Divine Liturgy – 04/17/2022

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The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 17, 2022

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Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

 


April 17, 2022

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

 

The reading is from 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

Bookstore News 

New in the Bookstore:  This year, fill the children’s Easter baskets with more than just candy.  See our new children’s books The Resurrection of Christ and  101 Orthodox Saints, in addition to our selection of favorites.

 


Myrofores
Elementary/middle school girls who are interested in participating as Myrofores during the Holy Friday Lamentations Service are asked to contact Effie (954) 773-5455 for details.

 


Hope/Joy News

 

 


 


 


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)

Scholarship applications are available on line at the St. Demetrios website or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2022.

 


Dance News

Mandatory dance practice for children already registered in the Dance Program for 2021-2022
3-5 Saturday, April 16, 2022 after Palm folding and lenten retreat (Saturday of Lazarus)

Dance Practice for the April 30th Glendi is only for children already registered in the Dance Program for 2021-2022. Also, practice and costume fitting on April 10th or 16th, depending on age, is mandatory for participating in the group performances on April 30th. We hope that all families will attend the Glendi on April 30th.

 


 

Memorial Luminary Lighting Ceremony

4/22/22 (Great Friday) – Honor your passed loved one by purchasing a luminary that will be lit on Holy Friday around our church. Luminaries are $10.00/each, and please only one luminary per loved one who has passed. Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter #289 will be selling luminaries in the church hall each Sunday, beginning February 27th. You may also purchase by contacting Effie Kirkiles @ 727-534-7474 or egp07@msn.com, or by contacting Diane Paxinos @ 954-304-5913 or dgpaxinos@gmail.com.

 


Oral History Project

The Hellenic Cultural Society (HCS) of South Florida is undertaking an Oral History Project which aims at creating an archive of the emigration and immigration experience of Greek Americans.

> All humans in the Americas, including Native Americans, immigrated from other continents. Greeks have been emigrating from their ancestral villages, hamlets and cities since the ancient times. As a result, they established what became the cities of Alexandria, Nice, Napoli, Messina, Odessa and Byzantium, to name but a few. In more recent times, Greeks immigrated to the United States of America. Some of them are our ancestors. The experience of these ancestors is an integral part of American History and must be recorded.

> The HCS invites you to include in the proposed archive the emigration and immigration history of your family. This may be accomplished through a live interview or by submitting written answers to a set of questions. All this primary data will be uploaded on a website and will become available to scholars embarking on a variety of topics regarding Greek Americans. In addition to the narrative you may wish to include copies of photographs and documents such as certificates of birth, baptism, marriage, divorce and death, passports etc.

> For more information please contact Malvina Protogerou Currie at malvinacurrie@gmail.com or Stavroula Christodoulou at isapaul@aol.com or at SimplyGreekSF@gmail.com

 

 


 

 


Ukraine Relief Fund

March 3, 2022

To the Reverend Clergy, the Ladies Philoptochos Societies and all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

I greet you with love in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we prepare to greet the beginning of the Springtime Fast, I am mindful of the terrible conflict that has befallen the citizens of Ukraine, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, because of the Russian invasion.

Even as we enter a period of repentance, and shall pray more fervently for peace and goodwill to be restored, I am proud to write to you that our Archdiocese has established the GOARCH Ukraine Relief Fund. This Fund (which shall receive beneficial advice from International Orthodox Christian Charities) “…aims to raise $1 million for both immediate and long-term support of the Ukrainian people”. I am also pleased to announce that yesterday afternoon His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America donated $100,000 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on behalf of our Archdiocese, to support the efforts of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

This easy to use page available by clicking here https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine  allows for an individual to select their donation amount, and then to specify their Metropolis and their home parish. In this way we all–individual persons, families & parish communities–can do our part to uplift the Ukranian nation through prayer and monetary assistance.

To quote His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros’ coming encyclical, “We join our spirit to the spirit of His All-Holiness and exhort all our Faithful: offer prayers and tangible support for all the Ukrainian People, those of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and those of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, those of the Ukrainian Catholic and Jewish communities, and all who find themselves in the dire circumstances of war.”

