St. Dimitrie Orthodox Church
504 Sport Hill Rd. Easton, CT 06612
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Opening of the Church - June 14
 

Dear Parishioners, Christ is in our midst!

FINALLY, GOOD NEWS!!! OUR CHIEF SHEPHERD, ARCHBISHOP NATHANIEL HAS SENT US DIRECTIVES THAT WE CAN OPEN THE CHURCH FOR SERVICES. 

The Episcopate instructions allow us to do so on Sunday, June 7 –Pentecost Sunday. However, because we have been closed so long and there are many precautions that we still have to follow because of Coronavirus and State of Connecticut directives, I urge you to read this announcement completely. I’m sorry that it’s going to sound very dictatorial, but these are directives that we are required to follow for everyone’s safety.

  1. This Sunday, June 7, Pentecost will be a “dry run” and we are NOT OPENING up for the community at this time: Please do not come yet. We will have Epitrops, Cantors, and just a few parishioners in order to do a TRIAL RUN to make sure that everyone is aware of particular duties, that supplies are stationed properly, and that we can open while ensuring the safety of our community. We will have the normal Typika Service videoed for your participation on Sunday morning. Saturday morning we will have the Parastas for our Departed on VIDEO as well. 

  2. Church re-opens for the community on SUNDAY, JUNE 14.
    Please note:  You will be required to follow CDC Directives listed below:  

    1. Everyone must wear a face mask. Please bring one from home.

    2. Your temperature will be taken with a thermal thermometer as you enter. Anyone displaying a fever will not be permitted to enter.

    3. You will be required to use hand sanitizer (made available in the vestibule).

    4. You will have to sign in–name and phone number–for our records in order to do tracking just in case, God forbid, someone contracts the virus. By signing in each week, you are agreeing to what is stated in the document “COVID-19 Sign-in Sheet” which is attached to this email (in English and Romanian). These notices will also be posted at church.

    5. You will be allowed to sit in the open pews keeping the proper distance (6 feet or 2 meters) between each other unless you live together.

    6. We will not offer Holy Communion the first couple of weeks during the Service (for those who do need the Sacrament at this time, please contact me).

    7. No handshakes or hugs (I’m sorry ‘cause I want to hug all of you). 

    8. Icons, etc. should not be kissed, it would be fine to bow your head.

    9. Unfortunately, there will be no Fellowship Hour in the Hall until further notice.

    10. We will try to have doors open so that you don’t have to touch handles. There will be no books in the pews so that you don’t have to worry about touching them.

    11. The pews and all items will be disinfected after each service and multiple doors will be open after the service so that we can keep our distance while exiting. 

    12. We will attempt to offer nafura (church bread) in the most sanitary manner possible. 

I urge those of you who are among the more vulnerable to not rush back just yet and if you don’t feel safe, it’s alright to excuse yourself. We are in very careful times and we want everyone to be safe and to stay safe. I know that the Church should be the best and safest place to be, but we also have to be sensible. We don’t need to test the Lord and His care and love for us. Since we’ll be coming back on Flag Day, we can say God bless America and strengthen our beautiful country.

God bless us and protect us and keep us safe. 

With love and concern for all of you, 

Fr. George

Videos and Special Postings during the Corona Virus Quarantine

Continue to check our site for updates.  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 vgkolton@gmail.com.    Thank you and God Bless you all!

Father George and Parish Council President, Van G. Kolton  

June Message from Fr George

The final decision when to open our church again rests with His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, following CDC directives for safety. A notice will be sent out to prepare us for that glorious day .That means that we will adhere to social distancing guidelines (sitting 6 feet apart with the exception of those parishioners who live in the same household who can sit together), everyone except for the priest wearing sanitary masks, hand sanitizer available for everyone, etc.

  • The Church building will have already been sanitized before your return.
  • There will be no Service Books or Bibles in the pews. We will have some Liturgy books at the candle stand for those of you who need them, but you must take it with you and bring it whenever you come, do not leave it in the pew.
  • We will not offer the full Holy Liturgy the first few weeks. That means there will be no Holy Communion offered during the Typika Service (the service that we have on video each Sunday). For those who must have the Sacrament it will be offered at the end of the Service.

