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Publish Date: 2019-11-17
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Sts. Constantine and Helen Church

General Information

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

  • 2160 N. Wauwatosa Avenue

  • Wauwatosa, WI 53213


Contact Information






Services Schedule

SUNDAY MATINS/DIVINE LITURGY, 8:15 am


Past Bulletins


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Archbishop Elpidophoros Keynote Speaker at the Ecumenical Symposium: “Truth Does Not Fear Dialogue”

11/14/2019

NEW YORK – On November 13, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros offered the keynote address at an Ecumenical Symposium titled “Truth does not fear dialogue,” hosted by...

Με επιτυχία ολοκληρώθηκε το Α΄ Συνέδριο για την Ελληνική Παιδεία

11/12/2019


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Notes

This Sunday!

Make sure that you have turned in your 2019 Pledge Card and are up to date with your stewardship contributions.

2019.11.17 Special General Assembly

Join us!

Nov-Dec Sermon Series

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Reminder FOR EVERYONE!

During the daycare's hours of operation, licensing does not allow anyone, other than the daycare teachers, the children and their parents (for drop-off/pick-up only), in that areaIf you are visiting the church after office hours, you cannot enter through the daycare.  

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Parking Reminders

During the weekend, if you are not able to find parking space in our lot, you may use the parking lots of either

  • the City of Wauwatosa or
  • BMO Harris Bank,

just a block away.

Additonally, if you are able, please consider our elders, or single parents coming to church with their children and leave empty spots in our parking lot for them.  

Respect our neighbors and our own safety! 

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This Sunday

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER  17, 2019—9th Sunday of Luke—Special General Assembly

EPISTLE:  Galatians 6:11-18 (pg. 100)

HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 12:16-21 (pgs.108-109)

READER:  Christopulos

ALTAR BOYS: Team A: Andre Acra, Theodore G. Anagnostopoulos, Evan Anagnostopoulos, Nikita Athens, Angelo Gorgolis, Christos Konstantakis, Peter Konstantakis, George Kostopoulos, Spiros Limberatos, Makis Limberatos, Sam Patterson, Louis Tsagalis, John Tsagalis, Peter Tsagalis, Aristotelis & Dimitri Ziogas

USHERS: Stelios Georgakas, Helene Mannino, Tony Nestoras, Kiki Skoufis, George Tsiampas

PROSPHORON:  Voula Katravas

HOSPITALITY: Parish Council

BOOKSTORE: Please call the office to volunteer

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019—13th Sunday of Luke

EPISTLE:  Ephesians 2:4-10 (pgs. 101-102)

HOLY GOSPEL: Luke 18:18-27 (pg. 114)

READER:  Bob Gountis

ALTAR BOYS: Team B: Teddy C. Anagnostopoulos, Angelo Cicatello, Dimitris Dahl, Elias Dalianis, Blaise Dalianis, George L. Liapis, George P. Liapis, Markos Mamalakis, Dimitri Maniotis, Leonidas Melissourgos, Foti Papageorge, Andrew Roche, Vasili Tsiampas, Joseph VanCleve

USHERS: Tony Antonopoulos, Justin Ahlborn, Procopis Liapis, Apollon Limberatos, Niko Marlis

PROSPHORON:  Renee Acra

HOSPITALITY:  JOY

BOOKSTORE: Please call the office to volunteer

For more information on an event in the following calendar, please visit:  http://www.stsconstantinehelenwi.org/parish-calendar/

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Calendar

  • Online Calendar

    November 10 to December 1, 2019

    Sunday, November 10

    GOYA Christmas Card Sale

    Sunday, November 17

    +Memorial: 6-months Angelo Antzoulatos

    +Memorial: 40-days Harry Siaggas

    7:30AM Prosforon: Voula Katravas

    8:15AM Matins

    9:15AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: Parish Council

    11:30AM Special General Assembly

    4:00PM Baptism of Aris Dale and Sophia Schaefer

    7:30PM BBALL: YAL2 Team

    Monday, November 18

    7:00PM Adult Ed Class: Unpacking the Feast Days of the Orthodox Church

    Tuesday, November 19

    10:30AM FIRE DRILL

    Thursday, November 21

    8:00AM +Matins/Div. Liturgy

    6:00PM Adult Greek Classes

    Friday, November 22

    10:30AM Bible Study (Eng)

    2:00PM Folk Fair

    4:00PM Fish Fry

    Saturday, November 23

    9:00AM Presentation: Orthodox Icons, Aids to our salvation

    9:30AM Greek School Classes

    10:00AM Folk Fair

    Sunday, November 24

    +Memorial: 1-Year Theresa DeLakis

    7:30AM Prosforon: Renee Acra

    8:15AM Matins

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    9:15AM Divine Liturgy

    10:00AM Folk Fair

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: JOY

    7:30PM BBALL: YAL2 Team

    Monday, November 25

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    Tuesday, November 26

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    Wednesday, November 27

    Epiphany will be closed; Teacher Training

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    Thursday, November 28

    Epiphany will be closed

    Office CLOSED

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    6:00PM NO Adult Greek Classes - Thanksgiving

    Friday, November 29

    Nikki on Vacation

    Epiphany will be closed

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    10:30AM NO Bible Study (Eng)

    4:00PM NO Fish Fry

    Saturday, November 30

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    9:30AM No Greek School Classes - Thanksgiving

    Sunday, December 1

    7:30AM Prosforon: Ana Stasinoulias

    8:15AM Matins

    9:00AM Fr. Panteleimon on Vacation

    9:15AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Sunday School

    11:15AM Hospitality: Greek School PTO

    7:30PM BBALL: YAL2 Team

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Our News and Interests

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Realm Connect - It's here!

Have you joined our online community, yet?

 

We have upgraded our database to a new amazing system!  Click on the following video to learn more about what we are in the process of setting up with your help!  

Our church has moved to a new kind of church record keeping solution called Realm®. It primarily serves the administrative needs of our staff, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. Not only will this improve work life for our ministry staff, it will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

So.... if we had your email in our previous database we have already sent you an invitation to join Realm Connect.  After you accept the invitation and create your login, you can download the Connect app (find the link at the end of this post) and come join us in creating our very own connected community!  If you can't find the Realm invitational email, please send me an email at church@stsconstantinehelenwi.org and request a Realm Invite. Ministry leaders should stop by the office to pick up their "Leader Guide" with helpful information.

Let's Connect!
Stay connected to our church wherever you go by downloading the free Connect -­‐ Our Church Community app for iPhone and Android devices. Use it to communicate with your groups, RSVP to events, manage your giving, update profile information, and more. It makes it easier for us to connect throughout the week and know what’s happening

News—Keeps everyone up-­‐to-­‐date with the latest posts, photos, and events for your group and for your church as a whole 
Posts—Post messages to your group and comment on posts by others in your group
Photos—Capture your moments together and share them with your group
Events—See event details (date, time, location, etc), submit your RSVP, and sign up to bring something
Files —Access your group’s shared files 
Messages—Send your entire group, or select individuals, a message that starts a conversation
Participants—See names and basic profile details for the people in your church or group, based on their privacy preferences 
Notification Settings—Manage your preferences for group notifications and emails

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/connect-our-church-community/id1052274581?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.acstechnologies.android.realm.engagement

 


GOYA Sponsored Christmas Card

 You can now pay & register your family's name on Realm!  Just follow the link below

2019 GOYA Cmas card


Our Metropolitan's Letter (Nov. 2019)

2019.11 Mets letter


Holiday shopping?

Scrip Info poster

 

For more information, check out: https://1drv.ms/b/s!AlJQVF0OpLuVjD0sQtJrpKfr29Tp


Fall Adult Education Class Schedule

Adult Ed Class


2019.11.23 Orthodox Icons Presentation

Please register as soon as possible: https://tinyurl.com/Nov19-Icons

2019.11.23 Orthodox Icons Presentation


The Vine Announcements

ATTENTION!

