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Welcome to Saint Nicholas on this Sunday, March 22, 2015
Today we commemorate: Sunday of St. John Climacus
St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20
BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear,
he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having
patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all
their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the
heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that
through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have
fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a
sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where
Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of
Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Gospel of Mark 9:17-31
At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has
a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and
becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered
them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him
to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy,
and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How
long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the
water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him,
"If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out
and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he
rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him,
and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy
was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted
him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why
could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer
of fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know
it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of
men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
† If this is your first time to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, we welcome you and look forward to
meeting you.
† May God bless your time with us as we worship God The Father, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit.
† If you are not familiar with Orthodox worship, please ask one of our ushers.
† If you are in need of spiritual assistance or would like to know how to become an Orthodox Christian,
please speak to Father Andrew.
Mar. 22
Sunday of St. John Climacus, Orthros 8 am, Divine Liturgy 9 am
Mar. 24
Vespers 7 pm
Mar. 25
Annunciation, Orthros 9 am, Divine Liturgy 10 am
Mar. 27
Akathist Hymn 8 pm
Mar. 29
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, Orthros 8 am, Divine Liturgy 9 am
After Divine Liturgy a Memorial Service for those that gave their lives
for the independence of Greece will be held by the white Cross at the
Guava St. property. A Greek Independence Day program and a Lenten
Luncheon will follow.
Please Note: The schedule for Holy Week has been inserted into this bulletin.
Also note that all the services during Holy Week will be at the new church.
 Attention:
Looking for a 2015 Festival Chair Person:
Please let us know if you'd like to chair or co-chair the festival this year.
The Coromelas's have done an outstanding job for the last 2 years in helping us have 2 great festivals,
two years in a row. They have created a model that works and will be very easy for someone that would
like to chair it, to follow suit. They have established 'project managers' who will be working again this
year, taking care of their projects. We do need someone however to oversee the whole operation. All the
same people will still be there. It will not be a one man show but a total team effort so if you'd like to
chair the festival, it won't all fall on you. You will just be the person to oversee the details of the festival
but with much help. It will be a challenge but I'm sure a very rewarding experience. Please let me know
if you might be interested. Once you let us know that you're interested, all the names will be gathered and
presented to the Parish Council. Then the Parish Council members will take a vote in electing the 'Chair'
Please think about it, pray about it, and let me know.
Kindest regards,
41132 Guava Street Murrieta, CA 92562
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Andrew J. Lesko
Home phone: 909 224-5046 Email: [email protected]
April 4
Lazarus Saturday
Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
April 5
Palm Sunday
Orthros 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Bridegroom Matins 5:00 PM
April 6 Holy Monday
Bridegroom Matins 7:00 PM
April 7 Holy Tuesday
Bridegroom Matins 7:00 PM
April 8 Holy Wednesday
Holy Unction 7:00 PM
April 9 Holy Thursday
Vespers and Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Matins of Good Friday (12 Passion Gospels) 7:00 PM
April 10
Royal Hours 9:00 AM
Taking Down From The Cross 3:00 PM
Lamentations 7:00 PM
Good Friday
April 11 Holy Saturday
Vesperal Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Orthros of the Resurrection 11:30 PM
April 12 Pascha
Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy 12 Midnight
Agape Vespers and Parish Picnic 2:00 PM
Parish Phone: 951 296-6207 Email: [email protected],
Church Website: stnicholastemecula.com
Dearly Beloved,
The Feast of the Annunciation is a celebration of freedom. It is a Feast of God's promise to deliver His
people from the chains of mortality. When the angel Gabriel told the young Mary that she would give
birth to the Messiah of the world, the angel said that her son would sit on the throne of David and rule
forever (Luke 1:32-33).
Mary understood this to mean that Israel would be restored and that the people would be free from their
captivity. She assented to the message, "let it be to me according to your word."(Luke 1:38), and the
process of salvation of the world began.
As Christians, we see more in the Annunciation than political freedom for an oppressed people. In
Christ's ministry, He proclaimed that the Messiah would bring liberty to captive people when He read
from the scroll of Isaiah, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to proclaim release to the captives and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the
acceptable year of the Lord" (Luke 4: 18-19).
Fifty years ago, on March 21, 1965, our beloved Archbishop Iakovos of blessed memory marched with
Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, demonstrating our Church's commitment
to freedom and civil rights within American life. His participation in the march reflected a statement he
made just a year earlier, that, "the church in America must place itself in the center of American
life." But Archbishop Iakovos knew the Civil Rights Movement was more than just a "political move"
for the Church for greater visibility. He knew that freedom and justice were core principles of the
Gospel. He knew that the Greek people had proclaimed their freedom from oppression on March 25,
1821. He knew the pain of being denied basic human rights first hand from his life and experience in
Fifty years later, freedom and human rights are still the challenges of our age, especially for our
persecuted and martyred fellow Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East and parts of Africa. We
who live in freedom must proclaim and become agents of freedom for those who live in captivity. This
great Feast of the Annunciation, this feast of freedom, calls us to act on their behalf.
In that spirit, I invite you to begin every church meeting you attend from now on until Pentecost (May
31,2015) with a conversation around the question: "How shall what we are doing here now advance the
cause of freedom in our world today?" Use a few minutes to study the issue of freedom, especially
religious freedom, its philosophical and theological foundations, its consequences, and the challenges it
poses to our attitudes and actions in the world. Hopefully, the discussion will bear long-term fruit,
because the true measure of our efforts will be found in the months and years ahead. Use the Feast of the
Annunciation-our feast of freedom from the bondage of death - as the springboard for beginning a new
level of reflection and action.
Wishing you and your beloved families the blessings of God's Grace and Mercy, I remain
With Love in Christ,
Metropolitan of San Francisco
Metropolis Summer Camp - "Camperships" now available!
Over the past few years the Metropolis has been able to offer a considerable number
of summer camp “scholarships” to campers of families in financial need. This has
been made possible by a generous yearly grant from the Archdiocese Leadership
100 Foundation.
This year the Metropolis will offer “camperships” to once again assist families
experiencing financial challenges. In prior years most camperships covered the full
price of camp registration. Due to the extremely high demand for financial assistance
in the last few years, the majority of camperships will cover 25% or 50% of camper
registration, with a very limited number covering full registration. This is being done in
order to assist financially more families throughout the Metropolis. This year we have
also improved the process by creating an online form for you to fill out.
Campership Application Process:
1. Families fill out the online Campership Application (link found at gosfyouth.org)
2. Families will ask their parish priest to fill out the online Parish Priest
3. Once the campership application and Parish Priest recommendations are
reviewed by the Metropolis, the family will be contacted by email.
Please note: Applications are accepted on ongoing basis and camperships are
awarded on a first-come first-served basis until camp sessions are full, or available
funds are distributed. Submission of an application does not guarantee that a
campership will be granted, or that the entire amount requested will be awarded.
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