Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2020-08-30
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Assumption Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (203) 748-2992
  • Fax:
  • (203) 748-7747
  • Street Address:

  • 30 Clapboard Ridge Road

  • Danbury, CT 06811

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Orthros at 8:45 am - Sundays
Divine Liturgy at 10am - Sundays
Weekday Divine Liturgies without Orthros begin with the Doxology at 9:50 am
Summer Services Schedule (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend):
Orthros at 8:15 am - Sundays
Divine Liturgy at 9:30 am - Sundays
Summer weekday Divine Liturgies without Orthros begin with the Doxology at 9:20 am

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-11.

Brethren, I would remind you in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast -- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 19:16-26

At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, "Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why do you call me good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."


Saints and Feasts

September 01

Ecclesiastical New Year

For the maintenance of their armed forces, the Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years. At the end of each fifteen-year period, an assessment was made of what economic changes had taken place, and a new tax was decreed, which was to be paid over the span of the fifteen years. This imperial decree, which was issued before the season of winter, was named Indictio, that is, Definiton, or Order. This name was adopted by the emperors in Constantinople also. At other times, the latter also used the term Epinemisis, that is, Distribution (Dianome). It is commonly held that Saint Constantine the Great introduced the Indiction decrees in A.D. 312, after he beheld the sign of the Cross in heaven and vanquished Maxentius and was proclaimed Emperor in the West. Some, however (and this seems more likely), ascribe the institution of the Indiction to Augustus Caesar, three years before the birth of Christ. Those who hold this view offer as proof the papal bull issued in A.D. 781 which is dated thus: Anno IV, Indictionis LIII -that is, the fourth year of the fifty-third Indiction. From this, we can deduce the aforementioned year (3 B.C.) by multiplying the fifty-two complete Indictions by the number of years in each (15), and adding the three years of the fifty-third Indiction. There are three types of Indictions: 1) That which was introduced in the West, and which is called Imperial, or Caesarean, or Constantinian, and which begins on the 24th of September; 2) The so-called Papal Indiction, which begins on the 1st of January; and 3) The Constantinopolitan, which was adopted by the Patriarchs of that city after the fall of the Eastern Empire in 1453. This Indiction is indicated in their own hand on the decrees they issue, without the numeration of the fifteen years. This Indiction begins on the 1st of September and is observed with special ceremony in the Church. Since the completion of each year takes place, as it were, with the harvest and gathering of the crops into storehouses, and we begin anew from henceforth the sowing of seed in the earth for the production of future crops, September is considered the beginning of the New Year. The Church also keeps festival this day, beseeching God for fair weather, seasonable rains, and an abundance of the fruits of the earth. The Holy Scriptures (Lev. 23:24-5 and Num. 29:1-2) also testify that the people of Israel celebrated the feast of the Blowing of the Trumpets on this day, offering hymns of thanksgiving. In addition to all the aforesaid, on this feast we also commemorate our Saviour's entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He was given the book of the Prophet Esaias to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me..." (Luke 4:16-30).

It should be noted that to the present day, the Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1. This was the custom in Constantinople until its fall in 1453 and in Russia until the reign of Peter I. September 1 is still festively celebrated as the New Year at the Patriarchate of Constantinople; among the Jews also the New Year, although reckoned according to a moveable calendar, usually falls in September. The service of the Menaion for January 1 is for our Lord's Circumcision and for the memorial of Saint Basil the Great, without any mention of its being the beginning of a new year.


Parish News

Vespers for the Preservation of Creation - Monday, August 31 @6:00pm

Join us in prayer and worship as we celebrate the Feast of the Indiction of the Ecclesiastical New Year together with the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment, an observance established in 1989 by then Ecumenical Patriarch Dimitrios I. Follow along in person on your device or at home at 

Did you notice there's no Sign Up / Registration for this Sunday's Liturgy? 

Don't worry, it's not something we forgot about and not anything you may have missed in your inbox.  Instead, after some thought, prayer and consideration of the attendance trends over the last two months, we have decided to welcome parishioners for worship on a "walk-in," first-come first-seated basis.  We wil continue to keep record of attendees in accordance with FEMA & CDC guidelines.

