St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Christian Church
Publish Date: 2021-04-18
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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: 8:30am

Divine Liturgy: 10:00am

Past Bulletins

St. Spyridon Parish News, Events, Activities and Announcements

This Sunday's Memorials

Helen Psaros Kromydas - 6 years

Milton Kromydas - 15 years

Fr. Demetrius Dogias – 8 years

Amalia Tsakiris – 14 years

Mary Dogias – 30 years

Elaine Poulos – 31 years

Athanasios Poulos – 55 years

Philoptochos Pascha Bake Sale…Today is the last day to Order!

Order our fragrant and delicious Tsoureki bread and tasty Koulourakia just in time for Pascha!

These delicious treats are handmade with love by our ladies of Philoptochos who are following all the coronavirus protocols.

Koulourakia (1 dozen) $10.00 | Tsoureki Loaf $15.00

Place your prepaid orders online at

Orders must be received by Friday, April 16th.  You will pick up your orders after church on Palm Sunday, April 25th from 12-3 pm.

Questions:  Contact Sofia Samouris at 619.518.4537 or

We appreciate your support to help fund our philanthropic ministries!

Please see the Pascha Bake Sale form in the "Inserts and Fliers" section for details.

This Sunday's Divine Services

The seating capacity inside our Sanctuary for this Sunday's divine services has been met. The good news is we have prepared our fellowship hall to handle any overflow and "walk-ins" with the services being broadcast live on our big screen projector.  This will allow you to be present and then receive Holy Communion afterward if you so desire.  

The Orthros/Preparatory service begins at 9:00 am with the Divine Liturgy to follow at 10:00 am.  Please arrive in time to be seated by the start of the Divine Liturgy.

Please know that the RSVP link opens at 6:00 pm on Sunday evenings and closes on Friday afternoons at 1:00 pm.

If you need help, please contact Soula in the church office - 619-297-4165.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and your continued support and encouragement. 

The Last Great & Holy Lenten Service is this Evening 

This Friday evening, April 16th - The Hymn Without Sitting / The Akathistos Imnos - 6:30 pm

Our Spring General Assembly is This Sunday, April 18, 2021

Our annual Spring General Assembly will be held this Sunday, April 18, 2021, following the Divine Liturgy.  You can attend virtually by joining us on Zoom [Meeting ID: 813 4303 4702; Passcode: 358385] or can join us in the Fellowship Hall.  During the meeting, the Parish Council and Ministry Leaders will provide an update on the state of the parish, our ministries, and our finances. We will present the 2021 Financial Budget for consideration and approval and the Audit Committee will present its report.  We will also be seeking nominations and selecting three members of the Parish to supervise and count the votes for the 2021 Parish Council Elections in December. 

Finally, during this Sunday's Spring General Assembly the Master Planning Committee will provide background information on an unsolicited proposal received seeking to list and solicit proposals from developers to purchase a portion of the property.  No action will be taken during this Sunday's Spring General Assembly on this item at this meeting.  However, a Special General Assembly will be dedicated to this unsolicited proposal and is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2021.  This will allow the Parish the full opportunity and time needed to hear more information, ask many questions and then they will be asked to consider and approve the proposal.

You can view the Spring General Assembly Agenda and the Fall General Assembly Meeting Minutes for November 29, 2020 in the "Inserts and Fliers" section below.

Great and Holy Week Schedule Sign up (RSVP)

We are grateful that this year's Great and Holy Week services will be inside our Sanctuary unlike Great and Holy Week of 2020.  Since we are still somewhat struggling with the pandemic - the seating capacity inside the Sanctuary will still be limited. 

We have created a familiar signup schedule for you to RSVP so that we can continue to exercise the six feet of physical distance required by San Diego county in an effort to keep everyone safe.  We are hopeful that we will ALL be together for Great and Holy Week of 2022 but for now, this is the best system that has worked very well for our parish.

Thus, starting this Sunday evening, April 18th the signup RSVP will open at 6:00 pm for two services - 1) the Saturday of Lazarus, and 2) Palm Sunday morning and evening.  You can either go directly to the front page of our website to RSVP or continue to use the following link to RSVP -

Then, following this Sunday's signup RSVP the remaining Great and Holy Week Services will "open" during this coming week for signup RSVP.  More information and the signup RSVP link will be sent to you via our parish ListServ. 