Of course, there’s no hugging or hand shaking no matter how much we so desire or kissing my hand or the Holy Cross or icons, no antidoron (naphura) and for the time being no Fellowship Hour. I know we’re all anxious to be together and catch-up on conversation, but it will have to wait a bit longer. You will have received more instructions by e-mail before we get back.You’re all greatly missed. We’re living in extraordinary times that require extraordinary measures. God bless us and keep us throughout! 

If you wish you can read the full Church Administration Directives on the OCA website here: www.oca.org/resources-coronavirus

 

June 6 and 7 - Service for Souls (Rusalli) and Pentecost
Sunday, June 7: Pentecost

Click here for our service

 

Saturday, June 6:  Service for all Souls. 
Click here for our service

May 31 - Sunday after Ascension
Click here for the link to our Liturgy for Sunday After Ascension
May 27-28 - Ascension of the Lord in Glory
Ascension of the Lord is 40 days after Pascha. Fr. George commented that we have spent this whole season - almost all of Lent, all of Holy and Bright Weeks and all of the 40 days after Pascha not being in church. Hopefully during this time we have discovered how valuable and important church is to us.
May 24 - Last Sunday of Pascha and our Memorial Day Service
You are the Light of the World and God Bless America
 
Last Sunday of Pascha 
The Church puts a candle in our hand for important occasions of our life, baptisms, weddings and funerals, and in the life of the Church such as midnight on Pascha when we bring one candle into the dark. We are reminded that we are people of the Light and we have these candles that light the darkness of the world. 

Memorial Day Service  
We pray for those who fought for our country - both those who were killed while serving and those who returned home.

May 23 - Fr George was selected as one of four priests to celebrate this Macedonian holiday

23-li di Maiu 2020- " YIURTII ALTÂ TURLII"

Vluyii datâ di preftsii armânji di iutsido.

🔸preftulu George Coca dit USA, Bridgeport
🔸preftulu Saso Nakov dit Makidonia din Dzeanâ
🔸preftulu Toma Samara dit Albinushii, Moscopole
🔸preftulu George Dima dit România.

 

I wish you a lot of love and Armānami you the sweet tongue from dadā... from Preftu George Coca with rādzātina di Pleasa di-ndzeanā...." make us to be with a lie sh-unā heart..."

Fr George's Nameday Parade article from Patch.com written by Rich Scinto
Special thank you to Rich Scinto for writing an article for Patch.com about the parade held for Fr. George on his nameday - Thursday after Easter. 

"I miss everybody so much ... I keep saying the church is beautiful, but not without the people." quote from Fr George

Click here for a  link to the article.

Celebration of the Feasts of Constantine and Helena:
Our prayers to St. Corona
St Corona
St Corona
St Corona
This icon is of St. Corona an early martyr of the Church that gave her life for love of Jesus. She is also known as St. Stephanie (Stephana in Greek is corona/crown). She revealed herself in her icon in a field in Germany outside of Munich where a large church was built and still stands in her honor. Faithful through the years have prayed for her intercessions during times of plague and epidemic. How appropriate now at this time to pray for her help during the corona virus. Her feastday in the Orthodox Church is Nov 11.

We ask for her intercessions before the Lord to bring us out of this pandemic safely. Amen 

5th Sunday after Easter - Samaritan Woman

The Samaritan Woman came to the well in faith;
She saw You, the Water of Wisdom, and drank abundantly
She inherited the Kingdom on High and is ever glorified!

 
 

 

4th Sunday after Easter: Healing of the Paralytic, Happy Mothers Day and Congratulations to our Graduates

Sunday, May 10th is 4th Sunday after Pascha - and the Healing of the  Paralytic.

Click here to view our service.

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers in our community.

and 

Congratulations to all the graduates in our community. We wish you happiness and success in the future.

Special prayers go to our cantor, Justin Puzstay, son of Joe and Maria Puzstay, who graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Dr. Krystal Scinto, PharmD, daughter of Rich and Karen Scinto, who received her Ph. D. in Pharmacy and Nicholas Cannon, son of Kevin and Elaine Cannon.

May 7 - National Day of Prayer

Thursday May 7th, has been designated a Day of Prayer for the whole country. (click here for Fr. George's prayer service)
I know you’ve been saying your prayers especially at 10 A.M. every day. I encourage you to join with believers all over these great United States in solidarity to pray for God’s solution to this horrible virus.

