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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-04-02
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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • Church; 619-593-0707
  • Street Address:

  • 1454 Jamacha Rd.

  • El Cajon, CA 92019-3752


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Saturday Vespers

5:00 PM

Sunday Liturgies

9:00AM Orthros

10:00AM Divine Liturgy

 


Past Bulletins


A Warm Welcome to Our Visitors

It is our hope that we will help you learn more about our parish and the Orthodox Christian faith that we confess.  At St. Gregory of Nyssa, you will discover an ancient, yet dynamic faith, a warm Church family and even perhaps a spiritual home where you can grow roots and a deep relationship with Christ in the Holy Spirit.  Please know that in the Holy Orthodox Church, Holy Communion is given only to those Baptized/Chrismated Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared themselves through prayer, fasting and recent Confession.  You are welcome to come forward at the end of the Liturgy to be given the Blessed Bread(Antidoron), of which all are blessed to partake, & a blessing from the Priest.

Welcome to our Church Home!  We would like to meet you!  Please join us at Coffee Hour following the service.

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Eighth Tone

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 Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Eighth Tone

Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O Mother Mary for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou midst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

Kontakion for the Church in the Third Tone

You were shown to have holy vigilance. And your piety was manifest in your teachings, O Hierarch Gregory. For the wisdom of your sacred dogmas gives joy to the fullness of the Church. Righteous Father, to Christ our God do intercede to grant our souls His great redeeming mercy.



Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Tone

O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant: O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned, but be thou quick, o good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee. Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplications, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
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Saints and Feasts

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April 02

Theodora the Virgin-martyr of Palestine


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April 02

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.


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April 02

Amphianos & Aedesios the Martyrs of Lycia


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April 02

Titus the Wonderworker

Little is known of this Saint except that he took up the monastic life from his youth, became the abbot of a monastery, and reposed in peace.


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April 03

Joseph the Hymnographer

Saint Joseph was from Sicily, the son of Plotinus and Agatha. Because Sicily had been subjugated by the Moslems, he departed thence and, passing from place to place, came with Saint Gregory of Decapolis (see NOV. 20) to Constantinople, where he endured bitter afflictions because of his pious zeal. Travelling to Rome, he was captured by Arab pirates and taken to Crete, whence he later returned to Constantinople. He became an excellent hymnographer and reposed in holiness shortly after 886 (according to some, it was in 883). The melismatic canons of the Menaion are primarily the work of this Joseph; they bear his name in the acrostic of the Ninth Ode. He also composed most of the sacred book known as the Paracletike, which complements the Octoechos For this reason, Joseph is called par excellence the Hymnographer.


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Prayer List

HEALTH & WELFARE:
Abducted Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John; Lin, Honey, Elias, Nick Koucoumaris, Richie, Margie, Arseny, Paul Lane, Alexi, Ralph Bradley, Dr. Minerva, Sarah, Richard, Stella Angeles, Carl Anthony, Stan, James, Kyriakos, Dora, Julia, Alexandra, Sebastian, Queentina, Diana, Nico, Janet Burgess, John Peters, Dionysios, Haralambos, Lillian Ana Grace, George(Marc's Uncle), Samantha(Marc's friend), Bonnie-Father's mother, Sarah-Betsy's mother, MaryAnn, Gabrielle, Kiki, Michael; Father John Pilafas & family;Virginia, Corey and family;Adrienne & Josef in their short term Mission; George, Maria Hazlaris, Sarah Oftedal and her family, Darin Williams, Marika Stantcheva, Athina Cavelaris, Stephanie, Dionisios & Eftixia Diakoumeas, Nicky, Michael and Cathy Jean Alexander.
DEPARTED: Memory Eternal; Thomas Munteanu, Steve Kosic, Effie Matsolis, George, Arety, Manny, Archimandrite Paul, Eleni (Kyriako's Sister), Gregory Galanis, Deacon Michael; George and Iris Pilafas, Manuel Dragan, Elizabeth Zogob, Darla Gliptis, George Mastorakos and Fr. Theodore and Pres. Mary Phillips, Sophia Vourexis, Jason Hyde, Peter Kanelos, Mary Giana, Katherine Armatas; Lana Piliaris; William Piliaris, Katherine Kladouras, Heather Grinnell and Danny Ranglos
FOR OUR CHURCH LEADERS:
Patriarch Bartholomew; Archbishop Demetrios; Metropolitan Gerasimos; Bishop Apostolos; Father Simeon Corona, Presbytera Joy & family; Chris Psillas & the members of the Parish Council; Philoptochos; Pete Shenas and our Building Committee; Chris Kotitsa & our Stewardship Committee; Chanters & our Sunday School teachers, Mothers Victoria, Melania & the Mothers & Sisters of St. Barbara's & Holy Assumption Monasteries. Frs. Dionisie & Neonil of Holy Resurrectuion Monastery in Temecula.

If you would like our community to pray for you or a loved one or have a name removed, please call the Church office 619-593-0707.

