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Saints Constantine and Helen
Greek Orthodox Churc h
Sunday, January 26, 2014
15th Sunday of Luke (Zacchaeus)
CONGATULATIONS TO OUR ARCHITECT!!!!
Christ Kamages is to be honored by the Elios Charitable Foundation.
Christ Kamages is to receive an Award of Excellence from
the Elios Charitable Foundation this coming February at the
Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) in Anaheim. The
award is in recognition for Christ’s distinguished
professional record, service to Elios and promotion of
Greek Faith and Heritage. With the award comes a donation
to FDF in his honor. Christ’s wife Pat, son Peter, and
daughter Keri have all danced for the Nativity of Christ
Minoan Dancers in the international FDF competition. This
year, their grandchildren Alexis, Eleni & Katia will also
participate. Christ is excited that this award money will go
to support such a valuable cultural resource that many families, including his family, connects
to and enjoys; one augmented and magnified by
Metropolitan Anthony of Blessed Memory,
unmatched in the International Greek Cultural
Arena!
http://www.cjkdesign.com/christ-kamages-to-be
-honored-by-the-elios-society/
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THE MISSION OF THE ST. CONSTANTINE & HELEN
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF WASHINGTON DC
IN
SILVER SPRING
SPREAD THE
IS TO PROCLAIM THE
GOSPEL
OF
CHRIST,
TO TEACH AND
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH, TO ENERGIZE, CULTIVATE AND GUIDE
THE LIFE OF THE
CHURCH ACCORDING TO THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH AND
SACRED TRADITION. THE CHURCH
SANCTIFIES THE FAITHFUL THROUGH THE
DIVINE WORSHIP, ESPECIALLY THE HOLY EUCHARIST AND OTHER SACRAMENTS,
BUILDING THE SPIRITUAL AND ETHICAL LIFE OF THE FAITHFUL IN ACCORDANCE
WITH THE
OF THE
AND
HOLY SCRIPTURES, SACRED TRADITION, THE DOCTRINES AND CANONS
ECUMENICAL AND LOCAL SYNODS, THE CANONS OF THE HOLY APOSTLES
FATHERS OF THE CHURCH AND OF ALL OTHER SYNODS RECOGNIZED BY THE
ORTHODOX CHURCH,
AS INTERPRETED BY THE
CONSTANTINOPLE. THE CHURCH
OF THE MESSAGE OF
CHRIST
GREAT CHURCH
OF
CHRIST
IN
SERVES AS A BEACON, CARRIER AND WITNESS
TO ALL PERSONS, THROUGH
PREACHING, TEACHING AND LIVING THE
DIVINE WORSHIP,
ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FAITH.
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YOUR PRIESTS ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU 24/7.
Please use their cell phones for any spiritual need you might have
not for making appointments or scheduling anything.
For all appointments and events,
please call the church office at (240) 389-1366.
Fr. Michael: (301) 502-2850
Fr. Jason: (301) 502-3762
ΟΙ ΙΕΡΕΙΣ ΣΑΣ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΣΤΗ ΔΙΑΘΕΣΗ ΣΑΣ 24/7.
Παρακαλώ να τους καλείτε στα κινητά τηλέφωνα
μόνο για πνευματικές ανάγκες.
Για οτιδήποτε άλλο, παρακαλούμε να καλείτε το
γραφείο στο (240) 389-1366.
Σας ευχαριστούμε!
Fr.
Michael
Fr.
Jason
301-502-2850
301-502-3762
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YMNOI THΣ ΗΜΕΡΑΣ
HYMNS OF THE DAY
Αναστάσιμο Aπολυτίκιον - Πλ.B’ Ηχος
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.
Resurrectional Apolytikion - 6th Tone
Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and
they that guarded Thee became as dead. 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.
Apolytikion of Sts. Constantine & Helen
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.
Aπολυτίκιον Αγ. Κωνσταντίνου & Ελένης
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.
Apolytikion of St. Andrew
As first of the Apostles to be called, O
Andrew, brother of him (Peter) who was
foremost, beseech the Master of all to
grant the world peace and our souls great
mercy.
Aπολυτίκιον Αγ. Ανδρέα
Ὡς τῶν Ἀποστόλων Πρωτόκλητος, καὶ τοῦ
Κορυφαίου αὐτάδελφος, τὸν Δεσπότην
τῶν ὅλων Ἀνδρέα ἱκέτευε, εἰρήνην τὴ
οἰκουμένη δωρήσασθαι, καὶ ταὶς ψυχαὶς ἡ
μῶν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.
