Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-04-21
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Assumption of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Street Address:

  • 801 Montecito Drive

  • San Angelo, TX 76903

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Alternating Sundays:

9 AM Orthros Prayer Service & 
10 AM Divine Liturgy Communion Service

10 AM Typica Service

The 10 AM Sunday services are followed by Coffee Hour and Fellowship.

Past Bulletins

Calendar & Announcements


Sunday, April 21 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

  • 9:00 am - Orthros 

  • 10:00 am - Divine Liturgy

Saturday, April 27 - Saturday of Lazarus

  • 10:00 am - Reader's Service and Decorating of Palms

Saturday, April 27 - Palm Sunday Eve

  • 6:00 pm - Great Vespers

Sunday, April 28 - Palm Sunday

  • 9:00 am - Orthros 

  • 10:00 am  Divine Liturgy

Sunday, April 28

Monday, April 29 - Holy Monday

  • 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service (Reader's)

Tuesday, April 30 - Holy Tuesday

  • 6:00 pm - Bridegroom Service (Reader's)

Wednesday, May 1 - Holy Wednesday

Thursday, May 2 - Holy Thursday

  • 9:00 am - Commemoration of the Holy Eucharist

  • 6:00 pm - Service of the 12 Gospels 

Friday, May 3 - Holy Friday

  • 9:00 am - Royal Hours

Decorating the Tomb 

  • 3:00 pm - Unnailing from the Cross 

  • 6:00 pm - Lamentations 

Saturday, May 4 - Holy Saturday

  • 10:00 am - Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil 

  • 11:15 pm - Orthros of Holy Pascha - Resurrection Service

Sunday, May 5 - Great and Holy Pascha

  • 12:00 midnight  - Anastasis Service and Divine Liturgy 

Blessing of Eggs and Baskets Will Follow The Divine Liturgy 

  • 12:00 noon  - Agape Vespers

Sunday, May 12 - Sunday of Thomas

  • 10:00 am -  Reader's Service

Saturday, May 18

  • 6:00 pm - Great Vespers

Sunday, May 19 - Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women

  • 9:00 am - Orthros 

  • 10:00 am - Divine Liturgy

Sunday, May 26 - Sunday of the Paralytic

  • 10:00 am - Reader's Service



Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we prepare to enter the journey of Great Lent, we also prepare our bodies to fast, both physically and spiritually. Linked is an article for reflection and guidance on fasting, and below is pastoral guidance as we use this time of repentance, reflection and renewal to deepen our communion with God. 

For the Lenten Fast, please note the following guidelines: 

-Fasting should never jeopardize your health. If you are required to eat or abstain from certain foods as a medical/health necessity, please do what is necessary. Please speak with Fr. Nektarios if you need spiritual guidance for observing the Fast.

-Fasting is spiritual. It is about avoiding excess and time spent preparing food in order to commit time to prayer and contemplation.

-Fasting is giving our bodies the nutrition and sustenance needed, but lessening our focus on the desires of our physical body and seeking to commune more with God.

-Fasting is also diminishing the external influences of our fallen world and connecting more with the kingdom of God through prayer, worship, and spiritual reading.

-Fasting in personal. It is between you and God with the help of your spiritual father as needed. The goal is not to be perfect in fasting. The goal is to be nearer to the One who makes us holy because He is holy.

Great Lent begins on Monday, March 18.

-On the weekdays during Great Lent, fast from meat, fish, dairy, oil, and wine.

-Fish, oil and wine are permitted on the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25) and on Palm Sunday (April 28)

-Oil and wine are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays during Great Lent with the exception of Holy Saturday.

-Oil and wine are allowed on the following Commemorations during Great Lent:

 -Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel – March 26

 -St. Andrew of Crete – April 18

 -The Lenten Fast ends on Great and Holy Pascha, May 5, and there is no fasting from May 5 through May 12 in observance of Bright Week.

