Assumption Church
Publish Date: 2021-01-10
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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. 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 Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13.

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


Saints and Feasts

January 10

Gregory of Nyssa

Saint Gregory, the younger brother of Basil the Great, illustrious in speech and a zealot for the Orthodox Faith, was born in 331. His brother Basil was encouraged by their elder sister Macrina to prefer the service of God to a secular career (see July 19); Saint Gregory was moved in a similar way by his godly mother Emily, who, when Gregory was still a young man, implored him to attend a service in honor of the holy Forty Martyrs at her retreat at Annesi on the River Iris. Saint Gregory came at his mother's bidding, but being wearied with the journey, and feeling little zeal, he fell asleep during the service. The Forty Martyrs then appeared to him in a dream, threatening him and reproaching him for his slothfulness. After this he repented and became very diligent in the service of God.

Gregory became bishop in 372, and because of his Orthodoxy he was exiled in 374 by Valens, who was of one mind with the Arians. After the death of Valens in 378, Gregory was recalled to his throne by the Emperor Gratian. He attended the Local Council of Antioch, which sent him to visit the churches of Arabia and Palestine, which had been defiled and ravaged by Arianism. He attended the Second Ecumenical Council, which was assembled in Constantinople in 381. Having lived some sixty years and left behind many remarkable writings, he reposed about the year 395. The acts of the Seventh Ecumenical Council call him 'Father of Fathers."


Church Life

Sorrows:  It is with heartfelt sadness, together with every hope in the Resurrection of Christ, that we share with the faithful of our Assumption Church Family that the servant of God, Rick Flannery, has fallen asleep in the Lord.  We express our sincerest condolences to his wife, Caryn, and children Jennifer and Ricky.  Eternal be his memory. 
Revelation 14:13 “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth … Blessed indeed...that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” 

Parish News

Three Presentations Following Divine Liturgy Today

Anna Dounelis, President of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians for the Direct Archdiocesan District (DAD), will present to Anna Mederer, a senior majoring in Robotics and Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, The Demetrios C. Pappas Educational Scholarship Award. We welcome Anna Dounelis and Irini Kapareliotis, DAD Choir Federation Treasurer, to our Assumption Church and thank Anna, Irini and the Federation for all the meaningful and great work that is done to support our Church Music Ministry in the DAD and our youth.

Anne Ktorides, our dedicated Choir Director/Chanter and DAD President Anna Dounelis will present The Archbishop Iakovos Distinguished Service Award to Fevri Gkanatsios, a valued member of our Assumption Choir for offering her service and talent as a Chanter during the Orthros, Liturgy, Paraklisis and weekday services.  Her dedication has been outstanding and all her God gifted talent and help is very much appreciated.

Sunday After Theophany, Celebration of Vasilopita - St. Basil's Bread, Ladies Philoptochos presents the cutting of the Vasilopita.
Christmas Poinsettias
Following Divine Liturgy we invite our parishioners who would like, to please take home one or two of our Poinsettia plants for you to take care of.  Someone once said it is a Blessing to take home flowers from the Church. Thank you and Happy New Year.

Links for Livestreaming Services

Pray with us by subscribing to the Assumption YouTube channel

Or by visiting our Assumption page on Facebook

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


Stewardship Ministry

In this time of social distancing we'd like to remind our parishioners of the Church's 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.


Youth/Family Ministry

Be the Bee #162 - Theophany, Holy Water and the Goodness of Creation

“Christ is the one who came in order to do what Adam did not do: to be the priest of creation...not just for the human being, although it was achieved through the human being. Christ came so that the whole world may live, and the human being may become that which he was meant to be when he was created by God, namely the priest of creation.” -Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon

Some Christians think the world is bad: that we need to escape our bodies and physical things.

But the spiritual life isn't just about the spirit. Matter matters. Our job isn't to abandon the physical world, but to save it.

And this is exactly what we see in the great feast of Theophany.

Downloadable Workbook

Crossroad 2021: Explore your faith like never before.

If you're a high school junior or senior, spend your summer with CrossRoad!

Applications are due February 16, 2021. Apply in time for the Priority Deadline (January 4, 2021) for early consideration and a $50 tuition discount.

Session 1: June 12-June 22 (in Boston)

Session 2: June 29-July 9 (Boston)

Session 3: July 19-July 29 (Chicago)


Ladies Philoptochos Society

Please note: The meeting that had been previously scheduled for January 11 is cancelled. Stay tuned for a new date.

Please join us for agape fellowship in honor of the Vasilopita Celebration - St. Basil’s Bread, presented by our Ladies Philoptochos Society and sponsored by Maria Tsikalakis and family. A heartfelt thank you to Maria for providing the wonderful Vasilopita bread again this year.  

Vasilopita: Today, we take a moment to celebrate the New Year with our Church Family by sharing the cutting of the Vasilopita. We recognize the love and commitment of the ministries, families and individuals who offer the best of themselves in service to God, to His Church and to one another! Collectively, we are the sanctified Bride and Body of Christ comprised of: Clergy, Parish Council, Philoptochos, Adult Choir, Psalti/Chanter/Reader, Youth Choir, Acolytes & Wise Maidens, Sunday Catechism School, Greek School, GOYA, JOY, HOPE, LOVE, Basketball, Greek Folk Dance, Paradosi Greek Folk Singers, Greek Festival, Stewardship, Vision & Evangelism Committee, Good Steward Investment Committee, VIP/Seniors, AHEPA, Public Servants, and so many others!

National Obligations: Our monthly National obligations for January are 1.) for the children of Saint Basil Academy, a home for children who need support and care (proceeds from any Vasilopita events); and 2.) the Social Services/Cancer and other Major Illnesses Fund.  Normally, in January, Philoptochos has the proceeds from the sale of Vasilopita in December, the January monthly tray and a special coffee fellowship basket all combined to make our offering for Saint Basil Academy.  Your special consideration for the absence of these events would be appreciated.Thank you for your continued support and generosity. Information regarding all of our National obligations can be found at: 

Donations: Donations may be made directly to our Philoptochos by by CLICKING HERE. BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. You may also mail a check to church.

Philoptochos Stewardship: January and February are 2021 Stewardship months! You may make online stewardship donations by CLICKING HERE.  BE SURE TO CHECK OFF LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS. Email us at to notify us you have submitted a stewardship offering. You may also mail your stewardship offering and include a Stewardship Form, available on the church site:

Link to National Ladies Philoptochos Society January Newsletter:


Birthday Celebrations

1/9 - Betsy Ern 
1/13 - Nitsa Carino 
1/13 - Chris Neofitidis
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:

Creation Care Ministry

"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." 

- Mother Teresa, 1910-1997



  • Month at a Glance

    January 10 to February 7, 2021

    Sunday, January 10

    Sunday After Theophany

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, January 17

    12th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, January 19

    6:00PM Paraklesis FB for tomorrow

    Wednesday, January 20

    6:00PM Paraklisis

    Thursday, January 21

    7:30PM Parish Council

    Sunday, January 24

    14th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Saturday, January 30

    Synaxis of The Three Hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, & John Chrysostom

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, January 31

    15th Sunday of Luke

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, February 2

    The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, February 7

    16th Sunday of Matthew

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy