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Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-03-24
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Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 408.605.0621
  • Street Address:

  • 9th and Lincoln

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  • Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 5808 Carmel by the Sea

  • Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921


Contact Information




Services Schedule

 

Weekend services: the weekend schedule is fixed for most of the year. The services take place in Carmel-by-the-Sea, at All Saints Church, lower level, 9th and Lincoln.

Saturdays: 5:00pm Vespers

Sundays:   8:30am Matins

                   9:45am Liturgy

Week-day services: during the week we may celebrate the major feast days of the Church either in Carmel or in Salinas. Please check the calendar! The schedule pattern is:

Wednesdays:  6:00pm Paraklesis

Eve of feasts: 6:00pm Vespers

Feast days:    8:30am Matins

                       9:45am Liturgy


Past Bulletins


Schedule of Services

Friday, March 22
    5:30pm  9th Hour
    6:00pm  Presanctified liturgy
    7:15pm  Salutations to the Theotokos (2/4)
Saturday, March 23
    8:15am  Service of the Hours - CANCELLED
    9:00am  Liturgy - CANCELLED
    10:00am  Lenten Retreat - "Orthodoxy: A Way of Life and the Way to Life" with Father Aris Metrakos
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, March 24   Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas
    8:30am  Matins
    9:45am  Liturgy
    7:00pm  Vespers at Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco
Monday, March 25   ANNUNCIATION
    8:30am  Orthros + Liturgy in SALINAS
    9:30am  Fellowship Coffee
    11:00am  Festal Potluck Luncheon
    6:00pm  Great Compline
Tuesday, March 26
    11:00am  Book Forum
Wednesday, March 27
    5:30pm  9th Hour
    6:00pm  Presanctified Liturgy
    7:15pm  Potluck Lenten Dinner + Lecture: "Saint Nikiforos the Leper" by Dr. Michael Bachik
Friday, March 29
    5:30pm  9th Hour
    6:00pm  Presanctified liturgy
    7:25pm  Salutations to the Theotokos (3/4)
Saturday, March 30
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, March 31  SUNDAY OF THE HOLY CROSS
    8:30am  Matins
    9:45am  Liturgy
Monday, April 1
    6:00pm  Great Compline
Tuesday, April 2
    11:00am  Book Forum
    4:00pm  Ladies I-Help
Wednesday, April 3
    5:30pm  9th Hour
   6:00pm  Presanctified Liturgy
    7:15pm  Potluck Lenten Dinner + Lecture
Friday, April 5
    5:30pm  9th Hour
    6:00pm  Presanctified liturgy
    7:30pm  Salutations to the Theotokos (4/4)
    8:00pm  Stewardship Conference Call
Saturday, April 6
    5:00pm  Vespers
Sunday, April 7   Saint Savvas of Kalymnos /  Sunday of St. John of the Ladder (Climacos)
    8:30am  Matins
    9:45am  Liturgy
    11:15am  Orthodoxy 101: "The Lenten Spring"
    12:00pm  Sunday School

   
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Community Calendar

Lenten Wednesdays - Potluck Dinner and Lecture after Presanctified Liturgy
March 23 - Lenten Retreat led by Father Aris Metrakos
March 25 - Annunciation Potluck (fish) Luncheon.
March 27 - Philoptochos Lunch Bag Assembly
March 31 - Lunch with ASC (the fifth Sunday of the month)
April 20 - Saturday of Lazarus - church decoration, palm cross making and pancake brunch.
April 21 - Palm Sunday. Philoptochos Lenten Bake Sale benefiting our Holy Cross Seminarians
April 28 - Great and Holy PASCHA.
April 28 - Paschal Picnic.
May 19 - Parish Assembly.
May 24 - Birdies for Bricks Golf Tournament
June 30 - Lunch with ASC (the fifth Sunday of the month).
August 31 - September 2 - The 33rd Monterey Bay Greek Festival.
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Saints and Feasts

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March 24

Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.


