sunday bulletin - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου
The Annunciation
Greek Orthodox Cathedral
555 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 224-9020 
Sunday of Saint Mary of Egypt
March 29, 2015
Reverend Father Demetrios Gardikes, Economos
Proistamenos and Cathedral Dean
Telephone: (614) 593-6370
Email: [email protected]
Reverend Father Constantine (Dean) Kokanos
Associate Presbyter
Telephone: (614) 365-1578
Email: [email protected]
Reverend Father John Stavropoulos, Economos
Attached Presbyter
Telephone: (614) 580-4964
Email: [email protected]
Sharon Black
Team B
All Available
Parish Council Captain
Parish Council Team On-Duty
Vasilis Konstantinidis
Eliseos Paul Taiganides
Kosmas Synadinos
Valerie Baker
Tina Mosca
Eric Russell
Choir Director
Assistant Choir Director
Assistant Choir Director and Organist
We are so happy that you are worshipping with us today! If you are visiting, please fill out a "Visitor Information
Card," located in the Narthex, and give it to a Parish Council member at the candle stand in the Narthex. If you are
an Orthodox Christian new to the Columbus area, or you would like to know more about becoming an Orthodox
Christian, please introduce yourself to one of the priests who would be most happy to meet with you and discuss
membership in our Cathedral. It is our desire that you make the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral your
spiritual home! May God richly bless you and your family!
We welcome all Christians not fully united with us. It is a consequence of the sad divisions of Christianity that we
cannot extend to all a general invitation to receive Holy Communion. Orthodox Christians believe that the Eucharist is
an action of the celebrating community signifying an oneness in faith, life, and worship. Reception of the Eucharist by
Christians not fully united with us would imply a oneness which does not yet exist and for which we must all pray.
Saint Mark, Bishop of Arethusa; Saint Cyril the Deacon of Heliopolis, and others who suffered under Julian
the Apostate; Venerable Saint John, Anchorite of Egypt; Saint Eustathius the Confessor, Bishop of Bithynia;
Venerable Martyrs Saint Jonah and Saint Mark of the Pskov Caves; the Repose of Saint Nicetas the Elder of
the Roslavl Forests; Saint Gwynllw and Saint Gwladys, Parents of Saint Cadoc
Please pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ at today’s Divine Liturgy and throughout the week.
Anargiros Aivaliotis – Arlington Court
Angelo Pandelaras – Wesley Glen
Carol Barbour – National Church Residence
Freda Pappas – New Albany Garden
Anastasia (Gust) Constantinidis – At Home
Marge Paras – National Church Residence
Dr. Michael Chakeres – Willowbrook Christian Home Effie Pathis – Arlington Court
John Gagas – First Community Village
John Proicou – New Albany Garden
Annette George – The Forum at Knightsbridge
Niki Shook – Wesley Glen (Room #110B)
Christ L. George – At Home
George Space – Emeritus at Pinnacle Assisted Living
Florence George – At Home
Bea Space – Emeritus at Pinnacle Assisted Living
Fedor Kapustin – Emerald Crossing
Sanda Stenescu – At Home
Ruth Mack – Mother Angeline McCrory Manor
Helen Tornik – The Worthington
Helen Varveris – Saint George on the Commons
Theodora Kontras – National Church Residence
Katie Moulas – Arlington Court
Chris Zarkos - Heartland Rehabilitation Center (Dublin)
If you would like the priest to visit a friend or family member, or if you would like your
name (or the name of a loved one) added to this list, please contact the Cathedral Office.
We extend our condolences to the family of George P. Brown who fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday,
March 24, 2015. The visitation will be held today, Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the O.R. Woodyard Funeral
Home, located at 2990 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Trisagion will
be offered at 7:30 p.m. There will be an additional visitation in the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Holy
Temple Chapel tomorrow, Monday, March 30, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The funeral will be held
at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral tomorrow, Monday, March 30, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
May his memory be eternal!
There will be a Forty-Day Memorial Service for Kostas Gesouras today, Sunday, March 29, 2015.
May his memory be eternal!
All visitors and guests are encouraged to come to the coffee hour so we may properly welcome you!
The Coffee Hour this Sunday, March 29, 2015 will be a little different than usual. To celebrate the Feast of the
Annunciation, we are having Fish Fry Luncheon. Desserts and a special coffee station are being provided the
Gesouras Family in Memory of their father, Kostas Gesouras of blessed memory in the Cathedral Social Hall.
