St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church
504 Sport Hill Rd. Easton, CT 06612

3-18-2020 Archbishop Nathaniel has closed churches to the public until further notice.
Please continue to check our site for updates. The most recent updates will be here on the hompage while all other announcements will be archived on our Administration page. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. Contact Fr. George at the church (203) 268-8237 or email Van Kolton at vgkolton@gmail.com. Thank you and God Bless you all!

Father George and Parish Council President, Van G. Kolton  


Message from Fr. George - April 1
Finish the Game

Jesus Our Good Shepard

Three men were playing a game when one of them asked, "What would you do if the world were to end today?
     One said that he would run to church and pray.

     The second said that he would go to ask forgiveness of everyone he offended.

     They asked the third what he would do and he answered "I would finish the game first.

     "Everyone gave a good answer, we should certainly pray and ask forgiveness from all, but, we also, have to stay in place and "finish the game."


While we're all sheltered in our homes for what is turning out to be a much longer waiting period, don't be discouraged.

Continue with your prayers, communicate with other parishioners and friends (I'm trying to keep in touch with you this way and by phone to check on you) and keep occupied.

Play games with your family, tell stories, look at old photos and remember those events - "finish the game" until this crisis ends. It will end - don't despair and don't let it get you down. Sing songs - church or secular or ethnic. I know that we're all strong and faithful. Look to the Lord our good shepherd who protects us and loves us and guides us through all times of temptation and hardship. Be strong, be careful, be safe.
It seems obvious that we will not be able to be in Church together for PASCHA but we will try to bring the Church to your homes safely.

We all pray for the day that we can worship together side by side and we hope that it will be very soon. May God keep us all in His Grace and loving care and bless us all. Please don't forget the parish during these days of absence. I still go every day and will continue to worship at the appropriate times. Love you all!

Remember the words of St. Paul to the Hebrews 12: "Lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees.....let us throw off everything that hinders us ...and run the race marked out for us” and St. John said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" John 14;27


Sunday of St John of the Ladder - Fr. George's Liturgy Highlights and Sermon - March 29
Place a Cross on your Door
Place a Cross on your Door
Place a Cross on your Door

Dear Parishioners and Friends, Christ is in our Midst!

(Click a video of selected prayers and Fr. George's sermon)

When the Lord visited the plagues upon Egypt, He instructed the Hebrews at the last plague to place the blood of their sacrificed lamb on the lintel and doorposts (if you connect the dots it comes out to the shape of a cross) and the Angel of the Lord would " PASS OVER" their house; and they would be spared.

Several monks from Mt. Athos after praying to the Lord and invoking the intercessions of the Holy Theotokos (the Patroness of the Holy Mountain) and St. Charalambos (patron Saint of those suffering from infectious diseases) have recommended after a revelation that every Orthodox Christian place a cross on their front door.
The holy Cross is indeed the sign of victory for all Christians as the Lord revealed even in the Old Testament. Again, this week is the week of the Holy Cross in our Church as well as the afterfeast of the Annunciation to the Theotokos. The cross on our door is a constant reminder to us that the Lord has sealed us with His protection and that He gave His life that we may live. Meditate on Jesus' steadfast love for us and all the events that He endured during this approaching time of Holy and Great Week and Pascha.

Even though the Parish is closed during this time, TODAY (SUNDAY) we're all together in SPIRIT and strength as a faithful community especially as we pray as one. We are all parts of Christ's body and together as a whole we form the force of His power on earth. We certainly will all be together in our beloved parish very soon.

 

St. Peter wrote to the faithful when they were separated from each other in adversity, "CAST YOUR ANXIETIES ON HIM FOR HE CARES ABOUT YOU". Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of you ...throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all Grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, establish and strengthen you. To Him be the dominion for ever and ever. AMEN


Akathist Hymn and Bells Ringing in Easton - March 27

On Friday, March 27th Fr George prayed the Akathist Hymn to the  Theotokos and then went to St Dimitrie to  ring our church bells. Easton First Selectman, Dr David Bindelglass, asked all town churches to ring their bells at 6:30 pm to show we are all united for victory against this virus  pandemic. He also asked that residents go out on their front lawns and bang pots and pans. Thank you Joe Puzstay.

See our videos of Akathist Hymn to the Theotokis  and Town-wide ringing of Church Bells

 

Text of the Akathist Hymn


Introduction

The Akathist Hymn is a profound, devotional poem, which sings the praises of the Holy Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is one of the most beloved services in the Orthodox Church. It was composed in the imperial city of Constantinople, "the city of the Virgin," by St. Romanos the Melodist, who reposed in the year 556. The Akathist Hymn has proven so popular in the liturgical life of the Church that many other hymns have been written following its format. These include Akathists to Our Lord Jesus Christ, to the Cross, and to many Saints.

