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Saint George Church Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-08-16
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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

 
 
 
 
 
CLICK HERE TO GO TO LIVE STREAM
 
WE ARE NOW PERMITTED TO GATHER WITHIN GUIDELINES
It has been a blessing to see those that have attended. We have missed you all.
 
If you don't come to church, please join us online.
 
We encourage you to stay safe and not take any risks. The virus has not dissipated, so we need to continue to be vigilant. 
 
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.
 
 NOTE: NANNY NEEDED IN OLIVEBRIDGE, NY
A Family in Olivebridge, NY is looking for a nanny to their 5 year old son.
Please contact Eugenia: 908-346-0295.
 

 

 
 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.

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

 

OUR SAINT GEORGE FAMILY

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

WE CONTINUE TO UPDATE 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

 

 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
  
 
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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)

 

 

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.

 

 


What does Fr Jim do at the Archdiocese?

Click HERE to see a brief 2 1/2 minute video.

 

 

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 4:9-16.

Brethren, God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off-scouring of all things. I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.


Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 17:14-23

At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before him said, "Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him." And Jesus answered, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me." And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move hence to yonder place,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting." As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Yet if his unbelief was the cause ... why does He blame the disciples? Signifying, that even without persons to bring the sick in faith, they might in many instances work a cure.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17, 4th Century

For as the faith of the person presenting oftentimes availed for receiving the cure, even from inferior ministers; so the power of the doers oftentimes sufficed, even without belief in those who came to work the miracle.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17, 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

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August 16

10th Sunday of Matthew


Napkin
August 16

Translation of the Image of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ

When the fame of our Lord Jesus Christ came to Abgar, the ruler of Edessa, who was suffering from leprosy, Abgar sent a messenger named Ananias, through him asking the Savior to heal him of his disease, while bidding Ananias bring back a depiction of Him. When Ananias came to Jerusalem, and was unable to capture the likeness of our Lord, He, the Knower of hearts, asked for water, and having washed His immaculate and divine face, wiped it dry with a certain cloth, which He gave to Ananias to take to Abgar; the form of the Lord's face had been wondrously printed upon the cloth. As soon as Abgar received the cloth, which is called the Holy Napkin (Mandylion), he reverenced it with joy, and was healed of his leprosy; only his forehead remained afflicted. After the Lord's Death, Resurrection, and Ascension, the Apostle Thaddaeus (see Aug. 21) came to Edessa, and when he had baptized Abgar and all his men, Abgar's remaining leprosy also was healed. Abgar had the holy image of our Savior fixed to a board and placed at the city gate, commanding that all who entered the city reverence it as they passed through. Abgar's grandson, however, returned to the worship of the idols, and the Bishop of Edessa learned of his intention to replace the Holy Napkin with an idol. Since the place where it stood above the city gate was a rounded hollow, he set a burning lamp before the Holy Napkin, put a tile facing it, then bricked up the place and smoothed it over, so that the holy icon made without hands was no longer to be seen, and the ungodly ruler gave no further thought to it.

With the passage of time, the hidden icon was forgotten, until the year 615, when Chosroes II, King of Persia, was assaulting the cities of Asia, and besieged Edessa. The Bishop of Edessa, Eulabius, instructed by a divine revelation, opened the sealed chamber above the city gate and found the Holy Napkin complete and incorrupt, the lamp burning, and the tile bearing upon itself an identical copy of the image that was on the Holy Napkin. The Persians had built a huge fire outside the city wall; when the Bishop approached with the Holy Napkin, a violent wind fell upon the fire, turning it back upon the Persians, who fled in defeat. The Holy Napkin remained in Edessa, even after the Arabs conquered it, until the year 944, when it was brought with honor and triumph to Constantinople in the reign of Romanus I, when Theophylact was Ecumenical Patriarch. The Holy Napkin was enshrined in the Church of the most holy Theotokos called the Pharos. This is the translation that is celebrated today.


Allsaint
August 16

Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus

The holy Martyr Diomedes was from Tarsus in Cilicia, a physician who treated bodies with his healing art and souls with his piety. In the days of the Emperor Diocletian, about the year 288, Diomedes left Tarsus and came to Nicaea, where he benefited many both as a physician and as a preacher of the Faith. He was accused to Diocletian, who sent men to fetch him. When they arrived, although finding that he had already given up his soul to the Lord, they cut off his head to take it to the Emperor, and because of their inhumanity were stricken with blindness. When Diocletian saw the Saint's head, he commanded them to take it back and put it on the body in its place; when they had done so, they received their sight again. Saint Diomedes is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.


Allsaint
August 16

Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele


Allsaint
August 16

Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele


Allsaint
August 16

Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele


Allsaint
August 16

Nicodemus the New Martyr of Meteora


20_gerasimos
August 16

Gerasimus of Cephalonia

Saint Gerasimus was from the Peloponnesus, the son of Demetrius and Kale, of the family of Notaras. He was reared in piety by them and studied the Sacred writings. He left his country and went throughout various lands, and finally came to Cephalonia, where he restored a certain old church and built a convent around it, where it stands to this day at the place called Omala. He finished the course of his life there in asceticism in the year 1570. His sacred relics, which remain incorrupt, are kept there for the sanctification of the faithful.


Allsaint
August 16

Holy Monk Penteles


Allsaint
August 16

The Six Martyrs Dorotheos, Sarantis, Jacob, Seraphim, Demetrios and Basil who contested in Megara


Allsaint
August 16

Manuel and John the New Martyrs


Allsaint
August 16

Stamatios the Martyr


Allsaint
August 16

Apostolos the New-Martyr


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for Holy Napkin in the Second Mode

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will wast Thou well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Dormition in the First Mode

In giving birth, thou didst preserve thy virginity; in thy dormition, thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. Thou wast translated unto life, since thou art the Mother of Life; and by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death.

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

Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.
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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

From One Spoon to Many

08/05/2020

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Orthodox Church has found itself in an existential crisis. The situation has challenged our traditions and even the way that we receive Holy Communion. One of the points of disagreement that has arisen concerns the manner in which Holy Communion is distributed to the faithful from the common cup by means of a common spoon.

GOARCH Launches Spanish Ministry Initiative's Facebook

08/05/2020

In August, 2019, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America identified the need for this ministry and tasked His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos to coordinate the development of Spanish-language materials, resources, and outreach ministries throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, supporting efforts of its Metropolises, Parishes, and Institutions nationwide.

A Message from the Department of Religious Education

07/29/2020

There is a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. In particular, what might happen to traditionally in-person programs? Over the next weeks, I’ll be offering some ideas for your religious education program. They will offer some basic strategies that you might consider implementing for a virtual religious education program.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros Pension Plan Virtual Town Hall

08/11/2020

The primary reason that I have asked to speak with you about the Pension Plan is that, even as I have continued to urge the Archdiocese Benefits Committee, your ABC, to address this ongoing crisis, recently a number of Syndesmoi of the Metropolis Clergy have expressed their concerns publicly, either to me, or to the ABC and the APC. Rather than address these concerns one by one, I thought it more equitable to convene as many of the clergy as possible in order to have an open and frank discussion.

Archdiocese Concludes Initial Phase of COVID-19 Fund

07/29/2020

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the completion of Phase One of the COVID-19 relief fund, which was created to assist with the living expenses of those facing financial hardship as a result of the current pandemic.
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