As a suggestion, you can start with the
Trisagion: Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal (Sfinte Dumnezeule) 3 times, Glory to the Father… All holy Trinity have mercy on us, Lord cleanse us from our sins, Master pardon our transgressions, Holy One visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake,
Our Father and then this prayer from the
Orthodox Church in America: O God Almighty, Lord of Heaven and earth and all creation visible and invisible, in Your ineffable goodness, look down on us Your people gathered in Your Holy Name. Be our helper and defender in this day of affliction. You know our weakness. You hear our cry in repentance and contrition of heart. O Lord who loves mankind, deliver us from the impending threat of the Coronavirus. Send Your angel to watch over us and protect us. Grant health and recovery to those suffering from this virus. Guide the hands of physicians and nurses, and preserve those who are healthy that we may continue to serve our suffering brothers and sisters in peace, that together we may glorify Your most honorable and majestic name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen


“AND WHATEVER YOU ASK IN MY NAME, THAT I WILL DO, THAT THE FATHER MAY BE GLORIFIED IN THE SON. IF YOU ASK ANYTHING IN MY NAME, I WILL DO IT. IF YOU LOVE ME, KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS. AND I WILL PRAY THE FATHER, AND HE WILL GIVE YOU ANOTHER HELPER, THAT HE MAY ABIDE WIYH YOU FOREVER. THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WHOM THE WORLD CANNOT RECEIVE, BECAUSE IT NEITHER SEES HIM NOR KNOWS HIM, BUT YOU KNOW HIM FOR HE DWELLS WITH YOU AND WILL BE IN YOU. I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ORPHANS; I WILL COME TO YOU. (John 14:13-18)


3rd Sunday after Easter- Myrrh Bearing Women
Myrrh Bearing Women
Myrrh Bearing Women
Myrrh Bearing Women

The Myrrh-bearing women are those women who followed the Lord, along with His Mother. They remained with her during the time of the saving Passion, and anointed the Lord's body was with myrrh. Joseph and Nikodemos asked for and received the Lord's body from Pilate. They took it down from the Cross,wrapped it in linen cloths and spices, then they laid it in a tomb, and then they placed a great stone over the entrance of the tomb.

According to the Evangelist Matthew (27:57-61) Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joses (Mark 15:40) were there sitting opposite the sepulchre, and they saw where He had been laid. This other Mary was the Mother of God. Not only were these present, but also many other women, as Saint Luke says (24:10).

Click for more information about the Myrrh Bearing women

2nd Sunday after Pascha: Sunday of St Thomas (Doubting Thomas)
St Thomas (Doubting Thomas)
St Thomas (Doubting Thomas)
St Thomas (Doubting Thomas)

Click here for our service  of Sunday of St Thomas (Doubting Thomas - April 26

You were a disciple of Christ
And a member of the divine college of Apostles.
Having been weak in faith you doubted the Resurrection of Christ.
But by feeling the wounds you believed in His all-pure passion:Pray now to Him, O all-praised Thomas to grant us peace and great mercy.

Bright Friday: Life Giving Fount of the Most Holy Theotokos
Life-Giving Fount of the Theotokos
Life-Giving Fount of the Theotokos
Life-Giving Fount of the Theotokos
Today is dedicated to the Life-Giving Fount of the Most Holy Theotokos. She is our intercessor and protectress as the Birthgiver of our Lord .May she always be with us !

O most favored by God, you confer on me the healing of your grace from your inexhaustible Spring. Therefore, since you gave birth incomprehensibly to the Word, I implore you to refresh me with the dew of your grace that I might cry to you: Hail, O Water of salvation.

 

Click for additional information about Bright Friday

Feast Day of Holy and Great Martyr George
Holy and Great Martyr St. George
Holy and Great Martyr St. George
Holy and Great Martyr St. George

We celebrated the feast of St George today.  Blessings to those named George, Georgia, Georgette.

Happy Nameday to those named for St George - especially to our priest, Fr. George

 

Parish President Van Kolton and his wife Linda organized a "drive by parade" to say Happy Nameday to Fr. George and thank he and his wife for all their hard work, especially during Holy Week, since our church has been shut down due to the 2020 Corona virus

Click here to see the festivities

Bright Monday: The Life Giving Spring of the Mother of God
Resurrection of Christ
Resurrection of Christ
Resurrection of Christ
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Christ is Risen! Hristos a-înviat! Christolu n-hiă! Christos Anesti! Chrishti un-gjal!
Christos Voskresse! Masih Qam! Christo ha Resusitado! Cristus Feldamat! Cristo e Risorto!

