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Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-02-16
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Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (732) 255-5525
  • Fax:
  • (732) 255-8180
  • Street Address:

  • 2200 Church Road

  • Toms River, NJ 08753


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sunday Services:

Orthros: 8 am     Liturgy: 9:30 am

Weekday Services: (unless otherwise noted)

Orthros: 8 am     Liturgy: 9 am


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When You descended unto death, O Lord who yourself are immortal Life, then did You mortify Hades by the lightning flash of Your Divinity. Also when You raised the dead from the netherworld, all the Powers of the heavens were crying out: O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory be to You.

Apolytikion of Saint Barbara in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Let us honor Holy Barbara; for she broke the snares of the enemy, and by her sanctity escaped from them like a bird, by the help and defense of the cross.

Apolytikion of Saint Haralambos in the Fourth Mode

O wise Haralambos, you were proven an unshakable pillar of the Church of Christ; an ever-shining lamp of the universe. You shone in the world by your martyrdom. You delivered us from the moonless night of idolatry O blessed one. Wherefore, boldly intercede to Christ that we may be saved.

Kontakion for Sunday of the Prodigal in the Third Mode

From my Father’s glory I have foolishly turned away. By my sins I squandered all the riches He gave me. Therefore, like the prodigal I cry out to Him: I have sinned before You, compassionate Father. Accept my repentance, and take me back again as one of Your hired servants.
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Saints and Feasts

Prodson
February 16

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Through the parable of today's Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God's compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition -- inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries -- we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.

Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God's compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin -- no matter how great it may be -- that can overcome at any time His love for man.


Theotyrn
February 17

Theodore the Tyro, Great Martyr

Saint Theodore who was from Amasia of Pontus, contested during the reign of Maximian (286-305). He was called Tyro, from the Latin Tiro, because he was a newly enlisted recruit. When it was reported that he was a Christian, he boldly confessed Christ; the ruler, hoping that he would repent, gave him time to consider the matter more completely and then give answer. Theodore gave answer by setting fire to the temple of Cybele, the "mother of the gods," and for this he suffered a martyr's death by fire. See also the First Saturday of the Fast.


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Announcements

 

If you have had a change of address or email in the past few months

please contact the office so we can make the proper changes.

732-255-5525 or saintbarbara@stbarbaranj.org

 

 

Internet Broadcasting is available every week to view Liturgy

by logging onto the Church website, Stbarbaranj.org,

and clicking on the Live Services tab at the top of the page.

 Please help contribute towards our Live Internet Broadcast. This ministry provides a live broadcast of all Liturgical Services from Saint Barbara. In order to continue the broadcast we must pay our server $1,000 per year. To contribute, please go to our church website,Stbarbaranj.org click on the Live Broadcast tab and follow the donations link.

Your donations are greatly appreciated!
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DONATIONS FOR SAINT BARBARA FOOD PANTRY

 can be left on the Pantry Table located in the Office Lobby.

 

 Saint Barbara Parish Athletic Center

Billboard Advertising

see flyer for details 

                                                                                                                                                                                    

GOYA ShopRite Gift Card Fundraiser

Purchase Gift Cards & ShopRite will donate 5% to Saint Barbara GOYA

Dollar 4 Dollar ~ Pay $50 get $50 Gift Card; Pay $100 get $100 Gift Card .........

To Place an Order:  Call or Text Helen Stavropoulos, 732 278-1168 or

Stop by the GOYA Table on Sunday to Purchase or Pick-Up Order

                                                                                 

Metropolis of New Jersey Twitter Accout:  #GOMetropolisNJ

 

FOLLOW THE MATINS (OTHROS) SERVICES  Parishioners wishing to follow the Matins (Orthros) service in English and in Greek, please go to the following website and download the service: www.agesinitiatives.com  Feel Free to bring them to services with you.

   

DONATIONS REQUESTED:

ROOF:  Thanks to your generosity we have completed the roofing portion over the offices.  We kindly ask to continue on raising funds for the Hall roof replacement.  Remaining amount to accomplish this is $40,000.00.

 

 

 

 

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


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Wisdom of the Fathers

But if he had despaired of his life, and, ... had remained in the foreign land, he would not have obtained what he did obtain, but would have been consumed with hunger, and so have undergone the most pitiable death: ...
St. John Chrysostom
AN EXHORTATION TO THEODORE AFTER HIS FALL, 4th Century

... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom
AN EXHORTATION TO THEODORE AFTER HIS FALL, 4th Century

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Weekly Calendar

Today~ Sunday, February 16th

Coffee Hour is Sponsored by the

Elikioton Society

Sunday School

 

Monday, February 17th      

 Saint Theodore of Tyre

Orthros: 8am Liturgy: 9am

No Youth Dance

GOYA Dance:  7 pm

 

Tuesday, February 18th  

Greek School:  4:30 pm

Philoptochos Mtg: 6:30pm

 

Wednesday, February 19th  

Kali Parea:  11 am

Greek School:  4:30 pm

 

 

Saturday, February 22nd

1st Saturday of Souls: 8am

 

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Weekly Bulletin Flyer Inserts

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