Weekly Sunday Bulletin – February 24th 2019

Sunday of the Prodigal Son – February 24, 2019

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
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 1st and 2nd Finding of the Head of the Forerunner in the Fourth Mode
Εκ γής ανατείλασα η τού Προδρόμου κεφαλή…
The Forerunner’s sacred head, having dawned forth from the earth, doth send incorruption’s rays unto the faithful, whereby they find healings of their ills. From on high he gathereth the choirs of the Angels and on earth he summoneth the whole race of mankind, that they with one voice might send up glory to Christ our God.

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 …
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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15.

Brethren, it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of 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 

Sofia Glantzis (40 days) survived by her husband Philipp, son Nikolaos (Tania) and granddaughter Stefania.

Georgia Retsinas (40 days) survived by her husband Johnny Kountouridis and her children Thalia and Matheo.

George Stringos (40 days) survived by his wife Angeliki, sons Emmanuel and George (Tracey) and grandson George.

Trisagion

Constantine Lycouris survived by Steve, Alexander and Constantine Lycouris.


Baby Blessings

We welcome Ioannis and Natasha Stathakis as they present Melina for the traditional 40 day blessing.

We welcome Elias and Peggy Zapantis and big brother Yiorgos as they present Theofilos for the traditional 40 day blessing.


Announcements

Fellowship Hour
The coffee hour is sponsored by Angeliki Stringos in loving memory of her husband George Stringos and by the students of the Greek School at St. Demetrios in loving support for their classmates Matheo and Thalia Kountouridis. May their mother’s memory be eternal.


EYCC News  Post-Festival Attendance Policy:  We will continue to take attendance after the festival to encourage families to participate in the Divine Liturgy and students to go regularly to Sunday school.  Post-Festival attendance, however, will not count toward dancing in the 2020 festival.  Instead we will recognize students who have superior attendance, and students who participate in other ways, such as Oratorical Festival, Epistle Reading, Choir, etc. at the Youth Sunday celebration on May 12. Adults in the community are encouraged to invite student participation and to let an EYCC member know about such participation. In September, 2019, we will revert to the Pre-Festival Attendance Policy, which connects attendance in church and Sunday school with the privilege of attending Dance Practice.


Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.


DOP The Daughters of Penelope would like to invite you to take on a challenge that is close to our heart as well as close to home.  Our focus this year for philanthropy is to raise money for the University of Central Florida and their research team that assists young and old that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Saturday, March 23rd we will be having our annual Fashion Show luncheon at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club and you are all invited to attend.  The cost is $55 for a delicious lunch, wonderful company and basket raffles to benefit the University of Central Florida and their dream team to build bionic limbs for children. If you or someone you know want to sponsor a raffle basket personally or with services from a business and would like to get involved in anyway please see Melissa Bakatselos, Tara Bakatselos or any officer from the Daughters of Penelope for more information.  We will gladly accept donations of any amount to help UCF reach their goals and their organization “Limbitless Solutions”. Email: dop.fashionshow@gmail.com. Starting Sunday, February 17, tickets for the Fashion Show will be available  for purchase in the hall during Sunday coffee hour.


* Philoptochos News
SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm.
Bring your family and friends to a Special Lecture:   Dr. Cara Giusti, Physical Therapist and owner of B3 Physical Therapy, has helped thousands of patients regain mobility, strength, alleviate pain and move better with improved balance.   Her treatment plans continue to evolve with new discoveries in brain science, movements, and understanding of pain. Her talk will include a complimentary movement health assessment to identify your risk of sustaining an injury.   It’s a matter of movement, not aging! Philoptochos meeting promptly at 6pm will precede the lecture.  Refreshments will be served.  Please plan to attend this timely event.  For more info, see Athena Loucas.
SAVE THE DATE:   Saturday, March 16th @ 6:30pm.
Feather/BINGO Party is back!  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida.   For more info, see Sue Carmona or
Athena Loucas.


Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   02/24  
9:00am/10:00am                          Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                             Sunday School

Monday                 02/25
4:15pm-6:00pm                             Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                            Advanced Greek class

Tuesday                 02/26
11:30am                                            Loving Stitches

Thursday               02/28
6:00pm                                            Cancer Chapter meeting

Sunday                  03/03
9:00am/10:00am                          Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                            Sunday School

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – February 10th 2019

Sunday of the Canaanite – February 10, 2019

Saint of the Day

Hieromartyr Haralambos

This Saint was a priest of the Christians in Magnesia, the foremost city of Thessaly, in the diocese having the same name. He contested during the reign of Alexander Severus (222-235), when Lucian was Proconsul of Magnesia. At the time of his martyrdom the Saint was 103 years of age. St. Haralambos is commemorated on February 10th, with the exception when this date falls on the Saturday of the Souls preceding Lent or on Clean Monday (the first day of Lent), in which case the feast is celebrated on February 9th.

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

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

 


 

 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 Hieromartyr Haralambos in the Fourth Mode
Ως στύλος ακλόνητος, τής Εκκλησίας Χριστού …

An unshaken pillar of the Church of Christ God art thou, an ever-resplendent lamp, O Haralampus most wise, which shineth through the earth; in martyric contest thou hast shined on the whole world, and thou hast dispelled the moonless night of the idols. Now boldly intercede thou with Christ that we may all be saved.

