Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2019-11-17
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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

    November 17 to December 1, 2019

    Sunday, November 17

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Dr. Anthony Pothoulakis’ Presentation & Book Signing-Church Parlors

    Monday, November 18

    10:00AM Philoptochos Christmas Baking

    Wednesday, November 20

    6:30PM Adult Choir Practice

    Thursday, November 21

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy- Annunciation Church

    7:00PM Book Discussion-FLC

    Saturday, November 23

    10:30AM Greek Language School at FLC

    3:30PM Baptism for the son of Jose Miguel & Malamati Albarran

    3:30PM Baptism for the son of Leontios & Megan Bahas

    Sunday, November 24

    Informational Meet Up at Coffee Hour

    Greek School Bake Sale

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, November 28

    10:00AM 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

    Saturday, November 30

    Orthodox Action Soup Kitchen

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy - Andrew the First- Called Apostle

    10:30AM Greek Language School at FLC

    Sunday, December 1

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Saints and Feasts

November 17

Gregory the Wonderworker & Bishop of Neo-Caesarea

Saint Gregory was born in Neocaesarea of Pontus to parents who were not Christians. He studied in Athens, in Alexandria, in Beirut, and finally for five years in Caesarea of Palestine under Origen, by whom he was also instructed in the Faith of Christ. Then, in the year 240, he became bishop of his own city, wherein he found only seventeen Christians. By the time the Saint reposed about the year 265, there were only seventeen unbelievers left there. Virtually the whole duration of his episcopacy was a time of continual, marvellous wonders worked by him. Because of this, he received the surname "Wonderworker"; even the enemies of the truth called him a second Moses (see Saint Basil the Great's On the Holy Spirit, ch. 29).

November 18

Holy Martyr Romanus

Saint Romanus, who was from Antioch, lived during the reign of Maximian. He presented himself before Asclepiades the Eparch, and rebuked him, saying, "The idols are not gods; even a little child could tell you that." Then the Saint asked that a child be brought in from the market, that he might be the judge of the matter at hand. Therefore, when the child was asked, "Which God must we worship?" he replied, "Christ." The child was beaten mercilessly and beheaded at the command of the tyrant. As for Saint Romanus, his tongue was cut out, and then he was cast into prison, where he was strangled in the year 305.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Tone

Let us worship the Word who is unoriginate * with the Father and the Spirit, and from a Virgin was born * for our salvation, O believers, and let us sing His praise. * For in His goodness He was pleased * to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and to undergo death, * and to raise up those who had died, * by His glorious Resurrection.
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

Apolytikion for Gregory the Wonderworker in the Plagal 4th Tone

By vigilance in prayer, and continuance in the working of wonders, thou didst acquire thine achievements as a surname; wherefore, intercede with Christ our God, O Father Gregory, to enlighten our souls, lest we sleep in sin unto death.
Εν προσευχαίς γρηγορών, ταίς τών θαυμάτων εργασίαις εγκαρτερών, επωνυμίαν εκτήσω τά κατορθώματα, αλλά πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, Πάτερ Γρηγόριε, φωτίσαι τάς ψυχάς ημών, μή ποτε υπνώσωμεν, εν αμαρτίαις εις θάνατον.

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 4th Tone

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.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Plagal 1st Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 11.7,1.
Σὺ Κύριε, φυλάξαις ἡμᾶς καὶ διατηρήσαις ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Σῶσον με, Κύριε, ὅτι ἐκλέλοιπεν ὅσιος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 6:11-18.

