St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-04-17
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St. George Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Fax:
  • (661) 325-8694
  • Street Address:

  • 401 Truxtun Avenue

  • Bakersfield, CA 93301-5315

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Orthros - 8:30 a.m.

Divine Liturgy - 9:30 a.m.


Evening Vespers - 6:00 p.m.


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St. George News and Events

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There are several inserts at the end of this bulletin, please scroll to the end when done reading and look at all the inserts.There is more info on those inserts thruout the bulletin.
If you don't YOU will miss out.
In Christ,
editor, Demetris <-- Click here to send your questions via email to

Or See me after church, I'll help you!

General Announcements:



Communion order will be as follows:
Sunday school staff, children and choir will receive communion FIRST.

Then depart to the Sunday school building immediately following receiving communion.
Youth group will make Palm crosses on Saturday April 16th immediately after The Divine Liturgy: Saturday of Lazarus. All are welcome to help!
There will be a Festival meeting May 1st after Divine Liturgy, all are welcome!



Saturday, April 16             Divine Liturgy - Saturday of Lazarus                      9:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 17                Palm Sunday and blessing of the Palms                 9:30 a.m.        

Holy Sunday (April 17)        Bridegroom Service                                              6:00 p.m.

Holy Monday (April 18)        Bridegroom Service                                             6:00 p.m.

Holy Tuesday (April 19)       Bridegroom Service with Hymn of Kassiani             6:00 p.m.

Holy Wednesday (April 20)  Presanctified Liturgy                                             9:00 a.m.

                                            Sacrament of Holy Unction                                   6:00 p.m.

Holy Thursday (April 21)      Vesperal Divine Liturgy - Last Supper                    9:00 a.m.

                                            Passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ           6:00 p.m.

Holy Friday (April 22)           Royal Hours and decoration of the Tomb of Christ   9:00 a.m.

                                            Great Vespers (Removal of Christ from the Cross)   3:00 p.m.        

                                            Lamentations—Procession with the Epitaphios)       6:00 p.m.

Holy Saturday (April 23)      Divine Liturgy                                                       9:00 a.m.

Great and Holy Pascha- Resurrection Service       11:15 p.m.                                                                                                      

Easter Sunday (April 24)      Agape Vespers Service  (in Church)                        12:00 p.m.

Easter Picnic (Hellenic Park)                                      1:00 p.m.

Monday, April 25                   Divine Liturgy – St. George the Trophy Bearer         9:00 am

From His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos <-- click to see video & read his letter
The choir would like to thank the family of Helen Lyendecker for graciously donating funds to us so we could purchase new choir robes.
May her memory be eternal!
 Thank you to all who donated the 700 eggs for the picnic egg hunt.
They were ALL purchased at Amazon, which means, St. George got a percentage of those purchases, thank you! (See below how you too can use Amazon for our parish).
Now we need candies & toys to stuff those eggs.
Anyone who can donate candy & toys for the eggs, please inform Namaz or email me here at
We also need 'real' eggs, uncooked, for the famous egg toss and don't forget, last year's winner to bring the trophey.
We'll also need volunteers the day of, to help with hidding the eggs & assisting in the hunt, and for people to help with our famous egg toss contest.
Again, if you can help in any way, please inform Namaz or myselft here at
Join us for Easter Picnic, April 24!
Agape service will be in church at 12 noon and picnic afterwards.
See flyer at end of this bulletin
2022 Easter picnic


The Christian Education Ministry and the Office of Youth and
Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco
are excited to announce the 2022 Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

 This program provides a valuable educational opportunity for youth to express their faith, gain important skills in public speaking, and to deepen their knowledge about theology and its application in our world today.

• District Festivals throughout the Metropolis in April
• Metropolis Festival – Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center
See flyer at the end of this bulletin


 The Philoptochos would like to thank everyone who donated towards our Holy Cross Candle Fundraiser. Our chapter/church will be sending $1000 to Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline Massachusetts to help our future seminarians. May God continue to guide all of us.

