Annual Christmas Pageant

On Sunday, December 17th, our Sunday Church School and Greek School will present the Annual Christmas Pageant.  Please come and watch the children of our community in this special presentation of the Nativity of Christ

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΙΑΤΙΚΟ  ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ

Την Κυριακή 17 Δεκεμβρίου, οι μαθητές του Κατηχητικού και του Ελληνικού Σχολείου θα παρουσιάσουν το Χριστουγεννιάτικο Πρόγραμμα της Γεννήσεως του Χριστού μας, μετά την Θεία Λειτουργία.

Father’s Message – December 2017

My Dear Parishioners,

Christmas, the Holiday of Love, of Peace and of Joy comes to us once again as the blessed certainty of the boundless love of God and of His compassion for men.

Christmas reflects the firmament of Heaven in our eyes, makes our countenances smile, puts blessings on our lips, fills our hands with gifts and our spirits with exaltation, cleanses the soul, makes the heart leap with joy and brings light and hope into our life.

On Christmas Day there is neither darkness nor the freeze of cold, for the Divine Infant of Bethlehem lights up and warms all things.  He, the Infant that creates anew the Cosmos; the only Begotten Son and Word of God Who became the Infant for our Salvation.

As present day Christians, too few of us find the time to seek out the deeper and soul-saving meaning of Christmas.  We speak of the spirit of Christmas without really comprehending it in its entirety.  We try to find the significance and the message in Christmas-time preachings and writing, instead of in our hearts.

We fear to venture into the deeper reality of the supernatural miracle, which we view as an idyllic scene, framed with angels and magi and shepherds, to an accompaniment of heavenly hymns and psalms with “peace on earth” and “good will toward men” as their theme.

At Christmas, our hearts do not speak of a birth of our own, of our being re-born, of humility, of purification, of spiritual elevation or of moral perfection.  Yet in these are the true meaning and the message of Christmas, which stirs our being.

Our Church has expressed this sentiment in a hymn which is chanted from the Holiday of the presentation of Our Lady on November 21 until Christmas night.  But how little heed we give to it!  Let us hearken to it, for this once!  It is not too late.  The wakefulness of understanding takes only a moment.  So let us seize upon the message of the hymn, which says:

 “Christ is born, glorify Him!  Christ has come from the Heavens,  

receive Him!  Christ  is on Earth, elevate yourselves!”

Annual Car Raffle

The St. Athanasios Annual Car Raffile is featuring a 2018 BMW X1 28i. Drawing is Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

For Tickets Call: 201-368-8881 or visit the church office. Donation $100.  All net proceeds are for the benefit of St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church. Winner need not be present. All taxes and license fees are the responsibility of the winner.

Click the image to fill out & mail the form with payment. Tickets will be sent to you by mail.

Ο  ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣΜΟΣ  ΜΑΣ

Η Κυριακή είναι ημέρα που ευλόγησε ο Θεός, και η Εκκλησία με στοργή μας υπενθυμίζει, ότι την  ημέρα αυτή, πρέπει να την αφιερώνουμε στην προσευχή και την λατρεία του αγίου Θεού στους ιερούς μας Ναούς.

Μέσα στους ιερούς αυτούς  χώρους, οι προσευχές, οι ύμνοι, οι δοξολογίες, το διάβασμα και η εξήγησι των Αγίων Γραφών, μας  βοηθούν ψυχικά και μας διδἀσκουν για τον αληθινό προορισμό μας σε τούτη την ταλαίπωρη γή.

2017 Philoptochos Christmas Bake Sale

Featuring irresistible assorted variety of Scrumptious homemade Greek cookies and pastries. The beautiful arrangements have 12 koulourakia, 10 melomakorana, 10 kourambiedes and 6 pieces of baklava. Sunday, December 17, 2017 Immediately after Divine Liturgy, Trays available at price of $ 40.00. Please click here for the form, cut-off the bottom and return along with your check payable to: St. Irenes Philoptochos by  Sunday, December 10th.  Contact: Aspasia Panagiotopoulos – 201 819 1545  or philoptochos@stathanasiosnj.org