Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA
Publish Date: 2021-10-24
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Annunciation/Evangelismos Church, Elkins Park, PA

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (215) 635-0316
  • Fax:
  • (215) 635-8301
  • Street Address:

  • 7921 Old York Road

  • Elkins Park, PA 19027

Contact Information

Services Schedule

We meet for divine worship every Sunday morning and on holy days starting with Orthros (Matins) at 8:30, Divine Liturgy at 9:30-11 AM.

Visit us at for information on how to attend church services during the COVIT-19 Pandemic.

Past Bulletins

Weekend Update

COVID & Church Attendance

  • The two outer sections are for those who wish to distance themselves socially. The seating is limited to every other pew.
  • The two middle sections are for those who do not wish to distance themselves socially. Every pew is open.

We strongly encourage everyone to wear masks while in the church building regardless of their vaccination status.

  • For those unable to attend in person, install the GOA Ages Initiatives App on your phone or tablet to see the text and pray with us through our Facebook Livestream.
  • Let us know if you would like for us to light a votive candle for you here.


Saturday, October 23, 2021 - James (Iakovos) the Apostle, brother of Our Lord

  • 8:30 am - MATINS, 9:30 DIVINE LITURGY.
  • 4 pm - Wedding: Kristina Koutsouros/William Burch. Congratulations!

6th Sunday of Luke, October 24, 2021
Κυριακή ΣΤ’ Λουκά, 24 Οκτωβρίου, 2021 Το κήρυγμα εδώ.

  • 8:30 am - MATINS, 9:30 DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Youth Sunday.
  • Catechism classes after Holy Communion.
  • Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the souls of Areti (Irene) Kahrilas (40-days) and Peter Borras (1-year) of blessed memory.
  • 40-day mother & child blessing: Markella, daughter of Kristin & Panagiotis Sourovelis and Christos and Victoria’s little sister. Congratulations!
  • Our GOYA invites all to the fellowship hour after liturgy.
  • Greek School OXI Day presentation.
  • 12:30 pm- Baptism: Pappas family. Congratulations!
  • 3 pm - Wedding: Alexzandra Papuchis/Ioannis Fisfis. Congratulations!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 The Holy Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-streamer.

  • 9 am Parish feast day celebration at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church - 229 Powell Ln, Upper Darby, PA.
  • 5 pm Greek School classes

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 7 pm Bible study on the Epistles of John.

Friday, October 29, 2021

  • 5 pm Greek School classes.
  • 5:30 pm JOY dance practice.
  • 6:30 pm GOYA dance practice.

5th Sunday of Luke, October 31, 2021

  • 8:30 am - MATINS, 9:30 DIVINE LITURGY.
  • Catechism classes after Holy Communion
  • Join us in offering memorial prayers for the peaceful repose of the soul of Theofilos Malitas (40-days) of blessed memory.
  • 40-day mother & child blessing: Nicholas Matthew, son of Melanie Smith & Peter Vlahos. Congratulations!
  • Our Young at Heart Ministry invites all to the fellowship hour after the liturgy.

Youth Activities and News

PTO News & Events

  • On October 9, 2021, the PTO sponsored  its second Trunk or Treat. Everyone who participated did a great job decorating their trunks, and it was fun to see how creative the kid’s costumes were!  Everyone had a great time and we, the PTO, thank you for your continued support. Please see pictuers of the event here.
  • 2021-2022 PTO Membership Drive

Please Register Your Children for all Church Youth Activities Here:


Community News & Events

Community Calendar

Our website interactive calendar is up and running. Thank you for your patience!

Looking Ahead Beyond Next Week…

Sunday, November 1:  Start of PTO Vasilopita Sale through 11/30.

Sunday, November 7Philoptochos Memorial, Artoklasia and collection to benefit the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

IOCC 10th Anniversary Banquet at Adelphia Restaurant.

Tuesday, November 9: Young at Heart Ministry luncheon after the divine liturgy. Angie Makris McCullough will speak about nutrition as we age and the Mediterranean diet.

Thursday, November 11: Philoptochos Annual Bid & Buy.

Sunday, November 14: National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (Homeless Ministry).

Monday, November 15: Beginning of the 40-day Nativity Fast.

  • Warm Winter Clothing  & Blanket Drive begins + participation in Angel Tree for Whosoever Gospel Mission (Homerless Ministry)
  • Psalter Group Readings Start (Resource Center).

Thursday, November 25: Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, November 27: HOPE/JOY Mission Ptoject.

Sunday, November 28: Angel Tree Project Starts (Matthew 25 Ministry).

Tuesday, November 30: The Youth Ministries will decorate the church and church hall for the holiday season.

Friday, December 3: PTO Pictures and PJ’s with Santa (GOYAns will help).

Saturday, December 4: Advent Retreat “Building an Orthodox Marriage Foundation” with Fr. Alexander Goussetis (Young Couples Ministry).

Saturday, December 11: Greek Food Fest to Go (frozen food trays and pastries).

Sunday, December 12: Angel Tree Project Gift Collection (Matthew 25 Ministry).

  • 2021 Ambassadors Banquet, at The Merion, Cinnaminson, NJ.

Wednesday, December 15: Young at Heart Ministry Christmas Luncheon & Caroling.

Sunday, December 19: PTO holiday Bake Sale & Vasilopita pick up.

A Thank You from Our Neighbors

We received this thank you letter from the Jenkintown Food Cupboard for our donation from our Spring 2021 Foodfest.

Thank you to our parishioners and patrons who contributed to the success of our event, making our donation possible.

IOCC Banquet

THE PHILADELPHIA IOCC TENTH ANNUAL BENEFIT BANQUET will take place Sunday, November 7, 2021, at Adelphia Restaurant’s Panathenian Grand Ballroom, 1750 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford, NJ 08096. The Hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction will begin at 3:30pm, followed by 5:00pm dinner and a special program highlighting IOCC’s humanitarian work around the world, made possible by your generosity. Join us

Tickets are $65. For registration and sponsorships, see your IOCC parish rep or visit

Parish reps: Peter and Susan Gouris  (908)421-6661, (215)901-6264

Since it’s inception in 1992, IOCC has provided more than $742 million in humanitarian relief and sustainable development programs to people facing hardship. Some ways IOCC serves: in the US, across the gulf coast after hurricanes Laura and Sally, in Tennessee after a tornado, and in Iowa following a derecho. Helping small businesses thrive amid economic uncertainty in Greece, and working with the Church in Kosovo to expand its agricultural and humanitarian reach.

Please join us to celebrate more than a quarter century of humanitarian work made possible by your generosity.

Homeless Ministry News

Last Week of SOCTOBER  to donate a pair of new socks and help our neighbors without homes stay warm in the cold winter months!

Socks won’t solve our community’s homeless crisis, but socks can keep homeless people hopeful, knowing there are neighbors like you who care!

Will you help? Comfort tired feet. Lift weary spirits. Give someone hope!

Thank you!

The Homeless Ministry

Matthew 25 Ministry Turkey Drive

It’s that time of year when we reflect on the many blessings that God has graced us with. November is a month of feeling thankful and bountiful. Our tables will be overflowing with delicious turkey, fixings, and pies. But, unfortunately, this isn’t true for so many people in our community who are food insufficient.  They are struggling to put weekly meals on the table, unable to provide a feast this November.
Matthew 25 is excited to promote our Annual Turkey Drive once again! We will collect money, place the order, and deliver your turkeys to Seeds of Hope Food Pantry on November 11th, 2021. It’s so easy… all you need to do is fill out the form below and mail it by November 5th.  The cost per turkey is $25.  You can donate directly through Vanco and type “Turkey Drive” under Matthew 25. You can also make a check payable to Annunciation Church and, in the memo, write “M25 Turkey Drive.”  Of course, you’re always welcome to bring your own turkey to church if you prefer.  If you choose to bring your turkey or have any questions, please email us at   We encourage you to donate more than one turkey if you can.  Matthew 25 will also donate a few turkeys to the Homeless Ministry to prepare and serve the homeless community in Philadelphia.
Thank you so much for supporting us and being a part of feeding families this Thanksgiving.  Continue to drop off any food donations in our bins throughout October and November.  We will deliver everything on November 11th.  Fixings are always appreciated this time of year, along with any other non-perishable foods you might like to donate.

Help Needed

We need someone with a pickup truck to help us take our snowblower to the repair shop and bring a large tool chest from a parishioner's home to the church. Please call the church office if you can help.

Our Church’s New Mobile App is Here!

We are pleased to announce we have an upgraded mobile app! 

Vanco, our eGiving provider, has launched an updated mobile app called Vanco Mobile.
This new mobile app will be replacing GivePlus Mobile. With Vanco Mobile, you can send one-time donations or set recurring gifts.