Annuncia
March 25

Annunciation of the Theotokos

Six months after John the Forerunner's conception, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth, a town of Galilee, unto Mary the Virgin, who had come forth from the Temple a mature maiden (see Nov. 21). According to the tradition handed down by the Fathers, she had been betrothed to Joseph four months. On coming to Joseph's house, the Archangel declared: "Rejoice, thou Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women." After some consideration, and turmoil of soul, and fear because of this greeting, the Virgin, when she had finally obtained full assurance concerning God's unsearchable condescension and the ineffable dispensation that was to take place through her, and believing that all things are possible to the Most High, answered in humility: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." And at this, the Holy Spirit came upon her, and the power of the Most High overshadowed her all-blameless womb, and the Son and Word of God, Who existed before the ages, was conceived past speech and understanding, and became flesh in her immaculate body (Luke 1:26-38).

Bearing in her womb the Uncontainable One, the blessed Virgin went with haste from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea, where Zacharias had his dwelling; for she desired to find Elizabeth her kinswoman and rejoice together with her, because, as she had learned from the Archangel, Elizabeth had conceived in her old age. Furthermore, she wished to tell her of the great things that the Mighty One had been well-pleased to bring to pass in her, and she greeted Elizabeth and drew nigh to her. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, she felt her six-month-old babe, Saint John the Baptist, prophesied of the dawning of the spiritual Sun. Immediately, the aged Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and recognized her as the Mother of her Lord, and with a great voice blessed her and the Fruit that she held within herself. The Virgin also, moved by a supernatural rejoicing in the spirit, glorified her God and Savior, saying: "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," and the rest, as the divine Luke hath recorded (1:39-55)


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Prayer Requests

Please remember in your prayers the following who are in need.

"Lord Jesus Christ Son of God, have mercy on your servant (first name)."

Tom (Athanasios) Maheras - recovering with family in Burlingame.

Eleni Saites - for patience and endurance.

Nina and George Kadiev - George going through many serious health trials.

Maria Kastros - for health, patience and endurance.

Richard and Savanna Yant - mourning the loss of Tiffany, wife and mother.

Sky (Sergey), Kera, Mariem and Kylie (Caliope) - for guidance, patience and peace.

And for those who are in prisons:

Constantine, Sergey, Dennis, Theodore.

Father Ion is available for home visits. Please call him directly at 408.605.0621 if you would like to schedule one.

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News & Events

SAINT JOHN'S LENTEN RETREAT

This Saturday, March 23 is our Annual Lenten Retreat.

Orthodoxy: A Way of Life and the Way to Life

with Father Aris Metrakos

The schedule is as follows:

  • 8:15am - Matins - CANCELLED
  • 9am - Divine Liturgy - CANCELLED
  • 10am - Retreat with Lenten potluck lunch
  • 2pm - Closing Prayer

We welcome Father Aris and our guests through our hospitality and love.

Please let us know about your participation by RSVP at saintjohnmonterey@gmail.com


THE 2019 SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM ORATORICAL FESTIVAL

Our church will hold its parish Oratorical Festival this Sunday, March 24.

The purpose of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is to give children and teenagers an opportunity to learn, write, and speak about their Orthodox faith, church and heritage. This process will enhance their understanding and appreciation of their identity as Orthodox Christians and cultivate spiritual growth and maturity.


MARCH LITURGY IN SALINAS

This month's service in Salinas will be for the feast of Annunciation (March 25) and it will be followed by a fish potluck meal.


BOOK FORUM

Our current Book Forum has been a great source of enrichment for its participants and also much fun. The small group environment invites opening up to the others. We will continue the discussion of the 6th book since the Forum came into existence less than a year ago: THE FIRST FRUITS OF PRAYER - A 40-DAY JOURNEY THROUGH THE CANON OF SAINT ANDREW. The book is available at our bookstore and also online here.

The Canon of Saint Andrew is a jewel in the collection of spiritual treasures of our Church. It will be prayed in church a quarter at a time during the first evenings of Lent (March 11-14) and in its entirety on the fifth Thursday of Lent.

