St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-11-17
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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


Sunday, November 17- 9th Sunday of Luke

Orthros 9:00 AM and Liturgy 10:00 AM
Yianni Koumoudouros- 3 years
Haralabia Koumoudouros- 1 year


Thursday, November 21- Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple
Orthros and Liturgy 9:00 AM

December 8
Manoli Damoulakis- 3 years

December 27
Ioanna Kouliakoudakis- 3 years
Antonia Aliazis- 3 years

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Stewards and Friends of St. George, we need your help!

This year our stewardship and other church income is down more than $60,000 compared to last year. Please help us make up this deficit by increasing your contributions to the tray, candles, and other stewardship contributions. The financial health of our parish is in need and any contribution, small or large, will be greatly help.


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Monday- Adult Greek Dance 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Wednesday and Friday- Greek School 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
Thursday- Greek Bible Study 6:00 PM 

Monday - 4:00pm – 5:00pm- TODDLER (2-4yrs)
Monday - 5:00pm – 6:00pm-PERIFANIA (5-7yrs*)
Monday - 5:00pm – 6:30pm-YITONOPOULA (8-11yrs*)
Wednesday - 6:00pm-7:30pm-ELLINIKI PSIXI (12-17yrs*)
Wednesday - 730pm-9:30pm-VERYINA (18 yrs+*)


All Ministries and Organizations MUST reserve meetings and events on the Church's Master Calendar. Please submit your requests for 2019-2020 as soon as possible. Please submit your requests in writing to the Church Office.

CLICK HERE FOR THE St George Google Calendar

Please submit items for inclusion in the Sunday Bulletin and e-bulletin no later than Wednesday for th following Sunday.

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Please remember that cash offerings, when placed in the pew envelopes with your name, will be credited as part of your stewardship

Please be reminded that the First 7 Spaces (including the blue handicapped space) in front of the Hall of Fame Market and the Church Offices are leased to the Hall of Fame Market.  They are designated by a Green Curb. Our parishioners are respectfully asked not to park in those spaces.

 All blue handicapped spaces are specifically reserved for those vehicles with the proper blue tag issued by the DMV. 


Parish News and Events

Sunday School

 Teachers needed! We are in the process of planning a new exciting year and are needing motivated volunteers who want to engage our youngsters in the faith.

As in the past few years we are asking for people to commit a few Sundays throughout the year. The lesson plans will be provided to you.

Contact Nikki Frousakis at

Sophia's Project

This summer one of our younger parishioners, Sophia Garefis, approached me asking my support for an idea she had- to collect socks.  SOCKS?!?  What a wonderful idea!

This past Christmas our parish adopted a family to bring some Christmas joy to them. On their individual lists each child wanted socks. It was brought to my attention at the Parish Council meeting recently that the number two request of homeless people, other than food, are socks.

We may not be able to change the world but we can make a difference in the lives of others.  I am proud that a younger parishioner wanted to do something for others. I encourage others who have similar ideas to voice them

Please support "Sophia's Project" by bringing socks (preferably new) and placing them in the box located in the Narthex. The more socks we collect, the more comfort we can offer people who need it the most!

Any socks, any color, any size, for adult or children, male or female!

Fr John


The Yianni Project Invites You to "Save The Date"

“Celebrate the New 20's”

Tuesday, December 31, 2019
St. George Community Center
10830 Downey Avenue, Downey

Details to Follow

All Proceeds to benefit “The Yianni Project”


Bake Sale-  Sunday - December 22nd

The St. George Philoptochos will be having their annual Christmas Bake Sale. What a better way to enjoy your Holiday Season than with homemade Greek Pastries.  Pre-packaged kourabiethes, melomakarona & baklava ready to give as a delicious gift or to enjoy them  yourself thoughout the day!

