Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-11-17
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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (408) 246-2770
  • Fax:
  • (408) 246-0143
  • Street Address:

  • 1260 Davis Street

  • San Jose, CA 95126
  • Mailing Address:

  • 986 Chapman Street

  • San Jose, CA 95126

Contact Information

Services Schedule


    5:00 p.m. - Great Vespers.

Sundays: from the first Sunday after Labor Day to mid May

Orthros followed by 1st Divine Liturgy 7:15 a.m.
2nd Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Church School 10:00 a.m.

Sundays: other than above days

Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m.

Feast Days: see calendar.

Confessions: Please call office.

Past Bulletins

Schedule of Services


Saturday, November 16 - St. Matthew the Apostle
5:00pm – Vespers

Sunday, November 17 - 9th Sunday of Luke
7:15am - Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am - Liturgy 2

Monday, November 18
5:30pm – Paraklesis

Wednesday, November 20
5:30pm – Vespers

Thursday, November 21 - Entrance of the Theotokos
8:30am - Orthros + Liturgy

Saturday, November 23
5:00pm – Vespers

Sunday, November 24 - 13th Sunday of Luke
7:15am - Orthros + Liturgy 1
10:00am - Liturgy 2
5:30pm - Vespers





News and Events



Advent Retreat:  Saturday, November 16, 2019.  There are a few more seats available on the bus to attend the Advent Retreat at St. Anna's Church, Roseville, CA.  The retreat will begin with veneration of the relics of St. Anna, presentation by the clergy of St. Anna parish, refreshments, and paraclesis service for the health of the living.  The bus will leave from St. Nicholas promptly at 8:30 a.m., and we anticipate to return to San Jose around 5:30 p.m.  Cost is $35/person.


Parish Council elections are scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 17th immediately following both Divine Liturgies in the Small Hall.  To vote one must be a 2019 steward in good standing.  Please come and cast your vote in this important community event.


Sunday school students, and to those young at heart, please come to the Small Hall after Church School (2nd liturgy) on Sunday, November 17th to have some ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and goodies, in loving memory of two kids at heart, John and Maria Barrous. (Lovingly donated by the Barrous, Mavrogenes and Devetzis families).


A big THANK YOU to those that supported our very popular and successful Cook-Dine-Benefit fundraiser last Sunday.  It was a fun and inspiring event, filled with good food and fellowship.  

The Missions Ministry is sponsoring coffee hour on Sunday, November 17 (both liturgies) and you will all have the opportunity to show your love and support to Sister Nectaria and her lucky girls.  Please also watch for the special collection tray after each liturgy.  Any donation, small or big counts and will go a long way to help Sister Nectaria complete construction of St. Ignatius school in India and become self-sufficient. 

To find out more about Sister Nectaria’s Mission in India and to support this cause, please check our new and improved website our follow our Saints Peter and Paul Missions Ministry Facebook page.  You can help by sending a check to Sts. Peter & Paul Missions Ministry c/o St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, or by contacting Maria Aji (408) 425-6967.  All contributions are tax-deductible.


Sunday Coffee Team: Members of the Sts. Peter and Paul Missions Ministry.  Thank you for your support!  

For more information about joining the coffee hour teams or how to help the ministry, please contact Marcella Fotis at 408-723-4124.  


As we come upon the Christmas holidays, it is time to start planning for our parish’s Community Christmas Card.  You should have received a community Christmas card form in the mail by now. Please return the form to the church office with the names spelled clearly as you would like them to appear on the card.  The deadline for submitting your form is Sunday, November 17, 2019.  If you do not receive the form in the mail next week, please call the Church Office at 408-246-2770.  


Something to Eat! Something to Do! Something to Wear!

Every year St. Nicholas provides a Merrier Christmas for 85 Teens living in Group Homes or Foster Care.  This year we will be providing each teen with three gifts cards which they personally chose: a $10 gift card for something to eat, a $25 gift card for something to do, and a $25 gift card to a store of their choice.  Please drop by the Angel Tree in the Small Hall and take an ornament, or two or three, off the tree.  Instructions and an envelope are attached.  All Gift Cards must be returned by December 1st.  Thank you so much for your generosity.