Ἀδελφοί, ἴδετε πηλίκοις ὑμῖν γράμμασιν ἔγραψα τῇ ἐμῇ χειρί. Ὅσοι θέλουσιν εὐπροσωπῆσαι ἐν σαρκί, οὗτοι ἀναγκάζουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, μόνον ἵνα μὴ τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ Χριστοῦ διώκωνται. Οὐδὲ γὰρ οἱ περιτετμημένοι αὐτοὶ νόμον φυλάσσουσιν, ἀλλὰ θέλουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, ἵνα ἐν τῇ ὑμετέρᾳ σαρκὶ καυχήσωνται. Ἐμοὶ δὲ μὴ γένοιτο καυχᾶσθαι εἰ μὴ ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ· διʼ οὗ ἐμοὶ κόσμος ἐσταύρωται, κἀγὼ τῷ κόσμῳ. Ἐν γὰρ Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ οὔτε περιτομή τι ἰσχύει, οὔτε ἀκροβυστία, ἀλλὰ καινὴ κτίσις. Καὶ ὅσοι τῷ κανόνι τούτῳ στοιχήσουσιν, εἰρήνη ἐπʼ αὐτούς, καὶ ἔλεος, καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ θεοῦ. Τοῦ λοιποῦ, κόπους μοι μηδεὶς παρεχέτω· ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν, ἀδελφοί. Ἀμήν.

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.



Parish News & Events

Adult Choir

The hymn you hear the Choir singing today at the end of the Small Entrance is one of the eight Resurrectional Apolytikia, “Let Us, the Faithful Give Praise and Worship” (Plagal 1st Mode – see Hymnal page 99).  

As you consider your stewardship contributions to our Church for the coming year, think about giving some of your time to this ministry of our parish. Being a choir member can bring you many benefits, and it also is another way for you to give thanksgiving to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon you.  Talk to any choir member about our church music ministry – we welcome you!

Youth Choir

Please encourage and support your children to be in church to participate in one of these ways. Readers and greeters should contact Nick Malamas for assignments. Singers should be ready at the start of Liturgy to sing in the front left pew area.


Grades 1-12 are encourgaed to participate on Youth Sunday's. Grades 1-6 practice the hymns during their Church School lessons. You can sing, you can greet, you can read.


Youth Sundays 2019-2020








We are excited to announce that there is an effort to re-activate the historic AHEPA Chapter #91 of Buffalo, founded in 1926. All those interested in joining this AHEPA Chapter and becoming a memeber of the oldest and largest international Hellenic-American organization please contact Steve Eoannou at (716) 432-3071 or

Bible Study

Fr. Christos will lead a Bible study on Thursday evenings at 7pm at the Family Life Center.
We will study the Gospel of Mark, one of the earliest and more vivid eyewitness accounts of the words and deeds of Christ.Throughout the Bible study, we will also talk about the faith and practice of the Orthodox Church. The first study will be on September 19. The following dates will be: November 21; December 5 and 12. Please join us. 

Greek School

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

5992 Genesee Street 

Lancaster , NY 14086


Do you have questions about our church you want to ask? About how our church is administered, about stewardship, about our faith? If you do, then please join the Stewardship and Outreach Committee for a 20-minute informational meetup during coffee hour, after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, November 24th. Father Christos, Committee members, and Parish Council members will be available to discuss any topic related to our church. The meetup will take place in a corner of the Demakos Hall about ten minutes after the start of the Coffee. Anyone who is part of our community is welcome. Non-Orthodox friends who are interested in our church are also welcome.



  • 13th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER Donations will be collected in the Community Center. Help us feed our neighbors! A complete dinner costs only $5.00! Volunteers needed for Mon, Nov 25th from 12 AM-4 PM, Tues, Nov 26th, & Wed, Nov 27th from 10 AM-3 PM for food prep, turkey carving and set-up. Also: Thurs, Nov 28th (Thanksgiving Day!) 8:30 AM-1:30 PM and Sat, Nov 30th from 10 AM-1 PM to help serve. Call/text Maria Kosmas-Papafagos 583-3929
  • 12th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS WITH THE VETS Orthodox Action is collecting items for the homeless and disabled Veterans of the WNY Veterans Housing Coalition on Main & W. Utica. The goal is to collect 115 of each scheduled item each Sunday until Nov. 24th. See/call/text Carolyn Skaros 228-0001 or Alexandra Mastoras 907-1674.
  • Please Note: For your convenience, a donation of $10 will cover the cost of a gift bag of all items for our Veterans.
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENTS: Orthodox Action’s Soup Kitchens, Thanksgiving and Christmas events are a great way for your children and grandchildren to fulfill community service requirements!



