The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 12th, 2024

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Sunday, May 12th, 2024

Thomas Sunday

 

 

         

Though the doors were shut at the dwelling where the disciples were gathered for fear of the Jews on the evening of the Sunday after the Passover, our Saviour wondrously entered and stood in their midst, and greeted them with His customary words, “Peace be unto you.”  Then He showed unto them His hands and feet and side; furthermore, in their presence, He took some fish and a honeycomb and ate before them, and thus assured them of His bodily Resurrection.  But Thomas, who was not then present with the others, did not believe their testimony concerning Christ’s Resurrection, but said in a decisive manner, “Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe.”  Wherefore after eight days, that is, on this day, when the disciples were again gathered together and Thomas was with them, the Lord Jesus came while the doors were shut, as He did formerly.  Standing in their midst, He said, “Peace be unto you”; then He said to Thomas, “Bring hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not unbelieving, but believing.”
And Thomas, beholding and examining carefully the hands and side of the Master, cried out with faith, “My Lord and my God.”  Thus he clearly proclaimed the two natures – human and divine – of the God-man (Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-29).
This day is called Antipascha (meaning “in the stead of Pascha,” not  “in opposition to Pascha”) because with this day, the first Sunday after Pascha, the Church consecrates every Sunday of the year to the commemoration of Pascha, that is, the Resurrection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Apolytikion for Thomas Sunday in the Grave Mode
Ἐσφραγισμένου τοῦ μνήματος ἡ ζωὴ ἐκ τάφου ἀνέτειλας Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός…
Whilst the tomb was sealed, Thou, O Life, didst shine forth from the grave, O Christ God; and whilst the doors were shut, Thou didst come unto Thy disciples, O Resurrection of all, renewing through them an upright Spirit in us according to Thy great mercy.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

Epistle Reading

 

 

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 5:12-20

In those days, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”

Gospel Reading

 

 

John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, even so I send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in His side, I will not believe.” Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered Him, “My Lord and My God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name.

 

 


 

Announcements

 

Thank You
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the purchase of flowers for Holy Week and Pascha.

 


Philoptochos News
Christos Anesti!

A Big Thank You to the following ladies of Philoptochos  for giving of their time and talent to prepare this year’s eggs for Pascha.  Without their dedication, this tradition of our church would not exist. The eggs were paid for  by a donor who wished to remain anonymous.  Preparation:Stephanie Pavlakis and Juanita Antley.  Individual decoration of each egg: Stavrola Christodoulou, Isabel Christodoulou, Ioana Margelu, Kate Arnoiotes, Anna Nicholas, Marigo Joanides, Kristina Zahartzis, Eva Planakis and Cindy Zitis.

 

The Philoptochos Board Meeting for May is moved to Thursday May 16th at 11:30am,  The General Membership meeting is moved to Thursday May 23rd at 6:00 pm. (This will be the last General meeting until Sept.)

Bingo will be held on Saturday, May 18, at 12:00 noon with doors opening at 11:30 am.  We are asking for donations toward the gifts for winners.  Regifted items, wine and gift cards are always welcomed by our winners.

Many gift prizes. 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  See you on Saturday, May 18th at 11:30am.


General Assembly 
Save the date! Sunday, May 19th after Divine Liturgy.  Remember, you must be a steward in good standing in order to participate in decision making.

 


 

Dance Advisory Committee Election-Change of Date
Dance Advisory Committee elections: On May 19, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than April 22nd. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.
 


Agape Luncheon
Χριστός Ανέστη!!!
You are invited to the Agape luncheon at 11:30 AM on 5/21/24. Delectable food will be prepared by chef Manos, sous chef Bessie Manos and their able crew. In addition, snacks, coffee, soda and dessert will complete the meal. All this is offered for only $10.00. Please come and bring a friend.

 


Stewardship Year 2024
We are more than a quarter through the calendar year.

If you have filled out a pledge form for year 2024 but have not yet made a donation toward your pledge of treasure, please do so. 

To make payments on your pledge, use https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ and at the drop down menu choose “Stewardship” .  If paying by check, please note “Pledge 2024” on the memo line.

We thank our parishioners who have pledged their gifts of time, talent and treasure for year 2024.  
If you have not, please fill out a form.  You can download a form, pick up a form at church, or use https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/.

 

 

 


Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

AHEPA Scholarship

 

 


 

 

 


 

Calendar

 

 

Thursday            5/9
7:00pm-9:00pm              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Saturday            5/11
10:00am                        Hope & Joy Beach Party at Pompano Pavillion

Sunday              5/12    Happy Mothers Day
8:30am/9:30am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                   Sunday School

Monday              5/13
4:15pm-6:00pm             Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner
7:00pm                          Intermediate Greek -Google Meet

Thursday           5/16
7:00pm – 9:00pm           Advanced Greek-zoom

Saturday            5/18
12:00pm                        Bingo

Sunday              5/19    Last day of youth programs
8:30am/9:30am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion          Sunday School
After Liturgy.                  Pita Luncheon
After Liturgy.                  General Assembly

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 5th, 2024

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Sunday, May 5th, 2024

Great and Holy Pascha

 

 

         

Mary Magdalene, and the other women who were present at the burial of our Saviour on Friday evening, returned from Golgotha to the city and prepared fragrant spices and myrrh, so that they might anoint the body of Jesus. On the morrow, because of the law which forbids work on the day of the Sabbath, they rested for the whole day. But at early dawn on the Sunday that followed, almost thirty-six hours since the death of the Life-giving Redeemer, they came to the sepulchre with the spices to anoint His body. While they were considering the difficulty of rolling away the stone from the door of the sepulchre, there was a fearful earthquake; and an Angel, whose countenance shone like lightning and whose garment was white as snow, rolled away the stone and sat upon it. The guards that were there became as dead from fear and took to flight. The women, however, went into the sepulchre, but did not find the Lord’s body. Instead, they saw two other Angels in the form of youths clothed in white, who told them that the Saviour was risen, and they sent forth the women, who ran to proclaim to the disciples these gladsome tidings. Then Peter and John arrived, having learned from Mary Magdalene what had come to pass, and when they entered the tomb, they found only the winding sheets. Therefore, they returned again to the city with joy, as heralds now of the supernatural Resurrection of Christ, Who in truth was seen alive by the disciples on this day on five occasions.
Our Lord, then, was crucified, died, and was buried on Friday, before the setting of the sun, which was the first of His “three days” in the grave; observing the mystical Sabbath, that “seventh day” in which it is said that the Lord “rested from all His works” (Gen. 2:2-3), He passed all of Saturday in the grave; and He arose “while it was yet dark, very early in the morning” on Sunday, the third day, which, according to the Hebrew reckoning, began after sunset on Saturday.
As we celebrate today this joyous Resurrection, we greet and embrace one another in Christ, thereby demonstrating our Saviour’s victory over death and corruption, and the destruction of our ancient enmity with God, and His reconciliation toward us, and our inheritance of life everlasting. The feast itself is called Pascha, which is derived from the Hebrew word which means “passover”; because Christ, Who suffered and arose, has made us to pass over from the curse of Adam and slavery to the devil and death unto our primal freedom and blessedness. In addition, this day of this particular week, which is the first of all the rest, is dedicated to the honour of the Lord; in honour and remembrance of the Resurrection, the Apostles transferred to this day the rest from labour that was formerly assigned to the Sabbath of the ancient Law.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Hypakoe of Great and Holy Pascha in the Fourth Mode
Προλαβοῦσαι τὸν ὄρθρον αἱ περὶ Μαριάμ…
When they who were with Mary came, anticipating the dawn, and found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre, they heard from the Angel: Why seek ye among the dead, as though He were mortal man, Him Who abideth in everlasting light?  Behold the grave-clothes. Go quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen, and hath put death to death.  For He is the Son of God, Who saveth the race of men.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

Epistle Reading

 

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.24,29.
This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Verse: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his mercy endures for ever.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8

In the first book, O Theophilos, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom of lsrael?” He said to them, “it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”

 

Gospel Reading

 

John 1:1-17

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'”) And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 


 

 

 

 

 


 

Announcements

Sunday School and Joy & Hope News

  • For a letter excusing you from school Holy Friday, please see Fr. Peter.
  • Please be at church at 1:30pm on Holy Friday, May 3rd, to adorn with flowers the Children’s’ kouvouklion.

