Sunday & Weekday Services
9:00am - Orthros and Divine Liturgy
Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.24,29.
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8.
In the first book, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, "you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
So when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?" He said to them, "it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth."
Great and Holy Pascha
The Reading is from John 1:1-17
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Πρ 1:1-8 Acts
Τὸν μὲν πρῶτον λόγον ἐποιησάμην περὶ πάντων͵ ὦ Θεόφιλε͵ ὧν ἤρξατο ὁ Ἰησοῦς ποιεῖν τε καὶ διδάσκειν ἄχρι ἧς ἡμέρας ἐντειλάμενος τοῖς ἀποστόλοις διὰ πνεύματος ἁγίου οὓς ἐξελέξατο ἀνελήφθη· οἷς καὶ παρέστησεν ἑαυτὸν ζῶντα μετὰ τὸ παθεῖν αὐτὸν ἐν πολλοῖς τεκμηρίοις͵ δι' ἡμερῶν τεσσαράκοντα ὀπτανόμενος αὐτοῖς καὶ λέγων τὰ περὶ τῆς βασιλείας τοῦ Θεοῦ. Καὶ συναλιζόμενος παρήγγειλεν αὐτοῖς ἀπὸ Ἱεροσολύμων μὴ χωρίζεσθαι͵ ἀλλὰ περιμένειν τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ πατρὸς ἣν ἠκούσατέ μου· ὅτι Ἰωάννης μὲν ἐβάπτισεν ὕδατι͵ ὑμεῖς δὲ ἐν πνεύματι βαπτισθήσεσθε ἁγίῳ οὐ μετὰ πολλὰς ταύτας ἡμέρας. Οἱ μὲν οὖν συνελθόντες ἠρώτων αὐτὸν λέγοντες͵ Κύριε͵ εἰ ἐν τῷ χρόνῳ τούτῳ ἀποκαθιστάνεις τὴν βασιλείαν τῷ Ἰσραήλ; εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς͵ Οὐχ ὑμῶν ἐστιν γνῶναι χρόνους ἢ καιροὺς οὓς ὁ πατὴρ ἔθετο ἐν τῇ ἰδίᾳ ἐξουσίᾳ· ἀλλὰ λήψεσθε δύναμιν ἐπελθόντος τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος ἐφ' ὑμᾶς͵ καὶ ἔσεσθέ μου μάρτυρες ἔν τε Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐν πάσῃ τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ καὶ Σαμαρείᾳ καὶ ἕως ἐσχάτου τῆς γῆς.
Ιωα αʹ 1 - 17
Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος, καὶ ὁ Λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος. Οὗτος ἦν ἐν ἀρχῇ πρὸς τὸν Θεόν. πάντα δι' αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ χωρὶς αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο οὐδὲ ἕν ὃ γέγονεν. ἐν αὐτῷ ζωὴ ἦν, καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἦν τὸ φῶς τῶν ἀνθρώπων. καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει, καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν. Ἐγένετο ἄνθρωπος ἀπεσταλμένος παρὰ Θεοῦ, ὄνομα αὐτῷ Ἰωάννης· οὗτος ἦλθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός, ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσιν δι' αὐτοῦ. οὐκ ἦν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, ἀλλ' ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτός. Ἦν τὸ φῶς τὸ ἀληθινόν, ὃ φωτίζει πάντα ἄνθρωπον, ἐρχόμενον εἰς τὸν κόσμον. ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἦν, καὶ ὁ κόσμος δι' αὐτοῦ ἐγένετο, καὶ ὁ κόσμος αὐτὸν οὐκ ἔγνω. εἰς τὰ ἴδια ἦλθεν, καὶ οἱ ἴδιοι αὐτὸν οὐ παρέλαβον. ὅσοι δὲ ἔλαβον αὐτόν, ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν τέκνα Θεοῦ γενέσθαι, τοῖς πιστεύουσιν εἰς τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ, οἳ οὐκ ἐξ αἱμάτων, οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος σαρκός, οὐδὲ ἐκ θελήματος ἀνδρός, ἀλλ' ἐκ Θεοῦ ἐγεννήθησαν. Καὶ ὁ Λόγος σὰρξ ἐγένετο καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν, καὶ ἐθεασάμεθα τὴν δόξαν αὐτοῦ, δόξαν ὡς μονογενοῦς παρὰ πατρός, πλήρης χάριτος καὶ ἀληθείας. Ἰωάννης μαρτυρεῖ περὶ αὐτοῦ καὶ κέκραγεν λέγων· Οὗτος ἦν ὃν εἶπον, Ὁ ὀπίσω μου ἐρχόμενος ἔμπροσθέν μου γέγονεν, ὅτι πρῶτός μου ἦν. Καὶ ἐκ τοῦ πληρώματος αὐτοῦ ἡμεῖς πάντες ἐλάβομεν, καὶ χάριν ἀντὶ χάριτος· ὅτι ὁ νόμος διὰ Μωϋσέως ἐδόθη, ἡ χάρις καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐγένετο.