Κοντάκιον Εορτής - Α’ Ήχος
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου,
καὶ χείρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς
ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νὺν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς
Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις
τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς
ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος.
Kontakion for the Feast - 1st Tone
Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and
properly blessed the hands of Symeon.
Having now come and saved us O Christ our
God, give peace to Your commonwealth in
troubled times and strengthen those in
authority, whom You love, as only the loving
One.
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ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΣ
Κύριος ἰσχὺν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ δώσει.
Στίχ. Ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ υἱοὶ Θεοῦ, ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ δόξαν καὶ τιμήν.
Πρὸς Τιμόθεον Α’ Επιστολής Παύλου τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα (4:9-15)
Τέκνον Τιμόθεε, πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσης ἀποδοχῆς ἄξιος. Εἰς τοῦτο γὰρ καὶ κοπιῶμεν καὶ
ὀνειδιζόμεθα, ὅτι ἠλπίκαμεν ἐπὶ θεῷ ζῶντι, ὅς ἐστιν σωτὴρ πάντων ἀνθρώπων, μάλιστα πιστῶν.
Παράγγελλε ταῦτα καὶ δίδασκε. Μηδείς σου τῆς νεότητος καταφρονείτω, ἀλλὰ τύπος γίνου τῶν πιστῶν
ἐν λόγῳ, ἐν ἀναστροφῇ, ἐν ἀγάπῃ, ἐν πνεύματι, ἐν πίστει, ἐν ἁγνείᾳ. Ἕως ἔρχομαι, πρόσεχε τῇ
ἀναγνώσει, τῇ παρακλήσει, τῇ διδασκαλίᾳ. Μὴ ἀμέλει τοῦ ἐν σοὶ χαρίσματος, ὃ ἐδόθη σοι διὰ
προφητείας μετὰ ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν τοῦ πρεσβυτερίου. Ταῦτα μελέτα, ἐν τούτοις ἴσθι, ἵνα σου ἡ
προκοπὴ φανερὰ ᾖ ἐν πᾶσιν.
EPISTLE
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.
St. Paul's First Letter to Timothy (4:9-15)
TIMOTHY, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive,
because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who
believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an
example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of
scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic
utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to
them, so that all may see your progress.
GOSPEL
The Reading is from Luke (19:1-10)
At that time, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he
was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the
crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see
him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him,
"Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today." So he made haste and
came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, "He has gone in to be
the guest of a man who is a sinner." And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, the half of
my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold." And
Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the
Son of man came to seek and to save the lost."
ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΙΟ
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν (19:1-10)
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, διήρχετο τὴν ῾Ιεριχώ· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἀνὴρ ὀνόματι καλούμενος Ζακχαῖος, καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν
ἀρχιτελώνης, καὶ οὗτος ἦν πλούσιος, καὶ ἐζήτει ἰδεῖν τὸν ᾿Ιησοῦν τίς ἐστι, καὶ οὐκ ἠδύνατο ἀπὸ τοῦ
ὄχλου, ὅτι τῇ ἡλικίᾳ μικρὸς ἦν. καὶ προδραμὼν ἔμπροσθεν ἀνέβη ἐπὶ συκομορέαν, ἵνα ἴδῃ αὐτόν, ὅτι
ἐκείνης ἤμελλε διέρχεσθαι. καὶ ὡς ἦλθεν ἐπὶ τὸν τόπον, ἀναβλέψας ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶδεν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπε πρὸς
αὐτόν· Ζακχαῖε, σπεύσας κατάβηθι· σήμερον γὰρ ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ σου δεῖ με μεῖναι. καὶ σπεύσας κατέβη, καὶ
ὑπεδέξατο αὐτὸν χαίρων. καὶ ἰδόντες πάντες διεγόγγυζον λέγοντες ὅτι παρὰ ἁμαρτωλῷ ἀνδρὶ εἰσῆλθε
καταλῦσαι. σταθεὶς δὲ Ζακχαῖος εἶπε πρὸς τὸν Κύριον· ἰδοὺ τὰ ἡμίση τῶν ὑπαρχόντων μου, Κύριε,
δίδωμι τοῖς πτωχοῖς, καὶ εἴ τινός τι ἐσυκοφάντησα, ἀποδίδωμι τετραπλοῦν. εἶπε δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς
ὅτι σήμερον σωτηρία τῷ οἴκῳ τούτῳ ἐγένετο, καθότι καὶ αὐτὸς υἱὸς ᾿Αβραάμ ἐστιν. ἦλθε γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ
ἀνθρώπου ζητῆσαι καὶ σῶσαι τὸ ἀπολωλός.
