Sunday, 5/13

  • + Του Τυφλού. Sunday of the Blind Man. (Mother’s day)
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
  • Altar Boys: Team Matthew – Elias Eleopoulos C, Dennis Dalkos C, Panayotis Christidis, Alexander Eleopoulos, Nikolas Eleopoulos, Paul Dunbar, Andrew Girgis.
  • Sunday School Graduation and Mother’s Day Lunch
  • Bookstore open
  • Choir Practice 9:00 am

Wednesday, 5/16

  • Panagia’s Little Lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Greek School 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, 5/17

  • + Ανάληψις του Κυρίου. Holy Ascension Orthros 9:30 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.

Sunday, 5/20

  • + Α’ Οικ. Σύν. Sunday of the 1st Ecumenical Council
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
  • Altar Boys: Team Luke – Nick Tavlarides C, Peter Vagelatos C, John Vagelatos, Roberto Cardenas, Panagiotis Batsaras, Vasili Lioulias.
  • Bookstore open
  • Choir Practice 9:00 am

Saints and Feasts

Sunday of the Blind Man – The Lord Jesus was coming from the Temple on the Sabbath, when, while walking in the way, He saw the blind man mentioned in today’s Gospel. This man had been born thus from his mother’s womb, that is, he had been born without eyes (see Saint John Chrysostom, Homily LVI on Matthew; Saint Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book V:15; and the second Exorcism of Saint Basil the Great). When the disciples saw this, they asked their Teacher, “Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” They asked this because when the Lord had healed the paralytic at the Sheep’s Pool, He had told him, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14); so they wondered, if sickness was caused by sin, what sin could have been the cause of his being born without eyes. But the Lord answered that this was for the glory of God. Then the God-man spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle. He anointed the eyes of the blind man and said to him, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.” Siloam (which means “sent”) was a well-known spring in Jerusalem used by the inhabitants for its waters, which flowed to the eastern side of the city and collected in a large pool called “the Pool of Siloam.”

Therefore, the Saviour sent the blind man to this pool that he might wash his eyes, which had been anointed with the clay-not that the pool’s water had such power, but that the faith and obedience of the one sent might be made manifest, and that the miracle might become more remarkable and known to all, and leave no room for doubt. Thus, the blind man believed in Jesus’ words, obeyed His command, went and washed himself, and returned, no longer blind, but having eyes and seeing. This was the greatest miracle that our Lord had yet worked; as the man healed of his blindness himself testified, “Since time began, never was it heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind,” although the Lord had already healed the blind eyes of many. Because he now had eyes, some even doubted that he was the same person (John 9:8-9); and it was still lively in their remembrance when Christ came to the tomb of Lazarus, for they said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have caused that even this man should not have died?” Saint John Chrysostom gives a thorough and brilliant exposition of our Lord’s meeting with the woman of Samaria, the healing of the paralytic, and the miracle of the blind man in his commentaries on the Gospel of Saint John.
Glykeria

The Holy Martyr Glyceria – This Martyr contested in 141 in Trajanopolis of Thrace, during the reign of the Emperor Antoninus Pius. At a heathen festival, when Sabine the Governor of Trajanopolis was offering sacrifice, Saint Glyceria entered the temple and declared herself to be a handmaid of Christ. Sabine commanded her to sacrifice. She went to the statue of Zeus and overturned it, dashing it to pieces. She was subjected to many horrible tortures, and finally was cast to wild beasts; bitten once by one of them, she gave up her soul into the hands of God.

Alexandros the Martyr


Announcements

Sunday School – Join us to celebrate Mother’s Day & Sunday School Graduation

When: Sunday, May 13 after church

Where: Betty Reckas Cultural Center

RSVP: LBmothersdaybrunch@gmail.com

Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos

Philoptochos – 2018 high school and college graduates. We would like to honor you with a small gift for your accomplishments. If you are graduating this year please email Karen at ksf90241@yahoo.com or call 562-416-5565.

Hope & Joy – Save the date: Friday, June 15 for movie night from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

List of Saints for our Iconography Project – If you would like to dedicate a medallion size icon of a Saint on the church wall please see the list below. The cost is $2,000 each and payments can be made monthly.

  • Saint Paisios of the Holy Mountain
  • Saint Moses the Ethiopian
  • Saint Patrick of Ireland
  • Cretan Family Martyrs

Festival News – Be a Part of our Annual Festival – Labor Day Weekend! This year marks the 69th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival and we look forward to a fantastic year of Eat, Drink and Dance to celebrate our culture and our community! To make this year’s Festival another successful celebration of our culture, we ask you to sign up and contribute to our Festival Necessities Campaign. The Necessity contributions are the foundation of our Festival and we cannot do it without your help. Please look for sign-up forms in the narthex table and make your pledge today to support our 2018 Festival. Thank you!!

Request for 2017 Year-End Tax Receipt – Contact Voula at office@assumptionlb.org or call 562.494.8929 to request your church year-end tax receipt for 2017.