Liturgical Ministries of the Laity
Young men, ages eleven years old and up, are invited to serve in the area of the Holy Altar as "Acolytes." (The word acolyte is derived from the Greek word "akoloutho," which means "attendant.") These young men assist the celebrant priest in all of the services of the church.
Periodic meetings & training sessions are held during different times of the ecclesiastical year.
When in the Holy Sanctuary, an Acolyte is close to God Himself. Parents, as well as the acolyte, must understand that serving Father at the altar is a great privilege that demands that they display model behavior, manners and most especially reverence.
Acolytes must be in the Sanctuary no later than 9:20 a.m., before the beginning of the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday (10 minutes before the beginning of other services). Being late, chatting, laughing and chewing gum, are disrespectful and are a distraction to people who are at Divine Liturgy to honor and give thanks to God.
If your child is an acolyte and you want to see when they are serving, please see the following Google document:
For more information, please contact Subdeacon Christopher (email@example.com) who directs the service and schedule of our Acolytes.
We are pleased to have Mrs. Jennifer Liagridonis as our Parish Floral Chairperson. On various days throughout the liturgical year, she will decorate the Holy Icons and the Sanctuary with flowers – most memorable are days like Palm Sunday and Pascha. Other days it may just be a vase of flowers and a garland draped over an icon. If you would like to make an offering towards the floral ministry, please use the "Donate" link on the home page.
Chanting the responses and hymns at services such as the Orthros; Divine Liturgies, Vespers, Supplication (Paraklesis), Salutations -Akathist Hymn, Holy Week, and more is a vital parish ministry, since all of our services are chanted. We are honored to have tonsured chanters-readers- Mrs. Angela Glaros and her son, Dimitri Glaros as are lead chanters. They are assisted by Stephen Ross. Plans include training sessions for chanting that they will lead.
If you are interested in participating, please send Father an email, or speak with one of the chanters after the Divine Services.
“Singing is Praying Twice!” – St. Augustine
It is a great privilege to join with the Angels in singing the praises of God and leading Christ's Church in these hymns. Our chanters (see above) lead the singing of the responses of the Divine Services. The congregation is invited to sing along with them at each celebration of the Divine Services.
From the earliest days of the Church, one of the ways in which all can participate more fully in the Divine Liturgy is to offer the bread and wine for the Eucharist. Our parishioners are able to sign up on "Sign Ups" Link found on the Home Page of our Website to offer the Prosphora. On Sundays, we need two medium to large size loaves.
Please note that the wine we are using for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy is "Byzantino Nama." It can be ordered on-line and shipped to you via www.westchesterwine.com.
There are many opportunities for lay people to assist in the Divine Services through the reading of Scripture. Besides the regular Epistle Reading every Sunday, there are also readings for special services, Vespers, the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, the Salutations, etc.
Mr. Peter Tomaras is the chairperson for our Readers. The readings are conducted in both Greek and English. If you would like to learn how to serve as a Reader, please send an email to Father.