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Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2020-03-29
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Annunciation Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (603) 742-7667
  • Street Address:

  • 93 Locust Street

  • Dover, NH 03820


Contact Information



Services Schedule

Matins
9:00 am

Liturgy
10:00 am

 



Other Parish Info
Directions: from Boston - take Rte 95 into NH, bear left on Rte 16 in Portsmouth, get off at Exit 8E for downtown Dover and turn left at the second light on Locust St. (follow public library sign). Go past the church on your left and turn left into the public library parking.

Father's Office Hours: M,T,W,& Fr 10:00am - 4pm
Secretary Office Hours: Mon-Fri  9:30am - 12:30pm

In the event of inclement weather, if Dover schools are closed, office is closed!

 


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Tone

You descended from on high, O compassionate One, and condescended to be buried for three days, so that from the passions You might set us free. Our life and resurrection, O Lord, glory be to You.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Tone

With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have become a light, shining upon the world. O John, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to save our souls.
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς, τής ερήμου τό άγονον εγεώργησας, καί τοίς εκ βάθους στεναγμοίς, εις εκατόν τούς πόνους εκαρποφόρησας, καί γέγονας φωστήρ, τή οικουμένη λάμπων τοίς θαύμασι, Ιωάννη Πατήρ ημών, Όσιε, Πρέσβευε Χριστώ τώ Θεώ, σωθήναι τάς ψυχάς ημών.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Tone

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε, Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.
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Prayer List

Please pray for our brothers and sisters: James,  Elizabeth, Tom, Kostas,   Alexandra, Rita, Connor, James,  Peter,  Vasili, Sophia, Rachel, Nicole,  Christine,  Michael, Irina,  Abigail, Shirley,  Christopher, Malina, Andrew, Vera, Erin, Paula,  Milton, Galini, Yevgeniy, Alexey, Nadia, Vasiliki, Diane, Deborah, Phillip,  Jim,  Jave, Demetrios, Kathy, Elaina,  Panagiota, Conan, John, Jo Anne, Bill, James, Colleen, Barbara, Theophana, Paul, Tasso, Roula, Thomas,  Jim, Prescott, Sze, Prudence, Brittany, Dionysios, Konstantinos, Evangelia, Nikolaos, Penny, Taki, Maki, Andre, Pavlos, Stephanie, Phyllis, Ed, Bettyann, George, Althea, Sofia, Irina, Ava Maria,  Maria, Jennifer, Anthony,  Timea, Paul, John, Bill.

If you or a loved one is going through a difficult time and would like the community to pray for you, please call the office and request to be added on the prayer list.  We will list the first names only in the weekly bulletin for six months, or until you ask to be removed from the list.  I will also make a special mention of the Orthodox names at the Proskomede. 

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Saints and Feasts

Climicus
March 29

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


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April 01

Mary of Egypt

When Mary was only twelve years old, she left her parents and departed to Alexandria, where she lived a depraved life for seventeen years. Then, moved by curiosity, she went with many pilgrims to Jerusalem, that she might see the Exaltation of the venerable Cross. Even in the Holy City she gave herself over to every kind of licentiousness and drew many into the depth of perdition. Desiring to go into the church on the day of the Exaltation of the Cross, time and again she perceived a certain invisible power preventing her entrance, whereas the multitude of people about her entered unhindered. Therefore, wounded in heart by this, she decided to change her way of life and reconcile herself to God by means of repentance. Invoking our Lady the Theotokos as her protectress, she asked her to open the way for her to worship the Cross, and vowed that she would renounce the world. And thus, returning once again to the church, she entered easily. When she had worshipped the precious Wood, she departed that same day from Jerusalem and passed over the Jordan. She went into the inner wilderness and for forty-seven years lived a most harsh manner of life, surpassing human strength; alone, she prayed to God alone. Toward the end of her life, she met a certain hermit named Zosimas, and she related to him her life from the beginning. She requested of him to bring her the immaculate Mysteries that she might partake of them. According to her request, he did this the following year on Holy and Great Thursday. One year after this, Zosimas again went thither and found her dead, laid upon the ground, and letters written in the sand near her which said: "Abba Zosimas, bury here the body of wretched Mary. I died on the very day I partook of the immaculate Mysteries. Pray for me." Her death is reckoned by some to have taken place in 378, by some, in 437, and by others, in 522. She is commemorated also on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Her life was recorded by Saint Sophronius of Jerusalem.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Tone. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Fourth Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 6:13-20.

Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ ἐπαγγειλάμενος ὁ θεός, ἐπεὶ κατʼ οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι, ὤμοσεν καθʼ ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων, Ἦ μὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε, καὶ πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε. Καὶ οὕτως μακροθυμήσας ἐπέτυχεν τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι μὲν γὰρ κατὰ τοῦ μείζονος ὀμνύουσιν, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος. Ἐν ᾧ περισσότερον βουλόμενος ὁ θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς κληρονόμοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀμετάθετον τῆς βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐμεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον ψεύσασθαι θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωμεν οἱ καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης ἐλπίδος· ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχομεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ βεβαίαν, καὶ εἰσερχομένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσματος· ὅπου πρόδρομος ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδὲκ ἀρχιερεὺς γενόμενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

Sunday of St. John Climacus
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 9:17-31

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγων, διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρός σε, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ, ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει· ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦμα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ εἴ τι δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου μετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· πιστεύω, κύριε· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος, ἐπετίμησε τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφόν, ἐγώ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξαν αὐτὸν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός, ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν κατ᾿ ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται.


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General Announcements

Beloved of the Lord,

I hope you are all coping with the new realities of life during a pandemic, and that you are all following the advice of the authorities and staying home if you are able and maintaining social distancing.  You are all continually in my prayers.  I just wanted to offer a few thoughts for this week as we enter into the second half of Great Lent.  Along with the various inconveniences to our daily routines, we now know what it is like to be prevented from worshipping as we would like to.  This has been a reality that the church has had to deal with throughout its two millennia of existence, but most notably the during the Turkish occupation and the Soviet era.  Like the Christians of those periods, we have a duty to adapt our relationship to God, bravely transforming our homes into "little Churches" and praying when we are able and seek Him in our own icon corners.  I have done my best to mitigate this by streaming services on our Church Facebook page. Admittedly even this is not ideal as we are being deprived of the opportunity of eucharist together as a Body, but my hope twofold: that this somehow brings us together and helps us connect as a church community while we are unable to actually be together as a eucharistic assembly, and secondly that being away from the church while being able to view the litirugucal life at home helps us appreciate the freedom to be able to worship in church so that we don't take it for granted in the future and that we cultivate a hunger and a thirst for the Eucharist so that when we are finally able to we can do so with fully conscious of how important it is to our lives.
 
I also wanted to remind you that because we do not have a congregation on Sundays, that means we cannot pass out trays or received donations as we usually do.  The church still needs to function, so please consider sending check to the church so that we can continue covering our operating costs.  I'd also like to point out that because the tax deadline has been pushed back, there is still an opportunity to make a large donation to the church that you can write off.  We have signed up for an online donating service that will be available on our website very soon, as well as on our Facebook page to help make giving more easy during this time of isolation.
 
I miss and love you all, and continue to lift you up in my daily prayers.  God willing this trial will be over before too long and we will be together again.  May God bless you and keep you safe!
In Christ,
-Fr. Timothy
 
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+Rev. Fr. Timothy Curren
Pastor
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Dover, NH

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Attention High School Seniors: Scholarship applications for the Annunciation Church Scholarship and the James C. Faskianos Scholarship are now available. As the Annunciation Church office is closed at this time, please call Pam Byers at 603 - 332 -7875 or email me at  pbyersrms@yahoo.com and I will mail you either or both applications. Please return the completed application/applications to my home address - 23 Prospect Street,Rochester, New Hampshire 03867. The scholarship committee is aware that some of the application requirements may be difficult to obtain due to school closures and is prepared to extend the May 1 deadline. May God bless you always. Applications are available in the flyer section of this bulletin.

ALKISTIS SCHOLARSHIP: Attention high school seniors who are continuing their education:   Applications for the 2020 Alkistis Scholarship is available in the flyer section of this bulletin.  Completed applications must be received no later than May 1st 

Demosthenes Scholarship: Awarded to a high school senior or full time college student. Application in flyer section of this bulletin.

 Volunteers to help 60+ with Grocery Shopping:   SeacoastVolunteers.org , will help seniors with their grocery shopping.  If you need help call 603-828-5524 or cell # 603-548-1574.

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Calendar

  • Church Calendar

    April 1 to April 13, 2020

    Wednesday, April 1

    6:00PM Presanctified Liturgy(Cancelled)

    Friday, April 3

    7:00PM Salutations (Cancelled)

    Wednesday, April 8

    6:00PM Presanctified Liturgy (Cancelled)

    Thursday, April 9

    6:00PM Parish Council Mtg.

    Saturday, April 11

    9:30AM Saturday of Lazarus (Cancelled)

    Sunday, April 12

    Palm Sunday (Cancelled)

    Monday, April 13

    Holy Monday (Cancelled)

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Lenten/ Holy Week Donations 2020

Lenten/Holy Week Needs 2020

Charcoal :$50 (Fr. Athans & Presvyterra Keta)

Incense: $50 (Fr. Athans & Presvyterra Keta)

Communion wine: $100

(1 In memory of Dr. James Faskianos)

(1 In memory of Dr. James Demopoulos)

(In memory of Socrates & Rhodopi Espiefs)

 Candle cartridges (yearly supply):$150

(In memory of Dr. James Faskianos)

Candle liquid (yearly supply):  $75 (In memory of Costas & Alexandra Frangos, donated by the Maskwa Family)

8 icon decorations:  $40 each

3 for Salutations (1 Periklis  & Abby Karoutas)

2 Bridegroom (2 Richard Clairmont)

2 Anastasis (2 George & Althea Coussoule)

1 Mystical Supper (1 Vula & Kimon Lalas)

Annunciation:  $50 each (1 Richard Clairmont)(1 Periklis  & Abby Karoutas)

Daffodils for the Cross:  $40 (Diane Wozmak)  (In memory of Socrates & Rhodopi Espiefs)

7 Lenten season Altar, Icon stand & Pulpit cloths: $1,600  (Alkistis Ladies  Society)

For Holy Week/Easter:

Palms for Palm Sunday: $125 (Kottaridis Family)

Oil for Holy Unction:  $15 (In memory of Socrates & Rhodopi Espiefs)

Rose petal and laurel leaves:  $40 (Kottaridis Family)

Paschal Candle:  $50 (1 In memory of Sylvia Polychronopoulos)(1 Elizabeth Zisis)

Pedestal arrangements for Anastasis (2): $50 ea (1 Pam Byers)

Flowers for two blue vases:  each $30 (2 John Rouman)(2 In memory of Pat Stamnas)(Yota Scontras) (2 Richard Clairmont)

Candles for the 12 Gospels:@$10 each 

(12 John & Geriann Athans)

(12 In Loving Memory of David Trudeau)

(6 Konstantinos & Eva Demopoulos)

Large lily plants for icons: each $20 (5 Annette Roylos)(2 Nikolaos & Penny Demopoulos & Family)

Candles for the Kouvouklion:  @ $10 each

(4 In Loving Memory  of Florence Houreas Simpson)

Wreaths for Good Friday:  $50 each

(2 In memory of Dr. James Demopoulos)(2 Annette Roylos)(1 Jim & Peggy Frangos)

Lilies for steps:  6 @ $15 each (6 In memory of Socrates & Rhodopi Espiefs)

Kouvouklion (Epitaphion) flowers:  $50 x 20 

(4 John & Geriann Athans)

(4 Barb & Les Hoogeveen)

(1 In memory of Ora & John D. Mitchell)

(2 Paraskevi Stamelos)

(1 Katralis Family)

(1 Anestis Family)

(2 In memory of Pat Stamnas)

(2 In memory of Tsitsos & Vomvoris Families)

(1 Claire Delintsiotis)

(1 Elizabeth Zisis)

If an item has already been purchased,

your donation will go towards defraying the cost of an unclaimed item. 

Our thanks to all who donate the items needed to make

Lent and Holy Week meaningful and beautiful.

 

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