Having said that, in addition to your prayerful presence, please continue offering one another your patience and understanding with this process.  We are grateful for the cooperative, unifying and positive approach that our community has made manifest during this time. Please be assured that above all, together we endeavor to create and maintain a safe worship experience for our parishioners and as clergy and lay leadership we do the best we can and naturally there are many things that we learn along the way seeing as this is a "new abnormal" for us too.

One other modification to the way we have been operating since our re-opening in June has to do with the timing for Holy Communion.  Our faithful will receive the Eucharist at the usual appointed time, within the context of the Divine Liturgy. Antidoron (the blessed bread) will still be left in the narthex of the Church to pick up as our faithful exit the Church at the conclusion of the service and following the directions of our Parish Council and ushers.

As always, we will revisit our policies and procedures as we move along into the fall and as conditions may influence.  We are thankful for your ongoing love and support of our Assumption Church family as we navigate the challenges of this time together as one in Christ Jesus. 

DPH Issues COVID-19 Alert to Danbury Community After Significant Spike in New Cases 08/21/2020 

Danbury Residents Urged to Stay Home if Possible, Avoid Unnecessary Outings, Limit Indoor Gatherings to Only Those You Live With, Refrain from Attending Large Church Services or Outdoor Gatherings

– The Connecticut Department of Public Health today is issuing a COVID-19 alert for Danbury after a significant increase in cases in the last two weeks, with much of the outbreak related to recent domestic and international travel.  Connecticut is requiring anyone traveling to the state from many other US states to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.  In addition, the CDC recommends anyone returning from international travel from countries with wide spread transmission of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for the same period of time.  DPH is coordinating with municipal and local health officials in Danbury to get the word out among community centers and churches to take extra precautions, immediately.  Those precautions include: staying home when possible and limiting outings, wearing masks anytime you leave home, limiting indoor gatherings to only those you live with, refraining from attending large church services for the time being, and not attending large outdoor gatherings.  Between August 2–20, Danbury recorded at least 178 new COVID-19 cases, a sharp increase over the previous two-week period when only 40 new cases were recorded.

“This is a serious outbreak in Danbury and we really need an all hands on deck approach. We need everyone in Danbury to take extreme precaution,” said Acting DPH Commissioner Deidre S. Gifford, MD MPH.  “We appreciate the partnership with municipal and health department leadership in Danbury, as well as health care providers that have testing sites available for members of the community.  We are urging anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to get tested as soon as possible, stay home until your test results are known and stay at home for 10 days if you test positive.”

Commissioner Gifford continued, “We need you to answer your phone if a contact tracer tries to get in touch.  If you are over the age of 60 or have a chronic disease and live in Danbury, you should stay home.  We need employers to help make sure everyone with symptoms or who was exposed is staying home and not coming to work.  Friends and neighbors could help by supporting those who need to stay home with food and other errands.  We can limit spread of the virus if we all work together.” 



Links for Livestreaming Services & Calendar

Links for Livestreaming Services

Pray with us by subscribing to the Assumption YouTube channel at

Or by visiting our Assumption page on Facebook at

Live events will be streamed on both these services on programmed service hours.

Weekday Divine Services

As a worshipping community, we will schedule and pray a variety of weekday services, including an occasional evening Vespers or other service, and as always, morning Orthros & Divine Liturgies for various saints and major feasts.  Please keep an eye on our Google Calendar ( for the most up-to-date details and services which will also be announced via our Listserv whenever possible.  We encourage attendance at these weekday services for our seniors and others who would like to avoid the larger gatherings on Sundays.  We continue to livestream on YouTube and FaceBook Live. 

Sights & Sounds Ministry

If these services have been a blessing to you, we’d love to hear from you!  We have invested approximately $10,000 in upgrades to our Live-streaming infrastructure in order to enhance the quality and reliability of our audio-visual (A/V) ministry that will last well beyond the Coronavirus pandemic.  This has and will continue to be an essential ministry to enable our seniors and homebound parishioners, those journeying toward or new to Orthodoxy and anyone to pray with us from anywhere in the world!