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

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

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε …

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Epistle Reading ~  The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy 2:1-10

Timothy, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to satisfy the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hardworking farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything.
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descended from David, as preached in my gospel, the gospel for which I am suffering and wearing fetters like a criminal. But the word of God is not fettered. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain salvation in Christ Jesus with its eternal glory.

Gospel Reading ~ Sunday of the Canaanite The Reading is from Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” And he answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.



Trisagion

Fr. Constantine Halkias (7 days) survived by his children.

Kalliope Skoundridakis (7 yrs) survived by her husband Zaharia, and her children John, Panayioti, Billy, Katerina and their families.


 

Announcements

Philoptochos News
SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm.
Special Lecture by doctor of physical therapy, Cara Giusti.  Learn the daily moves, mindset, and practices of those living longer and aging with agility.  Invite family, friends, & community.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.
SAVE THE DATE:   Saturday, March 16th @ 6:30pm.
Feather/BINGO Party.  A fun evening for the whole family!  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

EYCC News  Post-Festival Attendance Policy:  We will continue to take attendance after the festival to encourage families to participate in the Divine Liturgy and students to go regularly to Sunday school.  Post-Festival attendance, however, will not count toward dancing in the 2020 festival.  Instead we will recognize students who have superior attendance, and students who participate in other ways, such as Oratorical Festival, Epistle Reading, Choir, etc. at the Youth Sunday celebration on May 12. Adults in the community are encouraged to invite student participation and to let an EYCC member know about such participation. In September, 2019, we will revert to the Pre-Festival Attendance Policy, which connects attendance in church and Sunday school with the privilege of attending Dance Practice.

Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.

DOP The Daughters of Penelope would like to invite you to take on a challenge that is close to our heart as well as close to home.  Our focus this year for philanthropy is to raise money for the University of Central Florida and their research team that assists young and old that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Saturday, March 23rd we will be having our annual luncheon at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club and you are all invited to attend.  The cost is $55 for a delicious lunch, wonderful company and basket raffles to benefit the University of Central Florida and their dream team to build bionic limbs for children. If you or someone you know want to sponsor a raffle basket personally or with services from a business and would like to get involved in anyway please see Melissa Bakatselos, Tara Bakatselos or any officer from the Daughters of Penelope for more information.  We will gladly accept donations of any amount to help UCF reach their goals and their organization “Limbitless Solutions”. Email: dop.fashionshow@gmail.com

 


 

Festival 2019 Join us!

Thursday, February 7 from 5pm to 10pm
Friday, February 8 from 12noon-11pm
Saturday, February 9 from 12noon-11pm
Sunday, February 10 from 12noon -7pm

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   02/10   
9:00am/10:00am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Wednesday          02/13
6:30pm                                     DOP meeting at Nina McGuirk’s community room

Sunday                    02/17
9:00am/10:00am                   Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                     Sunday School

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – February 3rd 2019

16th Sunday of Matthew – February 3, 2019

Saint of the Day

The Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-Receiver and the Holy Prophetess Anna

Today we honor the righteous Elder Symeon and Prophetess Anna, who prophesied concerning Him by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and were the first in Jerusalem to receive Him as the Messiah.

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

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

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια …

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast 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 ~  The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Matthew 25:14-30

The Lord said this parable: “A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” As he said these things he cried out: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”



Trisagion

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


 

Announcements

Souper Bowl of Caring Today is the Super Bowl, and that means that it is also the Souper Bowl of Caring . The GOYA participates in this worthy cause by taking up collections for IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities).  Please be generous with your donations. Thank you!

Philoptochos News
SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm.
Special Lecture by doctor of physical therapy, Cara Giusti.  Learn the daily moves, mindset, and practices of those living longer and aging with agility.  Invite family, friends, & community.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.
SAVE THE DATE:   Saturday, March 16th @ 6:30pm.
Feather/BINGO Party.  A fun evening for the whole family!  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

EYCC News  Post-Festival Attendance Policy:  We will continue to take attendance after the festival to encourage families to participate in the Divine Liturgy and students to go regularly to Sunday school.  Post-Festival attendance, however, will not count toward dancing in the 2020 festival.  Instead we will recognize students who have superior attendance, and students who participate in other ways, such as Oratorical Festival, Epistle Reading, Choir, etc. at the Youth Sunday celebration on May 12. Adults in the community are encouraged to invite student participation and to let an EYCC member know about such participation. In September, 2019, we will revert to the Pre-Festival Attendance Policy, which connects attendance in church and Sunday school with the privilege of attending Dance Practice.

Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.

DOP The Daughters of Penelope would like to invite you to take on a challenge that is close to our heart as well as close to home.  Our focus this year for philanthropy is to raise money for the University of Central Florida and their research team that assists young and old that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Saturday, March 23rd we will be having our annual luncheon at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club and you are all invited to attend.  The cost is $55 for a delicious lunch, wonderful company and basket raffles to benefit the University of Central Florida and their dream team to build bionic limbs for children. If you or someone you know want to sponsor a raffle basket personally or with services from a business and would like to get involved in anyway please see Melissa Bakatselos, Tara Bakatselos or any officer from the Daughters of Penelope for more information.  We will gladly accept donations of any amount to help UCF reach their goals and their organization “Limbitless Solutions”. Email: dop.fashionshow@gmail.com


 

Festival Volunteers 2019

This is the best fellowship ministry & fundraiser and you make this all possible.  Sign up now:  Admissions, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki and more!  Come see us in the narthex!

