Weekly Sunday Bulletin – February 16th, 2020

Sunday of the Prodigal Son – February 16, 2020

Through the parable of today’s Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God’s compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition — inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries — we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God’s compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin — no matter how great it may be — that can overcome at any time His love for man.

 


 

 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον …

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

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 Third Mode
Τῆς πατρῴας, δόξης σου, ἀποσκιρτήσας ἀφρόνως …

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, “I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants.”

Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, “all things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food” — and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two shall become one flesh.” But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: “There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”

 


 

Memorial

Mary Kumaras (40 days) Survived by her children Dee Petinakis and her husband Peter, Marika Bougdanos and her husband Theodosios and James Kumaras and his wife Kathi, 4 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

Trisagion

Lambros & Chrysanthi Pappas, Gus & Anna Janulis, Theodore, Helen, James, Jennie, Paul, Anastasia, John, Alice (Janulis) survived by Helen Pappas.

Chris Zahartzis (6 yrs) survived by his daughters Anna and Kristina.

 


 

Baby Blessing

Today we welcome Dina Alyateem and Muhannad Al Twal as they present Katrina for the traditional 40 day blessing.


 

Announcements

Coffee Hour In memory of her husband Mark Hatzikostantis (his 40 day memorial was chanted on February 9) Dina Hatzikostantis has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

· Thanks to the volunteers, dancers, sponsors, and patrons for making the 2020 Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Church a successful one.

· In the Bookstore: Triodion has begun.  The Road Back to Christ by Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis offers daily wisdom from the Sunday of the Publican through Lent and Pascha. Get started today on your journey to Pascha.

·Philoptochos 2020 Memberships Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

· Women’s Retreat: Our Metropolis Philoptochos is offering its 14th Annual Spiritual Retreat for women, March 20-22 at the Diakonia Retreat Center.  The registration deadline is March 1.  Cost is $175 which includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals. Go to https://atlmetropolis.org/14th-annual-spiritual-retreat1 to see the flyer and download registration materials.

· Limbitless solutions The Daughters of Penelope will have their annual luncheon on March 21st at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. More information will be coming soon. Everyone is excited to have a chance to win a beautiful raffle basket with great prizes. We are looking for new or gently used items, gift cards or any other gift certificates that you would be willing to donate to help support our cause, “Limbitless solutions”, located at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Together with our donations and their research team we assist young and the young at heart that are in need of prosthetic limbs. Please contact Melissa Bakatselos 954-661-5707, Tara Bakatselos 954-650-1387 or email at dop.fashionshow@gmail.com for more information and drop off locations.

· A LEAP YEAR DAY EVENT…. Don’t miss and plan to attend the BINGO/Feather Party on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH in the Church Hall.  Bring family and friends to this fun evening with great prizes, 50/50 raffle, and refreshments.  Doors open at 5:30pm and games begin at 6:00pm (new times).  Tickets @$7/person include 2 Bingo cards. Ticket proceeds benefit Feeding South Florida.  BE SURE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS ON FEBRUARY 23rd.  See Athena Loucas at Coffee Hour.  Sponsored by Ladies Philoptochos Society.

 



 

To the Reverend Clergy and the Esteemed Philoptochos Chapter Presidents of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I greet you with love and joy in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, praying that you and your families receive His blessings of health, peace, and joy, as we have begun the Triodion!

For those parishes who have already collected the proceeds of a second tray to benefit those affected by the Australian wildfires, I commend your speedy follow-up. Our Archdiocese has informed us that donations, once collected, should be submitted to the National Philoptochos, who has been authorized to distribute the funds to our brothers and sisters in Australia.

For those parishes who were unable to pass a second tray yesterday, our sister Archdiocese would certainly appreciate the assistance.

As we continue through this pre-Lenten period, may our continued intercessions to our Creator help to bring a spirit of healing and peace to those individuals and communities affected. I remain,

Paternally yours, with much love in the Lord,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta


 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                  2/16
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                                 Sunday School

Monday                 2/17
4:15pm-6:00pm                     Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ & Adult Beginner Section 1
6:00pm-8:00pm                     Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2
6:00pm-8:00pm                     Greek School Advanced Class

Tuesday               2/18
10:30am                                Visiting Angels meeting
11:00am                                Agape luncheon for seniors

Sunday                 2/23
9:00am/10:00am                   Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                                Sunday School

