Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-08-18
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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

Saturday, August 17
    5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, August 18
    8:30am Matins
    9:45am Liturgy
    12:00pm Orthodoxy 101/ Catechism and Sunday School
Wednesday, August 21
    10:00am Congregational Chanting
    11:00am Book Forum: “The Way of a Pilgrim” – Chapter 2
    6:00pm Paraklesis
Saturday, August 24
    5:00pm Vespers
Sunday, August 25
    8:30am Matins
    9:45am Liturgy
    12:00pm Orthodoxy 101/ Catechism and Sunday School
 Wednesday, August 28
    10:00am Congregational Chanting
    11:00am Book Forum: “The Way of a Pilgrim” – Chapter 3
    6:00pm Vespers + Orthros + Liturgy
Thursday, August 29   Beheading of St. John the Baptist
Saturday, August 31
   6:00pm  Vespers in the Little Church at the Festival
Sunday, September 1    New Ecclesiastical Year
    7:30am  Matins
    8:30am  Liturgy
    11:00am  Festival Opens


See the whole calendar at


Community Calendar

August 26 - Festival Cooking: Chicken Kapama
August 26 - Festival Cooking: Rice
August 30 - Festival Set up at Custom House Plaza
August 31 - September 2 - The 33rd Monterey Bay Greek Festival
September 29 - Hosting ASC for lunch after liturgy



News & Events


The fundraiser for covering the deficit of Sandy's funeral and burial is managed by the Philoptochos, the organization that Sandy has served with passion for many years. As Sandy did in life, please give generously as we still have a long way to go. 

  • Donate online through our Facebook page or via PayPal from our web site.
  • Drop off or mail a check made out to Philoptochos with Sandy’s name in the memo line to:  PO Box 5808, Carmel by the Sea, CA  93921


The Catechism/ Orthodoxy 101 Class will meet on Sunday, August 18 for discussing the readings and podcasts under #5 of the curriculum, The Scriptures (II): Bible and Holy Tradition. The newly revised curriculum including audio resources can be found at our web site under Adult Education.

Our visitors and newcomers are encouraged to attend and participate. The class is also offered as RECATECHISM to all for their own benefit, for connecting with our visitors and catechumens and for strengthening our community. No asked questions are silly. Come, ask, learn, change and be transformed!


The Sunday School class will meet this Sunday after the Divine Liturgy and lunch, older kids only. The preschool will resume in September.


Join us for reading and discussing the very popular book The Way of a Pilgrim. The book can be found at our bookstore or online here. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 21, from 11 a.m. in Saint Nektarios Chapel. Please prepare chapter 2.

This classic of world spiritual literature is the firsthand account of a pilgrim's journey as he endeavors to live out Saint Paul's instruction to "pray without ceasing." The narrator, an unnamed nineteenth-century peasant, sets out on his pilgrimage with nothing but a Bible, a rosary, and some dried bread. As he walks, he recites the Jesus prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me")—a prayer that is said to quiet anxiety and fill the heart with love for all creation. With this prayer constantly on his lips, the pilgrim undergoes a profound spiritual education. Learn more about the book and its history here.


The Congregational Chanting Workshop will meet on Wednesday, August 21, from 10 am (before the Book Forum). Open to all.



In another two weeks, we will be immersed in our annual Monterey Bay Greek Festival. If you have not yet made plans to volunteer, please do so now. Help is needed in the following areas:


  • Set up on Friday includes marking booths locations, and laying down tarps. In the afternoon, tables and chairs are set up, vendors arrive and booths must be stocked.
  • Throughout the festival, volunteers are needed working at the booths, or behind the scene with baking, cleaning, fetching
  • As the festival concludes on Monday, the cleanup begins, with boxing, packing, sweeping, until there is no trace of the festival at all when the sun sets.


Please consider when and where you have time to participate and plan to do so with generosity and gratitude. You can sign up, or show up and ask where you can fill in.. We need you.


Lastly, please  spread the word! Invite everyone you encounter to visit us at the festival on Custom House Plaza.




The final week is set up for cooking:

 Monday, August 26 & 27 - Chicken Kapama

Tuesday, August 27 - Rice

Those who wish to volunteer, or have any questions about donating ingredients, please call Voula Saites at 831-384-3893.