To place your order please contact: Lina Ifantis 562-387-9644

Melomakarona $15 per dozen
Kourabiethes $15 per dozen
Baklava $20 per dozen



The Saint George Philoptochos Society

Would like to invite you to our

Annual Christmas Luncheon & Fashion Show
Winter Wonderland

Sunday- December 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Embassy Suites - Downey

Donation $60.00 ADULTS  /  $45.00 CHILD ( 12 & UNDER)
Proceeds to benefit Kids ’n’ Cancer Program

Thank you for your Continued Support!
For more information or to make reservations contact:
Mrs. Lina Ifantis 562-387-9644 or Mrs. Bessie Bolliger 562-413-512-0562


The Archdiocese of America is implemeting new policies that affect ALL persons involved in youth programs and ministries. These policies include parents within the framework of the youth protection manual. 

Georgia Covell is our Parish Youth Safety Program Administrator. All Teachers, Instructors, Advisors, Chaperones, Clergy and anyone involved in our youth ministry and programs MUST WITHOUT EXCEPTION undergo  the online training and background checks. 

Any person who does NOT complete these required steps by December 31 will not be allowed to continue in these ministries and programs. 



 Archdiocese Unveils New Youth Safety Videos & Resources

NEW YORK The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is announcing a new ten-episode video series introducing the faithful to the new Policies for the Safety of Children and Youth. These new resources also include step-by-step checklists designed to help parishioners and communities follow the new guidelines.

 “The new Policies are an important achievement. Implementing them across our Archdiocese will be a valuable gift we give to our children: the gift of encountering our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in a healthy, Christ-centered environment. This is an significant priority, not just for me, but for all of the faithful of this Archdiocese,” said His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.

 These new Policies will govern all youth ministry programs and events across the Archdiocese. The Policies were endorsed by the Holy Eparchial Synod and unanimously approved by the Archdiocesan Clergy Laity Congress in 2018.

 The Policies themselves, including the videos and checklists mentioned above, can be found at



Join us for and Evening of Fun, Laughter and Dance


Every Monday Eveing
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$ 10.00

St George Multipurpose Room

Parishioner Services

Parishioner Services Chairperson: Sasha Vithoulkas

Cell—(562) 714-5324          Home—(562) 869-3533

 Memorial Services must be booked by calling the office and scheduling the date with Father John.  After Father John approves the date, then arrangements for the event may be made through the Parishioners Services Chairperson  Sasha Vithoulkas. Makaries, Altar- flowers, and koliva please contact Sasha Vithoulkas directly.  

Ladies who wish to make prosfora please contact Soula Katsenes (562) 372-7776.

Use of the hall FOR WHATEVER REASON must be coordinated through the Church Office.


Winter General Assembly

General Assembly Agenda

November 17, 2019- Following the Divine Liturgy

Call to Order- Opening Prayer
Election of General Assembly Chairperson and Recording Secretary
Approval of Minutes of Prior General Assembly
Remarks by Fr. John Constantine
Parish Council President's Report - Sasha Vithoulkas
Treasurer’s Report- Emilio Mariolis
---2019 Financial Condition
---2020 Budget Presentation
Committee Reports
- Audit Committee- 2017-2018
- 2019 Festival Report
- Youth Leadership Committee
- Building and Grounds
- Yianni Project-Building Phase3
Old Business
New Business
- Selection of Audit Committee
- Selection of Election Committee

Nominations for 2020 Parish Council

2019 Parish Council


John Anagnostou
George G Anagnos
Gavril Gabriel
Katerina Nikitaras-Galvez
Greg Giannikopoulos
Emilio Mariolis
Soula Politis
Harold Tseklenis

Georgia Covell
Christina Davilas
Vasili Pollatos
Themy Sparangis
Nicole Vardiabasis
Niki Vasilomanolakis
Sasha Vithoulkas

Nominations for Parish Council and Self-Nomination Forms
due by November 30, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Honor Roll of Stewards 2019

HONOR ROLL OF STEWARDS as of Nov. 15, 2019

- Seraphim -
Pete and Paula Poulis

- Cherubim -
Lela Perris
Vasili and Kiki Pollatos

- Archangels -
Chris and Athansia Angelopoulos
Pete and Demetra Boukis
Elias and Penny Georges
Andrew and Dena Panos
Aris and Rosalinda Sarigianides
Tom and Bobbi Soupos
Themy and Christine Sparangis
Harold and Anna Tseklenis

- Angels -
Angelo and Aristi Anagnos
Penny Anagnos
Dia Andrews
Jim and Constantina Bakolas
Fr John Constantine
David and Georgia Covell
Alice Daglas
Gus and Vasso Georgakopoulos
Panos Kantounias
Dimitri and Megan Karpontinis
Eleni Liakopoulos
Michael and Sophia Malahatis
Emilio and Alice Mariolis
Asad and Loretta Megally
Jimmy and Tina Papantonopoulos
Vasso Papantonopoulos
Tom Pazouros
Spiro and Assal Politis
Perry and Melina Roumbos
Aleka Sarigianides
Andy and Leslie Sehremelis
Pete and Maria Tsimaranes
Kosta and Ioanna Vovos
Tom and Asimo Yortzidis

- Guardians -
Steve and Tanya Coster
Vasso Fischer
Gus and Vicky Frousakis
John and Elpida Giannikopoulos
Bessie Gonos
George and Eleni Hioureas
Nick and Georgia Kades
John and Sophia Karpontinis
Sabrina Karpontinis
Nick and Mary Kezios
William and Maria Kladis
John and Veni Politis
Dimitrios and Eleftheria Ragias
Demos and Nicole Vardiabasis

- Protectors -
Charles and Ada Abifarah
Angelo J. Anagnos
George G. Anagnos
John and Maria Anagnos
Toula Anagnos
Alex and Kiki Andrews
Fotios and Anastasia Anton
George and Christina Bakis
Mareno Bikouvaris
Michael and Bessie Bolliger
Lou and Vickie Chelekis
Pete and Katerina Christidis
Aroxi Damoulakis
Christina Davilas
Jim and Demetra Davilas
Dwayne and Kathren Davis
John and April Dimitropoulos
Panos and Leta Dimitropoulos
Bill and Kristina Dimopoulos
Nick and Chrisoula Dimopoulos
Esmini Dritsopoulos
Frank and Georgia Fotinatos
Makis and Dimitra Fotinatos
Christine Foutris
Eleni Frousakis
Gavril and Michelle Gabriel
Vasili and Eleni Gatsios
Michael and Phylio Gavriiloglou
Gregory and Katerina Giannikopoulos
Marianthe Haleplidis
Andreas and Lina Ifantis
Nick and Anastasia Ioannidis
Ria Ioannidis
Charalambos and Akrivi Kalaitzidis
Maria Kantounias
Paul Kantounias
Nick and Alexia Kapetanios
George and Michelle Karpontinis
Soula Katsenes
Joyce Kokkinides
Nick and Cathy Kokkinos
Costa and Tina Koumoudouros
George Koumoudouros
Dimitri Krokidas
Steven and Lizette Kuyper
Tom and Dimitra Liakopoulos
John and Marilyn Livanis
Orsa Modica
Haik and Dimitra Ohanian
John and Joanna Papachristos
Andreas Papadimitropoulos
Vasso Papadimitropoulos
Bobby and Nikki Papoulias
Chris and Soula Parlavantzas
Bobby Patsios
Pitsa Paziouros
Pietro and Georgia Piumetti
Joanna Pieratos
Savvas and Toula Politis
Archie and Georgia Posada
Pete and Maria Ragias
Jovani and Crystal Rioja
Helene Sparangis
Jimmy and Effie Spathopoulos
Vickie Spiropoulos
Gregory and Sophia Stavrakis
Georgia Strates
Steve and Mary Ann Tassos
Vasili and Bessie Tomaras
Mike and Nikki Vasilomanolakis
Dimitri and Penny Viladeris
George and Sasha Vithoulkas
Nick and Nicki Vitogiannis
Lambrini Zinelis
Stamatis and Georgia Zoumberakis

- Faithful -
Constance Alavizos
Jason and Shirley Alavizos
John and Nikolina Anagnostou
Gus and Patty Angelopoulos
Niki Bakolas
Dina Cancilla
Jacob Damoulakis
John Damoulakis
George Gabriel
Miguel and Katerina Galvez
Nikos and Georgia Garefis
Ellie Hasir
Athena Ikonomou
Constantina Ikonomou
Kosta and Tiffany Kalaitzidis
Hector and Argie Karpontinis
George and Vasiliki Koffas
Morfi Kokkinides
George and Vickie Kosmitis
Dimitra Mariolis
Tom and Vickie Papoulias
Nick and Mary Politis
Frederick Schumacher
Despina Sehremelis
Jimmy and Dorally Spiropoulos
Nick Sotiropoulos
Maria Triantafelles
Aliki Vithoulkas
Dimitri Vithoulkas
Dan and Niki Voit
George and Mary Zoumberakis

$6,000- $10,000
$3,500- $5,999
$2,000- $3,499
$1,000- $1,999
$ 600- $999
$250- $599
less than $250

Uniform Parish Regulations

Article 31: Parish Assemblies

Section 3: A Parish Assembly consists of parishioners in good standing of the Parish who have met their stewardship obligations to the Parish in accordance with the Parish Bylaws. A person whose name appears on the Stewardship rolls but who is in arrears in the payment of his/her stewardship obligations may take part in the Parish Assembly by meeting such stewardship obligations on or before the date of the meeting. If a Parishioner is delinquent for more than the current calendar year, he or she may vote at the Parish Assembly only after that parishioner has met the unfulfilled stewardship financial obligations at least thirty (30) days before the Parish Assembly. New parishioners may exercise their vote at Parish Assemblies if they have been parishioners in good standing for at least three months. The Priest shall be a non-voting participant of the Parish Assembly.

Section 4: The quorum for a Parish Assembly under local By-laws shall be as high as possible in such number of parishioners in good standing as its By-laws may determine. If a quorum cannot be achieved, no vote can be taken. If a quorum is not present, the Parish Assembly shall be called a second time within twenty-one (21) days. At such time, decisions may be taken by the number of parishioners in good standing present, with the exception of matters pertaining to the purchase, sale or encumbering of Parish property, in which case a quorum of parishioners in good standing shall be required.


Saints and Feasts

November 21

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

According to the tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was brought to the Temple at three years of age, where she was consecrated to God and spent her days until she was fourteen or fifteen years old; and then, as a mature maiden, by the common counsel of the priests (since her parents had reposed some three years before), she was betrothed to Joseph.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead, and he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" So, the word went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die; but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 21:14-25

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐφανερώθη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ἐγερθεὶς ἐκ νεκρῶν, καὶ λέγει τῷ Σίμωνι Πέτρῳ· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, ἀγαπᾷς με πλεῖον τούτων; λέγει αὐτῷ· ναί, Κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· βόσκε τὰ ἀρνία μου. λέγει αὐτῷ πάλιν δεύτερον· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, ἀγαπᾷς με; λέγει αὐτῷ· ναί, Κύριε, σὺ οἶδας ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ· ποίμαινε τὰ πρόβατά μου. λέγει αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον· Σίμων ᾿Ιωνᾶ, φιλεῖς με; ἐλυπήθη ὁ Πέτρος ὅτι εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ τρίτον, φιλεῖς με, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Κύριε, σὺ πάντα οἶδας, σὺ γινώσκεις ὅτι φιλῶ σε. λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· βόσκε τὰ πρόβατά μου. ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω σοι, ὅτε ἦς νεώτερος, ἐζώννυες σεαυτὸν καὶ περιεπάτεις ὅπου ἤθελες· ὅταν δὲ γηράσῃς, ἐκτενεῖς τὰς χεῖράς σου, καὶ ἄλλος σε ζώσει, καὶ οἴσει ὅπου οὐ θέλεις. τοῦτο δὲ εἶπε σημαίνων ποίῳ θανάτῳ δοξάσει τὸν Θεόν. καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν λέγει αὐτῷ· ἀκολούθει μοι. ἐπιστραφεὶς δὲ ὁ Πέτρος βλέπει τὸν μαθητὴν ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἀκολουθοῦντα, ὃς καὶ ἀνέπεσεν ἐν τῷ δείπνῳ ἐπὶ τὸ στῆθος αὐτοῦ καὶ εἶπε· Κύριε, τίς ἐστιν ὁ παραδιδούς σε; τοῦτον ἰδὼν ὁ Πέτρος λέγει τῷ ᾿Ιησοῦ· Κύριε, οὗτος δὲ τί; λέγει αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἐὰν αὐτὸν θέλω μένειν ἕως ἔρχομαι, τί πρὸς σέ; σὺ ἀκολούθει μοι. ἐξῆλθεν οὖν ὁ λόγος οὗτος εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ὅτι ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος οὐκ ἀποθνήσκει· καὶ οὐκ εἶπεν αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι οὐκ ἀποθνήσκει, ἀλλ᾽ ἐὰν αὐτὸν θέλω μένειν ἕως ἔρχομαι, τί πρὸς σέ; Οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ μαθητὴς ὁ μαρτυρῶν περὶ τούτων καὶ γράψας ταῦτα, καὶ οἴδαμεν ὅτι ἀληθής ἐστιν ἡ μαρτυρία αὐτοῦ. ἔστι δὲ καὶ ἄλλα πολλὰ ὅσα ἐποίησεν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, ἅτινα ἐὰν γράφηται καθ᾽ ἕν, οὐδὲ αὐτὸν οἶμαι τὸν κόσμον χωρῆσαι τὰ γραφόμενα βιβλία. ἀμήν.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Plagal First Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 11.7,1.
Σὺ Κύριε, φυλάξαις ἡμᾶς καὶ διατηρήσαις ἡμᾶς.
Στίχ. Σῶσον με, Κύριε, ὅτι ἐκλέλοιπεν ὅσιος.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 6:11-18.

Ἀδελφοί, ἴδετε πηλίκοις ὑμῖν γράμμασιν ἔγραψα τῇ ἐμῇ χειρί. Ὅσοι θέλουσιν εὐπροσωπῆσαι ἐν σαρκί, οὗτοι ἀναγκάζουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, μόνον ἵνα μὴ τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ Χριστοῦ διώκωνται. Οὐδὲ γὰρ οἱ περιτετμημένοι αὐτοὶ νόμον φυλάσσουσιν, ἀλλὰ θέλουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, ἵνα ἐν τῇ ὑμετέρᾳ σαρκὶ καυχήσωνται. Ἐμοὶ δὲ μὴ γένοιτο καυχᾶσθαι εἰ μὴ ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ· διʼ οὗ ἐμοὶ κόσμος ἐσταύρωται, κἀγὼ τῷ κόσμῳ. Ἐν γὰρ Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ οὔτε περιτομή τι ἰσχύει, οὔτε ἀκροβυστία, ἀλλὰ καινὴ κτίσις. Καὶ ὅσοι τῷ κανόνι τούτῳ στοιχήσουσιν, εἰρήνη ἐπʼ αὐτούς, καὶ ἔλεος, καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ θεοῦ. Τοῦ λοιποῦ, κόπους μοι μηδεὶς παρεχέτω· ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν, ἀδελφοί. Ἀμήν.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

9th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 12:16-21

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἀνθρώπου τινὸς πλουσίου εὐφόρησεν ἡ χώρα· καὶ διελογίζετο ἐν ἑαυτῷ λέγων· τί ποιήσω, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχω ποῦ συνάξω τοὺς καρπούς μου; καὶ εἶπε· τοῦτο ποιήσω· καθελῶ μου τὰς ἀποθήκας καὶ μείζονας οἰκοδομήσω, καὶ συνάξω ἐκεῖ πάντα τὰ γενήματά μου καὶ τὰ ἀγαθά μου, καὶ ἐρῶ τῇ ψυχῇ μου· ψυχή, ἔχεις πολλὰ ἀγαθὰ κείμενα εἰς ἔτη πολλά· ἀναπαύου, φάγε, πίε, εὐφραίνου. εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ Θεός· ἄφρον, ταύτῃ τῇ νυκτὶ τὴν ψυχήν σου ἀπαιτοῦσιν ἀπὸ σοῦ· ἃ δὲ ἡτοίμασας τίνι ἔσται; οὕτως ὁ θησαυρίζων ἑαυτῷ, καὶ μὴ εἰς Θεὸν πλουτῶν.