Sunday, 6/3

  • + Α’ Ματθαίου. All Saints. Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
  • Altar Boys: Team Mark – Aris Roubanis C, Alex Roubanis C, Emilio Platis, Mateo Platis, John Confrey, Dimitri Spiropoulos, Dimitri Stavros, George Stavros.

Thursday, 6/7

  • Festival baking: Melomakarona 8:00 am

Sunday, 6/10

  • + B’ Ματθαίου. 2nd 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.

Saints and Feasts

The Sunday of All Saints – Honouring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, “But to me, exceedingly honourable are Thy friends, O Lord” (Ps. 138:16). And the divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example that we might turn away from earthly things and from sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).

This commemoration began as the Sunday (Synaxis) of All Martyrs; to them were added all the ranks of Saints who bore witness (the meaning of “Martyr” in Greek) to Christ in manifold ways, even if occasion did not require the shedding of their blood.

Therefore, guided by the teaching of the Divine Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we the pious honour all the Saints, the friends of God, for they are keepers of God’s commandments, shining examples of virtue, and benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints especially on their own day of the year, as is evident in the Menologion. But since many Saints are unknown, and their number has increased with time, and will continue to increase until the end of time, the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints. This is the feast that we celebrate today. It is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the “much fruit” brought forth by that “Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died” (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as “the foundation of the Church, the perfection of the Gospel, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour” (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers).

In this celebration, then, we reverently honour and call blessed all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. All these, as well as the orders of the Angels, and especially our most holy Lady and Queen, the Ever-virgin Theotokos Mary, do we honour today, setting their life before us as an example of virtue, and entreating them to intercede in our behalf with God, Whose grace and boundless mercy be with us all. Amen.

Lucillian of Byzantium, 4 martyred Youths and Paula the Virgin – Formerly a priest of the idols near Nicomedia, the Saint came to the Christian Faith in his old age; this was during the reign of Aurelian (270-275). Lucillian was brought before Silvan the Count; when he refused to return to the service of the idols, his jaw was broken, he was beaten with rods, and hanged upside down, then imprisoned with four Christian children, Claudius, Hypatius, Paul, and Dionysius. All of them were brought out again before Silvan, and remaining constant in their faith, were cast into a raging furnace. Preserved unharmed, they were sent to Byzantium, where the children were beheaded, and Lucillian was crucified. The virgin Paula, a Christian, buried their holy relics. For this, she was taken before the Count, and refusing to sacrifice to the idols, was stripped naked and mercilessly thrashed; after other torments, she was beheaded, in 270. There was a church in their honor in Constantinople.

Athanasios the Wonderworker


Announcements

Memorial Services/Μνημόσυνα – Today we pray for the repose of the soul of the servants of God Efthimia (Effie) Chioles (40 days) and Alfredo Pontrelli (4 years). May their memory be eternal.

Churching – 40 days churching of Lucas Gregory Tzortzakis son of Georgi & Kelly Tzortzakis. Congratulations.

Social Hour – Sponsored by Nick & Alexandra Papadakis.

Upcoming Memorial Services – June 10 – Nicolas Hanches (40 days), Hariklia Amarantos (1 year), Panagiotis Amarantos (5 years), Ioannis Amarantos (6 years) & AHEPA.

Senior Citizens – Senior Citizen’s Picnic: Save the date! June 19 at 11 am in RUSH PARK, Los Alamitos

Hope & Joy – Save the date: Friday, June 15 for movie night from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

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 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 knbastas@aol.com.

Festival Baking Schedule

  • Thursday, June 7 Melomakarona
  • Thursday, June 14 Vegetarian Dolmades
  • Saturday, June 16 Meat Dolmades
  • 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
  • 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!

June’s Prosforo – Prosforo for the month of June is donated byAthena Sehremelis. Thank you. If you wish to donate the prosforo please call Voula at the church office.