2013 GREAT LENT AND PASCHA DONATIONS
Saint Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church
(Revised Version for 2013)
Once again we approach the season of Great Lent. This gives us the opportunity to offer our love and our work to our Church through the many services we have during this Holy Season. You may donate in honor of or in memory of a loved one. Please be sure to make out your check to St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church, indicating in the Memo field that this donation is for the Altar Guild and the item(s) you are donating for.
ICON FLOWERS FOR THE SALUTATIONS TO THE THEOTOKOS
1. MARCH 22 - 1ST FRIDAY $ 65.00
2. MARCH 25 FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION $ 55.00
3. MARCH 29 - 2ND FRIDAY $ 65.00
4. APRIL 5 - 3RD FRIDAY $ 65.00
5. APRIL 12 - 4TH FRIDAY $ 65.00
6. APRIL 19 - AKATHIST HYMN $ 65.00
STAVROPROKSINISEOS---VENERATION OF THE HOLY CROSS SUNDAY, APRIL 7
7. 100 CARNATIONS $100.00
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 28
8. ICON FLOWERS FOR THE ENRANCE INTO JERUSALEM $ 65.00
9. PALM BRANCHES $ 40.00
10. ICON FLOWERS FOR NYMPHIOS $120.00
HOLY WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
11. 7 CANDLES $ 25.00
12. ICON FLOWERS FOR THE LAST SUPPER $ 65.00
13. ICON FLOWERS FOR THE WASHING OF THE FEET $ 65.00
HOLY THURSDAY, MAY 2
14. ICON FLOWERS FOR THE CRUCIFIXION $120.00
15. ROSE WREATH FOR JESUS HEAD $150.00
16. 3 CANDLES FOR THE CROSS $ 20.00
17. 12 CANDLES $ 50.00
HOLY FRIDAY, MAY 3
18. KOUVOUKLION FLOWERS $500.00
19. ROSE PETALS FOR BASKETS $ 50.00
20. ROSE PETALS FOR KOUVOUKLION $ 65.00
21. ICON FLOWERS FOR APOKATHELOSIS $ 65.00
22. 120 CARNATIONS $250.00
HOLY SATURDAY - GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA, MAY 4-5
23. ICON FLOWERS HOLY PASCHA $ 80.00
24. PRIESTS CANDLE $150.00
25. EASTER LILLIES $ 10.00 each
For additional information on how you can help, please contact Soula (619-655-7983).
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Fire Relief Fund
Contributions should be made payable to:
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, Memo: Saint Gregory Fire Relief Fund; 245 Valencia Street; San Francisco, CA 94103.
Thank you very much for any support you may offer!
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco
UPDATE ON FIRE AT PARISH IN EL CAJON, CA
“As the Saint Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church in El Cajon, CA labors to provide for the immediate needs of their parish following an arson fire on Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Metropolis of San Francisco continues to extend its prayers and support for the faithful of this beloved community during these challenging days,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco.
Several individuals and parishes have come forth offering their generosity to the Saint Gregory of Nyssa, for which the parish is very grateful. At the request of the parish priest, Fr. Simeon Corona, donations are being coordinated through the Metropolis Office.
Contributions should be made payable to: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, Memo: Saint Gregory Fire Relief Fund; 245 Valencia Street; San Francisco, CA 94103. His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos will work with Fr. Simeon to distribute the funds for the restoration of their facilities and furnishings so they may continue their ministry to the faithful of El Cajon.
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco
EL CAJON CHURCH DAMAGED BY ARSON
The Saint Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church in El Cajon, CA was the target of arson in the early hours of Sunday, January 27, 2013. The fire originated on the patio area and spread into the attic, causing significant smoke damage to the church and its contents. The church was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and no injuries were sustained.
A neighbor reported the fire to authorities which took approximately 45 minute to extinguish. The garage on the church premises was quickly converted to a temporary church for this morning’s Divine Liturgy. The damage to the church appears to be primarily structural, but the extent of smoke damage to the iconostasis, Liturgical items, vestments and Liturgical books is not yet known.
“We are grateful to God for keeping free from danger the faithful of Saint Gregory of Nyssa. It is my hope and prayer that the church facilities and furnishings may be restored in the very near future, allowing the congregation to once again convene for worship in their church home,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco. “The firefighters are to be commended for their swift action, and we are thankful for their safety.”
