St. Andrew Church
Publish Date: 2018-11-18
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St. Andrew Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (973) 584-0388
  • Fax:
  • (973) 584-3573
  • Street Address:

  • 1447 Sussex Turnpike

  • Randolph, NJ 07869-1830
  • Mailing Address:

  • 1447 Sussex Turnpike

  • Randolph, NJ 07869-1830

Services Schedule

On Sunday we celebrate

Orthros at 8:45 am & Divine Liturgy at 10am


Past Bulletins

Services at St. Andrew

11/16 Friday + Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist+ Orthros @8am & Divine Liturgy @9am

11/17 Saturday at 2:00pm Baptism:Luke & Irene (Paxos) Fischetti will  baptize their son.

11/18  Sunday +9th Sunday of Luke  +Orthros @8:45am & Divine Liturgy @10am

Archieratical Divine Liturgy: We are especially honored on Sunday.  His Eminence Metropolitan +Evangelos of NJ, will visit Saint Andrew and will also be presiding over the Archieratical Divine Liturgy. 


A 40 Day Memorial Service is offered on Sunday for the repose of the soul of +Nicholas Νικόλαος Pallis, beloved husband of Beatrice, devoted father of: Peggy Ann Kalamaras . Basil  Evangelos . Elaine Gregorio, Georgina Pallis.

An Annual Memorial service if offered on Sunday for the repose of the soul of +Vasiliki Βασιλικής Geannakopoulos, beloved mother of Peter (Alexis) Geannakopoulos.

May their Memory be eternal.

11/18 Sunday at 1:30om Baptism:  Demetrios Tsakiris and Alexandra Provatidou will baptize their daughter.

11/21 Wednesday Morning +Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple +Orthros @ 8am & Divine Liturgy @9am

11/21 Wednesday Evening +Thanksgiving Day Service +Orthros & Divine Liturgy @6pm










Fr. John's Message

Nativity Fast 2018 

The Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy

Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Esteemed Members of the Metropolitan Council, Esteemed Members of the Parish Councils, Philoptochos Sisterhood, Faculty and Students of the Catechetical and Greek Afternoon Schools, Directors and Participants of all Youth Organizations, and all devout Orthodox Christians of the Greek Orthodox Communities of our Holy Metropolis of New Jersey 

My Beloved in the Lord,

As we find ourselves approaching the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ, we are called to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. We hear in the hymnology of the Church from the Kathismata of the Sunday prior to the Nativity, “Prepare yourself, O Bethlehem, for Eden is opened unto all.” We are thus given a glimpse at the precise reason for which we are preparing ourselves – salvation. With the coming Nativity of Christ as the incarnate Word of God, we prepare ourselves for something no other group of people in the history of the world has ever beheld; God in the flesh condescending to us not out of necessity, but out of choice. He does not take on flesh out of grandeur, but in humility. He does not judge us with the condemnation of death, but He exalts us with the acclamation of life.

What kind of God is He who willingly condescends for the salvation of a disobedient people? What kind of God is He who endures an incarnation and is subject to the pains and trials of this world? It is precisely a God of mercy and compassion who does this for us so that we might no longer be subject unto death, but have a renewed life with Him in His everlasting Kingdom. Thus, we are called to prepare ourselves to welcome our God, our King, and our Liberator from death. We are called to prepare for Him so that in seeing his self-sacrificial love, we may use the freedom He gave us to do the same for our neighbor.

My beloved in the Lord, I thus implore you to prepare yourselves for this great feast since it is through the incarnation of Christ that we are enabled to partake in this experience of God’s continual salvation. Let us prepare ourselves through increased prayer, fasting, and our presence in the divine services of our Holy Church. We should never lack in preparations in order to greet our Savior who is the savior of our souls and bodies. Instead, let us greet Him who offers us His love, His freedom, and His salvation.

It is with these thoughts in mind that I ask you to search your hearts as we progress in this nativity season so that you may prepare both your body and your soul for the coming of  our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ who offers us a reopened Eden for all of humanity. Praying that our Lord, whose Nativity we are preparing to celebrate, blesses you and your families throughout this season, I remain

With Paternal Love and Blessings,

† E V A N G E L O S

Metropolitan of New Jersey





Parish Council Candidates:

Anyone interested to serve on the Parish Council, please come in or call the Church Office at 973-584-0388, to obtain the "Petition of Candidacy to Parish Council Form".  We will need your picture and a short  essay on "WHY I WISH TO SERVE ON THE PARISH COUNCIL".  The deadline is Monday, November 26, 2018 at the General Assembly. 

