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Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2020-04-05
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Annunciation Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (716) 882-9485
  • Fax:
  • (716) 886-9151
  • Street Address:

  • 146 W. Utica St.

  • Buffalo, NY 14222


Contact Information






Services Schedule

Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am
Sunday School: Begins following Holy Communion
Weekdays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 am - Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am

For information on our services please contact the Church office at (716) 882-9485 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


Past Bulletins


The Week's Upcoming Events

  • Upcoming Events and Services

    April 5 to April 19, 2020

    Sunday, April 5

    9:00AM Matins-Facebook Live

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy-Facebook Live

    5:00PM Lenten Vespers-Facebook Live

    Saturday, April 11

    Saturday of Lazarus--Facebook Live

    9:00AM Matins-Facebook Live

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy-Facebook Live

    10:00AM Orthodox Action Soup Kitchen-Drive Thru Only

    Sunday, April 12

    9:00AM Palm Sunday -- Matins--Facebook Live

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy--Facebook Live

    7:00PM Service of Nymphios -Facebook Live

    Monday, April 13

    7:00PM Holy Monday-- Service of Nymphios--Facebook Live

    Tuesday, April 14

    7:00PM Holy Tuesday--Service of Nymphios (with the Hymn of Cassiani)-Facebook Live

    Wednesday, April 15

    7:00PM Holy Wednesday--Orthros of the Last Supper--Facebook Live

    Thursday, April 16

    9:00AM Holy Thursday--Divine Liturgy of the Last (Mystical) Supper--Facebook Live

    7:00PM Readings of 12 Gospels-Facebook Live

    Friday, April 17

    1:30PM Holy Friday--Royal Hours--Facebook Live

    3:00PM Removal of Christ's Body--Facebook Live

    7:00PM Service of Lamentations-Facebook Live

    Saturday, April 18

    9:00AM Holy Saturday--Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil-Facebook Live

    11:00PM Resurrection/Pascha Vigil Divine Liturgy-Facebook Live

    Sunday, April 19

    12:00PM Easter Sunday--Vespers of Agape--Facebook Live

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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
April 05

Theodora the Righteous of Thessaloniki


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April 05

George the new Martyr


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April 05

Agathopodes and Theodulos the Martyrs


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April 05

Monk-Martyrs Claudius, Diodore, Victor, Victorinus, and those with them

Of these Martyrs, Saint Claudius died when his arms and legs were severed; Saint Diodore was burned alive; Saints Victor, Victorinus, and Nicephorus were crushed to death by a large boulder; Saint Serapion was burned alive; Saint Pappias was cast into the sea. According to some accounts, they contested in Corinth under Decius in 251; according to others, in Diospolis in Egypt under Numerian in 284.


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April 05

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.


Allsaint
April 06

Gregory of Sinai


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April 06

6th Monday of Lent


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April 06

Platonis the Nun of Nisibis


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April 06

120 Martyrs of Persia


Allsaint
April 06

Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople

Born in Theia Kome of Phrygia, Eutychius was the son of illustrious parents, from whom he received a pious upbringing. He studied in Constantinople, and became a monk in a certain monastery of Amasia. In 552 he was chosen Patriarch of New Rome, but was exiled in 565 as a result of the machinations of the Origenists. In 577 he was restored to his throne and reposed on April 6, 582.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

The stone had been secured with a seal by the Judeans, * and a guard of soldiers was watching Your immaculate body. * You rose on the third day, O Lord * and Savior, granting life unto the world. * For this reason were the powers of heaven crying out to You, O Life-giver: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ; * glory to Your eternal rule; * glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind.
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων, καὶ στρατιωτῶν φυλασσόντων τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα, ἀνέστης τριήμερος Σωτήρ, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὴν ζωήν. Διὰ τοῦτο αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν οὐρανῶν ἐβόων σοι Ζωοδότα· Δόξα τῇ ἀναστάσει σου Χριστέ, δόξα τῇ Βασιλείᾳ σου, δόξα τῇ οἰκονομίᾳ σου, μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal 4th Tone

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.
Ἐν σοὶ Μῆτερ ἀκριβῶς διεσώθη τὸ κατ' εἰκόνα, λαβοῦσα γὰρ τὸν Σταυρόν, ἠκολούθησας τῷ Χριστῷ, καὶ πράττουσα ἐδίδασκες ὑπερορᾶν μὲν σαρκὸς παρέρχεται γάρ, ἐπιμελεῖσθαι δὲ ψυχῆς, πράγματος ἀθανάτου· διὸ καὶ μετὰ Ἀγγέλων συναγάλλεται Ὁσία Μαρία τὸ πνεῦμά σου.

