St. George Weekly Update
Blessed Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Schedule for Saturday, August 7th through Sunday, August 15th
Saturday, August 7th:
5pm Great Vespers, confessions heard following
Sunday, August 8th:
8:30am Orthros & Divine Liturgy
Monday, August 9th:
4:30pm Confessions heard,
Wednesday, August 11th:
4:30pm Confessions heard,
Thursday, August 12th:
8am Lectio Divina (Holy Reading)
Friday, August 13th:
4:30pm Confessions heard,
Saturday, August 14th:
5pm Great Vespers, confessions heard following
Sunday, August 15th, Feast of Dormition of The Theotokos:
8:30am Orthros & Divine Liturgy
Lectio Divina (Holy Reading)
beginning Thursday, August 12th at 8am
This coming week we will be starting a new Bible Study of sorts at 8 am on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
We will practice reading a brief biblical passage in a way that is prayerful and reflective, seeking to find the application of this particular biblical passage to our life.
We will include a little bit of time at the end for discussion. But the for the most part this is a time for us to gather to pray, and to quietly read the Scriptures together.
Please bring a Bible and something to take notes.
I’ve also attached a description of the process of Lectio Divina (Holy Reading), from the Monks of New Skete.
At our first gathering on Thursday, 12th, we will briefly review it before we get started.
A Description of Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading). From- In the Spirit of Happiness, by the Monks of New Skete.pdf
Reminder: Come to Confession!
Please make time for confession during the coming week, as it is traditional to make time for confession during Fast of The Dormition. You may find this guide helpful:
Preparation for Confession.
Note the added times set aside for confession on the weekly schedule or
, or contact Father Jeffrey for an appointment.
May the Lord bless us and have mercy on us during the remainder of the Dormition Fast!
Commemorations This Week
Sunday, August 8th, the 7th Sunday of Matthew, is also the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
Apolytikion for Transfiguration
Thou wast transfigured upon the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy Glory as much as each one could endure. Shine forth Thou on us who are sinners all, Thy light ever unending, through the prayers of the Theotokos. Light bestower, Glory to Thee.
Kontakion for Transfiguration
On the mountain Thou wast transfigured, and Thy disciples, as much as they could bear, beheld Thy glory, O Christ our God; that when they should see Thee crucified, they might know Thy Passion to be willing, and would preach to the world that Thou, in truth, art the Effulgence of the Father.
On Friday, August 13th, we commemorate St. Dorotheos of Gaza
Saint Dorotheos was born in Antioch, Syria, in the year 506 or 508 A.D. He began his education very early in life and profited from the social status of his parents. He received a classical education in the Greco-Roman world, which included medical studies, thus allowing him to work as a physician. Despite his great mind, Dorotheos yearned for a life of seclusion in the monastery. He inquired through letters with the holy men Barsanuphius and John (see February 6
) as how to begin the process towards monasticism. Many of these letters exist to this day and provide insight to the life of Dorotheos and his relationship with his mentors.
Dorotheos entered the monastery of Thawatha where Barsanuphius and John lived. His quick mind and advanced education made life in the monastery difficult as he struggled with social encounters and even challenged his abbot when he knew of better ways to run the monastery. This struggle against pride lasted a great while and served as an ongoing lesson for Dorotheos. He worked as assistant to the holy father John and enjoyed this position of communication between John and the rest of the community.
As he progressed in the spiritual life, Dorotheos was given spiritual charge over younger monks to which he was hesitant to accept as he struggled with interactions with others. Despite his reservations, Dorotheos took charge over a young man named Dositheos and taught him the monastic life, a relationship which proved to be difficult but beneficial for both. When John died, Dorotheos left the monastery of Thawatha and founded his own monastery where he took charge of many young monks, training them in the spiritual art.
Watch the short video below (8 minutes) for more on Dorotheos of Gaza
Epistle and Gospel Readings for Sunday, August 8th
Matins Gospel: The Gospel according to John 20:1-10
On the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes.
St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 15:1-7
Brethren, we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him. For Christ did not please himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
The Gospel According to
At that time, as Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, "Have mercy on us, Son of David." When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith be it done to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly charged them, "See that no one knows it." But they went away and spread his fame through all that district.
As they were going away, behold, a dumb demoniac was brought to him. And when the demon had been cast out, the dumb man spoke; and the crowds marveled, saying, "Never was anything like this seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons."
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every infirmity among the people.
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from Father Jeffrey
Did you know? We have a parish-wide Meal Train set up for those in need of a little extra help with meals help during a major life event.
If you, a family member, or another parishioner are recovering from illness, injury, or a medical procedure, have experienced a death in the family, have a new baby, or have moved, please let
either Father Jeffrey or Presbytera Marisa know.
Presbytera will connect with you to coordinate details that work for you, and then set up the online Meal Train at
, which organizes all of the details from dates & drop-off times to meal preferences.
It's Evangelism Season!
During the Evangelism Season (June 20th to November 15th) we ask our parishioners to consider how they might engage in evangelism. Each week will be providing some quotes to consider on what the church teaches about evangelism as well as a challenge. The challenge is meant to encourage you to take chances and step out of your comfort zone a bit as well as prepare for an encounter with someone who asks you about your faith.
I pray that you will take advantage of this time and look forward to hearing your stories about how you are sharing with others what was given to you.
What is the Orthodox Church?
If someone asked you what the Orthodox Church was, what would you say? Do you know what distinguishes the Orthodox Church from other faiths? Would you be able to explain it in a way that could be understood that wasn't bogged down by external stuff and rabbit trails? Block out an hour of uninterrupted time this week and write down what the Orthodox Church is as if you were talking to a friend. Try to make it short, like an elevator speech, something you could say in 3 to five minutes. When you are done, share it. If you are part of our Facebook group, share it there so we can all hear your story. If you are not part of the group, share it with someone at church. Even better, memorize it, so it is something that easily comes off your lips when asked.
Metropolis & Archdiocese News
By Rev. Father Stephen Karcher – Proistamenos, Saint Anthony Greek Orthodox Church – Reno, Nevada
There are about 6,000 Greek islands, maybe a hundred or so are inhabited. Each island has a story. One may possess a special historical significance, while another may be recognized as a great tourist destination. I remember how many years ago, I was told that some islands are special and possess a more enduring quality.
The days in the calendar year are a like Greek islands; there are a lot of them, and they are known for different things. Some days are for work or school, others for play. Some days possess great historical significance. Still, there are other days that have an even more enduring quality. These are the holy days.
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Dr. Paraskevè “Eve” Tibbs, the Christian Education Ministry leader for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, has just published a book, A Basic Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology – Introducing Beliefs and Practices. The format is inviting and accessible, suitable for both Orthodox and western Christian readers, who may or may not have prior theological background.
It is a unique book in many ways, because it not only offers an introduction to the theology, history, and practices of the Orthodox Church, but it does so in dialogue with western forms of Christianity. Real-life examples help to emphasize the unique worldview and theology of Orthodox Christianity in its lived context. The book is appropriate for personal use, as a course textbook, and as a resource for Orthodox parish clergy.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offers the Foreword for this book where he encourages “readers not only to come to a deeper understanding of the Orthodox Christian Faith, but to acquire a greater appreciation of the role which Eastern Christianity has played, and continue to play, in the West.” In closing his remarks, His All-Holiness beseeches Lord’s blessings to provide the readers “with a newfound awareness of Orthodox theology that will help them to discover – or rediscover – its living tradition.”
“I am very proud of Dr. Tibbs and the publication of this most valuable book on Eastern Orthodox Theology. She has long endeavored to impart her knowledge, utilizing her excellent experience as a professor, to ignite interest in others desiring to deepen their faith, or to explore the richness of Orthodox Christianity,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. “As the leader of our Metropolis Christian Education Ministry, Dr. Tibbs has put her heart and soul into her work for over three decades, and we are all grateful for her ongoing commitment to encouraging ongoing Christian education for children and adults.”
Dr. Tibbs holds a Ph.D. in Theology with a minor in Church History from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. She is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where she has taught graduate-level theology courses since 2005. She attends Saint Paul Church in Irvine, CA, where she is the Choir Director and Chair of the Church School Board.
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Reflection from His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos for the Dormition Fast 2021
Advance registration is required for this free Zoom workshop. Deadline: August 13, 2021.
Participants will learn the essential elements of Project Based Learning and apply it to their work with Orthodox youth.
Participants will learn how to use Project Based Learning strategies and activities to increase engagement and ownership in Orthodox middle and high school religious education and Youth Ministry programs.
Participants will discuss specific Project Based Learning lesson ideas that can be used in their classrooms and youth programs.
Participants will create their own lesson ideas for 2021-2022 Religious Education/Youth Ministry grounded in Project Based Learning and receive coaching and feedback on the lessons they create.
Facilitate learning that makes Orthodoxy relevant.
Build real-world skills needed for active participants in the Orthodox Faith in America.
Help students guide their own learning and connect with Christ more deeply in Religious Education.
Provide experiences that benefit student growth and development outside of the classroom as future stewards of our Church.
Special thanks to Rev. Father Christopher Retelas, Proistamenos from Saint John the Baptist Church in Anaheim, CA for his leadership in organizing this event.
For more information, email Father Christopher Retelas,
Are you ready to Exclaim your faith?
Then the Young Adult League (YAL) Conference over Labor Day Weekend 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona is where you need to be! This will be the third YAL Conference since 2019 hosted by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco and promises to bigger and better than ever!
Conference attendees will enjoy a weekend of events, workshops, worship and relaxation from September 2 – 6, 2021 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ, a luxury property with a therapeutic spa, five pools, a lazy river, two golf courses, 17 pickleball courts, and much more! There will be plenty of free time to enjoy these amenities with your new YAL friends, and explore the beauty of the Sonoran desert.
Highlights of the weekend include engaging workshops, daily worship, dances, a Grand Banquet, and a special western-themed event “YeeHaw YAL” on Sunday evening. Diakonia is also an important part of the YAL ministry and will include a Rise Against Hunger challenge to package meals for undernourished people throughout the world.
This year’s Keynote presenters are going to take you on a journey that promises to bring you spiritual, social and professional fulfillment. Friday afternoon’s presentation will be offered by Bill Marianes who will speak on “Why Love Light – Being a Disciple in Your Jerusalem and Beyond.” Bill will guide the participants on a discovery of their personal “Why” and how they, as agents of change, can impact their parish, the civic community, and our entire country as disciples and exclaimers of our faith. Bill lives in Gainesville, GA but he is a good friend to our Metropolis, and brings with him a wealth of experience as a sought-after guest speaker who engages his audiences, identifies practical ways for parish involvement, and provides important guidance and insight for emerging professionals as they chart their course through higher education and entering the job market.
On Saturday, the YAL Conference will welcome Rev. Dr. Nicholas and Presvytera Roxanne Louh, Ph.D., all the way from Jacksonville, FL. Participants will be inspired by their presentation on “Exclaiming By Renewing You, Your Relationship with Christ and Each Other”. The Louh’s are a power-couple who bring with them years of experience serving the church, as well as their professional backgrounds in ministry and counseling. They cohost “Healthy Minds Healthy Souls” on Ancient Faith Radio. The Louh’s are also the co-authors of Renewing You which combines principles of spiritual growth with psychological tools to help you become your best self, fully connected with God’s purpose for you. A special book signing will also be held at the YAL Conference.
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Thousands of our Orthodox youth graduate from High School and go away to schools across our country. While blessed with unprecedented educational opportunities, at the same time, many face difficult challenges in the environment of the college campus. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco wants to help maintain their connection to the Church! Complete the
. The Metropolis will make sure that an Orthodox Priest and community near your student's college connects with your loved one.
Church Music Scholarships
The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Church Music Federation Ministry is pleased to once again offer eight (8) Frank Desby and Xenia Anton Desby Memorial Music Scholarships of up to $500 each for Metropolis church musicians in 2021. Funds can be used to obtain education and training in singing, chanting, and conducting. Applications and information can be found online at
. Deadline: August 15, 2021. For more information, please contact:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
on Friday, August 6 at 1:00PM