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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Holy Pentecost

Holy PentecostMay 31, 2015

Farewell

Today, we say farewell to our Spiritual Father of twenty–five years

Very Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos

On behalf of the Parish Council, Office staff and the entire St. Demetrios community, we wish Father Christopher all the best in his new endeavor as President of Hellenic College Holy Cross. He has been our spiritual father for over 25 years and will be missed greatly.
May God bless you and keep you always.

Your family at St. Demetrios

Parish Council on duty:

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

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Holy Pentecost

Holy PentecostJune 8, 2014

When the Most High came down and confounded tongues of men (Babel), He divided the Nations. When He dispensed the Tongues of Fire, He called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the Most Holy Spirit.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on Duty

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, James Carras, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Haralambis,Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Holy Pentecost

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When the Most High came down and confounded tongues of men (Babel), He divided the Nations. When He dispensed the Tongues of Fire, He called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the Most Holy Spirit.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on Duty:

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

Liturgical – Holy Pentecost

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Apolytikon of Holy Pentecost

Εύλογητός εΐ Χριστέ ό Θεός ήμών…
Blessed are You, O Christ our God, who made fisherman all-wise, sending upon them the Holy  Spirit. And, through them, netting the world. O Loving One, glory to You.

Kontakion

 Ότε καταβάς, τάς γλώσσας συνέχεε…
When the Most High came down and confounded tongues of men at Babel, He divided the Nations. When He dispensed the Tongues of Fire, He called all to unity, and with one voice we glorify the Most Holy Spirit.

Feast of Pentecost

Today we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which happened and is always celebrated 50 days after the Resurrection of our Lord. At Pentecost, the disciples received the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire, fulfilling the promise that Christ had given them while He was still with them. This spirit was the Comforter who would lead them into the fullness of the Truth concerning God and would be for them their final preparatory gift from God for their ministry. As Orthodox Christians we each receive the seal of the Holy Spirit when we are chrismated into the Faith. This is our personal Pentecost. This feast reminds us of our apostolic calling as baptized and chrismated members of the Church—to spread the Gospel in word and deed wherever we happen to find ourselves in the world.

Because the main passage from the New Testament for this feast is from the Acts of the Apostles and is read as the Epistle during the Divine Liturgy, the Gospel reading quoted above, spoken during Jesus’ public ministry while the Jews were celebrating the feast of the Tabernacles, serves as a commentary on the Epistle. After summoning those who would follow Him and promising them the coming of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ’s divinity is in question as several voices debate the issue. It is probably safe to assume that the majority in the crowd that day were seeking the Messiah and a prophet to lead them out of Roman oppression. However, Jesus Christ’s role was not one of political freedom fighter. He is God incarnate and brings freedom to liberate humanity from sin, the devil, and death. We are called to witness our faith in Christ as Lord in the midst of a world that may strongly disagree and persecute us for our convictions. Yet those who choose to know the Light will be brought to Him through our living the light of the Gospel and will find in our heartfelt words the living water of the Spirit.

Epistle Reading

Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11

WHEN THE DAY of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. And they were amazed and wondered, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontos and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.”

Gospel Reading

John 7:37-52; 8:12
Pentecost – Trinity Sunday

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink. He who believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.'” Now this he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some of the people said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Is the Christ to come from Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ is descended from David, and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” So there was a division among the people over him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. The officers then went back to the chief priest and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why did you not bring him?” The officers answered, “No man ever spoke like this man!” The Pharisees answered them, “Are you led astray, you also? Have any of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, who do not know the law, are accursed.” Nikodemos, who had gone to him before, and who was one of them, said to them, “Does our law judge a man without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?” They replied, “Are you from Galilee too? Search and you will see that no prophet is to rise from Galilee.” Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Announcements – Holy Pentecost

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Archangel Michael Award Winners

We are very proud to announce this year’s Archangel Michael award recipients. Congratulations to Lora Fossler as the adult recipient and Lana Metropulos as the junior recipient. A well deserved award to two very hard working ladies. For more information view the announcement.

Loving Stitches

The wonderful women of the Loving Stitches are having their meeting on Tuesday, June 25 at 11:30am. They will continue knitting, crocheting and getting together through the summer months.

PAREA Meeting

All are welcome to join our PAREA Lunch Get Together! 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.