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The theme for this years parish life conference—which I am currently attending—is, all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8.28): the sermons at the PLC are about this verse; the Oratorical Festival where our young people speak, and are judged on their speeches, is centered on this verse; and the Bible Bowl is on the book of Romans, in which this verse is found. 

This morning, Fr Joseph Purpura (from St George in Montreal) preached on this verse after the Divine Liturgy. He reminded us that often our first inclination is to only focus on the first part of the verse while forgetting the second part. We focus on all things work together for good and then we stop. But if we stop there we may become confused about what the good is that Paul is speaking about. The second part of the verse helps us to understand what this good is that Paul is talking about and the second part of the verse is just as important as the first part—for those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Fr Joseph reminded us that to love God means that we live a certain kind of life—a life in the Spirit and not a life of the flesh (Romans 8.1). 

To make expand just a little on what Fr Joseph was saying—the good that St Paul is talking about is salvation (which remember, is union with God). Our salvation is what God wants. 1 Timothy 2.4 says that God, desires that all be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. This is God’s desire for us and if we will cooperate with Him—if our desire becomes God’s desire—then we will be saved and experience the good that St Paul is talking about in the book of Romans.

It follows then, when our desire for salvation—the good that God desires for us—is the most important thing for us, that God can truly transform anything that happens to us. When we live a life in Him—a life in the Spirit—He can transform pain, sickness, suffering, loss, slander, persecution and even death itself—into the means by which we are united to Him in salvation. Our Lord is life (John 14.6), let us unite ourselves to Him and so find life for ourselves and the good that our God desires for us. 

With love in the risen Lord,

Fr John

Services and Events


Sunday, July 7th—9am—Orthros and Divine Liturgy (Fr Paul Fedoroff serving) 

Sunday, July 7th—3pm–7pm—Wake for Camile Rezek                                                                                                  

Monday, July 8th—10:30am—Funeral for Camile Rezek 

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Wednesday, July 10th—8am—Orthros and Divine Liturgy

Saturday, July 13th—5pm—Great Vespers 

Sunday, July 14th—9amOrthros and Divine Liturgy

Wednesday, July 17th8am—Orthros and Divine Liturgy


Church Calendar


But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 2 Pet 3.18

Read Metropolitan Saba's weekly teaching HERE

Get some caffeine for the soul with Coffee with the Fathers. WE ARE ON A HIATUS UNTIL SEPTEMBER when we plan to begin studying Hymns on Paradise by St Ephraim the Syrian. 

Study the Scriptures with us—Bible Study Saturday evenings at 6pm after vespers. WE ARE ON A HIATUS UNTIL SEPTEMBER when we plan to continue studying the Gospel of Matthew.

Click HERE for some resources for learning about our Faith

Click HERE for a great article on advice for mothers. 

Internships for young adults, June and/or July: Men ages 18-35 can apply now to live and work at The Monastery of Our Lady and St. Laurence in Colorado, even if they're not considering a monastic vocation. Starting this Friday, young men and women can apply for internships that will teach servant leadership in Alaska, Puerto Rico and Texas for the 2024-25 school year.

Orthodox Young Professionals Conference, July 25-28: In Anaheim, Calif., attendees will have opportunities for spiritual growth, and build future friendships and lasting memories. Be one of the first fifty people to register and earn a discount! (Please also share the attached flier.)


Did You Know...that Christ is Risen!...and...

* Festival for our sister parish of St George South Glens Falls is July 11–13th. 

*Our next Teen Event is Saturday July 20th—Liturgy at 10am at St George South Glens Falls for St Elias followed by a trip to GREAT ESCAPE AMUSEMENT PARK ($45 for tickets). 

Parish Prayer List

"Remember Me O Lord When You Come Into Your Kingdom." Lk 23.42

Please include in your daily prayers the following. Contact me to have someone added to the list. These are the names that will be remembered during the Divine Liturgy.


Bishop Alexander, Fr Gregory Potter, Fr Andrew, Fr Pat, Fr Joseph, Fr Chrysostom, Fr Peter and Matushka Sophia,  Fr Matthew, Fr Emmanuel, Dn Jorge, Dn Horia, The Rezek Family, Lamia, The Shahin Family, The Ruff Family, Diane, Callie, Leila, Helen, Lucy, Marsha, Mary, Georgette, Presbytera Marina, Hassib, Alex, Raymond.

