Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday Before the Nativity

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On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eighteenth of this month, we celebrate all those who from ages past have been well-pleasing to God, beginning from Adam even unto Joseph the Betrothed of the Most Holy Theotokos, according to genealogy, as the Evangelist Luke hath recorded historically (Luke 3:23-38); we also commemorate the Prophets and Prophetesses, and especially the Prophet Daniel and the Holy Three Children.

Parish Council on duty:

Peter Angelakos, John Argiropoulos, Anna Merkel, Medon Michaelides, Chris Nichols, Peter Synoyannis, Eleni Varvoutis

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Apolytikion Δ-4

Τό φαιδρόν τής αναστάσεως…
When the tidings of the resurrection from the glorious angel was proclaimed unto the women disciples and our ancestral sentence also had been abolished to the apostles with boasting did they proclaim that death is vanquished ever more and Christ our God has risen from the dead and granted to the world. His great mercy.

Apolytikion for the Preparation of the Nativity of Christ

Έτοιμάζου Βηθλεέμ…
Prepare O Bethlehem. Eden is open to all. Adorn yourself O Efratha for, in the cave, the Tree of Life has blossomed forth from the Virgin. Her womb has been revealed as a noetic Paradise wherein lies the divine seedling. If we partake of it we shall live, is not, then we shall die as Adam. Christ is born, restoring the once fallen image.

Apolytikion for the Pre-Nativity

Μεγάλα τα τής πίστεως κατορθώματα…
Great are the accomplishments of faith. In the fountain of flame, the three Holy Youths rejoiced as though they were resting by the waters. And the Prophet Daniel showed himself to be a shepherd to the lions, as though they were sheep. Through their prayers, O Christ our God, save our soul.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios

Μέγαν εύρατο έν τοίς κινδύνοις…
The world found in you a great champion in dangers a victor who could turn the nations back! As you restrained Levi in the arena, you also inspired Nestor to courage! Therefore, holy, great martyr, Demetrios, entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy!

Kontakion

Ή Παρθένος σήμερον, τόν προαιώνιον Λόγον…
Today the Virgin comes to the cave to ineffably give birth, to the eternal Logos. Hearkening to this, rejoice, O Universe, with the angels and shepherds glorify Him, the God before all ages, who willed to be beheld as a young child.

 

Memorial

George Hondroulis (40days) survived by his wife Vilma and son Demetrios

Trisagion

A. James Hampares (4yrs)survived by his beloved sister Dr. Kay Hampares and friends Dr. Nelly Santos and son
Zaharia Haralambis (7yrs) survived by his wife Clara, 3 sons, 1 daughter and 10 grandchildren
Stella Vlahos survived by her daughter Mantha Mehallis and grandson Spero (Rocio)
Peter (husband 20yrs) and Evangelos( son 12yrs) Kourakos and Evangelos Androutsopoulos (grandson 21yrs) – the beloved men in the life of Katherine Kourakos
Athanasios and Panagiota Kyriazis parents of Maria Caravas
Eleni (2yrs) and Vasiliki (5yrs) Kyriazis sisters of Maria Caravas

 

Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading

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

Matthew 1:1-25
Sunday before Nativity

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 Ram, and Ram 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 Amos, and Amos 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 Shealtiel, and Shealtiel 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.

Announcements – Sunday Before the Nativity

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40 Day Blessing

Katerina Tsakiri and Antonios Marcellos are proud to present their son Elias for the traditional baby blessing.

Philoptochos

The Philoptochos will be selling Vasilopita on Sunday, Dec. 16. Dec, 23 and Dec. 30. Please support the Philoptochos and purchase one for $10.00.

2013 Grand Raffle

Last Minute shoppers– the perfect stocking stuffer!!Purchase a raffle ticket for $25.00 for a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz!! Ticket price is $25.00 and our goal is to sell 5000 to win a new 2013 Mercedes Benz C-250 Sport.

To All Choir Members

Judy Jimokas is the director for the Pan Orthodox Choir at the Feast of Epiphany on January 12, 2013. She invites all choir members to join in one harmonious voice for this event. Please call Judy for more info at 954-629-5697 or pick up a flier in the south narthex.

