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Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation
Publish Date: 2019-12-15
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Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (916) 443-2033
  • Fax:
  • (916) 443-2743
  • Street Address:

  • 616 Alhambra Blvd

  • Sacramento, CA 95816


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Services Schedule

Sundays & Appointed Weekdays:
Matins - 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy - 10:00 am

Summer Schedule for Sundays & Appointed Weekdays:
Matins - 8:30 am
Divine Liturgy - 9:30 am


Past Bulletins


This Week at Annunciation Sacramento

 

December 8 - December 15, 2019

 

Sunday, December 8th  

Epistle   Ephesians 4:1-7
Gospel   Luke 13:10-17

9:00 am Orthros
10:00 am Divine Liturgy
Sunday School
Christmas Pageant Practice
Greek Dance

Fr. James and the six-person mission team have left to join Bishop Neofitos for a special youth conference and mission trip to Nyeri, Kenya! Good strength and safe travels!

You can support the mission trip by visiting
https://annunciationsac.ccbchurch.com/goto/giving
and selecting the “Mission Fund” designation.

Tuesday, December 10th

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD DEADLINE. MAKE YOUR DONATION NOW BY CLICKING HERE

5:30 pm Nea Genia Dance Practice
6:00 pm Hara Dance Practice
6:30 pm Philoptochos Meeting

Wednesday, December 11th

11:15 am Studies in the Faith
5:30 pm Greek School

Thursday, December 12th

9:00 am Orthros
10:00 am Divine Liturgy: St. Spyridon the Wonderworker
5:30 pm Greek School
7:00 pm Choir Practice

Sunday, December 15th  

Epistle   II Timothy 1:8-18
Gospel   Luke 14:16-24

9:00 am Orthros
10:00 am Divine Liturgy
Sunday School
Christmas Pageant Practice
Greek Dance

 

#GIVINGTUESDAY

Giving Tuesday is an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas season.  The planning efforts to rebuild our facilities began in the 1980’s and came to fruition in the Fall of 2016.  Glory be to God!

“The Build” was completed on time and on budget at a cost of nearly $13 million.
Through the generosity of less than 300 families, we were able to raise over $10 million, with gifts ranging from $50 to $2.5 million.

But our work is not yet finished!

When all the pledges are completed, our loan balance will be about $2.3 million.  It is again time for us to focus on retiring our debt to avoid costly loan and interest payments, currently $18,000 a month.

For this years Christmas appeal, we are asking for your help on Giving Tuesday to help retire our debt! The entire amount of your gift will go directly to reducing the loan balance.

Please look for a letter from Fr. James and how to donate in the mail, give online by clicking here, or by calling the parish office.

Canned Goods and Warm Clothing Donation Drive

We will be collecting canned goods and warm clothing this holiday season benefitting the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services.
Please look for the blue bins in our Annunciation Hellenic Center Foyer.
Thank you for supporting our local Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services 

At and Around Annunciation Sacramento

Check out all the events at our church and around Sacramento!
http://www.annunciationsac.org/at-and-around-sacramento/

Please visit our parish website for the monthly calendar and to subscribe
http://www.AnnunciationSac.org/master-calendar/

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Bulletin Inserts

    Sunday Bulletin | December 8th

    Sunday Bulletin | December 8th

    The Sunday Bulletin from Sunday, December 8th


    Community Christmas Card | Deadline: December 10th

    Community Christmas Card | Deadline: December 10th

    Dear Parishioners of the Annunciation, As we prepare to celebrate the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ, our hearts and thoughts renew what the incarnation of Christ means to us all… that God gave us His Only-begotten Son to save humankind. During this season, we express our love and appreciation through acts of giving to God in appreciation for all the gifts that He has given us. We invite you to join our 2019 community Christmas Card. Thank you very much. Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Fr. James Retelas, Fr. Timothy Robinson, Annunciation Parish Council, & Parish Office https://annunciationsac.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/112/responses/new


    Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale

    Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale

    The Ladies of Philoptochos will be baking once again and offering Greek Pastries for the Christmas season. Drop by the Annunciation Hellenic Center foyer during coffee fellowship hour on December 15th and 22nd and choose from an array of delicious sweets for your Christmas table or for gifts!


