Saint Spyridon

Greek Orthodox Church

Sunday, November 13th 

8th Sunday of Luke

Orthros 9:00am-Divine Liturgy 10:00am

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Presiding priest: 

Fr. Gregory Telemachos Stamkopoulos

Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne


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Archiepiscopal Encyclical for National Philoptochos Sunday

November 13, 2022

Commemoration of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (8th Sunday of Luke)

Is there no balm in Gilead, is there no physician there? (Jeremiah 8:22)

Beloved Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We celebrate National Philoptochos Sunday on the day that we remember the parable of the “Good Samaritan,” when mercy and unconditional compassion are manifest as the highest Christian virtues. A stranger was robbed and wounded, left for dead. And another stranger, a Samaritan, changes the course of the man’s life. He refuses to pass by, as did the so-called religious figures in the parable. The Samaritan answers the question that the Prophet Jeremiah poses: “Is there no balm in Gilead?” And he answers in a resounding “Yes, there is!”

So it is also with our Philoptochos societies from coast to coast. They apply the balm of love and compassion to all who come their way, and particularly to the vital philanthropic ministries of the Mother Church of Constantinople. Especially in this year when the Balıklı Hospital has experienced such a devastating fire, I encourage all of you to be generous with Philoptochos, who never fail to provide for these charitable causes.

The Philoptochos knows the essence of the American Spiritual, “There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole.” They know how to bring healing to individuals and communities who have experienced trauma. Let us give thanks to the Lord that these “Good Samaritans” are in our midst — making our Church even more loving and merciful every day — and offer to them our support, our resources and our cooperation.

With paternal love in our Lord Jesus Christ,


Archbishop of America

13 Νοεμβρίου 2022


Ἀρχιεπισκοπικὴ Ἐγκύκλιος γιὰ τὴν Κυριακὴ τῆς Φιλοπτώχου Ἀδελφότητος.

«Μὴ ῥητίνη οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν Γαλαάδ, ἤ ἰατρὸς οὐκ ἔστιν ἐκεῖ;» (Ἱερεμίας 8:22).


Προσφιλεῖς ἀδελφοὶ καὶ ἀδελφὲς ἐν Χριστῷ,


           Ἀφιερώνουμε τὴν Κυριακὴ κατὰ τὴν ὁποία διαβάζουμε τὴν περικοπὴ τοῦ «Καλοῦ Σαμαρίτη» ἀπὸ τὸ εὐαγγέλιο τοῦ Λουκᾶ στὴν Ἐθνικὴ Φιλόπτωχο Ἀδελφότητα, διότι ἡ ἐλεημοσύνη καὶ ἡ ἀπροϋπόθετη φιλανθρωπία ἀποτελοῦν τὶς μεγαλύτερες χριστιανικὲς ἀρετές. Ἕνας ξένος πέφτει θῦμα ληστῶν, οἱ ὁποῖοι τὸν τραυματίζουν καὶ τὸν ἀφήνουν λιπόθυμο μέχρι θανάτου. Ἕνας ἄλλος ξένος, ὁ Σαμαρίτης τὸν φροντίζει καὶ τὸν σώζει ἀπὸ τὸ θάνατο. Δὲν τὸν προσπερνάει, ὅπως οἱ χαρακτηριστικὲς θρησκευτικὲς φιγοῦρες τῆς παραβολῆς, ἀπαντώντας ἐν τέλει στὴν ἐρώτηση ποὺ θέτει ὁ προφήτης Ἱερεμίας «Μὴ ῥητίνη οὐκ ἔστιν ἐν Γαλαάδ;» δηλαδὴ δὲν μπορεῖ ἄραγε νὰ βρεθεῖ βάλσαμο στὴ Γαλαάδ; Καὶ ἡ ἀπάντηση τοῦ Σαμαριτῆ εῖναι «Ναί, ὑπάρχει!»

           Τὸ ἴδιο συμβαίνει καὶ μὲ ὅλα τὰ κατὰ τόπους παραρτήματα τῆς Φιλοπτώχου ἀπὸ τὴ μία ἄκρη τῆς Ἀμερικῆς ὡς τὴν ἄλλη. Δίνουν τὸ βάλσαμο τῆς ἀγάπης καὶ τῆς συμπαθείας σὲ ὅλους ὅσους τὸ ἔχουν ἀνάγκη, καὶ ἰδίως στὸ φιλανθρωπικὸ ἔργο πρὸς τὴ μητέρα Ἐκκλησία τῆς Κωνσταντινουπόλεως. Εἰδικὰ αὐτὸ τὸ ἔτος, ποὺ τὸ Νοσοκομεῖο τοῦ Μπαλουκλῆ καταστράφηκε ἀπὸ τὴν πυρκαγιά, σᾶς προτρέπω νὰ εἶστε παραπάνω ἀπὸ γεναιόδωροι πρὸς τὴ Φιλόπτωχο ἐνισχύοντας τὶς φιλανθρωπικὲς δράσεις της.

           Ἡ Φιλόπτωχος γνωρίζει τὴν ἀξία τοῦ νὰ βάζει κανεὶς βάλσαμο στὶς πληγὲς καὶ νὰ τὶς γιατρεύει. Οἱ κυρίες τῆς Φιλοπτώχου γνωρίζουν νὰ γιατρεύουν ἀπὸ τὰ κάθε εἴδους τραύματα τοὺς ἀνθρώπους ποὺ τοὺς προσεγγίζουν γιὰ βοήθεια. Ἂς εὐχαριστήσουμε τὸν Κύριο γιατὶ «οἱ καλοί Σαμαρῖτες» βρίσκονται ἀνάμεσά μας στὰ πρόσωπα τῶν κυριῶν τῆς Φιλοπτώχου καὶ προσφέρουν καθημερινὰ μὲ ἐξαιρετικὴ αὐταπάρνηση καὶ ἀγάπη. Ἂς τὶς προσφέρουμε καὶ ἐμεῖς λοιπόν, μὲ γεναιοδωρία τὴν ὑποστήριξη καὶ τὴ συνεργασία μας.

Μετὰ πατρικῆς ἐν Κυρίῳ ἀγάπης,


ὁ Ἀμερικῆς Ἐλπιδοφόρος

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General Assembly Meeting

Sunday, November 20th

Church Hall

Immediately after Liturgy

 2022 Stewardship Campaign

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In January, we started our 2022 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


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 Kali Parea

Kali Parea meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm at church.

Everyone is welcome. Enjoy a lovely lunch along with games, movies and arts and crafts.

Η Καλή Παρέα συναντιέται κάθε Τρίτη και Πέμπτη από τις 11:30 π.μ. έως τις 3:00 μ.μ. στην εκκλησία. Όλοι ενθαρρύνονται να εγγραφούν. Διασκεδαστικές δραστηριότητες έχουν οργανωθεί, ταινίες, παιχνίδια, τέχνες και χειροτεχνίες.

 Girls Scouts, Sunday School

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. 
Curriculum runs from September to June each year Classes begin immediately after Holy Communion and are 45 - 60 minutes in length.

St. Spyridon Basketball Team!

The team meets every Friday at 6pm at St. Spyridon Church. For all the kids over 12 years old and their dads of Manhattan Parishes.


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, George J. Patsalos by E-mail:

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. 

The Saint Spyridon Byzantine Music Ministry

We are introducing the Saint Spyridon Byzantine Music Ministry.
This ministry will offer a wonderful learning experience about the Psaltic art of Byzantine Chanting. Our own protopsaltis Mr. Panagiotis Zagaliotis will be leading classes on theory as well practical, beginning Sunday, February 13, 2022
immediately after the Divine Liturgy.
Classes will be offered in English and Greek.
If interested please email at the church office:

Liturgical texts of the Sunday

Matins  of the Sunday text in English and Greek.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.

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Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ.

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Apolytikion for John Chrysostom, Abp. Of Constantinople in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Grace shining forth from thy mouth like a beacon hath illumined the universe, and disclosed to the world treasures of uncovetousness, and shown us the heights of humility; but while instructing us by thy words, O Father John Chrysostom, intercede with the Word, Christ our God, to save our souls.

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Ἡ τοῦ στόματός σου καθάπερ πυρσὸς ἐκλάμψασα χάρις, τὴν οἰκουμένην ἐφώτισεν, ἀφιλαργυρίας τῶ κόσμω θησαυροὺς ἐναπέθετο, τὸ ὕψος ἡμῖν τῆς ταπεινοφροσύνης ὑπέδειξεν. Ἀλλὰ σοὶς λόγοις παιδεύων, Πάτερ, Ἰωάννη Χρυσόστομε, πρέσβευε τῶ Λόγῳ Χριστῷ τῶ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

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Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

O Father, God-bearer, Spyridon, you were proven a champion and Wonder Worker of the First Ecumenical Council. You spoke to the girl in the grave and turned the serpent to gold. And, when chanting your prayers, most sacred One, angels ministered with you. Glory to Him who glorified you; glory to Him who crowned you; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all.


Τῆς Συνόδου τῆς πρώτης ἀνεδείχθης ὑπέρμαχος, καὶ θαυματουργὸς θεοφόρε, Σπυρίδων Πατὴρ ἠιμῶν, διὸ νεκρὰ σὺ ἐν τάφῳ προσφωνεῖς, καὶ ὄφιν εἷς χρυσοῦν μετέβαλες, καὶ ἐν τῷ μέλπειν τὰς ἁγίας σου εὐχάς, Ἀγγέλους ἔσχες συλλειτουργούντάς σοὶ Ἱερώτατε, Δόξα τῶ σὲ δοξάσαντι, δόξα τῶ σὲ στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τῶ ἐνεργοῦντι διὰ σοῦ πάσιν ἰάματα.

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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Ο καθαρώτατος ναός τού Σωτήρος, η πολυτίμητος παστάς καί Παρθένος, τό Ιερόν θησαύρισμα τής δόξης τού Θεού, σήμερον εισάγεται, εν τώ οίκω Κυρίου, τήν χάριν συνεισάγουσα, τήν εν Πνευματι θείω, ήν ανυμνούσιν Άγγελοι Θεού, Αύτη υπάρχει σκηνή επουράνιος.

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Divine Liturgy text in Greek and English

Prokeimenon. First Mode. Psalm 48.3,1.

My mouth shall speak wisdom and the meditation of my heart shall bring forth understanding.

Verse: Hear this all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 7:26-28; 8:1-2.

Brethren, it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself. Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever. Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the sanctuary and the true tent which is set up not by man but by the Lord.

Προκείμενον. First Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 48.3,1.

Τὸ στόμα μου λαλήσει σοφίαν καὶ ἡ μελέτη τῆς καρδίας μου σύνεσιν.

Στίχ. Ἀκούσατε ταῦτα, πάντα τὰ ἔθνη.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 7:26-28, 8:1-2.

Ἀδελφοί, τοιοῦτος γὰρ ἡμῖν ἔπρεπεν ἀρχιερεύς, ὅσιος, ἄκακος, ἀμίαντος, κεχωρισμένος ἀπὸ τῶν ἁμαρτωλῶν, καὶ ὑψηλότερος τῶν οὐρανῶν γενόμενος· ὃς οὐκ ἔχει καθʼ ἡμέραν ἀνάγκην, ὥσπερ οἱ ἀρχιερεῖς, πρότερον ὑπὲρ τῶν ἰδίων ἁμαρτιῶν θυσίας ἀναφέρειν, ἔπειτα τῶν τοῦ λαοῦ· τοῦτο γὰρ ἐποίησεν ἐφάπαξ, ἑαυτὸν ἀνενέγκας. Ὁ νόμος γὰρ ἀνθρώπους καθίστησιν ἀρχιερεῖς, ἔχοντας ἀσθένειαν· ὁ λόγος δὲ τῆς ὁρκωμοσίας τῆς μετὰ τὸν νόμον, υἱὸν εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα τετελειωμένον. Κεφάλαιον δὲ ἐπὶ τοῖς λεγομένοις· τοιοῦτον ἔχομεν ἀρχιερέα, ὃς ἐκάθισεν ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ θρόνου τῆς μεγαλωσύνης ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, τῶν ἁγίων λειτουργός, καὶ τῆς σκηνῆς τῆς ἀληθινῆς, ἣν ἔπηξεν ὁ κύριος, καὶ οὐκ ἄνθρωπος·

Readings of the Sunday

8th Sunday of Luke

The Reading is from Luke 10:25-37

At that time, a lawyer stood up to put Jesus to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

