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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-01-29
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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (502) 425-7775
  • Street Address:

  • 930 Ormsby Lane

  • Louisville, KY 40242


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Orthros - Sunday 8:45 am

Divine Liturgy- Sunday 10:00 am


Past Bulletins


Saints and Feasts

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January 29

Gildas the Wise


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January 29

Sunday of the Canaanite


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January 29

Removal of the Relics of Ignatius the God-bearer

Saint Ignatius was a disciple of Saint John the Theologian, and a successor of the Apostles, and he became the second Bishop of Antioch, after Evodus. He wrote many epistles to the faithful, strengthening them in their confession, and preserving for us the teachings of the holy Apostles. Brought to Rome under Trajan, he was surrendered to lions to be eaten, and so finished the course of martyrdom about the year 107. The remnants of his bones were carefully gathered by the faithful and brought to Antioch. He is called God-bearer, as one who bare God within himself and was aflame in heart with love for Him. Therefore, in his Epistle to the Romans (ch. 4), imploring their love not to attempt to deliver him from his longed-for martyrdom, he said, "I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found to be the pure bread of God."

Saint John Chrysostom has a homily in honour of the translation of the Saint's relics (PG 50:587).


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January 29

Laurence the Recluse of the Kiev Caves


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January 29

Ignatius and Nicandrus of Sinai


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. And he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me." Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" The saying spread abroad among the brethren that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Canaanite
The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon." But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, "Send her away, for she is crying after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not fair to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs." She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered her, "O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire." And her daughter was healed instantly.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

She had a great perfection of faith. She had no uncertainty about His divine majesty. She had no small measure of the virtue of patience. Yet the pitying Physician of the pitiful disdained her petitions. He kept her waiting for answer in order to demonstrate to us the perseverence of this woman that we can always imitate. She had the characteristics of constancy and humility. She willingly embraced the indignity she received, and even confirmed the Lord`s statement. This woman rightly signifies the faith and devotion of the Church gathered from the nations
Saint Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216, 217.

He kept her waiting for an answer in order to declare that the minds of His disciples should also be merciful. As human beings they were ashamed of the clamor of the woman as she pursued them publicly, but He Himself knew the character of His mercy.
St. Bede
Hom. I. 22, In Lent, Homilies on the Gospels, Bk. One, 216

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Tone

From on high You descended, Most Merciful; for us You condescended to a threeday burial to set us free from the passions. O Lord, our Resurrection and our Life, glory to You!

Apolytikion for Relics of Ignatius the Godbearer in the 4th Tone

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

Apolytikion of Dormition in the 1st Tone

In giving birth, you remained a virgin, and in your dormition, you did not forsake this world, O Theotokos. For as the Mother of Life, you have yourself passed into life. And by your prayers deliver our souls from death.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 1st Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
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Message from Fr. Jon

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Pastoral Message from the January Beacon

01/01/2023

Dear Faithful and Friends of the Assumption,

“God’s love for the biggest sinner is greater that the love of the holiest man for God.” - Elder Arsenie Boca

As we enter into the new year, let us not only think of ways that we can be better physically and emotionally, but also spiritually. This is often the most difficult area of our lives because as we get closer to the Lord, he protects us from our own pride as to not negate our progress along the path; thus causing us to feel further away. This is the difficulty of growing in the Lord.

There is an old adage regarding a herd of gazelles being hunted by a lion, which says, “you don’t have to be faster than the lion, just faster than the slowest gazelle.” This relative reality does not define what it takes to win, but what it takes to not lose.

The best way for each of us to grow in our faith is to not look at ourselves relatively—in comparison to those around us—but objectively. If we understand this in the context of Elder Arsenie’s beautiful quote, we are to not compare ourselves to our brothers and sisters in our love toward the Lord, but to the Lord’s love towards us.  In this way, we are much more likely to give more of our heart to the Lord and struggle less in following His divine will. We “run the race to be our best, not to beat others.” We strive to be our best, not better than our peers.

As we make out new year’s resolutions, let us each look into our hearts, always seeing ourselves clearly without the “noise” of relativity. Let us be as the Lord calls us to be.

Praying that the Lord bless each of us in 2023 with the fullness of heath, I remain,

In His Service,

Fr. Jon


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Capital Campaign Message

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August 10, 2022

Dear Parishioners of the Assumption.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Here is the latest update about our building project and capital campaign.

As you recall from our special assembly in the spring regarding the building project, we set out a very aggressive goal to fundraise, gain the last of our necessary approvals, and break ground on the building shortly after our June festival. Since that time, we have raised $670,000 additional dollars in pledges, from 13 individuals/families who stepped up and pledged for the first time, and 13 individuals/families who had pledged previously and added to those prior pledges.  In total we have $1,670,000 in pledges from 49 individuals/families.  We also were approved to receive a $500,000 small business loan at 2.75% interest over 30 years, putting the total monies we have collected/available to date at $2,170,000.  This is wonderful progress and speaks to our community’s commitment towards this project the future of the Church. All that being said, there is still more work to do!

Deep into the summer as we are, we are not able to secure a favorable start date with the contractors and subcontractors for this year.  Our plan and hope, therefore, is to put ourselves at the top of the queue of the construction schedule for 2023.

Sometimes, a delay or disappointment can be a blessing in disguise, and such seems to be the case here:

  1. That gives us seven more months to fundraise further.
  2. It means we will have the time to submit the grant proposal that Demetra Antimisiaris has put so much time into, not only to a couple of national foundations, but also to local institutions that support initiatives which benefit the greater Louisville community, as our new building should help us do to an even greater extent than we do already. 
  3. Optimize our project—further value engineering can benefit the total cost of the project.
  4. Better pricing.  We will of necessity have to send the project out for bid anew.  Not only does this allow us to apply lessons learned to this next bidding process, which should help us secure the most competitive bids possible, but several individuals involved with the building industry believe that certain key material costs—specifically wood and cement—should be significantly lower a few months from now than they are today.
  5. Be ready to break ground in Spring 2023.

Please know that the Parish Council and all the partners we have working with us are continuing to work on this project. 

We knew that raising $2 million between April 30 and June 4 was highly optimistic and aspirational.  We have much greater confidence that completing our fundraising goals, getting new and more competitive bids early in 2023, and breaking ground at the beginning of the construction cycle for 2023 is practical and realizable.

And, please, any connections, resources, great ideas, constructive suggestions you might have as we proceed toward our (our Community’s) goal, share them with us. 

Peace to all,

Evanthia Speliotis, on behalf of the Parish Council of Assumption GOC

espeliotis@bellarmine.edu / 502-500-7904

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Upcoming Events

Transformative Christianity Webinar

02/01/2023

Join us this Wednesday (February 1) at 7 PM for the Metropolis of Detroit's Evangelism and Outreach Ministry's Webinar: "The Healing Power of Confession - A talk about the Mystery of Repentance with Fathers Jon Boukis, Gregory Hohnholt, and Cosmin Sicoe."

Fr. Jon will be participating in the Webinar in Indianapolis,you can join in via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/2p96eepw in your own homes.  We will not gather at the church for this presentation.

Prior Webinars can be seen at www.discoverorthodoxy.org.


Souper Bowl of Caring

02/05/2023

"Souper Bowl of Caring"

$5 Adults   $3 Kids

All you can eat!!!

 Join us for Soup!

 Funds raised will aid the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

Sponsored by the  Assumption Youth.

 


LOVE Youth Fellowship

02/05/2023

At the "Glow Worm Play Cafe"

Sunday, February 5, at 2 PM

Fellowship for ages 0-5. Don’t forget to bring your parents!

 


Assumption Taverna Night!!!

02/04/2023

Assumption Taverna Night!!!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2023

6:00 - 10:00pm in the Assumption Hall

“An evening of bouzouki music, Greek dancing, refreshments, and fellowship.”

Music performed by the famous Kostas Kastanis Band

There is no charge, but we will gladly accept donations!!!

While for multiple reasons we are unable to host the Glendi this year, we would still like to offer a gala experience to keep our Greek culture in the hearts and minds of those who have supported and enjoyed it over the years and to maintain the traditions of that cherished event. 

We will also be launching a raffle that evening for a one-week stay in the "Villa by the Sea" luxury condo in Florida, which has been graciously donated by Joanna and Tom Caneris.  The price is $100 / raffle ticket.  There will be 100 tickets available for sale.  The final drawing will be at this year's GreekFest.

Please, if you have any questions, you may call Evanthia (502-500-7904).

We hope you will be able to join us!


YAL Super Bowl Party

02/12/2023

Sunday, February 13, at 6PM.  Bring a dish and an appetite for fun and fellowship!!!

Hosted by Dan and Sarah Cupkovic!!!


Lunch Bunch

02/21/2023

 

12 Noon on Tuesday, February 21

 

206 Bullitt Lane (by Oxmoor Mall)

12 Noon on Tuesday, February 21

Come and enjoy great fellowship with others you have flexibility during the daytime hours

RSVP to Nancy Anas at

(502) 645-2307 by 1-16-23


Livestreaming Services

Click on this link (www.facebook.com/AGOCLou) and bookmark our page in your browser.  Faith is foundational in our lives and, when so many thinks around us are changing, it is steadfast.  I have offered thanksgiving to God that we have such great technology for our faithful to stay connected.

Kroger Community Rewards®

Are you already Kroger shopper?
Your current shopping could be benefitting the Assumption!

Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

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TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM:

· Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and register your Kroger Plus Card (if you are already registered, click “Sign In” instead of “Create an Account.”)

· Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions

· You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

· Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.

· Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. If you use your phone number at the register instead of a card, call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

· Update or confirm your information.

· Enter “Assumption” or our NPO number of AT066 and select us from the list and click on confirm.

· If enrollment is complete, you will see Assumption’s name on the right side of your information page.

· That’s it!!! Use your registered Kroger Plus card or phone number at the register and our parish benefits!!!

By registering online, coupons can be electronically attached to your Plus Card. Not only do you help the Church, but you save money. Talk to everyone you know about registering to benefit our parish!!!


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Assumption Parish Calendar

  • AGOC Parish Calendar

    January 29 to February 12, 2023

    Sunday, January 29

    8:50AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    1:00PM Philoptochos Meeting

    Monday, January 30

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs

    Wednesday, February 1

    7:00PM "Transformative Christianity" Webinar

    Thursday, February 2

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy for the Great Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

    Saturday, February 4

    6:00PM Taverna Night

    Sunday, February 5

    8:50AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    2:00PM AGOC LOVE Youth Group

    Wednesday, February 8

    6:00PM Orthodox Bible Study

    Sunday, February 12

    8:50AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM IOCC Souper Bowl of Caring Fellowship Lunch

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