- + Προ της Χριστού Γεννήσεως. Sunday before Nativity Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am
- Altar Boys: Team John – Anthony Mentas C, Yiani Roll C, Andrew Mentas, Kosta Georgakopoulos, Stamatis Zoumberakis, Ilias Zoumberakis, Joseph Best, Jacob Best.
- + Χριστούγεννα. Christmas. Orthros 10:00 am, Divine Liturgy 11:00 am
- + Προ των Φώτων. Sunday before Theophany Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am
- Greek Dance: New Year’s Eve Dinner/Glendi 8:00 pm
Saints and Feasts
- Eugenia the Righteous Nun-martyr of Rome – This Martyr was the daughter of most distinguished and noble parents named Philip and Claudia. Philip, a Prefect of Rome, moved to Alexandria with his family. In Alexandria, Eugenia had the occasion to learn the Christian Faith, in particular when she encountered the Epistles of Saint Paul, the reading of which filled her with compunction and showed her clearly the vanity of the world. Secretly taking two of her servants, Protas and Hyacinth, she departed from Alexandria by night. Disguised as a man, she called herself Eugene while pretending to be a eunuch, and departed with her servants and took up the monastic life in a monastery of men. Her parents mourned for her, but could not find her. After Saint Eugenia had laboured for some time in the monastic life, a certain woman named Melanthia, thinking Eugenia to be a monk, conceived lust and constrained Eugenia to comply with her desire; when Eugenia refused, Melanthia slandered Eugenia to the Prefect as having done insult to her honour. Eugenia was brought before the Prefect, her own father Philip, and revealed to him both that she was innocent of the accusations, and that she was his own daughter. Through this, Philip became a Christian; he was afterwards beheaded at Alexandria. Eugenia was taken back to Rome with Protas and Hyacinth. All three of them ended their life in martyrdom in the years of Commodus, who reigned from 180 to 192.
- Sunday before Nativity – On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eighteenth of this month, we celebrate all those who from ages past have been well-pleasing to God, beginning from Adam even unto Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, according to genealogy, as the Evangelist Luke hath recorded historically (Luke 3:23-38); we also commemorate the Prophets and Prophetesses, and especially the Prophet Daniel and the Holy Three Children.
- Eve of the Nativity of Christ
Philoptochos Panagia’s Shut-in Tree – Christmas is the best time of the year to remember our elderlies. This year we are asking for donations of Crossword & Regular Puzzles, Senior Coloring Books and Board Games. Please help us put a smile on their faces and show them that they are not forgotten!
Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos
New Year’s Eve Dinner/Glendi – Ring in the New Year in style with a night of unforgettable celebration and entertainment with friends, delicious appetizers, dinner, desserts, a game truck, a photo booth and live music!
Betty Reckas Cultural Center
7:00pm appetizers – 8:00pm Greek dance performances
5761 E Colorado St. Long Beach, CA 90814
Adults and Teens $70 presale– Children 13 years & under $35 $75/$40 at the door.
RSVP to Yota Batsaras via text (714)306-8082 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservations must be prepaid. Please note there will be a $2 service charge on credit card transactions. You can also pay by Venmo at email@example.com (no fees) or check made payable to Assumption Greek Dance and mail (attn: NYE) to 5761 Colorado Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90814.
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. We have special Christmas gifts and we will be open on Sunday, Dec. 24.
Panagia’s Pantry – We are collecting:
- Non perishable/canned foods
Jorge’s 3rd week of vacation – Jorge, our church sexton, will be on his 3rd week of vacation from Saturday, 12/23 to Wednesday, 1/3/18.