Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2015-08-30
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Annunciation Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (570) 823-4805
  • Street Address:

  • 32 East Ross Street

  • Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services:

Orthros/Matins - 9:00 A.M.

Divine Liturgy - 10:15 A.M.


Feast Day Services:

Orthros/Matins followed by Divine Liturgy - 9:00 A.M.


Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Apodosis of the Forerunner in the Second Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner; for thou hast proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since thou was granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, thou didst rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God hath appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.
Μνήμη δικαίου μέτ' ἐγκωμίων, σοὶ δὲ ἀρκέσει ἡ μαρτυρία τοῦ Κυρίου Πρόδρομε, ἀνεδείχθης γὰρ ὄντως καὶ Προφητῶν σεβασμιώτερος, ὅτι καὶ ἐν ῥείθροις βαπτίσαι κατηξιώθης τὸν κηρυττόμενον. Ὅθεν τῆς ἀληθείας ὑπεραθλήσας, χαίρων εὐηγγελίσω καὶ τοὶς ἐν ἅδῃ, Θεὸν φανερωθέντα ἐν σαρκί, τὸν αἴροντα τὴν ἁμαρτίαν τοῦ κόσμου, καὶ παρέχοντα ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."
Ιωακείμ καί Άννα όνειδισμού ατεκνίας, καί Αδάμ καί Εύα, εκ τής φθοράς τού θανάτου, ηλευθερώθησαν, Άχραντε, εν τή αγία γεννήσει σου, αυτήν εορτάζει καί ο λαός σου, ενοχής τών πταισμάτων, λυτρωθείς εν τώ κράζειν σοι, Η στείρα τίκτει τήν Θεοτόκον, καί τροφόν τής ζωής ημών.

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Saints and Feasts

August 30

6 Martyrs of Melitene

August 30

16 Monk-martyrs of Thebes

August 30

13th Sunday of Matthew

August 30

Apodosis of the Feast of the Forerunner

August 30

Alexander, John, and Paul the New, Patriarchs of Constantinople

Saint Alexander was sent to the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea as the delegate of Saint Metrophanes, Bishop of Constantinople (see June 4), to whose throne he succeeded in the year 325. When Arius had deceitfully professed allegiance to the Council of Nicaea, Saint Alexander, knowing his guile, refused to receive him into communion; Arius' powerful partisans threatened that they would use force to bring Arius into the communion of the Church the following day. Saint Alexander prayed fervently that God might spare the Church; and as Arius was in a privy place relieving nature, his bowels gushed forth with an effusion of blood, and the arch-heresiarch died the death of Judas. Saint Alexander was Bishop from 325 until 337, when he was succeeded by Saint Paul the Confessor, who died a martyr's death at the hands of the Arians (see Nov. 6). The Saint John commemorated here appears to be the one who was Patriarch during the years 562-577, surnamed Scholasticus, who is also commemorated on February 21. He was from Antioch, where he had been a lawyer (scholasticus); he was made presbyter, then was sent to Constantinople as representative (apocrisiarius) of the Patriarch of Antioch, and was appointed Patriarch of Constantinople by the Emperor Justinian. Saint Paul was Bishop of Constantinople during the years 687 - 693, in the reign of Emperor Justinian II, and presided over the Quinisext Council in 692.

August 30

The Synaxis of the Holy Hierarchs of Serbia

The Synaxis of the Holy Hierarchs of Serbia: The Saints commemorated on this day are: Sabbas, First Archbishop and enlightener of Serbia (see Jan. 14); Arsenius, his successor, a great hierarch and wonderworker; Sabbas II, son of Saint Stephen, the first-crowned King of Serbia; Nicodemus, Abbot of Hilandar, later Archbishop of Serbia; Joannicius, Archbishop, later Patriarch from 1346 to 1349; Patriarch Ephraim, an ascetic, who crowned Prince Lazarus, and later left the patriarchate to live in solitude; Spyridon, Ephraim's successor, who reposed in 1388; Macarius, who printed many church books in Serbia and abroad, was very zealous in renovating and adoring churches, and reposed in 1574; Gabriel, Archbishop, who took part in the Church Council of Moscow during the patriarchate of Nicon, for which the Turks accused him of treason and hanged him in Prusa in the year 1656. Also commemorated are Eustathius, James, Daniel, Sabbas III, Gregory, Cyril (Patriarch), John, Maximus, and Nicon. Many of them labored in asceticism on the Holy Mountain, and all were "good and faithful servants, good labourers in the vineyard of the Lord".

August 30

Phantinos the Righteous of Calabria

August 30

The Holy New Martyrs of Serbia

During the Second World War (1939-1945), the Ustashi government of Roman Catholic Croatia, in alliance with the Nazi government of Germany, and with the approval and support of the papal hierarchy, undertook an unspeakably bitter persecution of the Orthodox Serbian people with the aim either of converting them to papism, or driving them away, or killing them. The Orthodox Serbs who would not accept papism were put into extermination camps; some were tortured inhumanly by knifing; some were found with their eyes put out, their noses and ears cut off, and fires having been lighted upon their chests; whole villages were slaughtered, the children being impaled on stakes; unborn babes were slain in their mothers' wombs; many perished in camps from hunger and sickness; many thousands were herded like beasts and burned in their churches, which were destroyed with their monasteries and homes. Over 700,000 Serbian Orthodox Christians suffered cruel martyrdom during this period, including many of the clergy and defenceless women and children.

August 31

The Placing of the Honorable Sash of the Most Holy Theotokos

Although the historical accounts differ somewhat, the Deposition that is celebrated today took place most likely during the reign of Emperor Arcadius (395-408), when the precious Cincture of the Mother of God was brought from Zela of Cappadocia to Constantinople, and placed in the Church of the Theotokos in the section of Chalcopratia.

August 31

Cyprian the Hieromartyr & Bishop of Carthage

Saint Cyprian was born of pagan parents in Carthage of Roman Africa about the year 190. An eloquent teacher of rhetoric, he was converted and baptized late in life, and his conversion from a proud man of learning to a humble servant of Christ was complete; he sold his great possessions and gave them to the poor, and because of his zeal and virtue, was ordained presbyter in 247, then Bishop of Carthage in 248. He was especially steadfast in defending the sanctity and uniqueness of the Baptism of the Church of Christ against the confusion of those who would allow some validity to the ministrations of heretics; his writings continue to guide the Church even in our own day. Having survived the persecution of Decius about the year 250, he was beheaded in confession of the Faith during the persecution of Valerian in 258, on September 14; that day being the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, his feast is kept today.

September 01

Ecclesiastical New Year

For the maintenance of their armed forces, the Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years. At the end of each fifteen-year period, an assessment was made of what economic changes had taken place, and a new tax was decreed, which was to be paid over the span of the fifteen years. This imperial decree, which was issued before the season of winter, was named Indictio, that is, Definiton, or Order. This name was adopted by the emperors in Constantinople also. At other times, the latter also used the term Epinemisis, that is, Distribution (Dianome). It is commonly held that Saint Constantine the Great introduced the Indiction decrees in A.D. 312, after he beheld the sign of the Cross in heaven and vanquished Maxentius and was proclaimed Emperor in the West. Some, however (and this seems more likely), ascribe the institution of the Indiction to Augustus Caesar, three years before the birth of Christ. Those who hold this view offer as proof the papal bull issued in A.D. 781 which is dated thus: Anno IV, Indictionis LIII -that is, the fourth year of the fifty-third Indiction. From this, we can deduce the aforementioned year (3 B.C.) by multiplying the fifty-two complete Indictions by the number of years in each (15), and adding the three years of the fifty-third Indiction. There are three types of Indictions: 1) That which was introduced in the West, and which is called Imperial, or Caesarean, or Constantinian, and which begins on the 24th of September; 2) The so-called Papal Indiction, which begins on the 1st of January; and 3) The Constantinopolitan, which was adopted by the Patriarchs of that city after the fall of the Eastern Empire in 1453. This Indiction is indicated in their own hand on the decrees they issue, without the numeration of the fifteen years. This Indiction begins on the 1st of September and is observed with special ceremony in the Church. Since the completion of each year takes place, as it were, with the harvest and gathering of the crops into storehouses, and we begin anew from henceforth the sowing of seed in the earth for the production of future crops, September is considered the beginning of the New Year. The Church also keeps festival this day, beseeching God for fair weather, seasonable rains, and an abundance of the fruits of the earth. The Holy Scriptures (Lev. 23:24-5 and Num. 29:1-2) also testify that the people of Israel celebrated the feast of the Blowing of the Trumpets on this day, offering hymns of thanksgiving. In addition to all the aforesaid, on this feast we also commemorate our Saviour's entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He was given the book of the Prophet Esaias to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me..." (Luke 4:16-30).

It should be noted that to the present day, the Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1. This was the custom in Constantinople until its fall in 1453 and in Russia until the reign of Peter I. September 1 is still festively celebrated as the New Year at the Patriarchate of Constantinople; among the Jews also the New Year, although reckoned according to a moveable calendar, usually falls in September. The service of the Menaion for January 1 is for our Lord's Circumcision and for the memorial of Saint Basil the Great, without any mention of its being the beginning of a new year.

September 01

40 Holy Women Martyrs of Thrace

September 02

Mammas the Martyr

Saint Mammas was from Gangra of Paphlagonia. He was born in prison, where his parents were suffering for Christ's sake and ended their lives. He was named Mammas because, after he had long remained without speaking, he addressed his foster mother Ammia as "mamma." He contested for Christ about the year 275.

September 02

John the Abstainer, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint John became Patriarch during the reign of Tiberius, in the year 582, governed the Church for thirteen years and five months, and reposed in peace in 595. It was during this Patriarch's reign, in the year 586, that the title "Ecumenical Patriarch," not used before this, came to be instituted.

September 03

Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedea

After the death of the 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia, their Bishop Anthimus fled to a certain village to care for his remaining flock. The Emperor Maximian sent men in search of him. When they found him, he promised to show Anthimus to them, but first took them in as guests, fed them, and only then made himself known to them. Amazed at his kindness, the soldiers promised him to tell Maximian that they had not found him. But Anthimus went willingly with them, and converting them by his admonitions, baptized them on the way. He boldly confessed his Faith before Maximian, and after frightful tortures was beheaded in the year 303 or 304.