Standing with the people of Ukraine, and praying for a quick and peaceful resolution, I remain,

Paternally yours with love and blessings,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine

 


Philoptochos News    

Lenten Outreach
Again this year our Lenten Outreach is for the Ft. Lauderdale Covenant House.  We are collecting gift cards that they can use for clothes and toiletries, rides to work and school, and dinner between work and school.  Please put cards or cash in the box in the narthex or donate online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/
Covenant House serves homeless teen-agers by giving them a safe place to live while they continue at their home schools and jobs.  They provide job training, education, mental health counseling, and assist with jobs and housing after their clients graduate from high school, so they can develop as independent adults.

 


Walk for the Cure The Fort Lauderdale Pap Corps Chapter is holding a walkathon to raise funds to support cancer research.  Join us on Saturday, April 30th as we walk for the cure. Details are available in the Church Hall during the coffee hour.

 

 


2nd Annual Drawing Contest – St. Photios National Shrine

 

 


 


https://www.atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp

Our St. Demetrios Students, and Fr. Peter, will be attending Week 5


 

Stewardship
Our Church.  Our Spiritual Home.  Our Family

 

Our St. Demetrios Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration. You may have been brought here on your 40th day, or it may have been the destination of your spiritual journey. For both, St. Demetrios Church is a spiritual home to which we may always return. We are brothers and sisters in Christ – a family.

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of our vibrant community. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings.

Thank you very much for your 2021 stewardship pledge.  Your gift truly makes a difference by enabling us to serve those who come to seek Jesus Christ in His Church. Please consider increasing your pledge for 2022. Even a small increase will help us do that much more to strengthen and advance our parish.  Please fill out a year 2022 pledge form. Fill out both sides completely so that we can update our database. Thank you!

 

 




 


 

 

Calander

Saturday            4/16         Saturday of Lazarus               
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Divine Liturgy            Parish breakfast; palm folding; Lenten retreat

3:00pm-5:00pm                 Dance Practice 3rd-5th grades

Sunday             4/17          Palm Sunday 
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Divine Liturgy             Fish Luncheon presented by GOYA

7:00pm                                Bridegroom Service

Monday            4/18           Holy Monday
7:00pm                                Bridegroom Service

Tuesday           4/19            Holy Tuesday
7:00pm                                Bridegroom Service

Wednesday     4/20           Holy Wednesday
5:30pm                               Sacrament of Holy Unction

Thursday        4/21            Holy Thursday  
8:00am                               Dyeing of eggs

9:00am                               Vesperal Liturgy

7:00pm                               Passion Service

Friday             4/22          Holy Friday
9:00am                             Royal Hours

10:00am                           Decorating of the Kouvouklion (Epitaphios)

10:00am                           Hope/Joy Retreat

3:00pm                             Apokathelosis Service

7:00pm                             Lamentations Service

Saturday        4/23           Holy Saturday
10:00am                           Liturgy of St. Basil

11:30pm                           Resurrection Service followed by the Paschal Divine Liturgy

Sunday          4/24           Great and Holy Pascha
12:00 noon                       Agape Vespers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 10, 2022

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Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

 


Church and Church Grounds Cleanup

To prepare the church and the church grounds for Pascha, we are having a clean up day on Saturday April 9 starting at 8:30am. Please join us.  Bring your tools and whatever else you think will make the job easier! Drinks and food will be available.

 


April 10, 2022

 

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.

                                                      

 


 

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!
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

 

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: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon.  First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

 

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

 

The reading is from 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

Betty Galanis (3 months) and Jimmy Galanis (5 years) survived by their children Penny Giannomoros, Christina (Spiro) Angelos, Nick (Denise) Galanis, and Spiro (Dawn) Galanis, and 10 grandchildren

Trisagion Prayer

Beth Partalis (1 year) beloved mother of Gregory (Lynn), William (Bridgit), Karen (Angelo), Matthew (Dick), grandmother of Julie, Katie, Emily, (Chris) Evan, (Lauren) Lorin, (Eddie) Rory, (Monica) and JB, (Dottie), great grandmother of JJ, Wyatt, Elizabeth, Harriet, Dlynn, and cousins, Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales.

Kostandinos Marchelos (12 years) Kostas is survived by his children, Adrianne, son-in-law, Nick, Spiro & daughter-in-law Nikki, Elias, 7 grandchildren: Irene and Tommy, Vasiliki and Theo, Marionna and Steven, and Stephanie; and his 6 great grandchildren; his brother-in-law, John and Jerry Bekios and extended family throughout New York and Greece.