Fr. Nebojsa Pantic will be offering a new adult education opportunity to learn more about our faith and traditions.  The class will be once a month on the following Mondays in the Conference Room of the Church Office:

November 18th
December 16th

All are invited to come to Paraklisis at 5:30 on those Mondays, and the classes will begin at 6:00pm following the service. The lesson will not last more than 1 hour.  We will be discussing the topic of preparation for the Kingdom of God, and the theology and practices of the church surrounding this subject.



Please note that our next meeting is on Tuesday, November 19th at 11am in the Small Hall.  Please join us as we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our honored guests, our confined parishioners.  Submit or call in your reservations to Antonia at 408 472-3888 or Christina at 408 418-4810.  For more information please call Mina at: 408 515-8301.


St. Anna Philoptochos has formed the Social Services Committee, whose purpose is to address the social issues facing our parishioners in the modern society, and to assist them with resources and referrals to agencies, programs, etc., that can be of assistance to our church family.  Although most of us await the holiday season with great joy, for those who have suffered the loss of a beloved family member, the season can be a very difficult and stressful time.  The Centre for Living with Dying, a program of the Bill Wilson Center, is presenting a program entitled "Grief and the Holidays" on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., 3490 The Alameda, Santa Clara, CA 95030.  Contact Janet Childs at (408) 278-2512 for more information or to register.  $20.00 donation.  The church office has informational flyers for those interested in attending.



Pleaes join us on Saturday, Novemer 23rd at 1:15pm at the SAP center in downtown San Jose to watch the San Jose Barracuda hockey game as they take on Colorado!  Tickets are $13 per person.  If you would like to attend, please let Nick J. Pagonis know how many tickets to reserve for you by emailing him at  Deadline to get tickets is by Friday, November 15th.  Please make all checks payable to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and bring payment to the Church Office to get your tickets.



On December 3rd, starting at 5:00am PST, Facebook will match any donation through our Facebook page ( up to $20K per donor and up to $100K overall for our church. Last year the matching funds ($7M in total  - same as this year) went away within a few minutes. So it's important to make your donation as soon as after your clock ticks 5 am PST.

More information about donation matching on Giving Tuesday can be found here:



Come join us and kick off the Christmas holiday season at the 74th Anniversary of  our parish!  

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara

No Host Cocktails – 5:30 pm

Dinner -  Following

Invitations are OUT!  To reserve your seats, please send back your response card or call the church office at 408 – 246- 2770. We hope to see you there!  Tickets for adults are $100, young adults $50, and children $35.  When you send in your reservations, please include a phone number, list of attendees, and meal choices.  


The second tithing tray at liturgy on Sunday, November 10, 2019, from our parish raised $592.00  that will be going directly to the Second Harvest Food Bank.  It is will full hearts that we wish to extend our gratitude for your generosity to our fellow neighbors. God bless you, and Happy Thanksgiving!



Did you know a record number of children, families and seniors rely on Second Harvest for food every month, and the number is growing?  It’s hard to imagine the pain of not being able to feed your family, or going to school on an empty stomach.  The reality is more than 1 in 4 people are at risk of hunger in Silicon Valley.

Beginning in 1999, our Saint Nicholas parish has partnered with Second Harvest, donating over 34,000 pounds of food!  With your continued support, we can ensure our neighbors in need of a healthy meal, get one.  So, let’s keep this momentum going, and fill our 10 barrels.  Our neighbors are counting on us. We can do this!

Place nonperishable  food (canned food, peanut butter, cereal, etc.,) in the barrels located in the Church School courtyard and Small Hall. 

Our humblest thanks to you who have already donated! Your generosity is helping make the future a little brighter for so many families, children, and seniors. 


SAVE THE DATE - CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON:  The St. Anna Philoptochos Christmas Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at the Saratoga County Club.  Tickets for the luncheon will be available for purchase beginning, Sunday, November 24, 2019.


Safeway gift cards are available to assist our fellow parishioners in need with a Thanksgiving holiday meal. Please call or visit the Church Office.  (Gift cards have been donated and are given anonymously)


As the warm weather turns chilly, and leaves begin to fall, many people are in need of warm clothing.  Beginning November 1, 2019, St. Anna Philoptochos will be once again collecting warm winter clothing.  Please bring jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, hats, gloves, boots, shoes to the church.  We will have boxes marked for "warm winter clothing" in the small hall to collect your donations.


