Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-07-21
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Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (301) 663-0663
  • Fax:
  • (301) 663-6855
  • Street Address:

  • 920 West 7th Street

  • Frederick, MD 21701


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Welcome

Welcome to Sts. Peter & Paul! It's a blessing to have you join us in prayer. If you would like to follow along with today's services, please scan the QR code, select today's date, and the service in progress ("Matins" or "Divine Liturgy").

Please join us for coffee hour after Divine Liturgy, located in our social hall on the lower level.

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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.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 3rd Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for the Church in the 4th Mode

As the first in rank of the Apostles and teachers of the world, intercede with the Master of all that He grant peace unto all the world and great mercy unto our souls.

Οι τών Αποστόλων πρωτόθρονοι, καί τής Οικουμένης διδάσκαλοι, τώ Δεσπότη τών όλων πρεσβεύσατε, ειρήνην τή οικουμένη δωρήσασθαι, καί ταίς ψυχαίς ημών τό μέγα έλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

4th Sunday of Matthew
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.

4th Sunday of Matthew
Πρὸς ῾Ρωμαίους 6:18-23

Ἀδελφοί, ἐλευθερωθέντες δὲ ἀπὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας, ἐδουλώθητε τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ. Ἀνθρώπινον λέγω διὰ τὴν ἀσθένειαν τῆς σαρκὸς ὑμῶν· ὥσπερ γὰρ παρεστήσατε τὰ μέλη ὑμῶν δοῦλα τῇ ἀκαθαρσίᾳ καὶ τῇ ἀνομίᾳ εἰς τὴν ἀνομίαν, οὕτως νῦν παραστήσατε τὰ μέλη ὑμῶν δοῦλα τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ εἰς ἁγιασμόν. Ὅτε γὰρ δοῦλοι ἦτε τῆς ἁμαρτίας, ἐλεύθεροι ἦτε τῇ δικαιοσύνῃ. Τίνα οὖν καρπὸν εἴχετε τότε ἐφʼ οἷς νῦν ἐπαισχύνεσθε; Τὸ γὰρ τέλος ἐκείνων θάνατος. Νυνὶ δὲ ἐλευθερωθέντες ἀπὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας, δουλωθέντες δὲ τῷ θεῷ, ἔχετε τὸν καρπὸν ὑμῶν εἰς ἁγιασμόν, τὸ δὲ τέλος ζωὴν αἰώνιον. Τὰ γὰρ ὀψώνια τῆς ἁμαρτίας θάνατος, τὸ δὲ χάρισμα τοῦ θεοῦ ζωὴ αἰώνιος ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ τῷ κυρίῳ ἡμῶν.


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.

4th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 8:5-13

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσελθόντι δὲ αὐτῷ εἰς Καπερναοὺμ προσῆλθεν αὐτῷ ἑκατόνταρχος παρακαλῶν αὐτὸν καὶ λέγων· Κύριε, ὁ παῖς μου βέβληται ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ παραλυτικός, δεινῶς βασανιζόμενος. καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἐγὼ ἐλθὼν θεραπεύσω αὐτόν. καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ ἑκατόνταρχος ἔφη· Κύριε, οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς ἵνα μου ὑπὸ τὴν στέγην εἰσέλθῃς· ἀλλὰ μόνον εἰπὲ λόγῳ, καὶ ἰαθήσεται ὁ παῖς μου. καὶ γὰρ ἐγὼ ἄνθρωπός εἰμι ὑπὸ ἐξουσίαν, ἔχων ὑπ᾿ ἐμαυτὸν στρατιώτας, καὶ λέγω τούτῳ, πορεύθητι, καὶ πορεύεται, καὶ ἄλλῳ, ἔρχου, καὶ ἔρχεται, καὶ τῷ δούλῳ μου, ποίησον τοῦτο, καὶ ποιεῖ. ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐθαύμασε καὶ εἶπε τοῖς ἀκολουθοῦσιν· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐδὲ ἐν τῷ ᾿Ισραὴλ τοσαύτην πίστιν εὗρον. λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν ὅτι πολλοὶ ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν ἥξουσι καὶ ἀνακλιθήσονται μετὰ ᾿Αβραὰμ καὶ ᾿Ισαὰκ καὶ ᾿Ιακὼβ ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν, οἱ δὲ υἱοὶ τῆς βασιλείας ἐκβληθήσονται εἰς τὸ σκότος τὸ ἐξώτερον· ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων. καὶ εἶπεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τῷ ἑκατοντάρχῳ· ὕπαγε, καὶ ὡς ἐπίστευσας γενηθήτω σοι. καὶ ἰάθη ὁ παῖς αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ ὥρᾳ ἐκείνῃ.


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Announcements

Today

At the end of Liturgy, we will offer a memorial service for the departed servants of God

  • Robert Horst (40-day)
  • Louiza Nerantzis (40-day)
  • Victims of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus

May their memorial be eternal!

After Divine Liturgy, please join us for coffee hour in the social hall, in loving memory of Robert (Bob) Horst. 

Reminders

Please consider sponsoring coffee hours in memory of a loved one or celebrating an occasion. Click here to sign up.

Upcoming Hosts:

  • July 28th: Host needed.
  • Aug. 4th:  Host needed.
  • Aug. 11th: In loving memory of James and Myrna Mellis

2024 Stewardship: Our parish depends on your Stewardship Pledge to support our many ministries. 2024 Stewardship Cards are available in the Narthex. You can also go to our website, www.stspeterpaul.net, and click GIVE. Thank you for your generous support!

Altar Keepers: If you've already made a stewardship pledge and are looking for additional ways to give, please consider donating to our Altar Keeper fund that helps us with liturgical items. Click here.

St. Eugenia Philoptochos: Please consider becoming a Philoptochos Steward or an Associate Steward and be part of this most important Philanthropic Mission. To become a steward, complete the form (click here). If you have any questions, contact Georgette Calomeris at [email protected] or 301-471-7303.
 
Our Accessibility Project is underway. This project intends to provide greater handicapped accessibility to the church and its facilities. A ramp will provide street-level access to the church, and an ADA lift will provide access to the Narthex and Social Hall. We still need to raise additional funds to complete this project. Please consider contributing towards this project to allow our parish to realize its mission to make Orthodoxy accessible to all. Donate today!
 
The Aero Energy House of Worship Program is a donation program established by Aero Energy to provide Aero Energy customers an opportunity to give to their churches. If you're an Aero Energy customer, it will not cost you anything to have a percentage of your bill donated to the Church. Click here for details.
 
 
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Parish Ministries

Parish Council: George Lountos (President), Elizabeth A. Kostas-Polston (Vice President), Bruce Flanders (Treasurer), Christos Cambetes (Secretary), Dimitri Rotov, Gregory Nerantzis, Nicholas Carras, Thomas Tsianakas.

Greek SchoolDr. George Lountos (Principal) - [email protected] or (404) 375-3180

HOPE & JOY Ministry: Brandi Lahanas - [email protected]

GOYA: Christina Summers - [email protected]

Religious EducationFr. John - [email protected]. Lessons will resume again in the fall.

Kali Parea: A ministry for adults 50 years and older. Contact the church office for more info.

St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos: Georgette Calomeris (President) - [email protected]. All in the parish are encouraged to be members of the Philoptochos Society! Contact Georgette for more info.

Hospitality Ministry: Tyler Shuck (coordinator). We focus on welcoming visitors and coordinating fellowship activities after Sunday Liturgy to provide a warm and welcoming environment for both parishioners and visitors alike. Please contact the church office if you're interested in hosting a Coffee Hour.

Visitations for Shut-in's: If you or a loved one need hospital or long-term care, please call the church office to schedule a visit from Fr. John. Frederick Memorial Hospital (and most facilities) will not automatically notify the church upon admission, but only when requested by the patient or caregiver.

Three Hierarchs Bookstore: Eleni Trivizas (Manager). Located in the Social Hall, we offer books, icons, censers, votives, and other spiritually edifying material. Interested in volunteering to staff the bookstore? Reach out to Eleni or the church office.

Greek Folk Dance Ministry: Open to all ages and levels of experience. Contact Georgette Calomeris ([email protected]) if interested. Registration here.

Byzantine Choir: Traditional Byzantine chant that highlights the beauty of our liturgical hymns. Please contact the church office if you are interested in participating.

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Parish Calendar

  • Parish Calendar

    July 21 to July 28, 2024

    Sunday, July 21

    8:30AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM 40-Day Memorial for Robert Horst

    11:05AM 40-Day Memorial for Louiza Nerantzis

    Monday, July 22

    9:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy St. Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles

    Thursday, July 25

    9:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy Dormition of St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos

    Friday, July 26

    9:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy Paraskeve the Righteous Martyr of Rome

    Saturday, July 27

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

    Sunday, July 28

    8:30AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

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    Souls of Love

    Souls of Love

    Souls of Love - Ladies Philoptochos Special collection


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