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St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Christian Church
Publish Date: 2022-10-02
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St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Christian Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (619) 297-4165
  • Fax:
  • (619) 297-4181
  • Street Address:

  • 3655 Park Boulevard

  • San Diego, CA 92103


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Services Schedule

Sunday Services

Orthros/Matins: 8:30am

Divine Liturgy: 10:00am


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St. Spyridon Parish News, Events, Activities and Announcements

National Church Music Sunday - October 2nd  

This special day has been set aside by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians to honor and recognize all of our Church musicians dedicated to the church music ministry of our Holy Greek Orthodox Church.  This commemoration traditionally takes place the first Sunday after the feast day celebration of St. Romanos, the National Forum's Patron Saint.  We celebrate this day on Sunday, October 2nd this year.  Please take a moment to thank your Choir Master, Kathy Meck, Choir Members, Youth Choir Members, Chanters, and our Fr. Andrew.  We appreciate their beautiful voices enhancing the divine services of the Church.  

Philoptochos  Munchies, Mimosas, & More - This Sunday, October 2nd

Philoptochos invites you to our annual Munchies, Mimosas, & More this Sunday, October 2nd in the fellowship hall, immediately following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. We can't wait to share with you what we have planned for the coming year!  

Membership Chairs:

Melanie Anastopulos (619)218-9778, melanieanastopulos@gmail.com

Kelly Samouris (619)871-4702, nyckelly@cox.net

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Fliers section below.

Dance Practice Starts This Sunday

Dance Practices start this Sunday, October 2nd - Register now on the St. Spyridon website, www.stspyridon.org. It is going to be a fun year to join our Dance and Choral School! If you are interested in teaching Greek dance, email youthministries@stspyridon.org 

Practice Schedule Starting 10/2/22:

Primary Group (Kinder - 3rd grade) - 12:30 – 1:00 pm 

Junior Group (4th - 5th grade) - 1:00 – 1:30 pm 

Middle School (6th - 8th) and High School (9th-12th) Groups - 1:00 – 2:00 pm 

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Fliers section below.

W.O.W. Opportunity Drawing Recipient

The Women of the Word Bible Study Group would like to congratulate Evangelos Baltas who received a custom-tabbed Orthodox Study Bible in this year’s WOW Opportunity Drawing. Blessed journey.

San Diego Loyal Greek Night - October 9th @ 3:00 PM

Please join the Dance and Choral School for Greek Night on October 9th at 3:00 PM with the San Diego Loyal Soccer Team VS. New Mexico United. Buy your tickets here: https://sdloyal.spinzo.com/san-diego-loyal-vs-new-mexico-united-2022-10-09-GPXVX?group=greek-night-stspyridon-7b67

For questions, contact Kathy Meck at: 760-390-0101 or sprndiva@aol.com.

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Fliers section below.

Philoptochos Decorated Feast Day Icons

Philoptochos invites you and your family to commemorate a special Feast Day by offering a donation towards a beautifully decorated icon which will be displayed in the Narthex for all to venerate. A suggested donation of $75 payable to the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society is much appreciated.

To reserve your date, contact the office: (619) 297-4165, office@stspyridon.org.

Icons Currently Available for the Month of October:

October 18th - St. Luke the Evangelist

October 23rd - St. James the Apostle;

October 26th - St. Demetrios the Myrrh-Streamer

OXI Dinner Dance - Reserve Now!

4th Annual OXI Day Dinner Dance on October 29, 2022.  AHEPA Chapter 223 San Diego is sponsoring an evening of live music, taverna-style mezedes, dinner and dancing, at the Church Hall beginning at 6:00 pm.  Benefitting our Greek Language School. Tickets are $65/person.  For reservations contact Christoforos Savvides at 619-709-6067 or sdgreekevents@yahoo.com.  Sold out last year. Reserve now.

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Fliers section below.

Calling All Youth Choir Members

Youth Choir practice will follow Sunday School, in the choir loft every Sunday.  Any child is welcome from the age of 8 years old to 18.  Please join us for a fun and musically exciting year. For more information, please contact, Kathy Meck at: 760-390-0101 or sprndiva@aol.com
 
See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Fliers section below.
 
Ancient Wisdom & Modern Coffee

Join us for our Adult Sunday School class (taught by Dn. Michael Kallas, MA, MDiv). We will be studying the Sunday Gospel Readings to learn how to hear scripture. Classes are scheduled on Sundays - October 16th and October 30th. We meet downstairs in the lower Education Building.

Upcoming Memorials for October

Sunday, October 16th - Katina Gatzolis - 6 months

Sunday, October 23rd - Georgia Afendoules - 1 year

Sunday, October 30th - Georgos Gelastopoulos - 5 years

Sunday, October 30th - Chrisoula Gelastopoulos - 40 years

Sunday Fellowship Sponsors are Needed

Many of the Sundays in October and November are available. Please consider sponsoring with your friends and family.  Let's keep it simple by providing cookies or donuts, fruit, and juice. To reserve your date contact Anne Zouvas at (619) 248-6644. Thank you for supporting this long-standing tradition of our church! 

The Metropolis of San Francisco Stewardship Ministry Continues the Series - “Equipping and Enriching Parish Life”

Please join us on any or all of the Monday evenings: October 17th,  November 21st, and December 19th at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, for a special presentation on “Revitalizing Parish Health & Achieving Operational Excellence: Examining Six Critical Areas of Parish Life.”

Over the past two years, our world has shifted. And while our Orthodox theology, worship, and ethos remain intact, many parishes have struggled to adopt – or define - the “new normal” for parish life and ministry involvement. To assist our parishes in their journeys, during this segment, our speakers will:

• Explore the new context and shifting landscape facing our parishes in the post-pandemic world (and “carry-over” opportunities that our parishes were already encountering).

• Identify the six most critical areas of parish life which are vital to revitalizing Parish Health and optimizing Operational Effectiveness.

• Share new tools and an emerging Orthodox ministry dedicated to helping parishes achieve transformational change.

For more information, please email metropolis@sanfran.goarch.org or call 415-753-3075.

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Fliers section below.

Kids' Corner for Children Under Age 3 

Located in the Education Building downstairs. Every Sunday after receiving Holy Communion, kids (age 3 and under) and parents can come and play, meet new friends and hang out with old friends! Toys for kids and coffee for parents are provided! 

Give Back 0.5% From the “Amazon Smile” Foundation

We remind you to please participate in the AmazonSmile program.  When you shop on Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation will give back 0.5% of your purchase price to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.  That’s right, every eligible/registered purchase you or someone else makes at AmazonSmile 0.5% will be donated back to your parish!!!

It's quick and easy to register by visiting AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) and select “St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church” before you make your first purchase (be sure to select St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church - San Diego, California).    

For more information about AmazonSmile, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about 

We hope you’ll consider this easy way to support your beloved parish.  Everyone is eligible to participate so tell your friends and relatives and spread the word about this wonderful opportunity. 

Your Legacy and Your Church  

...to whom much is given; from them much more is required (Luke 12:48).  

Please remember to include your Saint Spyridon parish in your estate plan and bequest. 

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Archdiocese News

39th Annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Launched by the Department of Religious Education

09/22/2022

The Department of Religious Education (DRE) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, is pleased to announce that the Metropolis of New Jersey will host the 39th Annual St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Nationals at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Clifton, NJ, on the weekend of June 9 to 11, 2023.

Eight Dates - A relationship series designed to foster communication and closeness for a healthier partnership under God

09/20/2022

The Family Wellness Ministry and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco are pleased to the announce them continuation of the popular relationship series, Eight Dates, based on the book Eight Dates:
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, [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. That very day] two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" and they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find His body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see." And He said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was not it necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into this glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.


Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

By your cross you destroyed death, and opened paradise to the thief. You transformed the sorrow of the Myrrh-bearers, and commanded the apostles to proclaim that you have risen from the dead, Christ our God, granting to the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Martyrs Cyprian and Justina in the Fourth Mode

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Cyprian. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

The Hymn of Saint Spyridon

At the first of the Synods, you appeared as a champion, * and Wonderworker, our God-bearing Father Spyridon. *  Wherefore, you addressed the dead one in the grave, * and a serpent you changed to gold. *  And while chanting * in service your sacred prayers, * you joined the angels concelebrating, most holy one.*  Glory to Christ who glorified you, * glory to Him who crowned you, * glory to the One who works through You, * healings for everyone.

                                                                                  

Τής Συνόδου τής πρώτης ανεδείχθης υπέρμαχος, * καί Θαυματουργός Θεοφόρε Σπυρίδων πατήρ ημών. *  διό νεκρά σύ έν τάφω προσφωνείς, * καί όφιν είς χρυσούν μετέβαλες. * καί έν τώ μέλπειν τάς αγίας σου ευχάς, *  Αγγέλους έσχες συλλειτουργούντας σοι Ιερώτατε, * Δόξα τώ σέ δοξάσαντι Χριστώ * δόξα τώ σέ στεφανώσαντι. * δόξα τώ ενεργόυντι, διά σου πάσιν ιάματα.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

A protection of Christians unshamable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, please reject not the prayerful cries of those who are in sin. Instead, come to us, for you are good; your loving help bring unto us, who are crying in faith to you: hasten to intercede and speed now to supplicate, as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

There are three things that impel us towards what is holy: natural instincts, angelic powers and probity of intention. Natural instincts impel us when, for example, we do to others what we would wish them to do to us (cf. Luke 6:31), or when we see someone suffering deprivation or in need and naturally feel compassion. Angelic powers impel us when, being ourselves impelled to something worthwhile, we find we are providentially helped and guided. We are impelled by probity of intention when, discriminating between good and evil, we choose the good.
St. Maximos the Confessor
Second Century on Love no. 32, Philokalia Vol. 2 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 71, 7th century