Great and Holy Pascha
My beloved in the Risen Lord:
Christ is Risen!
As we celebrated our Lord’s Resurrection and chant joyously the hymn proclaiming Christ’s triumph over all forces of darkness, we are renewed by the dignity that comes from our destiny as Orthodox Christians who have been saved by the Crucified and Risen Christ and offered the opportunity to live eternally with Him.
The Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the single cosmic event that gives meaning, purpose and hope to all humanity. Our worship, our prayer, our good deeds and our discipline of fasting are all beautiful and meaningful only because they lead to the reality of our Lord’s Resurrection.
With tears in our eyes we commemorate His death on Good and Holy Friday. We know well that it was because of our sins that our Lord was nailed to the Cross. His death was the terrible price that had to be paid for our salvation. And so, we preach the “Crucified Christ.” However, we worship the “Resurrected Lord.”
The Resurrection is our only true hope! There is no tragedy in the eyes of God. There is no death. The deep darkness of all human sufferings is totally dispelled by the brilliant light that emanates from the tomb of Christ. We proclaim triumphantly with Saint Paul: “I consider that the sufferings of this world are not worthy to be compared with the future glory which shall be revealed to us.”(Romans 8:18)
Trampling death by death, our Lord offers us eternal life instead of death, hope in place of despair and bliss in lieu of sorrow. As we “enter into the joy of our Lord,” according to Saint John Chrysostom, may we also exclaim with him, “O death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? For Christ, having risen from the dead has become the first fruits of those who fall asleep.”
In sin there is death; in holiness there is life. And the life of Christ transforms our life. Though we are sinners, yet we are holy. Day by day our life is changing and some day, through the grace of God, we will be able to proclaim with Saint Paul: “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatians 2:20)
During our life journey, and especially during Great Lent, we strive to empty ourselves of the “death” that dwells within us, in order to become worthy vessels of the “new life” in Christ. Let us have constantly before us the glorious icon of our Lord’s Resurrection, as we carry our cross, as we pray and fast, as we seek repentance, and as we grow closer to Him. By the grace of God we will fight the “good fight”and we will keep the Faith. And by His grace we will be deemed worthy to receive the crown of righteousness, which our Lord gives to all who have loved His appearing (II Timothy 4:8).
Christ is Risen! Praying that Christ our true God Who rose from the dead abundantly bless you and your loved ones and may the light of Great and Holy Pascha shine brilliantly within your hearts, I humbly remain,
With love and blessings in the Risen Christ,
* Saturday, May 1st – 9:00am Vesperal Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great
11:30pm Orthros of the Resurrection
* Great and Holy PASCHA Sunday, May 2nd – 12:00am Divine Liturgy of the Resurrection
10:00am Agape Vespers
* Monday, May 3rd – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Saint George the Great Martyr, the Trophy-Bearer
* Friday, May 7th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Zoodochos Peghe
* Sunday May 9th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of Thomas
* Sunday, May 16th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of the Myrrh Bearing Women
* Friday, May 21th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Saints Constantine & Helen, Equal-to-the-Apostles
* Sunday, May 23rd – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of the Paralytic
* Sunday, May 30th – 9:00am Orthros & Divine Liturgy - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
The Mystery of Holy Confession
* Friday, May 21st - Last day of Greek language classes.
* Sunday, May 23rd - Greek School commencement ceremony.
DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
FELLOWSHIP HOUR HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
ABSOLUTELY NO GATHERINGS IN THE CHURCH HALL.