FATHER NICOLAS' MESSAGE
My Beloved Friends and Parishioners of Saint Spyridon family,
Great and Holy Lent begins tomorrow. The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church says about fasting: “The Triodion praises fasting as grace that is full of light, as an invincible weapon, the beginning of spiritual struggles, the perfect path of virtues, the nourishment for the soul, the source of all wisdom, life imperishable, an imitation of the angelic life, the mother of all good things and virtues.”
Join us, during your spiritual journey towards Pascha, for the weekday services, the Lenten Conference Series, and our Lenten project.
This Sunday during coffee hour we will also learn to prepare Kolyva with our Sunday School. Being equipped for Great and Holy Lent with fasting, prayer and conversion, I pray the Almighty God to grant you many blessings, love, humility, patience and all of the virtues that we need for our salvation. May we journey together to our Lord’s glorious Resurrection with joy, praying for each other and for those in need.
With Christ’s love,
Please join us every Sunday for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy, followed by fellowship and coffee in our Social Hall.
Sundays: Orthros (Matins): 9:00 AM | Divine Liturgy: 10:15 AM
Complimentary valet parking on Sundays.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Coffee Hour after Church Services on Sunday, please call the church office.
For additional information on church services, please contact the Church office at (212) 795-5870 between the hours of 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
IN TIMES OF ILLNESS
"Come, O blessed of my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was sick and you visited me." (Matt. 25:31-46).
When a member of our Parish is ill and has been hospitalized or may be recuperating at home, the immediate family of the ill person should contact Father Nicolas at (212) 795-5870. It is beneficial to both the body and the soul when our priest prays for us when we are healthy or ill.
RESERVING YOUR WEDDING DATE
Before reserving a reception hall for your wedding, remember to verify that the church allows weddings on that day.
SATURDAY OF THE SOULS. On Saturday, February 17 and Saturday, February 24, special services will be conducted and special prayers will be offered for all departed brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Please plan to attend and bring the names of your departed loved ones to church before the liturgy so that Father Nicolas may commemorate them during the Memorial Service.
“Kolyva” can be prepared and brought to Church or ordered in advance through the Church office.
LENTEN CONFERENCE SERIES:
Join us on Wednesday evenings during Lent after the Presanctified Liturgy for our conference series. A complete list of dates and topics is provided in our Conference Series Flyer.
Upcoming topics are:
Wednesday February 21: Fr. Nicolas Kazarian discusses “Why do we celebrate the Presanctified Liturgy?”
Wednesday, February 28: Dr. Christos Durante discusses "Law as the Schoolmaster of Virtue in Orthodox Christian Ethics"
JOIN OUR PHILOPTOCHOS. The Philoptochos Society of St. Spyridon asks for your renewed or new membership. Our chapter was established in 1944 and has been in continuous service to those in need in our community, nationally and internationally.
Please join our chapter and become an active member. We welcome all interested women. Please note that we are obliged to send $15 to National Philoptochos and $8 to the Direct Archdiocesan Distract per member. We greatly appreciate any amount you wish to give.
RESTORATION PROJECT. The restoration of our magnificent church continues. Every week there are new things to see. We hope you will all participate and donate the restoration of an icon or area of your choosing. The more funds we receive; the more areas of restoration will be completed.
Make a donation to the Restoration Fund here via Paypal:
The photo below shows the scaffolding going up on December 13, 2017 as we begin Phase 2 of the restoration project. The scaffolding will be up inside the nave for at least 3 months to finish restoring our rich iconography. With the help of God, we should be done just before Easter.
Read about the restoration on page 22 of the June-July-Aug 2017 issue of the Orthodox Observer:
Cheesefare Saturday; Theodore the Tyro, Great Martyr; Mariamne, Sister of Apostle Philip; Righteous Auxentius; The Pious Rulers Marcian and Pulcheria; Theodore the New Martyr of Byzantium; Hermogenes (Germogen), Patriarch of Moscow
ST. SPYRIDON GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
124 Wadsworth Avenue
New York, NY 10033
Phone: (212) 795-5870
Fax: (212) 795-4758
Rev. Nicolas Kazarian
For emergencies: (267) 588-2667