- + ΙA’ Ματθαίου. 11th Sunday of Matthew
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- Festival baking: Diples 8:00 am
- Futsal league 6pm – 7:15 pm
- + ΙB’ Ματθαίου. 12th Sunday of Matthew
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Saints and Feasts
11th Sunday of Matthew
Samuel the Prophet – This most holy man, a Prophet of God from childhood, was the last judge of the Israelite people, and anointed the first two Kings of Israel. He was born in the twelfth century before Christ, in the city of Armathaim Sipha, from the tribe of Levi, the son of Elkanah and Hannah (Anna). He was the fruit of prayer, for his mother, being barren, conceived him only after she had supplicated the Lord with many tears; wherefore she called him Samuel, that is, “heard by God.” As soon as Hannah had weaned him, she brought him to the city of Silom (Shiloh), where the Ark was kept, and she consecrated him, though yet a babe, to the service of God, giving thanks to Him with the hymn found in the Third Ode of the Psalter: “My heart hath been established in the Lord . . .” Samuel remained in Silom under the protection of Eli the priest. He served in the Tabernacle of God, and through his most venerable way of life became well-pleasing to God and man (I Kings 2: 26). While yet a child, sleeping in the tabernacle near the Ark of God, he heard the voice of God calling his name, and foretelling the downfall of Eli; for although Eli’s two sons, Ophni and Phineas, were most lawless, and despisers of God, Eli did not correct them. Even after Samuel had told Eli of the divine warning, Eli did not properly chastise his sons, and afterwards, through various misfortunes, his whole house was blotted out in one day.
After these things came to pass, Samuel was chosen to be the protector of the people, and he judged them with holiness and righteousness. He became for them an example of all goodness, and their compassionate intercessor before God: “Far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; yea, I will serve the Lord, and show you the good and the right way” (ibid. 12:23). When he asked them — having God as witness — if he ever wronged anyone, or took anyone’s possessions, or any gift, even so much as a sandal, they answered with one voice: “Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, nor afflicted us, neither hast thou taken anything from anyone’s hand” (ibid. 12:4). When Samuel was old, the people asked him for a king, but he was displeased with this, knowing that God Himself was their King. But when they persisted, the Lord commanded him to anoint them a king, saying, “They have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me from reigning over them” (ibid. 8:7); so Samuel anointed Saul. But Saul transgressed the command of God repeatedly, so Samuel anointed David. Yet, since Samuel was a man of God, full of tender mercy, when the Lord told him that He had rejected Saul, Samuel wept for him the whole night long (ibid. 15:11); and later, since he continued to grieve, the Lord said to him, “How long wilt thou mourn for Saul?” (ibid. 16:1). Having lived blamelessly some ninety-eight years, and become an example to all of a God-pleasing life, he reposed in the eleventh century before Christ. Many ascribe to him the authorship of the Books of judges, and of Ruth, and of the first twenty-four chapters of the First Book of Kings (I Samuel).
Holy Martyr Luke of Bouleutos
Welcome – We are happy to celebrate Divine Liturgy today, with Father Simeon Poptelecan during Father Christo’s absent. Father Simeon we welcome you with love and appreciation.
Thank you – Thank you Philoptochos ladies, Parish Council, Jimmy E., and everyone for helping with Panagia’s Feast Day Celebration. The variety of Lenten desserts & fruits were wonderful. A BIG Thank you to the Zoumberakis family for the loukoumades. They were excellent! The chicken lunch was delicious! Our visiting guests, priests and Metropolitan Nikitas were all very pleased.
Thank you Katy Georgedes for, once again you made an excellent decoration to the Panagia’s icons. They were beautiful.
Father Christo’s Vacation – Father Christos will be out of the office from August 16 to August 26. For pastoral emergencies please call Father John Constantine at St. George church in Downey at 562-862-6461
Stewardship – If your name does not appear in the list, please return your 2017 Stewardship Card as soon as possible. Your Stewardship provides the foundation for our Parish Ministries for the year. Above all, your presence and participation in our community is most treasured.
Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos.
Philoptochos & Sunday School: Backpack Project! – Every summer Philoptochos and Sunday school are collecting backpacks and school supplies for those kids are less fortunate. What you need to do? Simply buy a backpack and/or supplies and bring them to the church on a Sunday or weekday. The collection starts in June and will go on July and August.
In case you don’t have time to shop a $30 check will help purchase what needed. Please make the check payable to “Assumption Philoptochos”
Bookstore – Come and visit our bookstore at the hall during coffee hour. You may also contact Zoe Falley at 714-366-0001 or Voula at the church office at 562-494-8929.
Panagia’s Pantry – We are collecting:
- Non perishable/canned foods
Upcoming Memorial Services – August 27- Gerasimos Toumasis (1 year)
Festival Baking Schedule – Get those aprons on and join the fun and fellowship as we prepare our delicious pastries for the festival! Everyone is welcome to come and help; even if it is for a few hours!
We will be baking on the following days:
- Wednesday, August 23 Diples
Start Time 8:00 am. Lunch will be provided.
- Voula (office) 562-494-8929
- Yiota Beckas 562-235-1494
- Kathy Bastas 657-464-0596
See you in the kitchen and thank you for making this a successful baking experience! We couldn’t do it without you!