Welcome to the website of the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church of Oakmont and Verona!
If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, this web site will acquaint
you with our parish. To those who already belong to the church, this is YOUR website. We hope you
will make full use of it, not only to enrich your relationship with the church and your fellow
members, but to strengthen and support our parish and its ministries as well.
Photos from 2013 Good Friday Services.
2013 Greek Food Festival is the weekend of June 28-30! Click on the link located on the
left-side of this page for the menu. Please share the menu with your friends!
Greek Day at Kennywood is Tuesday July 23, 2013, for Discounted tickets please contact Georgia Pandeladis at 412-795-6713.
The 2013 Pittsburgh Summer Greek Festival Guide has been published by
Parish Bulletin Board
Two (2) Automatic External Defibrillators (AED's) are available. One has been
placed in the church & the second is located at Riverside Landings.
Please see the Church Events Calendar for all upcoming Church
Services and our parish's ministry happenings! Note that the calendar will not show events
that are scheduled for the Church Social Hall or Riverside Landing facility. If you know of
an event or would like an event listed, please send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the event
Orthodox Tidbits From Pascha to Pentecost
The Pentecostal Period The word, Pentecost means "the fiftieth" and is used to
designate the great event of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Epiphoitesis) upon the Apostles and the Church on the 50th day after the Resurrection of Christ, just ten days after His Ascension into Heaven.
Before His Passion, the Lord spoke to his Disciples about the gift of the Holy Spirit, which they were to
receive after the Ascension. The details are preserved in the Gospel of Saint John: "I will ask the Father to
send you the Holy Spirit who will defend you and always be with you" (14:16). He also said, "The Holy Spirit
can not come to defend you until I leave. But after I am gone, I will send the Spirit to you" (16:7). After His
Resurrection, the Lord appeared to the Disciples, and He said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (20:22). This
was a foretaste of the Outpouring (Epiphoitesis) on Pentecost Sunday.
Near the end of Saint Luke's Gospel, Christ tells His Disciples, "I will send you the One My Father has promised,
but you must stay in the city until you are given power from above" (24:49). It is in the Acts of the
Apostles, however, that Saint Luke speaks of the fulfillment of this promise: "On the day of Pentecost, all the
Lord's followers were together in one place. Suddenly, there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty
wind. It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all
directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and
they began speaking whatever language the Spirit let them speak" (2:1-4).
Continued: From Pascha to Pentecost
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