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Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2019-11-17
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Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (978) 458-4321
  • Fax:
  • (978) 458-8726
  • 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

Today’s Fellowship is offered in memory of Thomas Gianacakes by his family.  May his memory be eternal!  Everyone is welcome to join us for fellowship following services. 

PARISH COUNCIL

Parish Council elections will be held on December 8, 2019. 

GOYA APPLE PIE SALES

Time to place your orders for delicious apple pies prepared by the members of the Transfiguration GOYA.  You can order your pie baked or unbaked as well as sugar free.  Please stop by the Order Table in the Hall lobby.

PHILOPTOCHOS

We thank all the parishioners who volunteered to help children through the Philoptochos Christmas Adopt A Family Program.  We are pleased to announce that all the names have been taken.  Please return all gifts by December 15th

PHILOPTOCHOS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TEA

Ticket Sales for our 66th Annual Benefit "A Downton Tea" are now on sale. This is our biggest fundraiser and we hope for everyone's support and attendance. Please bring your family and friends for a lovely and festive afternoon as we celebrate the start of the Christmas season together. 

THE 66TH BENEFIT TEA RAFFLE IS LOOKING FOR PATRONS

Our Tea Raffle Table would love to see more Parishioners help our biggest Philoptochos Fundraiser of the Year.  If you have any of the following, we would love you to gift it as Raffle Prize and give you the credit in our Program.  Can you make a donation of Sports Tickets to a Bruins or Celtics Game; Theater Tickets; A restaurant gift certificate; A professional service that you could provide as a raffle gift; Any gift cards or even a cash donation to help us purchase other raffle gifts for the table?  Any of these would be so appreciated to help us make a successful 66th Benefit Tea.  Text us please if you are willing to contribute – Ann 978-375-9460  Soula 978-551-0169.  Thank you! 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

♥ Consider donating $10.00 Market Basket cards.  There is always a need for people less fortunate than ourselves.  Please place any food donations in the green container in the lobby. 

♥ Please remember to keep the books coming for the 2019-2020 school year! 

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Weekly Calendar

Sunday, November 17   NINTH SUNDAY OF LUKE
†Orthros, 8:30am      
†Liturgy, 9:30am
1 Year Memorial for Thomas Gianacakes
40 Day Baby Blessing for Jonathan Spanos                       

Wednesday, November 20
Kafenion, 10:00am
Bible Study, 10:00am

Thursday, November 21
Entrance of the Theotokos – Liturgy, 9:30am
House of Hope, 5:00pm
Kitchen Meeting, 6:30pm                                                                          

Sunday, November 24  THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF LUKE
†Orthros, 8:30am      
†Liturgy, 9:30am
5 Year Memorial for Evangelia Piazas
Goya Pie Pickup                                                        

TODAY’S PARISH COUNCIL: Corrine Dubay, Michael Fokas & Jimmy Demetri

TODAY’S GREETER: Fred Block

                                             UPCOMING EVENTS

November 25
St Catherine – Liturgy, 9:30am

November 26
Community Kitchen, 11:30am-12:30pm

November 27
Kafenion, 10:00am

November 28
Thanksgiving Day – office closed

November 29
Vespers – St Andrew – at Metropolis, 7:00pm

November 30                              
Liturgy – St Andrew – at Metropolis, 9:30am

December 1                                 
Monthly Trisagion

December 3                                 
Parish Council Meeting, 6:30pm

December 4
Kafenion, 10:00am
Bible Study, 10:00am

December 5
Kitchen Meeting, 6:30pm

December 6
St Nicholas – Liturgy, 9:30am

December 8
Elections, 11:30am
Philoptochos “A Downton Tea”, 2:00pm

December 11
Kafenion, 10:00am
Bible Study, 10:00am

December 12                               
St Spyridon – Liturgy, 9:30am
Kitchen Meeting, 6:30pm

December 13
Family Fun Night, 6:00pm

December 14
LTLC Meal, 5:00pm

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18.

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.


Gospel Reading

9th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 12:16-21

The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode

Let us believers praise and worship the Word, co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, born of the Virgin for our salvation; for he took pleasure in ascending the Cross in the flesh, to suffer death, and to raise the dead by his glorious Resurrection.

Apolytikion for Gregory the Wonderworker in the Plagal Fourth Mode

By vigilance in prayer, and continuance in the working of wonders, thou didst acquire thine achievements as a surname; wherefore, intercede with Christ our God, O Father Gregory, to enlighten our souls, lest we sleep in sin unto death.

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 Fourth Mode

Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

I cannot be silent about the story of Hesychius the Horebite. He passed his life in complete negligence, without paying the least attention to his soul. Then he became extremely ill, and for an hour he left his body.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

And when he came to himself, he begged us all to leave him immediately. And he built up the door of his cell, and he stayed in it for twelve years without ever uttering a word to anyone, and without eating anything but bread and water.
St. John Climacus
Ladder of Divine Ascent. Step 6: On Remembrance of Death, 6th Century

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Saints and Feasts

Gregwonderjohnmercy
November 17

Gregory the Wonderworker & Bishop of Neo-Caesarea

Saint Gregory was born in Neocaesarea of Pontus to parents who were not Christians. He studied in Athens, in Alexandria, in Beirut, and finally for five years in Caesarea of Palestine under Origen, by whom he was also instructed in the Faith of Christ. Then, in the year 240, he became bishop of his own city, wherein he found only seventeen Christians. By the time the Saint reposed about the year 265, there were only seventeen unbelievers left there. Virtually the whole duration of his episcopacy was a time of continual, marvellous wonders worked by him. Because of this, he received the surname "Wonderworker"; even the enemies of the truth called him a second Moses (see Saint Basil the Great's On the Holy Spirit, ch. 29).


Platon
November 18

Plato the Great Martyr of Ancyra

Saint Plato contested in martyrdom in 266, when Agrippinus was proconsul. He was from the city of Ancyra in the province of Galatia.


Allsaint
November 19

Obadiah the Prophet

The Divine Scriptures do not tell us with any certainty when the Prophet Obadiah lived nor what was his homeland. Thus, some say that he is that Obadiah who was Ahab's steward, who, because of Jezebel's wrath, hid one hundred prophets in a cave and fed them with bread and water (III Kings 18:4), and that he later became a disciple of Elias the Prophet about 903 B.C. But others surmise from the words of the same prophetical book that he is somewhat later than Joel (celebrated on Oct. 19). He is also called Obdiu, or Abdiu, or Obadiah; his name means "servant of God." His book of prophecy, which consists of only one chapter, is ranked fourth among the minor Prophets.


Allsaint
November 20

Gregory the Righteous of Decapolis

Saint Gregory who was from Irenopolis of the Decapolis of Asia Minor, was the son of Sergius and Mary. He became a monk as a young man, and after struggling for many years in virtue and prayer under obedience to a wise spiritual father, he was informed by revelation that it was the will of God for him to live, like the Patriarch Abraham, with no certain dwelling, moving from place to place. His journeyings took him to Ephesus, Constantinople, Corinth, Rome, Sicily, Thessalonica, and again to Constantinople, where, after many labours in defence of Orthodoxy against Iconoclasm, he reposed in peace in the first half of the ninth century. He had two disciples, one of whom was Saint Joseph the Hymnographer (see Apr. 3), who wrote the Menaion service for Saint Gregory, his father in Christ.


Vmentrnc
November 21

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

According to the tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was brought to the Temple at three years of age, where she was consecrated to God and spent her days until she was fourteen or fifteen years old; and then, as a mature maiden, by the common counsel of the priests (since her parents had reposed some three years before), she was betrothed to Joseph.


Allsaint
November 22

Archippus the Apostle, Philemon the Apostle & his wife, Apphia, Onesimos the Disciple of Paul

Philemon, who was from Colossae, a city of Phrygia, was a man both wealthy and noble; Apphia was his wife. Archippus became Bishop of the Church in Colossae. All three were disciples of the Apostle Paul. Onesimus, who was formerly an unbeliever and slave of Philemon, stole certain of his vessels and fled to Rome. However, on finding him there, the Apostle Paul guided him onto the path of virtue and the knowledge of the truth, and sent him back to his master Philemon, to whom he wrote an epistle (this is one of the fourteen epistles of Saint Paul). In this epistle, Paul commended Onesimus to his master and reconciled the two. Onesimus was later made a bishop; in Greece he is honoured as the patron Saint of the imprisoned. All these Saints received their end by martyrdom, when they were stoned to death by the idolaters. Saint Onesimus is also commemorated on February 15.


Amphilochios
November 23

Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium

Saint Amphilochius, who was born in Cappadocia, shone forth in asceticism and divine knowledge even from his youth. He was consecrated Bishop of Iconium in 341, he struggled courageously against the blasphemies of Eunomius, Macedonius the enemy of the Holy Spirit, and the followers of Arius. He was present at the Second Ecumenical Council of the 150 Fathers, which took place in Constantinople, convoked during the reign of Theodosius the Great in the year 381. In 383 Amphilochius wished to persuade the Emperor Theodosius to forbid the Arians from gathering in Constantinople and to commit the churches to the Orthodox, but the Emperor was reluctant to do such a thing. The next time that Amphilochius entered the palace, he addressed Theodosius with proper honour, but slighted his young son Arcadius in his presence. Theodosius was indignant, and said the dishonour shown to his son was equally an insult to himself. To this Saint Amphilochius answered that as he would not suffer an insult to his son, so he ought to believe that God is wroth with those who blaspheme His Only-begotten. Saint Theodosius understood and admired Amphilochius' ingenious device, and he issued the desired edict in September of the same year. Saint Amphilochius, having reached deep old age, reposed in peace about the year 395. Saint Basil the Great wrote many letters to Saint Amphilochius, his friend and Fellow champion of the Faith, and at his request wrote his treatise On the Holy Spirit, which besides demonstrating the divinity of the Holy Spirit and His equality with the Father and the Son, defends the Church's unwritten ancient traditions, such as making the sign of the Cross, turning towards the East in prayer, no kneeling on Sunday, and so forth.


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