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Wisdom of the Fathers

But let no man be troubled at the apostles being in such an imperfect state. For not yet was the cross accomplished, not yet the grace of the Spirit given. But if thou wouldest learn their virtue, notice them after these things, and thou wilt see them superior to every passion.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

For with this object He reveals their deficiencies, that after these things thou mightest know what manner of men they became by grace. ... No one shall sit on His right hand nor on His left.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

For that throne is inaccessible to all, I do not say to men only, and saints, and apostles, but even to angels, and archangels, and to all the powers that are on high. ... But for whom is it prepared? For them who could become distinguished by their works.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

Seest thou how they were all in an imperfect state, when both these were lifting themselves up above the ten, and those envying the two? But, as I said, show me them after these things, and thou wilt see them delivered from all these passions.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

Hear at least how this same John, he who now came to Him for these things, everywhere gives up the first place to Peter, both in addressing the people, and in working miracles, in the Acts of the Apostles. And he conceals not Peter's good deeds, but relates both the confession, which he openly made when all were silent, and his entering into the tomb, and puts the apostle before himself.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

Let us then become lowly, that we may be high. For most utterly doth arrogance abase. ... Abraham saith, "I am dust and ashes," and prevailed over countless barbarians, and having fallen into the midst of Egyptians, returned, bearing a trophy more glorious than the former, and, cleaving to this virtue, grew ever more high.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

Before He humbled Himself, only the angels knew him. After He humbled Himself, all human nature knew Him. You see how His humbling of Himself did not make Him have less but produced countless benefits, countless deeds of virtue, and made His glory shine forth with greater brightness? God wants for nothing and has need of nothing. Yet, when He humbled Himself, He produced such great good, increased His household, and extended His kingdom. Why, then, are you afraid that you will become less if you humble yourself?
St. John Chrysostom
On the Incomprehensible Nature of God. 8.46-47. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: Mark. Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 143.

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Calendar

  • Calendar

    April 2 to April 30, 2017

    Sunday, April 2

    Mary of Egypt

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Penitential Vespers

    Monday, April 3

    11:00AM Office Hours will be every Monday from 11am-3pm

    6:30PM Evening Compline

    Tuesday, April 4

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, April 5

    3:00PM St. Gregory's Particular Night God's Extended Hand Ministry

    5:45PM 9th Hour

    6:30PM Presantified Liturgy with Lenten Potluck

    Friday, April 7

    9:00AM Presanctified Liturgy

    6:30PM Compline for St. Lazarus

    Saturday, April 8

    Lazarus Saturday

    9:00AM Matins and Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Pancake Breakfast, Palm Crosses and Kids Confessions

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, April 9

    Palm Sunday

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Palm Sunday Fish Luncheon

    4:00PM 9th Hour and Vespers

    6:00PM Bridegroom Matins

    Monday, April 10

    Holy Monday

    9:00AM Presanctified Liturgy

    11:00AM Office Hours will be every Monday from 11am-3pm

    6:30PM Bridegroom Matins

    Tuesday, April 11

    Holy Tuesday

    9:00AM Presanctified Liturgy

    6:30PM Bridegroom Matins

    Wednesday, April 12

    Holy Wednesday

    9:00AM Presanctified Liturgy

    3:00PM FINAL Bridegroom Matins

    6:30PM Holy Unction

    Thursday, April 13

    Holy Thursday

    9:00AM Vesperal Liturgy of the Mystical Supper

    6:30PM 12 Passion Gospels Matins

    Friday, April 14

    Holy Friday

    9:00AM Royal Hours

    10:00AM Decorating our Lord's Tomb

    3:00PM Removal from the Cross Vespers

    6:30PM Lamentations

    9:00PM All-Night Vigil at the Tomb (Psalm Readers!)

    Saturday, April 15

    Holy Saturday

    9:00AM Vesperal Liturgy of the Myrrh Bearing Women

    11:00PM Vigil of Pascha

    Sunday, April 16

    12:00AM THE Resurrection Liturgy

    PASCHA!!!

    12:00PM Agape Service

    4:00PM Paschal Compline at the end of the Festal Meal

    Monday, April 17

    Renewal Monday

    Tuesday, April 18

    Renewal Tuesday

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, April 19

    Renewal Wednesday

    9:00AM Bright Matins and Liturgy

    3:00PM FOCUS God's Extended Hand Ministry

    Thursday, April 20

    Renewal Thursday

    6:30PM Orthodoxy 101 - Prayer and Bible Study = Vespers for the Life-giving Font

    Friday, April 21

    Renewal Friday

    9:00AM Bright Matins and Liturgy for the Life-giving Font

    Saturday, April 22

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    6:00PM Paschal Celebration Dance at St. Anthony's

    Sunday, April 23

    St. Thomas Sunday

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Philoptochos Meeting?

    Monday, April 24

    11:00AM Office Hours will be every Monday from 11am-3pm

    6:00PM Vespers for St. Mark the Apostle

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Tuesday, April 25

    Office Closed

    9:00AM Matins and Liturgy for St. Mark

    Wednesday, April 26

    3:00PM Clergy-Laity Retreat

    3:00PM FOCUS God's Extended Hand Ministry

    Thursday, April 27

    3:00PM Clergy Retreat

    6:30PM Orthodoxy 101 - Prayer and Bible Study

    Saturday, April 29

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, April 30

    Myrrh-Bearers

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


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