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Publish Date: 2024-04-14
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Sts. Constantine and Helen Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (414) 778-1555
  • Street Address:

  • 2160 N. Wauwatosa Avenue

  • Wauwatosa, WI 53213


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Services Schedule

SUNDAY MATINS/DIVINE LITURGY, 8:15 am


Past Bulletins


Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
April 14

Ardalion the Actor and Martyr


Allsaint
April 14

Demetrios the New-Martyr of Arcadia


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

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

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

First Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 28:16-20

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, οἱ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ Ὄρος, οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς. Καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτόν, προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ· οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. Καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς, ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς, λέγων· Ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς. Πορευθέντες οὖν, μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρός, καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ, καὶ τοῦ Ἁγίου Πνεύματος· διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν. Καὶ ἰδού, ἐγὼ μεθ' ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας, ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. Ἀμήν.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 103.24,1.
Ὡς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου Κύριε, πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας.
Στίχ. Εὐλόγει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 6:13-20.

Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ ἐπαγγειλάμενος ὁ θεός, ἐπεὶ κατʼ οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι, ὤμοσεν καθʼ ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων, Ἦ μὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε, καὶ πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε. Καὶ οὕτως μακροθυμήσας ἐπέτυχεν τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι μὲν γὰρ κατὰ τοῦ μείζονος ὀμνύουσιν, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος. Ἐν ᾧ περισσότερον βουλόμενος ὁ θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς κληρονόμοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀμετάθετον τῆς βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐμεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον ψεύσασθαι θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωμεν οἱ καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης ἐλπίδος· ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχομεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ βεβαίαν, καὶ εἰσερχομένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσματος· ὅπου πρόδρομος ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδὲκ ἀρχιερεὺς γενόμενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

Sunday of St. John Climacus
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 9:17-31

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγων, διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρός σε, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ, ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει· ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦμα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ εἴ τι δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου μετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· πιστεύω, κύριε· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος, ἐπετίμησε τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφόν, ἐγώ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξαν αὐτὸν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός, ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν κατ᾿ ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Mode

With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς, τής ερήμου τό άγονον εγεώργησας, καί τοίς εκ βάθους στεναγμοίς, εις εκατόν τούς πόνους εκαρποφόρησας, καί γέγονας φωστήρ, τή οικουμένη λάμπων τοίς θαύμασι, Ιωάννη Πατήρ ημών, Όσιε, Πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Fourth Mode

Having seen the image of Thy Cross in Heaven, and like Paul, having received the call not from men, Your apostle among kings entrusted the commonwealth to Thy hand, O Lord. Keep us always in peace, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, O only Friend of man.

 

Τοῦ Σταυροῦ σου τὸν τύπον ἐν οὐρανῷ θεασάμενος, καὶ ὡς ὁ Παῦλος τὴν κλῆσιν οὐκ ἐξ ἀνθρώπων δεξάμενος, ὁ ἐν βασιλεῦσιν, Ἀπόστολός σου Κύριε, Βασιλεύουσαν πόλιν τῇ χειρὶ σου παρέθετο· ἣν περίσωζε διὰ παντὸς ἐν εἰρήνη, πρεσβείαις τῆς Θεοτόκου, μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε, Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.
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Calendar

  • Calendar

    April 14 to April 29, 2024

    Sunday, April 14

    +Memorial: 2-Years Presv. Mary Hallick

    +Memorial: 10-Years Despina Adoo

    +Memorial: 10-Years Peter Adoo

    +Memorial: 40-days Peter Gerasopoulos

    Sunday of St. John Climacus

    Κυριακή Δ' των Νηστειών - του Οσίου Πατρός ημών Ιωάννου του συγγραφέως

    7:30AM Prosfora: Gina RAICU

    8:15AM +Matins

    9:15AM +Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: In memory of Peter & Despina Adoo

    12:00PM Parish Oratorical Festival

    Monday, April 15

    DOP #13 Scholarship Application Deadline

    Crescens the Martyr

    Μάρτυρος Κρήσκεντος, του εν Μύροις της Λυκίας

    9:00AM Kitchen Used

    4:30PM Greek School

    6:00PM Great Compline

    7:00PM Adult Ed. Class - "Do We Really Need Great Lent?"

