Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-10-29
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Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (978) 458-4321
  • Street Address:

  • 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way

  • Lowell, MA 01854
  • Mailing Address:

  • 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way

  • Lowell, MA 01854

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Schedule:

Orthros: 8:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

Bible Study:

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Past Bulletins



Sunday School will be hosting a Sunday School Open House and Super Duper Coffee Hour. Everyone is invited to participate in this great Fellowship Hour. Take a few minutes to explore the classroom posters and learn what is taking place in the classrooms.  A free will offering would be appreciated. 


In honor of Patron saint Agios Demetrios of Thessaloniki and protector of Macedonia, today's Artoklasia is sponsored by the Pan Macedonian Aimilianos and Theodora Chapter of Lowell. Wishing good health to the entire organization and all its members.


We would like to thank all of the participants and sponsors for helping to make this a successful event. A very heartfelt thanks to Costa Tsioulis as chairman


Fr. Gregory will be participating in the National Clergy Retreat, October 30 – November 2.  In the case of a pastoral emergency please contact Fr. Nick Pelekoudas at 781-632-3844.

Tina will be away November 1 – 12.  The office will be closed during that time.


In preparation for the 100th anniversary of our parish, the committee is working on a media presentation. Any parishioner interested in an in-person interview to possibly be included in our 100th Anniversary Memory Presentation, please contact Olivia Sintros ([email protected] or Pat Mahoney ([email protected]) by Sunday, Nov. 5.


*APPLE PIE ORDERS – Our Transfiguration GOYA will be selling homemade Apple Pies for $20 each as their fall fundraiser! Place your order with a GOYAn during coffee hour on Sundays through November 12th or by clicking the link or QR code. Pies will be available for pick-up during coffee hour on November 19th. Thank you for your support!

*LOCK-IN - Attention GOYAns grades 7-12! Join us for our annual GOYA Lock-in on November 17th! Metropolis of Boston Camp staff members will lead us in a fun night which will include food, a session about our faith, and some fun games after dark! Parents, please fill out the QR consent form by November 15th to reserve a spot. Any questions, please reach out to GOYA advisors Presbytera Cassandra Floor (978) 761-8366 or Susan Mitchell (978) 835-8318.


*Kalo Mina and Xronia Polla on the Feast Day of our Patron Saints, Sanits Cosmas & Damianos – wonder workers and healers of the sick, clearly emulating the mission of Philoptochos! On Sunday, November 5 Philoptochos will be collecting donations to benefit the philanthropic programs and charities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. All Members are encouraged to sit together in front pews. Thank you for your donation.

*Our next General Meeting takes place on Saturday morning November 11 at 9:30 am.  All members are encouraged to attend.  We will make a small Christmas craft for our home-bound and nursing home members.

*Mark your Calendar!  Reserve your seat to our fabulous 70th Anniversary Benefit Tea on Sunday, December 3 Indian Ridge Country Club. Invitations are in the mail.  Everyone is invited!


Nominations for the 2024-2025 term of Parish Council are welcome. Any parishioner in good standing interested in being nominated must contact the Parish office to request an official nomination form and return the completed form to the office by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2023.  Elections will be held on December 10, 2023.


Mark your calendars for Parish Assembly on November 12th following Divine Liturgy. More information to come.


The stewardship theme for 2024 will be “Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant (Matthew 25:23)”.As faithful servants let us work to complete our 2023 stewardship pledge to the church.  If you have not pledged for 2023 it is never too late.  Thank you!


Sunday School children in grades 3 and 4 decorated and filled Love Bags that were distributed to the needy. We will continue to collect items such as socks, travel-size toiletries, granola bars, snack bags, wipes, etc.  Please join in the mission of making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. 


We will continue to need books for grades 1 & 2, but a greater need of books for grades 3, 4 & 5. Please place new or gently used books in the bin in the upstairs lobby.  We so appreciate your commitment to literacy for our children.



 Trinity votive candles (To Sponsor a Candle please call the Church Office.)

Vigil Light at the Side Altar (Icon of the Theotokos): Available
Vigil Light at the Icon of Christ: In Loving Memory of Deborah Victoria Skrekas and George Skrekas
†Vigil Light at the Theotokos: In Loving Memory of Ioannis "John" Zaralidis from his family
†Vigil Light at the Icon of the Forerunner: In Loving Memory of John N. Tavoularis from his family
†Vigil Light at the Foot of the Holy Cross: In Loving Memory of George Tsoukalas from his family








Weekly Inserts


Weekly Calendar

†Orthros, 8:30 am
†Liturgy, 9:30 am
Sunday School Coffee Hour

November 5   FIFTH SUNDAY OF LUKE                     
†Orthros, 8:30 am
†Liturgy, 9:30 am
Monthly Trisagion