Every work which does not have love as its beginning and root is nothing.
St. John Chrysostom
Unknown, 4th century

Why do we judge our neighbors? Because we shun knowing ourselves. Someone busy trying to understand himself has no time to notice the shortcomings of others. Judge yourself ... and you will stop judging others. Judge a poor deed, but do not judge the doer. It is necessary to consider yourself the most sinful of all, and to forgive your neighbor every poor deed.
St. Seraphim of Sarov
Unknown, 19th century

Christians should strive in all things and ought not to pass judgment of any kind on anyone, not on the prostitute nor on sinners nor on disorderly persons. But they should look upon all persons with a single mind and a pure eye so that it may be for such a person almost a natural and fixed attitude never to despise or judge or abhor anyone or to divide people and put them into boxes for this is purity of heart, that, when you see the sinner and the weak, you have compassion and show mercy to them.
St. Makarios the Great
Homilies 5.8, 4th century

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Saints and Feasts

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October 02

Cyprian the Holy Martyr, Justina the Virgin-martyr of Nicomedea

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.


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October 03

Dionysios the Areopagite

This Saint was from Athens, a learned man, and a member of the famous judicial court of Mars Hill (in Greek Aeros Pagos, hence the name Areopagite (see Acts 17:19-34). When Saint Paul preached in Athens, he was one of the first there to believe in Christ, and, according to some, became the first bishop of that city. Others say -- and this may be more probable--that he was the second Bishop of Athens, after Saint Hierotheus, whom Dionysios calls his friend and teacher "after Paul" (On the Divine Names, 3:2). With Saint Hierotheus he was also present at the Dormition of the most holy Theotokos; the Doxasticon of the Aposticha for the service of the Dormition is partly taken from a passage in Chapter III of On the Divine Names. According to ancient tradition, he received a martyr's end (according to some, in Athens itself) about the year 96.


Hierotheos
October 04

Hierotheos, Bishop of Athens

According to some, Hierotheus, like Saint Dionysius, was a member of the court of Mars Hill. Having first been instructed in the Faith of Christ by Paul, he became Bishop of Athens. He, in turn, initiated the divine Dionysius more perfectly into the mysteries of Christ; the latter, on his part, elaborated more clearly and distinctly Hierotheus' concise and summary teachings concerning the Faith. He too was brought miraculously by the power of the Holy Spirit to be present at the Dormition of the Theotokos, when, together with the sacred Apostles, he became a leader of the divine hymnody. "He was wholly transported, wholly outside himself and was so deeply absorbed in communion with the sacred things he celebrated in hymnology, that to all who heard him and saw him and knew him, and yet knew him not, he seemed to be inspired of God, a divine hymnographer," as Dionysius says (On the Divine Names, 3:2). Having lived in a manner pleasing to God, he reposed in the Lord.


Charitine
October 05

Charitina the Martyr

Saint Charitina contested for Christ during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 290. The handmaid of a certain Claudius, she was betrayed as a Christian to Dometian, the Count, before whom she fearlessly confessed Christ. After suffering the most terrible tortures, including the uprooting of her teeth and nails, she gave up her soul into the hands of the Lord.


Thomas
October 06

Thomas the Apostle of the 12

The name Thomas means, "twin." He was one of the Twelve, a Galilean by birth. Sophroneus (not the famous Patriarch of Jerusalem [7th Century, celebrated March 11], but a friend of Jerome's), quoted also by Jerome, says that Saint Thomas preached to the Parthians, Pesians, Medes, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and neighbouring nations. According to Heracleon, the Apostle died a natural death; according to other accounts, he was martyred at Meliapur His tomb was known by Saint John Chrysostom to be at Edessa in Syria, to which city his holy relics may have been translated from India in the fourth century.


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October 07

Sergius & Bacchus the Great Martyrs of Syria

These holy Martyrs were Romans of high rank in the service of the Emperor Maximian, to whom it was reported that they did not take part in the festivals of the idols. When he called them into his presence, they confessed their Faith in the one God. He had them arrayed in women's clothes and paraded through the streets in mockery. They were afterwards scourged, from which Saint Bacchus died. This was about the year 296. Saint Sergius was then taken to Resapha in Syria, where he was tortured and beheaded. His tomb in Resapha became a very famous shrine, to which pilgrims came from as far away as Western Europe; Resapha was later renamed Sergiopolis in his honour.


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October 08

Pelagia the Righteous

This Saint was a prominent actress of the city of Antioch, and a pagan, who lived a life of unrestrained prodigality and led many to perdition. Instructed and baptized by a certain bishop named Nonnus (Saint Nonnus is commemorated Nov. 10), she departed for the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, where she lived as a recluse, feigning to be a eunuch called Pelagia. She lived in such holiness and repentance that within three or four years she was deemed worthy to repose in an odour of sanctity, in the middle of the fifth century. Her tomb on the Mount of Olives has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.


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