The assigned readings are as follows (a chapter per day):

Tuesday, March 26: Chapters 14-20
Tuesday, April 2: Chapters 21-27
Tuesday, April 9: Chapters 28-34
Tuesday, April 16: Chapters 35-40


NEW! ORTHODOXY 101: The LENTEN SPRING

Orthodoxy 101 Class: The class will meet on the following Lenten Sundays after lunch to bring the powerful, transforming beauty of this holy season against our daily life challenges. The leading message for our group interaction will come from the book "The Lenten Spring" by Father Thomas Hopko. During the 40 days of Lent we will read a chapter per day and then on Sundays we will gather to reflect upon them. A few copies of the book are available at the bookstore. Buy the book online here.

We meet in Saint Nektarios Chapel following lunch. Our guests are invited to join the group.

The class schedule is as follows:

  • March 24: Chapters 9-16
  • March 31: Chapters 17-24
  • April 7: Chapters 25-32
  • April 14: Chapters 33-40

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The Church welcomes the Lenten spring with a spirit of exultation...with the enthusiasm of a child... The tone of the church services is one of brightness and light.

Thus the author begins the first of forty meditation on Great Lent, casting out the gloom and darkness with which many Christians approach this holy season and revealing, in a simple, clear and beautiful manner, its true meaning.

In his meditations, Fr Hopko draws on his long experience as a pastor and teacher, working with young and old throughout the country, to present to the modern reader the relevance of the Church's two-thousand-year-old tradition of preparing to greet our Lord's Resurrection. But in so doing he also makes extensive use of all facets of church tradition from all times inspiring scriptural and liturgical passages from the Lenten services, the spiritual wisdom of the ancient saints and fathers, as well as the teachings of modern guides to the Christian life.

All Christians who undertake the yearly journey to the blessed Pascha of our Lord will find inspiration and guidance in these meditations. All can enjoy reading and rereading them and share in the profound thoughts of the author as they make their own spiritual way through this holy season.


LENTEN WEDNESDAY EVENING LECTURES

This coming Lent we will continue the tradition of Wednesday evening lectures after the Presanctified Liturgy. You are cordially invited to attend the services, share a Lenten dish for dinner and enjoy the presentations. Please see the Schedule of Services for the timing of these events. These are excellent opportunities to break bread together after fasting and receiving holy communion while keeping the mind and the heart in the spirit of Lent. We are blessed to have a variety of speakers, clergy and lay men and women, some local, others coming to be with us from as far as San Francisco and Squaw Valley/ Dunlap. The plan is to offer a variety of subjects as follows:

  • Week 3, March 27: Saint Nikiforos the Leper by Dr. Michael Bachik
  • Week 4, April 4: Make a Difference for Life by Carrie Voyce
  • Week 5, April 10: Panagia Provides.. for the Orphanage School by Rosa Deamant
  • Week 6, April 17: Great Fast and Great Feast by Father John Takahashi

NEW MINISTRY: WOMEN I-HELP

By God's grace and with the help and support of All Saints Church, we are blessed to own the responsibility of hosting the ladies members of the I-HELP program once a month, on the first Tuesday of the month. We will be providing a delicious dinner and fellowship on Tuesday evening and a bagged breakfast for the next day in the morning. This is a great opportunity to serve and to offer from the heart. We thank the ministry leaders Corkey and Despina for pursuing the project and the ASC leadership for making it possible. Now, time to get to work: our first time will be Tuesday, April 2.


NEW MINISTRY: ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS FOR LIFE

We are excited to announce the beginning of a new ministry here at Saint John’s: Orthodox Christians for Life, Central CA. We are going to be among a larger community of Orthodox Christians, as there are chapters within the Bay Area , Southern CA, and other areas within the US.

The vision of the ministry is to promote the sanctity of all innocent human life, from birth until natural death, all with an underscoring of love and compassion to all people, regardless of what they believe about abortion: this will be a movement based out of love for others, as we see evidenced by our own precious Theotokos, as she intercedes for us on our behalf to the Lord. This ministry will also extend to the topics of euthanasia, infanticide, and child/elder abuse.