Below is a complete list of those Great and Holy Week Services. 

As a reminder, our fellowship hall is equipped with a wonderful large screen projector and audio, which will be available to you as well. 

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, let us be reminded that for Great and Holy Week 2020 the pews of our churches were empty out of uncertainty and out of an abundance of caution - thus, out of necessity.  Let us also be mindful that the United States has lost over 565,000 American souls, and here is the important part - and that is with mitigation, i.e. - face coverings and six feet of physical distance. 

Currently, as you well know, we find ourselves in a much better position and condition but "we are not out of the woods just yet."  Thus, for this Great and Holy Week 2021 inside access to our Sanctuary will still be "limited" and the reason we continue to ask you to RSVP for the divine services.  I know that you join me in prayer that we will ALL be together for Great and Holy Week 2022.  Until then, your patience and understanding, and your encouragement, support, and love have been and continue to be much needed and much appreciated, +A. 

Great and Holy Week Divine Service Schedule 2021

Saturday, April 24th - Saturday of Lazarus - Orthros: 9:00 am followed by the Divine Liturgy

Sunday morning, April 25th - Palm Sunday - Orthros: 9:00 am followed by the Divine Liturgy

Sunday evening, April 25th - The first Bridegroom Service: 6:30 pm

Holy and Great Monday evening, April 26th - The second Bridegroom Service: 6:30 pm

Holy and Great Tuesday evening, April 27th - The third Bridegroom Service: 6:30 pm

Holy and Great Wednesday afternoon, April 28th - The Service of Holy Unction - 3:00 pm

Holy and Great Thursday morning, April 29th - The Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil - 10:00 am

Holy and Great Thursday evening, April 29th - The Twelve Gospel Readings - 6:30 pm

Holy and Great Friday morning, April 30th - The Reading of the Royal Hours - 10:00 am

Holy and Great Friday afternoon, April 30th - the Un-nailing of the Lord from the Cross - 3:00 pm

Holy and Great Friday evening, April 30th - The Lamentations before the Kouvouklion - 6:30 pm 

Holy and Great Saturday morning, May 1st - The Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great - 10:00 am

Holy and Great Saturday evening, May 1st - The Services of the Resurrection begin - 11:00 pm

The Sunday of Pascha, May 2nd - The Agape Service (inside our Sanctuary) - 12:00 pm (noon)

Our Sunday School Holy Friday Retreat will be via Zoom this year on April 30th, 12 pm – 2 pm, TK – 8th grades. Sign up for the retreat by clicking on the following link: OR email to sign up. We have a fun afternoon planned with Pascha Themed Digital Escape Room Challenges and activities! A big thanks to our Retreat Planning Team: George Dougenis, Zoe Maude, and Andreana Frangos!!

Light a Candle “From Afar”

Lighting a candle as we enter the narthex of the church is one real way we express our presence within the Body of Christ as we offer a prayer.  If you would like to light a candle to express your presence “from afar” click on the following link below and follow the directions -

Then, Fr. Andrew will receive your message, light your candle and offer a prayer. 

Stewardship Corner 

We, the Stewardship Committee, first and foremost, would once again like to say “thank you” for your continuing support of our stewardship ministry. 

The Stewardship Committee respectfully reminds you once again to please take a moment to complete your 2021 pledge card and send it to the office today.  We can also sign up online through “We Share” at (click the "Stewardship Giving" button) to make a monthly payment toward your pledged amount for the year 2021.

On behalf of the Parish Council, the Stewardship Committee once again says “thank you” and God bless you during this extraordinary time.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

The Stewardship Committee: John Kalas – Chairperson

St. Spyridon Sunday School Updates

In-person Sunday School is available for families attending Divine Services in-person! Please follow the direction of the church volunteers for in-person Sunday School. Online Sunday School will continue for the rest of the Sunday School Year. If you would like to lend a hand once or twice per month to help Sunday School, please contact

We are still in need of two teachers.  Please email Julie Dennis directly if you are interested at  It is a fun and fulfilling way to contribute to our church family. We will provide training and the curriculum.  Join our Sunday School Team today!   