8th Sunday of Luke

Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 10:25-37

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, νομικός τις ἀνέστη ἐκπειράζων αὐτὸν καὶ λέγων· διδάσκαλε, τί ποιήσας ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω; ὁ δὲ εἶπε πρὸς αὐτόν· ἐν τῷ νόμῳ τί γέγραπται; πῶς ἀναγινώσκεις; ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· ἀγαπήσεις Κύριον τὸν Θεόν σου ἐξ ὅλης τῆς καρδίας σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ψυχῆς σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς ἰσχύος σου καὶ ἐξ ὅλης τῆς διανοίας σου, καὶ τὸν πλησίον σου ὡς σεαυτόν· εἶπε δὲ αὐτῷ· ὀρθῶς ἀπεκρίθης· τοῦτο ποίει καὶ ζήσῃ. ὁ δὲ θέλων δικαιοῦν ἑαυτὸν εἶπε πρὸς τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν· καὶ τίς ἐστί μου πλησίον; ὑπολαβὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν· ἄνθρωπός τις κατέβαινεν ἀπὸ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ εἰς ῾Ιεριχώ, καὶ λῃσταῖς περιέπεσεν· οἳ καὶ ἐκδύσαντες αὐτὸν καὶ πληγὰς ἐπιθέντες ἀπῆλθον ἀφέντες ἡμιθανῆ τυγχάνοντα. κατὰ συγκυρίαν δὲ ἱερεύς τις κατέβαινεν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ ἐκείνῃ, καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν ἀντιπαρῆλθεν. ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ Λευΐτης γενόμενος κατὰ τὸν τόπον, ἐλθὼν καὶ ἰδὼν ἀντιπαρῆλθε. Σαμαρείτης δέ τις ὁδεύων ἦλθε κατ᾿ αὐτόν, καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν ἐσπλαγχνίσθη, καὶ προσελθὼν κατέδησε τὰ τραύματα αὐτοῦ ἐπιχέων ἔλαιον καὶ οἶνον, ἐπιβιβάσας δὲ αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὸ ἴδιον κτῆνος ἤγαγεν αὐτὸν εἰς πανδοχεῖον καὶ ἐπεμελήθη αὐτοῦ· καὶ ἐπὶ τὴν αὔριον ἐξελθών, ἐκβαλὼν δύο δηνάρια ἔδωκε τῷ πανδοχεῖ καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἐπιμελήθητι αὐτοῦ, καὶ ὅ τι ἂν προσδαπανήσῃς, ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ ἐπανέρχεσθαί με ἀποδώσω σοι. τίς οὖν τούτων τῶν τριῶν πλησίον δοκεῖ σοι γεγονέναι τοῦ ἐμπεσόντος εἰς τοὺς λῃστάς; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· ὁ ποιήσας τὸ ἔλεος μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ. εἶπεν οὖν αὐτῷ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· πορεύου καὶ σὺ ποίει ὁμοίως.


Anna Boudouris

40 Days

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November 2022

*Complimentary Valet Parking Available

 *Sunday, November 6th

7th Sunday of Luke

Orthros 9:00am-Divine Liturgy 10:00am

Coffee Hour 12:00 pm

Wednesday, November 9th

Nektarius the Wonderworker,

Metropolitan of Pentapolis

Orthros 8:30am-Divine Liturgy 9:30am

Wednesday, November 9th

Nektarius the Wonderworker,

Metropolitan of Pentapolis

Paraklisis to the Theotokos 7:00 pm

*Sunday, November 13th

8th Sunday of Luke

Orthros 9:00am-Divine Liturgy 10:00am

Coffee Hour 12:00 pm

*Sunday, November 20th

9th Sunday of Luke

Orthros 9:00am – Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Coffee Hour 12:00 p.m.

Monday, November 21st

The Entrance to the Theotokos

into the Temple

Orthros 8:30am-Divine Liturgy 9:30am

Wednesday, November 23rd 

Amphilochius, Bishop of Iconium

Paraklesis to the Theotokos 7:00pm

Friday, November 25th 

Catherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria

Orthros 8:30 am -Divine Liturgy 9:30am

*Sunday, November 27th 

13th Sunday of Luke

Orthros 9:00am-Divine Liturgy 10:00am

Coffee Hour 12:00 pm   



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