The Coffee Hour next Sunday, April 5, 2015 will not be held due to the Annual Palm Sunday Luncheon.
The Opportunity
Hebrews 9:11-14, especially verse 14
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself
without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
This final week of Great Lent signals the approach of Holy Week, with its focus on Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.
What was our Lord’s purpose when He chose crucifixion, offering Himself to cleanse our “conscience from dead
works to serve the living God”?
Clearly, the Lord created an opportunity never available to the human race before: to cleanse, purify, and restore the
conscience to a right relationship with God. The Lord says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me” (Matthew
11:29). United to Him in His Passion, we may now offer ourselves “through the eternal Spirit” (Hebrews 9:14) to be
restored as whole persons. We are freed from spiritual paralysis in this life and the life to come.
According to Saint Philotheos of Sinai, Christ “in His gentle love will say, ‘Behold, I am by your side and ready to
help you’” (Philokalia, volume 3, page 46). For our part, we must exert ourselves, taking the Cross into the depths of
our hearts. We watch, pray, repent, and practice self-control. The Holy Spirit will help us make these works lifegiving rather than futile, works that truly cleanse and restore the new life in Christ within our very being.
“The short way for beginners to acquire virtue is silence of the lips and closed eyes and ears,” says Saint Nicetas
Stethatos (Vlachos, Orthodox Psychotherapy, page 139). We are instructed to “dedicate a certain hour for the practice
of the Jesus prayer, for the meditation on the name of Jesus [and] start the practice of the Jesus Prayer gradually and
proceed according to [our] thirst and the grace [we] feel. . . .It is necessary that we have a steady hour for prayer which
should not be changed for any reason, not even for good works” (Vlachos, A Night in the Desert of the Holy
Mountain, page 135).
The Jesus Prayer helps us to close the world out of our hearts, for prayer is God’s primary means for us to “keep
watch.” Our nous, the eye of our heart, “like a commander stands independently between ideas, judging, and
separating the good thoughts from the bad ones . . . laying up spiritual goods” and casting all other thoughts into
oblivion (Orthodox Psychotherapy, page 140).
“This work of purification is performed by the Holy Spirit,” says Saint Diadochos of Photiki. “When the mighty One
enters the soul and overthrows the despoiler, then what has been taken captive can be set free” (Philokalia volume 1,
page 260). Note the source of the power!
In the process of praying and watching, we are brought to repentance. When the Apostle Paul speaks of “cleansing”
our consciences, this is accomplished when the deep place in our heart is uncovered through repentance.
The Holy Spirit shows us where we are enslaved and corrupted. As we come to see our bondage with God’s eyes, we
enter into deep mourning and confession. We may cooperate with God, cleansing and further unveiling our eyes until
we see the great things of the Lord within us. Repentance, of course, must be thoroughgoing, bringing us not only
godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10) and acknowledgment of sin (Psalm 50:4), but also strengthening our self-control.
As we review the steps in this process, let us ask God for help in establishing these habits. We are to fight off
discouragement, by which the enemy would defeat us. Christ has accomplished a great salvation, opening a wonderful
opportunity to us. Indeed, He sends the Holy Spirit to guide us along this living the way. While there is time, let us
press ahead!
Keep me in purity through saving fear of Thee, O Lord, that I may truly please Thee.
The Epistle Reading
Ἦχος πλ δ.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.
Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 9.11-14
Ἀδελφοί, Χριστὸς δὲ παραγενόμενος ἀρχιερεὺς τῶν μελλόντων ἀγαθῶν, διὰ τῆς μείζονος καὶ
τελειοτέρας σκηνῆς, οὐ χειροποιήτου, τοῦτ’ ἔστιν, οὐ ταύτης τῆς κτίσεως, οὐδὲ δι’ αἵματος τράγων
καὶ μόσχων, διὰ δὲ τοῦ ἰδίου αἵματος εἰσῆλθεν ἐφάπαξ εἰς τὰ ἅγια, αἰωνίαν λύτρωσιν εὑράμενος.
