Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-09-22
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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, September 21

5:00pm - Vespers


Sunday, September 22 - First Sunday of Luke (TWO LITURGIES)

7:15am - Orthros + Divine Liturgy 1

10:00am - Divine Liturgy 2


Monday, September 23

5:30pm - Paraklesis to the Theotokos


Wednesday, September 25

5:30pm - Vespers

Thursday, September 26 - Falling Asleep of St. John the Theologian
8:30am - Orthros + Divine Liturgy

Saturday, September 28 
5:00pm - Vespers

Sunday, September 29 - Second Sunday of Luke
7:15am - Orthros + Divine Liturgy 1
10:00am - Divine Liturgy 2



News and Events



Our First GOYA event of the year will be Saturday, September 21st at 6:30pm.

The Colyvas family will be hosting us, as we gather to plan our year together.

Please contact Fr. Nebojsa for more information including the location address.



The Youth Ministries


Hosted by the Dance Ministry

Sunday, September 22, 2019.

following Church School

at the

Community Center Parking Area


Gyro, Frappe, Sweet Treats

Large Bounce House, Obstacle Course,

Crafts, Activities, Games and Prizes!

Carnival tickets will be sold at entrance,  in sets of 10, 1$ per ticket.


We will be on the two-liturgy schedule starting on Sunday, September 22nd with the first day of Sunday School.  Orthros and Liturgy will begin at 7:15am with the second Liturgy beginning at 10:00am.  


Sunday Coffee Team: The Members of the St. Nicholas Choir.  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.  



On Sunday, September 22nd, our church, in partnership with Walgreens Drug Store (Foxworthy location) will be hosting, at no charge, their annual Flu Shot Clinic as a service to our community.  The clinic will be held from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Golden Years Room in the small hall.  The clinic is available to everyone seven years old and up (with parent or guardian if 18 and under).  The Senior Vaccine, as well as the Pneumonia Vaccine, will be available for those over 65 years of age with a valid Medicare Card.  Please direct any questions to Dori Panopulos at 408-723-9905.


Due to Viva CalleSJ, a portion of Naglee and the Alameda Streets (in that area only) will be closed to traffic at 6:00am and end approximately 4:00pm on Sunday, September 22nd.   The on/offramp from Highway 880 to the Alameda and the route on the Alameda to the Church will be open for traffic.  For more information, please look at


The church office will be open limited hours on Thursday and Friday, September 19th and 20th.  Please call before coming to the office at 408-246-2770 or you can leave a message on voicemail.   If you need immediate assistance, please text or call either Fr. Demosthenes at 408-784-9364 or Fr. Nebojsa at 707-315-7823.


The 50’s Family Night sponsored by Ahepa and Daughters of Penelope and originally scheduled for Saturday, September 21st has been postponed.   More information will be forthcoming.  If you have any questions, please call Laurie at 408-823-0111 or Cathy at 408-315-9450.    


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:

September 23rd
October 21st
November 18th
December 16th

All are invited to come to Paraklisis at 5:30 on those Mondays, and the classes will begin shortly following the service, around 6:30 pm. 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.



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   


Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the St. Basil Philoptochos Autumn Tea, on Saturday September 28 at 2 pm.  The St. Ignatius School and orphanage are the only international charities benefiting from this event, along with some domestic and local charities.  Tickets are at $35 per person.  For more information please contact Cleo Constantin

Work is progressing full speed at the St Ignatius School in India, as the school is set-up for re-accreditation in 2020.  We will soon share some exciting news about Sister Nektaria and her lucky girls.  For donations, please look for the Mission Ministry’s box placed in the narthex or visit the Fili website:  Checks can be made out to Sts. Peter & Paul Missions Ministry or Fili.

For more information on this and other missionary activity, please contact Maria Aji at, or follow our Saints Peter and Paul Missions Ministry Facebook page and the Fili website.  Our ministry is meeting the third Thursday of the month at 7pm (Sunday school room 3).  Please consider joining us at our next meeting scheduled for September 19th.



Our First lesson will be Sunday, September 22nd, and two (2) liturgies will resume. Sunday school is immediately following communion, at the 2nd Liturgy. 

Please make sure you review your information with the new database system. To do this, just go to the church's website: at the upper right tab you will note "sign in" where you can access your account and update your information. 


