Lenten Holy Week Services for 2014

 

 Holy Week Schedule for St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Camarillo, CA

 

 

Saturday of Lazarus                               April 12                  Orthros and Divine Liturgy              9/9:30 am

Followed by Breakfast, Palm Crosses and cleaning and decorating of the church

Palm Sunday                             April 13                  Orthros and Divine Liturgy              9/10 am

Followed by annual Palm Sunday Tea sponsored by the Ladies Philoptochos Society

                                                      April 13                  Bridegroom Service                                           7:00 pm

Holy Monday                             April 14                  Bridegroom Service                                           7:00 pm

Holy Tuesday                             April 15                  Bridegroom Service                                           7:00 pm               

Holy Wednesday                      April 16                  Sacrament of Holy Unction                             6:00 pm

                                                                                      (Note: ONE service at 6PM)

Holy Thursday                           April 17                  Liturgy of St. Basil             (communion)         10:30 am

                                                                                      Passion of Jesus Christ                                     6:30 pm

Holy Friday                                 April 18                  Youth Retreat                                                     10 am

                                                                                      Royal Hours Service                                          10:30 am

                                                                                      Descent from Cross Service                            3:00 pm

                                                                                      The Lamentations                                              7:00 pm

Holy Saturday                           April 19                  Divine Liturgy of St. Basil (communion)        10:30 am

                                                                                      Resurrection Service (communion)                 11:00 pm

                                       Div Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom             12:00 midnight

Easter Sunday                           April 20                 Agape Vespers at Church                                                12:00 noon

Agape Picnic following service at 3100 Ponderosa Drive (church) for information and RSVP form.

We want everyone to attend! Through Sunday, April 13th

cost is a donation of any amount you choose

(cost to put on event is @ $23 per person). After 4/13, the entry fee will be $30 per adult.

Complete & return info below, or call Pam in the office at 805/482-1273 to purchase tickets.

For  information or to offer help, contact

Tim Harmantzis at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 805/404-3873.


Next Stop...Paradise: Fr. Simon Thomas

If you have ever flown on an airplane for a commercial flight you know that the first thing the crew does is announce over the PA system the destination of the flight. It sounds something like this: “Welcome aboard Flight 111, non-stop service to Santa Barbara, California.” The crew wants you to know the destination, and the expectation is that all the passengers are present, on time, and prepared to go to the announced place. I remember one time seeing a family, carry-on luggage and all, scrambling to get off, realizing they were on the wrong plane after hearing one of these announcements. The vast majority of the time, however, the announcement is a reassurance that we are heading to our anticipated destination. We then usually hear from the captain, explaining various details of the flight we are about to take. For most of us, he could be speaking a foreign language, because although it is nice to know that we will be flying at a certain altitude, at a specific airspeed, and arrive at a determined time, just how that is going to happen is well beyond our understanding. The amount of buttons, knobs, switches, and levers in the cockpit of an airplane is beyond intimidating— most people wouldn’t know where to start! What does comfort the vast majority of us (some people are afraid to fly, no matter what!) is that the captain has been properly trained by an accredited authority (flight school) is regulated by a governing body (the FAA) read more...

Newsletter February 2013

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2013 and an exciting year to come for St. Demetrios as work on the new property has begun. At the November General Assembly we set a goal of $225,000 for stewardship trusting that other fundraisers would help us reach the $284,000 needed for a balanced budget and to rebuild our reserves. 

We later decided to make some changes for this year by upping our stewardship go also we can eliminate the need for fundraisers to balance the budget. This is so we can go back to the days of having events to share fellowship in stead of depending on events to raise money read more ...

Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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