St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church
504 Sport Hill Rd. Easton, CT 06612
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Continue to check our site for updates. The most recent updates will be on the hompage while all other announcements will be archived here on our Administration page.
If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us. Contact Fr. George at the church (203) 268-8237 or email Van Kolton at Thank you and God Bless you all!

Father George and Parish Council President, Van G. Kolton  

St John Climacus - March 27 with Video Highlights and Sermon
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 here for a video of Fr George serving liturgy - selected prayers and 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

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:  "Rejoice, unfading rose. Rejoice, the only one who budded forth the unfading apple. Rejoice, birth-giver of the aromatic balm of the King of all. Rejoice, O Bride unwedded, the world's salvation."


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 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 

Letter from our President. (March 25, 2020)

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

Sunday of the Cross - March 22

“ 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; Fb st. dimitrie orthodox church or Fb george coca )

Message from Fr. George - March 22

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
Look to the Daffodils
Look to the Daffodils
(3-18) Letter from Fr. George and Directive from Archbishop Nathaniel


Today, Wed. March 18 our Archbishop Nathaniel has mandated that all parishes of our Episcopate not celebrate any services open to the public until March 31st. We will have no Sunday Holy Liturgies or week day services until that time when the situation will be re-evaluated. (You can find the directives from our Archpastor on the Epicopate website (, our parish website, the parish facebook page and my facebook page). In the meantime, I want all of us to keep in touch either by facebook or by phone, since we’re not seeing each other.

I will be sending out messages on a regular basis to let you know that I’m still praying for you all. I’ve said many times before in my sermons that the Lord our God says “ DO NOT BE AFRAID" or “DO NOT FEAR “ 365 times -365 times –in Scripture. Do you think He’s trying to tell us something? He’s telling us EVERY DAY of the year to remember that.

When you wake in the morning and when you go to bed at night –remember that.

Should we be concerned? Yes we can, so that we do the best we can to stop the spread. But our HOPE is in the LORD –DON’T BE AFRAID because fear is the opposite of FAITH. Be strong, keep praying, be careful and we will all be together again in thanksgiving in the Eucharist very soon. God bless all of us with His Mercy, Love and Grace!

Christ Over Viruses and Infectious Diseases !


Directive from Archbishop Nathaniel: An Episcopal Directive Concerning the Coronavirus Among Us

For additional information and resources - see the following:

The OCA resource page  - there are many resources on this page so scroll down for the following:

Assembly of Cannonical Bishops Statement to the Faithful On Church Attendance and Best Practices during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic



(3-17-2020) Fr. George Update: No Liturgy on Sunday and Other Updates
Dear Parishioners and Friends, Christ is in our midst!

We hope that this message finds all of you well and your families well. There have been many directives from the Corona Virus Task Force and State and Municipal authorities. We encourage you to follow their directives, keeping distance, staying home, etc.

  • Because this week seems to be critical, the Church WILL NOT be open this Sunday. I will be here to serve the Matins Service praying to our Lord for the world, our Country, our communities, our parish and all of our parishioners and families.  Please DO NOT come - remain at home saying your prayers.

  • We have eliminated the Pre-Sanctified Liturgies for the month of March.

  • I will be serving the Akathist to the Theotokos on Friday evenings for her intercessions for our safety. We will evaluate the situation on a week-by-week basis and will send out weekly announcements 

  • I know that we should be increasing our liturgical and spiritual life during these extraordinary times, however, for the time being we’ll follow the directives of our medical community. I ask all of you to make a commitment to pray the LORD’S PRAYER all together at 10:00 a.m. EVERY DAY so that we’re all praying in one body. God doesn’t need telecommunication; He hears us whenever we pray. Go to your prayer corner or in your car or wherever you are and stop and pray in solidarity as a parish.

All together we are victorious in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Be mindful of how He has brought us through difficulties before and the Lord WILL do it again and again. Be faithful, be brave, be positive and this too shall pass. May God bless all our caregivers, those who have the virus and all people who are in need of His great and loving Mercy. God bless all of us unto ages of ages. Amen!

P.S. I’m looking out my window at my hardy daffodils that are pushing their heads through the hard earth and their buds ready to blossom with a little warm weather. God shows the world even through nature that we are in the midst of new life and regeneration. He says to us that life continues and is resilient – with determination and God’s help we shall survive. Look to the Daffodils.


~ Father George Coca

(3-15) Update to our Response to COVID-19

Dear Parishioners,

As we prepare spiritually during this Lenten season, I wanted to let you know that we are doing our part at St. Dimitrie to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. I would like to emphasize that we had already taken measures weeks ago at St. Dimitrie and we continue. The church and all common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to services. Common areas will include vestibule, pews, elevator, and restrooms.

During Liturgy:

  • Kiss of Peace: we don't shake hands or hug but rather cross our arms and bow to each other.
  • Venerating After Liturgy: The hand cross has not been given to venerate but rather the faithful are being anointed with holy oil either from St. Dimitrie's relics or Myrrh from the Hawaii icon of the Mother of God. Fr George asks you do not kiss his hand and the icons can be bowed to.
  • Communion: When you approach the chalice - open your mouth, allowing the Sacrament to be dropped in your mouth and then close without touching the spoon. (Remember the spoon is only to convey the Sacrament to you.)

We have suspended/cancelled the following until after Easter or further notice:

  • Pan-Orthodox vespers on Sunday afternoons during the month of March (NEW)
  • Fellowship (Coffee Hour) after Liturgy. (NEW)
  • Women's Council Meeting (NEW)
  • Bible Study
  • Living Our Faith
  • Retirees Group on Thursdays.
  • Sunday School

In addition to protocols already in place, please note the following:

  • In light of the Archdiocese directives, we will continue to offer Holy Communion to those who wish to partake. If you do not feel comfortable at this time, you may abstain or approach the altar and ask for a blessing instead.
  • The church and all common areas will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to services. Common areas will include vestibule, pews, elevator, and restrooms.
  • We ask that only those people scheduled to work in the kitchen enter it until further notice. We welcome your donations of food and supplies, but please leave them outside the door or in the hall where they can be retrieved.
  • The situation is fluid, with new directives coming out daily at this time, we will continue with regular church services on Sundays.
  • We will be making a determination about Pre-Sanctified Liturgies on Wednesdays so please stay tuned by checking the website.
  • The Pan-Orthodox vespers on Sunday afternoons during the month of March have been canceled.
  • The Women's Council canceled this month's meeting.
  • Planned activities (memorials, baptisms, etc.) will take place as scheduled.
  • Beginning on March 22, fellowship will be suspended until further notice.
  • We are suspending Bible study, Living Our Faith, Retirees Group on Thursdays until after Easter.
  • Sunday School is suspended. There will be no classes until after Easter.




Per the Center for Disease Control and local public health authority directives, we ask that:

  • If you or anyone you have been in close contact with are feeling ill or have displayed flu-like symptoms, please stay home. (Please check the CDC website for further information)
  • If you or anyone you have been in close contact with have recently traveled via airplane or out of state, please stay home.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, several times per day.
  • Use hand sanitizer liberally and as often as possible.


While it is regretful to have to take such measures, we support all the efforts underway to help reduce the spread of this virus and mitigate harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as citizens of our country. If we all do our part without panic, we can look forward to brighter days very soon. Continue to be strong in your faith. Pray for this to pass quickly, pray for your loved ones and those who are sick, and remember that all things are in God's hands. The Lord is with us and we ask Him to keep us in His Grace and Mercy and Love through this time of trial for the World, our Country and each one of us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.


Thank you and God bless you all!


Father George

Parish Council President, Van Kolton 

If you have any questions or concerns - please contact Fr George at the church (203) 268-8237 or email Van Kolton at

UPDATE to our REPONSE of CORONA VIRUS (3-15-2020)
Dear Parishioners,

We frequently update our website with new information about our efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and any cancellation or suspension of services or activities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out.
Fr. George can be reached at church at (203) 268-8237
President Van Kolton may be reached via email at
Thank you and God bless you all!

Father George
Parish Council President, Van Kolton

Archpriest Father George M. Coca
(Church) 203-268-8237 or (Home) 203-373-0410 or (Cell) 203-895-5464 (Phone)

Fr. George has the following office hours at the church. If you need his assistance outside these times, please contact him at the phone numbers listed above. 

Tuesday through Friday  10:00 am - 1:00 pm 


Follow Fr. George on his Facebook page at: Fr. George M Coca 

and Follow St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church on Facebook at: St Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church

Van G. Kolton
Parish Council President
203-434-5611 (Phone)
Church Office Secretary Kathleen LiCastri

The church office secretary is available Monday - Wednesday from 10am - 2pm.

She can be reached at (203) 268-8237

Our 2020 Parish Council Members

Here are a list of our 2020 Parish Council Members

Kolton, Van................ President
Fatsy, George...............Vice President, Episcopate Delegate
Kolton, Linda.............. Secretary
Wood, Tom................. Treasurer
Fatsy, Peter................ Assistant Treasurer
Blaschke, Bob.............. Auditor
Colimitra, Andrei............ Auditor
Carabina, Mark............. Head Epitrope
Demont, James.............. Epitrope
Fekete, Rick................ Epitrope
Godin, Florence............. Epitrope
Godin, Frank............... Epitrope
Bob Nicola................. Past President
Cipu, Betsy................ Ladies Auxiliary President
Babu, John................ Member
Balamaci, Evelyn....... Members
Coca, Dean................. Member
Costulas, Mary Jennifer....... Member
Fatsy, Audrey.............. Episcopate Delegate
Giavara, Sutiri.............. Member
Hoag, Nora................. Member
Pusztay, Joseph............. Member
Shawah, Annette............ Member
Schuster, Ted............... Member
Scinto, Karen............... Member
Scinto, Rich............... Member
Wood, Marie............... Member
Audrian Ocrain...........MacAroy President
Babu, Michael.............. Alternate Episcopate Delegate
Ryan, Jeannette............. Alternate Episcopate Delegate


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