St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-06-11
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (651) 222-6220
  • Fax:
  • (651) 225-9276
  • Street Address:

  • 1111 Summit Avenue

  • Saint Paul, MN 55105

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Services Schedule

Sunday Morning Orthros/Matins 8:15am, Divine Liturgy 9:30am; Saturday Great Vespers 5:00pm (October thru May); Weekday Services (see Online Calendar, Sunday Bulletin & Monthly Newsletter); Confession (by appointment).

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Mode

From on High did You descend, O merciful Lord, for us did You endure, three days in the tomb that we may be, released from passions in this world, You who are our resurrection and our life Glory unto You O Lord.

Apolytikion for All Saints in the 4th Mode

Your Church, O Christ our God, clothed itself in the blood of Your martyrs from throughout the world, as though it were a robe of linen and purple; through them, she cries out to You, "Send down upon Your people compassion, grant peace to Your commonwealth, and to our souls, great mercy."

Apolytikion for Apostle Bartholomew in the 3rd Mode

O Holy Apostles, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal 4th Mode

The world offers You, the author of all creation, as the first-fruits of nature, the God-bearing martyrs. O most merciful, by their intercessions, through the Theotokos, maintain Your Church in perfect peace.

Saints and Feasts

June 11

Bartholomew the Holy Apostle

Saint Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, and had Galilee as his homeland; this is all that is known of him for certain according to the history of the Gospels. Concerning his apostolic work, certain say that he preached in Arabia and Persia, and especially in India, bringing to them the Gospel written by Saint Matthew, which had been written originally in Hebrew, and which was found there one hundred years later by Pantaenus, formerly a stoic philosopher and later an illustrious teacher of the Christian school in Alexandria (see Eusebius, Eccl. Hist., 5: 10). Other accounts say that he went to Armenia. According to some, he ended his life by being crucified, or by being flayed alive, in Albanopolis (Urbanopolis) of Armenia. This also confirms an ancient tradition preserved by the Armenians. According to some, Bartholomew and Nathanael are the same person, because the Evangelists who mention Bartholomew do not mention Nathanael; and John, who alone mentions Nathanael as one of the Twelve, says nothing of Bartholomew. Indeed, Bartholomew is a patronymic, "son of Talmai," which means "bold, spirited" (see also Jesus of Navi 15:14; II Kings 3:3), and Nathanael could have had this as a surname. According to the Synaxarion of the Menaion on April 22, however, it is Simon the Zealot and Nathanael who are the same; the Evangelists who mention Simon the Zealot (or "the Canaanite") do not mention Nathanael.

June 11

Barnabas the Holy Apostle

Saint Barnabas, one of the Seventy, was from Cyprus, of the tribe of Levi, and a fellow disciple with Paul under Gamaliel. He was called Joses, but was renamed Barnabas, which means "son of consolation," perhaps to distinguish him from the Joses called Barsabas and surnamed Justus (Acts 1:23). Saint Barnabas had a field, which he sold and brought the money to the Apostles (Acts 4:36-37). Before the conversion of Saul to Paul, it was Barnabas who was the leader of the Seventy Apostles, the first in preaching and chief spokesman. After Saul's vision on the road to Damascus, it was Barnabas who joined him to the Apostles when the others, because of Saul's reputation as a persecutor of the Church, still feared him (Acts 9:26-27); again it was Saint Barnabas who conscripted Paul as a preacher, bringing him from Tarsus to Antioch after the stoning of Stephen, to assist in spreading the Gospel (Acts 11:25-26). Saint Barnabas preached the Gospel in many places, traveled together with Paul, and finally was stoned to death by the Jews in his native Cyprus. During the reign of Zeno, in the year 478, his sacred relics were found, having on his chest the Gospel according to Matthew written in Greek by Barnabas' own hand. This Gospel was brought to Zeno. Because of this the Church of Cyprus received the right of autonomy, and its archbishop was given the privilege, like the emperor, of signing his decrees and encyclicals in vermilion.