Greek Nights
Get your tickets now (only 50 left) for our Greek Night Under the Stars Dinner/Dance to be held on Saturday, May 21st beginning at 6pm. Adult Tickets are $40, Children 12 & Under $20, and Children 5 & Under are Free. Please make your reservations early and pay before the event. There are a limited number of tickets available. Ticket sales will be every Sunday in the Hellenic Hall after Divine Liturgy (except Palm Sunday and Easter) until May 15th or when we run out of tickets.
Music will be provided by DJ Peter Loukatos from Los Angeles and he will play Greek, Arabic and American Music.
Your ticket provides you access to flavorful appetizers, a delicious Greek dinner and desserts, one ticket to our No Host Bar for a glass of wine, beer or a soda (water and coffee will be provided) and all the non-stop dancing you want!
Please plan on joining our church community this evening and help us raise money for our philanthropic causes.
Mediterranean Food Festival
By the Antiochian Orthodox Church
Held at the Hellenic Park
See flyer at the end of this bulletin
Sunday regular schedule will be,
Orthros at 8:30am and Divine Liturgy at 9:30am.
Services for Lent are as follows:
Friday mornings 9am Presanctified Liturgy.
Fridays evenings 6pm Salutations.


Job Opening - Parish Secretary

Email your resume to
We currently do not have a secretary.

 Until further notice you will not see a calendar at the end of the bulletin.

We are updating it and will keep you posted.



Open every Sunday following divine litturgy and by appointment, by calling 661.342.2407
Seasonal specials, lenten related items 10% off thru Pascha.
Special orders available.

ALL are welcome, stop by, check out the variety of gifts, books & icons.

Senior Zoomers
Our 55 and over group, self named The Senior Zoomers, meets Wednesdays at 11:00am on Zoom. 
Join us for good conversation and activity planning during our weekly meetings.  To join us click the follow link, or go to and enter the meeting ID and passcode located below.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 889 9047 4592
Passcode: 078537 
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128
Morning Bible Study
Meet with Fr. Jim Pappas Thursdays at 9:30am on ZOOM for Morning Bible Study.  We look forward to studying God’s word together.
Meeting ID: 814 2559 2675
Passcode: 730910
By Phone Dial: (669)900-9128


 There is a catechumen meeting every other Sunday starting Feb. 27. immediately after Sunday services.




Shop on Amazon


If you DO, you can help your parish by assigning St. George as your charity and Amazon will donate to St. George with each purchase you make at NO cost to you!


Here's how.... (if you don't understand or need help, email (click/tap) --> Demetri

 Support St. George by using the Amazon Smile program when shopping on Amazon.
You still get the same Amazon selection, and the same Amazon prices.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to our parish at ZERO COST TO  YOU.

 Thank you for your support of our parish!
God Bless you and keep you! 

 Here's how to shop AmazonSmile:

 1. Visit

 2. Sign in with your credentials

 3. Choose a charitable organization to receive donations, or search for the charity of your choice
     (if you wish to donate to our parish, search "st george bakersfield" exactly like that without the quotes). 

 4. Select your charity

 4. Start shopping!

 5. Add a bookmark for to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.
You MUST shop at not the, same site, but does not give to St. George, the has been setup specificaly for donating to your charity, same site, same selection, same prices.


Prayer app

"Every Christian, without exception, ought to dwell always in prayer." 
                      - St. Gregory Palamas

Prayer is a human need.

We’re all searching to fill the void left by a God-denying culture like the one we live in. And we look in so many different places. But nothing can fill that void like Christ.

And where do we meet Him?

In prayer.
The Challenge 
For so many of us, we want to mature in our prayer lives, and we know faith can only be grown if we pray. But we don’t know where to begin.
The Solution
The Encounter: The Common Discipline of the Fellowship of St. Philip the Evangelist is a comprehensive initiative that will help you not only grow in your personal daily prayer discipline, but also, will connect you to a fellowship of other Christians that are praying with you daily.

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Participating is easy 

1. Choose how you want to participate in The Encounter.
Are you a digital person? Download our free app to your favorite device. Just type in Faithtree Resources in the Apple or Google App Stores or click one of the buttons below to download The Encounter. Prefer to hold a physical prayer book in your hand? It's coming soon! You'll find them in just a few weeks on our website: 

2. Commit to praying the 3 short prayer sessions each day.
Each session is less than ten minutes, many less than five. The impact on your calendar is small, but the benefit of daily prayer is extraordinary. 

3. Explore!
The Encounter app has a variety of other resources to help you grow in prayer. With a growing library of prayers for specific occasions, short articles to help you understand more about prayer, hymns of the Church to help you focus, and opportunities to pray for every Orthodox jurisdiction, our parishes, hierarchs, clergy and more, you will never weary of drawing closer to the living God through prayer!

Without prayer, our spirit shrivels, our hope fades, and our joy diminishes. With prayer, our soul quickens, our vision clarifies, and our Christian life is fulfilled. 

Join the fellowship of believers who use The Encounter to pray the beautiful prayers of the Church every day.

Let us pray to the Lord!

DOWNLOAD HERE: iPhone or other
  Youth Group Announcements
Youth group will make Palm crosses on Saturday April 16th immediately after The Divine Liturgy: Saturday of Lazarus. All are welcome to help!
Youth Group Meetings will be rescheduled soon.
Please make sure Joyce Cisneros has your contact information for future meetings and outings.

*Donations to St. George Youth Group are always welcome!

Get excited, Summer Camp is Back!!

More info in flyer at the end of this bulletin.

Register here


Sign up to host a Sunday lunch!  See sign up list in the hall bulletin board.


Ukraine Relief Fund


Click on above image to read more and donate






You may have been brought to the Orthodox Church on your 40th day, or the Orthodox Church may have been the destination of your spiritual journey. For both, the Church is a spiritual home to which we may always return. We are stewards of the Gospel and the stewards of our parish. We see our church, not as it is, but as it could be. We offer our treasure and ourselves sacrificially, so that, as members of the Body of Christ, we may reach our full potential in Him.

We are brothers and sisters in Christ – a family.


If you have not yet fulfilled your stewardship commitment you can easily give online using your credit card.  There are two ways to donate; using your PayPal Account or your Debit/Credit Card:

Using a PayPal account:

Note: If you don’t have a PayPal account you’ll need to open one.

How to open a PayPal account 

1.   Click here to create a PayPal account, then come back here when done.
2.   Once you create your PayPal account, come back to this page and click on the "Make donation via PayPal" link below.
3.   Enter your donation amount.

4.   Log into your PayPal account
5.   Confirm your donation amount
6.   Enter the donation purpose (click on “Please indicate purpose (i.e. Pledge)”)
7.   Click on “Donate $xxUSD Now” 

Using a credit card:

1.   Click on the "Make donation via PayPallink below.
2.   Enter your donation amount.
3.   Complete your credit card information.
4.   Click “Review Donation and Continue”
5.   Enter the ddonation purpose (click on “Please indicate purpose (i.e. Pledge)”)
6.   Click on “Donate $xxUSD now”

For both methods you’ll receive an email confirmation after you donate.

See links below.

Make donation via PayPal <-- Use paypal; (CC or PayPal) to make a donation.

Click here, to download the 2022 Commitment Card.

Please fill it out and return to the church office or mail it, address at bottom of buletin.

Or you may fill it out the form online and sumbit it online. ---> ONLINE FORM

You may also download here the flyer to read all about stewardship according to the Bible.


Sunday School

Sunday School classes are going.
For more info or to register contact Stavro at


Please join Irene on Zoom, and let us Read our Orthodox Bible together on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:00 P.M. every week.
We just simply read the Orthodox Bible (available at the church's bookstore) and the comments at the bottom of each page.
It is a Bible reading NOT Bible study.
Click here to Join Zoom Meeting
Zoom ID: 99602662409
Passcode: 88888Z
Orthodox Sudy Bible Book

Congratulations to our 2022 Parish Council members.

Fr. Jim Pappas & Fr. Christian Burkhard (non-voting)

President:           Namaz Habroun-Pimentel

Vice President:    Dr. Emmanuel Strategos

Treasurer:           Osama Dawood

Secretary:          Danny Andrews

Mary Mekhel
Ted Exarchulakos
Nikoli Hackelman
Julie Pierucci
Christopher Keys
Christopher McNaughton
Tom Drulias
Ted Buddy

Next Parish Council meeting is 4/28/22 at  7:00pm at the back office.

Social Media & website

Follow and join us on Facebook

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield

St George Christian Outreach Facebook Page

St George Greek Orthodox Church of Bakersfield YouTube channel


Leave your mark!
Consider naming St. George Church as a beneficiary on your life insurance policy. It's a great legacy gift to your parish and very easy to do...just ask your provider for the change beneficiary form and complete and return to them.  The legal name for the church is Hellenic Community St. George Church Tax ID #95-3575365 God bless you.


Click here to read how you can leave a lasting legacy to your parish.
Church Beautification and Capital Improvements. Click here for the 2021 update.

Text Notifications

If you would like to be part of our system, please provide your phone number to the church secreatary at

This service will only be used to notify parishioners of any changes to service times or to provide information on events or occurences that affect the entire parish.  We see this as being used infrequently but feel that we need to an effective way to communicate important information quickly. 


 Prayers for Thanksgiving-Healing and Help:

Please add to your daily prayers 

Orthodox: Ernie, George, Abram, Vickie, Elaina, Maher, Nabel, Magdy, Daniel, Natalia and family, Nickolas, Irene, Pamela, Virginia, Paraskevi, Michael, Dimitris, Margarita, Jennifer, Nikolas, Pamela
Non-Orthodox: Judith, Nayeli and David, Peggy, Patricia

For the rest of the soul of our departed:

Orthodox: Fr. Daregas, Vasiliki, Vasilli, Fouad, Bert, Nicolas, Louise, George, George, Sooad, George, Leonid, Nikos, Vivian, John, Mary, Louise, Nektarios, Nicholas, Elephtheria, Kyriakos, Candess.


Elaine: 1/2, 2/6, 3/13, 4/17, 5/22, 6/26, 7/31, 9/4, 10/9, 11/13, 12/18

Joyce:  1/9, 2/13, 3/20, 4/24, 5/29, 7/3, 8/7, 9/11, 10/16, 11/20, 12/25

Mary: 1/16, 2/20, 3/27, 5/1, 6/5, 7/10, 8/14, 9/18, 10/23, 11/27

Basema: 1/23, 2/27, 4/3, 5/8, 6/12, 7/17, 8/21, 9/25, 10/30, 12/4

Olympia: 1/30, 3/6, 4/10, 5/15, 6/19, 7/24, 8/28, 10/2, 11/6, 12/11


Thank you!

Father Jim would like the Prosphoro brought to the church Sunday morning between 7:30 AM
and no later than 8:30 AM.

We are looking for more people to make the blessed bread.
Please approach Father if interested.
If you want to learn more about how to make Prosphora, you can visit our Prosphoro site
Thank you.



4/20 Emmanuel & Erin Strategos


4/1 Yasmin Mekhel
4/2 Nickolas Antonaros
4/6 Michael Anthony Cornett
4/7 Miriam Cornett
4/10 Aiden West
4/15 Tom Dorlis
4/20 Sahar Ayoub
4/25 Joe Sinopole
4/25 Max Dean
4/25 Jared Budy
4/27 Evanthia Frazier
4/28 Mark Pearse
4/29 Archoulas Mansour

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. 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.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 117.26,1.
Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.
Στίχ. Στίχ. Ἐξομολογεῖσθε τῷ Κυρίῳ ὅτι ἀγαθὸς, ὅτι εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Φιλιππησίους 4:4-9.

Ἀδελφοί, χαίρετε ἐν κυρίῳ πάντοτε· πάλιν ἐρῶ, χαίρετε. Τὸ ἐπιεικὲς ὑμῶν γνωσθήτω πᾶσιν ἀνθρώποις. Ὁ κύριος ἐγγύς. Μηδὲν μεριμνᾶτε, ἀλλʼ ἐν παντὶ τῇ προσευχῇ καὶ τῇ δεήσει μετὰ εὐχαριστίας τὰ αἰτήματα ὑμῶν γνωριζέσθω πρὸς τὸν θεόν. Καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ θεοῦ ἡ ὑπερέχουσα πάντα νοῦν, φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ νοήματα ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Τὸ λοιπόν, ἀδελφοί, ὅσα ἐστὶν ἀληθῆ, ὅσα σεμνά, ὅσα δίκαια, ὅσα ἁγνά, ὅσα προσφιλῆ, ὅσα εὔφημα, εἴ τις ἀρετὴ καὶ εἴ τις ἔπαινος, ταῦτα λογίζεσθε. Ἃ καὶ ἐμάθετε καὶ παρελάβετε καὶ ἠκούσατε καὶ εἴδετε ἐν ἐμοί, ταῦτα πράσσετε· καὶ ὁ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης ἔσται μεθʼ ὑμῶν.

البروكيمنون. Fourth Tone. مزمور 117: 26، 1.
مبارك الآتي باسم الرب
Verse: احمدوا الرب لأنه صالح لأن إلى الأبد رحمته

فصل من رسالة بولس الى اهل فِيلِبِّي 4: 4-9.

يَُّا إِخْوَة، اِفْرَحُوا فِي الرَّبِّ كُلَّ حِينٍ وَأَقُولُ أَيْضاً افْرَحُوا. لِيَكُنْ حِلْمُكُمْ مَعْرُوفاً عِنْدَ جَمِيعِ النَّاسِ. الرَّبُّ قَرِيبٌ. لاَ تَهْتَمُّوا بِشَيْءٍ، بَلْ فِي كُلِّ شَيْءٍ بِالصَّلاَةِ وَالدُّعَاءِ مَعَ الشُّكْرِ، لِتُعْلَمْ طِلْبَاتُكُمْ لَدَى اللهِ. وَسَلاَمُ اللهِ الَّذِي يَفُوقُ كُلَّ عَقْلٍ يَحْفَظُ قُلُوبَكُمْ وَأَفْكَارَكُمْ فِي الْمَسِيحِ يَسُوعَ. أَخِيراً أَيُّهَا الإِخْوَةُ كُلُّ مَا هُوَ حَقٌّ، كُلُّ مَا هُوَ جَلِيلٌ، كُلُّ مَا هُوَ عَادِلٌ، كُلُّ مَا هُوَ طَاهِرٌ، كُلُّ مَا هُوَ مُسِرٌّ، كُلُّ مَا صِيتُهُ حَسَنٌ إِنْ كَانَتْ فَضِيلَةٌ وَإِنْ كَانَ مَدْحٌ، فَفِي هَذِهِ افْتَكِرُوا. وَمَا تَعَلَّمْتُمُوهُ، وَتَسَلَّمْتُمُوهُ، وَسَمِعْتُمُوهُ، وَرَأَيْتُمُوهُ فِيَّ، فَهَذَا افْعَلُوا، وَإِلَهُ السَّلاَمِ يَكُونُ مَعَكُمْ.

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.

Palm Sunday
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 12:1-18

Πρὸ ἓξ ἡμερῶν τοῦ πάσχα ἦλθεν Ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἰς Βηθανίαν, ὅπου ἦν Λάζαρος ὁ τεθνηκώς, ὃν ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρῶν. ἐποίησαν οὖν αὐτῷ δεῖπνον ἐκεῖ, καὶ ἡ Μάρθα διηκόνει· ὁ δὲ Λάζαρος εἷς ἦν τῶν ἀνακειμένων σὺν αὐτῷ. ἡ οὖν Μαρία, λαβοῦσα λίτραν μύρου νάρδου πιστικῆς πολυτίμου, ἤλειψε τοὺς πόδας τοῦ ᾿Ιησοῦ καὶ ἐξέμαξε ταῖς θριξὶν αὐτῆς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ· ἡ δὲ οἰκία ἐπληρώθη ἐκ τῆς ὀσμῆς τοῦ μύρου. λέγει οὖν εἷς ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ, ᾿Ιούδας Σίμωνος ᾿Ισκαριώτης, ὁ μέλλων αὐτὸν παραδιδόναι· διατί τοῦτο τὸ μύρον οὐκ ἐπράθη τριακοσίων δηναρίων καὶ ἐδόθη πτωχοῖς; εἶπε δὲ τοῦτο οὐχ ὅτι περὶ τῶν πτωχῶν ἔμελεν αὐτῷ, ἀλλ᾽ ὅτι κλέπτης ἦν, καὶ τὸ γλωσσόκομον εἶχε καὶ τὰ βαλλόμενα ἐβάσταζεν. εἶπεν οὖν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἄφες αὐτήν, εἰς τὴν ἡμέραν τοῦ ἐνταφιασμοῦ μου τετήρηκεν αὐτό. τοὺς πτωχοὺς γὰρ πάντοτε ἔχετε μεθ᾽ ἑαυτῶν, ἐμὲ δὲ οὐ πάντοτε ἔχετε.

῎Εγνω οὖν ὄχλος πολὺς ἐκ τῶν ᾿Ιουδαίων ὅτι ἐκεῖ ἐστι, καὶ ἦλθον οὐ διὰ τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν μόνον, ἀλλ᾽ ἵνα καὶ τὸν Λάζαρον ἴδωσιν ὃν ἤγειρεν ἐκ νεκρῶν. ἐβουλεύσαντο δὲ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς ἵνα καὶ τὸν Λάζαρον ἀποκτείνωσιν, ὅτι πολλοὶ δι᾽ αὐτὸν ὑπῆγον τῶν ᾿Ιουδαίων καὶ ἐπίστευον εἰς τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν.

Τῇ ἐπαύριον ὄχλος πολὺς ὁ ἐλθὼν εἰς τὴν ἑορτήν, ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ἔρχεται ᾿Ιησοῦς εἰς ῾Ιεροσόλυμα, ἔλαβον τὰ βαΐα τῶν φοινίκων καὶ ἐξῆλθον εἰς ὑπάντησιν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἔκραζον· ὡσαννά, εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου, ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ. εὑρὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὀνάριον ἐκάθισεν ἐπ᾽ αὐτό, καθώς ἐστι γεγραμμένον· μὴ φοβοῦ, θύγατερ Σιών· ἰδοὺ ὁ βασιλεύς σου ἔρχεται καθήμενος ἐπὶ πῶλον ὄνου.

Ταῦτα δὲ οὐκ ἔγνωσαν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ τὸ πρῶτον, ἀλλ᾽ ὅτε ἐδοξάσθη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, τότε ἐμνήσθησαν ὅτι ταῦτα ἦν ἐπ᾽ αὐτῷ γεγραμμένα, καὶ ταῦτα ἐποίησαν αὐτῷ. ᾿Εμαρτύρει οὖν ὁ ὄχλος ὁ ὢν μετ᾽ αὐτοῦ ὅτε τὸν Λάζαρον ἐφώνησεν ἐκ τοῦ μνημείου καὶ ἤγειρεν αὐτὸν ἐκ νεκρῶν. διὰ τοῦτο καὶ ὑπήντησεν αὐτῷ ὁ ὄχλος, ὅτι ἤκουσαν τοῦτο αὐτὸν πεποιηκέναι τὸ σημεῖον.

Palm Sunday
يوحنا 12: 1-18

1 قَبْلَ الْفِصْحِ بِسِتَّةِ أَيَّامٍ أَتَى يَسُوعُ إِلَى بَيْتِ عَنْيَا، حَيْثُ كَانَ لِعَازَرُ الْمَيْتُ الَّذِي أَقَامَهُ مِنَ الأَمْوَاتِ. 2فَصَنَعُوا لَهُ هُنَاكَ عَشَاءً. وَكَانَتْ مَرْثَا تَخْدِمُ، وَأَمَّا لِعَازَرُ فَكَانَ أَحَدَ الْمُتَّكِئِينَ مَعَهُ.3فَأَخَذَتْ مَرْيَمُ مَناً مِنْ طِيبِ نَارِدِينٍ خَالِصٍ كَثِيرِ الثَّمَنِ، وَدَهَنَتْ قَدَمَيْ يَسُوعَ، وَمَسَحَتْ قَدَمَيْهِ بِشَعْرِهَا، فَامْتَلأَ الْبَيْتُ مِنْ رَائِحَةِ الطِّيبِ. 4فَقَالَ وَاحِدٌ مِنْ تلاَمِيذِهِ، وَهُوَ يَهُوذَا سِمْعَانُ الإِسْخَرْيُوطِيُّ، الْمُزْمِعُ أَنْ يُسَلِّمَهُ: 5((لِمَاذَا لَمْ يُبَعْ هَذَا الطِّيبُ بِثَلاَثَمِئَةِ دِينَارٍ وَيُعْطَ لِلْفُقَرَاءِ؟)) 6قَالَ هَذَا لَيْسَ لأَنَّهُ كَانَ يُبَالِي بِالْفُقَرَاءِ، بَلْ لأَنَّهُ كَانَ سَارِقاً، وَكَانَ الصُّنْدُوقُ عِنْدَهُ، وَكَانَ يَحْمِلُ مَا يُلْقَى فِيهِ. 7فَقَالَ يَسُوعُ: ((اتْرُكُوهَا! إِنَّهَا لِيَوْمِ تَكْفِينِي قَدْ حَفِظَتْهُ، 8لأَنَّ الْفُقَرَاءَ مَعَكُمْ فِي كُلِّ حِينٍ، وَأَمَّا أَنَا فَلَسْتُ مَعَكُمْ فِي كُلِّ حِينٍ)). 9فَعَلِمَ جَمْعٌ كَثِيرٌ مِنَ الْيَهُودِ أَنَّهُ هُنَاكَ، فَجَاءُوا لَيْسَ لأَجْلِ يَسُوعَ فَقَطْ، بَلْ لِيَنْظُرُوا أَيْضاً لِعَازَرَ الَّذِي أَقَامَهُ مِنَ الأَمْوَاتِ. 10فَتَشَاوَرَ رُؤَسَاءُ الْكَهَنَةِ لِيَقْتُلُوا لِعَازَرَ أَيْضاً، 11لأَنَّ كَثِيرِينَ مِنَ الْيَهُودِ كَانُوا بِسَبَبِهِ يَذْهَبُونَ وَيُؤْمِنُونَ بِيَسُوعَ.12وَفِي الْغَدِ سَمِعَ الْجَمْعُ الْكَثِيرُ الَّذِي جَاءَ إِلَى الْعِيدِ أَنَّ يَسُوعَ آتٍ إِلَى أُورُشَلِيمَ، 13فَأَخَذُوا سُعُوفَ النَّخْلِ وَخَرَجُوا لِلِقَائِهِ، وَكَانُوا يَصْرُخُونَ: ((أُوصَنَّا! مُبَارَكٌ الآتِي بِاسْمِ الرَّبِّ! مَلِكُ إِسْرَائِيلَ!)) 14وَوَجَدَ يَسُوعُ جَحْشاً فَجَلَسَ عَلَيْهِ كَمَا هُوَ مَكْتُوبٌ: 15((لاَ تَخَافِي يَا ابْنَةَ صَهْيَوْنَ. هُوَذَا مَلِكُكِ يَأْتِي جَالِساً عَلَى جَحْشِ أَتَانٍ)). 16وَهَذِهِ الأُمُورُ لَمْ يَفْهَمْهَا تَلاَمِيذُهُ أَوَّلاً، وَلَكِنْ لَمَّا تَمَجَّدَ يَسُوعُ، حِينَئِذٍ تَذَكَّرُوا أَنَّ هَذِهِ كَانَتْ مَكْتُوبَةً عَنْهُ، وَأَنَّهُمْ صَنَعُوا هَذِهِ لَهُ. 17وَكَانَ الْجَمْعُ الَّذِي مَعَهُ يَشْهَدُ أَنَّهُ دَعَا لِعَازَرَ مِنَ الْقَبْرِ وَأَقَامَهُ مِنَ الأَمْوَاتِ. 18لِهَذَا أَيْضاً لاَقَاهُ الْجَمْعُ، لأَنَّهُمْ سَمِعُوا أَنَّهُ كَانَ قَدْ صَنَعَ هَذِهِ الآيَةَ.




Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Tone

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.
Τὴν κοινὴν Ἀνάστασιν πρὸ τοῦ σοῦ Πάθους πιστούμενος, ἐκ νεκρῶν ἤγειρας τὸν Λάζαρον, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός· ὅθεν καὶ ἡμεῖς ὡς οἱ Παῖδες, τὰ τῆς νίκης σύμβολα φέροντες, σοὶ τῷ Νικητῇ τοῦ θανάτου βοῶμεν· Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις, εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος, ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

أيها المسيح الإله، لما أقمت لعازر من بين الأموات قبل آلامك ، حققت القيامة العامة، لأجل ذلك ونحن كالأطفال، نحمل علامات الغلبة والظفر صارخين نحوك ياغالب الموت: أوصنا في الأعالي، مبارك الآتي باسم الرب!

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Tone

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.
Συνταφέντες σοι διὰ τοῦ Βαπτίσματος, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, τῆς ἀθανάτου ζωῆς ἠξιώθημεν τῇ Ἀναστάσει σου, καὶ ἀνυμνοῦντες κράζομεν· Ὡσαννὰ ἐν τοῖς ὑψίστοις, εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος, ἐν ὀνόματι Κυρίου.

أيها المسيح الإله ، لما أقمت لعازر من بين الأموات قبل آلامك ، حققت القيامة العامة ، لأجل ذلك ونحن كالأطفال ، نحمل علامات الغلبة والظفر صارخين نحوك ياغالب الموت : أوصنا في الأعالي ، مبارك الآتي باسم الرب!

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Tone

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."
Τῷ θρόνῳ ἐν οὐρανῷ, τῷ πώλῳ ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, ἐποχούμενος Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, τῶν Ἀγγέλων τὴν αἴνεσιν, καὶ τῶν Παίδων ἀνύμνησιν προσεδέξω βοώντων σοι· Εὐλογημένος εἶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος, τὸν Ἀδὰμ ἀνακαλέσασθαι.


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