    Tuesday, April 16

    Agape, Chionia, and Irene, the Holy Martyrs

    Μάρτυρες Αγάπη, Ειρήνη και Χιονία

    7:00PM Greek for Adults

    Wednesday, April 17

    Symeon the Holy Martyr, Bishop of Persepolis, and those with him

    Ιερομάρτυρος Συμεών του εν Περσίδι και των σύν αυτώ

    4:30PM Greek School

    5:45PM 9th Hour, Presanctified Liturgy, followed by lenten meal and presentation

    Thursday, April 18

    5th Thursday of Lent: The Great Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete

    Πέμπτη Ε΄ των Νηστειών: Ακολουθίαν του Μεγάλου Κανόνος

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    7:00PM Greek for Adults

    Friday, April 19

    The Holy Hieromartyr Paphnutius

    Παφνούτιος, Ιερομάρτυς

    8:00AM 9th Hour, Presanctified Liturgy

    10:30AM Bible Studies

    6:00PM Akathist Hymn/ Ακάθιστος Ύμνος

    Saturday, April 20

    5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

    Σάββατον Ε΄ των Νηστειών

    8:30AM Deep Cleaning of Church for Pascha

    4:00PM Great Vespers

    5:00PM YAM Event - "First and Bowl"

    Sunday, April 21

    +Memorial: 6-months Presv. Toula Trifon

    +Memorial: 1-Year George Dimitropoulos

    Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

    Κυριακή Ε' των Νηστειών - Οσίας Μητρός ημών Μαρίας της Αιγυπτίας

    7:30AM Prosfora: Renee ACRA

    8:15AM +Matins

    9:15AM +Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: Trifon & Dimitropoulos families

    12:00PM Altar Server Training Serminar

    2:00PM Open Hours for Holy Confession

    Monday, April 22

    Theodore of Sykeon

    Όσιος Θεόδωρος ο Συκεώτης

    9:00AM Kitchen Used

    4:30PM Greek School

    6:00PM Great Compline

    7:00PM Adult Ed. Class - "Do We Really Need Great Lent?"

    Tuesday, April 23

    George the Great Martyr and Triumphant

    Γεώργιος Μεγαλομάρτυρυς

    7:00PM Greek for Adults

    Wednesday, April 24

    Elizabeth the Wonderworker

    Ελισάβετ η Θαυματουργή

    4:30PM Greek School

    5:45PM 9th Hour, Presanctified Liturgy, followed by lenten meal and presentation

    Thursday, April 25

    Mark the Apostle and Evangelist

    Αποστόλος Μάρκος

    7:00PM Greek for Adults

    Friday, April 26

    Basil the Holy Martyr Bishop of Amasea

    Βασίλειος, Επίσκοπος Αμασείας

    8:00AM 9th Hour, Presanctified Liturgy

    10:30AM Bible Studies

    6:00PM JOY Non-Lock-In Lock-In

    Saturday, April 27

    Lazarus Saturday

    Σάββατον του Λαζάρου

    8:00AM Orthros and Divine Liturgy

    9:30AM TBC: Philoptochos Plaki prep

    11:30AM Open Hours for Holy Confession

    6:00PM Great Vespers @ Annunciation with H.E. Metropolitan Nathanael

    Sunday, April 28

    Palm Sunday

    Palm Sunday

    Κυριακή των Βαῒων

    7:30AM Prosfora: Agoro RODOPOULOS

    8:15AM +Matins

    9:10AM +Blessing & Distribution of Palms

    9:15AM CHOIR

    9:25AM +Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM No Sunday School: Palm Sunday

    11:15AM Hospitality: Plaki Luncheon by Philoptochos

    7:00PM +Nymphios Service with H.E. Metropolitan Nathanael

    Monday, April 29

    Greek School Spring Break

    Holy Monday

    Μεγάλη Δευτέρα

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Strategies of Learning - Exploring Innovative Teaching Approaches: The 6th Online Seminar Empowers Greek Language Educators

03/05/2024

In the context of our ongoing commitment to enhancing the proficiency of educators teaching the Greek language, the Education Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is set to host the 6th Webinar focusing on Learning Strategies and Innovative Teaching Techniques.


