3 THE SHEPHERD • JUNE 2022 • SAINT SPYRIDON GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH OF SAN DIEGO St. Lazarus in San Diego On the Saturday of Lazarus, Presvytera Jeannie Constantinou brought a relic of St. Lazarus to St. Spyridon to be venerated by the faithful. She explained that they had been given to Fr. Costas by another Cy- priot priest who received part of the relic himself in the 1970’s when the tomb of St. Lazarus was rediscovered. According to a strong and unbroken Church tradition on the island of Cyprus, St. Lazarus travelled there a er the Resur- rection because the Judeans had decided to kill him as well as Jesus because the raising of Lazarus was the strongest proof of the divinity of Christ. Lazarus served as a bishop on the island of Cyprus for many years. When he died he was bur- ied there. Eventually a church was built over his tomb in what is today the city of Larnaca. e current church dedicated to St. Lazarus was built in the 800’s by the Byzantine emperor Leo IV who had tak- en the relics – or so it was believed - back to Constantinople when he constructed a Church dedicated to St. Lazarus. e Cy- priots were always proud of the fact that Lazarus, whom the Lord had raised from the dead a er four days, had lived and died on Cyprus. e British, who ruled Cyprus as a colony for many years, always disputed that Lazarus was ever in Cyprus, since there was no “proof.” But in 1970, there was a re in the Church of St. Lazarus in Larnaca. Renovations were neces- sary and while digging under the Church to support the structure, workers found the original Roman sarcophagus (large stone casket) and inside of it was a wooden box with some of the bones of the saint still inside. An inscription identi ed the bones as “the four day dead friend of Christ” (John 12). e tomb was located directly under the altar, which also con rmed that these were the relics of Lazarus himself. St. Lazarus, pray to the Lord for us! THURSDAY, JUNE 2: Holy Ascension Orthros : 9:00 AM ✟ Divine Liturgy : 10:00 AM Epistle : Acts 1:1-12 ✟ Gospel: Luke 24:36-53 SUNDAY, JUNE 5: Fathers of the 1st Council Orthros : 9:00 AM ✟ Divine Liturgy : 10:00 AM Epistle : Acts 20:16-18,28-36 ✟ Gospel : John 17:1-13 SUNDAY, JUNE 12: Holy Pentecost Orthros : 9:00 AM ✟ Divine Liturgy : 10:00 AM Epistle : Acts 2:1-11 ✟ Gospel : John 7:37-52; 8:12 SUNDAY, JUNE 19: Sunday of All Saints No Orthros ✟ Divine Liturgy : 9:00 AM Epistle : Hebrews 11:33-40; 12:1-2 Gospel : Matthew 10:32-33; 37-38; 19:27-30 SUNDAY, JUNE 26: 2nd Sunday of Matthew Orthros : 9:00 AM ✟ Divine Liturgy : 10:00 AM Epistle : Romans 2:10-16 ✟ Gospel : Matthew 4:18-23 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29: Saints Peter and Paul Orthros : 9:00 AM ✟ Divine Liturgy : 10:00 AM one. 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Won’t you consider being with us? Our church festival has returned by the grace of God! We need everyone to come out and support the event. We need volunteers to sign up. Take one shi , two or more, whatev- er works best for you. Your church needs you! Happy Father’s Day to all our dads, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and to our Fr. Andrew! Enjoy your special day! Singing His Praises, Katherine Loukatos Meck Music Master NEWS LOFT FROM THE SUNDAY SCHOOL Sunday School Update! Our last day of Sunday School was May 22. We have had a wonder- ful year of returning! We returned in-person to Sunday School, Fruit Feast, Christmas Pageant, Oratorical Festival, Holy Friday Retreat, Pro- motion, Graduation, and Ice Cream Party! We started a couple new projects as well! Annual Memory Verse: Ga- latians 5: 4-26, Service Sunday, and Kids’ Corner! We want to give a BIG thanks to all of our volunteers this year! We could not have done it without you all! We will start Sunday School again in September! We are looking for a few amazing volunteers! Class Helpers, Class Teachers, Event Helpers. Email Julie to nd out how you can help! sundayschool.stspyridon@gmail. com 40-DAY BLESSINGS MAY 15: Konstantinos Son of Kevin & April Kroepil WEDDINGS MAY 28: Karissa Bell & Jorge Gottheil Koumbara: Kassandra Bell Sara Berhe & Brian Johnson Koumbara: Adyam Berhe