A second tray is being passed today for the benefit of the fire victims in Greece. Checks are to be made payable to: “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America” and designated “Attica Fires Relief Fund”. Please be generous.
Everyone is invited to come downstairs for the coffee hour to follow.
Parish Council Meeting
There will be a Parish Council today after the coffee hour.
Services This Week
Services This Week:
Sunday, August 5, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 5, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Monday, August 6, 2018 Transfiguration of our Lord
Monday, August 6, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Monday, August 6, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Grapes are needed for the Blessing of the First Fruits Service
Monday, August 6, 2018 Small Paraklesis 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Small Paraklesis 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 10, 2018 Small Paraklesis 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, August 12, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
For the first fourteen days of August during each year, the Holy Orthodox Church enters into a strict fast period in honor of the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The eminent Orthodox theologian, Father Sergei Bulgakov, beautifully expresses the high regard which the Orthodox Christians have for the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, for her special role in the salvation of mankind, when he affirms, “The warm veneration of the Theotokos is the soul of Orthodox Piety.” St. John of Damascus, one of the great Orthodox fathers, pointed out that when the Blessed Virgin Mary became the Mother of God and gave birth to Christ, the Redeemer of Mankind, she became the mother of mankind. We call the Virgin Mary “Theotokos”, from the Greek, which means “The Birth-Giver or the Bearer of God.” This is the highest title that can be bestowed upon any member of the human race.
Greek Festival Preparations
Preparations for the 2018 Greek Festival will be begin soon. Everyone is asked to assist in the preparations in whatever way they can. During the days of the Festival, everyone is asked to work at least one shift. Sign-up sheets are posted in the Church Hall. For further information please see Chairman George Pollakis or Co-Chairman Butch Pool.
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
The worship experience is enhanced by having your children participate. Please help them learn proper behavior and reverence while in the Church. Teach them to cross themselves, venerate the Icons, & respond prayerfully “Lord have mercy.” If they become too loud, please take them to the Narthex for a brief stay and return as soon as they have calmed. More Church etiquette may be found at http://stnicholasgoc.net/our-parish/church-etiquette
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.