Εἰ γὰρ τὸ αἷμα ταύρων καὶ τράγων, καὶ σποδὸς δαμάλεως ῥαντίζουσα τοὺς κεκοινωμένους,
ἁγιάζει πρὸς τὴν τῆς σαρκὸς καθαρότητα, πόσῳ μᾶλλον τὸ αἷμα τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὃς διὰ πνεύματος
αἰωνίου ἑαυτὸν προσήνεγκεν ἄμωμον τῷ θεῷ, καθαριεῖ τὴν συνείδησιν ὑμῶν ἀπὸ νεκρῶν ἔργων,
εἰς τὸ λατρεύειν θεῷ ζῶντι;
Plagal of the Fourth Tone
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.
Saint Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 9.11-14
BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the
greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into
the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal
redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a
heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the
living God.
Jesus Christ the High Priest
The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel
The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according to
Saint Mark the Evangelist 10:32-45
At that time, Jesus taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying,
"Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the
scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and
spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the
sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask
of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit,
one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what
you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am
baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink;
and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left
is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began
to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those
who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over
them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and
whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to
serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 10.32-45
Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, παραλαβάνει ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοὺς δώδεκα μαθητάς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἤρξατο αὐτοῖς λέγειν τὰ
μέλλοντα αὐτῷ συμβαίνειν, ὅτι ἰδοὺ ἀναβαίνομεν εἰς ῾Ιεροσόλυμα καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου
παραδοθήσεται τοῖς ἀρχιερεῦσι καὶ γραμματεῦσι, καὶ κατακρινοῦσιν αὐτὸν θανάτῳ καὶ
παραδώσουσιν αὐτὸν τοῖς ἔθνεσι, καὶ ἐμπαίξουσιν αὐτῷ καὶ μαστιγώσουσιν αὐτὸν καὶ
προσπορεύονται αὐτῷ ᾿Ιάκωβος καὶ ᾿Ιωάννης υἱοὶ Ζεβεδαίου λέγοντες· διδάσκαλε, θέλομεν ἵνα ὃ
ἐὰν αἰτήσωμεν ποιήσῃς ἡμῖν. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τί θέλετε ποιῆσαί με ὑμῖν; οἱ δὲ εἶπον αὐτῷ· δὸς
ἡμῖν ἵνα εἷς ἐκ δεξιῶν σου καὶ εἷς ἐξ εὐωνύμων σου καθίσωμεν ἐν τῇ δόξῃ σου. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν
αὐτοῖς· οὐκ οἴδατε τί αἰτεῖσθε. δύνασθε πιεῖν τὸ ποτήριον ὃ ἐγὼ πίνω, καὶ τὸ βάπτισμα ὃ ἐγὼ
βαπτίζομαι βαπτισθῆναι; οἱ δὲ εἶπον αὐτῷ· δυνάμεθα. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τὸ μὲν ποτήριον ὃ
ἐγὼ πίνω πίεσθε, καὶ τὸ βάπτισμα ὃ ἐγὼ βαπτίζομαι βαπτισθήσεσθε· τὸ δὲ καθίσαι ἐκ δεξιῶν μου
καὶ ἐξ εὐωνύμων οὐκ ἔστιν ἐμὸν δοῦναι, ἀλλ᾿ οἷς ἡτοίμασται. Καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ δέκα ἤρξαντο
ἀγανακτεῖν περὶ ᾿Ιακώβου καὶ ᾿Ιωάννου. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτοὺς λέγει αὐτοῖς·
οἴδατε ὅτι οἱ δοκοῦντες ἄρχειν τῶν ἐθνῶν κατακυριεύουσιν αὐτῶν καὶ οἱ μεγάλοι αὐτῶν
κατεξουσιάζουσιν αὐτῶν· οὐχ οὕτω δὲ ἔσται ἐν ὑμῖν, ἀλλ᾿ ὃς ἐὰν θέλῃ γενέσθαι μέγας ἐν ὑμῖν,
ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος, καὶ ὃς ἐὰν θέλῃ ὑμῶν γενέσθαι πρῶτος, ἔσται πάντων δοῦλος· καὶ γὰρ ὁ
υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου οὐκ ἦλθε διακονηθῆναι, ἀλλὰ διακονῆσαι, καὶ δοῦναι τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ λύτρον
ἀντὶ πολλῶν.
Stewardship of “Freedom of Religion”
What Are You Willing to Do?
