1 Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church 60 Traverse Road Newport News VA Volume Issue September 2015 T HE CROSS+ROADS INSIDE THIS ISSUE: September Sundays 2-5, 9 Acolyte & Refreshments Schedule Through the Bible A Z Registry / Announcements Church, Club & Community News 2, Icons from Byzantium 8 AHEPA Golf Tournament 8 Church Fundraiser 10 September Calendar 11 Hi-Lites Ecclesiastical New Year Sep 1 Elevation of Holy Cross Sep 14 Saints and Dragons Icon Exhibit at Chrysler Museum Oct 2 AHEPA Golf Tournament Sep 25 Church Fundraiser Oct F ROM FATHER GEORGE AND WAS INCARNATE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE VIRGIN MARY A birth is a great joy in every family. How wonderful it is for a new generation to come into this world and be able to add a new chapter to the rich history of our Orthodox Faith. Bishop Kallistos Ware said in an interview The whole person is a person who is on the one side open to God and on the other side open to other human persons. The human being without God is not truly human. Each one of us was created in the image and likeness of god and granted free will with the ability to make a difference. How sad it is when we waste these opportunities and neglect to do what is needed and right. Christ the Son of god received His humanity, His Flesh and Blood from the Virgin Mary. It was through the blessings of the Holy Spirit that Mary became Mother, and through this motherhood gave birth to not only God, but gave birth to us the descendants who are now responsible for going into the next direction in order to open the door to joy. T HE CENTURION CAMPAIGN Each one of us had a special person in our lives that made a difference and a deep impact upon our lives. I have been blessed to have as my Parish priest a man who was the s in service and the d in dedication. Father Byron Papanikolaou served the faithful of the Saints Constantine and Helen Church of Chicago then Palos Hills, Illinois for over 55 years. He brought us into the Church for our 40 day Blessings, Baptized us, was our Father Confessor and for those who were ordained he was our shining example of what it means to be a Priest. Father Byron did not know what having a day off meant; from morning to night he served not only the needs of his parishioners but even those who were from other parishes. Father Byron fell asleep in the lord on August 11th. His funeral service is being chanted as I am writing these words. I dedicate the remaining years of my ministry to him, will continue to commemorate him in prayer in the Holy Altar and hope that I can live up to what it means to be a servant of God. May his memory be Eternal. "And other seed fell upon the good earth and having sprung up it brought forth fruit a hundredfold". (Luke 8:8, Matthew 13:8, and Mark 4:20) "Remember, the one who receives the seed of the word of God and keeps it will produce a hundredfold crop". (Luke 8:15) Christ healed a Centurion's servant (Matthew 8 and Luke 7) The Centurion present at the crucifixion proclaimed, "Truly this was the Son of God." (Matthew 27:54 and Mark 15:39) The Centurion Cornelius was baptized by the Apostle Peter and is believed to be the first Gentile convert to Christianity. (Acts 10) As you can see with the scripture lessons above, there are numerous instances where the number 100 and a Centurion are referenced. The number 100 is found throughout the Bible and is used to describe a bountiful harvest or significant return. While Centurions, Roman soldiers charged with leading an organization of roughly 100 men within a Roman legion, were used to show the widespread influence of Christ s message of love, hope, and forgiveness. These lessons and references from Scripture serve as the foundation and inspiration for the Centurion Campaign. So, just what is the Centurion Campaign and why are we conduct- (Continued on page 11)
2 The Cross+Roads Page 2 Glory Be To God Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church 60 Traverse Road Newport News VA Phone (757) Fax (757) Addresses: schgochurch.va.goarch.org Office Hours Monday Through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Priest Father George Chioros Work Home Mobile Parish Council Barry Hendricks, President Frank Peri, Vice President Joanna Vallas, Treasurer Bobby Garofalis, Assistant Treasurer Alex Constantine, Secretary Elias Doulgerakis Konstantinos Fotiadis Barbara France Alexis Galoozis Tom Grepiotis Jason Holbrook Chanters John Siokis Harry Fotiou Alex Constantine Office Secretary Tasia Savrides Archdiocese on the web S EPTEMBER SUNDAYS Apolytikion for Saints Constantine & Helen, Equal-to-the Apostles in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone Having seen the image of Thy Cross in Heaven, and like Paul, having received the call not from men, Thine apostle among kings entrusted the commonwealth to Thy hand, O Lord. Keep us always in peace, by the intercessions of the Theotokos, O only Friend of man. Τοῦ Σταυροῦ σου τὸν τύπον ἐν οὐρανῷ θεασάμενος, καὶ ὡς ὁ Παῦλος τὴν κλήσιν οὐκ ἐξ ἀνθρώπων δεξάμενος, ὁ ἐν βασιλεύσιν, Ἀπόστολός σου Κύριε, Βασιλεύουσαν πόλιν τὴ χειρί σου παρέθετο ἣν περίσωζε διὰ παντὸς ἐν εἰρήνῃ, πρεσβείαις τῆς Θεοτόκου, μόνε Φιλάνθρωπε. SEPTEMBER 6 EPISTLE READING St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 1:21-24; 2:1-4 BRETHREN, it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. But I call God to witness against me - it was to spare you that I refrained from coming to Corinth. Not that we lord it over your faith; we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith. For I made up my mind not to make Philoptochos Trish Demson, President Religious Education Viola Nicholls Allen, Director Greek School Matina Mimikos, Paula Tofalli, Aphrodite Christopoulos Youth Ministry Stephanie Peri and Kent Paumier, Advisors Acolytes Barry Hendricks, Director JOY/HOPE Helen Micha, Director ACOLYTES SEPTEMBER 20 Team A - Dominic Peri Kostas Polyzos, Jorgie Polyzos, James St. Martin, Yianni Tsimplekis, Dean Peri SEPTEMBER 6, 27 Team B - Christian Detweiler Hayden Hendricks, Michael Christou, Anthony Capobianco, Cris Campbell, Matthew Swanenburg SEPTEMBER 13 Team C - Joseph Dennie Ethan Detweiler, Georgios Haramis, Christos Konstantinou, Christopher Myers, Soterios Tofalli, Kyprianos Tofalli you another painful visit. For if I cause you pain, who is there to make me glad but the one whom I have pained? And I wrote as I did, so that when I came I might not suffer pain from those who should have made me rejoice, for I felt sure of all of you, that my joy would be the joy of you all. For I wrote you out of much affliction and anguish of heart and with many tears, not to cause you pain but to let you know the abundant love that I have for you. GOSPEL READING Matthew 22:2-14 The Lord said this parable, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.' But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.' And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen." P ARISH MINISTRIES & ORGANIZATIONS Greek Orthodox Youth Association (GOYA) Mary Katherine Galoozis, President Kent Paumier, Advisor Young Adult League (YAL) Anastasia Theodorogiannis, President Golden Hearts Chris Fotiou, President Order of AHEPA Newport News Tom Georges, President Daughters of Penelope Helen George, President Hellenic Womens Penelope Society Marika Anthony, President Hellenic Youth Dancers Bobby Garofalis, Director
3 The Cross+Roads Page 3 Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 22:2-14 Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην Ὡμοιώθη ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν ἀνθρώπῳ βασιλεῖ, ὅστις ἐποίησε γάμους τῷ υἱῷ αὐτοῦ. Καὶ ἀπέστειλε τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ καλέσαι τοὺς κεκλημένους εἰς τοὺς γάμους, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελον ἐλθεῖν. Πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἄλλους δούλους λέγων Εἴπατε τοῖς κεκλημένοις ἰδοὺ τὸ ἄριστόν μου ἡτοίμασα, οἱ ταῦροί μου καὶ τὰ σιτιστὰ τεθυμένα, καὶ πάντα ἕτοιμα δεῦτε εἰς τοὺς γάμους. οἱ δὲ ἀμελήσαντες ἀπῆλθον, ὃς μὲν εἰς τὸν ἴδιον ἀγρόν, ὃς δὲ εἰς τὴν ἐμπορίαν αὐτοῦ οἱ δὲ λοιποὶ κρατήσαντες τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ ὕβρισαν καὶ ἀπέκτειναν. Ἀκούσας δὲ ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐκεῖνος ὠργίσθη, καὶ πέμψας τὰ στρατεύματα αὐτοῦ ἀπώλεσε τοὺς φονεῖς ἐκείνους καὶ τὴν πόλιν αὐτῶν ἐνέπρησε. Τότε λέγει τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ Ο μὲν γάμος ἕτοιμός ἐστιν, οἱ δὲ κεκλημένοι οὐκ ἦσαν ἄξιοι πορεύεσθε οὖν ἐπὶ τὰς διεξόδους τῶν ὁδῶν, καὶ ὅσους ἐὰν εὕρητε καλέσατε εἰς τοὺς γάμους. Καὶ ἐξελθόντες οἱ δοῦλοι ἐκεῖνοι εἰς τὰς ὁδοὺς συνήγαγον πάντας ὅσους εὗρον, πονηρούς τε καὶ ἀγαθούς καὶ ἐπλήσθη ὁ γάμος ἀνακειμένων. Εἰσελθὼν δὲ ὁ βασιλεὺς θεάσασθαι τοὺς ἀνακειμένους εἶδεν ἐκεῖ ἄνθρωπον οὐκ ἐνδεδυμένον ἔνδυμα γάμου, καὶ λέγει αὐτῷ Ἐταῖρε, πῶς εἰσῆλθες ὧδε μὴ ἔχων ἔνδυμα γάμου; Ο δὲ ἐφιμώθη. Τότε εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς διακόνοις Δήσαντες αὐτοῦ πόδας καὶ χεῖρας ἄρατε αὐτὸν καὶ ἐκβάλετε εἰς τὸ σκότος τὸ ἐξώτερον ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων. Πολλοὶ γάρ εἰσι κλητοὶ, ὀλίγοι δὲ ἐκλεκτοί. SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED The Commemoration of the Miracle Wrought by Archangel Michael in Colossae (Chonae) The feast today in honour of the Archangel Michael commemorates the great miracle he wrought when he delivered from destruction a church and holy spring named for him. The pagans, moved by malice, sought to destroy the aforesaid church and holy spring by turning the course of two rivers against them. But the Archangel appeared and, by means of the Cross and a great earthquake that shook the entire area, diverted the waters into an underground course. Henceforth, the name of that place changed from Colossae to Chonae, which means "funnels" in Greek. Holy Martyr Calodote 14th Sunday of Matthew HYMNS OF THE DAY Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is cobeginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead. Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ. Apolytikion for Miracle of Michael in Colossae in the Fourth Mode Supreme Commanders of the Hosts of Heavens, we, the unworthy, importune and beseech thee that by thy supplications thou encircle us in the shelter of the wings of thine immaterial glory, guarding us who now fall down and cry to thee with fervour: Deliver us from dangers of all kinds, as the great marshal of the heavenly hosts on high. Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life." Ιωακείμ καί Άννα όνειδισμού ατεκνίας, καί Αδάμ καί Εύα, εκ τής φθοράς τού θανάτου, ηλευθερώθησαν, Άχραντε, εν τή αγία γεννήσει σου, αυτήν εορτάζει καί ο λαός σου, ενοχής τών πταισμάτων, λυτρωθείς εν τώ κράζειν σοι, Η στείρα τίκτει τήν Θεοτόκον, καί τροφόν τής ζωής ημών. WISDOM OF THE FATHERS For unto Christ he would pass all on, saying, "He must increase, I must decrease;" by the Son Himself again, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you;"... But not by words only, but also by actions did He bid them. St. John Chrysostom Homily 69 on Matthew 22, 4th Century SEPTEMBER 13 EPISTLE READING St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18 BRETHREN, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen. GOSPEL READING John 3:13-17 The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 3:13-17 Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος καὶ οὐδεὶς ἀναβέβηκεν εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εἰ μὴ ὁ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς, ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ὁ ὤν ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ. καὶ καθὼς Μωϋσῆς ὕψωσε τὸν ὄφιν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, οὕτως ὑψωθῆναι δεῖ τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ' ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. Οὕτω γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ' ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. οὐ γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἵνα κρίνῃ τὸν κόσμον, ἀλλ' ἵνα σωθῇ ὁ κόσμος δι' αὐτοῦ. SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED The Consecration of the Church of the Holy Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) The church that is honoured far above all others is that of the Holy Resurrection, which Saint Constantine the Great constructed at the place of Golgotha, where our Saviour was crucified and buried. For a long time this place had been purposely buried beneath the earth by the Jews and heathen; furthermore, during the reign of Hadrian ( ), a temple dedicated to Aphrodite was built over the site so that this sacred place might be even further desecrated and fall into utter oblivion. It was here that the Cross was hidden. However, at the command of the pious (Continued on page 4)
4 The Cross+Roads Page 4 S EPTEMBER SAINTS CONSTANTINE & HELEN (Continued from page 3) Emperor Constantine, excavations were made and the tokens of the saving Passion were found. It was here, then, that the very great and magnificent temple named in honour of Christ God's Resurrection-the Anastasis -was built under the supervision of the blessed Helen, while Dracilian was Eparch of Palestine and Macarius was Archbishop of Jerusalem. It was the latter, also, who exalted the venerable Cross and performed the consecration of this temple in the year 336. Forefeast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross Cornelius the Centurion & Martyr Saint Cornelius was a Roman by race, a pagan by religion, a centurion in rank, an inhabitant of Caesarea of Palestine, a man pious and God-fearing who gave many alms to the people and prayed continually unto God. In accordance with an angelic vision granted to him, he sent to Joppa that they might bring the Apostle Peter. Saint Peter catechized him in the Faith of Christ and baptized all his household (Acts, ch.10). This became the beginning and the first fruits of the calling of the nations. It is said that, after this, he became a bishop, as some say, of Caesarea; but others say of Scepsis, which is not far from Troas; and that he died as a martyr. Sunday before Holy Cross Aristides the Philosopher HYMNS OF THE DAY Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee. Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι. Apolytikion for Forefeast of the Exaltation in the Second Mode We offer Thee in mediation the life-giving Cross which, of Thy goodness, Thou hast given unto us, the unworthy, O Lord. Save Thy hierarchs and Thy flock, and grant Thou peace through the Theotokos, O only friend of man. Τόν ζωοποιόν Σταυρόν τής σής αγαθότητος, όν εδωρήσω ημίν τοίς αναξίοις Κύριε, σοί προσάγομεν εις πρεσβείαν, Σώζε τούς βασιλείς καί τήν πόλιν σου, ειρηνεύοντας διά τής Θεοτόκου, μόνε φιλάνθρωπε. Apolytikion for Temple of the Resurrection in the Fourth Mode Thou hast shown the earthly beauty of the holy tabernacle of Thy glory to be like unto the splendour of the heavenly firmament, O Lord. Strengthen it for ever and ever, and accept our prayers which we unceasingly offer therein unto Thee, through the Theotokos, O Thou Who art the Life and Resurrection of all. Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode The Church is shown to be a many-lighted heaven that doth shine a guiding light upon all them that do believe; wherein while standing we cry aloud: Do Thou Thyself now establish this house, O Lord. Ουρανός πολύφωτος η Εκκλησία, ανεδείχθη άπαντας, φωταγωγούσα τούς πιστούς, εν ώ εστώτες κραυγάζομεν, Τούτον τόν οίκον, στερέωσον Κύριε. WISDOM OF THE FATHERS For since Nicodemus had said, "We know that Thou art a teacher come from God," on this very point He sets him right, all but saying, "Think Me not a teacher in such manner as were the many of the prophets who were of earth, for I have come from heaven (but) now. None of the prophets hath ascended up thither, but I dwell there." St. John Chrysostom, Homily 27 on John 3, 4th Century SEPTEMBER 20 EPISTLE READING St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20 BRETHREN, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Πρὸς Γαλάτας 2:16-20 Ἀδελφοί, εἰδότες ὅτι οὐ δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ἔργων νόμου, ἐὰν μὴ διὰ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς Χριστὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐπιστεύσαμεν, ἵνα δικαιωθῶμεν ἐκ πίστεως Χριστοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων νόμου διότι οὐ δικαιωθήσεται ἐξ ἔργων νόμου πᾶσα σάρξ. Εἰ δέ, ζητοῦντες δικαιωθῆναι ἐν Χριστῷ, εὑρέθημεν καὶ αὐτοὶ ἁμαρτωλοί, ἆρα Χριστὸς ἁμαρτίας διάκονος; Μὴ γένοιτο. Εἰ γὰρ ἃ κατέλυσα, ταῦτα πάλιν οἰκοδομῶ, παραβάτην ἐμαυτὸν συνίστημι. Ἐγὼ γὰρ διὰ νόμου νόμῳ ἀπέθανον, ἵνα θεῷ ζήσω. Χριστῷ συνεσταύρωμαι ζῶ δέ, οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ. GOSPEL READING Mark 8:34-38; 9:1 The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power." Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 8:34-38, 9:1 Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν ὃς δ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες τῶν ὧδε ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι
5 The Cross+Roads Page 5 τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει. SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED Hilarion the New Martyr of Crete Sunday after Holy Cross Afterfeast of the Holy Cross Eustathius the Great Martyr, his wife and two children The holy Martyr Eustathius before his baptism was an illustrious Roman general named Placidas in the days of the Emperor Trajan. While hunting in the country one day, he was converted to the Faith of Christ through the apparition of an uncommonly majestic stag, between whose antlers he saw the Cross of Christ, and through which the Lord spoke to him with a human voice. Upon returning home, he learned that his wife Tatiana had also had a vision in which she was instructed to become a Christian. They sought out the Bishop of the Christians and were baptized, Placidas receiving the name Eustathius, and Tatiana the name Theopiste; their two sons were baptized Agapius and Theopistus. The family was then subjected to such trials as Job endured. Their servants died, all their goods were stolen, and on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem they were scattered abroad, each not even knowing if the others were still alive. By the providence of God, they were united again after many years, and returned to Rome in glory. Nevertheless, when they refused to sacrifice to the idols-a public sacrifice from which no Roman general could be absent-the Emperor Hadrian, who had succeeded Trajan, had them put into a large bronze device in the shape of a bull, which was heated with fire until they died. When their holy bodies were removed, they were found to be without harm. They suffered martyrdom about the year 126. Our Righteous Father Eustathius, Archbishop of Thessolonica HYMNS OF THE DAY Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world. Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος. Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Mode Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth. Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα. Apolytikion for Martyr Eustathius; His Companions in the Fourth Mode Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful. Οι Μάρτυρές σου, Κύριε, εν τή αθλήσει αυτών, στεφάνους εκομίσαντο τής αφθαρσίας, εκ σού τού Θεού ημών, σχόντες γάρ τήν ισχύν σου, τούς τυράννους καθείλον, έθραυσαν καί δαιμόνων, τά ανίσχυρα θράση. Αυτών ταίς ικεσίαις, Χριστέ ο Θεός, σώσον τάς ψυχάς ημών. Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard. Ο υψωθείς εν τώ Σταυρώ εκουσίως, τή επωνύμω σου καινή πολιτεία, τούς οικτιρμούς σου δώρησαι, Χριστέ ο Θεός, Εύφρανον εν τή δυνάμει σου, τούς πιστούς Βασιλείς ημών, νίκας χορηγών αυτοίς, κατά τών πολεμίων, τήν συμμαχίαν έχοιεν τήν σήν, όπλον ειρήνης, αήττητον τρόπαιον. WISDOM OF THE FATHERS And see how He also makes His discourse unexceptionable: not saying at all, "whether you will, or no, you must suffer this," but how? "If any man will come after me." St. John Chrysostom, Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century (Continued on page 9) T HROUGH THE BIBLE A Z Understand by faith that the worlds were prepared by the Word of God Hebrews 11:3 Understand what the will of the Lord is Ephesians 5:17 Understanding given to you in everything from the Lord 2 Timothy 2:7 Understanding opened to the scriptures by Jesus Luke 24:45 United with Jesus in the likeness of His death and resurrection Romans 6:5 Unmarried people are concerned with the things of the Lord and how to please Him 1 Cor. 7:32 Upheld by His righteous right hand Isaiah 41:10 Upon the Lord you were cast from birth, He was your God when you were in your mother s belly Psalm 22:10 Upright in heart and you have God as your defense - Psalm 7:10,11 Upright in your heart and you will have gladness Psalm 97:11 Upset the world Acts 17:6 Useful to the Master by cleansing yourself 2 Timothy 2:21
6 The Cross+Roads Page 6 C HURCH REGISTRY / ANNOUNCEMENTS 40-DAY BLESSING: The daughter of Jamie and Marinko Burich and granddaughter of Zoe Kounnas Sargent received her 40-day blessing on August 21, 2015 CHRISMATION: On June 29, Ms. Trina M. Campbell was chrismated, becoming an Orthodox Christian. Dr. Chris Zambas served as her sponsor. We welcome Trina into our faith and wish the best to her and her sponsor. WEDDINGS: Our best wishes and sincere congratulations to Christina Thames and Alex Constantine whose marriage was solemnized in our Church, July 11. Ms. Anastasia Ladeni served as the koumbara. Ours sincere congratulations and best wishes to Eleni Fotiadis and Isaak Avramides who were married in Athens, Greece on July 18. Ms. Maria Komianos and Mr. Niko Mantis served as their koumbari. Our best wishes and sincere congratulations to Maria Vaughn and Nik Pergjoka who were married in Athens, Greece, July 26. Ms. Anastasia Theodorogiannis served as the koumbara. Our best wishes and sincere congratulations to Trina Campbell and John Bishop whose marriage was solemnized in our Church, August 22. Nick Liosatos served as the koumbaro. To all our newly married couples: NA ZISETE!!!!!! RECENTLY ILL AND NEEDING OUR PRAYERS: We pray for the quick recovery of our friends and fellow parishioners who have been ill and/or hospitalized recently:aphrodite Christopoulos, Chris Fotiou, Jimmy Koumbas, Howard Mandeville, Voula Panags, Mario Papas and Dr. Helen Dennie. PERASTIKA SAS!!!!!!! DEATHS: Our sincere condolences to the family of Maritsa Stylianou Xynisteri who died June 3 and whose funeral service was held in our Church June 6. Our sincere condolences to the family of Rose Paparis who died July 17 and whose funeral service was held in Saint Demetrios Church in Williamsburg on July 20. Our sincere