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Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-08-07
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Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (978) 458-4321
  • Street Address:

  • 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way

  • Lowell, MA 01854
  • Mailing Address:

  • 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way

  • Lowell, MA 01854


Contact Information






Services Schedule

Sunday Schedule:

Orthros: 8:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy: 9:30 a.m.

Bible Study:

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Past Bulletins


Announcements

FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Everyone is welcome to join the Fellowship Hour following services. 

FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY

Please support our coffee hour fund on Sunday morning. The cost of donuts has skyrocketed!!!  Thank you.

GOLF OUTING

Our 12th Annual Golf Outing is on September 10, 2022 at the Tewksbury Country Club in Tewksbury. We need the support of all parishioners as players or tee sponsors, hole sponsors, etc.  Please see Costas Tsioulis for more information.

VACATION CHURCH CAMP

Vacation Church Camp will be held August 8th through August 12th from 9:30am to 2:00pm. For more information email Amanda su_lou22@me.com. This year’s theme is:” With faith we can move mountains.” 

PARAKLESIS SERVICES

The Paraklesis Service is a wonderful opportunity to pray for the health of our loved ones.  Join us during the first 15 days of August for the service.  Please check the calendar for days and times.  If you have someone you would like remembered in prayer you are welcome to provide their name to the church office by email or by using the form available in the Narthex.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in the new Prayer Shawl Ministry! The first meeting will be held today, August 7th after church in the hall. We are welcoming any interested participants to contact Stephanie Gulezian at stephaniegulezian@gmail.com.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

♥ Consider donating $10.00 Market Basket cards.  Thank you for your help.  It is appreciated!

 

     PLEASE NOTE SUMMER HOURS:  Office hours for July and August

Tuesday to Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm 

  

Trinity votive candles (To Sponsor a Candle please call the Church Office.) 

Vigil Light at the Side Altar (Icon of the Theotokos): Kasandra Alexia Rios for Health, Safety, Strength and Resilience.

Vigil Light at the Icon of ChristIn Loving Memory of Deborah Victoria Skrekas and George Skrekas

Vigil Light at the Theotokos: In Loving Memory of Ioannis "John" Zaralidis - From his family

Vigil Light at the Icon of the Forerunner: In Loving Memory of Vasilios, Panagiotis and Ἰωάννου

Vigil Light at the Foot of the Holy Cross: Available

 

 

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Weekly Inserts

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, August 7  EIGHTH SUNDAY OF MATTHEW
†Orthros, 8:30 am
† Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am
Monthly Trisagion 

Monday, August 8         
VCC Camp, 9:30 – 2:00 pm
Paraklesis, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, August 9        
VCC Camp, 9:30 – 2:00 pm 

Wednesday, August 10  
VCC Camp, 9:30 – 2:00 pm
Paraklesis, 6:30 pm 

Thursday, August 11    
VCC Camp, 9:30 – 2:00 pm

Friday, August 12         
VCC Camp, 9:30 – 2:00 pm
Paraklesis, 6:30 pm

Sunday, August 14 NINTH SUNDAY OF MATTHEW
†Orthros, 8:30 am
† Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am 
Great Vespers at Dracut

Monday, August 15   Dormition of the Theotokos       
 †Orthros, 8:30 am
† Divine Liturgy, 9:30 am       

Tuesday, August 16    
Parish Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

TODAY’S PARISH COUNCIL: Costas Tsioulis, Stephanie Gulezian & Chuck Nestor

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 21                        
Tenth Sunday of Matthew

August 28                       
Eleventh Sunday of Matthew

August 29                       
Beheading of John the Baptist – Liturgy, 9:30 am

September 4                   
Twelfth Sunday of Matthew

September 8                   
Nativity of the Theotokos – Liturgy, 9:30 am

September 10                   
12th Annual Golf Outing

 

 

                                             

                         

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 1:10-17.

Brethren, I appeal to you by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no dissensions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brethren. What I mean is that each one of you says, "I belong to Paul," or "I belong to Apollos," or "I belong to Cephas," or "I belong to Christ." Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispos and Gaius; lest any one should say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any one else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.


Gospel Reading

8th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 14:14-22

At that time, Jesus saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, "This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves." Jesus said, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They said to him, "We have only five loaves here and two fish." And he said, "Bring them here to me." Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass; and taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke and gave the loaves to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Then he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

By the cross, O Lord, you destroyed death; to the thief you opened paradise. The myrrhbearers' sorrow you transformed into joy, and you sent your apostles forth to proclaim that you had risen from the dead, Christ our God, bestowing on all the world your great mercy.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Transfiguration in the Grave Mode

When you were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, you showed disciples your glory as far as they could bear. So now, for us sinners also, let this same eternal light shine forth through the prayers of the Theotokos. O Giver of light, glory to you.