St. Anna Philoptochos has often been asked if we also collect other clothes.  Sacred Heart Community Center accepts gently used clothes and shoes for men, women, and children for distribution to their clients.  All clothing must be cleaned.  We will also have marked boxes available for these items in the small hall for your donations during the months of November and December.       



The Church Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29 for the Archdiocesan observance of Thanksgiving. 

 If you need immediate assistance, please text or call either Fr. Demosthenes at 408-784-9364 or Fr. Nebojsa at 707-315-7823.


Saint Nicholas Family Ministry invites you to our next event with fun and fellowship on Friday, December 6th at 6pm in the Educational Building. This year at our monthly family night we will be discussing "Working With Our Hands". 



We now have a few blue redemption recycling garbage cans with small holes cut out where you can put your aluminum cans and empty plastic water bottles. Please, do not put garbage in these blue garbage cans! Only put cans and bottles so this new program can work! Thank you!



Basketball Practices start this week. See the practice schedule below:

• Middle School Boys (6th, 7th, 8th): Tuesday’s 6:30-8pm

• Middle School Girls (6th, 7th, 8th): Wednesday 6:30-8pm

• Elementary Girls (3rd, 4th, 5th): Wednesday 6:30pm - 7:30pm

• Elementary Boys (3rd, 4th, 5th): Thursday’s 6:30-8pm

• High School Boys—Spring season (more details later)


Tray for the Patriarchate:  Dear Parishioners, St. Anna Philoptochos wishes to thank you for your generosity for the trays to the Patriarchate of Constantinople.  The proceeds amounted to $537, which will be sent through the National Philoptochos onto the Patriarchate.


We are in need of more volunteers to bake prosphora, the bread used for Liturgy.  If you are able, please prayerfully bake the prosphora and bring it to the church.  If you haven't done it before, please ask for the priest's blessing.  If you need any assistance on how to help, recipes, need a seal, or have any questions, please call the church office.  



We are looking for volunteers to manage and assist in operating the Philokalia Bookstore in the Small Hall. If you are interested please contact the church office at 408-246-2770. 


The Center of Hellenic Education (CHE) is looking for teachers and helpers. The ideal candidate should have a mastery of the Greek language, teaching skills, as well as a desire to provide students with an exemplary, Hellenic education.   If you are interested in becoming a teacher, helper, or know anyone that might be interested, please email our director, Petros Balaskas at   


Sunday school is immediately following communion, at the 2nd Liturgy. 

November 17 - Sunday School

November 24 - No Sunday School

December 1 - Sunday School 

December 8 - Sunday School

December 15 - Sunday School and Christmas Pageant 

December 22 and December 29 - No Sunday School


Welcome to the Center of Hellenic Education! In preparation for this year we are attaching our calendar for next year and registration link.  Click the below registration Link to register for the 2019-2020 school year at Center of Hellenic Education:  

We have simplified our tuition plans for next year. Planned tuition for our 2019-2020 school year is as follows:

1 day/week

  • Child -- $325/semester ($650/year)
  • Adult -- $375/semester ($750/year)

2 days/week

  • Child -- $450/semester ($900/year)
  • Adult -- $600/semester ($1,200/year) 

** Tuition includes books and class materials as well as online supplemental materials for Levels K-3.

Feel free to share with others.  Thank you for choosing the Center of Hellenic Education.  Visit our church website for more information.



We currently have 2 clear bins labeled for donations to The Real Options Medical Clinic. One in the bookstore and the other bin is outside the Sunday school office. You can put your donations of diapers, baby products and clothing for newborn thru 2 yrs. Gift cards to Walmart and Target are also accepted. You can also contact me directly to receive the above items. Tax receipts are available.  God Bless You all for your generosity to these women and families in need.  For more information please contact Ruth Duterte  or 408-483-3009.


Confessions with Father Demosthenes are available by appointment.  Please call the church office or Father Demosthenes directly at 408-784-9364.   


In case of a special need and you would like a pastoral visit, the priests would be happy to visit after receiving a call from an immediate family member due to privacy concerns.   Please text or call either Fr. Demosthenes at 408-784-9364 or Father Nebojsa at 707-315-7823 or call the church office at 408-246-2770.



