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St. Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-01-20
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St. Eleftherios Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (212) 924-3919
  • Fax:
  • 212-924-8011
  • Street Address:

  • 359 West 24th Street

  • New York, NY 10011
  • Mailing Address:

  • 359 West 24th Street

  • New York, NY 10011


Services Schedule

SUNDAY SERVICES:

ORTHROS AT 9:10 A.M.

DIVINE LITURGY AT 10:30 A.M.

 

WEEKDAY SERVICES:

ORTHROS AT 9:00 A.M.

DIVINE LITURGY AT 10:00 A.M.

 

ALL EVENING SERVICES:

AT 7:00 P.M.


Past Bulletins


WEEKLY MEDITATION

The Focus of God’s Love – YOU!

01/13/2019

The Focus of God’s Love – YOU!

Fr. Al Demos, January 20, 2019

I retired on December 31st, but since there were no priests available I have continued to serve for the first three weeks in January before my wife and I take a vacation and await the birth of our first grandchild.  I want to thank everyone at St. Eleftherios for making my ministry here such a magnificent experience.  I love you, my dear parishioners and always pray for you, all my loved ones, for friends and those who might consider themselves my foe on a daily basis.  I dare not thank so many of you by name because I might forget one person.  I did that in one parish and the janitor complained that I thanked every "fly in the room, but forgot the janitor"!  so thank you to each and every one of you, my beloved parishioners!

So I have another final opportunity to share.  Think about the parable of the Sower – “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."  -St. Matthew 13:3-8 RSV

When I went to the Holy Land I had a better understanding of this parable.  There were thousands upon thousands of rocks in the soil, hardly space for a seed to grow.  Christ is the sower, His seed is His Gospel of Truth.  In another sense in reference to the Priest and his congregation, the priest becomes the sower of God’s word and YOU are the seed!  You endure the storms of life, the heat, cold, drought, rain, floods and all the tribulations that attempt to pry you away from the path of God. 

But you are a strong seed with firm roots, knowing Who it is Who waters you, prunes you, tends you, cares for you and loves you!  You are challenged by life but you endure.  You are resilient in your steadfast faith!  You are knocked down but bound back up, bent but then re-aligned on the way to eternal salvation. 

Your hardiness allows you to deal with the ups, downs and problems of daily life.  Your adaptability and growth in God’s grace help you to continually become a better person.  Through your faith in God and love for one another you continually will move forward to the wonder of the mystery of your future through your willingness to experience true commitment and adaptability in your spiritual life.

My prayer is that you will grow daily, into eternity, growing stronger and stronger through the love, grace, mercy, compassion and embrace of Almighty God!


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."

First Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 28:16-20

Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς. καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς. πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ῾Αγίου Πνεύματος, διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. ἀμήν.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 149.5,1.
The saints shall rejoice in glory.
Verse: Sing to the Lord a new song.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.

Brethren, it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, "I believed, and so I spoke," we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 149.5,1.
Καυχήσονται ὅσιοι ἐν δόξῃ
Στίχ. Ἄσατε τῷ Κυρίῳ ᾆσμα καινόν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 4:6-15.

