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Saint George Church Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-07-05
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Saint George Church Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (845)331-3522
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 3062

  • Kingston, NY 12402


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sunday Matins/Morning Service 9:00 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sunday School after Holy Communion - students should sit with their families and come to the Sunday School section when Fr Jim calls them down, just before Holy Communion. They will have a short sermon, those that wish to receive Holy Communion will do so and they will then proceed to the Sunday School area.

 

Week Day Liturgies 10:00 am

Evening Services 7:00 pm


Past Bulletins


Welcome to St George Church of Kingston

 
 
 
WE ARE NOW PERMITTED TO GATHER WITHIN GUIDELINES
It has been a blessing to see those that have attended. We have missed you all.
 
We encourage you to stay safe and not take any risks. The virus has not dissipated, so we need to continue to be vigilant. 
 
We have welcomed back Linda, our Choir Director. We also have Karen and Ileana joining her in the choir loft, along with Stavros. Each has a microphone and are maintaining social distancing guidelines.  We look forward to being able to have our full choir back in the choir loft each Sunday when it is safe to do so. All are welcome to sing from their places in the church pews.
 
Please join us as we stream our services online. The link appears further below in this bulletin. We continue to improve the quality of the transmission, adding microphones and balancing the sound levels of each.  Occasionally the video will be interrupted because of the wifi connection. This is occurring less often and we are learning to troubleshoot when it does.
 
So... is it safe to attend Divine Liturgy?
We will do our best to follow guidelines to minimize risk.
Please be aware that opening the church is allowed NOT because there is no further risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus. We are allowed to do so because it has been calculated by the State of New York that the health system can manage the expected increase in new cases resulting from this new permission.
 
Please join us only if your health permits. Elderly members, members with compromised immune systems, respiratory issues, fever or symptoms of the Covid-19 virus or persons exposed to someone with the Covid-19 virus,
should not attend.
 
Masks and social distancing are required (families sit together).
Please sanitize your hands upon entering the church.
Pews and floor will be marked for social distancing.
Please ask for candles and they will be handed to you.
Red candles will be taken to the front by a Parish Council member
Please do not congregate following liturgy, but proceed to your cars.
Only pre-determined individuals may be in the choir loft.
Antidoro will be provided in small wax paper bags - one per family unit.
Please place your offering directly in the slot on top of the candle stand.
 
No tray will be passed. Please place your offering in candle stand, or
you may give by text to 833-396-0633.
 
 
 
TO JOIN LITURGY ONLINE:
click on image below to go to YouTube LIVE
 
 
 

Thank you for your continued support of our church during these uncertain times.

We have been touched by your generosity. 

Click HERE to see your online giving options.

We have set up a LIGHT-A-CANDLE option on our online giving page. You may choose a candle type and submit names for prayers. Click HERE to go to our Online Giving Page.
 
Please pray for our community, our Church and our country. Pray for those who are under the threat of the Coronavirus, those who are suffering and those who are recovering. Pray for the nurses, doctors and researchers, to keep them healthy.

We are here for members of our Saint George family that may need assistance. If you would like to assist or know of someone in need please email me at FrJimK@goarch.org. If you would like to support this initiative financially, please click HERE and donate to the philanthropy fund.

You may access an English/Greek text of this Sunday's Divine Liturgy HERE
Fr Jim is available as needed by phone or video for pastoral needs. He may be reached by email at FrJimK@goarch.org or at his office 646-519-6760. If you leave a message at his office, he will also receive an email with your voice message.
 
 

 

 Click HERE to see photos of the visit of Archbishop Elpidophoros

 

 

 

“Every church needs to

grow warmer through fellowship,

deeper through discipleship,

stronger through through worship,

and larger through evangelism."

Rick Warren The Purpose-Driven Church

 

"The Words We Choose"

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MORE THAN JUST FOLLOWING RULES....

“…in the end, to be Christian is not simply to follow rules and assent to propositions; to be Christian is to love in the form of the greatest commandment. Like being a dancer, it is to perform love in such a way that love (God) has seized our being.”  

-Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou

Aristotle Papanikolaou is Professor of Theology and the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture at Fordham University He is Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University.

 

 

“Every temple of the Lord is a house of divine Presence and a house of prayer.
Every temple is also a house of peace. May the soul of all those who enter into this holy
temple to take part in the assembly of God, become itself a house of peace.”

from Serve the Lord With Gladness by A Monk of the Eastern Church

 

 

“It does not matter how much we give,

but how much love we put into our giving.”

Mother Theresa

 

   Click HERE to visit our church website.

Click HERE to visit, like & follow us on Facebook

 

Please...

REMEMBER ST GEORGE CHURCH IN YOUR WILL OR ESTATE PLAN

 

UPDATING OUR DIRECTORY
Please click HERE to open our online form listing 7 brief questions. When you have completed the form, just click on the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page. The form should not take more than 5 minutes to complete.
Thank you for your assistance, And thank you to the 40+ households that have responded.
 

 

 

  The Work of Jesus Christ: “…it is our Orthodox teaching that the Church continues the work of Christ on earth.  When laypeople sing in the choir, teach Sunday school, instruct their children to pray, etc., they are doing the work of the Church.”  

- Fr. Stanley S. Harakas, Contemporary Moral Issues

 

“With us everything should be secondary compared to our concern with children, and their upbringing in the instruction of the Lord."

 St John Chrysostom
 
 


 

 

 

Your 2020 Parish Council

Fr Jim, Priest

Phil Lettre, President

Xenakis Loizou, Vice President

Mary Matthews, Treasurer

George Kotzias, Secretary

Stavros Kariolis

Steve Kotzias

Dennis Larios

  Nick Maouris

Anthony Moustakas

Ephie Trataros

John Zacharia

 

 

40-Day Blessing

 

 Saint George Church seeks to offer:

  1. A sense of Peace and the Presence of God in worship;
  2. Opportunities to Serve Others;
  3. Meaningful opportunities for Fellowship;
  4. Education in aspects of the Faith for all ages; and
  5. A well-maintained and inspiring place of worship & fellowship
  
 
 Like/Follow us on facebook. Click here.
   
 
 
Is a Member of our St George Family
in the Hospital, Rehab or Extended Care?
Please contact Fr Jim with the name and location of any members of our Saint George family that may be in the hospital, Rehab or Extended Care/Nursing Home. Please indicate whether the need is urgent. Call Fr Jim's office 646-519-6721 or email FrJimK@goarch.org. Please leave a clear message and a contact number in case additional information is needed.
 
 
 
     “The oil of religion should be used to soothe and heal the wounds of others,
not to ignite the fires of hatred.” 
-Archbishop Anastasios of Albania
 
WHAT IS CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP?
Stewardship is what a person does after saying "I believe," as proof of that belief.

(Williams & McKibben in Oriented Leadership)

 

Click on the photo below to learn about our member Francisco "Frank" Rivera

 

Saint George E-List We are developing an e-list (listserv) for parish communication. Your email will not be disclosed through the list or to other members of the list. The list will be used for weekly bulletins and timely information. Please send your email to FrJimK@goarch.org and request to be added to the Saint George Kingston e-list.

 

 

 

https://www.goarch.org/-/the-words-we-choose

 

 

  

 

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

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 Letter to the Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2.

Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.


Gospel Reading

4th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:5-13

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, "Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress." And he said to him, "I will come and heal him." But the centurion answered him, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, 'Go,' and he goes, and to another, 'Come,' and he comes, and to my slave, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, "Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." And to the centurion Jesus said, "Go; be it done for you as you have believed." And the servant was healed at that very moment.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Patience is a labor that does not crush the soul. It never wavers under interruptions, good or bad...Patience sets a boundary to the daily onslaught of suffering...Patience comes from hope and mourning, and indeed to lack those is to be a slave of despondency.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 27: On Stillness; Paulist Press pg.271, 6th century

Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance, suppresses anger, restrains pride and envy, draws down the Holy Spirit into the soul and raises man to heaven.
St. Ephraim the Syrian
Unknown, 4th century

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Saints and Feasts

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July 05

Uncovering of the Holy Relics of Our Righteous Father Sergius of Radonezh

Our righteous Father Sergius was born in Rostov, north of Moscow, about the year 1314. Named Bartholomew in Baptism, he was brought up in Radonezh, and at the death of his parents he withdrew to the wilderness to become a monk. It is notable that without having been trained in a monastery, he was of such a spiritual stature as to be able to take up the perilous eremitical life from the beginning, without falling into delusion or despondency. When he had endured with courage the deprivations of the solitary life, other monks began to come to him, for whom he was made abbot against his will. On the counsel of Philotheus, Patriarch of Constantinople, he organized his monks according to the cenobitic life, appointing duties to each. While Anthony and Theodosius of Kiev, and the other righteous Fathers before Sergius, had established their monasteries near to cities, Sergius was the leader and light of those who went far into the wilderness, and after his example the untrodden forests of northern Russia were settled with monks. When Grand Duke Demetrius Donskoy was about to go to battle against the invading Tartars, he first sought the blessing of Saint Sergius, through whose prayers he was triumphant. Saint Sergius was adorned with the highest virtues of Christ-like humility and burning love for God and neighbour, and received the gift of working wonders, of casting out demons, and of discretion for leading souls to salvation. When he served the Divine Liturgy, an Angel served with him visibly; he was also vouchsafed the visitation of the most holy Theotokos with the Apostles Peter and John. He was gathered to his Fathers on September 25, 1392. At the recovery of his holy relics on July 5, 1422, his body and garments were found fragrant and incorrupt. His life was written by the monks of Epiphanius, who knew him.


Centurian
July 05

4th Sunday of Matthew


Athanasiosathos
July 05

Athanasius of Mount Athos

Saint Athanasius had Trebizond for his homeland. He first entered the monastic life on the mountain called Kymaeos or Kyminas, which is in Mysia of Bithynia, then he went to Mount Athos and founded a large monastery, which is known as the Great Lavra. He became so renowned for his virtue that from Rome, Calabria, Georgia, and elsewhere, rulers, men of wealth and nobility, abbots, and even bishops came to him and were subject to him. When the time for his departure was at hand, God revealed to him how it would take place, so that he was able to instruct his spiritual children not to be troubled when it should come to pass. A new church was being built for the sake of the many who came to him, and only the dome had not been finished. Together with six of the brethren, the Saint went to the top of the church to help the workmen. The dome collapsed, and they fell. Five were killed at once, and the Saint died three hours later. His holy body remained incorrupt and he worked many miracles after his death. He reposed about the end of the tenth century.


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July 05

Righteous Father Lampadus the Wonderworker


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July 05

Kyprianos the New Martyr of Koutloumousiou Monastery


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July 05

Holy New Martyrs Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and the Novice Barbara

Grand Duchess Elizabeth, a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of England and elder sister of Empress Alexandra of Russia (see July 4), was one of the most illustrious women of her day, known throughout Europe not only for her high birth and graceful beauty, but also for her modesty and goodness of heart. After marrying Grand Duke Sergius Alexandrovich, she converted to Orthodoxy, although this was not required of her by her position. After the assassination of her husband in 1905, Grand Duchess Elizabeth withdrew from public life, founding the convent of Saints Martha and Mary, of which she became the superior. There she dedicated herself to prayer, fasting, tending the sick, and caring for the poor. After the Bolsheviks seized power, she was exiled to the Urals, where she and those with her were martyred in 1918 when they were cast alive into an abandoned mine. The Novice Barbara followed Saint Elizabeth into exile. When she was separated from the Grand Duchess, Barbara asked to be allowed to join her again; to terrify her, the Bolsheviks told her that she would be allowed to do this, but only if she were prepared for unheard-of torments and a violent death. To their amazement, she consented, and was deemed worthy of martyrdom with the Grand Duchess. Their holy relics were recovered and taken through Russia to China, and came to rest in the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem. When their reliquaries were opened in 1981, their bodies were found to be partially incorrupt, and sweet with the odour of sanctity. With them are also commemorated their fellow Martyrs: Grand Duke Sergius Mikhailovich; Princes John, Constantine, and Igor, the brethren; Prince Vladimir Paley; and Theodore Remez.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Athanasius of Athos in the Third Mode