    NEW YEARS EVE 2020 | December 31st

    NEW YEARS EVE 2020 | December 31st

    Annunciation Philoptochos Society invites you to celebrate the New Year! Tuesday, Deember 31st | 7:30 pm Annunciation Hellenic Center Music, Hors d'oeuvres, Dinner | Cocktail Attire Tickets: $75 for adults (until Dec. 26th. $100 thereafter) $25 for children 12 and under Tickets can be purchased online at: https://annunciationsac.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/116/responses/new or by contacting Despina Demas: despinademas@outlook.com or Helen Nickolson: hnickols@yccd.edu


    Greek Night w/ Sacramento Kings | January 10, 2020

    Greek Night w/ Sacramento Kings | January 10, 2020

    Join us for GREEK NIGHT with the Sacramento Kings as they face off against the Milwaukee Bucks! Proceeds benefit our Annunciation Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Buy your tickets now! Seats are limited and this game will sell out! www.KingsGroups.com/AnnunciationSac


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Homily

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Homily offered by Fr. Panagiotis Dogias (St. Katherine, Redondo Beach) on December 8, 2019

https://youtu.be/BgF1vIneoAI

As part of our outreach ministry, we are pleased to announce that divine services at our church are now being streamed live on Facebook!  The purpose of this ministry is to provide an opportunity to view our church services for those who are not physically able to make it to services, like shut-ins and college students away from home, as well as people interested in learning about our precious Orthodox Christian Faith.  Again, this is not a substitute for those who are able to come to church.

Recordings of the Sunday Homily will still be posted to our YouTube channel.

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Stewardship Voice

Stewardship

Stewardship 2019

09/29/2019

One of the greatest treasures we have received is our Orthodox Christian Faith and its Tradition that guides our worship and our entire life.

As we approach the end of the year, I'd like to thank those parishioners that have made their stewardship commitments for 2019.

For those that have not , I respectfully ask you to consider making your stewardship gift.  Very simply put, it is through our gifts that we not only sustain our ministries and continue our faith , but most importantly express our love and gratitude for all God's blessings.

Please consider joining us.

In Christ,

Stella Dariotis
Stewardship Chair


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Parish, Metropolis, & Archdiocesan Ministries

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Annunciation Sacramento Ministries and Resources

Annunciation Observer

November/December issue of the Annunciation Observer

Sunday School

Register for the Sunday School 2019-2020 academic year! Sunday School has begun!
https://annunciationsac.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/64/responses/new

Annunciation Dance Ministry

Greek Dance practice is on Sunday following the Divine Liturgy.  Being a ministry of the Church, all dancers and directors are expected to attend the Divine Liturgy in order to participate in practice.

Ta Paidakia | 12:15-1:00 pm
Filarakia | 12:15-1:00 pm
Ta Zouzounakia | 12:15-1:00 pm
Nea Genia | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hara | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Deos | 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Save these important dates!

  • 1/5/20 -- Preview Rehearsal & Group Photos
  • 1/12/20 -- Preview during Coffee Hour
  • 2/8/20 -- FDF Glendi
  • 2/13/20 - 2/16/20 -- FDF in Anaheim
  • 5/8/20 -- Coffee Hour/Mother’s Day Event

Annunciation Greek School

Thank you for joining us at our annual OXI Day luncheon and celebration!

Our Annunciation Greek School is now Ellinomatheia certified! If you would like to take the certification test, please look for more information on their website: http://greekschoolannunciation.org/ellinomatheia/

Annunciation Senior League

ASL December Board Meeting | December 19th
ASL January Luncheon | January 9th
Please RSVP to Mary Kondos by Jan. 5th | 5328 Spilman Ave. Sacramento, CA. 95819 (916) 457-2196

Altar Guild

Please visit us on our parish website for information and schedule
http://www.annunciationsac.org/altar-guild/

Christine may be contacted at cdariotis@golyon.com or (916) 412-8112
Rula may be contacted at (916) 606-2193

10th Annual Hellenic Golf Classic - June 1, 2020

Save the date for our 11th annual Hellenic Golf Classic on MONDAY JUNE 1, 2020

At and Around Annunciation Sacramento

Check out all the events at our church and around Sacramento!
http://www.annunciationsac.org/at-and-around-sacramento/

Acolytes

Young men ages 8 and up are welcome to learn about our faith by serving in the Holy Altar.  Please contact Yianni Magoulias (Magoulias@AnnunciationSac.org) for inquiries.

