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Assumption Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-11-20
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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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November 20

9th Sunday of Luke


Entrancemog
November 20

The Forefeast of the Presentation of the Theotokos into the Temple


Allsaint
November 20

Gregory the Righteous of Decapolis

Saint Gregory who was from Irenopolis of the Decapolis of Asia Minor, was the son of Sergius and Mary. He became a monk as a young man, and after struggling for many years in virtue and prayer under obedience to a wise spiritual father, he was informed by revelation that it was the will of God for him to live, like the Patriarch Abraham, with no certain dwelling, moving from place to place. His journeyings took him to Ephesus, Constantinople, Corinth, Rome, Sicily, Thessalonica, and again to Constantinople, where, after many labours in defence of Orthodoxy against Iconoclasm, he reposed in peace in the first half of the ninth century. He had two disciples, one of whom was Saint Joseph the Hymnographer (see Apr. 3), who wrote the Menaion service for Saint Gregory, his father in Christ.


Allsaint
November 20

Proclus, Archbishop of Constantinople

Saint Proclus lived during the reign of Saint Theodosius the Younger. A disciple and scribe of Saint John Chrysostom, he was ordained Bishop of Cyzicus about the year 426, but because the people there unlawfully elected another bishop before his arrival, he remained in Constantinople. In 429, Nestorius, who had been Archbishop of Constantinople for about a year, and had already begun his blasphemous teaching that it is wrong to call the holy Virgin "Theotokos," invited Bishop Proclus to give a sermon on one of the feasts of our Lady, which he did, openly defending in Nestorius' presence the name "Theotokos," that is, "Mother of God." Saint Proclus was elevated to the throne of Archbishop of Constantinople in 434. It was he who persuaded Emperor Theodosius the Younger and his holy sister Pulcheria to have the most sacred relics of his godly teacher Saint John Chrysostom brought back from Comana, and triumphantly received them upon their return to the imperial city (see Jan. 27 and Nov. 13). He reposed in peace in 447.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw Him they worshiped Him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 2nd Tone. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10.

Brethren, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.


Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

I cannot be silent about the story of Hesychius the Horebite. He passed his life in complete negligence, without paying the least attention to his soul. Then he became extremely ill, and for an hour he left his body.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

And when he came to himself, he begged us all to leave him immediately. And he built up the door of his cell, and he stayed in it for twelve years without ever uttering a word to anyone, and without eating anything but bread and water.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 2nd Tone

Angelic powers appeared at Your tomb, and those guarding it became like dead, and at Your grave Mary was standing, seeking Your most pure body. You plundered Hades, not being tempted by it; You encountered the virgin, granting life. O Lord, who rose from the dead, glory to You!

Apolytikion for Forefeast of the Entry of the Theotokos in the 4th Tone

By blossoming forth the only Ever-virgin as fruit, today holy Anna doth betroth us all unto joy, instead of our former grief; on this day she doth fulfil her vows to the Most High, leading her with joy into the Lord's holy temple, who truly is the temple and pure Mother of God the Word.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Tone

The whole world is filled today with joy and gladness on the Theotokos's auspicious and resplendent feast, whereon with great voice it crieth out: The heavenly tabernacle is she in truth.
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Message from Fr. Jon

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Pastoral Message from the November Beacon

11/01/2022

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On November 21, the Church celebrates the Great Feast of the Theotokos’ Entrance into the Temple. It was on this day, when she turned 3 years of age, that Joachim and Anna gave her to the Lord.  From that day until she became betrothed to Joseph, the Theotokos lived in the Holy Temple. As difficult as this may have been for her parents, this was the will of the Lord expressed to them prior to her conception.

It is truly a remarkable account!  When the Theotokos was taken to the Temple, she walked up the steps full of joy and never looked back! She knew, in her heart, that she was going to be with the Lord and was eagerly going to Him.  This may seem unusual and difficult, and for most it is, but that is because most aren’t at that point on their journey of faith.

We are blessed to be celebrating this Great Feast this year on a Sunday. In fact, it is the Sunday immediately prior to another “Great Feast,” that of Thanksgiving. Just as the Theotokos yearned to be with the Lord, we also yearn to be with our families—especially on Thanksgiving.

As a priest, I have the tremendous blessing of being with you at the happiest times of our lives, and at the most difficult.  What is almost universal—almost– is that people yearn more to be with God as they realize their mortality.  When we are young, we believe the we are immortal—not really, but functionally.  When we are old, we feel all the aches and pains of our bodies.  This “weakness” often translates into a greater faith—as we lose our physical health, we gain spiritual heath.

The good news is that we don’t have to wait for our “weakness” in body to gain strength in our souls.  Knowing consciously that this is the path that we are on, we can accelerate our growth in faith.  We can allow this knowledge to travel from our minds to our hearts through spiritual obedience and adoption of spiritual practices: weekly Divine Liturgy, Holy Confession, fasting, tithing, praying, reading the scripture, becoming a disciple...and the list goes on.  We can become as the Theotokos as she entered the Temple—yearning to be with God with childlike enthusiasm and love.  The choice in in our minds...the work in in our actions...the result is in our souls.

I remain,

In His Service,

 

Rev. Father Jon Boukis


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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

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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

    November 20 to December 4, 2022

    Sunday, November 20

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, November 21

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy for the Great Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos

    Friday, November 25

    9:00AM Orthros for the Feast of St. Katherine

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Katherine the Great Martyr

    Sunday, November 27

    8:50AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, November 30

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy for the Feast of St. Andrew the First Called

    6:00PM Orthodox Bible Study

    Sunday, December 4

    Philoptochos Meeting

    8:50AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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