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SAINTS AND FEASTS
Ephraim the Syrian - January 28
Saint Ephraim was born in Nisibis of Mesopotamia some time about the year
306, and in his youth was the disciple of Saint James, Bishop of Nisibis, one
of the 318 Fathers at the First Ecumenical Council. Ephraim lived in Nisibis,
practicing a severe ascetical life and increasing in holiness, until 363, the
year in which Julian the Apostate was slain in his war against the Persians,
and his successor Jovian surrendered Nisibis to them. Ephraim then made
his dwelling in Edessa, where he found many heresies to do battle with. He
waged an especial war against Bardaisan; this gnostic had written many
hymns propagating his errors, which by their sweet melodies became
popular and enticed souls away from the truth. Saint Ephraim, having received from God a
singular gift of eloquence, turned Bardaisan's own weapon against him, and wrote a multitude of
hymns to be chanted by choirs of women, which set forth the true doctrines, refuted heretical
error, and praised the contests of the Martyrs.
Of the multitude of sermons, commentaries, and hymns that Saint Ephraim wrote, many were
translated into Greek in his own lifetime. Sozomen says that Ephraim "Surpassed the most
approved writers of Greece," observing that the Greek writings, when translated into other
tongues, lose most of their original beauty, but Ephraim's works "are no less admired when read
in Greek than when read in Syriac" (Eccl. Hist., Book 111, 16). Saint Ephraim was ordained
deacon, some say by Saint Basil the Great, whom Sozomen said "was a great admirer of
Ephraim, and was astonished at his erudition." Saint Ephraim was the first to make the poetic
expression of hymnody and song a vehicle of Orthodox theological teachings, constituting it an
integral part of the Church's worship; he may rightly be called the first and greatest
hymnographer of the Church, who set the pattern for these who followed him, especially Saint
Romanos the Melodist. Because of this he is called the "Harp of the Holy Spirit." Jerome says
that his writings were read in some churches after the reading of the Scriptures, and adds that
once he read a Greek translation of one of Ephraim's works, "and recognized, even in
translation, the incisive power of his lofty genius" (De vir. ill., ch. CXV).
Shortly before the end of his life, a famine broke out in Edessa, and Saint Ephraim left his cell
to rebuke the rich for not sharing their goods with the poor. The rich answered that they knew no
one to whom they could entrust their goods. Ephraim asked them, "What do you think of me?"
When they confessed their reverence for him, he offered to distribute their alms, to which they
agreed. He himself cared with his own hands for many of the sick from the famine, and so
crowned his life with mercy and love for neighbor. Saint Ephraim reposed in peace, according to
some in the year 373, according to others, 379.
Apolytikion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
With the rivers of your tears, you have made the barren desert fertile. Through sighs of sorrow
from deep within you, your labors have borne fruit a hundred-fold. By your miracles you have
become a light, shining upon the world. O Ephraim, our Holy Father, pray to Christ our God, to
save our souls.
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House Blessings
The clergy will be blessing homes beginning at 1pm on January 7th.
We will begin at 9am each day with the last house blessing being scheduled at 7pm.
This is an opportunity for us to visit your family and to get to know one another up
close and personal. Please call the office at (240) 389-1366 and schedule a day/time
convenient for you and your family.
May the Newborn continue to bless you and your family,
Fathers Michael and Jason
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Οι κληρικοί θα ευλογούν τα σπίτια απο τις 1μμ στις 7 Ιανουαρίου.
Θα ξεκινάμε στις 9 το πρωί κάθε μέρα με την τελευταία ευλογία σε σπίτι να έχει
προγραμματιστεί στις 7μμ.
Αυτή είναι μια ευκαιρία για εμάς να επισκεφθούμε την οικογένειά σας και να
γνωρίσουμε ο ένας τον άλλο από κοντά και προσωπικά. Παρακαλώ καλέστε το
γραφείο στο (240) 389-1366 για να προγραμματίσετε μια ημέρα / ώρα βολική για εσάς
και την οικογένειά σας.
Ας συνεχίσει ο Νεογεννηθείς να ευλογεί εσάς και την οικογένειά σας.
Πατέρες Μιχαήλ και Ιάσων
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PRAYER LIST
If you would like us to remember you or your loved one in
our prayers, please contact the office.
Eleni, Maria, Simeon, Nikitas, Andreas
PRAYER FOR A SICK PERSON
Heavenly Father, physician of our souls and bodies, who have sent Your only-begotten Son
and our Lord Jesus Christ to heal every sickness and infirmity, visit and heal me Your servant
from all physical and spiritual ailments through the grace of Your Christ. Grant me patience in
this sickness, strength of body and spirit, and recovery of health. Lord, You have taught us
through Your word to pray for each other that we may be healed. I pray that You heal me as
Your servant and grant me the gift of complete health. For You are the source of healing and
to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR FUTURE GOD PARENTS
All Orthodox Christians planning to become
A God Parent must be able to recite the Creed
by memory.
You may recite our Symbol of Faith in either English or Greek.
40-DAYS BABY BLESSING
For your convenience we are letting you know that you can
make an appointment to church your baby on the 40th day after
its birth, no matter what day that might be. There is no reason
that you have to inconvenience the mom and the baby, waiting
in the back of the Narthex until the priest is available on a
Sunday ONLY. Make an appointment to come to church when it
is convenient for you at a time that will not disrupt the baby's
routine. ANY day you would like. 9am through 6pm by appointment. Bring the entire family
or come just with your husband and the baby. Whatever you want. No waiting no
inconvenience. More private time with the priest to talk about the future baptism if you wish.
Call the office for an appointment.
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CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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GOYA: We are collecting matchbox cars, chapstick, and nail polish for the Olive
Branch Ministry. The Olive Branch Ministry is a group of local nurses and doctors that
provide medical care for rural Nicaraguans and Orphans. Please have your donations in
by February 1st. There is a box in the church hall for your donations. Thank you for your
support.
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SUNDAY SCHOOL: Godparent Sunday will be held February 2, 2014. Please come
and worship together as we celebrate the “Presentation of Our Lord”. A light reception
will follow immediately after the Divine Liturgy.
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GREEK SCHOOL: Today's Artoklasia is being offered by our Greek School to honor
the Three Hierarchs - Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom
who offered their entire lives to serve God and man. Their emphasis on learning their
continued use of the Greek language is the reason we are celebrating Greek Letter Day
today. In addition, a tray will be passed today for the continuing education of our Greek
School Students.

YAL: Bake Sale – Today, Sunday, January 26th, immediately following the Divine
Liturgy in the church hall. Please support our Young Adults!

PHILOPTOCHOS: The Philoptochos would like to thank everyone for their generous
donation for St. Basil’s academy. We collected $852 in the trays we passed on January
12, and another $466 during the vasilopita cutting. Along with the parish match, our
community will help to enrich the lives of the children of Sr. Basil’s.
There will be a luncheon Sunday, February 2nd to honor Nikki Pappas for her six years of
leadership as Philoptochos President. The luncheon will be held at Mykonos Restaurant,
$40 inclusive. Please see Helen Thornberg after church for reservations.
We are sponsoring an Apokriatiko Glendi Sunday, February 23rd, 5pm to 9pm in the hall of
St. Andrew Ukrainian Cathedral. Price: $25 for adults, $15 for 5 to 18 years old and free
for 4 years old & under. Price includes buffet, dessert, coffee. Drinks extra. Tickets, please
call Helen Thornberg 301-949-1788 (h) or Voula Voulthoukas 240-432-3146 (c) or see them
after church on Sundays.
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YOUNG AT HEART: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - Tour of Mount Vernon, Home of
George Washington and lunch at Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Please note date
has changed from Friday, February, 7th to the Thursday, February, 6th. Please call
Kathy Matrakas (301-439-6958); [email protected] or Helen Thornberg
(301-949-1788); [email protected] to make a reservation. Everyone is welcome
to attend!
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AHEPA AWARDS: Attention High School Seniors! Student applications are now
available for the Washington Metropolitan Area 44th AHEPA Scholarship program.
Students eligible for an award will be honored at this year's Awards Program on May
18, 2014 held at the Hilton Washington, DC/Rockville Hotel in Rockville, MD.
This program has honored 1,508 students and awarded $804,975 in
scholarships. Applications are available in the church office and website. Completed
applications and materials must be submitted by April 4th, 2014.
For more information, contact Ted Sakkos ([email protected]) (202) 438-6584.
