Sunday, 3/5

  • Α’ Νηστειών (Ορθοδοξίας). Sunday of Orthodoxy
  • Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am
  • General Assembly following church services
  • Goya Basketball: Assumption vs St. Anthony (Home)

Wednesday, 3/8

  • Προηγιασμένη Λειτουργία. Pre-sanctified Liturgy 10 am
  • Panagia’s Little Lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Greek school 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, 3/10

  • B’ Χαιρετισμοί. 2nd Salutation to the Theotokos 7:00pm
  • GOYA: Basketball practice 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sunday, 3/12

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

First Sunday of Lent

Today is the First Sunday of Lent and is called Sunday of Orthodoxy.

The spiritual theme of the day is first of all the victory of the True Faith. On this day each year we celebrate the Feast honoring the restoration of the Holy Icons, or sacred pictures and their use in all the Churches. This Feast was first celebrated on March 11, 843, when after more than a century of controversy the Byzantine Empress Theodora finally brought about the return of the Holy Icons. The First Sunday of Lent has been kept as an anniversary of Orthodoxy ever since that time, because those who had wished to do away with the pictures were also desirous of modifying the Orthodox Faith; the icons were and are a symbol of the Orthodox Faith, And no Orthodox Church is without them.

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Α΄ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΝΗΣΤΕΙΩΝ – ΤΗΣ ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΙΑΣ

Λέγεται Κυριακή της Ορθοδοξίας, γιατί γιορτάζουμε την αναστήλωση των αγίων Εικόνων και τον θρίαμβο της Ορθοδόξου Πίστεως κατά της φοβερής αιρέσεως των Εικονομάχων, των αιρετικών δηλαδή εκείνων που δεν εδέχοντο να τιμούν τις άγιες Εικόνες. Για εκατό και πλέον χρόνια διαταράχθηκε η Εκκλησία με διωγμούς από εικονομάχους. Πρώτος υπήρξε ο αυτοκράτορας Λέων ο Ίσαυρος και τελευταίος ο Θεόφιλος, ανδρας της αγίας Θεοδώρας, η οποία μετά το θάνατο του συζύγου της ανέλαβε την εξουσία και στερέωσε πάλι την Ορθοδοξία μαζί με τον Πατριάρχη Μεθόδιο. Η Αυτοκράτειρα Θεοδώρα διακήρυξε δημόσια ότι ασπαζόμεθα τις Εικόνες, όχι λατρευτικά, ούτε ως Θεούς, αλλά ως εικόνες των αρχετύπων. Την πρώτη Κυριακή των νηστειών του 843, η Θεοδώρα μαζί με το γιό της αυτοκράτωρα Μιχαήλ, λιτάνευσαν και ανεστήλωσαν τις άγιες εικόνες μαζί με τον κλήρο και το λαό. Από τότε εορτάζουμε κάθε χρόνο την ανάμνηση αυτού του γεγονότος γιατί καθωρίσθηκε οριστικά ότι δεν λατρεύουμε τις Εικόνες, αλλά τιμούμε και δοξάζουμε όλους τους Αγίους που εικονίζουν και λατρεύουμε μόνο τον εν Τριάδι Θεό. Τον Πατέρα, τον Υιό και το Άγιο Πνεύμα και κανένα άλλο είτε Άγιο είτε Άγγελο.

General Assembly – Today Sunday, March 5 is our first General Assembly, following church services.

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.

Philoptochos – Save the date: March 12, 2017 for Philoptochos Anual Membership Tea following church services. This year’s theme “Mardi Gras Madeness.” Flyer is posted on the last page of the bulletin.

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

March’s Prosforo – Prosforo for the month of March is donated by Costa & Cecilia Kourtis and Thano & Niki Vorris. Thank you.

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.

Special Note – Please note that the services and events posted in the monthly news letter’s calendar are subject to change; please refer to weekly bulletin for current schedule info.