Our last day of Sunday School will be May 30, 2021. We will have fun class activities planned!
Parents of graduating seniors, please email Julie Dennis at so that we can properly honor their accomplishments!

Zathas Foundation Scholarships

Attention: Graduating High School Seniors and College/University Students! 

Completed applications must be received before May 1, 2021. 

If you would like an application, please contact Spero Tzathas at

Please see the Zathas Foundation Scholarship Information in the "Inserts and Fliers" section for details.

Save the Date for Philoptochos Elections

Philoptochos elections will be held on Sunday, May 23rd. If you are interested in running for a Board position, please reach out to Marian Dougenis, 619-520-3660. More information to follow. 

View the April 2021 Shepherd Newsletter


Director of Greek School - Position Available

  • Paid position
  • Established school and curriculum
  • Accredited with the San Diego Unified School District
  • Ages 4 - High School and Adults
  • 9 active teachers
  • Support staff 

To apply or for more information, please email

Agape Meals Program 

Philoptochos has an outreach program where people can cook or deliver (or both) a meal to one of their fellow parishioners who may be facing a difficult or stressful time in their life (illness, new baby, etc.). If you would like more information on how you can participate, or know of someone in our community who could use a meal or two, please contact Stella Weil at (858)694-0570 or Please join us as we come together as a community to help one another. Thank you!

Give Back 0.5% From “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 ( 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 

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 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 Fliers


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Be the Bee # 173 | Redemption & Repentance (Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt)


Jesus tells us that He came to shed His blood and "give His life as a ransom for many.” But what exactly does that mean? What does the Orthodox Church teach about atonement?

Pilgrimage to Pascha: Fasting from Vices


In this week's episode of "Comfort Food for Families" from the GOA Center for Family Care, Mari McMullen talks about the other side of fasting that doesn't involve food and the surprising ways it might help you in your Lenten journey!

Pilgrimage to Pascha: Fasting from Food


On this week's "Comfort Food for Families" episode, Pres. Melanie DiStefano talks about the spiritual practice of fasting from food and how it helps to create for us a "new wineskin."

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos Celebrates 16 Years Since Enthronement


It was 16 years ago today – April 2, 2005 – that His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos was enthroned as the Metropolitan of San Francisco. During these past 16 years, we have been blessed to witness the growth of our Metropolis through the expansion of our ministries, the development of a comprehensive Strategic Plan, and the careful cultivation of programs for the spiritual, educational and emotional wellness of our clergy and faithful.

Greening the Parish: Answering to the Green Patriarch’s Call


The Annual New England Archon Retreat on April 19, 2021 at 7:00 PM ET will focus on the Green Patriarch and the recent initiatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on Greening the Parish.

A Missionary Mindset Webinar: How International Missions Benefit the Local Parish


Overseas missions is an experience that fulfills our calling as Christians, transforms individuals who participate and infects the local parish with a zeal for sharing the faith. Mission-minded parishes instill the importance of mission. Parishioners return from overseas missions forever changed. A missionary mindset can play a key role in revitalizing the faith of active Orthodox Christians and the entire parish.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Wisdom of the Fathers

Before He humbled Himself, only the angels knew him. After He humbled Himself, all human nature knew Him. You see how His humbling of Himself did not make Him have less but produced countless benefits, countless deeds of virtue, and made His glory shine forth with greater brightness? God wants for nothing and has need of nothing. Yet, when He humbled Himself, He produced such great good, increased His household, and extended His kingdom. Why, then, are you afraid that you will become less if you humble yourself?
St. John Chrysostom
On the Incomprehensible Nature of God. 8.46-47. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: Mark. Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 143.

But let no man be troubled at the apostles being in such an imperfect state. For not yet was the cross accomplished, not yet the grace of the Spirit given. But if thou wouldest learn their virtue, notice them after these things, and thou wilt see them superior to every passion.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

The joyful news of your resurrection was told to the women disciples of the Lord by the angel. Having thrown off the ancestral curse, and boasting, they told the apostles: death has been vanquished, Christ our God. is risen, bestowing on the world great mercy.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal Fourth Mode

The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Mother. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Mary, your soul rejoices with the angels.

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.

Saints and Feasts

April 18

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.