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – February 9th, 2020

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee – February 9, 2020

The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the word of our Lord, they “did all their works to be seen of men” (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14, 15, etc.), because of the apparent holiness of their lives they were thought by all to be righteous, and separate from others, which is what the name Pharisee means. On the other hand, Publicans, collectors of the royal taxes, committed many injustices and extortions for filthy lucre’s sake, and all held them to be sinners and unjust. It was therefore according to common opinion that the Lord Jesus in His parable signified a virtuous person by a Pharisee, and a sinner by a Publican, to teach His disciples the harm of pride and the profit of humble-mindedness. Since the chief weapon for virtue is humility, and the greatest hindrance to it is pride, the divine Fathers have set these three weeks before the Forty-day Fast as a preparation for the spiritual struggles of virtue.This present week they have called Harbinger, since it declares that the Fast is approaching; and they set humility as the foundation for all our spiritual labors by appointing that the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee be read today, even before the Fast begins, to teach, through the vaunting of the Pharisee, that the foul smoke of self-esteem and the stench of boasting drives away the grace of the Spirit, strips man of all his virtue, and casts him into the pits of Hades; and, through the repentance and contrite prayer of the Publican, that humility confers upon the sinner forgiveness of all his wicked deeds and raises him up to the greatest heights.

 


 

Nikephoros the Martyr of Antioch

This Martyr, who was from Antioch in Syria, contested during the reign of Gallienus, about the year 260. Through the working of the evil one, his friendship with a certain Christian priest named Sapricius was turned to bitter hatred. Nikephoros, repenting of his enmity, tried both through intermediaries and in person to be reconciled with Sapricius, but to no avail. Later, when the persecution broke out under Valerian and Gallienus, Sapricius was seized as a Christian. When Saint Nikephoros learned that Sapricius had been arrested by the pagans and was enduring torments for Christ, he sent intermediaries to Sapricius, begging his forgiveness; but Sapricius would not forgive him. Later, as Sapricius was being taken to beheading, Nikephoros, hoping that Sapricius, at his end, in such a holy hour, would at last forgive him, met him on the way, fell before him, and fervently asked his forgiveness; but Sapricius forgave him not. Wherefore, though Sapricius had passed through many sufferings, and the crown of martyrdom was now awaiting him, because he disdained the chief commandments of love and forgiveness, the grace of God, which had been strengthening him in his torments, departed from him, and he told his executioners he would sacrifice. Nikephoros immediately confessed Christ before them, and being himself beheaded, took the crown that Sapricius had cast away.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων…

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for Apodosis of the Presentation in the First Mode
Χαῖρε κεχαριτωμένη Θεοτόκε Παρθένε…

Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, for from thee hath risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those in darkness. Rejoice, thou also, O righteous Elder, as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

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

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου …

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.

Epistle Reading ~St. Paul’s Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

 


 

Memorial

Mark Hatzikostantis (40 days) survived by his wife Dina, son Mike (Deanna) grandchildren Konstantina and Theodosios, daughter Antonia (Michael) grandchildren Michael and Gabrielle.

 


 

Announcements

 

· Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

· Women’s Retreat: Our Metropolis Philoptochos is offering its 14th Annual Spiritual Retreat for women, March 20-22 at the Diakonia Retreat Center.  The registration deadline is March 1.  Cost is $175 which includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals. Go to https://atlmetropolis.org/14th-annual-spiritual-retreat1 to see the flyer and download registration materials.

· Limbitless solutions The Daughters of Penelope will have their annual luncheon on March 21st at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. More information will be coming soon. Everyone is excited to have a chance to win a beautiful raffle basket with great prizes. We are looking for new or gently used items, gift cards or any other gift certificates that you would be willing to donate to help support our cause, “Limbitless solutions”, located at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Together with our donations and their research team we assist young and the young at heart that are in need of prosthetic limbs. Please contact Melissa Bakatselos 954-661-5707, Tara Bakatselos 954-650-1387 or email at dop.fashionshow@gmail.com for more information and drop off locations.

· Daughters of Penelope next meeting is February 15th 11:00am in the church hall.  We will have a brunch, Initiations and a short meeting.  If you are not a member please consider becoming one!!! We have a fantastic group!!  Just ask any member!!

· SAVE THE NEW DATE:  BINGO/FEATHER PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, February 29th in the Church Hall. (Previously March 20th.)  Doors open at 5:30pm and games begin at 6:00pm (new times).  Bring family and friends to this fun evening with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 



 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                  2/9    
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
12:00pm                                 Festival

Thursday            2/13
11:00am                                 Philoptochos meeting

Saturday              2/15
11:00am                                 Daughters meeting and initiation

Sunday                2/16
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30pm                                 Sunday School

