Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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The Church was strengthened into one faith through the preaching of the Apostles and the doctrines of the Fathers. The Church is robed in truth woven of the word of God from above. It teaches truth, and glorifies the great mystery of faith.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Liturgical – Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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Apolytikion Ήχος Πλ. B – 6th

Άγγελικαί δυνάμεις…
Eternal with the Father and the Spirit is the Word, Who of a Virgin was begotten for our salvation. As the faithful we both praise and worship Him, for in the flesh, did He consent to ascend unto the Cross, and death did He endure and He raised unto life the dead through His all glorious resurrection.

Apolytikion of the Ascension

Άνεληφθης έν δόξη…
O Christ our God, You ascended in Glory and gladdened Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Your blessing assured them that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

Apolytikion for the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Ύπερδεδξασμενος εΐ…
You are greatly glorified, O Christ our God, who established our Fathers as luminaries upon the earth, and through them led us all to the true Faith. O most compassionate, glory to You.

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

Τήν ϋπέρ ήμών πληρώσας…
O Christ our God, upon fulfilling Your dispensation for our sake, You ascended in Glory, uniting the earthy with the heavenly. You were never separate but remained inseparate, and cried out to those who love You, “I am with You and no one is against You.”

 

Memorials

Theodore Gatos (40 days) survived by his children Nicolas, Dimitrios, Katia and Toula

Jordan Danny Joannides (12 yrs) survived by parents  Joakim and Marigo, sister Joanna and nephew Constantinos

Trisagia

Evangelos Vasilopoulos (14yrs) survived by his wife Beatrice, 4 children , 6 grandchildren,   sisters and brothers.

Aris Paxinos (2 mths) longtime parishioner of St. Demetrios

 

Saturday of the Souls

The Orthodox Church remembers the departed in the prayers of every Divine Liturgy. In addition, the Memorial Service is always offered for all the faithful departed on four “Saturday of Souls”. These are: the two Saturdays preceding Great Lent; the first Saturday of Great Lent; and the Saturday before Pentecost. When the memorial service is offered, it is customary for the family of the deceased to bring a dish of boiled wheat to the Church. The boiled wheat is placed on a table in the center of the nave during the Service. The wheat known as kolyva , is a symbol of the Resurrection. When speaking of the Resurrection, our Lord said; “Unless the grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)

Epistle Reading

Acts of the Apostles 20:16-18, 28-36

IN THOSE DAYS, Paul had decided to sail past Ephesos, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost. And from Miletos he sent to Ephesos and called to him the elders of the church. And when they came to him, he said to them: “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God which he obtained with the blood of his own Son. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities, and to those who were with me. In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.'” And when he had spoken thus, he knelt down and prayed with them all.

Gospel Reading

John 17:1-13
Fathers of the 1st Council

At that time, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him power over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work which you gave me to do; and now, Father, you glorify me in your own presence with the glory which I had with you before the world was made

“I have manifested your name to the men whom you gave me out of the world; yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you; for I have given them the words which you gave me, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them; I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are mine; all mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And now I am no more in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me; I have guarded them, and none of them is lost but the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”

Announcements – Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

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Happy Father’s Day!!

A blessed Father’s day to all fathers, grandfathers and godfathers and of course to our Father Chris and Father John.

And to those who have reposed, may their memories be eternal!

PAREA Meeting

All are welcome to join our PAREA meeting lunch. The meeting will take place on June 23rd after Divine Liturgy. Specific time and place to follow. We will be discussing the next years events. Please make every attempt to join us as your input is crucial to the function of the group.

Sunday School CleanUp!

A day of fellowship, love and creative thoughts!!

For all those who wish to participate in our Sunday School Program please come this Saturday, June 15th.  We’ll meet from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm upstairs in the school class rooms. Paula Kirifides will be providing lunch.  Time will be spent between cleaning and assessing our needs for next year.  Also this will be a good time to let Paula know what books and supplementary materials you will need.  We will also discuss teaching assignments for next year, and some ideas for special workshops like incense making, prayer rope making, introducing the students to the iconographer, etc.  Your input is vital.

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday at 10:30 am.

In Christ,

Fr. John

Presidents Message

We wanted to share with you the remarks of John Ioannou Jr., our New Parish Council President, as stated during our General Assembly on Sunday, June 2nd.

President Remarks

My remarks are about gratitude.

I have been on the Parish Council now for 9 years and during that time I have met many amazing people who have given to the Church on countless occasions and in countless ways of their time, talent, and treasure, not to gain recognition for themselves, but for the simple love of the Church, the faith and of our community – and to those people, many of whom are here today, I say thank you.

Not that you need it or even want it, but as a small way to show you that the Church appreciates all you have done, all you are currently doing, and all that you will do in the future.

Regarding the future, we have a lot of exciting things coming up such as the Church renovation project which includes the new Icons, Narthax and Altar; hall renovation project which includes the kitchen, small hall, bar, and eventually the large hall; and purchase of the property to the south of the Church.

We also have some not so exciting things coming up such as needed repairs to the Church roof and dome, and upgrading our landscaping.

But regardless of the exciting things or not so exciting things coming up, one thing I know that I will be able to count on as President is the love and support of the St. Demetrios family, and that is what I am most grateful for. So for that I say thank you as well. And I will end with a quote about gratitude.

“Let us be grateful for each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
And for everything God sends.”

John Ioannou, Jr., Esq.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of the Blind Man

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I come to You, O Christ, as the man blind from birth. With the eyes of my soul blinded, I cry out to You in repentance, “You are the resplendent Light of those in darkness.”

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on Duty:

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Michael Haralambis, Medon Michaelides, Delcho Ogorelkoff, Eleni Varvoutis

Liturgical – Sunday of the Blind Man

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Apolytikion Ήχος Πλ. A – 5th

Τόν συνάναρχον λόγον…
Eternal with the Father and the Spirit is the Word, Who of a Virgin was begotten for our salvation. As the faithful we both praise and worship Him, for in the flesh, did He consent to ascend unto the Cross, and death did He endure and He raised unto life the dead through His all glorious resurrection.

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

Ει καί εν τάφω…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and rose the victor, Christ God. To the myrrh-bearing women, saying “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You are He Who raises up the fallen.

 

Trisagia

Faye Tsevdos (9 days) survived by her lowing children James Tsevdos and Cynthia Lamb and 4 grandchildren.

Ernest Constantine (3mths) survived by his sister Kalliope Hanlon

Kathryn Solos (6mths) survived by Stephen and Emily Solos, and granddaughter Nicole.

Simeon Ogorelkoff (14yrs) survived by his wife Eftihia, his three children Maria, Argie and Delcho (Helen) and grandchildren.

Epistle Reading

Acts of the Apostles 16:16-34

IN THOSE DAYS, as we apostles were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by soothsaying. She followed Paul and us, crying, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul was annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I charge you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the rulers; and when they had brought them to the magistrates they said, “These men are Jews and they are disturbing our city. They advocate customs which it is not lawful for us Romans to accept or practice.” The crowd joined in attacking them; and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and every one’s fetters were unfastened. When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out and said, “Men, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their wounds, and he was baptized at once, with all his family. Then he brought them up into his house, and set food before them; and he rejoiced with all his household that he had believed in God.

Gospel Reading

John9:1-38
Sunday of the Blind Man

At that time, as Jesus passed by, he saw a man blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be made manifest in him. We must work the works of him who sent me, while it is day; night comes, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” As he said this, he spat on the ground and made clay of the spittle and anointed the man’s eyes with the clay, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar, said, “Is not this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said, “It is he”; others said, “No, but he is like him.” He said, “I am the man.” They said to him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” He answered, “The man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went and washed and received my sight.” They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”

They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. The Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put clay on my eyes and I washed, and I see.” Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” There was a division among them. So they again said to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight, until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight, and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; but how he now sees we do not know, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age, he will speak for himself.” His parents said this because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had already agreed that if anyone should confess him to be Christ he was to be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age, ask him.”

So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and said to him, “Give God the praise; we know that this man is a sinner.” He answered, “Whether he is a sinner, I do not know; one thing I know, that though I was blind, now I see.” They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” He answered them, “I have told you already and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you too want to become his disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” The man answered, “Why, this is a marvel! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born in utter sin, and would you teach us?” And they cast him out.

Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him he said, “Do you believe in the Son of man?” He answered, “And who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who speaks to you.” He said, “Lord, I believe”: and he worshiped him.

Announcements – Sunday of the Blind Man

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Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta

“On the authority vested in the Bishops by the Holy Apostle of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Special Regulations and the Uniform Parish Regulations of our Holy Archdiocese, I hereby appoint Rev. Fr. Spiro Bobotas, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Miami, to serve as Vicar of the southern part of the Eastern Florida Conference.” His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios of Atlanta.

ΠΑΝΤΑ ΑΞΙΟΣ!!!

Now Accepting Applications!!

The Education, Youth and Cultural Committee is now accepting applications for the various ministries for the 2013-2014 calendar year. Please consider sharing your talents with our church family. Fr. Chris, Fr. John and the Committee are looking forward to another year of vibrant programs for our Parishioners.

You can pick up a Volunteer Application form in the south Narthex or visit our new website and download the application.

President’s Message

We would like to share with you the remarks of John Ioannou Jr., our New Parish Council President, as stated during our General Assembly on Sunday. View the message here.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

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The Samaritan Woman, having come to the well in faith, beheld You, the Water of Wisdom from which she drank plentifully and inherited the Heavenly Kingdom as one who is blessed forever.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler