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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-12
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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


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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 1:10-14; 2:1-3

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fifth Tone

Eternal with the Father and the Spirit is the Word, Who of a Virgin was begotten for our salvation. As the faithful we both praise and worship Him, for in the flesh did He consent to ascend unto the Cross, and death did He endure and He raised unto life the dead through His all glorious resurrection.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Eighth Tone

Light of Orthdoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics, invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory thou wonderworker, boast of Thessalonica, herald of grace: ever pray that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Eighth Tone

To You as champion unto victory in vincible, Your City offers thanksgiving unto You. From our rials 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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March 12

Phineas, grandson of Prophet Aaron


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March 12

Paul Aurelian, Bishop of Brittany


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March 12

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.


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March 12

Theophanes the Confessor

Saint Theophanes, who was born in 760, was the son of illustrious parents. Assenting to their demand, he married and became a member of the Emperor's ceremonial bodyguard. Later, with the consent of his wife, he forsook the world. Indeed, both of them embraced the monastic life, struggling in the monastic houses they themselves had established. He died on March 12, 815, on the island of Samothrace, whereto, because of his confession of the Orthodox Faith, he had been exiled by Leo the Armenian, the Iconoclast Emperor.


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March 12

Symeon the New Theologian

Saint Symeon became a monk of the Studite Monastery as a young man, under the guidance of the elder Symeon the Pious. Afterwards he struggled at the Monastery of Saint Mamas in Constantinople, of which he became abbot. After enduring many trials and afflictions in his life of piety, he reposed in 1022. Marvelling at the heights of prayer and holiness to which he attained, and the loftiness of the teachings of his life and writings, the church calls him "the New Theologian." Only to two others, John the Evangelist and Gregory, Patriarch of Constantinople, has the church given the name "Theologian." Saint Symeon reposed on March 12, but since this always falls in the Great Fast, his feast is kept today.


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Prayer List

HEALTH & WELFARE:
Abducted Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John; 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,  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

Now Matthew indeed saith, that "they brought him," but the others, that they also broke up the roof, and let him down. And they put the sick man before Christ, saying nothing, but committing the whole to Him.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century

For though in the beginning He Himself went about, and did not require so much faith of them that came unto Him; yet in this case they both approached Him, and had faith required on their part. For, "Seeing," it is said, "their faith;" that is, the faith of them that had let the man down.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century

For He doth not on all occasions require faith on the part of the sick only: as for instance, when they are insane, or in any other way, through their disease, are out of their own control. Or rather, in this case the sick man too had part in the faith; for he would not have suffered himself to be let down, unless he had believed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century

Forasmuch then as they had evinced so great faith, He also evinces His own power ... He healed first that which is invisible, the soul, by forgiving his sins; ... He, in fact, in His abundance of counsel, made use of their envy for the manifestation of the miracle.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 29 on Matthew 9, 1. B#54, pp. 195, 196, 4th Century

Take up your bed. Carry the very mat that once carried you. Change places, so that what was the proof of your sickness may now give testimony to your soundness. Your bed of pain becomes the sign of healing, its very weight the measure of the strength that has been restored to you.
St. Peter Chrysologus
Homily 50.6. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol. 2: Mark. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 27.

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Calendar

  • Calendar

    March 12 to April 10, 2017

    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

    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


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