 



Calendar of Events for the Week


Sunday                      02/03
  
9:00am/10:00am      Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                         Sunday School
12:30pm                       Greek Dance

Monday                    02/04
4:15pm-6:00pm        Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm       Advanced Greek class

Thursday               02/07-Sunday 02/11
Greek Festival

Sunday                    02/11
9:00am/10:00am    Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 20th 2019

12th Sunday of Luke – January 20, 2019

Saint of the Day

Righteous Euthymius the Great 

This Saint, from Melitene in Armenia, was the son of pious parents Paul and Dionysia. He was born about 377. Since his mother had been barren, he was named Euthymius-which means “good cheer” or “joy”-for this is what his parents experienced at his birth. He studied under Eutroius, the Bishop of Melitene, he was ordained and entrusted with the care of the monasteries of Melitene. After he had come to Palestine about the year 406, he became the leader of a multitude of monks. Through him, a great tribe of Arabs was turned to piety, when he healed the son of their leader Aspebetos. Aspebetos was baptized with all his people; he took the name of Peter, and was later consecrated Bishop for his tribe, being called “Bishop of the Tents.” St. Euthymius also fought against the Nestorians, Eutychians, and Manichaeans. When Eudocia, the widow of St. Theodosius the Younger, had made her dwelling in Palestine, and had fallen into the heresy of the Monophysites which was championed in Palestine by a certain Theodosius, she sent envoys to St. Symeon the Stylite in Syria, asking him his opinion of Eutyches and the Council of Chalcedon which had condemned him; St. Symeon, praising the holiness and Orthodoxy of St. Euthymius near whom she dwelt, sent her to him to be delivered from her error. He became the divine oracle of the Church, or rather, “the vessel of divine utterance,” as a certain historian writes. He was the instructor and elder of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. Having lived for 96 years, he reposed in 473, on January 20.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

George Georgakakis,Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou

 


 

 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 Euthymius the Great in the Fourth Mode
Εὐφραίνου ἔρημος ἡ οὐ τίκτουσα …

Be glad, O barren one, that hast not given birth; be of good cheer, thou that hast not travailed; for a man of desires hath multiplied thy children of the Spirit, having planted them in piety and reared them in continence to the perfection of the virtues. By his prayers, O Christ our God, make our life peaceful.

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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 4:6-15

Brethren, it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.


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.”

 


 

Trisagion

Dr. Alexander Xenakis (19 years) husband of Kaliope and father of Demetrios.

Peter Michel (8 years) brother of Kaliope Xenakis, father of Anthony Michel, grandfather of Alexander and Demetrios.

 



UNGRATEFUL….AHARISTOS!!

 

Today’s Gospel provides for us an opportunity to see ungratefulness, “first hand”.

This foreigner, a Samaritan, did not just assume it was his right to be healed.  He was a foreigner.  BUT he had faith that he could be healed if he asked. And God, in the person of Jesus Christ, healed him.  “Your faith has made you whole”, said Jesus.

And, out of ten lepers healed, only the ONE, the XENO, the foreigner, returned to give thanks to God for his healing. The one who returned did not assume it was his right to be healed, as the other 9 did, evidently.  He was so thankful, so, “grateful”, that he returned to give thanks for his healing.

To be faithful as the one leper who returned to give his thanks to Jesus, you must believe Jesus can save you.  Trust and faith in Jesus Christ leads to our own healing from our sin, the distance we keep from Jesus, just as the lepers, because we are in a state of sinfulness.

He knows our requests.  He knows what we need.  He wants us to seek from Him what we need, to be healed, to be saved.  Like the leper in this story from this morning’s Gospel lesson, we must do what He instructs us.  Our prayers ARE answered. However, God does not just perform some act of magic. We need to take an active role in fulfilling the requests we make of HIM.
Glorify God in you new life (without as much sin), a life in imitation of Him. We must turn to HIM and give thanks, like the ONE leper who returned and gave thanks for being healed. We must offer up our thanks for God answering us in our need.

Who will you be like? Who will we be like? Like the villagers who maybe believed but never acted? Like the nine lepers who accepted the healing as a right and never returned to give thanks to God? Or will we be like the one leper whose faith was complete, who not only took what God gave him, but returned to give thanks for the gift of healing?

 

 



Announcements

 

EYCC News  Post-Festival Attendance Policy:  We will continue to take attendance after the festival to encourage families to participate in the Divine Liturgy and students to go regularly to Sunday school.  Post-Festival attendance, however, will not count toward dancing in the 2020 festival.  Instead we will recognize students who have superior attendance, and students who participate in other ways, such as Oratorical Festival, Epistle Reading, Choir, etc. at the Youth Sunday celebration on May 12. Adults in the community are encouraged to invite student participation and to let an EYCC member know about such participation. In September, 2019, we will revert to the Pre-Festival Attendance Policy, which connects attendance in church and Sunday school with the privilege of attending Dance Practice.

