- + Αγίων Πατέρων. Sunday of the Holy Fathers. 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
- Festival baking: Tiropita 8 am
- + Η’ Ματθαίου. 8th Sunday of Matthew. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
- Altar Boys: Team John – Anthony Mentas C, Yiani Roll C, Andrew Mentas, Nick Roll, Kosta Georgakopoulos, Stamatis Zoumberakis, Ilias Zoumberakis, Joseph Best, Jacob Best.
- Bookstore open
Saints and Feasts
Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council – On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the 630 Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together for the 4th Ecumenical Council who assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation, and Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who illegally received Eutyches back into communion and deposed Saint Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had excommunicated Eutyches.
In the Slavic tradition, on this Sunday, the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils are all commemorated.
The Holy Martyrs Cyricus and His Mother Julitta – Saint Julitta was from the city of Iconium. Fearing the persecution of Diocletian, she took her son Cyricus, who was three years old, and departed for Seleucia; but finding the same evil there, she went over to Tarsus in Cilicia, where the ruler arrested her. He took her son from her and tried with flatteries to draw the youth to himself. But the little one, in his childish voice, called on the Name of Christ and kicked the ruler in the belly so hard, that the tyrant became enraged and cast him down the steps of the tribunal. In this manner, the child’s head was crushed, and he gave up the spirit. As for his blessed mother, she first endured many torments, and finally was beheaded in the year 296.
Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles of Kiev – Grandson of Saint Olga, Saint Vladimir ascended the throne of Kiev in 980. Though a zealous idolater, he was illumined by the grace of God, accepted the Christian Faith, and completely changed his ways. He was baptized in Cherson in 988, receiving the name Basil; he came forth from the font not only healed of a blindness lately afflicting him, but also from being passionate and warlike, he became meek, peaceable, and exceedingly godly. Whereas his grandmother had refused marriage with the Emperor in Constantinople (see July 11), he married Anna, sister of the Emperors Basil and Constantine, and was accompanied home by priests from Constantinople. Diligently seeking to spread Christianity throughout his realm like a new Constantine, he destroyed the idols (having the chief diety Perun scourged and then cast into the Dnieper River), and summoned all his subjects to Holy Baptism. He reposed in peace in 1015.
Memorial Service/Μνημόσυνo – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of our brothers and sisters who gave their lives defending the island of Cyprus during the invasion on July 20, 1974. May their memory be eternal.
Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos.
Icon for the Feast day of the Virgin Mary – We are framing the icon for the feast day of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary for the procession (perifora) on August 14 & 15th. Any donation made in memory of a loved one or in good health is welcomed.
Upcoming Memorial Services – July 29 – James Soupos, Voula Soupos, Stella Murlas, Tom Nichols, Bette Nichols, Lori Nichols, Panagila Nevardauskas, Alfonsas Nevardauskas & Rosana Autore.
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!!
Festival Baking – Festival baking has started – get those aprons on! You are more than welcome to join us any time; even if for a couple of hours! Come join the fun and fellowship lunch will be provided. Check the schedule in the last page. We are looking forward to seeing you and having another successful festival! Any questions, email Kathy Bastas at email@example.com.
Festival Baking Schedule:
- Thursday, July 19 Tiropita
- Wednesday, July 25 Prepare for Spanakopita
- Thursday, July 26 Spanakopita
- Thursday, August 2 Baklava
- Thursday, August 9 Galaktoboureko
- Thursday, August 16 Kourabiedes
- Sunday, August 19 Pastitsio
- Tuesday, August 21 Pasta Flora
- Thursday, August 23 Diples
Start Time: Anytime after 8:00 am and lunch will be provided along with laughter and afternoon Greek coffee! Even if you only have a couple of hours, Please join us! We can’t do it without you!