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – February 2nd, 2020

Presentation of our Lord  – February 2, 2020

When the most pure Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary’s forty days of purification had been fulfilled, she took her first-born Son to Jerusalem on this, the fortieth day after His birth, that she might present Him in the temple according to the Law of Moses, which teaches that every first-born male child be dedicated to God, and also that she might offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons, as required by the Law (Luke 2:22-24; Exod. 13:2; Lev. 12:6-8). On this same day, a just and devout man, the greatly aged Symeon, was also present in the temple, being guided by the Holy Spirit. For a long time, this man had been awaiting the salvation of God, and he had been informed by divine revelation that he would not die until he beheld the Lord’s Christ. Thus, when he beheld Him at that time and took Him up into his aged arms, he gave glory to God, singing: “Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master. . .” And he confessed that he would close his eyes joyfully, since he had seen the Light of revelation for the nations and the Glory of Israel (Luke 2:25-32). From ancient times, the Holy Church has retained this tradition of the churching of the mother and new-born child on the fortieth day and of the reading of prayers of purification.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler, Philip Vias

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος …

From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Presentation of Our Lord in the First Mode
Χαῖρε κεχαριτωμένη Θεοτόκε Παρθένε

Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, for from thee hath risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those in darkness. Rejoice, thou also, O righteous Elder, as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου …

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.

Epistle Reading ~St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 7:7-17

BRETHREN, it is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. Here tithes are received by mortal men; there, by one whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him. Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, who has become a priest, not according to a legal requirement concerning bodily descent but by the power of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of him, “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Luke 2:22-40

At that time, the parents brought the child Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Symeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”
And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Symeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she gave thanks to God, and spoke of him to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Trisagion

Constantina Karas (16 yrs) and Milton Karas (9 yrs) survived by their children Tracy (Vincent) Hogan, Jonathan, Deborah, and Marianne, 14 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Irene Athanasakos (21 yrs) survived by daughters, Antonia Hyland, Elizabeth Athanasakos, and son, Van (Carol) Athanasakos, 4 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Rose (Zoe) Patounis (30 yrs) survived by son Paul (Candace), and granddaughter Nicole.

Josephine Papadales (15 yrs) survived by son Basil and grandson.

 


 

Baby Blessing

Today we welcome Valerie Nixon and Shurbon Locario as they present Markos for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Attention Dance Families

There will be a brief meeting on Sunday, February 2nd at 12:30pm in the hall to go over important information for the upcoming Greek Festival, February 6-9th. We will also have dance t-shirts available for sale for $10 each. See you there!

 


 

Announcements

 

FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible.  Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!

· Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

· Women’s Retreat: Our Metropolis Philoptochos is offering its 14th Annual Spiritual Retreat for women, March 20-22 at the Diakonia Retreat Center.  The registration deadline is March 1.  Cost is $175 which includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals. Go to https://atlmetropolis.org/14th-annual-spiritual-retreat1 to see the flyer and download registration materials.

· Limbitless solutions The Daughters of Penelope will have their annual luncheon on March 21st at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. More information will be coming soon. Everyone is excited to have a chance to win a beautiful raffle basket with great prizes. We are looking for new or gently used items, gift cards or any other gift certificates that you would be willing to donate to help support our cause, “Limbitless solutions”, located at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Together with our donations and their research team we assist young and the young at heart that are in need of prosthetic limbs. Please contact Melissa Bakatselos 954-661-5707, Tara Bakatselos 954-650-1387 or email at dop.fashionshow@gmail.com for more information and drop off locations.

· Daughters of Penelope next meeting is February 15th 11:00am in the church hall.  We will have a brunch, Initiations and a short meeting.  If you are not a member please consider becoming one!!! We have a fantastic group!!  Just ask any member!!

 



 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday               2/2
9:00am/10:00am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                               Sunday School
11:30am                               GOYA Souper Bowl of Caring
12:00pm                               GOYA meeting
12:30pm                               Dance practice

Monday               2/3
10:30am                              Philoptochos Board Meeting
4:15pm-6:00pm                   Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ & Adult Beginner Section 1
6:00pm-8:00pm                   Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2
6:00pm-8:00pm                 Greek School Advanced Class

Thursday             2/6
5:00pm-10:00pm                  Festival

Friday                  2/7
12:00pm-11:00pm                Festival

Saturday             2/8
12:00pm-11:00pm               Festival

Sunday               2/9
9:00am/10:00am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
12:00pm-7:00pm                 Festival

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 26th, 2020

15th Sunday of Luke  – January 26, 2020

Xenophon & his Companions

This Saint, a wealthy nobleman of Constantinople, was filled with piety toward God. He had two sons, Arcadius and John, whom he sent to Beirut to study law. But they were shipwrecked during their voyage; barely saved, they forsook all things and departed for Palestine. Saint Xenophon and his wife Mary, ignorant of what had happened, went in search of their sons. On finding them in Jerusalem, dressed in the habit of monks, they also took up the monastic life. And thus, having completed their lives in holiness, they departed for the Lord about the beginning of the sixth century. Saint Xenophon and his sons reposed at Saint Sabbas Monastery, and Mary at the Monastery of Saint Theodosius.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis,Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον…

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers’ lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

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

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου …

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.

Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to Timothy 4:9-15.

Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and suffer reproach, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things. Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Till I come, attend to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you. Practice these duties, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Luke 19:1-10

At that time, Jesus was passing through Jericho. And there was a man named Zacchaios; he was a chief collector, and rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaios, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaios stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

Memorials

Bertha Manos and Tom Manos  parents of Estelle Sotirhos.

Evangeline Tsanos (20 yrs) and Konstatine Tsanos (15 yrs) parents of Sophia Tsanos.

Andreas Poulos (48 yrs) godfather of Sophia Tsanos.

Trisagion

Victor Vogis (19 yrs) survived by his parents Margo and Victor Vogis, and his sisters Katya and Esther.

Antonios Bourlotos (22 yrs) survived by his wife Matina, daughter Christina (Michael), grandsons John & Antonios, daughter Maria (Alex) Papastamatis, and granddaughter Christina.

Anthoula Zamanis (32 yrs), Dr. Thomas G. Peters (30 yrs), Mary George (15 yrs) survived by Effie Peters George, Anthony George, and Helene Peters Dameris.

 


 

Stewardship

Pledge 2019
317 stewards                           Amount pledged:  $283,838.50                            Amount received:  $275,099.00

It’s not too late to complete your year 2019 pledge.

Pledge 2020
129 stewards                             Amount pledged:  $124,166.00                              Amount received:  $59,122..00

Always note in the memo line of your check the intention of your gift; i.e. Pledge 2019, Pledge 2020, candles, tray, etc.  Thank you!

 


 

Announcements

 

FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible.  Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!

· Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

· Women’s Retreat: Our Metropolis Philoptochos is offering its 14th Annual Spiritual Retreat for women, March 20-22 at the Diakonia Retreat Center.  The registration deadline is March 1.  Cost is $175 which includes 2 nights lodging and 5 meals. Go to https://atlmetropolis.org/14th-annual-spiritual-retreat1 to see the flyer and download registration materials.

· Limbitless solutions The Daughters of Penelope will have their annual luncheon on March 21st at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. More information will be coming soon. Everyone is excited to have a chance to win a beautiful raffle basket with great prizes. We are looking for new or gently used items, gift cards or any other gift certificates that you would be willing to donate to help support our cause, “Limbitless solutions”, located at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Together with our donations and their research team we assist young and the young at heart that are in need of prosthetic limbs. Please contact Melissa Bakatselos 954-661-5707, Tara Bakatselos 954-650-1387 or email at dop.fashionshow@gmail.com for more information and drop off locations.

· The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will offer $250,000 in awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates. The application is available at  https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply/ and the deadline is January 31, 2020.

 




 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday              1/26
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                                 Sunday School
12:00pm                                 Three Hierarchs Celebration Presentati
12:30pm                                 Dance practice

Monday              1/27
4:15pm-6:00pm                      Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ & Adult Beginner Section 1
6:00pm-8:00pm                      Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2
6:00pm-8:00pm                      Greek School Advanced Class

Tuesday             1/28
11:30am                                 Loving Stitches

Sunday               2/2
9:00am/10:00am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                               Sunday School
11:30am                               GOYA Souper Bowl of Caring
12:00pm                               GOYA meeting
12:30pm                               Dance practice

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 19th, 2020

12th Sunday of Luke  – January 19, 2020

Macarius the Great of Egypt

St. Macarius the Great was from the Thebaid of Egypt, a disciple, as some say, of St. Anthony the Great. He was born about 331 and struggled in asceticism in the desert at Scete. Although young, he was called “the child elder” because of his great wisdom and austere manner of life. He was ordained presbyter and reposed in 391, at the age of 60. There are 50 homilies ascribed to him. It is said of St. Macarius that he became as a God upon earth, for even as God protects the whole world, so did he cover the faults he saw as if he did not see them. Once he came back to his cell to find a thief taking his things and loading them on a camel. Macarius’ non-possessiveness was so great that he helped the thief load the camel. When the camel refused to rise, Macarius returned to his cell and brought a small hoe, said that the camel wanted the hoe also, loaded it on, and kicked the camel telling it to get up. The camel obeyed Macarius’ command, but soon lay down again, and would not move until everything had been returned to Macarius. His contemporary, St. Macarius of Alexandria, was so called because he came from Alexandria and was therefore of that Greek-speaking colony; while St. Macarius the Great is also called “of Egypt,” that is, he belonged to the ancient race native to Egypt, the Copts.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler, Philip Vias

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου …

Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Macarius the Great of Egypt in the First Mode
Τής ερήμου πολίτης, καί εν σώματι Άγγελος …

Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Macarius, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

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

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου …

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.

Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.

Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’s feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him: “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

 

Memorials

Kalliope Xenakis (3 mos) survived be her son Demetrios.

Dr. Alexander Xenakis (20 yrs) survived by his son Demetrios.

George Theoharis (3 mos) survived by his niece Nantia and her husband, and other nieces and nephews.

 

Trisagion

Venet Maria Nickas (1 yr) survived by her sister Tina (Mike) Ahearn and family.

Orlando “Haralambos” Perez (6 yrs) survived by his wife Evelyn, his daughter Nicole, and his stepson Michael. Thank you St. Demetrios community for your support.

 


 

Stewardship

Pledge 2019
317 stewards                           Amount pledged:  $283,838.50                            Amount received:  $274,524.30

It’s not too late to complete your year 2019 pledge.

Pledge 2020
122 stewards                             Amount pledged:  $115,316.00                              Amount received:  $52,457.00

Always note in the memo line of your check the intention of your gift; i.e. Pledge 2019, Pledge 2020, candles, tray, etc.  Thank you!

 


 

Festival Marketing and Sponsorship Opportunities

 

The deadline for submitting your ad for inclusion in the 2020 Festival Ad book is this Monday, January 20.

Levels range from $100 to $2,500 and this year there are banner options. Forms can be found at the visitors desk or download this form..

For details, please speak with Alexandra Zaden @ (678) 596-6776 or Kalli Vlamis @ (954) 270-8563


 

Announcements

 

No Palazakia and no Kamaria dance practice this Sunday as the instructors are away at the Hellenic Dance Festival taking place in Orlando.

FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible.  Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!

Cook Needed We need a cook for the festival to cook basic things and is available to work from Mon., February 3 through Sun. evening, February 10. If anyone has a lead, contact the church.

Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

Save the dates The Festival is coming, and we have baking to do.  Thursday, January 16 we baked koulourakia and Thursday, January 23, we will bake kourambiethes.  We need lots of help and all skill levels.  Men, too! We start at 9.  Come when you can and stay as long as you can.

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will offer $250,000 in awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates. The application is available at  https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply/ and the deadline is January 31, 2020.

 




 

Visit https://thediakoniaretreatcenter.com/   for information on everything the Diakonia Center has to offer

 


 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                 1/19  
9:00am/10:00am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                                 Sunday School
12:30pm                                Jr. Palazakia & Sr. Palazakia Dance practice

Monday                1/20
4:15pm-6:00pm                  Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ & Adult Beginner Section 1
6:00pm-8:00pm                 Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2
6:00pm-8:00pm                 Greek School Advanced Class

Tuesday               1/21
11:00am                                Agape luncheon for seniors
7:00pm                                 Festival meeting

Wednesday         1/22
6:00pm                                Cancer Chapter meeting

Thursday            1/23
9:00am                               Kourabiethes baking

Sunday               1/26
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                                Sunday School
12:00pm                               Three Hierarchs Celebration
12:30pm                               Dance practice

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 12th, 2020

 

Sunday after Theophany – January 12, 2020

Tatiana the Martyr of Rome

Saint Tatiana was the daughter of a most distinguished consul of Rome. She became a deaconess of the Church, and for her confession of the Faith of Christ, she endured many torments. As she was suffering, angels punished her tormentors with the same torments they inflicted on her, until they cried out that they could no longer endure the scourges invisibly brought upon them. She was beheaded during the reign of Alexander Severus (111-135).

 

 

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

Harry Tangalakis,  Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι …

Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.

Apolytikion for Theophany Afterfeast in the First Mode
Ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ βαπτιζομένου σου Κύριε …

When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.

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 Fourth Mode
Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον τὴ οἰκουμένη …

You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: “You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light.”

Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4:7-13

BRETHREN, grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” (in saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is he who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

At that time, when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth he went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, toward the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

 


 

Memorials

 

Christina Frangos (1 yr) survived by her daughters Betty Tzoumas (Steve) and Vicky Georgoulis, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and by her sister Eleni Daoutis.

Sofia Glantzis (1 yr) survived by her husband Philipp, son Nikolaos, daughter in law Tania, and granddaughter Stefania.

George Stringos (1 yr) survived by his wife Angeliki, sons George Jr. (Tracey) and Emanuel, and grandson George.