Metropolis of New Jersey Hosts 2024 Sights and Sounds Festival

03/05/2024

On Saturday, March 2, 2024, His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey visited the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Westfield, New Jersey for the Community's Annual GOYA Sights and Sounds program, which brought together over 450 GOYAns from throughout the region to showcase their artistic and musical talents.


DID YOU KNOW? Department of Religious Education (DRE) MEATFARE WEEK

03/04/2024

Meatfare Week begins after the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, and is the last week before Pascha we are permitted to eat meat. Wednesday is still a strict fast, and wine and oil are permitted on Friday. This week leads up to Meatfare Sunday, which is also called Judgement Sunday.


Metropolitan Methodios Welcomes GOYAns From Chicago to the Metropolis of Boston

03/04/2024

On Friday, March 1, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios welcomed a group of 20 Goyans and their parish priest, Fr. Sotirios Malamis, from the Holy Ascension of Our Lord, Greek Orthodox Church in Lincolnshire, IL.  The Chicago youth group is visiting the Metropolis of Boston and Hellenic College Holy Cross for four days. 


St. Stephen's Camp Summer 2024 - Let Us Lift Up Your Hearts

03/04/2024

St. Stephen's Camphas a rich tradition, dating back to the 1980's, and is grounded on the principals of living a true Orthodox lifestyle with twice daily liturgical services, opportunities for reflection, community living and meals, athletics, arts & crafts, and nightly social activities. 
 


Parish Highlight: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Detroit, MI

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The Detroit parish is the oldest Greek Orthodox parish in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.


Parish Highlight: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Salt Lake City, Utah

03/04/2024

In 1904, newly arrived Greek immigrants were settling along Second, Third and Fourth South between First and Sixth West in Salt Lake City, Utah. This section of the City became known as “Greek Town.” Greek Town became the economic, social, and residential center for thousands of Greeks who called Salt Lake their home.


Hellenic Relief Foundation (HRF) Holds Concert Marking the 12th Anniversary of HRF's Food Distribution

03/04/2024

Roseland, NJ – February 28 2024 – The Hellenic Relief Foundation (HRF) held a heartwarming concert on Saturday, February 24th 2024. The event, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Church of Ss. Nicholas, Constantine and Helen in Roseland, New Jersey, was a resounding success, drawing a crowd of approximately 250 attendees and it marked the 12th anniversary since the H.R.F.’s first food distribution on February 25th, 2012.


Leadership 100 Concludes Their 33rd Annual Conference in Naples, Florida

03/03/2024

Today, Sunday, March 3, 2024 marks the conclusion of the 33rd Annual Leadership 100 (L100) Conference, celebrating the endowment’s 40th year of advancing Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America.


The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture Recycled Cities: Sardis and the Fortifications of Early Byzantine Anatolia

03/13/2024

The largest standing architecture at the ruined city of Sardis is not its famous Temple of Artemis, the fourth largest Ionic temple of antiquity, but is instead the massive but little-published fortification that sits on its Acropolis.


AHEPA Educational Foundation Announces Newly Established Scholarship

03/13/2024

Washington—George Vorkas, Chairman of the AHEPA Educational Foundation announced today that the Foundation has agreed to establish the Zavaras-Angelidou Scholarship for Greek Studies.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT: An IOCC Frontliner Reflects

03/13/2024

Our US program focuses on disaster prep, response, and recovery, and we've done a lot the last few years to help communities impacted by hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Frontliner Fr. Stephen Mathewes recently shared his experience following an IOCC training in Florida, where participants also had a chance to help rebuild post Hurricane Ian.


Metropolis of San Francisco Summer Camp Staff Applications

03/13/2024

Apply to join us for another year of our exceptional Metropolis Summer Camp ministry for youth and young adults across the Metropolis and Archdiocese. We are looking for staff of all ages, from 19 to 35 years old. We love to have college students, teachers, grad students, young professionals, and more!


Metropolis of Pittsburgh Weekend of Service

03/12/2024

The Metropolis of Pittsburgh Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Along with the Metropolis of Pittsburgh Ladies Philoptochos Society want to encourage all our parishes to participate in this year's annual weekend of service.


Women's History Month Highlight: Leah Kats, Administrator at the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Foundation & Administrator at the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

03/12/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This week, we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Women's History Month Highlight: Hannah Williams, Operations Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Director of the Department of Religious Education at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

03/12/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This second week we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Did You Know? Department of Religious Education (DRE) CHEESEFARE WEEK March 11

03/12/2024

Did you know that Cheesefare Week is the third week of the Triodion and the final week of preparation before Great Lent?


Did You Know? Department of Religious Education (DRE) KOLLYVA March 9

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Did you know that kollyva is an image of the resurrection and each ingredient has a special meaning?


SATURDAY OF SOULS SERIES Christ Offers Himself (Memory of the Holy Ascetics) Part II: Department of Religious Education (DRE)

03/12/2024

Even before Christianity was established, it was common practice for various cultures in the Mediterranean world to hold commemorations for the dead, where sacrifices were offered, family get-togethers were organized, and petitions in favor of the spirits of those who had perished were made.


Archbishop Elpidophoros Celebrates the Tenth-Year Anniversary of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Williamsburg, VA

03/12/2024

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Williamsburg, Virginia celebrated the tenth-year anniversary as a parish Saturday, March 9, 2024. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America joined the St. Demetrios community to celebrate. His Eminence presided over Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Saturday morning and joined the parish for their community gala in the evening. 


Metropolis of Boston Youth Basketball League Complete Their Season at Hellenic College Holy Cross

03/12/2024

The Metropolis Youth Basketball League concluded its action-packed season on Sunday, March 10th, with exhilarating final showdowns at Hellenic College Holy Cross. Over 100 enthusiastic young athletes showcased their skills across three vibrant leagues: JOY, GOYA Girls, and GOYA Boys.


Parish Highlight: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Bethlehem, PA

03/11/2024

The first Orthodox Christians to arrive from Greece in hopes of a new life in the Lehigh Valley came to Bethlehem in 1911, opening restaurants or working at Bethlehem Steel. By 1916 these immigrants, realizing the need and importance of maintaining their faith and culture, purchased the former St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church at 1224 East Fourth Street, on the South Side of Bethlehem. From its founding in 1916 until 1955, this church served the Greek Orthodox population.


Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey Visits the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Community in Baltimore, MD to Celebrate the 76th Anniversary of the Unification of the Dodecanese Islands with Greece

03/11/2024

On Sunday, March 10, 2024, His Eminence Metropolitan Apostolos of New Jersey visited the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Community in Baltimore, MD in order to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in commemoration of celebration of the 76th Anniversary of the Unification of the Dodecanese Islands with Greece.


Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Welcomes Leaders from the Greek Association of Women Entrepreneurs (SEGE) to the Archdiocese

03/11/2024

Archbishop Elpidophoros of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America extended a warm welcome to leaders from the Greek Association of Women Entrepreneurs (SEGE) this week, aligning with their participation in United Nations discussions focused on women's work equity. SEGE President Lina Tsaltampasi and Vice President Anastasia Savidou presented an overview to the Archbishop of their organization's broad agenda. Their initiatives aim not only at empowering women in the realms of business and leadership but also at providing support to those who are vulnerable, marginalized, or have experienced abuse.


Women's History Month Highlight: Eva Konstantakos, Archdiocese Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM) for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

03/11/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This week, we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Women's History Month Highlight: Presvytera Melanie DiStefano, Resource Developer at the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

03/11/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This second week we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Women's History Month Highlight: Niki Devaris Morgulis, Founding Coordinator of the Archdiocese Program: GOA Girl Delegates to the United Nations

03/21/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This week we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Metropolis of Denver Texas Lenten Retreat Filling up Fast!