The Akathist hymn consists of praises directed to the Mother of God, beginning with the salutation of the Archangel Gabriel: "Rejoice." As the hymn is chanted all of the events related to our Lord's Incarnation pass before us for our contemplation. The Archangel Gabriel marvels at the Divine self-emptying and the renewal of creation which will occur when Christ comes to dwell in the Virgin's womb. The unborn John the Baptist prophetically rejoices. The shepherds recognize Christ as a blameless Lamb, and rejoice that in the Virgin "the things of earth join chorus with the heavens." The pagan Magi following the light of the star, praise Her for revealing the light of the world.

The word "akathistos" means "not sitting," i.e., standing; normally all participants stand while it is being prayed. The hymn is comprised of 24 stanzas, arranged in an acrostic following the Greek alphabet. The stanzas alternate between long and short. Each short stanza is written in prose and ends with the singing of "Alleluia." Each longer stanza ends with the refrain: "Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded."

  1. The first part of the hymn is about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by the Angel. It describes Mary’s surprise at the news, her visit to her mother and Joseph’s doubts as to her innocence.

  2. The second part is about the birth of Christ, the worship of the Shepherds and Magi, the flight to Egypt and the visit to Saint Simeon in the Temple.

  3. In the third part the hymn directs our attention to the renewal of the world by Christ’s coming, and the amazement of the Angels and the wise men at the sight of the Incarnation of God’s Son.

  4. The fourth and the last part is once more a lyric and rhetorical appraisal of Virgin Mary, whom the poet adorns with the most beautiful of adjectives asking her to accept his poetical offering and to intercede for the salvation of human race from the earthly sin.

Message from Fr George - March 27

I pray that all of you are well and surviving our “shelter in place” on this 12th day of mitigation. I’m sure that we’re all getting “cabin fever” by this time, not being able to go through our normal routines. But this unusual time was given to us for a purpose beyond the virus protection.

God must be asking if we’re really “using” our time wisely.
We’ve been using the occasion to clean and go through long neglected drawers, closets and books set aside for just a period such as this.

I’m sure He’s saying that we should also be spending more time with Him-in prayer, in studying His word, meditating on His love and talking to the family about Him.  If we keep watching only the news, we will be brought to the brink of despair. Watch a funny movie, read a funny book, tell your family stories of good past times and experiences and read the psalms for the Lord’s record of how He’s always cared for His people.

I don’t know how this Pascha will turn out, but I can tell you that as long as we keep praying together as a Church in togetherness, we will be kept as one by God’s Grace and we will celebrate in joy. I can’t tell you how much I miss all of you – the children, the Seniors, the classes and all you parishioners –and how I long to see your smiling faces and hear your voices resounding throughout the Church and the hall. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God the Father and the Communion of the Holy Spirit through the prayers of His Holy Mother and of St. Dimitrie, our Patron, be with all of you.

“He who dwells in the help of the Most High shall lodge in the shelter of the God of Heaven. He shall say to the Lord,“You are my protector and my refuge. My God I will hope in Him; for He shall free me from the snare of the enemy and from every troubling word. He shall overshadow you with His shoulders and under His wings you shall hope. His truth will encircle you like a shield.You shall not be frightened by fear at night …….I am with him in affliction and I will deliver and glorify him. And show him my salvation” - Psalm 90 (91)

 

Blessings and love, Father George


Annunciation - March 25

Click here for video clips of Fr George's Prayers for the Feast of the Annunciation   and    Sermon for the Feast of the Annunciation 

“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed (engaged) to a man whose name was Joseph, of the House of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women. But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her,” Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His Father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel,” How can this be, since I know no man?” And the angel answered and said to her “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the Power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born of you will be called the Son of God…. for with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said,” Behold the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to you word.”  Luke 1:26-36,37-38

Today the Church celebrates a major Feast – day; the Annunciation, Vangelismolu, Buna Vestire, Evangelismos. No matter how we say it, it means the – the Announcement of the Good News. The Good news is that God loves us so much and in spite of our failings, He became one of us – a human being – through the Ever Virgin Mary, so that He would be so close to us here on earth that He would be exactly one of us – except in sin - in feeling, suffering, aching and even be willing to die so that He would know and experience exactly what we do. As God He was able to overcome all tribulation and death by his Resurrection so that we too can rise from the dead. God is suffering along with us through this plague that has come upon the world and our country. He is with us hunkered down in our homes and He’s also with those who are first responders, caring for the ill. He looks down on us from His Cross and says to be of good cheer, don’t be afraid, this will all end and you will be stronger than ever before, if you remain strong in your Faith. Remember the Ever virgin Mary who answered the Archangel to "let it be me as according to your word" and she became not only the Mother of God, but, also, the Mother of us all. Remember Jesus as He prayed “Your will be done.” Remember to pray the Lord’s prayer together as a parish at 10 a.m.so that we’re in solidarity on this week of the Holy Cross. Stop wherever you are and pray and, especially, today, on this special holy day. It’s not coincidental that in this critical week of “sheltering in our homes” the Church commemorates the Holy Cross all week and right in the middle we have the remembrance of our holy Mother the Theotokos as our intercessor before the Lord. It is God’s Providence telling us “O my children be strong for I am with you always to the end of time. Multi ani to all of you, our parishioners, and friends and our Vangel’s – especially our President. God Bless us all and God bless America!

