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The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, July 25th 2021

 


 

July 25, 2021
5th Sunday of Matthew

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Dormition of St. Anna, mother of the Theotokos

According to tradition, Anna, the ancestor of God, lived for sixty-nine years, and her spouse Joachim, for eighty; according to one account, Saint Joachim died two years before Saint Anna. The Theotokos had been orphaned of both her parents already when she was eleven years of age, when she was living in the Temple (see Sept. 8 and Nov. 21). Saint Anna is invoked for conceiving children, and for help in difficult childbirth.

Olympias the Deaconess

 


St. Olympias was born in 361 AD into a wealthy family of high ranking in the Christian Roman Empire (probably in Constantinople). Her father was the senator Anicius Secundus and through her mother, Alexandroka, she was the granddaughter of the noted eparch Eulalios.
After the death of her parents, Olympias inherited great wealth. She then began to distribute this wealth to the poor and needy, the orphaned and the widowed. She was also very generous with her donations to the churches, monasteries, hospices, and shelters for the homeless. She established a hospital and a shelter for young orphaned girls and undertook their care and education. She also established a monastery for women where she resided, as well. All of her wealth was put to work for the benefit and comfort of the poor of Constantinople.
Because of her many philanthropic activities, she was appointed a deaconess by the holy Patriarch Nektarios (381-397).  She would provide great assistance to the hierarchs of Constantinople as well as the visiting bishops from many places.
She became especially close to St. John Chrysostom, who was elevated to Archbishop of Constantinople on February 26 of 398. St. Chrysostom had high regard for Olympias and showed her goodwill and spiritual love. When Chrysostom was unjustly banished in 404 AD, Olympias and the other deaconesses (Pentadia, Proklia, and Salbina) were deeply upset. Eventually, Olympias was sent to exile because of her devotion to St. Chrysostom’s innocence. St. John Chrysostom wrote to her several letters from his exile, consoling her in her sorrow.
St. John Chrysostom reposed on September 14, 407.  Almost a year later, St. Olympias died in exile as well after a long illness somewhere in Nicomedia on July 25, 408. Shortly before her death, Olympias gave instructions that her remains be placed in a coffin and tossed into the sea, leaving her final resting place to divine providence. Her coffin was washed on the shores of Constantinople and she was interned in the Church of the Holy Apostle Thomas. Later her holy relics were brought to the monastery which she had established. Many miracles and healings occurred from her relics.

 

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, July 18th 2021

 


 

July 18, 2021
Sunday of the Holy Fathers

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

  Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council 

On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the 630 Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together for the 4th Ecumenical Council who assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation, and Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who illegally received Eutyches back into communion and deposed Saint Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had excommunicated Eutyches.
In the Slavic tradition, on this Sunday, the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils are all commemorated.

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, July 11th 2021

 


 

July 11, 2021
3rd Sunday of Matthew

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

 

Euphemia the Great Martyr

 

In 451, during the reign of the Sovereigns Marcian and Pulcheria, the Fourth Ecumenical Council was convoked in Chalcedon against Eutyches and those of like mind with him. After much debate,the Fathers who were the defenders of Orthodoxy, being 630 in number, agreed among themselves and with those who were of contrary mind, to write their respective definitions of faith in separate books, and to ask God to confirm the truth in this matter. When they had prepared these texts, they placed the two tomes in the case that held Saint Euphemia’s relics, sealed it, and departed. After three days of night-long supplications, they opened the reliquary in the presence of the Emperor, and found the tome of the heretics under the feet of the Martyr, and that of the Orthodox in her right hand.

The All-Praised Olga, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Princess of Kiev

Saint Olga, renowned for her wisdom and sobriety, in her youth became the wife of Igor, Great Prince of Kiev, who ruled during the tenth century. After her husband’s death, she herself ruled capably, and was finally moved to accept the Faith of Christ. She traveled to Constantinople to receive Holy Baptism. The Emperor, seeing her outward beauty and inward greatness, asked her to marry him. She said she could not do this before she was baptized; she furthermore asked him to be her Godfather at the font, which he agreed to do. After she was baptized (receiving the name of Helen), the Emperor repeated his proposal of marriage. She answered that now he was her father, through holy Baptism, and that not even among the heathen was it heard of a man marrying his daughter. Gracefully accepting to be outwitted by her, he sent her back to her land with priests and sacred texts and holy icons. Although her son Svyatoslav remained a pagan, she planted the seed of faith in her grandson Vladimir. She reposed in peace in 969.