We are grateful to our supporters who have contributed more than $1,000 toward our $10,000 goal

Might you consider joining our supporters with a monetary gift (small or large) toward the AGOC Sights & Sounds Ministry?  Please contact Fr. Nikolas or a member of the Parish Council to join in this effort. With your prayers and support, we can improve the quality and bring the beauty of our Orthodox Liturgical Life and the Good News of Christ Risen into the homes of so many others!


Church is Open

Greetings and Welcome Home!  We hope and pray that you continue to feel safe and secure as you worship with us in person.  And we continue to be grateful to our faithful parishioners who find ways to pray the liturgy with us from the safety of their homes.  We continue to monitor and implement the most current guidelines from state authorities, health officials and from the Archdiocese and Church leadership.  If you have a positive experience worshipping with us, please tell your family and friends! And as always, use your discretion and follow the advice of your physician as you navigate the world during these difficult times.

Reservations are no longer required
Those in attendance and those at home may want to access the text of the divine services by visiting Digital Chant Stand at  Just click on the date on the left side of the page and/or download the app and navigate to the appropriate service. For safety, we have removed the service books from the pews and chances are that folks at home may not have a copy of the Divine Liturgy.

As you begin to resume your "normal" weekly routines in these challenging times, we ask that you consult the guidelines listed below (subject to change) to help you prepare for what to expect during this "new abnormal" way of attending Church.

Parish Precautions

We continue to clean and disinfect the church between each service, require masks, temperature checks, hand washing, limited capacity and appropriate distancing.

In addition, an application of G200, a disinfecting solution approved by the CDC, is applied to all non-wood surfaces (doorknobs, handles, bathroom fixtures, etc) at the CDC recommended intervals. G200 continues to repel bacteria, including Coronavirus, for up to 30 days.

We have also upgraded the air filters in our HVAC system to those that filter even more fine particles as part of our overall risk mitigation approach.

Latest Guidelines for Attending Divine Worship


Please arrive between 8:15-10:00am. Only the north entrances, near the handicapped parking, will be open. Allow extra time for social distancing protocol upon arrival. Please leave all nonessentials in your car.


All attendees are required to put on protective face masks before exiting their vehicle. Exceptions are only permitted for those with valid medical reasons, special needs and children less than 2 years of age.


Please follow signs to posted entry points and maintain distancing via the ground markers. These have been prepared in advance to provide safe social distancing and need to be respected for everyone’s well-being.


Be prepared for a touchless temperature reading of your forehead by an infrared thermometer and hand sanitizing. Temperature must not exceed 99.1 for admittance. Next, a member of Parish Council will hand you a candle to light. Please venerate Icons with a bow only. No touching or kissing.


A member of Parish Council will escort you to your designated seat and record your name for our attendance recordkeeping. Seating has been designed to adhere to social distancing requirements. Only members of the same family may sit together without distancing between them. Please remain in your designated seat throughout the entire service, except for restroom needs. The restroom in the “crying room” is the only restroom open to attendees. A Parish Council member will open the room for one person at a time. Please use provided wipes to clean faucets and doorknob after use.


On Sundays, Holy Communion will be offered at the usual appointed time. Baptized or chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves are invited to receive communion keeping in mind the following:

  • Parish Council members will guide attendees by row, adhering to distancing markers placed in the aisle.
  • Remove mask before approaching the Holy Chalice.
  • Please do not touch the Communion cloth or dab it on your lips. It will be held by altar servers to prevent spills.
  • A separate metal spoon will be used for each communicant.
  • Antidoron will be individually wrapped on tables in the Narthex.
  • Continue walking to your car. No congregating inside please.

Kindly know that we are doing our best to "normalize" what is a challenging and strange time.  Be assured that we are all an essential part of Christ's Body and the Theotokos and saints and ranks of angels and archangels rejoice with us when we invoke His Holy Name whether in the space of His Holy Church or in the sacredness of the "domestic church" of the home.