condolences to the family of Sadie Daoud who died August 18 and whose funeral service was held in our Church on August 20th. MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL!!!!!! SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: IT IS QUITE AN EXPENSE FOR THE CHURCH TO PRINT AND MAIL THE CROSS+ROADS EACH MONTH AND IT IS A SERVICE THAT WE PROVIDE TO OUR STEWARDS. IF YOU ARE NOT A STEWARD OF SS. CONSTANTINE AND HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, BUT STILL WISH TO RECEIVE THIS BULLE- TIN, PLEASE, LET US KNOW. ALONG WITH YOUR REQUEST, PLEASE INCLUDE A SMALL MONETARY CONTRIBUTION TO HELP DEFRAY THE COST OF PRINTING AND MAILING THIS BULLETIN. THANKS! GREEK FESTIVAL PHOTOS: Thank you to all for a successful festival. Your help is much appreciated!!! Every year, our church hires a professional photographer to take pictures during our festival. This year, Bill Whitlow, attended the festival on Saturday, May 30th. There are 100+ pictures posted on our church web site that Bill had taken. The entire collection of pictures taken at the festival can be found on Bill's site, where you are able to view and purchase his pictures / JOY / HOPE Wouldn t you like to have your little one(s) enjoy good fellowship with the other children of our Church? Participating in our JOY/HOPE group is great stepping stone to ensuring that foundation of Christ is laid. Children, ages 3 to 12, are encouraged to join in on the different activities we have going on throughout the year. In an effort to be more organized and increase participation from all members of our Parish, please contact Helen Micha with your child s name and birthdate: or I wish to personally reach out to all our young children; those which have participated in the past and especially to those who might not be involved yet. We would LOVE to have them join us for our JOY/HOPE activities. These currently YOUNG children of our Church are the FUTURE of our Church. Flyers will be posted when our initial brief JOY/HOPE Meet and Greet Snack Date is scheduled for an upcoming Sunday after Liturgy. I hope to hear from you so we can keep the Children of Christ connected. Helen Micha EAGLE SCOUT SERVICE PROJECT: My name is Hayden Hendricks and I m a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 218 in the Buckroe part of Hampton. Part of earning the rank of Eagle Scout includes a service project that is helpful to any religious institution, school, or the community. For my project I have chosen to repaint the parking stripes and curbing in our Church s main parking lot. I set a goal to complete the project before our Fall Festival in October and have scheduled Saturday, September 26, 2015 as the primary day with October 3rd as a back-up in case of bad weather on the 26th. On September 26th, the parking lot will be closed to all vehicles from 9:00 a.m. until late in the afternoon. All cars will have to park in the grass area in back of the church hall. Please let me know if you would like to volunteer to help or make a donation of supplies or money towards the project. I can be reached at ATTENDANCE June June June June July 5 92 July July July August August August August August YTD 15 Ave 143 YTD 14 Ave 154 Koliva If you would like to purchase Koliva for memorials, you may contact: Helen George Anastasia Savrides Athena Savvas Cross+Roads CHURCH LIST Subscribe to the church list for monthly links to the Cross+Roads and important church announcements at: DEADLINE Please information no later than the 20th day of the month to Nick Vlattas
7 The Cross+Roads Page 7 C HURCH, CLUB AND COMMUNITY NEWS PHILOPTOCHOS Our sincere congratulations to our Saint Helen Philoptochos member, Tessie Baker, who, once again, was elected to the Metropolis of N.J. Philotochos Board. Our sincere congratulations to the newly-elected executive board of our Philoptochos Chapter for the term They are: Trish Demson, President; Barbara France, 1st Vice President, Zena Magera, 2nd Vice President, Hope Zambas, Rec. Secretary, Sylvia Marcin, Corr. Sectretary, Joanna Vallas, Treasurer, Maggie Thompson, Asst. Treasurer, Athena Savvas, Parliamentarian. Ladies, we wish you the best, and we know that you will guide our chapter to notable accomplishments during your term in office. As we do in every issue of this bulletin, we, once again, ask those of our members as well as all the members of our SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Community who have not as yet participated in our Act of Kindness project to consider doing so. To find out what this Act of Kindness is all about, please, call Ellie Costulis, She will be happy to answer all your questions concerning this very worthy undertaking of ours. And, as always, many thanks for your consideration. We, also, thank you once again for your continued support to our Literary Outreach program. Please, continue to bring us your Farm Fresh Receipts as well as the "box tops for education" which enable us to continue meeting some of the needs of our public schools in the area. Our obligations to the National for the month of September are: A contribution to the Hellenic College Holy Cross Scholarship Fund (Exaltation of the Holy Cross) which provides tuition scholarships to worthy students; and a contribution to RCA (Retired Clergy and Widowed Presvyteres Benevolent Fund) which provides financial support to retired clergy and widowed presvyteres. Our September meeting will be September 14, in the Community Center, starting at 6:30pm. It will be a Lenten covered dish meeting and it is a day of fasting in observance of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross which is observed on this day. Please join us and bring a potential new member. Our mission