 



Dance Meeting
A brief Annual Parent Festival meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27, in the hall, immediately following the Divine Liturgy.

 



Bookstore News
Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.

 


 

DOP The Daughters of Penelope would like to invite you to take on a challenge that is close to our heart as well as close to home.  Our focus this year for philanthropy is to raise money for the University of Central Florida and their research team that assists young and old that are in need of prosthetic limbs.  Saturday, March 23rd we will be having our annual luncheon at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club and you are all invited to attend.  The cost is $55 for a delicious lunch, wonderful company and basket raffles to benefit the University of Central Florida and their dream team to build bionic limbs for children. If you or someone you know want to sponsor a raffle basket personally or with services from a business and would like to get involved in anyway please see Melissa Bakatselos, Tara Bakatselos or any officer from the Daughters of Penelope for more information.  We will gladly accept donations of any amount to help UCF reach their goals and their organization “Limbitless Solutions”. Email: dop.fashionshow@gmail.com

 



Festival Volunteers 2019

This is the best fellowship ministry & fundraiser and you make this all possible.  Sign up now:  Admissions, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki and more!  Come see us in the narthex!

 


 

Festival Marketing Opportunities See the flyer below or pick up a form at church

 


 

Scholarship News

We hope you join us on January 27, 2019 for our 3rd “Celebration of Learning” event. Look for flyers in the South Narthex and at the coffee hour for more information about the event. Your continued support and commitment allows us to maintain and grow scholarships for a variety of educational and spiritual programs.  There will not be a Coffee Hour on Jan. 27 due to the luncheon.

 




Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   01/20   
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                  Sunday School
12:00pm                                Fr. Andrew’s going away luncheon
12:30pm                                Greek Dance

Monday                   01/21
4:15pm-6:00pm                    Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                   Advanced Greek class

Tuesday                  01/22
11:30am                                  Loving Stitches

Thursday               01/24
6:00pm                                   Cancer Chapter meeting

Sunday                    01/27
9:00am/10:00am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                   Sunday School
12:00pm                                 Dance parent meeting
12:00pm                                 Celebration of Learning luncheon.  No Coffee Hour
12:30pm                                 Greek Dance

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 13th 2019

Sunday after Theophany – January 13, 2019

Saint of the Day

Hilary of Poitiers

The holy Hierarch Hilary was born of pagan parents in Gaul, and was trained in philosophy and rhetoric. At a time when paganism was still strong in Gaul, Saint Hilary understood the falsehood of polytheism, and became a Christian, and a great defender of his new Faith. About the year 350 he was ordained Bishop of Poitiers, when Arles and Milan were in the hands of the Arians and the Arian Constantius was sole Emperor. Like his contemporary Saint Athanasius, Saint Hilary’s episcopate was one long struggle against the Arians. As bishop of Poitiers, Saint Hilary foresaw the future greatness of Martin (see Nov. 12), and attached him to himself. In 355, when required to agree to the condemnation of Saint Athanasius passed by the Council of Milan, Hilary wrote an epistle to Constantius convicting the wrongs done by the Arians and requesting, among other things, the restoration of the Orthodox bishops, including Athanasius. For this, Hilary was banished to Asia Minor, where he wrote his greatest work, On the Trinity. Saint Hilary returned to his see in 360, where Saint Martin sought him out again.  It was this time that Saint Hilary blessed Martin to found a monastery near Poitiers, where Martin remained until being consecrated Bishop of Tours in 371. In his last years, Saint Hilary, strove for the deposition of Auxentius, the Arian Bishop of Milan, but by affecting an Orthodox confession Auxentius retained his see. Saint Hilary reposed in peace about the year 368. Auxentius died in 374 and was succeeded by Saint Ambrose, who continued Saint Hilary’s battle against Arianism.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

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

 


 

 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 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.”

 


 

Memorial

 

Vasiliki Daskalakis (1 year) survived by Victoria, Pantelis, and Christina Rozakis and Georgia Duarte.

 


 

Trisagion

 

Kalliope Maragos (40 days) survived by her 4 sons, many grandchildren and cousins Katherine Ziegler, Nick Mavrick and Peter Mavrick.

Athina Sclavounos (2 yrs) and Spiro Sclavounos (17 yrs) survined by her daughters Vicky Vittoratos and Angie Tetenes and their families.

Kostas Giannomoros (8 yrs) survived by his wife Penny and his son Panayiotis.

Nick Daskalakis, Evangelos Rozakis, Georgia Rozakis, Evangelos Rozakis family of Victoria, Pantelis, and Christina Rozakis and Georgia Duarte.

 


 

Baby Blessing

 

We welcome Angela Karachristos and Loverly Espinal as they present Thalia Zoe for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Announcements

 

Feather Party time is almost here!   Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes on Friday, January 11th in the Kandaras Hall.  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.   Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida!  For more information, call Marion Koliniatis @ 305-632-141.  YES, TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!

 



Dance Meeting A brief Annual Parent Festival meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27, in the hall, immediately following the Divine Liturgy.

 



Bookstore News
Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.

 



Festival Volunteers 2019

This is the best fellowship ministry & fundraiser and you make this all possible.  Sign up now:  Admissions, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki and more!  Come see us in the narthex!

