Saint John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2016-02-07
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Saint John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (772) 546-8180
  • Street Address:

  • 10605 SE Federal Hwy, US1

  • Hobe Sound, FL 33475
  • Mailing Address:

  • P.O. Box 8127

  • Hobe Sound, FL 33475

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Services Schedule

Sunday Orthros: 9 AM

Sunday Liturgy: 10 AM

Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the heavens sing for joy, and let everything on earth be glad. * For with His Arm the Lord has worked power. * He trampled death under foot by means of death; * and He became the firstborn from the dead. * From the maw of Hades He delivered us; * and He granted the world His great mercy.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Presentation in the First Mode

Lady full of grace, rejoice, O Virgin Theotokos, for Christ our God, the Sun of righteousness has risen from you and He illumined those in darkness. And you, righteous Elder, be glad in heart, receiving in your embraces the One who liberates our souls and bestows on us the Resurrection.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.

Saints and Feasts

February 07

Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus

Saint Parthenius was born in Melitopolis on the Hellespont, the son of a deacon named Christopher. Because of the miracles that he wrought even as a young man, he was ordained a priest and then Bishop of Lampsacus in the days of Saint Constantine the Great, from whom he received great gifts and authority both to overturn the altars of the idols and to raise up a church to the glory of Christ. Working many miracles throughout his life, he reposed in peace an old man and full of days.

February 07

Luke of Mount Stirion

Saint Luke was the descendant of a family from Aegina which, because of the frequent invasions of the Saracens, left Aegina and dwelt in Phocis, where the Saint was born in 896. From his earliest childhood Luke ate neither flesh, nor cheese, nor eggs, but gave himself over with his whole soul to hardship and fasting for the love of heavenly blessings, often giving away his clothing to the poor, for which his father punished him. After his father's death he secretly left home to become a monk, but the Lord, inclining to the fervent prayers of his mother, made him known, and he returned to her for a time to care for her. For many years he lived as a hermit, moving from place to place; he spent the last part of his life on Mount Stirion at Phocis, where there is a city named Stiris. The grace of God that was in him made him a wonder-worker, and his tomb in the monastery of Hosios Loukas, famous for its mosaics, became a source of healings and place of pilgrimage for the faithful. According to some he reposed in the year 946; according to others, in 953.

February 08

Theodore the Commander & Great Martyr

The holy Martyr Theodore was from Euchaita of Galatia and dwelt in Heraclea of Pontus. He was a renowned commander in the military, and the report came to the Emperor Licinius that he was a Christian and abominated the idols. Licinius therefore sent certain men to him from Nicomedia, to honor him and ask him to appear before him. Through them, however, Saint Theodore sent back a message that it was necessary for various reasons, that Licinius come to Heraclea. Licinius, seeing in this a hope of turning Saint Theodore away from Christ did as was asked of him.

When the Emperor came to Heraclea, Saint Theodore met him with honor, and the Emperor in turn gave Theodore his hand, believing that through him he would be able to draw the Christians to the worship of his idols. Seated upon his throne in the midst of the people, he publicly bade Theodore offer sacrifice to the gods. But Theodore asked that the emperor entrust him with the most venerable of his gods, those of gold and silver, that he might take them home and himself attend upon them that evening, promising that the following day he would honor them in public. The Emperor, filled with joy at these tidings, gave command that Theodore's request be fulfilled.

When the Saint had taken the idols home, he broke them in pieces and distributed the gold and silver to the poor by night. The next day a centurion named Maxentius told Licinius that he had seen a pauper pass by carrying the head of Artemis. Saint Theodore, far from repenting of this, confessed Christ boldly. Licinius, in an uncontainable fury, had the Saint put to many torments, then crucified. While upon the cross, the holy Martyr was further tormented -- his privy parts were cut off, he was shot with arrows, his eyes were put out, and he was left on the cross to die. The next day Licinius sent men to take his corpse and cast it into the sea; but they found the Saint alive and perfectly whole. Through this, many believed in Christ. Seeing his own men turning to Christ, and the city in an uproar, Licinius had Theodore beheaded, about the year 320. The Saint's holy relics were returned to his ancestral home on June 8, which is also a feast of the Great Martyr Theodore.

