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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-05
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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 11:24-26, 32-40

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who 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 enemies 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 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.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of Orthodoxy
The Reading is from John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the son of God! You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

When the tidings of the resurrection from the glorious angel was proclaimed unto the women disciples and our ancestral sentence also had been abolished to the Apostles with the boasting did they proclaim that death is vanquished ever more and Christ Our God has risen from the dead and granted to the world His great mercy.

Apolytikion for Sun. of Orthodoxy in the Second Tone

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Eighth Tone

To you as champion unto victory invincible, Your city offers thanksgiving unto You. From our trials Theotokos have you redeemed us, for as You possess invincible might and power. From all dangers Theotokos deliver us, as we cry unto You, "Hail, O Bride unwedded!"
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Saints and Feasts

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Mark the Faster


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March 05

Sunday of Orthodoxy

For more than one hundred years the Church of Christ was troubled by the persecution of the Iconoclasts of evil belief, beginning in the reign of Leo the Isaurian (717-741) and ending in the reign of Theophilus (829-842). After Theophilus's death, his widow the Empress Theodora (celebrated Feb. 11), together with the Patriarch Methodius (June 14), established Orthodoxy anew. This ever-memorable Queen venerated the icon of the Mother of God in the presence of the Patriarch Methodius and the other confessors and righteous men, and openly cried out these holy words: "If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons, not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema." Then with common prayer and fasting during the whole first week of the Forty-day Fast, she asked God's forgiveness for her husband. After this, on the first Sunday of the Fast, she and her son, Michael the Emperor, made a procession with all the clergy and people and restored the holy icons, and again adorned the Church of Christ with them. This is the holy deed that all we the Orthodox commemorate today, and we call this radiant and venerable day the Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is, the triumph of true doctrine over heresy.


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Conon the Gardener

This saint lived during the reign of emperor Decius in 251. He came from the town of Nazareth. He left his hometown and went to the city of Mandron, in the province of Pamphylia. There he stayed at a place called Karmela or Karmena cultivating a garden which he used to water and plant with various vegetables. From this garden he obtained what is necessary for life. He had such an upright and simple mind that, when he met those who wished to arrest him and saw that they greeted him, he also greeted in return from the bottom of his soul and heart. When they told him that governor Publius called the saint to go to him, the saint answered with simplicity: "What does the governor need me, since I am a Christian? Let him call those who think the way he does and have the same religion with him." So, the blessed man was tied and brought to the governor, who tried to move him to sacrifice to the idols. But the saint sighed from the bottom of his heart, cursed the tyrant and confirmed his faith in Christ with his confession, saying that it is not possible to be moved from it even though he might be tortured cruelly. So, for this reason they nailed his feet and made the saint run in front of the governor's coach. But the saint fainted in the street. Having fallen on his knees, he prayed and, thus, he commended his holy soul to the hands of God.


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Mark the Ascetic

Saint Mark the Ascetic lived in the fifth century and according to Nicephorus Callistus was a disciple of Saint John Chrysostom's. Besides his blameless life of asceticism, Saint Mark was distinguished for his writings, some of which are preserved in Volume One of the Philokalia. His writings were held in such great esteem that in old times there was a saying, "Sell all that thou hast, and buy Mark."


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Righteous Father Mark of Athens

Of our righteous Fathers commemorated today, Saint Mark of Athens lived in the fourth century. Born in Athens of pagan parents, he believed in Christ, was baptized, and forsook the world, living the eremitical life in extreme privation in the deep wilderness beyond Egypt. His life is recounted by the monk Serapion, who found Mark in deep old age and about to depart this lfe, not having seen a man for ninety-five years. Serapion gave him burial after his blessed repose, even as Paphnutius had done for Saint Onuphrius (see June 12).