 

 


Donation Opportunities
Even partial donations towards the following items would be greatly appreciated!  Please note the intention of your donation on your check’s memo line.  Thank you!  If you have any questions, please call the office (954)467-1515.

For Palm Sunday
2 vases spring flowers $100 remaining (of $175)

Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday
Flowers for the Icon of the Bridegroom $75 each

For Holy Friday
Flowers for the kouvouklion $1,000 remaining (of $1,400)

For Holy Saturday
3, 1 gallon bucket Bay Leaves  $20 each

For the Resurrection Service
2 vases white roses $50 remaining (0f $175)


SAVE THE DATE: BINGO SATURDAY, MAY 18TH.  DOORS OPEN @11:30AM..KANDARAS HALL.  SPONSORED BY PHILOPTOCHOS.


 

General Assembly 
Save the date! Sunday, May 19th after Divine Liturgy
 

 


Dance Advisory Committee Election-Change of Date
Dance Advisory Committee elections: On May 19, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than April 22nd. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.

 



 

 

 


Stewardship Year 2024
We are more than a quarter through the calendar year.

If you have filled out a pledge form for year 2024 but have not yet made a donation toward your pledge of treasure, please do so. 

To make payments on your pledge, use https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ and at the drop down menu choose “Stewardship” .  If paying by check, please note “Pledge 2024” on the memo line.

We thank our parishioners who have pledged their gifts of time, talent and treasure for year 2024.  
If you have not, please fill out a form.  You can download a form, pick up a form at church, or use https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/.

 

 


 

 


 


Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

AHEPA Scholarship

 

 


 

 

 


 

Calendar

 

 

Thursday             5/2       Holy Thursday
9:00am                              Vesperal Liturgy
11:30am                            Dyeing of eggs
7:00pm                              Passion Service (12 Gospels)

Friday                   5/3      Holy Friday
9:00am                             Royal Hours
3:00pm                             Apokathelosis Service
7:00pm                             Lamentations

Saturday              5/4      Holy Saturday 
10:00am                           Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
11:00pm                           Resurrection Service followed by the Paschal Divine Liturgy

Sunday                5/5      Sunday of Pascha
12:00 noon                      Agape Vespers

Monday               5/6      Bright Monday

Tuesday              5/7
7:00pm                            AHEPA Meeting

Thursday            5/9
7:00pm-9:00pm              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Saturday            5/11
10:00am                        Hope & Joy Beach Party at Pompano Pavillion

Sunday              5/12
8:30am/9:30am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                   Sunday School

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 28th, 2024

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Sunday, April 28th, 2024

Palm Sunday 

 

 

         

On Sunday, five days before the Passover of the Law, the Lord came from Bethany to Jerusalem. Sending two of His disciples to bring Him a foal of an ass, He sat thereon and entered into the city. When the multitude there heard that Jesus was coming, they straightway took up the branches of palm trees in their hands, and went forth to meet Him. Others spread their garments on the ground, and yet others cut branches from the trees and strewed them in the way that Jesus was to pass; and all of them together, especially the children, went before and after Him, crying out: “Hosanna: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel” (John 12:13). This is the radiant and glorious festival of our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem that we celebrate today.
The branches of the palm trees symbolize Christ’s victory over the devil and death. The word Hosanna means “Save, I pray,” or “Save, now.” The foal of an ass, and Jesus’ sitting thereon, and the fact that this animal was untamed and considered unclean according to the Law, signified the former uncleanness and wildness of the nations, and their subjection thereafter to the holy Law of the Gospel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Liturgical Guide

 

 

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the First Mode
Τὴν κοινὴν Ἀνάστασιν πρὸ τοῦ σοῦ Πάθους πιστούμενος…
In confirming the common Resurrection, O Christ God, Thou didst raise up Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion.  Wherefore, we also, like the children, bearing the symbols of victory, cry to Thee, the Vanquisher of death:  Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Palm Sunday in the Fourth Mode
Συνταφέντες σοι διὰ τοῦ Βαπτίσματος…
As by baptism we were buried with Thee, O Christ our God, so by Thy Resurrection we were deemed worthy of immortal life; and praising Thee, we cry:  Hosanna in the highest; blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode
Τῷ θρόνῳ ἐν οὐρανῷ…
In Heaven, He is seated upon a Throne and on earth He rides upon a foal. O Christ our God, accept the praise of the Angels and the hymn of the Children who cry out to You, “Blessed are You who comes to recall Adam.”
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

Epistle Reading

 

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 117.26,1.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians 4:4-9

BRETHREN, rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

Gospel Reading

 

John 12:1-18

Six days before Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazaros was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Lazaros was one of those at table with him. Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it. Jesus said, “Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial. The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazaros, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazaros also to death, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” And Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it; as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!” His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him. The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazaros out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 



 

Announcements

Pickup your Bake Sale Orders 
Orders of Pascha goodies placed through Philoptochos, are available for pickup Saturday, April 27 after Divine Liturgy and Sunday, April 28 after Divine Liturgy.

Also, Philoptochos has additional sourekia, koulourakia, and melomakarona available for purchase this Saturday and Sunday after the Divine Liturgy.

 


Prosforo Baking
We invite anyone who knows how to make prosforo to please do so. Thank you for your offering.

 


Sunday School and Joy & Hope News

  • For a letter excusing you from school Holy Friday, please see Fr. Peter.
  • Please be at church at 1:30pm on Holy Friday, May 3rd, to adorn with flowers the Children’s’ kouvouklion.

 


Choir Practice 
Choir will rehearse the Lamentations for Holy Friday and the special hymns for the Resurrection Service on Holy Saturday/midnight.  Sunday, April 21 after Liturgy & Wednesday, May 1 at 11am.  Questions to Athena or Alex.

 


Donation Opportunities
Even partial donations towards the following items would be greatly appreciated!  Please note the intention of your donation on your check’s memo line.  Thank you!  If you have any questions, please call the office (954)467-1515.

Flowers for Sunday of the Holy Cross
$120

For Palm Sunday
2 vases spring flowers $100 of $175 remaining

Palm Sunday evening, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday
Flowers for the Icon of the Bridegroom $75 each

For Holy Friday
Flowers for the kouvouklion $1,600 of $1,700 remaining (approximate number)
Rose petals for the myrofores $100

For Holy Saturday
1 gallon bucket Bay Leaves  $20

For the Resurrection Service
2 vases white roses $175

 


SAVE THE DATE:  BINGO SATURDAY, MAY 18TH.  DOORS OPEN @11:30AM..KANDARAS HALL.  SPONSORED BY PHILOPTOCHOS.


Stewardship Year 2024
We are more than a quarter through the calendar year.

If you have filled out a pledge form for year 2024 but have not yet made a donation toward your pledge of treasure, please do so. 

To make payments on your pledge, use https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ and at the drop down menu choose “Stewardship” .  If paying by check, please note “Pledge 2024” on the memo line.

We thank our parishioners who have pledged their gifts of time, talent and treasure for year 2024.  
If you have not, please fill out a form.  You can download a form, pick up a form at church, or use https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/.

 

 


 

 


 


Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

AHEPA Scholarship

 

 


Dance Advisory Committee Election-Change of Date
Dance Advisory Committee elections: On May 19, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than April 22nd. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.

 

 


Join the Scholar Choir of the Archimedean School for a special performance of the Oratorio “Ελεύθεροι Πολιορκημένοι» (Elefteroi -Free besieged) and other songs.

The oratorio by composer Petros Hatjopoulos is based on the homonymous epic poem by Greek National Poet Dionisios Solomos. The poem describes the heroic fight of the citizens of Messologi during the third Siege (April 15, 1825 to April 10, 1826) and the tragic sortie in which 8,000 citizens were slaughtered including women and children. Commemorating 198 years from the siege and the tragic exodus.

 

 


FESTIVAL 2024 SUCCESS THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!

Kathy Ziegler and her dedicated team of volunteers: Marion Koliniatis, Suzanne Andrews, Teddy Ypsilantis, Liz Gatsonis, Mary Ann Boudouris, Sara Nunez, and Jessica Heifets are recognized for their remarkable efforts in crafting a truly special space for Yia Yia’s Treasures within a few days preparation! Their creativity and philoxenia transformed the outdoor space into a showcase of an eclectic array of vases, lamps, art pieces, and home items welcoming guests to explore and purchase for their own home! Outstanding!

Much appreciation extends to Arienne Bertucelli and her exceptional team of ladies – Stavroula Christodoulou, Kathy Pereira, Miriam Eliopoulos, Rita Mancini, Cindy Zitis, and Quinn Bertucelli – for their unwavering dedication in carrying forward the cherished legacy of Loving Stitches. In honoring the memory of Xenia Tangalakis, they’ve not only preserved her vision but also infused it with their own passion for creativity. Thank you for your continued devotion to this beautiful endeavor!

We acknowledge all the talented young performers who tirelessly uphold and enrich our cultural heritage through dance and the Dance Advisory Committee (DAC), led by President Christina Tsekeris, VP Danielle Smith, Treasurer Christa Barlow, Secretary Joy Catsicas, and esteemed board members Anna Visvardis, Maria Papastamatis, and Eva Gazis who are instrumental in fostering the intricate art of Greek culture through dance among our youth. Special appreciation extends to our Junior Palazakia teachers Melissa Manos, Victor & Dena Manos; Palazakia teacher Vasiliki Papadimitriou assisted by Georgia Duarte and Nikita Legakis; Senior Palazakia teacher Malvina Currie assisted by Amalia Papadimitriou Siegle; and Kamaria teacher Stephanie Balaskas for their invaluable contributions. Equally cherished are the dance families who generously donate their time to ensure the success of our events, assisting with security and preparing their children for performances. Your collective efforts enrich our community immeasurably. Thank you!

A heartfelt thank you to Michael Haralambis for his imaginative portrayal as Spartan Man, adding a vibrant touch of Greek heritage to our event year after year. Joined by Chris Smith, whose portrayal of Achilles in full armor brought joy to guests throughout the weekend, their creativity and dedication enhanced the experience for all.

 

 


 

Calendar

 

 

Saturday              4/27     Saturday of Lazarus
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                      Breakfast, Palm Folding, Lazarakia Baking

Sunday                4/28     Palm Sunday
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                      Palm Sunday Luncheon
7:00pm                             Bridegroom Service

Monday                4/29     Holy Monday
7:00pm                             Bridegroom Service

Tuesday               4/30    Holy Tuesday   
7:00pm                             Bridegroom Service

Wednesday          5/1     Holy Wednesday
11:00am                           Choir Practice
5:00pm                             Sacrament of Holy Unction

Thursday             5/2       Holy Thursday
9:00am                              Vesperal Liturgy
11:30am                            Dyeing of eggs
7:00pm                              Passion Service (12 Gospels)

Friday                   5/3      Holy Friday
9:00am                             Royal Hours
3:00pm                             Apokathelosis Service
7:00pm                             Lamentations

Saturday              5/4      Holy Saturday 
10:00am                           Divine Liturgy of St. Basil
11:00pm                           Resurrection Service followed by the Paschal Divine Liturgy

Sunday                5/5      Sunday of Pascha
12:00 noon                      Agape Vespers

Monday               5/6      Bright Monday

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 21st, 2024

We are live streaming our services.

Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast can be found.

 

 


 


Sunday, April 21st, 2024

Sunday of  St. Mary of Egypt

 

 

         

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.

 

                                                             Wisdom of the Fathers     

                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Before He humbled Himself, only the angels knew him.  After He humbled Himself, all human nature knew Him.  You see how His humbling of Himself did not make Him have less but produced countless benefits, countless deeds of virtue, and made His glory shine forth with greater brightness?  God wants for nothing and has need of nothing.  Yet, when He humbled Himself, He produced such great good, increased His household, and extended His kingdom. Why, then, are you afraid that you will become less if you humble yourself?

St. John Chrysostom
On the Incomprehensible Nature of God. 8.46-47.  Taken from:  Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.  Vol: Mark. Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 143.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι…
Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death.  And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐν σοὶ Μῆτερ ἀκριβῶς διεσώθη τὸ κατ’ εἰκόνα…
In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.You are champion of the world.A victor who could turn the nations back.You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε…
O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant:  O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication,  O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Epistle Reading

 

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took His twelve disciples, and He began to tell them what was to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and spit upon Him, and scourge Him, and kill Him; and after three days He will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to Him, and said to Him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to Him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to Him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”

 

 


 

Memorial Prayer

Kaliope Courakos (40 days) remembered by the Courakos and Pilavakis families.

George Courakos (1 yr) remembered by the Courakos and Pilavakis families.

George Pilavakis (1 yr) remembered by the Pilavakis and Courakos families.

Haricleia Kollitidou (1 yr) mother of Trip Kollitides.

Yiannis Panageotou (2 yrs) remembered by his wife Maria Panageotou.

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

Connie Sedares (2 yrs) remembered by her loving family and friends.

Maria Vera (3 yrs)

Maria Barakakos (9 yrs) mother of Efi Barakakos.

 

 

 


Baby Blessing

Persephone (Percy) Skye Davis daughter of Marie Tranakas and Trevor Davis.

 

 

 


 


Announcements

Coffee Hour
In loving memory of George Pilavakis and Kaliope and George Courakos, the Pilavakis and Courakos familes have sponsored this Sunday’s coffee hour.

 

 


Prosforo Baking
We invite anyone who knows how to make prosforo to please do so. Thank you for your offering.

 


 

Thank You
A big thank you to George Chiavaras, Tim Cox, Demetrios Limperopoulos, Anne Nicholas, Jimmy Tsekeris, and Bill Ypsilantis who did the lion’s share of the work cleaning up after a plumbing issue last Thursday.

 


Sunday School and Joy & Hope News

  • For a letter excusing you from school Holy Friday, please see Fr. Peter.
  • Please be at church at 1:30pm on Holy Friday, May 3rd, to adorn with flowers the Children’s’ kouvouklion.

 


Choir Practice 
Choir will rehearse the Lamentations for Holy Friday and the special hymns for the Resurrection Service on Holy Saturday/midnight.  Sunday, April 21 after Liturgy & Wednesday, May 1 at 11am.  Questions to Athena or Alex.

 


Loving Stitches
April 23 at 11:00am.  Join us for stitching and camaraderie.

 


Pap Corps
Wednesday April 24 3PM – Pap Corps Chapter meeting

 


Donation Opportunities
Even partial donations towards the following items would be greatly appreciated!  Please note the intention of your donation on your check’s memo line.  Thank you!  If you have any questions, please call the office (954)467-1515.