remains unchanged. We are here to serve God by helping the needy. WELCOME BACK EVERY- ONE!!!!!!!! AHEPA Brothers, On page 8 of the Cross+Roads, you will find the information and registration for our upcoming scholarship golf tournament. This year we had to guarantee a minimum of 10 foursomes. As you know, the golf tournament is the only fundraiser for our scholarships. We need foursomes and sponsors to make money available for our $1, scholarships. Please solicit individuals for sponsorship if they don't play golf. DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE The Supreme Convention in San Francisco this past July decided on an increase of $5.00 per capita for Also, they decided on the following six National Obligations. They are: Mandatory Obligations: 1) Penelope House, 2) Penelope Place, and 3) The Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation. (4 million people in the U.S. are affected by this desease). Voluntary Obligations: 1) The Daughters of Penelope Foundation, 2) Melissa Girls Orphanage - in Thessaloniki, Greece for ages 4-18 who have been abused & removed from their families, and 3) The Penelopean Day Care Center. The newly elected DOP Grand Lodge officers are: Connie Pelallis, President, Jan Spanos, Vice President, Eva Jean Fomalont, Secretary, Diane Petersen, Treasurer. The DOP Grand Lodge Governors are: Zone 1: Lili Repass; Zone 2: Dorothea Williams; Zone 3: Kathy Papadimitropoulos; Zone 4: Katherine Karafalias; Zone 5: Aspa Kostopoulos The Grand Advisor to the MOA is Kathy Zotos. We congratulate all the Grand Lodge Officers and Governors and wish them a successful and productive term. Our September meeting will be Thursday, September 24 in the AHEPA Family House, starting at 6:45 pm. Sisters, welcome back and let's make this new term a truly successful one!!! HELLENIC WOMAN S PENELOPE SOCIETY The Hellenic Woman s Penelope Society (HWPS) will commence its new calendar year with a RETREAT/MEETING on Thursday, September 10th th at 5:30 PM at the Hellenic Center. Marika Anthony will be the hostess. The purpose of the retreat is to revisit our mission and refamiliarize ourselves of our history, constitution, the principles upon which we base our existence as an organization, and to project our role in the 21 st century. All members in attendance are urged to bring with them their HWPS BOOK for REVISITING IT AND UPDATING IT AT THE SAME TIME. On September 17 th our Book Group will host the Norfolk Annunciation Cathedral s Book Group to review The Return by Victoria Hislop. Preceding the discussion, the two groups will visit our Biblical Garden to jointly offer a prayer for the protection of the environment. Please be reminded that His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has designated the beginning of each ecclesiastical year to be the month of reminding ourselves why we have a moral responsibility to protect God s creation. As His Holiness wrote in His Encyclical to all Orthodox Churches around the world, WE SHOULD PROPAGATE AN ECOLOGICAL ETHIC, WHICH SHOULD REMIND US THAT THE WORLD IS NOT OURS FOR US TO USE AS WE PLEASE. IT (THE ENVIRONMENT) IS A GIFT OF GOD S LOVE TO US. WE MUST RETURN THAT LOVE BY PROTECTING IT WITH WHATEVER RESPONSIBILITIES IT MAY EN- TAIL. In October we will have a very interesting program which will be reflective of our mission. In November, we will be celebrating our 86 th Anniversary, another milestone of our long and impressive history. Also in November, we will have our Annual Fall Bake Sale, with all the proceeds going toward the $3,000 anonymous loan which, along with the proceeds from our dinner theater, enabled us to purchase an additional fifty banquet chairs, thus bringing the total number purchased to date to 350. As a result of numerous inquiries by parishioners, we have reopened the sale of pavers (bricks) in the Biblical Garden. Anyone who is interested in purchasing a paver to honor or memorialize a loved one or a friend may call Marika Anthony or Maggie Thompson. We wish everyone a Happy and Spiritual Ecclesiastical New Year. REFRESHMENTS We thank all those parishioners who served as hosts for the months of June, July and August. The hosts for September are: Sept. 6: M/M Greg Limpkin, Mrs. Athena Markos, Mr. George Markos, Mr. Mickey Markos Sept. l3: Ms. Sylvia Marcen, M/M Angelo Mageras, Mrs. Anna Mageras, Ms. Zena Mageras Sept. 20: M/M Anthony Polyzos, M/M George Polyzos, M/M Kostas Polyzos Sept. 27: M/M K. Micha, M/M Mel Polyzos, Ms. Petra Radulovic, Mr. Bill Ringas
8 The Cross+Roads Page 8 The Chrysler Museum of Art s fall keynote exhibition comprises more than 120 extraordinary works of religious, historical, and artistic importance icons and artifacts that rarely leave the collections of The British Museum, London, and the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Mass. These compelling works explore the sacred art of the Orthodox Church from its origins in ancient Byzantium and through the storied history of Christianity in Russia and beyond. The exhibition breaks new ground as it marks the first time that The British Museum has loaned two of its most spectacular icons to any American museum. The opportunity to view Saint John the Baptist (Constantinople, ca. 1300) and the famous Saint George and the Dragon, also known as The Black George, (Pskov, Russia, late- 1300s) two of the oldest and finest icons in existence and dozens of other significant works of art makes Saints and Dragons a must-see exhibition for Saints and Dragons: Icons from Byzantium to Russia is organized by The Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Mass., in cooperation with One Memorial Place, Norfolk Chrysler.org #SaintsAndDragons The British Museum, London.
9 The Cross+Roads Page 9 S EPTEMBER SAINTS CONSTANTINE AND HELEN SEPTEMBER 27 EPISTLE READING St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1 BRETHREN, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 6:16-18, 7:1 Ἀδελφοί, ὑμεῖς ἐστε ναὸς Θεοῦ ζῶντος, καθὼς εἶπεν ὁ θεός ὅτι Ἐνοικήσω ἐν αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐμπεριπατήσω καὶ ἔσομαι αὐτῶν θεός, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔσονταί μοι λαός. Διὸ, Ἐξέλθετε ἐκ μέσου αὐτῶν καὶ ἀφορίσθητε, λέγει κύριος, καὶ ἀκαθάρτου μὴ ἅπτεσθε κἀγὼ εἰσδέξομαι ὑμᾶς, καὶ ἔσομαι ὑμῖν εἰς πατέρα, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθέ μοι εἰς υἱοὺς καὶ θυγατέρας, λέγει κύριος παντοκράτωρ. Ταύτας οὖν ἔχοντες τὰς ἐπαγγελίας, ἀγαπητοί, καθαρίσωμεν ἑαυτοὺς ἀπὸ παντὸς μολυσμοῦ σαρκὸς καὶ πνεύματος, ἐπιτελοῦντες ἁγιωσύνην ἐν φόβῳ θεοῦ. GOSPEL READING Luke 5:1-11 At that time, Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 5:1-11 Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἑστὼς ὁ Ἰησοῦς παρὰ τὴν λίμνην Γεννησαρέτ, καὶ εἶδε δύο πλοῖα ἑστῶτα παρὰ τὴν λίμνην οἱ δὲ ἁλιεῖς ἀποβάντες ἀπ αὐτῶν ἀπέπλυναν τὰ δίκτυα. ἐμβὰς δὲ εἰς ἓν τῶν πλοίων, ὃ ἦν τοῦ Σίμωνος, ἠρώτησεν αὐτὸν ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς ἐπαναγαγεῖν ὀλίγον καὶ καθίσας ἐδίδασκεν ἐκ τοῦ πλοίου τοὺς ὄχλους. ὡς δὲ ἐπαύσατο λαλῶν, εἶπε πρὸς τὸν Σίμωνα ἐπανάγαγε εἰς τὸ βάθος καὶ χαλάσατε τὰ δίκτυα ὑμῶν εἰς ἄγραν. καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Σίμων εἶπεν αὐτῷ ἐπιστάτα, δι ὅλης τῆς νυκτὸς κοπιάσαντες οὐδὲν ἐλάβομεν ἐπὶ δὲ τῷ ῥήματί σου χαλάσω τὸ δίκτυον. καὶ τοῦτο ποιήσαντες συνέκλεισαν πλῆθος ἰχθύων πολύ διερρήγνυτο δὲ τὸ δίκτυον αὐτῶν. καὶ κατένευσαν τοῖς μετόχοις τοῖς ἐν τῷ ἑτέρῳ πλοίῳ τοῦ ἐλθόντας συλλαβέσθαι αὐτοῖς καὶ ἦλθον καὶ ἔπλησαν ἀμφότερα τὰ πλοῖα, ὥστε βυθίζεσθαι αὐτά. ἰδὼν δὲ Σίμων Πέτρος προσέπεσε τοῖς γόνασιν Ιησοῦ λέγων ἔξελθε ἀπ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι ἀνὴρ ἁμαρτωλός εἰμι, Κύριε θάμβος γὰρ περιέσχεν αὐτὸν καὶ πάντας τοὺς σὺν αὐτῷ ἐπὶ τῇ ἄγρᾳ τῶν ἰχθύων ᾗ συνέλαβον, ὁμοίως δὲ καὶ Ιάκωβον καὶ Ιωάννην, υἱοὺς Ζεβεδαίου, οἳ ἦσαν κοινωνοὶ τῷ Σίμωνι. καὶ εἶπε πρὸς τὸν Σίμωνα ὁ Ιησοῦς μὴ φοβοῦ ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν ἀνθρώπους ἔσῃ ζωγρῶν. καὶ καταγαγόντες τὰ πλοῖα ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν, ἀφέντες ἅπαντα ἠκολούθησαν αὐτῷ. SAINTS AND FEASTS COMMEMORATED Callistratus the Martyr & his 49 Companions These Martyrs contested for the Faith during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 288. Saint Callistratus was arrested as a Christian, and after being tormented, was enclosed in a sack and cast into the sea. The sack burst, and the Saint came to dry land safe and sound. Forty-nine soldiers, seeing this, also confessed Christ, and with him were cast into prison, then beheaded. Mark, Aristarchos, & Zenon, Apostles of the 70 1st Sunday of Luke Akylina the New Martyr of Thessaloniki Gideon the Righteous HYMNS OF THE DAY Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee. Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν καταδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι. Apolytikion for Martyr Callistratus; Companions in the Fourth Mode Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful. Οι Μάρτυρές σου, Κύριε, εν τή αθλήσει αυτών, στεφάνους εκομίσαντο τής αφθαρσίας, εκ σού τού Θεού ημών, σχόντες γάρ τήν ισχύν σου, τούς τυράννους καθείλον, έθραυσαν καί δαιμόνων, τά ανίσχυρα θράση. Αυτών ταίς ικεσίαις, Χριστέ ο Θεός, σώσον τάς ψυχάς ημών. Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee. Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε. WISDOM OF THE FATHERS For now they were well instructed beforehand...but mark both their faith and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work when they heard His command, they delayed not, they procrastinated not, they said not, "let us return home, and converse with our kinsfolk," but "they forsook all and followed." St. John Chrysostom, Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century
10 The Cross+Roads Page 10 Name: Address: Centurion Campaign Commitment City: State: Zip: I / We wish to make a commitment to the Centurion Campaign in the amount of: $1,800 $1,350 $1,000 Other $ Please return to the Church Office or place in the collection tray during Liturgy.
