St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-09-17
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St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (281)554-7223
  • Street Address:

  • 202 North Walnut Street

  • Webster, TX 77598

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Saturday Vespers: 6:00pm Sunday: Orthros at 9am with the Divine Liturgy following Weeknight Services (according to calendar): Vespers 5:30pm, Divine Liturgy 6:30pm (Times are approximate)

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

Fourth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 24:1-12

Καὶ τὸ μὲν σάββατον ἡσύχασαν κατὰ τὴν ἐντολήν, Τῇ δὲ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων ὄρθρου βαθέος ἦλθον ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμα φέρουσαι ἃ ἡτοίμασαν ἀρώματα, καί τινες σὺν αὐταῖς. εὗρον δὲ τὸν λίθον ἀποκεκυλισμένον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου, καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι οὐχ εὗρον τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Κυρίου ᾿Ιησοῦ. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ διαπορεῖσθαι αὐτὰς περὶ τούτου καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες δύο ἐπέστησαν αὐταῖς ἐν ἐσθήσεσιν ἀστραπτούσαις. ἐμφόβων δὲ γενομένων αὐτῶν καὶ κλινουσῶν τὸ πρόσωπον εἰς τὴν γῆν εἶπον πρὸς αὐτάς· τί ζητεῖτε τὸν ζῶντα μετὰ τῶν νεκρῶν; οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε, ἀλλ᾿ ἠγέρθη· μνήσθητε ὡς ἐλάλησεν ὑμῖν ἔτι ὢν ἐν τῇ Γαλιλαίᾳ, λέγων ὅτι δεῖ τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδοθῆναι εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων ἁμαρτωλῶν καὶ σταυρωθῆναι, καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστῆναι. καὶ ἐμνήσθησαν τῶν ῥημάτων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ὑποστρέψασαι ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου ἀπήγγειλαν ταῦτα πάντα τοῖς ἕνδεκα καὶ πᾶσι τοῖς λοιποῖς. ἦσαν δὲ ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ Μαρία καὶ ᾿Ιωάννα καὶ Μαρία ᾿Ιακώβου καὶ οἱ λοιπαὶ σὺν αὐταῖς, αἳ ἔλεγον πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους ταῦτα. καὶ ἐφάνησαν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ὡσεὶ λῆρος τὰ ῥήματα αὐτῶν, καὶ ἠπίστουν αὐταῖς. ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἀναστὰς ἔδραμεν ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ παρακύψας βλέπει τὰ ὀθόνια κείμενα μόνα, καὶ ἀπῆλθε πρὸς ἑαυτόν, θαυμάζων τὸ γεγονός.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Προκείμενον. Plagal 2nd Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 2:16-20.

Ἀδελφοί, εἰδότες ὅτι οὐ δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ἔργων νόμου, ἐὰν μὴ διὰ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς Χριστὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐπιστεύσαμεν, ἵνα δικαιωθῶμεν ἐκ πίστεως Χριστοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων νόμου· διότι οὐ δικαιωθήσεται ἐξ ἔργων νόμου πᾶσα σάρξ. Εἰ δέ, ζητοῦντες δικαιωθῆναι ἐν Χριστῷ, εὑρέθημεν καὶ αὐτοὶ ἁμαρτωλοί, ἆρα Χριστὸς ἁμαρτίας διάκονος; Μὴ γένοιτο. Εἰ γὰρ ἃ κατέλυσα, ταῦτα πάλιν οἰκοδομῶ, παραβάτην ἐμαυτὸν συνίστημι. Ἐγὼ γὰρ διὰ νόμου νόμῳ ἀπέθανον, ἵνα θεῷ ζήσω. Χριστῷ συνεσταύρωμαι· ζῶ δέ, οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός· ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."

Sunday after Holy Cross
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 8:34-38, 9:1

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δ᾿ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες τῶν ὧδε ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει.


Wisdom of the Fathers

And see how He also makes His discourse unexceptionable: not saying at all, "whether you will, or no, you must suffer this," but how? "If any man will come after me."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century

"I force not, I compel not, but each one I make lord of his own choice; wherefore also I say, 'If any man will.' For to good things do I call you, not to things evil, or burdensome; not to punishment and vengeance, that I should have to compel.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Mode

The angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those guarding it became as dead. Mary stood at your grave seeking your pure body. But you stripped the power of Hades, yet were not touched by corruption. You met the virgin and granted her life. O Lord, who
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the 1st Mode

Save, O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance. Give vict'ry to those who battle evil and protect us all by your holy cross.
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα.

