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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-12-19
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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (908) 968-4004
  • Fax:
  • (908) 968-4002
  • Street Address:

  • 85 Voorhees Corner Road,

  • Flemington, NJ 08822


Contact Information






Services Schedule

Sunday Services:  Orthros 8:30 am; Divine Liturgy 9:30  am.  

Weekday Services:  See parish website calendar link for updates.

 


Past Bulletins


Parish News

 

2021 Stewardship Status: we have 159 Pledges totaling $197,769 and $188,544 received to date.  We also have 10 families who have contributed $4,100 to date but have not submitted a stewardship card.  It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward.  Current Stewardship List and other stewardship information is posted on bulletin board by the water cooler.

 

 
   
   
   

 

2021 Stewardship List

* Contributed but have not submitted stewardship card

Report Date: Dec 18, 2021

1

Agrapides, Peter & Stella

65

Kasimatis, Kosmas & Dimitra Bairaktaris

129

Stellakis, Stanley & Kathleen

2

Andreou, Anthony

66

Katogiritis, George & Kalliopi *

130

Steubing, Michael & Maria Katsamani

3

Andriopoulos-Perez, Elena

67

Katsiaficas, John&Soula

131

Stieglitz, Alexander

4

Angelus, James&Elizabeth

68

Kazantzis, Sava & Nancy

132

Stieglitz, Robert & Katerina

5

Archdeacon, Dan & Alyssa

69

Kefalas, Carrie

133

Stier, Benjamin & Eleftheria Tsatsos

6

Archimedes, Alexander & Debbie

70

Kehayes, Peter & Helen

134

Sullivan, Mary

7

Argiropoulos, Anthony & Amy

71

Kehayes, Stephen & Beth

135

Sutton, David & Maria

8

Balios, Efthimia

72

Kika, John & Tina

136

Tattoli, Larry & Maria

9

Bongiovanni, Robert & Michele

73

Kizoulis, Menas & Antonia

137

Tattoli, Mark

10

Bozzo, Daniel&Maria

74

Kosoglou, Teddy and Roula

138

Tattoli, Steven

11

Bulzacchelli, Thomas & Valerie

75

Kousoulas, Constantine

139

Theodoropoulos, Pete & Brittany Daniels

12

Bunce, Daniel & Marianne

76

Kousoulas, Demetrios

140

Ticas, Alexia

13

Collett, Martin & Adriane

77

Kousoulas, Fr. Anastasios & Presv. Nektaria

141

Ticas, Cesar & Areti

14

Connell, William & Nikki

78

Kousoulas, Panayiotis

142

Toulatos, Polixenia

15

Costalas, Paul & Josephine

79

Kubu, James & Evangeline

143

Trumpy, Fred & Larisa

16

Coutros, George & Lana

80

Kypridakes, Michael & Asimina

144

Tsatsos, Costa & Maria

17

Coutros, Peter

81

Lappen, Justin&Danielle

145

Tsentas, Constantine & Eugenia *

18

Coutsouridis, Alexia

82

Logothetis, Nikita & Sophia

146

Tsentas, Nicholas & Melanie

19

Coutsouridis, John & Denise

83

Loukedis, Alexander & Jennifer

147

Tsokas, Lorraine

20

Demetriou, Dorothy&James

84

Lutkus, Anthony & Vasiliki

148

Tsokas, Spyros

21

Diagelakis, Gerasimos & Kristen

85

Manoussakis, Stamati & Sofia

149

Tzovolos, Demetri and Arete

22

Diamantis, Ioannis & Gerasimoula

86

Manteo, Michael & Gramatiki

150

Tzovolos, Olympia

23

Disla, Mark & Anastasia Pappas

87

Mardakis, Arge

151

Vaporakis, Efharis Karise

24

Diver, Sean & Joanne

88

Mariani, Anthony & Kristen

152

Vaporakis, John & Kim

25

Douvris, John & Aimee

89

Markos, Elaine

153

Vaporakis, Kaliope

26

Douvris, Katerina & Jorge Higueros

90

Martin, Stephen & Despina

154

Vaporakis, Mihail

27

Douvris, Sofia *

91

Mavrode, Michael & Demetra

155

Varas, Alexander Pericles

28

Fallon, Ellie

92

Mazza, Emily Connelly & Costa & Poulis, Renee

156

Varas, Loukas Michael

29

Fallon, Tom & Anna

93

McElroy, Stephanie

157

Varas, Michael & Elaine

30

Fania, Michael & Vicky

94

Millett, Matthew & Maria

158

Veneman, Ryan & Polyxeni-Tolis

31

Fearon, TJ & Colette

95

Mulcahy, Dr. Wayne and Mary

159

Vespa, Paul & Fay

32

Ferreira, Jorge & Angela

96

Nelson, Stephanie

160

Vlahakes, Louis & Anastasia

33

Finley, Thomas & Antoinette

97

Nicolaou, Nicolaos & Kaliopi *

161

Vlahakis, Dan

34

Gacos, Chris & Frances

98

Nikolakopoulos, Peter & Melissa

162

Wolfe, Richard & Penelope

35

Gacos, Christopher & Escarlen

99

Orginos, Helen *

163

Wygera, Walter & Constance

36

Gatanis, Michael & Angela *

100

Orginos, Irene *

164

Xenakis, Matthew & Vasiliki *

37

Georgeles, George & Maria

101

Paitakes, John&Linda

165

Ypsilantis, Peter & Antonia

38

Georgeles, Michael

102

Paliatsos, Mary

166

Zacharatos, Jerry & Justine Raspanti

39

Georgeles-Prera, Ronnie & Kallie

103

Panageas, Bill & Margaret

167

Zajac, Pegi

40

Giambrone, Charles J

104

Panayote, William & Deborah

168

Zanidakis, Theodore & Charlotte

41

Gianakos, Michael & Dianne

105

Pelios, Georgia

169

Zannikos, Peter & Amy

42

Giannouris, John & Tracey

106

Peppe, George & Demetra

170

 

