- + Του Θωμά. Thomas Sunday
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- 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
- Adult Orthodoxy class & Bible study 6pm – 7pm
- GOYA: Basketball practice 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
- + Των Μυροφόρων. Sunday of the Myrrh Bearers
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- Sunday school
- GOYA B-ball: Quarter-final Games
Saints and Feasts
Thomas Sunday – Though the doors were shut at the dwelling where the disciples were gathered for fear of the Jews on the evening of the Sunday after the Passover, our Savior wondrously entered and stood in their midst, and greeted them with His customary words, “Peace be unto you.” Then He showed unto them His hands and feet and side; furthermore, in their presence, He took some fish and a honeycomb and ate before them, and thus assured them of His bodily Resurrection. But Thomas, who was not then present with the others, did not believe their testimony concerning Christ’s Resurrection, but said in a decisive manner, “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.” Wherefore after eight days, that is, on this day, when the disciples were again gathered together and Thomas was with them, the Lord Jesus came while the doors were shut, as He did formerly. Standing in their midst, He said, “Peace be unto you”; then He said to Thomas, “Bring hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not unbelieving, but believing.”
And Thomas, beholding and examining carefully the hands and side of the Master, cried out with faith, “My Lord and my God.” Thus he clearly proclaimed the two natures – human and divine – of the God-man (Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-29).
This day is called Antipascha (meaning “in the stead of Pascha,” not “in opposition to Pascha”) because with this day, the first Sunday after Pascha, the Church consecrates every Sunday of the year to the commemoration of Pascha, that is, the Resurrection.
George the Great Martyr and Triumphant – George, this truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or chiliarch (that is, a commander of a thousand troops), he was illustrious in battle and highly honoured for his courage. When he learned that the Emperor Diocletian was preparing a persecution of the Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia.
His sacred remains were taken by his servant from Nicomedia to Palestine, to a town called Lydda, the homeland of his mother, and then were finally transferred to the church which was raised up in his name. (The translation of the Saint’s holy relics to the church in Lydda is commemorated on November 3; Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21.)
If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday.
Elizabeth the Wonderworker – Saint Elizabeth was born in Heraclea of Thrace. She lived in virginity and exhausted herself with ascetical labors and every kind of hardship from the time of her youth, and was deemed worthy of the grace of wonder working from God; she reposed in peace in Constantinople in the middle of the fifth century.
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.
GOYA Basketball – The Assumption basketball Practices for the month of March and April will be the following Fridays: 4/28 at our Assumption Gym from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Philoptochos – We would like to know if you are graduating from High School or College this year. Please give your name to the church secretary Voula.
- Thank you to Olivia Varonos, Sunday school principal and her teachers for the most educational Holy Week retreat on 4/7.
- Thank you to Choir and chanters for all their preparation for the Holy Week.
- Thank you to Olivia Varonos, Dina Triantos & Stevie Dalkos for organizing the Myrrh-Bearers.
- Thank you to all Altar boys for their participation.
- Thank you to the Dogris family and Nicholas Paulos for selling the Good Friday and Easter candles.
- Thank you to Maria Bussa, Nicolette 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 the Philoptochos ladies, Karen Fic, Paris Kastanas, Mary Lofton, Kathy Bastas, Vickie Hennig & Yiota Beckas for preparing & hosting the delicious Lenten dinner for his Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos and our Parish Council on Good Friday evening.
- 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 Kathy Bastas, Yiota Beckas and ALL the Philoptochos sisters who came on Lazarus Saturday and 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 every year. 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, once again, 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 and to Gus Eleopoulos and George Karidakis for setting up them for the outside services.
- Thank you to everyone who supported all the Lenten events of our church!
Please note that the services and events posted in the monthly news letter’s calendar are subject to change; please refer to weekly bulletin for current schedule info.