September 22 - Sunday School - First Session!  (also there will be a Carnival that day for the kids)

September 29 - Sunday School in Session

October - Annual St. Nicholas Food Drive Campaign

October 6 - Sunday School in Session

October 13 - Sunday School in Session (Open House for PreK - 4th grade)

October 20 - Sunday School in Session (Open House for 5th - 8th Grade)

October 27 - Sunday School in Session (Open House for 9th - 12th grade)



Please keep in mind that our regular meetings for the new Ecclesiastic Year, will take place THE FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH.    The next meeting is Tuesday, October 1st at 11am.  For more information call Mina at: 408 515-8301


Saint Nicholas Family Ministry invites you to our next event with fun and fellowship this Friday, October 4th. This year at our monthly family night we will be discussing "Working With Our Hands". Join us Friday, October 4th for a discussion on having a "Home Altar" and fellowship starting at 6pm. Feel free to bring a meatless main dish, snack or dessert to share. 



HOLY CROSS/HELLENIC COLLEGE:  Thank you to our wonderful parishioners for their generosity.  St. Anna Philoptochos collected $965 from the second tray passed on Sunday after the Feastday of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.  All proceeds will be sent to Holy Cross/Hellenic College. 

SAVE THE DATE:    As the advent season is just around the corner, St. Anna Philoptochos will host its retreat on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville, CA.   This parish is blessed to have relics of St. Anna, the mother of our beloved Panagia.  There will be a presentation presented by Fr. Chris of the St. Anna parish, a paraklesis service, and fellowship.  More information will follow.




The Monastery of the Theotokos of the Life Giving Spring, Fundraising Dinner is on November 3rd at St. Nicholas Community Center at 5:00pm. 

Please support Gerodissa Markella and the Sisters and help assist them through the winter months!

For more information or to rsvp for this event, please contact Evagelia at: (408)499-3939 or




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.



As the issues of need arise more profoundly in this county, and within the parish itself, St. Anna Philoptochos, with the blessing of Father Demosthenes, is forming a Social Services Committee.  The first priority of Social Services is to create a program to have information on hand and the resources available within the County of Santa Clara in order to direct individuals to aid programs in this area and  work with our the clergy, if needed, as they try to help those who come to our parish for aid.  Although St. Anna has always helped and will continue to do so to aid and give comfort to those in need, the problems and issues that many face are becoming more complex and monetary solutions are not enough in today's society.  If you desire to make a difference and have wondered how you can help, please consider assisting in the foundation of the Social Services Committee, please contact Stacy Panayotopoulos, President, at (408) 295-0387 or


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.


The schedule for Volleyball practices in the Community Center for current stewards of St. Nicholas is as follows:

Jr. High level players practice on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

High School level players practice on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00pm.

Adults practice on Thursdays and Sundays with an open gym from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

If you have any further questions, please call Chairman George Spilios at 408-806-1699 or Elias Papadokonstadakis, Head Volleyball Coach and Coordinator, at 408-497-4522 or email at



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.



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:


The Napa-Solano County Greek Festival is happening on September 21 – 22.  Authentic Homemade Greek Food and Music.  Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1224 Alabama Street, Vallejo CA; Telephone: 707-642-6916; Email:;  For more information regarding our parish please visit


St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church of Saratoga, 14220 Elva Ave, Saratoga, is hosting their Russian and International Festival on Saturday, September 28th, 11:00am to 7:00pm and Sunday, September 29th, 12:00pm to 6:00pm.  Savor delicious Slavic food, enjoy traditional Slavic music and dance and shop with many vendors. Adults $5, seniors and children $3. For more information, please visit


Arcadian Dinner/Dance Celebrating 87 Years of Arcadians in San Francisco!

Saturday, September 28, 2019 ; 5:30pm Cocktails ~ 7:00pm Dinner/Dancing

Reservations Only by Sept14th; No tickets will be sold at the door

Where: Patio Espanol Club Hall, 2850 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco

$75.00 for Adults $30.00 for Children 12 & under

For reservations and payment Contact: Evangeline Mallas 650-274-3057

Or Christi Tsiplakos 650-992-9619 


St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and the St. Dionysios Building Committee invite you to attend their fourth annual Harvest Gala on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Contra Costa Country Club, 801 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, 94523.  For more information, please call 925-676-6967.