Saint Andrew Family Christmas Card

Share your Christmas and New Year’s wishes: to have your family included in the greetings from parishioners that is mailed to the entire church family, please contact a member of Saint Andrew Philoptochos on or before November 12 (checks payable to St. Andrew Philoptochos).. see flyers 

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks. We are collecting New Unwrapped TOYS at Saint Andrew November 15-December 15. 

Coffee Hour Hosts

11/18 DOP, 11/25 GOYA, 12/2 Bakaliko, 12/9 PTA,  12/16 DOP, 12/23 GOYA, 12/30 Bakaliko, 1/6 Philoptochos, 1/13 PTA, 1/7 DOP , 1/13 PTA , 1/20 DOP

BAGELS FOR Sunday Coffee hour are donated by ALPHA BAGELS on Route 10











News - Flyers - Registrations -other

    General Assembly

    General Assembly

    St. Andrew General Assembly meeting on Monday, November 26th, 2018 @7:00pm.

    Christmas Card Greetings

    Christmas Card Greetings

    Submit your name and donation to Philoptochos for the Christmas and New Year’s greetings Card on or before Nov. 12



    November 11-22- Pick up orders on Sunday during coffee hour or during church office hours: Koulourakia, Paximathia, Kourambiethes, Melomakarona (Finikia), Baklava, Kataifi, Gift Trays, Galatobouriko, Tiropites, and Spanakopites |



    The M.O.R.E. program: Metropolis Opioid Response Effort (M.O.R.E.) His Eminence created a committee from his Metropolitan Council to plan and oversee the initiative. Parishioners are encouraged to watch the video on the M.O.R.E. initiative. The video is posted on the Metropolis of New Jersey website (

    Emmanuella's book

    Emmanuella's book

    Dream On is a story about a girl, Emanuela, who is a pediatric cancer survivor and her magical unicorn, Sparkles. They travel to Paris, NYC, and LA. She brings joy and Sparkle to the world of cancer. It teaches us that dreams can come true. Never stop believing!

    Philoptochos News

    Philoptochos News

    Thanksgiving Food drive began last Sunday. Grocery bags will be provided again today so that they can be filled with non-perishable foods which will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry. Please note the deadline to bring food is November 21 so that we may get it to the Pantry before Thanksgiving.

    Nativity Fast Lenten Study

    Nativity Fast Lenten Study

    December 7, 14, 21, 2018 - Fridays at 10:30 AM: We will be focusing on the first two chapters of ACQUIRING THE MIND OF CHRIST, by Archimandrite Sergius Bowyer. There will be free books available for participants of this study in the bookstore. Please pick up a copy and read the first two chapters 😊. Please join us, and bring a friend or two!!! A Lenten Luncheon will follow the study.

    Christmas Tree Lighting & Open House

    Christmas Tree Lighting & Open House

    Sunday Dec 9 at 5:30p. /Metropolis of NJ

    Church Schedule this week

    Church Schedule this week

    November 18 -25

    Philoptochos Christmas Party

    Philoptochos Christmas Party

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:30 PM /Taphouse 15 Jefferson, NJ 07885


Prayer List

If you would like us to remember you or your loved one in our prayers, please contact the office. 973-584-0388

Names will be kept on this list for approximately 3 months. Please resubmit Names if needed.   Fr. John will pray for the Names above during the Proskomide “Offering of gifts” during the first part of the Divine Liturgy when our priest prepares the mystical gifts of bread and wine. Please keep these names in your prayers as well.

Irene, Eleutherios, Andreanna, John, Panayioti, William, Nikki, Kyriaki, Panayiota Beatrice, Demetrios, Andreas, Ioanna,Marykate, John, Konstantinos, Barbara, Reta, Despina, Eleni, Bonnie, Rose, Richard, Petra, Mary, Athanasios, Petros, Demosthenes, Angeliki, Christian, Olga, Efthimia, Demitra, Antonia, Norma, Beatrice, Geoffrey, Theonimfi, Donald, Alexandra, Kathy, John, Reggie, Shannon, Yiota, Christopher, Asimina, Margarita, Ellen, Konstantinos, Despina, Margaret, Georgia, Antonios, Maria, Kleo, Constantine, Paul, Christos, Vasilis, Maxine, Hana, Eva, Nicoletta, Nicholas, Tina, Stefanos, Paraskevi, George, Anastasia, Hristos, John, Christopher, George, Chris, Konstantinos, Aristea, Fr. Demetri, Prz Spyridoula, Eleni, Marcella, Demetri, Fotini, William, Robert, Nicholas, Vasiliki, Konstantinos, Helen, Kelly, Susan, Christina, Angeliki, Brett Anthony, Vasiliki.

Prayer for a Sick Person:

Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal (me) Your servant from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant (me) patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health.  Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed.  I pray that You heal (me) as Your servant and grant (me) the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen





Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Plato in the Fourth Mode

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.
Οι Μάρτυρές σου, Κύριε, εν τή αθλήσει αυτών, στεφάνους εκομίσαντο τής αφθαρσίας, εκ σού τού Θεού ημών, σχόντες γάρ τήν ισχύν σου, τούς τυράννους καθείλον, έθραυσαν καί δαιμόνων, τά ανίσχυρα θράση. Αυτών ταίς ικεσίαις, Χριστέ ο Θεός, σώσον τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

Hymn of the Apostle St. Andrew: As first of the Apostles to receive the call, and very brother of the prince of them, intercede O Andrew, with the Master of all of us, peace to all the world to grant, and to our souls His great mercy.

Απολυτίκιο του Αποστόλου Ανδρέου: Ως των Αποσόλων πρωτόκλητος, και του κορυφαίου αυτάδελφος, τον Δεσπότην των όλων Ανδρέα ικέτευε, ειρήνην τη οικουμένη δωρήσασθαι, και ταις ψυχαίς ημών το μέγα έλεος

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.
Ο καθαρώτατος ναός τού Σωτήρος, η πολυτίμητος παστάς καί Παρθένος, τό Ιερόν θησαύρισμα τής δόξης τού Θεού, σήμερον εισάγεται, εν τώ οίκω Κυρίου, τήν χάριν συνεισάγουσα, τήν εν Πνευματι θείω, ήν ανυμνούσιν Άγγελοι Θεού, Αύτη υπάρχει σκηνή επουράνιος.

Saints and Feasts

November 18

Anastasios the New Martyr

November 18

Zaccheus the Deacon

November 18

Holy New Martyr Anastasius of Paramythia

November 21

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

According to the tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was brought to the Temple at three years of age, where she was consecrated to God and spent her days until she was fourteen or fifteen years old; and then, as a mature maiden, by the common counsel of the priests (since her parents had reposed some three years before), she was betrothed to Joseph.

November 22

Archippus the Apostle, Philemon the Apostle & his wife, Apphia, Onesimos the Disciple of Paul

Philemon, who was from Colossae, a city of Phrygia, was a man both wealthy and noble; Apphia was his wife. Archippus became Bishop of the Church in Colossae. All three were disciples of the Apostle Paul. Onesimus, who was formerly an unbeliever and slave of Philemon, stole certain of his vessels and fled to Rome. However, on finding him there, the Apostle Paul guided him onto the path of virtue and the knowledge of the truth, and sent him back to his master Philemon, to whom he wrote an epistle (this is one of the fourteen epistles of Saint Paul). In this epistle, Paul commended Onesimus to his master and reconciled the two. Onesimus was later made a bishop; in Greece he is honoured as the patron Saint of the imprisoned. All these Saints received their end by martyrdom, when they were stoned to death by the idolaters. Saint Onesimus is also commemorated on February 15.

November 20

The Forefeast of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Third Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 16:9-20

᾿Αναστὰς δὲ πρωῒ πρώτῃ σαββάτου ἐφάνη πρῶτον Μαρίᾳ τῇ Μαγδαληνῇ, ἀφ᾿ ἧς ἐκβεβλήκει ἑπτὰ δαιμόνια. ἐκείνη πορευθεῖσα ἀπήγγειλε τοῖς μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ γενομένοις, πενθοῦσι καὶ κλαίουσι. κἀκεῖνοι ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ζῇ καὶ ἐθεάθη ὑπ᾿ αὐτῆς, ἠπίστησαν. Μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα δυσὶν ἐξ αὐτῶν περιπατοῦσιν ἐφανερώθη ἐν ἑτέρᾳ μορφῇ, πορευομένοις εἰς ἀγρόν. κἀκεῖνοι ἀπελθόντες ἀπήγγειλαν τοῖς λοιποῖς· οὐδὲ ἐκείνοις ἐπίστευσαν. ῞Υστερον ἀνακειμένοις αὐτοῖς τοῖς ἕνδεκα ἐφανερώθη, καὶ ὠνείδισε τὴν ἀπιστίαν αὐτῶν καὶ σκληροκαρδίαν, ὅτι τοῖς θεασαμένοις αὐτὸν ἐγηγερμένον οὐκ ἐπίστευσαν. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· πορευθέντες εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἅπαντα κηρύξατε τὸ εὐαγγέλιον πάσῃ τῇ κτίσει. ὁ πιστεύσας καὶ βαπτισθεὶς σωθήσεται, ὁ δὲ ἀπιστήσας κατακριθήσεται. σημεῖα δὲ τοῖς πιστεύσασι ταῦτα παρακολουθήσει· ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί μου δαιμόνια ἐκβαλοῦσι· γλώσσαις λαλήσουσι καιναῖς· ὄφεις ἀροῦσι· κἂν θανάσιμόν τι πίωσιν, οὐ μὴ αὐτοὺς βλάψει· ἐπὶ ἀρρώστους χεῖρας ἐπιθήσουσι, καὶ καλῶς ἕξουσιν. ῾Ο μὲν οὖν Κύριος μετὰ τὸ λαλῆσαι αὐτοῖς ἀνελήφθη εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ. ἐκεῖνοι δὲ ἐξελθόντες ἐκήρυξαν πανταχοῦ, τοῦ Κυρίου συνεργοῦντος καὶ τὸν λόγον βεβαιοῦντος διὰ τῶν ἐπακολουθούντων σημείων. ἀμήν.

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 Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-7.

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 4:1-7.

Ἀδελφοί, παρακαλῶ οὖν ὑμᾶς ἐγώ, ὁ δέσμιος ἐν κυρίῳ, ἀξίως περιπατῆσαι τῆς κλήσεως ἧς ἐκλήθητε, μετὰ πάσης ταπεινοφροσύνης καὶ πρᾳότητος, μετὰ μακροθυμίας, ἀνεχόμενοι ἀλλήλων ἐν ἀγάπῃ, σπουδάζοντες τηρεῖν τὴν ἑνότητα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν τῷ συνδέσμῳ τῆς εἰρήνης. Ἓν σῶμα καὶ ἓν πνεῦμα, καθὼς καὶ ἐκλήθητε ἐν μιᾷ ἐλπίδι τῆς κλήσεως ὑμῶν· εἷς κύριος, μία πίστις, ἓν βάπτισμα, εἷς θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ πάντων, ὁ ἐπὶ πάντων, καὶ διὰ πάντων, καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν ἡμῖν. Ἑνὶ δὲ ἑκάστῳ ἡμῶν ἐδόθη ἡ χάρις κατὰ τὸ μέτρον τῆς δωρεᾶς τοῦ Χριστοῦ.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

9th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 12:16-21

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἀνθρώπου τινὸς πλουσίου εὐφόρησεν ἡ χώρα· καὶ διελογίζετο ἐν ἑαυτῷ λέγων· τί ποιήσω, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχω ποῦ συνάξω τοὺς καρπούς μου; καὶ εἶπε· τοῦτο ποιήσω· καθελῶ μου τὰς ἀποθήκας καὶ μείζονας οἰκοδομήσω, καὶ συνάξω ἐκεῖ πάντα τὰ γενήματά μου καὶ τὰ ἀγαθά μου, καὶ ἐρῶ τῇ ψυχῇ μου· ψυχή, ἔχεις πολλὰ ἀγαθὰ κείμενα εἰς ἔτη πολλά· ἀναπαύου, φάγε, πίε, εὐφραίνου. εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ Θεός· ἄφρον, ταύτῃ τῇ νυκτὶ τὴν ψυχήν σου ἀπαιτοῦσιν ἀπὸ σοῦ· ἃ δὲ ἡτοίμασας τίνι ἔσται; οὕτως ὁ θησαυρίζων ἑαυτῷ, καὶ μὴ εἰς Θεὸν πλουτῶν.


Wisdom of the Fathers

I cannot be silent about the story of Hesychius the Horebite. He passed his life in complete negligence, without paying the least attention to his soul. Then he became extremely ill, and for an hour he left his body.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

And when he came to himself, he begged us all to leave him immediately. And he built up the door of his cell, and he stayed in it for twelve years without ever uttering a word to anyone, and without eating anything but bread and water.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century