Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Sunday, June 12, 2016
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Church Office 508-791-7326 Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Reverend Doctor Dimitrios Moraitis—Dean
Reverend Father Dean N. Paleologos– Dean Emeritus
Reverend Deacon Andrew Giourelis
Georgia Parafestas–-Parish Council President
Email - [email protected]
Metropolis of Boston
Welcome to the Saint Spyridon Cathedral in Worcester, Massachusetts. We are honored that you have
chosen to worship with us today. It is our hope that your visit here will bring you many blessings from
God. Please be sure to tell us if you are visiting or if you are new to our community. Our Church Family worships the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and every Sunday, the Lord’s Day, we
commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to live the Holy Gospel in accordance
with the Orthodox Faith; towards sanctification through God’s grace in worship, the Divine Liturgy
and the Sacraments: glorifying God through all joys and struggles; and as a Church Community, in
Christian love, we seek to do His will so that through His mercy, we may attain His Kingdom. We are
blessed to have the slippers of St. Spyridon, which are located in the narthex of the Church, please be
sure to venerate them. We pray you have a blessed day and that you visit with us again soon. Also,
please remember that one must be an Orthodox Christian in order to receive Holy Communion. If you
would like to embrace the Orthodox Faith, please see Father Dimitrios Moraitis. May God Bless you!
June 12, 2016 Sunday of the Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council
Paul Kiritsy-40 days
Giorgios Voyiatzis-2 years
Summer Hours begin
Divine Liturgy 9:30am
Altar flowers are sponsored in
loving memory of Giorgios
Voyiatzis by his family
HAPPY NAME DAY
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Divine Liturgy 9:30am
General Assembly Meeting
The General Assembly Meeting originally scheduled for
Monday, June 20, 2016 has
been postponed to a later date.
Date to be determined.
Saints of the Day
Onuphrius of Egypt
Peter the Athonite
Please join us in celebrating
the feast day of His Eminence
The Great Vesper service will be
celebrated at 6 pm on Monday, June
13, at the Cathedral Chapel, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline. The Orthros
and Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on
Tuesday, June 14, beginning at 8.30
am., again at the Cathedral Chapel. A
reception will be hosted on both
days following the services at the Metropolis by our Metropolis Philoptochos
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 was 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.
You are greatly glorified, O Christ our God,
who established our Fathers as luminaries
upon the earth, and through them led us all
to the true Faith. O Most compassionate,
glory to You.
For The Memorials
Keep Thy servants in remembrance, O Lord,
since Thou art good; and do Thou forgive every
sin in this life; for no man is without sin, except for Thee Who art able to grant rest even
unto him who has departed hence.
O Father, God-bearer, Spyridon, you were
proven a champion and Wonder Worker of the
First Ecumenical Council. You spoke to the girl
in the grave and turned the serpent to gold.
And, when chanting your prayers, most sacred
One, angels ministered with you. Glory to Him
who glorified you; glory to Him who crowned
you; glory to Him who, through you, works
healing for all.
O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your dispensation for our sake, You ascended in
Glory, uniting the earthly with the heavenly.
You were never separate but remained inseparable, and cried out to those who love
You, "I am with you and no one is against
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
Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, ὁ
φωστῆρας ἐπὶ γῆς τοὺς Πατέρας ἡμῶν
θεμελιώσας, καὶ δι' αὐτῶν πρὸς τὴν ἀληθινὴν
πολυεύσπλαγχνε, δόξα σοι.
Απολυτίκιον του Αγίου Σπυρίδωνος
Της Συνόδου της πρώτης ανεδείχθης
υπέρμαχος, και θαυματουργός Θεοφόρε,
Σπυρίδων Πατήρ ημών, διο νεκρά συ εν τάφω
προσφωνείς, και όφιν εις χρυσούν μετέβαλες,
και εν τω μέλπειν τας αγίας σου ευχάς ,
Αγγέλους εσκες συλλειτουργούντας σοι
Ιερώτατε, Δοξα τω σε δοξάσαντι, δόξα τω σε
στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τω ενεργούντι διά σου
Τὴν ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν πληρώσας οἰκονομίαν, καὶ τὰ ἐπὶ
γῆς ἑνώσας τοῖς οὐρανίοις, ἀνελήφθης ἐν δόξῃ,
Χριστε ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν, οὐδαμόθεν χωριζόμενος,
ἀλλὰ μένων ἀδιάστατος, καὶ βοῶν τοῖς ἀγαπῶσί
σε· Ἐγώ εἰμι μεθ' ὑμῶν, καὶ οὐδεὶς καθ' ὑμῶν.
