Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-03-24
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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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Welcome

 

Coffee Hour is being hosted by the Greek School.

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.

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Saints and Feasts

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March 24

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.


Allsaint
March 24

Forefeast of the Annunciation


Allsaint
March 24

Bp. Artemon


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον, ἡ Ζωὴ ἡ ἀθάνατος, τότε τὸν ᾅδην ἐνέκρωσας τῇ ἀστραπῇ τῆς Θεότητος, ὅτε δὲ καὶ τοὺς τεθνεῶτας ἐκ τῶν καταχθονίων ἀνέστησας, πᾶσαι αἱ Δυνάμεις τῶν ἐπουρανίων ἐκραύγαζον·Ζωοδότα Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion of Forefeast of the Annunciation in the Fourth Tone

Today is the prelude of universal joy; let us keep the forefeast in gladness. For, behold, Gabriel cometh with fear and wonder unto the Virgin, bringing her the good tidings: Rejoice, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee.
Σήμερον τῆς παγκοσμίου χαρὰς τὰ προοίμια, τὴν προεόρτιον ἆσαι προτρέπεται, ἰδοὺ γὰρ Γαβριὴλ παραγίνεται, καὶ πρὸς αὐτὴν ἐκβοήσεται, Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.

Apolytikion of Sun. of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

O Gregory the Miracle Worker, light of Orthodoxy, support and teacher of the Church, comeliness of Monastics, invincible defender of theologians, the pride of Thessalonica, and preacher of grace, intercede forever that our souls may be saved.
Ὀρθοδοξίας ὁ φωστὴρ, Ἐκκλησίας τὸ στήριγμα καὶ διδάσκαλε, τῶν μοναστῶν ἡ καλλονὴ, τῶν θεολόγων ὑπέρμαχος ἀπροσμάχητος· Γρηγόριε θαυματουργὲ Θεσσαλονίκης τὸ καύχημα κήρυξ τῆς χάριτος· ἱκέτευε διὰ παντός, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

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 Fourth Mode

At the great Archangel's voice, O Theotokos, the All-holy Spirit came upon thee and thou didst conceive Him that is one in essence and throne with God the Father, O Adam's recovery.
Ἐπελεύσει Πνεύματος τοῦ Παναγίου, τοῦ Πατρὸς τὸν σύνθρονον, καὶ ὁμοούσιον φωνή, τοῦ Ἀρχαγγέλου συνέλαβες, Θεοκυῆτορ, Ἀδὰμ ἡ ἀνάκλησις.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 1:10-14, 2:1-3

Κατʼ ἀρχάς, Κύριε, τὴν γῆν ἐθεμελίωσας, καὶ ἔργα τῶν χειρῶν σού εἰσιν οἱ οὐρανοί· αὐτοὶ ἀπολοῦνται, σὺ δὲ διαμένεις· καὶ πάντες ὡς ἱμάτιον παλαιωθήσονται, καὶ ὡσεὶ περιβόλαιον ἑλίξεις αὐτοὺς, καὶ ἀλλαγήσονται· σὺ δὲ ὁ αὐτὸς εἶ, καὶ τὰ ἔτη σου οὐκ ἐκλείψουσιν. Πρὸς τίνα δὲ τῶν ἀγγέλων εἴρηκέν ποτε, Κάθου ἐκ δεξιῶν μου, ἕως ἂν θῶ τοὺς ἐχθρούς σου ὑποπόδιον τῶν ποδῶν σου; Οὐχὶ πάντες εἰσὶν λειτουργικὰ πνεύματα, εἰς διακονίαν ἀποστελλόμενα διὰ τοὺς μέλλοντας κληρονομεῖν σωτηρίαν; Διὰ τοῦτο δεῖ περισσοτέρως ἡμᾶς προσέχειν τοῖς ἀκουσθεῖσιν, μήποτε παραρρυῶμεν. Εἰ γὰρ ὁ διʼ ἀγγέλων λαληθεὶς λόγος ἐγένετο βέβαιος, καὶ πᾶσα παράβασις καὶ παρακοὴ ἔλαβεν ἔνδικον μισθαποδοσίαν, πῶς ἡμεῖς ἐκφευξόμεθα τηλικαύτης ἀμελήσαντες σωτηρίας; Ἥτις, ἀρχὴν λαβοῦσα λαλεῖσθαι διὰ τοῦ κυρίου, ὑπὸ τῶν ἀκουσάντων εἰς ἡμᾶς ἐβεβαιώθη.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 2:1-12

