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Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2020-01-05
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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

    January 5 to January 19, 2020

    Sunday, January 5

    40 Day Memorial for Emily Chrites

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, January 6

    9:00AM Matins for Theophany of our Lord

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Theophany of our Lord

    Tuesday, January 7

    9:00AM Matins - Saint John the Baptist

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy - Saint John the Baptist

    Wednesday, January 8

    6:30PM Adult Choir Resumes

    Saturday, January 11

    10:00AM Orthodox Action Soup Kitchen

    10:30AM Greek Language School at FLC

    Sunday, January 12

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, January 14

    6:30PM Philoptochos Board Meeting - FLC

    Saturday, January 18

    10:30AM Greek Language School at FLC

    Sunday, January 19

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    12:00PM Refreshments for Coffee Hour offered by Greek School

    12:00PM Three Hierarchs Presentation from Greek School Students

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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
January 05

The Holy Martyrs Theopemptus and Theonas

When the persecution of Diocletian broke out in 290, Saint Theopemptus, a bishop, was taken for his confession of Christ, and convicted Diocletian to his face for his error and ungodliness. Remaining unhurt after cruel tortures, he was given poison to drink, which had been prepared by a sorcerer named Theonas. Protected by divine grace from this also, he drew Theonas to Christ, and after other torments, was beheaded. Saint Theonas was cast into a pit and buried alive.


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January 05

Righteous Syncletike of Alexandria

Saint Syncletike was from Alexandria in Egypt. She lived eighty-three years in virginity and asceticism, and became the leader and teacher of many nuns. What Saint Anthony the Great was to men, she became to women: a model of mortification of the flesh, of patience in afflictions, and of wise instruction; for this, she is known a "Amma," a title corresponding to "Abba." Towards the end of her long life, she was stricken with an exceedingly painful disease, which she endured with faith and magnanimity. She reposed in the middle of the fourth century. It is said of Saint Syncletike that she was the virgin who hid Saint Athanasius from the Arians for more than a year in the environs of Alexandria, and it is to Saint Athanasius that her life is ascribed (PG 18:1488-1557).


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January 06

The Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

About the beginning of our Lord's thirtieth year, John the Forerunner, who was some six months older than Our Saviour according to the flesh, and had lived in the wilderness since his childhood, received a command from God and came into the parts of the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto the remission of sins. Then our Saviour also came from Galilee to the Jordan, and sought and received baptism though He was the Master and John was but a servant. Whereupon, there came to pass those marvellous deeds, great and beyond nature: the Heavens were opened, the Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Him that was being baptized and the voice was heard from the Heavens hearing witness that this was the beloved Son of God, now baptized as a man (Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:1-22). From these events the Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the great mystery of the Trinity were demonstrated. It is also from this that the present feast is called "Theophany," that is, the divine manifestation, God's appearance among men. On this venerable day the sacred mystery of Christian baptism was inaugurated; henceforth also began the saving preaching of the Kingdom of the Heavens.


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January 07

Synaxis of John the Holy Glorious Prophet, Baptist, & Forerunner

Today we celebrate the Synaxis in honour of the most sacred Forerunner, since he ministered at the Mystery of the Divine Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rest from labour. Fish allowed.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 4th Tone

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Eve of Epiphany in the 4th Tone

River Jordan was turned back by Elisseus' mantle once, when the fiery man of zeal Elias had been taken up; then were its waters divided hither and thither. The running streams became dry passage unto him, truly as a sign and type of Baptism, whereby we pass to the other side of the shifting stream of this fleeting life. Christ hath appeared in the Jordan River, to sanctify the waters.
Ἀπεστρέφετο ποτέ, ὁ Ἰορδάνης ποταμός, τὴ μηλωτὴ Ἐλισαιέ, ἀναληφθέντος Ἡλιοῦ, καὶ διηρεῖτο τὰ ὕδατα ἔνθεν καὶ ἔνθεν, καὶ γέγονεν αὐτῷ, ξηρὰ ὁδὸς ἡ ὑγρά, εἰς τύπον ἀληθῶς τοῦ Βαπτίσματος, δι' οὗ ἡμεῖς τὴν ῥέουσαν, τοῦ βίου διαπερῶμεν διάβασιν, Χριστὸς ἐφάνη, ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ, ἁγιᾶσαι τὰ ὕδατα.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

In the running waters of the Jordan River, on this day the Lord of all crieth to John: Be not afraid and hesitate not to baptize Me, for I am come to save Adam, the first-formed man.
Ἐν τοῖς ῥείθροις σήμερον τοῦ Ἰορδάνου, γεγονῶς ὁ Κύριος, τῶ Ἰωάννη ἐκβοᾷ. Μὴ δειλιάσης βαπτίσαι με, σῶσαι γὰρ ἥκω, Ἀδὰμ τὸν πρωτόπλαστον.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 4:5-8.

TIMOTHY, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.

For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Προκείμενον. Plagal 2nd Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τιμόθεον β' 4:5-8.