 CUBA MISSION TRIP: MARCH 10-16, 2014 Fr. Fr. Costa Pavlakos will lead a local
group of 15 people to Havana, Cuba to evangelize, teach and support those who seek
Orthodoxy and are "alive in Christ". The five clergy within the Havana Greek Orthodoxtrained community seek assistance. The missionaries will stay in bed & breakfast
facilities; airfare and housing cost is approximately $1,800. If interested, please call
Fr.Costa Pavlakos directly at 703-671-1515 to reserve your seat.
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ARTOKLASIA SERVICE
Today's Artoklasia is being offered by our Greek School to honor the Three Hierarchs
Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom
MEMORIAL SERVICE
FUTURE MEMORIALS:
February 9, 2014
John Demetreos Gavounas
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(40 Days)
GIVING YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST – Sunday of Zacchaeus
Do you know you need Christ?
Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) was searching for something - he climbed a tree to get above the crowd to see Jesus.
He knew something was missing in his life. He knew he needed Jesus. Do you know?
Like Zacchaeus, there’s something bothering us and weighing on our conscience.
First, there’s our “moral conscience.” Zacchaeus’ method of collecting taxes was bothering him. He knew
something was wrong. What’s on your moral conscience? Maybe you’re not treating your friends and family the
way you should. Maybe you’re not being true to your spouse. Maybe you’re not conducting your business the
best way.
And then there’s an “emptiness conscience”…. “Is this all there is to life?” Many people wonder: they are
married, nice job, beautiful home, etc…yet still not happy – why?
Friends, something is stirring in our conscience. It’s because we all need Christ in our lives. We are helpless and
hopeless without Him.
I went to see a movie recently with my family. And all the previews were about ‘end of the world’ themes. My
young son whispered over to me, “Dad, what’s up with all this “post-apocalyptic” stuff. (before answering, I
jokingly said, “first of all, when did you start using five syllable words in your everyday language?”)
But I think it reflects the pulse of many people today: there’s no hope, no future. The world is going to end.
There’s a sense of despair and hopelessness because there’s no faith, no Jesus in their lives.
Now, the crowd was keeping Zacchaeus from getting close to and seeing Jesus.
It’s the same today. What represents the crowd in your life keeping you from Christ? Is it your over busy
schedule. Is it work. Is it influence of friends, politics, media. What’s crowding out Christ from your life?
And so to overcome the crowd – Zacchaeus did something crazy. He climbed up that tree – he made that effort
toward Christ – and that changed everything!
I’m going to ask you to do something crazy right now. Rather, something that may only seem crazy in this
modern, secular sophisticated culture).
I’m going to ask you to make that effort toward Christ and truly give your life to Him. That’s what the Church
asks you, and that’s what Jesus yearns for.
You see, we all have that moral conscience and that emptiness conscience. We all know something’s missing.
It doesn’t matter how wealthy, well educated or successful we are.
I’m going to ask you to do something crazy, and invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him the center of
your life .
You say, why? Because, that’s how we’re supposed to live. We are called to be connected to Christ. That’s
what being human means, and that’s why we were created. And that is only what will give our life purpose and
true meaning.
Will you do that today.
You say what does truly giving my life to Christ mean? It means, like Zacchaeus did, realizing that we are
sinners – that we need His forgiveness. It means being truly sorry for our sins and receiving His love and
renewal in your life.
Then it means placing Christ first : reading the Bible – coming to Church – staying connected to Christ through
prayer, the Sacraments, and through friends in the faith - and making the effort to keep that relationship with
Him alive.
Beloved, the Church keeps knocking on the door of our hearts every Sunday Liturgy with that same message….
giving our lives to Christ:
“Remembering our most holy, pure blessed and glorious Lady, the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, with all
the Saints – let us commit ourselves and one another, and our whole life to Christ, our God.”
Do it today. Give your whole life over to Him. Jesus Christ is a life altering experience. He can completely
change you and fill you with peace, joy and happiness. In Him you will have hope – now, for the future, and for
all eternity….. Amen.
Fr. Christopher Makiej, Andover, MA
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Did you know…
….that you can make your stewardship payment or fulfill your capital
campaign pledge via a stock transfer?
It may behoove you to look through your investment and stock portfolio before you write a check. If you will be
making a donation to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. (which is a
qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization) and your donations can be deducted on your federal income tax
return as an itemized deduction, you should consider donating appreciated stock from your investment portfolio
instead of cash.