 

Flowers for the icon of the Panagia

$75  Salutations service 4/12

Flowers for Sunday of the Holy Cross
$120

For Palm Sunday
2 vases red roses $175

Palm Sunday evening, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday
Flowers for the Icon of the Bridegroom $75 each

For Holy Thursday
2 vases red roses $175

For Holy Friday
Flowers for the kouvouklion $1,700 (approximate number)
Rose petals for the myrofores $100

For Holy Saturday
1 gallon bucket Bay Leaves  $20

For the Resurrection Service
2 vases white roses $175

 


Stewardship Year 2024
We are more than a quarter through the calendar year.

If you have filled out a pledge form for year 2024 but have not yet made a donation toward your pledge of treasure, please do so. 

To make payments on your pledge, use https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ and at the drop down menu choose “Stewardship” .  If paying by check, please note “Pledge 2024” on the memo line.

We thank our parishioners who have pledged their gifts of time, talent and treasure for year 2024.  
If you have not, please fill out a form.  You can download a form, pick up a form at church, or use https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/.

 

 


 

Lenten Lecture
Please join us in the hall, Friday, April 19, after the Akathist Hymn, We will enjoy a meal and listen to Dr. Dean Vafiadis who will teach us about the Bridegroom Service chanted on Palm Sunday evening, Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday.

 


BINGO
Saturday, April 20, at 12:00 noon.
   Doors open at11:30am.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.  See you on Saturday, April 20, at 11:30am.

 


Feeding South Florida
Philoptochos will be dispensing paper bags for the annual collection for Feeding South Florida.  We will be collecting donations of nonperishable food that will help provide food for the needy in Broward County.  The collection dates will run from April  through April 21st.  Donated food can be left in a container located in the hall or with any Philoptochos member.  Thank you for contributing to this wonderful foundation and our neighbors in need.

 


Hope & Joy News

Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 


Saturday of Lazarus

 

 

 

 


Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

AHEPA Scholarship

 

 


Dance Advisory Committee Election-Change of Date

Dance Advisory Committee elections: On May 19, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than April 22nd. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.

 


Palm Sunday Luncheon

 

 

 


Join the Scholar Choir of the Archimedean School for a special performance of the Oratorio “Ελεύθεροι Πολιορκημένοι» (Elefteroi -Free besieged) and other songs.

The oratorio by composer Petros Hatjopoulos is based on the homonymous epic poem by Greek National Poet Dionisios Solomos. The poem describes the heroic fight of the citizens of Messologi during the third Siege (April 15, 1825 to April 10, 1826) and the tragic sortie in which 8,000 citizens were slaughtered including women and children. Commemorating 198 years from the siege and the tragic exodus.

 

 


 

 

 

 


FESTIVAL 2024 SUCCESS THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!

 


 

 

 

 


 

Calendar

 

 

Friday                  4/19 

7:00pm                             Akathist Hymn
8:00pm                             Lenten meal and Lecture

Saturday              4/20
4:00pm                           Joy & Hope Egg Hunt at Bayview Park
8:00pm                           Echoes of Greece Concert

Sunday                4/21   
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School
After Liturgy                       Choir Practice

Monday                4/22      

4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet
Tuesday               4/23
11:00am                             Loving Stitches

Wednesday          4/24
3:00pm                             Pap Corps Meeting

Thursday             4/25     
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Saturday              4/27     Saturday of Lazarus
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                      Breakfast, Palm Folding, Lazarakia Baking

Sunday                4/28     Palm Sunday
8:30am/9:30am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                      Palm Sunday Luncheon
7:00pm                             Bridegroom Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 14th, 2024

We are live streaming our services.

Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast can be found.

 

 


 


Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Sunday of  St. John Climacus

 

 

         

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.

 

Wisdom of the Fathers

 

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the  foundation of His doctrine about fasting? … See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both.  For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; …
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5.  B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

… he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5.  B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα…
Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly:  Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
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Apolytikion for Sunday of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς…
With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father.  Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
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Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.You are champion of the world.A victor who could turn the nations back.You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια…
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

Epistle Reading

 

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”

 

 


 

Memorial Prayer

 

Mary Kantzavelos (40 days) survived by husband Sotirios, children Chris (Jessie) and Nicole, and two grandchildren.

Evdoxia Bitsounis (10 years) mother of Dionysia (Michael) Hatzikostantis and grandmother of Theodosios.
Trisagion Prayer

Kiki Lecakes (40 days) survived by sister Mary Ciuffo, two sons, and grandchildren.

Peter Paskalis (1 year) father of Cynthia and AnnMarie, grandfather of Connor and Brian.

 

 

 


Announcements

 

Coffee Hour
In loving memory of Mary Kantzavelos, the Kantzavelos family has sponsored this Sunday’s coffee hour.

 

 


Prosforo Baking
We invite anyone who knows how to make prosforo to please do so. Thank you for your offering.

 


Donation Opportunities

Flowers for the icon of the Panagia
$75  Salutations service 4/12

Flowers for Sunday of the Holy Cross
$120

Palms for Palm Sunday
$480.00

If interested, please call the office (954)467-1515.  Thank you!

 


Agape
You are invited to the Agape luncheon at 11:30 AM on Tuesday 4/16/24. Chef Nick Manos, sous chef Bessie Manos and their able crew will prepare a shrimp Lenten dish with all the trimmings. Snacks and sweets, coffee, wine and soda will complete the delectable meal. Entrance $10.00. Please come and bring a friend.

 


Lenten Lecture
Please join us in the hall, Friday, April 19, after the Akathist Hymn, We will enjoy a meal and listen to Dr. Dean Vafiadis who will teach us about the Bridegroom Service chanted on Palm Sunday evening, Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday.

 

 


BINGO
Saturday, April 20, at 12:00 noon.
   Doors open at11:30am.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.  See you on Saturday, April 20, at 11:30am.

 

 

Feeding South Florida
Philoptochos will be dispensing paper bags for the annual collection for Feeding South Florida.  We will be collecting donations of nonperishable food that will help provide food for the needy in Broward County.  The collection dates will run from April  through April 21st.  Donated food can be left in a container located in the hall or with any Philoptochos member.  Thank you for contributing to this wonderful foundation and our neighbors in need.

 

 


Hope & Joy News

Easter Egg Hunt

 

 

 


Saturday of Lazarus

 

 

 

 


Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

AHEPA Scholarship

 

 


Dance Advisory Committee Election-Change of Date

Dance Advisory Committee elections: On May 19, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than April 22nd. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.

 


Palm Sunday Luncheon

 


Stewardship Year 2024

We thank these parishioners who have pledged their gifts of time, talent and treasure for year 2024.
If you have not, please fill out a form.  You can download a form, pick up a form at church, or use https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/.  To make payments on your financial pledge, use https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ and at the drop down menu choose “Stewardship”

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


FESTIVAL 2024 SUCCESS THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!

A spotlight of appreciation shines on Melissa Bakatselos and her creative volunteers for their outstanding efforts in decorating the festival! From the Greek flair of the festival entrances to the cooking demo area, all of the booths, breezeway, and even the tent flags, their creative touch added a vibrant atmosphere to the event thanks to Telly Bakatselos and Tam Economou for their contributions to decorating these various areas, and to Erin Ryan and Katherine Maineri for donating tapestries that enhanced the Greek theme beautifully. Faith and Jared Becker also deserve recognition for hanging banners and preparing tables, which undoubtedly contributed to the overall festive ambiance. Kudos to Diane Paxinos for her attention to detail in creating each volunteer name tag and to Melissa for her efficient organization skills in coordinating them with crafty pins, clips, and professional-looking badges.

Let’s also bring the Office Team to the forefront of recognition for their essential contributions to the festival’s smooth operation starting with Kiki Sergiou. Kiki deserves a huge thank you despite working behind the scenes, she’s at the forefront of all activities, tirelessly managing various tasks with a welcoming smile and generous demeanor. Even during the event, Kiki finds time to volunteer alongside her family, embodying the true spirit of community involvement. Organized by Diane Paxinos, the sharp office team, made up of Cindy Zitis, Effie Kirkiles, George Kavgic, Nick Miljanic, Garry Paxinos, and Phil Vias, also deserve immense appreciation for their successful efforts in managing finances, tracking festival statistics, and ensuring adequate change availability. Their meticulous attention to detail and efficient management play a significant role in keeping everything running seamlessly.

It’s crucial to recognize the tireless efforts of the logistics team. Anne Nicholas invested numerous hours into securing permits and licensing working closely with Jared Becker as he negotiated fencing and tenting arrangements over several months to ensure we got the best. Peter Kokkinos’s generous donation of time and expertise in handling electrical layout and installation highlights the collaborative spirit of the team. Under the guidance of Bill Ypsilantis, with invaluable assistance from Kevin Ryan who secured the “Posh Potties” and waste containers as well as volunteers for most of the weekend year after year, and Dr. George Georgakakis, who is always involved in all aspects of the festival, along with Peter Synoyiannis and Tony Planakis, this team has demonstrated exceptional coordination to ensure that all logistical aspects, from permits to infrastructure, were efficiently managed, allowing attendees to enjoy the festival without a hitch, and completing these comprehensive efforts, Tim Cockrell’s coordination of security details, in collaboration with local law enforcement, provided a crucial layer of protection and peace of mind for all attendees.

It’s through the collective efforts of teams like these that the festival and all events at St Demetrios will continue to thrive and provide a memorable experience for everyone. Many thanks to these teams for their stellar contributions!

 


Ticket Sales
Starting Sunday, April 7, AHEPA will be selling tickets in the hall for the 4/20/2024 concert.

 

 

 


 

Calendar

 

 

Friday                   4/12  

6:30pm                             Salutations Service
7:30pm                             GOYA Olympics Registration

Sunday                4/14   
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School

Monday                4/15      

4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet
Tuesday               4/16
11:30am                            Agape Luncheon

Thursday             4/18      
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Friday                  4/19 

7:00pm                             Akathist Hymn
8:00pm                             Lenten meal and Lecture

Saturday              4/20
4:00pm                           Joy & Hope Egg Hunt at Bayview Park
8:00pm                           Echoes of Greece Concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, March 31st, 2024

We are live streaming our services.

Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast can be found.

 

 


 


Sunday, March 31st, 2024

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

 

 

         

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.
His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
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Apolytikion for Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ὀρθοδοξίας ὁ φωστὴρ…
Light of Orthodoxy, pillar and teacher of the Church, adornment of monastics, invincible champion of theologians, O Gregory thou wonderworker, boast of Thessalonica, herald of grace: ever pray that our souls be saved.
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Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.You are champion of the world.A victor who could turn the nations back.You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια…
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

Epistle Reading

 

 

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3

IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end.” But to what angel has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?” Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that He was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and He was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”-He said to the paralytic-“I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home.” And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

 


 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (3 years) survived by his wife Cleopatra, and his children Michael, Elizabeth and Harriet.

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

Nikitas Legakis (12 years) survived by his wife Georgia Legakis, two children, and four grandchildren.

Philip, Elisabeth, Michael, Harikleia, Aristidis, Ioannis, Ioannis, George, Konstandinos, Kalliopi, Eirini survived by the Iliakis family.

 

 


Announcements

 

 

Coffee Hour
In memory of his wife Robyn, Andy Pappas has sponsored the coffee hour.

 


Donation Opportunities
Flowers for the icon of the Panagia
Salutations service 3/29, 4/5, 4/12 and Akathist Service 4/19.
$75 each.  If interested, call the office (954)467-1515.  Thank you!

 


Ladies of Philoptochos
If you are available this coming Wednesday April 3rd at 5pm we will be filling  the College Care Boxes.  If you are interested in helping please feel free to join us.

 


Holy Cross Hellenic College
On March 31st, after liturgy, Philoptochos will be accepting Lenten contributions for Holy Cross Hellenic College.  HCHC is the intellectual, educational and spiritual formation center of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  They provide ordained and lay vocations for service to Church and society, based on faith.  Your donation will assist future priests to reach their holy mission.

 


Feeding South Florida
Philoptochos will be dispensing paper bags for the annual collection for Feeding South Florida.  We will be collecting donations of nonperishable food that will help provide food for the needy in Broward County.  The collection dates will run from April  through April 21st.  Donated food can be left in a container located in the hall or with any Philoptochos member.  Thank you for contributing to this wonderful foundation and our neighbors in need.

 

 


Scholarship News
Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

 


Dance Advisory Committee Election
Dance Advisory Committee elections: On April 7, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than March 31st. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.

 


 

Church Grounds Cleanup
Join us on Saturday, March 30 at 8:30am to help beautify our church grounds in anticipation of our celebration of Pascha.  Many hands make light work!

 


BINGO
Saturday, March 30, at 12:00 noon.
   Doors open at11:30am.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

See you on Saturday, March 30, at 11:30am.

 

 


Book Signing
Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida cordially invites you to a book signing afternoon featuring author Theodore Pitsios and his latest book “Walking in the light”. The book “a man’s Odyssey to redefine home” has been highly praised by the press.

On March 30th @3:30pm join us, enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, delectable bites and lively conversation with Theodore. Free event. Books will be available for sale. Funds raised will support Philoptohos’ and the Society’s programs.

 

 

 


 


 

 


FESTIVAL 2024 SUCCESS THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!

St Demetrios had some of the best volunteers as the first to engage festival guests starting with Pablo Chong, our VIP parking sentinel all weekend. Andy Carmona jumped in at parking and chauffeured with the golf cart all day every day along with John Steber, and Willy Cook.  Also lending their warm hospitality shuttling guests or at parking were Ted Krekoukis, Nikolaos Anagnostopoulos, Teddy Ypsilantis, George Palaidis, Peter Drivas, Randall Soy, Andrew Constantinides, Joe Hinkley, and Michael Delakas.  Michael happily shuttled our nightly late night crew and he, with this team, assisted in other areas of the festival all weekend long.  Faith Makris Becker skillfully scheduled this great group, and Lea Planakis used her negotiating skills to secure all of the remote parking.

Many guests experienced an inviting first encounter with Stephanie Pavlakis and the keen admissions team. Stephanie is one of our most reliable and seasoned chairpersons consistently leading a team of model hosts who encounter pretty much every single guest in attendance.  Imagine keeping a joyful welcoming disposition all weekend long, and to top it off,  many of this team stayed on longer to assist other areas.  Each day entering from the East you were greeted by a true admissions veteran, Georgia Maiorana and her daughter Vanessa Dragutinovic, and Debbie Kommatas. Also greeting guests from both entrances were veteran volunteers, Alexandra Papadimitriou, Emily Solos, Mary Steve, and Marigo Joanides.   The West Gate was packed with another team of veteran volunteers and a few new ones: Sophia Steber, Vio Neagu, Jeanette Espinoza, Fabio Gutwaks, Kathy Boillot, Paul Crossette, Leslie Cook, Anja Niksic, George Kavgic, Tom McGuirk, Joan Hudson, Dimitri Iakovas, and Triphon Kollitides.

 


Hellenic Cultural Society News

  • The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago and the Hellenic Cultural Society will collaborate on the Society’s South Florida Oral History Project. The goal of the project is to record and preserve the stories of Greek American immigrants (or their descendants). The recordings will be preserved at the National Hellenic Museum’s Collections and Archives Center.