Volunteer Photographers

In an attempt to better document our parish’s active life on our website, we are seeking photographers to volunteer their services to take digital pictures and video clips of upcoming events, activities and liturgical services. This is an important ministry as YOU will be the “eyes” of our parish to the world! For further instructions, please contact Fr. John at 954-467-1515 or Email frjohn@stdemetrios.org.

Choir

We are looking for faithful members to give their time, talent and voices to join our choir, under the leadership of Patricia Zeiler, to give praise and honor in song to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You do not have to have a perfect voice—All you need is a love for Christ and a desire to honor Him with all you heart, mind and voice. Please contact the church office at 954-467-1515.

Festival News

We are looking for volunteers to be part of our Festival Leadership Team: We need volunteers to act as hosts/hostesses at the Taverna. If you like to welcome guests and make them feel at home and know Greek food, please see Jim Carras or Anna Merkel.

O C N Cruise– February 16-23, 2013

Come along for inspiration, fun and sun with OCN and St. Demetrios on a Caribbean Cruise. Please contact Stephen Solos at 954-290-0549 for more information.

Iconography Project

Donations are coming in daily for our upcoming project. Fr. Chris will soon be updating everyone of our progress. If you would like to be part of this historic endeavor please call and speak to Fr. Chris. Thank you for all those who have come forth.

A Journey of Faith May 22-May 31, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Turkey, Constantinople and Cappadocia -Smyrni with Fr. Chris. For more information please contact Fr.Chris.

Poinsettias

Poinsettias on the Solea are donated by Dr. Kay Hampares and Dr. Nelly Santos and son in memory of A James Hampares and by Mantha Mehalis and son Spero and wife Rocio in memory of Mantha’s mother Stella Vlahos. Flowers on the altar table are donated by Katherine Kourakos in loving memory of her husband, son and grandson.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – St. Ignatius of Antioch

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The divine and brilliant day of thine illustrious contests doth proclaim to all mankind Him that was born of a Virgin; for it was for Him that thou didst thirst to delight in, and didst haste to be devoured by beasts in thy longing. Hence, O glorious Ignatius, the name God-bearer was rightly given to thee.  ~St. Ignatius, December 20

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Apolytikion V Γ-3

Εύφραινέσθω τα ούράνια…
Let all things above in heaven rejoice, and let all things below on earth be glad. With all the might and strength of His arm an eternal deed the Lord did perform. Beneath His feet He has trampled down death by death, and first born of the dead has He become. From the womb of Hades has He delivered us, and to all the world has granted His great redeeming mercy.

Apolytikion for the Holy Fathers of Christ

Εν πίστει τούς Προπάτορας…
By faith You justified the Forefathers and through them betrothed Yourself to the Church, taken from out of the Gentiles. The Saints boast in glory for from their seed there exists a noble crop, it is she, who without seed, has given You birth. By their intercessions, O Christ our God, save our souls.

Apolytikion for St. Demetrios

Μέγαν εύρατο έν τοίς κινδύνοις…
The world found in you a great champion in dangers a victor who could turn the nations back! As you restrained Levi in the arena, you also inspired Nestor to courage! Therefore, holy, great martyr, Demetrios, entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy!

Kontakion

Η Παρθένος σημερον…
Today the Virgin comes to the cave to ineffably give birth, to the eternal Logos. Hearkening to this, rejoice, O Universe, with the angels and shepherds glorify Him, the God before all ages, who willed to be beheld as a young child.

 

Memorial

John Tudor (1yr) survived by his wife Ileana Maria Tudor
Vasiliki and Constandinos Marchelos (2yrs) survived by their children Adrianne & Nick Diakonikolas, Spiro & Nikki Marchelos, Louis & Martha Marchelos, grandchildren Irene (Tommy) Drivas, Vasiliki Victoria, Marionna and Stephanie and 2 great-grandchildren
Pantelis Frangos (3yrs) survived by his wife Christina, children and grandchildren

Trisagion

Ilias and Augustina parents of Ileana
Demetrios Gianopoulos and Kathryn Solos

Funeral service at St. Demetrios on Tuesday, Dec. 18 for the late

Nick Cassas–2pm

 

Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading

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

Luke 14:16-24; Matthew 22:14
11th Sunday of Luke

The Lord said this parable: “A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time of the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I must go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and there is still room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet. For many are called, but few are chosen.'”

Announcements – St. Ignatius of Antioch

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Annual Christmas Pageant

Sunday School Christmas Pageant and Family Night Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm In the Community Center.

Philoptochos

The Philoptochos will be selling Vasilopita on Sunday, Dec. 16. Dec, 23 and Dec. 30. Please support the Philoptochos and purchase one for $10.00.

Holy Confession

Fr. Chris will be hearing confession for the Christmas Lenten season on Friday, December 21 from 4 pm-6 pm… Please call the church office to make your appointment.

Attention Choir Members

Judy Jimokas is the director for the Pan Orthodox Choir at the Feast of Epiphany on January 12, 2013. She invites all choir members to join in one harmonious voice for this event. Please call Judy for more info at 954-629-5697 or pick up a flier in the south narthex.

The Cancer Chapter

The Cancer Chapter would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for everyone’s generous support during the recent Cancer Fighting Sunday event. Your contributions go toward funding important research in the war against cancer.  We want to wish you and your families a wonderful Holiday Season!

2013 Grand Raffle

Tickets have been mailed to our parishioners. If you need more tickets, a table is set up every Sunday from now until the festival. You may turn in your tickets stubs and pick up more tickets to sell. Ticket price is $25.00 and our goal is to sell 5000 to win a new 2013 Mercedes Benz C-250 Sport.

Volunteer Photographers

In an attempt to better document our parish’s active life on our website, we are seeking photographers to volunteer their services to take digital pictures and video clips of upcoming events, activities and liturgical services. This is an important ministry as YOU will be the “eyes” of our parish to the world! For further instructions, please contact Fr. John at 954-467-1515 or Email frjohn@stdemetrios.org.

Choir

We are looking for faithful members to give their time, talent and voices to join our choir, under the leadership of Patricia Zeiler, to give praise and honor in song to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You do not have to have a perfect voice—All you need is a love for Christ and a desire to honor Him with all you heart, mind and voice. Please contact the church office at 954-467-1515.

Festival News

We are looking for volunteers to be part of our Festival Team Sign up Sheets are available in the south narthex. Please see Anna Merkel or James Carras.

O C N Cruise– February 16-23, 2013

Come along for inspiration, fun and sun with OCN and St. Demetrios on a Caribbean Cruise. Please contact Stephen Solos at 954-290-0549 for more information.

Iconography Project

Donations are coming in daily for our upcoming project. Fr. Chris will soon be updating everyone of our progress. If you would like to be part of this historic endeavor please call and speak to Fr. Chris. Thank you for all those who have come forth.

A Journey of Faith May 22-May 31, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Turkey, Constantinople and Cappadocia -Smyrni with Fr. Chris. For more information please contact Fr.Chris.

Youth Stewardship Program

All youth program participants ages 12 years, in 7th grade through 18 years, are reminded to log their activities and to get the proper signatures.  Youth stewardship logs are available in the Narthex, Sunday school and  Language & Culture.  Dance & GOYA will include the form in emails to you.  Turn in your form each Sunday by placing it in one of the colorful the youth stewardship mailboxes.  A mailbox is located in the hall and there is one on the desk in the South Narthex as you exit the church. Please direct any questions regarding the youth stewardship program to akmerkel@bellsouth.net.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – The Conception of Anna

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Today the world rejoices in the conception of Anna, wrought by God. For she bore the One who beyond comprehension conceived the Logos.   ~St. Anna, December 9

According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God’s promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord.

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Apolytikion V B- 2

Ότε κατήλθες…
When You descended to the realm of death You as life immortal rendered to Hades a mortal blow by Your all radiant divinity, And when You from infernal depths and the darkness below did raise the dead all the hosts of heaven’s powers did proclaim and cry out O life giving Christ and our God we give glory.

Apolytikion for the Conception of St. Anna

Σήμερον τής ατεκνίας δεσμά διαλύονται…
Today the bonds of being barren are broken. For against all hope, hearkening to Joachim and Anna, God manifestly promises they shall bear a divine maiden. From her the Infinites One was born, becoming mortal. He ordained the angel to cry out to her, “Hail full of Grace, the Lord is with you.”