 


 

Festival Marketing Opportunities See the flyer below or pick up a form at church

 


 

Scholarship News

Cross Road Application deadline is Feb 1, 2019Cross Road is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor and tour the city. Two sessions (6/15–25 & 7/2–12) are offered at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA and one (7/23-8/2) at North Park University, Chicago, IL. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications for financial aid and scholarships are available after the student has been accepted to the program. Consider this excellent program for your 16 -18 year old. Complete information about the program and the application process is available on the Cross Road website (www.crossroadinstitute.org)

We hope you join us on January 27, 2019 for our 3rd “Celebration of Learning” event. Look for flyers in the South Narthex and at the coffee hour for more information about the event. Your continued support and commitment allows us to maintain and grow scholarships for a variety of educational and spiritual programs.

 




Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   01/13   
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                   Sunday School
12:30pm                                 Greek Dance

Monday                   01/14
4:15pm-6:00pm                    Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                    Advanced Greek class

Tuesday                  01/15
11:00am                                   Agape luncheon for Seniors-all are welcome

Sunday                    01/20
9:00am/10:00am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                    Sunday School
12:30pm                                  Greek Dance

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 6th 2019

Holy Theophany – January 6, 2019

Saint of the Day

The Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

About the beginning of our Lord’s thirtieth year, John the Forerunner, who was some six months older than Our Saviour according to the flesh, and had lived in the wilderness since his childhood, received a command from God and came into the parts of the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto the remission of sins. Then our Saviour also came from Galilee to the Jordan, and sought and received baptism though He was the Master and John was but a servant. Whereupon, there came to pass those marvellous deeds, great and beyond nature: the Heavens were opened, the Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Him that was being baptized and the voice was heard from the Heavens hearing witness that this was the beloved Son of God, now baptized as a man (Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:1-22). From these events the Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the great mystery of the Trinity were demonstrated. It is also from this that the present feast is called “Theophany,” that is, the divine manifestation, God’s appearance among men. On this venerable day the sacred mystery of Christian baptism was inaugurated; henceforth also began the saving preaching of the Kingdom of the Heavens.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, John Clidas

 


 

 Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Holy Epiphany 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.

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 Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7.

TITUS, my son, the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Matthew 3:13-17

At that time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

 


 

Announcements

 

Loukoumades Sunday Enjoy loukoumades during coffee hour this Sunday.  All proceeds will benefit the ministries of St. Demetrios Church.

 



Feather Party
 time is almost here!   Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes on Friday, January 11th in the Kandaras Hall.  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.   Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida!  For more information, call Marion Koliniatis @ 305-632-141



Bookstore News
Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.



Festival Volunteers 2019

This is the best fellowship ministry & fundraiser and you make this all possible.  Sign up now:  Admissions, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki and more!  Come see us in the narthex!

 


 

Festival Marketing Opportunities See the flyer below or pick up a form at church

 


 

Scholarship News

Cross Road Application deadline is Feb 1, 2019Cross Road is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor and tour the city. Two sessions (6/15–25 & 7/2–12) are offered at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA and one (7/23-8/2) at North Park University, Chicago, IL. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications for financial aid and scholarships are available after the student has been accepted to the program. Consider this excellent program for your 16 -18 year old. Complete information about the program and the application process is available on the Cross Road website (www.crossroadinstitute.org)

We hope you join us on January 27, 2019 for our 3rd “Celebration of Learning” event. Look for      flyers in the South Narthex and at the coffee hour for more information about the event. Your continued support and commitment allows us to maintain and grow scholarships for a variety of educational and spiritual programs.

 




Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                   01/06     Theophany
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30am                                      Prayer;Aghiasmos;Commemoration of St. John the Baptist
12:00pm                                     Loukoumades Sunday-all proceeds benefit St. Demetrios
1:00pm-4:00pm                       HDF practice

Monday                   01/07
4:15pm-6:00pm                      Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                     Advanced Greek class

Friday                      01/11
7:00pm                                       Feather Party

Saturday                 01/12
10:00am                                     DOP meeting in the hall

Sunday                    01/13
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                       Sunday School
12:30pm                                     Greek Dance

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – December 30th 2018

Sunday after the Nativity – December 30, 2018

Saint of the Day

Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki

This Saint, who was from Thessalonica, was the daughter of pious and wealthy parents, After their death, she passed her life serving God by means of good deeds. One day, as she was on her way to church, a pagan soldier approached her and asked her to accompany him to the temple of the idols, but she refused. When he began to drag her with him, she spit in his face and confessed Christ. Filled with anger, he thrust his sword into her side and slew her, in the year 299, during the reign of Maximian.

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

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

 


 

 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 Afterfeast of the Nativity in the Fourth Mode

Ἡ γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν…
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshipped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for the Sunday after the Nativity in the Second Mode

Εὐαγγελίζου Ἰωσήφ…
O Joseph, proclaim the wonders to David, the ancestor of God. Thou hast seen a Virgin great with child; thou hast given glory with the shepherds; thou hast worshipped with the Magi; and thou hast been instructed through an Angel. Entreat Christ God to 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…
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 Galatians 1:11-19.

Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.

Gospel Reading ~The Reading is from Matthew 2:13-23

When the wise men departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt have I called my son.”