Saint Nicholas is happy to present another option for our parishioners to contribute to Saint Nicholas through our Fidelity brokerage account.  If there are stocks, bonds or funds you wish to contribute, please use the following  information:

Account #: Z40-125155

DTC #: 0226


As stewards of Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, God has gifted us with the honor of being the caretakers of our Orthodox faith.   As caretakers, we are responsible for ensuring that there is a safe and welcoming spiritual home in which to come together to worship for the glory of God. 

Your continuing support spiritually, socially and financially are vital to the well being of our parish.  We humbly request if you have not had an opportunity to complete your 2019 stewardship pledge, use the following link to do so online.  When completing this, we ask that you make time to pray and reflect on the many gifts that the Church has given you.  Increasing your stewardship contribution will assist in growing our parish and provide an environment in which our community will flourish.

Stewardship Link:

Father Demosthenes and the Stewardship Committee: Mary Ann Devetzis, Jeff Contos, and Peter Panayotopoulos


We are a registered non-profit on Facebook and you can donate any time (without any fees for the church) by pressing the donate button in this link:


Registration is now open for the 2019 St. Kosmas West Conference "Technology and Orthodoxy - Uncovering the Deeper Implication of Technology in our Lives".  November 15-17th at Wonder Valley Ranch in Central California.  For more information, please visit the website


The Ancient Faith Women's Retreat is put  together by Ancient Faith Ministries and it seeks  to create a peaceful, loving, and reflective gathering of women who have come to learn, worship, make friends, and rest at the entrance into the holy Nativity season. The retreat will be on November 14-17 in Antiochian Village, Bolivar, PA. Deadline for registration is 10/15.  For more information visit:


If you wish to order kollyva, paximadia, koulourakia or other Greek pastries, or artoklasia, please see below.  Payment is arranged with the makers and not the church.  If there is anyone who wants to be added to the makers list, please call the church office.

For kollyva:

Marcella Fotis 408-723-4124

Maria Anagnostou 408-316-6609

For paximadia, koulourakia, and other Greek pastries:

Maria Tsaboukos 408-723-5175

Antonia Komianos 408-472-3888

Marcella Fotis 408-723-4124

For artoklasia:

Marcella Fotis 408-723-4124

Maria or Despina Anagnostou 408-316-6609



To avoid any confusion on our part as we compose and print the Sunday bulletin, we ask that anyone who wishes to include a notice in the Sunday bulletin submit the notice in writing to the office BY TUESDAY AT 5PM!  Please don't wait until the last minute or send a note into the altar on a Sunday morning while the liturgy is in progress.

In addition, all ongoing (same message) bulletin entries will be in for four weeks, four times a year.  Please review these entries and plan accordingly.



Please check with Father Demosthenes in the office before posting anything on the bulletin board in the Small Hall.  Notices, announcements, advertisements, etc. that have not been approved will be removed.  Thank you for your kind cooperation.


Please note that all information in the weekly bulletin is subject to change.


Saints and Feasts

November 17

9th Sunday of Luke

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).


Special Services


Please join in prayer for the souls of those who have fallen asleep in the Lord:

1st Liturgy

PANAGIOTA FILIOS ADLER (6 MONTHS), mother of Sister Joanna

2nd Liturgy

PANAGIOTIS SARAKINIS (40 DAYS), husband of Olga, father of Kosta, Bobby, Yanno, and Theoni

JOHN AND MARIA BARROUS (ANNUAL), parents of Demetrios (Jimmy) and Elizabeth Barrous, Olga and Harry Mavrogenes, Mary Ann and Taso Devetzis, and grandparents of Maria Mavrogenes

STEPHANOS AND THEODORA MAVROGENES (ANNUAL), parents of Harry and Olga Mavrogenes, Nick and Lynn Mavrogenes, and grandparents of Emily Hofer, Stephanie Mavrogenes-Fried, and Maria Mavrogenes

DAVID RODRIGUEZ (ANNUAL), father of Elizabeth and Demetrios (Jimmy) Barrous

KOSTANTINOS SARIGIANNIDES (ANNUAL), husband of Alexandra Sarigiannides, father of Lazaro Sarigiannides

May their memory be eternal.