September 04

Babylas the Holy Martyr

Saint Babylas was the twelfth Bishop of Antioch, being the successor of Zebinus (or Zebinas); he was beheaded during the reign of Decius, in the year 250, and at his own request was buried in the chains with which he was bound. The Emperor Gallus (reigned 351-354) built a church in his honour at Daphne, a suburb of Antioch, to put an end to the demonic oracles at the nearby temple of Apollo. When Julian the Apostate came in 362 to consult the oracle about his campaign against the Persians, the oracle (that is, the demon within it) remained dumb until at last, answering Julian's many sacrifices and supplications, it told him, "The dead prevent me from speaking." It told Julian to dig up the bones and move them. Julian, then, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, "leaving all the other dead, moved only that Martyr." He commanded the Christians to take away Saint Babylas' bones, which they did with great solemnity and triumph. When this had been done, a thunderbolt fell from heaven destroying with fire the shrine of Apollo, which Julian did not dare rebuild. Saint John Chrysostom preached a sermon on this within a generation after.

September 04

Moses the Prophet & Godseer

The Prophet Moses-whose name means "one who draws forth," or "is drawn from," that is, from the water-was the pinnacle of the lovers of wisdom, the supremely wise lawgiver, the most ancient historian of all. He was of the tribe of Levi, the son of Amram and Jochabed (Num. 26:59). He was born in Egypt in the seventeenth century before Christ. While yet a babe of three months, he was placed in a basket made of papyrus and covered with pitch, and cast into the streams of the Nile for fear of Pharaoh's decree to the mid-wives of the Hebrews, that all the male children of the Hebrews be put to death. He was taken up from the river by Pharaoh's daughter, became her adopted son, and was reared and dwelt in the King's palace for forty years. Afterward, when he was some sixty years old, he fled to Madian, where, on Mount Horeb, he saw the vision of the burning bush. Thus he was ordained by God to lead Israel and bring it out of the land of Egypt. He led Israel through the Red Sea as it were dry land and governed the people for forty years. He wrought many signs and wonders, and wrote the first five books of the Old Testament, which are called the Pentateuch. When he reached the land of Moab, he ascended Mount Nabau, on the peak called Phasga, and there, by divine command, he reposed in the sixteenth century before Christ, having lived for some 120 years. The first two Odes of the Old Testament, "Let us sing to the Lord" and "Attend, O heaven, and I will speak," were written by him. Of these hymns, the first was chanted by the shore of the Red Sea as soon as the Israelites had crossed it; the second, in the land of Moab, a few days before his repose. The Holy High Priest Aaron was the elder brother of the Holy Prophet Moses. He was appointed by God to serve as the spokesman of Moses before the people, and also before Pharaoh, in Egypt. Afterwards, in the wilderness, he was called to the ministry of the high priesthood, as narrated in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers in the Old Testament. The name Aaron means "enlightened."

September 03

Holy Father Theoctistus and his fellow struggler Euthymius the Great

Saint Theoctistus, a monk at the Palestinian lavra of Pharan, embraced a more severe life in the wilderness with his friend Saint Euthymius the Great. They founded a monastery, of which Theoctistus was the abbot. He reposed in deep old age in 451.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back, for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to any one, for they were afraid.

Second Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 16:1-8

Καὶ διαγενομένου τοῦ σαββάτου Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ καὶ Μαρία ἡ τοῦ ᾿Ιακώβου καὶ Σαλώμη ἠγόρασαν ἀρώματα ἵνα ἐλθοῦσαι ἀλείψωσιν αὐτόν. καὶ λίαν πρωῒ τῆς μιᾶς σαββάτων ἔρχονται ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, ἀνατείλαντος τοῦ ἡλίου. καὶ ἔλεγον πρὸς ἑαυτάς· τίς ἀποκυλίσει ἡμῖν τὸν λίθον ἐκ τῆς θύρας τοῦ μνημείου; καὶ ἀναβλέψασαι θεωροῦσιν ὅτι ἀποκεκύλισται ὁ λίθος· ἦν γὰρ μέγας σφόδρα. καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον εἶδον νεανίσκον καθήμενον ἐν τοῖς δεξιοῖς, περιβεβλημένον στολὴν λευκήν, καὶ ἐξεθαμβήθησαν. ὁ δὲ λέγει αὐταῖς· μὴ ἐκθαμβεῖσθε· ᾿Ιησοῦν ζητεῖτε τὸν Ναζαρηνὸν τὸν ἐσταυρωμένον· ἠγέρθη, οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε· ἴδε ὁ τόπος ὅπου ἔθηκαν αὐτόν. ἀλλ᾿ ὑπάγετε εἴπατε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ τῷ Πέτρῳ ὅτι προάγει ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν· ἐκεῖ αὐτὸν ὄψεσθε, καθὼς εἶπεν ὑμῖν. καὶ ἐξελθοῦσαι ἔφυγον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου· εἶχε δὲ αὐτὰς τρόμος καὶ ἔκστασις, καὶ οὐδενὶ οὐδὲν εἶπον· ἐφοβοῦντο γάρ.

