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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Publish Date: 2023-12-17
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General Information

  • Phone:
  • (562) 494-8929
  • Fax:
  • (562) 985-1379
  • Street Address:

  • 5761 East Colorado St.

  • Long Beach, CA 90814
  • Mailing Address:

  • 5761 East Colorado St.

  • Long Beach, CA 90814


Past Bulletins


Worship Services, Meetings and Activities

Worship Services

12/17/2023

Sunday, 12/17

+ ΙA’ Λουκά. 11th Sunday of Luke

   Orthros 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

Sunday School

 

Wednesday, 12/20

Panagia’s Little Lambs 10 am - 11 am

Greek School 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

 

Sunday, 12/24

+ Προ της Χριστού Γεννήσεως. Sunday before Nativity

   Orthros 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.

+ Παραμονή Χριστουγέννων. Christmas Eve

   Orthros 3:00 pm, Divine Liturgy 4:00 pm.


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Saints and Feasts

Dionyzak
December 17

Dionysius of Zakynthos

The holy hierarch, Saint Dionysius, who was born and reared on Zakynthos, was the son of pious and wealthy parents, Mocius and Paulina by name. In his youth he entered the ancient monastery of the Strophada Islands, which lie south of Zakynthos, and there he donned the monastic habit. Later, he was appointed Archbishop of Aegina, and adorned its throne for a considerable time. Thereafter he returned to his homeland. One incident in his life especially reveals to what virtue he attained. A man came to him in desperation, witnessing that he had committed a murder, and was being pursued by the slain man's family. He asked Saint Dionysius to give him refuge. The Saint agreed to this, upon learning that it was his own brother whom the man had slain, he said nothing, but concealing the agony of his grief, hid him. When the Saint's kinsmen arrived at the monastery, he told them that the Murderer had gone by such and such a way. When they had departed, he admonished the man concerning the gravity of his sin, instructed him in repentance, and sent him off in peace having forgiven him his brother's murder. According to local tradition, this man later returned and became a monk at this same monastery. Saint Dionysius reposed in peace in 1621, leaving behind his sacred and incorrupt relics as a treasure for his fellow citizens.


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December 17

Daniel the Prophet & Ananias, Azarias, & Misail, the Three Holy Youths

The Prophet Daniel and the Three Children were all descended from the royal tribe of Judah. In the year 599 before Christ, in the reign of Joachim, who was also called Jechonias (I Chron. 3:16, and II Chron. 36:8), while yet children, these righteous ones were led away as captives into Babylon together with the other Jews by Nabuchodonosor. He singled them out from among the other captives to serve him, and renamed them thus: Daniel was named Baltazar; Ananias, Sedrach: Misail, Misach; and Azarias, Abednago. They were reared in the royal court, and taught the wisdom of the Chaldeans; and after the passage of three years, they surpassed all the Chaldean sages (Dan. 1).

Thereafter, Daniel, being still a lad, interpreted that mysterious image seen by Nabuchodonosor in a dream, an image that was composed of different metals, but was shattered and ground to dust by a certain stone which had been hewn out of a mountain without the hand of man. This vision clearly portrayed through the mountain the height of the Virgin's holiness and the power of the Holy Spirit which overshadowed her. Through the image of the Stone, Christ was portrayed, Who was seedlessly born of her, and Who by His coming as the Godman would shatter and destroy all the kingdoms of the world, which were portrayed through the image; and He would raise them that believe in Him into His Heavenly Kingdom, which is eternal and everlasting (ibid. 2:31-45). Thereupon, he signified in prophecy the time of His appearance in the Jordan, the beginning of His preaching of the Gospel, the time of His saving Passion, and the cessation of the worship according to the Mosaic Law, (ibid. 9:14-27). He portrayed most excellently the majestic and dread image of His second coming, presenting by means of words, as with living colours, the fiery throne which shall be set, the Eternal Judge Who shall sit thereon, the river of fire that shall flow forth before Him, the calling to account before the impartial judgment seat, the opened books of each ones deeds, the thousands upon thousands of them that minister to Him, and the ten thousands of them that stand in His presence (ibid. 7: 9-10). Daniel (whose name means "God is judge") was called "man of desires" by the Angels that appeared (ibid. 9:23), because he courageously disdained every desire of the body, even the very bread that is necessary for nourishment. Furthermore, he received this name because, in his longing for the freedom of those of his tribe, and his desire to know their future condition, he ceased not supplicating God, fasting and bending the knee three times a day. Because of this prayer he was cast into the den of lions, after he had been accused by his enemies as a transgressor of the decree issued through the proclamation of the king, that no one should worship or ask for anything from God or from men for thirty days, but only from the king. But having stopped the mouths of the lions by divine might, and appearing among them as though he were a shepherd of sheep, Daniel showed the impious the might of godliness (ibid. 6:1-23).

