St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-04-09
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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 Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Tone

O Christ God, when thou didst raise Lazarus from the dead, before thy Passion, thou didst confirm the universal resurrection. Wherefore, we, like babes, carry the insignia of triumph and victory, and cry to thee, O Vanquisher of death, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Tone

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Sixth Tone

Seated upon thy throne in heaven and upon a foal on earth, O Christ God, thou didst receive the praise of the angels and the hymns of the children: Blessed is he that cometh to recall Adam.

Saints and Feasts

April 09

Raphael, Nicholas, Irene, & Olympias of Mytilene

April 09

Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ's victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means "Save, I pray," or "Save, now." The foal of an ass, and Jesus' sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.

April 09

Vadim the Righteous of Persia

April 09

The Holy Martyr Eupsychius of Caesarea

This holy Martyr was from the parts of Cappadocia, and lived a blameless life with his wife. During the reign of Julian the Apostate, this blessed one was filled with divine zeal and, with other Christians, destroyed the pagan temple dedicated to Fortune. Because of this he received the crown of martyrdom by beheading in the year 362.

April 10

Gregory V, the Holy Martyr and Patriarch of Constantinople


Prayer List

Abducted Metropolitan Paul & Archbishop John; Patty, Lin, jimmy, Honey, Elias, Nick Koucoumaris, Richie, Margie, 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 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.
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
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.


Wisdom of the Fathers

But observe the wisdom of the Evangelist, how he is not ashamed to parade their former ignorance. That it was written they knew, that it was written of Him they knew not. For it would have offended them if He being a King were about to suffer such things, and be so betrayed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

Besides, they could not at once have taken in the knowledge of the Kingdom of which He spake; for another Evangelist saith, that they thought the words were spoken of a kingdom of this world. (Matt. xx. 21.)
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

Because all their kings had mostly been unjust and covetous and subjected them to wars ... he said to them, 'Trust me, I am not like them. I am gentle and mild.' He demonstrated this by the manner of his entrance, not entering at the head of an army but simply riding on a donkey.
St. John Chrysostom
Homilies on the Gospel of John, 66.1. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: John. Intervarsity Press, 2007, p. 55.




  • Calendar

    April 9 to May 7, 2017

    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

    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


    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    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

    Monday, April 24

    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

    Saturday, April 29

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, April 30


    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Philoptochos Meeting

    Monday, May 1

    11:00AM Office Hours 11am-3pm

    Tuesday, May 2

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, May 3

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

    Thursday, May 4

    6:30PM Orthodoxy 101 - Prayer and Bible Study

    Friday, May 5

    Fr. Simeon and Joy at St. Barbara's Monastery Chapel Consecration

    Saturday, May 6

    5:00PM No Vespers tonight

    Sunday, May 7


    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Vespers for St. John and Arsenios the Great

    2:00PM Kid's n Cancer event in Newport