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. 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

September 22

1st Sunday of Luke

September 22

Phocas the Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

This saint was known for the many miracles he worked and for his apostolic zeal in shepherding the flock of Sinope. He contested for the Faith during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, in the year 102, when he was burned to death in a bath-house. A homily in his honour was composed by Saint John Chrysostom. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.


Special Services


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

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

Third Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 16:9-20

᾿Αναστὰς δὲ πρωῒ πρώτῃ σαββάτου ἐφάνη πρῶτον Μαρίᾳ τῇ Μαγδαληνῇ, ἀφ᾿ ἧς ἐκβεβλήκει ἑπτὰ δαιμόνια. ἐκείνη πορευθεῖσα ἀπήγγειλε τοῖς μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ γενομένοις, πενθοῦσι καὶ κλαίουσι. κἀκεῖνοι ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ζῇ καὶ ἐθεάθη ὑπ᾿ αὐτῆς, ἠπίστησαν. Μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα δυσὶν ἐξ αὐτῶν περιπατοῦσιν ἐφανερώθη ἐν ἑτέρᾳ μορφῇ, πορευομένοις εἰς ἀγρόν. κἀκεῖνοι ἀπελθόντες ἀπήγγειλαν τοῖς λοιποῖς· οὐδὲ ἐκείνοις ἐπίστευσαν. ῞Υστερον ἀνακειμένοις αὐτοῖς τοῖς ἕνδεκα ἐφανερώθη, καὶ ὠνείδισε τὴν ἀπιστίαν αὐτῶν καὶ σκληροκαρδίαν, ὅτι τοῖς θεασαμένοις αὐτὸν ἐγηγερμένον οὐκ ἐπίστευσαν. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· πορευθέντες εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἅπαντα κηρύξατε τὸ εὐαγγέλιον πάσῃ τῇ κτίσει. ὁ πιστεύσας καὶ βαπτισθεὶς σωθήσεται, ὁ δὲ ἀπιστήσας κατακριθήσεται. σημεῖα δὲ τοῖς πιστεύσασι ταῦτα παρακολουθήσει· ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί μου δαιμόνια ἐκβαλοῦσι· γλώσσαις λαλήσουσι καιναῖς· ὄφεις ἀροῦσι· κἂν θανάσιμόν τι πίωσιν, οὐ μὴ αὐτοὺς βλάψει· ἐπὶ ἀρρώστους χεῖρας ἐπιθήσουσι, καὶ καλῶς ἕξουσιν. ῾Ο μὲν οὖν Κύριος μετὰ τὸ λαλῆσαι αὐτοῖς ἀνελήφθη εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ. ἐκεῖνοι δὲ ἐξελθόντες ἐκήρυξαν πανταχοῦ, τοῦ Κυρίου συνεργοῦντος καὶ τὸν λόγον βεβαιοῦντος διὰ τῶν ἐπακολουθούντων σημείων. ἀμήν.

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. 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 Κορινθίους β' 1:21-24, 2:1-4.

Ἀδελφοί, ὁ βεβαιῶν ἡμᾶς σὺν ὑμῖν εἰς Χριστόν, καὶ χρίσας ἡμᾶς, θεός, ὁ καὶ σφραγισάμενος ἡμᾶς, καὶ δοὺς τὸν ἀρραβῶνα τοῦ πνεύματος ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν. Ἐγὼ δὲ μάρτυρα τὸν θεὸν ἐπικαλοῦμαι ἐπὶ τὴν ἐμὴν ψυχήν, ὅτι φειδόμενος ὑμῶν οὐκέτι ἦλθον εἰς Κόρινθον. Οὐχ ὅτι κυριεύομεν ὑμῶν τῆς πίστεως, ἀλλὰ συνεργοί ἐσμεν τῆς χαρᾶς ὑμῶν· τῇ γὰρ πίστει ἑστήκατε. Ἔκρινα δὲ ἐμαυτῷ τοῦτο, τὸ μὴ πάλιν ἐν λύπῃ πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἐλθεῖν. Εἰ γὰρ ἐγὼ λυπῶ ὑμᾶς, καὶ τίς ἐστιν ὁ εὐφραίνων με, εἰ μὴ ὁ λυπούμενος ἐξ ἐμοῦ; Καὶ ἔγραψα ὑμῖν τοῦτο αὐτό, ἵνα μὴ ἐλθὼν λύπην ἔχω ἀφʼ ὧν ἔδει με χαίρειν, πεποιθὼς ἐπὶ πάντας ὑμᾶς, ὅτι ἡ ἐμὴ χαρὰ πάντων ὑμῶν ἐστίν. Ἐκ γὰρ πολλῆς θλίψεως καὶ συνοχῆς καρδίας ἔγραψα ὑμῖν διὰ πολλῶν δακρύων, οὐχ ἵνα λυπηθῆτε, ἀλλὰ τὴν ἀγάπην ἵνα γνῶτε ἣν ἔχω περισσοτέρως εἰς ὑμᾶς.

