Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-04-21
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Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (201) 652-4774 for emergencies: 201 870 2676
  • Fax:
  • (201) 652-0789
  • Street Address:

  • 467 Grandview Avenue

  • Wyckoff, NJ 07481

Contact Information

Services Schedule


Sundays in the fall, winter & spring:

Matins: 9 a.m. &  Divine Liturgy 10a.m. except during the summer


Summer hours for Sundays in July and August:

Matins: 8:30a.m.  & Divine Liturgy 9:30a.m.

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17

At that time, when Jesus drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, he sent two disciples, saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If any one says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and he will send them immediately." This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,

"Tell the daughter of Zion,
Behold, your king is coming to you,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
and on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their garments on them, and he sat thereon. Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" And when he entered Jerusalem, all the city was stirred, saying, "Who is this?" And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Galilee." But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant; and they said to him, "Do you hear what they are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,

'Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings,
you have brought perfect praise'?"

And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9.

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

Palm Sunday
The Reading is from John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."

When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.





Orthros:  9:00AM

Epistle:  Philippians  4:4-9  (pg. 1341)

Divine Liturgy: 10:00AM

Gospel:  John 12:1-8 (pg. 1250)


Acolytes:  Paul Nonas, Luke Gnospelius, Kirk Simeonidis, Andrew Skoufis, Alex Angelis, Nick Saros, Connor O’Neill, Damon Servidio Jr.,
Paul Dobrow, Alexi Agryros


Narthex:  All Parish Council Members


Ushers: Michael Kalliotzis, Ted Milyadis,
John Peters, Christos Agrapidis 


Reader: Jim Coromilas


 Greeter: Daughters of Penelope



Fellowship Hour: Philoptochos








RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: This is the primary place where our children learn the richness of our faith in Jesus Christ and the traditions of the Orthodox Church. Classes are offered to children from Pre-school-12th grade. To register your child, to volunteer as a teacher, or for additional information contact Adora Nonas at


HOPE & JOY: Hellenic Orthodox Primary Education (ages 4-7) and Junior Orthodox Youth (ages 8-11) are ministries that offer children and their parents an opportunity for instruction and fellowship. These programs are stepping stones to GOYA that foster friendships and participation within our community. For more information, contact Dee Bouloukos at or Agape Schmarge at


GREEK SCHOOL: Modern Greek Language classes meet every Friday afternoon from 4:15-6:30pm for children K-6th grade. The program gives students the benefit of learning Greek language, culture, and history while building lifelong friendships. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins in June. To enroll a child, please contact Angela Bachardy at 917-751-9712, or Demetra Pittas at 732-778-2891,


VACATION CHURCH SCHOOL (VCS): Come join our week long Vacation Church School this summer August 5th-9th. We explore our faith through games, crafts, and other activities. If you are interested in registering and /or volunteering, please contact Dee Bouloukos at


ACOLYTES: Come serve the Lord in His Holy Altar and help lead worship services. Join our team of  boys, ages 9+ and assist Fr. Bill in the liturgical services. Serving as an acolyte allows you to learn more about Orthodoxy as well as build a closer relationship with God. All baptized males ages 9 and over are welcome to serve! To learn more, contact Carolyn Symeonides at or ask Fr. Bill.


GREEK DANCE: The Greek Dance Program’s mission is to promote Christian fellowship through teamwork and unity. Dance groups are
for children (5-11) and GOYAns (12-18). Practices are on Tuesday evenings. For more information, contact Christina Carmichael at
201-891-5346, or Diana Manoussakis at 201-847-8536,


GOYA: Greek Orthodox Youth of America is our teen ministry open to those in grades 7-12 and ages 12-18. GOYAns participate in various volunteer works, dances, and sporting events. The ministry is available to any Orthodox Christian young person who is willing to participate in fellowship and service, and have fun!! For more information, please contact Kallie Martello at or Corinna Kotrokois at, or Stacey Tsapatsaris at, or Mary Meyer at


YOUNG EMERGING ADULTS (YEA): YEA is a fellowship for those 18-40years of age. If you are interested in joining, please contact Fr. Bill at or Irene Ayvas 201-803-2307 at Married couples are welcome too!


PHILOPTOCHOS: The Ladies Philoptochos Society is the philanthropic arm of the Church dedicated to serving those in need. We coordinate efforts for the entire St. Nicholas community to raise money to donate to those less fortunate. For more information contact our president, Peggy Goulet at

CHOIR: Our choir is composed of dedicated men and women who gather each Sunday to enrich the Divine Liturgy and assist the priest in leading our congregation through hymns. New members are always welcome! To join or for more information, please contact Andrew Bacalakis at 973-427-7763.




PARISH COUNCIL: The Parish Council is a group of dedicated stewards elected by the Church body to assist the pastor with Christ’s message. The Parish Council meets regularly to manage the needs of our Church. If you have any questions or if you are interested in running for the Parish Council, contact Nick Pirsos at or Fr. Bill at 201-652-4774 ext12 or


LADIES PRAYER GROUP: The Ladies Prayer Group meets twice a month for an informal time of prayer and sharing of faith.
This group also has an “Urgent Prayer Chain.” Anyone with the desire to pray for those in immediate crisis need only add their email address to our list. For more information contact Irene Ayvas at 201-803-2307 or 


SESSIONS ON SCRIPTURE (SOS): This instruction/discussion group meets once a week on Wednesdays afternoon and evening in the conference room. We read, study, and learn Scripture from the Orthodox Study Bible with Fr. Bill. Contact Caroline Kalliotzis at for more information. All are welcome!


WOMEN’S READING FELLOWSHIP (WRF): The WRF reads and discusses various spiritual texts. This weekly fellowship is a loving environment, where women learn the role that God is playing in their lives. For more information, please contact Ronni Douma at


DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE (DOP): The DOP is a sisterhood that is part of AHEPA. Our various fundraisers help support numerous philanthropic efforts. We have monthly meetings, two active book clubs, and a knitting/crocheting club. To join this group, contact one of our Co Presidents, Valerie Vittas at or Rula Thasites at

AMERICAN HELLENIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION (AHEPA): This brotherhood brings the ideals of ancient Greece, which include philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence to the community. Our local chapter, Ramapo Chapter 453, supports our Saint Nicholas community, as well as many charities. To join this group, contact Paul Goulet

SONS OF PERICLES: This group of young men is the Junior auxiliary of AHEPA. They are dedicated to improving our community through philanthropy and civic responsibility. For more information contact the chapter advisor Ted Vittas at  


MEN’S READING FELLOWSHIP (MRF): The MRF provides men with a weekly opportunity to gather informally in fellowship and share their Christian thoughts and perspectives on religious literature. Light food and refreshments are served. For more information contact Dino Aletras at   


GREEK LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR ADULTS: This ministry, sponsored by AHEPA, is in its 10th year of classes. We offer both beginner and intermediate classes. The program is open to anyone in the community. For more information, please contact Niko Spiridakis


READERS & GREETERS: We are always looking for volunteers to greet parishioners on Sunday and to read the Epistle during the Divine Liturgy in Greek and/or English.  If you are interested in this ministry, contact Katherine Corniotes at 201-327-3645 or Michael Diamond at


USHERS: The purpose of this ministry is to enhance the spirit of worship for the congregation during the Divine Liturgy by providing good order which contributes to the spiritual nurturing of all worshipers. To volunteer for this ministry, please contact Bill Fonseca at 


SHARING AND CARING: This ministry is for those who have been widowed, divorced, or experienced a loss in some way. The group is facilitated by Dr. Eva Krias. The group is non-judgmental, discrete, confidential, and informal. For more information contact Dr. Eva Krias


KALI PAREA: “Good Company” provides a venue for our senior citizens to meet, have fellowship, and share experiences in a friendly setting. We meet once a month for lunch, activities, and good conversation. New members are always welcome! For more information, please contact Mrs. Chris Triant at 201-788-1382,


EXCURSIONS ORTHODOXY (EX–O): The EX-O ministry promotes fellowship, camaraderie, and companionship to St. Nicholas parishioners by organizing day trips. Our 2019 trip is Thursday, June 13th. Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see “Over the River and Through the Woods”. The cost is $99/pp. For more information, contact Caroline Kalliotzis at 201-819-3361.


STEWARDSHIP: St. Nicholas has a dynamic Stewardship Ministry Team (SMT) program which recognizes God as the source of all gifts, including our time, talent, and treasure. SMT advocates the community on active stewardship. For more information on how to become a steward, contact Fr Bill at 201-652-4774 ext. 12 or


ANNUAL GREEK FESTIVAL: St. Nicholas Greek Festival (September 20, 21, 22) is our largest fundraiser that promotes fellowship, faith, and culture. Please join us in maintaining the ongoing success of this wonderful event (voted Best Street Festival 2017and Best Special Event 2018  by 201 Best of Bergen Magazine. All volunteers and donations are welcome! OPA! For more information contact Nick Pirsos at


23rd CHARITY GOLF/TENNIS CLASSIC: The Charity Golf Outing is our 2nd largest annual fundraiser. Its proceeds support charitable works, ministries and programs in our church and in our Wyckoff, New Jersey community. Scheduled for Monday, July 1st., it promises to be a day of fun, friendship and charity! For more information, contact Charlie Charllis at or 201-245-6057; Teena Grant at or 201-741-7644; or Chris Pappas at or 201-270-8035.



Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Mode

In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion. Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Mode

As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry: Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode

In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, "Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam."

Wisdom of the Fathers

But observe the wisdom of the Evangelist, how he is not ashamed to parade their former ignorance. That it was written they knew, that it was written of Him they knew not. For it would have offended them if He being a King were about to suffer such things, and be so betrayed.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century

Besides, they could not at once have taken in the knowledge of the Kingdom of which He spake; for another Evangelist saith, that they thought the words were spoken of a kingdom of this world. (Matt. xx. 21.)
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 66 on John 12, 2. B#58, p.245., 4th Century