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St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2024-06-02
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St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (440) 237-8998
  • Street Address:

  • 4548 Wallings Road

  • North Royalton, OH 44133-3121


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Services Schedule

WEEKDAY SERVICES

   8:30 AM   Orthros
   9:30 AM   Liturgy

 

SUNDAY SERVICES

   8:15 AM   Orthros
   9:30 AM   Liturgy

Sunday School begins immediately following Holy Communion September through May


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 11:19-30.

In those days, those apostles who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to none except Jews. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on coming to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a great number that believed turned to the Lord. News of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad; and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose; for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a large company was added to the Lord. So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church, and taught a large company of people; and in Antioch the disciples were for the first time called Christians. Now in these days prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. And one of them named Agabos stood up and foretold by the Spirit that there would be a great famine over all the world; and this took place in the days of Claudius. And the disciples determined, every one according to his ability, to send relief to the brethren who lived in Judea, and they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
The Reading is from John 4:5-42

At that time, Jesus came to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and so Jesus, wearied as he was with his journey, sat down beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." The woman said to him, "Sir, you have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, and his sons, and his cattle?" Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw."

Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here." The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and he whom you now have is not your husband; this you said truly." The woman said to him, "Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain; and you say that Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship." Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth." The woman said to him, "I know that the Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when he comes, he will show us all things." Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am he."

Just then his disciples came. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but none said, "What do you wish?" or, "Why are you talking with her?" So the woman left her water jar, and went away into the city and said to the people, "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?" They went out of the city and were coming to him.

Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying "Rabbi, eat." But he said to them, "I have food to eat of which you do not know." So the disciples said to one another, "Has anyone brought him food?" Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white for harvest. He who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, 'One sows and another reaps.' I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor; others have labored, and you have entered into their labor."

Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman's testimony. "He told me all that I ever did." So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, "It is no longer because of your words that we believe, for we have heard ourselves, and we know that this is indeed Christ the Savior of the world."


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Saints and Feasts

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June 02

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

One of the most ancient cities of the Promised Land was Shechem, also called Sikima, located at the foot of Mount Gerazim. There the Israelites had heard the blessings in the days of Moses and Jesus of Navi. Near to this town, Jacob, who had come from Mesopotamia in the nineteenth century before Christ, bought a piece of land where there was a well. This well, preserved even until the time of Christ, was known as Jacob's Well. Later, before he died in Egypt, he left that piece of land as a special inheritance to his son Joseph (Gen. 49:22). This town, before it was taken into possession by Samaria, was also the leading city of the kingdom of the ten tribes. In the time of the Romans it was called Neapolis, and at present Nablus. It was the first city in Canaan visited by the Patriarch Abraham. Here also, Jesus of Navi (Joshua) addressed the tribes of Israel for the last time. Almost three hundred years later, all Israel assembled there to make Roboam (Rehoboam) king.

When our Lord Jesus Christ, then, came at midday to this city, which is also called Sychar (John 4:5), He was wearied from the journey and the heat, and He sat down at this well. After a little while the Samaritan woman mentioned in today's Gospel passage came to draw water. As she conversed at some length with the Lord and heard from Him secret things concerning herself, she believed in Him; through her many other Samaritans also believed.

Concerning the Samaritans we know the following: In the year 721 before Christ, Salmanasar (Shalmaneser), King of the Assyrians, took the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel into captivity, and relocated all these people to Babylon and the land of the Medes. From there he gathered various nations and sent them to Samaria. These nations had been idolaters from before. Although they were later instructed in the Jewish faith and believed in the one God, they worshipped the idols also. Furthermore, they accepted only the Pentateuch of Moses, and rejected the other books of Holy Scripture. Nonetheless, they thought themselves to be descendants of Abraham and Jacob. Therefore, the pious Jews named these Judaizing and idolatrous peoples Samaritans, since they lived in Samaria, the former leading city of the Israelites, as well as in the other towns thereabout. The Jews rejected them as heathen and foreigners, and had no communion with them at all, as the Samaritan woman observed, "the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans" (John 4:9). Therefore, the name Samaritan is used derisively many times in the Gospel narrations. After the Ascension of the Lord, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the woman of Samaria was baptized by the holy Apostles and became a great preacher and Martyr of Christ; she was called Photine, and her feast is kept on February 26.


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June 02

Nicephorus the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint Nicephorus was born in Constantinople about the year 758, of pious parents; his father Theodore endured exile and tribulation for the holy icons during the reign of Constantine Copronymus (741-775). Nicephorus served in the imperial palace as a secretary. Later, he took up the monastic life, and struggled in asceticism not far from the imperial city; he also founded monasteries on the eastern shore of the Bosphorus, among them one dedicated to the Great Martyr Theodore.

After the repose of the holy Patriarch Tarasius, he was ordained Patriarch, on April 12, 806, and in this high office led the Orthodox resistance to the Iconoclasts' war on piety, which was stirred up by Leo the Armenian. Because Nicephorus championed the veneration of the icons, Leo drove Nicephorus from his throne on March 13, 815, exiling him from one place to another, and lastly to the Monastery of Saint Theodore which Nicephorus himself had founded. It was here that, after glorifying God for nine years as Patriarch, and then for thirteen years as an exile, tormented and afflicted, he gave up his blameless soul in 828 at about the age of seventy. See also March 8.


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Hymns of the Day

Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode

Χριστός Ανέστη εκ νεκρών, θανάτω θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοίς εν τοίς μνήμασι, ζωήν, χαρισάμενος.
Christos anesti ek nekron, thanato thanaton patisas, ke tis en ti mnimasi zoi, harisamenos.
Christ is Risen from the dead | by death trampling down upon death | and to those in the tombs He has | granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Τό φαιδρόν τής Αναστάσεως κήρυγμα, εκ τού Αγγέλου μαθούσαι αι τού Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καί τήν προγονικήν απόφασιν απορρίψασαι, τοίς Αποστόλοις καυχώμεναι έλεγον· Εσκύλευται ο θάνατος, ηγέρθη Χριστός ο Θεός, δωρούμενος τώ κόσμω τό μέγα έλεος.
Το fethron tis Anastaseos kirigma, ek tou Agelou mathouse e tou Kyriou Mathitrie, ke tin progonikin apofasin aporipsase, tis Apostolis kafhomene elegon. Eskilefte o thanatos, igerthi Christos o Theos, doroumenos to kosmo to mega eleos.
The women disciples of the Lord, having learned from the Angel the joyous news of the Resurrection and having rejected the ancestral decision, then told the Apostles elatedly: Death has been stripped of its power; Christ God has risen, granting to the world His great mercy.

Apolytikion for Mid-Pentecost in the Plagal Fourth Mode

O Lord, midway through the feast, give drink to my thirsty soul from the waters of true religion. For to all You the Savior cried aloud, “Let whoever is thirsty come to Me and drink.” O Christ our God, the fountain of life, glory to you.

Hymn of Church in the First Mode

Ethnon se kirika ke fostira trismegiston, | Athineon didaskalon ekoumenis aglaisma, | efrosinos gereromen | tous agonas timomen ke tas vasanous thia Christon, | to septon sou martirion, | Agie Pavle Apostole, | presveve Christo to Theo, | sothine tas psichas imon.

O preacher to the gentiles and thrice grandest shining star, | the Athenians’ teacher and the universe’s ornament, | we joyously honor you. | We pay homage to the struggles that you had | for the sake of Christ, | and your dignified martyrdom, | Holy and glorious Apostle Paul, | intercede with Christ our God, | entreating Him to save our souls.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Into the grave you descended, Immortal One, | yet you destroyed the power of Hades, | and as victor | you arose, O Christ our God; | you proclaimed to the myrrh-bearing women a greeting of joy, | you brought peace to your holy apostles, | and to the fallen you granted resurrection.
I ke en tafo katilthes Athanate | alla tou adou kathiles tin dynamin | ke anestis o nikitis Xriste o Theos | ginexi Mirofori fthexamenos Herete| ke tis sis Apostolis Irini doroumenos | o tis pesousi parehon anastasin.
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Welcome

This week’s Announcements

Welcome to all our guests.  We are glad you are here worshiping with us today!

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Mission Statement
| St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church is a community that worships the Holy Trinity and lives out the gospel of Christ as Orthodox Christians.  We seek to do God’s will, while sharing the Faith and serving others as we pursue salvation in Christ. 
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  • Holy Communion in the Orthodox Church is only offered to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through the disciplines of our faith. Speak to Fr. Costas for further details.
  1. Today ~ Parish Council & Ushers ~ Team 1 | Altar Boys ~ Team 1 | Greeters ~ Team 4
  2. Today ~ MNYMOSINO: 40 days for Katherine Kapottos [10 years for George Kapottos]
  3. Today ~ Dance Practice following Divine Liturgy for all groups.
  4. Monday - Wednesday ~ Festival baking resumes as we make dolmathes. Please join us even if you only have an hour or two to spare!!
  5. Tuesday ~ 6:00 PM Philoptochos Appreciation Dinner in the St Paul Hellenic Center.
  6. Tuesday ~ 6:30 PM Home Committee meeting.
  7. Thursday ~ 11:30 AM Philoptochos Agape Ovens meal pick up for those with special circumstances. Contact Tessie Lekas or Mary Bozikis Olenik for more information.
  8. Saturday ~ 10:00 AM Little Angels | HOPE | JOY trip to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Tickets must be reserved by TODAY Sunday, June 2nd at https://tinyurl.com/stpaul-zoo [$7.50/person | children under 2 FREE].
  9. St Paul Prayer Chain ~ If you have a prayer request, send email to: prayerchain@stpaulgoc.org
  10. The kiosk in the Narthex is available for your assistance. If you have any questions, see an usher.

Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond

  1. Next Sunday ~ Parish Council & Ushers ~ Team 2 | Altar Boys ~ Team 2 | Greeters ~ Team 1
  2. Next Sunday ~ Orthros John 20:11-18 | Epistle Reading Acts 16:16-34 | Gospel John 9:1-38
  3. Next Sunday ~ MNYMOSNIA: 40 days for Spiros Arfaras | 9 months for Efstratios Hliatzos [for Dimitrios Hliatzos] || 1 year for Anthoula Johnson [for Efstratios Johnson]
  4. Next Sunday ~ Coffee Social hosted by the Arfaras | Johnson | Lindemann families.
  5. Next Sunday ~ Dance Picture Day and Practice for all groups following Divine Liturgy.
  6. Next Sunday ~ 1:30 PM Annual Golf Outing with proceeds to benefit the Capital Improvement Fund.  Register to golf or become a sponsor.  Visit https://tinyurl.com/STP-Golf-Outing.
  7. June 12 ~ 7:00 PM Parish Council monthly meeting.
  8. June 12 – 14 ~ 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Greek Cultural Camp for children in Pre-school – 6th grade.  Register today at: https://tinyurl.com/DonationSTPGOC. Student fee is $60.00.
  9. June 20 – 23 ~ St Demetrios Rocky River Festival.
  10. June 23 ~ Zoe for Life!® Baby Shower sponsored by the Stewardship Committee.  Items in need include NEW baby clothes newborn-2T, cribs, and car seats. Also accepting like new strollers, blankets, play yards, high chairs, bouncers, baby swing, and maternity clothes.  Diapers in sizes newborn – 6 always need.  Drop off your donation on the stage during coffee social.
  11. July 18 – 21 ~ St Paul Greek Fest.  Learn how you can offer your time to make this year’s festival a success at https://tinyurl.com/VolunteerGreekFEST.
    July 29 – August 2 ~ 9:00 AM - Noon Vacation Church SchoolFeasts of the Lord” for students in K-6th grade.  Register at https://tinyurl.com/STP-VCS. Only $30/student!
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Flyers

    2024 Stewardship

    2024 Stewardship

    For your convenience, you can complete your 2024 Estimate of Giving Card and/or make a donation by clicking the link or scanning QR code on this flyer.


    June 4, 2024

    June 4, 2024

    Philoptochos Appreciation Dinner


    June 6, 2024

    June 6, 2024

    Agape Ovens meal for those with special circumstances


    June 8, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    Trip to the Zoo with Little Angels, HOPE, and JOY


    June 9, 2024

    June 9, 2024

    Annual Golf Outing


    June 9, 2024

    June 9, 2024

    Become a Golf Outing Sponsor


    June 12 - 14, 2024

    June 12 - 14, 2024

    Greek Cultural Camp for students in Preschool - 6th grade


    June 23, 2024

    June 23, 2024

    Baby shower to benefit ZOE for Life!


    July 29 - August 2, 2024

    July 29 - August 2, 2024

    Vacation Church School for students in K - 6th grade


    July 18 - 21, 2024

    July 18 - 21, 2024

    St Paul Greek Fest. To volunteer to work a shift or two, please visit https://tinyurl.com/VolunteerGreekFEST


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