Ἀδελφοί, ὁ θεὸς ὁ εἰπὼν ἐκ σκότους φῶς λάμψαι, ὃς ἔλαμψεν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν πρὸς φωτισμὸν τῆς γνώσεως τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ ἐν προσώπῳ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ. Ἔχομεν δὲ τὸν θησαυρὸν τοῦτον ἐν ὀστρακίνοις σκεύεσιν, ἵνα ἡ ὑπερβολὴ τῆς δυνάμεως ᾖ τοῦ θεοῦ, καὶ μὴ ἐξ ἡμῶν· ἐν παντὶ θλιβόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐ στενοχωρούμενοι· ἀπορούμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐξαπορούμενοι· διωκόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἐγκαταλειπόμενοι· καταβαλλόμενοι, ἀλλʼ οὐκ ἀπολλύμενοι· πάντοτε τὴν νέκρωσιν τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι περιφέροντες, ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματι ἡμῶν φανερωθῇ. Ἀεὶ γὰρ ἡμεῖς οἱ ζῶντες εἰς θάνατον παραδιδόμεθα διὰ Ἰησοῦν, ἵνα καὶ ἡ ζωὴ τοῦ Ἰησοῦ φανερωθῇ ἐν τῇ θνητῇ σαρκὶ ἡμῶν. Ὥστε ὁ μὲν θάνατος ἐν ἡμῖν ἐνεργεῖται, ἡ δὲ ζωὴ ἐν ὑμῖν. Ἔχοντες δὲ τὸ αὐτὸ πνεῦμα τῆς πίστεως, κατὰ τὸ γεγραμμένον, Ἐπίστευσα, διὸ ἐλάλησα, καὶ ἡμεῖς πιστεύομεν, διὸ καὶ λαλοῦμεν· εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ ἐγείρας τὸν κύριον Ἰησοῦν καὶ ἡμᾶς διὰ Ἰησοῦ ἐγερεῖ, καὶ παραστήσει σὺν ὑμῖν. Τὰ γὰρ πάντα διʼ ὑμᾶς, ἵνα ἡ χάρις πλεονάσασα διὰ τῶν πλειόνων τὴν εὐχαριστίαν περισσεύσῃ εἰς τὴν δόξαν τοῦ θεοῦ.


Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."

12th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 17:12-19

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν αὐτῷ δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· ᾿Ιησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσι. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν. εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψε μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν Θεόν, καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρείτης. ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν· οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ; οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ Θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

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 Euthymius the Great in the Fourth Mode

Be glad, O barren one, that hast not given birth; be of good cheer, thou that hast not travailed; for a man of desires hath multiplied thy children of the Spirit, having planted them in piety and reared them in continence to the perfection of the virtues. By his prayers, O Christ our God, make our life peaceful.
Εὐφραίνου ἔρημος ἡ οὐ τίκτουσα, εὐθύμησον ἡ οὐκ ὠδίνουσα, ὅτι ἐπλήθυνέ σοὶ τέκνα, ἀνὴρ ἐπιθυμιῶν τῶν τοῦ Πνεύματος, εὐσεβεία φυτεύσας, ἐγκρατεία ἐκθρέψας, εἰς ἀρετῶν τελειότητα. Ταὶς αὐτοῦ ἱκεσίαις, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, εἰρήνευσον τὴν ζωὴν ἡμῶν.

St. Eleftherios in the First Mode

Ιερέων ποδήρει κατακοσμούμενος, και αιμάτων τοις ρείθροις επισταζόμενος, τω Δεσπότη σου Χριστώ μάκαρ ανέδραμες. Ελευθέριε σοφέ, καθαιρέτα του Σατάν. Διό μη παύση πρεσβεύων, υπέρ των πίστει τιμώντων, την μακαρίαν σου άθλησιν.    

   Iereon podiri katakosmoumenos, ke ematon tis rithris epistazomenos, to Despoti sou Hristo makar anedrames, Eleftherie sofe, kathereta tou Satan. Dio mi pafsi pressvevon, iper ton pisti timonton, tin makarian sou athlisin.  

   Bedecked with the priestly gown that reached the ground, and drenched by the streams of flowing blood, to your Master and your Christ you sped O blessed one, Eleftherios  the wise, and Satan destroyer. Hence do not cease interceding, for those who honour in faith, you blessed martyrdom. 

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου, καὶ χείρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νὺν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος.
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Special Services

The Y2AM Ministry Plan can help you to create a Christ-centered, Kingdom-oriented ministry in your own home and your community.  Please go to https://www.y2am.org/ministryplan

The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has launched a Creation Care Toolkit with the goal of helping individuals and parishes take immediate action to care for God’s Creation. The Toolkit is available now at www.goarch.org/en/society/ecology.