SHOEBOX PROJECT  There are still 10 children's names that need to be taken for the Shoebox project. If you have not already done so, please stop by the Philoptochos table after Liturgy and sign up for one.

If you have already taken a box (or several boxes), please remember that these must be returned to us by Sunday December 1st.

Service of Remembrance   Every year, Philoptochos hosts a reception for the guests who will be attending our Church, for the Service of Remembrance, sponsored by Oishei Childrens Hospital. This touching, non-denominational service celebrates the lives of children who have passed from various illnesses, with tributes from parents, family, and friends. We need to have simple snacks available, such as cookies, brownies, pretzels, etc.  If you would like to donate a tray for the reception, which is being held on Wednesday, December 4th, please contact Michele at 860-3838

CHRISTMAS BAKING  Philoptochos will begin its annual Christmas Baking on Monday, November 18th. Order forms are available during coffee hour, and there is also one published in the November issue of Glad Tidings. PLEASE PLACE YOUR ORDERS EARLY! The combination platters make excellent gifts for business associates, so keep that in mind when placing your order! 

Baking dates are: 11/18 @ 10 AM     12/2 @ 10 AM     12/9 @ 10 AM     12/16  10 AM

Packaging:            12/17 @ 10 AM and 12/19 @ 10 AM (if needed).

Pick Up Dates:       12/20  10 AM - 2 PM  and  12/22 after Liturgy     





For today’s Liturgy has been offered by Irene Revelas and Chris Liolios, and on Thursday by Michele Hiczewski 

Book Discussion

In the last book discussion we covered the first 4 chapters, but did not finish The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society.  Join us to finish discussing this amazing book. A review of the first 4 chapters will be presented. No need to have read the book. The next Book Discussion will be held Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Copies of The Struggle for Virtue are available in the the church bookstore and library.  For more  information, visit:


Do you have questions about our church you want to ask? About our faith, about how our church is administered, about stewardship, about social issues, about our traditions, about our future? If you do, then please join the Stewardship Committee for one of our upcoming informal conversations -- Annunciation Church “Meetups”. Father Christos, Committee members, and Parish Council members will be present to discuss any topic related to our church. We particularly want to emphasize how to help the church increase participation in our services and activities. Anyone who is part of our community is welcome. Non-Orthodox friends who are interested in our church are also welcome. The first meetup will be Monday, September 16, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at the home of Vicki Pappas, 8457 Chadway Court, Williamsville. You are welcome to stay for as little or as long as you'd like. Directions to Vicki's house: Vicki lives in a development called “The Hollows,” on Chadway Court, which is off of Roll Road. Roll Road runs between Transit Road and Harris Hill Road. From Roll Road, turn south onto Avon Lea, and you’ll see Vicki’s house on the corner of Avon Lea and Chadway Court (number 8457 Chadway Court). If you plan to attend the September 16 th Meetup at Vicki's house, you can RSVP and leave a message for her at 812-361-9500 or email her at An RSVP is welcome, but you can also come at the last minute. The second meetup will be Monday, September 30, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, at The Spot Coffee, in the West Seneca Main Public Library, at 1300 Union Road. The library is on Union Road about a mile and a half south of where Clinton Street crosses Union. There is ample public parking in the lots behind the Library. If you plan to attend the second meetup in West Seneca, please RSVP by calling Angeline Pappas at 716-674-1750 or emailing her at You can also indicate your interest by clicking the Meetup event posted in Facebook. We look forward to seeing you and talking with you about our beautiful church and its activities. John Melithoniotes Stewardship Committee


We thank the 46 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. There are 4 spots left!!


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.


Prosforo Donations

Of the many ways of supporting our Church, there are few which stand out as uniquely personal offerings of faith. The offering of Prosforo bread for the Divine Liturgy is one of them. Please contact Fr. Christos if you would like to donate Prosforo for a Divine Liturgy. 

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
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.