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, νῆφε ἐν πᾶσιν, κακοπάθησον, ἔργον ποίησον εὐαγγελιστοῦ, τὴν διακονίαν σου πληροφόρησον. Ἐγὼ γὰρ ἤδη σπένδομαι, καὶ ὁ καιρὸς τῆς ἐμῆς ἀναλύσεως ἐφέστηκεν. Τὸν ἀγῶνα τὸν καλὸν ἠγώνισμαι, τὸν δρόμον τετέλεκα, τὴν πίστιν τετήρηκα· λοιπόν, ἀπόκειταί μοι ὁ τῆς δικαιοσύνης στέφανος, ὃν ἀποδώσει μοι ὁ κύριος ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ, ὁ δίκαιος κριτής· οὐ μόνον δὲ ἐμοί, ἀλλὰ καὶ πάσιν τοῖς ἠγαπηκόσιν τὴν ἐπιφάνειαν αὐτοῦ.


Gospel Reading

Sunday before Epiphany
The Reading is from Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, 'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.' John was baptizing in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, "After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Sunday before Epiphany
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 1:1-8

᾿Αρχὴ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου ᾿Ιησοῦ Χριστοῦ, υἱοῦ τοῦ Θεοῦ. ῾Ως γέγραπται ἐν τοῖς προφήταις, ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω τὸν ἄγγελόν μου πρὸ προσώπου σου, ὃς κατασκευάσει τὴν ὁδόν σου ἔμπροσθέν σου· φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, ἑτοιμάσατε τὴν ὁδὸν Κυρίου, εὐθείας ποιεῖτε τὰς τρίβους αὐτοῦ, ἐγένετο ᾿Ιωάννης βαπτίζων ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ καὶ κηρύσσων βάπτισμα μετανοίας εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν. Καὶ ἐξεπορεύετο πρὸς αὐτὸν πᾶσα ἡ ᾿Ιουδαία χώρα καὶ οἱ ῾Ιεροσολυμῖται, καὶ ἐβαπτίζοντο πάντες ἐν τῷ ᾿Ιορδάνῃ ποταμῷ ὑπ᾿ αὐτοῦ ἐξομολογούμενοι τὰς ἁμαρτίας αὐτῶν. Ἦν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιωάννης ἐνδεδυμένος τρίχας καμήλου καὶ ζώνην δερματίνην περὶ τὴν ὀσφὺν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἐσθίων ἀκρίδας καὶ μέλι ἄγριον. Καὶ ἐκήρυσσε λέγων· ἔρχεται ὁ ἰσχυρότερός μου ὀπίσω μου, οὗ οὐκ εἰμὶ ἱκανὸς κύψας λῦσαι τὸν ἱμάντα τῶν ὑποδημάτων αὐτοῦ· ἐγὼ μὲν ἐβάπτισα ὑμᾶς ἐν ὕδατι, αὐτὸς δὲ βαπτίσει ὑμᾶς ἐν Πνεύματι ῾Αγίῳ.


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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Gov. Cuomo and Archbishop Elpidophoros Announce Construction to resume on St Nicholas

01/02/2020

NEW YORK – Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo officially welcomed Archbishop Elpidophoros of America to New York and announced plans to resume the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center. This was the Governor's first meeting with His Eminence since the Archbishop was elected by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as Archbishop of America to succeed Archbishop Demetrios in May. The project will be driven by a new non-profit organization with an independent, 13-member board - the Friends of St. Nicholas. The new entity has been formed to ensure that the sacred space is completed as expeditiously as possible and can begin welcoming visitors from around the world. The Friends of St. Nicholas will aim to resume construction with a two-year target to complete the church

Archiepiscopal Encyclical for the feast of Saint Basil and the New Year

12/30/2019

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, On this first day of the year of our Lord 2020, I greet you in His love with a heart filled with joy and peace. Our Incarnate Savior is with us, guiding us in His divine will, granting us wisdom, filling our hearts with hope in His eternal promises, and leading us in our sacred ministry to share the Gospel of salvation.

Archbishop Elpidophoros Stands with Jewish Community in the face of Rising Anti-Semitism

12/30/2019

NEW YORK – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has joined with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the major faith leaders of New York State in condemning the recent attacks on the Jewish Community of New York, and in particular, the horrific attack at a Synagogue in the Hasidic town of Monsey, on Saturday, December 28. That statement reads as follows:
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Parish News & Events

Byzantine Choir

December 5th 2020


Adult Choir

Buffalo Philharmonic Concert: The Adult Choir is organizing a trip to Kleinhans Music Hall to see the performance, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Felix Mendelssohn put on by the BPO and the Irish Classical Theatre. One of the featured soloists is our own Maria Parker! We plan to go either Saturday, January 18th at 8:00 pm, or Sunday, January 19th at 2:30 pm, depending on whether the Bills are in the playoffs and make it to the Championship game on the 19th. The  Choir is starting to collect names and reservations for either of the 2 performances.  If you’re interested, see Choir Member Scott MacLean during Coffee Hour to make your reservation. Tickets are at a discounted price of $35.  See further details on the enclosed flier.

