Procession of the Holy Cross
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross with a procession of the Holy Cross.
Today’s Memorial Service is being said for the repose of Ardash and Janet Melemendjian.
Today’s second tray is for Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology. Our financial support assists the school with the preparation of Minas Tsambounieris for the priesthood. Please give generously.
Today’s coffee hour is being hosted by Rita Blackett. Everyone is invited to come downstairs for the coffee hour to follow.
Today, Sophia Sanchez will be reading the Epistle in English.
Today is the beginning of Catechism School which will kick off with an Agiasmo Service.
Services This Week
Services this week:
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Small Paraklesis 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 Great Vespers 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 Orthros 9:00 a.m.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Many Orthodox don’t know what occurs when the clergy prepare the Holy Gifts which are processed during the Great Entrance. On September 23rd at 8:30 A.M. (yes 8:30 Sunday Morning) there will be a demonstration on the Solea of how the priest takes Kairos (preparatory prayers), vests (including corresponding prayers) and Proskomide (preparation of the gifts). This demonstration is originally for the confirmation class of Grace UMC but I encourage everyone to attend if you are not familiar with how the clergy prepare of Divine Liturgy.
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.