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Feast of the Three Hierarchs;
Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom

Saturday, January 30th
In our Church Building
Orthros | 8:30 am
Divine Liturgy | 9:30 am
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15th Sunday of Luke

Sunday, January 31st
In our Plateia/Courtyard
Orthros | 8:30 am
Divine Liturgy | 9:30 am
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Pray with us this weekend the Divine Services for the

Feast of the Three Hierarchs & 15th Sunday of Luke

Dear Faithful of Annunciation,
 
We invite you to worship, celebrate, and partake in the Body and Blood of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ, in our church building, tomorrow, Saturday, January 30th, for the Feast of the Three Hierarchs (Saints Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom).
If you are able, healthy, and comfortable, we invite you to pray and celebrate with us.  Masks, contact tracing, and social distancing protocols will, of course, be in place. 


This Sunday, January 31st, please join us in our Plateia/Courtyard to celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the 15th Sunday of Luke (the Sunday of Zacchaeus).
Again, if you are able, healthy, and comfortable, we look forward to praying and celebrating together as one parish family.  Masks and social distancing protocols will, of course, be in place. Please don't forget to dress warm!

As always, our services will continue to be broadcast via our live-stream on our Parish Website, Facebook, and GOACH App.

Following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, we will pray and cut the Vasilopita invoking the blessing of our father among the saints, St. Basil the Great.  Thank you to our Philoptochos Society for making this possible and safe, given our current COVID-19 protocols.
 
With love in Christ,

Fr. James Retelas 
Presiding Priest

The Three Hierarchs
On January 30th, the Church celebrates the memory of the three great hierarchs: Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom. This is not a commemoration in the strict sense of the word, i.e. the anniversary of the death of these Fathers, but a common feast, a “synaxis”, to use liturgical terminology.
 
This feast on January 30th is of later provenance, during the 11th century.
There was a clash between the “learned and virtuous men” in Constantinople. Some considered Chrysostom the most important of the three hierarchs, other Basil and others again Gregory, each group belittling the other two.
 
After much division and conflict, the discord was ended by John Mauropous, the Metropolitan of Euchaita (today’s Avkat), a devout cleric and scholar. According to the author of the synaxarion, he saw the three saints in a vision: first each one separately and then the three together. With one voice they told him: “We three are one, as you see, close to God and nothing can separate us or make us contend… There is no first or second among us… Arise, therefore, and tell those who are quarreling not to divined into parties over us. Because in life and death we had no desire other than to bring peace and unity to everyone”. As a symbol and expression of their unity, they urged him to establish a common feast for all three. So the Metropolitan of Euchaita undertook the task of reconciling the conflicting groups and established the feast on 30 January. He judged January to be the most suitable month for their common commemoration, because all three celebrate in that month: January 1, Basil; 25, Gregory; and 27, the translation of the relics of Chrysostom.
(Original text by John Fountoulis, summarized by Efstratios "Yianni" Magoulias)

15th Sunday of Luke
When we think about Pascha, we think about preparation, that is Great Lent.  But did you know, Great Lent also has its own period of preparation, not by fasting or extra services, but in the prayers, hymns, Epistle, and Gospel readings.
Today, our pre-Lenten journey begins.  We hear in the Gospel the story of Zacchaeus, both a physically and spiritually short publican, or tax collector.  Zacchaeus, climbing a tree to see Christ, also ascends to spiritual heights by his gifts to the poor.
We begin our pre-Lenten journey seeing Zacchaeus turn away from his sins, and we are called to do the same. 
 
We too, like Zacchaeus are short (spiritually), and we must use this time of preparation, and our entire lives, to strive to climb the ladder of virtues, with prayer, fasting, and the participation of the Holy Sacraments of our Church. 
We are also assured of God's mercy and compassion by Christ's words to Zacchaeus, "Today salvation is come to this house" (Luke 19:9). After the Great Doxology in the Orthros service on Sundays, we sing the Dismissal Hymn of the Resurrection, "Today salvation has come to the world," which echoes the Lord's words to Zacchaeus.
With these three, and with the assurance of God’s mercy and compassion we ascend to spiritual heights, coming closer to Christ our God.

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