Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Publish Date: 2024-01-28
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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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


Sunday, 1/28

+ ΙΕ΄Λουκά. 15th Sunday of Luke

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

Sunday School


Tuesday, 1/30

+ Των Τριών Ιεραρχών. Synaxis of the Three Hierarchs.

   Orthros & Divine Liturgy 9:00 am.


Wednesday, 1/31

Panagia’s Little Lambs 10 am - 11 am

Greek School 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Thursday, 2/1

+ Υπαπαντή του Σωτήρος Χριστού, Presentation of our Lord.

   Orthros & Divine Liturgy 6:00 pm.


Sunday, 2/4

+ ΙΕ΄Ματθαίου. 15th Sunday of Matthew

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

Hope/Joy, GOYA meeting


Saints and Feasts

January 28

Ephraim the Syrian

Saint Ephraim was born in Nisibis of Mesopotamia some time about the year 306, and in his youth was the disciple of Saint James, Bishop of Nisibis, one of the 318 Fathers at the First Ecumenical Council. Ephraim lived in Nisibis, practicing a severe ascetical life and increasing in holiness, until 363, the year in which Julian the Apostate was slain in his war against the Persians, and his successor Jovian surrendered Nisibis to them. Ephraim then made his dwelling in Edessa, where he found many heresies to do battle with. He waged an especial war against Bardaisan; this gnostic had written many hymns propagating his errors, which by their sweet melodies became popular and enticed souls away from the truth. Saint Ephraim, having received from God a singular gift of eloquence, turned Bardaisan's own weapon against him, and wrote a multitude of hymns to be chanted by choirs of women, which set forth the true doctrines, refuted heretical error, and praised the contests of the Martyrs.

Of the multitude of sermons, commentaries, and hymns that Saint Ephraim wrote, many were translated into Greek in his own lifetime. Sozomen says that Ephraim "Surpassed the most approved writers of Greece," observing that the Greek writings, when translated into other tongues, lose most of their original beauty, but Ephraim's works "are no less admired when read in Greek than when read in Syriac" (Eccl. Hist., Book 111, 16). Saint Ephraim was ordained deacon, some say by Saint Basil the Great, whom Sozomen said "was a great admirer of Ephraim, and was astonished at his erudition." Saint Ephraim was the first to make the poetic expression of hymnody and song a vehicle of Orthodox theological teachings, constituting it an integral part of the Church's worship; he may rightly be called the first and greatest hymnographer of the Church, who set the pattern for these who followed him, especially Saint Romanos the Melodist. Because of this he is called the "Harp of the Holy Spirit." Jerome says that his writings were read in some churches after the reading of the Scriptures, and adds that once he read a Greek translation of one of Ephraim's works, "and recognized, even in translation, the incisive power of his lofty genius" (De vir. ill., ch. CXV).

Shortly before the end of his life, a famine broke out in Edessa, and Saint Ephraim left his cell to rebuke the rich for not sharing their goods with the poor. The rich answered that they knew no one to whom they could entrust their goods. Ephraim asked them, "What do you think of me?" When they confessed their reverence for him, he offered to distribute their alms, to which they agreed. He himself cared with his own hands for many of the sick from the famine, and so crowned his life with mercy and love for neighbor. Saint Ephraim reposed in peace, according to some in the year 373, according to others, 379.





February is Women’s Heart Health Month. So please wear Red to Church on Sunday, February 4. Wear your favorite red dress, scarf or even your best red earrings and shoes to support awareness for WOMEN’S HEART HEALTH. Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in America. Stop by the Philoptochos table and receive information on taking care of your heart.



Sponsored by Maria Ragias & Katerina Spiropoulos. Thank you.

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



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. 



Laughter for a Cause

The Philoptochos Society of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Presents a night full of laughs with the Funny Greek, Angelo Tsarouchas on Saturday, February 3, 2024 to raise money for the Philoptochos Scholarship Fund and other charities.

Here’s the link for all the information and where you can purchase tickets



If you are new to the community and want to become member in our church please feel free to either take a pledge card from the announcement table in the narthex or go online at



Contact Voula at or call 562.494.8929 to request your church year-end tax receipt for 2023.



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



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