Church Apolytikion in the 1st Tone

Today is the summary of our salvation, and the revelation of the age-old mystery. For the Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. Therefore, let us join him, and cry aloud to the Theotokos: "Rejoice, Maiden full of grace! The Lord is with you."

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι· Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 1st Tone. 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 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.

Προκείμενον. 1st Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 32.22,1.
Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφ' ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Ἀγαλλιᾶσθε δίκαιοι ἐν Κυρίῳ

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 9:11-14.

Ἀδελφοί, Χριστὸς δὲ παραγενόμενος ἀρχιερεὺς τῶν μελλόντων ἀγαθῶν, διὰ τῆς μείζονος καὶ τελειοτέρας σκηνῆς, οὐ χειροποιήτου, τοῦτʼ ἔστιν, οὐ ταύτης τῆς κτίσεως, οὐδὲ διʼ αἵματος τράγων καὶ μόσχων, διὰ δὲ τοῦ ἰδίου αἵματος εἰσῆλθεν ἐφάπαξ εἰς τὰ ἅγια, αἰωνίαν λύτρωσιν εὑράμενος. Εἰ γὰρ τὸ αἷμα ταύρων καὶ τράγων, καὶ σποδὸς δαμάλεως ῥαντίζουσα τοὺς κεκοινωμένους, ἁγιάζει πρὸς τὴν τῆς σαρκὸς καθαρότητα, πόσῳ μᾶλλον τὸ αἷμα τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὃς διὰ πνεύματος αἰωνίου ἑαυτὸν προσήνεγκεν ἄμωμον τῷ θεῷ, καθαριεῖ τὴν συνείδησιν ὑμῶν ἀπὸ νεκρῶν ἔργων, εἰς τὸ λατρεύειν θεῷ ζῶντι;


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."

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 10:32-45

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, παραλαβάνει ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοὺς δώδεκα μαθητάς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἤρξατο αὐτοῖς λέγειν τὰ μέλλοντα αὐτῷ συμβαίνειν, ὅτι ἰδοὺ ἀναβαίνομεν εἰς ῾Ιεροσόλυμα καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδοθήσεται τοῖς ἀρχιερεῦσι καὶ γραμματεῦσι, καὶ κατακρινοῦσιν αὐτὸν θανάτῳ καὶ παραδώσουσιν αὐτὸν τοῖς ἔθνεσι, καὶ ἐμπαίξουσιν αὐτῷ καὶ μαστιγώσουσιν αὐτὸν καὶ ἐμπτύσουσιν αὐτῷ καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται. Καὶ προσπορεύονται αὐτῷ ᾿Ιάκωβος καὶ ᾿Ιωάννης υἱοὶ Ζεβεδαίου λέγοντες· διδάσκαλε, θέλομεν ἵνα ὃ ἐὰν αἰτήσωμεν ποιήσῃς ἡμῖν. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τί θέλετε ποιῆσαί με ὑμῖν; οἱ δὲ εἶπον αὐτῷ· δὸς ἡμῖν ἵνα εἷς ἐκ δεξιῶν σου καὶ εἷς ἐξ εὐωνύμων σου καθίσωμεν ἐν τῇ δόξῃ σου. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· οὐκ οἴδατε τί αἰτεῖσθε. δύνασθε πιεῖν τὸ ποτήριον ὃ ἐγὼ πίνω, καὶ τὸ βάπτισμα ὃ ἐγὼ βαπτίζομαι βαπτισθῆναι; οἱ δὲ εἶπον αὐτῷ· δυνάμεθα. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τὸ μὲν ποτήριον ὃ ἐγὼ πίνω πίεσθε, καὶ τὸ βάπτισμα ὃ ἐγὼ βαπτίζομαι βαπτισθήσεσθε· τὸ δὲ καθίσαι ἐκ δεξιῶν μου καὶ ἐξ εὐωνύμων οὐκ ἔστιν ἐμὸν δοῦναι, ἀλλ᾿ οἷς ἡτοίμασται. Καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ δέκα ἤρξαντο ἀγανακτεῖν περὶ ᾿Ιακώβου καὶ ᾿Ιωάννου. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτοὺς λέγει αὐτοῖς· οἴδατε ὅτι οἱ δοκοῦντες ἄρχειν τῶν ἐθνῶν κατακυριεύουσιν αὐτῶν καὶ οἱ μεγάλοι αὐτῶν κατεξουσιάζουσιν αὐτῶν· οὐχ οὕτω δὲ ἔσται ἐν ὑμῖν, ἀλλ᾿ ὃς ἐὰν θέλῃ γενέσθαι μέγας ἐν ὑμῖν, ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος, καὶ ὃς ἐὰν θέλῃ ὑμῶν γενέσθαι πρῶτος, ἔσται πάντων δοῦλος· καὶ γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου οὐκ ἦλθε διακονηθῆναι, ἀλλὰ διακονῆσαι, καὶ δοῦναι τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ λύτρον ἀντὶ πολλῶν.


