Saint Spyridon

Greek Orthodox Church

Sunday, September 11th

Sunday Before the Holy Cross

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

Complimentary Valet Parking Available 

Presiding priest: 

Fr. Gregory Telemachos Stamkopoulos

Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne


For emergencies- Cell: 475-689-8318

Father's Message

My beloved in Christ,

The coming week is dedicated to the Elevation of the Holy and Life-giving Cross, with celebrations culminating on the primary day of the feast, September fourteenth. That is a week of spiritual upliftment and joy. The Holy Cross rises, and it raises humanity towards deification. The Holy Cross is elevated and reminds us of the victory over death. Just staring at the Holy Cross is a matter of great joy and liberation from the sorrows of life due to our sins. When we see the Holy Cross, we are getting strength, and all our fear of death disappears. The man who makes the Holy Cross his property acquires a unique treasure. We may think that treasures are gold, money, precious stones, and jewels, but the true treasure is the wonderful Holy Cross through which the world's salvation was achieved because Christ, the world's redeemer, was nailed to this wood. His saving blood flowed abundantly from this wood, and the path to the resurrection was cleared, concluding our victory over the devil. With the Holy Cross, we gain our spiritual freedom, and we enjoy the "wood of life" which is the body and blood of Christ. With it, we open heaven and can enter it as the robber did then. The Cross is our hope and the harbor of those lost in the waves. It is the doctor of the sick and the foundation of faith. For all these reasons, my brothers, we make the sign of the Cross so often and on every occasion. We take courage and hope, keeping in mind that resurrection comes after the crucifixion. This Sunday, let us remember the heroes of September eleventh who gave their lives for freedom. The crucifixion of this day leads the entire American nation to another resurrection of democracy and freedom.

With best wishes and prayers to the Holy Cross

Fr. Gregory Stamkopoulos

Presiding Priest

Αγαπητοί μου,

Η ερχόμενη εβδομάδα είναι αφιερωμένη στην ύψωση του Τιμίου και Ζωοποιού Σταυρού, με κορύφωση των εορτασμών την ημέρα της υψώσεως, στις 14 Σεπτεμβρίου. Είναι εβδομάδα πνευματικής ανύψωσης και χαράς. Υψώνεται ο Σταυρός και μαζί του υψώνει την ανθρωπότητα προς τη θέωση. Υψώνεται ο Σταυρός και μας θυμίζει τη νίκη του Χριστού ενάντια στο θάνατο, διότι και μόνο η θέαση του Σταυρού είναι υπόθεση μεγάλης χαράς και απαλλαγής των θλίψεων της ζωής εξαιτίας της αμαρτίας. Όταν βλέπουμε το Σταυρό γεμίζουμε δύναμη και η κάθε δειλία μας απέναντι στο θάνατο εξαφανίζεται. Ο άνθρωπος εκείνος που κάνει κτήμα του το Σταυρό αποκτάει μοναδικό θησαυρό. Μπορεί να νομίζουμε ότι οι θησαυροί, είναι ο χρυσός, τα χρήματα, τα πολύτιμα πετράδια και τα κοσμήματα, αλλά ο αληθινός θησαυρός είναι ο ωραιότατος σταυρός μέσω του οποίου επιτεύχθηκε η σωτηρία του κόσμου. Διότι επάνω σε αυτό το ξύλο καρφώθηκε ο λυτρωτής του κόσμου ο Χριστός. Από αυτό το ξύλο έρευσε άφθονα το σωτήριο αίμα του και άνοιξε ο δρόμος για την ανάσταση και για τη νίκη μας ενάντια στο διάβολο. Με το Σταυρό αποκτήσαμε την πνευματική μας ελευθερία και απολαμβάνουμε το «ξύλο της ζωής» δηλαδή το σώμα και του αίμα του Χριστού μας. Με αυτόν ανοίγουμε τον παράδεισο και έχουμε τη δυνατότητα να εισέλθουμε σε αυτόν όπως τότε ο ληστής. Ο Σταυρός είναι η ελπίδα μας και το λιμάνι των χαμένων στα κύματα, είναι ο γιατρός των ασθενών και το εδραίωμα της πίστεως. Για όλους αυτούς τους λόγους αδελφοί μου κάνουμε το σημείο του σταυρού τόσο συχνά και σε κάθε περίσταση, παίρνοντας θάρρος και ελπίδα, διότι μετά τη σταύρωση ακολουθεί η ανάσταση. Ας θυμηθούμε αυτή την Κυριακή και τους ήρωες της ενδεκάτης Σεπτεμβρίου που έδωσαν τη ζωή τους για την ελευθερία. Η σταύρωση της ημέρας αυτής οδηγεί όλη το Αμερικανικό έθνος σε μια ακόμη ανάσταση της δημοκρατίας και της ελευθερίας.


