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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-07-23
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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

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

  • 1454 Jamacha Rd.

  • El Cajon, CA 92019-3752


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Services Schedule

Saturday Vespers

5:00 PM

Sunday Liturgies

9:00AM Orthros

10:00AM Divine Liturgy

 

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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 Romans 15:1-7

BRETHREN, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of your Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.


Gospel Reading

7th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 9:27-35

At that time, as Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.

As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Sixth Tone

When the angelic powers appeared at your tomb and those who guarded You became as though dead, and standing by Your sepulchre was Mary seeking Your pure and sacred body. For You did vanquish Hades and uncorrupted by its touch You came unto the virgin woman, bestowing the gift of life O You who rose from the dead. Lord we give glory to You.

Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Phocas in the Fourth Tone

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

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

Twoblindmen
July 23

7th Sunday of Matthew


Ezekiel
July 23

Ezekiel the Prophet

The Prophet Ezekiel ("God is strong") was the son of Buzi and a priest by rank. He was taken captive and brought to Babylon during the reign of Jechonias. In the fifth year of this captivity, about 594 or 593 B.C., he began to prophesy. Having prophesied for about twenty-eight years, he was murdered, it is said, by the tribe of Gad, because he reproached them for their idolatry. His book of prophecy, divided into forty-eight chapters, is ranked third among the greater Prophets. It is richly filled with mystical imagery and marvelous prophetic visions and allegories, of which the dread Chariot of Cherubim described in the first Chapter is the most famous; in the "gate that was shut," through which the Lord alone entered, he darkly foretold of the Word's Incarnation from the Virgin (44:1-3); through the "dry bones" that came to life again (37:1-14), he prophesied both of the restoration of captive Israel, and the general resurrection of our race.


Allsaint
July 23

Phocas the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

This saint was known for the many miracles he worked and for his apostolic zeal in shepherding the flock of Sinope. He contested for the Faith during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, in the year 102, when he was burned to death in a bath-house. A homily in his honour was composed by Saint John Chrysostom. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.


Allsaint
July 23

Pelagia the Righteous of Tinos


Allsaint
July 23

Trophimos & Theophilios and the 13 others martyred in Lycia


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Prayer List

HEALTH & WELFARE:
Abducted Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John; Garland, Pierre, Michael Paschalydis, Ken and Ruth Guilliland, Jethmark, Helen and the Eveland Family, Vernon and Kathern Rogers, Alex, Patty, Lin, Jimmy, Honey, Elias, Nick Koucoumaris, Richie, Margie, Paul Lane, Alexi, Ralph Bradley, Dr. Minerva, Sarah, Richard, Michael, Stella Angeles, Carl Anthony, Stan, James, Kyriakos, Dora, Julia, Alexandra, Sebastian, Queentina, Diana, Nico, Janet Burgess, 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 Thessolonika; George, Maria Hazlaris, Sarah Oftedal and her family, Darin Williams, Marika Stantcheva, Athina Cavelaris, Stephanie, Dionisios & Eftixia Diakoumeas, Nicky, Michael and Cathy Jean Alexander, Dionysios, Haralambos.
DEPARTED: John Peters, Nell Thornblad, Katherine Eveland, Carole, 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

And they called Him "Son of David," because the name was thought to be honorable. In many passages, for instance, did the prophets likewise so call the kings, whom they wished to honor, and to declare great. And having brought them into the house, He puts to them a further question. For in many cases He made a point of healing on entreaty, lest any should suppose Him to be rushing upon these miracles through vainglory: and not on this account alone, but to indicate also that they deserve healing, and that no one should say, "If it was of mere mercy that He saved, all men ought to be saved." For even His love to man has a kind of proportion; depending on the faith of them that are healed. But not for these causes only does He require faith of them, but forasmuch as they called Him "Son of David," He to lead them up to what is higher, and to teach them to entertain the imaginations they ought of Himself, says, "Believe ye that I am able to do this?" He did not say, "Believe ye that I am able to entreat my Father, that I am able to pray" but, "that I am able to do this?" What then is their word? "Yea, Lord." They call Him no more Son of David, but soar higher, and acknowledge His dominion. And then at last He for His part lays His hand upon them, saying, "According to your faith be it unto you." And this He does to confirm their faith, and to show that they are participators in the good work, and to witness that their words were not words of flattery. For neither did He say, "Let your eyes be opened," but, "According to your faith be it unto you;" which He says to many of them that came unto Him; before the healing of their bodies, hastening to proclaim the faith in their soul; so as both to make them more approved, and to render others more serious. Thus with respect to the sick of the palsy also; for there too before giving nerve to the body, He raises up the fallen soul, saying, "Son, be of good cheer, your sins be forgiven you." And the young damsel too, when He had raised her up, He detained, and by the food taught her her Benefactor; and in the case of the centurion also He did in like manner, leaving the whole to his faith; and as to His disciples again, when delivering them from the storm on the sea, He delivered them first from their want of faith.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 32 on Matthew 9, 4th Century

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Calendar

  • Calendar

    July 23 to August 20, 2017

    Sunday, July 23

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Trisagion for John Peters immediately following Divine Liturgy

    Monday, July 24

    A Week of Patron Saints!

    11:00AM Office Hours 11am-3pm

    6:00PM Great Vespers for Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos and Oympias the Deaconess

    6:30PM Church Council Meeting

    Tuesday, July 25

    Office Closed

    6:30PM Vesperal Liturgy for St. Paraskevi

    Thursday, July 27

    8:00AM EARLY Liturgy only for St. Panteleimon

    4:30PM San Diego Youth Beach Retreat through the Summer

    Saturday, July 29

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, July 30

    Mid Year General Assembly

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Wendell Duncan Viewing from 5PM Trisagion 6PM

    Monday, July 31

    10:00AM Wendell Duncan Funeral

    11:00AM Office Hours 11am-3pm

    Tuesday, August 1

    Dormition Fast Begins!

    Office Closed

    6:30PM Paraklesis with Procession of the Cross

    7:30PM John Peter's Trisagion

    Wednesday, August 2

    Paraklesis Daily!

    10:00AM John Peter's Funeral

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

    Thursday, August 3

    4:30PM San Diego Youth Beach Retreat through the Summer

    6:00PM Small Paraklesis with Youth at La Jolla Shores!

    Friday, August 4

    6:30PM Great Paraklesis

    Saturday, August 5

    3:00PM A Life Transfigured Retreat

    5:00PM Great Vespers for Holy Transfiguration!

    Sunday, August 6

    Holy Transfiguration

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 7

    11:00AM Office Hours 11am-3pm

    6:30PM Small Paraklesis

    Tuesday, August 8

    Office Closed

    6:30PM Great Paraklesis

    Wednesday, August 9

    3:00PM FOCUS God's Extended Hand Ministry

    6:30PM Small Paraklesis

    Thursday, August 10

    4:30PM San Diego Youth Beach Retreat through the Summer

    6:00PM Small Paraklesis at the Beach with Youth

    Friday, August 11

    6:30PM Small Paraklesis

    Saturday, August 12

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, August 13

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 14

    11:00AM Office Hours 11am-3pm

    6:30PM Great Festal Vespers for the Dormition

    Tuesday, August 15

    Dormition of the Theotokos

    9:00AM Matins and Liturgy for the GREAT FEAST of our Lady

    Wednesday, August 16

    3:00PM FOCUS God's Extended Hand Ministry

    Thursday, August 17

    4:30PM San Diego Youth Beach Retreat through the Summer

    Saturday, August 19

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, August 20

    Panagia's Picnic

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Panagia's Picnic

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