February 09

Nicephoros the Martyr of Antioch

This Martyr, who was from Antioch in Syria, contested during the reign of Gallienus, about the year 260. Through the working of the evil one, his friendship with a certain Christian priest named Sapricius was turned to bitter hatred. Nicephoros, repenting of his enmity, tried both through intermediaries and in person to be reconciled with Sapricius, but to no avail. Later, when the persecution broke out under Valerian and Gallienus, Sapricius was seized as a Christian. When Saint Nicephoros learned that Sapricius had been arrested by the pagans and was enduring torments for Christ, he sent intermediaries to Sapricius, begging his forgiveness; but Sapricius would not forgive him. Later, as Sapricius was being taken to beheading, Nicephoros, hoping that Sapricius, at his end, in such a holy hour, would at last forgive him, met him on the way, fell before him, and fervently asked his forgiveness; but Sapricius forgave him not. Wherefore, though Sapricius had passed through many sufferings, and the crown of martyrdom was now awaiting him, because he disdained the chief commandments of love and forgiveness, the grace of God, which had been strengthening him in his torments, departed from him, and he told his executioners he would sacrifice. Nicephoros immediately confessed Christ before them, and being himself beheaded, took the crown that Sapricius had cast away.

Should the Apodosis of the Feast of the Meeting in the Temple fall on this day the service to Saint Nicephoros is chanted on the 8th.


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Third Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:9-20

At that time, Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, and he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they sat at table; and he upbraided them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it. Amen.

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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

BRETHREN, working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading

16th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 25:14-30

The Lord said this parable: "A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." As he said these things he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"


Church Announcements


This Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, in support of the IOCC, our GOYANs, along with all the other GOYA chapters in our District, will participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring! Please place donations to feed the hungry in the large Soup Pot in the Narthex! Your generous donation is greatly appreciated.

Please make checks payable to St. John Chrysostom, noting IOCC - Souper Bowl of Caring in the memo line. 


On Wednesday, February 10 at 5:00 pm, our GOYAn’s will gather to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron. Following the movie, we will discuss the Biblical themes and references in the film. Dinner will be provided!


Fr. Gregory will be visiting parishioners’ homes and business to bless them. To schedule a day and time, please contact either:

Fr. Gregory:                                       Connie Monsma:

(Cell) 772-475-4639                           (Cell) 772-263-6764



St. John’s will hold a Dinner-Dance on the evening of Saturday, February 13 at the 360 Restaurant in Stuart. The meal will be buffet style and include:


Salad & Hor D’oeuvres

Entrees: Baked Haddock, Roasted Cornish Hens & Lamb Shanks

Roasted Potatoes, Rice, Green Beans & Couscous


Water, Tea, Soda & Coffee


Cash Bar                                                     Silent Auction

 Doors open at 6:30 pm

           Tickets: $50                             Children 7-12: $15 (under 7 are free)


          Please see Saadia Tsaftarides or Kosta Palaskas for tickets!


So that more of our Faithful will be able to attend services, His Eminence Alexios has given permission to offer weekday Liturgies in the evening. Our next celebration of this type will be:

Tuesday, February 9 - St. Haralambos

Service will begin at 6:30 pm. Please come and join us for worship!


Our Annual Greek Festival is rapidly approaching! It takes everyone’s efforts, working together, to accomplish such an wonderful event. Please volunteer today to help at our most important outreach and fundraising event of the year!


Valentine's Dinner Dance                February 13

2016 Greek Festival                         March 3, 4, 5 & 6

Philoptochos Fashion Show            March 12

PARISH ASSEMBLY                          March 27


I am the manager of God’s property:

my time, my talents, my possessions, my body, my soul – everything is God’s.

Saint Paul asks, “What have you that you have not received?”


2015 Review

77 Families

Stewardship Committments: $80,575

Stewardship Received: $81,549.25


If you have not yet offered your Stewardship this year, we humbly ask that you bring your Stewardship Card with you to church and offer it to God as your commitment 2016.

Please pray and ask God to guide your heart as you make your pledge for the upcoming year. Your offerings make possible the work of the Church and pay for our operational costs and our mortgage. We need everyone's help to support our Church.



(as of 01/27/2016)

39 Family Committments

Totalling: $55,810

Abed, Louis & Amal

Bakas, Perry & Toula

Bashour, Ken & Ruth

Bourlas, Manuel & Micheline

Coury, Kathy

Dionisopoulos, Nick & Mimi

Doxanas, Virginia

Fitzer, Pamela & Peter

King, Stephanie

Kutsukos, Nick & Jeannanne

Kuzemka, Nick & Carole

Lefco, Evelyn & Michael

Livadas, Mary

Livadas-Fript, Barbara

Menexis, Mike & Doris

Mihaltse, William & Diana

Mihos, Christy

Monsma, Joel & Connie

Mougdis, Dimitri & Ileana

Nestor, Fay

Nickas, Steve and Barbara

Palaskas, Kosta & Diana

Papadopoulos, Demetrios & Vie

Pappaconstantinou, Cynthia

Pappas, Steve & Posie

Parasco, Ted & Mary

Sabatini, Despina

Shenas, Calliope

Shenas, Stephen & Kelly

Siggelakis, Tadd

Siggelakis, Nick & Leona

Soupios, Val & Barbara

Stamateris, Despina

Tambakis, John & JoAnn

Tsaftarides, Christos & Saadia

Tsikerdanos, Fr. Gregory & Pres. Tara

Vovou, Bill & Angie

Wilshire, Maria

Zaimes, George & Dena


Wisdom of the Fathers

There is an old saying: 'Excesses meet.' Too much fasting and too much eating come to the same end. Keeping too long a vigil brings the same disastrous cost as ... sluggishness... Too much self-denial brings weakness and induces the same condition as carelessness. Often I have seen men who would not be snared by gluttony fall, nevertheless, through immoderate fasting and tumble in weakness into the very urge which they had overcome. Unmeasured vigils and foolish denial of rest overcame those whom sleep could not overcome. Therefore, 'fortified to right and to left in the armor of justice,' as the apostle says (2 Cor. 6:7), life must be lived with due measure and, with discernment for a guide, the road must be traveled between the two kinds of excess so that in the end we may not allow ourselves to be diverted from the pathway of restraint which has been laid down for us nor fall through dangerous carelessness into the urgings of gluttony and self-indulgence.
St. John Cassian
Conferences, Conference Two: On Discernment no. 16; Paulist Press pg. 76, 5th century


Prayer Circle

Baby Veera, Eleni, Evi, Yianni, George Edward, Miltiadis, Linda, Barbara, Steve, Maria, Calliope, Helen Marie, Marcie, Peter, Debbie, Thomas, Vie, Demetrios, Chris, Helen, Anna, Paul, Helen, Tanya, Tom, Irene, Peter, Catherine, Nora, Beckett, Elizabeth, Leona, Despina, Virginia, Dana, Paul, Kenneth, Ruth, Lynn, Nick, Jeanneane, Olga, Elaine, Basil, Peter, Irene, Timoleon, Paula, Mary, John, Connie K., John, Dena, Jennifer, Christina, Isabell, Johnny, Peter, Christina,Maria, Maria, Alyssa, Georgia, Phyllis, John, Vera, Arthur, Barbara, Larry, Danny, Georgi, Chris V., Mike C., Fr. John K., William O., Christina, Michael and Christopher.


If you know of someone who can use some prayers for whatever they are dealing with, please don't hesitate to email their first name to add to our list. 

May God Bless us all and keep us healthy in body and spirit.  


Please keep our beloved St. John Chrysostom Church in your daily prayers.


Dates to Remember

St. John Chrysostom Calendar of Events


Sun. Feb 7 - 16th Sunday of Luke                

Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Tue. Feb 9 - St. Haralambos the Martyr

Divine Liturgy 6:30 pm

Sun. Feb 7 - 16th Sunday of Luke

Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sun. Feb 14 - Sunday of the Canaanite                

Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sun. Feb 21 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

Triodion Begins

Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Sun. Feb 28 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son                

Orthros 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am