Sunday & Weekday Services
9:00am - Orthros and Divine Liturgy
In giving birth, you preserved your virginity; in your dormition, you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated unto life, since you are the Mother of Life, and by your intercessions, you do redeem our souls from death.
Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12
On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.
But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.
Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7.
In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, "it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women
The Reading is from Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8
At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις, πληθυνόντων τῶν μαθητῶν ἐγένετο γογγυσμὸς τῶν Ἑλληνιστῶν πρὸς τοὺς Ἑβραίους͵ ὅτι παρεθεωροῦντο ἐν τῇ διακονίᾳ τῇ καθημερινῇ αἱ χῆραι αὐτῶν. Προσκαλεσάμενοι δὲ οἱ Δώδεκα τὸ πλῆθος τῶν μαθητῶν εἶπον· Οὐκ ἀρεστόν ἐστιν ἡμᾶς καταλείψαντας τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ διακονεῖν τραπέζαις· ἐπισκέψασθε οὖν͵ ἀδελφοί͵ ἄνδρας ἐξ ὑμῶν μαρτυρουμένους ἑπτὰ πλήρεις πνεύματος καὶ σοφίας͵ οὓς καταστήσομεν ἐπὶ τῆς χρείας ταύτης· ἡμεῖς δὲ τῇ προσευχῇ καὶ τῇ διακονίᾳ τοῦ λόγου προσκαρτερήσομεν. Καὶ ἤρεσεν ὁ λόγος ἐνώπιον παντὸς τοῦ πλήθους, καὶ ἐξελέξαντο Στέφανον͵ ἄνδρα πλήρη πίστεως καὶ πνεύματος ἁγίου͵ καὶ Φίλιππον καὶ Πρόχορον καὶ Νικάνορα καὶ Τίμωνα καὶ Παρμενᾶν καὶ Νικόλαον προσήλυτον Ἀντιοχέα͵ οὓς ἔστησαν ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀποστόλων͵ καὶ προσευξάμενοι ἐπέθηκαν αὐτοῖς τὰς χεῖρας. Καὶ ὁ λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ ηὔξανεν͵ καὶ ἐπληθύνετο ὁ ἀριθμὸς τῶν μαθητῶν ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ σφόδρα͵ πολύς τε ὄχλος τῶν ἱερέων ὑπήκουον τῇ πίστει.
Μαρ ιεʹ 43 - ιϚʹ 8
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ ἐλθὼν Ἰωσὴφ ὁ ἀπὸ Ἁριμαθαίας, εὐσχήμων βουλευτής, ὃς καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν προσδεχόμενος τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ, τολμήσας εἰσῆλθε πρὸς Πιλᾶτον καὶ ᾐτήσατο τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ. ὁ δὲ Πιλᾶτος ἐθαύμασεν εἰ ἤδη τέθνηκε, καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος τὸν κεντυρίωνα ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτὸν εἰ πάλαι ἀπέθανε· καὶ γνοὺς ἀπὸ τοῦ κεντυρίωνος ἐδωρήσατο τὸ σῶμα τῷ Ἰωσήφ. καὶ ἀγοράσας σινδόνα καὶ καθελὼν αὐτὸν ἐνείλησε τῇ σινδόνι καὶ κατέθηκεν αὐτὸν ἐν μνημείῳ ὃ ἦν λελατομημένον ἐκ πέτρας, καὶ προσεκύλισε λίθον ἐπὶ τὴν θύραν τοῦ μνημείου. ἡ δὲ Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ καὶ Μαρία Ἰωσῆ ἐθεώρουν ποῦ τίθεται. Καὶ διαγενομένου τοῦ σαββάτου Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ καὶ Μαρία ἡ τοῦ Ἰακώβου καὶ Σαλώμη ἠγόρασαν ἀρώματα ἵνα ἐλθοῦσαι ἀλείψωσιν αὐτόν. καὶ λίαν πρωῒ τς μιᾶς σαββάτων ἔρχονται ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, ἀνατείλαντος τοῦ ἡλίου. καὶ ἔλεγον πρὸς ἑαυτάς· Τίς ἀποκυλίσει ἡμῖν τὸν λίθον ἐκ τῆς θύρας τοῦ μνημείου; καὶ ἀναβλέψασαι θεωροῦσιν ὅτι ἀποκεκύλισται ὁ λίθος· ἦν γὰρ μέγας σφόδρα. καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον εἶδον νεανίσκον καθήμενον ἐν τοῖς δεξιοῖς, περιβεβλημένον στολὴν λευκήν, καὶ ἐξεθαμβήθησαν. ὁ δὲ λέγει αὐταῖς· Μὴ ἐκθαμβεῖσθε· Ἰησοῦν ζητεῖτε τὸν Ναζαρηνὸν τὸν ἐσταυρωμένον· ἠγέρθη, οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε· ἴδε ὁ τόπος ὅπου ἔθηκαν αὐτόν. ἀλλ' ὑπάγετε εἴπατε τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ καὶ τῷ Πέτρῳ ὅτι προάγει ὑμᾶς εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν· ἐκεῖ αὐτὸν ὄψεσθε, καθὼς εἶπεν ὑμῖν. καὶ ἐξελθοῦσαι ἔφυγον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου· εἶχε δὲ αὐτὰς τρόμος καὶ ἔκστασις, καὶ οὐδενὶ οὐδὲν εἶπον· ἐφοβοῦντο γάρ.
My beloved in the Risen Lord:
Christ is Risen!
The Holy Bible shows us where we are going – our destiny. The creation of mankind by God, our fall, and our salvation by Him are the primary themes of the Holy Bible. For it is the true account of the long pathway of our salvation by God and that makes the Holy Bible our story. We are there in the story: in obedience, in stubborn defiance and rebellion, in fall from communion with God and in restoration to Him.
The path and destiny of mankind is capsulized in the incredible account of God’s dealings with Israel, His chosen people through Abraham and with the New Israel, the Holy Church, His chosen ones purchased by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). Truly “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (I Peter 2:9). This choosing is an essential concept, for God did actually choose “just one people, Israel,” setting them apart from all others. Amidst the chaos of human tribes, nations and kingdoms there stood this one chosen by God to be governed by Him. With them alone God established the earthly Levitical Priesthood even though it was a temporary and imperfect one to be replaced by the one true High Priest (our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ) and through Him the eternal Priesthood of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7), and in Israel alone true prophets arose, giving the message passed on to them by the Spirit of God.
Though the world did not know it, this nation was truly a sacred center for the whole world, a place where in the midst of a fallen, sinful, lost and unredeemed world God’s mercy was displayed. That truth is the very core of the message of the Holy Bible, a truth which did not spring from any human merit (for Israel was sinful and fallen as surely as all the rest of the world) but from God alone. It was given, as is stated in the Nicene Creed, “for us men and for our salvation.” For though Israel had certain advantages (Romans 3:1,2) not granted to others, those advantages were actually there to bring about the ultimate salvation of us all (Romans 3:29,30). As our Lord said, “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). Yet we should not forget that Israel was inferior to the Holy Church as was the law to grace.
Though God’s purpose is the salvation of all, He accomplished it by a plan which involved choosing a people and setting them apart. Now in this age the Holy Church is the body of Christ, the set-apart people – also not taken out of the world (John 17:15) but left in the midst as a witness of His goodness, love and grace.
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
Order of AHEPA - Chapter #458 "Ioannis Kapodistrias"
* Friday, May 21st - Last day of Greek language classes.
* Sunday, May 23rd - Greek School commencement ceremony.
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FELLOWSHIP HOUR HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
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