The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, June 13th 2021

 


 

June 13, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.
Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with “And in the Holy Spirit,” was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.
Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.

 


 

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.

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

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, 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 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. 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 Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college-bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, June 6th 2021

 


 

June 6, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Sunday of the Blind Man

The Lord Jesus was coming from the Temple on the Sabbath, when, while walking in the way, He saw the blind man mentioned in today’s Gospel. This man had been born thus from his mother’s womb, that is, he had been born without eyes (see Saint John Chrysostom, Homily LVI on Matthew; Saint Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book V:15; and the second Exorcism of Saint Basil the Great). When the disciples saw this, they asked their Teacher, “Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” They asked this because when the Lord had healed the paralytic at the Sheep’s Pool, He had told him, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14); so they wondered, if sickness was caused by sin, what sin could have been the cause of his being born without eyes. But the Lord answered that this was for the glory of God. Then the God-man spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle. He anointed the eyes of the blind man and said to him, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.” Siloam (which means “sent”) was a well-known spring in Jerusalem used by the inhabitants for its waters, which flowed to the eastern side of the city and collected in a large pool called “the Pool of Siloam.”
Therefore, the Saviour sent the blind man to this pool that he might wash his eyes, which had been anointed with the clay-not that the pool’s water had such power, but that the faith and obedience of the one sent might be made manifest, and that the miracle might become more remarkable and known to all, and leave no room for doubt. Thus, the blind man believed in Jesus’ words, obeyed His command, went and washed himself, and returned, no longer blind, but having eyes and seeing. This was the greatest miracle that our Lord had yet worked; as the man healed of his blindness himself testified, “Since time began, never was it heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind,” although the Lord had already healed the blind eyes of many. Because he now had eyes, some even doubted that he was the same person (John 9:8-9); and it was still lively in their remembrance when Christ came to the tomb of Lazarus, for they said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have caused that even this man should not have died?” Saint John Chrysostom gives a thorough and brilliant exposition of our Lord’s meeting with the woman of Samaria, the healing of the paralytic, and the miracle of the blind man in his commentaries on the Gospel of Saint John.

 


 

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.

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

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, 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 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. 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 Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college-bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 30th 2021

 


 

May 30, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

One of the most ancient cities of the Promised Land was Shechem, also called Sikima, located at the foot of Mount Gerazim. There the Israelites had heard the blessings in the days of Moses and Jesus of Navi. Near to this town, Jacob, who had come from Mesopotamia in the nineteenth century before Christ, bought a piece of land where there was a well. This well, preserved even until the time of Christ, was known as Jacob’s Well. Later, before he died in Egypt, he left that piece of land as a special inheritance to his son Joseph (Gen. 49:22). This town, before it was taken into possession by Samaria, was also the leading city of the kingdom of the ten tribes. In the time of the Romans it was called Neapolis, and at present Nablus. It was the first city in Canaan visited by the Patriarch Abraham. Here also, Jesus of Navi (Joshua) addressed the tribes of Israel for the last time. Almost three hundred years later, all Israel assembled there to make Roboam (Rehoboam) king.
When our Lord Jesus Christ, then, came at midday to this city, which is also called Sychar (John 4:5), He was wearied from the journey and the heat, and He sat down at this well. After a little while the Samaritan woman mentioned in today’s Gospel passage came to draw water. As she conversed at some length with the Lord and heard from Him secret things concerning herself, she believed in Him; through her many other Samaritans also believed. Concerning the Samaritans we know the following: In the year 721 before Christ, Salmanasar (Shalmaneser), King of the Assyrians, took the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel into captivity, and relocated all these people to Babylon and the land of the Medes. From there he gathered various nations and sent them to Samaria. These nations had been idolaters from before. Although they were later instructed in the Jewish faith and believed in the one God, they worshipped the idols also. Furthermore, they accepted only the Pentateuch of Moses, and rejected the other books of Holy Scripture. Nonetheless, they thought themselves to be descendants of Abraham and Jacob. Therefore, the pious Jews named these Judaizing and idolatrous peoples Samaritans, since they lived in Samaria, the former leading city of the Israelites, as well as in the other towns thereabout. The Jews rejected them as heathen and foreigners, and had no communion with them at all, as the Samaritan woman observed, “the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9). Therefore, the name Samaritan is used derisively many times in the Gospel narrations. After the Ascension of the Lord, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the woman of Samaria was baptized by the holy Apostles and became a great preacher and Martyr of Christ; she was called Photine, and her feast is kept on February 26.

 


 

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.

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

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, 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 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. 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 Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college-bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 23rd 2021

 


 

May 23, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

 

Sunday of the Paralytic

Close to the Sheep’s Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep’s Pool.  It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof.  Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water.  The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.
It was there that the paralytic of today’s Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool.”  The Lord said unto him, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”  And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed.  Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house.  According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles.  According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.

 


 

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.

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

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, 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 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. 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 Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college-bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

Bicentennial Events: The Fall of the Queen City – Special Presentations & Webinars (5/29 & 5/30)

 

May 13, 2021

To the Reverend Clergy, Parish Council Presidents, Philoptochos Presidents, Archons, Youth, and all the Faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

Χριστός ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

 

I greet you with love and joy in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, praying that the Paschal light continues to illumine your hearts, now and always.

As we continue to observe this year’s bicentennial of Greek Independence, the Metropolis uses this historic moment to focus on a somber anniversary in the struggle for Hellenism: the Fall of the Queen City of Constantinople, on May 29th, 1453. If we look at March 25th, 1821 as the fulfillment of the 400-year struggle to regain our freedom, we commemorate the Fall of the City as a memorial to those who fell in defense of their faith and country, and even as part of an ongoing struggle to maintain religious freedom in Constantinople.

Knowing this, the Metropolis has scheduled a special weekend of events to commemorate the Fall of the Queen City:

  • On Saturday May 29th there will be an in-person program at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta, at 11 AM (also available to view over live-stream at www.atlgoc.org/live-stream) which will feature a presentation by Mr. Theodoros Dimopoulos, General Consul of Greece, entitled From the Fall of Constantinople to the Renaissance of Hellenism, a special presentation by Dr. Constantine Kokenes, The Last Days of Constantinople: Narrative and Laments of the Fall, as well as a memorial service for those who lost their lives in 1453 & 1821.  For more information, please click on the flyer available here.
  • On Sunday May 30th at 6 PM, the Orthodox Christian Academy of the Metropolis of Atlanta will sponsor the Zoom webinar presentation from two esteemed Orthodox Christian lecturers: the first, from Dr. Anthony Kaldellis is called The Homeland, the Diaspora & the Fall of Constantinople, and the second, From Hellenes to Roimoi and Back Again is by Dr. Alexander Kitroeff. For more information, and to register for the webinarsplease click on the flyer available here.

Just as we know that our ancestors’ fight for freedom continues to affect our lives even up to today, my hope is that our communities will each do their utmost to participate in these programs which have as much to say about 2021 as 1453, or 1821. Therefore, please give maximum advertisement to these events through bulletins, emails, and other forms of social media. I remain

Yours with paternal love and blessings in the Risen Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 16th 2021

 


 

May 16, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

 

 

Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

 

About the beginning of His thirty-second year, when the Lord Jesus was going throughout Galilee, preaching and working miracles, many women who had received of His beneficence left their own homeland and from then on followed after Him.  They ministered unto Him out of their own possessions, even until His crucifixion and entombment; and afterwards, neither losing faith in Him after His death, nor fearing the wrath of the Jewish rulers, they came to the sepulchre, bearing the myrrh-oils they had prepared to annoint His body.  It is because of the myrrh-oils, that these God-loving women brought to the tomb of Jesus that they are called the Myrrh-bearers.  Of those whose names are known are the following:  first of all, the most holy Virgin Mary, who in Matthew 27:56 and Mark 15:40 is called “the mother of James and Joses” (these are the sons of Joseph by a previous marriage, and she was therefore their step-mother); Mary Magdalene (celebrated July 22); Mary, the wife of Clopas; Joanna, wife of Chouza, a steward of Herod Antipas; Salome, the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; and Susanna.  As for the names of the rest of them, the evangelists have kept silence (Matt 27:55-56; 28:1-10. Mark 15:40-41. Luke 8:1-3; 23:55-24:11, 22-24. John 19:25; 20:11-18. Acts 1:14).

Together with them we celebrate also the secret disciples of the Saviour, Joseph and Nicodemus.  Of these, Nicodemus was probably a Jerusalemite, a prominent leader among the Jews and of the order of the Pharisees, learned in the Law and instructed in the Holy  Scriptures.  He had believed in Christ when, at the beginning of our Saviour’s preaching of salvation, he came to Him by night.  Furthermore, he brought some one hundred pounds of myrrh-oils and an aromatic mixture of aloes and spices out of reverence and love for the divine Teacher (John 19:39).  Joseph, who was from the city of Arimathea, was a wealthy and noble man, and one of the counsellors who were in Jerusalem.  He went boldly unto Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and together with Nicodemus he gave Him burial.  Since time did not permit the preparation of another tomb, he placed the Lord’s body in his own tomb which was hewn out of rock, as the Evangelist says (Matt. 27:60).

 


 

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.

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

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, 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 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. 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 Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college-bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 9th 2021

 


 

May 9, 2021

Happy Mother’s Day!

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

 

 

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.