The tax benefits -- which include deducting the amount of the charitable donation AND escaping the unrealized
gains on the donated stock - come from the fact that the deduction one can take for a donation of property to
charity is equal to the property's current fair market value. And when the donated property is an investment, the
donor does not have to recognize the capital gain. These rules create a "double play" of tax benefits: a charitable
deduction AND avoiding tax on the unrealized capital gains of the donated property. This works best for folks
whose marginal tax bracket is 15 percent or higher and who claim itemized deductions.
For example, let's say you bought stock for $10,000 last year and today it is worth $20,000. You should consider
donating the entire toward your capital campaign pledge (assuming you had pledged that much). If you sold the
$20,000 stock instead of donating it, you would pay capital gains tax on the $10,000 gain in value. The tax rate
for long-term capital gains is 15 percent. Therefore, the tax savings for donating rather than selling the stock
would be $1,500 (10,000 x 15%). In addition, you can claim a charitable deduction of the market value of the
donated shares -- the full $20,000 -- as a charitable donation deduction. If you are in the 25 percent federal tax
bracket, this could generate another $5,000 (20,000 x 25%) in tax savings. This brings your total tax savings to
$6,500. If you are in a higher tax bracket, your donation deduction will be even more. Also consider this: you are
giving a gift of $20,000 which is two times what it originally cost you. So as you can see your tax benefits from
making a donation of appreciated stock versus cutting a check can be substantial. But be careful here: this will
not work if the stock has NOT been held for more than a year. So, if you are considering the donation of
appreciated stock, you need to make sure that the shares have been held for more than one year.
In order to gift stock to Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. please
provide the Church's brokerage information listed below to your broker/bank.
Morgan Stanley:
SAINTS CONSTANTINE AND HELEN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
Acct: 083-901483
Morgan Stanley: “DTC# 0015”
If you decide to take this avenue in giving to your church, please know that it is truly appreciated and we are
grateful to you for your kindness and support.
---The information in this article is provided as general information and not as specific tax advice—as in all
matters concerning your own personal tax situation, please consult with your tax advisor.
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PARAKLESIS TO THE THEOTOKOS
ΠΑΡΑΚΛΗΣΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΘΕΟΤΟΚΟ
7PM WEDNESDAY EVENINGS
7MM ΤΕΤΑΡΤΕΣ ΑΠΟΓΕΥΜΑ
Most Holy Theotokos save us.
With many temptations surrounding me, Searching
for salvation, I have hastened unto you; O Mother of
the Word, and ever-Virgin, From all distress and
dangers deliver me.
Υπεραγια Θεοτοκου σωσον ημας.
Πολλοῖς συνεχόμενος πειρασμοῖς, πρὸς σὲ καταφεύγω,
σωτηρίαν ἐπιζητῶν· Ὦ Μῆτερ τοῦ Λόγου καὶ
Παρθένε, τῶν δυσχερῶν καὶ δεινῶν με διάσωσον.
Icon: End of 13th Century. Triglia, M. Asia. Smisthonian
Museum, Gallery of Art (Exhibition).
OLIVE OIL, PROSPHORO,
COMMANDARIA WINE
If you would like to donate
any of the these
when submitting names for Commemoration at
the Prothesis, or for a Trisagion/Memorial
it would be greatly appreciated.
ΛΑΔΙ, ΠΡΟΣΦΟΡΟ,
ΚΡΑΣΙ ΚΟΜΜΑΝΤΑΡΙΑ
Θα το εκτιμούσαμε πολύ εάν θα μπορούσατε να προσφέρετε
λάδι, πρόσφορο ή κρασί κομμανταρία
όταν φέρνετε ονόματα για την Προσκομιδή, ή για Τρισάγιο/Μνημόσυνο.
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Godparent’s Sunday
February 2, 2014
Next Sunday has been dedicated to honor the special
relationship between Godparents and their Godchildren.
Take this opportunity to invite your
Godparent(s) or Godchildren and plan to attend the Divine Liturgy together.
Properly prepare to receive Holy Communion together.
Please do not escort His children to the Holy Chalice and walk
away without you yourself also receiving His Body and Blood.
“As many as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia. “
(Gal. 3:27)
Liturgy will begin at 8:30 a.m.
This special event is sponsored by our Catechetical Ministry
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Youth Ministry
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We are
looking for ...
...someone
with artistic
capabilities,
public
relations skills,
a love for God
to be a
steward
of our Weekly
Bulletin and
other flyers/
brochures.
Come to the Church
for Healing
Father Michael is
available to you for
confession at any
time.