 


Announcements

 

Bookstore News 

New in the Bookstore:  This year, fill the children’s Easter baskets with more than just candy.  See our new children’s books The Resurrection of Christ and  101 Orthodox Saints, in addition to our selection of favorites.

 

 


Bookstore News 

New in the Bookstore:  This year, fill the children’s Easter baskets with more than just candy.  See our new children’s books The Resurrection of Christ and  101 Orthodox Saints, in addition to our selection of favorites.

 


Choir Practice

Join us for Choir rehearsal for Good Friday Lamentations.
Sunday, April 10 after Liturgy & Wednesday April 13 at 11:00am

 


Myrofores

Elementary/middle school girls who are interested in participating as Myrofores during the Holy Friday Lamentations Service are asked to contact Effie (954) 773-5455 for details.

 


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)

Scholarship applications are available on line at the St. Demetrios website or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2022.

 


Dance News

Mandatory dance practice for children already registered in the Dance Program for 2021-2022
K-2 Sunday, April 10, 2022, after Sunday School
3-5 Saturday, April 16, 2022 after Palm folding and lenten retreat (Saturday of Lazarus)
6-8 Sunday, April 10, 2022, after Sunday School
9-12 Sunday, April 10, 2022, after Sunday School

Dance Practice for the April 30th Glendi is only for children already registered in the Dance Program for 2021-2022. Also, practice and costume fitting on April 10th or 16th, depending on age, is mandatory for participating in the group performances on April 30th. We hope that all families will attend the Glendi on April 30th.

 

 


 


 

Memorial Luminary Lighting Ceremony

4/22/22 (Great Friday) – Honor your passed loved one by purchasing a luminary that will be lit on Holy Friday around our church. Luminaries are $10.00/each, and please only one luminary per loved one who has passed. Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter #289 will be selling luminaries in the church hall each Sunday, beginning February 27th. You may also purchase by contacting Effie Kirkiles @ 727-534-7474 or egp07@msn.com, or by contacting Diane Paxinos @ 954-304-5913 or dgpaxinos@gmail.com.

 


Oral History Project

The Hellenic Cultural Society (HCS) of South Florida is undertaking an Oral History Project which aims at creating an archive of the emigration and immigration experience of Greek Americans.

> All humans in the Americas, including Native Americans, immigrated from other continents. Greeks have been emigrating from their ancestral villages, hamlets and cities since the ancient times. As a result, they established what became the cities of Alexandria, Nice, Napoli, Messina, Odessa and Byzantium, to name but a few. In more recent times, Greeks immigrated to the United States of America. Some of them are our ancestors. The experience of these ancestors is an integral part of American History and must be recorded.

> The HCS invites you to include in the proposed archive the emigration and immigration history of your family. This may be accomplished through a live interview or by submitting written answers to a set of questions. All this primary data will be uploaded on a website and will become available to scholars embarking on a variety of topics regarding Greek Americans. In addition to the narrative you may wish to include copies of photographs and documents such as certificates of birth, baptism, marriage, divorce and death, passports etc.

> For more information please contact Malvina Protogerou Currie at malvinacurrie@gmail.com or Stavroula Christodoulou at isapaul@aol.com or at SimplyGreekSF@gmail.com

 

 


 

 


Ukraine Relief Fund

March 3, 2022

To the Reverend Clergy, the Ladies Philoptochos Societies and all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

I greet you with love in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we prepare to greet the beginning of the Springtime Fast, I am mindful of the terrible conflict that has befallen the citizens of Ukraine, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, because of the Russian invasion.

Even as we enter a period of repentance, and shall pray more fervently for peace and goodwill to be restored, I am proud to write to you that our Archdiocese has established the GOARCH Ukraine Relief Fund. This Fund (which shall receive beneficial advice from International Orthodox Christian Charities) “…aims to raise $1 million for both immediate and long-term support of the Ukrainian people”. I am also pleased to announce that yesterday afternoon His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America donated $100,000 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on behalf of our Archdiocese, to support the efforts of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

This easy to use page available by clicking here https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine  allows for an individual to select their donation amount, and then to specify their Metropolis and their home parish. In this way we all–individual persons, families & parish communities–can do our part to uplift the Ukranian nation through prayer and monetary assistance.

