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The Messenger Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

April 2017

Great and Holy Pascha April 16


Christ is Risen!

April 2017

April 2017 Rev. Fr. Matthew Carter, Proistamenos Church Website: Office Email: Office Phone: 850-433-2662 Office Fax: 850-549-4943 Fr. Matthew's cell phone: 850-889-3919 Fr. Matthew's email: 2017 PARISH COUNCIL President

James Mohamed


Vice President

Eli Pagonis



Peter Roumbos



Gary Tringas


Assistant Treasurer

Michael Stamitoles


George Apostle Philip Brown Heidi Silivos

Subdeacon Philoptochos Community Outreach Stewardship SS Joachim & Anna Chanter (Protopsaltis) Choir Director Assistant Choir Director Organist Altar Boy Director

850-433-6420 850-932-2067 850-509-4140

Emmanuel Zangas Vassiliki Montgomery Sissy Watson Gary Tringas Kris Mohamed Stelios Vatsolakis Vangie Anastopolou Eli Pagonis Tina Varvouris Philip Brown

Gus Argeris Dr. Peter Kantrales Doug White

Prosforo Coordinator HOPE/JOY GOYA Hara Dancers Glentzethes Welcome Committee Parishioner Outreach Parishioner In-reach AHEPA Daughters of Penelope

850-910-4138 850-932-2067 850-474-9072

Phylis Pagonis Liz Gilmore & Presv. Emily Joe & Panayiota Whisler Liz Gilmore Daphne Pagonis Agnes Stergion Kitty Randall Philip Brown & William Randall Adam Sanders Vangie Anastopolou

April 2017

From the desk of Fr. Matthew My brothers and sisters in Christ, As we prepare to celebrate Great and Holy Pascha, let us always remember to give glory to God for the sacrifice He made for us. We honor God by being faithful to His teachings and commandments; we honor God by loving Him with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and by loving our neighbor as ourself; we honor God by giving freely to others without any expectation of receiving something in return; we honor God through our prayers and by being attentive during worship; and we honor God by teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ to others so that they may have the opportunity to become active members in the Body of Christ. As Orthodox Christians, we have many traditions that help us celebrate this blessed feast. There are two traditions that are especially meaningful: dying eggs red and bringing baskets of meats and cheeses to Church. The tradition of dying eggs red for Pascha began with a miracle associated with Saint Mary Magdalene. After Christ’s resurrection, she traveled to Rome and arranged an audience with Emperor Tiberius. As she was speaking about the death and resurrection of Christ, she picked up an egg from the dinner table. The emperor exclaimed, “A man cannot come back from the dead any more than that egg in your hand can change from white to red!”

And as he spoke these words, the egg in Saint Mary’s hand changed from white to red. Saint Mary Magdalene is often seen holding a red egg in her icon as a reminder of this miracle. Today, we the faithful dye eggs red and receive them at the conclusion of the Pascha Liturgy. Bringing baskets full of meat and cheeses to the Pascha Liturgy is another tradition shared by many Orthodox Christians. This tradition was mostly lost in Greece during the 400 years of Turkish rule, but the tradition was maintained in other areas of the world. Wicker baskets are loaded with rich foods and meats, decorated with bows and flowers, and covered with beautifully embroidered cloths. Most baskets contain a rich eggy bread and cheese spread; ham, bacon, and sausage; butter; eggs; wine; salt; and a candle. Both the baskets of food and the red eggs are blessed in the Church at the end of the Divine Liturgy. These traditions are important to us as Orthodox Christians and help us offer glory to God. My brothers and sisters in Christ, as we prepare to celebrate Great and Holy Pascha, may we all have the opportunity to come to Church and worship our Lord Jesus Christ, and may we all have the opportunity to maintain the wonderful traditions of dying eggs red and bringing baskets of meats and cheeses. In all things, give glory to God!

April 2017

A Time of Lent

Hello to All: Lent is a time for all of us to count our blessings. It is a time for us to reflect on the past year. To think and wonder if we really tried to do our best. Did we help others when we could even if it was going out of our way? Did we try to be more understanding, forgiving, and not quite so quick to judge. These are all things that I try to work on and am always asking God to guide me and give me the strength and courage to do what is right even if it is not right for me. If we cannot say something good and are not willing to help fix the issue then we should say nothing at all. The column project is still being pursued. Gus Argeris is working with the company that will not only install the new columns but will also supply the scaffolding to be used during the removal of the existing columns and installation of the new ones. This work will be finished prior to our next Greek Food Festival. We are trying to secure a date for the scaffolding to be in place as soon as possible. We have held our first Festival Committee meeting and are working on setting teams up in preparation for this year’s Festival. As always we are looking for those in the parish that are willing and able to assist in all aspects of the festival. Working together with the Lords help and guidance we can accomplish anything.

James R. Mohamed President

April 2017

ALTAR BOYS Jayden Arredondo Christopher Astudillo Jackson Barrineau Christos Bithos Alexios Carter Garrett Cole Jonathon Thames Christian Truitt Zachary Verzwyvelt Zachary Whisler Joshua White

All young men, ages 8-18, are encouraged to join our Altar Boy Team. Please call Philip Brown, Altar Boy Director, if you are interested in joining. Altar Boys are asked to arrive to Church by 9:50am on Sunday mornings so they have time to receive a blessing from Fr. Matthew before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.


MARCH NARTHEX USHERS George Apostle Gus Argeris Philip Brown James Mohamed Eli Pagonis

Sunday, April 2 - St. Mary of Egypt 8:45 a.m. Orthros 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Wednesday, April 5 5:00 p.m. 9th Hour 5:30 p.m. PreSanctified Liturgy Saturday, April 8 - Saturday of Lazarus 8:00 a.m. Orthros 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday, April 9 - Palm Sunday 8:45 a.m. Orthros 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service

Divine Liturgy

Monday, April 10 - Holy Monday 9:00 a.m. PreSanctified Liturgy 6:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service Tuesday, April 11 - Holy Tuesday 9:00 a.m. PreSanctified Liturgy 6:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service Wednesday, April 12 - Holy Wednesday 9:00 a.m. PreSanctified Liturgy 4:00 p.m. Holy Unction 6:00 p.m. Bridegroom Service (with annointing) Thursday, April 13 - Holy Thursday 9:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy 6:00 p.m. Holy Passion Service Friday, April 14 - Holy Friday 9:00 a.m. Royal Hours 3:00 p.m. Apokathelosis (Unnailing) Service 7:00 p.m. Lamentations Service Saturday, April 15 - Holy Saturday 10:00 a.m. Vesperal Liturgy 11:15 p.m. Orthros of the Resurrection Sunday, April 16 - Pascha 12:00 a.m. Anastasi Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. Agape Vespers Friday, April 21 - Zoohodos Peghe (Life Giving Spring) 8:00 a.m. Orthros 9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday, April 23 - Thomas Sunday; St. George 8:45 a.m. Orthros 10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy Sunday, April 30 - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women 8:45 a.m. Orthros 10:00 a.m Divine Liturgy

April 2017

“I was sick and you visited me”


If a family member is ill, in the hospital, or in a rehabilitation center, please call the office, a Parish Council Member or Fr. Matthew so Fr. Matthew can make a pastoral visit to them.

Lent is upon us and pretty soon we will celebrating Pascha the most joyous holiday of the year.

Bookstore Χριστος Ανεστη! Αληθως Ανεστη! Hristos a înviat! Adevarat a înviat! Khristos voskres! Vo i s t i n u v o s k r e s ! C r i s t o h a r e s u c i t a d o ! Verdaderamente ha resucitado! Khristus Zmartvikstau! Zaiste Zmartvikstau! Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! We wish everyone a Blessed Pascha and invite you to browse and shop through our variety of adult and children books, incense, candles, prayer ropes, and beautiful icons. Share your joy of the Resurrection with a beautiful gift. Special order is also available. All items are reasonably priced.

Adult Education The final Exploring Orthodoxy class will be held on Monday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.

