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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-01-10
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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (970) 242-9590
  • Street Address:

  • 3585 North 12th Street

  • Grand Junction, CO 81506


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Services Schedule

8:45am - Orthros, 10am - Divine Liturgy


Past Bulletins


Message From Your Priest

Beloved in Christ,

After Adam's rejection of God's will, mankind found itself in a desperate situation. Adam's sin represents the rejection by all humanity of the selfless and loving way of life that God desires for his creation. While God wants his creation to live in care for the other person, we prefer all too often to lead lives that are dominated by egotistical self-preservation and pride.

By rejecting God's will, mankind separated itself from the divine and eternal life that God had planned for his creation. "Sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned," (Rom. 5:12).

God does not abandon his creation in this fallen condition of sin and death. God loves each human being; our rejection of him does not change his abundant care and compassion for us. Because of God's great love for us, he will not remain separate from us. Instead, he re-unites our humanity and his divinity in the divine person of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God himself comes to be with his creation, and invites his creation to come and be with him.

God's gift to us is the undoing of the ancient curse of sin and death. Jesus Christ calls forth all those who were held in death, resurrecting with them to eternal life and ascending with them to the divine life with the Father. Now, through the gift of Jesus Christ, our human life is no longer separated from the divine and eternal life that God has always desired for us. "If many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many," (Rom. 5:15).

As human beings who have been reunited with God's life through the gift of Jesus Christ, we are no longer bound by sin and death. It is up to us now to make the free decision to accept the selfless and loving way of life that God has desired for us from the beginning. No one else can make that decision for us. And it is a decision that we are able to make. As renewed human beings, we do not have to reject God any longer. We can choose to repent, to return to the way of life that God has planned for us.

When we make the decision to realign our lives with God's will, then we accept the gift that Jesus Christ offers us. Then our human life enters into his divine and eternal life. Then we will "reign in life" with Jesus Christ, as St. Paul tells us: "those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ," (Rom. 5:17).

Let us turn towards the new way of life to which Jesus Christ calls us, so that our life can be reunited with God's life, and we can "reign in life" with him.

In Christ,

Fr. Jeremy

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode

When the angelic powers appeared at your tomb, and those who guarded you became as though dead, and standing by your sepulchre was Mary seeking your pure and sacred body. For you did vanquish Hades, and uncorrupted by its touch you came unto the virgin woman, bestowing the gift of life. O you who rose from the dead, Lord we give glory to you.

Apolytikion for Theophany Afterfeast in the First Mode

When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion of Saint Nicholas in the Fourth Mode

An example of the faith and a life of humility: • as a teacher of abstinence you did inspire and lead your flock, • and through the truthfulness of your deeds • were exalted to greatness through your humility, • uplifting all, and by poverty gaining wealth. • Father and hierarch Saint Nicholas, • intercede with Christ our God • that our souls may be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: "You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light."
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Ninth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13.

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men." (in saying, "He ascended," what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.


Gospel Reading

Sunday after Epiphany
The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."


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Saints and Feasts

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January 10

Gregory of Nyssa

Saint Gregory, the younger brother of Basil the Great, illustrious in speech and a zealot for the Orthodox Faith, was born in 331. His brother Basil was encouraged by their elder sister Macrina to prefer the service of God to a secular career (see July 19); Saint Gregory was moved in a similar way by his godly mother Emily, who, when Gregory was still a young man, implored him to attend a service in honor of the holy Forty Martyrs at her retreat at Annesi on the River Iris. Saint Gregory came at his mother's bidding, but being wearied with the journey, and feeling little zeal, he fell asleep during the service. The Forty Martyrs then appeared to him in a dream, threatening him and reproaching him for his slothfulness. After this he repented and became very diligent in the service of God.

Gregory became bishop in 372, and because of his Orthodoxy he was exiled in 374 by Valens, who was of one mind with the Arians. After the death of Valens in 378, Gregory was recalled to his throne by the Emperor Gratian. He attended the Local Council of Antioch, which sent him to visit the churches of Arabia and Palestine, which had been defiled and ravaged by Arianism. He attended the Second Ecumenical Council, which was assembled in Constantinople in 381. Having lived some sixty years and left behind many remarkable writings, he reposed about the year 395. The acts of the Seventh Ecumenical Council call him 'Father of Fathers."


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Parish Information

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Church School
 
Church School for our children will take place at 5pm on Saturdays. Lessons will follow the "Tending the Garden of our Hearts" curriculum. Sessions will take place outside, weather permitting. Adult family members are encouraged to stay for the lesson. Masks are required for adults when indoors.
 
Orthodox Christianity 101
 
Beginning on January 12, Adult Ed will transition into Orthodox Christianity 101. This class will cover the beliefs, practices, and history of our faith from a broad perspective. It is intended for catechumens, or anyone who would like a 'refresher' on our faith. Meetings will take place at 6pm on Tuesdays in-person, with a Zoom option available.
 
For this class, we will be reading and discussing Frederica Matthewes-Green's Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity (Paraclete Press, 2015).
 
House Blessings
 
Annual house and business blessings are typically scheduled around the feast of Theophany (Jan. 6). If you would like to schedule a house or business blessing, please contact Fr. Jeremy.
 
Coronavirus Procedures
 
Here at St. Nicholas we are blessed to be able to welcome our community to in-person services with the following directives in place:
 
-Individuals who have been exposed to the Coronavirus, or are at high risk as defined by the CDC (those 65-years or older, those with compromised immune systems, those with respiratory illness, heart conditions, or other underlying medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home. Our livestream will still be active for the time being.
-A distance of six feet must be observed between families at all times.
-Use of non-medical masks is required in the Church building.
-There will be no fellowship hour following Liturgy. Parishioners are asked to depart the Church in an orderly fashion family-by-family following the dismissal.
-Icons are to be venerated by crossing oneself and bowing. Please do not kiss the icons.
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This Week at St. Nicholas

  • Tuesday, January 12: 6pm Orthodox Christianity 101
  • Wednesday, January 13: 6pm Vespers
  • Thursday, January 14 Leavetaking of Holy Theophany: 8am Orthros, 9am Divine Liturgy
  • Saturday, January 16: 5pm Youth Church School, 6pm Great Vespers
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