Sunday Orthros: 9 AM
Sunday Liturgy: 10 AM
Welcome to St. John Chrysostome Greek Orthodox Church
We are a thriving community of 65 families, working to share the Orthodox Faith with the South Florida area. We try to balance our lives with both corporate and personal prayer, philanthropic works to our greater community and common meals together. Our goal is the progression towards the kingdom of God in this life, in loving our fellow man and seeing Christ in the person sitting next to us.
We are pleased that you have joined us today for worship. To receive Communion in the Orthodox Church, one must be Baptized and/or Chrismated in the Orthodox Faith. The Orthodox Church understands Holy Communion as the sign of unity. If you are interested in learning more about the Orthodox Faith, please contact Father Andrew. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian or not, please come forward at the dismissal to receive the blessed bread which is offered to everyone as you leave. May Christ's blessings be with all of you.
May 29, 2020
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
We have now arrived at the time when we will begin the gradual opening of our
We are thankful for the guidance provided by the county, state, CDC and our own Metropolis of Atlanta. We are making every effort to follow all the guidelines provided to effect a safe and smooth transition back into “in person” worship.
We also realize that some of you may not yet be comfortable with coming to the church building. We are also looking at the possibility of setting up the live-streaming of out worship services so that those of you, who are still unsure about live participation, may follow the services of Saint John Chrysostom Church of Martin County in Hobe Sound. However, that will take us a little time to accomplish.
THERE ARE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO FOLLOW IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIVINE SERVICES IN PERSON. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE:
1/ Use the doors on the right to enter the church building. The center church doors will be for exit only.
2/ Approaching the entrance, you must maintain a distance of six (6) feet.
3/ Everyone must be wearing a mask (we will provide one if you don’t have one) and it must be worn all the time you are in the church, except for receiving Holy Communion.
4/ At the door, your temperature will be taken by a thermometer that does not touch you (no contact). Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or more must be turned away, along with their family, if they are not alone.
5/ We will have a list of parishioners and will check off your name as you enter and we will verify you contact information. We must have your contact information.
6/ You will use hand sanitizer which we will provide before you are directed to the area to light a candle. We will be unable to make change. Please come prepared accordingly.
7/ There will be trays on the table for candles and donations as you receive your candles and there will be trays on tables, also, as you depart the Divine Liturgy for you to make your usual or traditional Tray 1 and Tray 2 (for the mortgage) donations. No trays will be passed during the service. You may also donate on-line at our website.
DO NOT TOUCH OR KISS THE ICONS OR GOSPEL BOOK. SIMPLY APPROACH, BOW AND MAKE THE SIGN OF THE CROSS.
8/ The chairs have been placed strategically to maintain appropriate distance.
Do not move chairs.
9/ For Holy Communion, you are to remain in your seats. Father Andrew will come to each of you for those who wish to receive Holy Communion. Since we are trying to eliminate the need for you to touch the spoon, we ask that you tilt your head back, open your mouth and Father will tilt the spoon so you may receive the Body and Blood of Christ. You are asked NOT to touch the communion cloth, which will be held by the altar servers below your chin to catch any spill. Again, please do not touch the cloth or wipe your mouth with it.
a/ No antidoron will be available until the end of the service. It will be in a plastic baggie and handed out by Father Andrew. Please do not kiss Father Andrew’s hand.
b/ Any memorials will be conducted without Koliva. This includes the Saturday of Souls on the 6th of June.
c/ We will follow regular procedure for Artoclasia (Blessing of the Loaves) but distribution will be handled by the priest in Zip lock baggies. Again, please do no kiss the priest hand.
Orthros (Matins) begin at 9am as usual. Divine Liturgy begins at 10am as usual. We realize that most people do not arrive in time for Orthros, but it is imperative for you to arrive by 10:10 to participate in the Divine Liturgy. We realize this may be an inconvenience for some of you, but these are unique times which call for unique measure and requirements. Please be cooperative.
**These requirements and procedures are provided out of love and concern for all of us. If you feel you will be unable to follow or abide by them, it might not be time for you to participate in person.
Looking forward to seeing you in the Divine Liturgy again, I remain
In the Lord’s service,
Father Andrew Mahalares
***THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU ! TO ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN SENDING IN YOUR STEWARDSHIP, CANDLE MONEY AND DONATIONS BY REGULAR MAIL AND THROUGH THE DONATION BUTTONS ON OUR WEBSITE. YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT IS SINCERELY APPRECIATED AND VERY MUCH NEEDED, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME OF THE PANDEMIC CRISES. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING ALL OF YOU AGAIN IN WORSHIP. YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT, MORAL AND FINANCIAL CONTINUES TO LIFT US UP, DESPITE THIS TRIALS CREATED BY THIS PANDEMIC. THANK YOU, AGAIN!
***IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO DO THAT YET, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE YOU STWARDSHIP PLEDGE, SUNDAY TRAY OFFEREINGS AND CANDLE MONEY TO THE CHURCH.
AN UPDATED STEWARDSHIP LIST IS INCLUDED BELOW. IN ORDER TO SEE YOUR NAME ON THE LIST OF STEWARDS, YOU MUST HAVE COMPLETED A STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE CARD AND WE MUST HAVE RECEIVED IT AT THE CHURCH TO INCLUDE YOU NAME ON THE LIST. WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND GENEROSITY. BASED ON OUR MOST CURRENT INFORMATION (FRIDAY, MAY 1st). THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE ARE PLEDGED STEWARDS OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM CHURCH:
Alexandrou, Anna & Lazarus
Bakas, Pericles & Panagiota (Toula)
Dionisopoulos, Nick & Athanasia (Mimi)
Fitzer, Pamela (Tseklenis) & Peter
Ioannides, Nina Marie
Laskaris, John & Joanna
Lefco, Evelyn & Michael
Denise Koltis & Sotiri Dushas
Karamatsoukas, Nicholas & Celeste
Kuzemka, Nick & Carole
Mahalares, Father Andrew
Malliaroudakis, George & Doria
Menexis, Michael and Doris
Mihaltse, William & Diana
Monsma, Joel & Constance
Moulis, Peter & Helene
Nakos, Peter & Anastasia (Annie)
Neamonitis, Nicholas & Thomae
Nickas, Aristides (Steve) & Barbara
Papadopoulos, Demetrios & Vie
Pappas, Steve & Rose Marie (Posie)
Pantazopoulos, Anthony & Katherine
Parasco, Odessefs & Mary
Petrides, Pat (Kyriaki)
Reams, Bill & Jodie
Siggelakis, Nikitas and Leona
Tambakis, John and JoAnn
Tosi, Lawrence (Larry)
Wilshire, Maria & Alfred
Zafiropoulos, Despina (Debbie)
Zaimes, George & Dena
St. John Chrysostom, Patron Saint of the Church - Apolytikion.
The grace that from your mouth shone forth like a torch illumined the universe. It deposited in the world the treasures of the absence of avarice. It showed us the height that is attained by humility. Now you instruct us by your words, Father John Chrysostom. Intercede with Christ God, the Word Himself, entreating Him to save our souls.
Ἡ τοῦ στόματός σου καθάπερ πυρσὸς ἐκλάμψασα χάρις, τὴν οἰκουμένην ἐφώτισεν, ἀφιλαργυρίας τῶ κόσμω θησαυροὺς ἐναπέθετο, τὸ ὕψος ἡμῖν τῆς ταπεινοφροσύνης ὑπέδειξεν. Ἀλλὰ σοὶς λόγοις παιδεύων, Πάτερ, Ἰωάννη Χρυσόστομε, πρέσβευετῶ Λόγῳ Χριστῷ τῶ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν
Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14
At that time, being raised from the dead, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36.
IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.
Fathers of the 1st Council
The Reading is from John 17:1-13
At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made.
"I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves."
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in our Community and their families, and all those who are in need of our prayers.
William (Bill), Evangelos, Katherine (Dr. Mary's mother) Harry, Mirsini, Peter, Helen, Eleni, Becky, Mary D’Jay, Presbytera Helen, Fr. Constantine, Fr. Demetri Tsigas (Melbourne Priest), SAVAS, Kosta, Demetrios, Mary, Evangelia, Kyriakos (Charley), Danny, Peter, Kay, Linda, Chris, Diana, Tom and Family, Nick K, Maggie, Helen, Gena Mildner, Joanna, Constantina, Mimi, Virginia, Apostolos, Sophie, Joshua, Despina, Thomas, Jan, Aristides, Lucas, Baby Paul, Leona, Mary, Toula, Eleni, Phylitsa, George Edward, Efrosini, George, Stella, Phyllis, Irene, Georgia, Marcia, Sheila and Maureen, Laura, Sophia.
ALL SUNDAY SERVICES 9– 11:15 AM
MAY & JUNE SCHEDULE OF SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
Thur. May 28th, ASCENSION THURSDAY, Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM
Sun. May 31st Sunday, of Memorial Day Weekend, Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM
( Hopefully, our first Sunday back in the church with participation by a limited number of our parishioners)
Sat. June 6th, SATURDAY OF SOULS Othros & Divine LIturgy, 9-11:30AM
(Names of deceased loved ones may be submitted to Father Andrew but Only ONE tray of Kolyva and NO KOLYVA may be distributed after services.)
Sun. June 7th, PENTECOST, Orthros and Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM; Kneeling prayers following Div. Liturgy
(The week following Pentecost is fast free...no fasting is required.)
Sun. June 14th, OF All Saints, Orthros and Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM
Sun. June 21st, Sunday, Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM
Sun. June 28th, Sunday, Orthros & Divine LIturgy, 9-11:30AM
Mon. June 29th, Monday, Saints Peter & Paul, Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30am
Stewardship is our response to God’s grace and moves us from grace to gratitude. Just as we love because God first loved us (John 4:14), we give because God first gave to us. The question of the Psalmist “What shall I give to the Lord in return for all His benefits towards me?” (Ps 116:2), is answered in every liturgy when the celebrant calls us to “offer ourselves and one another and our whole life to Christ our God.”
As Orthodox Christians, we see the world as God’s gift, as a sacrament of God’s presence and a means of communion with Him. And so we are able to offer the world back to God in thanksgiving as we say in every Divine Liturgy “Thine own of Thine own we offer to thee…”
In II Corinthians 9:7 we read “Each person should give what he/she has decided in his/her heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Consider your weekly expenditures on entertainment, coffee, etc. Keep in mind that the expenses of the Church increase every year. In order to grow our ministries and meet our expenses, stewardship contributions must also increase each year.
If you haven't yet completed your 2019 Pledge yet, please make every effort to do so before we bigne the task of encouraging you to make your pledge for 2020 and remind you to complete your pledge form and begin the fulfillment of the pledge you make (i.e. paying it all at one time or quarterly, monthly or weekly thoughout the coming the year).
You must have completed a Stewardship form and submitted it to be considered a Steward of Saint John's.
Please complete your Stewardship form for 2020