How Do You Download Vanco Mobile?

It’s easy! Head over to the App Store or Google Play to download Vanco Mobile for free.

Be sure o download this app soon, as GivePlus Mobile will be retired as of December 31, 2021.

Current GivePlus App users will receive an email from Vanco with instructions on how to switch to the new app.

To give using Vanco Mobile, follow these five easy steps:

1. Search for our church by name.
2. Select your gift amount, fund, and frequency.
3. Enter your payment method. (You can save this information for future use!).
4. Choose whether you want to cover processing fees.
5. Click Submit to complete your donation.

You can also check out this Vanco Mobile How-To Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Please stop by the church office or call us if you have questions or need assistance.

Have You Noticed We Are No Longer Passing Offering Trays During the Liturgy?

Please make all your church donations via:

Thank you for your generosity

Friendly Reminder to Ministry Leaders

Bulletin Announcements

Please submit your material by Tuesday noon for the upcoming Sunday’s bulletin. 

Your submission should be an editable document (Word, Publisher, Google Doc, Pages), as well as your final PDF document.

Please send your submission to and ALWAYS Cc Fr. John at for his review and approval.

All submissions will be placed on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis and are subject to editing and review.

Donate Your Extra Tools to Church

Dear parishioners,
We need some basic tools to carry out day-to-day repairs around the church building and grounds.
If you have any of the tools on this list in your home garage and no longer need them, please consider donating them to your church. Thank you!


Focus on Our Church Family

Pastoral care: If you or someone you know is sick, homebound elderly, or scheduled for surgery, please call the church office to let us know so Fr. John can make a pastoral visit or add someone to the prayer list.
Let us pray to the Lord for the health and salvation of: Suffering and persecuted Christians in the Middle East and the non-Christian world, Virginia, George, Vaia, Maria, Constantino, Panagiotis, Peter, Zoë, Penelope.
We will keep the names on this list for approximately 3 months. Please resubmit Names if needed. Fr. John will include the submitted names at the Psokomide “Offering of Gifts” during the first part of the liturgy when he prepares the mystical gifts of bread & wine. Please lift these names to the Lord in your personal prayer life as well.
Prayer for healing: Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent our Lord to heal every sickness. Visit and heal us. Grant patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us to pray for each other that we may be healed. We pray that You heal, guide, and protect your servant (s) (pray by name for those who are sick) and grant them the gift of complete health. You are the source of healing, and to You, we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Happy wedding anniversary to those celebrating this week: Alexandra & Evangelos Pappas, Cheryl & Athanasios Verros, Effie & Steve Giannos, Vincenza & Dennis Matarangas, Andriana & Isidoros Pieces, Eleni & Dimitrios Tsakiris, Angelica & Benjamin Worthington, Heather & George Christodoulakis, Stephanie & Michael Nanz, Maria & Benjamin Gimbel, Lila & Georgios Koskinas, Maria & Frank Sheehan.
Χρόνια πολλά & ευλογημένα!  God grant you many years!  To those who are celebrating birthdays this coming week: Nancy Angelucci, Evangelia Holahan, Isabella Ilisco, Olivia Ilisco, William Kiscaden, Sophia Kyriakodis, Despina Twyman, Peter Vlahos, Joseph Quigley, Mihalis Rokos, Joseph Sarris, Stamatia Sklikas, Despina Vafiadis, Niki Crits, Alexander Falbo, Olivia Pavlou, Demetra Pithis, Anastasia Cooper, Sara Couppas, Mary Gouris, Sophia King, Panayiotis Pithis, Markos Rokos, Tricia Apostolidis, Gregory Costa, Byron Koukaras, Pagona Kytzidis, Catherine McNally, Michael Metsikas, Maria Sandilos, Irene Diaz, Catherine Grigos, Talia Hatzopoulos, Gregory Kosiras, Irene Lambrou, Anastas Malita, Eleni Psoras, Anna Trantas, Madeline Zeman, Chloe Armenakis, George Georgiou, Kathleen Moustakas, Dimitrios Rokos, Melissa Stolarczyk, Matthew Voutsinos.

Our deepest sympathy:

  • To the family of  Elaine Nika, 75, who reposed in the Lord on 10/11/21. Her funeral was at Annunciation/Evangelismos Church on 10/19/21.
  • To the family of Maria Stakias, 100, who reposed in the Lord on 10/14/21. Her funeral was at Evangelismos Church in Philadelphia on 10/19/21.
  • To the family of Michael Tsolakis, 74, who reposed in the Lord on 10/16/21. His funeral was at Annunciation/Evangelismos Church on 10/20/21.       May their memory be eternal.

