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  • April 2012 ^ Volume 36, Issue 4

    HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

    WESTFIELD ^ NEW JERSEY

    HtgocWestfield@htgocnj.org 908-233-8533 holytrinitywestfield.org

    PromiseThe

    Wait for the promise of the Father 1

    THE REVEREND PETER DELVIZISMy dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord,

    Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen! ! !

    Together as a family of believers we fi nd ourselves in the midst of the Paschal celebration. For forty days, until May 23, we greet one another with this faithful address confessing the joys of Christs Resurrection.

    By sharing this unique greeting with another on a personal level, we bind ourselves together in the Orthodox faith by succinctly describing the glorious empty tomb from which our salvation has sprung. This faithful exchange also becomes an affi rmation of faith, as it speaks loudly of Gods immeasurable love for us.

    These are not empty words but the very foundation of our faith summarized in a short phrase. When we

    say, Christ is risen, we automatically think of Christs victory over death. Perhaps we see Him coming forth

    victoriously leaving the tomb. But the concept of Christs Resurrection is not fully understood

    unless we add ourselves to this event. If we look at the icon of the Resurrection, we see Christ not as an isolated man by Himself, but rather as the Lord who grants Resurrection to the fallen.

    We see Christ destroying the very gates of Hades and bestowing new life upon our fi rst parents, Adam and Eve. This same gift is offered to the prophets, kings and people of the Old Testament. So too, at this present hour is the gift of Christs glorious Resurrection being offered to us. Let us picture ourselves as

    participants in Christs Resurrection.

    Upon seeing all, let us confession the belief of the Church and profess it to be ours by saying,

    Christ is risen! Truly, He is risen! ! ! ^

    CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY, HE IS RISEN! ! !The Paschal Joy

    THE GREAT AND HOLY PASCHA

    Easter Sunday bursts forth with all its glorious and resplendent rays of light. The beauty emanating from the empty tomb dispels the darkness and fi lls the hearts of all believers. This is the most ancient and preeminent festival, Pascha, the Feast of Feasts! In these days, Death is swallowed up in victory and life is liberated. Pascha is the dawning of a new and unending day, as it constitutes the most radical and decisive deliverance of humankind.

    The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the fundamental truth and absolute fact of the Christian faith. It is the central experience and essential kerygma (message) of the Church. It confi rms the authenticity of Christs

    remarkable earthly life and vindicates the truth of His teaching. Christs Resurrection is the guarantee of our salvation.

    For the faithful, we know that the Resurrection of Christ has not yet abolished the reality of death but it has revealed its powerlessness. Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of fl esh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and released those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14-15.

    We continue to die but this physical death does not destroy our life of Pag. 3

  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church ^ Westfield, New Jersey2 The Promise ^ April 2012 ^ Volume 36, Issue 4

    April - MayDates in the Life of Our Church

    THE GREAT & HOLY PASCHA11:00 AM Agape Vespers

    Bright MondayThe church of ce closed

    11:00 AM Trinity Circle4:00 PM Greek School4:00 PM Greek School

    The Life-giving Spring8:30 AM Orthros9:30 AM Divine Liturgy9:00 AM District Oratorical Festival

    Sunday of St. Thomas8:15 AM Orthros9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

    12:45 PM Jr Greek Dance1:00 PM Baptism8:00 PM NNJYC meeting

    4:00 PM Greek School

    10:00 AM TOTS

    4:00 PM Greek School7:30 PM Choir practice12 Noon Baptism3:30 PM Wedding

    Sunday of the Myrrhbearing Women8:15 AM Orthros9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

    12:45 PM Jr Greek Dance1:00 PM Baptism

    4:00 PM Greek School7:00 PM Philoptochos Board meeting4:00 PM Greek School7:30 PM Choir practice

    Sunday of the Paralytic8:15 AM Orthros9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

    12:45 PM Jr Greek Dance1:00 PM Baptism4:00 PM Greek School7:30 PM Parish Council meeting

    Mid-Pentecost8:30 AM Orthros9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

    10:00 AM TOTS6:00 PM Philoptochos Fashion Show4:00 PM Greek School7:30 PM Choir practice

    Mothers Day8:15 AM Orthros9:30 AM Divine Liturgy

    Mother and Grandmother Presentations

    12:45 PM Jr Greek DanceMetropolis of New Jersey Clergy-LaityMetropolis of New Jersey Clergy-Laity

    6:00 PM Grand BanquetMetropolis of New Jersey Clergy-Laity

    11:00 AM Trinity Circle4:00 PM Greek School4:00 PM Greek School7:30 PM Choir practice7:30 PM Cultural Committee speaker

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    WED9

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    MON16

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    MON23TUE24WED25

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    THUR8

    FRI20

    TUE17

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    MON14

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    GREAT & HOLY PASCHA-SUN15

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    CHURCHINGSSun., March. 11Andreas ConstantineSon of Melissa & Constantine Krikos

    WEDDINGSSaturday, February 25,Aurora Brown& Constantine Galaris

    FUNERALSMon., February 13^ Irene Stampoulos

    Sacraments & Rites

  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church ^ Westfield, New Jersey The Promise ^ April 2012 ^ Volume 36, Issue 4 3

    Parish Council - 2012

    THEODORE DEMETRIOU, PRESIDENT

    TWe are well into the yearevery organization is humming with activityyouth: volley ball and basketball, sights & sounds; Joy/Hope and TOTS programs. Plenty of cultural events and even the ordination of a priestDeacon Gregory became Reverend Father Gregory Rubis. Father Peter became Protopresbyter and the community gave him a Pectoral Cross in recognition of this honor.

    On May 31st we will hold our Greek Fest running through June 3rd, under the leadership of Peter Ladas and Michael Savva. I urge ALL parishioners to volunteer their time,

    talent and treasure. This is an opportunity for you to work alongside your neighbors and to meet and make new friends.

    A major area of concern is the stewardship program. Traditionally we have sought to have our stewardship collection cover our entire normal operating expenses. Based on the pledge card totals received, to date, we are not reaching those levels. We are addressing this matter of concern at this time. Nevertheless, we are confi dent that we will meet this challenge.

    On behalf of the Parish Council I wish all of you a blessed Easter season, for this is the highlight of our ecclesiastical year. ^

    Pag.1 THE GREAT AND HOLY PASCHAcommunion with God. Rather, we move from death to life; from this fallen world to Gods reign.

    For those on either side of death, Christ has become, to those that believe, Life. The miracle of Pascha, with its promise and gift of eternity and plenitude, is always accessible to everyone. Christs Resurrection discloses the condition and quality of this Resurrectional Life. In the age to come, the faithful will not be restored simply to his present state. The person of faith will be brought into a new mode of existence, into something better and more perfect. So also is the Resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44.

    Through His exemplary life on earth Christ revealed the value of our earthly life for the achievement of salvation. Through His Resurrection He disclosed the ultimate worth and value of creation and affi rmed its fundamental goodness. We are not saved from the material world but with it. The whole body of creation rises by anticipation in Christs body. Christs body was not merely resuscitated. At the Resurrection it was radically transformed and freed from all limitation. It was exalted and glorifi ed. Thus, the Resurrection constitutes the token of the glorious transfi guration of the world, and not it negation. The age to come will reveal the comprehensive renovation and glorifi cation of the whole of creation, and not its annihilation. The universe was created by Christ. It belongs to Him. It is His gift of life to us. Therefore, it belongs to us as well as coheirs of Christ. Fr. Alkiviadis C. Calivas, Great Week and Pascha in the Orthodox Church. ^

  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church ^ Westfield, New Jersey4 The Promise ^ April 2012 ^ Volume 36, Issue 4

    JAMES C. FOUNTAS,CHAIRMAN STEWARDSH IP COMMITTEE

    The following information describes the mechanics of giving and sheds more light on the Stewardship Program as it ought to be. Beyond this, however, we ask that you make a new commitment of yourselves as well as your fi nancial commitment. We need your help to both support our parish and to carry forth the message of salvation which comes from Christ our Lord.

    The concept of Christian giving is the very essence of Church support. Each of us should return to the Lord a portion of our blessings so that the Church may continue to grow and provide a spiritual haven for the faithful. This concept of Christian Stewardship is not new to us.

    A Church is not mortar and bricks but rather a meeting place for the faithful to gather together and drink from the cup of Life. Christ said, Whoever drinks from the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14)

    Our desire at Holy Tri