TODAY’S PARISH COUNCIL: Valerie Diggs, Patricia Mahoney & Matthew Apostolou



November 7                        
Bible Study (online), 7:00 pm

November 8                        
Bible Study (online), 10:00 am

November 10                      
Office Closed – In Observance of Veterans Day

November 11                      
Veterans Day
Philoptochos General Meeting, 9:30 am

November 12                     
Eighth Sunday of Luke
Parish Assembly

November 14                       
Community Kitchen, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Parish Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

November 15                       
Bible Study (online), 10:00 am

November 19                       
Ninth Sunday of Luke

November 23                       
Thanksgiving (Office Closed)

November 24                       
Office Closed

November 26                       
Thirteenth Sunday of Luke

November 28                       
Bible Study (online), 7:00 pm

November 29                       
Bible Study (online), 10:00 am







Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:41-56

At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus' feet he besought him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As he went, the people pressed round him. And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, "Who was it that touched me?" When all denied it, Peter and those who were with him said, "Master, the multitudes surround you and press upon you!" But Jesus said, "Some one touched me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from me." And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler's house came and said, "Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more." But Jesus on hearing this answered him, "Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well." And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, "Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, "Child, arise." And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode


Wisdom of the Fathers

For in a contest there is much labor needed--and after the contest victory falls to some, to others disgrace. Is the palm ever given or the crown granted before the course is finished? ... Therefore no one can receive a reward, unless he has striven lawfully; nor is the victory a glorious one, unless the contest also has been toilsome.
St. Ambrose of Milan
Chapter 15, Three Books on the Duties of the Clergy, 4th century

He puts an end to the woman's fear ... He sets her right, in respect of her thinking to be hid ... He exhibits her faith to all, so as to provoke the rest also to emulation ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 31 on Matthew 9, 4th Century


Saints and Feasts

October 29

Anastasia the Martyr of Rome

Saint Anastasia, who was young in age and lived in a convent, was seized by the impious. Confessing Christ openly and with boldness and enduring manifold torments, she was beheaded in the year 256, during the reign of Valerian.

October 29

Our Righteous Father Abramius

Our Righteous Father Abramius, born in Edessa in Mesopotamia in 296, took up the monastic life and brought many pagans to Christ. Mary, his niece, upon the death of her parents, joined Abramius at his hermitage and under his guidance advanced swiftly in the love of God. Through the wiles of the evil one, however, she fell into sin, and falling from them into despair, she left her uncle and became a harlot. When he learned where his niece was, Abramius put on the clothes of a man of the world and went to visit her in disguise. Through his exhortations, Mary returned to her first hope in the mercy of God, was rescued from the life of harlotry, and ended her life in great holiness. He himself reposed in the year 366. Saints Abramius and Mary were friends of Saint Ephraim the Syrian, and it was he who wrote their account.

October 30

The Holy Martyrs Zenobius and His Sister Zenobia

These Saints were from Aegae in Cilicia, brought up in piety by their parents. Zenobius was a physician, and healed many freely by the power of God; because of his virtue he was consecrated Bishop of Aegae. With his sister he was taken by Lysias the Governor, and after many tortures they were beheaded, about the year 290, during the reign of Diocletian.

October 31

Stachys, Andrew, Amplias, Apelles, Urban, Aristobulus & Narcissus of the 70

Of these holy Apostles, Stachys became the first Bishop of Byzantium, consecrated by the Apostle Andrew. Having shepherded his people for sixteen years, he reposed in the Lord. As for the others, each one shone forth in the episcopal see appointed to him: Apelles, Bishop of Heraclea; Amplias, Bishop of Odyssopolis; Urban, Bishop of Macedonia; Narcissus, Bishop of Athens; and Aristobulus, Bishop of Britain.

November 01

Cosmas and Damianos the Holy Unmercenaries and their mother Theodota

These Saints were from Asia (that is, Asia Minor). After the death of their father, their Christ-loving mother Theodota reared them in piety and in all manner of virtue, and had them instructed in every science, especially that of medicine. This became their vocation, and they went about healing every illness and malady, bestowing healing freely on both men and beasts alike; because of this, they are called "Unmercenaries." And thus, having completed the course of their life, they reposed in peace.

