- + Α’ Οικ. Σύν. Sunday of the 1st Ecumenical Council
- 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
- Choir Practice 9:00 am
- + Κων/νου & Ελένης. Sts. Constantine & Helen Orthros 9:30 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
- Panagia’s Little Lambs 10:30 am – 11:30 am
- Greek School 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
- + Ψυχοσάββατο. Saturday of Souls Orthros 9:30 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am.
- + Της Πεντηκοστής. Holy Pentecost 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.
Saints and Feasts
Fathers of the 1st Council – The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.
Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with “And in the Holy Spirit,” was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.
Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.
The Holy Martyr Thalleleus – Saint Thalleleus was from the region of Lebanon in Phoenicia, the son of Berucius, a Christian bishop; his mother’s name was Romula. Raised in piety, he was trained as a physician. Because of the persecution of Numerian, the Saint departed to Cilicia, and in Anazarbus he hid himself in an olive grove; but he was seized and taken to Aegae of Cilicia to Theodore, the ruler. After many torments he was beheaded in 284. Saint Thalleleus is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.
Mark the Hermit
Festival Baking – Festival baking is starting – get those aprons on! Mark your calendars. This coming Wednesday, May 23rd we will be making our delicious Koulourakia, approx. 1,000! You are more than welcome to join us any time after 9am; even if for a couple of hours! Please note: Thursday (starting with May 31st) will be our designated baking day. Come join the fun and fellowship lunch will be provided. Check the schedule in the upcoming Panagia for further details. We are looking forward to seeing you and having another successful festival! Any questions, email Kathy Bastas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Hour – Sponsored by Philoptochos
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!!
Request for 2017 Year-End Tax Receipt – Contact Voula at email@example.com or call 562.494.8929 to request your church year-end tax receipt for 2017.