Happy Father's Day
We wish Happy Father’s Day to all the Fathers, Grandfathers (Παππούδες) and Godfathers.
Everyone is invited to come downstairs for the coffee hour to follow.
The Apostles Fast continues through June 29th. It is a more relaxed fast where fish is allowed.
July 1st Time Change
In order for Father John to catch his plane to attend the Clergy Laity Congress in Boston, Massachusetts, Sunday services on July 1st will be moved up one hour. Orthros will begin at 8:00 A.M. and Divine Liturgy at 9:00 A.M.
Services This Week
Services This Week:
Sunday, June 17, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 17, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Small Paraklesis 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 24, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, June 24, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
The parish announces that Maryland State Delegate Theodore J. Sophocleus, a former parishioner of St. Nicholas, fell asleep in the Lord on June 8. 2018. May his memory be eternal!
Please be reminded that out of respect for what goes on during the Divine Liturgy, there are certain time when not to enter the Nave. These times are: 1) between the readings of the Epistle and Gospel; 2) when the priest censes the icons and the congregation; and 3) whenever the priest faces the congregation to bless them. When entering the Nave, please enter by the side aisles and not by the middle isle. Stanchions will be placed by the Narthex door in order to prevent anyone from entering the Nave at inappropriate time. When the Parish Council Members ask that no one enter at a particular time, please heed their request. It is disruptive to the other worshipers when someone enters the Nave at an inappropriate time. Everyone’s cooperation is appreciated.
Respectful Worship Environment
There are concerns about increased noise and disruptions during services. It is reasonable that sometimes families arrive late due to hectic schedules, restless childress, etc. But, it is also reasonable that Fr. John be able to officiate and congregants be able to worship, peacefully. Since these situations can be sensitive and opinions vary, the Parish Council suggested that when disruptions become excessive, Fr. John momentarily pause the service to allow for any noise situation to be addressed, and then resume the service. Also, Council Members in the Narthex will assist by directing them when to enter the Nave. Please, let us all do what we can to maintain order and respect during our worship services. Thank you.
Recitation of the Lord's Prayer
Please remember that everyone has the opportunity to say the Lord’s Prayer in their first language. The order of languages is: Greek, English, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, and Arabic.
Welcome to our Guests
Father John and the members of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church offer warm greetings to all our guests. We are happy to have you worshiping with us and we hope that you will make this your spiritual home in the future. You are invited to receive blessed bread (antidoron) which will be given out at the end of today’s services. Please join us downstairs for refreshments so we can visit with you.
The Holy Communion of the Orthodox is the Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is with awe and love that we approach the Divine Mysteries. Therefore, the Communion of the Orthodox is reserved only for those baptized and chrismated Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves by prayer and fasting, as prescribed by the Canons of the Holy Church. Women, in respect of our Lord, please remove lipstick before you approach to receive, in order that no oils contact the Holy Spoon or the Holy Chalice.