We all saw the video. It was stark and horribly sad; twenty-one Coptic Orthodox Christians in bright orange
jumpsuits being led to slaughter along a lonely deserted Mediterranean beach. Islamic fundamentalist terrorists
were standing behind each one, a knife in hand, ready to take each one of these followers of Christ. What
possible thoughts could have been swirling through their minds; possibly thoughts of home and family, loved
ones or maybe thoughts of their soon to be meeting with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Could it be that
they were just wishing that they could have one more taste of the Body and Blood of their Savior; just one more.
At the instant of their death, they became Saints in the Coptic Orthodox Church. They died because they were
At this moment in time in our county, we Orthodox Christians are not faced with death for our belief. We still
have the opportunity to take more tastes of our Savior, and more chances to participate in praising the God who
created us by attending the Divine Liturgy as often as possible.
The question we must ask ourselves is; “what are we willing to do to assure that our children and
grandchildren will have the same freedom of worship that we have; freedom to profess their Orthodoxy, freedom
to attend Divine Liturgies and, most of all, freedom to partake of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
The biggest steps we can take right now are to make sure that we attend as many services as possible, make
sure that we receive Holy Communion often, and make sure that we give sacrificially of our first fruits to assure
our churches and faith are kept alive and vibrant.
The Bible tells us that the Life we live is but numbered days that will quickly pass.
In honor of the twenty-one new Coptic Orthodox Saints and all the others in the Middle East (especially the little
children) who have died for their faith: May their memories be eternal! Please do not take your religious
freedom for granted. Let no one, or no thing, keep you from the Cup of Life.
"A lot of people are willing to give God the credit, but not too many are willing to give Him the cash."
Old Testament
Old Testament
Reading #1
Old Testament
Reading #2
(for Orthros)
(for Vespers)
(for Vespers)
March 30, 2015
Isaiah 48:17-49:4
Genesis 27:1-41
Proverbs 19:16-25
March 31, 2015
Isaiah 49:6-10
Genesis 31:3-16
Proverbs 21:3-21
April 1, 2015
Isaiah 58:1-11
Genesis 43:26-31; 45:1-16
Proverbs 21:23-22:4
April 2, 2015
Isaiah 65:8-16
Genesis 46:1-7
Proverbs 23:15-24:5
April 3, 2015
Isaiah 66:10-24
Genesis 49:33-50:26
Proverbs 31:8-31
Gospel Reading
Epistle Reading
Gospel Reading
(for Orthros)
(for Divine Liturgy)
(for Divine Liturgy)
Hebrews 12:28-29; 13:1-8
John 11:1-45
Philippians 4:4-9
John 12:1-18
April 4, 2015
April 5, 2015
Matthew 21:1-11; 15-17
March 29, 2015
March 30, 2015
March 31, 2015
April 1, 2015
April 2, 2015
April 3, 2015
April 4, 2015
April 5, 2015
Sunday of the Saint Mary of Egypt (Fifth Sunday of the Great Lent)
- Orthros, 8:15 a.m.; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.
Forty-Day Memorial Service for Kostas Gesouras
Procession of the Greek School and the Sunday School, followed by a Doxology
Sunday Church School (after Holy Communion)
Adult Catechetical Class (after Holy Communion)
Flower Sale Orders Taken (after Divine Liturgy)
Great Compline, 5:30 p.m.
Bible Study (after Great Compline)
Final Day to Register for the 2015 Tour of Greece
Adult Greek Language School Class, 6:00 p.m.
Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, 6:30 p.m.
Last Supper Play and Potluck Supper (after Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts)
2015 Thomas E. Leontis and Anna P. Leontis Memorial Lecture at The OSU, 3:00
Great Vespers for the Saturday of Lazarus, 3:00 p.m.
Saturday of Lazarus
- Orthros, 9:00 a.m.; Divine Liturgy, 11:00 a.m.
Palm Cross Making Party and Luncheon (after Divine Liturgy)
District Oratorical Festival in Saints Constantine and Helen Church, Cleveland 9:00 a.m.
Greek Language School Classes, 10:00 a.m.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Choir Rehearsal, 12:00 p.m.
Great Vespers for the Feast of the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, 3:00 p.m.
Feast of the Triumphal Entry of Christ into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday)
- Orthros, 8:15 a.m.; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.
Annual Palm Sunday Luncheon (after Divine Liturgy)
Orthros for Holy Monday Bridegroom Services (held in anticipation), 6:00 p.m.
Any items that you wish to appear in the Weekly Bulletin must be submitted to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Cathedral Office no later than Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Please note that announcements may be
altered to comply with style, formatting, and space constraints. We appreciate your thoughtful cooperation!
Please join us today after Divine Liturgy for a Fish Fry Luncheon! Then, stay and enjoy the Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Cathedral Greek Language School Program! The meal will include: 2 Fried Cod Fillets, Hush Puppies,
Fries, Coleslaw, and a Drink. A $10.00 donation will be appreciated for 12 years of age and older. Children
leaving the Doxology Service as a group may eat for free. This Fish Fry Luncheon is graciously being sponsored
by the Greek Olympic Society and the profits from the luncheon will be donated to the Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Cathedral Greek Language School.
The AHEPA Family (Order of AHEPA, Daughters of Penelope, Sons of Pericles, and the Maids of Athena)
Buckeye Scholarship Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2015 scholarship applications are ready and
available. The application is available online at Students can access the
application by clicking on Applications on the menu at the top of the website. All the instructions and submission
options are listed. As a reminder, students or their parent(s) or guardian must be a member in good standing of
one of the chapters in the Buckeye District #11, and they must have been a member for the past three years.
The Philoptochos Homeless Ministries will be serving a meal for the homeless on Thursday, April 23, 2015. We
need five volunteers to cook stew for this meal. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Diane
Chakalis at [email protected] or you may call or text her at: (614) 560-9922.
Thank you to all who have filled out their pledge forms. It is a blessing to be able to plan accordingly, and your
gifts of time, talent, and treasure assist us in supporting and creating new ministries to meet the growing needs of
our parish. We are nearing completion of the first quarter, if you have not filled out a 2015 Stewardship Form,
please do so, your support is very much appreciated. Forms are available in the Narthex. Thank you!
The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. All members of the Annunciation
Greek Orthodox Cathedral in-good-standing are welcome to attend all parish council meetings.
The Ladies Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society and the Greek Olympic Society are pleased to announce that
they are taking orders for their Annual Flower Sale. As you know, the proceeds from the Flower Sale help
support the Philoptochos Homeless Meal Ministry. Each basket sold will provide three meals to those in need!
Our goal for this year is to sell 300 hanging baskets. Orders will be taken after Divine Liturgy today, Sunday,
March 29, 2015 and next Sunday, April 5, 2015. The beautiful, 10” hanging baskets are only $14.00 each, and
may be picked-up Mother’s Day weekend on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday,
May 10, 2015 after Divine Liturgy. Please support this worthy project!
The Greek Olympic Society will be hosting their 2015 Glendi Dance on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Ticket sales
will begin this next week. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend this wonderful event!
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Greek Language School holds children and adult classes on Saturdays from
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and adult classes on Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The Saturday Morning Classes for April
are: Saturday, April 4, 2015; Saturday, April 18, 2015; and Saturday, April 25, 2015. The Wednesday Adult Greek
Language School Classes for April will be: Wednesday, April 1, 2015; Wednesday, April 15, 2015; Wednesday, April
22, 2015; and Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
We will be collecting Baby Food (jars of food, formula, or cereal) for the NNEMAP Pantry in the Short North
until Friday, May 1, 2015. Baby food is one of the most needed items for the pantry as it is not available to them
through the area Food Banks that they work with. We hope to collect enough to make weekly deliveries. Please
help us feed God’s children!
All girls in the second grade through the sixth grade are invited and encouraged to be Holy Week Myrrhbearers
(Μυροφόροι). They will be participating in the services for Palm Sunday, Holy Friday Evening, and the Great
and Holy Saturday Midnight Resurrection Service. Please contact Deborah Pries at [email protected] or
(614) 832-7659, if your daughter is interested, and more information will be sent to you.
A light luncheon will be served on Sunday, April 26, 2015 after Divine Liturgy in appreciation of Marge Paras’
25+ years of service as our Cathedral Secretary and to mark her retirement. We will also honor our parishioners
celebrating 80+ years of life. Moreover, we would like to create a slideshow of our honorees with a baby photo.
If you, or someone you know, would like to participate; please submit a baby photo to the Church office by
Monday, April 20, 2015.
"Welcoming People with all ABILITIES!"
