St. Luke Church
Publish Date: 2022-10-09
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St. Luke Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (413) 525-4551
  • Fax:
  • (413) 525-4552
  • Street Address:

  • 400 Prospect Street

  • East Longmeadow, MA 01028
  • Mailing Address:

  • 400 Prospect Street

  • East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Past Bulletins

Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

O Merciful One, You came from on high, and condescended to Your three day burial to save us from suffering. You are our Life and our Resurrection. Glory to You.

Apolytikion for Apostle James, Son of Alphaeus in the Third Mode

O Holy Apostle James, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Dismissal Hymns for Saint Luke and Saint Nicholas in the Third Mode

Third Tone

O Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, intercede with our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins

Fourth Tone

A model of faith and the image of gentleness, the example of your life has shown you forth to your sheep-fold to be a master of temperance. You obtained thus through being lowly, gifts from on high, and riches through poverty. Nicholas, our father and priest of priests, intercede with Christ our God that He may save our souls.




Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

The protection of Christians unshameable, intercessor to our Holy Maker, unwavering, do not turn from 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 intercession and speed now to supplication as a protection for all time, Theotokos, for those who honor you.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, having risen from the dead, Jesus went up and stood among His disciples and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; handle Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, He said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave Him a piece of broiled fish [and some honeycomb], and He took it and ate before them. Then He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name in all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them, He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the Temple blessing God.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 7:11-16

At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"



Words from the Saints and our Fathers

Words from the Saints

We do everything we can to ensure that there’s not a moment of calm, so that the heart doesn’t feel isolated. But in the abode of the saints, calm and silence reign. Silence is considered a virtue and an advantage. God made humans in paradise in calm and peace. Christ became a human person in a boundless silence, not with the pealing of bells.

Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol


Memorial and Trisagion Prayers

Memorial and Trisagion Prayers

Today, we are having a Trisagion for the repose of His Eminence Metropolitan Ilia (Katre) of Philomelion.  Metropolitan Ilia was for many years the archpastor of the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America, and a supporter of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

May his memory be eternal!


Parish News

Parish News


1. 3rd Sunday of Luke

2.  To prepare for the Taste of Greece, there will be no coffee hour this Sunday

3.  Divine Liturgy on Saturday, October 15 @ 9 am

4.  The Feast of Saint Luke 

Oct. 17 -- Great Vespers @ 6: 30 pm

Oct. 18 -- Orthros and Divine Liturgy (8: 30/9: 30 am)

4. No Bible Study this Monday; we resume the following week

5.  Taste of Greece Workshops

Next workshops -- 

October 11 -- Moussaka

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who participted in a workshop and helped!  God bless you!

6.  Philoptochos News

St. Luke Philoptochos News:

Save the Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022 

Time for SOUP! Philoptochos is once again sponsoring a SOUP COOK-OFF 

Proceeds to benefit the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in honor of Veteran’s Day

 ***Currently seeking six volunteers to showcase their soup making skills***

To be a contestant or just looking for additional information please contact 

Melissa Kaitis at 413-537-5054


Philoptochos is currently looking to expand leadership roles within our chapter. If you have the passion and can make the time, we would happily welcome YOU! Please speak to any board member if interested. 

Looking for Fellowship? 

Do you have party or event planning in your blood? The Philoptochos ministry needs your help! Our ministry is looking for individual(s) who can lead the charge in planning future fundraising & fellowship initiatives. The pandemic may have kept us apart, but NOW is the time to reestablish our commitment to each other by coming together. Please see any board member to discuss ideas.

Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos News: 

Save the Date! Deadline to purchase tickets is November 6, 2022 

7.  We welcome Joshua Burniece as our new organist.  Joshua hails from Minnesota and is a 3rd year graduate student at UMass.  Welcome!


Saints and Feasts

October 09

3rd Sunday of Luke

October 09

James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus

The holy Apostle James was one of the Twelve, and preached Christ to many nations, and finally suffered death by crucifixion.

October 09

Andronicus & his wife Athanasia of Egypt

Saints Andronicus and Athanasia were from Antioch, and finished their lives in asceticism about the year 500.


Wisdom of the Fathers

That dead man was being buried, and many friends were conducting him to his tomb. But there meets him Christ, the Life and Resurrection, for He is the destroyer of death and of corruption; He it is "in Whom we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28); He it is Who has restored the nature of man to that which it originally was; and has set free our death-fraught flesh from the bonds of death.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homily 36.42, p. 153., 5th Century

The virgin's son met the widow's son. He became like a sponge for her tears and as life for the death of her son. Death turned about in its den and turned its back on the victorious one.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
Commentary on Tatian's Diatessaron, 6.23. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. vol. 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)