 


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 Sunday: Next Sunday, January 12th, our youth will take leadership roles during the Divine Liturgy. Our Church School Youth Choir will sing most of the hymns and responses of the Divine Liturgy – please make sure students come to the front right pews as soon as they arrive. Singing starts at 10:00 am. Other of our young people will be reading the verses that precede the early hymns, reading the Epistle, and serving as greeters in the Narthex. Please encourage your children’s stewardship of their time and talents to the Church.

 

Youth Sundays 2019-2020

01/12/20

02/9/20

03/8/20

04/12/20

05/10/20


AHEPA

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 seoannou@hotmail.com


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: 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


ECCLESIASTICAL ITEMS AVAILABLE TO BE PURCHASED FOR THE HOLY CROSS CHAPEL AT THE FAMILY LIFE CENTER

ONLY 3 ECCLESIASTICAL ITEMS LEFT TO BE DONATED for the Holy Cross Chapel at the Family Life CenterAll Donation Payments are Now Due.
31) 2 Armchairs – Hand-carved Armchair for the Altar in Byzantine style, from dry basswood and varnished in natural chestnut wood color. Price: $1,045 each chair (only 1 chair still available)
31a4 Side Chairs – Hand-carved Side Chairs for the Altar in Byzantine style, from dry basswood and varnished in natural chestnut wood color. Price: $880 each chair or $3,520 for 4 chairs
32) Candle Stand for Votive Glasses – Hand-carved in Byzantine style, from dry basswood and varnished in natural chestnut wood color. Price: $3,850
 
If you are interested in Ordering Any of the Above Items Please Call or Email Mary Danakas at danakasmary@yahoo.com or (716) 912-8300 (please note: she does not text) to communicate your intention to ensure that the item is still available. Mary will be in the Demakos Community Center during the Coffee Hour to accept your order forms and/or donations.

Philoptochos

01/12/2020

GENERAL MEETING ~ EVERYONE WELCOME   On Sunday January 26, there will be a General Meeting for ALL Philoptochos members, immediately after Liturgy. There will be a Guest Speaker at this meeting, and because of the subject matter, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. More details in next week's bulletin.

JANUARY IS MEMBERSHIP MONTH!  It's time to renew your Philoptochos membership. Renewal letters and membership forms have gone out to those who were registered members last year. If you did not receive a letter, or are thinking of joining Philoptochos this year, renewal forms will be available in the Demakos Center, at the Philoptochos table after Liturgy, for the month of January. 

REMINDER: Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14. Time: 6:30 PM at F.L.C.


PROSFORO

For today’s Liturgy has been offered by: 

Sunday: Maria Papafagos & Megan Marcil
 
Monday: Maria Gogos
 
Tuesday: Michele Hiczewski

GOYA

GOYA, 01/12 Meeting and Elections right after Sunday School. Text Mr. Nick, 716-374-4707 if you intend to run for office.
 
GOYA Lock-in, St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church, Syracuse, 01/17-18, Contact Mr. Nick to ***REGISTER ASAP***. Our area churchs are all participating.  Food, Fun, Friendship.
 
 

SUPER BOWL PARTY

 02/02 at 6pm at the FLC.  Adults $10, Kids 12 and under $5, kindly RSVP to Nick Malamas, 716-374-4707 so he can plan the food order. Last year was great! 


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 is instituting a Greeters Program in January. We’re pleased that several parishioners have already responded! We hope you will also join this volunteer effort! As  Greeter, you’ll be assigned a Sunday where your role is to welcome those entering the Narthex, provide them with a Bulletin, invite newcomers and visitors to sign the Guest Book, and provide whatever guidance may be needed. In addition, we ask our Greeters to “shepherd” newcomers and visitors during the Coffee Hour, speaking with them and making them feel welcomed.

If you’re interested in becoming an Annunciation Greeter, serving about one Sunday every two months, please contact Program Coordinator Pat Papafagos (134pap@gmail.com or call 716-634-0908), Teddy Annas (T787@verizon.net), Vicki Pappas (pappas@indiana.edu) or Father Christos.


Parish Council Elections Update

Following our Parish Bylaws and approval by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, Parish Council Elections did not take place this year because the number of candidates was smaller than the positions that needed to be filled.

The following five parishioners are the candidates  for the Parish Council for a two year term (2020-2021). They are all members in good standing of our parish and fulfill the requirements for service in the Parish Council: William(Daniel) Frye,  Anastasios (Tracy) Krestos,  Patrick Marcil,  Matthew Thompson, David Watson.

Upon approval by His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, they will join the following incumbent members: George Danakas, Mark LaRussa Sr., Marge Manos, Angeline Pappas, Paula Schembri and Dina Spiropoulos.

Many thanks to the outgoing Parish Council members:

Peter Hiczewski, George Marinides, Patrick Markey, John Melithoniotes, and Michael Kouimanis.


FOUNDERS OF THE FAMILY LIFE CENTER-50 for 5000

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!!


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.

 


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 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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