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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-01-17
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St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 619-593-0707
  • Street Address:

  • 1454 Jamacha Rd.

  • El Cajon, CA 92019-3752


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Saturday Vespers

5:00 PM

Sunday Liturgies

9:00AM Orthros

10:00AM Divine Liturgy

 

Parish Calendar:  http://www.stgregory.ca.goarch.org/parish-calendar 

Follow Us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/StGregoryGOC


Past Bulletins


A Warm Welcome to Our Visitors

Spread the Blessing, Not the Curse

Rejoicing in the new year that our prayers have been answered, the Corona Family has been blessed with a negative COVID test and has been medically cleared to resume a limited number of outdoor services beginning Saturday, January 9th (Today!).

With this restart comes the necessity to reemphasize the absolute need to follow what is now common preventative medicine guidance:

  1. If you have been exposed, may have been exposed, or might have been exposed to COVID within the last 14 days: Please stay home and observe quarantine precautions!  

If there is any doubt, please consult your medical provider.

  1. All attendees MUST remain properly masked at all times (except just before taking communion).  This will be strictly enforced.  With your assistance, we won’t need to stop the service to obtain compliance.  If you are unwilling to wear your mask properly (covering mouth and nose), we respectfully request you attend services virtually and not in person.

  2. We must observe proper social distancing.  To this end, we will need to ensure individuals and immediate families maintain a 6 foot social distance. This means staying at least 6 feet away from other people who are not in your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.  Ushers will assist in maintaining this safe distance.  This also means we may not be able to accommodate everyone under the tent.  Limited overflow seating may be available outside in the front of the church.  

  3. Only the priest and the chanter are allowed to sing.  This is a challenge for us since we traditionally are a singing congregation; however, to reduce the threat to others; please sing along silently in your head.

 Limited Services Schedule

 

Saturday, January 9 Eve of St Gregory   Great Vespers5:00 PM.

Sunday, January 10 St Gregory Feast Day   Divine Liturgy Only  10:00 AM

We will continue to broadcast services live at https://www.facebook.com/StGregoryGOC/videos

 

Out of an abundance of caution and love; we’re following San Diego County guidelines of the Department of Public Health and of our Metropolitan.

 

 

                                               +Father Simeon 

 

 

 

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Saints and Feasts

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January 17

Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony, the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251 of pious parents who departed this life while he was yet young. On hearing the words of the Gospel: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor" (Matt. 19:21), he immediately put it into action. Distributing to the poor all he had, and fleeing from all the turmoil of the world, he departed to the desert. The manifold temptations he endured continually for the span of twenty years are incredible. His ascetic struggles by day and by night, whereby he mortified the uprisings of the passions and attained to the height of dispassion, surpass the bounds of nature; and the report of his deeds of virtue drew such a multitude to follow him that the desert was transformed into a city, while he became, so to speak, the governor, lawgiver, and master-trainer of all the citizens of this newly-formed city.

The cities of the world also enjoyed the fruit of his virtue. When the Christians were being persecuted and put to death under Maximinus in 312, he hastened to their aid and consolation. When the Church was troubled by the Arians, he went with zeal to Alexandria in 335 and struggled against them in behalf of Orthodoxy. During this time, by the grace of his words, he also turned many unbelievers to Christ.

Saint Anthony began his ascetic life outside his village of Coma in Upper Egypt, studying the ways of the ascetics and holy men there, and perfecting himself in the virtues of each until he surpassed them all. Desiring to increase his labors, he departed into the desert, and finding an abandoned fortress in the mountain, he made his dwelling in it, training himself in extreme fasting, unceasing prayer, and fierce conflicts with the demons. Here he remained, as mentioned above, about twenty years. Saint Athanasius the Great, who knew him personally and wrote his life, says that he came forth from that fortress "initiated in the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God." Afterwards, because of the press of the faithful, who deprived him of his solitude, he was enlightened by God to journey with certain Bedouins, until he came to a mountain in the desert near the Red Sea, where he passed the remaining part of his life.

Saint Athanasius says of him that "his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. This gift also he had from the Saviour. For if he were present in a great company of monks, and any one who did not know him previously wished to see him, immediately coming forward he passed by the rest, and hurried to Anthony, as though attracted by his appearance. Yet neither in height nor breadth was he conspicuous above others, but in the serenity of his manner and the purity of his soul." So Passing his life, and becoming an example of virtue and a rule for monastics, he reposed on January 17 in the year 356, having lived altogether some 105 years.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Seventh Tone

By Your cross, O Lord, You shattered death; to the thief You opened paradise. You transformed the Myrrhbearers' lamentation, and commanded Your Apostles to proclaim that You arose, Christ our God, granting to the world Your great mercy.

Apolytikion for Anthony the Great in the Fourth Tone

Thou didst become like the zealous Elijah in his condition, and followed John the Baptist in his upright ways, becoming a dweller in the wilderness and an establisher of the universe by thy prayer, O Father Anthony. Wherefore, intercede thou with Christ God to save our souls.