Apolytikion of the Church

When You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, You showed Your disciples Your glory as far as they could bear.  So now, for us sinners also, let this same eternal light shine forth through the prayers of the Theotokos.  O Giver of Light, glory to You.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Mode

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing your disciples as much of your glory as they could bear, so that when they see you crucified they will know that you suffer freely, and they will tell all the world that you are truly the radiance of the Father.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

And another thing too we learn, the self-restraint of the disciples which they practised in necessary things, and how little they accounted of food.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

For being twelve, they had five loaves only and two fishes; so secondary to them were the things of the body: so did they cling to the things spiritual only. And not even that little did they hold fast, but gave up even it when asked.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 49 on Matthew 14, 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

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August 07

The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius

This Martyr, who lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, was a Persian by race and an idolater by religion. He was catechized by a certain Christian named Abarus. He went to Nisibis, a city of Mesopotamia, where he was baptized and donned the monastic habit in a certain monastery. He afterwards ascended a mountain and there endured in extreme ascetical struggles, working miracles for those that came to him, and converting many unbelievers. Julian the Apostate learned of these things as he was marching against the Persians in 363, and at his command the Saint and his two disciples were stoned to death, as they were chanting the Sixth Hour.


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August 08

Emilian the Confessor & Bishop of Cyzikos

This Saint was one of the illustrious Orthodox Bishops called to Constantinople by the holy Patriarch Nicephorus to defend the veneration of the holy icons against Leo the Armenian (see Mar. 8). Saint Emilian was sent into exile by Leo about the year 815, and gave up his soul to the Lord amidst many afflictions and sufferings for the sake of his confession.


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August 09

Matthias, Apostle of the 70

After Judas by transgression fell from his apostleship (Acts 1: 25), and hanging himself out of despair ended his life with a wretched and shameful death (Matt. 27: 5), then, that the number of the Twelve not be lacking, all the disciples gathered in one place after the Ascension of the Savior (the number of men and women being 120), and they chose two men from among them, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was also surnamed Justus, and Matthias, and they set them in the midst. Then they prayed to God and cast lots, "and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven Apostles" (Acts 1: 15-26). And thus, having taken the place of Judas, Matthias fulfilled the work of apostleship and the prophecy concerning Judas, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David: "And his bishopric let another take" (Ps. 108(109):8). After this, it is said, Matthias preached the Gospel in Ethiopia, and completed his life there in martyrdom.


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August 10

Laurence the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Rome

This Saint, who was born in Spain, was the Archdeacon of the Church of Rome, caring for the sacred vessels of the Church and distributing money to the needy. About the year 257, a harsh persecution was raised up against the Christians by Valerian. Pope Sixtus, who was from Athens, was commanded to worship the idols, and refused; before his martyrdom by beheading, he committed to Laurence all the sacred vessels of the Church. When Laurence was arrested and brought before the Prefect, he was questioned concerning the treasures of the Church; he asked for three days' time to prepare them. He then proceeded to gather all the poor and needy, and presented them to the Prefect and said, "Behold the treasures of the Church." The Prefect became enraged at this and gave command that Laurence be racked, then scourged with scorpions (a whip furnished with sharp iron points - compare II Chron. 10:11), then stretched out on a red-hot iron grill. But the courageous athlete of Christ endured without groaning. After he had been burned on one side, he said, "My body is done on one side; turn me over on the other." And when this had taken place, the Martyr said to the tyrants, "My flesh is now well done, you may taste of it." And when he had said this, and had prayed for his slayers in imitation of Christ, he gave up his spirit on August 10, 258.


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August 11

Euplus the Holy Martyr & Archdeacon of Cantania

This Martyr was from Catania in Sicily and contested during the reign of Diocletian. He presented himself of his own accord to Calvisianus the Governor, who put him to exceedingly harsh torments. As Euplus was on the rack, Calvisianus commanded him to worship Mars, Apollo, and Aesculapius; he answered he worshipped the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He was beheaded in the year 304.


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August 12

Photios & Aniketos the Martyrs of Nicomedea

These Martyrs contested in Nicomedia about the year 288. When Diocletian stirred up his persecution of the Christians, Anicetus presented himself openly and said that all who worship idols are blind and senseless. He was beaten with rods so ruthlessly that his bones appeared from the rents and wounds in his flesh. As he was suffering further torments, his nephew Photius came and embraced him, calling him his father and his uncle. He was also put to many tortures with him. They were then imprisoned together for three years. Finally they were cast into a furnace, where they gave up their spirits, and their bodies were preserved unharmed. Saint Anicetus is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.


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August 13

Maximus the Confessor

The divine Maximus, who was from Constantinople, sprang from an illustrious family. He was a lover of wisdom and an eminent theologian. At first, he was the chief private secretary of the Emperor Heraclius and his grandson Constans. But when the Monothelite heresy became predominant in the royal court, out of hatred for this error the Saint departed for the Monastery at Chrysopolis (Scutari), of which he later became the abbot. When Constans tried to constrain him either to accept the Monothelite teaching, or to stop speaking and writing against it - neither of which the Saint accepted to do - his tongue was uprooted and his right hand was cut off, and he was sent into exile, where he reposed in 662. At the time only he and his few disciples were Orthodox in the East. See also January 21.


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