ymJpJ1y69uChEqJ

Chronicles of the Desert video series by Trisagion Films

Learn more about a variety of spiritual fathers by watching https://youtu.be/z3SWV2LGPZ8?si=craCri_3ahJDWUas

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Choir News

Adult Choir Calendar

JULY & AUGUST

Sun July 21 & 28 Congregational Singing for Liturgies
Sun August 4, 11, 18 & 25 Congregational Singing for Liturgies

SEPTEMBER

Sun 9/1 Congregational Singing – Last Sunday
Sun 9/8 Adult Choir 1st Sunday back
Rehearsal 9:00 – 9:45 am followed by singing the Liturgy

SIGN UP FOR LEADING CONGREGATIONAL SINGING

Please contact (call/text) Cindy Ziemnicki at 203-300-2304 if you are interested in leading the Assumption Congregation in song during the Summer Liturgies.

A Communal Singing Book for our parish is being drafted and will help facilitate the singing of our Liturgy.  Please contact Fr. Nikolas if you are interested in sponsoring their publication and printing.

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Ladies Philoptochos

Festival of Tables -  November 16, 2024. Interested in hosting/donating? Contact Ourania Carino or Caryn Flannery or Fevri Gkanatsios.

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Greek School Registration

Assumption Church Greek School 2024-2025

New Schedule  —  New Format  —  New Options

Highlights Focusing on Language and Culture:

  • Our Greek School program is expanding its curriculum next year with the addition of a Hellenic Cultural Class! Families will have the option to enroll in either our traditional Tuesday Greek Language class, our new Thursday Cultural Class or both the Tuesday and Thursday classes!!

Our traditional Language Class will meet on 

  • Tuesdays from 4:45-6:45pm.
  • Our first class will be September 17, 2025.

Our Cultural Class will meet on 

  • Thursdays from 5:00-6:30pm.
  • Our first class will be September 19, 2025.

Please see the registration form that includes all the information you need for the classes and to register. (Please note--the registration form is 2 pages!)

If you have any questions, you can contact Paraskevi at [email protected].

Philosophy of our Program

Our Greek School program focuses on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. After completing our program, our goal is for our students to:

  • Read and understand passages of texts
  • Engage in conversations about themselves (age, grade, interests)
  • Develop fluency in the Greek language
  • Write a letter to a family member or friend
  • Write about something that is important to them (favorite food, holiday, movie, sport, etc)
  • Learn about important landmarks in Greece
  • Understand important holidays and customs in Greece and how we celebrate them in the United States
  • Participate in cultural events (OXI day, March 25th, etc)

Students may have the opportunity to take the Comprehensive Exam in Modern Greek after all levels have been successfully completed. Students must be at least thirteen years old in order to take the exam and, in some instances, it provides foreign language credit at the high school level.

The Assumption Church Afternoon Greek School follows all guidelines set by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and is committed to providing an excellent education in all aspects of the Greek language. We will continue with the curriculum and series of books from Papaloizos Publications and supplement with materials published by the Department of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.

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Links for Livestreaming Services

Pray with us by subscribing to the Assumption YouTube channel 

https://www.youtube.com/@assumptionchurchdanbury

Or by visiting our Assumption page on Facebook 

https://www.facebook.com/assumptiongreekorthodoxchurch/videos

Live events will be streamed on both these services on programmed service hours.

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Calendar

  • Calendar

    July 14 to August 11, 2024

    Sunday, July 14

    Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, July 15

    The Holy Martyrs Cyricus and His Mother Julitta

    9:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy - The Holy Martyrs Cyricus and His Mother Julitta

    Wednesday, July 17

    5:30PM Paraklesis to St. Panteleimon

    Friday, July 19

    7:00PM Great Vespers (Prophet Elias Church, 15 Leroy Ave., Yonkers, NY) - His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros presiding

    Saturday, July 20

    The Glorious Prophet Elias (Elijah)

    8:30AM Orthros & Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos) - Prophet Elias Church, 15 Leroy Ave., Yonkers, NY

    1:00PM Wedding Rehearsal

    Sunday, July 21

    4th Sunday of Matthew

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, July 25

    1:00PM Wedding

    Saturday, July 27

    Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer

    9:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy (Panteleimon the Great Martyr & Healer)

    1:00PM Danbury International Festival - 1 National Pl., Danbury, CT

    Sunday, July 28

    5th Sunday of Matthew

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, July 31

    6:00PM Vespers - The Holy Seven Maccabee Children, Solomone Their Mother, and Eleazar Their Teacher; Procession of the Precious Cross

    Thursday, August 1

    ☦️ The Holy Seven Maccabee Children, Solomone Their Mother, and Eleazar Their Teacher

    9:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy (Procession of the Precious Cross)

    Friday, August 2

    6:00PM Paraklesis to the Theotokos

    Saturday, August 3

    10:00AM Wedding

    Sunday, August 4

    🍇 6th Sunday of Matthew

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 5

    10:00AM Paraklesis to the Theotokos

    Tuesday, August 6

    🐟 Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

    9:00AM Orthros & Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, August 7

    6:00PM Paraklesis to the Theotokos

    Thursday, August 8

    10:00AM Paraklesis to the Theotokos

    Friday, August 9

    6:00PM Paraklesis to the Theotokos

    Sunday, August 11

    🍇 7th Sunday of Matthew

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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