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Liturgical – 4th Sunday of Matthew

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Apolytikion Ήχος 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 of 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

Προστασία τών Χριστιανών…
O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee

Memorial

Zoe Vernardou (3yrs) survived by Helen & Gerard Klonarides, Geraldine Klonarides, Caroline Klonarides and Yannis Kyprianou.

Trisagia

Irene Paidos (12 yrs.) survived by daughters Athena Loucas, Marigo Joanides, Kiki Stathis, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Philip Pappas survived by his children and friends

Anthony Drakas survived by his children

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 6:18-23

BRETHREN, having been set free from sin, you have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But then what return did you get from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel Reading

Matthew 8:5-13
4th Sunday of Matthew

At that time, as Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, beseeching him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion answered him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard him, he marveled, and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; be it done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.

With God All Things Are Possible

URGENT AND WONDERFUL NEWS TO SHARE WITH YOU!

 

Dear faithful of St. Demetrios,

 

The property to the south of the Church is now ours!  This is a multigenerational dream that has now become a reality.  Our collective prayers have been answered. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we have reached out to you in love and respect so we could act upon this long-awaited opportunity as one united family and you responded in a huge way. Thank you! Now we need everyone to assist in the fund raising drive.  

The $260,000 purchase price was a far cry from the original asking price of $1,000,000.  Thus far as of August 14,  we have raised $103,682.  thanks to the generosity and forward thinking of our faithful.  A list of those who have committed themselves thus far is included below. Now we need everyone in the parish to give what they can.  An anonymous donor has stepped forward and provided a bridge loan to the parish to cover the remainder of the funds needed to purchase the land until we can finish our Fund Raising Drive to meet the cost of the full purchase price. 

We appeal to you now to join and stand with us with your tax-deductible contribution.  If each family contributes a minimum of $600, we will be able to pay for the new property in full.  Many parishioners will clearly be able to donate more and we welcome your commitment and we value your support. 

 Please join us, the Parish Council and those who gave so much for the establishment of our community and do your part to complete our vision providing a safe and completed spiritual home for the generations to come.  We thank you for your continued support of our amazing parish.  We are one family…this is our Church, this is our spiritual home.

 

In His Service,

 

Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos             John Ioannou, Jr.

Proistamenos                                      Parish Council President