The next monthly gathering of the Saint Matrona Miracles of God Ministry will Saturday, April 4, 2015 after the
Saturday of Lazarus Divine Liturgy. This month, we will join with the rest of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Cathedral community for the making of palm crosses for the Feast of the Triumphant Entry of Christ into
Jerusalem and a Saturday of Lazarus Luncheon. We hope to see you there!
The Metropolis of Pittsburgh will hold the Western District Oratorical Festival on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9:00
a.m. at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, located at 3352 Mayfield Road, Cleveland
Heights, Ohio 44118. All of the participants in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Oratorical Festival,
which was held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, were awarded the right to participate at the Metropolis of
Pittsburgh Western District Oratorical Festival. We pray that they have safe travels and the best of luck at the
Western District Oratorical Festival!
The men retirees of the Cathedral will assemble at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015, at Spiro’s Plaza Café
located at 2958 McKinley Avenue, Columbus Ohio for a great breakfast and fellowship.
March 22nd. through March 29th.
All girls in the second grade through the sixth grade are encouraged to be Holy Week Myrrhbearers (Μυροφόροι).
They will be participating in the services for Palm Sunday, Holy Friday Evening, and the Great and Holy Saturday
Midnight Resurrection Service. Please contact Deborah Pries at [email protected] to sign up!
(9 th., 10 th., 11th, and 12 th. Grade)
The next GOYA Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 12, 2015.
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh began online camper registration for Summer Camp 2015 at
Camp Nazareth on Monday, March 16, 2015! JOY Sessions are for those currently in second grade through the
sixth grade. GOYA Sessions are for those currently in grades seventh through twelfth. We are hoping to coordinate
those going from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the following sessions:
 JOY Session #1: Sunday, June 21, 2015 through Saturday, June 27, 2015 (Week One)
 GOYA Session #3: Sunday, July 5, 2015 through Saturday, July 11, 2015 (Week Three)
Hurry and sign-up TODAY these sessions fill-up fast!
The next Little Lambs gathering will be a Teaching Divine Liturgy, and will be held on Saturday,
April 4, 2015. Little Lambs is open to all parish youth not yet in Kindergarten, please join us!
The Church School makes 175 sack lunches for the Open Shelter on the third Sunday of every month. The shelter
serves people who are unable to provide basic needs for their families. We need the support of our students, parents,
and members of our community to help meet our commitment to the shelter. Each month, the Church School seeks
donations from the community. Please contact Helen Rankin at (614) 530-4771 or Diane Chakalis at (614) 560-9922 if
you are willing to donate any of the following items. The next Sack Lunch Sunday will be Sunday, April 19, 2015.
The items that are needed by Sunday, April 19, 2015 are:
175 pieces of fresh fruit
175 drink boxes with straws
175 Cookies (individually wrapped)
200 slices of bologna
200 slices of cheese (sandwich size)
Food preparation gloves
200 Zip Lock sandwich bags
18 loaves of bread
200 paper lunch bags
200 ketchup packets
200 mustard packets
200 bags of snack sized chips
200 Napkins
Senior Captains:
Alexi Baron, Corey Khan, Bobby Gardikes, Jimmy Sevenoff, and Chris Solomonides
Junior Captains:
Jimmy Contakis, Panos Davayios, Charlie Henry, Chris Sfikas, and Robert Valenti
All Altar Boys are encouraged to serve every Sunday and at all special services!
Check out our GOYA Facebook page: Annunciation Columbus GOYA
Youth Ministry Highlights are posted weekly at:
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Junior and Zoee
Dance Rehearsal Schedule
January 2015 through August 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Sunday, July 23, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Sunday, July 30, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Vicky Constantinidis – Gardikes at (614) 778-3219.
(These dates are tentative and may have to be changed to address
parish scheduling conflicts or the need for more or less rehearsal time.)
2015 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Tour of Greece
The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is planning a trip to Greece for Summer 2015.