No matter how you say it “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by His death, and to those in the tombs, bestowing Life!

These words, this song, are the Victory Song of all Christians. Without the Ressurection there is no Christianity .
The Apostles and early followers of Christ were locked in their homes from FEAR. Jesus, risen from the dead, came and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be unto you” and “again I say Peace be unto you.” Jesus is reassuring us that he is with us, he offers His peace and His help. You know why? Because He’s the God of Hope and of Life, not the God of Fear and of death. He is the Sovereign – no king, no president, no dictator is above Him - the redeemer and the Savior of us all. Have no fear for He is with us – always.

I hope you all had a Blessed Pascha as unusual as it was. The day was beautiful, the sun was shining and Nature itself proclaimed this special day. Remember Pascha means Passover; our Passover from slavery to sin to forgiven life in Christ and from Death to Eternal Life.


Remember to watch our service on Thursday, April 23 for St. George Day. God bless you all and our whole Community. God bless America!

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Christ is Risen! Hristos a-înviat! Christolu n-hiă! Christos Anesti! Chrishti un-gjal!
Christos Voskresse! Masih Qam! Christo ha Resusitado! Cristus Feldamat! Cristo e Risorto!

No matter how you say it “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down Death by His death, and to those in the tombs, bestowing Life!

These words, this song, are the Victory Song of all Christians. Without the Ressurection there is no Christianity .
The Apostles and early followers of Christ were locked in their homes from FEAR. Jesus, risen from the dead, came and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be unto you” and “again I say Peace be unto you.” Jesus is reassuring us that he is with us, he offers His peace and His help. You know why? Because He’s the God of Hope and of Life, not the God of Fear and of death. He is the Sovereign – no king, no president, no dictator is above Him - the redeemer and the Savior of us all. Have no fear for He is with us – always.

I hope you all had a Blessed Pascha as unusual as it was. The day was beautiful, the sun was shining and Nature itself proclaimed this special day. Remember Pascha means Passover; our Passover from slavery to sin to forgiven life in Christ and from Death to Eternal Life.
Remember to watch our service on Thursday, April 23 for St. George Day. God bless you all and our whole Community. God bless America!

Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday Vespers and our Community Video Easter Card

We announce the Resurrection from the porch of the Church (no people - but some watched from their cars.
Enjoy our videos whenever you can. Have your candles out and be ready and sing “Christ is Risen “along with Fr George.

Enjoy our Pascha Vespers

 and Great and Holy Saturday

plus

       

Why isn't the Church decorated with flowers and ribbons? Answer from Fr. George

This year because of the crisis in our beloved country and throughout the world we didn’t feel it appropriate to fully decorate the church or the tomb with our normal exuberance and left the ornamentation to a minimum. The important thing is that we celebrated the services (we showed excerpts ) and honored our Lord Jesus as most appropriate in the worship due Him . God bless us all to rejoice in His glorious Ressurection. Please follow us tonight at the announcement of Jesus rising and tomorrow morning at the “ Love “ Vespers . May God be with you all !

Great and Holy Friday
Holy Thursday - Reading of 12 Gospels
Click here for video: Holy Thursday - Reading of 12 Gospels

 The readings on Holy Thursday for you to follow along are
1) St. John 13:31- 14:1-31,15:1-27,16:1-33.17:1-26,18:1 (the High priestly prayer), 
2) St. John 18:1-28. ;  
3) St. Matthew 26:57-75. ;  
4) St. John 18:28-40; 19:1-16. ;  
5) St. Matthew 27:3-33 (Procession with Cross). ;  
6) St. Mark 15:16-32. ;  
7) St. Matthew 27:33-35. ;  
8) St. Luke 23:32-49. ;  
9) St. John 19:25-37. ;  
10) St. Mark 15:43-47 ; 
11) St. John 19:38-42 ; 
12) St. Matthew 27:62-66

Holy Wednesday
Holy Unction
Holy Unction
Holy Unction
Click here for video: Holy Wednesday Service (Excerpts)