Epistle Reading

The Reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 16:13-24

BRETHREN, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now, brethren, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicos, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men. The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 16:13-24

Ἀδελφοί, γρηγορεῖτε, στήκετε ἐν τῇ πίστει, ἀνδρίζεσθε, κραταιοῦσθε. Πάντα ὑμῶν ἐν ἀγάπῃ γινέσθω. Παρακαλῶ δὲ ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί - οἴδατε τὴν οἰκίαν Στεφανᾶ, ὅτι ἐστὶν ἀπαρχὴ τῆς Ἀχαΐας, καὶ εἰς διακονίαν τοῖς ἁγίοις ἔταξαν ἑαυτούς - ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς ὑποτάσσησθε τοῖς τοιούτοις, καὶ παντὶ τῷ συνεργοῦντι καὶ κοπιῶντι. Χαίρω δὲ ἐπὶ τῇ παρουσίᾳ Στεφανᾶ καὶ Φουρτουνάτου καὶ Ἀχαϊκοῦ, ὅτι τὸ ὑμῶν ὑστέρημα οὗτοι ἀνεπλήρωσαν. Ἀνέπαυσαν γὰρ τὸ ἐμὸν πνεῦμα καὶ τὸ ὑμῶν· ἐπιγινώσκετε οὖν τοὺς τοιούτους. Ἀσπάζονται ὑμᾶς αἱ ἐκκλησίαι τῆς Ἀσίας· ἀσπάζονται ὑμᾶς ἐν κυρίῳ πολλὰ Ἀκύλας καὶ Πρίσκιλλα, σὺν τῇ κατʼ οἶκον αὐτῶν ἐκκλησίᾳ. Ἀσπάζονται ὑμᾶς οἱ ἀδελφοὶ πάντες. Ἀσπάσασθε ἀλλήλους ἐν φιλήματι ἁγίῳ. Ὁ ἀσπασμὸς τῇ ἐμῇ χειρὶ Παύλου. Εἴ τις οὐ φιλεῖ τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, ἤτω ἀνάθεμα. Μαρὰν ἀθά. Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μεθʼ ὑμῶν. Ἡ ἀγάπη μου μετὰ πάντων ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Ἀμήν.

Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 21:33-42

The Lord said this parable, "There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it was marvelous in our eyes?'"

13th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 21:33-42

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· ῎Αλλην παραβολὴν ἀκούσατε. ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν οἰκοδεσπότης, ὅστις ἐφύτευσεν ἀμπελῶνα καὶ φραγμὸν αὐτῷ περιέθηκε καὶ ὤρυξεν ἐν αὐτῷ ληνὸν καὶ ᾠκοδόμησε πύργον, καὶ ἐξέδοτο αὐτὸν γεωργοῖς καὶ ἀπεδήμησεν. ὅτε δὲ ἤγγισεν ὁ καιρὸς τῶν καρπῶν, ἀπέστειλε τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ πρὸς τοὺς γεωργοὺς λαβεῖν τοὺς καρποὺς αὐτοῦ. καὶ λαβόντες οἱ γεωργοὶ τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ ὃν μὲν ἔδειραν, ὃν δὲ ἀπέκτειναν, ὃν δὲ ἐλιθοβόλησαν. πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἄλλους δούλους πλείονας τῶν πρώτων, καὶ ἐποίησαν αὐτοῖς ὡσαύτως. ὕστερον δὲ ἀπέστειλε πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ λέγων· ἐντραπήσονται τὸν υἱόν μου. οἱ δὲ γεωργοὶ ἰδόντες τὸν υἱὸν εἶπον ἐν ἑαυτοῖς· οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ κληρονόμος· δεῦτε ἀποκτείνωμεν αὐτὸν καὶ κατάσχωμεν τὴν κληρονομίαν αὐτοῦ. καὶ λαβόντες αὐτὸν ἐξέβαλον ἔξω τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος, καὶ ἀπέκτειναν. ὅταν οὖν ἔλθῃ ὁ κύριος τοῦ ἀμπελῶνος, τί ποιήσει τοῖς γεωργοῖς ἐκείνοις; λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· κακοὺς κακῶς ἀπολέσει αὐτούς, καὶ τὸν ἀμπελῶνα ἐκδώσεται ἄλλοις γεωργοῖς, οἵτινες ἀποδώσουσιν αὐτῷ τοὺς καρποὺς ἐν τοῖς καιροῖς αὐτῶν. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· οὐδέποτε ἀνέγνωτε ἐν ταῖς γραφαῖς, λίθον ὃν ἀπεδοκίμασαν οἱ οἰκοδομοῦντες, οὗτος ἐγενήθη εἰς κεφαλὴν γωνίας· παρὰ Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὕτη, καὶ ἔστι θαυμαστὴ ἐν ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν;


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The Sunday after Ascension

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine describes how, with the Ascension, we leave the joys and symbols of Pascha behind. So, do we need to wait until next year to experience again the reality and significance of Christ’s Glorious Resurrection? Some people sadly follow that approach. They show up for Easter​,​ and they don’t show up in Church again until the next one! But there is a better, more correct way, to approach this transition. Jesus has indeed been raised from the dead, and then ascended into Heaven. But ​H​e promises to send the Holy Spirit, so that all Christians, in any part of the World, are energized to fulfill the Gospel Mission. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus is with us in all things and in all places. He is everywhere present and filling all things...

Assembly of Bishops Executive Committee to Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

On June 16, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will travel to Istanbul in order to meet with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who will receive them at the Phanar...

The Samaritan Woman, The Acts of the Holy Apostles, The Holy Ascension, Pentecost, and the Pew Report

Just a few Sundays ago, we read the account of the Samaritan Woman, that marvelous encounter with Jesus, at the same hour as his crucifixion, the 6th hour.  The scene was a scandal for everyone.  Jesus, alone with a half-breed woman in the middle of the day....