03/21/2024

Our Colorado retreat has officially sold out, but fear not-there's still time to secure your spot at our Texas retreat! Only twenty spots left! Don't miss your chance to join us for Texas Lenten Retreat. Reserve your spot today before they're gone!


Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta Invites Metropolis Chanters and Iconographers to Apply for the The Liturgical Arts Academy 2024 Session

03/21/2024

The Liturgical Arts Academy is now accepting applications for the 2024 session, August 18-24 for chanters and iconographers. This most beneficial training program offers a 1-week intensive, high quality curriculum. Held at the Diakonia Retreat Center, the chant program especially resounds at the Panagia Chapel, and I encourage you to send and support your chanters. In its sixth year, TLAA has earned national respect and has brought hundreds of faithful to our Retreat Center.


Women's History Month Highlight: Ruth Sencio, Director of Human Resources

03/20/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This week we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. 


Women's History Month Highlight: Mari Diveris McMullen, Media Coordinator for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care

03/20/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This week we present the resilient women of the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. 


Women's History Month Highlight: Polexeni Maouris Hillier, Executive Director at St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

03/20/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This week we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Women's History Month Highlight: Nikie Calles, Chief Archivist Emerita of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North & South America

03/20/2024

March is International Women’s History Month, and it would only be proper to celebrate it by honoring the women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. We want to showcase the wonderful women who work for our beloved Archdiocese and its Affiliated Institutions this March to celebrate their contributions and the talents they bring to our Church. This week, we present the resilient women of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


Church Music Institute Workshops for Church Musicians Metropolis of Boston

03/20/2024

Please join us for our annual Church Music Institute (CMI) day of workshops of relevance to Church Musicians, on Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis Center in Brookline, MA.


Archdiocesan District Council Meet at Archdiocese Headquarters

03/20/2024

The Archdiocesan District Council met on March 19, 2024 at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America headquarters in New York. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America welcomed the group of clergy and lay members, wishing them a blessed, Great Lenten Season, and reminding all of our faithful that we have a calling to service and commitment to our Archdiocese, each of our parishes, and most especially to Christ. 


Metropolis of Pittsburgh New Metropolis Center Construction Progress March 14, 2024

03/20/2024

With better weather, and soil issues in the rearview mirror, progress has accelerated. We now have some of the first-floor flat concrete work in place along with foundation walls rising!


SATURDAY OF SOULS SERIES Kollyva is an Image of the Resurrection (St. Theodore the Tyro and the Kollyva Miracle) Part III: Department of Religious Education (DRE)

03/20/2024

On the Saturday of Souls as well as other similar occasions, the faithful offer kollyva. Kollyva is a sort of sweet offering made primarily from wheat and includes some or all of the following: raisins, nuts, pomegranate, cinnamon and powdered sugar. It is often formed in the shape of a mound to resemble a grave and decorated with candy in the sign of a cross. The custom of preparing kollyva predates Christianity and is believed to have started in Ancient Greece, where a dish of wheat and nuts was offered to the dead.


Pilgrimage of Discovery 2024 Applications are Open

03/20/2024

The mission and vision of the Pilgrimage of Discovery is that every eligible Orthodox Christian young adult be given the opportunity to have a life-changing experience visiting the Ecumenical Patriarchate as well as important religious and historical sites in Constantinople to strengthen their Orthodox Christian identity.  The goal of the program is to bolster the future of the Orthodox Church in the United States by educating and inspiring future leaders through this life-long connection to the Mother Church of Constantinople.


Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona, NY Announces New Spanish-speaking Ministry

03/20/2024

With the vision and guidance of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona, NY announced the launch of its new Spanish-speaking ministry whose goal it is to provide outreach out to the local Hispanic community. Fr. Pedro Gomez, who was recently ordained to the Holy Priesthood and assigned as an assistant priest at the parish, will lead the program alongside presiding priest Fr. Chrysostom Panos. The ministry's goal is to provide catechism and liturgical services in the Spanish language to the local Latino community.