Με σταυροαναστάσιμες ευχές

Πρωτοπρ. Γρηγόριος Σταμκόπουλος

Ιερατικώς Προϊστάμενος

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 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


The Greek Orthodox Ecclesiastical Calendar Year begins September 1st, and we hope everyone enjoyed a restful and joyous summer with family and friends.


We missed you all and we are happy to announce that Philoptochos will again begin offering the coffee hour after Sunday Liturgies to all our parishioners beginning Sunday, September 4th. 

We thank all of you who have supported our social gathering in the past with your kind donations. We appreciate and welcome your support should you wish to sponsor a coffee hour any Sunday this year.

Please call Eva in the church office 212-795-5870 or Eleni Jiavaras at 718-986-4204.


We look forward to seeing you all.


Best wishes,

Eleni Jiavaras

President, Philoptochos

Το Ορθόδοξο Εκκλησιαστικό Ημερολογιακό Έτος ξεκινά την 1η Σεπτεμβρίου και ελπίζουμε όλοι να απολαύσαμε ένα ξεκούραστο και χαρούμενο καλοκαίρι με την οικογένεια και τους φίλους.


Μας λείψατε όλοι και είμαστε στην ευχάριστη θέση να σας ανακοινώσουμε ότι η Φιλόπτωχος θα αρχίσει και πάλι να προσφέρει την ώρα του καφέ μετά τις Κυριακάτικες Λειτουργίες σε όλους τους ενορίτες μας από την Κυριακή 4η Σεπτεμβρίου. Ευχαριστούμε όλους εσάς που στο παρελθόν υποστηρίξατε την κοινωτική συγκέντρωση της ώρας του καφέ με τις ευγενικές σας δωρεές.


Εάν επιθυμείτε να χορηγήσετε ή να βοηθήσετε με οποιονδήποτε τρόπο, τηλεφωνήστε την Ευα στο γραφείο της εκκλησίας στο 212-795-5870 ή την Κ. Ελένη Τζιαβάρα στο 718-986-4204.


Ανυπομονούμε να σας δούμε όλους.


Με Πολλές ευχές

Ελένη Τζιαβάρα

Πρόεδρος, Φιλοπτώχου

Would you like to host coffee fellowship?

Please contact the church office at

212-795-5870 or

 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.


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:

Hymns of the Sunday

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

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.

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Standard Text

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the 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.

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

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.

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Standard Text

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

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."

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

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.

Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Standard Text

 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.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.

Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.

Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα 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."

Sunday before Holy Cross

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.


If you would like to order kolyva please call the church office 1 week in advance:

 212-795-5870 or


September 2022

*Complimentary Valet Parking Available


Monday, August 29th

Beheading of Prophet John the Baptist

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

Thursday, September 1st

Ecclesiastical New Year

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

Lesser Blessing of Waters 10:30


*Sunday, September 4th

12th Sunday of Matthew

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


Thursday, September 8th

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

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


*Sunday, September 11th

Sunday before Holy Cross

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


Wednesday, September 14th

The Elevation of the Venerable and

Life-Giving Cross

Basils and decoration of the Cross

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

Wednesday, September 14th

Paraklisis to the Holy Cross 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 17th

St. Sophia & her three daughters

Pistis, Elpis & Agape

Saturday after Holy Cross

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

*Sunday, September 18th

Sunday after Holy Cross

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


Wednesday, September 21st

Leavetaking of the Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Giving Cross

Paraklisis to the Holy Cross 7:00 pm


Friday, September 23rd

The Conception of St. John the Baptist

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


*Sunday, September 25th

1st Sunday of Luke

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


Monday, September 26th

The Falling Asleep of St. John the Evangelist and Theologian

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


Wednesday, September 28th

Chariton The Confessor

Paraklisis to the Theotokos 7:00pm


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