Youth Ministries

On the first Monday of every month, our Youth Ministries will gather for a short prayer service, followed by meetings supervised by a parent adviser, and with the spiritual guidance of Fr. James, Fr. Timothy, and Yianni.  These brief, 1-hour meetings will allow our youth to take ownership of their own ministry by planning events and philanthropies, while growing together in Christ, as well as gaining leadership skills.  We are very excited about this new format and are thankful for your prayers and support.  

Meet our Youth Ministries!

GOYA | 9-12th grade
Jr. GOYA | 6-8th Grade
JOY | 3-5th Grade

Upcoming GOYA Events: 

  • Run to Feed the Hungry, Nov. 28
  • November Meeting | Nov. 4th
  • Family Game Night & Potluck | Nov. 25th | 5:30 pm
  • November Kickback | Nov. 26th
  • December Meeting | Dec. 2nd

Upcoming Jr. GOYA/JOY Events:

  • Family Game Ninght & Potluck | Nov. 25th | 5:30 pm
  • December Meeting | Dec. 2nd
  • Contact Audrey Bazos (andreas_bazos@yahoo.com) or Yianni Magoulias for more information

Parish Contact 

Have you moved? Do you have a new number? Please notify the Church Office to stay up to date with everything happening at our parish!

Parish Communications

In the fast-pace society we live in today, internet communications are the norm.  
Please follow us online and on social media.

Parish Website: http://www.annunciationsac.org/
Parish Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annunciation.sacramento/
Parish Instagram: @AnnunciationSac
Parish Twitter: @AnnunciationSac
Parish YouTube: Annunciation Sac
Annunciation Young Professionals: https://www.facebook.com/groups/310609672670680/
Annunciation Bookstore: https://www.facebook.com/AnnunciationBookstore/
Sacramento Greek Festival: https://www.facebook.com/sacramentogreekfestival/
Hellenic Golf Classic: https://www.facebook.com/hellenicgolfclassic/

Observer Articles are due on the 10th of the month

Please visit our parish website for the monthly calendar and to subscribe
http://www.AnnunciationSac.org/master-calendar/

Prosfora Offering

Every Divine Liturgy, the priest uses a special bread, called Prosforo, to prepare the Holy Eucharist.  The priest cuts the bread in a special way and prays to God, the Theotokos, the saints, the prophets, and the angels for their prayers and intercessions… The priest also prays for all those living and those who have passed away. Following the Divine Liturgy, the remainder is handed out to all the people.

This bread is a beautiful offering by an individual or a family.  The Church is always in need of Prosfora.  
Please contact the Church Office for the recipe and to schedule a time to bring Prosfora.

 

Metropolis of San Francisco Ministries and Resources

St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center

Every summer, hundreds of children and teenagers from throughout the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco gather for our summer camp program. The Orthodox Christian faith comes alive for young people as they develop lifelong friendships and memories that will last forever. Summer camp activities include: arts and crafts, faith and culture, athletics, swimming, canoeing, campfires, archery, hikes, daily worship services, a visit to the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring, and Orthodox life discussions.
http://gosfyouth.org/basic-information/

Annunciation Scholarship for St. Nicholas Ranch Summer Camp Sponsored by the Annunciation Endowment Fund

Interested in going to Summer Camp at St. Nicholas Ranch this summer?
Apply now for Annunciation’s St. Nicholas Ranch Summer Camp Scholarship by sending your completed St. Nicholas Ranch registration confirmation to Yianni Magoulias (Magoulias@AnnunciationSac.org)

Application Deadline: Coming next summer!

2020 SUMMER CAMP DATES

Registration for Summer Camp 2020 opens January 1, 2020.

