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Annunciation Church
Publish Date: 2021-02-21
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Annunciation Church

General Information

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

  • 93 Locust Street

  • Dover, NH 03820


Contact Information



Services Schedule

We ARE OPEN for live services

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic we are also  livestreaming our services.

To access live stream of  Services please look on our Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/annunciationchurch.dovernh/

REMINDER: Our Facebook page can be accessed regardless of whether you have a Facebook account. If the live feed doesn't show up right away, please refresh and keep checking back.

 

Matins: 8:45


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:  Tuesday-Friday (10:00am -3:00pm) Please schedule appointments

Secretary Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday (9:30am-12:30am)

 

In the event of a pastoral emergency please call Fr. Anthony's Emergency Line 401-662-5259 and he will get back to you.

 


Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone

When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and had rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀπορρίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican. Let us cry out to the Savior, "Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled."
Φαρισαίου φύγωμεν ὑψηγορίαν, καὶ Τελώνου μάθωμεν, τὸ ταπεινὸν ἐν στεναγμοῖς, πρὸς τὸν Σωτῆρα κραυγάζοντες· Ἵλαθι μόνε ἡμῖν εὐδιάλλακτε.
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Prayer List

Please pray for our brothers and sisters: 

Tom, Fotios, Sophia,  Irina, Elizabeth, Kosta, Deborah, Roula, Jim, John, Robelyn, William.

In keeping with a common Church tradition, going forward

we will keep names on the parish prayer list for 40 days

If you wish to offer names for prayer, please send those via e-mail to the church office at:

annunciationdover@gmail.com,

or call the office at 742-7667. 

Please give first names only, and preferably full names, not nicknames.

 

 

 

 
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Saints and Feasts

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February 21

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the word of our Lord, they "did all their works to be seen of men" (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14, 15, etc.), because of the apparent holiness of their lives they were thought by all to be righteous, and separate from others, which is what the name Pharisee means. On the other hand, Publicans, collectors of the royal taxes, committed many injustices and extortions for filthy lucre's sake, and all held them to be sinners and unjust. It was therefore according to common opinion that the Lord Jesus in His parable signified a virtuous person by a Pharisee, and a sinner by a Publican, to teach His disciples the harm of pride and the profit of humble-mindedness.

Since the chief weapon for virtue is humility, and the greatest hindrance to it is pride, the divine Fathers have set these three weeks before the Forty-day Fast as a preparation for the spiritual struggles of virtue. This present week they have called Harbinger, since it declares that the Fast is approaching; and they set humility as the foundation for all our spiritual labors by appointing that the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee be read today, even before the Fast begins, to teach, through the vaunting of the Pharisee, that the foul smoke of self-esteem and the stench of boasting drives away the grace of the Spirit, strips man of all his virtue, and casts him into the pits of Hades; and, through the repentance and contrite prayer of the Publican, that humility confers upon the sinner forgiveness of all his wicked deeds and raises him up to the greatest heights.

All foods are allowed the week that follows this Sunday.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 103.24,1.
Ὡς ἐμεγαλύνθη τὰ ἔργα σου Κύριε, πάντα ἐν σοφίᾳ ἐποίησας.
Στίχ. Εὐλόγει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Τιμόθεον β' 3:10-15.

Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, παρηκολούθηκάς μου τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ, τῇ ἀγωγῇ, τῇ προθέσει, τῇ πίστει, τῇ μακροθυμίᾳ, τῇ ἀγάπῃ, τῇ ὑπομονῇ, τοῖς διωγμοῖς, τοῖς παθήμασιν, οἷά μοι ἐγένετο ἐν Ἀντιοχείᾳ, ἐν Ἰκονίῳ, ἐν Λύστροις, οἵους διωγμοὺς ὑπήνεγκα· καὶ ἐκ πάντων με ἐρρύσατο ὁ κύριος. Καὶ πάντες δὲ οἱ θέλοντες εὐσεβῶς ζῇν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ διωχθήσονται. Πονηροὶ δὲ ἄνθρωποι καὶ γόητες προκόψουσιν ἐπὶ τὸ χεῖρον, πλανῶντες καὶ πλανώμενοι. Σὺ δὲ μένε ἐν οἷς ἔμαθες καὶ ἐπιστώθης, εἰδὼς παρὰ τίνος ἔμαθες, καὶ ὅτι ἀπὸ βρέφους τὰ ἱερὰ γράμματα οἶδας, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 18:10-14

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τήν παραβολὴν ταύτην· Ἄνθρωποι δύο ἀνέβησαν εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν προσεύξασθαι, ὁ εἷς Φαρισαῖος καὶ ὁ ἕτερος τελώνης. ὁ Φαρισαῖος σταθεὶς πρὸς ἑαυτὸν ταῦτα προσηύχετο· ὁ Θεός, εὐχαριστῶ σοι ὅτι οὐκ εἰμὶ ὥσπερ οἱ λοιποὶ τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ἅρπαγες, ἄδικοι, μοιχοί, ἢ καὶ ὡς οὗτος ὁ τελώνης· νηστεύω δὶς τοῦ σαββάτου, ἀποδεκατῶ πάντα ὅσα κτῶμαι. καὶ ὁ τελώνης μακρόθεν ἑστὼς οὐκ ἤθελεν οὐδὲ τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν ἐπᾶραι, ἀλλ᾿ ἔτυπτεν εἰς τὸ στῆθος αὐτοῦ λέγων· ὁ Θεός, ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ. λέγω ὑμῖν, κατέβη οὗτος δεδικαιωμένος εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ ἢ γὰρ ἐκεῖνος· ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ὑψῶν ἑαυτὸν ταπεινωθήσεται, ὁ δὲ ταπεινῶν ἑαυτὸν ὑψωθήσεται.


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General Announcements

CHURCH IS OPEN  and is also being live-streamed

Please note: ORTHROS WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAYS AT 8:45

Remember, you can now watch our live stream of the Divine Liturgy and other services directly on the Church website:

annunciation.nh.goarch.org

REMINDER: Our Facebook page can be accessed regardless of whether you have a Facebook account. If the live feed doesn't show up right away, please refresh and keep checking back. 

Memorial  Service: Today we will have a 1 year memorial for Demetrios Raizes and a 20 year memorial for Maria Raizes.  May their memory be eternal!

Church Services this week:

  • Saturday, February 20th   Great Vespers at 6pm   
  • Saturday, February 27th   Great Vespers at 6pm  

Orthodox Life:  Thursday, February 25th at 10am. Anyone is welcome to join.  We will begin in the church  and move into the parish library.

2021 Offering Books:  available in the Narthex and the church office.

Communion Prayers: Fr. Anthony has printed  Pre-communion Prayers and Post-communion prayers for your convenience. Please feel free to take one in the narthex (also available in the flyer section of this Bulletin).

Orthodoxy on Tap: We are pleased to announce that Orthodoxy on Tap is up and running again.  Our upcoming gathering will be on Thursday, March 4th at 7pm downstairs  in the church hall. Fr. Photios Zelinski will be the presenter, his topic being Formation and Development of the Biblical Canon (that is, which sacred scriptures were chosen by the Church to comprise the books of the Bible).
Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, this will be a “bring your own food and snacks” event, as well as beer or wine (no hard liquor permitted).  Orthodoxy on Tap is geared toward working young adults, in order to gather in fellowship and learn more about the Orthodox faith.  Of course, others are also welcome.  We look forward to seeing you!

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My Fellow Parishioners, 

I know that this truly has been a very difficult year for all of us trying to keep Our Church and our lives functioning as best as possible due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.  

We are still under the COVID-19 Guidelines that came out on June 1, 2020 for our Church which state: 

1. If you are attending services at the Church, you Must wear a protective mask at all times except for the moment when you may be receiving Holy Communion". 

2. "If you are under medical instruction not to wear a mask, you must clearly indicate this to the Parish Council member upon entering".
 
​We all must adhere to these guidelines, to keep every one of our parishioners safe and healthy.
 
If you do not wear a mask, you will not be permitted to enter the Church or stay for services. We will provide masks for those of you who don’t have one. 
 
We will continue to Live-Stream our services on Facebook for those of you who are not attending services. 
 
Sincerely, 
George P. Coussoule
Past Parish Council President

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COVID-19 PARISH REOPENING GUIDELINES

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Household of God,  

 With the blessings of Metropolitan Methodios, and abiding by all State and local governmental directives regarding the reopening of Churches and all Houses of Worship, your clergy and Parish Council have been diligently planning for the day our parish will once again be open to our stewards, families, and friends. That day will be Saturday, June 6th at 9:30am for the Divine Liturgy of the Saturday of Souls. In these challenging times, there will be certain directives that must be implemented and followed to assure the safest possible environment for the faithful to worship, partake of the Holy Sacraments and reconnect with fellow parishioners from a safe distance. 

Christ’s Church and this Parish have existed through persecution, plagues, infectious diseases, world wars, terrorist attacks, and other periods of challenge and concern. The Church and this community stand as a symbol of faith. The Church is the place where we come together as a community to pray, receive the sacraments and be in fellowship with one another. However, in this time, and because of the unpredictable nature of this insidious virus, there are directives, rules, and limitations, which we must accept in order to re-open and resume our liturgical practices in the safest possible way. These are rules—not suggestions—that we must enforce. We ask that each person understand and follow the directives listed below.  

Preparations:

  • According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), any building unoccupied for 7 days or longer need only receive “normal routine cleaning.” Based on these guidelines, the Church will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to reopening.  From this baseline, the building will be disinfected and sanitized between each service, including high traffic, high touch areas like bathrooms, doorknobs, and handles, etc. 
  • The congregation size for any service will be limited to the current regulations in New Hampshire. The Governor has set a limit of 40% of our official capacity. Our official capacity is 350, therefore 40% of our capacity is 140. Nevertheless, social distancing requirements may decrease that number as necessary. Pre-marked seating must abide by the social distancing regulations of 6 feet in all directions.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older and if you have underlying health conditions, especially asthma, diabetes, hypertension, undergoing chemotherapy, or any age with known underlying conditions, you should stay home and continue to participate in the services via our Live Stream through Facebook or our Website.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older without known underlying health issues, we recommend that you consider staying home, participating in the services via our Live Stream
  • If you have any respiratory symptoms, fever or malaise at all, whether attributed to COVID-19 or not, you must stay home  

Advice from our Medical Team Advisors:

  • Parishioners who have a temperature greater than 100.4 F should stay home.
  • If you or anyone in your household have been exposed to anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 test you should not attend for at least 14 days. 

Additional Guidance from the NH Governor’s Economic Reopening Taskforce for Places of Worship:

Symptoms of COVID-19  Person has any of the following symptoms of COVID-19       

  • Fever (feeling feverish or a document temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;
  • Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath;
  • Whole body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills and severe fatigue;
  • Changes in the person’s sense of taste or smell?

    Risks of COVID-19

  • Person has been in close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days? (note: healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment can attend)
  • Person has traveled in the past 14 days either:

              Internationally (outside the U.S.);

              By cruise ship; or

              Domestically (within the U.S.) outside of NH, VT, or ME on public transportation (e.g., bus, train, plane, etc.)

 Arriving at Church:

  • Upon entering the Church, hand sanitizer will be supplied to each parishioner.
  • If you are attending services at the Church, you must wear a protective mask at all times except for the moment when you may be receiving Holy Communion. If you do not have a mask, one will be given to you upon entering the Church.
  • If you are under medical instruction not to wear a mask, you must clearly indicate this to the Parish Council member upon entering.
  • If you are attending services with a child/children between the ages of two and five, a protective mask is at the discretion of the parent. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a protective mask. 
  • Only the front entrance, (under the portico) and handicap accessible entrances in the front and rear of the Church will be open. All other entrances will be locked. If entering from the front, please enter using the door to the hallway by the Church office and exit through the front doors in the Narthex.
  • Enter Only and Exit Only signs will be posted to further assist in the orderly flow of our Parishioners.
  • Access to the rear elevator will be available.
  • The doors that are designated for entrance/exiting the church should be propped open so there is no need to touch the door handles, and to provide better airflow into the Sanctuary.
  • The Fr. Athans Fellowship Hall will be closed and off limits for the foreseeable future. The downstairs Restrooms as well as the upstairs Restroom will be available. 
  • When arriving to Church, you should venerate the icons by bowing, but you should not physically kiss any icon. 
  • The Narthex will be staffed by one Parish Council member to assist you, as much as possible, without contact. Small candles will be given to you by a Parish Council member. You may still purchase Red devotional candles, but they will be placed by a Parish Council member on a side of your choosing of the iconostasis.
  • A donation tray will be set up in the Narthex for candles. Please bring appropriate change for donations as cash cannot be exchanged.
  • A Parish Council member will guide arriving parishioners to the Narthex to ensure appropriate distancing between arriving parishioners. Household family unit members may enter the Narthex together.  

Seating in the Church:

  • Seating inside the Church will be restricted to a 6 feet distance between parishioners (again defined as an “immediate household unit”) to the left and right and front and back. It is imperative that we maintain distancing at all times. Ushers will be present to seat you at an appropriate distance from other parishioners inside the Church. 
  • Family members who are not part of the same household must sit 6 feet apart without exception. 
  • There will be markers throughout the Church to help assure appropriate distancing.

Receiving Holy Communion:

  • Fr. Anthony will administer Holy Communion in our traditional manner.
  • Beginning from the rear pews, a Parish Council member will guide you down the center aisle, row by row. Following Holy Communion, each Parishioner will return to their pews via the side aisles. One-Way aisles will be marked. Please remember proper social distancing.
  • Per the Metropolis of Boston, the faithful should be encouraged/instructed to tilt their heads back and open their mouth widely so that the priest can drop the Holy Communion in without the person closing his/her mouth on the spoon.
  • The faithful should not wipe their lips/mouth on the communion cloth.
  • No Antidoron will be given during Holy Communion.

 Exiting the Church: 

  • At the conclusion of the Liturgy you will exit as directed by a Parish Council member, again beginning from the front pews and moving up the center aisle, row by row to receive Antidoron.The Antidoron will be placed in your hands with tongs. Please remember proper social distancing. 
  • The final hands-free collection offering will be set up in the back of the Narthex as you are about to exit.  Please be ready to make your offering into the collection basket. It is imperative that there is no lingering in the Narthex. Please exit the Church expeditiously using the Front Door (marked Exit Only).
  • There will be no fellowship hour following services.

The foregoing rules for attending Liturgy and other services at our Church were taken from State directives, local guidelines, and the direction and guidance of His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios. Our collective intent is to assure all our Stewards, their families and our many friends, a safe and comforting experience in the Household of God. We want to see you, we want to pray with you, but above all, we want you all to be safe, healthy and able to worship in a manner that is best for our entire Parish. 

May God continue to bless you and your families and keep you safe! 

                                                                                                                George P. Coussoule 

                                                                                                        Past Parish Council President

 

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Reminder: Donations can be made to the church electronically via the button on the top of our church web page.
www.annunciation.nh.goarch.org
 
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Calendar

  • Church Calendar

    February 21 to March 7, 2021

    Sunday, February 21

    Sunday of Publican & Pharisee, Triodion Begins

    Demetrios Raizes 1 year memorial

    Maria Raizes 20 yr memorial

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Thursday, February 25

    10:00AM Orthodox Life

    Saturday, February 27

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, February 28

    Sunday of the Prodigal Son

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, March 2

    7:00PM Thriving Congregations Initiative zoom mtg

    Thursday, March 4

    7:00PM Orthodoxy on Tap (Fr. Athans Hall)

    Saturday, March 6

    Saturday of Souls

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, March 7

    Sunday of the Last Judgement (Meatfare)

    8:45AM Orthros

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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Flyers

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