St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Christian Church
Publish Date: 2023-12-03
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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

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Services

Orthros/Matins: 9:00am

Divine Liturgy: 10:00am

Past Bulletins

St. Spyridon Parish News, Events, Activities and Announcements

This Sunday's Memorial
Lyle (Elias) Hochberger - 40 days
As a reminder: The pews on the front right side of the church as you walk in are reserved for the family/families who are having a Memorial Service for their loved ones. Thus, please allow one pew per Memorial family on any given Sunday. Thank you for your understanding. 
Our Bishop - His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos to Visit for our Parish Feast Day
Please mark your calendars and plan to be with us and His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos for our Parish Feast Day.  His Eminence will be with us for the Great Vespers service on Monday evening, December 11th at 5:00 pm and on Tuesday morning, December 12th for the Orthros/Preparatory Service and Divine Liturgy starting at 9:00 am. 

Tonight! December Nights Parking Lot Fundraiser - December 1st and 2nd

If you are heading to Balboa Park’s December Nights, be sure to support our Dance and Choral School by parking at St. Spyridon for only $25. We will also need volunteers to help (hot chocolate provided!) on Friday and Saturday! Contact Timmy Paraskevopoulos to volunteer:

See’s Candy Dance and Choral Fundraiser - Through December 2nd

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase See’s Candy to support the St. Spyridon Dance and Choral School. See’s Candy makes a great Christmas gift and they are shipped directly to you (or your recipient's) home. Order online:

See attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section.


Philoptochos - A Taste of Greek Christmas

Order your favorite holiday Greek pastries while supporting the many ministries of Philoptochos! Our decorative packages are perfect for gift-giving (and save one for yourself!). Place your pre-paid orders online at by December 10 for pick-up on Sunday, December 17.  Or submit the order form found in the December newsletter and in the church hall or attached below. Questions? Please email
See attached form in the Inserts & Flyers section.
Coffee and Conversation for High School Juniors and Seniors

Session 4 is this Sunday, December 3rd in the Hall Lounge from 12:10-1:00pm. Light lunch and coffee or hot chocolate provided! We will wrap up the first section in the Relationship Project, an Orthodox Curriculum designed for teens to talk about hard topics.  Register via email to or 

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section.


Angel Giving Tree

You can make a child’s Christmas brighter by participating in the Salvation Army Kroc Center’s Angel Giving Tree. Philoptochos will be collecting toys for children from 0 to 12 years old whose families are struggling financially this Christmas season. Gift tags will be on the Christmas tree in our hall with the age of a child and gift suggestions. Pick a tag off the tree, shop, and bring your unwrapped gift back to our hall by Sunday, December 10th, and put it in the marked bin. The gift tags will be on the tree beginning November 26th. Thank you for spreading the love of Christ this beautiful season.

See attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section. 


Upcoming Memorials for December

Sunday, December 10th - Mihalis Reizian - 1 year

Sunday, December 10th - Gregory Star - 2 years


2024 Epiphany Cross Dive Luncheon

Please join us on Sunday, January 7, 2024, for the 45th Annual Epiphany Cross Dive and Luncheon at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Leon Balaban Honoree is Elaine Arapostathis. Tickets must be purchased by January 2nd – adults $65 and children 12 and under $35. Divers needed: must be 7-12th grade and attend Divine Liturgy and stay for the luncheon – contact Bill Navrides at or (619) 992-6775 by December 14th.


HOPE and JOY Christmas Party- Saturday, December 9th, 10am - 11:30am

HOPE and JOY Youth Groups will be decorating Breakfast Gingerbread Houses in the Lower Education Building! RSVP required for this event. All kids in attendance will take home their very own gingerbread house. RSVP via email or the Youth Ministries website on the HOPE tab.   

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section.


GOYA Christmas Party

We hope you will mark your calendars for our GOYA Family Christmas Party on SaturdayDecember 16th at 5:30pm! We will enjoy dinner, dessert, stuff stockings for the Angels Christmas Party, have a gift exchange, and then walk to look at Christmas Card Lane. This is a not-to-miss event! RSVP via email, or on the Youth Ministries website on the GOYA tab.

See attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section.


Sunday School Christmas Pageant

Please join us on Sunday, December 17th for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and the Holy Nativity through the voices of our Sunday School students! Sunday School will provide lunch in the Cypress Room after the Christmas Pageant.

 See attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section.


Tickets on Sale Now for Basile - January 19th, 7:00 p.m.