 

 

The Holy Prophet Esaias (Isaiah)

 

The Prophet Esaias, the son of Amos, was descended from a royal tribe. He prophesied in the days of Ozias (who is also called Azarias), Joatham, Ahaz, and Hezekias, Kings of Judah. About 681 B.C, in the reign of Manasses, the son and successor of the most pious Hezekias, when this Prophet was censuring Manasses’ impiety and lawlessness, he was sawn asunder with a wooden saw, and thus received a martyr’s end.

Of all the Prophets, he is called the most eloquent because of the beauty and loftiness of his words. His book of prophecy, divided into sixty-six chapters, is ranked first among the greater Prophets. The Fifth Ode of the Psalter, “Out of the night my spirit waketh at dawn unto Thee, O God . . .” is taken from his book. It was this holy Prophet who foretold that a Virgin would conceive in the womb (7:14); that not an ambassador, nor an angel, but the Lord Himself would save fallen man (63:9); that the Messiah would suffer, bearing our sins (ch. 53). His name means “Yah is helper.”

 


 

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.

 

 


 

Our Journey through Lent, Holy Week and Pascha

Thank you to everyone for their time, talent and treasure!

Participating in the Liturgical services, chanting, singing in the choir, reading, serving in the Altar, serving as Myrofores, welcoming our visitors, folding palms, donating flowers, decorating the church, cooking, and countless other acts of service and kindness. Enjoy the following pictures of our journey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are donated by Zoi DeTuro in loving memory of her mother Katina Maounis.
  • The flowers for the mothers of our parish are donated by George Papastamatis in loving memory of his wife Maria.

 

Sunday School 

Thank you to all of our families who participated in our virtual Sunday School during the pandemic. We truly appreciate our teachers and volunteers who helped put this together. Virtual Sunday School will conclude this week. We look forward to a new beginning in our renovated classrooms next school year. Thank you!

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college-bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.  The awardees who are completing their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd college year can renew their award by sending via email an unofficial transcript record to St. Demetrios Church c/o Kiki Sergiou (kiki@stdemetrios.org) verifying attainment of a 3.5 or greater cumulative GPA, or yearly GPA.  Thus, a new application is not necessary; only verification of a 3.5 or greater GPA, by June 15.
  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 


 

 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Save the Date! 

June 19 for afternoon Bingo in the church hall.  Games, prizes, pizza.  Fun for all.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • Are you interested in becoming a member?

Are you interested in becoming a Daughter?  Our next Initiation is Thursday May 13th 6:30 pm in the church hall!! We would love to have you join us and be a part of a fantastic Chapter!! We have so many plans now that we are able to be together (social distancing of course).  Please contact Erin Ryan at 954 683-6452 for an application!

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

AHEPA News


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

Holy Friday – 04/30/2021

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The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

 


 

May 2, 2021~ 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. His mercy endures forever.

 

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.

 


 

Schedule of Church Services


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


Announcements

 

Myrofores

Girls in 1st through 5th grade are invited to serve as Myrofores during the Holy Friday evening service of Lamentations.  We ask their parents to contact Effie Vasil at (954) 773-5455.
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 https://stdemetrios.org/helene-tzitsikas-scholarship-fund/.  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 1, 2021.
  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college-bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 


 

Sunday School Renovation

Work on the Sunday School Renovation has begun.  Light fixtures have been removed in preparation for replacement of ceiling grid.
General contractor to be selected later this week after review of bids.
Anticipated completion date September 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Save the Date! 

June 19 for afternoon Bingo in the church hall.  Games, prizes, pizza.  Fun for all.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • New Member Initiation

The Initiation of New Members will be held on Thursday May 6th at 6:30 pm in the church hall. Anyone interested in becoming a member please contact Erin Ryan at 954 683-6452.  We would love to have you join us!

  • End of Year Dinner Meeting

Our end of the year dinner meeting will be held at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club, 2701 N E 42nd St, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064 with the Installation of New Officers of Narcissus Chapter 289 for 2021-2022 on Saturday, May 22nd, 11:30 am more details to come.

 


 

AHEPA News


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 


 

Light a Candle & Say a Prayer at Saint Demetrios

 

“It is impossible to imagine an Orthodox church in which candles are not lit.”
(Blessed Simeon of Thessalonica, 15th Century) 

“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

We know that at this time it can be difficult to pray from home and not physically be in the church. One of the first things most people do upon entering an Orthodox Church is to light their candle and offer prayers for one’s personal needs or that of a family member or friend, we also light candles to pray for protection and safety so that we may live this life without fear.

If you wish to light a candle, visit https://saintdemetrios.square.site After you select the candle(s) that you would like us to light and before pressing the “Place Order” button, please submit the names of your loved ones, those who are alive and/or those who have departed this life. During these times we would be happy to light the candle for you and read the names that have been submitted during the Divine Liturgy.