Sunday Service

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THE ZOODOHOSPEGHE CHURCH IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, DUE TO THE CONTINUED RISK OF CORONAVIRUS TO OUR PARISHIONERS AND THE COMMUNITY

We invite you to join us in prayer every Sunday.

We believe that God hears our prayers and that when we unite in prayer, we are joining forces with the Lord’s army to pray for His will.

Orthros : 9:30 am
Divine Liturgy: 10:00 am

ΚΥΡΙΑΚΕΣ : Ορθρος 9:30 πμ
Θ. Λειτουργία 10:00 πμ
ΚΑΘΗΜΕΡΙΝΕΣ ΛΕΙΤΟΥΡΓΙΕΣ: 9:00 πμ – 10:00 πμ

Byzantine Chanting by Stamatios Gikas

The Zoodohos Peghe Choir presents traditional Byzantine Hymnody.

 

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Zoodohos Peghe Sunday School

Dear Sunday School families, children, Catechist Teachers and Assistants. It has been a difficult last few weeks, in all that is happening but believe…this shall pass with faith and prayer.

With Father Sylvester’s blessing, the Sunday School Program is attaching a few activities and links that our children can engage in at home. The children may finish their Sunday School workbooks on their own.

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Join us for a fulfilling experience by helping to enlighten a child’s life through the Orthodoxy faith.

Please contact the Parish office:
718.823.2030
or
Katerina Siskos
718.404.6954

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spyro-dimitratos

President’s Message:

March 20, 2020

Dear Father Sylvester, The Community of Zoodohos Peghe, and The Greek American Institute:

I was recently elected again to the position of President of our Community. With gratitude, I look forward to serving you, the members of our community, yet again.

I would like to thank Sophie Zarvos who served as President for the last three years. Under her guidance, she continued to grow our school and community; I look forward to working with her during this time of transition.

When I accepted the position in January, who could have known how much our lives would change in a mere five weeks.

We have gone from a full church on Sunday to a live streamed liturgy so our faithful may continue to hear the words of our spiritual leader, Father Sylvester. We went from a school filled with teachers, staff, and students full of life to a very quiet and empty space.

I am confident that this will in fact go back to normal soon; for now, we can simply pray that this will pass and the upheaval we have all experienced these last few weeks will return to normal.

In addition, I would like to point out a few things that everyone should be aware of with regard to the current situation in our community:

  • We have followed the instructions of the GOARCH and closed our doors to any and all activities in our community.
  • We have also closed our beloved school, The Greek American Institute, for a prolonged and uncertain period of time.
  • I had the privilege of working with my talented parish council to try our best to make difficult decisions that serve the needs of our community.
  • I also had the privilege during this very difficult time to work with our Principal, John Attanas, Assistant Principals, Cynthia Dafinis and Yiota Papagrigoriou, a son of our community, Demo Lorentzos, as well as all of the teachers in our school. Most don’t see the back workings of our school and many take it for granted; in a moment’s notice, our teachers set up online learning such that our students wouldn’t miss a lesson. Our school was up and running online days before many other schools in our area. We are very proud.

I once again thank you all for this opportunity and look forward to continuing the good work we do in our community. May we all pray that this too shall pass, and that our lives return to normal soon.

Please continue to watch over each other, especially our elderly, and know that we are here for all of you and we will do all we can to help during this difficult time.

With Love and Admiration,

Spyro D. Dimitratos
President of the Community of the Bronx

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Καθημερινές Λειτουργίες
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ANOUNCEMENT

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HOLY COMMUNION BY APPOINTMENT

“We now use multiple metal communion spoons for individual use.
The spoons will be sanitized after each use according to the guidelines of the Archdiocese. There will be no sharing of spoons!”

Dear Parishioners,

I pray that you are all safe and well. I miss you all and can’t wait for the day when we once again meet in church to pray together and share the company of each other over coffee.

I am happy to announce to you that with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidoforos, you can now receive Holy Communion by appointment only.

For the safety of all and for the peace of mind for those who have reservations about receiving from the same communion spoon, the Archdiocese will now allow us to use multiple metal communion spoons for individual use. The spoons will be sanitized after each use according to the guidelines of the Archdiocese. There will be no sharing of spoons!

Until further notice, you cannot attend the Divine Liturgy as of yet. Churches will continue to remain closed to everyone. However, you may receive Holy Communion after the Liturgy is over. To do so you will need to make an appointment. You cannot enter the church or receive Holy Communion if you don’t have an appointment.

At this time the parish council is making the appropriate preparations for this new change so we can meet the strict sanitizing CDC protocols and the directives of the Archdiocese.

Once our parish has met all the strict requirements, I will announce to you the dates and times you can start making appointments for Holy Communion. This communiqué will also include the Holy Communion Mandatory Guidelines.

Fr. Sylvester

 

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A Message From Fr. Sylvester

Savior of the world, save us! Help us, we humbly beseech you, our God!
Mother of God, most beloved Panagia of Zoodohos Peghe, protect us!

I know this is a frightening time for a lot of people and very unsettling. If you are watching the news, it seems that day by day the news gets worse and keeps changing…

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H.O.P.E., J.O.Y., GOYA
Hope (ages 5-8)
Joy (ages 9-12)
Goya (ages 13-17)

Register your children
on Friday nights
at 7:00 p.m.

Basketball Teams


Those interested in participating in the Basketball teams should contact Fr. Sylvester or our Teams Coordinator, Dr. Nick Germanakos

In order to qualify you MUST be:

1. A baptized member of the Eastern Orthodox faith
2. The family of the participant must be registered members of the parish for the current year.
3. Participants must register to Sunday School
4. Participants must be registered to our Youth Ministry programs

A baptismal certificate and proof of membership of the parents must be presented prior to registration to the officials for acceptance.

The Basketball league is strictly enforcing the rules and there will be no exceptions.

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Fr. Sylvester’s
Easter Message

My Dear Parishioners,

Holy Week and Easter this year will be different. We will not gather to wave our palms and sing the Hosanna. We will not be blessed with the Holy Oil. We will not receive Holy Communion on Holy Thursday. We will not follow the Epitafio and sing the Engomia. We won’t light our Lambada with the Holy Light. We won’t sing the Christos Anesti in church. We won’t hear the sound of the bells ringing on Easter night.

However, wherever we are, separated as we are, we will be together in Christ. We may not be gathering in person but it will still be Holy Week.

So let’s still decorate, remember, and celebrate. Let’s be present and participate. Let’s make each of our houses a house of worship, a little church, a reminder to ourselves and the world that it’s Holy Week. Follow us on YouTube as we live-stream the services. Gather with your families and pray and sing with us. Sing the Nymphios hymns. Anoint yourselves with the oil from your Kandyli at home. Color your red eggs. Bake your Easter Tsoureki. Sing with us the Engomia. Light your Easter Lambada from your Kandyli and sing with us the Christos Anesti. Then enjoy your Magiritsa and the Paschal Lamb you prepare at home.

Do not let this pandemic stand as a barrier or in opposition to Holy Week. The pandemic is our Holy Week. We don’t need to try and make Holy Week “normal” or like previous years. We need to experience and connect to Holy Week, not in spite of what is happening, but through what is happening.

Look into the pandemic and you’ll see Holy Week. It has never been more real than it is this year.

I don’t know when or how we’ll get through this pandemic, but I know this. Every cross flowers with new life, every tomb is a workshop of resurrection, and every Holy Week is the raw material for a new creation.

I wish you a blessed Pascha! Kali Anastasi!

Fr. Sylvester

 
URGENT UPDATE
IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM FR. SYLVESTER
Changes and our community response to COVID-19

Do not fear, for I am with you.
Do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE
OF AMERICA

HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD COMMUNIQUE

NEW YORK – On Monday, April 6, 2020, the Holy Eparchial Synod convened, via teleconference, in order to discuss significant matters that affect the Archdiocese of America, and unanimously decided the following:

  1. The sacred services of our Orthodox tradition for Holy Week and Easter will continue to be observed in the Parishes and the Monasteries following the directives of the local Metropolitans and in accordance to the mandates of the respective State and Health authorities. Therefore, the “closed-doors” policy will be strictly enforced, the services will be broadcasted via the internet and they will be celebrated only with the participation of the priest, the chanter, and the acolyte.
  2. Abiding by the regulations of the aforementioned State and Health authorities, there will be absolutely no distribution of the traditional material offerings to the faithful, including palms, candles, Holy Unction, flowers, eggs and the Paschal Light.
  3. Spiritual guidance may be provided remotely using technological means, but the Sacrament of Holy Confession and the Prayer of Absolution cannot be offered via the telephone or via electronic media.
  4. This year’s National Clergy-Laity Congress will be held through an internet teleconference forum on a date to be announced in the near future.

FROM THE CHIEF SECRETARIAT OF THE HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD

 

The Consecrationof the Shrine of “Little Gethsemane”
Sunday, September 30, 2018


Donated by Mrs. Maria Pappas Smith
in memory of her parents
✝Aristodemos & ✝Vasilia Pappas
Marble work by :
Master Craftsman Chris Sanzaro
Granite Tops, Inc.

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The Unveiling and Blessing of the New Church Building Committee Plaques


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