Session I: July 12-18
Session II: July 19-25
Session III: July 26-Aug 1

2020 WINTER CAMP | January 2-5th

Join the Metropolis youth for WINTER CAMP at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center!
6th - 12th grade | $250 per person
Interested in going? Contact Yianni Magoulias!
For more information, please visit: http://gosfyouth.org/goya-winter-camp

Youth and Young Adult Ministries - San Francisco

Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult Christmas Reception

Friday, December 13th | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm | Metropolis House

Young Adult Winter Retreat in Lake Tahoe

January 17-20, 2020 | $265 (three nights of lodging and all meals)

Young Adult Lenten Retreat

Information coming soon!

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Ministries and Resources

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Hellenic College Holy Cross is a rare institution of higher learning with a higher purpose.  Hellenic College Holy Cross serves the Archdiocese and the world by training and educating clergy, theologians, and lay leaders in their undergraduate and graduate studies. You can learn more about Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School by visiting their website, www.hchc.edu
www.HCHC.edu

Ionian Village

Ionian Village is not just another summer camp; it is like nothing you have ever experienced. The campers and Staff come not only to understand their Orthodox Faith and Hellenic Culture in a more realistic and tangible way, but also to meet and interact with other young people just like them from all over the country. Through this interaction, their eyes are opened as to what the reality of being an Orthodox Christian in this world truly should be: to be people who live Christ-centered lives, to be people of love. " Applications open on March 4, 2020.
https://www.ionianvillage.org/summer-camp

#IV2020 Dates

IV Next (for participants aged 19-24) 
June 1-12

SUMMER CAMP (for campers currently in 9th-12th grades)
Session One: 
June 20-July 9
Session Two: 
July 19-August 7

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

Introduced in 1983, the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival provides Greek Orthodox teenagers the opportunity to write about and defend their faith.  The purpose of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is to give teenagers an opportunity to learn, write, and speak about their Orthodox Christian Faith, Church, and Heritage.  This process will enhance their understanding and appreciation of their identity as Greek Orthodox Christians and cultivate spiritual growth and maturity.  The overall Oratorical program is called an Oratorical Festival rather than a contest to minimize the competitive spirit and emphasize a joyful learning experience.
https://www.goarch.org/oratorical

Parish Oratorical Festival: March 29, 2020
District Oratorical Festival (hosted by Annunciation Sacramento): April 5, 2020

CrossRoad

What does it mean to travel the road of the Cross of Christ in your life, for your life?
CrossRoad is an engaging 10-day summer institute for Orthodox Christian high school juniors and seniors of all jurisdictions that takes place every summer on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, Massachusetts. Students from the United States and Canada are invited to take part in an exciting summer vocations exploration program designed to help them discern their life callings and match their God-given gifts with the needs of the world. Applications open on Friday, November 8, 2019.
http://www.crossroadinstitute.org/

CrossRoad 2020 DATES

Applications open on Friday, November 8, 2019.

Session One | Boston, MA: June 13 - June 23
Session Two | Boston, MA: June 30 - July 10
Session Three | Chicago, IL: July 20 - July 30

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Η Εις Κύριον Εκδημία του Γέροντος Εφραίμ

12/09/2019

ΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚΗ – Μετ᾽ ιδιαιτέρας συγκινήσεως η Ιερά Αρχιεπισκοπή Αμερικής ανακοινώνει την εν Κυρίω μακαρία κοίμηση του Γέροντος Εφραίμ, προηγουμένου της Ιεράς Μονής Φιλοθέου Αγίου Όρους, συμβάσα το παρελθόν Σάββατο, 7 Δεκεμβρίου ε.ε., στην Ιερά Μονή Αγ. Αντωνίου Αριζόνας, όπου εγκαταβιούσε ο αείμνηστος Γέροντας κατά τα τελευταία έτη.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 1:8-18.

TIMOTHY, my son, do not be ashamed then of testifying to our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel in the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago, and now has manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, and therefore I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus; guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us.

You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, and among them Phygelos and Hermogenes. May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphoros, for he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me eagerly and found me - may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesos.

Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 115.15,12.
Τίμιος ἐναντίον Κυρίου ὁ θάνατος τῶν ὁσίων αὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Τί ἀνταποδώσωμεν τῷ Κυρίῳ περὶ πάντων, ὧν ἀνταπέδωκεν ἡμῖν;

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τιμόθεον β' 1:8-18.