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Prayer List

HEALTH & WELFARE:
Abducted Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John; Elias, Nick Koucoumaris, Richie, Margie, Arseny, Barbara and 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,  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 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

Peter, when after so many miracles and such high doctrine he confessed that, "Thou art the Son of God" (Matt. xvi. 16), is called "blessed," as having received the revelation from the Father;
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on John 1, 1. B#58, pp. 72, 73, 4th Century

... while Nathanael, though he said the very same thing before seeing or hearing either miracles or doctrine, had no such word addressed to him, but as though he had not said so much as he ought to have said, is brought to things greater still.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on John 1, 1. B#58, pp. 72, 73, 4th Century

What can be the reason of this? It is, that Peter and Nathanael both spoke the same words, but not both with the same intention. Peter confessed Him to be "The Son of God' but as being Very God; Nathanael, as being mere man.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on John 1, 1. B#58, pp. 72, 73, 4th Century

And whence does this appear? From what he said after these words; for after, "Thou art the Son of God," he adds, "Thou art the King of Israel." But the Son of God is not "King of Israel" only, but of all the world.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on John 1, 1. B#58, pp. 72, 73, 4th Century

Seest thou how He leads him up by little and little from the earth, and causes him no longer to imagine Him a man merely? for One to whom Angels minister, and on whom Angels ascend and descend, how could He be man?
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 21 on John 1, 1. B#58, pp. 72, 73, 4th Century

Moses... was himself saved by means of wood and water before the Law was given, when he was exposed to the Nile's currents, hidden away in an Ark (Exod. 2:3-10). And by means of wood and water he saved the people of Israel, revealing the Cross by the wood, Holy Baptism by water (Exod. 14:15-31). Paul, who had looked upon the mysteries, says openly, 'They were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud' (I Cor. 10:2). He also bears witness that, even before the events concerning the sea and his staff, Moses willingly endured Christ's Cross, 'Esteeming', he says, 'the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt' (Heb. 11:26). For the Cross is the reproach of Christ from the standpoint of foolish men. As Paul himself says of Christ, 'He endured the cross, despising the shame' (Heb. 12:2).
St. Gregory Palamas
Homilies Vol. 1, Homily Eleven para. 14; Saint Tikhon's Seminary Press pg. 123, 14th century

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Calendar

  • Calendar

    March 5 to April 2, 2017

    Sunday, March 5

    Sunday of Orthodoxy

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers

    Monday, March 6

    11:00AM No office hours today. Feel free to call Fr. Simeon if needed: 619-760-6373

    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)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Philoptochos Meeting

    6:00PM Penitential Vespers

    Monday, March 13

    Photo Week

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

    6:30PM Evening Compline

    Tuesday, March 14

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, March 15

    5:45PM 9th Hour Prayer

    6:30PM Presanctified Liturgy with Lenten Potluck

    Friday, March 17

    9:00AM Presanctified Liturgy

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

    Saturday, March 18

    4:30PM 9th Hour

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, March 19

    Holy Cross

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Penitential Vespers AT ST. GREGORY

    Monday, March 20

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

    6:00PM Evening Compline

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Tuesday, March 21

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, March 22

    5:45PM 9th Hour Prayer

    6:30PM Presanctified Liturgy with Lenten Potluck

    Friday, March 24

    9:00AM Presanctified Liturgy

    6:30PM Vespers for the Eve of the Annunciation

    Saturday, March 25

    9:00AM Matins and Divine Liturgy for the GREAT FEAST of the Annunciation

    4:30PM 9th Hour Prayer

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, March 26

    St. John Climacus

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Penitential Vespers at St. John of Kronstadt

    Monday, March 27

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

    6:30PM Evening Compline

    Tuesday, March 28

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, March 29

    5:45PM 9th Hour Prayer

    6:30PM Presanctified Liturgy with Lenten Potluck

    Thursday, March 30

    6:30PM GREATEST Canon/Compline of St. Andrew with the life of St. Mary of Egypt

    Friday, March 31

    9:00AM Presanctified Liturgy

    6:30PM Final and Full Akathist Hymn

    Saturday, April 1

    Mary of Egypt

    9:00AM Matins and Liturgy for St. Mary of Egypt

    4:30PM 9th Hour

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, April 2

    Mary of Egypt

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    6:00PM Penitential Vespers


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