To quote His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros’ coming encyclical, “We join our spirit to the spirit of His All-Holiness and exhort all our Faithful: offer prayers and tangible support for all the Ukrainian People, those of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and those of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, those of the Ukrainian Catholic and Jewish communities, and all who find themselves in the dire circumstances of war.”

Standing with the people of Ukraine, and praying for a quick and peaceful resolution, I remain,

Paternally yours with love and blessings,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine

 


Philoptochos News    

Lenten Outreach
Again this year our Lenten Outreach is for the Ft. Lauderdale Covenant House.  We are collecting gift cards that they can use for clothes and toiletries, rides to work and school, and dinner between work and school.  Please put cards or cash in the box in the narthex or donate online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/
Covenant House serves homeless teen-agers by giving them a safe place to live while they continue at their home schools and jobs.  They provide job training, education, mental health counseling, and assist with jobs and housing after their clients graduate from high school, so they can develop as independent adults.

Pascha Bake Sale
The bakery in Tarpon needed our order early, so all pre-orders will be distributed before we sell in the hall. If you want be sure to get tsoureki and koulourakia, order now, in the hall, by mailing a check to the church or online here https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/

 


Walk for the Cure The Fort Lauderdale Pap Corps Chapter is holding a walkathon to raise funds to support cancer research.  Join us on Saturday, April 30th as we walk for the cure. Details are available in the Church Hall during the coffee hour.

 

 


2nd Annual Drawing Contest – St. Photios National Shrine

 

 


 


https://www.atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp

Our St. Demetrios Students, and Fr. Peter, will be attending Week 5


 

Stewardship
Our Church.  Our Spiritual Home.  Our Family

 

Our St. Demetrios Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration. You may have been brought here on your 40th day, or it may have been the destination of your spiritual journey. For both, St. Demetrios Church is a spiritual home to which we may always return. We are brothers and sisters in Christ – a family.

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of our vibrant community. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings.

Thank you very much for your 2021 stewardship pledge.  Your gift truly makes a difference by enabling us to serve those who come to seek Jesus Christ in His Church. Please consider increasing your pledge for 2022. Even a small increase will help us do that much more to strengthen and advance our parish.  Please fill out a year 2022 pledge form. Fill out both sides completely so that we can update our database. Thank you!

 

 




 


 

 

Calander

 

Friday            4/8  
7:00pm                               Akathist Hymn

Saturday        4/9               
8:30am                              Church and grounds cleanup

Sunday          4/10  
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Communion               Sunday School

After Liturgy                        Choir practice

After Sunday School           Dance practice K-2nd grades; 6th through 8th grades; 9th through 12th grades

Monday         4/11 
4:15pm-6:00pm                  Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner @ church

6:30pm-7:30pm                  Intermediate Modern Greek -Zoom

Tuesday        4/12
7:00pm                               Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Wednesday   4/13
11:00am                            Choir practice

6:30pm                              DOP meeting

Thursday       4/14  
10:30am                            Philoptochos meeting

7:00pm                              Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Saturday      4/16             Saturday of Lazaros
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy
followed by community breakfast, palm folding and Lenten retreat

3:00pm-5:00pm                 Dance Practice 3rd-5th grades

Sunday         4/17              Palm Sunday
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Liturgy                      Palm Sunday Luncheon

7:00pm                             Service of the Nymphios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 3rd 2022

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Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

 


April 3, 2022

 

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.                                                         

 


 

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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

 

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.
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

 

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.  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 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

 

 

The reading is from 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 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.”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.”

 


Memorial Prayer

 

Helen Gatsonis (40 days) beloved mother of Elizabeth Gatsonis

Stella Antonaras Pazvantis (40 days)  mother of Litsa Pazvantis Marinos (Angelo), grandmother of Stella and Dimitri.

Ekaterini Ioanidis (3 months), Margarita Ioanidis (3 months), Parthenopi Konstantinidis (3 months) beloved family of John Konstantinidis.

Nikitas Legakis (10 years) husband of Georgia Legakis, father of two children, grandfather of four.

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

Chris Maounis (6 months) father of Zoi DeTuro (Vito), grandfather of Michael.

Jacqueline Filosofos (7 years) missed by her children Argerous, Denise and Michael and her grandchildren Michael, Sevaste and Theo.

Antonis Pazvantis (12 years) father of Litsa Pazvantis Marinos.