April 19

The Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutius

All that is known concerning this Saint is that he was a bishop and that he suffered many torments by fire, the sword, and wild beasts.

April 20

Theodore the Trichinas

Saint Theodore who was from Constantinople, was born to parents who were pious and of means. He took up the monastic life in a monastery in the imperial city, and wore nought but a rough hair shirt for all his life, from whence also he received his name. He reposed in the late fourth, or early fifth century. Saint Joseph the Hymnographer composed a canon in his honour.

April 21

The Holy Hieromartyr Januarius and Those With Him

These Martyrs contested for piety's sake in Campania of Italy, during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), when Timothy was Proconsul. Saint Januarius was the Bishop of Benevento in Campania; he was arrested and taken to Nola, where he was cast into a burning furnace, from which he came forth unharmed; at Puteoli, together with Proculus, Sosius, and Faustus the deacons, Desiderius, reader of the Church of Benevento, and Eurychius and Acutius, nobles from Puteoli, he was cast to wild beasts, which as they came near the Saints, fell affectionately at their feet. Finally they were all beheaded, about the year 305.

April 22

Theodore of Sykeon

Saint Theodore was born out of wedlock in Sykeon, a village of Galatia in Asia Minor. From his childhood, he was under the protection and guidance of the holy Great Martyr George, who often appeared to him, and was as it were his trainer in the hard ascetical discipline which he took upon himself all his life. After a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he became a monk in his native Galatia. About 584 he was ordained Bishop of Anastasiopolis in Galatia, where he shepherded his flock for ten years. After this, he asked to be allowed to be relieved of the duties of governing the diocese. His request was granted but he was commanded to retain his rank as bishop. Saint Theodore was a great worker of miracles, and also received from God the power to cast out even the most obstinate demons, who called him "Iron-eater" because of his stern way of life. Having passed throughout many regions, worked numerous miracles, and strengthened the faithful in piety, he departed this life in 613.

April 23

George the Great Martyr and Triumphant

George, this truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or chiliarch (that is, a commander of a thousand troops), he was illustrious in battle and highly honoured for his courage. When he learned that the Emperor Diocletian was preparing a persecution of the Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia.

His sacred remains were taken by his servant from Nicomedia to Palestine, to a town called Lydda, the homeland of his mother, and then were finally transferred to the church which was raised up in his name. (The translation of the Saint's holy relics to the church in Lydda is commemorated on November 3; Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21.)

If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday.

April 24

Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary, the friends of the Lord Jesus, had given Him hospitality and served Him many times (Luke 10:38-4z; John 12:2-3). They were from Bethany, a village of Judea. This village is situated in the eastern parts by the foothills of the Mount of Olives, about two Roman miles from Jerusalem. When Lazarus - whose name is a Hellenized form of "Eleazar," which means "God has helped," became ill some days before the saving Passion, his sisters had this report taken to our Saviour, Who was then in Galilee. Nonetheless, He tarried yet two more days until Lazarus died; then He said to His disciples, "Let us go into Judea that I might awake My friend who sleepeth." By this, of course, He meant the deep sleep of death. On arriving at Bethany, He consoled the sisters of Lazarus, who was already four days dead. Jesus groaned in spirit and was troubled at the death of His beloved friend. He asked, "Where have ye laid his body?" and He wept over him. When He drew nigh to the tomb, He commanded that they remove the stone, and He lifted up His eyes, and giving thanks to God the Father, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." And he that had been dead four days came forth immediately, bound hand and foot with the grave clothes, and Jesus said to those standing there, "Loose him, and let him go." This is the supernatural wonder wrought by the Saviour that we celebrate on this day.

According to an ancient tradition, it is said that Lazarus was thirty years old when the Lord raised him; then he lived another thirty years on Cyprus and there reposed in the Lord. It is furthermore related that after he was raised from the dead, he never laughed till the end of his life, but that once only, when he saw someone stealing a clay vessel, he smiled and said, "Clay stealing clay." His grave is situated in the city of Kition, having the inscription: "Lazarus the four days dead and friend of Christ." In 890 his sacred relics were transferred to Constantinople by Emperor Leo the Wise, at which time undoubtedly the Emperor composed his stichera for Vespers, "Wishing to behold the tomb of Lazarus . . ."