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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 1:21-24; 2:1-4.

Brethren, it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

But I call God to witness against me - it was to spare you that I refrained from coming to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith; we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. For I made up my mind not to make you another painful visit. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you.

Gospel Reading

1st Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 5:1-11

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἑστὼς ὁ Ἰησοῦς παρὰ τὴν λίμνην Γεννησαρέτ, καὶ εἶδε δύο πλοῖα ἑστῶτα παρὰ τὴν λίμνην· οἱ δὲ ἁλιεῖς ἀποβάντες ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν ἀπέπλυναν τὰ δίκτυα. ἐμβὰς δὲ εἰς ἓν τῶν πλοίων, ὃ ἦν τοῦ Σίμωνος, ἠρώτησεν αὐτὸν ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ἐπαναγαγεῖν ὀλίγον· καὶ καθίσας ἐδίδασκεν ἐκ τοῦ πλοίου τοὺς ὄχλους. ὡς δὲ ἐπαύσατο λαλῶν, εἶπε πρὸς τὸν Σίμωνα· ἐπανάγαγε εἰς τὸ βάθος καὶ χαλάσατε τὰ δίκτυα ὑμῶν εἰς ἄγραν. καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Σίμων εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἐπιστάτα, δι᾿ ὅλης τῆς νυκτὸς κοπιάσαντες οὐδὲν ἐλάβομεν· ἐπὶ δὲ τῷ ῥήματί σου χαλάσω τὸ δίκτυον. καὶ τοῦτο ποιήσαντες συνέκλεισαν πλῆθος ἰχθύων πολύ· διερρήγνυτο δὲ τὸ δίκτυον αὐτῶν. καὶ κατένευσαν τοῖς μετόχοις τοῖς ἐν τῷ ἑτέρῳ πλοίῳ τοῦ ἐλθόντας συλλαβέσθαι αὐτοῖς· καὶ ἦλθον καὶ ἔπλησαν ἀμφότερα τὰ πλοῖα, ὥστε βυθίζεσθαι αὐτά. ἰδὼν δὲ Σίμων Πέτρος προσέπεσε τοῖς γόνασιν ᾿Ιησοῦ λέγων· ἔξελθε ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι ἀνὴρ ἁμαρτωλός εἰμι, Κύριε· θάμβος γὰρ περιέσχεν αὐτὸν καὶ πάντας τοὺς σὺν αὐτῷ ἐπὶ τῇ ἄγρᾳ τῶν ἰχθύων ᾗ συνέλαβον, ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ ᾿Ιάκωβον καὶ ᾿Ιωάννην, υἱοὺς Ζεβεδαίου, οἳ ἦσαν κοινωνοὶ τῷ Σίμωνι. καὶ εἶπε πρὸς τὸν Σίμωνα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· μὴ φοβοῦ· ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν ἀνθρώπους ἔσῃ ζωγρῶν. καὶ καταγαγόντες τὰ πλοῖα ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν, ἀφέντες ἅπαντα ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ.

1st Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

At that time, as Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


Wisdom of the Fathers

For now they were well instructed beforehand...But mark both their faith and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work when they heard His command, they delayed not, they procrastinated not, they said not, "let us return home, and converse with our kinsfolk," but "they forsook all and followed."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time, though something absolutely most needful should vehemently press on us.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th 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 Hieromartyr Phocas in the 4th Mode

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Phocas. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Καί τρόπων μέτοχος, καί θρόνων διάδοχος, τών Αποστόλων γενόμενος, τήν πράξιν εύρες Θεόπνευστε, εις θεωρίας επίβασιν, διά τούτο τόν λόγον τής αληθείας ορθοτομών, καί τή πίστει ενήθλησας μέχρις αίματος, Ιερομάρτυς Φωκά, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

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 2nd Mode

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.