Πράξεις Ἀποστόλων 20:16-18, 28-36
Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36
Εὐλογητὸς εἶ, Κύριε, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν Πατέρων
Στίχ. Ὅτι δίκαιος εἶ ἐπὶ πᾶσιν, οἷς ἐποίησας
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our
Verse: For you are just in all you have
Ἐν ταῖς ἡμεραῖς ἐκείναις, ἔκρινεν ὁ Παῦλος
παραπλεῦσαι τὴν Ἔφεσον, ὅπως μὴ γένηται αὐτῷ
χρονοτριβῆσαι ἐν τῇ Ἀσίᾳ· ἔσπευδεν γάρ, εἰ
δυνατὸν ἦν αὐτῷ, τὴν ἡμέραν τῆς Πεντηκοστῆς
γενέσθαι εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα. Ἀπὸ δὲ τῆς Μιλήτου
πέμψας εἰς Ἔφεσον μετεκαλέσατο τοὺς
πρεσβυτέρους τῆς ἐκκλησίας. Ὡς δὲ παρεγένοντο
πρὸς αὐτόν, εἶπεν αὐτοῖς, προσέχετε οὖν ἑαυτοῖς
καὶ παντὶ τῷ ποιμνίῳ, ἐν ᾧ ὑμᾶς τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ
ἅγιον ἔθετο ἐπισκόπους, ποιμαίνειν τὴν ἐκκλησίαν
τοῦ κυρίου καὶ θεοῦ, ἣν περιεποιήσατο διὰ τοῦ
ἰδίου αἵματος. Ἐγὼ γὰρ οἶδα τοῦτο, ὅτι
εἰσελεύσονται μετὰ τὴν ἄφιξίν μου λύκοι βαρεῖς
εἰς ὑμᾶς, μὴ φειδόμενοι τοῦ ποιμνίου· καὶ ἐξ ὑμῶν
αὐτῶν ἀναστήσονται ἄνδρες λαλοῦντες
διεστραμμένα, τοῦ ἀποσπᾷν τοὺς μαθητὰς ὀπίσω
αὐτῶν. Διὸ γρηγορεῖτε, μνημονεύοντες ὅτι
τριετίαν νύκτα καὶ ἡμέραν οὐκ ἐπαυσάμην μετὰ
δακρύων νουθετῶν ἕνα ἕκαστον. Καὶ τὰ νῦν
παρατίθεμαι ὑμᾶς, ἀδελφοί, τῷ θεῷ καὶ τῷ λόγῳ
τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ, τῷ δυναμένῳ ἐποικοδομῆσαι,
καὶ δοῦναι ὑμῖν κληρονομίαν ἐν τοῖς ἡγιασμένοις
πᾶσιν. Ἀργυρίου ἢ χρυσίου ἢ ἱματισμοῦ οὐδενὸς
ἐπεθύμησα. Αὐτοὶ γινώσκετε ὅτι ταῖς χρείαις μου
καὶ τοῖς οὖσιν μετʼ ἐμοῦ ὑπηρέτησαν αἱ χεῖρες
αὗται. Πάντα ὑπέδειξα ὑμῖν, ὅτι οὕτως κοπιῶντας
δεῖ ἀντιλαμβάνεσθαι τῶν ἀσθενούντων,
μνημονεύειν τε τῶν λόγων τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ, ὅτι
αὐτὸς εἶπεν, Μακάριόν ἐστιν μᾶλλον διδόναι ἢ
λαμβάνειν. Καὶ ταῦτα εἰπών, θεὶς τὰ γόνατα
αὐτοῦ, σὺν πᾶσιν αὐτοῖς προσηύξατο.
IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail
past Ephesos, so that he might not have to
spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be
at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and
called to him the elders of the church. And
when they came to him, he said to them: "Take
heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which
the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care
for the church of God which he obtained with
the blood of his own Son. I know that after my
departure fierce wolves will come in among
you, not sparing the flock; and from among
your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after
them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for
three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace,
which is able to build you up and to give you
the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands
ministered to my necessities, and to those who
were with me. In all things I have shown you
that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how
he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.' " And when he had spoken thus, he
knelt down and prayed with them all.
Fathers of the 1st Council
Fathers of the 1st Council
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 17:1-13
The Gospel according to John 17:1-13
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, καὶ ἐπῆρε τοὺς
ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν καὶ εἶπε·
πάτερ, ἐλήλυθεν ἡ ὥρα· δόξασόν σου τὸν υἱόν,
ἵνα καὶ ὁ υἱός σου δοξάσῃ σε, καθὼς ἔδωκας
αὐτῷ ἐξουσίαν πάσης σαρκός, ἵνα πᾶν ὃ
δέδωκας αὐτῷ δώσῃ αὐτοῖς ζωὴν
αἰώνιον. αὕτη δέ ἐστιν ἡ αἰώνιος ζωή, ἵνα
γινώσκωσί σε τὸν μόνον ἀληθινὸν Θεὸν καὶ ὃν
ἀπέστειλας ᾿Ιησοῦν Χριστόν. ἐγώ σε ἐδόξασα
ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὸ ἔργον ἐτελείωσα ὃ δέδωκάς μοι
ἵνα ποιήσω· καὶ νῦν δόξασόν με σύ, πάτερ,
παρὰ σεαυτῷ τῇ δόξῃ ᾗ εἶχον πρὸ τοῦ τὸν
κόσμον εἶναι παρὰ σοί. ᾿Εφανέρωσά σου τὸ
ὄνομα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις οὓς δέδωκάς μοι ἐκ τοῦ
κόσμου. σοὶ ἦσαν καὶ ἐμοὶ αὐτοὺς δέδωκας,
καὶ τὸν λόγον σου τετηρήκασι. νῦν ἔγνωκαν
ὅτι πάντα ὅσα δέδωκάς μοι παρὰ σοῦ ἐστιν· ὅτι
τὰ ῥήματα ἃ δέδωκάς μοι δέδωκα αὐτοῖς, καὶ
αὐτοὶ ἔλαβον, καὶ ἔγνωσαν ἀληθῶς ὅτι παρὰ
σοῦ ἐξῆλθον, καὶ ἐπίστευσαν ὅτι σύ με
ἀπέστειλας. ᾿Εγὼ περὶ αὐτῶν ἐρωτῶ· οὐ περὶ
τοῦ κόσμου ἐρωτῶ, ἀλλὰ περὶ ὧν δέδωκάς μοι,
ὅτι σοί εἰσι, καὶ τὰ ἐμὰ πάντα σά ἐστι καὶ τὰ σὰ
ἐμά, καὶ δεδόξασμαι ἐν αὐτοῖς. καὶ οὐκέτι εἰμὶ
ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, καὶ οὗτοι ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ εἰσί, καὶ
ἐγὼ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι. πάτερ ἅγιε, τήρησον
αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ᾧ δέδωκάς μοι, ἵνα
ὦσιν ἓν καθὼς ἡμεῖς. ὅτε ἤμην μετ᾽ αὐτῶν ἐν
τῷ κόσμῳ, ἐγὼ ἐτήρουν αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί
σου· οὓς δέδωκάς μοι ἐφύλαξα, καὶ οὐδεὶς ἐξ
αὐτῶν ἀπώλετο εἰ μὴ ὁ υἱὸς τῆς ἀπωλείας, ἵνα
ἡ γραφὴ πληρωθῇ. νῦν δὲ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι, καὶ
ταῦτα λαλῶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἵνα ἔχωσι τὴν χαρὰν
τὴν ἐμὴν πεπληρωμένην ἐν αὐτοῖς.
