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Saints Constantine and Helen Community in Jackson Heights  Celebrates St. Panteleimon

JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson Heights celebrated the feast day of St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Healer beginning with the Great Vespers service and Artoklasia on July 26 with presiding priest of the community V. Rev. Fr. Gedeon Varitimos officiating. The celebration of the St. Panteleimon’s feast day continued with the Orthros, Divine Liturgy and Artoklasia on July 27.

The services included a procession with the icon of St. Panteleimon.

The Scripture readings for the feast are the following: At Vespers: Isaiah 43:9-14, Wisdom of Solomon 3:1-9, Wisdom of Solomon 5:15-6:3; At Orthros: Matthew 10:16-22; At the Divine Liturgy: 2 Timothy 2:1-10 and Luke 21:12-19.

St. Panteleimon, whose name means ‘all-merciful,’ is one of the Holy Unmercenaries and was a physician in his lifetime treating the sick without charging for his services.

V. Rev. Fr. Gedeon Varitimos during the services at Saints Constantine and Helen Church in Jackson Heights, NY. Photo: Courtesy of Sts. Constantine and Helen Church
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Jackson Heights, NY celebrated the feast day of St. Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Healer. Photo: Courtesy of Sts. Constantine and Helen Church

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