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Weekly Sunday Bulletin-February 7, 2016

Parthenius_Bishop of Lampsacus16th Sunday of Matthew

Parthenius, Bishop of Lampsacus

Saint Parthenius was born in Melitopolis on the Hellespont, the son of a deacon named Christopher. Because of the miracles that he wrought even as a young man, he was ordained a priest and then Bishop of Lampsacus in the days of Saint Constantine the Great, from whom he received great gifts and authority both to overturn the altars of the idols and to raise up a church to the glory of Christ. Working many miracles throughout his life, he reposed in peace an old man and full of days.

 

Parish Council on duty:

John Argiropoulos, Basil Economou, John Ioannou, Jr., Marion Koliniatis, Tony Maiorana,

Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-January 24

                            Mother Mother Xenia of RomeXenia of Rome

Our righteous Mother Xenia of Rome was of a distinguished family. While her parents were preparing to wed her, she stole away secretly, taking two handmaids with her, and departed for Mylasa of Karia in Asia Minor, and there she completed her life in asceticism. She was ordained deaconess by Paul, her spiritual father, who became Bishop of Mylasa. Although she was originally named Eusebia, to conceal her identity , she took the name Xenia – which means “stranger” in Greek – because of her estrangement from her country.

 

 

 

 

Parish Council on duty:

 John Argiropoulos, John Ioannou, Jr., Tony Maiorana, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-January 17

St AnthonyJanuary 17th – Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony, the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251 of pious parents who departed this life while he was young. On hearing the words of the Gospel: “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor” (Matt. 19:21), he put it into action. Distributing to the poor all he had, and fleeing from all the turmoil of the world, he departed to the desert. The manifold temptations he endured continually for the span of twenty years are incredible. His ascetic struggles by day and by night, whereby he mortified the uprisings of the passions and attained to the height of dispassion, surpass the bounds of nature; and the report of his deeds of virtue drew such a multitude to follow him that the desert was transformed into a city, while he became, so to speak, the governor, lawgiver, and master-trainer of all the citizens of this newly-formed city.

The cities of the world also enjoyed the fruit of his virtue. When the Christians were being persecuted and put to death under Maximinus in 312, he hastened to their aid and consolation.

When the Church was troubled by the Arians, he went to Alexandria in 335 and struggled against them in behalf of Orthodoxy. During this time, by the grace of his words, he also turned many unbelievers to Christ.

Saint Anthony began his ascetic life outside his village of Coma in Upper Egypt, studying the ways of the ascetics and holy men there, and perfecting himself in the virtues of each until he surpassed them all. Desiring to increase his labors, he departed into the desert, and finding an abandoned fortress in the mountain, he made his dwelling in it, training himself in extreme fasting, unceasing prayer, and fierce conflicts with the demons. Here he remained, as mentioned above, about twenty years. Saint Athanasius the Great, who knew him personally and wrote his life, says that he came forth from that fortress “initiated in the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God.” Afterwards, because of the press of the faithful, who deprived him of his solitude, he was enlightened by God to journey with certain Bedouins, until he came to a mountain in the desert near the Red Sea, where he passed the remaining part of his life.

Saint Athanasius says of him that “his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. This gift also he had from the Saviour. For if he were present in a great company of monks, and any one who did not know him previously wished to see him, immediately coming forward he passed by the rest, and hurried to Anthony, as though attracted by his appearance. Yet neither in height nor breadth was he conspicuous above others, but in the serenity of his manner and the purity of his soul.” So Passing his life, and becoming an example of virtue and a rule for monastics, he reposed on January 17 in the year 356, having lived altogether some 105 years.

 

Parish Council on Duty:              

Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis, Harry Tangalakis

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 10 – Sunday after Theophany

Parish Council on duty:

 John Argiropoulos, John Ioannou, Jr., Tony Maiorana, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

 

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον…

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

 

Apolytikion 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…

The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught the boasts of Lyaios, imparting courage to Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may 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.

But 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 fulness of Christ;

 

Gospel Reading

 

Sunday after Epiphany

The Reading is from Matthew 4:12-17

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

 

Memorials

 

Kostas Giannomoros (5yrs) survived by his wife Panayiota and son Panayiotis

 Alexandros Argiropoulos (8yrs) survived by parents John & Monica and siblings Daniella, Kirk & Monique

 

In memory of their beloved son Alexandros, John and Monica Argiropoulos have donated the flowers on the Altar and have sponsored the coffee hour

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – January 3 – Sunday before Theophany

Epiphany, or Theophany

TheophanyTheophany, after Easter and Pentecost is the greatest feast of the Orthodox church. It is even greater than the feast of the Nativity of Christ. It commemorates the baptism of our Lord by John in the waters of the Jordan and now more generally, the public manifestation of the incarnate Word to the world.

St. Proclus, the Patriarch of Constantinople puts into the mouth of St. John the Baptist, the following words expressing the faith of holy church in the divinity of Christ: “How dare I stretch forth my hand and place it on the heads of Him who sustains all things? How dare I touch Him before whom the choirs of angels tremble? How dare I approach Him whom the Seraphim dare not come near? Hence with awe they cry: holy, holy, holy, holy,. Truly heaven is filled with your glory and the earth with your wonders: How dare I approach the Unapproachable One before whom tremble the Cherubim and all the heavenly hosts? How dare I baptize the creator of nature? How dare I baptize him to whom the Pure Virgin Mary gave birth and after giving birth remained a virgin? I can only say; You O Lord, are the master…”

Daily Vitamins for Spiritual Growth by Anthony M. Coniaris

Parish Council on duty:

Manny Daskos, Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis, Harry Tangalakis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin-December 27-Sunday after the Nativity

Stephen_Archdeacon and First MartyrDecember 27- Stephen the Archdeacon & First Martyr

Saint Stephen was a Jew, and, as some say, a disciple of Gamaliel, the teacher of the Law mentioned in Acts 5:34 and 22:3. He was the first of the seven deacons whom the Apostles established in Jerusalem to care for the poor, and to distribute alms to them. Being a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, he performed great signs and wonders. While disputing with the Jews concerning Jesus, and refuting their every contradiction, he was slandered as a blasphemer and was dragged off to the Sanhedrin of the elders. There with boldness he proved from the divine Scriptures the coming of the Just One (Jesus), of Whom they had become the betrayers and murderers, and he reproved their faithless and hardheartedness. And finally, gazing into Heaven and beholding the divine glory, he said: “Lo, I see the Heavens opened and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.” But when they heard this, they stopped up their ears, and with anger cast him out of the city and stoned him, while he was calling out and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then, imitating the long-suffering of the Master, he bent his knees and prayed in a loud voice for them that were stoning him, and he said, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge,” And saying this, he fell asleep (Acts 6, 7), thus becoming the first among the Martyrs of the Church of Christ.

Parish Council on duty:

 John Argiropoulos, John Ioannou, Jr., Tony Maiorana, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin- December 20- Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch

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December 20 ~ Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch

Saint Ignatius was a disciple of Saint John the Theologian, and a successor of the Apostles, and he became the second Bishop of Antioch, after Evodus. He wrote many epistles to the faithful, strengthening them in their confession, and preserving for us the teachings of the holy Apostles. Brought to Rome under Trajan, he was surrendered to lions to be eaten, and so finished the course of martyrdom about the year 107. The remnants of his bones were carefully gathered by the faithful and brought to Antioch. He is called God-bearer, as one who bare God within himself and was aflame in heart with love for Him. Therefore, in his Epistle to the Romans (ch. 4), imploring their love not to attempt to deliver him from his longed-for martyrdom, he said, “I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found to be the pure bread of God.”

 

Parish Council on Duty:          

     Manny Daskos, Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis

 

 

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 Forefeast of the Nativity in the First Mode

Ἑτοιμάζου Βηθλεέμ, ἤνοικται πᾶσιν ἡ Ἐδέμ…

O Bethlehem, rejoice; Ephratha, make thou ready; * for in her womb the Ewe-lamb doth bear the Great Shepherd, * and lo, she now urgently maketh haste to give birth to Him. * On beholding Him, the righteous God-bearing Fathers * all rejoice, and with the shepherds sing hymns in praise of * the Virgin that nursed a child.

Apolytikion for Sunday before Nativity in the Second Mode

Μεγάλα τὰ τῆς πίστεως κατορθώματα…

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

Apolytikion for Ignatius the God-Bearer in the Fourth Mode

Καί τρόπων μέτοχος …

As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.

 Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode

Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις…

The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught the boasts of Lyaios, imparting courage to Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may 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 Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

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

 

Memorials and Trisagia

Trisagia

 Presv. Mary Pallas (6 months) survived by her daughter Stacy (Michael) Homatas, son Tom Pallas and granddaughter Naomi

 Mary Levendos (2 years) survived by her many, many friends.

Nicholas Cassas (3 years) survived by son Andy, daughters Maryann (Bill) Ley and Stephanie (Doug) Swank and 8 grandchildren.

 

Memorial

 Zaharias Haralambis (10 years) survived by his wife Clara, sons Michael (Irene), Nikola (Joann), John (Erin), daughter Maria (Rocky) Conway and 11 grandchildren.

Flowers

The flowers on the Altar have been donated in loving memory of Zaharias Haralambis

 

 

Announcements

  • Stewardship

The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Stewardship Program is based on the ideal that Stewardship Pledges are able to cover the Budgeted Operating Costs of our Church. In that regard the Parish Council proposed a plan which accomplished that objective. The General Assembly of St. Demetrios Church on November 22, 2015 unanimously voted to approve this new Stewardship Program effective January 1st 2016. Thank you to all who unanimously voted to approve these measures.  By now, all of our generous year 2015 stewards should have received a very important letter regarding the new program. We ask that you carefully review the information and promptly respond. If you have any questions, please call (954) 467-1515.

  • AHEPA will be hosting a pizza luncheon Sunday, December 20 to benefit the Ahepa 394 Scholarship fund. Donation $5.00
  • A Devoted Heart

Precious friends of “A Devoted Heart” , we will be meeting to study on Dec.20th   We will be continuing our biblically based, scripturally solid study of the dual nature of Jesus Christ.

  • New Bookstore Items

2016 Wall Calendars featuring American Saints ~  Thirty Steps to Heaven- The Ladder of Divine Assent for All Walks of Life

In The Eyes of Your Creator- Truly Valuing Yourself and Others ~ Becoming a Healing Presence

  • Christmas Poinsettias

Help celebrate the Christmas season!  Make a donation to adorn the sanctuary with Poinsettias.   In the memo line of your check note : ”poinsettias” . Thank you for your generosity!

  • Thank you

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

  • FESTIVAL Volunteers 2016…BEST FESTIVAL EVER!!!

Thursday, February 11th through Sunday, February 14th  Pick your spots now.     Join any of the many talented teams that make our festival ONE OF THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES & FUNDRAISERS OFFERED.

We have a spot for everyone:  Ad Book Sales, Admissions, Appetizers/Mezedes, Pre-Festival Baking, 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, Taverna,  Volunteer Processing and more!

Come see us in the narthex today!

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at St. Demetrios

New Year’s eve Parisian Style ~Thursday, December 31, 2015~ Cocktails at 8:00pm; Dinner at 8:30pm

Catered by Culinary Republic

Music by Sasha

Adults:  $65.00; 12 & Under $25.00; Cash Bar

For Reservations:  Contact Chris Kapakos@ 954-709-9651 or via email @ CKapakos@comcast.net or Purchase your tickets in the Community Center every Sunday after Liturgy through Dec. 27, 2015

Sponsored & Hosted by AHEPA #394~ Proceeds to benefit St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

  • Save the Date ~Feast of the Epiphany ~ Pan Orthodox Celebration ~Saturday, January 9, 2016

At Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach

Orthros 9:00am, Archieratical Divine Liturgy 10:00am, Procession, Blessing of the Waters and Diving for the Cross 12:00 Noon

Followed by a Luncheon:  Lamb Shank over Rice, Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee

Adults $25, Children $10 (12 years and under)

  • Save the date ~Daughters of Penelope Wine Tasting & food pairing Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00pm. More details to follow.

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin 11th Sunday of Luke

St. Herman of Alaska   December 13 ~ Herman the Wonderworker of Alaska & First Saint of America

Saint Herman (his name is a variant of Germanus) was born near Moscow in 1756. In his youth he became a monk, first at the Saint Sergius Hermitage near Saint Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland; while he dwelt there, the most holy Mother of God appeared to him, healing him of a grave malady. Afterwards he entered Valaam Monastery on Valiant Island in Lake Ladoga; he often withdrew into the wilderness to pray for days at a time. In 1794, answering a call for missionaries to preach the Gospel to the Aleuts, he came to the New World with the first Orthodox mission to Alaska. He settled on Spruce Island, which he called New Valaam, and here he persevered, even in the face of many grievous afflictions mostly at the hands of his own countrymen in the loving service of God and of his neighbour. Besides his many toils for the sake of the Aleuts, he subdued his flesh with great asceticism, wearing chains, sleeping little, fasting and praying much. He brought many people to Christ by the example of his life, his teaching, and his kindness and sanctity, and was granted the grace of working miracles and of prophetic insight. Since he was not a priest, Angels descended at Theophany to bless the waters in the bay; Saint Herman used this holy water to heal the sick. Because of his unwearying missionary labours, which were crowned by God with the salvation of countless souls, he is called the Enlightener of the Aleuts, and has likewise been renowned as a wonderworker since his repose in 1837.

 

We welcome Rev. Dr. Jim Katinas, our new parish priest, who for the first time celebrates, with us, the Divine Liturgy

 

Parish Council on duty:

John Argiropoulos, John Ioannou, Jr.,Tony Maiorana, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

 

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 11th Sun. 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…

The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught the boasts of Lyaios, imparting courage to Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may 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

11th Sunday of Luke
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

Malama Clidas (40 days) survived by children Michael, John and Mary and 6 grandchildren.

 

Trisagia

Savas Kalaitzidis (2 years) survived by sister Alexandra Papadimitriou, 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.

Vasiliki (5 years) and Constandinos (5 years) Marchelos survived by children Adrianne, Spiro and Louis, grandchildren Irene, Vasiliki Victoria, Marionna and Stephanie and 4 great-grandchildren.

 

Flowers

Today’s flowers on the altar have been donated in loving memory of Malama Clidas

Welcome Fr. Jim and Presvytera Cori!

 Biographical Sketch of the Rev. Dr. James “Jim” Katinas

Fr. Jim Katinas comes to us from Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline Massachusetts where he served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for four and a half years.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University, a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, a Master of Arts in Psychology and Religion from Andover Newton Theological School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Fr. Jim also has five years of experience in the financial services industry where he worked as an Investment Advisor for AG Edwards and Fidelity Investments.

Fr. Jim was ordained in 1992 and has served Greek Orthodox parishes in Houston, Texas, Knoxville, Tennessee, Newport, New Hampshire and Kansas City, Missouri. Fr. Jim received the offikion of Protopresbyter from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America in October 2010.

Fr. Jim and his wife Presvytera Corinna (“Cori”) have three children (who are all in college) Catherine, Nicholas and Maria.

Announcements

 

  • Sunday School Christmas Pageant

Today after the Divine Liturgy

  • Parish Council Elections

Today, the members of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church are invited to participate in the election of five “5” Parish Council members who will serve for the 3-year term 2016, 2017, 2018.  Voting will begin immediately following Church services and will end at 1:30pm. According to the Uniform Parish Regulations and by-laws, in order to participate in voting a member must be in good standing. Members in good standing are those who have paid their Stewardship Pledge, through December, for 2015. A member who is in arrears in his Stewardship Pledge may take part in the election by paying such arrears. New members may exercise the right to vote if they have been members for at least 3 months.  Your participation in this election will be appreciated.

  • Stewardship

The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Stewardship Program is based on the ideal that Stewardship Pledges are able to cover the Budgeted Operating Costs of our Church. In that regard the Parish Council proposed a plan which accomplished that objective. The General Assembly of St. Demetrios Church on November 22, 2015 unanimously voted to approve this new Stewardship Program effective January 1st 2016. Thank you to all who unanimously voted to approve these measures.  By now, all of our generous year 2015 stewards should have received a very important letter regarding the new program. We ask that you carefully review the information and promptly respond. If you have any questions, please call (954) 467-1515.

  • The Cancer Chapter invites you to join us in the war against cancer by participating in today’s fundraising event ”Cancer Fighting Sunday”.

 The event includes a bake sale with delicious homemade items, a Christmas Boutiques where you can purchase lovely holiday items and delicious pita & salad lunch. Please join us for any or all of these events. You can also purchase raffle tickets for a beautiful Holiday Gift basket. Your contributions will go toward funding important research in the fight against cancer at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

  • Christmas Poinsettias

Help celebrate the Christmas season!  Make a donation to adorn the sanctuary with Poinsettias.   In the memo line of your check note : ”poinsettias” . Thank you for your generosity!

 

  • FESTIVAL Volunteers 2016…BEST FESTIVAL EVER!!!

Thursday, February 11th through Sunday, February 14th  Pick your spots now.     Join any of the many talented teams that make our festival ONE OF THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES & FUNDRAISERS OFFERED.

We have a spot for everyone:  Ad Book Sales, Admissions, Appetizers/Mezedes, Pre-Festival Baking, 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, Taverna,  Volunteer Processing and more!

Come see us in the narthex today!

 

  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve at St. Demetrios

New Year’s eve Parisian Style ~Thursday, December 31, 2015~ Cocktails at 8:00pm; Dinner at 8:30pm

Catered by Culinary Republic

Music by Sasha

Adults:  $65.00; 12 & Under $25.00; Cash Bar

For Reservations:  Contact Chris Kapakos@ 954-709-9651 or via email @ CKapakos@comcast.net or Purchase your tickets in the Community Center every Sunday after Liturgy through Dec. 27, 2015

Sponsored & Hosted by AHEPA #394~ Proceeds to benefit St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

 

  • Save the Date ~Feast of the Epiphany ~ Pan Orthodox Celebration ~Saturday, January 9, 2016

At Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach

Orthros 9:00am, Archieratical Divine Liturgy 10:00am, Procession, Blessing of the Waters and Diving for the Cross 12:00 Noon

Followed by a Luncheon:  Lamb Shank over Rice, Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee

Adults $25, Children $10 (12 years and under)

 

  • Save the date ~Daughters of Penelope Wine Tasting & food pairingSaturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00pm. More details to follow.

 

  • A Devoted Heart

Precious friends of “A Devoted Heart” , for the month of December we will be meeting to study on Dec.20th   We will be continuing our biblically based, scripturally solid study of the dual nature of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Palm Sunday

Palm SundayApril 5, 2015

The Saviour has come today to the city of Jerusalem, to fulfill the Scriptures; and all have taken palms into their hands and spread their garments before Him, knowing that He is our God, to whom the cherubim sing without ceasing;     Hosanna in the highest. Blessed are You who shows great compassion: have mercy upon us.

Saturday Vespers Palm Sunday

All Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr. , Demetri Rapanos, John Argiropoulos, Anna Merkel, Kathy Ziegler,  Andreas Ioannou, Mark Zaden, George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Mihali Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, Marion Koliniatis