All those suffering from illness, violence and want in this country and throughout the world and especially those in Ukraine Gaza and the middle east


Fr Gregory DesMarais, Fr Alvian, Archpriest Basil (6.17), Archpriest James (6.17), Camile (7.2) William (6.9.24), Abrahim (6.9.24), those who have lost their lives and who have no one to pray for them, those who have passed in the conflict in Ukraine and the middle east.

Why do we pray for the dead?

Divine Liturgy Variables on Sunday, July 07, 2024

Tone 1 / Eothinon 2; Great-martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia & Second Sunday of Matthew

Venerable Thomas of Mt. Maleon

During the Little Entrance, chant the Resurrectional Apolytikion. The Eisodikon (Entrance Hymn) is “O come, let us worship… save us, O Son of God, Who art risen from the dead…” After the Little Entrance, chant the hymns in the following order:


While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O giver of life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ, glory to Thy kingdom, glory to Thy providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.


(** Let us worship the Word**)

Thou didst prove an auspicious and pleasing sacrifice, * a holy off’ring, O valiant prizewinner Kyriaki, * when thou broughtest thy Creator thine own spotless soul; * which Christ in turn hath glorified, * for through thee, He poureth forth divine gifts and endless graces * upon the faithful who praise thee, since He is the Friend of man.

 Now sing the apolytikion of the patron saint or feast of the temple.


O protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the Creator most constant, O despise not the suppliant voices of those who have sinned; but be thou quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession, and speed thou to make supplication, thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


(For St. Kyriaki)

God is wondrous in His saints. Bless God in the congregations.

The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Galatians. (3:23-4:5)

Brethren, before faith came, we were confined under the Law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed.  So that the Law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith.  But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.  I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate; but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father.  So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe.  But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.


(For Second Sunday of Matthew)

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew. (4:18-23)

At that time, as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.  And going on from there He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them.  Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.  And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the Kingdom and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.


Priest: May He Who rose from the dead, Christ our true God, through the intercessions of His all-immaculate and all-blameless holy Mother; by the might of the Precious and Life-giving Cross; by the protection of the honorable Bodiless Powers of Heaven; at the supplication of the honorable, glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John; of the holy, glorious and all-laudable apostles; of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom, archbishop of Constantinople, whose divine liturgy we have now celebrated; of the holy, glorious and right-victorious Martyrs; of our venerable and God-bearing Fathers; of Saint N., the patron and protector of this holy community; of the holy and righteous ancestors of God, Joachim and Anna; of the holy and glorious Great-martyr Kyriaki of Nicomedia, whose memory we celebrate today, and of all the saints: have mercy on us and save us, forasmuch as He is good and loveth mankind.

Priest: Through the prayers of our holy fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy upon us and save us.

Choir: Amen.

Parish Giving Summary—Fiscal Year 2023/24

Help us Meet our Goal of $120,000 for the Year

Sunday Giving for week of June 30th—$—489

Online Giving for week of June 30th—$0

Total Giving for fiscal year to date (October 23–September 24)—$69852.7

Families who have contributed for fiscal year to date (October 23–September 24)—72

Families who have contributed over $5,000 for fiscal year to date (October 23–September 24)—3

Families who have contributed over $1,000 for fiscal year to date (October 23–September 24)—20

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A Note to our Visitors


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From a Father of the Church

Homily for the Second Sunday of Matthew

The Meaning of Obedience

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos and Agiou Vlasiou

One of the most difficult but necessary truths of the Church for modern man is the teaching of obedience. Christ sets it as a necessary condition of salvation and perfection. That is why when He called His disciples, they left everything and followed Him. Modern man, however, cannot understand the value of obedience. He considers it destructive to his person. This is because he has deified his reasoning faculty that he thinks is of great value. When one lives with the rule of reason, then one is completely incapable of understanding the great value of obedience....with obedience, true sociability develops. That is, by obeying God's will we accept His life within us. A Christian begins his spiritual life by obeying the will of God. By this he is transformed, and is inflamed with love for the whole world. Thus, it gets to the point of feeling a close relationship with others and experiencing universal responsibility. He approaches others with love and out of love and offers in a secret and effective way their salvation.

Why should I care about the church fathers?