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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-04-21
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St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (908) 968-4004
  • Fax:
  • (908) 968-4002
  • Street Address:

  • 85 Voorhees Corner Road,

  • Flemington, NJ 08822


Contact Information






Services Schedule

Weekly Services

(Please note schedule subject to change.  Please call church office to confirm times.)

Sunday Services:  Orthros 8:15 am; Divine Liturgy 9:15  am.  Followed by Sunday School and Fellowship Hour in our Community Center.

Weekly Feastday / Major Saint Day Liturgies:  9 am Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy.


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Saints and Feasts

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April 21

Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ's victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means "Save, I pray," or "Save, now." The foal of an ass, and Jesus' sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.


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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Mode

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Mode

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, "Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam."
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.


Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

But observe the wisdom of the Evangelist, how he is not ashamed to parade their former ignorance. That it was written they knew, that it was written of Him they knew not. For it would have offended them if He being a King were about to suffer such things, and be so betrayed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

Besides, they could not at once have taken in the knowledge of the Kingdom of which He spake; for another Evangelist saith, that they thought the words were spoken of a kingdom of this world. (Matt. xx. 21.)
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

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Ministry News

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TODAY there is no Sunday School.  Classes resume on May 5.

TODAY Fellowship Hour is sponsored by the Mountain View Chalet.

TODAY the PC offers the Palm Sunday Luncheon of Flounder with Spanakorizo ($12) or Pasta ($5). Walk-ins are welcomed, but only advanced reservations have guaranteed a fish lunch at this popular event.  Kali Anastasi!

Church Calendar:

GOMNJ Byzantine Music Lenten Concert:  Saturday of Lazarus, April 20, at the St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  Great Hierarchical Vespers begin at 6 pm and the Lenten Concert begins at 7 pm.

 

Post-Pascha Calendar (Holy Week Services on next page): 

Monday, April 29: Feast day of St George - Orthros / Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at regional St.   George Churches including Piscataway and Trenton

Renewal Friday, May 3:    Theotokos of the Life-Giving Font - 9 am Orthros/Liturgy

 Sunday, May 5: Sunday of Thomas and St. Irene the Great Martyr. Orthros 9:15 am followed by Liturgy

                         Sunday School - Easter Egg Hunt (Grades Pre-K through Grade 4)

On Sunday, May 5, Anthony ("Tony") Bosco will be our guest speaker during Fellowship Hour.  All families are asked to attend.  Tony will offer a very informative and necessary discussion on the direction of Religious Education in our parishes and the things we need to do to ensure a bright future for the generations to come.  

Easter Appeal:  A copy of the 2019 Easter Appeal Letter was emailed to all Parishioners for their immediate consideration.  Please support out beautiful Easter services in any way you can. 

St. Anna Bistro on May 18 & 19: We will prepare Baklava on May 7 starting at 6:30 pm.  The week of the event, starting on Tuesday May 14, we will start the preparation of the remaining items.  Please help when you can!

Education:  St Basil Academy Almsgiving envelopes due TODAY. On May 5, there will be an Easter egg hunt for those children in grades Pre-k through grade 4. Bring a basket! It will be held during Sunday school.  The last class of Sunday school will be on May 19. 

If anyone is interested or would like to continue teaching for the 2019-2020 school year please let Aimee Douvris know at aimeedouvris@gmail.com

PTO:  If you have a daughter between the ages of 6 and 11 in our St. Anna Sunday School program who is interested in participating in the Good Friday evening service as a Mirofora, please contact Sofia Manoussakis at s_manoussakis@yahoo.com. Please include your daughter’s name and age in email.  All girls will need to be dressed in white, and must arrive at the Church hall promptly at 7 pm on Friday, April 26. Thank you!

St. Anna Bookstore:Come visit our Bookstore in the hallway and see our latest additions for Easter.  See Kim Vaporakis or Angela Ferreira during Fellowship Hour for assistance. Kalo Pascha!

St. Anna Choir: Any teens and adults who would like to sing with the choir on Good Friday and Pascha please see or contact Diana Grina for information. Dianakg2003@yahoo.com

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES

Sunday, April 21:             Palm Sunday – 9 am  

                                      Bridegroom Service – 7 pm

Monday, April 22:             Presanctified Liturgy – 9 am

                                      Bridegroom Service (Hymn of Kassiani) – 7 pm 

Tuesday, April 23:           Presanctified Liturgy – 9 am

                                     Bridegroom Service -  7 pm 

Wednesday, April 24:       Presanctified Liturgy – 9 am

Choose one Holy Unction service -afternoon or evening 

                                     Holy Unction Sacrament – 4 pm

                                     Holy Unction Sacrament – 7 pm

Thursday, April 25:          Holy Thursday Liturgy (St. Basil)– 9 am

                                    Service of Holy Passion (12 Gospels–Orthros of Holy Friday)– 7 pm

Friday, April 26:              Holy and Great Hours – 8:30 am (followed by decorating) 

                                     Apokathelosis (“Unnailing” of Christ from the Cross) – 3 pm

                                     Lamentations Service (Orthros of Holy Saturday) – 7 pm

Saturday, April 27:          Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil for Resurrection Feast Day – 9 am

                                     Resurrection Service – 11:15 pm (Orthros/Liturgy of Resurrection)

Sunday, April 28:             Agape Vespers Service – 10:30 am 

 

Scholarships:  The St. Anna Scholarship program is available for eligible HS Seniors (information at www.stannagoc.org). Archdiocese Scholarship programs can be found at www.goarch.org.

St. Anna Bistro on May 18 & 19: We will prepare Baklava on May 7 starting at 6:30 pm.  The week of the event, starting on Tuesday May 14, we will start the preparation of the remaining items.  Please help when you can!

YiaYia's Attic:  This year’s YiaYia's Attic will take place on Saturday, June 1, from 8 am – 1 pm. Donations will be collected starting May 26.  As you do your Spring Cleaning consider donating unneeded items to our sale: clothing, toys, household goods, jewelry, bicycles, seasonal décor, etc.  Please no electronics or large items such as furniture, which is difficult to sell.  We are also collecting lightly worn women's business attire for the organization "Dress for Success".

 

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Stewardship

Stewardship is the sharing of the talents and treasures that God has provided for us.  An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church. The parish encourages all who accept the Orthodox Faith to become practicing Stewards.

 

2019 Stewardship Drive:  

We have 91 Pledges totaling $112,434 for an average of $1,236 and $64,932 received to date.  We also have 9 families who have contributed $4,875 to date but have not submitted a stewardship card.  It is important that all families complete a stewardship card to be considered a steward.  Current Stewardship List and other stewardship information is posted in bulletin board by water cooler.

 

We need everyone’s participation to exceed this year’s stewardship pledge target of $170,000.  If the remaining 79, 2018 stewards give at the same level as last year we could exceed our budget and reach a record high number of stewards

 

 

…Remember a rich man is not one who has much, but one who gives much

 

 

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