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Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 8th Sunday of Luke

allsaintsNovember 15, 2015

Guria, Shamuna & Habib, Martyrs & Confessors of Edessa

Of these Martyrs of the city of Edessa in Syria, Guria and Shamuna contested in 288; after many tortures, they were cast into prison, then beheaded. Saint Habib, a deacon, contested in 316, and was burned alive; he was buried with Saints Guria and Shamuna. The three have one common feast. On account of a miracle they worked, they are invoked for help in marital difficulties. A Goth had come with the Roman army to Edessa and was quartered in the house of a pious widow, Sophia. The Goth asked Sophia for the hand of her daughter, Euphemia; after resisting for a long time, Sophia agreed. When it was time for the army to return home, Sophia made the Goth vow by the power in the holy Martyrs Shamuna, Guria, and Habib, to keep Euphemia as the apple of his eye. However, the man revealed to Euphemia that he already had a wife. Euphemia was compelled to serve the Goths wife, who dealt with her mercilessly. After extreme sufferings, including being sealed alive in a tomb and left there to die, Euphemia was miraculously conveyed to Edessa, to the shrine of the holy Martyrs whose surety they had taken, and was reunited with her mother through their holy prayers.

Parish Council on duty:
John Argiropoulos, John Ioannou, Jr., Tony Maiorana, Anna Merkel, Garry Paxinos, Demetri Rapanos, Mark Zaden, Kathy Ziegler

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 7th Sunday of Luke

Synaxis of the ArchangelsNovember 8, 2015

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael & the other Bodiless Powers: Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salaphiel, Jegudiel, & Barachiel

All the Angels, according to the Apostle Paul, are ministering spirits, – sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation – (Heb. 1:14). God set them as overseers of every nation and people, and guides to that which is profitable (Deut. 32:8); and while one Angel is appointed to oversee each nation as a whole, one is also appointed to protect each Christian individually. He commands them to guard them that hope on Him, that nothing should harm them, neither should any evil draw nigh to their dwelling (Ps. 90:10-12). In the Heavens they always behold the face of God, sending up to Him the thrice-holy hymn and interceding with Him in our behalf, seeing they rejoice over one sinner that repents (Esaias 6:2-3; Matt. 18:10; Luke 15:7). In a word, they have served God in so many ways for our benefit, that the pages of Holy Scripture are filled with the histories thereof. It is for these reasons that the Orthodox Catholic Church, wisely honouring these divine ministers, our protectors and guardians, celebrates today the present Synaxis that is, our coming together in assembly for their common feast to chant their praises, especially for the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, who are mentioned in the Scriptures by name. The name Michael means “Who is like God?” and Gabriel means “God is mighty.” The number of Angels is not defined in the divine Scriptures, where Daniel says that thousands of thousands ministered before Him, and ten thousands of ten thousands attended upon Him -(Dan. 7:10). But all of them are divided into nine orders which are called Thrones, Cherubim, Seraphim, Dominions, Powers, Authorities, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels.

Parish Council on duty:

Manny Daskos, Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Eleni Varvoutis, Marion Koliniatis, Karyl Zitis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sunday before Holy CrossSeptember 20, 2015

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Parish Council on duty:

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

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Sunday before Holy CrossSeptember 13, 2015

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.

Parish Council on Duty
George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Fossler,
Marion Koliniatis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 13th Sunday of Matthew

Venerable Sash of the TheotokosAugust 30, 2015

Thy precious sash, O Theotokos, which encompassed thy God-receiving womb, is an invincible force for thy flock, and an unfailing treasury of every good, O only Ever-virgin Mother.

Kontakion of Venerable Sash of the Theotokos in the Second Tone

Parish Council on Duty

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Michael Fossler, Marion Koliniatis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – All Saints Sunday

Picture1June 7, 2015

When God brings His hidden saints to light, it is in   order that some may emulate them and others be without excuse. Those who wish to remain amid distractions as well as those who live a worthy life in communities, in mountains and in caverns (Heb.11:38) are saved, and God bestows on them great blessings solely because they have faith in Him.

St. Symeon the New Theologian. The Discourse, XX11

Parish Council on Duty

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Mihali Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, Marion Koliniatis

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 – Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

Father's of the First Ecumenical CouncilMay 24, 2015

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

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Mihali Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, Marion Koliniatis

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Sunday of the Samaritan WomanMay 10,  2015

Happy Mother’s Day

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

George Georgakakis, Manny Daskos, Eleni Varvoutis, Mihali Haralambis, Michael Fossler, Juanita Antley, Marion Koliniatis