November 02

Acindynos, Pegasios, Aphthonios, Elpidophoros, and Anempodistos of Persia

These Martyrs contested in Persia about the year 330, in the reign of Sapor (Shapur) II, King of Persia (325-379). Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus, Persian Christians, confessed Christ before the King, and were put to many torments. Aphthonius and Elpidophoros, drawn to the Faith of Christ through the Martyrs, were beheaded with another 7,000. Saints Acindynus, Pegasius, and Anempodistus were at last burned to death. Two churches were dedicated in their honour in Constantinople. As is often the case in church hymns, there is a play on the meanings of the Saints' names here. Acindynus means "unimperilled"; Pegasius is derived from pegazo--"to gush forth"; Aphthonius is derived from aphthonos-"abundant"; Elpidophoros means "hope-bearing"; Anempodistus means "unhindered." These are all Greek translations of their Persian names.

November 03

Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, & Aeithalas the Deacon, Martyrs of Persia

Saint Acepsimas, a bishop, Saint Joseph, a presbyter, and Saint Aeithalas, a deacon, suffered exceedingly cruel torments and martyrdom during the reign of Sapor II, King of Persia (325-379). See also April 17.

November 04

Bishop Raphael Hawaweeny of Brooklyn

Saint Raphael Hawaweeny was born on November 8th, 1860 A.D., in Damascus, Syria, to pious Christian parents. He studied Arabic grammar and mathematics at the Antiochian Patriarchate parochial school where he was tonsured a reader in 1874. His strong academics served him well throughout his life, providing for him numerous opportunities to succeed and grow. He accepted a position in 1877 as an assistant teacher of Arabic and Turkish, which became full time in 1879. In 1879 he was tonsured a monk while working with Patriarch Hierotheos at the patriarchate, traveling with him on pastoral visits and serving as his personal assistant.

Longing to continue his theological studies, Raphael petitioned the Patriarch for permission to study at Halki Theological School, which was the only option for students of the Antiochian Patriarchate as the Balamand Seminary in Lebanon had been closed since 1840. After much persistence, Raphael received the blessing of the Patriarch and enrolled in Halki Seminary where he was ordained a deacon in 1885. After completing his degree at Halki, the young Deacon Raphael studied at the Kiev Theological Academy, working as a liaison between the Moscow and Antiochian patriarchates. Deacon Raphael was ordained to the holy priesthood in 1889 while in Kiev, continuing to serve that community for many years.

The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 led to the subsequent collapse of the silk industry in the Middle East, causing many Syrians and others to immigrate to the United States. These new citizens desired to have their religion present in their new homeland and sent letters to their mother churches for pastoral help. A few priests were sent, but none lasted, and so the people asked for Father Raphael Hawaweeny to come to America and serve. Both the Antiochian and Moscow Patriarchs agreed to this idea, and Father Raphael left for America where the people greeted him with great love. Father Raphael then spent many years serving the Syrians in Brooklyn, New York, but he desired to scan the continent for Syrians and other Orthodox Christians who were without spiritual leadership. He traveled by train and carriage across the nation, finding Orthodox Christians, recording their location, and performing liturgies, baptisms, and weddings. Upon his return to Brooklyn, Father Raphael worked to find clergy to send to these dispersed communities, giving them a full time pastor to minister to their needs.

In 1909, by the hands of Bishops Tikhon and Innocent of the Moscow Patriarchate, he was the first bishop consecrated in the New World. The now Bishop Raphael continued his ministry to the Christians throughout America. Bishop Raphael worked tirelessly in Brooklyn to mediate disputes between the Orthodox Christians from Syria and Maronite Catholic Christians who often fought violently with one another. Despite numerous outbursts and setbacks, Bishop Raphael continued his ministry serving the Orthodox throughout his vast diocese. One such incident was when an influential leader of the Maronite group was killed and many people accused Bishop Raphael of ordering his murder. This led to many people attempting to harm the bishop, but he endured it all willingly. He was arrested under attempted murder charges, but was eventually cleared and let go after much time and money was spent in his defense.


Throughout his time in North America, Bishop Raphael founded 36 parishes to bring the Church to the faithful who were without a priest to guide them. Bishop Raphael truly lived out Gospel in all aspects of his life, striving tirelessly for the people in his care, even to the point of sacrificing his own physical health in order to maintain the spiritual health of his people. Bishop Raphael died on February 27th, 1915, at his home in Brooklyn. His funeral was attended by hundreds of people, including clergy from all ethnic backgrounds, illustrating his love for all of the people of God regardless of where they came from. The sacred relics of Saint Raphael, “the good shepherd of the lost sheep in North America,” were first interred in a crypt beneath the holy table at his Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Brooklyn on March 7th, 1915, before being moved to the Syrian section of Mount Olivet Cemetery in Brooklyn on April 2nd, 1922. They were finally translated to the Holy Resurrection Cemetery at the Antiochian Village near Ligonier, Pennsylvania, on August 15th, 1988. His sanctity was officially proclaimed by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on March 29th, 2000, and his glorification was celebrated on May 29th of that year at the Monastery of Saint Tikhon in Pennsylvania.