At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven
and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify
your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you
have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And
this is eternal life, that they know you the only
true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the
work which you gave me to do; and now, Father,
you glorify me in your own presence with the
glory which I had with you before the world was
"I have manifested your name to the men whom
you gave me out of the world; yours they were,
and you gave them to me, and they have kept
your word. Now they know that everything that
you have given me is from you; for I have given
them the words which you gave me, and they
have received them and know in truth that I
came from you; and they have believed that you
did send me. I am praying for them; I am not
praying for the world but for those whom you
have given me, for they are mine; all mine are
yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in
them. And now I am no more in the world, but
they are in the world, and I am coming to you.
Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you
have given me, that they may be one, even as we
are one. While I was with them, I kept them in
your name, which you have given me; I have
guarded them, and none of them is lost but the
son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these
things I speak in the world, that they may have
my joy fulfilled in themselves."
Fasting / Νηστεία
Regular Fasting Rules Apply
DAUGHTERS OF PENELOPE
Our last dinner meeting of the Daughters of
Penelope, Theano Chapter #123, will be held
on Monday, June 13th at 5:45 pm at Livia’s
Dish, 1394 Main Street, Worcester.
ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
We ask that all high school graduates please
call the church office as Fr. Dimitri would like
to recognize our young adults during service
on Sunday, June 19, 2016.
Little Angels Playgroup will meet on Wednesday,
June 15, 2016 in the Founders Court
COTSIDAS CULTURAL CENTER Web Site
The web site for the rental of the Cultural Center can
now be accessed at www.cotsidasculturalcenter.com
Note that Parishioner rental rates are priced considerably lower to those advertised to the General Public, (Hall $850, Founders Court $300). Rental rates for
Cathedral Affiliates (AHEPA, Epirotic Society, Union
Hristohorafiton, etc) are half of the Parishioner rate.
There is no charge for rentals to Cathedral Ministries
(Philoptochos, GOYA, Holy Trinity etc.). For more information contact Mike Dionis or Jim Voyiatzis
through the Cathedral office.
SAVE THE DATE! October 6, 2016. Holy Trinity's 10th Anniversary Food and Wine Fest. You won't want to miss this one!
Watch for more info!
Holy Trinity has employment opportunities in nursing: CNA's - 7-3
and 3-11. RN/LPN - Full time - 32 hrs.
For more information, call Michelle Williamson, Director of Human
Resources, 508-852-1000 or email her at
Festival VOLUNTEERS: We would like to
thank all the Festival volunteers without whom the
Grecian Festival would not have been a huge success.
We are planning to have an initiation of new members,
and vote on reinstatement of members. We could also
be having election of Delegates for the District Convention to be held in Lynn, MA on June 25, 2016. All our
members are encouraged to attend and participate.
SAVE THE DATE
Sponsored by Ladies Philoptochos Society
Speaker: Anita Baglaneas Devlin Author of S.O.B.E.R. " A Story of Addiction Told by a
Mother and Her Son"
A compelling account of drug addiction and the hope of
individual and family recovery.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6:00pm in The Cotsidas Cultural Center
Open to all members of our Cathedral and Friends
The Great and Holy Council
Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 7pm
in the Tonna Room
Fr. Dimitrios Moraitis will be leading a discussion on
the Great and Holy Council that will be taking place
on Pentecost (June 19) of this year. This will be the
first such Council of all Orthodox Churches held for
centuries. Come and find out about the issues that
will be discussed, the challenges that the council
faces, and the possible decisions that will affect the
Saturday of Souls
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Divine Liturgy 9:45am
Please bring in the names of your deceased loved ones to
be read in prayer by Fr. Dimitri. You may also bring in
koliva to memorialize and honor your loved ones.
MINISTRY AWARDS BANQUET
honoring CLERGY and LAITY 2016
St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral
as the recipient of the Laity Award 2016
…..for those attending, a mini bus will be transporting all guests to Lombardo’s. Please
meet in the church parking lot at 4:15pm.
Georgia was born in Hrisohorafa, Greece. Her love for the
Church began at an early age helping her mother, Maria, at St.
Nicholas Church on Sundays and other feast days.
After coming to Worcester, Massachusetts in 1976, she earned
her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education and Counseling from Worcester State University and obtained a teaching
license. Then she began her professional career as a counselor
in the Grafton Job Corps Training Program, where she helped
disadvantaged youth earn high school diplomas and learn job
skills. She spent the next 16 years working at the Massachusetts Department of Education, overseeing the Massachusetts Student Advisory Council,
and developing policies which helped colleges and universities in Massachusetts secure
state accreditation for teaching and administrative degrees.