Christmas is only 3 weeks away! Wondering what to get that person who has everything? No one needs more “stuff.” Give the gift of laughter with tickets to see the hilarious Greek-American comedian Basile! Tickets are only $60 and include a Greek hors d’oeuvre buffet. On-site childcare available for $10 per child. Exclusive advertising opportunities available. For more information visit or call 714-931-2431.   

See attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section.
Fellowship and Coffee Hour
Please consider sponsoring a Sunday Fellowship Hour with your friends and family by providing simple refreshments (donuts or bagels, fruit, and juice).  This is a beautiful way to honor family members or celebrate special occasions. See details below in the attached flyer and QR Code to sign up or contact Christina Frangos, 858-220-0071,
With appreciation, 
Anthousa Chapter of Philoptochos

The following Sundays are currently available:

December 24th

December 31st

February 4th

February 18th

See the attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers Section.


Metropolis Family Winter Camp

Your family is invited to join us for Family Winter Camp at St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center, this December 27-30th. Let’s celebrate the family this Nativity Season and gather for a four-day camp, packed with fun and adventure while growing closer to Christ and to each other! We will enjoy fellowship and fun activities at the Ranch, as well as visit both the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring and Kings Canyon National Park. $185 per person (includes 9 meals and program supplies). The cost of your lodging is additional. Registration Information:

See attached flyer in the Inserts & Flyers section.


Philoptochos Decorated Feast Day Icons 

We invite you to commemorate a Feast Day or special event in the life of your family by offering a beautifully decorated icon to be displayed in the Narthex for all to venerate. The suggested donation amount is $85. Please make checks payable to the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society. To reserve an icon, contact the church office: (619) 297-4165

Icons Available for Decoration:

12/25 - The Holy Nativity of the Lord 
1/1 - St. Basil the Great
1/6 - The Holy Theophany of the Lord
1/17 - Saint Anthony the Great
1/18 - Saints Athanasios and Cyril
1/20 - Saint Euthymios
1/25 - Saint Gregory the Theologian
1/30 - Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs
The Hellenic American Medical and Dental Society of California Scholarship
We are pleased to announce the application process is now open for our 2023 Scholarships. If you are, or know someone, of Greek descent who is enrolled in an accredited California Medical or Dental school or is a resident of California enrolled in an accredited Medical or Dental School elsewhere, please share this information. The deadline to submit the completed application is December 10th, 2023. Any interested applicants, please email

Church Parking Lot

As a reminder, when you park your vehicle in the church lot, please do not double-park or block any of the exits. Your fellow parishioners thank you for your consideration and cooperation.  


Stewardship Reminder

Dear Fellow Sojourner in the Lord: 

It has been so nice to see growing numbers of you attending the Divine Liturgy and various church functions - our community is a strong and robust one – thank God.

Our parish agenda is “chock full” of activities and major events are being planned for the entire year. Thus, we need your help, which includes your Time, Talent, Treasure, and energy!  

So, we respectfully ask that you complete your 2023 pledged commitment, and as always, let’s finish strong in our collective stewardship efforts for 2023. You may do this online at, or pay via ACH (through your bank), or call the office at 619-297-4165 for assistance.

 As Father Andrew has reminded us over the last 17 years, “Everything flows from the Divine Liturgy.”  Your support of the Stewardship Program allows us to robustly provide this sacred blessing and support the forty-three ministries of the church. 

The Stewardship Committee,

 John Kalas, Chairperson    


Ancient Faith Singles Retreat for Ages 30 and Over!

Are you single and over 30? Mark your calendar for Thursday, February 29, 2024 - Sunday, March 3, 2024 The Ancient Faith Singles Retreat 30+ is a gathering of Orthodox Christians who are at least 30 years of age, unmarried (single, divorced, widowed), and living in the world. The retreat will be at Antiochian Village Conference Center (140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar, PA 15923) and will include daily matins and vespers, and Sunday Divine Liturgy. The group will participate in interactive, leader-led discussion sessions, opportunities for community service, games, and social activities, and free time for relaxation and fellowship. Click here to register and learn more!


Agape Meals

Philoptochos provides meals to St. Spyridon community members in need following hospitalizations, the death of a family member, or the birth of a child. Please reach out to Marian Dougenis (619) 520-3660 if you or someone you know is in need.
Your Legacy and Your Church 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. 


Inserts and Flyers


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 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 of the Lord Jesus. 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? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into 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.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 5:8-19.

Brethren, walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is a shame even to speak of the things that they do in secret; but when anything is exposed by the light it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it is said, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light." Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart.

Gospel Reading

14th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.