Click here for video clips of Fr George's Prayers for the Feast of the Annunciation   and    Sermon for the Feast of the Annunciation 


A Letter from our President
Dear Friends of St. Dimitrie,
 
On behalf of the Parish Council and my family, I wanted to reach out to all of you to let you know that we're thinking of and praying for everyone during this unprecedented worldwide crisis. 
 
As Father George has encouraged us many times, we should not have fear but instead, be strong in our faith. God is with us, even now, as we and those we love may be suffering. Praying together, in the solidarity of our church and our Christian faith–throughout the day–lifts our hearts and souls in unison to God as we sacrifice our routines and our comforts to His will.
 
Although we're not together in church, we are together in spirit and to that end, we respectfully remind and encourage you, if you are able, to mail in your Easter card offering so that we can use our card to connect to each other. Our website is set up to take donations online, as well. While we are at home, our church expenses and many of its functions do continue so we ask that you consider continuing to make your weekly donations and basket contributions if your circumstances allow it.
 
Like you, we will take each day as it comes, being grateful for spring, for togetherness if we're sheltering with family, or for email, the telephone, and the internet to connect us if we are isolated at home at this time. 
 
Remember that we are still observing Lent so read your Bibles and devotions, fast, pray, reach out to others with a friendly phone call, and draw near to God as we look forward to the celebration of the resurrection of our Dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. No virus, no pandemic, no nothing can keep our Lord from us.
 
Yours in Christ,

Van and Linda Kolton


Memory Eternal - Alexandra Schilira, Tom Vangel's father-in-law and Micheline Shola

Our condolences to Andrew Shillira on the passing of his wife, ALEXANDRA BUDI SHILLIRA  on Thursday, March 26 from natural causes.  She had been in the Ludlowe Nursing Home for 3-1/2 years having suffered from a major stroke. Besides her husband she is survived by a sister in the Washington DC area, her sister-in-law Vicki Nicas and several nieces here and in DC and a nephew. Funeral services have been delayed until this Corona crisis is mitigated further. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery. Details will come as soon as possible. May her Memory be Eternal!
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Our sympathies to Tom and Janice Vanghele of NYC on the passing of Janice’s father ENRICO on Friday in Indiana from natural causes. May he rest in peace!
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Our Sister in Christ, Micheline Shola has fallen asleep in the Lord. She was the daughter of Mike and Elizabeth (Betty) Andry Shola, sister of the late Susan A. Shola and sister of Brenda Shola Zebelman of Wallingford, CT. May her Memory be Eternal

Sunday of the Cross - March 22, 2020 - Message from Fr. George

“ Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to all men, the Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of Peace will be with you.“ Philippians 4:4-9

St. Paul in his letter to the people of Philppi teaches them how to react in times of joy as well as in tribulation. He says to :

C-elebrate and give thanks to God ,

A-lways trust in God

L-et the Lord be in charge ,

M-editate on His works and care for us.

 

C-A-L-M—remain calm, go about your tasks with prayer, thanks, rejoicing, meditating on how Jesus always gets us through and His peace will fill our hearts, minds and souls. As we “shelter in our homes” this week let us remember the Holy Cross of Christ to which the Church dedicates this whole week –providentially, there is no coincidence.  Jesus took that instrument of defeat and death and turned it into the symbol of victory and of eternal life. He showed the whole world just how much God loves us . May our Good God protect each one of us and our loved ones from all” danger, affliction, anger or need and help us, save have mercy on us and keep us by His Grace ---for unto Him are due all glory, honor and worship, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen “

 

( check on You Tube for video of Service @ st.dimitrie Easton; the parish website-stdimitrieeaston.org; Fb st. dimitrie orthodox church or Fb george coca )


Sunday, March 21 - Note From Fr. George

Dear Parishioners of St. Dimitrie, Christ is in our midst!

Even though our Church building is closed for the next two Sundays, our Church is very much alive and active through each one of us who make up the " Body of Christ ".

Wherever WE ARE there will the CHURCH BE ALSO.