The Angels' ranks were awed by thy life in the flesh, how, though corporeal, and clad with earthly clay, thou didst set forth with courage to invisible wars and wrestlings and didst boldly smite the hordes of the demons with mortal wounds. Wherefore, Christ rewarded thee with abundant gifts in return. Entreat Him that our souls find salvation, O most renowned Father Athanasius.

Hymn of Saint George in the Fourth Mode

'Ως των αιχμαλωτων ελευθερωτης, και των πτωχων υπεραπιστης, ασθενουντων ιατρος, βασιλεων υπερμαχος, Τροπαιοφορε Μεγαλομαρτυς Γεωργιε, πρεσβευε Χριστω τω Θεω, σωθηναι τας ψυχας ημων.

Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

 

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second 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.
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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Be the Bee: Does God Have a Plan for You?

07/01/2020

In the season finale of "Be the Bee," Steve is joined by Anna Karos to explore how we can figure out what God wants for us. They draw inspiration from the lessons taught during the CrossRoad Summer Institute, a program designed to help high school juniors and seniors discover their vocation.

Spring Meeting of the Archdiocese Council Convenes Virtually

07/01/2020

On June 29, 2020 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Spring Meeting of the Archdiocese Council. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, travel and meeting restrictions, and public health concerns, the meeting was held virtually via video conferencing in two separate sessions.

The Words We Choose

06/23/2020

A few years after graduating from seminary, a young priest was serving as an assistant priest in a parish in Long Island. Picking up the phone one day, he heard the voice of his Dogmatics professor from seminary. The professor politely asked, “How do you like your parish?” The young priest responded that he loved it and felt lucky to be there. The response from his professor would ring in his ears forever. “Luck is not an Orthodox concept,” the professor told him. “We say we are blessed.” From that day forward, the young priest replaced the word “lucky” with the word “blessed.”

Greek Orthodox Parishes Respond to Covid-19

06/19/2020

The Covid-19 Pandemic has forced people around the world to make changes to their everyday lifestyle and, as a result, has greatly affected the way Greek Orthodox parishes and parishioners offer and participate in worship.

PRAXIS Spring 2020: Orthodox Youth Around the World

06/17/2020

The Spring 2020 edition of PRAXIS magazine is now fully available online. The topic of Orthodox Youth around the World was selected to honor the Christmas 2019 declaration of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew that 2020 would be the “year of pastoral renewal and due concern for the youth.”

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Distributes More Than a Quarter of a Million Dollars to Applicants Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic in the USA

06/16/2020

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOARCH) announces the distribution of more than $250,000 from the Archdiocese Covid-19 Relief Fund on behalf of those affected by the Covid-19 global pandemic in the USA. The Fund is active, as the number of donors, especially small amount donors, continues to rise daily.

A Conversation on Racial Reconciliation: An Interview Series with Archdeacon John Chryssavgis

06/15/2020

The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has produced an interview series entitled, “A Conversation on Racial Reconciliation,” with Archdeacon John Chryssavgis. This series, as well as an updated resource center, are in response to the events following the death of Mr. George Floyd.

Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church: Article by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

06/01/2020

The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations continues to promote social engagement in the Orthodox Church and its relevance in today’s world. The Department’s blog “Faith Matters” recently published an article prepared by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis describing the key issues that Orthodox Christians face in our society today, based on the recent release of For the Life of World: Toward a Social Ethos of the Orthodox Church.

Four Free Resources to Help Young People Stay Healthy and Connected

06/01/2020

The coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time for people of all ages. Social distancing has led to feelings of loneliness. The virus itself has led to feelings of anxiety and fear. And these negative emotions will only be compounded in the weeks ahead as more cities and states reopen. Parents and ministry workers need support to keep the young people in their care healthy and connected.
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