Apolytikion for St. Demetrios

Μέγαν εύρατο έν τοίς κινδύνοις…
The world found in you a great champion in dangers a victor who could turn the nations back! As you restrained Levi in the arena, you also inspired Nestor to courage! Therefore, holy, great martyr, Demetrios, entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy!

Kontakion

Έορτάζει σήμερον…
Today the world rejoices in the conception of Anna, wrought by God. For she bore the One who beyond comprehension conceived the Logos.

 

Memorial

Thomas G. Angelos (Vietnam Veteran) (3yrs) son of Helene Angelos, father of Samantha, Thomas and Julia and survived by three brothers and four sisters.

Trisagion

Dr. Angelo Dalambakis (10yrs) survived by his loving wife Helen and family
Funeral services at St. Demetrios on Monday, December 10 for the late:
Helene Tzitsikas—1pm
Harry Columbus—2pm

 

Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27

BRETHREN, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is married.”

Gospel Reading

Luke 13:10-17
10th Sunday of Luke

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your infirmity.” And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.” Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Announcements – St. Anna

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Christmas Decoration

Thank you to Marion and Katina for decorating our Church. It looks beautiful. On Sunday, the Community Center will be decorated. If you would like to help, please do.

Annual Christmas Pageant

Sunday School Christmas Pageant and Family Night Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm In the Community Center.

Holy Confession

Fr. Chris will be hearing confession for the Christmas Lenten season on Friday, December 21 from 4 pm-6 pm… Please call the church office to make your appointment.

Parish Beautification Day

On Saturday, Dec. 15 we will be beautifying our church and grounds . Some of it will include work on the pavers around the church as well as repairs to walls in the upstairs Sunday School Classrooms . Please come by and work side by side with the Parish Council starting at 8:30 am.

Festival News

We are looking for volunteers to be part of our Festival Leadership Team: We need volunteers to act as hosts/hostesses at the Taverna. If you like to welcome guests and make them feel at home and know Greek food, please see Jim Carras or Anna Merkel.

Iconography Project

Donations are coming in daily for our upcoming project. Fr. Chris will soon be updating everyone of our progress. If you would like to be part of this historic endeavor please call and speak to Fr. Chris. Thank you for all those who have come forth.

O C N Cruise– February 16-23, 2013

Come along for inspiration, fun and sun with OCN and St. Demetrios on a Caribbean Cruise. Please contact Stephen Solos at 954-290-0549 for more information.

A Journey of Faith May 22-May 31, 2013

A Pilgrimage to Turkey, Constantinople and Cappadocia -Smyrni with Fr. Chris. For more information please contact Fr.Chris.

2013 Grand Raffle

Tickets have been mailed to our parishioners. If you need more tickets, a table is set up every Sunday from now until the festival. You may turn in your tickets stubs and pick up more tickets to sell. Ticket price is $25.00 and our goal is to sell 5000 to win a new 2013 Mercedes Benz C-250 Sport.

Volunteer Photographers

In an attempt to better document our parish’s active life on our website, we are seeking photographers to volunteer their services to take digital pictures and video clips of upcoming events, activities and liturgical services. This is an important ministry as YOU will be the “eyes” of our parish to the world! For further instructions, please contact Fr. John at 954-467-1515 or Email frjohn@stdemetrios.org

Choir

We are looking for faithful members to give their time, talent and voices to join our choir, under the leadership of Patricia Zeiler, to give praise and honor in song to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You do not have to have a perfect voice—All you need is a love for Christ and a desire to honor Him with all you heart, mind and voice. Please contact the church office at 954-467-1515.

Youth Stewardship Program

All youth program participants ages 12 years, in 7th grade through 18 years, are reminded to log their activities and to get the proper signatures.  Youth stewardship logs are available in the Narthex, Sunday school and  Language & Culture.  Dance & GOYA will include the form in emails to you.  Turn in your form each Sunday by placing it in one of the colorful the youth stewardship mailboxes.  A mailbox is located in the hall and there is one on the desk in the South Narthex as you exit the church. Please direct any questions regarding the youth stewardship program to akmerkel@bellsouth.net.