As every year Philoptochos will be collecting red eggs for the Anastasis. We are asking the women to dye a dozen eggs and bring them to the hall from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday. A basket will be placed by the coffee counter to put them in. On Saturday of Lazarus (April 8) after the pancake breakfast we will be folding Palm crosses for Palm Sunday and also setting the tables for the Palm Sunday luncheon. Help will be needed. We wish everyone a blessed PASCHA!



Oratorical Festival The Western Conference Oratorical Festival will be hosted here at Annunciaton on Saturday, April 1 with speeches beginning at 11:00 a.m. Finalists from churches in the Western Conference will be traveling to Pensacola to present their speeches.

The book study on The Miracles of Christ will be held on Tuesday April 4 and 25 at 10:30 a.m. (no class on April 11 or 18)

Speakers should plan to arrive at 10:00 a.m. for a speaker orientation session.

Please contact the church office for questions about these educational opportunities!

This event is open to all parishioners who would like to come and hear the speeches!

Donations – Community Outreach If you have food or clothing donations please contact Sissy Watson, 476-4646, or the Church office.

April 2017


Holy Week Information

All HOPE/JOY children ages 4 - 5th grade are invited to the Lazarus Saturday Retreat on Saturday, April 8.

Letay will be providing lunch for everyone who is at church during the day on Holy Friday. Thank you, Letay!

9:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy (8:00 a.m. Orthros) 10:30 a.m. Community Pancake Breakfast and Palm Folding followed by a lesson and activities

Agape Vespers & Picnic

Parents/families should plan to stay for Divine Liturgy and the community breakfast. You are welcome to stay for the lesson/activites as well, or you can plan to be back at the church by 1:00 p.m. to pick up your children. This retreat on Lazarus Saturday will be held instead of the Holy Friday retreat. 6th - 12th graders and adults are needed as volunteers. Contact Presvytera Emily if you can help!

Sunday, April 16 12:00 pm Agape Vespers followed by picnic and egg hunt Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert to share To offset part of the expense we will be selling tickets. Tickets are $7.00 and children under 12 are free If you would like to sponsor a lamb please contact the Church Office

So that we can plan for enough materials, please RSVP by April 4 - contact the church office (433-2662) or Presv. Emily (

Memorials April 23

GOYA GOYA would like to thank Sissy Watson for all of her help for the Taste of Greece Lunch Take Out in February. It was a success! Holy Week readers needed! GOYAn's will assist with the Holy Week Readings but we need more volunteers. Please contact Panayota 850-712-1920 if you can help.

Pam Argeris, 3 year

Our Sympathy We extend our sympathy to Nick Catranis and family on the falling asleep in the Lord of Ethel Catranis on March 5. May her memory be eternal! We extend our sympathy to Jason Callonas and family on the falling asleep in the Lord of Agnes Callonas on March 8. May her memory be eternal!

April 2017

Parishioners who would like a phone call or visit

Praying for the servants of God

George Alexakos Southern Oaks Rehabilitation 600 W. Gregory Street Pensacola, FL 32502 262-4188

George Alexakos George Apostle Perry Baniakas Samantha Barrineau Chris Bithos Gregory Booros Nina & Frank Chestnut Magda Chicouras Gregory Gill Martha Hicks Zoe Liollio Mary Karniotis Mandy Miller Nikki MacRosti Christine Parliaris Dean Peterson Harry Pieratos Helen Bouth Propst Nicole Salter Jermaine Salter Adam Sanders Evie Silivos Irene Silivos-Tiblier Anastasia Ta Rene Thames Sava Varazo Zach Whisler Dorothy Zissis

Magda Chicouras Bayside Manor 4343 Langley Avenue Pensacola, FL 32504 477-4550 Christine Parliaris Arcadia Health and Rehabilitation Center, Rm. 44
 10095 Hillview Drive Pensacola, FL 32514 479-4000 Rene Silivos-Tiblier University Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center, Rm. 211 10040 Hillview Road Pensacola, FL 32514 474-0570 Angela Stamitoles Pacifica Senior Living at Creekside, Cottage 7 9015 University Parkway Pensacola, FL 32514 462-4563

Holy Week 2017 Lazarus Saturday - April 8 • 8:00 am Orthros • 9:00 am Divine Liturgy • Community pancake breakfast and folding palm crosses • Lesson/activities for ages 4- 5th grade following breakfast (approx. 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) Palm Sunday - April 9 • 8:45 am Orthros • 10:00 am Divine Liturgy (Palm crosses to be blessed at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy) • Palm Sunday luncheon following the Divine Liturgy • 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Holy Monday - April 10 • 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy • 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Holy Tuesday - April 11 • 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy • 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service Holy Wednesday - April 12 • 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy • 4:00 pm Holy Unction with anointing • 7:00 pm Bridegroom Service with anointing Holy Thursday - April 13 • 9:00 am Vesperal Liturgy commemorating the Mystical Supper • 6:00 pm Service of the Holy Passion Holy Friday - April 14 • 9:00 am Royal Hours • Preparations of flowers and other necessary items for services • 3:00 pm Apokathelosis (Unnailing) Service • 7:00 pm Lamentations Service Holy Saturday - April 15 • 10:00 am Vesperal Liturgy • 11:15 pm Orthros of the Resurrection Great and Holy Pascha - April 16 • 12:00 am - Anastasi (Resurrection) Service and Divine Liturgy •12:00 pm - Agape Vespers • Agape Picnic and egg hunt following Vespers

Lilies for Pascha

This year we celebrate Great and Holy Pascha on Sunday, April 16. If you wish to place a lily in the Church in honor of or in memory of a loved one you may do so by completing the form below. Please make checks payable to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Payment must accompany your order.

Donation is $15 per lily. Deadline for ordering lilies is Sunday, April 9 (Palm Sunday) DONOR (Your name) __________________________________________________________

Address ______________________________________________________________________

City___________________________________ State__________ Zip code _______________


In Memory of (Please Print Clearly in English) ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ In Honor of (Please Print Clearly in English) ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Check # ______________ in the amount of $_____________ is enclosed for _____________(#) of Lillies








13 Holy Thursday 9:00 am Vesperal Liturgy 6:00 pm Holy Passion Service



Bright Week - no fasting this week


6:00 pm Bridegroom Service

4:00 pm Holy Unction

12 Holy Wednesday 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy

5:00 pm 9th Hour 5:30 pm PreSanctified Liturgy



APRIL 2017 FEED THE HUNGRY Please bring non-perishable items to the food donation basket located in the Narthex. Thank you! 3 10:30 am Bible Study

11 Holy Tuesday 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy

2 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

10 Holy Monday 9:00 am PreSanctified Liturgy

6:30 pm Exploring Our Faith 9 Palm Sunday 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy Palm Sunday Luncheon 6:00 pm Bridegroom Service

10:30 am Bible Study



6:00 pm Bridegroom Service



6:00 pm Bridegroom Service

16 CHRIST IS RISEN! 12:00 a.m. Anastasi (Resurrection) Divine Liturgy 12:00 p.m. Agape Vespers followed by Agape Picnic & Egg Hunt 23 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy

30 8:45 am Orthros 10:00 am Divine Liturgy


8 Saturday of Lazarus 8:00 am Orthros 9:00 am Divine Liturgy 10:30 am Community Pancake Breakfast and Palm Cross folding 11:15 am - 1:00 pm Youth Retreat



15 Holy Saturday 10:00 am Vesperal Liturgy

1 11:00 am Western Conference Oratorical Festival (speaker orientation begins at 10:00 am)

14 Holy Friday 9:00 am Royal Hours

3:00 pm Apokathelosis (Unnaling) Service


11:15 pm Orthros of the Resurrection

21 Zoohodos Peghe (Life Giving Spring) 8:00 am Orthros 9:00 am Divine Liturgy


7:00 pm Lamentations Service


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 1720 West Garden Street Pensacola, FL 32502 Address service requested

Apolytikion of the Annunciation Today is the beginning of our salvation. And the revelation of a mystery which was hidden from eternity. The Son of God becomes the Virgin’s Son. And Gabriel announces the grace of this good news. Let us also join with him, calling to the Theotokos: Rejoice, O woman full of grace. The Lord is with you.

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