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, July 4th 2021

 


 

July 4, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

 

Prayer from the Celebratory Doxology for Independence Day, July 4th

O Lord our God, You hold together the universe by your power, and by Your divine and almighty will You govern the world; You created from one blood all nations of mankind that inhabit the face of the earth, and have assigned to each its boundaries; you have conferred special blessing on this our country America, and help it develop into the foremost nation of the world, a true champion of freedom and democracy, and the haven for the oppressed and those who look for the opportunity to live in dignity.  You kept it free for more than two centuries by your divine grace, and You preserved and saved it through many wars and world upheavals.  Do You, Yourself, all holy Master, accept our prayers of thanksgiving for our country America. Give rest to the souls of our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who nobly fought and gloriously died for its freedom. Make us all worthy of freedom and aware of the responsibilities that flow therefrom, preserve us in peace and concord, and guide us to every good work that is pleasing to You.  Give steadfastness to every authority and power in the nation and make them favourably and well-disposed towards the God-given right of all Your people.

Saint Andrew of Crete Author of the Great Canon

St. Andrew was from Damascus; his parents were George and Gregoria. He became a cleric and secretary of Theodore and Patriarch of Jerusalem; from this, he is called “the Jerusalemite.” He was present at the Sixth Ecumenical Council in Constantinople, which was convoked in 680 during the reign of Emperor Constantine IV (668-685). He became deacon of the Great church in Constantinople, that is, the Church of the Holy Wisdom of God, then Archbishop of Crete. He reposed in 720 or 723. Beside his other sacred writings, he also composed various hymns, among which is the famous Great Canon, which is chanted during Great Lent (see the Thursday of the Fifth Week of the Fast).

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, June 27th 2021

 


 

June 27, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Honouring the friends of God with much reverence, the Prophet-King David says, “But to me, exceedingly honourable are Thy friends, O Lord” (Ps. 138:16). And the divine Apostle, recounting the achievements of the Saints, and setting forth their memorial as an example that we might turn away from earthly things and from sin, and emulate their patience and courage in the struggles for virtue, says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every burden, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1).
This commemoration began as the Sunday (Synaxis) of All Martyrs; to them were added all the ranks of Saints who bore witness (the meaning of “Martyr” in Greek) to Christ in manifold ways, even if occasion did not require the shedding of their blood.
Therefore, guided by the teaching of the Divine Scriptures and Apostolic Tradition, we the pious honour all the Saints, the friends of God, for they are keepers of God’s commandments, shining examples of virtue, and benefactors of mankind. Of course, we honour the known Saints especially on their own day of the year, as is evident in the Menologion. But since many Saints are unknown, and their number has increased with time, and will continue to increase until the end of time, the Church has appointed that once a year a common commemoration be made of all the Saints. This is the feast that we celebrate today. It is the harvest of the coming of the Holy Spirit into the world; it is the “much fruit” brought forth by that “Grain of wheat that fell into the earth and died” (John 12:24); it is the glorification of the Saints as “the foundation of the Church, the perfection of the Gospel, they who fulfilled in deed the sayings of the Saviour” (Sunday of All Saints, Doxasticon of Vespers).
In this celebration, then, we reverently honour and call blessed all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives. All these, as well as the orders of the Angels, and especially our most holy Lady and Queen, the Ever-virgin Theotokos Mary, do we honour today, setting their life before us as an example of virtue, and entreating them to intercede in our behalf with God, Whose grace and boundless mercy be with us all. Amen.

Saint Samson was from Rome and flourished during the reign of Saint Justinian the Great. Being a physician, he came to Constantinople, where he so distinguished himself for his virtue and his love for the sick and the poor that Patriarch Menas ordained him priest. The Emperor Justinian was healed by him, and out of gratitude built him a large hospital, which was afterwards known as “The Hospice of Samson.” Saint Samson is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.

Saint Joanna the Myrrh-bearer, wife of Chusa, the household steward of King Herod, was one of the women following and attending the Lord Jesus Christ during the time of His preaching and public ministry. She is mentioned in Luke 8:3 and 24:10. Together with the other Myrrh-bearing Women, St. Joanna went to the Sepulchre to anoint the Holy Body of the Lord with myrrh after His death on the Cross, and she heard from the angels the joyful proclamation of His All-Glorious Resurrection. According to Tradition, she recovered the head of St. John the Baptist after Herodias had disposed of it (February 24). St. Joanna is also commemorated on the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women.

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
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Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
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Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
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Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
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Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, June 20th 2021

 


 

June 20, 2021
Happy Father’s Day

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

After the Saviour’s Ascension into the Heavens, the eleven Apostles and the rest of His disciples, the God-loving women who followed after Him from the beginning, His Mother, the most holy Virgin Mary, and His brethren-all together about 120 souls returned from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem. Entering into the house where they gathered, they went into the upper room, and there they persevered in prayer and supplication, awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit, as their Divine Teacher had promised them. In the meanwhile, they chose Matthias, who was elected to take the place of Judas among the Apostles.
Thus, on this day, the seventh Sunday of Pascha, the tenth day after the Ascension and the fiftieth day after Pascha, at the third hour of the day from the rising of the sun, there suddenly came a sound from Heaven, as when a mighty wind blows, and it filled the whole house where the Apostles and the rest with them were gathered. Immediately after the sound, there appeared tongues of fire that divided and rested upon the head of each one. Filled with the Spirit, all those present began speaking not in their native tongue, but in other tongues and dialects, as the Holy Spirit instructed them.
The multitudes that had come together from various places for the feast, most of whom were Jews by race and religion, were called Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and so forth, according to the places where they dwelt. Though they spoke many different tongues, they were present in Jerusalem by divine dispensation. When they heard that sound that came down from Heaven to the place where the disciples of Christ were gathered, all ran together to learn what had taken place. But they were confounded when they came and heard the Apostles speaking in their own tongues. Marvelling at this, they said one to another, “Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” But others, because of their foolishness and excess of evil, mocked the wonder and said that the Apostles were drunken.
Then Peter stood up with the eleven, and raising his voice, spoke to all the people, proving that that which had taken place was not drunkenness, but the fulfilment of God’s promise that had been spoken by the Prophet Joel: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that I shall pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy” (Joel 2:28), and he preached Jesus of Nazareth unto them, proving in many ways that He is Christ the Lord, Whom the Jews crucified but God raised from the dead. On hearing Peter’s teaching, many were smitten with compunction and received the word. Thus, they were baptized, and on that day about three thousand souls were added to the Faith of Christ.
Such, therefore, are the reasons for today’s feast: the coming of the All-holy Spirit into the world, the completion of the Lord Jesus Christ’s promise, and the fulfilment of the hope of the sacred disciples, which we celebrate today. This is the final feast of the great mystery and dispensation of God’s incarnation. On this last, and great, and saving day of Pentecost, the Apostles of the Saviour, who were unlearned fishermen, made wise now of a sudden by the Holy Spirit, clearly and with divine authority spoke the heavenly doctrines. They became heralds of the truth and teachers of the whole world. On this day they were ordained and began their apostleship, of which the salvation of those three thousand souls in one day was the comely and marvellous first fruit.
Some erroneously hold that Pentecost is the “birthday of the Church.” But this is not true, for the teaching of the holy Fathers is that the Church existed before all other things. In the second vision of The Shepherd of Hermas we read: “Now brethren, a revelation was made unto me in my sleep by a youth of exceeding fair form, who said to me, ‘Whom thinkest thou the aged woman, from whom thou receivedst the book, to be?’ I say, ‘The Sibyl.’ ‘Thou art wrong,’ saith he, ‘she is not.’ ‘Who then is she?’ I say. ‘The Church,’ saith he. I said unto him, ‘Wherefore then is she aged?’ ‘Because,’ saith he, ‘she was created before all things; therefore is she aged, and for her sake the world was framed.”‘ Saint Gregory the Theologian also speaks of “the Church of Christ … both before Christ and after Christ” (PG 35:1108-9). Saint Epiphanius of Cyprus writes, “The Catholic Church, which exists from the ages, is revealed most clearly in the incarnate advent of Christ” (PG 42:640). Saint John Damascene observes, “The Holy Catholic Church of God, therefore, is the assembly of the holy Fathers, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Evangelists, and Martyrs who have been from the very beginning, to whom were added all the nations who believed with one accord” (PG 96, 1357c). According to Saint Gregory the Theologian, “The Prophets established the Church, the Apostles conjoined it, and the Evangelists set it in order” (PG 35, 589 A). The Church existed from the creation of the Angels, for the Angels came into existence before the creation of the world, and they have always been members of the Church. Saint Clement, Bishop of Rome, says in his second epistle to the Corinthians, the Church “was created before the sun and moon”; and a little further on, “The Church existeth not now for the first time, but hath been from the beginning” (II Cor. 14).
That which came to pass at Pentecost, then, was the ordination of the Apostles, the commencement of the apostolic preaching to the nations, and the inauguration of the priesthood of the new Israel. Saint Cyril of Alexandria says that “Our Lord Jesus Christ herein ordained the instructors and teachers of the world and the stewards of His divine Mysteries … showing together with the dignity of Apostleship, the incomparable glory of the authority given them … Revealing them to be splendid with the great dignity of the Apostleship and showing them forth as both stewards and priests of the divine altars . . . they became fit to initiate others through the enlightening guidance of the Holy Spirit” (PG 74, 708-712). Saint Gregory Palamas says, “Now, therefore … the Holy Spirit descended … showing the Disciples to be supernal luminaries … and the distributed grace of the Divine Spirit came through the ordination of the Apostles upon their successors” (Homily 24, 10). And Saint Sophronius, Bishop of Jerusalem, writes, “After the visitation of the Comforter, the Apostles became high priests” (PG 87, 3981B). Therefore, together with the baptism of the Holy Spirit which came upon them who were present in the upper chamber, which the Lord had foretold as recorded in the Acts, “ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence” (Acts 1:5), the Apostles were also appointed and raised to the high priestly rank, according to Saint John Chrysostom (PG 60, 21). On this day commenced the celebration of the Holy Eucharist by which we become “partakers of the Divine Nature” (II Peter 1:4). For before Pentecost, it is said of the Apostles and disciples only that they abode in “prayer and supplication” (Acts 1:14); it is only after the coming of the Holy Spirit that they persevered in the “breaking of bread,”that is, the communion of the Holy Mysteries-“and in prayer” (Acts 2:42).
The feast of holy Pentecost, therefore, determined the beginning of the priesthood of grace, not the beginning of the Church. Henceforth, the Apostles proclaimed the good tidings “in country and town,” preaching and baptizing and appointing shepherds, imparting the priesthood to them whom they judged were worthy to minister, as Saint Clement writes in his first Epistle to the Corinthians (I Cor. 42).

Saint Nicholas Cabasilas was born in 1322 A.D. in Thessaloniki. Very little is known about his life, but he is remembered through two texts he wrote: The Life in Christ and The Exposition of the Divine Liturgy. He lived at the same time as Saint Gregory Palamas and was an ally of his during the Hesychastic Controversy on Mount Athos in the 14th  century.

