St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-02-12
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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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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.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

The Reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Tone

The stone that had been sealed before Your tomb by the Jews and the soldiers guarding did watch over Your pure and sacred body. O Savior the third day You arose, and unto all the world did You give life. Where by all the heavenly powers did proclaim that You are the giver of life. Glory unto our resurrected Christ. Glory unto Your Kingdom. Glory to Your dispensation O You alone who loves all.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Tone

I have foolishly run away from thy fatherly glory, and I have wasted in evil deeds the wealth which thou gavest me. Wherefore, I cry to thee with the voice of the prodigal: I have sinned before thee, O merciful Father. Receive me who repent and make me as one of thy hired servants.

Saints and Feasts

February 12

Meletius, Archbishop of Antioch

This holy Father, who was from Melitene of Armenia, was a blameless man, just, reverent, sincere, and most gentle. Consecrated Bishop of Sebastia in 357, he was later banished from his throne and departed for Beroea of Syria (this is the present-day Aleppo). After the Arian bishop of Antioch had been deposed, the Orthodox and the Arians each strove to have a man of like mind with themselves become the next Bishop of Antioch. Meletius was highly esteemed by all, and since the Arians believed him to share their own opinion, they had him raised to the throne of Antioch. As soon as he had taken the helm of the Church of Antioch, however, he began preaching the Son's consubstantiality with the Father. At this, the archdeacon, an Arian, put his hand over the bishop's mouth; Meletius then extended three fingers towards the people, closed them, and extended one only, showing by signs the equality and unity of the Trinity. The embarrassed archdeacon then seized his hand, but released his mouth, and Meletius spoke out even more forcibly in defense of the Council of Nicaea. Shortly after, he was banished by the Arian Emperor Constantius, son of Saint Constantine the Great. After the passage of time, he was recalled to his throne, but was banished again the third time by Valens. It was Saint Meletius who ordained Saint John Chrysostom reader and deacon in Antioch (see Nov. 13). He lived until the Second Ecumenical Council in 381 (which was convoked against Macedonius, Patriarch of Constantinople, the enemy of the Holy Spirit), over which he presided, being held in great honor as a zealot of the Faith and a venerable elder hierarch.

Some time before, when the Emperor Gratian had made the Spanish General Theodosius commander-in-chief of his armies in the war against the barbarians, Theodosius had a dream in which he saw Meletius, whom he had never met, putting upon him the imperial robe and crown. Because of Theodosius's victories, Gratian made him Emperor of the East in Valens' stead in 379. When, as Emperor, Saint Theodosius the Great convoked the Second Ecumenical Council in Constantinople two years later, he forbade that anyone should tell him who Meletius was; and as soon as he saw him, he recognized him, ran to him with joy, embraced him before all the other bishops, and told him of his dream.

While at the Council, Saint Meletius fell ill and reposed a short while after. Saint Gregory of Nyssa, among others, gave a moving oration at his funeral; bewailing the loss of him whom all loved as a father, he said, "Where is that sweet serenity of his eyes? Where that bright smile upon his lips? Where that kind right hand, with fingers outstretched to accompany the benediction of the mouth?" (PG 46:8-6). And he lamented, "Our Elias has been caught up, and no Elisseus is left behind in his place." (ibid., 860). The holy relics of Saint Meletius were returned to Antioch and were buried beside Saint Babylas the Martyr (see Sept. 4), in the Church dedicated to the Martyr which Meletius, in his zeal for the Martyr's glory, had helped build with his own hands.

February 12

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Through the parable of today's Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God's compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition -- inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries -- we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.

Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God's compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin -- no matter how great it may be -- that can overcome at any time His love for man.

February 12

Antonius, Archbishop of Constantinople

February 12

Christos the New Martyr

February 12

Meletios of Ypseni


Prayer List

Abducted Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John; Nick Koucoumaris, Margie, Arseny, Barbara and Paul Lane, Jeff Simonides, Zach and Gizelle George, Alexi, Ralph Bradley, Dr. Minerva, Sarah, Richard, Stella Angeles, The Mastorakos Family, Carl Anthony, Stan, James, Kyriakos, Dora, Julia, Alexandra, Sebastian, Queentina, Diana, Nico; All of our mothers and their new babies-especially Maria and Gabriel Gregg; the Newly Illumined Arseny Seraphim James Lane, Mom Barbara and Priscilla Grace with Mom Nelli and the Meamari Family; Janet Burgess, John Peters, Dionysios, Haralambos, Lillian Ana Grace, Steve, George(Marc's Uncle), Samantha(Marc's friend), Bonnie-Father's mother, Sarah-Betsy's mother, MaryAnn, Gabrielle, Kiki, Michael; Father John Pilafas & family; Soula Saloufakos & family, Virginia, Corey and family;Adrienne & Josef as they prepare to become Missionaries; George, Maria Hazlaris, Sarah Oftedal and her family, Darin Williams, Marika Stantcheva, Athina Cavelaris,  Dionisios & Eftixia Diakoumeas, Nicky, Michael and Cathy Jean Alexander.
DEPARTED: Memory Eternal; Effie Matsolis, 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 Phillips, Sophia Vourexis, Jason Hyde, Peter Kanelos, Mary Giana, Katherine Armatas; Lana Piliaris; William Piliaris, Katherine Kladouras, Heather Grinnell and Danny Ranglos
Patriarch Bartholomew; Archbishop Demetrios; Metropolitan Gerasimos; Bishop Apostolos; Father Simeon Corona, Presbytera Joy & family; Peter Shenas & the members of the Parish Council; Philoptochos; 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.


Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ...
St. John Chrysostom

... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom

For "these many years," saith he "do I serve thee, neither transgressed I thy commandment at any time, and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends; but when this thy son is come who hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf." So great is the power of repentance.
St. John Chrysostom

Thank God every day with your whole heart for having given to you life according to His image and likeness - an intelligently free and immortal life...Thank Him also for again daily bestowing life upon you, who have fallen an innumerable multitude of times, by your own free will, through sins, from life unto death, and that He does so as soon as you only say from your whole heart: 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before Thee!' (Luke 15:18).
St. John of Kronstadt
My Life in Christ: Part 1; Holy Trinity Monastery pgs. 104-105, 19th century




  • Calendar

    February 12 to March 13, 2017

    Sunday, February 12

    Publican and Pharisee

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    Monday, February 13

    Regular Wed/Friday Fast Week

    Tuesday, February 14

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, February 15

    3:00PM FOCUS God's Extended Hand Ministry

    Thursday, February 16

    6:30PM Orthodoxy 101 - Prayer and Bible Study

    Friday, February 17

    6:30PM 1st Saturday of Souls Vespers!

    Saturday, February 18

    9:00AM 1st Saturday of Souls Morning Prayer and Liturgy

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    6:30PM Church Family Night at the Orologas Home 1234 Hardin Dr., El Cajon

    Sunday, February 19

    Judgement Sunday/Meatfare/Missions

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    12:00PM Philoptochos Meeting

    Monday, February 20

    Meat Fast Begins

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Tuesday, February 21

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, February 22

    3:00PM FOCUS God's Extended Hand Ministry

    Thursday, February 23

    6:30PM Orthodoxy 101 - Prayer and Bible Study = Eve of Finding St. John's Head Vesperal Liturgy

    Saturday, February 25

    9:00AM 2nd Saturday of Souls Morning Prayer and Liturgy

    9:30AM Women's Health Seminar

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, February 26


    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    11:30AM Forgiveness Vespers

    12:30PM Macaronatha Lunch

    Monday, February 27

    Pray the day! Great Fast!

    7:00AM Matins and 1st Hour Lenten Prayers

    11:00AM 3rd and 6th Hours

    4:00PM 9th Hour and Vespers

    6:30PM Compline with Great Canon

    Tuesday, February 28

    Clean Week!

    11:00AM 3rd and 6th Hours

    4:00PM 9th Hour and Vespers

    6:30PM Compline with Great Canon

    Wednesday, March 1

    1st Presanctified Liturgy

    7:00AM Matins and 1st Hour

    11:00AM 3rd and 6th Hours

    6:00PM 9th Hour

    6:30PM 1st Presanctified Liturgy with Lenten Potluck to follow

    8:00PM Compline with Great Canon

    Thursday, March 2

    Pray the day! Great Fast!

    11:00AM 3rd and 6th Hours

    4:00PM 9th Hour and Vespers

    6:30PM Compline with Great Canon

    Friday, March 3

    Final Full Day of Prayer for Clean Week

    6:30PM Small Compline with the Salutations to the Theotokos

    Saturday, March 4

    9:00AM Matins & Divine Liturgy - St. Theodore - Blessing Wheat

    12:00PM San Diego Orthodox Youth Lenten Retreat

    4:30PM 9th Hour

    5:00PM Great Vespers AT St. Anthony's

    Sunday, March 5

    Sunday of Orthodoxy

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    6:00PM Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

    Monday, March 6

    6:30PM Evening Compline

    Tuesday, March 7

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, March 8

    5:45PM 9th Hour Prayer

    6:30PM Presanctified Liturgy with Lenten Meal to follow

    Thursday, March 9

    40 Holy Martyrs of Sebaste

    4:00PM 9th Hour and Presanctified Liturgy for the 40 Martyrs

    Friday, March 10

    6:30PM Small Compline with Salutations to the Theotokos

    Saturday, March 11

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, March 12

    St. Gregory Palamas/Daylight Savings

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    12:00PM Philoptochos Meeting

    6:00PM Penitential Vespers

    Monday, March 13

    Photo Week