- + E’ Ματθαίου. 5th Sunday of Matthew. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
- Altar Boys: Team Matthew – Elias Eleopoulos C, Dennis Dalkos C, Panayotis Christidis, Alexander Eleopoulos, Nikolas Eleopoulos, Paul Dunbar, Andrew Girgis.
- Bookstore open
- Wednesday, 7/11
- Festival baking: Tsourekia 8 am
- Festival baking: Kataifi 8 am
- + 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
Saints and Feasts
6th Sunday of Matthew
Appearance of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of Kazan – In Kazan, in 1579, the nine-year old Matrona, whose parents’ home had burned down in a fire, had a dream in which she beheld an icon of the Theotokos and heard a voice commanding her to recover this icon from the ashes of the ruined house. The icon was found wrapped in an old piece of cloth under the stove, where it may have been hidden during the Tartar invasions. The icon was finally brought to the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, where it became renowned for the healings that the Mother of God wrought through it for the blind; hence the custom of praying before this holy icon for help in blindness and eye diseases. Tsar Ivan the Terrible had a convent built at the place of the icon’s discovery; this, however, was destroyed by the Bolsheviks after the Revolution, and a factory was built in its stead. The feast was established in 1595. The icon of Kazan is one of the most beloved icons of the Mother of God in Russia.
The Holy Great Martyr Procopius – The holy Martyr Procopius was born of a pious father named Christopher, but his mother Theodosia was an idolater. After Christopher’s death, she presented Neanias – for this was the Saint’s name before – to Diocletian, who was at Antioch in Syria. Diocletian made him Duke of Alexandria, and sent him there to punish the Christians. On the way to Alexandria, our Lord spoke to Neanias as once He had to Saul, and turned this new persecutor to faith in Him. Neanias turned back to Scythopolis, and preached Christ. He was betrayed by his own mother, and was arrested and tormented in Caesarea of Palestine. While he was in prison, the Lord appeared to him again and gave him the new name of Procopius (which is derived from the Greek word meaning “progress, advancement”). He was brought out of prison and taken to worship the idols, but at his prayer, the idols fell; many then believed in Christ and suffered martyrdom, among them certain soldiers, twelve women of senatorial rank, and the Saint’s own mother, Theodosia. Saint Procopius, after further torments and imprisonment, was beheaded about the year 290.
Memorial Service/Μνημόσυνo – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of the servant of God Konstantinos Stevenson (40 days). May his memory be eternal.
Social Hour – Sponsored by Leona Stevenson.
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.
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.
Festival Baking – Festival baking is starting – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival Baking Schedule:
- Wednesday, July 11 Tsourekia
- Saturday, July 14 Kataifi
- 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
Note: NO Baking, June 21, 28 & July 5
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!