O gracious and loving, compassionate and ever merciful Lord, plentiful in mercy, and rich in beneficence, the Father of bounties, and God of all comfort, who through, Thy Holy Apostles has empowered us to heal the infirmities of Thy people by Oil and prayer: Do Thou confirm this Oil unto the healing of those who shall be anointed therewith; unto relief from every ailment, and from every malady; unto deliverance from evils of those who in firm hope await salvation from Thee. Yes, O Master, Lord our God, we beseech Thee, O Almighty One, that Thou will save us all. O Only Physician of souls and bodies, sanctify us all. O Thou, Who heals every infirmity, heal also Thy servants. Raise them up from their sickness, through the mercies of Thy Goodness. Visit them with Thy mercies and Thy bounties. Cast out by Thy Mighty Hand every sickness and malady so that being raised, they may serve Thee with all thanksgiving; and that we also, who now do share Thine inexpressible love towards mankind, many sing praises and glorify Thee, Who performs deeds, great and marvelous, both glorious and transcendent.

For it is Thine to show mercy and to save us, O our God; and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the Ages of Ages.  Amen.

Bridegroom Service of Holy and Great Tuesday
Christ as Bridegroom
Christ as Bridegroom
Christ as Bridegroom

On Holy and Great Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the services in the evening are called Bridegroom Matins . They commemorate the Lord Jesus who comes to us the Church , His bride. The icon of Bridegroom shows jesus in Extreme Humility during His Passion.The inference is that He humbled Himself that He emptied Himself and gave Himself so that we may be saved and enter into a very deep relationship with Him. Our relationship with Jesus is so intimate that our life becomes His life in us. When we have this relationship with the Lord , then the rest of Holy and Great Week becomes an integral part of our being . We suffer with Him, we die to ourselves and then enter Eternal Life with Him. The rest of the week after Pascha -called Bright Week - is the unending life together with the Lord and all the Saints. Have a blessed Holy and Great week awaitng the Holy Resurrection!

Bridegroom Service of Holy and Great Monday
Christ the Bridegroom
Christ the Bridegroom
Christ the Bridegroom

On Holy and Great Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the services in the evening are called Bridegroom Matins . They commemorate the Lord Jesus who comes to us the Church , His bride. The icon of Bridegroom shows jesus in Extreme Humility during His Passion.The inference is that He humbled Himself that He emptied Himself and gave Himself so that we may be saved and enter into a very deep relationship with Him. Our relationship with Jesus is so intimate that our life becomes His life in us. When we have this relationship with the Lord , then the rest of Holy and Great Week becomes an integral part of our being . We suffer with Him, we die to ourselves and then enter Eternal Life with Him. The rest of the week after Pascha -called Bright Week - is the unending life together with the Lord and all the Saints. Have a blessed Holy and Great week awaitng the Holy Resurrection!


Videos will be posted for Holy Week and Pascha
As you all must know by now we will not be able to have services for Holy Week or Pascha. Our Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops including our Orthodox Church in America, as well as our Episcopate and our Hierarchs, have directed that there are to be no public services in order to protect our faithful from the pandemic in accordance with civil law.
We will be sending out videos of all our services during the week. I’ve decided not to do live streaming since I would like the children to participate in watching along with their parents and to “participate” in the services at their convenience. 
That means that there will be no distribution of palms, Pascha bread or red eggs.
There will be 30-minute videos of the highlights of the service (except for Holy Thursday evening which is longer because of the reading of Twelve Gospels) each day.
  • Holy and Great Monday and Tuesday we will have the Bridegroom Matins.
  • Holy and Great Wednesday is normally the Holy Unction Service but we will have some of the Gospel readings and the prayer of forgiveness. I ask that you meditate on your mistakes, shortcomings and fears and ask the Lord for His mercy and forgiveness and grace. (For those who will need confession, please call me on my cell. Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures.
  • Holy and Great Thursday will have the twelve gospels and the procession with the cross.
  • Great and Holy Friday we will have the vespers with the descent from the Cross and the placing of the Lord’s body in the tomb. In the evening, we will do the Lamentations.
  • Holy and Great Saturday at 8 A.M. we will announce the Resurrection from the porch of the Church (no people, please) rather than at midnight. You can watch whenever you can. I urge you to have your candles ready and light them at the appropriate time and sing “Christ is Risen “along with me.
  • Paschal Agape Vespers will be held on Sunday morning

 

Please participate as much as you can and when we get back, you’ll all be able to participate in the Holy Eucharist.

