- + Μεταμόρφωσις του Σωτήρως. Holy Transfiguration
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- + Paraklesis to the Theotokos 10 am
- Festival baking: Paximadia 8:00 am
- Festival baking: Melomakarona 8:00 am
- + Paraklesis to the Theotokos 7 pm
- Futsal league 6pm – 7:15 pm
- + Ι’ Ματθαίου. 10th Sunday of Matthew
- Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
- Festival baking: Pastitsio
Saints and Feasts
Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – Our Lord had spoken to His disciples many times not only concerning His Passion, Cross, and Death, but also concerning the coming persecutions and afflictions that they themselves would endure. Since all these evils were near at hand, but the enjoyment of good things which they hoped to receive in their stead was yet to come, our Savior desired to give them full assurance, evidently and openly, concerning that glory which is prepared for those who endure to the end. Therefore, fulfilling that which He had promised shortly before, that “there be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His Kingdom” (Matt. 16:28), He took His three foremost disciples and ascended Mount Tabor, where He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became white as the light. Suddenly, together with this dread and marvelous effulgence of light, there appeared those pinnacles of the Prophets, Moses and Elias, who spoke with the Lord Jesus concerning His saving Passion which was about to take place. Standing before Him as reverent servants, they showed that He is the Lord of both the living and the dead, for Moses came forth from Hades, having died many centuries before, and Elias, as it were from heaven, whither he had been taken up while yet alive. After a little while a radiant cloud overshadowed them and out of the cloud they heard that same voice which had been heard at the Jordan at the Baptism of Christ, testifying to the Divinity of Jesus and saying: “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased; hear ye Him” (Matt. 17: 5).
Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast, which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying: “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun” (Matt. 13:43). It is because of this that the Kontakion of this Feast is said daily (when there is not a great feast) in the Service of the Typica in perpetual commemoration of the glory that will be the lot of the Saints. According to tradition, the Lord’s Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.
The Holy Righteous Martyr Dometius – This Martyr, who lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, was a Persian by race and an idolater by religion. He was catechized by a certain Christian named Abarus. He went to Nisibis, a city of Mesopotamia, where he was baptized and donned the monastic habit in a certain monastery. He afterwards ascended a mountain and there endured in extreme ascetical struggles, working miracles for those that came to him, and converting many unbelievers. Julian the Apostate learned of these things as he was marching against the Persians in 363, and at his command the Saint and his two disciples were stoned to death, as they were chanting the Sixth Hour.
Our Holy Father Nicanorus the Wonderworker
Paraklesis Service to the Theotokos – The name day of our Assumption is preceded by 14 days of fasting, devotions and prayers to the Blessed Mother of God. We pray that you will honor Her by participating in the beautiful and inspirational Paraklesis services and ask Her to continue to intercede for our parish and endear her Son to grant us all things needed for our salvation.
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
Donations for the Feast of the Assumption – We are accepting donations now for flowers to decorate the Church for the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos August 15. We are asking all of you who are celebrating your name day to make a donation to the Name Day Luncheon. All contributions may be given to any Parish Council member or sent to the Church office.
Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos.
Philoptochos – Monday August 14, the evening before the celebration of our feast day, Philoptochos will be hosting a Lenten Dessert Buffet. We are asking all of you to bring your favorite Lenten dessert to share that evening. If you have any questions, please call the church office. Once again Vickie Hennig and Stacy & Stelios Zoumberakis will donate the delicious loukoumades.
Attention all Philoptochos members! Please meet in front of the church on Sunday August 13th immediately after Divine Liturgy, to have a group picture taken. This picture will appear in the festival’s ad book. Let’s all show our support for Philoptochos and our festival. See you there!
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”
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.
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)
August’s Prosforo – Prosforo for the month of August is donated by Stella Exacoustos.
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 9 Paximadia
- Thursday, August 10 Melomakarona
- Wednesday, August 16 Kourabiedes/Karidopita
- Sunday, August 13 Pastitsio
- 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!