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St. Phanourios the Great Martyr & Newly Appeared of Rhodes.

August 27

Little is known of the holy Martyr Phanourios, except that which is depicted concerning his martyrdom on his holy icon, which was discovered in the year 1500 AD among the ruins of an ancient church in Rhodes, when the Moslems ruled there. Thus he is called “the Newly Revealed.” The faithful pray to Saint Phanourios especially to help them recover things that have been lost, and because he has answered their prayers so often, the custom has arisen of baking a Phanouropita (“Phanourius-Cake”) as a thanks-offering.

St. Kosmas o Aitolos

August 24th

1714-1779. Martyred at age 65

After four centuries of Turkish occupation in Greece, Kosmas received the blessing from the Patriarch of Constantinople, to travel wherever needed with complete independence. He was to breath life back into Christianity in Greece. He was born early in the 18th century in Aitolia to a father who was a weaver and a devout mother. He attended public school, and attended a school on Mt. Athos. There he became a monk and later became a priest at Philotheou Monastery .

After a time he felt a calling to do missionary work in Greece, specializing in the areas where there was a lack of churches and priests for the many unbaptized adults. Kosmas was known to have prophesied of the telephone, airplanes , and aerial bombings. He travelled Greece, to the islands and Albania for 25 years founding over 200 schools, charities, and rural churches. He planted crosses wherever he went. The Muslims tried him on charges of conspiracy and sentenced him to hang. However one account reports that he prayed and gave up his spirit before this could occur. Patriarch Athenagoras canonized him in 1961 as Saint of our church.

 

 

 

 

Ascension (40 days after Easter)

The Lord Jesus passed forty days on earth after His Resurrection from the dead, appearing continually in various places to His disciples, with whom He also spoke, ate, and drank, thereby further demonstrating His Resurrection. On this Thursday, the fortieth day after Pascha, He appeared again in Jerusalem. After He had first spoken to the disciples about many things, He gave them His last commandment, that is, that they go forth and proclaim His Name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. But He also commanded them that for the present, they were not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait there together until they receive power from on high, when the Holy Spirit would come upon them.

Saying these things, He led them to the Mount of Olives, and raising His hands, He blessed them; and saying again the words of the Father’s blessing, He was parted from them and taken up. Immediately a cloud of light, a proof of His majesty, received Him. Sitting thereon as though on a royal chariot, He was taken up into Heaven, and after a short time was concealed from the sight of the disciples, who remained where they were with their eyes fixed on Him. At this point, two Angels in the form of men in white raiment appeared to them and said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus,

Who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into Heaven” (Acts 1:11). These words, in a complete and concise manner, declare what is taught in the Symbol of Faith concerning the Son and Word of God. Therefore, having so fulfilled all His dispensation for us, our Lord Jesus Christ ascended in glory into Heaven, and sat at the right hand of God the Father. As for His sacred disciples, they returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem, rejoicing, because Christ had promised to send them the Holy Spirit, in ten days. (PENTECOST).

Πασχα 2019

Αλήθεια πόσο τραγικός θα ήταν ο κόσμος που ζούμε χωρίς τον Χριστό. Πόσο δύσκολη θα ήταν η ζωή μας αν την Σταύρωσή Του δεν ακολουθούσε η Ανάστασή Του. Η Ανάσταση φώτισε το σύμπαν, τις ψυχές, τις υπάρξεις μας, στερέωσε την πίστη στην καρδιά όλων των χριστιανών όπως λέγει ο ιερός Χρυσόστομος. Ποιός θα δώσει λοιπόν ελπίδα στην δύσκολη εποχή μας, ποιός θα χαρίσει το φώς στο σκοτάδι της ζωής, Ποιός θα μας δυναμώσει στις δύσκολες στιγμές της ζωής μας και θα μας δώσει το χέρι να σηκωθούμε,

Ποιός θα μας σώσει απο την αμαρτία και θα μας οδηγήσει στην αιώνια ζωή. Μόνον ο αναστημένος Χριστός που ανέβηκε στον Σταυρό για μας για την σωτηρία του κόσμου, δίνοντας την ζωή του και το αίμα του “λύτρον αντί πολλών’’. Μόνον ο Αναστημένος Κύριος που έγινε “προς τους αχαρίστους ο ευεργέτης, προς τους αιχμαλώτους ο ελευθερωτής’’ και γιαυτούς που βρίσκονται στο πνευματικό σκοτάδι και την άρνηση θα γίνει ο ήλιος της δικαιοσύνης εφόσον μετανοήσουν και τον ακολουθήσουν.