The Church – Protector and Shepherd

Before ascending to His Throne, Jesus commanded the Apostles to remain in Jerusalem to await the Holy Spirit. Before departing for his trial, Saint Paul warned the Church that wolves would come to attack the Church, some even from within. Ever since, we have been waiting for the return of Christ, comforted and shepherded by the Holy Spirit, while protected by His Church. But we cannot be shepherded if we insist on ignoring the Church and wandering away from her wings. The Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, protects us from the wolves while leading us to heaven. We must be vigilant against the attack of the wolves and learn to recognize when someone is teaching against the Church. At those moments, we must run to the Church for protection...

Overcoming Bias and Intolerance

In a recent study published in Psychological Science, evidence was given to show that the human brain categorizes people within the first second after seeing a face. In other words, our brain very quickly will separate people according to groups, typically in the “us vs. them” category. This separation most often occurs according to race. Even infants as young as 3 months old showed a preference for their own racial group, over some other racial group....

Ο καιρός των εξετάσεωνο-καιρός-των-εξετάσεων/

Είμαστε έτοιμοι άραγε για τις εξετάσεις; Σα μαθητές κι εμείς που τελειώνει η χρονιά, έτοιμοι να εξεταστούμε πόσα μάθαμε, τι εφαρμόσαμε και τι όχι. Εύχομαι ανα πάσα στιγμή να μην πιαστούμε αδιάβαστοι...

Pentecost Sunday: May 31, 2015

In this episode of Good News for a Change, Fr. Constantine Lazarakis shares thoughts on the significance of our Pentecost observance. He begins with a reflection on the “Service of the Kneeling.” “Again and again, on bended knee, let us pray to the Lord.” And we ask God to send the Holy Spirit upon us as He did at that first Pentecost.  Jesus is no longer bound to a place or a time, because the power of the Holy Spirit has now been poured out upon us. Every Sunday is a little Pascha. And we are now agents of God’s grace.

Women Saints

Have you ever thought about how many times Jesus scolds his disciples and male followers, yet he never even once becomes angry at or reprimands a woman? The priest at my former church once pointed this out in a bible study. He said this to emphasize that while women clearly have different roles in the Orthodox Church, that doesn’t mean they’re any less important or less loved by God. Inaccurate beliefs about women’s value in the Orthodox faith are caused by ignorance, mistranslations or misunderstanding of the New Testament.

Orthodox Monasteries: Living Examples of Humility

Teaching children the significance of their faith can be difficult.  I can speak of this after being one of those children.  We can all think back to the Sundays in church that were composed of fidgeting, staring at the ceiling out of boredom, or leaning on our parents because our feet were sore within the first 10 minutes.  We can all think back to a childhood of not exactly understanding what was going on in church and what the significance of everything was.  However, can we all think back to the times we visited an Orthodox monastery?  I truly believe that my childhood visits to an Orthodox monastery opened my eyes towards God...

St. Vladimir’s Seminary to Honor Metropolitans Tikhon and Joseph at Meyendorff Lecture September 14

[SVOTS Communications / Yonkers, NY]  Predrag Matejic, Ph.D., associate professor at Ohio State University’s Center for Slavic and East European Studies and curator of the Hilandar Research Library, will present the third annual Father John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture on Monday, September 14, 2015. Speaking on the topic “Byzantium, the Slavs, and the Rise of the Russian Orthodox Church,” he will focus on three historical periods: the conversion of the Slavs, the 10th–11th centuries, and the Russian Orthodox Church after the fall of Constantinople, including the councils of the 16th century...

Orthodox Campus Ministry: Is it time for change?

College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  On a regular basis, young men and women on college campuses are confronted with an environment that is increasingly hostile to Orthodox Christianity.  Today, standing for Orthodox beliefs on a college campus often means presenting oneself as a subject of ridicule.  At many colleges, an Orthodox Christian worldview is considered at best a superstitious relic and at worst a form of bigotry...

Divine Liturgy Broadcast: Dormition of the Theotokos

In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions.

Kontakion of Dormition of the Theotokos in the Second Tone

Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.

Valuing Traditions

Is Orthodoxy burdened with traditions?   Listen as Fr. Chris speaks with  Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, pastor of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, about the value of traditions in the Orthodox Faith...

This Week in Orthodoxy

Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.

These are some of the stories making headlines this week:

  • St. Vladimir’s Seminary to honor Metropolitans at an annual lecture next month.
  • Istanbul’s Greek community wishes to remove patriarchs’ graves from Greek Orthodox cemetery.
  • The Islamic State continues its rampage in Syria with kidnappings, beheadings, and the destruction of historial antiquities including the St. Elian Monaster

60th Anniversary of the Tragic Persecution of Christians in Turkey

Across the world, Christians are suffering for their faith, and we beseech you to remember the past and get involved.  Inspired by the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute founded by St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, Florida and the South Florida Archons, the Orthodox Christian Network features important news on current and historical events. 

Video about Monasteries in Romania

Have you ever wondered why people become monks and nuns? In her graduation film from Coventry University, Brindusa Ioana Nastasa (Grapefruit Productions) captures 10 intimate interviews with various monastics throughout Romania.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Many things does He intimate by this parable, God's providence, which had been exercised towards them from the first; their murderous disposition from the beginning; that nothing had been omitted of whatever pertained to a heedful care of them;...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 68 on Matthew 21, 4th Century

And observe also both His great care, and the excessive idleness of these men for what pertained to the husbandmen, He Himself did ... and He left little for them to do; to take care of what was there, and to preserve what was given to them.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 68 on Matthew 21, 4th Century

And where do they take counsel to kill Him? "Out of the vineyard." Do you see how He prophesies even the place where He was to be slain. "And they cast Him out, and slew Him."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 68 on Matthew 21, 4th Century

... that even when prophets had been slain, He had not turned away from them, but had sent His very Son; that the God both of the New and of the Old Testament was one and the same; that His death should effect great blessings; that they were to endure extreme punishment for the crucifixion.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 68 on Matthew 21, 4th Century

For nothing was left undone, but all accomplished; ... And "He sent His servants," that is, the prophets, "to receive the fruit;" that is, their obedience, the proof of it by their works.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 68 on Matthew 21, 4th Century


August 2015 Monthly Calendar



Sunday, August 2, 2015-  Ninth Sunday of St. Matthew. St. Stephen the Protomartyr.