Archdiocese News

Georgetown University's Berkley Center: Diplomacy, Geopolitics, and Global Orthodox Christianity with Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou


This event will feature Elizabeth Prodromou, the author of a new policy brief commissioned by the Transatlantic Policy Network on Religion & Diplomacy (TPNRD). Berkley Center Senior Research Fellow and TPNRD Project Director Judd Birdsall will moderate the discussion.

Sunday Sermon Series Fourteenth Sunday of Luke December 3


This week, find insights about the upcoming Gospel reading, where we learn about a blind man who asked Jesus for mercy. What was the difference between his eyes and his heart? And how did the Lord respond? Also, how can we see spiritually?

Join the Center for Family Care’s webinar “Caregiver, Love Thyself: The Importance of Self-Care through the Holiday Season"


On Monday, December 4, 2023 at 1pm EST, join the Center for Family Care’s webinar “Caregiver, Love Thyself: The Importance of Self-Care through the Holiday Season.”

2024 Oratorical Festival Topic Tips & Resources Released by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America


The St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the release of the 2024 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topic Tips & Resources.



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

Though the tomb was sealed by a stone and soldiers guarded your pure body, you arose, O Savior, on the third day, giving life to the world. Therefore, O giver of life, the heavenly powers praise you: Glory to your resurrection, O Christ, glory to your kin

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 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.

Saints and Feasts

December 03

Zephaniah the Prophet

This Prophet, who is ninth in order among the minor Prophets, was the son of Chusi (Cushi), from the tribe of Levi, or according to some, the great-grandson of King Hezekias. He prophesied in the years of Josias, who reigned in the years 641-610 before Christ. His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters. His name means "Yah has concealed."

December 04

Barbara the Great Martyr

Saint Barbara was from Heliopolis of Phoenicia and lived during the reign of Maximian.

She was the daughter of a certain idolater named Dioscorus. When Barbara came of age, she was enlightened in her pure heart and secretly believed in the Holy Trinity. About this time Dioscorus began building a bath-house; before it was finished he was required to go away to attend to certain matters, and in his absence Barbara directed the workmen to build a third window in addition to the two her Father had commanded. She also inscribed the sign of the Cross with her finger upon the marble of the bath-house, leaving the saving sign cut as deeply into the marble as if it had been done with an iron tool. (When the Synaxarion of Saint Barbara was written, the marble of the bath-house and the cross inscribed by Saint Barbara were still preserved, and many healings were worked there.) When Dioscorus returned, he asked why the third window had been added; Barbara began to declare to him the mystery of the Trinity. Because she refused to renounce her faith, Dioscorus tortured Barbara inhumanely, and after subjecting her to many sufferings he beheaded her with his own hands, in the year 290.

December 05

Savas the Sanctified

This Saint was born in 439 in Moutalaska, a small village of Cappadocia. He entered the arena of the monastic life from childhood and was under that master trainer of monastics, Euthymius, the Great, the teacher of the desert. He became the spiritual Father of many monks and an instructor for the monasteries in Palestine, and was appointed leader (archimandrite) of the desert-dwellers of Palestine by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. In his old age he went to Constantinople, to the Emperors Anastasius and Saint Justinian the Great, in behalf of the Orthodox Faith and the dogmas of the Council of Chalcedon. Having lived ninety-four years, he reposed in 533. The Typicon for the ecclesiastical services had its beginning in the monastery established by this righteous one.

December 06

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

This Saint lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, and reposed in 330, As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for many. He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain of the bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not out of passion, but extreme love and piety. The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs, The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock ... was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travellers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.

December 07

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan

This Saint was born in Gaul in 340, and was a member of the Roman Senate. After the death of Auxentius, the Arian Bishop of Milan, a violent dispute arose among the Orthodox and Arians about who would succeed him. Ambrose, desiring as Governor of the province to restore the peace, attempted to mediate between them. As he spoke to the people, eloquently persuading them to elect a new bishop without tumult and disorder, a young child, inspired from on high, suddenly cried out "Ambrose, bishop!" To his astonishment and dismay, the people immediately took up this cry themselves, and over his many protests, he was raised to the episcopal throne of Milan on December 7, 374. A great Father of the Church, he wrote many works in Latin, and was both an unwearying opponent of Arianism, and a fearless accuser of emperors when they transgressed the law of God. Having lived fifty-seven years, he reposed on April 4, on the eve of Pascha, in the year 397.

December 08

Patapios the Righteous of Thebes

This Saint was from the Thebaid of Egypt and struggled many years in the wilderness. He departed for Constantinople, and having performed many miracles and healings, he reposed in peace in a mountain cave on the Gulf of Corinth, where his holy relics are found incorrupt to the present day.

December 09

The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord (see also Sept. 8).