As for the Three Children, Ananias ("Yah is gracious"), Misail ("Who is what God is?), and Azarias ("Yah is keeper"), since they refused to offer adoration to Nabuchodonosor's image, they were cast into the furnace of fire. They were preserved unharmed amidst the flames - even their hair was untouched - by the descent of the Angel of the Lord, that is, the Son of God. Walking about in the furnace, as though in the midst of dew, they sang the universal hymn of praise to God, which is found in the Seventh and Eighth Odes of the Holy Psalter. And coming forth therefrom, without even the smell of the fire on their clothes (Dan. 3), they prefigured in themselves the Virgin's incorrupt giving of birth; for she, on receiving the Fire of the Godhead within her womb, was not burned, but remained virgin, even as she was before giving birth.

Therefore the Church celebrates the Three Children and Daniel on this day, on the Sunday of the Forefathers, and on the Sunday before the Nativity of Christ, since they prefigured and proclaimed His Incarnation. Furthermore, they were of the tribe of Judah, wherefrom, Christ sprang forth according to the flesh. The holy Three Children completed their lives full of days; as for the Prophet Daniel, he lived until the reign of Cyrus, King of Persia, whom he also petitioned that his nation be allowed to return to Jerusalem and that the Temple be raised up again, and his request was granted. He reposed in Peace, having lived about eighty-eight years. His prophetical book, which is divided into twelve chapters, is ranked fourth among the greater Prophets.


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Announcements

MEMORIAL SERVICE/ΜΝΗΜΟΣΥΝΟ

12/17/2023

Today we pray for the repose of the souls of the servants of God Elizabeth Alexander (9 years), Michael Kirollos Sr. (29 years), Heleny Papadopoulos (31 years) & Eduardo Castro Rivera (40 days). May their memory be eternal.


SOCIAL HOUR

12/17/2023

Sponsored by the Philoptochos. Thank you.

If you want to sponsor any Sunday’s social hour please contact Voula at 562-494-8929 or via email at: office@assumptionlb.org


SUNDAY SCHOOL

12/17/2023

CHRISTMAS PAGEANT! Please join us on Sunday, December 17 2023 in a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with lunch, petting zoo and a special visit from SANTA.


GOYA NEWS

12/17/2023

To all GOYANS,
You are all invited for "GOYA Christmas Night" on Friday, December 22, at 7:00pm, at the Makridis' house.
 
Penelope and Chris Kyriazi
Assumption Long Beach GOYA Advisors

NEW YEAR'S EVE

12/17/2023

Save the date: Sunday, December 31, 2023 for New Year’s Eve Glendi/Party with Food, Live Music, Dancing, Entertainment & Bar!

Ring in 2024 with us at Assumption Church from 8pm to 2am.

RSVP to Christina Karmiris at ckarmiris1984@yahoo.com & 714-791-6160


EPIPHANY CELEBRATION 2024

12/17/2023

We invite all the Assumption parishioners & friends to attent the Epiphany celebration, on Saturday, January 6, 2024.

Orthros, Great Blessing of the Waters & Divine Liturgy 9:00 am.

Youth Dive for the Cross to follow at Mother’s Beach.


GREEK DANCE

12/17/2023

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR GLENDI! Meet us on the dance floor, under the stars on February 10th! Our dance school is very excited to present our Glendi under the stars. We sold out last year, and we hope to make it a successful and memorable event again! Stay tuned for more details in the new year. 


BOOKSTORE

12/17/2023

Christmas is just around the corner. Supplies are limited. The bookstore has many wonderful items & gifts for your religious needs. The bookstore will be open after Liturgy. During the week, it will be open by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please contact Zoe Falley at (714) 366-0001 or zypyzoe@yahoo.com.


2024 ECCLESIASTICAL CALENDARS

12/17/2023

The ecclesiastical calendars for 2024 were mailed out a few days ago. If, for some reason you didn’t receive yours, please feel free to come and get one from the church. They are placed on the announcement table in the narthex.


METROPOLIS NEWS

12/17/2023

Stay Connected to the Metropolis: 

Text SFNEWS 22828 and subscribe to the E-News from the Metropolis of San Francisco.


C0MMUNITY GUIDE

12/17/2023

LIVE STREAM:  All services are on Live Streaming on Youtube. You may search "AssumptionGOC" on any Smart TV or device. Please click on the following link to connect directly and please subscribe. Assumption GOC Long Beach

Text to follow the Services : AGES DCS

 

PRAYER REQUEST AND LIGHT A CANDLE: Please visit https://forms.gle/HUgSzNy5s5jTBeWHA and Fr. Christos will be praying the names that you submit during the services and will light candles for you.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow on Instagram at:

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Please click here to follow our Church calendar: Parish Calendar

 

SUPPORT THE CHURCH: We thank all those who have been sending donations and stewardship. If you want to become a member in our church or to make any donation please visit: http://www.assumptionlb.org/stewardship/


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