June 11

Revelation of the Hymn Axion Estin to a monk on Mt. Athos by the Archangel Gabriel

The Synaxis of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated today for the following reason: In 980, during the reign of Emperor Basil II, when Nicholas Chrysoberges was Ecumenical Patriarch, the holy Archangel Gabriel appeared in the guise of a monk to the disciple of a certain elder living in a hermitage belonging to the Monastery of Pantocrator on the Holy Mountain. During Matins, after the monk had chanted the customary hymn, "More honorable than the Cherubim...," composed by Saint Cosmas the Hymnographer, the Angel chanted the same hymn, but with the following prelude: "It is truly meet to call thee blest, the Theotokos, the ever-blessed and all-immaculate and Mother of our God." Marveling at the hymn's beauty, the monk asked his visitor - who appeared also to be a monk - to record this new text in writing, which the Angel did by miraculously inscribing the words on a piece of slate, using only his finger, and straightway he vanished from sight. This slate was brought to the Church of the Protaton, and from thence to Constantinople, to the imperial court and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as evidence of the miracle. Henceforth, this version of the hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos began to be chanted in the Divine Liturgy in all the churches. The place where the miracle took place is now called Adein, from the Greek word which means "to sing." The icon itself, before which this hymn was first chanted, is called "the icon of the Axion estin" ("It is truly meet") and it is kept in the sanctuary of the Church of the Protaton on the Holy Mountain.

June 11

The Sunday of All Saints

Honouring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, "But to me, exceedingly honourable are Thy friends, O Lord" (Ps. 138:16). And the divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example that we might turn away from earthly things and from sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us" (Heb. 12:1).

This commemoration began as the Sunday (Synaxis) of All Martyrs; to them were added all the ranks of Saints who bore witness (the meaning of "Martyr" in Greek) to Christ in manifold ways, even if occasion did not require the shedding of their blood.

Therefore, guided by the teaching of the Divine Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we the pious honour all the Saints, the friends of God, for they are keepers of God's commandments, shining examples of virtue, and benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints especially on their own day of the year, as is evident in the Menologion. But since many Saints are unknown, and their number has increased with time, and will continue to increase until the end of time, the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints. This is the feast that we celebrate today. It is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the "much fruit" brought forth by that "Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died" (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as "the foundation of the Church, the perfection of the Gospel, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour" (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers).

In this celebration, then, we reverently honour and call blessed all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. All these, as well as the orders of the Angels, and especially our most holy Lady and Queen, the Ever-virgin Theotokos Mary, do we honour today, setting their life before us as an example of virtue, and entreating them to intercede in our behalf with God, Whose grace and boundless mercy be with us all. Amen.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 4th Mode. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2.

BRETHREN, all the saints 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. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

Gospel Reading

The Sunday of All Saints
The Reading is from Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30

The Lord said to his disciples, "Every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny him before my Father who is in heaven. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and he who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." Then Peter said in reply, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you. What then shall we have?" Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of man shall sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. But many that are first will be last, and the last first."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Peter ... put to Him this question in behalf of all the world ... For He had required of the rich man these two things, to give that he had to the poor, and to follow Him. ... For the forsaking was done for the sake of following, and the following was rendered easier by the forsaking.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 64 on Matthew 19, 4th Century

But He seems to me here to intimate also the persecutions. For since there were many instances both of fathers urging their sons to ungodliness, and wives their husbands; when they command these things, said He, let them be neither wives nor parents, even as Paul likewise said, "But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 64 on Matthew 19, 4th Century


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News


Archdiocese Mourns the Falling Asleep in the Lord of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago


The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mourning the passing of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 89, who fell asleep in the Lord last night, June 2, 2017, at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago Falls Asleep in the Lord


His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America announces with a heavy heart and deep sorrow the passing of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 89, who fell asleep in the Lord this evening, June 2, 2017, at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital following a short illness.


Fr. Rick's Sermon

Meditation on Pentecost
during which the Holy Spirit wrought in the Apostles 1) a change of mind, 2) a change of heart, and 3) a change of tongue.1

By St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite

   Consider, my beloved, how the All-holy Spirit filled the entire house where the divine Apostles were sitting and
praying when the Holy Spirit descended into the upper room in the form of fiery tongues like a violent wind and
thunder: "And It filled all the house where they were sitting" (Acts 2:2); and how the Holy Spirit made the house into
something like a baptismal font, as Gregory of Thessaloniki says, in order to baptize the Apostles with His divine
grace, concerning which baptism the Lord foretold them: "Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days
hence" (Acts 1:5). "It filled the house where they were sitting, making it a spiritual font, and accomplishing the
promise which the Saviour made them when He ascended, saying, ‘For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall
be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Even the name which He gave them proved to be true, for through this noise from
heaven the Apostles actually became sons of Thunder."2 At that very time the All-holy Spirit Himself wrought three
changes in the Apostles. The first was a change in the mind of the Apostles, such that their previous ideas
concerning the things of this world were altered so that they began to understand clearly the lowliness and vanity of
present good things, and on the other hand to understand the greatness and eternalness of the future good things.
Therefore, those same Apostles who just a short while ago disputed among themselves who among them would be
the first and greatest: "And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest"
(Lk. 22:24), after receiving the Holy Spirit considered it a great blessing to be lesser than everyone, to be despised
by everyone on account of Christ, and to be looked upon as weaklings, fools, disgraces, with contempt, and as the
trash and refuse of the world and men: "We are fools for Christ's sake, we are weak, we are despised... we are
made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day‛ (1 Cor. 4:10-13).

   Now, my brother, think about whether this change of mind has also occurred in you through reading this spiritual
exercise and what spiritual degree you have reached. For if up to now you have thought it a great thing to be
honored and esteemed by men, to be in the heart of everyone and loved by all, to always be seeking out new
pleasures (wasting the time on these things that was given to you in order that you might gain the eternal good
things), and to live with taxes and among worldly controversies, it is apparent that up until now your mind has been
directed by the spirit of the world and not by the Spirit of God. For this you should lament and repent, because Christ
died, resurrected, and ascended into the heavens, not to give you the spirit of the world, but to give you His own
Spirit, and you, by the evil life you have been living, have not become a recipient of His Divine Spirit: "Now we have
received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God" (1 Cor. 2:12). However, from now on you
must be resolved to change your ways completely, namely, to be guided by the teachings of the Gospel and the
Holy Spirit, not to reckon any other honor but that which magnifies you before God, and not to choose any other
good except that which will bring you Paradise. If you do these things it is a good sign that the grace of the Holy
Spirit has begun to illumine your mind and to change you from the person you were into another person, just as it is
written about Saul: "The Spirit of the Lord will come upon thee, and thou shalt be turned into another man" (1 Kg. [1
Sam.] 10:6). On account of this you should rejoice and thank the Lord Who illumined you with His Holy Spirit so that
you might not walk any longer as an infant, but as a perfect man: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I
understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (1 Cor. 13:11), and
so that you might not follow any longer the mindset of the flesh, which is death, but the mindset of the Spirit, which is
life: "To be carnally minded is death; but to have the mind of the Spirit is life and peace‛ (Rom. 8:6).

   Be ashamed, then, of your past life, when you lived, not as a family member of Christ, but as an alien and foreigner,
because you did not possess the Spirit of Christ, for according to the Apostle: "Now if any man have not the Spirit of
Christ, he is none of His" (Rom. 8:9). Humbly ask the Holy Spirit to completely reorient your mind toward His divine
will, enlightening it with His grace, and not superficially, but penetratingly to the depths, so that you might not be
deprived of His enlightenment and grace like David, and say with him: "The light of mine eyes, even this is not
with me" (Ps. 37:10). And to a dim enlightenment you should add a purer and brighter enlightenment, saying: "In
Thy light shall we see light" (Ps. 35:10). But how can you retain this enlightenment of the Holy Spirit in your mind
and not let it be extinguished? Listen to what the divine Chrysostom has to say to you: Just as the light of a lamp
is ignited and continues to shine because of the oil in it, but when the oil is consumed the light too is extinguished,
so the grace of the Holy Spirit is ignited and illumines us when we have good works and almsgiving in our souls. But
when we lack good works and almsgiving the light of the Holy Spirit departs from us. "For just as the light of
a lantern is fueled by oil, and when the oil burns off the light is extinguished as well; in like manner, the grace of the
Spirit ignites and illumines us when we have good works and have much almsgiving and compassion for the poor in
our soul. When these are absent, however, then does grace also disappear and depart."3 Accordingly the Spirit
of the Lord which was given to Saul departed from him because he did not have a good will and virtuous deeds:
"The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul" (1 Kg. [1 Sam.] 16:14). For this reason Paul commands us by writing:
"Quench not the Spirit" (1 Th. 5:19).

   Basil the Great says that just as a fever permanently remains in some bodies for a long time, but in others
temporarily and only for a short while, so it is with the Holy Spirit, for He remains in some people permanently on
account of the firmness of their good will, as it was for Eldad and Medad (concerning whom it is written in
Numbers 11:26 that they always prophesied); while in others the Holy Spirit is found only temporarily and quickly
departs on account of the instability of their will, as was the case for Saul and the seventy elders who only once
prophesied and then lost the charisma of prophecy: "As in our bodies is health, or heat, or, generally, their
variable conditions, so, very frequently is the Spirit in the soul; since He does not abide with those who, on account
of the instability of their will, easily reject the grace which they have received. An instance of this is seen in Saul and
the seventy elders of the children of Israel, except Eldad and Medad, with whom alone the Spirit appears to
have remained, and, generally, any one similar to these in character."4

1 Translated by Fr. George Dokos, ThD. This is the Thirty-Third Meditation from St. Nikodemos’ book Pneumatika
Gymnasmata [Spiritual Exercises] ([Thessaloniki: Regopoulos, 1999], 286-293).

2 St. Gregory Palamas, Homily Twenty-Four: On how the Holy Spirit was manifested and shared out at Pentecost,
PG 151, 312B; The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, Volume Two ([South Canaan: St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press,
2004], 25-26).

3 St. John Chrysostom, De Verbis Apostoli, Habentes Eumdem Spiritum 6, PG 51, 277.

4 St. Basil the Great, De Spiritu Sancto 26.61, PG 32, 180D-181A; NPNF (V2-08), 38.


News and Events



June 11, 2017                                                                                                                      ALL SAINTS


TODAY’S EVENTS: Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN 4pm; Greek Dance Practice 6:30pm.


Memorial: Nick Leaskas (40 days)                                      Prosfora: anonymous

Epistle Reader: Stephen Kanavati                                       Fellowship:  Joanne & Demetri Halatsis

                                                                                              Head Usher: Bill Clemons


Monday       06-12     Vacation Church School (9am – 12 noon, through Thursday, June 15)              9:00AM

Tuesday       06-13     Website Committee meeting                                                                                7:00PM

Wednesday 06-14     Spring Cleaning II                                                                                                5:30PM

Thursday     06-15     FOCUS MN Craft Nightin Minneapolis                                                                  6:00PM

                                      AHEPA meeting                                                                                                  7:00PM

Sunday         06-18     ORTHROS (8:15am) &DIVINELITURGY- 2nd SUNDAY OF MATTHEW                 9:30AM

                                      Father’s Day

                                      Serve-a-Meal at FOCUS MN                                                                               4:00PM

Monday       06-19     Parish Council meeting                                                                                        6:30PM



Memory Eternal: The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mourning the passing of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, 89, who fell asleep in the Lord on June 2, 2017, at Chicago’s Weiss Memorial Hospital following a short illness. The funeral was held Friday, June 9 in Chicago. May the Lord our God remember his archpriesthood in His Kingdom unto the ages. Please pray for the synod of bishops who will elect a successor.

Vacation Church School: starts tomorrow! See Nathaniel to register. The program will run Monday through Thursday from 9am-noon.

Think About It: The easiest, quickest way and safest path to Heaven is humility. Philotheos Zervakos (+1980)

Spring Cleaning II: this Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30pm to complete the many items not finished at the first church cleaning including storage areas, windows, and the kitchen.

IOCC Summer Internship: for student or graduate in social sciences; based in Twin Cities with periodic travel throughout US managing home builds; coordinating Youth ServExtreme and grant writing. For more info, or contact Dan Christopulos

Greek Festival: August 19-20. 2017; save the dates! Advance Sale tickets will be sold in the social hall on Sundays after liturgy, ticket price is $10 for $12 of food & beverages. Yard signs will be available in the social hall beginning today. If you are interested in serving on the Clean-up Committee or any other, please contact Jon Kennedy, Phyllis Kapetanakis or Alexis Bighley.

Mural Icons- Thank you to all for designating memorials of departed loved ones and making additional significant personal contributions: Resurrection Icon - Presvytera Miriam Paraschou in memory of Fr. Parry, Crucifixion Icon - Angie & Tia Kontenakos in memory of Christ Kontenakos, Nativity Icon - Irene Loudas in memory of Basil Loudas, and Pentecost Icon - Mary Arvanitis in memory of Loucas Arvanitis, Nick and Frances Arvanitis, Michael Eric, and Aphrodite Arvanitis.

FOCUS MN Craft Night: Thursday, June 15, 6-8pm at FOCUS Minnesota, 1600 E Lake St, Minneapolis, 55407. Plastic grocery bags are needed to crochet waterproof sleeping mats for the homeless. It takes 500 bags to make a single mat. Visit for more information.

Roselawn Cemetery Lots: are still available for parishioners at a 15% discount off list prices. 2017 discounted prices are: Monument Lot (2 graves) $5,865.00; Flat Lot A (2 graves) $3,485.00; Flat Lot B (1 grave-limited availability) $2,040.00. If interested in learning more or to purchase a lot, please contact the church office.

Patristic Wisdom: A Christian receives divine wisdom in three ways: 1) by the commandments, 2) by the teachings, and 3) by the faith. The commandments free the mind from passions. Teachings lead it to true knowledge of nature. And faith leads to contemplation of the Holy Trinity. St. Maximos the Confessor (+662)

Middle Eastern Festival: July 14-16 at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. For details, see flyer in social hall or visit

St. Mardarije of Libertyville Glorification: pan-orthodox celebration July 14-16 in Libertyville IL His relics have been found incorrupt and the diocese is having a pan-orthodox celebration at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery. See flyer in social hall or visit

Wisdom from the Church Fathers: Why is it that much is said and written about the sufferings of the Saints? Because these holy persons are considered victors. Can anyone be a victor in a battle without conflict, pain and suffering? If a person does not engage in combat with the world, with the devil or with one’s self, for the sake of Christ, how can he/she be counted among the soldiers of Christ?                         St. Nikolai Velimerovic (+1956)

Stewardship 2017: Our theme is You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World: As the Father Has Sent Me, So I Send You (John 20:21). We have received 106 pledge cards for 2017 with a total of $166,290 and an average of $1,569. Be sure to increase your pledge, even if only a few dollars. This reflects spiritual growth and overcomes stagnation. We encourage everyone to give a minimum of 2% pledge of gross yearly income to become a self-sustaining community. This is far less than the biblical ideal of tithing, giving 10%.

Need Counseling? Fr. Rick is always available by appointment for pastoral counseling. He will soon become a Licensed Associate in Marriage & Family Therapy (LAMFT). To complete his doctoral internship, Father needs a certain number of hours counseling individuals, couples and families. His program allows pastoral counseling to count towards those hours. Fr. Rick has nearly 22 years of parish priest experience as well as doctoral training in MFT. Help him to help you. All counseling is strictly confidential. Fr. Rick is also a certified Seminar Director for the Prepare-Enrich program (, the premier pre-marital and marital counseling assessment tool in the world. This enables him to train others to become facilitators, certified to use Prepare-Enrich as a tool in counseling with couples.

Church Fathers Speak: Humans fear emptiness. Thus, if we evict a good spirit, its place will be taken by the evil one because a heart cannot stay empty. Nature abhors a vacuum.     St. John of Kronstadt +(1908)

75th Anniversary Album Update: Thank you to everyone for their patience as the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Album is reaching its final stage of production. Thanks to all who submitted materials including family pages. Thanks also to Dawn Lampros, Denise Smith and Julie Delton for their tireless efforts to bring forth a top quality history of our parish. It is very typical for parish anniversary publications to take a year or more to complete. We anticipate a finished product by early summer--well within normal parameters. 

Welcome Visitors Thank you for joining with us in prayer and fellowship. The worship of the Orthodox Church is deeply rooted in and very similar to that of the early Christian Church. Unique sensory stimuli and mystery are elements that go back even to the liturgy of the Jewish temple. Everything in an Orthodox Christian church communicates the majestic presence of God the Holy Trinity with His Saints. It is literally heaven on earth. It is a sad consequence of the divisions in Christianity that we cannot extend a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Visitors are invited to receive the blessed bread (antithoron) at the conclusion of the liturgy. We pray and work for the reconciliation and unity of all Christians. If you are interested in learning more about Orthodoxy, please contact Fr. Rick at We are proud of our Greek heritage but one does not have to be of Greek descent, nor speak Greek to be a Greek Orthodox Christian.

Note to Orthodox about Holy Communion: Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ is one of the most Holy experiences for a Christian in order to be granted the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life. We are never worthy to partake of Divine Nature. Yet, it is essential that we prepare ourselves for this sacred Communion by constant prayer, reading the Scriptures, regular fasting and periodic Confession. At a minimum, we should fast all morning before Communion, arrive at the beginning of Liturgy, and come for Confession at least once a year. In addition, we should not have separated ourselves from the Church through serious sin. Otherwise, please refrain from Communion to avoid “judgment…not discerning the Lord’s body” (1Cor. 11:29). Contact Fr. Rick for pastoral guidance.

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