For more info please contact Stavroula Christodoulou isapaul@aol.com or Malvina Currie malvina@hcssfl.org.

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

Stewardship Year 2024

 

Please fill out a year 2024 pledge form by clicking here https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/  Or download this form, fill out both sides completely and return it to the office.  Thank you!

 

 


 


 

Calendar

 

 

Friday                   3/29  

7:00pm                             Salutations Service

Saturday              3/30
8:30am                             Church grounds cleanup
12:00 noon                       Bingo
3:30pm                             Book signing

Sunday                3/31   
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School

Monday                4/1       

4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet
Tuesday                4/2
7:00pm                             AHEPA meeting

Thursday              4/4      
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Friday                   4/5  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, March 24th, 2024

We are live streaming our services.

Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast can be found.

 

 


 


Sunday, March 24th, 2024

Sunday of Orthodoxy

 

 

         

For more than one hundred years the Church of Christ was troubled by the persecution of the Iconoclasts of evil belief, beginning in the reign of Leo the Isaurian (717-741) and ending in the reign of Theophilus (829-842).  After Theophilus’s death, his widow the Empress Theodora (celebrated Feb. 11), together with the Patriarch Methodius (June 14), established Orthodoxy anew.  This ever-memorable Queen venerated the icon of the Mother of God in the presence of the Patriarch Methodius and the other confessors and righteous men, and openly cried out these holy words:  “If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons, not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema.”  Then with common prayer and fasting during the whole first week of the Forty-day Fast, she asked God’s forgiveness for her husband.  After this, on the first Sunday of the Fast, she and her son, Michael the Emperor, made a procession with all the clergy and people and restored the holy icons, and again adorned the Church of Christ with them.  This is the holy deed that all we the Orthodox commemorate today, and we call this radiant and venerable day the Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is, the triumph of true doctrine over heresy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων…
Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!
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Apolytikion for Sunday of Orthodoxy in the Second Mode
Τὴν ἄχραντον Εἰκόνα σου προσκυνοῦμεν Ἀγαθέ…
We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our failings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom Thou hadst fashioned.  Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully:  Thou didst fill all things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.
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Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.You are champion of the world.A victor who could turn the nations back.You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια…
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”
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Epistle Reading

 

 

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.And what more shall I say?  For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight.  Women received their dead by resurrection.  Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life.  Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated — of whom the world was not worthy — wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

 

Gospel Reading

 

 

John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee.  And He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.”  Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.  Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Philip said to him, “Come and see.”  Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”  Nathanael said to Him, “How do you know me?”  Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”  Nathanael answered Him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!  You are the King of Israel!”  Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe?  You shall see greater things than these.”  And He said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

 


Announcements

 

 

 

 


Holy Cross Hellenic College
On March 31st, after liturgy, Philoptochos will be accepting Lenten contributions for Holy Cross Hellenic College.  HCHC is the intellectual, educational and spiritual formation center of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  They provide ordained and lay vocations for service to Church and society, based on faith.  Your donation will assist future priests to reach their holy mission.

 


Feeding South Florida
Philoptochos will be dispensing paper bags for the annual collection for Feeding South Florida.  We will be collecting donations of nonperishable food that will help provide food for the needy in Broward County.  The collection dates will run from April  through April 21st.  Donated food can be left in a container located in the hall or with any Philoptochos member.  Thank you for contributing to this wonderful foundation and our neighbors in need.

 


Scholarship News
Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

 

 


Dance Advisory Committee Election
Dance Advisory Committee elections: On April 7, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than March 31st. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.

 

 


Church Grounds Cleanup
Join us on Saturday, March 30 at 8:30am to help beautify our church grounds in anticipation of our celebration of Pascha.  Many hands make light work!

 


BINGO
Saturday, March 30, at 12:00 noon.
   Doors open at11:30am.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

See you on Saturday, March 30, at 11:30am.

 


Book Signing
Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida cordially invites you to a book signing afternoon featuring author Theodore Pitsios and his latest book “Walking in the light”. The book “a man’s Odyssey to redefine home” has been highly praised by the press.

On March 30th @3:30pm join us, enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, delectable bites and lively conversation with Theodore. Free event. Books will be available for sale. Funds raised will support Philoptohos’ and the Society’s programs.

 

 

 


 


FESTIVAL 2024 SUCCESS THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!

The festival spotlight shines on a few key volunteers this week. We are grateful for our exceptional social media and marketing team led by Kathe Vezos Milner. Kathe’s leadership and coordination with various media outlets, including the Sun Sentinel and local radio stations featuring Father Peter’s voice in commercials, have played a pivotal role in promoting our festival. Her efforts in organizing logos and artwork with Marissa Tatakis have warmly welcomed guests to spend a memorable weekend at St. Demetrios. We also commend the talents and dedication of Jim Carras, Arlene Touris, Erin Ryan, Emmy Louvaris, Alex Papastamatis, and others who have contributed their expertise to our digital presence. Jim’s longstanding dedication to festival marketing, particularly in social media, has reached over 7000 accounts, while Arlene’s efforts in soliciting community photos and engaging with our audience on various platforms have enriched our storytelling. Additionally, Victor Demetriou’s sponsorship of yard signs and coordination of large business signs around town have significantly bolstered our visibility. Special recognition goes to our youth for the remarkable impact of the video they crafted, which achieved record-breaking views and captured the essence of our festival with unparalleled enthusiasm.

The festival spotlight shifts to the ladies who are directly involved with the public promoting our festival, Lea Planakis, Kalliope Georgakakis Vlamis, and Alexandra Zaden.  Lea’s dedication and expertise in managing Groupon Campaigns and orchestrating festival logistics are truly commendable. Her versatile role in coordinating vendors, securing essential items, and even contributing hands-on during the festival, exemplifies her commitment to ensuring its success. Her extensive experience and role in the planning and execution have undoubtedly been instrumental in their smooth operation year after year. Kalliope and Alexandra have been instrumental in various capacities, both during the festival and throughout the year.  Raising over $30,000 in program book sales is no small feat and demonstrates their dedication and effectiveness in supporting the festival’s goals.

It’s truly a testament to the collective efforts of these individuals that the festival continues to thrive year after year. They deserve every bit of recognition and celebration for their contributions. Please take the time to thank them and all of our volunteers.

 

 


Hellenic Cultural Society News

  • The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago and the Hellenic Cultural Society will collaborate on the Society’s South Florida Oral History Project. The goal of the project is to record and preserve the stories of Greek American immigrants (or their descendants). The recordings will be preserved at the National Hellenic Museum’s Collections and Archives Center.

For more info please contact Stavroula Christodoulou isapaul@aol.com or Malvina Currie malvina@hcssfl.org.

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

Stewardship Year 2024

 

Please fill out a year 2024 pledge form by clicking here https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/  Or download this form, fill out both sides completely and return it to the office.  Thank you!

 

 


 


 

Calendar

 

 

Friday                   3/22 

7:00pm                             Salutations Service
8:00pm                             Light Lenten dinner
9:00pm                             GOYA Lock-in

Saturday              3/23     Saturday of Souls
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Sunday                3/24   
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School

After Liturgy                      Annunciation and Greek Independence Day Celebration

Monday               3/25       The Feast of the Annunciation
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy

4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet
Tuesday                3/26
11:00am                            Loving Stitches

Thursday              3/21      
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Friday                   3/29  

7:00pm                             Salutations Service

Saturday              3/30
8:30am                             Church grounds cleanup
12:00 noon                       Bingo
3:30pm                             Book signing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, March 17th, 2024

We are live streaming our services.

Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast can be found.

 

 


 


Sunday, March 17th, 2024

Forgiveness Sunday 

 

 

         

he Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam’s exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments.  For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind.  The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands.  Taking occasion from today’s Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.