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaos reigned over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

 



Trisagion


Theodore Vasil (20 yrs)
loving son of Philip and Happy Vasil.  Survived by his parents Philip and Happy, his wife Effie, his son Nicholas Vasil, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Stella Vlahos (19 yrs) survived by her daughter Mantha Mehallis, grandson Spero (Rocio) Mehallis and great grandson Lazaro.


 

Baby Blessing

We welcome Christine & Ryan Sarrell, Brayden, Blake and Adrianna as they present Evangelia for the traditional 40 day blessing

 


 

Announcements

 

Philoptochos St. Basil/Gift Swap/Membership Party  Please join Philoptochos for their annual Holiday  Gift Swap/Membership Party on January 4, 2019 at the home of Kathy Ziegler, starting at 6:00pm.  Bring a $10 gift for “swapping”, your favorite appetizer for sharing, and a potential new member to this popular event.  Details:  Kathy Ziegler or Marion Koliniatis.

 


 

Vasilopita Sale Get ready for the holidays!  Buy your Vasilopita (New Year Bread with good luck coin) @ $10 each, Dec. 16, 23, and 30 in the Kandaras Hall.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.



Save the Date
  Back by popular demand, Philoptochos will again sponsor a FEATHER PARTY on Friday, January 11, 2019, in the Kandaras Hall.  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7pm. Tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Additional cards are available for $1 each.  Ticket proceeds go to FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA!  Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes.   For more information, call Marion Koliniatis @ 305-632-1415.



Bookstore News
Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.



Scholarship News

Cross Road Application deadline is Feb 1, 2019. Cross Road is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor and tour the city. Two sessions (6/15–25 & 7/2–12) are offered at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA and one (7/23-8/2) at North Park University, Chicago, IL. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications for financial aid and scholarships are available after the student has been accepted to the program. Consider this excellent program for your 16 -18 year old. Complete information about the program and the application process is available on the Cross Road website (www.crossroadinstitute.org)

We hope you join us on January 27, 2019 for our 3rd “Celebration of Learning” event. Look for flyers in the South Narthex and at the coffee hour for more information about the event. Your continued support and commitment allows us to maintain and grow scholarships for a variety of educational and spiritual programs.



Festival Volunteers 2019
this is the best fellowship ministry & fundraiser and you make this all possible.  Sign up now:  Admissions, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki and more!  Come see us in the narthex!


 


Philoptochos member drive
  Consider joining Philoptochos.



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                  12/30   
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Monday                   12/31
Office closed

Tuesday                 01/01      Feast of St. Basil
Office closed
10:00am                                     Divine Liturgy

Thursday                 01/03
1:00pm                                       Philoptochos meeting

Friday                      01/04
6:00pm                                       Philoptochos party at Ziegler home

Saturday                 01/05    Eve of Theophany
10:00am                                     Divine Liturgy and Aghiasmos

Sunday                    01/06    Theophany
9:00am/10:00am                     Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30am                                      Prayer;Aghiasmos;Commemoration of St. John the Baptist
12:00pm                                     Loukoumades Sunday-all proceeds benefit St. Demetrios

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – December 23rd 2018

Sunday before the Nativity – December 23, 2018

Saint of the Day

Ten Martyrs of Crete

These Saints, who were all from Crete, contested for piety’s sake during the reign of Decius, in the year 250. Theodulus, Saturninus, Euporus, Gelasius, and Eunician were from Gortynia, the capital; Zoticus was from Knossos; Agathopus, from the port city of Panormus; Basilides, from Cydonia; Evarestus and Pompey, from Heraklion. Haled before the Governor as Christians, they were subjected to torments for thirty days, being scourged, racked, dragged upon the ground through dung heaps, stoned, spit upon. They were questioned again, but their costancy roused the Governor to greater fury. After subjecting them to torments more bitter still, he had them beheaded.

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, John Clidas

 


 

 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 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 the Sunday before the Nativity in the Third 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…
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

 

Kostas Kokkoris (40 days) survived by his children Georgios, Alexandros and Christophoros.

Maria Planakis (40 days) survived by her husband Efstratios, children Andreas and Chariklia, and grandchildren.


Trisagion

 

Zacharias Haralambis (13 yrs) survived by his wife Clara, 3 sons, 1 daughter, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.

A. James Hampares (10 yrs) survived by his beloved sister Kay Hampares.

Chrysanthi, Demetrios, Panayiotis, Maria, Fotini, Eleni family of Kay Hampares.

 


 

Baby Blessing

We welcome Christine & Ryan Sarrell, Brayden, Blake and Adrianna as they present Evangelia for the traditional 40 day blessing

 



Stewardship

 

Thank you to all who have pledged their time, talent, and treasure to Saint Demetrios Church.

At this, the end of the year, please check to see if you have fulfilled your financial commitment.

If you have questions,  call Kiki at (954) 467-1515 or email kiki@stdemetrios.org

As always, thank you for your generosity!  And, don’t forget to write in the memo of your check the intention of your gift; i.e. Pledge 2018, Pledge 2019, etc.

 

 


 

 

 



Announcements

 

Flowers In loving memory of  A. James Hampares His sister, Dr. Kay Hampares, and longtime family friends, Dr. Nelly Santos and son, have donated the Altar and Solea flowers.

