- + Του Θωμά. Thomas Sunday. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am.
- Altar Boys: Team Luke – Nick Tavlarides C, Peter Vagelatos C, John Vagelatos, Roberto Cardenas, Panagiotis Batsaras, Vasili Lioulias.
- Godparent Sunday & ice cream social
- Sunday School
- GOYA Basketball: Assumption vs St. George (home)
- Parish Council meeting 7:00 pm
- Panagia’s Little Lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- Greek School 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- GOYA Basketball: Quarter-finals 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (Assumption gym)
- + Των Μυροφόρων. Sunday of the Myrrh Bearers. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
- Altar Boys: Team John – Anthony Mentas C, Yiani Roll C, Andrew Mentas, Nick Roll, Kosta Georgakopoulos, Stamatis Zoumberakis, Ilias Zoumberakis, Joseph Best, Jacob Best.
- Sunday School
- Oratorical Festival
- + Great Vespers at St. George in Downey 7:00 pm
Saints and Feasts
Celestine, Pope of Rome
Great and Holy Pascha – Mary Magdalene, and the other women who were present at the burial of our Saviour on Friday evening, returned from Golgotha to the city and prepared fragrant spices and myrrh, so that they might anoint the body of Jesus. On the morrow, because of the law which forbids work on the day of the Sabbath, they rested for the whole day. But at early dawn on the Sunday that followed, almost thirty-six hours since the death of the Life-giving Redeemer, they came to the sepulchre with the spices to anoint His body. While they were considering the difficulty of rolling away the stone from the door of the sepulchre, there was a fearful earthquake; and an Angel, whose countenance shone like lightning and whose garment was white as snow, rolled away the stone and sat upon it. The guards that were there became as dead from fear and took to flight. The women, however, went into the sepulchre, but did not find the Lord’s body. Instead, they saw two other Angels in the form of youths clothed in white, who told them that the Saviour was risen, and they sent forth the women, who ran to proclaim to the disciples these gladsome tidings. Then Peter and John arrived, having learned from Mary Magdalene what had come to pass, and when they entered the tomb, they found only the winding sheets. Therefore, they returned again to the city with joy, as heralds now of the supernatural Resurrection of Christ, Who in truth was seen alive by the disciples on this day on five occasions.
Our Lord, then, was crucified, died, and was buried on Friday, before the setting of the sun, which was the first of His “three days” in the grave; observing the mystical Sabbath, that “seventh day” in which it is said that the Lord “rested from all His works” (Gen. 2:2-3), He passed all of Saturday in the grave; and He arose “while it was yet dark, very early in the morning” on Sunday, the third day, which, according to the Hebrew reckoning, began after sunset on Saturday.
As we celebrate today this joyous Resurrection, we greet and embrace one another in Christ, thereby demonstrating our Saviour’s victory over death and corruption, and the destruction of our ancient enmity with God, and His reconciliation toward us, and our inheritance of life everlasting. The feast itself is called Pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew word which means “passover”; because Christ, Who suffered and arose, has made us to pass over from the curse of Adam and slavery to the devil and death unto our primal freedom and blessedness. In addition, this day of this particular week, which is the first of all the rest, is dedicated to the honour of the Lord; in honour and remembrance of the Resurrection, the Apostles transferred to this day the rest from labour that was formerly assigned to the Sabbath of the ancient Law.
All foods allowed during Renewal Week.
The Holy Apostles of the Seventy Herodion, Agabus, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, and Hermes – The Apostle Herodion, whom Saint Paul mentions in his Epistle to the Romans (16:11) and calls his “kinsman,” was ordained presbyter and then Bishop of New Patras, where he was slain by Jews and pagans. Saint Agabus is mentioned in Acts 21:10-11, where he prophesied SaintPaul’s arrest in Jerusalem at the hands of the Jewish leaders. In Acts 11:27-28 it is mentioned also that this Saint foretold the great famine that would come to pass in the time of Claudius Caesar. Having preached the Gospel throughout various regions, he departed to the Lord. The Apostle Rufus became Bishop of Thebes in Greece. The Apostles Asyncritus and Phlegon preached Christ in many places, suffered many afflictions at the hands of the pagans and Jews, and departed unto the Lord. The Apostle Hermes is mentioned with them in the Epistle to the Romans (16:13-14).
Artoklasia (Blessing of Five Loaves) – Today’s Artoklasia is donated from George and Rodoula Loizides and family in commemoration of St. George and for good health.
Churching – 40 days churching of Noah Demitri Dolas, son of Thomas & Sophia Dolas. Congratulations.
Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos
Sunday School Godparent Sunday – Sunday School welcomes all students with their Godparents’ on Sunday, April 15 for Holy Communion and a lesson to follow in the gym. Please stay and enjoy ice cream after church service.
Upcoming 40 days Churching – April 29 – John Stamatios Gossen. Parents: Ryan & Jennifer Gossen
Upcoming Memorial Services –
- April 22 – Angie Zambos (1 year), Nicholas John Zambos (20 years)
- Andreas Syrengelas (1 year)
- Catherine Prineas (40 days)
Thank you – Easter
- Thank you to Maria Bussa, Kristina Simitian and all the dedicated GOYANS who participated in The path of Good Friday Luminaries honoring our loved ones. It was absolutely beautiful!
- Thank you to Olivia Varonos, Sunday school principal and parents for the educational Holy Week retreat.
- Thank you to Leonidas Dimou for bringing (every year) the palm branches to decorate the church for Palm Sunday and making the palm crosses.
- Thank you to Choir and chanters for all their preparation for the Holy Week.
- Thank you to Dina Triantos, Olivia Varonos & Stevie Dalkos for organizing the Myrrh-Bearers.
- Thank you to Patty Ladas for donating the battery candles for the Myrrh-Bearers on Good Friday.
- Thank you to all Altar boys for their participation.
- Thank you to the Dogris family, Nicholas & Todd Paulos for selling the Good Friday and Easter candles.
- Thank you to Kathy Bastas, Yiota Beckas and ALL the Philoptochos sisters who baked the delicious traditional Tsourekia (Easter bread) and Easter goodies.
- Thank you Cecilia Kourtis for being in charge and all the ladies who came and helped to dye and wrap the red eggs for the Resurrection service. Orthodox Pascha without tsourekia and red eggs is not Pascha.
- Thank you to Nick and Eleni Triantos for donating the eggs. Your gesture is greatly appreciated.
- Thank you to our church florist Katy Georgedes and all the ladies who helped her decorate the “Kouvouklion” for the Epitaphio service.
- Thank you to Jimmy Eleopoulos who, cooked the delicious meal for after midnight service supper. The smell of the cooked lamb coming out of the kitchen during the Resurrection service was delicious.
- Thank you to Tasos Papas for his participation at Thiranixia during Resurrection service.
- Thank you to Gus Sverkos for donating the speakers & Gus Eleopoulos for setting up them for the Epitaphio & Resurrection service.
Thank you to everyone who supported all the Lenten events of our church!
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