Georgia has been a dedicated member of St. Spyridon Cathedral for 40 years, where she
was married and baptized her children. While pursuing her career, Georgia and her husband, Anastasios, raised three beautiful daughters, Patricia, Maria, and Anastasia, guiding
them to remain close to their faith and Church. In 2000, when her youngest daughter was
born, she left the work force to focus on her growing family.
While raising her family, Georgia continued her service to St. Spyridon Cathedral. She volunteered her time through various Church events, organizations, and committees. She has
served as an advisor to GOYA since 2007. In 2012, she was elected as the Secretary of the
Daughters of Alexander the Great Macedonian Society, and served in that role for two
years. In 2014, she was a member of the Committee for the St. Spyridon Centennial Gala,
which celebrated the 100th year anniversary of St. Spyridon Cathedral in Worcester. Georgia was also, honored to serve as the Chairwoman of Father Dean Paleologos’s Appreciation Luncheon. Georgia joined the St. Spyridon Cathedral Parish Council in 2012, first as
a member, then Secretary, and presently holds the position of Parish Council President. In
parallel, Georgia is the President of the Daughters of Penelope. She is also actively involved with Holy Trinity Orthodox Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Georgia is also very dedicated to the Worcester Community. She currently serves the Venerini Academy Board of Directors, Salter College Board of Trustees, and is a member of
the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare Development Council.
Throughout her life, Georgia has remained close to the Church, and it is through her
strong faith and unrelenting commitment to her Church and the local Worcester community that she has set an example for so many in such a profound way.
We would like to THANK all of the volunteers who put
in many hours of hard work to support the Grecian Festival and our church. Without their time and effort , the
success of the Grecian Festival would not be possible.
Grecian Festival Publicity
Telegram Table Hoppin
CBS4, WBZ4 and MYTV38 (81) commercials have been airing starting at 6am-2am everyday...turn it on especially in the morning.. they are running at the
Cable TV 193 Vignettes airing since May 8 and on our Facebook...please view,
like and share.
Radio WCRN AM830 running our radio ad since April 20
WSRS 96.1 and WTAG 580AM running our ads all this week and next week.
Special 30-min show airing on Saturday at 10am and Sunday.
EllasTV Eleni Vidalis--Greek TV Show an interview with Savvas Kosmidis the
award winning motorcyclist talked about being at our festival
Also Eleni Vidalis will be covering our festival on Saturday from 7--9pm and interviewing people around the festival with their TV cameras.
Sunday 3--5pm Ellas TV festival on live Greek TV
Throngs of visitors wait to be served traditional Greek fare during the Grecian Festival at St. Spyridon Church
Young dancers in traditional costume, from left, Paul Vangos, Sophia Gioyrelis and Alexandros Giolekos, entertain
during the Grecian Festival at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox
Church in Worcester.
Young actor Bradley Baker depicts the Greek mythological half
boy and half goat character Satyr during the Grecian Festival at St.
Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Worcester.
BOSTON DUCK TOUR
COME JOIN US ON AN ADVENTURE
THROUGH THE STREETS OF BOSTON
WITH AN AMAZING (and funny) TOUR
GUIDE SHOWING US HISTORICAL
LANDMARKS OF BOSTON.
(Sign up sheet at the bulletin board)
TRAIN RIDE AND
Join us for a wonderful, fun filled day in New
Not only will we be enjoying a train ride
through scenic Fall woodlands but also enjoying a scrumptious dinner of Turkey Farm
Roast Turkey. Sign up sheet at the bulletin
Both trips presented by the St. Spyridon
2016 Stewardship Report
403 pledges received
$165,600.00 $410 average/pledge
* GOAL amount includes the 2016 Stewardship Budget Receipts of $330,000.00. Funds reflect all monies
received in 2016
We suggest you budget your Stewardship contribution as you do your monthly home expenses
Our Cathedral must meet the Financial needs of its ministries and annual operating budget by
way of its Christian Stewardship Program. It is each and everyone's responsibility to accept
honor and support your role as a Contributing Steward. Please pledge your Required Stewardship
Contribution now, if you have not done so. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.