St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church 1100 Hicksville Rd. • Seaford, ny, 11783 Rev. Fr. Andrew Gromm

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St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church

1100 Hicksville Rd. • Seaford, NY, 11783

Rev. Fr. Andrew Gromm

(516) 541-3628 /


Sunday Mornings: Hours- 9:15, Liturgy- 9:30, Church School- 10:40


October 30, 2016 / Nineteenth Sunday of Pentecost

Epistle: 2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9; Gospel: Luke 8:16-21; Tone 2

Commemorations: Sts. Tertius, Mark, Justus & Artemas of the 70 (+1st century); St. Zenobius, Bishop, and St. Zenobia (+285); St. Joseph I, Patriarch (+1283); St. Varnava, Bishop (+1964).

Wednesday, November 2nd

No Liturgy

Saturday, November 5th

No Vespers

Vacation: Fr. Andrew is on vacation for one week, from Nov. 2nd – 9th. Deacon Gregory Benc will be here for Liturgy on that Sunday. And if there is a need, you may contact Fr. Martin Kraus of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow at 516-483-3649 or at

Bible Study: Bible study is every Sunday at 5 PM. Fr. Andrew wants so much to have the children & more adults involved. Please attend in order to learn our faith and to know the truth.

Church School: The church school bowling outing was great last Sunday. Thank you, parents & children for participating and being so good. Fr. Andrew may have had more fun than the kids!

Fundraiser: Our deanery camp bus fundraiser is on again! So get ready to buy dip spices in the next few weeks. Please contribute and enjoy the spiced wonders of God.

Festival: Our Fall Festival is on Nov. 19th. If people want to donate the contents for gift baskets for the auction or donate money to one or more baskets, talk to Fr. Andrew.

DDD: There is a special collection for the Distinguished Diocesan Donors today. This is for continuing the wonders of Camp Nazareth, preaching Christ in a world without Him.

Sale: Holy Trinity Church in E. Meadow has a Christmas gift sale on Sat. A flyer’s in the kitchen.

Parish Finances: Last week’s contributions were $1384 and expenses were $1640.

Prayers: Health for Kathleen, Martha, Eugenia, Gregory, Elizabeth, Mary, Anthony, George, Chris, Anna, Lydia, Anne, Frank, Paul, Liz, George, Maria & Paul. /// Jobs for Nicholas & Peter.
Rubrics for the 19th Sunday of Pentecost
When You submitted to death, O Immortal Life, * You made death powerless by the radiance of Your Divinity. * When You raised the dead from the depths of the earth, * all the heavenly powers exclaimed: * “O Giver of Life, Christ our God, Glory to You!”
    Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
You arose from the dead, O Almighty Savior! * Death witnessed the miracle and was filled with fear, as the dead arose. * All creation beheld it and rejoices in You * even Adam rejoices. * The universe exalts You, O my Savior, forever.

3. BOHORODICA: (Tone 2)

Now and ever and forever. Amen.

O Birthgiver of God, all your mysteries * surpass understanding and every glory. * For being sealed in purity and perfectly intact in your virginity, * you became a real mother by giving birth to God the Word. * Intercede with Him for the salvation of our souls.
4. PROKIMENON: (Tone 2)
     The Lord is my strength and my song and He is my salvation.
   v.  The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death. (Psalm 118:18)
The Lord is my strength and my song and He is my salvation.
5.    THE EPISTLE LESSON: (2 Corinthians 11:31-12:9)
The Reading is from the holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians.
Brethren: The God and Father of the Lord Jesus knows – blessed be he forever – that I do not lie. In Damascus the ethnarch of King Aretas was keeping a close watch on the city in order to arrest me; but I was lowered in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands. I must go on boasting, however useless it may be, and speak of visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who, 14 years ago, whether he was in or outside his body I cannot say, only God can say – a man who was snatched up to the 3rd heaven. I know that this man – whether in or outside his body I do not know, God knows – was snatched up to Paradise to hear words which cannot be uttered, words which no man may speak. About this man I will boast. But I will do no boasting about myself unless it be about my weaknesses. And even if I were to boast it would not be folly in me because I would only be telling the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from my lips. As to the extraordinary revelations, in order that I might not become conceited I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and keep me from getting proud. Three times I begged the Lord that this might leave me. He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection.” And so I willingly boast of my weaknesses instead, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
6.    ALLELUIA: (Tone 2)

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

   v. May the Lord answer you on the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you. (Psalm 31:1)

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

v. O Lord, give victory to the king; answer us when we call. (Psalm 31:2)

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!

7. THE GOSPEL LESSON: (Luke 8:16-21)

Let Us Be Attentive: At that time, the Lord said, “Now no one, when he has lighted a lamp, covers it with a bushel or hides it under a couch, but puts in on a lamp-stand, that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be made manifest, nor anything concealed that will not be known and come to light. Take heed, therefore, how you hear. For to him who has shall be given. And from him who does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away.” Now his mother and brethren came to him and they could not get to him because of the crowd. And it was told him, “Your mother and your brethren are standing outside, wishing to see you.” But he answered and said to them, “My mother and my brethren are those who hear the world of God and act upon it.”
Basil the Great (4th century): “Intimacy with the Lord is not explained in terms of kinship according to the flesh, but it is achieved by cheerful willingness in doing the will of God.”



During the Distinguished Diocesan Donor’s honorary dinner, we heard from the camp’s administrator, Fr. Stephen Loposky, about all the improvements made to the camp this year:


  • The cabins were updated with showers, a common room and laundry

  • A new septic system was installed

  • And a High Ropes Course was installed for the Campers. 


All this, was initiated by a donation received 3 years ago from our NJ & NY Deanery!  So popular are the additions that the camp was filled to capacity and beyond.  This year, some of the staff and clergy had to be housed at a local hotel.   There was “no room at the Inn”!  Fr. Stephen mentioned that a solution has to be worked out.  So, now is our time to act!  Like we did 3 years ago, we are going to offer a gift from our Deanery.  In each Church of the NJ and NY Deanery, we are taking a special collection for the deanery to present to the Camp.  Our collection will be made on October 30th, near the conclusion of the Liturgy.  Please be generous.  Checks should be made out to the New Jersey Deanery.

St. Zenobius and St. Zenobia

The Hieromartyr Zenobius, Bishop of Aegea, and his sister Zenobia suffered a martyr’s death in the year 285 in Cilicia. From childhood they were raised in the holy Christian Faith by their parents, and they led pious and chaste lives. In their mature years, shunning the love of money, they distributed away their inherited wealth giving it to the poor. For his beneficence and holy life the Lord rewarded Zenobius with the gift of healing various maladies. He was also chosen bishop of a Christian community in Cilicia.

As bishop, St Zenobius zealously spread the Christian Faith among the pagans. When Emperor Diocletian (284-305) began a persecution against Christians, Bishop Zenobius was the first one arrested and brought to trial to the governor Licius. “I shall only speak briefly with you,” said Licius to the saint, “for I propose to grant you life if you worship our gods, or death, if you do not.” The saint answered, “This present life without Christ is death. It is better that I prepare to endure the present torment for my Creator, and then with Him live eternally, than to renounce Him for the sake of the present life, and then be tormented eternally in Hades.”

By order of Licius, they nailed him to a cross and began the torture. The bishop’s sister, seeing him suffering, wanted to stop it. She bravely confessed her own faith in Christ before the governor, therefore, she also was tortured.

By the power of the Lord they remained alive after being placed on a red-hot iron bed, and then in a boiling kettle. The saints were then beheaded. The priest Hermogenes secretly buried the bodies of the martyrs in a single grave.

St. Tertius, St. Mark, St. Justus and St. Artemas of our Lord and Savior’s 70 Disciples

St Tertius was the second bishop (after St Sosipater) in Iconium, where he converted many pagans to Christ, and ended his life as a martyr. The Apostle Paul mentions him in the Epistle to the Romans (Romans 16:22).

Saint Mark, also called John, (Acts 12:12), was a nephew of St Barnabas, and was Bishop of Apollonia (Colossians 4:10). It was in the house of his mother Maria that the persecuted disciples found shelter after the Ascension of the Lord.

St Justus, called Barsaba, a son of St Joseph the Betrothed, was chosen with Matthias to replace Judas. He was a bishop and died a martyr’s death at Eleutheropolis.