Please remember to send your news/announcements/events to the church office (church@stsconstantinehelenwi.org) so they can be posted in The Vine. 

We have so many active Groups/Ministries but their announcements in The Vine have been steadily declining.  Only Bible Studies and Philoptochos make sure to keep us informed about their news every single month.  

Especially for the DECEMBER newsletter deadline was yesterday but we will be accepting your announcements/blurbs/event posters until the end of day Monday, November 11th!

Thank you for everything that you do!


2020 Basketball Tournament - Save the dates!

2020 Western Region BBall


ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FASTING GUIDELINES

When fasting, this is the order of removing the different food groups:

1. Meat—We remove all meat products

2. Dairy/Eggs—We remove all dairy products and eggs

3. Fish—We remove all fish with a backbone

4. Oil/Wine—We remove shellfish and all vegan dishes with oil

5. Strict Fast—Bread, nuts, water-boiled soups

 

So, our calendar fasting symbols mean:

1.       Fast-Free: Everything is allowed (in moderation)

2.       Dairy/Eggs Allowed: No Meat

3.       Fish Allowed: No Meat/Dairy/Eggs

4.       Oil/Wine Allowed: No Meat/Dairy/Eggs/Fish

5.       Strict Fast: No Meat/Dairy/Eggs/Fish/Oil/Wine or Shellfish


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Bulletin Inserts

    2019.11.17 Special General Assembly

    2019.11.17 Special General Assembly

    Poster and Letter in English & Greek


    2019.11.24 Thanksgiving Akathist @ Annunciation

    2019.11.24 Thanksgiving Akathist @ Annunciation

    Annunciation church's choir invites you to arrive at church a few minutes early if you would like to help read or sing.


    2020 Fanari Camps

    2020 Fanari Camps

    Winter sessions open October 18 at noon


    You are a Youth Worker

    You are a Youth Worker

    Informational flyer for the new Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.


    2019-2020 Pan-Hellenic Scholarship

    2019-2020 Pan-Hellenic Scholarship

    Deadline is January 31, 2020


    2020.06 Fanari Camp's Lighthouse

    2020.06 Fanari Camp's Lighthouse

    Registration opens December 2019 - The new Jr. Olympics Philanthropy Competition (Youth Causing Change) seeks to add a new element to the Jr. Olympics. It will allow all children from parishes to engage in competition for the purpose of charity to those in need. The Youth Causing Change will allow children, athletic and non, to come together as a parish to give to those in need. Not only will it allow the youth to cause change for a good cause; it will allow the children of our parishes to cause change and grow in Christ by working together philanthropically.


    Stewardship

    Stewardship

    Did you know?


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Saints and Feasts

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November 17

9th Sunday of Luke


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November 17

Gregory the Wonderworker & Bishop of Neo-Caesarea

Saint Gregory was born in Neocaesarea of Pontus to parents who were not Christians. He studied in Athens, in Alexandria, in Beirut, and finally for five years in Caesarea of Palestine under Origen, by whom he was also instructed in the Faith of Christ. Then, in the year 240, he became bishop of his own city, wherein he found only seventeen Christians. By the time the Saint reposed about the year 265, there were only seventeen unbelievers left there. Virtually the whole duration of his episcopacy was a time of continual, marvellous wonders worked by him. Because of this, he received the surname "Wonderworker"; even the enemies of the truth called him a second Moses (see Saint Basil the Great's On the Holy Spirit, ch. 29).


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

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

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

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

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 21:14-25

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


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Plagal First Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 11.7,1.
Σὺ Κύριε, φυλάξαις ἡμᾶς καὶ διατηρήσαις ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Σῶσον με, Κύριε, ὅτι ἐκλέλοιπεν ὅσιος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 6:11-18.

