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St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-08-02
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (562) 862-6461
  • Fax:
  • (562) 862-2672
  • Street Address:

  • 10830 Downey Avenue

  • Downey, CA 90241
  • Mailing Address:

  • 10830 Downey Avenue

  • Downey, CA 90241


Services Schedule

SUNDAYS Orthros at 9:00 AM; Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

WEEKDAY LITURGIES Orthros at 9:00 AM; Divine Liturgy 9:30 AM

 

Mission Statement

The Mission of Saint George Greek Orthodox Church is to proclaim and teach the Mystery of Salvation and the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; to enhance the spiritual life of our communicants through participation in the fullness of Orthodox worship, through loving and dedicated service to God and to mankind.

Vision Statement

Saint George will provide a welcoming, loving, and caring environment for our parishioners and visitors where our God - given talents will be allowed to flourish and grow in faith, through worship, service, witness and fellowship. The programs offered by Saint George will serve the religious, educational, cultural, philanthropic and social activities of the community of all ages.


Past Bulletins


This Week at Saint George

My dear Parishioners of Saint George,

As Los Angeles County is still on the State's Watch list Saint George will continue to be closed for in-person services. We still rely on the live streaming to bring the message of love and hope that is found in our Lord Jesus Christ to you. 

We do know that we must continue our individual actions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus: Wash or sanitize your hands, wear a mask and social distance wherever you go. Those three simple but vita;actions cut down the risk of infection significantly.

We are constantly monitoring the state and local numbers of cases and other metrics as well as health department directives.

As soon as we are given the "green light" we will again see you in Church. 

Fr John Constantine 

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Live-Streamed Services on Facebook and YouTube

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 2020- 8th Sunday of Matthew
Orthros- 9:45 AM (In Progress); Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020- PARAKLESIS
6:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2020- GREAT VESPERS OF TRANSFIGURATION
6:00 PM

THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2020- FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
9:45 AM Orthros (In Progress)-  Divine Liturgy- 10:00 AM

 

 

 

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Messages of Hope and Wisdom

My Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” I Corinthians 16:13

Week after week as we monitored the progress of our parishes re-opening for worship, even on a limited basis, my heart was filled with joy that these small steps were leading us on a gradual path towards the restoration of parish life. With 67 churches in our Metropolis, it has been a challenge to monitor the ups and downs of each municipality as the tracking of the COVID-19 pandemic would influence which parishes could open their doors for Divine Services.

Two weeks ago, nearly 80% of our parishes were open to some extent. As the virus would surge in certain areas, there were new mandates that forced the closure of many parishes, relegating several of them to revert back to online services only, or requiring outdoor services with limited seating. I know this has brought great disappointment to many of our clergy and faithful. I also recognize there are still communities in certain parts of our Metropolis that are anxiously awaiting the doors of their parishes to open after four months of virtual worship.

Please know that I would like nothing more than our churches to be full, but at the present time, this is not possible. But that does not mean our faith should be diminished. Our faith is not just confined to the wall of our parishes. Rather, it is something that fills your heart and soul, and permeates every aspect of your life. Your faith in God and your belief in Him should guide your every step each and every day. I am grateful for your patience and understanding, and I continue to pray daily for the safekeeping of you and your loved ones.

During these challenging times, I have also had the opportunity to communicate with my fellow Pan-Orthodox hierarchs on numerous occasions. Because of our shared love and concern for the flocks entrusted to our care, we communicated directly with San Francisco Mayor London Breed and County Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón. The ongoing restrictions in the bay area motivated us to raise our collective voices, so we sent a letter requesting consideration for the need to prioritize the reopening of churches for in-person worship. This also led to a lengthy video conference with Mayor Breed along with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. The Mayor was sympathetic to our plea, but within a short time following our meeting, California Governor Gavin Newsom closed many of our counties for indoor worship services due to the rise in COVID-19 cases.

The COVID-19 Support Team that was formed by the Metropolis over three months ago continues to meet weekly for the development of resources and to serve as a guide for the ongoing challenges of re-opening our parishes. We also continue to share important information with our clergy and parish leadership to assist with financial management, stewardship and fundraising, not to mention our ongoing expanded ministries which have smoothly transitioned to online programs.

As these continue to be tenuous times with the uncertainty of the trajectory of the pandemic, please continue to beseech the Lord’s blessings upon all those who are caring for the ill, those on the front lines, and all those who are diligently researching to find a cure for this virus. We owe these dedicated workers our sincere thanks for all they are doing for our protection.

I pray that someday soon I may share with you that our all parishes are open. While that would be a joyous occasion, we already have heard the most joyful news of all, that Jesus Christ humbled himself to come down to earth, to preach the Gospel of love, to be handed over to death on the Cross, and to rise on the Third Day so that we might have eternal life in Him.

Stay healthy. Stay strong. Stay faithful. God is with you always!

With Love in Christ,
+ G E R A S I M O S
Metropolitan of San Francisco

 

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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
August 04

Seven Holy Youths of Ephesus

The Seven Youths hid themselves in a certain cave near Ephesus in the year 250, to escape the persecution of Decius. By divine grace, a sleep came upon them and they slept for 184 years, until the reign of Saint Theodosius the Younger, when the doctrine of the resurrection was being assailed by heretics. They then awoke, that is, were resurrected, confirming in the sight of all the bodily resurrection; and again after a short time, by divine command, they reposed in the Lord in the year 434.


Transfiguration
August 06

Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Our Lord had spoken to His disciples many times not only concerning His Passion, Cross, and Death, but also concerning the coming persecutions and afflictions that they themselves would endure. Since all these evils were near at hand, but the enjoyment of good things which they hoped to receive in their stead was yet to come, our Savior desired to give them full assurance, evidently and openly, concerning that glory which is prepared for those who endure to the end. Therefore, fulfilling that which He had promised shortly before, that "there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom" (Matt. 16:28), He took His three foremost disciples and ascended Mount Tabor, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light. Suddenly, together with this dread and marvelous effulgence of light, there appeared those pinnacles of the Prophets, Moses and Elias, who spoke with the Lord Jesus concerning His saving Passion which was about to take place. Standing before Him as reverent servants, they showed that He is the Lord of both the living and the dead, for Moses came forth from Hades, having died many centuries before, and Elias, as it were from heaven, whither he had been taken up while yet alive. After a little while a radiant cloud overshadowed them and out of the cloud they heard that same voice which had been heard at the Jordan at the Baptism of Christ, testifying to the Divinity of Jesus and saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased; hear ye Him" (Matt. 17: 5).

Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast, which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying: "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun" (Matt. 13:43). It is because of this that the Kontakion of this Feast is said daily (when there is not a great feast) in the Service of the Typica in perpetual commemoration of the glory that will be the lot of the Saints. According to tradition, the Lord's Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.


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Hagia Sophia

Call to Action

My dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint George,

The distressing news from Turkey of the impending transformation of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a functioning mosque has been met with widespread condemnation throughout the world. An UNESCO World Heritage site, this magnificent architectural miracle has withstood the test of time, natural calamity and the ever changing fortunes of human history. From Emperor Justinian to the latest pilgrim today who enters this magnificent structure cannot be awed and moved by man’s God-given gifts to erect such a monument to the Glory of God.

Centuries ago, the Ottomans plastered the valuable mosaics as they were not compatible with Muslim worship space. In doing so they inadvertently preserved the Christian religious and cultural aspects of the building and is now accessible by millions of visitors per year. Having been in Hagia Sophia this past October with Fr Gary Kyriacou and a group of pilgrims, I remarked that the Cross of Christ could never be obliterated as you could clearly see the outline of the cross on the doors as well as the crosses coming through the plaster in the ceilings.

For us as Orthodox Christians, Hagia Sophia was, is and always will be the Great Church of Christ.  As such we cannot but be saddened by its reconversion into a functioning Mosque.  

This past weekend, the Metropolis sent out a “Call to Action” to our Faithful to protest this action by the Turkish government, urge them to reconsider their decision and to maintain Hagia Sophia as a museum where all people of the world may see the Glory of God and man’s ingenuity.

I strongly urge you, dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, to help spread the word of this “Call to Action” to your family members and all your friends by all means possible including social media.  You are encouraged to do the following:

  1. Share the information from the Metropolis website on Hagia Sophia with your friends. Educate them on the importance of Agia Sophia to Orthodoxy.
  2. Share the link to our change.org petition. The more signatures we get, the more attention we can bring to this issue.  Encourage your friends and  young people to spread the word of this petition via social media
  3. Write your elected officials (sample letter attached) in the Senate and House of Representatives.   

We take these actions in order that the Jewel of Orthodox Christianity may remain accessible to all men and women of good will irrespective of creed or nationality.

Praying for the intercessions of the Most Holy Mother of God, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, the Champion of the Queen City, I remain

 With brotherly love in Christ,

The Very Rev. Archimandrite John E. Constantine


Encyclical of Holy Eparchial Synod

ENCYCLICAL

THE HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD

“And Let Our Cry Come Unto Thee”

Sunday, July 19, 2020

To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Again and most fervently, the Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, write to you with urgency, determination, and great faith; for we have heard your cries of anguish and pain over the seizure of the Great Church of Holy Wisdom, our Ἁγία Σοφία. We know that your hearts are broken and, for you as well as our Ἁγία Σοφία, we have spoken out and will continue to do so “in season and out of season,” (εὐκαίρως ἀκαίρως, II Timothy 4:2), and we will not relent in our pursuit of justice and righteousness.

Therefore, knowing that on Friday, July 24th, there will be an ‘inauguration’ of this program of cultural and spiritual misappropriation and a violation of all standards of religious harmony and mutual respect, we call upon all the beloved faithful of our Holy Archdiocese to observe this day as a day of mourning and of manifest grief. We urge you to invite your fellow Orthodox Christians and indeed all Christians and people of goodwill to share in the following observances.

We ask that every Church toll its bells in lamentation on this day. We call for every flag of every kind that is raised on the Church property be lowered to half-mast on this day. And we enjoin every Church in our Holy Archdiocese to chant the Akathist Hymn in the evening of this day, just as we chant it on the Fifth Friday of the Great and Holy Fast.

Let us, in this time of grief and mourning, appeal to the Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. She is the “only Hope of the hopeless” (Ἡ τῶν ἀπελπισμένων μόνη Ἐλπίς), and as we chant to Her in the Akathist, “the Repository of the Wisdom of God, the Treasury of His Foreknowledge” (Σοφίας Θεοῦ Δοχεῖον, Προνοίας Αὐτοῦ Ταμεῖον, οἶκος Ρ).

Therefore, with complete faith in the Foreknowledge of our Trinitarian God, and in the Divine Plan for our salvation (oἰκονομία), we entrust the future of our beloved Ἁγία Σοφία to His Wisdom, and we supplicate She who is the very Treasury of that Knowledge and the Repository of that Wisdom to intercede for us, to comfort us, to give us Her strength, and to manifest to us Her counsel, that we may ever do and say that which is pleasing in the sight and in the hearing of Her Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father, Who together with the Holy Spirit is worshipped One God, unto the ages of ages. Amen!

With paternal love in our Lord Jesus Christ,

† ELPIDOPHOROS, Archbishop of America

Metropolitan Methodios of Boston

Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta

Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit

Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh

Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco

Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey

Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eighth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:11-18

At that time, Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." Saying this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom do you seek?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God." Mary Magdalene went and said to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"; and she told them that He had said these things to her.

Eighth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 20:11-18

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, Μαρία δὲ εἱστήκει πρὸς τῷ μνημείῳ κλαίουσα ἔξω. ὡς οὖν ἔκλαιε, παρέκυψεν εἰς τὸ μνημεῖον καὶ θεωρεῖ δύο ἀγγέλους ἐν λευκοῖς καθεζομένους, ἕνα πρὸς τῇ κεφαλῇ καὶ ἕνα πρὸς τοῖς ποσίν, ὅπου ἔκειτο τὸ σῶμα τοῦ ᾿Ιησοῦ. καὶ λέγουσιν αὐτῇ ἐκεῖνοι· γύναι, τί κλαίεις; λέγει αὐτοῖς· ὅτι ἦραν τὸν Κύριόν μου, καὶ οὐκ οἶδα ποῦ ἔθηκαν αὐτόν. καὶ ταῦτα εἰποῦσα ἐστράφη εἰς τὰ ὀπίσω, καὶ θεωρεῖ τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν ἑστῶτα, καὶ οὐκ ᾔδει ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐστι. λέγει αὐτῇ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· γύναι, τί κλαίεις; τίνα ζητεῖς; ἐκείνη δοκοῦσα ὅτι ὁ κηπουρός ἐστι, λέγει αὐτῷ· κύριε, εἰ σὺ ἐβάστασας αὐτόν, εἰπέ μοι ποῦ ἔθηκας αὐτόν, κἀγὼ αὐτὸν ἀρῶ. λέγει αὐτῇ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· Μαρία. στραφεῖσα ἐκείνη λέγει αὐτῷ· ῥαββουνί, ὃ λέγεται, διδάσκαλε. λέγει αὐτῇ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· μή μου ἅπτου· οὔπω γὰρ ἀναβέβηκα πρὸς τὸν πατέρα μου· πορεύου δὲ πρὸς τοὺς ἀδελφούς μου καὶ εἰπὲ αὐτοῖς· ἀναβαίνω πρὸς τὸν πατέρα μου καὶ πατέρα ὑμῶν, καὶ Θεόν μου καὶ Θεὸν ὑμῶν. ἔρχεται Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ ἀπαγγέλλουσα τοῖς μαθηταῖς ὅτι ἑώρακε τὸν Κύριον, καὶ ταῦτα εἶπεν αὐτῇ.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17.

Brethren, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 28.11,1.
Κύριος ἰσχὺν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ δώσει.
Στίχ. Ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ υἱοὶ Θεοῦ, ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ δόξαν καὶ τιμήν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 1:10-17.

Ἀδελφοί, παρακαλῶ δὲ ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, διὰ τοῦ ὀνόματος τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, ἵνα τὸ αὐτὸ λέγητε πάντες, καὶ μὴ ᾖ ἐν ὑμῖν σχίσματα, ἦτε δὲ κατηρτισμένοι ἐν τῷ αὐτῷ νοῒ καὶ ἐν τῇ αὐτῇ γνώμῃ. Ἐδηλώθη γάρ μοι περὶ ὑμῶν, ἀδελφοί μου, ὑπὸ τῶν Χλόης, ὅτι ἔριδες ἐν ὑμῖν εἰσιν. Λέγω δὲ τοῦτο, ὅτι ἕκαστος ὑμῶν λέγει, Ἐγὼ μέν εἰμι Παύλου, Ἐγὼ δὲ Ἀπολλώ, Ἐγὼ δὲ Κηφᾶ, Ἐγὼ δὲ Χριστοῦ. Μεμέρισται ὁ Χριστός; Μὴ Παῦλος ἐσταυρώθη ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν, ἢ εἰς τὸ ὄνομα Παύλου ἐβαπτίσθητε; Εὐχαριστῶ τῷ θεῷ ὅτι οὐδένα ὑμῶν ἐβάπτισα, εἰ μὴ Κρίσπον καὶ Γάϊον· ἵνα μή τις εἴπῃ ὅτι εἰς τὸ ἐμὸν ὄνομα ἐβάπτισα. Ἐβάπτισα δὲ καὶ τὸν Στεφανᾶ οἶκον· λοιπὸν οὐκ οἶδα εἴ τινα ἄλλον ἐβάπτισα. Οὐ γὰρ ἀπέστειλέν με Χριστὸς βαπτίζειν, ἀλλʼ εὐαγγελίζεσθαι· οὐκ ἐν σοφίᾳ λόγου, ἵνα μὴ κενωθῇ ὁ σταυρὸς τοῦ Χριστοῦ.


Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:14-22

At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.

8th Sunday of Matthew
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 14:14-22

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐξελθὼν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶδε πολὺν ὄχλον, καὶ ἐσπλαγχνίσθη ἐπ᾿ αὐτοῖς καὶ ἐθεράπευσε τοὺς ἀρρώστους αὐτῶν. ὀψίας δὲ γενομένης προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ λέγοντες· ἔρημός ἐστιν ὁ τόπος καὶ ἡ ὥρα ἤδη παρῆλθεν· ἀπόλυσον τοὺς ὄχλους, ἵνα ἀπελθόντες εἰς τὰς κώμας ἀγοράσωσιν ἑαυτοῖς βρώματα. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν ἀπελθεῖν· δότε αὐτοῖς ὑμεῖς φαγεῖν. οἱ δὲ λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· οὐκ ἔχομεν ὧδε εἰ μὴ πέντε ἄρτους καὶ δύο ἰχθύας. ὁ δὲ εἶπε· φέρετέ μοι αὐτοὺς ὧδε. καὶ κελεύσας τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνακλιθῆναι ἐπὶ τοὺς χόρτους, λαβὼν τοὺς πέντε ἄρτους καὶ τοὺς δύο ἰχθύας, ἀναβλέψας εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εὐλόγησε, καὶ κλάσας ἔδωκε τοῖς μαθηταῖς τοὺς ἄρτους, οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ τοῖς ὄχλοις. καὶ ἔφαγον πάντες καὶ ἐχορτάσθησαν, καὶ ἦραν τὸ περισσεῦον τῶν κλασμάτων δώδεκα κοφίνους πλήρεις. οἱ δὲ ἐσθίοντες ἦσαν ἄνδρες ὡσεὶ πεντακισχίλιοι χωρὶς γυναικῶν καὶ παιδίων. Καὶ εὐθέως ἠνάγκασεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ἐμβῆναι εἰς τὸ πλοῖον καὶ προάγειν αὐτὸν εἰς τὸ πέραν, ἕως οὗ ἀπολύσῃ τοὺς ὄχλους.


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