Please call
Father Michael
at the
Church Office,
(204) 389-1366,
or on his cell phone
at (301) 502-2850.
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Ελάτε στην Εκκλησία
γιά Θεραπεία
The Holy Mysterion
of Anointing with Oil
will be administered
Monday, February 3rd,
at 6:30pm.
Το Μυστήριο του
Αγίου Ευχελαίου
Θα γίνει
Δευτέρα, 3 Φεβρουαρίου
στις 6:30μμ.
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ALTAR BOYS SCHEDULE
MATTHEW : Captain: Nicholas Gerakis, Matthew Green, Steven Green, Alexi Tzamaras
MARK : Captain: Mike Pittas, Gabriel Psallidas, Andrew Ward, Andrew Nixon
LUKE : Captain: Dimitri Lappas, Zack Ferentinos, Alex Mantzouranis, Christopher
Mantzouranis
JOHN : Captain: Pavlo Tsipianitis, Panagiotis Psallidas, John Koutras, Demetre Koutras,
Theodore Sideris, Michael Sideris
January 5 - Luke
January 12 - John
January 19 - Matthew
January 26 - Mark
February 2 - Luke
February 9 - John
February 16 - Matthew
February 23 - Mark
ST. THEODORE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
7101 Cipriano Road, Lanham MD 20706
Name Day celebration
Friday, February 7, 2014.
Vesper Service 6:30 pm, followed by hors d’oeuvres.
Saturday, February 8, 2014.
Orthros 9:30 am & Hierarchal Divine Liturgy 10:00am.
Reception to follow.
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Steward (Units)
as of January 24, 2014.
Stewardship cards are available in the Narthex of the Church, or you may contact the
Church office, and we will gladly send one to you by mail!
Mr & Mrs Nikolaos Aggelis
Miss Alenxandra Aiken
Mr. & Mrs. John Alexiou
Mrs Iris Aravanis
Mr. Costas Avrakotos
Mr. Emmanuel Atsalinos
Mr. & Mrs George Bergeris
Mr & Mrs Lambros Bisbikis
Mrs Effie Bourdosis
Mr. & Mrs. George Bourzikos
Mrs. Helen Calles
Mr Anthony J Calomeris
Mrs Maria Calomeris
Mr & Mrs George A Caperones
Mr. Nick Caviris
Mr & Mrs George Chahalis
Mr & Mrs Peter Chapin
Mr & Mrs James P. Cheakalos
Mrs. John W. Cheakalos
Miss Georgia Dialektakos
Mr & Mrs James Dialektakos
Mr. George D. Dimopoulos
Fr. & Mrs. Michael Eaccarino
Ms. Georgia Ferentinos
Mr & Mrs Max Ferentinos
Mrs Sophia Ferentinos
Mr & Mrs George Georgiou
Ms Demetra Georgopoulos
Mr & Mrs Demetrios Georgopoulos
Mr & Mrs Sarantos Georgopoulos
Mr & Mrs George Gillespie
Ms. Xenia Hajicosti
Mr & Mrs George Haramis
Mr. George Haris
Mrs. Esther Heras
Mr. Chris Kalabokes
Mr. Panagiotis Kalamoutsos
Mr & Mrs Anastasios Kaldis
Mr. Spriro A Kaldis
Mrs Coula Kaleyias
Mr. Athanasios Karadimas
Mr & Mrs Spiro Karadimas
Mr. & Mrs. John Karagiannis
Mr. & Mrs Jerry Kavadias
Ms. Theodora Kavadias
Mrs. Kalliopi Kavoures
Mrs. Maria Koskinas
Miss Olympia Koskinas
Mr. & Mrs. Demetre Koutras
Mr & Mrs Demetre Koutras Jr
Mr & Mrs George A. Koutras
Mrs Voula Koutris
Ms. Anastasia Kyritsopoulos
Mr & Mrs. Apostolos Lappas
Miss Maria Lappas
Mr Constantine G Mantzouranis
Mr. George A. Mantzouranis
Mr & Mrs George C. Mantzouranis
Mrs. Theano Mantzouranis
Mr. Christos Marafatsos
Mr. Dimitrios P. Marafatsos
Mr & Mrs George Marafatsos
Mr & Mrs Petros Marafatsos
Mr. & Mrs. Petros G. Marafatsos
Mr. & Mrs. Demetri Paidas
Mr. & Mrs. Dimitrios Panagoulias
Mr. & Mrs. Nickolas Pantazes
Mr. & Mrs. James Pappas
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas P. Pappas
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Papuchis
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Paschalidis
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Perrus
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Pittas
Ms. Stella Marafatsos-Prokopic
Mr. & Mrs. Charilaos Psallidas
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew A. Recachinas
Mr. & Mrs. Andrew J. Recachinas
Mr. & Mrs. George Recachinas
Mrs. Eleni Retzos
Mrs. Litsa Sekas
Miss. Anastasia Georgia Sideris
Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Siegel
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Solomos
Mr. & Mrs. Pete T. Spiropoulos
Mr. Sokratis Stassinos
Mr. & Mrs. John P. Stathes
Mr. Alex & Dr. DespinaMarkogiannakis Mrs. Athena Strates
Mr & Mrs John Markos
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Straub
Mr & Mrs Cleon Marlas
Ms. Victoria Taroudaki
Mr. & Mrs. Efrem Maroules
Mrs. Louis J. Tiches
Mrs. Harriet Maroules
Mr. & Mrs. Evan Triandafilou
Mr & Mrs Theodore G Matrakas
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Triantis
Mr & Mrs Nicholas Matthews
Ms. Maria Tsigas
Miss Cornelia Mavromatis
Mr. & Mrs. George Tsioros
Mr. Elias Mavromatis
Mr Stelios Tsioros
Mr. Jacob Mavromatis
Mr. & Mrs. Demetrios P Tsipianitis
Mr & Mrs Louis Mavromatis
Mr. Panayioti Tsipianitis
Ms Sylvia Michael
Mr. Konstantinos D Tsonis
Mr & Mrs John Mihailidis
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Tzamaras
Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Moshogianis
Mr. & Mrs. Avgerinos Vakalopoulos
Mr & Mrs James Moshovitis
Miss Alexandra Ward
Miss Maria Nasios
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Ward
Mr. & Mrs. Costas Nathenas
Mr. & Mrs. Anton Wasef
Mr. & Mrs. Adam Nixon
Mr. & Mrs. George Xeron
Mr. & Mrs. Michael O'Donnell
Mr. Patrick J. O'Donnell
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Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Churc h
Temporary Church Address: St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral
15100 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20905
Office Address: 701 Norwood Road, Suite A, Silver Spring, MD 20905
Phone: (240) 389-1366 E-Mail: [email protected] Website: w w w .sc h g o c. o r g
Rev. Michael Eaccarino, Protopresbyter E-mail: [email protected]
Rev. Jason Houck, Presbyter E-mail: [email protected]
We welcome all visitors among us always! We hope you find our worship true and reverent
and our people here friendly and cordial. If you are seeking a spiritual home, we would be
honored by your presence in our family. We are glad you chose to worship with us today.
ALTAR BOYS
CHOIR
SUNDAY SCHOOL
Joe Mayes
[email protected]
Dr. Theodore Papaloizos
[email protected]
Tara Kavadias
[email protected]
HOPE & JOY
GOYA
YAL
Georgia Ferentinos
[email protected]
Alexandra Pittas
[email protected]
Tommy Karadimas
[email protected]
GREEK SCHOOL
GREEK DANCE
PHILOPTOCHOS
Iphigeneia Kambanis
[email protected]
Maria Romas
[email protected]
Paraskevoula Hays
[email protected]
ADULT RELIGIOUS
EDUCATION
YOUNG AT HEART
STEWARDSHIP
Helen Thornberg
[email protected]
Kathy Matrakas
[email protected]
Sarantos Georgopoulos
[email protected]
Fr. Jason Houck
[email protected]
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PARISH LIFE
Monday
Δευτέρα
1/27/14
Tuesday
Τρίτη
1/28/14
Wednesday
Τετάρτη
1/29/14
Strict Fast
Thursday
Πέμτη
1/30/14
6:30pm Paraklesis to the Theotokos / Παράκληση στην Θεοτόκο
Three Hierarchs/ Οι Τρεις Ιεράρχες
8:30 - 9:30am Orthros / Ορθρος
9:30 - 11:00am Divine Liturgy / Θ. Λειτουργία
Friday
Παρασκευή
1/31/14
Strict Fast
Saturday
Σάββατον
2/1/14
Sunday
Κυριακή
2/2/14
Presentation of our Lord / Υπαπαντή του Κυρίου
7:15 - 8:30am Orthros / Ορθρος
8:30 - 10:00am Divine Liturgy / Θ. Λειτουργία
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