We will visit Mainland Greece, the Greek Islands, and some of the famous monasteries including:
the Monasteries of Meteora, the Panagia in Tinos (also known as the Megalochari of Tinos or
the Evangelistria of Tinos), and the Monastery of Saint John the Evangelist and Theologian
in Patmos. For more information, please contact: Fay Tzemos of Astro Tours at (614) 4596592. The deadline to register for the tour is THIS Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
We welcome all Catechumens studying to enter the Orthodox Church, spouses of Orthodox
partners, and anyone who is interested in learning more about their Faith. Classes will meet
on the following Sundays after Holy Communion in Room #207.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Lenten Directions from the Fathers
Is it enough to believe in Christ in order to be saved
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Bright Week in the Holy Orthodox Church
The falling asleep of Saint John the Theologian
Saint Andrew of Crete
During Great Lent, we will offer Great Compline on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m. followed
by our customary Bible Study. Please join us for this spiritually uplifting and informative
Monday, March 30, 2015
Saint John Chrysostom Comments on Christ's Ministry
Monday, April 27, 2015
The General Resurrection of All Humanity
Monday, May 4, 2015
The Ascension and Great Commission
Monday, April 20, 2015
Saint Gregory Palamas Comments on the Resurrection
Monday, May 11, 2015
Christian Apologists on Saint Matthew's Gospel
Monday, May 18, 2015
Sanctification of Time
The Annunciation
Greek Orthodox Cathedral Choir
O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the
earth! Sing to the Lord, bless His Holy Name; tell of His
salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the
nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!
Psalm 96:1-3
Choir Calendar
(Saturday Rehearsals begin each Saturday at 10:00 a.m. unless otherwise noted)
(Sunday Rehearsals begin after Holy Communion and last until 12:00 p.m.)
Full Rehearsal (Late Start due to the Saturday of Lazarus Services).............................................Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
Palm Sunday..............................................................................................................................Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Holy Tuesday..........................................................................................................................Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Great and Holy Friday............................................................................................................Friday, April 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Feast of All Feasts, Great and Holy Pascha..................................................................Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:30 p.m.
The Rice Bowl funds are distributed to
eight different countries: Haiti,
Honduras, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, India,
Philippines, Rwanda, and South Africa.
We are a little over half way through
Great Lent; please pray for this project
and for the children who are without
food that God will work within our
hearts to provide a helping hand in
changing a child’s life.
The funds we raise will give children a chance at life. We are thankful to be making
real change with your change! May God bless you! Pick up a rice bowl today in
the Cathedral Lobby. Return it by Pascha (Sunday, April 12, 2015)!
Got questions? Contact Eve Peratopoulos at [email protected]
or Helen Rankin at [email protected]
Holy Friday
With the Saints give rest, O Christ, to the soul of Thy servants where
there is no sickness and sorrow, neither sighing, but only life everlasting.
In Loving Memory
(please include first and last names)
Your Name ______________________________________________
Donation: $5.00 per name
The luminarias will be lit and placed in the Cathedral courtyard
before the Lamentation Service on Holy Friday Evening
Donations will assist our Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral Mission Team that will be
going to Appalachia this Summer. Our outreach will involve ministering to youth, and
making a difference in people’s lives through light construction projects. Please also include
our Mission Team and all Orthodox Missions in your prayers!
Please make checks payable to “Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral”
Please return checks to:
Helen Rankin, Deborah Pries, or the Cathedral Office. Thank You!
Lenten and Pascha
Flower Donations
Please consider donating
Toward the flowers that
we offer during Holy Week
Services. You can find a flyer
with more information
at the candle stand.
Thank you to everyone
who has donated so far.
Your generosity is
greatly appreciated!
The Modern Greek Program at The Ohio State University
invites you to the 2015 Thomas E. Leontis and Anna P. Leontis
Memorial Lecture in Modern Greek Studies. This year,
Professor Dimitri Gutas (Yale University) will speak
"Posthumous Hellenisms in Byzantium and Early Islam: A History"
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
The Ohio State University
Ohio Union Interfaith and Reflection Room
1739 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio
A reception will follow the lecture. Please make plans to attend this insightful and informative event.
For more information, please contact professor Yiorgos Anagnostou at [email protected]
For more detailed information of the Professor Dimitri Gutas and the Leontis Memorial Lecture please see,
Our Orthodox Communities
Serving Christ Through
Helping Others Together
We have been talking about how we can better serve the city communities we
reside in and have hope that if we work together by leveraging our collective
gifts and talents, we can both compliment services we are already providing
and better serve the needy in our neighborhoods. Please consider getting
involved in one of our joint out-reach projects:
Will be working with local drug
and alcohol rehabilitation centers
to provide safe housing for
individuals experiencing addiction
and homelessness.