The families are co-sponsoring the coffee hour.








Kontakion of the Fallen Asleep

Remember, O Lord, as good, your servants, and forgive whatever sins in life they committed, for no one is without sin, except you the Mighty One; and grant rest to them who have been removed from among us.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 21:14-25

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐφανερώθη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ἐγερθεὶς ἐκ νεκρῶν, καὶ λέγει τῷ Σίμωνι Πέτρῳ· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, ἀγαπᾷς με πλεῖον τούτων; λέγει αὐτῷ· ναί, Κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· βόσκε τὰ ἀρνία μου. λέγει αὐτῷ πάλιν δεύτερον· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, ἀγαπᾷς με; λέγει αὐτῷ· ναί, Κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· ποίμαινε τὰ πρόβατά μου. λέγει αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, φιλεῖς με; ἐλυπήθη ὁ Πέτρος ὅτι εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον, φιλεῖς με, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Κύριε, σὺ πάντα οἶδας, σὺ γινώσκεις ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· βόσκε τὰ πρόβατά μου. ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω σοι, ὅτε ἦς νεώτερος, ἐζώννυες σεαυτὸν καὶ περιεπάτεις ὅπου ἤθελες· ὅταν δὲ γηράσῃς, ἐκτενεῖς τὰς χεῖράς σου, καὶ ἄλλος σε ζώσει, καὶ οἴσει ὅπου οὐ θέλεις. τοῦτο δὲ εἶπε σημαίνων ποίῳ θανάτῳ δοξάσει τὸν Θεόν. καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν λέγει αὐτῷ· ἀκολούθει μοι. ἐπιστραφεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος βλέπει τὸν μαθητὴν ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἀκολουθοῦντα, ὃς καὶ ἀνέπεσεν ἐν τῷ δείπνῳ ἐπὶ τὸ στῆθος αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε· Κύριε, τίς ἐστιν ὁ παραδιδούς σε; τοῦτον ἰδὼν ὁ Πέτρος λέγει τῷ ᾿Ιησοῦ· Κύριε, οὗτος δὲ τί; λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἐὰν αὐτὸν θέλω μένειν ἕως ἔρχομαι, τί πρὸς σέ; σὺ ἀκολούθει μοι. ἐξῆλθεν οὖν ὁ λόγος οὗτος εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ὅτι ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος οὐκ ἀποθνήσκει· καὶ οὐκ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι οὐκ ἀποθνήσκει, ἀλλ᾽ ἐὰν αὐτὸν θέλω μένειν ἕως ἔρχομαι, τί πρὸς σέ; Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ μαθητὴς ὁ μαρτυρῶν περὶ τούτων καὶ γράψας ταῦτα, καὶ οἴδαμεν ὅτι ἀληθής ἐστιν ἡ μαρτυρία αὐτοῦ. ἔστι δὲ καὶ ἄλλα πολλὰ ὅσα ἐποίησεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, ἅτινα ἐὰν γράφηται καθ᾽ ἕν, οὐδὲ αὐτὸν οἶμαι τὸν κόσμον χωρῆσαι τὰ γραφόμενα βιβλία. ἀμήν.

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead, and he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" So, the word went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die; but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Epistle Reading

Προκείμενον. Plagal 1st Mode. 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.

Prokeimenon. Plagal 1st Mode. 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.

Gospel Reading

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.

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."


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


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 1st Mode

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 Mode

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.

Apolytikion of Saint Nicholas

Κανόνα πίστεως καί εικόνα πραότητος, εγκρατείας Διδάσκαλον, ανέδειξέ σε τή ποίμνη σου, η τών πραγμάτων αλήθεια, διά τούτο εκτήσω τή ταπεινώσει τά υψηλά, τή πτωχεία τά πλούσια, Πάτερ Ιεράρχα Νικόλαε, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

An example of the faith and a life of humility, as a teacher of self-control you did inspire and lead your flock, and through the truthfulness of your deeds, were exalted by greatness through your humility, uplifting all, and by poverty gaining strength. Father and hierarch Saint Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God, that our souls may be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th 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.