 


 

Thank you  Jim & Judie Pappas, John Faturos, Marion Koliniatis, Linda Stokes, Philoptochos for your donations of poinsettias.

 


 

Thank you To our major sponsor, all other donors, the cooks, bakers and decorators for making the parish family Christmas party possible.  We thank the Sunday school instructors and the children for an inspiring Christmas pageant.

 


 

 Doctors Without Borders  We thank everyone who donated to this worthy charity.  Our community raised $1,265.

 


 

Vasilopita Sale Get ready for the holidays!  Buy your Vasilopita (New Year Bread with good luck coin) @ $10 each, Dec. 16, 23, and 30 in the Kandaras Hall.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

Support the Hellenic Dance Festival Team visit their table in the hall where you will find St. Demetrios Church Christmas ornaments for $10 and “Tsarouhi” Christmas stockings for $20.

 


 

Save the Date  Back by popular demand, Philoptochos will again sponsor a FEATHER PARTY on Friday, January 11, 2019, in the Kandaras Hall.  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7pm. Tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Additional cards are available for $1 each.  Ticket proceeds go to FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA!  Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes.   For more information, call Marion Koliniatis @ 305-632-1415.

 


 

Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.

 


 

Home Care If anyone is looking for a bilingual home health aid, please call Father Andrew.

 


 

Scholarship News

Cross Road Application deadline is Feb 1, 2019Cross Road is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor and tour the city. Two sessions (6/15–25 & 7/2–12) are offered at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA and one (7/23-8/2) at North Park University, Chicago, IL. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications for financial aid and scholarships are available after the student has been accepted to the program. Consider this excellent program for your 16 -18 year old. Complete information about the program and the application process is available on the Cross Road website (www.crossroadinstitute.org)

We hope you join us on January 27, 2019 for our 3rd “Celebration of Learning” event. Look for flyers in the South Narthex and at the coffee hour for more information about the event. Your continued support and commitment allows us to maintain and grow scholarships for a variety of educational and spiritual programs.

 


 

Festival Volunteers 2019 this is the best fellowship ministry & fundraiser and you make this all possible.  Sign up now:  Admissions, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki and more!  Come see us in the narthex!

 



Philoptochos member drive
  Consider joining Philoptochos.

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                  12/23 
9:00am/10:00am                    Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Monday                   12/24     Eve of the Nativity of Christ
Office closed
6:00pm-7:30pm                        Vesperal Divine Liturgy

Tuesday                 12/25       Nativity of Jesus Christ
Office closed
9:00am/10:00am                     Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Thursday                 12/27
10:00am-1:00pm                     HDF practice in the hall

Friday                     12/28
10:00am-1:00pm                      HDF practice in the hall

Saturday                 12/29
10:00am-1:00pm                      HDF practice in the hall

Sunday                    12/30
9:00am/10:00am                     Orthros/Divine Liturgy

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – December 16th 2018

11th Sunday of Luke – December 9, 2018

Saint of the Day

The Holy Forefathers

On the Sunday that occurs on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we commemorate Christ’s forefathers according to the flesh, both those that came before the Law, and those that lived after the giving of the Law.  Special commemoration is made of the Patriarch Abraham, to whom the promise was first given, when God said to him, “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 22:18). This promise was given some two thousand years before Christ, when Abraham was seventy-five years of age. God called him and commanded him to forsake his country, parents, and kinsmen, and to depart to the land of the Canaanites. When he arrived there, God told him, “I will give this land to thy seed” (Gen. 12:7); for this cause, that land was called the “Promised Land,” which later became the country of the Hebrew people, and which is also called Palestine by the historians. There, after the passage of twenty-four years, Abraham received God’s law concerning circumcision. In the one hundredth year of his life, when Sarah was in her ninetieth year, they became the parents of Isaac. Having lived 175 years altogether, he reposed in peace, a venerable elder full of days.

 

 


 

Parish Council on Duty:

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

 


 

 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 11th Sunday of Luke in the Second Mode
Ἐν πίστει τοὺς Προπάτορας ἐδικαίωσας …

By faith didst Thou justify the Forefathers, when through them Thou didst betroth Thyself aforetime to the Church from among the nations. The Saints boast in glory that from their seed there is a glorious fruit, even she that bare Thee seedlessly. By their prayers, O Christ 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…
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 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 14:16-24
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.'”

 



Memorial

 

Vasilios Samaras (40 days) survived by his wife Parthena, daughters Eleni (Argirios) and Roza (John), grandson Vasilios, two brothers, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Peter Mouskos (3 yrs) husband of Artemisia Mouskos.


Trisagion

 

Dimitri Mouskos (2 yrs) son of Artemisia Mouskos.

Maria Mouskos Alisandratos (11 yrs) daughter of Artemisia Mouskos.
 
Nicholas Sofianos (2 yrs)
survived by his wife Krystalli, his children Panayotis and Joanna, and his grandchildren Nicholas, Demetri, Jonathon, Christina, Alexander, Krystianna and Aristotle.

Penelope Pappas (15 yrs) survived by her son Andrew Pappas and her daughter Betty.