St Artemas was bishop of Lystra, Lycia. He died in peace.
Homily for October 30th, Taken from the Prologue From Ochrid

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none on earth that I desire in comparison with You.” (Psalm 72:24)

Both in heaven and on earth, there is one highest good for the soul of an awakened man, and that is God. There are good things without number in heaven, but the King of heaven is the greatest. There are good things without number on earth, but the Creator of them all is without compare. Therefore, the soul of the awakened man asks, “What could I have or what could I desire in heaven or on earth besides You?” Is the river necessary to him who is taken to the source to drink? Does he who has sat at the king’s table value the shepherd’s meal? God is enough in Himself to satisfy all men’s hunger & thirst, for all that is in heaven & earth are God’s. The Lord of all good things is in Himself the greatest good. The Creator of all sweetness is Himself the greatest sweetness. The Bearer of all wisdom is Himself the greatest wisdom. The Source of all power and mercy is Himself the greatest power and mercy. The Giver of every sort of beauty in heaven & earth is Himself the greatest beauty. No sort of good thing can enter into the heart of man or be dreamed of by him, that is not present in its greatest measure in God.

Therefore, let us ask God and we shall receive all. Let us be enriched with God and all riches shall be ours. O Lord our God, be near us when our souls seek You. To You be glory and praise forever. Amen.

Then His mother and His brothers came to Him, but they could not reach Him for the crowd. And He was told, ‘Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You.’ But He said to them, ‘My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.’”

Cyril of Alexandria (4th century): The present lesson teaches us that obedience and listening to God are the causes of every blessing. Some entered and spoke respectfully about Christ’s holy mother and his brothers. He answered in these words, “My mother and my brothers are they who hear the word of God and do it.”

Now do not let anyone imagine that Christ scorned the honor due to his mother or contemptuously disregarded the love owed to his brothers. He spoke the law by Moses and clearly said, “Honor your father and your mother, that it may be well with you.” How, I ask, could he have rejected the love due to brothers, who even commanded us to love not merely our brothers but also those who are enemies to us? He says, “Love your enemies.” What does Christ want to teach? His object is to highly exalt his love toward those who are willing to bow the neck to his commands. I will explain the way he does this. The greatest honors and the most complete affection are what we all owe to our mothers and brothers. If he says that they who hear his word and do it are his mother and brothers, is it not plain to everyone that he bestows on those who follow him a love thorough and worthy of their acceptance? He would make them readily embrace the desire of yielding themselves to his words and of submitting their minds to his yoke by means of a complete obedience.

St. Gregory of Nyssa Orthodox Church

1100 Hicksville Rd. • Seaford, NY, 11783

Rev. Fr. Andrew Gromm

(516) 541-3628 /

Weekly Bible Message

October 30, 2016
Today’s world is an era of not listening, or at least not listening too well. The reason I say this is because too many people don’t believe there is such a thing as the truth, as ultimate truth. In their minds, all religions are true and all opinions are true. As a result, people get lazy and they don’t listen very well to differences of beliefs. Since all beliefs are the same, why try to understand them? And since all beliefs are true, why try to convince others about eternal truth? Why learn anything?
Jesus Christ was very clear when He commanded us to not to hide the Truth but to set it up on a lampstand for everyone to see. He taught, “Take heed how you hear.” And then He explained that whoever has something from God will be given more and whoever ignores God will lose everything. After this, He said to a crowd that His mother and brothers are those “who hear the word of God and do it”.
Hearing the word of God means that we must learn the teachings of the Bible. And doing the word of God means that we must put these teachings into practice, not being phony, but truly obeying God’s commands all the time. We need to change our minds and our bodies into thoughts and activities of the Holy Spirit. Read the Bible; go to church; be generous.
What is also important is to pay attention to how we hear Jesus Christ. He tells us He is God and man. This doesn’t mean that He makes mistakes or that He is a ghost. We need to listen properly and believe properly, which means that we must learn the Truth, ask questions and correctly listen. And it means that we must practice the Gospel properly, including how we give charity. If we falsify the Gospel, we falsify God’s love and it is possible to harm other people. Too many people hear God’s word incorrectly and have a faulty application of His goodness; and because of this they have seriously hurt others, thinking they are helping them. So be careful how you hear, Jesus says, because hearing God’s word properly and truly is the best way to be loving, generous and good to others.

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