Join us. Pray with us. You are a vital member of the Body of Christ and of our Assumption Church family.  We love you and we thank you for your support.

Fr. Nikolas


Greek School

The Greek as a Second Language program at Assumption Church is an eight year course. Classes start from first grade and continue through high school, with the opportunity to take the Comprehensive Exam in Modern Greek after all levels have been successfully completed. Students must be at least thirteen years old in order to take the exam and, in some instances, it provides foreign language credit at the high school level (it was formerly the NYS Regents Exam). 

Students must be in first grade of their regular school to enter the Introductory Level.  Occasionally,  we have students join us at another level and we will accommodate them accordingly based on their individual ability.

For the upcoming 2020-2021 year, we will be offering our classes remotely, via Zoom. Classes will meet once a week for one hour for a regular lesson.  There will be an additional (optional) session for students to work on the homework with their teachers. We plan on having several whole-school sessions during the year during which we will have the opportunity to explore additional extra-curricular activities that will augment and enhance our regular academic curriculum. Content and dates to be determined.

The Assumption Church Afternoon Greek School follows all guidelines set by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and is committed to providing an excellent education in all aspects of the Greek language. For the 2020-2021 academic school year, we will continue with the curriculum and series of books from Papaloizos Publications and supplementing with materials published by the Department of Greek Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. 

We encourage all Parish families to consider enrolling their children in this program. Whether Greek is spoken at home or not, every student can be successful and it is a great way to expose them to an additional language in a fun environment.

Please use this link to register your child: Registration Form 2020-2021. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Paraskevi Rountos at


Stewardship Ministry

In this time of social distancing we'd like to remind our parishioners of the Church's new ability to accept online donations by CLICKING HERE  You will be taken to Assumption Church's secure payment portal through Vanco, a reputable and leading provider of electronic payment and donation processing solutions (  More than 40,000 churches, faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools and educational organizations trust Vanco to simplify administrative processes, organize events and securely complete transactions every day.


Ladies Philoptochos Society

Ladies Philoptochos Society News:

Save the date!!!  Our first meeting of the ecclesiastical year will be on Monday, September 14th.  Details will be provided shortly.  Please join us.  

Our Ladies Philoptochos continues to look for ways we can help and/or donate to support others as we focus on our philanthropic mission.  There continue to be many needs out there during this pandemic, from food needs, to school supplies, to supporting our church, and much more. To help us continue to offer support as well as meet our monthly National obligations, we welcome any donations in place of our monthly trays and fundraisers. Donations may be made directly to our Philoptochos on the church website or mailed to church (see details below). Information regarding our National obligations can be found at:

Through the "Mask On" campaign we have face masks available for families in the parish. If you are in need of masks, they are on the candle stands in the narthex or email Eleni Manolakes at  Email us at ( with any needs, questions or comments.  May God bless us all and keep us safe.

Philoptochos Stewardship/Donations:

 We are over 115 stewards strong. Thank you all.  If you have not already done so this year (Stewardship is from Jan. to Dec. 2020), please consider renewing your Philoptochos stewardship. You may email us (see below) if you are not sure if you completed a stewardship form. We invite all ladies 18 years and older to join. We accept online stewardship and donations as we have joined with the Church's secure payment portal through Vanco by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. You may also visit our website – just click the "WE NOW ACCEPT ONLINE DONATIONS" or the “DONATE ONLINE” buttons on our home page.  Of course we still accept checks and cash.  Please mail to The Ladies Philoptochos, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 30 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, CT 06811.  Please be sure to include a Stewardship Form, which is available on the church site: . We pick up mail about once a week.  Philoptochos provides the opportunity to offer time, talent and treasure through Christian fellowship.  NOTE: If you donate online, we may be in contact with you to confirm your personal information or confirm the intent of your donation (stewardship, general donation, etc.) or you may email us at with the same information. A huge thank you for your support - we have been blessed with many thinking about stewardship and donations. You are helping us make a difference.