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσῆλθεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἰς εἰς Καπερναοὺμ δι᾿ ἡμερῶν καὶ ἠκούσθη ὅτι εἰς οἶκόν ἐστι. καὶ εὐθέως συνήχθησαν πολλοί, ὥστε μηκέτι χωρεῖν μηδὲ τὰ πρὸς τὴν θύραν· καὶ ἐλάλει αὐτοῖς τὸν λόγον. καὶ ἔρχονται πρὸς αὐτὸν παραλυτικὸν φέροντες, αἰρόμενον ὑπὸ τεσσάρων· καὶ μὴ δυνάμενοι προσεγγίσαι αὐτῷ διὰ τὸν ὄχλον, ἀπεστέγασαν τὴν στέγην ὅπου ἦν, καὶ ἐξορύξαντες χαλῶσι τὸν κράβαττον, ἐφ᾿ ᾧ ὁ παραλυτικὸς κατέκειτο. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τὴν πίστιν αὐτῶν λέγει τῷ παραλυτικῷ· τέκνον, ἀφέωνταί σοι αἱ ἁμαρτίαι σου. ἦσαν δέ τινες τῶν γραμματέων ἐκεῖ καθήμενοι καὶ διαλογιζόμενοι ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις αὐτῶν· τί οὗτος οὕτω λαλεῖ βλασφημίας; τίς δύναται ἀφιέναι ἁμαρτίας εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ Θεός; καὶ εὐθέως ἐπιγνοὺς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τῷ πνεύματι αὐτοῦ ὅτι οὕτως αὐτοὶ διαλογίζονται ἐν ἑαυτοῖς, εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τί ταῦτα διαλογίζεσθε ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν; τί ἐστιν εὐκοπώτερον, εἰπεῖν τῷ παραλυτικῷ, ἀφέωνταί σου αἱ ἁμαρτίαι, ἢ εἰπεῖν, ἔγειρε καὶ ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ περιπάτει; ἵνα δὲ εἰδῆτε ὅτι ἐξουσίαν ἔχει ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἀφιέναι ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἁμαρτίας - λέγει τῷ παραλυτικῷ· σοὶ λέγω, ἔγειρε καὶ ἆρον τὸν κράβαττόν σου καὶ ὕπαγε εἰς τὸν οἶκόν σου. καὶ ἠγέρθη εὐθέως, καὶ ἄρας τὸν κράβαττον ἐξῆλθεν ἐναντίον πάντων, ὥστε ἐξίστασθαι πάντας καὶ δοξάζειν τὸν Θεὸν λέγοντας ὅτι οὐδέποτε οὕτως εἴδομεν.


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Parish Calendar

  • Parish Liturgical Services & Activities

    March 24 to April 7, 2019

    Sunday, March 24

    8:30AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Mission of Mercy - bagged lunches prepared

    12:00PM Greek School - Greek Independence Day program and sponsored Coffee hour

    5:00PM Great Vespers for the Annunciation (Baltimore)

    Monday, March 25

    9:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy for the Annunciation of the Theotokos @ Sts. Peter & Paul (Note the Change)

    6:00PM Great Compline

    7:00PM Conversational Sign Language Class

    Wednesday, March 27

    6:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

    7:00PM "Lenten Talk" Series

    Thursday, March 28

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Friday, March 29

    9:00AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

    7:00PM Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos

    Saturday, March 30

    9:30AM Bee the Bee (St. George Bethesda)

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, March 31

    Veneration of the Holy Cross

    8:00AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM No Sunday School Classes

    11:00AM St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos - to pass a special tray to benefit the Hellenic College Operational Expense

    2:00PM Greek Independence Day Parade

    Monday, April 1

    6:00PM Great Compline

    7:00PM Conversational Sign Language Class

    Wednesday, April 3

    6:00PM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

    7:00PM "Lenten Talk" Series

    Thursday, April 4

    7:15PM St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos General meeting

    Friday, April 5

    9:00AM Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts

    7:00PM Salutations to the Most Holy Theotokos

    Saturday, April 6

    5:00PM Great Vespers

    6:00PM Three Hierarchs Book Club Gathering

    Sunday, April 7

    8:30AM Orthros/Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Youth Paschal Candle Decoration

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Parish Ministries

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

HOPE & JOY Ministry:  Please email Mrs. Christina Summers for details. Email: Mrs.Summers@aol.com

Religious Education:  Mrs. Despina Horst (Interim Principal): horst7213@aol.com. 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: kikikoutras@yahoo.com or cell: 240-409-1431.

St. Eugenia Ladies Philoptochos: – Mrs. Marie Carras, President. All in the Parish are encouraged to be members of the Philoptochos Society. Contact Marie if interested in joining. Cell: 301-524-7246 or email mmcarras@aol.com

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. frgeorgemastakas@gmail.com

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Announcements

3-month memorial will be chanted today for Mark Anthony Marketon, may his memory be eternal!

Greek Independence Day Program: Greek School students will be presenting their annual Greek Independence Day program today immediately following Divine Liturgy, in the Dr. Peter Tsaknis Social Hall.

Greek Independence Day Parade in Baltimore, MD. is on Sunday, March 31st. For those interested in carpooling from Sts. Peter & Paul to Baltimore, we will leave by 12:30pm. The parade will be held at the Greektown Section in Baltimore. (Ponca Street/Eastern Avenue), beginning at 2pm. Following the parade we will tentatively meet at St. Nicholas Church Plateia for lunch. The parade has a dress code which requires no jeans.

Witness Christ to the deaf community in Frederick and attend the ASL classes (American Sign Language) on Mondays following Great Compline. These intro classed will allow you to learn the basics of sign language and lay a foundation for future development if desired. 

Join us for "Lenten Talk", a brief lecture and discussion series, on Wednesdays following the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Marietta Nektaria Camp Good Shepherd Scholarship. Please help support sending one of Sts. Peter & Paul’s youth to Camp Good Shepard by making a donation. Please mark "CGS scholarship fund" on the memo line of your donation.

The St. Eugenia Philoptochos will hold a general meeting on Thursday April 4th at 7:15 pm. All members are encouraged to attend. Board elections will be held on May 1st, if you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Marie Carras for more information.

Great Compline  Each Monday through April 15th, at 6:00 pm. This is a prayer service in which many psalms are chanted together with evening prayers usually said with the Small Compline. It includes the well-known hymns “God is with Us” and “O Lord of Hosts”.

Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts each Wednesday at 6pm and Friday at 9am:
This special liturgy is allowed only during the Great Fast. The Divine Liturgy may not be celebrated on weekdays during Great Lent. However, the need still exists, especially during this time of year when we are struggling with our spiritual lives against evil and our own weaknesses, to receive the Body and Blood of Christ more often. Therefore, the priest consecrates an extra host on the previous Sunday which is then used during this liturgy, thus the name Pre-Sanctified Liturgy. This is one of the most beautiful services of the Church. Fasting is required from at least the noon meal in order to receive Holy Communion.

The Akathist Service to the Theotokos every Friday at 7:00 pm: This service is a combination of Small Compline (after dinner prayers) and the Canon and salutations to the Theotokos. It is celebrated on the first five Fridays of the Great Fast.

March 30 - 

The 20th Annual Memorial Lenten Retreat will be held on Saturday, March 30th, 2019, here at SS. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Annapolis, MD, from 9 am - 3 pm, with Guest Retreat Speaker, Hank Hanegraaff. Hank Hanegraaff serves as President of the Christian Research Institute (CRI) and hosts the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged broadcast. For information, call 410-573-2072.

March 30—
St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda will be hosting a BeeTreat on Saturday March 30th with Steve Christoforou and Christian Gonzalez. The morning event will be for 6th to 12th Graders with parents and Youth Workers, and the evening event will be for ages 18 to 35 (https://stgeorge.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/beetreat_flier_Maryland.pdf). Registration is here: https://www.y2am.org/beetreats

Church Parking Lot: Please do not leave empty spots in front of your vehicle when parking in the Church parking lot. Parking spots labeled as a handicapped parking spots are reserved for vehicles with handicapped parking permits only.

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.

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