Apolytikion to St. John the Theologian in the 2nd Mode

Beloved Apostle of Christ our God, hasten to deliver a people without defense. He who permitted you to recline upon His bosom, accepts you on bended knee before Him. Beseech Him, O Theologian, to dispel the persistent cloud of nations, asking for us peace and great mercy.

Ἀπόστολε Χριστῷ τῶ Θεῷ ἠγαπηπημένε, ἐπιτάχυνον, ῥύσαι λαὸν ἀναπολόγητον, δέχεταί σε προσπίπτοντα, ὁ ἐπιπεσόντα τῶ στήθει καταδεξάμενος, ὃν ἱκέτευε, Θεολόγε, καὶ ἐπίμονον νέφος ἐθνῶν διασκεδάσαι, αἰτούμενος ἡμῖν εἰρήνην, καὶ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Mode

Bestow your mercies on the people called by your name, Christ God, who freely let yourself be raised on the cross. To all who battle evil give joy in your pow'r, by gracing them with vict'ry over ev'ry foe. For having you as their ally, they possess a weapon of peace, an invincible trophy of vict'ry.
Ο υψωθείς εν τώ Σταυρώ εκουσίως, τή επωνύμω σου καινή πολιτεία, τούς οικτιρμούς σου δώρησαι, Χριστέ ο Θεός, Εύφρανον εν τή δυνάμει σου, τούς πιστούς Βασιλείς ημών, νίκας χορηγών αυτοίς, κατά τών πολεμίων, τήν συμμαχίαν έχοιεν τήν σήν, όπλον ειρήνης, αήττητον τρόπαιον.


* Please join us after the Liturgy for coffee hour in the Parish Home. Parishioners, please allow only coffee hour team members to park in the driveway so they can have easier unloading access. This weeks coffee hour is sponsored by Team Yellow. Thank you!

Rotation Order for Coffee Hour: 
Yellow: Ashley, Tampouridou, L. Rigas, A.Tambourides 
Orange: Gazis, Marinos, Sokol, Suniga 
Purple: Agler, Loveless, McFalls, Richards, Savage 
Green: Metaxas, Saphos, Pagourtzis, Zachariades
White: Lyashman, Partlow, Ely, Mourtakos
Red: Gazaw, Padilla, Hammock, M. Tambourides, Zacharias 
Blue: Patelis, Rapos, Simeon, Yunakov 
Pink: Craioveanu, Henderson, Quinn, Tsougarakis

For those unfamiliar with our coffee hours, everyone who is a member gets the experience of hosting a Coffee Hour without the burden of doing it alone. It also provides a forum for the group of 4 to 6 members each week to coordinate, work together and get to know one another better. It really can be a lot of fun! Please contact the office to have your name added.

Sunday School starts today! We will be meeting in the Parish Home until repairs are complete in the Sunday School wing. Parents, after communion, please direct your children to the Narthex, where we will walk them over to the appropriate place in the Parish Home.

* There is still time to register for Greek School. Regular registration runs until the first day of Greek School. Classes will meet on Wednesday’s from 6:30-7:45 pm, and the school year will run from September 20, 2017 through the May 23, 2018. Our children’s teacher is Deena Metaxas, and adults will be taught by Georgios Rigas. Many Years to you both!

* The final Intro to Orthodoxy class will take place Sunday, September 17. We've postponed for the last three weeks due to no place to meet, but we'll meet somewhere even if it is inside the church.

* Our local AHEPA chapter will have our first meeting of the season Sunday Sept 17 after church at the parish home.  We welcome all parishioners to join our fraternal organization as we plan for future philanthropic and social events.

* Please let the office know for any upcoming baptisms, memorials, and prayer list, so we can update the church calendar and lists in a timely manner.

* We have bags of meatballs for $12, pita bread for $1 packet and beer for $1 per can (16 ounces). See Beth Richards or Cleopatra Nelson


Prayer List:

Please email the office at to give the names of your loved ones that you would like to add to our prayers list.

Colette Quinn, Chryse Padilla, Jerry Whittington, Sherri Parris and Kathi Parris (Phyllis’s daughters), Nuvia Murillo (Irma’s sister/Athena’s Aunt), Heather Byington (Colette's daughter), Alice Marinos, Evangelia Mourtakos, Concuelo (friend of Kika’s), Juliana Balinbin (Creighton's mother), Nicole Balinbin (Creighton's daughter).

The servant of God Alex Koemtzopoulos. May his memory be eternal.

