Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-01-26
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Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (301) 663-0663
  • Fax:
  • (301) 663-6855
  • Street Address:

  • 920 West 7th Street

  • Frederick, MD 21701

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Coffee hour is hosted by Jose and Stasa Tapia, in honor of Antonis and Athanasia name days.

We welcome our visitors today. Our ushers are also here to welcome you. Please visit Fr. George with any questions you may have.

You are welcome to participate in today’s service, however, the reception of Holy Communion is only given to Orthodox Christians, who have prepared themselves by fasting, and have not separated themselves from the Church.

If you are a visiting Orthodox Christian from another parish, please be sure to identify yourself when approaching the chalice. Everyone should give their baptismal name to the priest, when approaching the chalice.


Saints and Feasts

January 26

Xenophon & his Companions

This Saint, a wealthy nobleman of Constantinople, was filled with piety toward God. He had two sons, Arcadius and John, whom he sent to Beirut to study law. But they were shipwrecked during their voyage; barely saved, they forsook all things and departed for Palestine. Saint Xenophon and his wife Mary, ignorant of what had happened, went in search of their sons. On finding them in Jerusalem, dressed in the habit of monks, they also took up the monastic life. And thus, having completed their lives in holiness, they departed for the Lord about the beginning of the sixth century. Saint Xenophon and his sons reposed at Saint Sabbas Monastery, and Mary at the Monastery of Saint Theodosius.


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

First in prominence among the Apostles, and teachers to the Universe, intercede to the Master of all for peace in the world and for our souls great mercy.

Οι τών Αποστόλων πρωτόθρονοι, καί τής Οικουμένης διδάσκαλοι, τώ Δεσπότη τών όλων πρεσβεύσατε, ειρήνην τή οικουμένη δωρήσασθαι, καί ταίς ψυχαίς ημών τό μέγα έλεος.



Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου, καὶ χείρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νὺν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

15th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy 4:9-15

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and suffer reproach, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

15th Sunday of Luke
Πρὸς Τιμόθεον α' 4:9-15

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος. Εἰς τοῦτο γὰρ καὶ κοπιῶμεν καὶ ὀνειδιζόμεθα, ὅτι ἠλπίκαμεν ἐπὶ θεῷ ζῶντι, ὅς ἐστιν σωτὴρ πάντων ἀνθρώπων, μάλιστα πιστῶν. Παράγγελλε ταῦτα καὶ δίδασκε. Μηδείς σου τῆς νεότητος καταφρονείτω, ἀλλὰ τύπος γίνου τῶν πιστῶν ἐν λόγῳ, ἐν ἀναστροφῇ, ἐν ἀγάπῃ, ἐν πνεύματι, ἐν πίστει, ἐν ἁγνείᾳ. Ἕως ἔρχομαι, πρόσεχε τῇ ἀναγνώσει, τῇ παρακλήσει, τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ. Μὴ ἀμέλει τοῦ ἐν σοὶ χαρίσματος, ὃ ἐδόθη σοι διὰ προφητείας μετὰ ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν τοῦ πρεσβυτερίου. Ταῦτα μελέτα, ἐν τούτοις ἴσθι, ἵνα σου ἡ προκοπὴ φανερὰ ᾖ ἐν πᾶσιν.

Gospel Reading

15th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 19:1-10

At that time, Jesus was passing through Jericho. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."

