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St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-04-11
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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. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


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Saints and Feasts

Climicus
April 11

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Antipas
April 11

Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum

Saint Antipas was a contemporary of the holy Apostles, by whom he was made Bishop of Pergamum. He contested during the reign of Domitian, when he was cast, as it is said, into a bronze bull that had been heated exceedingly. The Evangelist John writes of him in the Book of Revelation, and says (as it were from the mouth of Christ, Who says to the Angel [that is, the Bishop] of the Church of Pergamum): "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is; and thou holdest fast My Name, and hast not denied My Faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful Martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth" (Rev. 2:13). The faithful pray to this Saint for ailments of the teeth.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Ευραινέσθω τά ουράνια, αγαλλιάσθω τά επίγεια, ότι εποίησε κράτος εν βραχίονι αυτού ο Κύριος· επάτησε τώ θανάτω τόν θάνατον· πρωτότοκος τών νεκρών εγένετο, εκ κοιλίας Άδου ερρύσατο ημάς, καί παρέσχε τώ κόσμω τό μέγα έλεος.
Εfrenestho ta ourania, agaliasto ta epigia, oti epiise kratos, en vrahioni aftou o Kirios, epatise to thanato ton thanaton, prototokos ton nekron egeneto, ek kilias adou erisato imas, ke paresche to kosmo to mega eleos.
Let the heavens sing for joy, and let everything on earth be glad. For with His Arm the Lord has worked power. He trampled death under foot by means of death; and He became the firstborn from the dead. From the maw of Hades He delivered us; and He granted the world His great mercy.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Mode

With the rivers of your tears you made the barren desert bloom; and with your sighs from deep within, you made your labors bear their fruits a hundredfold; and you became a star, illuminating the world by your miracles, O John, our devout father. Intercede with Christ our God, for the salvation of our souls.

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

Τi Ipermaho | stratigo ta nikitiria / Os litrothisa / ton dinon eucharistiria | Anagrafo si polis sou Theotoke | al’ os ehousa kratos aprosmahiton | Ek pantion me kindinon eleftheroson | Ina krazosi | Here nimfi animfefte.
O Champion General, | I, your City, now inscribe to you, | triumphant anthems | as the tokens of my gratitude, | being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos. | Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, | from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you, / I may cry aloud, rejoice: “O unwedded Bride!”
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Welcome

This Weeks Announcements

  • We extend greetings and a warm welcome to all visitors worshipping with us today. Please fill out a“visitor information card” located in the narthex and hand to one of the greeters. Following the Liturgy, please join us in our social hall for the coffee social.

  • Holy Communion in our Church is offered only to Orthodox Christians who have prepared themselves through the disciplines of our faith. Speak to Fr. Costas for further details.

 

PLEASE NOTE: In light of the COVID-19 Virus, and until further notice, the following precautions will be taken:

We are now in the “GREEN Phase”. Please note, ALL services and Divine Liturgies will continue to take place as scheduled but with the following guidelines:

  • Those over 65 years of age CAN now attend church services. Everyone must still wear a mask and practice social distancing. See the new seating diagram that is posted.
  • The church cannot be filled to more than 50% capacity. The only entrance that will be open is the glass doors by the elevator ~ all other entrances will be locked. Following services, we kindly ask that you return to your vehicle and enjoy the rest of your day.
  • For those not able to attend church, LIVE services can be viewed on our Parish YouTube Page ~ click here: https://tinyurl.com/5ybuhzxs.   
  • Fr. Costas has now received both vaccinations. If any of our elderly or anyone else wants a visit from him, please feel free to call him on his cell at 440-669-1316 to make arrangements.
  1. Today ~ 11:30 a.m. Sunday School via ZOOM.
  2. Today ~ 11:45 a.m. Adult Catechism via ZOOM with Elaine Poulos.
  3. Today ~ Philoptochos Drive-Thru Bake Sale pick-up.
  4. Monday ~ 5:30 p.m. Greek School via ZOOM.
  5. Monday ~ 7:00 p.m. Great Compline service.
  6. Tuesday ~ 10:00 a.m. Women’s Study Group with Elaine Poulos via ZOOM.
  7. Tuesday ~ 6:00 p.m. Philoptochos Board meeting; 6:30 p.m. General Meeting via ZOOM.
  8. Wednesday ~ 5:00 p.m.  Presanctified Liturgy.
  9. Wednesday ~ 7:00 p.m. monthly Parish Council meeting via ZOOM.
  10. Thursday ~ 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Bible Study on book of Acts via ZOOM with Father Costas.  
  11. Friday ~ 7:00 p.m. Akathist Hymn to the Virgin Mary ~ the last Salutation service for Lent.
  12. Saturday ~ 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Premarital Seminar for those planning to get married this year.
  13. Sacrament of Confession ~ It is essential that we receive this sacrament during these Lenten days as we prepare for the Resurrection. Call or text Fr. Costas at 440.669.1316 to set up an appointment.
  14. April 24 ~ Lazarus Saturday | 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy followed by Palm folding.
  15. April 25 ~ Palm Sunday Luncheon To Go.  Prepaid orders only.  Place your order on our website. Your choice of Plaki or Baked fish dinner | $15 each.
  16. Luminary Bags ~ place your order now through April 25. Names will be placed on bags that will be lit as we process with the Epitaphio.  $5/name with a limit of two names per bag. Order from one of our GOYAns or online through our website, or see Goya table as you exit the church today.
  17. Please note the KIOSK in the outer narthex ~ not everyone carries cash with them all the time. The kiosk is placed in the outer narthex for your convenience. Ask Parish Council for assistance if needed.
  18. North Royalton Hunger Center ~ During these days of Great Lent, please remember to bring any non-perishable items when you come to church to place in the basket at the top of the stairs for those in need. Be sure to check the expiration date.
  19. Decorate the Church for Lent, Holy Week, and Pascha ~ donations are being accepted to decorate the Church for our Lenten services and Pascha for the health or in memory of your loved ones.
  20. Stewardship ~ Please take time to fill out, bring to church, mail to the office, or complete online on our website the 2021 Stewardship cards. If there is anything the committee can do for you, call the office, leave a message, and someone will get back to you!   
  21. Light a Candle and Say a Prayer ~ place your request by 3:00 PM on Friday through our website for candles to be lit on Sunday. Questions? Call the church office.
  22. New Digital Parish Directory is LIVE! Download the app on your mobile phone or laptop. Only parishioners will have access to information. Questions? Email directory@stpaulgoc.org. When you access your account, you’ll be able to edit your information to include as much or as little as you wish and add picture.

Holy Week Services

Please NOTE: ^ indicates the first 150 people will be seated in the Sanctuary with overflow seating in the Hellenic Center | * indicates Holy Communion is offered

  1. Palm Sunday ~ 8:30 a.m. Orthros^; 9:30 a.m. Liturgy^*; 7:00 p.m. Nymphios Service.
  2. Holy Monday & Holy Tuesday ~ 7:00 p.m. Nymphios Service.
  3. Holy Wednesday ~ 9:00 a.m. Presanctified Liturgy*; 4:00 p.m. Holy Unction^; 7:00 p.m. Orthros service with anointing^.
  4. Holy Thursday ~ 9:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy*; 7:00 p.m. Holy Passion service.
  5. Holy Friday ~ 9:00 a.m. Royal Hours; 3:00 p.m. Apokathilosis; 7:00 p.m. Lamentations^.
  6. Holy Saturday ~ 9:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy^*; 11:00 p.m. Resurrection service followed by Liturgy^*.
  7. PASCHA ~ 11:00 a.m. Egg Hunt followed by Agape Service at 11:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events in Our Parish and Beyond

  1. Next Sunday ~ Epistle Reading Hebrews 9:11-14 | Gospel Mark 10:32.45.
  2. Saturday ~ 10:00 a.m. Family Lenten RetreatJesus – the Resurrection and Life of the Family” via ZOOM. Join Fr. Alex Goussetis and staff from the GOA Center for Family Care as they lead in a discussion on how to bring ourselves and families to Christ for restoration and renewal. Register at tinyurl.com/GOMoP-FamilyRetreat.
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