Many years ago the BBC did a series on faith. The Orthodox segment was filmed in Romania during the Communist regime. One part of it was an interview with a group of men who had petitioned the government to allow them to build a Church for their town. The government kept stalling in refusal. This very brave and devoted group who were willing to be filmed were asked what would happen if they were denied. One of the men answered for all who agreed with him "As long as we have our icons and can pray before them–or even if they take them away from us –there the CHURCH WILL ALWAYS BE." So even if we can't all be together in our beloved Parish, for the time being, keep up your prayers and the Lord will unite us in His Holy Church together as one.

Tomorrow, Sunday is the Sunday of the Holy Cross marking our half-way point through Lent and to the Glorious Pascha of the Lord. It's the day that we meditate on the Lord's Saving work for us. How He made that instrument of torture and death into a symbol of victory. We venerate that holy wood in remembrance and joy singing out "Before your Cross, we bow down in worship O, Master; and Your Holy Ressurection, we glorify!"

Since the time of the Lord's death on the Cross, Christians have crossed themselves blessing their minds, heart, soul, and body and devoting them to Jesus, our Lord. Cross yourselves frequently. Bless your children and grandchildren with the cross upon their bodies and teach them what a blessing we have from God that we're able to invoke His protection upon us. "It is Christ who died and furthermore is also risen who is at the right hand of God who also makes intercession for us Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine -or pandemic- or peril or sword? ...Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us ." Romans 34-38


On this Sunday you each would receive a flower from the Cross. I send each of you a Daffodil that has blossomed.

LOOK TO THE DAFFODILS!

Before your Cross, we bow down in worship O, Master
Before your Cross, we bow down in worship O, Master
Before your Cross, we bow down in worship O, Master
Daffodils have blossomed
Daffodils have blossomed
Daffodils have blossomed
Sunday of the Holy Cross
Sunday of the Holy Cross
Sunday of the Holy Cross

Recipes from our vegan chef and Sunday School Superintendent, Linda Soper Kolton

Our own vegan chef extraordinaire, Linda Soper-Kolton offers her recipe blog to our community.  All her recipes are meat- and dairy-free.  You can even search for recipies by meal or specific ingredient. 

She also has written a vegan cookbook for the Catskill Sanctuary called "Compassionate Cuisine: The Cookbook.  See her for information about purchasing a copy.

Linda - Thank you for your sharing your gifts with us

 

 


Pay Dues, Donations or Sponsorships by Credit Card

Did you know you can make donations, be a festival sponsor or pay your dues by credit card?

Click the Administration/Donation button in the upper left, then click  "Make a Donation" button and follow instructions

You can also go to www.stdimitrie.com

 

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Our Mission Statement

To know and experience the love of GOD –Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to worship Him in spirit and in truth as taught by the Lord through His Apostles; and to welcome and encourage others to know and love Him! 

 

 

Thank you for visiting the website of St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church in Easton, Connecticut. This site provides a glimpse into our parish, our Faith and our community.  We hope these announcements, updates, photographs and history will be interesting and enjoyable.
 
Our family invites you to come participate in the life of our parish and worship with us. 
Services: Our doors and arms are open to you and we pray you find a home with us.
Sunday Matins begins at 9:15am and Liturgy at 10:00am. 
All our services are held in English with Romanian prayers and hymns (which are also repeated in English) - and our choir
 
 


Memory from our 2019 Palm Sunday Dinner

Upcoming Schedule
  • 2

    Apr

    Thursday
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Bible Class until further notice
    Fast
  • 3

    Apr

    Friday
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Akathist Hymn
    Fast
  • 5

    Apr

    Sunday
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Liturgy
    Fast: wine & oil
  • 7

    Apr

    Tuesday
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Bible Class until further notice
    Fast
  • 9

    Apr

    Thursday
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Living our Faith classes until further notice
    Fast
  • 11

    Apr

    Saturday
    LAZARUS SATURDAY
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Service
    Fast: wine & oil
  • 12

    Apr

    Sunday
    PALM SUNDAY
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Service
    Fast: fish, wine, & oil
  • 19

    Apr

    Sunday
    PASCHA
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Pascal Vespers
    Fast free
  • 20

    Apr

    Monday
    BRIGHT MONDAY
    Fast free
  • 21

    Apr

    Tuesday
    Due to Corona Virus - there will be no Bible Class until further notice
    Fast free

St. Dimitrie in the CT Post!

St. Dimitrie 's new icons are in the Pulse Section of Saturday's (8/31/13) CT Post!  See the article "Creative Gifts, Spirituality Shine in Icon Painter's Art"

http://www.ctpost.com/entertainment/article/Creative-gifts-spirituality-shine-in-icon-4769165.php

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