George Mehallis (16 years) husband of Mantha Mehallis, father of Spero (Rocio) Mehallis, grandfather of Lazaro Dean and Phoenix Rose.

Speros Vlahos (23 years) father of Mantha Mehallis, grandfather of Spero Mehallis (Rocio), great grandfather of Lazaro Dean and Phoenix Rose.

Dimitri Marinos (17 years), Dialehti Marinos (19 years)  parents of Angelo Marinos.

 


Announcements

 

Coffee Hour
Elizabeth Gatsonis, in loving memory of her mother Helen Gatsonis, has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Litsa Pazvantis Marinos, in loving memory of her mother Stella Antonaras Pazvantis, has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

 


Bookstore News 

New in the Bookstore:  This year, fill the children’s Easter baskets with more than just candy.  See our new children’s books The Resurrection of Christ and  101 Orthodox Saints, in addition to our selection of favorites.

 


Church and Church Grounds Cleanup
To prepare the church and the church grounds for Pascha, we are having a clean up day on Saturday April 9 starting at 8:30am. Please join us.  Bring your tools and whatever else you think will make the job easier!
Drinks and food will be available.

 


Choir Practice
Join us for Choir rehearsal for Good Friday Lamentations.
Sunday after Liturgy & Wednesday 4/6 after Liturgy (11:30am).

 


Myrofores
Elementary/middle school girls who are interested in participating as Myrofores during the Holy Friday Lamentations Service are asked to contact Effie (954) 773-5455 for details.

 


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)

Scholarship applications are available on line at the St. Demetrios website or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2022.

 


Oratorical Festival

Students, if you are interested in presenting a topic please contact Danielle Smith, our Sunday School Director,  for  information. Email:  dani.n.smith10@gmail.com

The date for our students to participate is April 9th in Fort Pierce.

Topics, Tips, Resources, and Guidelines:  https://www.goarch.org/documents/32058/5077519/sjcof_2020_participant_packet.pdf/

 


Presentation Friday, April 1 – “The Eucharist:  What, How and Why”

Join us April 1st after the 7:00pm Salutations Service. Presented by Dr. Dean Vafiadis.


  Family Day       

 

             

 


Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida

“The Greek Jews – a 2300 year journey” will be the subject of an in-person event hosted by the Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida. Dr. Annette Fromm, author of “We Are Few”, on the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Greece will be our speaker.

The historically accurate feature-length film, “Ouzeri Tsitsanis” (also known as Synnefiasmeni Kyriaki – Cloudy Sunday) will accompany the event. Tsitsanis, one of the leading composers/songwriters and extraordinary bouzouki player is considered one of the fathers of Laiko music and Rebetika. Synnefiasmeni Kyriaki is one of the beloved trademark songs of Greek music.

Saturday April 2, 2022 at 815 N.E. 15th Avenue, Ft Lauderdale 33304 (Kandaras Hall, St Demetrios Church). Coffee and dessert will be offered.  Doors open at 7:00pm. Lecture starts at 7:30pm.

 

 

 


Memorial Luminary Lighting Ceremony

4/22/22 (Great Friday) – Honor your passed loved one by purchasing a luminary that will be lit on Holy Friday around our church. Luminaries are $10.00/each, and please only one luminary per loved one who has passed. Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter #289 will be selling luminaries in the church hall each Sunday, beginning February 27th. You may also purchase by contacting Effie Kirkiles @ 727-534-7474 or egp07@msn.com, or by contacting Diane Paxinos @ 954-304-5913 or dgpaxinos@gmail.com.

 

 

 


Oral History Project
The Hellenic Cultural Society (HCS) of South Florida is undertaking an Oral History Project which aims at creating an archive of the emigration and immigration experience of Greek Americans.

> All humans in the Americas, including Native Americans, immigrated from other continents. Greeks have been emigrating from their ancestral villages, hamlets and cities since the ancient times. As a result, they established what became the cities of Alexandria, Nice, Napoli, Messina, Odessa and Byzantium, to name but a few. In more recent times, Greeks immigrated to the United States of America. Some of them are our ancestors. The experience of these ancestors is an integral part of American History and must be recorded.

> The HCS invites you to include in the proposed archive the emigration and immigration history of your family. This may be accomplished through a live interview or by submitting written answers to a set of questions. All this primary data will be uploaded on a website and will become available to scholars embarking on a variety of topics regarding Greek Americans. In addition to the narrative you may wish to include copies of photographs and documents such as certificates of birth, baptism, marriage, divorce and death, passports etc.For more information please contact Malvina Protogerou Currie at malvinacurrie@gmail.com or Stavroula Christodoulou at isapaul@aol.com or at SimplyGreekSF@gmail.com


Ukraine Relief Fund

March 3, 2022

To the Reverend Clergy, the Ladies Philoptochos Societies and all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

I greet you with love in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we prepare to greet the beginning of the Springtime Fast, I am mindful of the terrible conflict that has befallen the citizens of Ukraine, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, because of the Russian invasion.

Even as we enter a period of repentance, and shall pray more fervently for peace and goodwill to be restored, I am proud to write to you that our Archdiocese has established the GOARCH Ukraine Relief Fund. This Fund (which shall receive beneficial advice from International Orthodox Christian Charities) “…aims to raise $1 million for both immediate and long-term support of the Ukrainian people”. I am also pleased to announce that yesterday afternoon His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America donated $100,000 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on behalf of our Archdiocese, to support the efforts of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

This easy to use page available by clicking here https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine  allows for an individual to select their donation amount, and then to specify their Metropolis and their home parish. In this way we all–individual persons, families & parish communities–can do our part to uplift the Ukranian nation through prayer and monetary assistance.

To quote His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros’ coming encyclical, “We join our spirit to the spirit of His All-Holiness and exhort all our Faithful: offer prayers and tangible support for all the Ukrainian People, those of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and those of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, those of the Ukrainian Catholic and Jewish communities, and all who find themselves in the dire circumstances of war.”

Standing with the people of Ukraine, and praying for a quick and peaceful resolution, I remain,

Paternally yours with love and blessings,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine

 


Philoptochos News    

Lenten Outreach
Again this year our Lenten Outreach is for the Ft. Lauderdale Covenant House.  We are collecting gift cards that they can use for clothes and toiletries, rides to work and school, and dinner between work and school.  Please put cards or cash in the box in the narthex or donate online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/
Covenant House serves homeless teen-agers by giving them a safe place to live while they continue at their home schools and jobs.  They provide job training, education, mental health counseling, and assist with jobs and housing after their clients graduate from high school, so they can develop as independent adults.

Pascha Bake Sale
We can still take orders for your Pascha tsourekia and koulourakia.   Place your order now at the table in the hall, or send a check and order form to the church, or go online.  Your support of our fundraisers allows us to assist those in need.


Walk for the Cure The Fort Lauderdale Pap Corps Chapter is holding a walkathon to raise funds to support cancer research.  Join us on Saturday, April 30th as we walk for the cure. Details are available in the Church Hall during the coffee hour.

 

 


2nd Annual Drawing Contest – St. Photios National Shrine

 

 


 


https://www.atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp

Our St. Demetrios Students, and Fr. Peter, will be attending Week 5


 

Stewardship
Our Church.  Our Spiritual Home.  Our Family

 

Our St. Demetrios Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration. You may have been brought here on your 40th day, or it may have been the destination of your spiritual journey. For both, St. Demetrios Church is a spiritual home to which we may always return. We are brothers and sisters in Christ – a family.

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of our vibrant community. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings.

Thank you very much for your 2021 stewardship pledge.  Your gift truly makes a difference by enabling us to serve those who come to seek Jesus Christ in His Church. Please consider increasing your pledge for 2022. Even a small increase will help us do that much more to strengthen and advance our parish.  Please fill out a year 2022 pledge form. Fill out both sides completely so that we can update our database. Thank you!

 




 


 

 

Calander

 

Friday            4/1 
7:00pm                               Salutations Service
followed by “The Eucharist:  What, How and Why” presented by Dr. Dean Vafiadis.

Saturday      4/2
10:00am-2:00pm                Joy/Hope Family Day

7:30pm                               Hellenic Cultural Society Presentation and movie

Sunday          4/3 
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Communion               Sunday School

Monday         4/4 
4:15pm-6:00pm                  Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner @ church

6:30pm-7:30pm                  Intermediate Modern Greek -Zoom

Tuesday        4/5
7:00pm                               Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

7:00pm                              AHEPA Meeting

Wednesday   4/6
9:00am/10:00am               Presanctified Liturgy

Thursday       4/7 
7:00pm                              Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Friday            4/8 
7:00pm                               Akathist Hymn

Saturday      4/9
8:30am                               Church, Facilities, and Grounds Cleanup

Sunday         4/10 
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Communion             Sunday School

1:00pm                             Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Liturgy – 03/27/2022

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The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, March 27th, 2022

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Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.


March 27, 2022

 

Sunday of the Holy Cross

 

With the help of God, we have almost reached the middle of the course of the Fast, where our strength has been worn down through abstinence, and the full difficulty of the labour set before us becomes apparent. Therefore our holy Mother, the Church of Christ, now brings to our help the all-holy Cross, the joy of the world, the strength of the faithful, the staff of the just, and the hope of sinners, so that by venerating it reverently, we might receive strength and grace to complete the divine struggle of the Fast.

                                                                    

 


 

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 for Sunday of the Holy Cross in the First Mode
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου…
Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries.  And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

 

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.  Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

 

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6

BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee”; as he says also in another place, “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

 

Gospel Reading

 

The reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

 

Baby Blessing

We welcome Angela Karachristos and Loverly Espinal as they present Stefanos for the traditional 40 day mother and baby blessing.

 

 


Nurturing your Marriage

 

 


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Announcements

­Bookstore News 

New in the Bookstore:  This year, fill the children’s Easter baskets with more than just candy.  See our new children’s books The Resurrection of Christ and  101 Orthodox Saints, in addition to our selection of favorites.

 


Greek School News
Save the Date! Presentation and Complimentary Dinner

On Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00 PM we will be commemorating the War for Greek Independence with a presentation by our children and a complimentary dinner prepared by Dr. George Georgakakis and his talented sous-chefs. Πολλά τα έτη σας γιατρέ!!! Kudos to our teachers Mmes. Ioanna Andriotakis Lambiris, Christina Katopodis and Afroditi Petropoulou for supervising the children’s efforts. Και εις ανώτερα Κυρίες Δασκάλες!!!

On Sunday, March 27
The young students of the Greek School will celebrate the Declaration of Independence from the Ottoman Empire on March 25, 1821 which occurred at the monastery of Agia Lavra. This event will take place in the sanctuary immediately following the Divine Liturgy.

 


Church and Church Grounds Cleanup
We are having a clean up day for our Church grounds and facilities on Saturday April 9 starting at 8am. Please join us .
Drinks and food will be available.

 


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)

Scholarship applications are available on line at the St. Demetrios website or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2022.

 


Oratorical Festival

Students, if you are interested in presenting a topic please contact Danielle Smith, our Sunday School Director,  for  information. Email:  dani.n.smith10@gmail.com

The date for our students to participate is April 9th in Fort Pierce.

Topics, Tips, Resources, and Guidelines:  https://www.goarch.org/documents/32058/5077519/sjcof_2020_participant_packet.pdf/

 


Presentation Friday, April 1 – “The Eucharist:  What, How and Why”

Join us April 1st after the 7:00pm Salutations Service. Presented by Dr. Dean Vafiadis.


  Family Day       

 

             

 


Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida

“The Greek Jews – a 2300 year journey” will be the subject of an in-person event hosted by the Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida. Dr. Annette Fromm, author of “We Are Few”, on the Jewish Community of Ioannina, Greece will be our speaker.

The historically accurate feature-length film, “Ouzeri Tsitsanis” (also known as Synnefiasmeni Kyriaki – Cloudy Sunday) will accompany the event. Tsitsanis, one of the leading composers/songwriters and extraordinary bouzouki player is considered one of the fathers of Laiko music and Rebetika. Synnefiasmeni Kyriaki is one of the beloved trademark songs of Greek music.

Saturday April 2, 2022 at 815 N.E. 15th Avenue, Ft Lauderdale 33304 (Kandaras Hall, St Demetrios Church). Coffee and dessert will be offered.  Doors open at 7:00pm. Lecture starts at 7:30pm.

 

 

 


Memorial Luminary Lighting Ceremony

4/22/22 (Great Friday) – Honor your passed loved one by purchasing a luminary that will be lit on Holy Friday around our church. Luminaries are $10.00/each, and please only one luminary per loved one who has passed. Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter #289 will be selling luminaries in the church hall each Sunday, beginning February 27th. You may also purchase by contacting Effie Kirkiles @ 727-534-7474 or egp07@msn.com, or by contacting Diane Paxinos @ 954-304-5913 or dgpaxinos@gmail.com.