11 The Cross+Roads C ENTURION CAMPAIGN (Continued from page 1) ing it? Late in 2013, our community started a project to renovate Sacalis Hall, a project that required a significant investment in time and money. Many of our faithful assisted in kick starting the effort with generous donations of time and treasure. The renovation is complete, and we now have beautiful event space that has already hosted several wedding receptions, rentals, and a weekly men s bible study / breakfast rental. However, we still owe roughly $73,000 towards the loan we took out to help fund the project. In addition, with our aging facilities, the potential exists for an emergency capital expense at any time. For example, when the large air conditioner units go down for the Sacalis Hall, we will be faced with an expense in the neighborhood of $40,000. It is therefore imperative that we start now in saving and preparing for the inevitable. And finally, construction has started on the rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Greek Orthodox Church and Shrine in New York City, and we have a duty and obligation to support this project and make a community gift of at least $12,000. When complete, Saint Nicholas will be our faith s national shrine, sitting right next to one of the most heavily visited sites in New York City. To accomplish all of this, that is to: 1) Pay off our remaining financial obligations on the Sacalis Hall renovation; 2) Establish an emergency capital expense reserve; and 3) Make a community donation to the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church and Shrine we have initiated an organized and structured, 18 month fund raising campaign with a goal to raise $126,500 on or before September 1, To reach this goal, we are seeking 100 pledges in three different donation categories, $1,800, $1,350, and $1,000, where 90% of the donations will go towards the renovation and reserve funds and the remaining 10% of the donation will go towards the community s gift to the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and Shrine. (see table in the article for a breakdown of the donation categories and goals) The campaign is called the Centurion Campaign linking the goal of 100 donations to the scripture lessons at the beginning of this article, as well as the presence and witness of the Centurion in the Bible. The Centurion Campaign is separate from our annual stewardship offerings, and any gift of any amount made to the Centurion Campaign will be accepted. However, to reach our fund raising goals, we are seeking gifts in the three different donation categories, $1,800, $1,350, and $1,000. These gifts can be made as a one-time offering, or can be split in any number of ways: monthly, semi-annually, or whatever method fits your own financial situation. In the coming weeks, many of you will be personally approached by members of the Centurion Campaign Committee. Please listen to what they have to say and prayerfully consider making a commitment towards the Campaign. My brothers and sisters in Christ, I have already made a commitment to the Centurion Campaign, and I would like to invite you to join me in supporting this important initiative. Can we count on your support and enlist you as a Centurion? For more information you can contact the Church Office or reach out to me directly at or cell September Tuesday Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year 2 Wednesday 7:15pm Choir 6 Sunday 14 th Sunday of Matthew 8:45am Orthros 7 Monday LABOR DAY Office Closed 8 Tuesday Nativity of the Theotokos 9:00am Orthros 1 st day of Greek School 9 Wednesday 6:00pm-7:00pm Greek School 7:15pm Choir 13 Sunday Sunday before Holy Cross 8:45am Orthros Sunday School begins Ahepa Picnic following Divine Liturgy 14 Monday Exaltation of the Holy Cross STRICT FAST 9:00am Orthros 6:30pm Philoptochos - Pot Luck 7:00pm Parish Council Meeting Page 11 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Tuesday 6:00pm-8:00pm Greek School 17 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm Greek School 7:15pm Choir 20 Sunday Sunday after Holy Cross 8:45am Orthros Baptism 26 Saturday Falling Asleep of St. John the Theologian 9:00am Orthros Eagle Scout Project - Parking Lot Painting 27 Sunday 1 st Sunday of Luke 8:45am Orthros Goya Oath of office 23 Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm Greek School 24 Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm Greek School 7:15pm Choir 24 Thursday 6:45am AHEPA/DOP Meeting