Ἀδελφοί, ἴδετε πηλίκοις ὑμῖν γράμμασιν ἔγραψα τῇ ἐμῇ χειρί. Ὅσοι θέλουσιν εὐπροσωπῆσαι ἐν σαρκί, οὗτοι ἀναγκάζουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, μόνον ἵνα μὴ τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ Χριστοῦ διώκωνται. Οὐδὲ γὰρ οἱ περιτετμημένοι αὐτοὶ νόμον φυλάσσουσιν, ἀλλὰ θέλουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, ἵνα ἐν τῇ ὑμετέρᾳ σαρκὶ καυχήσωνται. Ἐμοὶ δὲ μὴ γένοιτο καυχᾶσθαι εἰ μὴ ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ· διʼ οὗ ἐμοὶ κόσμος ἐσταύρωται, κἀγὼ τῷ κόσμῳ. Ἐν γὰρ Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ οὔτε περιτομή τι ἰσχύει, οὔτε ἀκροβυστία, ἀλλὰ καινὴ κτίσις. Καὶ ὅσοι τῷ κανόνι τούτῳ στοιχήσουσιν, εἰρήνη ἐπʼ αὐτούς, καὶ ἔλεος, καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ θεοῦ. Τοῦ λοιποῦ, κόπους μοι μηδεὶς παρεχέτω· ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν, ἀδελφοί. Ἀμήν.


Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

9th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 12:16-21

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἀνθρώπου τινὸς πλουσίου εὐφόρησεν ἡ χώρα· καὶ διελογίζετο ἐν ἑαυτῷ λέγων· τί ποιήσω, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχω ποῦ συνάξω τοὺς καρπούς μου; καὶ εἶπε· τοῦτο ποιήσω· καθελῶ μου τὰς ἀποθήκας καὶ μείζονας οἰκοδομήσω, καὶ συνάξω ἐκεῖ πάντα τὰ γενήματά μου καὶ τὰ ἀγαθά μου, καὶ ἐρῶ τῇ ψυχῇ μου· ψυχή, ἔχεις πολλὰ ἀγαθὰ κείμενα εἰς ἔτη πολλά· ἀναπαύου, φάγε, πίε, εὐφραίνου. εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ Θεός· ἄφρον, ταύτῃ τῇ νυκτὶ τὴν ψυχήν σου ἀπαιτοῦσιν ἀπὸ σοῦ· ἃ δὲ ἡτοίμασας τίνι ἔσται; οὕτως ὁ θησαυρίζων ἑαυτῷ, καὶ μὴ εἰς Θεὸν πλουτῶν.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

Apolytikion for Gregory the Wonderworker in the Plagal Fourth Mode

By vigilance in prayer, and continuance in the working of wonders, thou didst acquire thine achievements as a surname; wherefore, intercede with Christ our God, O Father Gregory, to enlighten our souls, lest we sleep in sin unto death.
Εν προσευχαίς γρηγορών, ταίς τών θαυμάτων εργασίαις εγκαρτερών, επωνυμίαν εκτήσω τά κατορθώματα, αλλά πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, Πάτερ Γρηγόριε, φωτίσαι τάς ψυχάς ημών, μή ποτε υπνώσωμεν, εν αμαρτίαις εις θάνατον.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.
Ο καθαρώτατος ναός τού Σωτήρος, η πολυτίμητος παστάς καί Παρθένος, τό Ιερόν θησαύρισμα τής δόξης τού Θεού, σήμερον εισάγεται, εν τώ οίκω Κυρίου, τήν χάριν συνεισάγουσα, τήν εν Πνευματι θείω, ήν ανυμνούσιν Άγγελοι Θεού, Αύτη υπάρχει σκηνή επουράνιος.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

I cannot be silent about the story of Hesychius the Horebite. He passed his life in complete negligence, without paying the least attention to his soul. Then he became extremely ill, and for an hour he left his body.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

And when he came to himself, he begged us all to leave him immediately. And he built up the door of his cell, and he stayed in it for twelve years without ever uttering a word to anyone, and without eating anything but bread and water.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

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