-Oil and Wine are permitted on Wednesdays and Fridays following Bright Week to Pentecost (June 23), with fish also permitted on the Feast of Mid-Pentecost (May 29) and the Leavetaking of Pascha (June 12)



This is a prayerful encouragement to support our parish with a donation. 

You can give as your regular stewardship or as a special donation either at church in the offering or online through our website at 

God continues to bless our Assumption Church and the witness of our Orthodox Christian faith, and your regular stewardship and special gifts help to support the growth of our Church and our fulfilling of the Great Commission through our worship and ministry.



Our new parish email is

Please use this to communicate with Fr. Nektarios. 

If you have not visited our new website, please do so at  



If you are inquiring about the Orthodox Christian faith, please reach out to Fr. Nektarios for resources.Our faith is focused on our worship and participation in the Church, the Body of Christ, and in cultivating our communion with God. 

We can provide you with a prayer book to guide you in daily prayers, as well as a book and online resources that explain the Orthodox Christian faith and life.

Fr. Nektarios is also available to meet with you by phone, Zoom or in person to offer guidance as you follow God's guidance and seek your spiritual home in the Orthodox Church.



There will be no catechism class on April 25.  The next class will be on May 9.

Our focus between now and Holy Pascha (Easter) will be the book The Orthodox Faith, Worship, and LifeMost should have a copy of this book, as we used this same text in 2021, and it has been distributed to many of our catechumens and inquirers.  If you do not have a copy, please let Father Nektarios know. 

This book is very rich and substantive in its focus on the basic beliefs and practices of our faith. It is also a book that emphasizes worship and prayer as essential to living and learning our faith.  

Our weekly sessions will be on Zoom at the link below.  They will also be available livestream on our Assumption Facebook page, as well as on the YouTube Channel for St. Stephen Mission at

The sessions will also be archived at the same YouTube link in case you miss a session or would like to go back and listen to a specific week or topic. 

Meeting ID: 873 8452 7698



If you know someone who needs meals due to illness, birth, etc., please see Kathy Baughman or Noelle Bartl. Thank you to everyone who volunteers for this ministry. You are being the hands of Christ!



Joanna Garcia continues to go through a very difficult time with her ongoing illness. If you want to give a financial donation to help with medical expenses, etc., please make your check out to our church (Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, or AVMGOC for short), and make note that it's for the Garcias.
If you have any questions, please call or text Kathy at 325-277-0274.


We have open slots on the sign up sheet for Coffee Hour, which can be found on the refrigerator in the church kitchen. Can you help host? It's okay to bring something simple, or even just one dish. Encourage others to sign up with you as co-hosts. "Many hands make the burden light." Thank you for your help!



Birthdays: Julian Garcia, Charis Worden, Zane Scott, Gigi Scott, 

Leo Jr. Alexander (Cia Alexander’s grandson)

Anniversaries: none


  • 4/21 - Alexandra McDaniel & Lana Vaughn (Alexandra the Empress)

  • 4/23  - Georgiana Bartl, George Kuykendall, Aaron Rosenstrom (St. George)

  • 4/25 - Fr. Mark Lichtenstein (St. Mark the Evangelist)

Memorials: none


Check out the rest of the bulletin! See below for news from the world of Orthodoxy, online concerts and lecture series, and more.



Please join us for refreshments in the Social Hall.


** As always, see the parish website for any changes and updates. **






Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Second Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Mark 16:1-8

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back - it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, "Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here; see the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see Him, as He told you." And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. 5th Tone. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14.

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt
The Reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the 5th Tone

To the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation, let us, the faithful, give praise and worship. For he willed to be lifted up on the cross in the flesh, to endure death and raise the dead by his glorious resurrection.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. Mary of Egypt in the 8th Tone

In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.

Apolytikion Hymn of Our Parish: for the Dormition of the Theotokos, in the 1st Tone

In giving birth you remained a virgin.  
And in your dormition, you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.  
For as the Mother of Life, you have yourself passed into life.  
And by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.

Seasonal Kontakion in the 2nd Tone

O unfailing protection of Christians, and our faithful advocate before the Creator: though we are sinners, do not ignore our entreaty; but in your goodness, grant your timely help to us who appeal to you in faith. Quickly make intercession; on our behalf make speedy supplication, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you.

Saints and Feasts

April 21

Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.

April 21

Anastasios the Monk of Sinai

April 21

The Holy Hieromartyr Januarius and Those With Him

These Martyrs contested for piety's sake in Campania of Italy, during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), when Timothy was Proconsul. Saint Januarius was the Bishop of Benevento in Campania; he was arrested and taken to Nola, where he was cast into a burning furnace, from which he came forth unharmed; at Puteoli, together with Proculus, Sosius, and Faustus the deacons, Desiderius, reader of the Church of Benevento, and Eurychius and Acutius, nobles from Puteoli, he was cast to wild beasts, which as they came near the Saints, fell affectionately at their feet. Finally they were all beheaded, about the year 305.

April 21

Our Holy Father Maximian, Patriarch of Constantinople

April 21

Alexandra the Martyr

Martyr Alexandra, the Empress and wife of Emperor Diocletion, was so impressed by the courage and martyrdom of St George that she became a Christian and fell under the same persecution. She also was condemned to be beheaded but when she arrived at the place of execution she asked to be allowed to sit down. Her request was granted. She sat down and died quietly before the executioners could carry out their task. Her feast day is 21 April.

April 22

Theodore the Sykeote

Saint Theodore was born out of wedlock in Sykeon, a village of Galatia in Asia Minor. From his childhood, he was under the protection and guidance of the holy Great Martyr George, who often appeared to him, and was as it were his trainer in the hard ascetical discipline which he took upon himself all his life. After a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he became a monk in his native Galatia. About 584 he was ordained Bishop of Anastasiopolis in Galatia, where he shepherded his flock for ten years. After this, he asked to be allowed to be relieved of the duties of governing the diocese. His request was granted but he was commanded to retain his rank as bishop. Saint Theodore was a great worker of miracles, and also received from God the power to cast out even the most obstinate demons, who called him "Iron-eater" because of his stern way of life. Having passed throughout many regions, worked numerous miracles, and strengthened the faithful in piety, he departed this life in 613.

April 23

George the Great Martyr and Triumphant

George, this truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or chiliarch (that is, a commander of a thousand troops), he was illustrious in battle and highly honoured for his courage. When he learned that the Emperor Diocletian was preparing a persecution of the Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia.

His sacred remains were taken by his servant from Nicomedia to Palestine, to a town called Lydda, the homeland of his mother, and then were finally transferred to the church which was raised up in his name. (The translation of the Saint's holy relics to the church in Lydda is commemorated on November 3; Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21.)

If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday.

April 24

Elizabeth the Wonderworker

Saint Elizabeth was born in Heraclea of Thrace. She lived in virginity and exhausted herself with ascetical labours and every kind of hardship from the time of her youth, and was deemed worthy of the grace of wonderworking from God; she reposed in peace in Constantinople in the middle of the fifth century.

April 25

Mark the Apostle and Evangelist

Mark was an idolater from Cyrene of Pentapolis, which is near Libya. Having come to the Faith of Christ through the Apostle Peter, he followed him to Rome. While there, at the prompting of Peter himself and at the request of the Christians living there, he wrote his Gospel in Greek, and it is second in order after Matthew's. Afterwards, travelling to Egypt, he preached the Gospel there and was the first to establish the Church in Alexandria. The idolaters, unable to bear his preaching, seized him, bound him with ropes, and dragged him through the streets until he, cut to pieces on rocks, gave up his soul. It is said that he completed his life in martyrdom about the year 68. He is depicted in holy icons with a lion next to him, one of the living creatures mentioned by Ezekiel (1:10), and a symbol of Christ's royal office, as Saint Irenaeus of Lyons writes.

If April 25 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. Mark is translated to Bright Tuesday.

April 26

Basil the Holy Martyr Bishop of Amasea

This Saint was Bishop of Amasia in Pontus, in the days of Licinius (reigned 308-324), fellow Emperor and brother-in-law of Saint Constantine the Great. Licinius' wife Constantia, sister of Saint Constantine, had as handmaid a virgin named Glaphyra. When it became known that Licinius had conceived a sinful desire for her. Constantia secretly sent Glaphyra away to the East. Coming to Amasia, she took refuge with Saint Basileus. When Licinius learned of this, he furiously commanded that both be brought before him. When the soldiers came for them, however, Saint Glaphyra had already departed to the Lord; she is also commemorated this day. Saint Basileus was taken alone to Nicomedia, where he was beheaded. His body was cast into the sea, but through divine revelation was found again and brought back to Amasia.

April 27

Lazarus Saturday

Lazarus and his sisters Martha and Mary, the friends of the Lord Jesus, had given Him hospitality and served Him many times (Luke 10:38-4z; John 12:2-3). They were from Bethany, a village of Judea. This village is situated in the eastern parts by the foothills of the Mount of Olives, about two Roman miles from Jerusalem. When Lazarus - whose name is a Hellenized form of "Eleazar," which means "God has helped," became ill some days before the saving Passion, his sisters had this report taken to our Saviour, Who was then in Galilee. Nonetheless, He tarried yet two more days until Lazarus died; then He said to His disciples, "Let us go into Judea that I might awake My friend who sleepeth." By this, of course, He meant the deep sleep of death. On arriving at Bethany, He consoled the sisters of Lazarus, who was already four days dead. Jesus groaned in spirit and was troubled at the death of His beloved friend. He asked, "Where have ye laid his body?" and He wept over him. When He drew nigh to the tomb, He commanded that they remove the stone, and He lifted up His eyes, and giving thanks to God the Father, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." And he that had been dead four days came forth immediately, bound hand and foot with the grave clothes, and Jesus said to those standing there, "Loose him, and let him go." This is the supernatural wonder wrought by the Saviour that we celebrate on this day.

According to an ancient tradition, it is said that Lazarus was thirty years old when the Lord raised him; then he lived another thirty years on Cyprus and there reposed in the Lord. It is furthermore related that after he was raised from the dead, he never laughed till the end of his life, but that once only, when he saw someone stealing a clay vessel, he smiled and said, "Clay stealing clay." His grave is situated in the city of Kition, having the inscription: "Lazarus the four days dead and friend of Christ." In 890 his sacred relics were transferred to Constantinople by Emperor Leo the Wise, at which time undoubtedly the Emperor composed his stichera for Vespers, "Wishing to behold the tomb of Lazarus . . ."

April 27

Symeon the Holy Martyr

Symeon was a first cousin of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was the son of Clopas (or Cleopas, also called Alphaeus), the brother of Joseph the Betrothed. He became the second Bishop of Jerusalem, as a successor to James the Brother of God. He ended his life when he was crucified during the reign of Trajan, in 107, at the age of 120.

April 28

The 9 Monk-martyrs of Cyzikos

These holy Martyrs, who were from various regions, suffered martyrdom together when they were beheaded in Cyzicus, a city in Asia Minor on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara.

April 28

Palm Sunday

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: "Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel" (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord's entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.

The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ's victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means "Save, I pray," or "Save, now." The foal of an ass, and Jesus' sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Before He humbled Himself, only the angels knew him. After He humbled Himself, all human nature knew Him. You see how His humbling of Himself did not make Him have less but produced countless benefits, countless deeds of virtue, and made His glory shine forth with greater brightness? God wants for nothing and has need of nothing. Yet, when He humbled Himself, He produced such great good, increased His household, and extended His kingdom. Why, then, are you afraid that you will become less if you humble yourself?
St. John Chrysostom
On the Incomprehensible Nature of God. 8.46-47. Taken from: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. Vol: Mark. Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 143.

But let no man be troubled at the apostles being in such an imperfect state. For not yet was the cross accomplished, not yet the grace of the Spirit given. But if thou wouldest learn their virtue, notice them after these things, and thou wilt see them superior to every passion.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

Hear at least how this same John, he who now came to Him for these things, everywhere gives up the first place to Peter, both in addressing the people, and in working miracles, in the Acts of the Apostles. And he conceals not Peter's good deeds, but relates both the confession, which he openly made when all were silent, and his entering into the tomb, and puts the apostle before himself.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

Seest thou how they were all in an imperfect state, when both these were lifting themselves up above the ten, and those envying the two? But, as I said, show me them after these things, and thou wilt see them delivered from all these passions.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

For with this object He reveals their deficiencies, that after these things thou mightest know what manner of men they became by grace. ... No one shall sit on His right hand nor on His left.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century

For that throne is inaccessible to all, I do not say to men only, and saints, and apostles, but even to angels, and archangels, and to all the powers that are on high. ... But for whom is it prepared? For them who could become distinguished by their works.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 65 on Matthew 20, 2,3,4,6. B#54, pp.399-401,403., 4th Century


Archdiocese News

The Clergy Family Initiative Announce Ministerial Excellence Grants


{Garrison, NY} – With grateful acknowledgement to Leadership 100, The Clergy Family Initiative is pleased to announce that it is able to award the disbursement of Ministerial Excellence Grants. These Grants allow financial assistance to Clergy who have completed the Dave Ramsey Personal Financial Literacy Programs.

Holy Cross School of Theology’s ThM Program Earns Coveted Spot on Forbes’ List of Top One-Year Online Master’s Programs


Brookline, MA (April 17, 2024): – Holy Cross School of Theology is thrilled to announce that its Master of Theology Degree (ThM) program has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top one-year online master’s programs in high-impact fields. This prestigious accolade underscores the school’s commitment to delivering exceptional theological education that is both accessible and academically rigorous.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America welcomed Dionyssios Kalamvrezos Former Ambassador of Greece to Belgium to the Archdiocese Headquarters


Earlier this week, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America welcomed Dionyssios Kalamvrezos, Former Ambassador of Greece to Belgium, to the Archdiocese Headquarters.

Mayor of Chios Ioannis Malafis, Stylianos Zervoudis, and Dimitris Gonias Welcomed to the Archdiocese


Monday, April 15, 2024, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America welcomed the Mayor of Chios Dr. Ioannis M. Malafis, Mr. Stylianos Zervoudis, and Mr. Dimitris Gonias. Mayor Malafis participated in the Greek Independence Day Parade on Sunday as an Honorary Grand Marshal, with His Eminence.  

Father Michael Gulgas Falls Asleep in the Lord


Reverend Father Michael Gulgas, 67 of Amherst, fell asleep in the Lord, Sunday, April 7, 2024, on the mid Lenten Celebration of the Cross, in St. John Medical Center, Westlake following a lengthy illness.

Parish Highlight: Transfiguration of Christ Corona, NY


A scene from the celebration of March 25, 1926 at the entrance of the new community church of The Transfiguration of Christ in Corona, NY. (Photo Courtesy of Transfiguration of Christ Corona, NY)

Sunday Sermon Series Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt April 21


This week, find insights about the upcoming Gospel reading, where we learn about the Cross and the Kingdom. But how do we follow the way to the Kingdom? And what does it mean to sit at the right hand of Christ? Also, what comes before grace?

Register for the 2024 National Philoptochos Convention in San Diego, CA


Registration is open for the 2024 National Philoptochos Convention in San Diego, CA! Join us from June 30 to July 4 for a transformative experience where attendees can connect face-to-face, gain valuable insights, and share the love.Let's celebrate achievements, recharge, and refuel as we embrace our sub-theme 'Inspiring Women, Impacting The World.'

Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Faith in Youth


There can, of course, be no future of faith unless young people come to understand the cardinal importance of faith for living a full, rewarding, and happy life. To instill in young people an appreciation for the value of faith is the responsibility of parents, teachers, and clergy. There are also numerous important initiatives and associations dedicated to teaching youth about the centrality of faith that deserve the support of all people who believe.

Save the Date: 25th Anniversary Enthronement Celebrations Honoring His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit


There will be celebrations on Saturday, October 12, 2024, at Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Westland, MI; Saturday, November 2, 2024, Holy Trinity/St. Nicholas Church in Cincinnati, OH; and Saturday, November 9, 2024, Annunciation Church in Buffalo, NY. 

Rev. Deacon John Kokenis Lieutenant of the United States Navy is Welcomed to the Archdiocese Headquarters


Today, April 16, 2024, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America received the Rev. Deacon John Kokenis, Lieutenant of the United States Navy, at the Archdiocese headquarters.

Metropolis of Atlanta HDF Odyssey Scholarship Applications


Every few years, our Hellenic Dance Festival offers youth or young adults of the Metropolis of Atlanta's family an experience to learn the beauty of our Faith and Culture by traveling to Greece. Participants will travel as a group and participate in Dance Workshops, Performances, Village Panigyris, and visit various Cultural & Historical Sites. This trip will allow teens or dance instructors an opportunity to experience Greece as a local. By having our annual HDF, the Odyssey program covers the cost for the land travel while we are in Greece, covering hotels, most meals, tour guides, transportation, workshops, etc. 

2024 Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade


Sunday, April 14, 2024, the Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade took place in Greektown, Detroit, MI. His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, Metropolis clergy, Orthodox Christian faithful, Hellenes, and Philhellenes gathered and marched to commemorate 203 years of Greek Independence and mourn the fiftieth year of illegal Turkish occupation in Cyprus.

Episode 4 – Season 2, The Black American Orthodox Experience on OCN. An Interview with Rebecca Hernandez: Native Americans in the Church


In this fourth episode of “The Black American Orthodox Experience” (season 2), a collaboration of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Christian Network, Rev. Samuel Davis discusses with Rebecca Hernandez, a Native American from New Mexico that converted to Orthodox Christian and has become an advocate in the Native American community. Christianity is deeply rooted in their communities, whether forced upon them or embraced from the older times. Rebecca shared that being more welcoming as a parish creates a community that allows for more people to experience. She delves into the historical dynamics between Indigenous Americans and Christianity, shares her own journey of conversion, and emphasized the importance of respectful outreach efforts.

Homily by Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Vespers of Contrition April 14, 2024 Saints Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church


We have now arrived at another Vespers of Contrition – ὁ Κατανυκτικὸς Ἑσπερινὸς. These services provide a way for us to move from the relaxation of the Fast that we experienced over the weekend, into the rigors we encounter the other five days of the week. Tonight at this Vespers, the next day commences and we engage again in our intentions and our ἄσκησις for the Holy Fast.

Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City


New York, NY—Sunday, April 14, 2024, Greek Americans, Hellenes, and Philhellenes marched down Fifth Avenue for the New York City Greek Independence Day Parade. It was a beautiful day in New York City with the sun shining, a stark contrast from Friday's Flag Raising at Bowling Green where participants, led by the Εὔζωνες, the elite Presidential Guard of the Hellenic Republic, proudly marched in a downpour of rain to honor the Greek Flag and to celebrate Greek Independence.

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America celebrated the Fourth Salutations to the Theotokos at Saints George and Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in New York City


On Friday, April 12, 2024, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America celebrated the Fourth Salutations to the Theotokos at Saints George and Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in New York City.



Denver Metropolis News

2024 Metropolis of Denver Oratorical Festival

2024 Camp Emmanuel

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June 23, 2024 - June 29, 2024




2024 Men's Retreat