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"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church is dedicated to imitating the love and faithfulness of Jesus Christ by sharing the Gospel in word and deed. We worship the Holy Trinity according to the Faith and Tradition of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Our witnessing to the Faith is accomplished through the sacramental life, our values, traditions; stewardship, fellowship, service, and Christian education.
Orthodox tradition links fasting with almsgiving and prayer. These three practices belong together.
St Demetrios is offering an opportunity for almsgiving during this Dormition Fast August 1st - 14th. We are collecting diapers and baby food and baby formula for Hope Pregnancy Services. Please bring some of these items when you come to Church on Sunday or at the Paraklesis Services.
One of the many ministries of of Williamsburg House of Mercy, Hope Pregnancy Services is a pro-life pregnancy center committed to supporting young women choose life with pregnancy testing, counseling, prenatal care referral, maternity clothes, diapers, baby gear, and other assistance as needed.
Anyone who wishes to support IOCC’s humanitarian response to the Ukraine crisis is asked to pray for all those affected and the people serving them, to share what IOCC is doing in order to spread the word, and to give as they are able financially. To make a donation toward these efforts, please visit iocc.org/ukraine22 or call 877.803.4622.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese also has a donation page on their web site. Click here for more information.
COMMUNIQUE OF THE HOLY EPARCHIAL SYNOD
ORTHODOXY 101 will resume after Pascha
Giving our time, talent, and treasure to the Church is an opportunity – an opportunity to examine our priorities and values. It is an opportunity to express our thankfulness, to give of ourselves and to grow in grace. It is an opportunity to participate in the work of God by
- Worshiping together in a beautiful sanctuary
- Teaching our children our faith
- Learning the Greek language and celebrating our culture and traditions
- Better understanding the Word of God in weekly Bible Study
- Practicing our faith through supporting community charities
- Celebrating life events
- Comforting and being comforted
We are called to apply our gifts, training, abilities, education and skills to the tasks that God places before us. If we do this humbly and prayerfully, the body of Christ will function to its full potential.
St. Demetrios is a stewardship parish. There is no minimum commitment required for anyone to be considered a member of the parish. We do ask that you prayerfully consider your annual commitment and be generous with your time, talents, and treasure. We are a small community that is deeply thankful for your donations and grateful for your willingness to volunteer.
More information is available from the stewardship page on our web site. Click here for the web site and commitment card. Commitment cards are also available in the Narthex. We ask that each family complete a commitment card each year so we can keep our membership rolls current and better plan our budget.
ORTHODOX CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP (OCF)
Fr. Gianulis is serving as spriritual advisor to the William & Mary OCF.
PHILIP LUDWELL III AND EARLY AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY
www.Ludwell.org offers fresh perspectives on the history of early America through the prism of the life, community, and worldview of Colonel Philip Ludwell III of Green Spring (Williamsburg), Virginia. Philip Ludwell III is the first known convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the Americas. He was a prominent figure in pre-revolutionary Virginia and a relative by blood or marriage of many great early figures in American history from George Washington to Robert E. Lee. Over two hundred years later, his life and inspiring story of faith is becoming known and reshaping our view of the diversity of early America and its connections with the rest of the world. This site is regularly updated with research, breaking news, information about scholarly and religious events, archaeological findings, as well as details of ongoing projects. We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to stay informed about our activities.
The Dormition Fast is observed from 1 - 14 August, two weeks dedicated to the Theotokos by a fast from meat and dairy. The fast culminates with the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15. During this period, the following services will be held.
6:00 p.m. Monday, August 1st;
6:00 p.m. Wednesday August 3rd;
6:00 p.m. Monday, August 8th;
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 10th;
6:00 p.m. Friday, August 12th.
Transfiguration of our Lord
Saturday, August 6th.
Orthros, 9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.
On his recent pilgrimage to holy sites in Turkey, Fr. Gianulis visited the the Monastery of the Mother of God at the Spring (Μονὴ τῆς Θεοτόκου τῆς Πηγῆς). There he collected holy water from the miraculous spring. With this holy water, we will have an "aghiasmos" - water blessing on Sunday, August 14th, following the Divine Liturgy.
Dormition of the Theotokos
Monday August 15
Orthros, 8:45 a.m.
Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.
WE ARE OPEN FOR IN PERSON WORSHIP
Please join us Sunday. We all should feel comfortable and safe attending worship services if you are among those who have received your vaccination for the Coronavirus. If you do not feel quite secure or if you have not been vaccinated, please wear a mask. Masks will still be available in the narthex.
OFFERINGS TO THE CHURCH
A Church is always in need of certain essential items, such as oil, wine and bread. No need to ask, but feel free at anytime to bring olive oil for the eternal light that burns behind the altar; sweet red wine, like Camandaria or Mavrodaphne, for the holy communion; and the altar bread, prosforo, that is used for holy communion and antidoron.
YOUR PRIEST IS AS CLOSE AS YOUR TELEPHONE
...but he is not a mind reader. If you are sick and hospitalized, or have any other pastoral or sacramental need, do not hesitate to call him. Fr. Gianulis can always be reached by calling the church phone number, 220-0994. If he is not in, leave a message and it will be delivered to his cell phone.
There is a great need and the food pantry shelves are starting to empty. There are two big ways we can help:
1. Donate items. attached below is a list of nonperishable foods and toiletries that they need right now. Highest of need are canned proteins: canned tuna, canned chicken, canned beans and pork, peanut butter, and canned pasta meals. Then next on the list is canned fruits and vegetables. People can either drop off these items to Williamsburg House of Mercy from 10am to 4pm each day, or they can order them on Amazon and have them delivered. They have an outside dop-off bin. Williamsburg House of Mercy is located at:
Williamsburg House of Mercy
10 Harrison Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185
2. Donate financially. The easiest way to do is to go directly to their giving page on their website here:
Translation of the Image of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ
Saints and Feasts Commemorated
Translation of the Image of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ; Diomedes the Physician & Martyr of Tarsus; Timothy of Euripus, founder of the Monastery of Pentele; Holy Monk Penteles; Gerasimus of Cephalonia; The Six Martyrs Dorotheos, Sarantis, Jacob, Seraphim, Demetrios and Basil who contested in Megara; Joseph the Hesychast; Nicodemus the New Martyr of Meteora; Afterfeast of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary; Manuel and John the New Martyrs; Stamatios the Martyr; Apostolos the New-Martyr
Visit the Online Chapel for more daily readings, hymns, a monthly calendar of saints and feasts, and more.