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  — † — HOLY WEEK  — † —

To learn more about Holy Week:

April 26, 7 pm: Holy Tuesday – Bridegroom Matins
The name of the service is from the figure of the Bridegroom in the parable of the Ten Virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13. 

April 27, 7 pm: Holy Wednesday – Holy Unction

Jesus washing the disciples feet

On Great and Holy Wednesday, the hymns of the Bridegroom Service remind us of the sinful woman who poured precious ointment on Christ’s head at Simon the leper’s house (Matthew 26:7).

The disciples complained about the wasteful extravagance, for the myrrh could have been sold and the money given to the poor. On this same day Judas agreed to betray the Lord for thirty pieces of silver. Because the betrayal took place on Wednesday, Orthodox Christians fast on most Wednesdays during the year.

On the other hand, the Savior declared that the woman’s actions would be remembered wherever the Gospel is preached (Matthew 26:13), for she had anointed Him in preparation for His burial (Matthew 26:12).




All other services previously listed have been canceled.
Our sister church, Ss. Peter & Paul Albanian Orthodox Church, will have services Thursday night, Friday and Saturday during the day.
Please go to for more details.  



Great Friday, April 29:
10 am Decorate the Epitaphios. We need your help.....
7 pm Funeral

Holy Saturday, April 30:
11 pm Matins/Nocturn/Liturgy begins

Pascha Sunday, May 1:
1 pm Paschal Agape Vespers — no coffee hour after Vespers



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Nick Naum Scholarship Fund


Nick Naum

St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church is pleased to announce the inception of The Nick Naum Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund is the result of money bequeathed to the church by our beloved parishioner Nick Naum.

A detailed explanation of the fund: Nick Naum Scholarship Criteria (pdf)

To apply:

Nick Naum Scholarship Application (doc)

--or -- 

Nick Naum Scholarship Application (pdf)

Funding Needed for Medical/Pharmacy Mission Trip
from Jola Salavaci (Luiza & Niko Salavaci's daughter, Nilda's sister):
I am a third year student at Temple University School of Pharmacy and as part of our pharmacy rotations, five other students and I have been given the amazing opportunity to travel to Vietnam this May (May 24 – June 24) on a medical/pharmacy mission. We’ll be setting up health clinics and serving some of the poorest and most underserved patient population in Vietnam. These patients do not have access to the most basic of healthcare and are in great need of our assistance.
As a team, we are trying to raise money ($6,000 to be exact) to buy medication and medical supplies to support these patients on our mission. 100% of donations will go towards the medication and medical supplies that we would bring with us
Please consider donating (no matter the amount). We need help with our fundraising to be able to make the most out of this mission, make a difference and help the less fortunate in Vietnam.
You can find out more about our mission and donate:
If you would rather donate by check, please make it payable to VMCO. You can mail your check directly to VMCO at Temple University School of Pharmacy, 3307 N Broad St
, Rm 150B
, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Home Blessing & Visitation

A sheet is posted in the side vestibuleFather Brooks intends to visit on Thursdays and Saturdays. Please pick a date and time and sign up. If you notice someone has signed up on the same date but lives far from you, please pick another date. As always if you are unable to schedule a visitation on Thursday or Saturday, Father Brooks encourages you to contact him directly 210-461-1956 or email fr.brooks to schedule an alternate date.

OCA Activities

Read the latest: St. Johns Fall 2015 Newsletter (pdf)

Photos of Past Events

View the following photo series:
Photos from: Fr. Emmanuel serves at St. John and  semi-annual parish meeting (3/20/16), Souper-Bowl event (2/7/16), Icon Auction (2016), Theophany (1/10/16), Christmas Pageant & Chrismation (12/20/15), Halloween party (10/25/15), 2015 Gregory E Costa Golf Classic (09/13/15), Sunday School Graduation and Bishop Seraphim (6/14/15), Team Brother John (5/17/15), Race for the Cure (5/10/15):

Portrait of Saint John Chrysostom of Antioch (Hagios Ioannis Chrysostomos)

An early Byzantine mosaic from the Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (modern Istanbul). The mosaic is approximately 1,000 years old.


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