Ο Ιερεύς, ο Πρόεδρος και όλα τα μέλη του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου της Κοινότητάς μας, η Φιλόπτωχος Αδελφότητα, το Ελληνικό και Κατηχητικό σχολείο, οι Ιεροψάλτες, το Χορευτικό και η Γραμματέας μας, εύχονται σε όλους τους συμπαροίκους μας και τους ελληνικούς οργανισμούς της παροικίας μας :

ΚΑΛΟ ΚΑΙ ΕΥΛΟΓΗΜΕΝΟ ΠΑΣΧΑ

π.Δημήτριος Γιαννιού  

EASTER 2019

Truly how tragic the world could have been if in this world we had to live without Christ. How difficult would it have been if His Crucifixion was not followed by His Resurrection. His Resurrection has enlightened the universe, our souls, our existence. St. John Chrysostom strengthened the faith in all of the Christian hearts”. Who will give hope during this difficult era, who will offer light to the darkness of life? Who will give us strength during the difficult times of our lives, who will offer us the hand that will help us stand up?

Who will save us from sin and guide us towards eternal life? Only the resurrected Christ who went up on the Cross for us in order to bring salvation to the world. He did this by offering His blood and life “as a ransom for many”. Only the resurrected Lord who became “the benefactor to those who crucified Him”. For the enslaved He became the liberator. For those who are in the spiritual darkness, and in denial He will be the sun of justice, as long as they repent of their sins, and will decide to follow Him. The Priest, the President and all the members of the Council ,Ladies of Philoptochos, the Greek and Sunday School, the Cantors, the Dance group, and our Secretary wish all of our parishioners, and Greek organizations at large :

HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER

Rev. Dimitrios Gianniou

Αλήθεια πόσο τραγικός θα ήταν ο κόσμος που ζούμε χωρίς τον Χριστό. Πόσο δύσκολη θα ήταν η ζωή μας αν την Σταύρωσή Του δεν ακολουθούσε η Ανάστασή Του.Η Ανάσταση φώτισε το σύμπαν, τις ψυχές, τις υπάρξεις μας, στερέωσε την πίστη στην καρδιάόλων των χριστιανών όπως λέγει ο ιερός Χρυσόστομος.

Ποιός θα δώσει λοιπόν ελπίδαστην δύσκολη εποχή μας, ποιός θα χαρίσει το φώς στο σκοτάδι της ζωής, Ποιός θα μας δυναμώσει στις δύσκολες στιγμές της ζωής μας και θα μας δώσει το χέρι να σηκωθούμε, Ποιός θα μαςσώσει απο την αμαρτία και θα μας οδηγήσει στην αιώνια ζωή. δφφδφδφδφφ

Annunciation of the Theotokos and Independence day 25th of March 1821

annunciation

March 25th

Six months after John the Forerunner’s conception, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to Nazareth, a town of Galilee, unto Mary the Virgin, who had come forth from the Temple a mature maiden . According to the tradition handed down by the Fathers, she had been betrothed to Joseph four months. On coming to Joseph’s house, the Archangel declared: “Rejoice, thou Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.”

After some consideration, and turmoil of soul, and fear because of this greeting, the Virgin, when she had finally obtained full assurance concerning God’s unsearchable condescension and the ineffable dispensation that was to take place through her, and believing that all things are possible to the Most High, answered in humility: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” And at this, the Holy Spirit came upon her, and the power of the Most high overshadowed her all-blameless womb, and the Son and Word of God, Who existed before the ages, was conceived past speech and understanding, and became flesh in her immaculate body (Luke 1:26-38).

Bearing in her womb the Uncontainable One, the blessed Virgin went with haste from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea, where Zacharias had his dwelling; for she desired to find Elizabeth her kinswoman and rejoice together with her, because, as she had learned from the Archangel, Elizabeth had conceived in her old age. Furthermore, she wished to tell her of the great things that the Mighty One had been well-pleased to bring to pass in her, and she greeted Elizabeth and drew nigh to her. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, she felt her six-month-old babe, Saint John the Baptist, prophesied of the dawning of the spiritual Sun.

Immediately, the aged Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and recognized her as the Mother of her Lord, and with a great voice blessed her and the Fruit that she held within herself. The Virgin also, moved by a supernatural rejoicing in the spirit, glorified her God and Savior, saying: “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour,” and the rest, as the divine Luke hath recorded (1:39-55).

St. Haralambos the Holy Martyr

February 10

This Saint was a priest of the Christians in Magnesia, the foremost city of Thessaly, in the diocese having the same name. He contested during the reign of Alexander Severus (222-235), when Lucian was Proconsul of Magnesia. At the time of his martyrdom the Saint was 103 years of age.

St. Haralambos is commemorated on February 10th, with the exception when this date falls on the Saturday of the Souls preceeding Lent or on Clean Monday (the first day of Lent), in which case the feast is celebrated on February 9th.

St.Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia

                         

                                                           st basil

                                                                           January 1st

Saint Basil the Great was born about the end of the year 329 in Caesarea of Cappadocia, to a family renowned for their learning and holiness. His parents’ names were Basil and Emily. His mother Emily (commemorated July 19) and his grandmother Macrina (Jan. 14) are Saints of the Church, together with all his brothers and sisters: Macrina, his elder sister (July 19), Gregory of Nyssa (Jan. to), Peter of Sebastia (Jan. 9), and Naucratius. Basil studied in Constantnople under the sophist Libanius, then in Athens, where also he formed a friendship with the young Gregory, a fellow Cappadocian, later called “the Theologian.”

Through the good influence of his sister Macrina (see July 19), he chose to embrace the ascetical life, abandoning his worldly career. He visited the monks in Egypt, in Palestine, in Syria, and in Mesopotamia, and upon returning to Caesarea, he departed to a hermitage on the Iris River in Pontus, not far from Annesi, where his mother and his sister Macrina were already treading the path of the ascetical life; here he also wrote his ascetical homilies.

About the year 370, when the bishop of his country reposed, he was elected to succeed to his throne and was entrusted with the Church of Christ, which he tended for eight years, living in voluntary poverty and strict asceticism, having no other care than to defend holy Orthodoxy as a worthy successor of the Apostles. The Emperor Valens, and Modestus, the Eparch of the East, who were of one mind with the Arians, tried with threats of exile and of torments to bend the Saint to their own confession, because he was the bastion of Orthodoxy in all Cappadocia, and preserved it from heresy when Arianism was at its strongest.

But he set all their malice at nought, and in his willingness to give himself up to every suffering for the sake of the Faith, showed himself to be a martyr by volition. Modestus, amazed at Basil’s fearlessness in his presence, said that no one had ever so spoken to him. “Perhaps,” answered the Saint, “you have never met a bishop before.” The Emperor Valens himself was almost won over by Basil’s dignity and wisdom. When Valens’ son fell gravely sick, he asked Saint Basil to pray for him. The Saint promised that his son would be restated if Valens agreed to have him baptized by the Orthodox; Valens agreed, Basil prayed, and the son was restored. But afterwards the Emperor had him baptized by Arians, and the child died soon after.

Later, Valens, persuaded by his counsellors, decided to send the Saint into exile because he would not accept the Arians into communion; but his pen broke when he was signing the edict of banishment. He tried a second time and a third, but the same thing happened, so that the Emperor was filled with dread, and tore up the document, and Basil was not banished. The truly great Basil, spent with extreme ascetical practices and continual labours, at the helm of the church, departed to the Lord on the 1st of January, in 379. at the age of forty-nine.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

 

The Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

DECEMBER 25 – CHRISTMAS

The incomprehensible and inexplicable Nativity of Christ came to pass when Herod the Great was reigning in Judea; the latter was an Ascalonite on his fathers’s side and an Idumean on his mother’s. He was in every way foreign to the royal line of David; rather, he had received his authority from the Roman emperors, and had ruled tyrannically over the Jewish people for some thirty-three years. The tribe of Judah, which had reigned of old, was deprived of its rights and stripped of all rule and authority. Such was the condition of the Jews when the awaited Messiah was born, and truly thus was fulfilled the prophecy which the Patriarch Jacob had spoken 1,807 years before: “A ruler shall not fail from Judah, nor a prince from his loins, until there come the things stored up for him; and he is the expectation of the nations” (Gen.49:10).

Thus, our Saviour was born in Bethlehem, a city of Judea, whither Joseph had come from Nazareth of Galilee, taking Mary his betrothed, who was great with child, that, according to the decree issued in those days by the Emperor Augustus, they might be registered in the census of those subject to Rome. Therefore, when the time came for the Virgin to give birth, and since because of the great multitude there was no place in the inn, the Virgin’s circumstace constrained them to enter a cave which was near Bethlehem. Having as shelter a stable of irrational beasts, she gave birth there, and swaddled the Infant and laid Him in the manger (Luke 2:1-7).

From this, the tradition has come down to us that when Christ was born He lay between two animals, an ox and an ass, that the words of the Prophets might be fulfilled: “Between two living creatures shalt Thou be known” (Abbacum 3:2), and “The ox knoweth his owner and the ass his master’s crib” (Esaias 1: 3). But while the earth gave the new-born Saviour such a humble reception, Heaven on high celebrated majestically His world-saving coming. A wondrous star, shining with uncommon brightness and following a strange course, led Wise men from the East to Bethlehem to worship the new-born King.

Fr. Dimitrios, the President and all the Organizations of our Community wish every one Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019.

St. Andrew

November 30

This Saint was from Bethsaida of Galilee; he was the son of Jonas and the brother of Peter, the chief of the Apostles. He had first been a disciple of John the Baptist; afterwards, on hearing the Baptist’s witness concerning Jesus, when he pointed Him out with his finger and said, “Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1.29,36), he straightway followed Christ, and became His first disciple; wherefore he is called the First-called of the Apostles. After the Ascension of the Saviour, he preached in various lands; and having suffered many things for His Name’s sake, he died in Patras of Achaia, where he was crucified on a cross in the shape of an “X,” the first letter of “Christ” in Greek; this cross is also the symbol of Saint Andrew.

St. Demetrios the Myrrhbearer & Great Martyr of Thessaloniki 303 AD

St. Demetrios the Myrrhbearer & Great Martyr of Thessaloniki 303 AD

October 26

Saint Demetrius was a Thessalonian, a most pious son of pious and noble parents, and a teacher of the Faith of Christ. When Maximian first came to Thessalonica in 303 AD, he raised the Saint to the rank of Duke of Thessaly. But when it was discovered that the Saint was a Christian, he was arrested and kept bound in a bath-house. While the games were under way in the city, Maximian was a spectator there. A certain friend of his, a barbarian who was a notable wrestler, Lyaeus by name, waxing haughty because of the height and strength of his body, boasted in the stadium and challenged the citizens to a contest with him.

All that fought with him were defeated. Seeing this, a certain youth named Nestor, aquaintance of Demetrius’, came to the Saint in the bath-house and asked his blessing to fight Lyaeus single-handed. Receiving this blessing and sealing himself with the sign of the precious Cross, he presented himself in the stadium, and said, “O God of Demetrius, help me!” and straightway he engaged Lyaeus in combat and smote him with a mortal blow to the heart, leaving the former boaster lifeless upon the earth.

Maximian was sorely grieved over this, and when he learned who was the cause of this defeat, he commanded straightway and Demetrius was pierced with lances while he was yet in the bath-house, As for Nestor, Maximian commanded that he be slain with his own sword.

Apolytikion in the Third Tone

The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may grant us His great mercy.