Sunday, September 8, 2019


According to the ancient tradition of the Church, the Theotokos was born of barren and aged parents, Joachim and Anna, about the year 16 or 17 before the birth of Christ. Joachim was descended from the royal line of David, of the tribe of Judah. Anna was of the priestly tribe of Levi, a daughter of the priest Matthan and Mary, his wife.
Father's Message
My Beloved Friends and Parishioners of Saint Spyridon,

Today's feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos resonates as a promise that humanity has not been left alone to the tragic fate of death and suffering. Today's feast is a message of hope, a sign that the Old Testament will soon be closed and the era of the New Testament will begin. Let us consider with wonder how the love of God unfolds with the help of the Virgin Mary. Glory to Her humility, glory to Her faith, glory to Her love, glory to God Who was incarnate and to the Theotokos, the worthy vessel of the incarnation of the Son of God, Christ our God! May we be saved by her holy prayers.

On Sunday, we will also remember and pray for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

With Christ’s love,

Fr. Nicolas
Hymns of the Day
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode
Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐρρύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Nativity of the Theotokos in the Fourth Mode
Thy Nativity, O Theotokos, hath procliamed joy to the whole world; for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, annulling the curse and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.
Η γέννησίς σου Θεοτόκε, χαράν εμήνυσε πάση τή οικουμένη, εκ σού γάρ ανέτειλεν ο ήλιος τής δικαιοσύνης, Χριστός ο Θεός ημών, καί λύσας τήν κατάραν, έδωκε τήν ευλογίαν, καί καταργήσας τόν θάνατον, εδωρήσατο ημίν ζωήν τήν αιώνιον.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode
In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."
Ιωακείμ καί Άννα όνειδισμού ατεκνίας, καί Αδάμ καί Εύα, εκ τής φθοράς τού θανάτου, ηλευθερώθησαν, Άχραντε, εν τή αγία γεννήσει σου, αυτήν εορτάζει καί ο λαός σου, ενοχής τών πταισμάτων, λυτρωθείς εν τώ κράζειν σοι, Η στείρα τίκτει τήν Θεοτόκον, καί τροφόν τής ζωής ημών.
Matins Gospel Reading
The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
The Reading is from Luke 1:39-49, 56
In those days, Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name." And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

Ἐν ταῖς ἡμέρας ἐκείνας, ἀναστᾶσα δὲ Μαριὰμ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ταύταις ἐπορεύθη εἰς τὴν ὀρεινὴν μετὰ σπουδῆς εἰς πόλιν ᾿Ιούδα, καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον Ζαχαρίου καὶ ἠσπάσατο τὴν ᾿Ελισάβετ. καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν ἡ ᾿Ελισάβετ τὸν ἀσπασμὸν τῆς Μαρίας, ἐσκίρτησε τὸ βρέφος ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ αὐτῆς· καὶ ἐπλήσθη Πνεύματος ῾Αγίου ἡ ᾿Ελισάβετ καὶ ἀνεφώνησε φωνῇ μεγάλῃ καὶ εἶπεν· εὐλογημένη σὺ ἐν γυναιξὶ καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας σου. καὶ πόθεν μοι τοῦτο ἵνα ἔλθῃ ἡ μήτηρ τοῦ Κυρίου μου πρός με; ἰδοὺ γὰρ ὡς ἐγένετο ἡ φωνὴ τοῦ ἀσπασμοῦ σου εἰς τὰ ὦτά μου, ἐσκίρτησε τὸ βρέφος ἐν ἀγαλλιάσει ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ μου. καὶ μακαρία ἡ πιστεύσασα ὅτι ἔσται τελείωσις τοῖς λελαλημένοις αὐτῇ παρὰ Κυρίου. Καὶ εἶπε Μαριάμ· Μεγαλύνει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν Κύριον καὶ ἠγαλλίασε τὸ πνεῦμά μου ἐπὶ τῷ Θεῷ τῷ σωτῆρί μου, ὅτι ἐπέβλεψεν ἐπὶ τὴν ταπείνωσιν τῆς δούλης αὐτοῦ. ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν μακαριοῦσί με πᾶσαι αἱ γενεαί· ὅτι ἐποίησέ μοι μεγαλεῖα ὁ δυνατὸς καὶ ἅγιον τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ. ῎Εμεινε δὲ Μαριὰμ σὺν αὐτῇ ὡσεὶ μῆνας τρεῖς καὶ ὑπέστρεψεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτῆς.
  Epistle Reading
Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

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.

Πρὸς Γαλάτας 6:11-18
Ἀδελφοί, ἴδετε πηλίκοις ὑμῖν γράμμασιν ἔγραψα τῇ ἐμῇ χειρί. Ὅσοι θέλουσιν εὐπροσωπῆσαι ἐν σαρκί, οὗτοι ἀναγκάζουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, μόνον ἵνα μὴ τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ Χριστοῦ διώκωνται. Οὐδὲ γὰρ οἱ περιτετμημένοι αὐτοὶ νόμον φυλάσσουσιν, ἀλλὰ θέλουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, ἵνα ἐν τῇ ὑμετέρᾳ σαρκὶ καυχήσωνται. Ἐμοὶ δὲ μὴ γένοιτο καυχᾶσθαι εἰ μὴ ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ· διʼ οὗ ἐμοὶ κόσμος ἐσταύρωται, κἀγὼ τῷ κόσμῳ. Ἐν γὰρ Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ οὔτε περιτομή τι ἰσχύει, οὔτε ἀκροβυστία, ἀλλὰ καινὴ κτίσις. Καὶ ὅσοι τῷ κανόνι τούτῳ στοιχήσουσιν, εἰρήνη ἐπʼ αὐτούς, καὶ ἔλεος, καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ θεοῦ. Τοῦ λοιποῦ, κόπους μοι μηδεὶς παρεχέτω· ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν, ἀδελφοί. Ἀμήν.
  Liturgical Gospel Reading
Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17
The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."

Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 3:13-17
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· καὶ οὐδεὶς ἀναβέβηκεν εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εἰ μὴ ὁ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς, ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ὁ ὤν ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ. καὶ καθὼς Μωϋσῆς ὕψωσε τὸν ὄφιν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, οὕτως ὑψωθῆναι δεῖ τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ' ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. Οὕτω γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ' ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. οὐ γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἵνα κρίνῃ τὸν κόσμον, ἀλλ' ἵνα σωθῇ ὁ κόσμος δι' αὐτοῦ.
  Memorial
Victims of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
Important Dates to Remember
  • Sunday, September 15, First day of Sunday School
  • Sunday, September 15, Philoptochos Swearing in and Philoptochos Board Meeting
  • Sunday, September 22, Open House /Registration - Hellenic Program Sophia
  • Sunday, September 22, Yankee Game with the Students of St. Basil Academy
  • Tuesday, September 24, Virtual Book Club, 7.30pm
  • Sunday, September 29, Parish Council Meeting
  • Sunday, September 29, AHEPA meeting
  • Monday, September 30, Young Adult and Professional Group, 7pm.
Alumni Sunday - October 27
2019 Stewardship Campaign
In January, we started our 2019 Stewardship Campaign by reaching out to all of St. Spyridon’s parishioners and friends. We feel blessed and humbled by your enthusiastic response. But there is still a lot to do. To face the uncertainty of the future, we need to build our community here and now based on the embodiment of Christ’s teaching and example. This is why stewardship is so crucial.
 
As you know, Orthodox Christian Stewardship is a way of life that acknowledges our responsibility before God. A primary goal of stewardship is spiritual growth. We become Stewards when we believe in God and begin to act on our beliefs. As Orthodox Christians, we acknowledge that every aspect of our life is a gift from Him. We are called to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which we have been blessed.
 
An Orthodox Christian Steward is an active participant in the life of the Church, as the Body of Christ, in its prayers and services, in its social and philanthropic activities.
 
So, what can we do? Offer Treasury. Sure, we need it to keep our church open. But we can also give of our Time and Talent to the Church. What does that mean? Good question! In an effort to make stewardship more concrete, the Stewardship Committee has decided to dedicate the next four Sundays to stewardship awareness. We will bring in people who will share with the community their experience with stewardship.
The Stewardship Committee

Schedule of Services
Sunday, September 8
Nativity of the Theotokos
Orthros 9:00am: Divine Liturgy 10.15 am

Saturday, September 14
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Orthros 9:00am: Divine Liturgy 10.15 am

Sunday, September 15
Sunday after Holy Cross
Orthros 9:00am: Divine Liturgy 10.15 am

Sunday, September 22
1st Sunday of Luke (Kids' Sermon)
Orthros 9:00am: Divine Liturgy 10.15 am

Thursday, September 26
Falling asleep of St. John the Theologian
Orthros 9:00am: Divine Liturgy 10.15 am

Sunday, September 29
2nd Sunday of Luke
Orthros 9:00am: Divine Liturgy 10.15 am
SAINT SPYRIDON PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY
Sponsoring Coffee Hour
If you are interested in sponsoring a Coffee Hour after Church Services on Sunday, please call the church office.

Αν ενδιαφέρεστε να γίνετε χορηγός στον καφέ μετά την Θεία Λειτουργία της Κυριακής, παρακαλώ επικοινωνήστε με το γραφείο της εκκλησίας.   

Sponsored by:
Philoptochos Ladies

Hellenic Education Program "Sophia"
Saint Spyridon’s Sophia Hellenic Education Program begins its second year in September 2019 and while the program is targeted for our community’s youth, we welcome everyone in the community to help strengthen this program.

In addition to Greek language instruction, the program includes Greek music and dance, cooking, and arts and crafts.

Curriculum runs from September to June on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Come and meet our teachers during our Open House and Registration, on Sunday, September 22 after church.

If you know a child who would benefit from the program or would like personally to contribute to the program with your time, talents or otherwise, please e-mail: office@saintspyridon.net

Please help us spread the word regarding Saint Spyridon’s Hellenic Education Program by forwarding this e-mail to your contacts and posting about it on your social media. 

Thank you in advance for your support!

Sunday School

First day of Sunday School, September 15
St. Spyridon is fortunate to have a very strong and thriving Sunday School program. The Sunday School program teaches our children and youth the Orthodox faith through teachings of the Bible as well as materials obtained from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. 
Information:
Curriculum runs from September to June each year Classes begin immediately after Holy Communion and are 45 - 60 minutes in length.
Children of St. Basil Academy - Yankee Game!
It's that time again - to take me out the ballgame!
St Spyridon will be taking the children of St. Basil Academy to a Yankee game on
 
Sunday, September 22.
Game starts at 1:00 PM.
 
If you would like to sponsor a child or make a donation or join us, please contact Jeanne at jgpn1224@gmail.com or for immediate reply text her at 914-588-2284. (or call)
We also usually give the children $20 each for spending money.
Tickets are $30 (about half of the original selling price),
Location: main level with covering overhead.
 
As always, many thanks for all your help and generosity.

 Adult/Professional Ministry
The Saint Spyridon Young Adults and Professionals Ministry started in September. Described by one member as “Goya for grownups,” our monthly meetings are a time both for fellowship and for study and discussion of Orthodoxy.

This is a blessing for our community.

Follow our activities on Facebook and don't hesitate to contact the Church Office for more information.

Next meeting on Monday, September 30, at 7pm.

  Girls Scouts
 Seniors
Our Seniors meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm to 2pm at church. Welcome back! God bless you. This ministry's significance for our community goes without saying.

Οι συνταξιούχοι μας ξακίνησαν τις συναντήσεις τους , την Τρίτη 18 Σεπτεμβρίου 2018 και κάθε Τρίτη και Πέμπτη από τις 12 μ.μ. έως τις 2:00 μ.μ. στην εκκλησία. Καλώς ήλθατε πίσω! Ο Θεός να σας ευλογεί. Η σπουδαιότητα αυτού του προγράμματος για   την κοινότητά μας είναι μεγάλη.
 AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association)
We invite you to become a member of the George Papaeleas Chapter 367 of AHEPA, which is associated with the growing St. Spyridon Community. The chapter meets on Sunday’s, at the St. Spyridon Community Center on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. It was founded in 1950 and is named after its founder.
AHEPA is the largest organization of Greek Americans in the country, and internationally too. Its membership consists of Phil-Hellenes as well (friends of Greece). The organization started in 1922 and its mission is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, Family, and Individual Excellence.

If you are interested in joining our chapter, and for more information, please contact
our Membership Chairman,

Next meeting: Sunday, September 29, 2019 after church.

George J. Patsalos by E-mail: george@jamaica.net
New Children's Quiet Room

Please feel free to bring your child to the Quiet Room to read a book if they are restless in church. 
Our Quiet Room is outside the elevator on the church level. There are sofas and a basket with books. 
Orthodoxy on Tap with Archbishop Elpidophoros
Virtual Book Club
Religious Eduction Symposium
1st Newsletter - "The Voice"
 Flashback
(January-August 2019 )
Jan. - Swearing in PC
Feb.- St. Michael's home
Feb. - Valentine's Day
Feb.- Apokreatiko
March - Kathara Deftera
March-Prosphora Baking
March- Sunday of Orthodoxy
Apr. - Young Adult Retreat
Apr.- Palm Sunday
Apr. - Lenten Conversations
Apr. - Bake Sale
Apr. - Greek Parade
Apr. - Easter
May - Mother of the Year
May - Honoring A. Stamataky
May - IOCC Project
June - @ St. Nektarios
June - End of the Year
August - Transfiguration
August - St Spyridon's Miracle
August - Dormition
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