Epistle: Acts 6:8-15; 7:1-5 ;47-60; 

Gospel: Matthew 14:22-34 (pp. 77-78 ) [Jesus Walks on the Water]   

9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy


Thursday, August 6, 2015- Transfiguration of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Epistle: II Peter 1:10-19; 

Gospel: Matthew 17:1-9 [Transfiguration of the Lord]   

9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy


Sunday, August 9, 2015- Tenth Sunday of St. Matthew. Apostle Matthias of the Seventy.

Epistle: I Corinthians: 4:9-16 ; 

Gospel: Matthew 17:14-23 (pp. 79-80) [Faith like a mustard seed can move Mountain]  

9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy

Forty Day Memorial Nick Ziss


Saturday, August 15, 2015-  Dormition of the Theotokos.

Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11; 

Gospel: Luke 10:38-42; 11:27-28 [Martha and Mary]   

9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy


Sunday, August 16, 2015-  Eleventh Sunday of St. Matthew. Translation of the Image of Christ.

Epistle: I Corinthians 9:2-12; 

Gospel: Matthew 18:23-35 (pp. 80-82) [Unforgiving forgiven servant]  

9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy

Thirty Year Memorial Bertha Anagnos


Sunday, August 23, 2015-  Twelfth Sunday of St. Matthew. 

            St. Iraenaus of Lyons.

Epistle: I Corinthians 15:1-11;

Gospel: Matthew 19:16-26 (pp. 83-84) [Easier for Camel to go through eye of needle]  

9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy


Saturday, August 29, 2015- Beheading of St. John the Baptist.

Epistle: Acts 13:25-33.; 

Gospel: Mark 6:14-30 [Beheading of St. John the Baptist]  

 9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy


Sunday, August 30, 2015- Thirteenth Sunday of St. Matthew. 

Sts. Alexander, John and Paul, New Patriarchs of Constantinople.

Epistle: I Corinthians 16:13-24 ; 

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-42 (pp.84-86) [Evil Tenants of the Vineyard]  

9:00 am Orthros/10:15 am Divine Liturgy

One Year Memorial Susan Panagakos


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News from the Archdiocese

Patriarchal Message for the New Ecclesiastical Year and the Day for the Protection of the Natural Environment


As everyone knows, September 1st of each year has been dedicated at the initiative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – and recently also by the Roman Catholic Church – as a day of prayer for the protection of the natural environment. On this day, we especially beseech the supreme God to gladden His creation so that human life therein may be joyful and fruitful. This prayer includes of course the petition that the inevitable natural climate changes may occur and be permitted within tolerable levels both for human survival and for the planet’s sustainability.

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment


On this Feast of the Indiction which marks the beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year, we are led by our beloved Ecumencial Patriarchate in observing the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment. The relationship of our commemoration and observance is significant due to the changing of the seasons, our agrarian heritage in relation to marking time, and the strong foundations of our worship and theology in the relationship of our Creator to His creation.

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - August 15, 2015


We commemorate today, on this blessed Feast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, the holy repose of the Mother of our Lord and seek her intercessions for deliverance, refuge, and salvation in Christ. From her resting place among the Saints she continues to radiate the grace of God offering solace and strength to those in need. Through her repose and her constant ministry on our behalf, the Theotokos shows the power of faith and the promise of life beyond death.

Public Schedule of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for Aug. 2 - Sept. 2, 2015


Archbishop Demetrios Visits with Campers at Archdiocese D.A.D. Camp Saint Paul


On Thursday July 17, Archbishop Demetrios of America visited Camp Saint Paul, the Direct Archdiocesan District’s youth camp in the scenic Berkshire Hills of Connecticut near the town of Litchfield.

Bishop Philotheos of Meloa Elevated to Metropolitan


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the elevation of Bishop Philotheos of Meloa to the rank of Metropolitan of Meloa, according to an official announcement of July 9, from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Public Schedule of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios for July 12-26, 2015



Unable to attend a scheduled church service physically?  Watch live broadcasts of holy services from the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York, the national cathedral of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.


For weekly texts of the Sunday Orthros and Liturgy services (in both Greek and English), please visit

Ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Δημήτριος χαιρετίζει το κλίμα σύμπνοιας μετά το Δημοψήφισμα και την σύσκεψη των Πολιτικών αρχηγών της Ελλάδος


Όπως ανεφέρετο σε προχθεσινή ανακοίνωση Τύπου της Ιεράς Αρχιεπισκοπής, ο Σεβασμιώτατος Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριος, στη συνομιλία του με τον Πρόεδρο της Ελληνικής Δημοκρατίας κ. Προκόπη Παυλόπουλο, στις 1 και 2 Ιουλίου, είχε διατυπώσει την παράκληση για την διαφύλαξη της ομοψυχίας και συμπορείας όλων των πολιτικών πλευρών της Ελλάδος στην προσπάθεια υπερνικήσεως της κρίσεως που αντιμετωπίζει η Γενέτειρα.

