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Publish Date: 2021-11-28
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St. Andrew Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (973) 584-0388
  • Fax:
  • (973) 584-3573
  • Street Address:

  • 1447 Sussex Turnpike

  • Randolph, NJ 07869-1830
  • Mailing Address:

  • 1447 Sussex Turnpike

  • Randolph, NJ 07869-1830


Contact Information








Services Schedule

On Sunday we celebrate

Orthros at 8:15 am & Divine Liturgy at 9:30am

Weekday Orthros and Liturgies begin at 8am 

 

 


Past Bulletins


Services at St. Andrew

Wednesday 11/24 
Thanksgiving DAY SERVICE & St. Katherine the Great Martyr 
+Orthros & Divine Liturgy @6:00pm

 Sunday 11/28 
The 13th Sunday of Luke 
+Orthros @8:15am & DL SJC @9:30am

 Memorials

A Two-Year Memorial Service will be held today for the repose of the soul of +Vincent Βενέτιου Pellegrino, beloved husband of Jean, father of Anastasia and grandfather of Samantha and Christopher. 

An Annual Memorial Service will be held today for the repose of the soul of +Petroula Πετρούλας Mitrakos, beloved wife of Panayiotis and devoted mother of Steven Mitrakos.

An Annual Memorial Service will be held today for the repose of the soul of +Ekaterini Αικατερίνη Hatzinas Coleman beloved daughter of Spyro and Roula Hatzinas

An Annual Memorial Service will be held today for the repose of the soul of +MICHAEL ΜΗΧΑΗΛ Salavos, who sold his two-family house to our church for one dollar which provided the main source of funding for our current Saint Andrew church building. 

A Trisagion Service will be held today for the repose of the soul of +Alexandra Bisk beloved mother of Joyce Twilley and husband Ed, Michelle Bauer, and Lisa Bisk 

May their memory be eternal. Αιωνία ημνήμη αυτών

 

Monday  11/29
Great Vespers with Artoclasia @ 7:00 pm
We welcome His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medea who is celebrating Great Vespers at Saint Andrew

Tuesday  11/30
Saint Andrew The First Called Apostle 
+Orthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9:30am

Saturday 12/4
Saint Barbara the Great Martyr
+Orthros @8am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9am

Sunday 12/5
The 10th Sunday of Luke +
Orthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9:30am

ATTENDING SERVICES AT SAINT ANDREW 

No reservations are required to attend church services
NO Masks  required for people to attend services (you may wear a mask if you choose to) 
A section in the church with Social distance seating  is available for people who choose this for themselves or their family.

Participation in services is also available via livestream - go to: Home | St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church (orthodoxws.com) and choose LIVESTREAM on the Menu bar

Prayers/Liturgy can always be found at: https://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/dcs.html 

Online Giving System: Website: https://www.standrewgonj.org/ and choose PayPal / online WeShare

 

 

 

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Announcements

Sunday services New start time is +8:15am Orthros & 9:30am Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

Attending church services:

Sunday school (children please sit with your family during service) - after Holy Communion students go to classes - after class- meet families in the Social Hall

GOYA:Please sit in designated Pews 2A, 3A, 4A located at far left of Altar are reserved for GOYA MEMBERS. 

Senior Girls play at home vs Paramus at 3:30 in Randolph gym

Senior Boys play at home vs Paramus at 4:30 in Randolph gym

HOPE & JOY: Meeting Sunday December 5th after Sunday School Classes in rooms 102 & 103

The 2021 Christmas Pageant

The Saint Andrew Greek Orthodox Church Religious Education and Hellenic Afternoon School will present a Christmas Pageant on Sunday December 12th immediately following Divine Liturgy. Parents, please help us prepare for the event by completing the form provided by our staff (copies outside church office). Snow 12/19/21. 

Join us for Little Angels Playgroup (LAP)!

Calling all Little Angels ages 0-4! For basic introduction to Greek nursery rhymes and religion. Feel free to bring toys, snacks. A caretaker must be present.  Drop in any time between 9:30-11:30am every other Friday on December 3, December 17, January 7, 2022 …  
If you have questions or plan on attending, please contact Athina Vella at amv1823@gmail.com or call/text 973-879-7095. 