Archdiocese News

Interview with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America


Archbishop Elpidophoros sat down with Bill Marianes to discuss this year's meeting of the Assembly of Bishops.

Ionian Village Summer 2022 Program Dates


The Office of Ionian Village announces the dates for its Summer 2022 programs. Ionian Village is the international camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with campgrounds located in Peloponnesus, Greece.

Center for Family Care


How can laity become more welcoming? Recognize that the priesthood can be very lonely and unhealthy if the Priest and Presvytera are not allowed friendships. One reason priest and family keep a distance in the parish is because if they are seen to be closer to one or two families there is a fear that others may begin to cry ‘favoritism.’

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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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 9:6-11.

Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Προκείμενον. First Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 32.22,1.
Γένοιτο, Κύριε, τὸ ἔλεός σου ἐφ' ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Ἀγαλλιᾶσθε δίκαιοι ἐν Κυρίῳ

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 9:6-11.

Ἀδελφοί, ὁ σπείρων φειδομένως, φειδομένως καὶ θερίσει· καὶ ὁ σπείρων ἐπʼ εὐλογίαις, ἐπʼ εὐλογίαις καὶ θερίσει. Ἕκαστος καθὼς προαιρεῖται τῇ καρδίᾳ· μὴ ἐκ λύπης ἢ ἐξ ἀνάγκης· ἱλαρὸν γὰρ δότην ἀγαπᾷ ὁ θεός. Δυνατὸς δὲ ὁ θεὸς πᾶσαν χάριν περισσεῦσαι εἰς ὑμᾶς, ἵνα ἐν παντὶ πάντοτε πᾶσαν αὐτάρκειαν ἔχοντες περισσεύητε εἰς πᾶν ἔργον ἀγαθόν· καθὼς γέγραπται, Ἐσκόρπισεν, ἔδωκεν τοῖς πένησιν· ἡ δικαιοσύνη αὐτοῦ μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα. Ὁ δὲ ἐπιχορηγῶν σπέρμα τῷ σπείροντι, καὶ ἄρτον εἰς βρῶσιν χορηγήσαι, καὶ πληθύναι τὸν σπόρον ὑμῶν, καὶ αὐξήσαι τὰ γενήματα τῆς δικαιοσύνης ὑμῶν· ἐν παντὶ πλουτιζόμενοι εἰς πᾶσαν ἁπλότητα, ἥτις κατεργάζεται διʼ ἡμῶν εὐχαριστίαν τῷ θεῷ.

Gospel Reading

6th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 8:26-39

At that time, as Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, there met him a man from the city who had demons; for a long time he had worn no clothes and he lived not in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beseech you, do not torment me." For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him; he was kept under guard, and bound with chains and fetters, but he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them leave. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned. When the herdsmen saw what happened, they fled, and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how he who had been possessed with demons was healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gadarenes asked him to depart from them; for they were seized with great fear; so he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but he sent him away, saying, "Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