Link to National Ladies Philoptochos Society August Newsletter: 

Philanthropy Witness-August 2020

Link to Philoptochos promo video:

Come Join Us!



August 31 - Wedding Anniversary - Lauren and Robert Lycoudes (2 years)

Your Assumption Church Community wants to celebrate with you! Please let us know of any upcoming events in your life, birthdays, name days, anniversaries so we can (virtually) share the joy! Your submissions will be announced in future weekly bulletins. Email details to:


Youth/Family Ministry


Be the Bee is helping bring people to Christ through short, practical videos. Y2AM is preparing forty new episodes for a brand-new season. New features are the free, downloadable PDFs (lesson plans, workbooks, etc.) to accompany every new episode of the season. 

As you probably know, the new Church year starts on September 1st. Can we help young people start the new year on the right foot? Can we help them stick to a prayer rule? Click on the link below for the first episode of the new season and the free, downloadable workbook to help viewers develop a prayer rule and track their progress. Check here each week for the link to the latest episode.

Be the Bee #147 - How to Start (and Keep) a Prayer Rule


Creation Care Ministry

Prayers for Environmental Protection

Our Holy Church always prays to God for the preservation and protection of the environment. He reminded us through the Holy Bible that if the human wants to live in balance, peace and health in this world, he must respect and value the environment as a divine creation, and not abuse this great gift of God, but demonstrate in practice his sincere gratitude.

The Holy Church declares that man cannot be autonomous from the rest of creation, nor can he exist without it. Therefore, when he protects the environment, he protects himself.

The Lord has placed man in the world as king and priest of creation to work the works of light and love, and not to destroy God’s creation through misuse.

The Saints of our Church also put forward environmental awareness, such as Saint Luke of Mount Stirion, who took care of the trees and the plants. Saint Cosmas of Aetolia used to say that people will remain poor for not showing love for the trees.

The Church continues to respect the environment in words and deed as a divine creation, through the establishment of September 1st as a day of prayer for the environment....

We wish this year’s celebration of the day to awaken the consciences of all, so that we can appreciate and respect the divine creation and through it the Poet and Creator of all.

HE Archbishop Ieronymos, Greek Orthodox Church, Message on World Environment Day, Athens, Greece, June 4, 2020


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

OO Exclusive: Churches Evacuate Amid California Fires


Devastating fires are ravaging California. The Orthodox Observer spoke with Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco to get the most current update.

How Camp Has Already Prepared You For The Pandemic


Sometimes at camp, campers have to adapt to guidelines and schedules they aren't necessarily used to. However, these ultimately allow everyone to thrive at camp and maximize their time there. In this video, Ionian Village's Director of Support and Outreach and school Social Worker Marissa Garoufalis dives into how we can apply camp experience to the current pandemic in order to disconnect, experience, and ultimately rejuvenate during this time.

Free Preview of “Effective Christian Ministry” Training Program


We all know that the Church faces critical ministry challenges. Research shows that 60% of young people fall away from the Faith as they grow into young adults. And did you know that a new study has found that ⅓ of people have stopped attending church altogether during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve completely disconnected, and aren’t even streaming services. Why? And what can we do to connect people (especially youth and young adults) to the Church?


  • Month at a Glance

    August 30 to September 27, 2020

    Sunday, August 30

    12th Sunday of Matthew

    8:15AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, August 31

    6:00PM Vespers of Creation

    Tuesday, September 1

    Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year

    Sunday, September 6

    8:15AM Orthros

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, September 8

    Nativity of the Theotokos

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, September 9

    Clergy Laity Congress 2020 - Virtual

    Thursday, September 10

    Clergy Laity Congress 2020 - Virtual

    Sunday, September 13

    Forefeast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, September 14

    Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, September 17

    7:30PM Parish Council

    Saturday, September 19

    2:00PM Wedding

    Sunday, September 20

    Sunday after the Holy Cross

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Saturday, September 26

    1:00PM Betrothal Service

    Sunday, September 27

    First Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy