Pan-Orthodox Vespers Press Release


Contact: Fr. Mark Leondis, 561-961-9147, or

Fr. Christopher Metropulos, 561-251-0067


South Florida Christians celebrate Sunday of Orthodoxy on March 1

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Faithful Christians and parish priests from all the Orthodox Christian parishes across South Florida will gather at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Fort Lauderdale at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 1, to pray for suffering and persecuted Christians throughout the world. This prayer gathering marking the Sunday of Orthodoxy is being organized by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of South Florida.

“We are truly blessed to be able to come together in prayer this weekend to offer our Christian witness to the world that we stand with our persecuted and suffering brothers and sisters,” said Fr. Mark Leondis, the organization’s president and parish priest at St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton. “We invite all Christians to come pray with us this Sunday night during our Pan Orthodox Vesper Service.”

The homily will be offered by Fr. Kirrill Gvosdev, with responses chanted by George Theodoridis, master chanter at the St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Light Lenten refreshments will be served after the service in St. Demetrios’ Community Center. The services will also be broadcast live on the Internet at

For more information, contact Fr. Leondis at 561-961-9147, or Fr. Christopher Metropulos, host parish priest and executive director of Orthodox Christian Network, at 561-251-0067. St. Demetrios is located at 815 NE 15th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 33304. The parish’s phone number is 954-467-1515.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2March 1, 2015

A feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us today! For the teachings of the true Faith shine forth in all their glory, and the Church of Christ is bright with splendor, adorned with the holy Icons which now have been restored; and God has granted to the faithful unity of mind.

Orthros– Sunday of Orthodoxy

Parish Council on Duty

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

Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers



Pan-Orthodox Vespers

March 1, 2015

Saint Demetrios   Greek Orthodox  Church 815 NE  15th Ave Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

6pm Vespers  |  7pm Reception

Homily Offered by – The Very Reverend Father Kirrill Gvosdev Chanting by – George Theodoridis, Master Chanter (St. Sophia, Washington DC)

Gathering together to remember and pray for Christians who are suffering and being persecuted throughout the world

Sunday of Orthodoxy Poster

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2March 9, 2014

A feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us today! For the teachings of the true Faith shine forth in all their glory, and the Church of Christ is bright with splendor, adorned with the holy Icons which now have been restored; and God has granted to the faithful unity of mind.

Orthros: Sunday of Orthodoxy

Parish Council on duty:

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

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – Sunday of Orthodoxy

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Sunday of Orthodoxy

A feast of joy and gladness is revealed to us    today! For the teachings of the true Faith shine forth in all their glory, and the Church of Christ is bright with splendor, adorned with the holy Icons which now have been restored; and God has granted to the faithful unity of mind.

Orthros– Sunday of Orthodoxy


Parish Council on Duty:

Manny Daskos, George Georgakakis, Michael Haralambis, John Ioannou Jr., Delcho Ogorelkoff, Demetrios Rapanos,Kevin Ryan, Kathy Ziegler

Liturgical – Sunday of Orthodoxy

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Apolytikion Ήχος A-1

Τού λίθου σφραγισθέντος…
The stone that had been sealed before Your tomb by the Jews and the soldiers guarding did watch o’er Your pure and sacred body O Savior the third day You arose, and unto all the world did You give life whereby all the heavenly powers did proclaim that You are the giver of life Glory unto our resurrected Christ. Glory unto Your Kingdom, Glory to Your dispensation. O You alone who loves all.

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!


Τῇ ὑπερμάχῳ Στρατηγῷ τὰ νικητήρια…
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”

First Sunday of Lent – Sunday of Orthodoxy

There are three major Christian denominations in the world today: Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and Protestanism. Each has its own customs and traditions. The Protestant Churches have eliminated most of their customs, traditions and symbols during the last 400 years. The Roman Catholics adorn their Churches with religious statues. Orthodox Christians grace their Churches with Holy Icons. Iconography (the painting of Holy pictures) does not have as its aim to reproduce a saint or an incident from the Gospel or the lives of the saints, but rather to express them symbolically, to impart to them a spiritual character. In Byzantine Iconography the saint is not represented as he is in actual life, that is naturalistically, but as he is now in the heavenly kingdom, as he is in eternity. This is called Liturgical art.