Assembly of Bishops Issues Release in Response to Supreme Court decision


The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, responding to the Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges issued today the following release:

Ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Δημήτριος εκφράζει την αγωνία του στον Πρόεδρο Ομπάμα και στον Πρόεδρο της Ελληνικής Δημοκρατίας Προκόπη Παυλόπουλο


Ο Σεβασμιώτατος Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριος απηύθυνε σήμερα επιστολή προς τον Πρόεδρο των Η.Π.Α κ. Barack Obama, διά της οποίας τον ευχαριστεί για την έως τώρα συμπαράσταση προς την Ελλάδα κατά την περίοδο της οικονομικής κρίσεως και τον καλεί να συνεχίσει και να εντείνει τις ευγενείς προσπάθειες του προς όλες τις πλευρές, για την υπέρβαση της κρίσεως και την επίτευξη συμφωνίας.

Encyclical of Archbishop Demetrios for Independence Day - July 4, 2015


The annual celebration of Independence Day in this country is an opportunity for all to reflect on the value of freedom, its role in the history of the United States of America, and the opportunities it provides for relationships, life, and well-being. The value and priority of freedom is evident in the history of this country, both through the struggles to achieve it for all persons as well as in the great accomplishments and progress that have been made in terms of the freedom to think, speak, move, invent, and succeed.

Αρχιεπίσκοπος Δημήτριος: Ομόνοια και Ομοψυχία


Ο Σεβασμιώτατος Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριος παρακολουθεί εντονώτατα τις εξελίξεις στην Ελλάδα, η οποία αντιμετωπίζει μια πολύ μεγάλη κρίση στη σύγχρονη ιστορία της.

Archbishop Demetrios Attends Funeral of South Carolina Slain Pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney


His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, attended today, Jun. 26, 2015, the funeral service for South Carolina State Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was slain last Wednesday with eight others inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Ionian Village Celebrates 45 Years of Youth Ministry


On June 23, Ionian Village, the international summer camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, began its celebratory 45th Anniversary Summer. Founded in the 1960’s through the vision of the late Archbishop Iakovos, Ionian Village first summer of camping ministry was in 1970 under the leadership and dedication of Father George Poulos. Over the following 44 years, Ionian Village has welcomed over 17,000 alumni through its gates with one simple goal: to provide its campers and staff with a life-transforming experience by bringing them closer to our Orthodox faith and exploring our rich Hellenic culture and history.

Archbishop Demetrios to Attend Funeral of South Carolina Slain Pastor


His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, will travel to Charleston, S.C. tomorrow Friday Jun. 26, 2015, to attend the funeral of State Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney who was among the nine victims killed by a gunman last Wednesday inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Parish News

Memorial Service

A memorial service of one year will be held for Mrs. Susan Panagakos on Sunday, August 30th.
May her memory be eternal!

AHEPA Meeting

A regular meeting of the Black Diamond Chapter will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Church Hall. 
Discussion will be on our financial reports,  AHEPA Day, financial assistance to college students, and St. Nicholas National Shrine at Ground Zero.

Church Facebook Page

Our parish now has a Facebook page, from which we will share information about all aspects of church life, parish activities, and event photos.
To access the page, please visit .
Please note that you do not need to have a Facebook account to view our page.

Holy Week and Pascha Liturgical Program

Άγιον Πάσχα 2015 Λειτουργικόν Πρόγραμμα - Holy Pascha 2015 Liturgical Schedule:
Click here to view Fr. Gabriel's Paschal Address

Feast of the Holy Ascension, Sts. Constantine and Helen

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, the Orthros service begins at 9:00 A.M. and will be followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:15 A.M. for the feasts of the Holy Ascension and of Sts. Constantine and Helen.  Please join us in commemorating the feasts.  

For more information about the Holy Ascension feast, please visit .

For more information about Sts. Constantine and Helen, please visit

Iconography Project

The church is currently undergoing an icon restoration project to revitalize our Iconostasis.  We are also adding several new icons in the church.  For photos of the project so far, please click here.  In addition, the church is still accepting donations for new icons.  Please contact the church office by visiting before Orthros or after Liturgy, by calling (570) 823-4805, or by e-mailing for more information.

Greek Food Festival Volunteers

We would like to thank all parishioners and friends who volunteered during our Greek food festival from May 6-9th and contributed to this record-breaking festival's immense success!

Memory Eternal

On Holy Tuesday in the evening, the mother of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas fell asleep in the Lord.
Please pray for the soul of Stamatia.  May her memory be eternal.
You may send notes of condolence to:
His Eminence Metropolitan Savas
5201 Ellsworth Avenue
PIttsburgh, PA 15232

AHEPA Meeting

The next meeting of the AHEPA Black Diamond Chapter 55 will be held on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the church hall.  Upcoming events will be discussed.  All members are urged to attend.  Please contact Bill Anagnos for more information.

This Week's Q&A: What is the origin and significance of the Apostles' Fast?

As part of a new parish initiative, we're starting an anonymous question and answer forum about any aspect of Orthodoxy. Submit your anonymous question online at and we'll provide an answer in the weekly e-mail bulletin (please give us sufficient time to write a meaningful response).

This week's question: What is the origin and significance of the Apostles' Fast?