All the families affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma


Hurricane Harvey


IOCC's Emergency Response Van and staff arrived in Houston for a Rapid Needs Assessment and has begun the muck-out process. IOCC has arranged, through partners Church World Service and Good360, for two truckloads of hygiene kits, clean-up buckets, food, and baby products to the Houston area.

IOCC staff is checking in with every Orthodox parish in the region to assess clean-up and other needs. 

Parishioners who have specific clean-up needs are asked to speak to their parish priest, who will coordinate with IOCC.

Donations to IOCC can be made at the following:

Donations to IOCC            Assemble Emergency Kits


How Hurricane Harvey has affected our Parish:

To date, we have 6 families that had water in their homes. 

sunday school wing

Our church sustained damage in the Sunday School Wing, where all the carpets have been removed, and partial sheet rock removal

 in 3 rooms and part of the hallway. A new roof for the church and Sunday School wing is recommended, as well as, installation of drainage pipes on either side of the Sunday School wing. 

If you would like to donate directly to our church and/or parishioner families, click on the link below, and indicate where you would like your donation sent. 100% of your donation goes to these specific items.


2017 Stewardship

Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.

Our Parish Council has been active in working with the City of Webster to lay the groundwork for building a new Parish Hall and expanding our Sanctuary on our existing properties. We have never been this close in previous years. We are asking everyone to prayerfully consider increasing their stewardship pledge by 10%. In this way, we may receive and multiply the blessings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into a new vision and inspiration for where His Divine Grace takes our parish next.

Download our 2017 Pledge Card from our Parish Website or call the church office. Your Stewardship helps fund our Priest, support staff, ministry programs, facilities, repairs, cleaning and lawn services, and utilities.

Please help build the future for our children and our children’s children. 

Through your generous stewardship, spiritual presence in the Bay Area will continue and our vision of a beautiful new church will become a reality.



We Wish to Thank the following for filling out a Stewardship Card for 2017:

Agler, Matthew & Lisa

Ashley, LeVern & Ellie

Atanasov, Strahil & Snejinka

Augoustiniatos, Elizabeth

Balinbin, Creighton & Trudy

Bertuglia, Joe Mr. & Mrs

Craioveanu, Fr. Florin & Juliana

Crittenden, Allen & Sofia

Critzos, Constance

Cuclis, Terry & Velda

Dewey, Michael & Madison

Dohatchu, Andreea

Donaldson, Sandra

Ely, John

Gazaw, Helen

Gazis, Evangeline

Gazis, William M.

Hammack, Glenn & Connie

Henderson, Jimmie

Koumbias, Michael & Dionisia

Leo, Ross Mr. & Mrs

Liolios, George & Vasilia

Love, Ralph & Joanna

Loveless, Michael and Angela

Marinos, Lou and Alice

Maxson, Neil & Mary

McFalls, David & Mariam

Metaxas, Costas and Deena

Moore, Dr. Michael & Maria

Mourtakos, Demetrios & Sylvia

Mourtakos, Elias & Evangelia

Nassif, George & Zeina

Padilla, Chrysanthe

Pantazis, Emmanuel & Angeliki

Papasozomenos, Theo & Maria

Parris, Phyllis

Patelis, Athena

Patelis, Irma

Pisimisis, George & Karen

Pocol, Marius & Vali

Polemenakos, Steve Mr & Mrs

Quinn, Thomas & Colette

Rapos, Kosta & Janet

Richards, Eric & Beth

Rigas, Alexandros Mr & Mrs

Rigas, Georgios & Aikaterini

Saba, Jamileh

Saifi, Tony & Dawn

Saphos, Maria

Savage, Michael & Monica

Sharkey, Joanna

Simeon, Maria

Sokol, Cali & Bob

Suniga, Raul & Callie

Tambourides, Theo & Andriana

Tampouridou, Kika

Taneff, George & Yntong

Thanos, Demos

Tsiantopoulos, Dimitris & Xiaoli

Tsougarakis, Priscilla

Varcados,Iakovos & Diakonisa

Whittington, Jerry

Wood, Christopher

Yunakov, Heleni

Zachariades, Harry & Pam

Zacharias, George & Mary


67 Pledging Families

$86,234 in Pledges


For your convenience, stewardship donations may be made securely online. All major credit/debit cards are accepted.