Nicholas Shikar Jr. (30 yrs) survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Christine Shikar Bennet, grandson Nicholas and granddaughter Jules, brothers Dennis (Connie) and John (Nancy) Shikar.

 


 

Trisagion

 

Georgia Retsinas (1 yr) survived by her husband John Kountouridis, her children Mattheo and Thalia, her mother and her siblings.

Athina Sclavounos (3 yrs) and Spiro Sclavounos (18 yrs) survived by their daughters Angie Tetenes and Vicky Vittoratos, and their families.

Costa Anastasiou (16 yrs) survived by his wife Toni, sons Jason and Fr. Savvas, grandchildren Fotini, Antonios and Isabella.

Emanuel and Kyriakoula, Antonios and Anna parents and parents in law of Angeliki Stringos.

 


 

Baby Blessing

 

We welcome Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes as they present Liam Miguel for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

Pledge 2019
317 stewards                           Amount pledged:  $283,838.50                            Amount received:  $274,374.30

It’s not too late to complete your year 2019 pledge.

Pledge 2020
76 stewards                             Amount pledged:  $73,344.00                              Amount received:  $45,110.00

Always note in the memo line of your check the intention of your gift; i.e. Pledge 2019, Pledge 2020, candles, tray, etc.  Thank you!

 


 

Announcements

 

St. Demetrios Church Mailing address The correct mailing address is:   820 NE 14th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible.  Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!

Cook Needed We need a cook for the festival to cook basic things and is available to work from Mon., February 3 through Sun. evening, February 10. If anyone has a lead, contact the church.

Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

Save the dates The Festival is coming, and we have baking to do.  Thursday, January 16 we will bake koulourakia and Thursday, January 23, we will bake kouroumbiedes.  We need lots of help and all skill levels.  Men, too! We start at 9.  Come when you can and stay as long as you can.

Bingo/Feather Party time is almost here!  Bring your family and friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes on Friday, January 17th in the church hall.  Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida!  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Additional cards are available for $1 each.  NEW…50/50 raffle will be offered this time. Sponsored by Philoptochos.   Buy your tickets today!!!

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will offer $250,000 in awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates. The application is available at  https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply/ and the deadline is January 31, 2020.

 




 

Visit https://thediakoniaretreatcenter.com/   for information on everything the Diakonia Center has to offer

 


 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                 1/12   
9:00am/10:00am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am                                   Sunday School
12:00pm                                  GOYA meeting
12:30pm                                   Dance

Monday                1/13
11:00am                                   Philoptochos Board meeting
4:15pm-6:00pm                     Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ & Adult Beginner Section 1
6:00pm-8:00pm                    Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2
6:00pm-8:00pm                    Greek School Advanced Class

Thursday             1/16
9:00am                                    Koulourakia baking

Friday                  1/17
6:30pm                                    Bingo/Feather Party

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 5th, 2020

Memory Eternal

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It is with sadness that we are writing to inform you that Mrs. Mary Kumaras fell asleep in the Lord.

The viewing will be Saturday, January 4 from 2:30pm-4:30pm with a Trisagion at 3:30pm at Babione-Kraeer Funeral Home 1100 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton.

The funeral and burial will take place in New Jersey.

May our most compassionate Lord comfort and strengthen Mary’s family and friends in their loss, and may He grant Mary forgiveness of sins and rest in a place of light, green pasture, refreshment, from where pain, sorrow, and sighing have fled away.

May her memory be eternal.

 


 

Young Adult New Year’s Gathering

Friday, January 3, 2020

7:00pm – 9:00pm at Rafina Greek Restaurant, 6877 SW 18th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33433

 


 

Sunday after the Nativity – January 5, 2020

Righteous Syncletike of Alexandria

Saint Syncletike was from Alexandria in Egypt. She lived eighty-three years in virginity and asceticism, and became the leader and teacher of many nuns. What Saint Anthony the Great was to men, she became to women: a model of mortification of the flesh, of patience in afflictions, and of wise instruction; for this, she is known a “Amma,” a title corresponding to “Abba.” Towards the end of her long life, she was stricken with an exceedingly painful disease, which she endured with faith and magnanimity. She reposed in the middle of the fourth century. It is said of Saint Syncletike that she was the virgin who hid Saint Athanasius from the Arians for more than a year in the environs of Alexandria, and it is to Saint Athanasius that her life is ascribed.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, Philip Vias

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα …

Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Eve of Epiphany in the Fourth Mode
Ἀπεστρέφετο ποτέ, ὁ Ἰορδάνης ποταμός …

River Jordan was turned back by Elisseus’ mantle once, when the fiery man of zeal Elias had been taken up; then were its waters divided hither and thither. The running streams became dry passage unto him, truly as a sign and type of Baptism, whereby we pass to the other side of the shifting stream of this fleeting life. Christ hath appeared in the Jordan River, to sanctify the waters.

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 Fourth Mode
Ἐν τοῖς ῥείθροις σήμερον τοῦ Ἰορδάνου …

In the running waters of the Jordan River, on this day the Lord of all crieth to John: Be not afraid and hesitate not to baptize Me, for I am come to save Adam, the first-formed man.

Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 4:5-8.

Timothy, my son, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry. For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Mark 1:1-8

The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophets, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way; the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.’ John was baptizing in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, and had a leather girdle around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

 


 

Stewardship

Pledge 2019

316 stewards                           Amount pledged:  $283,338.50                            Amount received:  $273,524.30

It’s not too late to complete your year 2019 pledge.  Please note in the memo line of your check that your gift is for Pledge 2019.

Pledge 2020

61 stewards            Amount pledged:  $58,944.00 Amount received:  $37,570.00

Thank you!

Tracy Thanos (9 days)

 


 

 

Announcements

 

Vasilopita All proceeds from today’s Vasilopita will benefit St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison, NY.  Saint Basil’s provides a loving, nurturing home for Orthodox children in need.  Please give generously.

Thank you for supporting all Philoptochos’s fund raisers in 2019.  Because of your generosity, and on your behalf, we fulfilled our donation commitments at the Metropolis and Archdiocese levels, and made additional donations to Metropolis youth programs, Kids in Distress, and Feeding South Florida, and assisted four households during the holidays who were in serious need.  St. Demetrios is a dynamic community!

Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

Save the dates The Festival is coming, and we have baking to do.  Thursday, January 16 we will bake koulourakia and Thursday, January 23, we will bake kouroumbiedes.  We need lots of help and all skill levels.  Men, too! We start at 9.  Come when you can and stay as long as you can.

The Daughters of Penelope will have our 1st meeting of 2020 on Wednesday January 8th at 6:30 pm in The Church Hall. We will be accepting donations for the baskets for our Fashion Show on March 21st, starting this Sunday, please contact Melissa Bakatselos 954 661-5707 or Tara Bakatselos 954 650-1387 for additional arrangements.

Bingo/Feather Party time is almost here!  Bring your family and friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes on Friday, January 17th in the church hall.  Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida!  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Additional cards are available for $1 each.  NEW…50/50 raffle will be offered this time. Sponsored by Philoptochos.   Buy your tickets today!!!

FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible.  Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!

Cook Needed We need a cook for the festival to cook basic things and is available to work from Mon., February 3 through Sun. evening, February 10. If anyone has a lead, contact the church.

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will offer $250,000 in awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates. The application is available at  https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply/ and the deadline is January 31, 2020.

Applications for Cross Road Hellenic College Holy Cross Program Cross Road, a 10-day program for Orthodox Christian high school juniors & seniors 16 -18 years of age, takes place on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA & at North Park University, Chicago, IL. Participants connect with the Orthodox Christian theological & spiritual tradition, experience daily worship, take theology classes, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor as well as make new friends & discover a new city. Applications for are open & will close on Feb 1, 2020. For more information go to the website: www.crossroadinstitute.org or call (617) 850-1310. On the website you will find information about the program, the application process & financial assistance. The St. Demetrios Scholarship Committee may be able to assist with partial assistance toward the tuition once the student’s application has been accepted.

 


 




 

Visit https://thediakoniaretreatcenter.com/   for information on everything the Diakonia Center has to offer

 


 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                  1/5
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy/Blessing of the Waters
11:30am                                 Vasilopita blessing
12:00pm                                GOYA meeting

Monday                 1/6
9:00am/10:00am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy/Epiphany Blessing
4:15pm-6:00pm                    Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ
6:00pm-8:00pm                  Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2

Wednesday          1/8
6:30pm                                   Daughters of Penelope meeting

Thursday              1/9
6:30pm                                Philoptochos Holiday Party, Gift Exchange, Annual
Membership Drive
Friday                 1/10
6:00pm-9:00pm               HDF practice

Saturday            1/11
9:00am                               Epiphany celebration @ St. Catherine, West Palm Beach

 

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Wishing you and yours a joyous and healthy year!

Our Christmas prayer for all is that you find your peace, forgive, and use your time and talent to those who need it.

Sending you all our love!
Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – December 22nd, 2019

Sunday before the Nativity – December 22, 2019

Anastasia the Great Martyr

This Saint, who was from Rome, was a most comely, wealthy, and virtuous maiden, the daughter of Praepextatus and Fausta. It was her mother who instructed her in the Faith of Christ. The Saint was joined to a man named Publius Patricius, who was prodigal in life and impious in disposition, but she was widowed after a short time. Henceforth, she went about secretly to the dwellings of the poor and the prisons where the Martyrs of Christ were, and brought them whatever was needed for their daily subsistence. She washed their wounds and loosed them from their fetters, and consoled them in their anguish. Also, because the Saint, through her intercessions, has healed many from the ill effects of spells, potions, poisons, and other harmful substances, she has received the name “Deliverer from Potions.” Since the fame of her deeds had spread about, she was arrested by Diocletian’s minions, and after enduring many torments she was put to death by fire in the year 290.

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

 

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, Philip Vias

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον …

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for Forefeast of the Nativity in the Fourth Mode
Ετοιμάζου Βηθλεέμ…

Be thou ready, Bethlehem, Eden hath opened unto all. Ephratha, prepare thyself, for now, behold, the Tree of life hath blossomed forth in the cave from the Holy Virgin. Her womb hath proved a true spiritual Paradise, wherein the divine and saving Tree is found, and as we eat thereof we shall all live, and shall not die as did Adam. For Christ is born now to raise the image that had fallen aforetime.

Apolytikion for Sun. before Nativity in the Second Mode
Μεγάλα τὰ τῆς πίστεως κατορθώματα!

Great are the achievements of faith! In the fountain of flame, as by the water of rest, the Three Holy Children rejoiced. And the Prophet Daniel proved a shepherd of lions as of sheep. By their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.

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 Third Mode
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν Προαιώνιον Λόγον…

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
Epistle Reading ~ The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:9-10; 32-40

BRETHREN, by faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundation, whose builder and maker is God. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets – who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated – of whom the world was not worthy – wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading ~The reading is from Matthew 1:1-25

The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amon, and Amon the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.

 


 

Memorial Prayer

 

Zacharias Haralambis (14 yrs) survived by his wife Clara, his children Michael, Nichola, John, and Maria, 11 grandchildren and one great grandson.

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

Tracy Thanos (9 days)

 


 

Baby Blessing

We welcome Haroula and Andrew Norden as they present Anderson Norden for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Announcements

Vasilopita Sale…Get ready for the holidays!  Buy your Vasilopita (New Year Bread with good luck coin) @$10 each, Dec. 15, 22, and 29 in the Kandaras Hall.  Cash, check, or credit card accepted.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible.  Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!

Cook Needed We need a cook for the festival to cook basic things and is available to work from Mon., February 3 through Sun. evening, February 10. If anyone has a lead, please contact the church.

Philoptochos 2020 Memberships  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.

SAVE THE DATE:   BINGO/FEATHER PARTY (sponsored by Philoptochos) is scheduled for Friday January 17, 2020 in the Church Hall.  Doors open at 6:30pm and games start at 7:00pm.  More info will follow!

The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will offer $250,000 in awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates. The application is available at  https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply/ and the deadline is January 31, 2020. The scholarship awards are available to undergraduate students of Hellenic descent.  They are offered to recognize students of high scholastic achievement for their accomplishments, and to provide support to those in financial need. $200,000 are awarded to 20 students based on financial need and academic achievement. $50,000 are awarded to 20 students based solely on academic achievement.  $20,000 are specifically awarded to music and arts majors.  The Foundation promotes education which, combined with the values of our Faith and Heritage, encourages and guides our scholarship recipients to become significant achievers and contribute meaningfully to society.

Applications for Cross Road Hellenic College Holy Cross Program Cross Road, a 10-day program for Orthodox Christian high school juniors & seniors 16 -18 years of age, takes place on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA & at North Park University, Chicago, IL. Participants connect with the Orthodox Christian theological & spiritual tradition, experience daily worship, take theology classes, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor as well as make new friends & discover a new city. Applications for are open & will close on Feb 1, 2020. For more information go to the website: www.crossroadinstitute.org or call (617) 850-1310. On the website you will find information about the program, the application process & financial assistance. The St. Demetrios Scholarship Committee may be able to assist with partial assistance toward the tuition once the student’s application has been accepted.

 




 

Visit https://thediakoniaretreatcenter.com/   for information on everything the Diakonia Center has to offer

 


 

Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday              12/22  
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
12:00pm                                    Vasilopita Sale

Tuesday            12/24          Eve of the Nativity of Christ
9:00am                                     Royal Hours and Vespers
6:00pm                                     Orthros and Divine Liturgy

Saturday           12/28
10:30am-1:30pm                     HDF practice

Sunday             12/29
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
12:00pm                                     Vasilopita Sale