The mission of the ministry calls for a variety of tasks. We hope to promote sanctity of life issues through initiation and encouragement of education of all people starting from preschool on about the sanctity of life, to energize action within our parish and hopefully, in time, other Orthodox parishes, regardless of jurisdiction. Additionally, we will provide the members of our community with opportunities to give of our time, talent, and resources to pro-life groups, specifically starting with our very own pregnancy centers in Monterey and Salinas. We will also offer and engage in special prayer services at church and other pro-life events. More info to follow. Lastly, we want to spread the word of encouragement to those to have experienced abortion, either through a family member, close friend, or personally. There are many resources to help someone walk through a time of healing –for both men and women-that are both confidential and easy to use. Please see Carrie Voyce @ 707-344-0787 for more info.


PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS

Brothers and Sisters of Philoptochos,

 Feed the Hungry Initiative is a number 1 priority for Philoptochos.  Here is your chance to join us in a hands on philanthropia project on Wednesday, March 27th at 10 AM as we assemble and distribute 50 lunch bags for the homeless.  If you would like to contribute please contact Christina Pressas.

 Special Tray Passing in benefit of HCHC Sunday March 31st, meet Devon Latzen, our community’s own seminarian.  Hear Devon’s thoughts on campus life at HCHC and how the school benefits from Philoptochos support. 

 Bake Sale:  Sunday, April 21st we are taking orders for traditional fragrant 1 lb loaves of Pascha Tsoureki $10.00 each.  100% of the Pascha Bake Sale proceeds benefit HCHC.  Help us reach our goal of 150 loaves!!  YES, I want to help Philoptochos and will order _________ loaves at $10 each. 

 The Beautification of the Church and the church life is traditional a task lovingly executed by the Philoptochos chapters around the world.  Please be on the look out for the beautification letter and please give generously.  

 The Philoptochos 2019 membership drive is in full swing.  The chapter reached great heights in 2018 by His Grace, with your love and enthusiasm for our work.  We cannot do it without your support, and invite/ask each family at St. John the Baptist to become a member of Philoptochos.   Membership application forms are on the literature table in Seccombe Hall, fill it in, send it with your pledge, and return it to the church office attention to Philoptochos. 

 Election Announcement:

In may our chapter will hold their elections and are looking for a few good women.  If you love our church and community, and want to help the less fortunate then Philoptochos needs you.  Won’t you please consider sharing one small part of your heart with those in need and join the board of directors.  Pease contact me if you have the time to give to God and His Work.  Alexandra 619-518-2755 oralex@alexadnramouzas.com

 


CHURCH BEAUTIFICATION AT PASCHA

With the Grace of God our Father we are on the path of Great Lent, and the chapter wishes you wholeheartedly a good, and blessed Lenten Journey! 

The beautification of the church and of our church life are traditionally tasks lovingly provided throughout the year by Philoptochos.  The beautiful flowers on Feast Days, Poinsettias at Christmas, the Blessed Kouvouklion adorned with flowers on Holy Friday, and the traditional red Easter eggs at Pascha are examples of that love.  Sometimes there are special celebrations in the community such as the Salvation Army Angel Tree, a church elder retires, a wedding, or we host visiting Hierarchs…  Philoptochos is there to add the finishing touches to the life of the church. 

We thank you for being the cornerstone of Philoptochos because it is through your membership and support through the years that we can carry out His Works.  It is at this time we pray that God make us all worthy to experience Great Lent in good health, and an uplifting of our souls.  Won’t you please assist Philoptochos in the beautification of the church and our church life at St. John the Baptist? 

 Yes, I would like to assist Philoptochos with the beautification of our church during Pascha and throughout the year.  Enclosed please find my gift.  Mail to:  Philoptochos PO BOX 5808, Carmel by the Sea, CA  93921

 With Christ,

St. John the Baptist Chapter of Philoptochos
Alexandra Mouzas
Chapter President


SUNDAY SCHOOL

The Sunday School classes will meet this Sunday. After lunch, preschoolers follow Presbytera Ana and Carrie and older kids Jacob and Daniel.


LUNCH WITH ALL SAINTS CHURCH

Time for hospitality and fellowship with our neighbor... We are blessed again to host the All Saints congregation for a Lenten Potluck lunch on March 31, the fifth Sunday of the month. All our fellowship teams will be on duty.


SERVING THESE SUNDAYS

Serving this Sunday in church and at the fellowship hour following Liturgy:

March 24
   Parish Council member: Kevin Wheeler
   Greeter: Mary Kanalakis
   Fellowship: Green Team – Every 4th Sunday each month

March 31
   Parish Council member: Euthimios Saites
   Greeter: Rania Zavitsanos
   Fellowship: All Teams – Every 5th Sunday each month – Hosting All Saints members


CONFESSIONS AT SAINT JOHN’S

Father Ion is available to hear confessions after services and also by appointment at other times. If you need to do confession, please contact Father Ion ahead of time.


PASCHA PICNIC AT TORO PARK

Pascha Picnic

Sunday, April 28 1 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm 
Toro Park – Buckeye Area

Highway 68, Salinas, CA

Lamb, chicken, rice, dolmades, salad, dessert,
jump house, egg hunt, camaraderie

$25 for adults advance/ $30 at the door

$10 for children 6-12
Children 5 and under FREE

NEW: PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE AT: tinyurl.com/saintjohnpicnic 

 

Please note: Parking costs an additional $10, to be paid on site per vehicle (or walk-in fee/person). Passes for those in need are available on a limited basis, please contact us at saintjohnmonterey@gmail.com
for more information.

 

Save the Date! More details to be provided.


BIRDIES FOR BRICKS GOLF TOURNAMENT

Birdies for Bricks

1st Annual St. John the Baptist Golf Tournament

Poppy Hills Golf Course

May 24th, 2019

Proceeds to benefit development and growth of
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church

Schedule of Events:

Four Person Scramble

11:30 Registration and Check-In - Entry fee includes box lunch

1:00 Shotgun start green fee, cart and dinner.

6:00 Dinner, Awards, Raffle and Auction

 

Entry and Sponsor Form can be obtained here and at: tinyurl.com/stjohngolf

 

  • Tee Sponsor: $250 includes Tee sign placed at one of the 18 tees. Brief ad in program
  • Business Sponsor: $500 includes Tee sign, brief ad in program plus logo on banner displayed at awards ceremony.
  • Corporate Sponsor: $1,500 includes Tee sign, brief ad in program, logo on banner displayed at awards ceremony plus foursome of golf at tournament.

Please send checks and AUCTION/RAFFLE prize donations to: St. John the Baptist c/o Corrine Balcom 1599 Josselyn Canyon Rd. Monterey, CA 93940 Or pay online at tinyurl.com/stjohngolf


METROPOLIS SUMMER CAMP

Our Metropolis Summer Camp is open to campers ages 8-18 (campers entering 3rd grade in Fall 2019, or will be graduating High School in Spring 2019). Come and experience an incredible summer at St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, CA with youth and young adults from across our Metropolis as we have a blast meeting new friends, reuniting with old friends, and learning more about our beautiful Orthodox faith! Monthly payment plans are available, as this will help families spread out the cost for camp over the next 4 months. All payments are due in full by June 1, 2019. To register, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required.

2019 REGISTRATION FEE: $550 Late Registration (until May 31)

2019 SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION UPDATE:
Staff Orientation Week: July 1 – 6
Session I: July 7 – 13 (51 spots available)*
Session II: July 14 – 20 (51 spots available)*
Session III: July 21 – 27 (76 spots available)*
*Campers are limited to registering for only one session of camp
2019 STAFF APPLICATIONS: If you know of any young adults who would make a great summer camp counselor, please encourage them to apply here.

3-SISTER CHANT GROUP TO PERFORM

The PAOI and the Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont are very excited to be bringing Eikona to the Bay Area this Spring on April 5, 6, and 7!  

Eikona "is a three-sister ensemble who chant Byzantine-styled Hymns and sing Contemporary Christian Music.  Rooted in the Greek Orthodox Church, their music preserves, shares and promotes centuries’ worth of rich, musical tradition of hymns and psalmody.  Their angelic voices have been heard in services and homes around the world and continue to inspire, encourage, and excite the newest generation of Greek Orthodox and Christian music fans." (Please see www.Eikona.com for more information on the group)

Our preliminary schedule for the weekend is as follows:

FRIDAY APRIL 5, 2019 - SALUTATIONS AT HOLY TRINITY IN SAN FRANCISCO
Eikona will sing the Salutations at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco, followed by refreshments and a discussion with the group after the service.  Services will begin at 7pm. 

SATURDAY APRIL 6, 2019 - LENTEN RETREAT AT HOLY CROSS IN BELMONT 
Eikona will treat us to an interactive performance with discussion focused on families and people of all ages in the morning, followed by lunch, and then a second interactive performance with discussion focused on adults.  The second performance will also feature faculty from the PAOI and the GTU in Berkeley.  There will also be a separate activity for children during the second performance so that their parents can participate in the afternoon event.  Tentative start time is 10 am, but specific times TBA. 

SUNDAY APRIL 7, 2019 - LITURGY & YOUTH MUSIC WORKSHOP AT HOLY CROSS IN BELMONT 
Eikona will sing the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Cross in Belmont in the morning.  In the afternoon they will facilitate a youth music workshop open to youth from all churches in the area.  Orthros begins at 8:45 am and Divine Liturgy starts at 10 am. 


METROPOLIS YAL CONFERENCE

Metropolis of San Francisco to host Young Adult League Conference

Labor Day Weekend 2019

Labor Day Weekend 2019 in southern California is the place to be for young adults ages 18 - 35 at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult League Conference. This event will offer a wide array of activities including engaging workshops, inspiring speakers, worship, fellowship, and a community service project. Mark your calendars for August 29 - September 2, 2019 because the YAL Conference is where you will want to be!

Apply to be on the YAL Conference Steering Committee:

The Metropolis YAL Conference is a great way to share your time and talents as a young adult and emerging leader of the Church. You have the opportunity to be part of the planning team for this Conference and making it a spiritually uplifting, memorable, motivating and fun weekend!

Applications are being accepted for the Steering Committee and can be found online and must be submitted by March 1, 2019. All applicants must be 21 years of age by August 1, 2019. Volunteers are needed to work in a variety of areas including: Events, Finance, Communications and Marketing, Worship, Registration and more. Share your talents, gain valuable experience, and build up this powerful ministry!

For more information, please email yalconf2019@gmail.com.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 2nd Mode

When You descended unto death, O Lord who yourself are immortal Life, then did You mortify Hades by the lightning flash of Your Divinity. Also when You raised the dead from the netherworld, all the Powers of the heavens were crying out: O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory be to You.

Apolytikion of Forefeast of the Annunciation in the Fourth Tone

Today is the prelude of the joy of the universe, and it incites us to sing the forefestal hymns. For behold, Gabriel is coming, and he will say to the Virgin: Rejoice, Maiden full of grace; the Lord is with you.

Apolytikion of Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Beacon of Orthodox belief, the strong support of the Church and her teacher inspired by God, you are the ornament of monks, the unassailable champion of theologians, O Gregory the Wonder-worker and the boast of Thessalonica, the messenger of grace. Forever earnestly entreat for the salvation of our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 4th Mode

The Archangel spoke to you, * O Theotokos, * and the Holy Spirit came * on you and thus you did conceive * the Father's Son, who is one in throne * and one in essence. * Through you, thus, was Adam recalled.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

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.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 2nd Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Take up your bed. Carry the very mat that once carried you. Change places, so that what was the proof of your sickness may now give testimony to your soundness. Your bed of pain becomes the sign of healing, its very weight the measure of the strength that has been restored to you.
Saint Peter Chrysologus
Homily 50.6. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol. 2: Mark. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 27.

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