 


Ukraine Relief Fund

March 3, 2022

To the Reverend Clergy, the Ladies Philoptochos Societies and all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

I greet you with love in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we prepare to greet the beginning of the Springtime Fast, I am mindful of the terrible conflict that has befallen the citizens of Ukraine, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, because of the Russian invasion.

Even as we enter a period of repentance, and shall pray more fervently for peace and goodwill to be restored, I am proud to write to you that our Archdiocese has established the GOARCH Ukraine Relief Fund. This Fund (which shall receive beneficial advice from International Orthodox Christian Charities) “…aims to raise $1 million for both immediate and long-term support of the Ukrainian people”. I am also pleased to announce that yesterday afternoon His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America donated $100,000 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on behalf of our Archdiocese, to support the efforts of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

This easy to use page available by clicking here https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine  allows for an individual to select their donation amount, and then to specify their Metropolis and their home parish. In this way we all–individual persons, families & parish communities–can do our part to uplift the Ukranian nation through prayer and monetary assistance.

To quote His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros’ coming encyclical, “We join our spirit to the spirit of His All-Holiness and exhort all our Faithful: offer prayers and tangible support for all the Ukrainian People, those of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and those of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, those of the Ukrainian Catholic and Jewish communities, and all who find themselves in the dire circumstances of war.”

Standing with the people of Ukraine, and praying for a quick and peaceful resolution, I remain,

Paternally yours with love and blessings,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

https://www.goarch.org/donate/ukraine

 


Philoptochos News    

Lenten Outreach
Again this year our Lenten Outreach is for the Ft. Lauderdale Covenant House.  We are collecting gift cards that they can use for clothes and toiletries, rides to work and school, and dinner between work and school.  Please put cards or cash in the box in the narthex or donate online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/
Covenant House serves homeless teen-agers by giving them a safe place to live while they continue at their home schools and jobs.  They provide job training, education, mental health counseling, and assist with jobs and housing after their clients graduate from high school, so they can develop as independent adults.

Pascha Bake Sale
We can still take orders for your Pascha tsourekia and koulourakia.   Place your order now at the table in the hall, or send a check and order form to the church, or go online.  Your support of our fundraisers allows us to assist those in need.


2nd Annual Drawing Contest – St. Photios National Shrine

 

 


 


 



 

Stewardship
Our Church.  Our Spiritual Home.  Our Family

 

Our St. Demetrios Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration. You may have been brought here on your 40th day, or it may have been the destination of your spiritual journey. For both, St. Demetrios Church is a spiritual home to which we may always return. We are brothers and sisters in Christ – a family.

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of our vibrant community. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings.

Thank you very much for your 2021 stewardship pledge.  Your gift truly makes a difference by enabling us to serve those who come to seek Jesus Christ in His Church. Please consider increasing your pledge for 2022. Even a small increase will help us do that much more to strengthen and advance our parish.  Please fill out a year 2022 pledge form. Fill out both sides completely so that we can update our database. Thank you!

 




 


 

 

Calander

 

Friday            3/25           Annunciation of the Theotokos
9:00am/10:00am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy

7:00pm                            Lenten dinner and commemoration of Greek Independence day

Sunday          3/27         Sunday of the Holy Cross
9:00am/10:00am            Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Communion           Sunday School

12:00pm                         Loukoumades Sunday

Monday         3/28            
4:15pm-6:00pm              Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner @ church

6:30pm-7:30pm              Intermediate Modern Greek -Zoom

Tuesday        3/29
7:00pm                           Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Wednesday   3/30
9:00am/10:00am               Presanctified Liturgy

6:30pm                              DOP Board Meeting

Thursday       3/31           
7:00pm                              Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Friday            4/1             
7:00pm                               Salutations Service
followed by “The Eucharist:  What, How and Why” presented by Dr. Dean Vafiadis.

Saturday      4/2
10:00am-2:00pm                Joy/Hope Family Day

7:30pm                               Hellenic Cultural Society Presentation and movie

Sunday           4/3
9:00am/10:00am            Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Communion           Sunday School

1:00pm                           Bible Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine Liturgy – 03/20/2022

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Divine Liturgy – 03/13/2022

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