Cooking begins at 9:30am at the Salinas Church on 326 Park St. If you are not able to make it during the day, your help in the evening prepping and cleaning up for the next day would be a great help.


As you know summer finds the board in summer session, meaning we don’t meet regularly.  However we are always available if the need arises, if you find yourself or someone else in need of Philoptochos please contact any board member or reply to this email:


Philoptochos will be selling their Tsourekia (traditional Feast sweet bread) during the church festival.  As you know they’re very popular, if you would like to place multiple orders, please reply to this email.

Please put Saturday, October 19th on your calendar for the annual Fall General Meeting.  This year as the Saint John the Baptist community continues to grow we shall “Celebrate the Cultures of Saint John the Baptist”.  We invite each of you to wear a native costume, share a native dish, and if you have music from your country please bring it with you…we’d love to learn a dance.  Celebrating our Fabric of Cultures, Saturday October 19th.  More details to follow.


We will be observing the feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist (August 29) with the vigil on the eve, Wednesday, August 28, from 6pm. The day of the beheading is always a day of strict fast.


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

August 18

Parish Council member: Euthimios Saites
Greeter: Carrie Wilemon
Fellowship: Orange Team – Every 3rd Sunday each month

August 25

Parish Council member: Jacob Voyce
Greeter: Carrie Voyce
Fellowship: Green Team – Every 4th Sunday each month


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.


From our sister church in San Jose: The 31st annual Fr. Berris Golf Classic will be held Monday, September 16th at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose. Father Berris Golf Classic, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization benefiting seminarians from our diocese enrolled in the Masters of Divinity Program at Holy Cross Seminary as well as our new mission- projects to benefit the youth of our St. Nicholas Church. Over the last 30 years $233,000 has been awarded in scholarships to seminarians and over $140,000 to the St. Nicholas Building Fund, all thanks to our sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers. Please join us for a fun day of golf and fellowship and/or consider being a sponsor, gift donor or volunteer at the tournament. For more information visit or call Jim Chiochios at 408.741.5534 or email Thank you for your support!


Adult Resort Camp is at St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, from Monday to Friday, September 16-20th.  Lodging and meals is included in the cost. For reservations call 559-338-2103 or for more information, call Fr. Jim Pappas at 559-233-0397.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center

Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center: We will celebrate 40 years of this remarkable ministry

A dinner event will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland, CA. This gathering will celebrate the many accomplishments of the Ranch, especially recognizing those whose vision brought forth this wonderful ministry 40 years ago, as well as provide us with the opportunity to look to the next 40 years and beyond so that the Ranch may continue to grow and flourish for the spiritual, educational and cultural edification of our faithful.


Details on tickets and sponsorships will be forthcoming soon. For more information, please contact the Metropolis Office at 415-753-3075. The Ranch is preparing a video to chronicle the past 40 years, and welcomes the submission of high-resolution pictures or videos. These may be submitted electronically to Michael Pappas no later than August 30, 2019.



Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Mode

You descended from on high, O compassionate One, and condescended to be buried for three days, so that from the passions You might set us free. Our life and resurrection, O Lord, glory be to You.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Dormition in the 1st Mode

In giving birth you retained your virginity, and in dormition you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated unto life, being the Mother of Life. And thus by virtue of your intercessions you deliver our souls from death.

Apolytikion of Saint John the Baptist in the 1st Mode

The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord's testimony is sufficient for you, O Forerunner; for you have proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since you were granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed. Wherefore, having contested for the truth, you did rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades: that God has appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Mode

The Theotokos, unsleeping in intercession * and the immovable hope of protection, * could not be retained by any tomb or death. * For being Life's own Mother, she was transferred to life by Him * who dwelt in the ever-virgin womb.

Kontakion for the Fallen Asleep in the 1st Mode

Remember, O Lord, as good, your servants, and forgive whatever sins in life they committed, for no one is without sin, except you the Mighty One; and grant rest to them who have been removed from among us.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Ninth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal 4th Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 3:9-17.

Brethren, we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can any one lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any one builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw - each man's work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and that temple you are.

Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:22-34

At that time, Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was many furlongs distant from the land, beaten by the waves; for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, "It is a ghost!" And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying "Take heart, it is I; have no fear."

And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, bid me come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus; but when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "O man of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they entered the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.


Special Services

The 9-day Memorial Service this Sunday is for the servants of God Alexandra (Sandy), Daughter of Elaine Rogers, sister of Corkey Balcom, mother of Candace and Julie.

May her memory be eternal!


Wisdom of the Fathers

The principle and source of the virtues is a good disposition of the will, that is to say, an aspiration for goodness and beauty. God is the source and ground of all supernal goodness. Thus the principle of goodness and beauty is faith or, rather, it is Christ, the rock of faith, who is principle and foundation of all virtues. On this rock we stand and on this foundation we build every good thing (cf. I Cor. 3:11).
Saint Gregory of Sinai
On Commandments and Doctrines no. 83, Philokalia Vol. 3 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 228, 14th century


Saints and Feasts

August 18

9th Sunday of Matthew

August 18

Saints Floros & Lauros the Monk-martyrs of Illyria

These Martyrs were twin brothers, and stonemasons. After the martyrdom of their teachers Proclus and Maximus, they left Byzantium and came to the city of Ulpiana in Illyricum, where a certain Licinius hired them to build a temple for the idols. The wages he gave them, they distributed to the poor, and when the temple was built, Floros and Lauros gathered the paupers, and with their help put ropes about the necks of the idols, pulled them to the ground, and furnished the temple as a church. When Licinius learned of this, he had the paupers burned alive in a furnace. Floros and Lauros were tormented, then cast into a deep well, where they gave up their souls to the Lord. When their holy relics were recovered years later, they poured forth myrrh and worked many miracles; they were enshrined in Constantinople.

August 20

Saint Samuel the Prophet

This most holy man, a Prophet of God from childhood, was the last judge of the Israelite people, and anointed the first two Kings of Israel. He was born in the twelfth century before Christ, in the city of Armathaim Sipha, from the tribe of Levi, the son of Elkanah and Hannah (Anna). He was the fruit of prayer, for his mother, being barren, conceived him only after she had supplicated the Lord with many tears; wherefore she called him Samuel, that is, "heard by God." As soon as Hannah had weaned him, she brought him to the city of Silom (Shiloh), where the Ark was kept, and she consecrated him, though yet a babe, to the service of God, giving thanks to Him with the hymn found in the Third Ode of the Psalter: "My heart hath been established in the Lord . . ." Samuel remained in Silom under the protection of Eli the priest. He served in the Tabernacle of God, and through his most venerable way of life became well-pleasing to God and man (I Kings 2: 26). While yet a child, sleeping in the tabernacle near the Ark of God, he heard the voice of God calling his name, and foretelling the downfall of Eli; for although Eli's two sons, Ophni and Phineas, were most lawless, and despisers of God, Eli did not correct them. Even after Samuel had told Eli of the divine warning, Eli did not properly chastise his sons, and afterwards, through various misfortunes, his whole house was blotted out in one day.

After these things came to pass, Samuel was chosen to be the protector of the people, and he judged them with holiness and righteousness. He became for them an example of all goodness, and their compassionate intercessor before God: "Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; yea, I will serve the Lord, and show you the good and the right way" (ibid. 12:23). When he asked them -- having God as witness -- if he ever wronged anyone, or took anyone's possessions, or any gift, even so much as a sandal, they answered with one voice: "Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, nor afflicted us, neither hast thou taken anything from anyone's hand" (ibid. 12:4). When Samuel was old, the people asked him for a king, but he was displeased with this, knowing that God Himself was their King. But when they persisted, the Lord commanded him to anoint them a king, saying, "They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me from reigning over them" (ibid. 8:7); so Samuel anointed Saul. But Saul transgressed the command of God repeatedly, so Samuel anointed David. Yet, since Samuel was a man of God, full of tender mercy, when the Lord told him that He had rejected Saul, Samuel wept for him the whole night long (ibid. 15:11); and later, since he continued to grieve, the Lord said to him, "How long wilt thou mourn for Saul?" (ibid. 16:1). Having lived blamelessly some ninety-eight years, and become an example to all of a God-pleasing life, he reposed in the eleventh century before Christ. Many ascribe to him the authorship of the Books of judges, and of Ruth, and of the first twenty-four chapters of the First Book of Kings (I Samuel).

August 21

The Holy Apostle Thaddaeus

The Apostle Thaddaeus was from Edessa, a Jew by race. When he came to Jerusalem, he became a disciple of Christ, and after His Ascension he returned to Edessa. There he catechized and baptized Abgar (see Aug. 16). Having preached in Mesopotamia, he ended his life in martyrdom. Though some call him one of the Twelve, whom Matthew calls "Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus" (Matt. 10:3), Eusebius says that he is one of the Seventy: "After [Christ's] Resurrection from the dead, and His ascent into Heaven, Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles, inspired by God, sent Thaddaeus, one of the seventy disciples of Christ, to Edessa as a preacher and evangelist of Christ's teaching" (Eccl. Hist. 1: 13).

August 23

Apodosis of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Concerning the Dormition of the Theotokos, this is what the Church has received from ancient times from the tradition of the Fathers. When the time drew nigh that our Savior was well-pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared unto her through an Angel that three days hence, He would translate her from this temporal life to eternity and bliss. On hearing this, she went up with haste to the Mount of Olives, where she prayed continuously. Giving thanks to God, she returned to her house and prepared whatever was necessary for her burial. While these things were taking place, clouds caught up the Apostles from the ends of the earth, where each one happened to be preaching, and brought them at once to the house of the Mother of God, who informed them of the cause of their sudden gathering. As a mother, she consoled them in their affliction as was meet, and then raised her hands to Heaven and prayed for the peace of the world. She blessed the Apostles, and, reclining upon her bed with seemliness, gave up her all-holy spirit into the hands of her Son and God.

With reverence and many lights, and chanting burial hymns, the Apostles took up that God-receiving body and brought it to the sepulchre, while the Angels from Heaven chanted with them, and sent forth her who is higher than the Cherubim. But one Jew, moved by malice, audaciously stretched forth his hand upon the bed and immediately received from divine judgment the wages of his audacity. Those daring hands were severed by an invisible blow. But when he repented and asked forgiveness, his hands were restored. When they had reached the place called Gethsemane, they buried there with honor the all-immaculate body of the Theotokos, which was the source of Life. But on the third day after the burial, when they were eating together, and raised up the artos (bread) in Jesus' Name, as was their custom, the Theotokos appeared in the air, saying "Rejoice" to them. From this they learned concerning the bodily translation of the Theotokos into the Heavens.

These things has the Church received from the traditions of the Fathers, who have composed many hymns out of reverence, to the glory of the Mother of our God (see Oct. 3 and 4).

August 23

Our Holy Father Ireneaus, Bishop of Lyons

The Holy Hieromartyr Irenaeus was born in Asia Minor about the year 120, and in his youth was a disciple of Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. Saint Irenaeus was sent to Lyons in Gaul, to be a fellow labourer of Pothinus, Bishop of Lyons (celebrated June 2), who had also been a disciple Saint Polycarp. After the martyrdom of Saint Pothinus, Saint Irenaeus succeeded him as Bishop of Lyons. Besides the assaults of paganism, Irenaeus found himself compelled to do battle with many Gnostic heresies, against which he wrote his greatest work, A Refutation and Overthrow of Knowledge Falsely So Called . He was also a peace-maker within the Church. When Victor, Bishop of Rome, was prepared to excommunicate the Christians of Asia Minor for following a different tradition celebrating Pascha, Irenaeus persuaded him to moderate his zeal, and mediated peace. He made Lyons an illustrious bastion of Orthodoxy and a school of piety, and sealed his confession with martyrdom about the year 202, during the reign of Septimius Severus. He is not to be confused with Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Sirmium, also celebrated today, who was beheaded and cast into a river in 304 under Diocletian.


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)."

Eleni Saites - for patience and endurance.

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

Maria Kastros-Taubman - for health, patience and endurance.

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

Kylie and her family for health, faith and hope. 

Brodie Aguirre - for protection during his military service

Alberta - for recovery after hip reconstruction surgery

Maribelle Alvarez - for strength and recovery

And for those who are in prisons:

Theo, Constantine, Sergei and Dennis.

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