 

Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland

 

Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old. Though the son of a deacon and a grandson of a priest, it was not until his captivity that he sought out the Lord with his whole heart. In his Confession, the testament he wrote towards the end of his life, he says, “After I came to Ireland – every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed – the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was so moved that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and almost as many at night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountain; and I would rise for prayer before daylight, through snow, through frost, through rain, and I felt no harm.” After six years of slavery in Ireland, he was guided by God to make his escape, and afterwards struggled in the monastic life at Auxerre in Gaul, under the guidance of the holy Bishop Germanus. Many years later he was ordained bishop and sent to Ireland once again, about the year 432, to convert the Irish to Christ. His arduous labours bore so much fruit that within seven years, three bishops were sent from Gaul to help him shepherd his flock, “my brethren and sons whom I have baptized in the Lord – so many thousands of people,” he says in his Confession. His apostolic work was not accomplished without much “weariness and painfulness,” long journeys through difficult country, and many perils; he says his very life was in danger twelve times. When he came to Ireland as its enlightener, it was a pagan country; when he ended his earthly life some thirty years later, about 461, the Faith of Christ was established in every corner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος…
From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions.  O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.
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Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.You are champion of the world.A victor who could turn the nations back.You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode
Τῆς σοφίας ὁδηγέ…
O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment.  Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, “O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen.”
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Epistle Reading

 

 

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand.  Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions.  One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables.  Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him.  Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another?  It is before his own master that he stands or falls.  And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men.  Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.  But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

 

 

 


 

Memorial Prayer

 

Mary Pieri (1 year) survived by her husband Costa, her children Chrisoulla, Coulla and Tony, her siblings Georgia, Andreas and Victor, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Trisagion Prayer

 

Robyn Pappas (7 years) survived by her husband Andy.

 

 

Baby Blessing

 

John and Charlotte Xanthos, together with big sisters Athena and Kalliope, present Ariadne for her 40 day blessing.


Announcements

 

Coffee Hour
In her memory, the family of Mary Pieri has sponsored the coffee hour.

 


Agape Luncheon
You are cordially invited to the Agape luncheon on March 19, 2024. Doors will open at 11:30 AM. Entrance $10.00. Snacks, wine, soda and water will start the event. Chef Nick Manos, sous chef Bessie Manos and their able crew will prepare a sumptuous Lenten repast of fish, baked potatoes à la grec, etc. Dessert and ice-cream will follow.  Please come and bring a friend.

 


PapCorps
Wednesday March 20th – Pap Corps Chapter meeting 3PM

 

 


Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

 


St. Demetrios Parish Oratorical Festival
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Event held on February 25, 2024

 


Dance Advisory Committee Election
Dance Advisory Committee elections: On April 7, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.

 


 

Sunday of Orthodoxy Service
You’re invited to sing with the St. Demetrios Choir on Sunday, March 24 for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Service. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday, March 17 immediately following liturgy and also on Wednesday, March 20 at 11 AM in the choir loft. Please join us! For more information contact  Athena Loucas at 203-962-2992.

 


Church Grounds Cleanup
Join us on Saturday, March 30 at 8:30am to help beautify our church grounds in anticipation of our celebration of Pascha.  Many hands make light work!

 


BINGO
Saturday, March 30, at 12:00 noon.
   Doors open at11:30am.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

See you on Saturday, March 30, at 11:30am.

 


Book Signing
Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida cordially invites you to a book signing afternoon featuring author Theodore Pitsios and his latest book “Walking in the light”. The book “a man’s Odyssey to redefine home” has been highly praised by the press.

On March 30th @3:30pm join us, enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, delectable bites and lively conversation with Theodore. Free event. Books will be available for sale. Funds raised will support Philoptohos’ and the Society’s programs.

 

 

 


Prosfora Baking
We invite anyone who knows how to make prosforo to please do so. Thank you for your offering.

 


FESTIVAL 2024 SUCCESS THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!

We are shining the FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT on some of the heroes behind the scenes: Stacy Vezos, Jimmy Tsekeris, Emmy Louvaris, and Kalli Vlamis along with their dedicated staff of volunteers. Their extraordinary efforts ensured that guests were treated to a culinary experience surpassing even the highest standards of the best restaurants.

Emmy’s adept management skills kept the kitchen operations running smoothly, working closely with Chef Jimmy to orchestrate a seamless flow of delicious meals letting Chef Jimmy circulate the event to ensure every dish was up to par.  Stacy is extraordinary! Under the most strenuous challenges, this woman remained committed to her responsibilities to ensure every part she had a hand in was executed to perfection! Stacy utilized her masterful negotiation skills, honed over years of professional experience and service to St. Demetrios, to handle the intricate ordering and with Emmy & Jimmy, the trio and months of meticulous planning, negotiating, and menu crafting, lay the groundwork for this festival masterpiece. From ordering to diligent preparation and cooking, every step was executed with precision! The kitchen staff, including Anne Nicholas, Eva Planakis, Sue & Andy Carmona, Tracey Hogan, Tara Bakatselos, John, Pauline & Peter Loupasakis, Paul Vrotsos, Don Swift, Dimitrios Tsekeris, Chris Siegel, Peter Synoyiannis, John Bertakis, Nick Manos, and George Brokalakis, worked long days, handled hot treys, manned the ovens, cut, diced, sautéed and stirred tirelessly to ensure that each morsel represented the artistry of Greek cuisine. This is great crew returns  year after year to cook and celebrate the festival together with their kitchen traditions that may involve a round or two of tsikoudia or tequila shots!

As for Kalli Vlamis, well this talented woman wears many hats during festival season enhancing any lane she steps into. The Kalli focus today, however is on her masterful scheduling of all of the festival exhibitions and tours, in addition to personally curating the Cooking exhibition. Kalli arranged for a Ravani & Koulourakia demo prepared expertly by our very own Stacy Simitses. She also involved Bessi Manos and her delicate diples crating skill leaving guests intrigued by the artistry and flavors. Finally, Kalli arranged for Emmy to pop out of the kitchen to demo delicious Galaktobouriko, amazing baklava, Melamakarona and baklava with talented daughter Elenie Louvaris offering guests a delicious Greek pastry experience.

The efforts of Kalli, Stacy, Jimmy, Emmy and their amazing teams extend beyond the behind the scenes activities of the kitchen. Their collective dedication and passion for our cultural heritage infused every dish with the spirit of the festival, creating an unforgettable experience for all. Let these wonderful volunteers know how much you appreciate their ongoing contribution to the success of Saint Demetrios.

 


Hellenic Cultural Society News

  • The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago and the Hellenic Cultural Society will collaborate on the Society’s South Florida Oral History Project. The goal of the project is to record and preserve the stories of Greek American immigrants (or their descendants). The recordings will be preserved at the National Hellenic Museum’s Collections and Archives Center.

For more info please contact Stavroula Christodoulou isapaul@aol.com or Malvina Currie malvina@hcssfl.org.

 

 


Educational Seminar
The whole community is invited to attend.

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

Stewardship Year 2024

 

Please fill out a year 2024 pledge form by clicking here https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/  Or download this form, fill out both sides completely and return it to the office.  Thank you!

 

 


 


 

Calendar

 

 

Thursday              3/14      
6:00pm                              Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Saturday                3/16   Saturday of Souls
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Sunday                  3/17     
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy followed by Forgiveness prayer
After Communion              Sunday School
After Liturgy                       Choir practice

Monday                 3/18    Clean Monday-Lent begins
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet

Tuesday                3/19
11:30am                            Agape Luncheon

Wednesday           3/20       
11:00am                           Choir practice
3:00pm                             Pap Corps meeting

Thursday              3/21      
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Friday                   3/22 

7:00pm                             Salutations Service
8:00pm                             Light Lenten dinner
9:00pm                             GOYA Lock-in

Saturday              3/23     Saturday of Souls
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Sunday                3/24   
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School

After Liturgy                      Annunciation and Greek Independence Day Celebration

Monday               3/25       The Feast of the Annunciation
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy

4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, March 10th, 2024

We are live streaming our services.

Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast can be found.

 

 


 


Sunday, March 10th, 2024

Judgement Sunday 

 

Judgment Sunday 

       

 

The foregoing two parables — especially that of the Prodigal Son — have presented to us God’s extreme goodness and love for man.  But lest certain persons, putting their confidence in this alone, live carelessly, squandering upon sin the time given them to work out their salvation, and death suddenly snatch them away, the most divine Fathers have appointed this day’s feast commemorating Christ’s impartial Second Coming, through which we bring to mind that God is not only the Friend of man, but also the most righteous Judge, Who recompenses to each according to his deeds.
It is the aim of the holy Fathers, through bringing to mind that fearful day, to rouse us from the slumber of carelessness unto the work of virtue, and to move us to love and compassion for our brethren.  Besides this, even as on the coming Sunday of Cheese-fare we commemorate Adam’s exile from the Paradise of delight — which exile is the beginning of life as we know it now — it is clear that today’s is reckoned the last of all feasts, because on the last day of judgment, truly, everything of this world will come to an end.

 

“Christian love is the ‘possible impossibility’ to see Christ in another man, whoever he is…”
Alexander Schmemann
Great Lent, 20th Century                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


Liturgical Guide

 

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον…
Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers’ lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.You are champion of the world.A victor who could turn the nations back.You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode
Ὅταν ἔλθῃς ὁ Θεός, ἐπὶ γῆς μετὰ δόξης…
O God, when You come upon the earth in glory, the whole world will tremble.  A river of fire will bring all before Your Judgment Seat and the books will be opened, and everything in secret will become public.  At that time, deliver me from the fire which never dies, and enable me to stand by Your right hand, O Judge most just.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

Epistle Reading

 

 

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2

Brethren, food will not commend us to God.  We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.  Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.  For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols?  And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died.  Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ.  Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.Am I not free?  Am I not an apostle?  Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?  Are not you my workmanship in the Lord?  If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

 

Gospel Reading

 

 

Matthew 25:31-46

The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.  Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.  Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’  Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’  And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

 

 


 

Trisagion Prayer

Kyriakos Kyriakidis (3 years) survived by his wife Vera.

Constantine Lycouris survived by son Steve Lycouris and grandsons Alexander and Constantine.

 

 

 

 


Announcements

Saturday of Souls
The Saturday of Souls Liturgy scheduled for Saturday, March 9 is cancelled.

A Saturday of Souls Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, March 16.  Orthros at 9:00am. Divine Liturgy at 10:00am.

 

 


Office Hours
The office will be closed on Thursday, March 7 and Monday, March 11.

 


Scholarship News

The St. Demetrios Scholarship Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in last Sunday’s “Celebration of Learning”.  Your donations will assist children in our community to attend St. Stephen’s Summer Camp as well as some of our older students with the ever-increasing costs associated with acquiring a college degree.

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website www.stdemetrios.org.  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (atlmetropolis.org)

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

 


Sunday of Orthodoxy Service
You’re invited to sing with the St. Demetrios Choir on Sunday, March 24 for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Service. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday, March 17 immediately following liturgy and also on Wednesday, March 20 at 11 AM in the choir loft.
Please join us! For more information contact  Athena Loucas at 203-962-2992.ay, March 11.

 


Agape Luncheon
You are cordially invited to the Agape luncheon on March 19, 2024. Doors will open at 11:30 AM. Entrance $10.00. Snacks, wine, soda and water will start the event. Chef Nick Manos, sous chef Bessie Manos and their able crew will prepare a sumptuous Lenten repast of fish, baked potatoes à la grec, etc. Dessert and ice-cream will follow.  Please come and bring a friend.


Prosfora Baking
We invite anyone who knows how to make prosforo to please do so. Thank you for your offering.

 


FESTIVAL 2024 SUCCESS THANKS TO EACH OF YOU!

Today the festival spotlight is on Basil Economou, John Simitses and on the team of volunteers at Greek Grill and all of the festival bars. This entertaining group lit up the event in more ways than one!

Basil, the driving force behind the Greek Grill, orchestrated not only the culinary delights but also ensured seamless logistics, arranging the golf carts that ferried our guests and took the lead in various aspects in the months leading up to the festival. John, on the other hand, managed the dynamic team of volunteer bartenders and oversaw everything from setup to ordering and pricing for all the bars on-site, ensuring that every guest’s thirst was quenched and the atmosphere remained vibrant.

Basil, along with the illustrious Saganaki Kings and Master Grillers, tantalized our senses with the aroma of flaming cheese, savory loukaniko, and an array of grilled bites. Let’s shine a spotlight on the incredible individuals who contributed to this gastronomic extravaganza: Ted Korbos, Andy Pappas, Michael Hatzikostantis, Alex Velasquez, Jared Becker, Tam & Xander Economou, Nick Manos, Stylainos Gelis, Chandler & Athena Sergiou Griffin, John Kapoukakis, Adam Bousa, Bill Moskos, Georgios Papagiannakis, Vasilis Angelis, Pantelis Katopodis, Andrew Pinney, Anna Krekoukis, Marianne Kritikos, Stella Stringer, Vanessa Villaester, Judith Jack, Connie Fountas, and Dimitri Vlamis. This team worked tirelessly to ensure every guest felt welcomed and valued.

Meanwhile, John’s bar team ensured that the libations flowed freely, keeping the crowd smiling and entertained with their swift service and jovial demeanor. Inside the hall, Bob Manze, proudly known as “Manzopoulos,” alongside Michael Papastamits and Dennis Matson, ensured that drinks kept pouring for guests exploring the intriguing nearby vendors. Outside, the infectious smiles and shouts of “Yamas” and “Opa” of Chris Georgakopoulos, Nicholas Mafredas, Justin Phass, John Zaravinos, Will & Lyndsey Walters, Michael & Angela Valverde, Constantine Fiacos, Val Dragutinovic, Pam Stamm, Phil Taschioglou, Michael Karavolos, Thomas Manos, Maibel & Brad Gellman, Neal Victor, Shane Grabski, Nick Stratoudakis and Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos, guaranteed that the festival’s lively atmosphere was complemented by refreshing drinks and warm hospitality.

Together, Basil, John, and their dedicated teams of volunteers impacted the festival with their hard work, and commitment to creating a memorable experience for all.   When you see them, let them know how much you appreciate their part in our success.  I certainly do!

 


Hellenic Cultural Society News

  • The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago and the Hellenic Cultural Society will collaborate on the Society’s South Florida Oral History Project. The goal of the project is to record and preserve the stories of Greek American immigrants (or their descendants). The recordings will be preserved at the National Hellenic Museum’s Collections and Archives Center.

For more info please contact Stavroula Christodoulou isapaul@aol.com or Malvina Currie malvina@hcssfl.org.

 


 

 


Educational Seminar
The whole community is invited to attend.

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

Stewardship Year 2024

 

Please fill out a year 2024 pledge form by clicking here https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/  Or download this form, fill out both sides completely and return it to the office.  Thank you!

 

 


 


 

Calendar

 

 

Thursday               3/7     Office closed

Saturday                3/9
9:00am                             Pap Corps walkathon

Sunday                  3/10      
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School

Monday                 3/11
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet

Wednesday           3/13       
6:30pm                             DOP meeting

Thursday              3/14      
6:00pm                              Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Saturday              3/16     Saturday of Souls
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Sunday               3/17   
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School