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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – St. Mary of Egypt

St. Mary of EgyptMarch 29, 2015

O Christ, the power of your Cross has worked wonders for Mary of Egypt; she had been a harlot and has now become an example and ideal of ascetic life. Casting off the weakness of nature, she has bravely fought Satan. Now, as a saint in heaven, she has obtained the prize of victory and intercedes for our souls. Amen.

Parish Council on Duty
George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Mihali Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, Marion Koliniatis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – St. Gregory Palamas

St. Gregory PalamasMarch 8, 2015

The season of the virtues now has come, and the Judge is at the door. Let us not hold back with darkened face, but let us keep the Fast, offering tears, contrition and almsgiving; and let us cry: our sins are more in number than the sand of the sea; but, Deliverer of all, forgive each one of us, that we may receive an incorruptible crown.

Orthros– Second Sunday of Lent

Parish Council on duty:

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

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Apostle Matthew

Apostle MatthewNovember 16, 2014

When thou didst cast away the publican’s balance and wast united to the yoke of uprightness, then didst thou prove a merchant of great excellence, one that gathered in the wealth of the wisdom of Heaven; for this cause, the word of truth thou didst herald, O Matthew, and didst arouse the souls of sluggish men by signifying the dread day of reckoning.

Kontakion of Apostle and Evangelist Matthew in the Fourth Tone

Parish Council on duty:
John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, Andreas Ioannou, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – November 2, 2014

Synaxis of the ArchangelsNovember 2, 2014

O Commanders of the Heavenly Host, we the unworthy beseech you, that through your entreaties you will fortify us, guarding us in the shelter of the wings of your ethereal glory, even as we fervently bow before you crying: “Deliver us from all danger, as Commanders of the Powers on high! ”

Synaxis of the Archangels– November 8
Parish Council on duty:
John Ioannou, Jr. , John Argiropoulos, Andreas Ioannou, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 2nd Sunday of Luke

st_romanos1October 5, 2014

As a harmonious harp of lofty wisdom from on high and an expounder of things seen in God-inspired ascents, we extol thee, Father Romanos, and we hymn thee. As a trumpet of the gifts that pass the mind of man, do thou rouse us to divine and saving watchfulness, as we cry to thee: Rejoice, O Father elect of God.
Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone
St. Romanos– October 1

Parish Council on duty:
John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, Andreas Ioannou,Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 11th Sunday of Matthew

Beheading of St. John the BaptistAugust 24th, 2014

The glorious beheading of the Forerunner was a certain divine dispensation, that the coming of the Saviour might also be preached to those in Hades. Let Herodias lament, then, that she demanded a wicked murder; for she loved not the Law of God, nor eternal life, but one false and fleeting.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the First Tone

Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John—August 29

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr. , John Argiropoulos, Andreas Ioannou, Marion Koliniatis, Anna Merkel, Demetri  Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 10th Sunday of Matthew

Dormition of the TheotokosAugust 17, 2014

In birth, you preserved your virginity; in death, you did not abandon the world, O Theotokos. As mother of life, you departed to the source of life, delivering our souls from death by your intercessions.

Apolytikion in the First Tone

Apodosis of the Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos– August 23

Parish Council on Duty

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

Journey to the Holy Land

Come on a journey outside of time.
Come to the places where miracles occurred, where the Apostles walked, where the Theotokos was laid to rest. See where Christ prayed, suffered, died . . . and rose again.
Come to the Holy Land.

Holy Land pilgrimage | March 5-14, 2014

Stand on holy ground

Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Jerusalem … More than just names in the Bible., these are the places where Christ was born, lived, taught, died and rose again. This is where the Christian Church was founded, and these shrines have attracted pilgrims since the first century. You are invited for this special pilgrimage to experience the Holy Land as never before.  Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

• Destinations include: Bethlehem, Tiberias, Capernaum, Cana, Nazareth, Jerusalem and more
• Visit the Church of the Nativity and touch the spot where Christ was born
• Take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and experience a spiritual baptism in the River Jordan
• Take the cable car up to the Mount of Temptation Monastery and see the rock by which Christ prayed
• Enjoy a private audience with Patriarch Theophilos III (subject to his availability)
• See where miracles occured: Cana of Galilee, where water was turned into wine; the Church of Tabgha, where Christ multiplied the fishes and loaves; Nain, where Christ raised the widow’s son, and many more
• Visit Mount Tabor, the Church of the Annunciation, the Pools of Bethesda, the Tree of Zacchaeus, the Tomb of the Virgin Mary, the Prison of Christ (Praitorion) and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and many other sacred sites
• Attend a midnight liturgy at the Holy Sepulcher 


Holy shrines, disappearing fast …

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Church of the Nativity,  the monasteries of the Holy Cross and St. Gerasimos Iordanitis: These shrines and holy places have stood for centuries and have been visited and venerated by millions of  Christians, but they suffer now from neglect and disrepair. Our generation has been given the precious gift — but also the responsibility — of preserving them in spite of the tumult and upheaval of the world around them.

Just as natural elements and the world’s changing politics have had a detrimental effect on these sacred shrines, likewise we have seen the world’s corrosive culture influence the Christian faith in America and around the world. Can we reverse the disastrous effect of godless teachings and bequeath future generations the faith of our Fathers? We believe we can, with your help.

Join Fr. Christopher to see the places where the Christian Church was founded and continues to inspire the world. Ask yourself what will the fate of the Church be in the next generation for my children and grandchildren? The Orthodox Christian Network has been reaching Orthodox faithful and non-Orthodox seekers around the world, but we need to do more. We live in challenging times, but with the Orthodox Christian faith, we can move mountains and inspire the generations to come with a
living and vibrant Church.


For more information visit the Orthodox Christian Network

Religious Freedom Conference – Berlin, Germany

September  12, 2013

St. Demetrios Church
Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos
815 NE 15th Ave
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33304-4402

Dear Father Metropulos and Parish Council President,

This letter concerns an upcoming religious freedom conference that is being sponsored by the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America (see www.archons.org) this December in Berlin, Germany. The mission of the Order is to protect, support and defend the Ecumenical Patriarch ate, the Spiritual Center of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians located on Istanbul, and the worldwide ministry of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. To advance that mission, over the last decade the Archons have engaged in numerous activities aimed at securing religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate as well other religious minorities in Turkey. In November 2010, the Archons sponsored a religious freedom conference which took place in the European Parliament in Brussels. That  conference brought  together politicians, diplomats, hum an rights lawyers and advocates, scholars, religious leaders, journalists and members of the minority communities to discuss religious freedom issues associated with religious minorities in Turkey.  The conference was entitled “Religious Freedom: Turkey’s Bridge to the European Union.” It focused not only on the religious freedom of Orthodox Christians, but also that of other religious minorities, including Alevi Muslims, Armenians, Catholics, Protestant s, Jews and Syriacs. Information on the conference can found at the Archons Website. As a result of that conference, the various minority communities for the first time work ed together and engaged in substantive dialogue aimed at solving their comm on problems. This dialogue was an historic turning point for religious minorities and began an era of cooperation.

On December 4 and 5, 2013, the Archons will be sponsoring a Second International  Religious Freedom Conference in Berlin, Germany. It will be entitled “Tearing Down Walls: Achieving Religious Equality in Turkey” and will again bring together politicians, diplomats, human rights lawyers and  advocates, scholars, religious leaders, journalists and members of minority communities to discuss religious freedom. It will focus on two main subject areas: (I ) the concepts of equality, pluralism and state neutrality as they relate to religious freedom; and (2) the status of religious freedom under the current constitution and the proposed new constitution. It is hoped that this second conference will produce similar tangible results as the first conference.

The Order is asking a ll parishes in the Unit ed States to send a representative to the conference. Parish representation will demonstrate support for the Mother Church and send a loud message that the Church in America supports the cause of religious freedom. Accompanying this letter is the current program agenda and a brochure that contains additional conference inforn1ation, including hotel, travel and other cost information. Also enclosed is a registration form that should be returned to the Archon office in New York City, should your parish decide to send a representative. If you have questions about travel or hotel, you should email Stephen at Stephen@cloudtours.com or call him at 718-721-3808 extension 210 no later than October 10, 2013.

We look forward to your parish’s participation in this historic event and seeing you in Berlin.



Anthony J. Limberakis, MD
Archon Aktouarios
National Commander

George C. Rocka s, Esq.
Archon Dikaiophylax
Conference Chairman