The readings on Holy Thursday for you to follow along are
1) St. John 13:31- 14:1-31,15:1-27,16:1-33.17:1-26,18:1 (the High priestly prayer)
2) St. John 18:1-28
3) St. Matthew 26:57-75
4) St. John 18:28-40; 19:1-16
5) St. Matthew 27:3-33 (Procession with Cross)
6) St. Mark 15:16-32
7) St. Matthew 27:33-35
8) St. Luke 23:32-49
9) St. John 19:25-37
10) St. Mark 15:43-47
11) St. John 19:38-42
12) St. Matthew 27:62-66

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  

"The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead " and Palm Sunday "The Entry into Jerusalem" - April 11 and 12
God Bless Everyone=Be Safe=Stay Strong Until We're All Together Again.
 

Dear Parishioners,  Christ is in our Midst!

This Saturday and Sunday we celebrate "The Raising of Lazarus from the Dead " and "The Entry into Jerusalem" - Palm Sunday.

Jesus is quickly approaching his passion, death and resurrection and we're reminded that in the world there is suffering. When Jesus went to Lazarus he was overcome by emotion expressed in the shortest sentence in all of scripture--''Jesus wept". He wept not only for his friend's death, he wept that the world had to go through suffering and death. God did not create the world to be like this and so he sent his son, Jesus, to undo what was done by Adam's fall. So Jesus came to give his life for us and to give us life - abundant and everlasting.

Next week we'll be celebrating Pascha. (Pascha is the Greek word for Passover) as the Hebrew children went from slavery to freedom in the promised land, so, too, Pascha takes us from slavery to our passions to new life in Christ, from suffering and death to eternal life. It wasn't only that the angel "passed over " the homes of the Israelites, it was the great exodus to new life.

On this Holy and Great Week we can actively participate in Jesus' activity and action by following the services, praying, reading the scriptures and meditating on god's never ending love for us. Our Holy God = Father, Son and Holy Spirit = Is with Us, beside us, above us, behind us and out in front of us leading us to the day of freedom. Don't despair. Even though we're not able to come to church, we are able to do much in our hearts. If God is everywhere and in our hearts, so too is our holy church.

God Bless Everyone=Be Safe=Stay Strong Until We're All Together Again.

 

 

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A memory from Palm Sunday in 2019........

Last year Palm Sunday fell on April 21, 2019. Before we went downstairs for our Annual Fish Dinner - Fr. George waved his palms and began singing "Happy 10th Anniversary" to us!  We marked ten years in our Easton CT home. 
Click here for the video of our 10th Anniversary celebration

Lazarus Saturday
Lazarus Saturday
Lazarus Saturday
Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday

St Mary of Egypt - April 5
St Mary of Egypt
St Mary of Egypt
St Mary of Egypt
 
Please click  to view  Fr George's prayers for the 4th Sunday of Lent - St Mary of Egypt

 


A memory from Palm Sunday in 2019........

Last year Palm Sunday fell on April 21, 2019. Before we went downstairs for our Annual Fish Dinner - Fr. George waved his palms and began singing "Happy 10th Anniversary" to us!  We marked ten years in our Easton CT home. 
Click here for the video of our celebration


Ringing Church Bells - April 4

On Friday  April 4th Fr. George rang our church bells

Click here to see the video


Last year Palm Sunday fell on April 21, 2019. Before we went downstairs for our Annual Fish Dinner - Fr. George waved his palms and began singing "Happy 10th Anniversary" to us!  We marked ten years in our Easton CT home. 

Jesus, Our Good Shepard - April 1

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


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


Akathist Hymn and Ringing Church Bells - March 27 - Video and Text
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."


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  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  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 website-stdimitrieeaston.org; 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
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 (roea.org), 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.

 

PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE REGULARLY FOR UPDATES TO THIS RAPIDLY CHANGING SITUATION.

 

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 vgkolton@gmail.com

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 vgkolton@gmail.com
 
Thank you and God bless you all!

Father George
Parish Council President, Van Kolton

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
Administration
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 

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Van G. Kolton
Parish Council President
203-434-5611 (Phone)
VGKolton@gmail.org
Church Office Secretary Kathleen LiCastri
stdrocsecty@gmail.com

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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