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, June 13th 2021

 


 

June 13, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

The heresiarch Arius was a Libyan by race and a protopresbyter of the Church of Alexandria. In 315, he began to blaspheme against the Son and Word of God, saying that He is not true God, consubstantial with the Father, but is rather a work and creation, alien to the essence and glory of the Father, and that there was a time when He was not. This frightful blasphemy shook the faithful of Alexandria. Alexander, his Archbishop, after trying in vain to correct him through admonitions, cut him off from communion and finally in a local council deposed him in the year 321. Yet neither did the blasphemer wish to be corrected, nor did he cease sowing the deadly tares of his heretical teachings; but writing to the bishops of other cities, Arius and his followers requested that his doctrine be examined, and if it were unsound, that the correct teaching be declared to him. By this means, his heresy became universally known and won many supporters, so that the whole Church was soon in an uproar.
Therefore, moved by divine zeal, the first Christian Sovereign, Saint Constantine the Great, the equal to the Apostles, summoned the renowned First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea, a city of Bithynia. It was there that the shepherds and teachers of the Church of Christ gathered from all regions in the year 325. All of them, with one mouth and one voice, declared that the Son and Word of God is one in essence with the Father, true God of true God, and they composed the holy Symbol of Faith up to the seventh article (since the remainder, beginning with “And in the Holy Spirit,” was completed by the Second Ecumenical Council). Thus they anathematized the impious Arius of evil belief and those of like mind with him, and cut them off as rotten members from the whole body of the faithful.
Therefore, recognizing the divine Fathers as heralds of the Faith after the divine Apostles, the Church of Christ has appointed this present Sunday for their annual commemoration, in thanksgiving and unto the glory of God, unto their praise and honour, and unto the strengthening of the true Faith.

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, June 6th 2021

 


 

June 6, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Sunday of the Blind Man

The Lord Jesus was coming from the Temple on the Sabbath, when, while walking in the way, He saw the blind man mentioned in today’s Gospel. This man had been born thus from his mother’s womb, that is, he had been born without eyes (see Saint John Chrysostom, Homily LVI on Matthew; Saint Irenaeus, Against Heresies, Book V:15; and the second Exorcism of Saint Basil the Great). When the disciples saw this, they asked their Teacher, “Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?” They asked this because when the Lord had healed the paralytic at the Sheep’s Pool, He had told him, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14); so they wondered, if sickness was caused by sin, what sin could have been the cause of his being born without eyes. But the Lord answered that this was for the glory of God. Then the God-man spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle. He anointed the eyes of the blind man and said to him, “Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.” Siloam (which means “sent”) was a well-known spring in Jerusalem used by the inhabitants for its waters, which flowed to the eastern side of the city and collected in a large pool called “the Pool of Siloam.”
Therefore, the Saviour sent the blind man to this pool that he might wash his eyes, which had been anointed with the clay-not that the pool’s water had such power, but that the faith and obedience of the one sent might be made manifest, and that the miracle might become more remarkable and known to all, and leave no room for doubt. Thus, the blind man believed in Jesus’ words, obeyed His command, went and washed himself, and returned, no longer blind, but having eyes and seeing. This was the greatest miracle that our Lord had yet worked; as the man healed of his blindness himself testified, “Since time began, never was it heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind,” although the Lord had already healed the blind eyes of many. Because he now had eyes, some even doubted that he was the same person (John 9:8-9); and it was still lively in their remembrance when Christ came to the tomb of Lazarus, for they said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have caused that even this man should not have died?” Saint John Chrysostom gives a thorough and brilliant exposition of our Lord’s meeting with the woman of Samaria, the healing of the paralytic, and the miracle of the blind man in his commentaries on the Gospel of Saint John.

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

 

The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 30th 2021

 


 

