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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – St. Ignatius of Antioch

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

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Liturgical – St. Ignatius of Antioch

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Apolytikion V Γ-3

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

Apolytikion for the Holy Fathers of Christ

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

Apolytikion for St. Demetrios

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

Kontakion

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

 

Memorial

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

Trisagion

Ilias and Augustina parents of Ileana
Demetrios Gianopoulos and Kathryn Solos

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

Nick Cassas–2pm

 

Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11

BRETHREN, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading

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

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

Announcements – St. Ignatius of Antioch

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Annual Christmas Pageant

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

Philoptochos

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

Holy Confession

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

Attention Choir Members

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

The Cancer Chapter

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

2013 Grand Raffle

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

Volunteer Photographers

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

Choir

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

Festival News

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

O C N Cruise– February 16-23, 2013

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

Iconography Project

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

A Journey of Faith May 22-May 31, 2013

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

Youth Stewardship Program

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