To Whom Do We Belong


Parish Calendar

  • Parish Calendar

    September 17 to October 16, 2017

    Sunday, September 17

    Sunday after Holy Cross

    9:00AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Coffee: Team Yellow

    11:30AM AHEPA/DOP Meeting

    Monday, September 18

    Eumenius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gortynia

    10:00AM Funeral Service for Alex Koemtzopoulos

    Tuesday, September 19

    Trophimus, Sabbatius, & Dorymedon the Martyrs

    Wednesday, September 20

    First Day of Greek School

    Eustathius the Great Martyr, his wife and two children

    6:30PM Greek School Begins

    Thursday, September 21

    Apodosis of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Friday, September 22

    Phocas the Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

    Saturday, September 23

    The Conception of St. John the Baptist

    6:00PM Vespers

    Sunday, September 24

    1st Sunday of Luke

    9:00AM Orthros followed by Liturgy w/Artoklasia for St. John

    11:30AM Coffee: Team Orange

    Monday, September 25

    Euphrosyne of Alexandria

    5:30PM St. John the Theologian-Vespers followed by Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, September 26

    The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

    Wednesday, September 27

    Callistratus the Martyr & his 49 Companions

    6:30PM Greek School

    Thursday, September 28

    Chariton the Confessor

    Friday, September 29

    Cyriacus the Hermit of Palestine

    Saturday, September 30

    Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop of Armenia

    6:00PM Vespers

    Sunday, October 1

    2nd Sunday of Luke

    9:00AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Coffee: Team Purple

    Monday, October 2

    The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

    Tuesday, October 3

    Dionysios the Areopagite

    Wednesday, October 4

    Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens

    6:30PM Greek School

    Thursday, October 5

    Charitina the Martyr

    Friday, October 6

    The Holy and Glorious Apostle Thomas

    Saturday, October 7

    Sergius & Bacchus the Great Martyrs of Syria

    Sunday, October 8

    3rd Sunday of Luke

    9:00AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM AHEPA Meeting

    Monday, October 9

    James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus

    Tuesday, October 10

    Eulampius & Eulampia the Martyrs

    Wednesday, October 11

    Philip the Apostle of the 70, one of the 7 Deacons

    6:30PM Greek School

    Thursday, October 12

    Probus, Andronicus, & Tarachus, Martyrs of Tarsus

    Friday, October 13

    Carpus, Papylus, Agathodorus, & Agathonica, the Martyrs of Pergamus

    Saturday, October 14

    Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius, & Celsus of Milan

    Sunday, October 15

    Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

    9:00AM Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

    Monday, October 16

    Longinus the Centurion


Prosforo Schedule


Please make sure that Prosforo is in church before the start of the service on Sunday. Please write the date (or put a sticker with the date) on the plastic bags with the Prosforo. That way the oldest will be used first. Thank you for your help. Maria Simeon.

Sep 17    Zaneta Rapos

Sep 24    Andriana Tambourides

Oct 1       Ellie Ashley

Oct 8       Soula Koumbias

Oct 15     Metaxas Family

Oct 22     Maria Saphos

Oct 29     Cleopatra Nelson

Nov 5      Anna Sharkey

Nov 12    Helen Gazaw

Nov 19    Lela Yunakou

Nov 26    Evangelia Gazis

Dec 3       Kika Tampouridou

Dec 10    McFalls Family



Narthex Rotation Schedule

Sep 17     Dimitri Tsiantopoulos, Demetrios Mourtakos

Sep 24     Michael Savage, Dimitri Tsiantopoulos

Oct 1       Georgios Rigas, Michael Savage

Oct 8       Beth Richards, Georgios Rigas

Oct 15     Bill Gazis, Beth Richards

Oct 22     John Ely , Bill Gazis

Oct 29     Eric Richards, John Ely

Nov 5      Demetrios Mourtakos, Eric Richards

Nov 12     Dimitri Tsiantopoulos, Demetrios Mourtakos

Nov 19     Michael Savage, Dimitri Tsiantopoulos

Nov 26     Georgios Rigas, Michael Savage

Dec 3       Beth Richards, Georgios Rigas

Dec 10     Bill Gazis, Beth Richards

Dec 17     John Ely , Bill Gazis

Dec 24     Eric Richards, John Ely

Dec 31     Demetrios Mourtakos, Eric Richards 


Saints and Feasts

September 17

Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love

These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Faith about the year 126, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest. Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters' sufferings, she is also counted a martyr. The name Sophia means "wisdom" in Greek; as for her daughters' names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.

September 18

Eumenius the Wonderworker, Bishop of Gortynia

This Saint took up the monastic life from his youth, and later became Bishop of Gortynia in Crete. He travelled to Rome, and to Thebes in Upper Egypt, where through his prayers he ended a drought; there also, after working many miracles, he reposed in deep old age. His holy relics were returned to Gortynia and buried at the place called Raxos.