We will be developing, writing,
and illustrating a series of age
appropriate books for teaching
adults how to read. They will
include material to help develop
important life skills and will
compliment the Homeless Outreach
Ministries of Saint Gregory of
Nyssa Orthodox Church in helping
families become more independent
and move out of poverty.
Our communities will be aiding
NNEEMAP in collecting much
needed baby food for Columbus
area families.
For more information on how you
can help, please contact Nathan
Smith, founder of the Jonah
House and a member of Saint
Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox
Church at (614) 354-4849 or
[email protected]
For more information on how you
can help, please contact Deborah
Pries, a member of the Annunciation
Greek Orthodox Cathedral at (614)
832-7659 or [email protected]
or Charles Robbins, member of Saint
Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church,
[email protected]
Please support this effort by
bringing baby food donations when
we worship together for the Divine
Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts of
Great Lent:
Saint Barnabas Antiochian
Orthodox Church
March 11, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Annunciation Greek
Orthodox Cathedral
April 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another,
as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
I James 4:10
What are your gifts and talents?
Find out how you can help!
If you would like to be a part of our leadership team, contact Father Demetrios Gardikes at
[email protected] or: Nathan and Stephanie Smith, Saint Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox
Church; Charles Robbins, Saint Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church; Deborah Pries, Sundy Gulu,
Helen Rankin, Peter Gardikes, Diane Chakalis, or Isaac Williams, Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Cathedral. We would be happy to answer any of your questions!
In the Holy Orthodox Church, the Myrrhbearers are called
“Apostles to the Apostles; the First Preachers of the Resurrection.”
All girls in the second grade through the sixth grade are
invited to be Holy Week Myrrhbearers (Μυροφόροι).
The myrrhbearers will participate in the Sunday of the Triumphal Entry
of Christ into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), Holy Friday Evening
Lamentations at the Tomb of Christ Service, and the Great and Holy
Saturday Vespers and Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil celebrating the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Midnight Resurrecitonal Services)
The girls will need a white dress and be able to attend two rehearsals.
Please sign up by email, and we will be happy to send you more information.
Deborah Pries at: [email protected] (614) 832-7659
Preparing to Receive the Light, Pascha, 2014
Schedule for Holy Week, including the Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday
Friday, April 3, 2015
Lazarus Saturday Great Vespers – 3:00 p.m.
Holy Thursday, April 9, 2015
Divine Liturgy of the Mystical Supper (Vesperal
Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil), 6:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Saturday of Lazarus
- Orthros, 9:00 a.m.; Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
Saturday of Lazarus Luncheon and the Making of the
Palm Crosses (after Divine Liturgy)
The Holy Passion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ, including the Reading of the Twelve Passion
Gospels and the Procession of the Cross with the
Crucified Christ, 6:30 p.m.
GOYA Lenten Event with Royal Hours, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Great and Holy Friday, April 10, 2015
Great Vespers for the Feast of the Triumphant Entry
of Christ into Jerusalem, 3:00 p.m.
Decorating of the Epitaphios, 9:00 a.m.
Feast of the Triumphant Entry of Christ into Jerusalem
- Orthros, 8:15 a.m.; Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.
Apokathelosis (Unnailing and Removal of Christ from
the Cross), 1:00 p.m.
Annual Palm Sunday Luncheon (after Divine Liturgy)
Lamentations at the Tomb of Christ with the Procession
of Kouvouklion containing the Epitaphion, 6:30 p.m.
Orthros of the Bridegroom for Holy Monday (held in
anticipation), 6:00 p.m.
Holy Monday, April 6, 2015
Great and Holy Saturday, April 11, 2015
Divine Liturgy of the Proto Anastasi (Vesperal Divine
Liturgy of Saint Basil), 8:30 a.m.
Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 10:00 a.m.
Resurrection Vigil, 11:00 p.m.
Orthros of the Bridegroom for Holy Tuesday (held in
anticipation), 6:00 p.m.
Holy Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts 10:00 a.m.
Orthros of the Bridegroom for Holy Wednesday (held
in anticipation), 6:00 p.m.
Feast of All Feasts
Great and Holy Pascha
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ, 12:00 a.m.
Feast of the Resurrection Parish Meal (after Divine
Holy Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Sacrament of Holy Unction, 3:30 p.m.
Agape Vespers, 11:00 p.m.
Orthros of the Mystical Supper with the Sacrament of
Holy Unction, 6:30 p.m.
“Pascha” Egg Hunt (after the Agape Vespers)