The Fast of the Holy Apostles is dated back to early years of the church. The first evidence of this fast is found in the writings of St. Athanasius the Great (†373). In his letter to Emperor Constance, he writes: "During the week following Pentecost, the people who observed the fast went out to the cemetery to pray." Some 20 years later, St. Ambrose (†397) writes: "On the days following his ascension into heaven, however, we again fast" (Sermon 61).


The famous pilgrim Egeria mentioned the Apostles' Fast also in her fourth-century-writing which records that "on the day following the feast of Pentecost, a period of fasting began". In the same period, the fourth century, the Apostolic Constitutions prescribes: "After the feast of Pentecost, celebrate one week, then observe a fast, for justice demands rejoicing after the reception of the gifts of God and fasting after the body has been refreshed."


Until the second half of the 3rd century, the Fast of the Holy Apostles was linked to Pentecost and lasted only for one week (Apostolic Constitutions). Later on, after the martyrdom of the apostles Peter and Paul and following the development of the commemoration of their death around the year 258, the Apostles' Fast became linked to the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29. Consequently, it became a fasting period of preparation for the celebration of the feast of the great apostles. St. Symeon of Thessalonica (†1429) explains: "The Fast of the Apostles is justly established in their honor, for through them we have received numerous benefits and for us they are exemplars and teachers of the fast ... For one week after the descent of the Holy Spirit, in accordance with the Apostolic Constitution composed by Clement, we celebrate, and then during the following week, we fast in honor of the Apostles." 


Subsequently, the duration of the Fast of the Holy Apostles changed from one week to a variable period depending on the date of the Feast of Pascha (Easter).




Memorial Service

A memorial service of one year for Irene Plink will be held on Sunday, May 24th.
May her memory be eternal!

St. Tikhon's Monastery Pilgrimage


St. Tikhon’s Monastery will hold its 111th Memorial Day Pilgrimage from May 22-25, 2015.  The Moleben to St. Tikhon in the Monastery Church on Friday, May 22 will mark the start of the 111th annual Pilgrimage weekend festivities at St. Tikhon's Monastery.


Hierarchical Divine Liturgies will be held each morning, St. Tikhon's Theological Seminary will hold its commencement ceremony at 1:00pm on Saturday and Monday will have a variety of prayer services for various needs and intentions.


Archimandrite Sergius and the Brotherhood invite everyone to attend.  For lodging and other information please contact the monastery.


Here is a complete schedule:

Friday, May 22, 2015: 

3:30 pm - Official Opening of the Pilgrimage with Moleben to St. Tikhon in the Monastery Church
4:00 pm - Vespers and Matins in the Monastery Church 
All pilgrims are invited to dinner in the monastery dining hall following the services. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015: 

9:00 am - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 
A meal for all pilgrims in the Monastery dining hall following services 
1:00 pm - 73rd Annual Academic Commencement of Saint Tikhon’s Theological Seminary 
4:30 pm - Greeting of the Hawaiian Myrhrr Streaming Icon and Vigil in the Monastery Church 
Dinner in the monastery dining hall for all pilgrims following the services. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015: 

9:00 am - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 
A meal for all pilgrims in the Monastery dining hall following services . 
4:00 pm - Vespers and Matins in the Monastery Church 

Monday, May 25, 2015: 

7:30 am - Divine Liturgy – Monastery Church 
10:00 am - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 
12:15 pm - Veteran’s Pannikhida and Memorial Service, All Saints Bell Tower 
1:30 pm - Akathist to Saint Alexis Toth in the Monastery Church 
2:30 pm - Moleben to the Most Holy Theotokos and 
Anointing of the Sick, Infirm and all Pilgrims at the Monastery Bell Tower 
4:00 pm - Vespers and Matins in the Monastery Church


Festival Cooking Session

There will be a cooking session to prepare for our Greek Food Festival this Saturday, August 22nd, at 12:00 p.m.  We will be making dolmadakia.  Please try to come, as the church needs your help.  No cooking experience is necessary!


Visit of His Eminence Metropolitan Savas

On Holy Monday, April 6, 2015, please join us in welcoming His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh. 
 His Eminence will preside over Bridegroom Matins beginning at 6:30 P.M. 
 Refreshments and coffee will follow the service.

Upcoming Church Service

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the Orthros service begins at 9:00 A.M. and will be followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:15 A.M. to commemorate the beheading of St. John the Baptist.  Please join us.  For more information about the feast, please visit

Pascha Egg Hunt

Following the Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday (April 5th), the church will hold a Pascha egg hunt for the children.  Please bring your children for an enjoyable time and prizes!

National AHEPA Scholarships

The AHEPA Educational Foundation is currently accepting scholarship applications for the upcoming school year.  The application deadline is March 31, 2015.  To download the application, visit .  Please contact Bill Anagnos or another officer of our parish's AHEPA chapter for more information.

Folding on Palms

Please join us as we fold the palms for Palm Sunday.  The folding of palms will occur following the Divine Liturgy on the Saturday of Lazarus, April 4th.  All are welcome to help!

No prior experience is necessary, but if you would like to learn how to fold the palms beforehand, please follow this link:

Upcoming Greek Food Festival

The next Greek food festival will be held from Wednesday, October 7th to Friday, October 9th from 11:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. daily.
Complete festival details and the updated menu is available online at .
The parish council is currently seeking volunteers.  Please contact Tom Iliades or Christina Stelmack to inform them of your availability during the three days of the festival.  Alternatively, send an e-mail to the church at