Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2023-10-08
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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



We welcome everyone to Coffee Fellowship following services. Today’s Fellowship is sponsored by the Spandagos family in loving memory of Konstantinos Spandagos. May his memory be eternal!


A deep and heart-felt THANK YOU to Sandra  and Marc Gulezian and the whole Gulezian family, Matt Apostolou and the Apostolou family and to each and every person who offered their time, treasure, and talent to make Bouzouki Night the success that it was. The fellowship hall was packed with 150 people enjoying the music, dancing, mezze, and fellowship that the night offered. All proceeds will go to support our 100th Anniversary events in 2024. Glory to God!!!


Join us for Fall Family Fun Night on October 27, 2023, from 6:30-8:00 pm for Pumpkin Decorating, Pizza, Face Painting & More! Bring your own Pumpkin!


Can you please spend a little time to confidentially tell us what our parish can do to better serve your and your family’s needs? The TCI team would like you to take the Effective Parish Survey at: Thank you - the Thriving Congregations Initiative (TCI) Team


Our 13th Annual Golf Tournament is on October 23, 2023, at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover. Please support our Golf Tournament by putting together a foursome or by becoming a golf sponsor. Unable to join us for golf? You are welcome to join us for dinner. The cost for dinner is $50 per person.


Nominations for the 2024-2025 term of the Parish Council are welcome.  Any parishioner in good standing interested in being nominated must contact the Parish office to request an official nomination form and return the completed form to the office by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2023.  Elections will be held on December 10, 2023.


The Transfiguration Sunday School Ministry is in need of dedicated volunteers who would love to teach and or assist Sunday School. Our teaching staff is always willing to share ideas and offer support.  Please contact Fr. Gregory if interested.


Mark your calendars for Parish Assembly on November 12th to follow Divine Liturgy.  There will be more information to follow.


We will continue to need books for grades 1 & 2, but a greater need of books for grades 3, 4 & 5. Please place new or gently used books in the bin in the upstairs lobby.  We so appreciate your commitment to literacy for our children.



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

Vigil Light at the Side Altar (Icon of the Theotokos): In Loving Memory of George & Mary Koutsis from the Koutsis and Dobi families 
Vigil Light at the Icon of Christ: In 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 John N. Tavoularis from his family
†Vigil Light at the Foot of the Holy Cross: In Loving Memory of George Tsoukalas from his family








Weekly Inserts


Weekly Calendar

Sunday, October 8  THIRD SUNDAY OF LUKE                        
†Orthros, 8:30 am
†Liturgy, 9:30 am
40 Day Memorial for Nicholas Grigoriou
1 Year Memorial for Konstantinos Spandagos

Monday, October 9                            
Columbus Day (Office Closed)

Tuesday, October 10                         
Parish Council Meeting, 6:30 pm

†Orthros, 8:30 am
†Liturgy, 9:30 am


TODAY’S PARISH COUNCIL:  Chuck Nestor, Costas Tsioulis & Derek Piper



October 16
St. Longinos - Liturgy, 9:30 am

October 17                          
Bible Study (online), 7:00 pm

October 18                         
St. Luke – Liturgy, 9:30 am

October 22                          
Sixth Sunday of Luke

October 23                          
Golf Tournament

October 24                         
Bible Study (online), 7:00 pm

October 25                          
Bible Study (online), 10:00 am

October 26                         
St. Demetrius – Liturgy, 9:30 am

October 27                          
Family Fun Night

October 29                          
Seventh Sunday of Luke

October 29                          
Sunday School Coffee Hour

November 5                        
Fifth Sunday of Luke
Monthly Trisagion

November 7                        
Bible Study (online), 7:00 pm

November 8                        
Bible Study (online), 10:00 am



Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 9:6-11.

Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 7:11-16

At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!"


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

Although your tomb was sealed with a stone, O Savior, and your most pure body was guarded by the soldiers, you rose on the third day giving life to all the world. Therefore O giver of life, the powers of heaven praise you: Glory to your resurrection, O Christ. Glory to your kingdom. Glory to your saving wisdom. O only lover of mankind.

Apolytikion for Righteous Pelagia in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Through thee the divine likeness was securely preserved, O Mother Pelagia for thou didst carry the cross and followed Christ. By example and precept thou midst teach us to ignore the body because it is perishable, and to attend to the concerns of the undying soul. Therefore, doth thy soul rejoice with the angels.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

O unfailing protection of Christians, and our faithful advocate before the Creator: though we are sinners, do not ignore our entreaty; but in your goodness, grant your timely help to us who appeal to you in faith. Quickly make intercession; on our behalf make speedy supplication, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you.

Wisdom of the Fathers

That dead man was being buried, and many friends were conducting him to his tomb. But there meets him Christ, the Life and Resurrection, for He is the destroyer of death and of corruption; He it is "in Whom we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28); He it is Who has restored the nature of man to that which it originally was; and has set free our death-fraught flesh from the bonds of death.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homily 36.42, p. 153., 5th Century

The virgin's son met the widow's son. He became like a sponge for her tears and as life for the death of her son. Death turned about in its den and turned its back on the victorious one.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
Commentary on Tatian's Diatessaron, 6.23. (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. vol. 3: Luke, Intervarsity Press)


Saints and Feasts

October 08

Pelagia the Righteous

This Saint was a prominent actress of the city of Antioch, and a pagan, who lived a life of unrestrained prodigality and led many to perdition. Instructed and baptized by a certain bishop named Nonnus (Saint Nonnus is commemorated Nov. 10), she departed for the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, where she lived as a recluse, feigning to be a eunuch called Pelagia. She lived in such holiness and repentance that within three or four years she was deemed worthy to repose in an odour of sanctity, in the middle of the fifth century. Her tomb on the Mount of Olives has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.

October 09

James the Apostle, son of Alphaeus

The holy Apostle James was one of the Twelve, and preached Christ to many nations, and finally suffered death by crucifixion.

October 10

Eulampios & Eulampia the Martyrs

The Martyrs Eulampius and Eulampia were from Nicomedia, and contested for Christ during the reign of Maximian, in the year 296.

October 11

Philip the Apostle of the 70, one of the 7 Deacons

Saint Philip, who had four daughters that prophesied, was from Caesarea of Palestine. He preached throughout Samaria; it was he also who met the eunuch of Candace, the Queen of the Ethiopians, as the eunuch was reading the Prophet Esaias, and he instructed and baptized him (Acts 8:26-39). He reposed in Tralles of Asia Minor while preaching the Gospel.

October 12

Provos, Andronicus, & Tarachos, Martyrs of Tarsus

The holy Martyrs contested for Christ during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 296 or 304. Tarachus was advanced in years, of Roman birth, and had been a soldier; Probus was from Side in Pamphylia, and Andronicus from Ephesus. They were taken together in Cilicia and subjected to manifold exceedingly cruel tenures. Tarachus was beaten on his cheeks and neck with stones, his hands were burned, he was hanged on a post and smoke was put underneath him to choke him; vinegar was forced down his nostrils; after enduring further tortures, he was carved to pieces. Probus was thrashed with whips, his feet were burned with red hot irons, his back and sides were pierced with heated spits; finally he also was cut up with knives, and received the crown of martyrdom. Andronicus suffered similar tortures, and also finished his course being cut to pieces, commending his soul into the hands of God.

October 13

Carpos, Papylos

Saint Carpus was Bishop of the Church of Thyatira in Asia Minor and Papylus was his deacon, whom he had ordained. Seized as Christians and tormented in Thyatira, they were taken to Sardis, whither Agathodorus, their servant, followed them, and also confessed Christ, and was tormented with them. Together with Agathonica, the sister of Saint Papylus. they were all beheaded during the reign of Decius, in the year 250.

October 14

Martyrs Nazarius, Gervasius, Protasius, & Celsus

The holy Martyrs all contested for piety's sake in Milan; after the passage of much time their holy relics were discovered and given honourable burial by Saint Ambrose.