The parish was established in 1992, and has been at its present location for six years, under the leadership of Rev. Father Simeon Corona. The community has approximately 80 families and uses a renovated house as their current church facilities. The parish is seeking a temporary location for worship until such time the necessary repairs and remediation to the church have been completed.
The police have arrested an individual who was under the care and counseling of the parish priest. He was apprehended and charged with arson, hate crime and burglary. Investigators preliminarily estimate the damage to be at least $250,000.
We urge our priests and communities to contact Fr. Simeon and the leadership of the Saint Gregory of Nyssa to find out their immediate needs to continuing functioning as a parish. As more information becomes available after a more thorough investigation and reports from the insurance company are obtained, the Metropolis will provide follow-up communication with regard to any additional needs of the parish.
Vision at St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church is to manifest in the East San
area the Body of Christ, the fellowship of all Orthodox Christian believers, by
learning and living the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.
We do this by
worshipping (liturgia), witnessing (martyria), serving (diakonia) and
socializing (koinonia) together. We do
this by caring for family, friends and others, by comforting those in need and
encouraging one another toward a strong moral and spiritual life.
striving for personal sanctification, to make real the image and likeness of
God in our own lives, we seek to make God’s Kingdom real in our community.
Goals & Objectives:
- To learn the Faith
- To live the Faith
- To share the Faith
- To build participation in our community and worship
- To build our own Church, community center, classrooms & offices.
From the Desk of Fr. Simeon
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Mailing Address/Church Location:
1454 Jamacha Road,
El Cajon CA 92019 MAP
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From the Desk of Fr. Simeon
Why I Pray
Why did our Lord Jesus Christ come? Why did the very Word of God become Incarnate? The Creed declares: “For our sake and our salvation!” In the beautiful discourse that our Lord had with the Jews, at the very heart of John’s Gospel, He states: “… I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10b) This, then, is the briefest answer to the question: Why do I pray? I pray because I want life and I want it most abundantly. Through the personal experience of my life, I have concluded that Jesus is Who He says He is: The Way, the Truth and THE LIFE. There is no real, true or abundant life without our Lord. I pray because I want Jesus and everything He offers: Communion with His Father and my Father through the Holy Spirit.
The most basic way we enter into this Communion through our Lord Jesus Christ is in prayer. This is why the Disciples asked Him, “…Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1b) They followed Him because they wanted what only He could give, true and abundant life. Many of them had already previously been John’s Disciples. Obviously, for them, the most important thing John had taught them was “how to pray”. The very source of John’s Spirit-filled life was prayer. St. John the Baptist even recognized His Lord and leapt in his Mother (St. Elizabeth’s) womb at the sound of the voice of our Lord’s Mother (The Theotokos). What imbued this Holy Family with such perception and the gifts of the Holy Spirit while being “knit together” in his mother's womb but prayer? John’s greatest gift to his Disciples was to “prepare the way of the Lord”, to steer them toward his cousin, our Lord. To be able to physically follow Him was the achievement of true prayer. This was the fulfillment of John’s life, ministry and prayer. John was not The Life, but he points the way most clearly to He Who Is.
I’m telling you “why I pray” because I realize that my job is much like John the Baptist's. I, most definitely, am not the life but I’m more and more convinced I know Who Is. I want all those that I love and care about to receive what only He can give. The only way I know how to do this is to actually do it; offer prayer, supplications, worship and thanksgiving. The only way I can teach you how to pray, or how you, in turn, can teach your children is simply… to pray! We don’t even have to “make it up as we go along”. Jesus, through His Scripture and His Living Body, the Church, teaches us how to pray: “When you pray say: Our Father…”
This is how I began the ministry here three years ago. I made sure that everyone had the means to pray. I actually printed up the most basic daily (morning and evening prayers) for everyone to use. If you do not have a regular prayer life, come and I will help “prepare the way” for you. As we are blessed to enter this New Church Year on September the 1st, it is MY prayer that you know prayer, that you know this most fundamental way to receive and live in abundant life. Come, not only Sunday, but to every Great Feast of our Lord and His Mother this year. Take every opportunity to learn, not because your priest is nudging you, but because you want what he wants… Life… ABUNDANT LIFE. May He Who Is our Life bless this year and may we use it to learn to pray, follow Him and receive all that He has for us.
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