September 19

Trophimus, Sabbatius, & Dorymedon the Martyrs

In 278, during the reign of Probus, Saints Trophimus and Sabbatius came to Antioch, and seeing the city celebrating the festival of Apollo at Daphne lamented the blindness of the people, and presented themselves as Christians to Atticus the Governor. Saint Trophimus was stripped of his clothing, and was stretched out and beaten until the earth was red with his blood. Then he was hung up, scraped on his sides, and imprisoned in torments. Saint Sabbatius was tortured so savagely that he gave up his spirit in his sufferings. Trophimus was sent to Synnada, wearing iron shoes fitted with sharp iron nails within; he was further tormented without mercy, then cast into prison. Dorymedon, a counsellor, and a pagan, came to the prison and cared for Trophimus. When a certain feast came, Dorymedon was asked why he did not sacrifice to the idols; he proclaimed himself a Christian, for which he was imprisoned, pierced with heated spits, frightfully punished, and finally beheaded with Saint Trophimus.

September 20

Eustathius the Great Martyr, his wife and two children

The holy Martyr Eustathius before his baptism was an illustrious Roman general named Placidas in the days of the Emperor Trajan. While hunting in the country one day, he was converted to the Faith of Christ through the apparition of an uncommonly majestic stag, between whose antlers he saw the Cross of Christ, and through which the Lord spoke to him with a human voice. Upon returning home, he learned that his wife Tatiana had also had a vision in which she was instructed to become a Christian. They sought out the Bishop of the Christians and were baptized, Placidas receiving the name Eustathius, and Tatiana the name Theopiste; their two sons were baptized Agapius and Theopistus. The family was then subjected to such trials as Job endured. Their servants died, all their goods were stolen, and on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were scattered abroad, each not even knowing if the others were still alive. By the providence of God, they were united again after many years, and returned to Rome in glory. Nevertheless, when they refused to sacrifice to the idols-a public sacrifice from which no Roman general could be absent-the Emperor Hadrian, who had succeeded Trajan, had them put into a large bronze device in the shape of a bull, which was heated with fire until they died. When their holy bodies were removed, they were found to be without harm. They suffered martyrdom about the year 126.

September 21

Quadratus the Apostle

Saint Quadratus was a disciple of the Apostles, and became Bishop of Athens. According to the Synaxaristes, he contested for the Faith in the year 117, in the reign of Hadrian (117-138), but according to others, in the reign of Marcus Aurelius (161-180).

September 21

Jonah the Prophet

The Prophet Jonah, the son of Amathi, of the town of Geth-hopher (IV Kings 14:25), was of the tribe of Zabulon; he prophesied during the years 838-810 before Christ. God commanded him to go to Nineveh, the great city of the Assyrians, and to proclaim that its destruction was nigh at hand because of the sins of its people. But he, as a Prophet who knew the great compassion of God, feared that at his preaching the Ninevites would repent; that God, accepting their repentance in His love for man, would not fulfill Jonah' threats; and that he would be branded a false prophet. So he disobeyed the divine command, and boarded a ship and departed elsewhere. Yet, the sudden and fearful sea-storm and the revelation of Jonah' disbedience caused the sailors to cast him into the sea. A great sea-monster appeared straightway by divine providence, and swallowed him up. For three days and nights he was found in its belly and he prayed, saying the words, "I cried aloud in my affliction unto the Lord my God..." (Jonah 2:3, the Sixth ode of the Holy Psalter). The sea-monster then vomited him up on dry land and he again heard God's command. Wherefore, he went and preached, saying, "In three days, Nineveh shall be destroyed." The people became terrified and all repented. The great, the small, babes at the breast, and even the irrational beasts themselves fasted, and thus, having found mercy from God, they were spared His wrath. Jonah' book of prophecy is divided into four chapters, and is placed fifth in order among the twelve minor Prophets. His three-day sojourn in the sea-monster's belly is an image of our Saviour's three-day burial and His life-bringing Resurrection (Matt. 12:39-40). His name means "dove."

September 22

Phocas the 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.

September 23

The Conception of St. John the Baptist

This came to pass fifteen months before the birth of Christ, after the vision of the Angel that Zacharias, the father of the Forerunner, saw in the Temple while he executed the priest's office in the order of his course during the feast of the Tabernacles, as tradition bears witness. In this vision, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and said to him, "Thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John" (Luke 1:13). Knowing that Elizabeth was barren, and that both he and she were elderly, Zacharias did not believe what the Angel told him, although he had before him the example of Abraham and Sarah, of Hannah, mother of the Prophet Samuel, and of other barren women in Israel who gave birth by the power of God. Hence, he was condemned by the Archangel to remain speechless until the fulfilment of these words in their season, which also came to pass (Luke 1:7-24).