Peter, Dorothy, George, Gus, Sophie Aunts and Uncles of Andrew Pappas
 
Bill, Norma, Arthur, Norman
Relatives of Andrew Pappas

 


 

Stewardship

 

Thank you to all who have pledged their time, talent, and treasure to Saint Demetrios Church.

At this, the end of the year, please check to see if you have fulfilled your financial commitment.

If you have questions,  call Kiki at (954) 467-1515 or email kiki@stdemetrios.org

As always, thank you for your generosity!  And, don’t forget to write in the memo of your check the intention of your gift; i.e. Pledge 2018, Pledge 2019, etc.

 

 


 

Father Andrew’s FYI

 

FROM RESENTMENT TO GRATITUDE
(An Excerpt from Henri Nouwen’s book “Spiritual Formation”)

Gratitude is more than an occasional “thanks be to God.” Gratitude is the heart of celebration.

How can we break through the chains of resentment and regret, and free ourselves from the passion that paralyzes us? Resentment has very deep roots in our human condition and is not easily cleared away. But once we confess our resentments within a safe and supportive faith community, we create space for forgiveness and freedom. When this happens, God’s liberating grace is able to make all things new.  We learn how to sing a new song and develop a new spirit of thanksgiving in which all of life can be received as a gift.

Spiritual formation is the way by which resentment can slowly be transformed into gratitude. Through the spiritual practice of letting go of jealousy and bitterness and forgiving and affirming others, we can make rivals into friends and competitors into companions on the way to true greatness. Servanthood might sound like a pious idea, but it really asks for the humble recognition that out life is not our own to be defended, but a gift to be shared.  All we have has been given to us. Our part is to be grateful and to give thanks…

The movement to gratitude involved the discovery that God is the God of history and that things are quietly and slowly unfolding as they should. My spiritual task is to learn to listen to all that is going on and trust that God’s hand is guiding me. Then, life is no longer a series of interruptions to my schedule and plans, but rather the patient and purposeful way by which God forms and leads me day by day. Gratitude makes the interruption into an invitation, and the occasion of complaint into a moment for contemplation.

To be healed of resentment and move into gratitude requires me to dance – to believe again, even amid my pain, that God will orchestrate and guide my life.  The mystery of the dance is that its movements are discovered in taking the steps one by one: some slow, some quick; some smoother, some not. If all steps on the journey are movements of grace, we can be grateful for every moment we have lived, knowing that all is grace.

Gratitude at its deepest level embraces all of life with thanksgiving: the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not so holy.  Jesus calls us to recognize that gladness and sadness are never separate, and that mourning and dancing are part of the same movement.  That is why Jesus calls us to be grateful for every moment that we have lived and to claim our unique journey as God’s way to mold our hearts to greater conformity with God’s own.

Gratitude isn’t a simple emotion or an obvious attitude. It is a difficult discipline in which I constantly reclaim my whole past as the concrete way God has led me to this moment and is sending me into the future.  It is hard precisely because it challenges me to face my painful moments – experiences of rejection and abandonment, feelings of loss and failure – and gradually to discover in them the pruning hands of God, purifying my heart for deeper love, strong hope, and broader faith.

I am gradually learning that the call to gratitude asks us to say, “Everything is grace.” Whether there is suffering or joy, I can say, “Yes, I want to live this, and I want to discover in this more fully the gift of life.” When our gratitude for the past is only partial, our hope for a new future can never be full.  As long as we remain resentful about things that we wish had turned out differently, about mistakes we wish we had not made, part of our heart remains isolated, unable to bear fruit in the new life ahead of us,. In a converted heart, all our past can be gathered up in gratitude, be remembered with joy, and become the source of energy that moves us toward the future.

Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now, receive it with gratitude, and see it in the light of a loving God who guides us day by day.

 



Announcements

 

Thank you The Daughters of Penelope would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for everyone’s generous support of their Toys for Tots collection.

 



Agape Christmas Party and Luncheon Tuesday, December 18 @ 11:00am fun and fellowship at only  $8.00 per person.

 



Vasilopita Sale
Get ready for the holidays!  Buy your Vasilopita (New Year Bread with good luck coin) @ $10 each, Dec. 16, 23, and 30 in the Kandaras Hall.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 



Support the Hellenic Dance Festival Team 
visit their table in the hall where you will find St. Demetrios Church Christmas ornaments for $10 and “Tsarouhi” Christmas stockings for $20.

 


 

Save the Date  Back by popular demand, Philoptochos will again sponsor a FEATHER PARTY on Friday, January 11, 2019, in the Kandaras Hall.  Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7pm. Tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards.  Additional cards are available for $1 each.  Ticket proceeds go to FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA!  Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes.   For more information, call Marion Koliniatis @ 305-632-1415.

 


 

Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.

 



Home Care
If anyone is looking for a bilingual home health aid, please call Father Andrew.

 



Philoptochos member drive
  Consider joining Philoptochos.

 



Calendar of Events for the Week

 

Sunday                  12/16
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am                                  Sunday School
12:30pm                                 Greek dance

Monday                12/17
4:15pm-6:00pm                    Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm                   Advanced Greek class

Tuesday           12/18      
11:00am                                  Agape Seniors Christmas Party & Luncheon

Sunday                   12/16
9:00am/10:00am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy