Holy Week Schedule 2015

Holy Week Schedule




Sunday, April 5th

7:30AM Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem Divine Liturgy + General Funeral After

7:30am-8:30am | The Morning Raising of Incense & the Procession

8:30am-11:30am | The Divine Liturgy

11:30am-12:30pm | Public Funeral Prayer

12:30pm Agapy

2:30PM Evening Paschal Prayers

Monday, April 6th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Forgiveness (Colossians 1:19-1:23)

Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian | Armenian Church of Holy Resurrection

Tuesday, April 7th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Fruitfulness (John 12:23-12:24, John 12:12-12:16)

Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian | Armenian Church of the Holy Ascension

Wednesday, April 8th

5:30pm- 8:00pm Evening Paschal Prayers

@The_Cross – The Cross & Our Flesh (Galatians 2:20)

Rev. Fr. Gregory Varghese | St. Gregorios Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church

Thursday, April 9th

9:00am-2:00pm Covenant Thursday (Liturgy of the blessing water & The Divine Liturgy)

5:30pm-8:30pm Evening Paschal Prayers


H.G. Bishop David | Bishop of New York & New England

Friday, April 10th

9:00am-5:30pm Good Friday

@The_Cross | Fr. Andrew Awad

Saturday, April 11th

12:00am-5:00am Apocalypse Night & Divine Liturgy of Bright Saturday

Eve of Easter Sunday Liturgy

7:00pm–8:00pm Morning raising of incense

8:00pm–9:00pm Offering of the Lamb

9:00pm–10:00pm Act of Resurrection and the Procession

10:00pm–10:30pm Gospel & Sermon

10:30pm–12:00am Divine Liturgy (Fasting for the Holy Eucharist start 3:00 PM)

Sunday, April 12th

Christ is Risen :: Truly He is Risen

SPSA Christmas Tree Cutting

christmas treeOn Saturday 12/13/2014 SPSA church will have a Liturgy from 9am to 11am (Saint Andrew’s Feast) followed by breakfast. Then we will drive to Maple Row Farm in Easton to pickup the Christmas Tree. We will be back at church to decorate the tree and do Kiahk Praises

Maple Row Farm
229 Stepney Rd, Easton, Connecticut
(203) 261-9577

Saint Andrew’s Feast

saint_andrewSaint Andrew’s vespers will be on Friday 12/12/2014 at 6:30pm. HG Bishop David will bless us during vespers and will do the veneration for Saint Andrew’s relic.

Also the church has blessed surprise for everyone. Please come and take its blessing.

Saturday we will have liturgy from 9am to 11am

Hope to see you all there.


Why Do We Venerate the Relics of the Saints?

The veneration of the relics of the martyrs and saints originates from Divine Revelation through the Holy Scriptures. In the Old Testament, for example, God made the holy relics of the righteous work miracles such as the relics of Elisha which resurrected a man from the dead. From that time, the tomb and bones of the Prophet Elisha were venerated throughout Judea.

In the New Testament, the human body was elevated to sublime and divine heights through the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we address Christ in the Liturgy of St. Gregory, “You blessed my nature in Yourself.” Together with the soul, the body is raised up at the Last Day and receives eternal life. This was made possible only through our Lord’s Resurrection, by which He conquered death and its power over us, and His Ascension, by which He raised the human body to the holy of holies. Thus, through His Lifegiving work, our Lord Jesus Christ truly elevated the nature of the human body. For this reason, we struggle in this world to have communion with Him so that our bodies may be temples of the Holy Spirit, the Living God, worthy of the eternal habitations.

In light of this, we venerate the bodies of the saints which served as temples of the Holy Spirit full of grace. It is not uncommon to see the fruits of a saint’s righteousness in the state of their bodies after their departure from this vale of tears. For example, the body of Abba Pishoy which came in contact with our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, lies incorrupt in his church in Wadi El Natrun. For many days, the body of the saintly patriarch, Abba Kyrillos VI, emitted a sweet and fragrant odor after his departure.

Moreover, God willed that, in many cases, not only does a saint’s body manifest Divine Grace, but also his clothing and personal articles. Thus, the handkerchiefs of St. Paul the Apostle cast out demons whereas the shadow of St. Peter healed the sick. In the Old Testament, it was the mantle of Elijah that struck and separated the waters of the Jordan River. Even after Elijah’s miraculous ascent into the heavens, his disciple, Elisha, struck the river with the very same mantle to divide the waters again.

From these examples, it is clear that our veneration of the relics of the saints is not the result of a morbid fascination with bodies and bones, but rather, an acknowledgement that these saints lived righteous lives and that God, in His ineffable love, allowed their relics to manifest the Divine Grace they struggled for in their lives.

Thus, when we venerate the relics of the saints, we worship God and contemplate the righteous example of these saints in our struggle to imitate them.

Glory to You, O Lord, now and forever, Amen.

By Fr. 


SPSAMovieNight“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6

Wear your favorite PJ’s, bring your sleeping bag & pillow and join us for a family’s movies night in the GYM. The church will provide Popcorn, Snacks & Soft drinks.

The Surprise Movie message will be about The act of love.

When: Friday 3/28 at 6:30PM
Where: SPSA Church GYM

God willing we’ll have 30 minutes english bible study from 6:30PM-7:00PM followed by the Movie @ 7PM Sharp.

Valentine Fellowship Dinner (Letters of Love)

God Is Love
…Love comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5

At SPSA Church we are Happy to announce our Second Annual Valentine Fellowship Dinner.

When:Thursday Feb 13th at 6:30 pm

Where: Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizzeria
54 Post Rd Darien, CT 06820

Single Young Professional are more than welcome to join. We have limited seating (30). So it will be on First Come First Serve.

RSVP with Fr. Andrew 203.455.7447


AwanaSPSA Church will have a meeting with the Awana representative Sat. April 20th at 1PM. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Awana helps churches and parents work together to develop spiritually strong children and youth who faithfully follow Jesus Christ. The programs offer a proven approach for evangelizing and discipling kids in the church and community.

Danbury-Area Towns Host Tribute to Newtown

Sandy Hool School VigilLocal towns will host a tribute to Newtown at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the O’Neill Center of Western Connecticut State University.

Danbury Region have come together to organize a Tribute to Newtown.  The gathering will be a way for the people of Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield and Sherman to come together in this time of need.

The tribute will include various musical performances from choirs and musicians as well as remarks by community leaders including Western Connecticut State University President, Dr. James Schmotter.

Western Connecticut State University will welcome guests to this regional tribute event on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in support of Newtown, and everyone affected by the tragic school shooting last week.  A Tribute to Newtown will take place at the O’Neill Center on the Westside Campus of WCSU in Danbury, Connecticut.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton explained, “We have all been affected by this tragic event in some way.  We are hoping that this gathering will provide solace and comfort during a time of confusion and sadness.”

New Fairfield First Selectman, John Hodge has been vital to the organization of this event; he explained, “We want individuals from the entire region to join us for an uplifting event that will enable them to move forward with a more positive outlook despite the sadness that we are all feeling.”

SPSA Church will be participating in the event. Please contact Fr. Andrew Awad 203-455-7447 for more info.

New Deacons ordinations and Vessels consecrations

Saint Peter & Saint Andrew church will be blessed by the attendance of His Grace Bishop David on October 20th to celebrate the liturgy, ordaining new deacons and consecrate new alter vessels for the church.

The Divine Liturgy will start at 9am followed by lunch in the fellowship room.

Fr. Abraham Azmy Elevation to Hegumen

St. Peter & St. Andrew Church congratulate Father Abraham Azmy on the elevation to Hegumen, May God Bless his service. We also congratulate Virgin Mary & Archangel Michael Church on the ordination of Fr. Isaac Mosad May God Bless his service.


On Saturday, June 9, 2012, Tasoni Tahani Addelsayed, the wife of the reposed Very Reverend Fr. Gabriel Abdelsayed, Mother of Dr. George Abdelsayed, Dr. Wafeek, Dr. Waffa & Mrs. Lucy 
departed to heavenly Jerusalem.
The family will receive condolences on Monday, June 11, from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 427 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304.
A Divine Liturgy for her holy soul will be held at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Jersey City on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, from 9:00AM to 11:00 AM, and the funeral services will follow immediately. Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery, 355 Linden Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036
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