15th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 19:1-10

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, διήρχετο τὴν ῾Ιεριχώ· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ ὀνόματι καλούμενος Ζακχαῖος, καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν ἀρχιτελώνης, καὶ οὗτος ἦν πλούσιος, καὶ ἐζήτει ἰδεῖν τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν τίς ἐστι, καὶ οὐκ ἠδύνατο ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου, ὅτι τῇ ἡλικίᾳ μικρὸς ἦν. καὶ προδραμὼν ἔμπροσθεν ἀνέβη ἐπὶ συκομορέαν, ἵνα ἴδῃ αὐτόν, ὅτι ἐκείνης ἤμελλε διέρχεσθαι. καὶ ὡς ἦλθεν ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον, ἀναβλέψας ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶδεν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· Ζακχαῖε, σπεύσας κατάβηθι· σήμερον γὰρ ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ σου δεῖ με μεῖναι. καὶ σπεύσας κατέβη, καὶ ὑπεδέξατο αὐτὸν χαίρων. καὶ ἰδόντες πάντες διεγόγγυζον λέγοντες ὅτι παρὰ ἁμαρτωλῷ ἀνδρὶ εἰσῆλθε καταλῦσαι. σταθεὶς δὲ Ζακχαῖος εἶπε πρὸς τὸν Κύριον· ἰδοὺ τὰ ἡμίση τῶν ὑπαρχόντων μου, Κύριε, δίδωμι τοῖς πτωχοῖς, καὶ εἴ τινός τι ἐσυκοφάντησα, ἀποδίδωμι τετραπλοῦν. εἶπε δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι σήμερον σωτηρία τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ ἐγένετο, καθότι καὶ αὐτὸς υἱὸς ᾿Αβραάμ ἐστιν. ἦλθε γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ζητῆσαι καὶ σῶσαι τὸ ἀπολωλός.


Parish Calendar

  • Parish Liturgical Services & Activities

    January 26 to February 10, 2020

    Sunday, January 26

    8:30AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, January 28

    7:00PM Bible Study

    Thursday, January 30

    9:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy. The Three Hierarchs

    Saturday, February 1

    3:30PM Catechism Class

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    6:00PM Three Hierarchs Bookclub Gathering

    Sunday, February 2

    8:30AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, February 4

    7:00PM Bible Study

    Thursday, February 6

    9:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy St. Photios the Great

    6:30PM Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, Membership drive, St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos

    Friday, February 7

    7:00PM Great Vesper for St. Theodore the Commander and Great Martyr @ Lanham, MD

    Saturday, February 8

    9:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy St. Theodore the Commander and Great Martyr

    3:30PM Catechism Class

    4:00PM GOYA Gathering

    4:00PM HOPE/JOY Gathering

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, February 9

    Triodion Begins

    MNJ Clergy Retreat

    8:30AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

    10:00AM Go Red Sunday, sponsored by St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos

    11:30AM Mission of Mercy Packed Lunches

    11:30AM Special Tray for AGAPE and Coffee hour sponsored by St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos

    Monday, February 10

    Mission of Mercy Lunches delivery (Philoptochos)


Parish Ministries

Greek School:  Dr. George Lountos (Principal). Email: or cell: 404-375-3180.

HOPE & JOY Ministry:  Mrs. Christina Summers (Coordinator). Email:

GOYA:  Mrs. Jenifer Zeglin (Coordinator) Email:

Religious Education:  Mrs. Despina Horst (Interim Principal).  Email: Lessons begin after Holy Communion. We encourage our youth to participate in Sunday School, to learn and live the life of our Holy Orthodox Faith.

Kali Parea: This ministry is for adults 50 years and older. Come and join us! Contact Mrs. Bess Koutras, email: or cell: 240-409-1431.

St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos: – Mrs. Maria Moungelis Bedard, President. All in the Parish are encouraged to be members of the Philoptochos Society. Contact Maria if interested in joining. Email

Fellowship Ministry: Ms. Sue Manos coordinates Sunday Coffee Hour hosts. Please contact the Church Office if you're interested in hosting a Coffee Hour.

The Three Hierarchs Book Club: The book club meets monthly to discuss the book of the month. Please contact Fr. George if you're interested in joining.

Hospital Ministry: Should you or a loved one need hospital or long term care, Fr. George would like to visit. Please be advised that Frederick Memorial Hospital (and most facilities) will not automatically notify Fr. George upon admission, but only when requested by the patient or caregiver.



The 40 day memorial will be chanted today for Kiriagau "Shelly" Tsesmelis, loving niece of Helen Foundas.

The Agape Foundation Metropolis Tea will be held today from 2pm to 4pm at St. Theodore in Lanham, MD. The AGAPE Children's Foundation main objective is to assist sick, underprivileged children in the payment of medical and other medical-related expenses not covered by insurance or public or private programs.

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Membership Event: The Ladies Philoptochos  membership event will be held on Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 pm. We look forward to having you join us (both ladies and gentlemen) for a wonderful evening, and becoming a Philoptochos Member or an Associate Member and be part of this most important philanthropic mission. Please see flyer for more details and to RSVP.

If you wish to have your home blessed please return the House Blessing request form to Fr. George or April as soon as possible.

HOPE/JOY ministry will meet on Saturday, February 8th at 4:00 pm, if your child(ren) have not attended in the past, but you would like more information on this ministry, please contact Christina Summers at .

GOYA ministry will also be meeting on Saturday, February 8th at 4:00 pm,  if you would like to join GOYA please come to the gathering or email Jenifer Zelgin at

Go Red Sunday: On Sunday, February 9th the Ladies Philoptochos will be passing out red carnations in support of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Campaign in support of women's heart health. Please wear red to Church that day in support of women's heart health.

Three Hierarchs Book Club: the next book club gathering will be held Sat., Feb. 1st if you are interested in joining this club please contact Fr. George, the book that will be discussed at the Feb. 1st meeting is A Book of Hours by Patricia Colling Egan

Philoptochos and AHEPA are planning their Annual Glendi, which will be held on Saturday, February 22nd. We kindly ask for your generous donation to make this Glendi a success. Reminding you that ALL proceeds will be going to charitable organizations and to scholarships for the AHEPA chapter to award to our children; as they continue their education. Continue to look for updates to this upcoming event, for items you may like to donate. Your monetary donation is very much appreciated. To purchase tickets, please visit

Human Trafficking Awareness Month – January 2020. The National Philoptochos Human Trafficking Awareness and the Action Committee is working extensively to educate and develop awareness of the multi-faceted problem of human trafficking and to encourage action by assisting and forming partnerships with national and local agencies that assist victims of human trafficking. 

The National Philotochos Department of Social Services if sponsoring a confidentail telephone Caregiver Support Group.  Please see the attached flyer for details on how to register.

Being in the depth of the winter season, the chance of snow affecting Church services is more likely. Should the forecast call for snow accumulation, please call the Church office and listen to the message regarding Church service cancellation. An email blast will also be sent to notify parishioners of Church services cancellation.

Having worshiped and prayed together, our Sunday Coffee Hour is a wonderful time for fellowship. We are asking all parishioners to sign up and host a coffee hour. Just one Sunday per family will fill all available slots for the year. As a blessing for you and your family, consider sponsoring a Coffee Hour to coincide with your patron Saint's Feast day or any other momentous occasion you happen to be celebrating. Call the church office for assistance.



    Annual House Blessing

    Annual House Blessing


    Agape Foundation Metropolis Tea

    Agape Foundation Metropolis Tea

    to be held on Jan. 26th

    Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate

    Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate

    St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos membership drive

    Human Trafficking

    Human Trafficking

    Human Trafficking Awareness



    Philoptochos and AHEPA are planning their Annual Glendi, which will be held on Saturday, February 22nd. We kindly ask for your generous donation to make this Glendi a success. Reminding you that ALL proceeds will be going to charitable organizations and to scholarships for the AHEPA chapter to award to our children; as they continue their education. Continue to look for updates to this upcoming event, for items you may like to donate. Your monetary donation is very much appreciated. To purchase tickets, please visit

    Caregiver Phone Support

    Caregiver Phone Support

    Caregiver Phone Support

    Cyber Security

    Cyber Security

    Cyber Security Warning