First Ever Big Apple GOYA Dance Lights Up New York City

03/19/2024

New York City witnessed a spectacular event on March 16th as the first-ever Big Apple GOYA Dance took place at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Over 200 teens, aged between 12 to 18, representing more than 30 parishes from all five boroughs of the city, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, and New Jersey, gathered under one roof for a night of celebration and joy.


DID YOU KNOW? Clean Monday March 18

03/19/2024

Clean Monday (in Greek: Καθαρά Δευτέρα) is the first day of Great Lent and an official holiday in Greece. On this day, we ceremoniously leave behind all sinful thoughts and practices, “clean” out all non-fasting food and drink from our diet, and enter into the wilderness of repentance.


DID YOU KNOW? Lenten Prayer March 17

03/19/2024

Did you know the Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian is also called the “Lenten Prayer”?

The Prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian is called the “Lenten Prayer” because it is a verbal icon and summation of the spirit of Great Lent — repentance, conversion, love of neighbor, and preparation for Pascha (Easter).


FOCUS Gateway City - Preparing for Life After Prison

03/19/2024

FOCUS Gateway City is on the near south side of downtown St. Louis. We are proud to face the needs of our neighbors by distributing food, clothing, and warm meals on Sundays and Wednesdays throughout the month.


Sunday Sermon Series Sunday of Orthodoxy March 24

03/19/2024

This week, find insights about the upcoming Gospel reading, where we learn about Christ revealing Himself to Apostle Nathanael. How is Jesus the Ladder that unites heaven and earth? Also, what do we learn about humans as icons of Christ? And what do icons have to do with God taking on human flesh?


Divine Liturgy for Cheesefare Sunday Celebrated at St. Mark Church in Boca Raton

03/18/2024

After the fruitful deliberations of the Holy Eparchial Synod, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, together with His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh, and His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos celebrated the Divine Liturgy for Cheesefare Sunday at St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton, FL on Sunday, March 17, 2024.

 


St. Photios National Shrine Announces the Results of the 2024 Metropolitan Iakovos Memorial Greek Language Scholarship Essay Contest

03/26/2024

St. Augustine, FL—March 26, 2024 — Demetra Manaris, a 14-year-old from Dix Hills, New York, is recognized for her exemplary submission to the 2024 Metropolitan Iakovos Memorial Greek Language Scholarship Essay contest. The contest was organized by the Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine with the assistance of Athina Filippou-Katehis of the Archdiocesan Greek Education Department. The Shrine essay contests are open to individuals between the ages of 13 and 19 years of age.


Greek Education Department Excited to Announce the Revival of the Summer Training Program for Greek Language Teachers in Cyprus

03/26/2024

The Department of Greek Education is thrilled to announce a specialized summer school program organized by the Ministry of Education of Cyprus, exclusively designed for 15 Greek language teachers from the USA.


Great Vespers at Annunciation Church in New York City

03/25/2024

On Sunday evening, March 24, 2024, the Annunciation Church in New York City and parish priest Fr. Soterios Michalatos welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Chancellor of the Archdiocesan District Fr. Elias Villis and many area clergy for Great Vespers.


Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Presents “The Sounds of Lent”

03/25/2024

Yesterday, Saturday, March 23, 2024, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City presented a concert celebrating the beginning of Holy Lent. The Archdiocesan Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir, and Orchestra, led by Costas Tsourakis put on a special performance entitled “The Sounds of Lent.”


Hierarchical Concelebration for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Celebrated at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City

03/24/2024

Today, March 24, 2004, a Hierarchical Concelebration for the Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City. This Service, held to symbolize the unity of Orthodox Churches in America, included hierarchical and clerical representation from members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States in America. In his Homily, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America remarked, “when we celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which is shared around the world by all the Local Autocephalous Churches, we celebrate the triumph of truth over falsehood, of knowledge over delusion, of faith over doubt."


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Greek Education Department Hosted Students Award of Excellence & Greek Independence Day Celebration Program

03/24/2024

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America's Greek Education Department hosted the Students Award of Excellence & Greek Independence Day Celebration Program. This special event took place on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Petros Patrides Cultural Center in Astoria, NY.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

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