St. Andrew Church
Publish Date: 2021-09-19
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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 8:45 am & Divine Liturgy at 10am

Weekday Orthros and Liturgies begin at 8am 



Past Bulletins

Services at St. Andrew

Sunday 9/19  Before after Holy Cross +Orthros @ 8:15AM & Divine Liturgy @9:30AM

A One Year Memorial Service will be held for the repose of the soul of +Aikaterini (Katina) Kontos, beloved mother of Evan and Cynthia Kontos. May her memory be eternal. 


Wednesday   9/22 + St Phocus the Martyr, Bishop of Sinope +Orthros @8am Divine Liturgy of SJC @9:00am (We have this saint’s Relics at our Saint Andrew Reliquary) *

Thursday 9/24 :00am+Conception of John the Baptist  +Orthros @8am Divine Liturgy of SJC @9:00am  

Sunday 9/26  Falling Asleep of John the Theologian and Evangelist +O @ 8:15AM & DL @9:30AM



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 ( and choose LIVESTREAM on the Menu bar

Prayers/Liturgy can always be found at: 

Online Giving System: Website: and choose PayPal / online WeShare






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

Attending church services:  No reservations are required
No Masks are required (wear your 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.

GYRO &SOUVLAKI FEST this weekend 

Order in advance

choose a date & pick up time

Saturday Sept 18 from 11am-6pm

Sunday Sept 19 from 12-5pm

Join us for Little Angels Playgroup (LAP)! 

Calling all Little Angels ages 0-4! Drop in anytime from 10am -12pm on Fridays for open play, and basic introduction to Greek nursery rhymes and religion. This is an open playgroup so feel free to bring toys, snacks, and a caretaker must be present. 

We will be hosting our first LAP on September 24th. If you have questions or plan on attending, please contact Athina Vella at or call/text 973-879-7095. 

2021 Mercedes-Benz Raffle TICKETS $25 EACH | DRAWING Sunday September 26

Please bring your tickets back to the church and help us sell some more.
We need your help to make this raffle everything our church needs it to be this year!
Sign up for JUST 2 HOURS  at our roadside, call the church let us know when you can come. Sit, read, bring your laptop because we have wireless access out there, or even just relax. People pull up and buy tickets -- it can't get any easier, you just need to be there. Any day, any time!

Religious Education Kickoff Celebration September 26th

All children of our community and their families are invited to a special outdoor celebration to kick off the new year following services on Sunday 9/26/21

Hellenic Afternoon School classes 

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

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

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

will begin on Monday, Sept 20th at 7:00pm 

Coffee Hour 
Sunday's Coffee Hour is hosted by DOP and will be held in the Social Hall 
Bagels donated in Memory of +Harry Harris, +John Borzeka and +Nick Pallis by Jimmy Psaras of ALFA BAGELS located on Route 10 in Randolph
HOSTING coffee hour on:9/26 GOYA, 10/3 Philoptochos, 10/10 PTA , 10/17 DOP, 10/24 GOYA, 10/31 Bakaliko, 11/7 Philoptochos..

Parish Council is hosting Saturday September 25th

One Saturday a month Saint Andrew Ministries are responsible to prepare and serve a meal at the Dover Soup Kitchen for people in need. If you are interested in helping The Feed the Hungry Ministry please contact Georgia Haglund by email at  You can help by donating to the cost of the meal, donating food items, sponsoring the meal in memory of a loved one, and/or volunteering to serve. The ministry cannot succeed without you!  

FIRES IN GREECE RELIEF FUND   please help those in Greece due to the devastating fires that are raving throughout the country.  Checks received  and online donations (select one-time donation) to our church will also be sent for this relief fund.  Below are links directly to the GOARCH or GoFundMe donation pages (links below).  We thank you for your donations and support and pray for everyone's safety..

GOARCH donation page:

GoFundMe donation page:

Youtube video:




Fr. John's Message

St. Phocas the Wonderworker (Feast Day - September 22)


The soap in the bath was divided in two for Phocas,

So the bath became both a contest and a cleansing.

On the twenty-second Phocas was killed in a bath.


Saint Phocas was born in the city of Sinope on the coast of the Black Sea. His father was a shipbuilder called Pamphilius and his mother's name was Maria. From a young age he was made worthy to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit, and was able to work paradoxical miracles. He later became Bishop of Sinope, and brought many unbelievers to the light of divine knowledge, both by his inspired words and supernatural wonders. Till his last breath he taught the people and worked miracles.

The martyric end he was destined for was revealed to him by means of a strange sign. A dove came to him and sat on his head, placing a crown on it, and speaking in a human voice it said: "A cup is prepared for you that you must now drink." And the truth of this cup of martyrdom he was made worthy to drink from took place during the reign of Trajan, in the year 101.

Bishop Phocas was brought before the Governor Africanus and was questioned by him, and he in turn theologized and boldly taught him the faith in Christ the true God. Because Africanus dared to blaspheme Christ and torture the Saint, for this reason a great earthquake took place, violently striking the governor and his soldiers dead. But the Saint raised him from the dead, due to the pleadings of his wife.

After this the Saint was brought before Emperor Trajan. Because Phocas preached Christ, the Emperor had him flayed. Continuing to courageously confess Christ, he was then placed in asbestos. Lastly, he was placed in an overheated bath. There the courageous athlete handed his soul into the hands of God.

After his death Saint Phocas continued to work many miracles for those who called upon him with faith. His sacred relics were translated to Constantinople, Saint John Chrysostom preached a homily in his honor, and this event is celebrated by the Church on July 23rd. Later a monastery dedicated to Saint Phocas was established in Constantinople. The sacred skull of the Martyr is located in Xenophontos Monastery at Mount Athos, and other portions of his relics can be found in Stavronikita Monastery at Mount Athos and Panagia Soumela Monastery in Vermio.


Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

Radiant vessel of the Spirit from thy youth, thou wast enriched with the gift of miracles; thou didst serve thy Savior in the priestly office and drink of His cup in thy contest. Holy Hieromartyr Phocas, entreat Him to save our souls.

 Kontakion in the Second Tone

The Master has set thee as a brilliant sun shining on all the faithful. He has accepted thy life, faith and contest as myrrh, O glorious Martyr Phocas, for He is rich in mercy. 


The mystagogue of the gospel, the sacred miracle worker, the God-glorified self-worker, the pillar of the Church, Hieromartyr Phocas, you have showed yourself to save those who come to you.


Daily Calendar

Monday 9/20 Clergy Laity Banquet the Venetian Garfield @6:00pm

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

 @7:00pm GOYA Dance starts 


Wednesday 9/22 +Phocus the Martyr, Bishop of Sinope +Orthros @ 8AM & Divine Liturgy @9AM

 @6:30pm GOYA Basketball Practice/gym

 @7pm Sunday School Staff Meeting


Thursday 9/23 Conception of John the Baptist +Orthros @ 8AM & Divine Liturgy @9AM

@4:30 HAS LEVELS: L3, L4, L5, L6

@5:45 Greek Dance Group 1

@6:30pm Greek Dance Group 2

@7pm GOYA Meeting


Friday 9/24 @10am-12noon Little Angels Playgroup (LAP)


Saturday 9/25 Faith Kitchen - Parish Council hosting



Sunday 9/26Falling Asleep of John the Theologian and Evangelist +O @ 8:15AM & DL @9:30AM

Memorial Service: +Michael Dontas, +Antonios and +Hellen Stathis 

 Sunday School Agiasmos – Kick Off

 @1pm Mercedes Benz car raffle drawing


Monday 9/27 @4:30 HAS LEVELS: JPK , PK, K, L1, L2

 @7:30pm Parish Council Meeting


Tuesday 9/28 @6:30pm GOYA Volleyball Practice/gym

@7:00pm Phioptochos Meeting






News - Flyers - Registrations - Other



    September 18 &19 |Order in advance:

    Car Raffle

    Car Raffle

    Mercedes to be raffled in September 2021 | $25 per chance



    2021 Pledge Form

    Registration - ALL

    Registration - ALL

    Family & Youth Info /Registration 2021-2022 | HAS, Religious Ed, Greek Dance.....



    GOYA is for all children of Saint Andrew parishioners who are ages 12-18 and in grades 7th -12th.

    Daughters of Penelope

    Daughters of Penelope

    FASHION SHOW Saturday October 16, 2021 11 am – 3 pm join us for Luncheon and designer raffle at the The Meadow Wood Manor, Randolph, NJ

    Religious Education

    Religious Education

    KICKOFF CELEBRATION September 26th All children of our community and their families are invited to a special outdoor celebration to kick off the new year following services on Sunday 9/26/21

    Annual Coat Drive

    Annual Coat Drive

    Philoptochos is collecting WINTER COATS for men, women and children, hats and scarves. Drop off at church before 10-27-21 to be donated to MMS coat drive


Prayer List

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 

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.

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, Eleni, Fr._Konstantine, Prz._Spiridoula,  Linda,  Angeliki, Nikolaos, Kyriacos, Olga, Antonia,  Sofie, Marina, Vasiliki, Klaus, Lori, Athanasios, Despina, 

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





Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. 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 any one, for they were afraid.

Second Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 16:1-8

Καὶ διαγενομένου τοῦ σαββάτου Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ καὶ Μαρία ἡ τοῦ ᾿Ιακώβου καὶ Σαλώμη ἠγόρασαν ἀρώματα ἵνα ἐλθοῦσαι ἀλείψωσιν αὐτόν. καὶ λίαν πρωῒ τῆς 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· ᾿Ιησοῦν 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.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 103.24,1.
Ὡς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου Κύριε, πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας.
Στίχ. Εὐλόγει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 2:16-20.

Ἀδελφοί, εἰδότες ὅτι οὐ δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ἔργων νόμου, ἐὰν μὴ διὰ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς Χριστὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐπιστεύσαμεν, ἵνα δικαιωθῶμεν ἐκ πίστεως Χριστοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων νόμου· διότι οὐ δικαιωθήσεται ἐξ ἔργων νόμου πᾶσα σάρξ. Εἰ δέ, ζητοῦντες δικαιωθῆναι ἐν Χριστῷ, εὑρέθημεν καὶ αὐτοὶ ἁμαρτωλοί, ἆρα Χριστὸς ἁμαρτίας διάκονος; Μὴ γένοιτο. Εἰ γὰρ ἃ κατέλυσα, ταῦτα πάλιν οἰκοδομῶ, παραβάτην ἐμαυτὸν συνίστημι. Ἐγὼ γὰρ διὰ νόμου νόμῳ ἀπέθανον, ἵνα θεῷ ζήσω. Χριστῷ συνεσταύρωμαι· ζῶ δέ, οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός· ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ.

Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."

Sunday after Holy Cross
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 8:34-38, 9:1

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δ᾿ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες τῶν ὧδε ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει.


Saints and Feasts

September 19

Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury

September 19

Sunday after Holy Cross

September 19

Trophimus, Sabbatius, & Dorymedon the Martyrs

In 278, during the reign of Probus, Saints Trophimus and Sabbatius came to Antioch, and seeing the city celebrating the festival of Apollo at Daphne lamented the blindness of the people, and presented themselves as Christians to Atticus the Governor. Saint Trophimus was stripped of his clothing, and was stretched out and beaten until the earth was red with his blood. Then he was hung up, scraped on his sides, and imprisoned in torments. Saint Sabbatius was tortured so savagely that he gave up his spirit in his sufferings. Trophimus was sent to Synnada, wearing iron shoes fitted with sharp iron nails within; he was further tormented without mercy, then cast into prison. Dorymedon, a counsellor, and a pagan, came to the prison and cared for Trophimus. When a certain feast came, Dorymedon was asked why he did not sacrifice to the idols; he proclaimed himself a Christian, for which he was imprisoned, pierced with heated spits, frightfully punished, and finally beheaded with Saint Trophimus.

September 22

Phocas the Martyr, Bishop of Sinope

This saint was known for the many miracles he worked and for his apostolic zeal in shepherding the flock of Sinope. He contested for the Faith during the reign of the Emperor Trajan, in the year 102, when he was burned to death in a bath-house. A homily in his honour was composed by Saint John Chrysostom. The translation of his holy relics is celebrated on July 23.

September 23

The Conception of St. John the Baptist

This came to pass fifteen months before the birth of Christ, after the vision of the Angel that Zacharias, the father of the Forerunner, saw in the Temple while he executed the priest's office in the order of his course during the feast of the Tabernacles, as tradition bears witness. In this vision, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias and said to him, "Thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John" (Luke 1:13). Knowing that Elizabeth was barren, and that both he and she were elderly, Zacharias did not believe what the Angel told him, although he had before him the example of Abraham and Sarah, of Hannah, mother of the Prophet Samuel, and of other barren women in Israel who gave birth by the power of God. Hence, he was condemned by the Archangel to remain speechless until the fulfilment of these words in their season, which also came to pass (Luke 1:7-24).

September 26

The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

This Apostle was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and was the son of Zebedee and Salome, and the brother of James the elder. First a fisherman by trade, he became an Apostle and the beloved Disciple of Christ. Only he of all the Disciples followed Him even to the Cross, and was entrusted with the care of our Saviour's Mother, as it were another son to her, and a brother of Christ the Teacher. After this, he preached throughout Asia Minor, especially in Ephesus. When the second persecution against the Christians began in the year 96 during the reign of Domitian, he was taken in bonds to Rome, and there was cast into a vat filled to the brim with boiling oil. Coming forth therefrom unharmed, he was exiled to the island of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Returning again to Ephesus after the death of the tyrant, he wrote his Gospel (after the other Evangelists had already written theirs) and his three Catholic Epistles. In all, he lived ninety-five years and fell asleep in the Lord during the reign of Trajan in the year 100. He was called Theologian because he loftily expounded in his Gospel the theology of the inexpressible and eternal birth of the Son and Word of God the Father. It is for this cause that an eagle-a symbol of the Holy Spirit, as Saint Irenaeus says-is depicted in his icon, for this was one of the four symbolic living creatures that the Prophet Ezekiel saw (Ezek. 1:10).


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Mode

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα.

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 Fourth Mode

Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
Ο υψωθείς εν τώ Σταυρώ εκουσίως, τή επωνύμω σου καινή πολιτεία, τούς οικτιρμούς σου δώρησαι, Χριστέ ο Θεός, Εύφρανον εν τή δυνάμει σου, τούς πιστούς Βασιλείς ημών, νίκας χορηγών αυτοίς, κατά τών πολεμίων, τήν συμμαχίαν έχοιεν τήν σήν, όπλον ειρήνης, αήττητον τρόπαιον.

Wisdom of the Fathers

And see how He also makes His discourse unexceptionable: not saying at all, "whether you will, or no, you must suffer this," but how? "If any man will come after me."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century

"I force not, I compel not, but each one I make lord of his own choice; wherefore also I say, 'If any man will.' For to good things do I call you, not to things evil, or burdensome; not to punishment and vengeance, that I should have to compel.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century