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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Ionian Village Cancels Summer 2020 Programs

04/01/2020

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Office of Ionian Village regretfully announce today the cancellation of all Ionian Village Summer 2020 programming due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. This includes IV Next as well as both sessions of the Archdiocese’s annual summer camp in Greece.

Communique of the Holy Eparchial Synod

04/01/2020

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, the Holy Eparchial Synod convened via teleconference, in order to be informed and to discuss significant matters that affect the Archdiocese of America, and unanimously decided the following.

Apostolic Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch to the United States Postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

03/30/2020

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America announced today the postponement of the Apostolic Visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the United States due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
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Parish News & Events

Adult Choir

 

 

 


Youth Choir

Youth Sundays-2020

05/10/20


BECOME AN ACTIVE STEWARD IN 2020

We encourage you to share your time, talents, and treasure as an active steward of our Church. Please take the time to think about the gifts that God has given you and your family -- the most precious being time, and life itself. Remember that returning your Stewardship pledge card is a great help to the Church in planning for the coming year. Your monetary donation can be spread out over the year on a schedule that you decide. And you do not need to include an initial donation with the pledge card -- the card itself is a welcome sign of your commitment.


FOUNDERS OF THE FAMILY LIFE CENTER-50 for 5000

We thank the 50 parishioners who have donated $5000 and become the founders of the Family Life Center. The Capital Campaign Committee would like to conclude this opportunity as soon as possible. We would like to thank all our donors and express our appreciation for your generous giving. 


Greek School

Will resume after the Pandemic:

 

Greek School is held every Saturday at the 10:30AM at the FLC

5992 Genesee Street 

Lancaster , NY 14086


Greeters

We welcome any visitors present today. We encourage all visitors to stay after the Divine Liturgy for Coffee Hour in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to ask today’s Greeter at the entrance of the church or our Parish Priest, Fr. Christos. 


Library

Stop in the library to peruse our table of books for Lent: cookbooks, devotionals, commentaries, and St. John the Ladders adaptation by Father John Mack, Ascending the Heights (we have many copies). Reading is a great way to prepare and observe Great Lent.

 


Philoptochos

04/19/2020

Since the Coronavirus started impacting the Western New York area, Philoptochos has sent donations to the Response to Love Center, as well as to Seneca Babcock C.D.C. 

Response to Love has been featured on several local news broadcasts recently, both for their Food Pantry which helps many needy families in the East side area near Kosciuszko Street. You can view one of these broadcasts at

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/response-to-love-center-looks-for-community-support-during-coronavirus-crisis/?fbclid=IwAR1mSrUpQx1vqg1a7aUk2gxubpovMZ0-IkRqCQdUPcj69TmHdBLL_1I9elI

 The Seneca Babcock C.D.C. delivers 100 meals to residents in that neighborhood every week, and they delivered 50 Easter Baskets to the kids this past weekend . Their work is also non-stop during these challenging times.

Both of these agencies have been supported in the last couple years by our Philoptochos Chapter, and they are both in need of financial assistance at this time. If you are able to help them, you can send your donations to the addresses below.

Seneca Babcock C.D.C.                                 Response to Love

1218 Seneca St                                              130 Kosciuszko St

attn: Jamie Ryder                                           attn: Sr. Johnice

Buffalo  NY  14210                                          Buffalo  NY  14212

 

ON BEHALF OF ALL THE MEMBERS OF PHILOPTOCHOS, MAY YOU HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY PASCHA! 

Χρήστος Ανέστη !

 

 

 


PROSFORO


Sweepstakes 2020

Tickets are available for purchase. Please contact the Chairwoman Nina Krestos at (716) 839-5540 or Co-Chairman Tracy Krestos (716) 923-3726. 


Stewardship as a response to God's gifts to you

In November, our Church office mailed out information for our Stewardship 2020 campaign, which included a pledge card for the coming year. Now that we are in the gift-giving season, perhaps you could take a moment to think about the gifts that God has given you and your family -- the most precious being time, and life itself. Remember that returning your pledge card is a great help to the Church in planning for the coming year. And you do not need to include an initial monetary donation with the pledge card -- the card itself is welcome!

Volunteers Needed

The Stewardship and Outreach Committee will be instituting our Greeters Program starting the first Sunday in February. We’ve been pleased with the number of parishioners who have volunteered, but there’s still room for you to be a Greeter, too! Greeters will be assigned about one Sunday every two months to welcome those entering the Narthex, provide them with a Bulletin, invite newcomers and visitors to sign the Guest Book, and provide whatever guidance is necessary. In addition, Greeters will “shepherd” newcomers and visitors during the Coffee Hour, speaking with them, introducing them to others, and/or otherwise making them feel welcome. If you’re interested, please see Program Coordinator Pat Papafagos (134pap@gmail.com or call 716-634-0908), or contact Father Christos, Teddy Annas (T787@verizon.net), or Vicki Pappas (pappas@indiana.edu).


UPDATING OUR CHURCH’S PHOTO DIRECTORY

Parish family, the Stewardship and Outreach Committee would like to update our Church’s photo directory. We want to get new pictures of as many of our Church family as possible. But instead of scheduling appointments with a professional photographer, we would like to take the pictures ourselves, during Coffee Hour after the Divine Liturgy, or at other Church events. And you can submit your own pictures as well, at your convenience. We hope to have a finished photo directory in the late fall of this year. At Coffee Hour after each Sunday’s Liturgy, simply ask one of our three photographers to take your picture — Nick Malamas, Angeline Pappas, or John Melithoniotes. It can be an individual portrait, a couple, or a family portrait, however you wish. Be sure we get your names correctly. If you would like to submit your own individual or family photos, send them by email to John Melithoniotes at jmelithoniotes@gmail.com. You can also give printed current photos to John as well, or mail them in an envelope to the Church office.


Electronic Option for Stewardship & Capital Campaign is here!

We are pleased to announce the introduction of an electronic option for making regular offerings. Contributions can now be debited automatically from your checking or savings account or processed using your credit or debit card. Our new electronic giving program offers convenience for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our parish.

Your online gift is completely secure through the external monitoring and protection of Vanco Payment Solutions. Also, as with all offerings given through traditional means, your online gift is kept completely confidential.

Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:

1) Visit the church website at www.greekorthodoxchurchbuffalo.org
2) Click on the “Support our Ministries” button which is located on the right side of the homepage
3) Click on the Create Profile button, then
4) Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions for items such as stewardship and the Capital Campaign.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate in contacting the Church Office.


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