Prayers for the Health of the servants of God: Alexa, Alexander, Alexis, Amaryllis, Andriana, Angeliki, Anna, Anna, Annette, Anthony's friend, Anthony, Ariane, Arlene, Athena, Arthur, Bernard, Betsy, Billy, Bob, Caroline, Carolyn, Chresanthe, Chris, Christin, Christine, Colin, Constantina, Dakota, Dave, Debbie, Delores, Demetri, Despina, Despina, Devon, Diane, Donna, Dorothy, Dr. Boris, Edwin, Eleni, Ellen, Elpida, Erica, Erin, Evelyn, Fay, Florence, Fr. George, George, George, George, Ginny, Giovanni, Pres. Gloria, Gregory, Hannah John, Joy, Helen, Helen, Irmenia, Jack, Jane, Jason, Jason, Jennifer, Joanne, John, Joy, Julia, Julian, Kara, Katherine, Katherine, Kiki, Kim, Kosta, Laura, Lindsey, Louise, Lydia, Margaret, Margie, Maria, Marion, Marsha, Mary, Maureen, Maureen, Merrill, Michael, Millie, Murial, Naomi, Nicholas, Nicole, Niki, Nina, Noah, Nunzio, Panagiotis, Paraskevi, Paul, Paul, Pablo, Rachel, Richard J., Rita, Robert, Rosie Rose, Ruth, Samuel, Sandy, Sofia, Sondra, Sondra, Stavros, Stefan, Stephanie, Susi, Teri, Tess, Thelma, Tom, Tracy, Varidad, Vasili, Vasilios, Victoria and Virginia, are kindly requested.  Please offer your prayers to Almighty God for their sound health and complete recovery.  Thank You!

 

 

 

 

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Wisdom of the Fathers

Having met the Savior, therefore, the lepers earnestly besought Him to free them from their misery, and called Him Master, that is. Teacher. No one pitied them when suffering this malady, but He Who had appeared on earth for this very reason, and had become man that He might show pity to all, He was moved with compassion for them, and had mercy on them.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century

And why did He not rather say, I will, be you cleansed; as He did in the case of another leper, but commanded them rather to show themselves to the priests? It was because the law gave directions to this effect to those who were delivered from leprosy (Lev. 14-2); for it commanded them to show themselves to the priests, and to offer a sacrifice for their cleansing.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
January 20

John the Hieromartyr


Lepers
January 20

12th Sunday of Luke


Euthymio
January 20

Righteous Euthymius the Great

This Saint, who was from Melitene in Armenia, was the son of pious parents named Paul and Dionysia. He was born about 377. Since his mother had been barren, he was named Euthymius-which means "good cheer" or "joy"-for this is what his parents experienced at his birth. He studied under Eutroius, the Bishop of Melitene, by whom he was ordained and entrusted with the care of the monasteries of Melitene. Then, after he had come to Palestine about the year 406, he became the leader of a multitude of monks. Through him, a great tribe of Arabs was turned to piety, when he healed the ailing son of their leader Aspebetos. Aspebetos was baptized with all his people; he took the Christian name of Peter, and was later consecrated Bishop for his tribe, being called "Bishop of the Tents." Saint Euthymius also fought against the Nestorians, Eutychians, and Manichaeans. When Eudocia, the widow of Saint Theodosius the Younger, had made her dwelling in Palestine, and had fallen into the heresy of the Monophysites which was championed in Palestine by a certain Theodosius, she sent envoys to Saint Symeon the Stylite in Syria (see Sept. 1), asking him his opinion of Eutyches and the Council of Chalcedon which had condemned him; Saint Symeon, praising the holiness and Orthodoxy of Saint Euthymius near whom she dwelt, sent her to him to be delivered from her error (the holy Empress Eudocia is commemorated Aug. 13). He became the divine oracle of the Church, or rather, "the vessel of divine utterance," as a certain historian writes. He was the instructor and elder of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified. Having lived for ninety-six years, he reposed in 473, on January 20.


Allsaint
January 20

Zacharias the New Martyr of Patra


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