PHILOPTOCHOS 

Annual Holiday Bake Sale: see order form 

Annual Christmas Dinner Philoptochos & Daughters of Penelope TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. see promo page 

Share your Christmas & New Year’s Wishes see promo page

Knitting and Pillow Ministries: Please join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 11:00am for knitting and or sewing. We need you to help us provide blankets, scarves, and pillows to the different organizations we are helping. Feel free to drop in for a cup of coffee …  we usually have little lunch a lot of laughs. Meeting Dates on Wednesday 12/1, 12/15 , 1/5, 1/19

Toys for tots: We are collecting NEW unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots Foundation. Please drop off your donations at church byFriday Dec. 10h

Hellenic Afternoon School 

Mondays  at 4:30pm for Jr.PK, PK, K, Levels 1 & 2.  

Thursdays at 4:30pm for Levels 3,4,5 and 6

Greek Dance Class
Thursdays for Group 1 at 5:45pm & for Group 2 and 6:30pm

GOYA GREEK DANCE 
 Thursdays at 7:30pm 

 

 

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Fr. John's Message

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL

Prot. No. 258/2021 Archiepiscopal

Encyclical for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2021

Unto the Most Reverend and Right Reverend Hierarchs, Pious Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, Presidents and Members of Parish Councils, Honorable Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Members of Leadership 100, the Day and Afternoon Schools, Philoptochos Societies, the Youth, Greek Orthodox Organizations, and the entirety of the Christ-named Plenitude of the Holy Archdiocese of America.

Let us give thanks unto the Lord! (Divine Liturgy)

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we prepare to celebrate the National Day of Thanksgiving, our American holiday that calls us to the mindset of gratitude for all of God’s blessings in our lives and in our Country, I note with great satisfaction and thankfulness the recent Apostolic Visit of His All-Holiness our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Although there were moments of concern for the health of His All-Holiness during this scheduled visit, we can all breathe the proverbial sigh of relief, with profound gratitude to God that our Ecumenical Patriarch has received the appropriate medical attention, rebounded to his extraordinary self, and returned to the Queen of Cities.

His Thirty Years on the Patriarchal Throne should surely be cause for us all to give thanks unto the Lord, for we have had the unprecedented opportunity to have such a long tenure of such a holy man. The advances in the preaching and the teaching of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ under His All-Holiness are truly remarkable; for he has spared no effort of his office, and no labor of body, mind and spirit, to steer the Sacred Ship of the Orthodox Church through some of the most difficult to navigate waters in recent history. As Eastern Europe emerged from the ravages of Communism and Atheism (ravages that still gravely impact these lands), His All-Holiness has manifested wisdom and prudence, as he guides the Church aright.

This Thanksgiving, let us add to our tables that are laden with tokens of our gratitude to God, and say a special prayer of thanks for the Spiritual Father of us all, our Ecumenical Patriarch. He shoulders great responsibilities and burdens on our behalf, because of his genuine love for all people, and especially for the rational sheep of the Flock of Christ.

With much paternal love in the Lord,

† ELPIDOPHOROS Archbishop of America

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Daily Calendar

Please join us for refreshments following Services in our Social Hall . 

Coffee Hour will be hosted by GOYA*

Bagels are donated by Jimmy Psaras of ALFA BAGELS on Route 10 in Randolph, NJ

Coffee is donated by William Callas of COFFEE ASSOCIATES in Edgewater, NJ

HOSTING Coffee hour on:  12/5 Philoptochos*, 12/15 PTA*, 12/19 DOP*, (*Please bring Lenten options for coffee hour12/26 GOYA, 1/2/2022 Philoptochos, 1/9/2022 PTA,.. 

Church Schedule this week

Saturday 11/27

Faith Kitchen/Philoptochos Charing 

Sunday 11/28
The 13th Sunday of Luke + Orthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9:30am

 

Monday11/29 Great Vespers @7pm

NO Greek School Classes

 

Tuesday 11/30

Saint Andrew + rthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9:30am

 

Wednesday 12/1  @11am Knitting and Sewing Ministries meet

@6 pm GOYA JR Basketball & 7:30pm GOYA SR Basketball will Practice/gym

 

Thursday 12/2 @4:30 HAS LEVELS: L3, L4, L5, L6

@5:45 Greek Dance Class Group 1 |@6:30pm Greek Dance Class Group 2

@ 7:30pm GOYA GREEK Dance Practice

 

Friday12/3

@9:30a-11:30am Little Angels Playgroup (LAP)

 

Saturday 12/4
Saint Barbara + Orthros @8am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9am

 

Sunday 12/5
The 10th Sunday of Luke +
Orthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9:30am

Memorial Service: + Ourania Gribas, +Christos Anagnost, + Jeremy Paxos and +Margaret Paxos, +Kanella and +Nikolaos Perdikoulias

Philoptochos Tray

HOPE & JOY Meeting in Rooms 102 & 103 after Sunday School Classes

 

Monday12/6
Saint Nicholas + Orthros @8am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9am

@4:30 HAS LEVELS: JPK, PK, K, L1, L2

@7pm Stewardship Virtual Meeting

 

Tuesday 12/7

@7pm GOYA Volleyball Practice/gym 

 

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News - Flyers - Registrations - Other

    Saint Andrew Celebrations

    Saint Andrew Celebrations

    MONDAY 11/29 Great Vespers with Artoclasia @ 7:00 pm We welcome His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medea who is celebrating Great Vespers at Saint Andrew TUESDAY 11/30 SAINT ANDREW THE FIRST CALLED APOSTLE +Orthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy SJC @9:30am


    ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL

    ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL

    ON THANKSGIVING IN GREEK


    STEWARDSHIP

    STEWARDSHIP

    Our Saint Andrew Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration....


    STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE

    STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE

    Prayerfully consider your blessings as you make your 2021 Donation to Saint Andrew and submit your 2022 Stewardship Commitment on Sunday, November 28th


    ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL

    ARCHIEPISCOPAL ENCYCLICAL

    ON THANKSGIVING IN ENGLISH


    Philoptochos

    Philoptochos

    Annual Holiday Bake Sale ORDER FORM


    TOYS FOR TOTS

    TOYS FOR TOTS

    collecting NEW unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots Foundation. Please drop off your donations at Saint Andrew Church before December 10th


    Philoptochos

    Philoptochos

    please donate to the Christmas and New Year’s greetings from parishioners to the entire church family


    Philoptochos

    Philoptochos

    Annual Christmas Dinner Philoptochos and Daughters of Penelope TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP 12/10/21


    Philoptochos

    Philoptochos

    Membership 2022


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Prayer List

Prayer for a Sick Person:

Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal (me) Your servant from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant (me) patience in this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health.  Lord, You have taught us through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed.  I pray that You heal (me) as Your servant and grant (me) the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Please keep these names in your prayers 

Gregory, John, Marny,  Chari Nikolaos, Janet, Melissa, Marty, Andreas, Fotini, Georgia, Pamela, Haralambos, Photeine, Christina, Michael, Adrianne, George, Anastasia, Nicholas, Michael, Alexandra, Sofia, Joseph, Vasilios, Robert, Megan, Chrisopigi, Guadalupe, Barbara, Ioannis, Nicholas, Margaret, Ava, Venessa, Chris, Dominic, Ralph, Ralph L,  Elenitsa, Sophia, Doreen, Lori, Robert, Constantine, Panagiota, Michael Scott, Christine, Millie, Joe, Anastasios, Herb, Sangita, Elizabeth, Mary, Niki, Phillip, Pagona, Eleftheria, Argiroula, Angeliki, John, Helen, Athena,  Jeremiah, Joseph, Elias, Joanna, Ellen, Demetra, Kenneth,  Artemis,  Vasileke, John, Mike, Maria, Mary, Haroula, Ioannis, Irene, Christos, Evangelia, Alice,  Larry,  Maria,   Catherine, Mark, Vasiliki-Christina, Christina….

If you would like us to remember you or your loved one in our prayers, please contact the office. 973-584-0388 or send us an email to info@standrewgonj.org   

Names will be kept on this list for approximately 3 months. Please resubmit Names if needed.   Fr. John will pray for the Names above during the Proskomide “Offering of gifts” during the first part of the Divine Liturgy when our priest prepares the mystical gifts of bread and wine. Please keep these names in your prayers as well.

 

 

 

 

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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 worshipped 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 of the Son and of 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."

First Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 28:16-20

Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν, εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς. καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν. καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς. πορευθέντες μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ Πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ Υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ῾Αγίου Πνεύματος, διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ μεθ᾿ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ αἰῶνος. ἀμήν.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. 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.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἐφεσίους 2:4-10.

Ἀδελφοί, ὁ θεός, πλούσιος ὢν ἐν ἐλέει, διὰ τὴν πολλὴν ἀγάπην αὐτοῦ ἣν ἠγάπησεν ἡμᾶς, καὶ ὄντας ἡμᾶς νεκροὺς τοῖς παραπτώμασιν συνεζωοποίησεν τῷ Χριστῷ - χάριτί ἐστε σεσωσμένοι - καὶ συνήγειρεν, καὶ συνεκάθισεν ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ· ἵνα ἐνδείξηται ἐν τοῖς αἰῶσιν τοῖς ἐπερχομένοις τὸν ὑπερβάλλοντα πλοῦτον τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἐν χρηστότητι ἐφʼ ἡμᾶς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ· τῇ γὰρ χάριτί ἐστε σεσῳσμένοι διὰ τῆς πίστεως, καὶ τοῦτο οὐκ ἐξ ὑμῶν· θεοῦ τὸ δῶρον· οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων, ἵνα μή τις καυχήσηται. Αὐτοῦ γάρ ἐσμεν ποίημα, κτισθέντες ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ ἐπὶ ἔργοις ἀγαθοῖς, οἷς προητοίμασεν ὁ θεός, ἵνα ἐν αὐτοῖς περιπατήσωμεν.


Gospel Reading

13th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.' " And he said, "All these I have observed from my youth." And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, "One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, "How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

13th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:18-27

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄρχων λέγων· διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ποιήσας ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω; εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ Θεός. τὰς ἐντολὰς οἶδας· μὴ μοιχεύσῃς, μὴ φονεύσῃς, μὴ κλέψῃς, μὴ ψευδομαρτυρήσῃς, τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα σου. ὁ δὲ εἶπε· ταῦτα πάντα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου. ἀκούσας δὲ ταῦτα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἔτι ἕν σοι λείπει· πάντα ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον καὶ διάδος πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει μοι. ὁ δὲ ἀκούσας ταῦτα περίλυπος ἐγένετο· ἦν γὰρ πλούσιος σφόδρα. ἰδὼν δὲ αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς περίλυπον γενόμενον εἶπε· πῶς δυσκόλως οἱ τὰ χρήματα ἔχοντες εἰσελεύσονται εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ! εὐκοπώτερον γάρ ἐστι κάμηλον διὰ τρυμαλιᾶς ῥαφίδος εἰσελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν. εἶπον δὲ οἱ ἀκούσαντες· καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· τὰ ἀδύνατα παρὰ ἀνθρώποις δυνατὰ παρὰ τῷ Θεῷ ἐστιν.


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Saints and Feasts

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November 28

13th Sunday of Luke


Allsaint
November 28

Auxentius, 16 Martyrs of Tiberioupolis


Allsaint
November 28

Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste

Saint Irenarchos, who was from Sebastia, lived during the reign of Diocletian. In his youth he ministered to the holy Martyrs during the time of their punishment in prison. Once, on beholding seven women being tormented in behalf of Christ, and marvelling at their courage, and seeing how, although they were weak in body, they nonetheless became like men before the tyrant and put him to shame, the Saint was enlightened by divine grace and confessed Christ with boldness. Tried by fire and water, he was beheaded together with the holy women in the year 298.


Andrewap
November 30

Andrew the First- Called Apostle

This Saint was from Bethsaida of Galilee; he was the son of Jonas and the brother of Peter, the chief of the Apostles. He had first been a disciple of John the Baptist; afterwards, on hearing the Baptist's witness concerning Jesus, when he pointed Him out with his finger and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1.29,36), he straightway followed Christ, and became His first disciple; wherefore he is called the First-called of the Apostles. After the Ascension of the Saviour, he preached in various lands; and having suffered many things for His Name's sake, he died in Patras of Achaia, where he was crucified on a cross in the shape of an "X," the first letter of "Christ" in Greek; this cross is also the symbol of Saint Andrew.


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December 04

Barbara the Great Martyr

Saint Barbara was from Heliopolis of Phoenicia and lived during the reign of Maximian.

She was the daughter of a certain idolater named Dioscorus. When Barbara came of age, she was enlightened in her pure heart and secretly believed in the Holy Trinity. About this time Dioscorus began building a bath-house; before it was finished he was required to go away to attend to certain matters, and in his absence Barbara directed the workmen to build a third window in addition to the two her Father had commanded. She also inscribed the sign of the Cross with her finger upon the marble of the bath-house, leaving the saving sign cut as deeply into the marble as if it had been done with an iron tool. (When the Synaxarion of Saint Barbara was written, the marble of the bath-house and the cross inscribed by Saint Barbara were still preserved, and many healings were worked there.) When Dioscorus returned, he asked why the third window had been added; Barbara began to declare to him the mystery of the Trinity. Because she refused to renounce her faith, Dioscorus tortured Barbara inhumanely, and after subjecting her to many sufferings he beheaded her with his own hands, in the year 290.


Savas
December 05

Sabbas the Sanctified

This Saint was born in 439 in Moutalaska, a small village of Cappadocia. He entered the arena of the monastic life from childhood and was under that master trainer of monastics, Euthymius, the Great, the teacher of the desert. He became the spiritual Father of many monks and an instructor for the monasteries in Palestine, and was appointed leader (archimandrite) of the desert-dwellers of Palestine by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. In his old age he went to Constantinople, to the Emperors Anastasius and Saint Justinian the Great, in behalf of the Orthodox Faith and the dogmas of the Council of Chalcedon. Having lived ninety-four years, he reposed in 533. The Typicon for the ecclesiastical services had its beginning in the monastery established by this righteous one.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode

Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Stephen the New in the Fourth Mode

Trained on the mountain in ascetical labours, with the whole armour of the Cross thou didst vanquish the spiritual arrays of unseen enemies; and when thou hadst stripped thyself with great courage for contest, thou didst slay Copronymus with the sword of the true Faith. For both these things hast thou been crowned by God, O righteous Martyr, blest Stephen of great renown.
Ασκητικώς προγυμνασθείς εν τώ όρει, τάς νοητάς τών δυσμενών παρατάξεις, τή πανοπλία ώλεσας παμμάκαρ τού Σταυρού, αύθις δέ πρός άθλησιν, ανδρικώς απεδύσω, κτείνας τόν Κοπρώνυμον, τώ τής Πίστεως ξίφει, καί δι' αμφοίν εστέφθης εκ Θεού, Οσιομάρτυς αοίδιμε Στέφανε.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

Hymn of the Apostle St. Andrew: As first of the Apostles to receive the call, and very brother of the prince of them, intercede O Andrew, with the Master of all of us, peace to all the world to grant, and to our souls His great mercy.

Απολυτίκιο του Αποστόλου Ανδρέου: Ως των Αποσόλων πρωτόκλητος, και του κορυφαίου αυτάδελφος, τον Δεσπότην των όλων Ανδρέα ικέτευε, ειρήνην τη οικουμένη δωρήσασθαι, και ταις ψυχαίς ημών το μέγα έλεος

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν Προαιώνιον Λόγον, ἐν Σπηλαίῳ ἔρχεται, ἀποτεκεῖν ἀπορρήτως. Χόρευε ἡ οἰκουμένη ἀκουτισθεῖσα, δόξασον μετὰ Ἀγγέλων καὶ τῶν Ποιμένων, βουληθέντα ἐποφθῆναι, παιδίον νέον, τὸν πρὸ αἰώνων Θεόν.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

Love of money is the worship of idols, a daughter of unbelief, an excuse for infirmities, a foreboder of old age, a harbinger of drought, a herald of hunger.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century

He who has conquered this passion has cut out care; but he who is bound by it never attains to pure prayer.
St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 16:2,7 and Step 17:1, 6th Century

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