A noted writer once said about our art as he visited our most famous Church (St.Sophia which is now in the hands of the Turks in Constantinople), “Below the dome of St. Sophia I felt that the Byzantine idea has a world wide mission. Never in all the evolution of human art have painters succeeded in spreading the heaven before us so superbly, so truly, so profoundly at no other time did the feeling of rhythm and artistic knowledge find such a mature expression; at no time was art so living and real.” Western painters paint with their eyes’ the Byzantine painters paint with their heart and soul.

These Holy pictures called Icons have always graced our Churches since the Apostolic age. During the seventh century, a Byzantine Emperor attempted to remove all Icons from our Churches believing that Icons should not be worshipped but only God. He actually succeeded in doing away with the Icons, and for over 150 years Orthodox Christians were banned from using Icons in any many, shape or form in the Churches and on March 11, 843 AD a great celebration was held in the Church of St. Sophia. There was a great meeting held during that period which defined the position of the Icon in Orthodox worship. The Icons produce within us a sense of repentance of our sins which sanctifies our soul. They are spiritual mirrors through which we see the Heavenly Saints. They are the symbol of our faith in Jesus Christ in accordance with our Orthodox tradition. This is why this Sunday of the restoration of the Icons in our Churches is called “Sunday of Orthodoxy” It is truly a victory for Orthodoxy which has withstood for almost 2000 years. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is celebrated all over the world and is one of the most important feast days of our Faith.

(Lives of the Saints and Major Feast Days by Rev. Fr. George Poulos)

Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading

St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets — who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated — of whom the world was not worthy — wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading

John 1:43-51
Sunday of Orthodoxy

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael, and he said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.”

Announcements – Sunday of Orthodoxy

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Family Night – Language and Culture March 25th presentation

Please join us on Friday, March 22nd following the Salutations to the Theotokos. Join us in the community center for a Lenten meal followed by a presentation from the Language and culture classes and a special guest, our “Ierokyrix”, V. Rev. Fr. Christodoulos Papadeas from the Metropolis of Atlanta.


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.

Save the Date

Nia Vardalos is coming to St. Demetrios for an exclusive book signing. Visit our website for additional information.

Daughters of Penelope Scholarships

Two scholarships are being offered by the Daughters of Penelope from District #2 and the Nationals. Please contact Mary Carratt for more details at 954-491-0821. The deadline for the District is May 1st.

AHEPA National Scholarship Application – MARCH 31 Deadline

Scholarship Application

AHEPA District #2 Scholarship Application

Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award

Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include:
Placement in the top 10% of one’s class; membership in the National Honor Society; and a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1280 or greater (1300 or greater if the high school does not have a ranking system or membership in the National Honors Society).
Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

NEW YORK – Scholarships

Applications and instructions for the three scholarships administered by the Chancellor’s Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, are now available for awards to be made for the 2013-2014 academic year. Two of these scholarships are for undergraduate studies: the George & Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship and the Katina John Malta Scholarship; the third one is the Paleologos Graduate Scholarship, which is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. Each of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who wanted to provide financial assistance towards the education of young people from our Orthodox community.

The deadline for applying for all three is April 26, 2013. Further details, including complete instructions and applications, are available on-line on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and may also be requested by e-mail at, or by written request to the Scholarship Committee, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 8-10 East 79th Street, New York, NY, 10075.

Office of Ionian Village

Two summer camping sessions for Greek Orthodox Youth who have completed grades 8 through 12. are being offered this year
Summer Travel Camp: June 23– July 12, 2013.
Byzantine Venture: July 20—August 8, 2013.

Spiritual Odyssey “ Cypress and Crete: May 30– June 9, 2013 For young adults ages 19 to 28

Please contact the Office of Ionian Village at or call 212-570-3536.

St. Stephen’s Summer Camp 2013 is approaching!

Applications are now being accepted online for our five week summer camp program. Returning and new counselors must complete online application. Registration for campers will be opening March 1st.