Kontakion for the Church in the Third Tone

You were shown to have holy vigilance. And your piety was manifest in your teachings, O Hierarch Gregory. For the wisdom of your sacred dogmas gives joy to the fullness of the Church. Righteous Father, to Christ our God do intercede to grant our souls His great redeeming mercy.



Seasonal Kontakion in the First Tone

Thou, O Christ God, who by thy Birth, didst sanctify the Virgin's womb, and, as is meet, didst bless Simeon's arms, and didst also come to save us; preserve thy fold in wars, and confirm them whom thou didst love, for thou alone art the Lover of mankind.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Anthony the Great
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21

Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Having met the Savior, therefore, the lepers earnestly besought Him to free them from their misery, and called Him Master, that is. Teacher. No one pitied them when suffering this malady, but He Who had appeared on earth for this very reason, and had become man that He might show pity to all, He was moved with compassion for them, and had mercy on them.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century

And why did He not rather say, I will, be you cleansed; as He did in the case of another leper, but commanded them rather to show themselves to the priests? It was because the law gave directions to this effect to those who were delivered from leprosy (Lev. 14-2); for it commanded them to show themselves to the priests, and to offer a sacrifice for their cleansing.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century

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Tithes & Offerings

Giving

January 2021 Budget:  $21,000

Monthly Offering to Date:   $ 7,987

Remaining Need (Budget minus offering to Date):  $13,013

2021 Budget: $ 269,778

2021 Offerings:  $  7,987

2021 Remaining Need:  $261,791

 

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Prayer List

HEALTH & WELFARE:

