Sunday, 3/12

  • Β’ Νηστειών (Γρηγορίου Παλαμά). Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am
  • Sunday school
  • Philoptochos: Annual Membership Tea
  • Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. John (Away)

Wednesday, 3/15

  • Panagia’s Little Lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Greek school 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, 3/17

  • Γ’ Χαιρετισμοί. 3rd Salutation to the Theotokos 7:00pm
  • GOYA: Basketball practice 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sunday, 3/19

  • Γ’ Νηστειών (Σταυροπροσκυνήσεως). Sunday of Holy Cross
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am
  • Sunday school
  • Philoptochos General Meeting
  • Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. Sophia (Home)

Saints and Feasts

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas – This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of

Theophanes the Confessor – Saint Theophanes, who was born in 760, was the son of illustrious parents. Assenting to their demand, he married and became a member of the Emperor’s ceremonial bodyguard. Later, with the consent of his wife, he forsook the world. Indeed, both of them embraced the monastic life, struggling in the monastic houses they themselves had established. He died on March 12, 815, on the island of Samothrace, whereto, because of his confession of the Orthodox Faith, he had been exiled by Leo the Armenian, the Iconoclast Emperor.

Symeon the New Theologian – Saint Symeon became a monk of the Studite Monastery as a young man, under the guidance of the elder Symeon the Pious. Afterwards he struggled at the Monastery of Saint Mamas in Constantinople, of which he became abbot. After enduring many trials and afflictions in his life of piety, he reposed in 1022. Marvelling at the heights of prayer and holiness to which he attained, and the loftiness of the teachings of his life and writings, the church calls him “the New Theologian.” Only to two others, John the Evangelist and Gregory, Patriarch of Constantinople, has the church given the name “Theologian.” Saint Symeon reposed on March 12, but since this always falls in the Great Fast, his feast is kept today.

Announcements

Philoptochos – Today Philoptochos is hosting their Annual Membership Luncheon. This year’s Theme is: “Mardi Gras Madness.” Don’t miss out!

7 Days Votive Candle Racks – We are in need of 2 more votive candle racks. The cost for each one is $4,000.00. If you would like to donate the funds needed, please contact Father Christo or call Voula at the church office.

FLOWERS FOR THE PANAGIA ICON – We would like to have our icon of the Panagia decorated with flowers for the Salutation Services each Friday. If you would like to donate please send your donation to the office. Thank you

Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos

Greek School (Independence Day) – Greek School is getting ready for their 25th of March, Greek Independence Day Celebration. It will be held in the Church Hall on Sunday, March 26, 2017 after services. You are all welcome to come and see the Greek school students reciting their poems and enjoy a delicious lunch.

GOYA Basketball – The Assumption basketball Practices for the month of March will be the following Fridays: 3/17, 3/24 & 3/31 at our Assumption Gym from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Bookstore – The bookstore will be closed temporarily for re-organization. If you have a need for any icons, gift items, charcoal & incense or books, please contact Voula at the church office at 562-494-8929, or call Zoe at 714-366-0001.