St. Andrew Church
Publish Date: 2022-12-04
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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

Sunday 12/4
10th Sunday of Luke +Orthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy of SJC @9:30am

Memorial: AN ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held for the repose of the soul of +Margaret Paxos  as well as a memorial service for the repose of the souls of: +Jeremy Paxos, +Jesse Faunt, +John Livas, and +John Evangelis, beloved family members of Andrew and John A Paxos. Friends and relatives are invited to join the family downstairs for refreshments in honor of their loved ones blessed memory.

  A TRISASAGION SERVICE  will be prayed for the repose of the souls of:
+Lazarus beloved uncle of Effie Kritharis,
+George beloved father of Evangelos (Irene) Kalavirziotis, John, Ioanna and Olga.
Demetrios Apostolopoulos, beloved father of Irene (Evangelos) Kalavriziotis
+Anna Bouboulis beloved aunt of Michelle Tagilabou 

 Baptism: On Sunday December 4, 2022, at @1:30pm James B. King and Jade A. Giokas will baptize their son.


Tuesday 12/6  
Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, +Orthros @8am Divine Liturgy @9am


Sunday 12/11
11th Sunday of Luke +Orthros @8:15am & Divine Liturgy of SJC @9:30am


 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:

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General Assembly:  On behalf of the Parish Council, we cordially invite you to attend in-person the Saint Andrew General Assembly meeting on Sunday, December 4th, 2022, at 12:00pm.  According to the Uniform Parish Regulations of the Archdiocese, all parishioners present, and wishing to participate in the discussions and voting, must be active stewards for 2022.  There will be many important topics discussed.

Annual Christmas Pageant: December 11, 2022
Students of Religious Education and Hellenic Afternoon Schools will present a Christmas Pageant after Services on Dec 11/2022   Snow date 12-18-22 
Practice  for Christmas Pageant in church on Sunday 12-4-22 at 11:45 am |   Thursday 12-8-22 @6:30pm 

TheHellenic Book Fair on Thursday Dec 15th @4:30-7:30pm  at Saint Andrew main entrance hall. sponsored by the Saint Andrew PTA and the Hellenic Book Club of NYC.

Generational Caregiving: Join us on Dec 18  at 12pm in room 101 for our next session of Generational Caregiving. Our guest speaker is Andi Knoble, who will be talking about recognizing the difference between normal aging and dementia. We will also be answering your questions on how to provide care for people with cognitive impairments and how to know when you can no longer go it alone. We will help you find the resources you need as well. 

Greek Cypriot community: A Cypriot American graduate student at Seton Hall University is working on her thesis proposal.  She is interested in putting together an oral history of the Greek Cypriot community in the United States, specifically of those who immigrated in the late 70s/early 80s after the Turkish occupation of 1974.  She is looking to connect with Greek Cypriots in the U.S. and was hoping our parish may be able to provide her with some leads of individuals who would be willing to share their immigration stories.  Please contact Diana at


SUNDAY COFFEE Hour is hosted by the Saint Andrew Philoptochos

Bagels are donated by Jimmy Psaras of ALFA BAGELS on Route 10 in Randolph, NJ
Coffee is donated by Aristotle Leontopoulos of Coffee Associates in Edgewater, NJ
Coffee Hour ON Sunday: 12/11 PTA, 12/18 DOP, 12/25 Christmas

Knitting & Pillow Ministry: Will meet on the following Wednesdays to knit blankets and scarves as well as sew and stuff pillows. Join us on  12/14 | Let us know if you can join us or just come pick up some yarn to knit at home.



Fr. John's Message

For Every Good and Perfect Gift is from Above

Thursday, December 1

 Why Work for the Gifts that Perish?

 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.

John 4:10

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but the food which endures to eternal life.

John 6:27

We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

II Corinthians 6:8-10


Good morning, Prayer Team!

What do we work for? There are multiple answers to this question. We work for subsistence—to have food to eat and a roof over our heads. That matters, we need a place to live, and food to eat. We work for luxury—we naturally want more than just subsistence. That is also understandable—we all want to enjoy life when we are not working. We work for security—we want to somehow KNOW that we will be financially and otherwise secure for the rest of our lives. So once we’ve made subsistence and luxury, we go for security. We work for popularity—who doesn’t want to be liked and have friends. That’s also understandable—no one wants to be alone and without friends. And once we’ve made enough friends, popularity might shift to “fame,” to wanting to be known for our achievements.  

Subsistence, luxury, security, popularity, fame—do we see these things as more blessings, or entitlements? And do we understand that all of these things are transient and temporary. Every the most famous, financially secure person will die and the fame and fortune will not go with them.  

In the Gospel of John, Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman at a well. It was the middle of the day. It was hot. He was thirsty. He asked the woman to draw some water for Him from the well. She asked why He, a Jew, would ask a drink from her, a Samaritan woman, because the Jews and Samaritans were bitter enemies. He told her, as we read in John 4:10, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water.” Of course, she answered with a material answer—“where can I get that kind of water so I don’t have to come here to draw water in the hot sun?” I think of this verse many times, as it comes to Christ and Holy Communion. If we truly knew the gift of God and what it means to touch God in Holy Communion, that in this sacrament, we are actually touching the Divine God, how we could order our lives a little more purposefully and certain a little more respectfully. In the midst of all of our labors and all of our stress, we have the opportunity to partake of “the living water” and like the Samaritan woman, we are too engrossed with material things to even recognize it. We are so engrossed in the labor for the temporary that we don’t properly recognize the labor for the eternal. Again, it is understandable that we need to make time to work for sufficiency, and perhaps a degree of luxury and security, but when all we do is labor for the temporary and not the eternal, we are making a serious mistake.  

Jesus says in John 6:27, “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but the food which endures to eternal life.” Shopping, cooking, eating and cleaning up are part of every day life. We each spend a varying amount of time on these tasks. For the one cooking for a large family, this might consume hours. And for the one who doesn’t have to cook but only shows up to eat, this may take mere minutes. When we add up the time associating with eating, how does that compare to the amount of time we spend praying? Again, we spend a great portion of our time around the food we put into our stomachs. What about feeding our souls? When we don’t eat food for many hours, our stomachs remind us with pain, “feed me, I’m hungry.” We recognize that pains of hunger and then we go and satisfy them. Do we feel the same pain in our souls, a hunger for God? If the answer is yes, then why do we not go satisfy that? And if no, then why are we not hungering for God? 

In a few weeks, after we celebrate Christmas, people will ask “what did you get for Christmas?” and our answers will of course be material in nature—“I got a sweater” or “some music I wanted.” What if we are disappointed with our material gifts? Will we answer as Saint Paul did in II Corinthians 6:8-10, that we have nothing but in reality have everything? I know for myself, on Christmas, my gift to both myself and to everyone else is a gift of prayer. I gift myself a day of quiet on Christmas Eve, spending the day in church praying all day for everyone I know. The idea on that day is to spend little time talking to others and a lot of time talking to God. And each year, when I do that, I feel like I have everything, that I’ve had the best day.  

I don’t write the prayer team to shame people into doing things or to make people feel bad, and that is certainly not the intention for this message. I write these messages to make people think, to make myself think. There has to be more to life than just getting things—the most important thing in life is what we give, not what we get. If my life were to end today, I think I would reflect more on why did I not give more, not on why did I not get more? There also has to be more to Christmas than a gift exchange with people around us. I remember when our son turned 4 that he figured out the Christmas was a holiday of material gain. Many of us still have that 4-year-old mentality when it comes to Christmas. For me, as I have gotten older, this is a day for spiritual gain. And spiritual celebration. Because what good is everything is we do not have Christ in our minds and our hearts? It’s like having everything and in reality have nothing, because nothing goes with us at the end. Rather, let us focus on the gifts that do not perish, so that regardless of whether we have something or we have nothing, with Christ we have everything, and when this life on earth ends, we will be wanting for nothing, forever.

Lord, thank You for the gift of You. We thank You often for the gift of this day, or of our material gifts, and we don’t thank You enough for the gift of You. Thank You for gifting to us the gift that will never perish, the gift of everlasting life. Thank You for the gift of hope that there is something greater than what we can see and comprehend in this life. Thank You for the gift of Christmas, for opening for us the path back to Paradise. Today I just come to You with a word of thanks. And with a prayer that I will always be thankful for You. Amen.

We can all do a better job in seeking after the gift that doesn’t perish—Jesus Christ and our relationship with Him. May we be cognizant of this always, especially during this Nativity season.

+Fr. Stavros


Daily Calendar

Monday 12/5

@7:00-8:30pm GOYA Basketball /gym

Tuesday 12/6

 +St Nicholas  +Orthros @8am Divine Liturgy @9am

@6pm Stewardship Meeting

@7:30 -9 pm GOYA Volleyball /gym

Wednesday 12/7

@7:00-8:30pm GOYA Basketball /gym

Thursday 12/8

@4:30pm Hellenic Afternoon School Classes

Greek Dance ●Group 1 @6:30pm   ●Group 2 @7:15pm   ● GROUP  3 /GOYA @8:00pm

Friday 12/9

Saturday 12/10

GOYA will going for Christmas Caroling

Sunday 12/11

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

Memorial Service: + +Ekaterini & +Demetrios Rotsides

Annual Christmas Pageant | Religious Education & Hellenic Afternoon School students  

Monday 12/12

+St Spyridon +Orthros @8am Divine Liturgy @9am

Tuesday 12/13

@6:30pm Philoptochos and DOP Annual Christmas Dinner at Forte’s in Randolph 

Wednesday  12/14

@7:00-8:30pm GOYA Basketball /gym

Thursday 12/15

@4:30pm Hellenic Afternoon School Classes

Greek Dance ●Group 1 @6:30pm   ●Group 2 @7:15pm   ● GROUP  3 /GOYA @8:00pm

Hellenic Book Fair at St Andrew social hall |@6:30pm GOYA Monthly Meeting


News - Flyers - Registrations - Other

    General Assembly meeting

    General Assembly meeting

    Sunday, December 4th, 2022, at 12:00pm. .. all parishioners present, and wishing to participate in the discussions and voting, must be active stewards for 2022.

    PLEDGE 2023

    PLEDGE 2023

    When filling out your 2023 PLEDGE, we ask that you prayerfully consider your Christian Stewardship Commitment, commensurate with your resources and your gratitude for the bounties and blessings our Lord has bestowed on you.

    Abundant Giving

    Abundant Giving

    on-line giving platform, called Abundant Giving, is now LIVE!

    Smyrna the Movie

    Smyrna the Movie

    .. screened in seven hundred theaters nationwide on Thursday, December 8th as a one-night-only Fathom Events release.

    Christmas Dinner

    Christmas Dinner

    Philoptochos & Daughters of Penelope Annual Christmas Dinner on Tuesday 12-13-22 @6:30pm at Forte's

    Christmas Tree Lighting

    Christmas Tree Lighting

    invitation from His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros for the Annual Metropolis of New Jersey Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House,...Tuesday, December 20, 2022, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at the Metropolis Headquarters.

    Philoptochos card

    Philoptochos card

    Friday, Dec. 16, 2022.



    1-6-23 @7:30PM | Liberty House Restaurant and Events, 76 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ

    Wine & Cheese

    Wine & Cheese


    Greek Letters Day

    Greek Letters Day

    Northern New Jersey Region Greek Letters Celebration - Saturday, January 21, 2023, at SS. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Roseland, NJ at 5:00pm


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 

Irene, Pamela, Anita, Maria,  Sophia, Ioannis, Maurice, Pat, Bonita, Maria,  Deryl, Mary, Elena, Konstantinos, Zenovia, Joanne, Anna, Panayiota, Thomas, Robert, Eleni Leslie, Martin, Christos, Paula, Valerie, David, Barbara, Cesar, Angeliki, Maria, Demetri, Karen, Andrew, Stan, Vasiliki,  Marios, Theodore, Fr. Konstantine,  Mary, Eftihia, Ioannis, David Andreas, Robert, Antonis, Susan, Alexandros, Gregory, Sophia, Tara, children and families of Ukraine, Ioanna, Landon, Lueda, Christine, Vasiliki, Anastasia, Aikaterini, Cynthia, Demetrios, Robin,  Paraskevi, Theodore, Eleni, Athena, Katerina, Sophia, Eleni, Corinne,

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.






Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. After this He appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table and He upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw Him after He had risen. And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

Third Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 16:9-20

Ἀναστὰς ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρωῒ πρώτῃ Σαββάτου ἐφάνη πρῶτον Μαρίᾳ τῇ Μαγδαληνῇ, ἀφ' ἧς ἐκβεβλήκει ἑπτὰ δαιμόνια. Ἐκείνη πορευθεῖσα ἀπήγγειλε τοῖς μετ' αὐτοῦ γενομένοις, πενθοῦσι καὶ κλαίουσι. Κᾀκεῖνοι ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ζῇ καὶ ἐθεάθη ὑπ' αὐτῆς ἠπίστησαν. Μετὰ δὲ ταῦτα δυσὶν ἐξ αὐτῶν περιπατοῦσιν ἐφανερώθη ἐν ἑτέρᾳ μορφῇ, πορευομένοις, εἰς ἀγρόν. Κᾀκεῖνοι ἀπελθόντες ἀπήγγειλαν τοῖς λοιποῖς, οὐδὲ ἐκείνοις ἐπίστευσαν. Ὕστερον, ἀνακειμένοις αὐτοῖς τοῖς ἕνδεκα ἐφανερώθη, καὶ ὠνείδισε τὴν ἀπιστίαν αὐτῶν καὶ σκληροκαρδίαν, ὅτι τοῖς θεασαμένοις αὐτὸν ἐγηγερμένον, οὐκ ἐπίστευσαν. Καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἅπαντα, κηρύξατε τὸ εὐαγγέλιον πάσῃ τῇ κτίσει. Ὁ πιστεύσας καὶ βαπτισθείς, σωθήσεται, ὁ δὲ ἀπιστήσας, κατακριθήσεται. Σημεῖα δὲ τοῖς πιστεύσασι ταῦτα παρακολουθήσει. Ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί μου δαιμόνια ἐκβαλοῦσι, γλώσσαις λαλήσουσι καιναῖς, ὄφεις ἀροῦσι, κἂν θανάσιμόν τι πίωσιν, οὐ μὴ αὐτοὺς βλάψει, ἐπὶ ἀῤῥώστους χεῖρας ἐπιθήσουσι, καὶ καλῶς ἕξουσιν. Ὁ μὲν οὖν Κύριος, μετὰ τὸ λαλῆσαι αὐτοῖς, ἀνελήφθη εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν, καὶ ἐκάθισεν ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Θεοῦ. Ἐκεῖνοι δὲ ἐξελθόντες, ἐκήρυξαν πανταχοῦ, τοῦ Κυρίου συνεργοῦντος, καὶ τὸν λόγον βεβαιοῦντος, διὰ τῶν ἐπακολουθούντων σημείων. Ἀμήν.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5.

Brethren, before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate; but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe. But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 67.35,26.
Θαυμαστὸς ὁ Θεὸς ἐν τοῖς Ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Ἐν Ἐκκλησίαις εὐλογεῖτε τὸν Θεὸν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 3:23-29, 4:1-5.

Ἀδελφοί, πρὸ τοῦ δὲ ἐλθεῖν τὴν πίστιν, ὑπὸ νόμον ἐφρουρούμεθα, συγκεκλεισμένοι εἰς τὴν μέλλουσαν πίστιν ἀποκαλυφθῆναι. Ὥστε ὁ νόμος παιδαγωγὸς ἡμῶν γέγονεν εἰς Χριστόν, ἵνα ἐκ πίστεως δικαιωθῶμεν. Ἐλθούσης δὲ τῆς πίστεως, οὐκέτι ὑπὸ παιδαγωγόν ἐσμεν. Πάντες γὰρ υἱοὶ θεοῦ ἐστε διὰ τῆς πίστεως ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Ὅσοι γὰρ εἰς Χριστὸν ἐβαπτίσθητε, Χριστὸν ἐνεδύσασθε. Οὐκ ἔνι Ἰουδαῖος οὐδὲ Ἕλλην, οὐκ ἔνι δοῦλος οὐδὲ ἐλεύθερος, οὐκ ἔνι ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ· πάντες γὰρ ὑμεῖς εἷς ἐστε ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Εἰ δὲ ὑμεῖς Χριστοῦ, ἄρα τοῦ Ἀβραὰμ σπέρμα ἐστέ, καὶ κατʼ ἐπαγγελίαν κληρονόμοι. Λέγω δέ, ἐφʼ ὅσον χρόνον ὁ κληρονόμος νήπιός ἐστιν, οὐδὲν διαφέρει δούλου, κύριος πάντων ὤν· ἀλλὰ ὑπὸ ἐπιτρόπους ἐστὶν καὶ οἰκονόμους, ἄχρι τῆς προθεσμίας τοῦ πατρός. Οὕτως καὶ ἡμεῖς, ὅτε ἦμεν νήπιοι, ὑπὸ τὰ στοιχεῖα τοῦ κόσμου ἦμεν δεδουλωμένοι· ὅτε δὲ ἦλθεν τὸ πλήρωμα τοῦ χρόνου, ἐξαπέστειλεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ, γενόμενον ἐκ γυναικός, γενόμενον ὑπὸ νόμον, ἵνα τοὺς ὑπὸ νόμον ἐξαγοράσῃ, ἵνα τὴν υἱοθεσίαν ἀπολάβωμεν.

Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

10th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 13:10-17

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ῏Ην δὲ διδάσκων ἐν μιᾷ τῶν συναγωγῶν ἐν τοῖς σάββασι. καὶ ἰδοὺ γυνὴ ἦν πνεῦμα ἔχουσα ἀσθενείας ἔτη δέκα καὶ ὀκτώ, καὶ ἦν συγκύπτουσα καὶ μὴ δυναμένη ἀνακῦψαι εἰς τὸ παντελές. ἰδὼν δὲ αὐτὴν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς προσεφώνησε καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῇ· γύναι, ἀπολέλυσαι τῆς ἀσθενείας σου· καὶ ἐπέθηκεν αὐτῇ τὰς χεῖρας· καὶ παραχρῆμα ἀνωρθώθη καὶ ἐδόξαζε τὸν Θεόν. ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ἀρχισυνάγωγος, ἀγανακτῶν ὅτι τῷ σαββάτῳ ἐθεράπευσεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, ἔλεγε τῷ ὄχλῳ· ἓξ ἡμέραι εἰσὶν ἐν αἷς δεῖ ἐργάζεσθαι· ἐν ταύταις οὖν ἐρχόμενοι θεραπεύεσθε, καὶ μὴ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου. ἀπεκρίθη οὖν αὐτῷ ὁ Κύριος καὶ εἶπεν· ὑποκριτά, ἕκαστος ὑμῶν τῷ σαββάτῳ οὐ λύει τὸν βοῦν αὐτοῦ ἢ τὸν ὄνον ἀπὸ τῆς φάτνης καὶ ἀπαγαγὼν ποτίζει; ταύτην δέ, θυγατέρα ᾿Αβραὰμ οὖσαν, ἣν ἔδησεν ὁ σατανᾶς ἰδοὺ δέκα καὶ ὀκτὼ ἔτη, οὐκ ἔδει λυθῆναι ἀπὸ τοῦ δεσμοῦ τούτου τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου; καὶ ταῦτα λέγοντος αὐτοῦ κατῃσχύνοντο πάντες οἱ ἀντικείμενοι αὐτῷ, καὶ πᾶς ὁ ὄχλος ἔχαιρεν ἐπὶ πᾶσι τοῖς ἐνδόξοις τοῖς γινομένοις ὑπ᾿ αὐτοῦ.


Saints and Feasts

December 04

10th Sunday of Luke

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.

December 04

Alexander Hotovitzky, New Hieromartyr of Russia, Missionary to America

December 06

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

This Saint lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, and reposed in 330, As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for many. He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain of the bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not out of passion, but extreme love and piety. The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs, The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock ... was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travellers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.

December 09

The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord (see also Sept. 8).

December 11

11th Sunday of Luke

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ's forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law.

Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed" (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to forsake his country, parents, and kinsmen, and to depart to the land of the Canaanites. When he arrived there, God told him, "I will give this land to thy seed" (Gen. 12:7); for this cause, that land was called the "Promised Land," which later became the country of the Hebrew people, and which is also called Palestine by the historians. There, after the passage of twenty-four years, Abraham received God's law concerning circumcision. In the one hundredth year of his life, when Sarah was in her ninetieth year, they became the parents of Isaac. Having lived 175 years altogether, he reposed in peace, a venerable elder full of days.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Great Martyr Barbara in the Fourth Mode

Let us honour Saint Barbara, for she hath broken the snares of the enemy; and like a sparrow, she, the all-modest maiden, was delivered out of them by the help and weapon of the Cross.
Βαρβάραν τὴν Ἁγίαν τιμήσωμεν, ἐχθροῦ γὰρ τὰς παγίδας συνέτριψε, καὶ ὡς στρουθίον ἐρρύσθη ἐξ αὐτῶν, βοηθεία καὶ ὅπλω τοῦ Σταυροῦ ἡ Πάνσεμνος.

Apolytikion for John of Damascus in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Guide of Orthodoxy, teacher of piety and holiness, luminary of the world, God-inspired adornment of monastics, O wise John, by thy teachings thou hast enlightened all, O harp of the Spirit. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Ορθοδοξίας Οδηγέ, ευσεβίας διδάσκαλε καί σεμνότητος, τής οικουμένης ο φωστήρ, αρχιερέων θεόπνευστον εγκαλλώπισμα, Ιωάννη σοφέ, ταίς διδαχαίς σου πάντας εφώτισας, λύρα τού Πνεύματος, πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

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.

Wisdom of the Fathers

So great an evil is envy. For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

And yet here He speaks only; whereas elsewhere in many cases He heals by laying on of hands also. But nevertheless none of these things made them meek; rather, while the man was healed, they by his health became worse. For His desire indeed was to cure them before him, and He tried innumerable ways of healing, both by what He did in their presence, and by what He said: but since their malady after all was incurable, He proceeded to the work.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century