All affected by the Pandemic, Mary Jane, Robert and Britany Gardner, Newborn Styliani, Andy and Anna Popescu, Scott, Lydia Corona, Eric Grasser, Fr. George Morelli, Britney, Katherine, Michael George Stathorakis, Pres. Eleni ad the Tsigas Family, Matushka Natalia, Marvin Lidner, Juan Garcia, Matushka Natalia, Hetta and Wilma, the Sakkab Family, Michael, Lisa Kotitsa, Jan Manos, Carol, Kelly, Bill and Joy Cox, the Katsaras Family, Carol, Jason and the Lees Family,Katherine and the Limneos Family, Alex, Newborn Christopher (Kristo), Kodee, John, Gabriel, Newborns Vera Wilman and Josiah Jenkins and their Families, Anna Vlachopoulos, Voula Parashos, Pam and the Morn Family, Bill, John and Marina Navrides and the Angeles Families, Kelly Lees and sons Orrin, Nolan, Galloway, Kenneth, Marin, Alexandria, Stefan, Alina-Gadriela, Mara, Anna, Ana, Cecilia, John, Alexander Sacco, Amy. Amber, Kyriaki, Dawn, Gordon, Spahe, Tessa, Brianna, Josiah,  Anne Stropes, Ivan Holmes, Leland, Jennifer, Kadee & Abigail Becker, Micailah, Angelo, and Michelle, Fidias, Andreas, Robby, Trevonia, Samantha, Christine Fanos, Brad Summers, Brian, Connie, Ruby, Iris, Jo Cormier, Katy Brown, Faith St. Thomas,  John Vourexis, Linda Bhatia, Elizabeth Terris, Holly, Michael, Lily-Anna, Alexandra (Kyriako's Daughter), Betsy, Tabitha, Mother Susanna, Calliope, Robert, Stephanie and Bennet, Sharon, Tina Frankos, Jack and Tina Stavros, Freda Stavros, Magdalyn Grasser, Maria Del Soccoro, Kevin, Panagiotis, Mari Hanna, James, Natalia, Marika, Rachel, Sylvia Casberg, Angela Stassinopolis, Patrick Thrift, Olga Stephens, Kevin Wallace, Joseph Eyad Zarror, Augustine Ramirez, LaVonne Simonides, Kevin (Amanda's Grandpa), Stephen Awake, Nick, Sophia Busarelos Family, Irene Cantos, Aggie Annis, Lydia Chaconas, Sarah Cronstedt, Fr. Dimitri Tsigas, Michael & the Piliaris Family, Mary Kladouras, Ralph Bradley, Rhonda,  Evonne Zouris, Garland, Pierre, Jethmark, Helen & the Eveland Family, Vernon & Kathern Rogers, Alex, Patty, Jimmy, Richie, Margie, Paul Lane, Alexi, Dr. Minerva, Sarah & Malichi, Stan, James, Dora, Julia, Alexandra, Sebastian, Queentina, Diana, Nico, Lillian Ana Grace, Sarah-Betsy's mother, MaryAnn, Gabrielle, Kiki, Father John Pilafas & family, Virginia, Corey & family, Adrienne & Josef preparing for Sweden, George, Maria Hazlaris, Sarah Oftedal & her family, Darin Williams, Dionisios & Eftixia Diakoumeas, Nicky, Michael, Kathy Jean Alexander, Gerontissa Markella & Sisters of Life-giving Spring Monastery. DEPARTED: Tina, Fr. Dimetri Tsigas, BonnieLucia Corona, Peter Shenas Sr., Dan Henry, Fr. Hanna Sakkab, Irina Itina, Helen Glyptis,Dennis, Paul, Ken and Ruth Gilliland,Daniel Katsaros, Charles “Robbie” Kelly (Jason’s Dad), John Limneos, Elizabeth Zogob, Stavroula Floros, Mary Gikas, Dr. Al (Evangelos) & Angela Sarantinos, Darla Gliptis, Jimmy (Demetrios) Vlachopoulos, Raeburn McInnes,  Dennis (Dionysius) Laskarus, Christopher (Fr. John Pilafas’ nephew), Peter (Panagiotis) Parashos, George Marinos, Eva Angelos (Stamatiades), Christine Tzathos, Cliff Earle Morn, Stephanie Navrides, Alexandru, Maria, Maria, Nichita, Costa, Felipe, Daniel Lees (Jason's Brother), Scott, Fr. Paul Lazor, Fr. Elias Bitar, Fr. Jon Winfrey, Hanna, Helen, Mike Riskas, Zach, Photini (Nickie) Hrountas, Trenton Alexander, Eleni, Areti (Iris) and Georgios Pilafas, Archpriest Patrick, Elder Ephraim, Francis Manos, Nicholas Galaxidas, George Platis; Dimitra Biniaris, Leonidas Biniaris, William Lawrence (Larry) Everitt, Jr.,Senait, Abram Dominguez, Warren (George) Cormier, Laura Pantozoplus,George Mastorakos,Fr. Steven Kozler, Michael Surla, Jim (Dimitri) Costas, Zahwey, John Peters, Wendell Duncan,Theodora, Matushka Andrea, Jerry Costacos, Heidi Angelopulos, Athanasios Angelopulos, Pastor Orville Hiepler, Ioanna Melete (Anna’s sister), Catherine Sullivan, Theophanis Brinias (Maria Gregg’s Father), Victor Nasser, Louis Trantalis, Victor Roick, Christ Fergis, Michael Kladouras, Costa Stephens , Georgia Swisher, Nick Paschalydis, John Manos Sr, Jerry (Gerasimos) Howorth, Lin Judah, Paul James Aceves, Warren George Cormier, Judith Keep, George (Marc's Uncle), Samantha (Marc's friend), Carol Kinan, Athina Cavelaris, Andrew Kyriakides, George Speros, Nick Kosmas, Gigi Campbell,  Carl Collard, Jerry (Gerasimos) Filaktu, Doris Holmes, Spyridon, Thomas Munteanu, Sam Mellos, Richard Nicholas Nabhan, Helen Gliptis, George Koulaxes, Bishop Antoun, Eric Nectarios Cochran, Stella Angeles, Nell Thornblad, Katherine Eveland, Carole, Steve Kosic, Effie Matsolis, George, Arety, Manny, Archimandrite Paul Doyle, Eleni (Kyriako's Sister), Gregory Galanis, Deacon Michael, George & Iris Pilafas, Manuel Dragan, Fr. Theodore & Pres. Mary Phillips, Sophia Vourexis, Jason Hyde, Peter Kanelos, Mary Giana, Katherine Armatas, Lana Piliaris, William Piliaris, Katherine Kladouras, Heather Grinnell & Danny Ranglos.  FOR OUR CHURCH LEADERS: Patriarch Bartholomew; Archbishop Elpidophoros; Metropolitan Gerasimos; Father Simeon Corona, Presbytera Joy & family; Chris Psillas & the members of the Parish Council; Andrea Annis-Carillo & our Philoptochos; Jeff Simonides & Herb Barrack & our Building Committee; Chris Ramey & our Stewardship Committee; Pres. Joy and our Chanters; our Sunday School teachers; Mothers Victoria, Melania, & the Mothers & Sisters of St. Barbara's & Holy Assumption Monasteries; Frs. Dionisie & Neonil of Holy Resurrection Monastery in Temecula. If you would like our community to pray for you or a loved one or have a name removed, please call the Church office 619-593-0707.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Calendar

  • Weekly Calendar

    January 17 to January 25, 2021

    Sunday, January 17

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, January 18

    6:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Tuesday, January 19

    Office Closed

    Wednesday, January 20

    3:00PM FOCUS God's Extended Hand Ministry

    Thursday, January 21

    6:30PM Prayer and Bible Study (Catechesis) - Zoom Meeting Room 964 247 0828

    Saturday, January 23

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    5:45PM CONFESSION and Prayers of Preparation

    Sunday, January 24

    9:00AM Morning Prayers (Orthros)

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:45AM St. Gregory the Theologian Vespers

    Monday, January 25

    St. Gregory the Theologian Feast

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