6th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 8:26-39

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐλθόντι τῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς τὴν χώραν τῶν Γαδαρηνῶν, ἥτις ἐστὶν ἀντίπερα τῆς Γαλιλαίας. ἐξελθόντι δὲ αὐτῷ ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ὑπήντησεν αὐτῷ ἀνήρ τις ἐκ τῆς πόλεως, ὃς εἶχε δαιμόνια ἐκ χρόνων ἱκανῶν, καὶ ἱμάτιον οὐκ ἐνεδιδύσκετο καὶ ἐν οἰκίᾳ οὐκ ἔμενεν, ἀλλ᾿ ἐν τοῖς μνήμασιν. ἰδὼν δὲ τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν καὶ ἀνακράξας προσέπεσεν αὐτῷ καὶ φωνῇ μεγάλῃ εἶπε· τί ἐμοὶ καὶ σοί, ᾿Ιησοῦ, υἱὲ τοῦ Θεοῦ τοῦ ὑψίστου; δέομαί σου, μή με βασανίσῃς. παρήγγειλε γὰρ τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ ἐξελθεῖν ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου. πολλοῖς γὰρ χρόνοις συνηρπάκει αὐτόν, καὶ ἐδεσμεῖτο ἁλύσεσι καὶ πέδαις φυλασσόμενος, καὶ διαρρήσσων τὰ δεσμὰ ἠλαύνετο ὑπὸ τοῦ δαίμονος εἰς τὰς ἐρήμους. ἐπηρώτησε δὲ αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς λέγων· τί σοί ἐστιν ὄνομα; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· λεγεών· ὅτι δαιμόνια πολλὰ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς αὐτόν· καὶ παρεκάλει αὐτὸν ἵνα μὴ ἐπιτάξῃ αὐτοῖς εἰς τὴν ἄβυσσον ἀπελθεῖν. ἦν δὲ ἐκεῖ ἀγέλη χοίρων ἱκανῶν βοσκομένων ἐν τῷ ὄρει· καὶ παρεκάλουν αὐτὸν ἵνα ἐπιτρέψῃ αὐτοῖς εἰς ἐκείνους εἰσελθεῖν· καὶ ἐπέτρεψεν αὐτοῖς. ἐξελθόντα δὲ τὰ δαιμόνια ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου εἰσῆλθον εἰς τοὺς χοίρους, καὶ ὥρμησεν ἡ ἀγέλη κατὰ τοῦ κρημνοῦ εἰς τὴν λίμνην καὶ ἀπεπνίγη. ἰδόντες δὲ οἱ βόσκοντες τὸ γεγενημένον ἔφυγον, καὶ ἀπήγγειλαν εἰς τὴν πόλιν καὶ εἰς τοὺς ἀγρούς. ἐξῆλθον δὲ ἰδεῖν τὸ γεγονός, καὶ ἦλθον πρὸς τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν καὶ εὗρον καθήμενον τὸν ἄνθρωπον, ἀφ᾿ οὗ τὰ δαιμόνια ἐξεληλύθει, ἱματισμένον καὶ σωφρονοῦντα παρὰ τοὺς πόδας τοῦ ᾿Ιησοῦ, καὶ ἐφοβήθησαν. ἀπήγγειλαν δὲ αὐτοῖς οἱ ἰδόντες πῶς ἐσώθη ὁ δαιμονισθείς. καὶ ἠρώτησαν αὐτὸν ἅπαν τὸ πλῆθος τῆς περιχώρου τῶν Γαδαρηνῶν ἀπελθεῖν ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν, ὅτι φόβῳ μεγάλῳ συνείχοντο. αὐτὸς δὲ ἐμβὰς εἰς τὸ πλοῖον ὑπέστρεψεν. ἐδέετο δὲ αὐτοῦ ὁ ἀνήρ, ἀφ᾿ οὗ ἐξεληλύθει τὰ δαιμόνια, εἶναι σὺν αὐτῷ· ἀπέλυσε δὲ αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς λέγων· ὑπόστρεφε εἰς τὸν οἶκόν σου καὶ διηγοῦ ὅσα ἐποίησέ σοι ὁ Θεός. καὶ ἀπῆλθε καθ᾿ ὅλην τὴν πόλιν κηρύσσων ὅσα ἐποίησεν αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς.


Saints and Feasts

October 24

Arethas the Great Martyr & Syncletiki and her two daughters

These Martyrs contested for piety's sake in the year 524 in Najran, a city of Arabia Felix (present-day Yemen). When Dhu Nuwas, ruler of the Himyarite tribe in south Arabia, and a Judaizer, took power, he sought to blot out Christianity, especially at Najran, a Christian city. Against the counsels of Arethas, chief man of Najran, the city surrendered to Dhu Nuwas, who immediately broke the word he had given and sought to compel the city to renounce Christ. Led by Saint Arethas, hundreds of martyrs, including women, children, and babes, valiantly withstood his threats, and were beheaded and burned. After the men had been slain, all the free-born Christian women of Najran were brought before the tyrant and commanded to abjure Christ or die; yet they rebuked the persecutor with such boldness that he said even the men had not insulted him so contemptuously. So great was their faith that not one woman was found to deny Christ in all Najran, although some of them suffered torments more bitter than most of the men. In alliance with Byzantium, the Ethiopian King Elesbaan liberated Najran from Dhu Nuwas soon after and raised up churches in honour of the Martyrs. Najran became a place of pilgrimage until the rise of Islam a century later. At the end of his life King Elesbaan, who was also called Caleb, retired into solitude as a hermit; he sent his crown to Jerusalem as an offering to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. He also is commemorated on this day as a saint. Saint Arethas' name in Arabic, Harith, means "plowman, tiller," much the same as "George" does in Greek.