43

Gianos, Irene

107

Petromelis, Christopher & Georgette

171

 

44

Gilman, Cliff & Karen *

108

Petromelis, Phyllis

172

 

45

Giotis, John & Karen

109

Procyk, Eugenia

173

 

46

Glynos, Peter & Cindy

110

Radzicki, Martin & Katie

174

 

47

Grina, Peter & Diana

111

Rentoulis, Nikolaos

175

 

48

Halkiadakis, John & Vassie

112

Roupas, Daniel & Mary

176

 

49

Hawes, Ashlynn

113

Rudy, George & Sofia

177

 

50

Hawes, Brian & Allison Faches

114

Sacalis, John

178

 

51

Hawes, Carrick

115

Sakellos, Alexandra

179

 

52

Heinke, Michael & Simone

116

Sakellos, Evan & Catherine

180

 

53

Heinke, Zoe & Andy Riley

117

Sakellos, George

181

 

54

Ibrahim, Robert&Doniki

118

Sfondouris, John & Maria

182

 

55

Iliakostas, Vasilis & Konstantina

119

Shepardson, Lilyan

183

 

56

Iliopoulos, Christos & Anna

120

Sideris, Leonidas & Elizabeth

184

 

57

Jaghab, Danny & Delmy

121

Soteropoulos, Dean & Elizabeth

185

 

58

Johnson, Bill

122

Soteropoulos, Marisa

186

 

59

Johnson, Gloria

123

Staikos, George & Christi

187

 

60

Kalamaras, Stella *

124

Staikos, Nicholas, Eirini Daskalakis

188

 

61

Kaldes, John & Zoi

125

Stathopulos, Peter&Julan, Adriana

189

 

62

Kamnitsis, Christopher & Heather

126

Stavrakas, Spyros & Bia

190

 

63

Kamnitsis, Constantine & Nancy

127

Stavrakis, Michael & Sophia

191

 

64

Karazoupis, Vasilios & Panayiota

128

Stellakis, John & Eileen

192

Parish Christmas Pageant: Today after services.  Youth will be excused after Holy Communion to set up with Greek School and Sunday School teachers. Thanks to all who helped put this pageant together today!

Holy Services this week:  Daily Liturgy on M, W, Th.  (See Christmas Services note below re: Friday morning and late night).  Merry Christmas to all!

Philoptochos 

Today, the Philoptochos will join our youth for an afternoon of outreach and support at the Flemington Food Pantry.  May God bless us all this Christmas season!

The 2022 Ecclesiastical Calendars are available for pick up at church.  Thanks to the Ladies Philoptochos for sponsoring again this year!

Christmas Services:  Reminder - the Christmas Eve Liturgy will begin at about 9 AM  (after the Holy and Great Hours Service which begins at 7:30 AM).  The Christmas Day Liturgy ends at about 12:30 AM (Christmas Day morning) after we celebrate the Orthros starting at 10:30 PM on Dec. 24 followed by the Divine Liturgy of Christmas which will start at about 11:30 PM on Christmas Eve Night.  There are no additional services on Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas to all!

GOYA Christmas Party - is being planned for Sunday, Dec. 26 after church.  Please check emails for more information.

Sunday School: classes will be excused at about 10:30 AM after the distribution of Holy Communion.  (no classes on Sunday, Jan. 2). 

Greek School  Please contact Maria Sfondouris, Greek School Director with any questions (msfondouris@gmail.com). Mondays - In-person classes.  Wednesdays - Virtual classes. Let's make it a great year of Greek learning for our youth!

 

Andrea needs our help.  Please see the flyer below and help if you can.  G

 

 

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Saints and Feasts

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December 19

Aglaia the Righteous of Rome


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December 19

Our Righteous Father Gregentius, Bishop of Ethiopia


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December 19

Sunday before Nativity

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eighteenth of this month, we celebrate all those who from ages past have been well-pleasing to God, beginning from Adam even unto Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, according to genealogy, as the Evangelist Luke hath recorded historically (Luke 3:23-38); we also commemorate the Prophets and Prophetesses, and especially the Prophet Daniel and the Holy Three Children.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Tone. 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 11:9-10; 32-40.

BRETHREN, by faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundation, whose builder and maker is God.

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 armies 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 tempted, 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 before Nativity
The Reading is from Matthew 1:1-25

The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for Forefeast of the Nativity in the 4th Tone

Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of life hath blossomed forth in the cave from the Holy Virgin. Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

Apolytikion for Sun. before Nativity in the 2nd Tone

Great are the achievements of faith! In the fountain of flame, as by the water of rest, the Three Holy Children rejoiced. And the Prophet Daniel proved a shepherd of lions as of sheep. By their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 3rd Tone

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

Great indeed was the faith of Abraham. . . It was necessary to go beyond human reasoning. . . to manifest also something more.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily XXV on Hebrews XI, 1,2. translation found in The Bible and the Holy Fathers for Orthodox, Monastery Books, St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, NY 2003, p. 955., 4th Century

The tribes of Judah and Levi were united by a fusion of their lines of descent, and that is why Matthew assigns Christ's family to the tribe of Judah. And the Apostle says, 'for our Lord has sprung out of Judah' (Heb. 7:14).
St. Ambrose of Milan
Seven Exegetical Works, 4th Century

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