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, μὴ οὖν ἐπαισχυνθῇς τὸ μαρτύριον τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν, μηδὲ ἐμὲ τὸν δέσμιον αὐτοῦ· ἀλλὰ συγκακοπάθησον τῷ εὐαγγελίῳ κατὰ δύναμιν θεοῦ, τοῦ σώσαντος ἡμᾶς καὶ καλέσαντος κλήσει ἁγίᾳ, οὐ κατὰ τὰ ἔργα ἡμῶν, ἀλλὰ κατʼ ἰδίαν πρόθεσιν καὶ χάριν τὴν δοθεῖσαν ἡμῖν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ πρὸ χρόνων αἰωνίων, φανερωθεῖσαν δὲ νῦν διὰ τῆς ἐπιφανείας τοῦ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καταργήσαντος μὲν τὸν θάνατον, φωτίσαντος δὲ ζωὴν καὶ ἀφθαρσίαν διὰ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, εἰς ὃ ἐτέθην ἐγὼ κῆρυξ καὶ ἀπόστολος καὶ διδάσκαλος ἐθνῶν. Διʼ ἣν αἰτίαν καὶ ταῦτα πάσχω, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐπαισχύνομαι· οἶδα γὰρ ᾧ πεπίστευκα, καὶ πέπεισμαι ὅτι δυνατός ἐστιν τὴν παραθήκην μου φυλάξαι εἰς ἐκείνην τὴν ἡμέραν. Ὑποτύπωσιν ἔχε ὑγιαινόντων λόγων ὧν παρʼ ἐμοῦ ἤκουσας, ἐν πίστει καὶ ἀγάπῃ τῇ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Τὴν καλὴν παραθήκην φύλαξον διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου τοῦ ἐνοικοῦντος ἐν ἡμῖν. Οἶδας τοῦτο, ὅτι ἀπεστράφησάν με πάντες οἱ ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ, ὧν ἐστιν Φύγελος καὶ Ἑρμογένης. Δῴη ἔλεος ὁ κύριος τῷ Ὀνησιφόρου οἴκῳ· ὅτι πολλάκις με ἀνέψυξεν, καὶ τὴν ἅλυσίν μου οὐκ ἐπαισχύνθη, ἀλλὰ γενόμενος ἐν Ῥώμῃ, σπουδαιότερον ἐζήτησέν με καὶ εὗρεν - δῴη αὐτῷ ὁ κύριος εὑρεῖν ἔλεος παρὰ κυρίου ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ - καὶ ὅσα ἐν Ἐφέσῳ διηκόνησεν, βέλτιον σὺ γινώσκεις.


Gospel Reading

11th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 14:16-24

The Lord said this parable: "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come; for all is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.'"

11th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 14:16-24

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἄνθρωπός τις ἐποίησε δεῖπνον μέγα καὶ ἐκάλεσε πολλούς· καὶ ἀπέστειλε τὸν δοῦλον αὐτοῦ τῇ ὥρᾳ τοῦ δείπνου εἰπεῖν τοῖς κεκλημένοις· ἔρχεσθε, ὅτι ἤδη ἕτοιμά ἐστι πάντα. καὶ ἤρξαντο ἀπὸ μιᾶς παραιτεῖσθαι πάντες. ὁ πρῶτος εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀγρὸν ἠγόρασα, καὶ ἔχω ἀνάγκην ἐξελθεῖν καὶ ἰδεῖν αὐτόν· ἐρωτῶ σε, ἔχε με παρῃτημένον. καὶ ἕτερος εἶπε· ζεύγη βοῶν ἠγόρασα πέντε, καὶ πορεύομαι δοκιμάσαι αὐτά· ἐρωτῶ σε, ἔχε με παρῃτημένον. καὶ ἕτερος εἶπε· γυναῖκα ἔγημα, καὶ διὰ τοῦτο οὐ δύναμαι ἐλθεῖν. καὶ παραγενόμενος ὁ δοῦλος ἐκεῖνος ἀπήγγειλε τῷ κυρίῳ αὐτοῦ ταῦτα. τότε ὀργισθεὶς ὁ οἰκοδεσπότης εἶπε τῷ δούλῳ αὐτοῦ· ἔξελθε ταχέως εἰς τὰς πλατείας καὶ ῥύμας τῆς πόλεως, καὶ τοὺς πτωχοὺς καὶ ἀναπήρους καὶ χωλοὺς καὶ τυφλοὺς εἰσάγαγε ὧδε. καὶ εἶπεν ὁ δοῦλος· κύριε, γέγονεν ὡς ἐπέταξας, καὶ ἔτι τόπος ἐστί. καὶ εἶπεν ὁ κύριος πρὸς τὸν δοῦλον· ἔξελθε εἰς τὰς ὁδοὺς καὶ φραγμοὺς καὶ ἀνάγκασον εἰσελθεῖν, ἵνα γεμισθῇ ὁ οἶκος μου. λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐδεὶς τῶν ἀνδρῶν ἐκείνων τῶν κεκλημένων γεύσεταί μου τοῦ δείπνου. Πολλοί γὰρ εἰσιν κλητοί, ὀλίγοι δέ ἐκλεκτοί.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

This parable ... proclaims beforehand both the casting out of the Jews, and the calling of the Gentiles; and it indicates together with this also the strictness of the life required, and how great the punishment appointed for the careless ....
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 69 on Matthew 22, 4th Century

And when were they bidden? By all the prophets; by John again; for unto Christ he would pass all on, saying, "He must increase, I must decrease;" by the Son Himself again, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you;" and again, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 69 on Matthew 22, 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

Elefther
December 15

Eleutherios the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Illyricum, and his mother Anthia

This Saint had Rome as his homeland. Having been orphaned of his father from childhood, he was taken by his mother Anthia to Anicetus, the Bishop of Rome (some call him Anencletus, or Anacletus), by whom he was instructed in the sacred letters (that is, the divine Scriptures). Though still very young in years, he was made Bishop of Illyricum by reason of his surpassing virtue, and by his teachings he converted many unbelievers to Christ. However, during a most harsh persecution that was raised against the Christians under Hadrian (reigned 117-138), the Saint was arrested by the tyrants. Enduring many torments for Christ, he was finally put to death by two soldiers about the year 126. As for his Christ-loving mother Anthia, while embracing the remains of her son and kissing them with maternal affection, she was also beheaded.


Allsaint
December 15

The Martyr Susannah the Deaconess


Forefathers
December 15

11th Sunday of Luke

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ's forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law.

Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to forsake his country, parents, and kinsmen, and to depart to the land of the Canaanites. When he arrived there, God told him, "I will give this land to thy seed" (Gen. 12:7); for this cause, that land was called the "Promised Land," which later became the country of the Hebrew people, and which is also called Palestine by the historians. There, after the passage of twenty-four years, Abraham received God's law concerning circumcision. In the one hundredth year of his life, when Sarah was in her ninetieth year, they became the parents of Isaac. Having lived 175 years altogether, he reposed in peace, a venerable elder full of days.


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ATTENTION PARISHIONERS

Attention!

Many parishes in our Archdiocese have been targeted by e-mail phishing scams asking for donations in the form of gift cards.  We will never ask for donations outside of our ministries and philanthropies, and always using our secure CCB portal.  When in doubt, please call the Parish Office before submitting your credit card information online.  Thank you for your attention.

Parish Contact 

Have you moved? Do you have a new number or e-mail? Please notify the Parish Office to stay up to date with everything happening at our parish!

Parish Complex Security Disclaimer

For the safety of our Parish complex we have installed security cameras on the exterior and interior of our church complex. Please be aware that the cameras will be recording daily 24/7 – 365 days a year. Don’t forget to smile!

Parish Social Media, Development, and Outreach Disclaimer

When you enter the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation for a service, ministry, or event, you will be entering an area where photography, videography, and audio recording may occur.

The Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation takes photographs and/or makes audio and/or video recordings of members involved in church related activities, including the live streaming of services and sacraments. Staff and/or participants may use such photographs or video records to recall activities or participants. In addition, such photographs and audio/visual recordings may be used in the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation's publications, advertising materials to let others know of our ministry, and/or streaming and website hosting of services and sacraments. In addition, local news organizations may hear of our activities or events and our church may allow them to record our events for news reporting on special interest features.

