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Saint Nectarios Messenger 

February 2021 Newsletter


Monthly News and Schedules -

Includes the St Nectarios Bulletin

for Week Ending February 7


Saint Nectarios Greek
Orthodox Mission Church

627 West Bonneville St, Pasco WA 99301

Facebook Group: 'Saint Nectarios - Pasco'     



Phone: 509 547-3968 


 This Friday - Akathist to St. Nectarios at-home and Online Service on Friday, February 5 at 6:00 pm.  At-home – read the Service with your family; Online – join the Zoom meeting link or follow the Service on Facebook.  Join us in our prayers for healing.

Online Parish Council Meeting - Thursday 6:00pm.  The link to join the Zoom meeting is

Orthodox Discussion Group – An online Christian Orthodox Study Group with Father John.  A great activity for those who want to learn about the Orthodox faith. 

We are discussing the teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica in “Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives.”   A book is not required, text study sections are displayed as part of the meeting. 

Facebook Divine Liturgy Streaming – Many of our online Liturgy services are being streamed live to the Facebook Group, “Saint Nectarios – Pasco.”  The Services are available for viewing during and after the service is completed.  We hope you find these informal postings useful. 

Upcoming Activities

Saturday, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 at 4:00 pm Orthodox Discussion with Father John

Saturday, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 at 5:00 pm Saturday Vespers – Father John

Sunday, February 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 10:00 am, Divine Liturgy – Father John

Sunday, February 7, 14, 21, & 28  at 1:00 pm, Sunday Fellowship Time

Friday, March 5 at 6:00 pm, Akathist to St. Nectarios

Bookmarks (Links) 

Links to join above online activities – all are welcome to join our meetings!  We suggest you join a few minutes early on your first time - so you can be introduced to the others.  For those without computer/smartphone access, please call Jim/Tammy Droppo (5O9), 547-8745 – and make arrangements for you to be joined to an activity by having someone give you a phone call.

*** Orthodox Study Group; Vespers ***

 *** Sunday Liturgy, Fellowship Time ***

*** First Friday Monthly *** Akathist to St. Nectarios. 

Online and At-home activity is held the first Friday of each month at 6:00 pm:

Need Help Connecting? Just call, or send an email, if you would like help setting up access to online activities.   Jim Droppo 5O9 366-8745.

Message from Father John

 Persecution of the Christians—Spreading of the gospel

We regret the forest fires:  we lose so many trees; so many animals die or are displaced; homes are lost and people become displaced; the air becomes polluted; landslides occur, etc.  The only good thing that occurs is that the cones of the fir and pine trees open up because of the heat.  They spread their seeds all over the forest floor and new seedlings eventually grow; this way the forest is renewed by the passing of time.

St. Stephen’s martyrdom in Acts 7, and the persecution of the first Christians in Jerusalem that followed, forced many Christians to leave and go to Samaria, Syria, Cyprus and other cities.  They brought their Christian faith with them and shared it with the new people.

When the Apostles heard about the new Christians, they sent Peter and John to bless, confirm and encourage the new believers in the faith.

Reflecting on what happened for the Orthodox in the 19th and 20th century, my mind went to how the Orthodox faith came to the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and elsewhere.  Immigrants, who were forced to leave their homeland because of unemployment, persecution and poverty, brought their Orthodox Faith with them.  They formed families in their new home.  They also established Churches, schools, benevolent and cultural organizations, seminaries, etc., in order to preserve their faith, language and culture.  We are the grateful recipients of the fruits of their foresight and labor of love.

Our responsibilities as Orthodox Christians is to actively participate in them, share our faith and philanthropic values with the people around us, especially at  this difficult time of Covid 19.

Our progenitors also faced difficult times in their new Country.  But they supported their institutions with great sacrifices.  It is now our turn to support them in order to survive and be able to serve us and the new generations in the future.

With love,

Fr. John P. Angelis


Divine Liturgy - February 7, 2021

16th Sunday of Matthew

Saints and Feasts

Afterfeast of the Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple

Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus

 Hymns of the Day

 Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Tone

When You descended to death, O Immortal Life, then, the light of Your divinity destroyed Hades. When You raised the dead from the depths of darkness, all the heavenly powers cried out, "Glory to You our Christ, the Giver of Life."

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Presentation in the First Tone

Hail Virgin Theotokos full of Grace, for Christ our God, the Sun of Righteousness, has dawned from you, granting light to those in darkness. And you, O Righteous Elder, rejoice, taking in your arms, the Deliverance of our souls, who grants us Resurrection.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Tone

The Offspring of Selyvria and Guardian of Aegina, the true friend of virtue who appeared in the last years. Oh Nectarios we faithful honor you as a godly servant of Christ! For you bring forth healings of every kind for those who piously cry out: Glory to Christ who has glorified you, Glory to him who made you wondrous, glory to him who workest healings for all through you.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.

The translations of hymns are under copyright and used by permission. All rights reserved. These works may not be further reproduced, in print or on other websites or in any other form, without the prior written authorization of the copyright holder:  Resurrectional Apolytikion in Second Tone &copy Narthex Press; Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Presentation in the First Tone &copy Narthex Press; Seasonal Kontakion in the First Tone &copy Narthex Press.

 Gospel and Epistle Readings

 Epistle Readings

 Prokeimenon. Second Tone. Psalm 117.14,18.

The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

 Gospel Readings

16th Sunday of Matthew
Matthew 25:14-30

The Lord said this parable: "A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.' He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." As he said these things he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

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