By entering the service/ministry/event premises, you consent to, photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for live streaming, promotional purposes, advertising, inclusion on web sites, and/or any other purpose by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. You release the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, its clergy, church officers, employees, laity, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, and/or publication of photographs, computer images, video and/or sound recordings.

By entering the service/event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation or the person or entity designated to do so by the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

Please communicate with Efstratios "Yianni" Magoulias if you have any comments, questions, or concerns.

You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the service/ministry/event.

 

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

Savior, Your tomb was sealed with a stone. Soldiers kept watch over Your sacred body. Yet, You rose on the third day giving life to the world. Wherefore the powers of heaven cried out, "O Giver of Life, glory to Your Resurrection O Christ; glory to Your Kingdom, glory to Your dispensation who alone are the Loving One."
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ στρατιωτῶν φυλασσόντων τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα, ἀνέστης τριήμερος Σωτήρ, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὴν ζωήν. Διὰ τοῦτο αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν ἐβόων σοι Ζωοδότα· Δόξα τῇ ἀναστάσει σου Χριστέ, δόξα τῇ Βασιλείᾳ σου, δόξα τῇ οἰκονομίᾳ σου, μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε.

Apolytikion for 11th Sun. of Luke in the Second Mode

You justified the forefathers in faith, and through them betrothed yourself, aforetime, to the Church taken from out of the Gentiles. The saints boast in glory. For from their seed, there exists a noble crop, who is she who without seed has given You birth. By their intercessions, O Christ our God, save our souls.
Ἐν πίστει τοὺς Προπάτορας ἐδικαίωσας, τὴν ἐξ Ἐθνῶν δι' αὐτῶν προμνηστευσάμενος Ἐκκλησίαν. Καυχῶνται ἐν δόξῃ οἱ Ἅγιοι, ὄι ἐκ σπέρματος αὐτῶν, ὑπάρχει καρπός εὐκλεής, ἡ ἀσπόρως τεκοῦσά σε. Ταῖς αὐτῶν ἱκεσίαις, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, σῶσον τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Eleutherios and Anthia in the Fourth Mode

Adorned with flowing priestly vesture and with dripping streams of blood you at once went to your Lord Christ, O blessed wise Eleftherios, annihilator of Satan. Wherefore, do not cease to intercede for those who honor your blessed struggles in faith.
Ἱερέων ποδηρει κατακοσμούμενος, καὶ αἱμάτων τοὶς ῥείθροις ἐπισταζόμενος, τῶ Δεσπότη σου Χριστῷ μάκαρ ἀνέδραμες, Ἐλευθέριε σοφέ, καθαιρέτα τοῦ Σατάν, διὸ μὴ παύση πρεσβεύων, ὑπὲρ τῶν πίστει τιμώντων, τὴν μακαρίαν σου ἄθλησιν.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Fourth Mode

Today marks the crowning of our salvation, and the revelation of the mystery before all ages.  For the Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace. Therefore, we also cry out with him, "Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τὸ Κεφάλαιον, καὶ τοῦ ἀπ' αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις, ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱὸς τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καὶ Γαβριὴλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διὸ καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τὴ Θεοτόκω βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

Simeron tis sotirias eemon to Kefalaion, ke tu ap’eonos Mystiriu ee fanerosis; o Ios tu Theu, Ios tis Parthenu ghinete, ke Gavri-il tin harin evangelizete. Dio ke eemis syn afto ti Theotoke voisomen; Haire Keharitomeni, o Kyrios meta su.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν Προαιώνιον Λόγον, ἐν Σπηλαίῳ ἔρχεται, ἀποτεκεῖν ἀπορρήτως. Χόρευε ἡ οἰκουμένη ἀκουτισθεῖσα, δόξασον μετὰ Ἀγγέλων καὶ τῶν Ποιμένων, βουληθέντα ἐποφθῆναι, παιδίον νέον, τὸν πρὸ αἰώνων Θεόν.
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