May 30, 2021

Saints and Feasts Commemorated

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

One of the most ancient cities of the Promised Land was Shechem, also called Sikima, located at the foot of Mount Gerazim. There the Israelites had heard the blessings in the days of Moses and Jesus of Navi. Near to this town, Jacob, who had come from Mesopotamia in the nineteenth century before Christ, bought a piece of land where there was a well. This well, preserved even until the time of Christ, was known as Jacob’s Well. Later, before he died in Egypt, he left that piece of land as a special inheritance to his son Joseph (Gen. 49:22). This town, before it was taken into possession by Samaria, was also the leading city of the kingdom of the ten tribes. In the time of the Romans it was called Neapolis, and at present Nablus. It was the first city in Canaan visited by the Patriarch Abraham. Here also, Jesus of Navi (Joshua) addressed the tribes of Israel for the last time. Almost three hundred years later, all Israel assembled there to make Roboam (Rehoboam) king.
When our Lord Jesus Christ, then, came at midday to this city, which is also called Sychar (John 4:5), He was wearied from the journey and the heat, and He sat down at this well. After a little while the Samaritan woman mentioned in today’s Gospel passage came to draw water. As she conversed at some length with the Lord and heard from Him secret things concerning herself, she believed in Him; through her many other Samaritans also believed. Concerning the Samaritans we know the following: In the year 721 before Christ, Salmanasar (Shalmaneser), King of the Assyrians, took the ten tribes of the kingdom of Israel into captivity, and relocated all these people to Babylon and the land of the Medes. From there he gathered various nations and sent them to Samaria. These nations had been idolaters from before. Although they were later instructed in the Jewish faith and believed in the one God, they worshipped the idols also. Furthermore, they accepted only the Pentateuch of Moses, and rejected the other books of Holy Scripture. Nonetheless, they thought themselves to be descendants of Abraham and Jacob. Therefore, the pious Jews named these Judaizing and idolatrous peoples Samaritans, since they lived in Samaria, the former leading city of the Israelites, as well as in the other towns thereabout. The Jews rejected them as heathen and foreigners, and had no communion with them at all, as the Samaritan woman observed, “the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9). Therefore, the name Samaritan is used derisively many times in the Gospel narrations. After the Ascension of the Lord, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the woman of Samaria was baptized by the holy Apostles and became a great preacher and Martyr of Christ; she was called Photine, and her feast is kept on February 26.

 


 

Liturgical Guide

 

Apolytikion for Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ὁ εὐσχήμων Ἰωσήφ…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Holy Myrrhbearers Sunday in the Second Mode
Ταῖς Μυροφόροις Γυναιξί…
Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Angel cry out as he stood by the grave:  Myrrh oils are meet for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a stranger to corruption.  But cry out:  The Lord is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …
Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

 

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

 

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

In those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists murmured against the Hebrews because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. And the twelve summoned the body of the disciples and said, “it is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole multitude, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochoros, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaos, a proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands upon them. And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

 

Gospel Reading

 

Mark 15:43-47; 16:1-8

At that time, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. And Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead. And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. And he bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid. And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; for it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him, as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb; for trembling and astonishment had come upon them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

 

Memorial Prayer

 

Evangelos Iliakis (40 days) survived by his wife Cleopatra and by children Michael, Elizabeth, and Harriet.

Fotini Stathakis (40 days) wife of Panagiotis Stathakis, mother of Dimitrios Stathakis and Maria Stathakis, grandmother of Panagiotis and William, and Maria Paliogianni.

Mary Varvarigos (40 days) survived by her daughter, by her dear friend Loretta Vulcano, and by the St. Demetrios Visiting Angels.

Basil Pagones (1 year) Beloved husband of  Carol, father of Anastasia (Selim), and Tim (Lisa), grandfather of Alex and Alara, and friend to many at St. Demetrios.

Irene Zaravinos (1 yr) beloved wife of Dr. Theodore Zaravinos and mother of Dr. John Zaravinos, and Katherine Zaravinos.

Dena Kontos (10 yrs) and George Kontos (41 yrs) survived by their children Bessie (Nick) Manos, Andrew (Debbie), and Gus (Robin).

Teddy Filosofos (12 yrs) Missed by his children, Argerous, Denise and Mike and grandchildren Mike, Sevaste & Theo.

 

 

Trisagion Prayer

 

George Jimokas (2 yrs) survived by his wife Judith Jimokas, his sister Anna (George) Velonis, several nieces and nephews.

Sophia Papadopoulou (2 yrs) survived by her children Maria (Costas), Sophia (Pan0s), and grandchildren Sophia, Dimitris and Manos.

Betty Kapakos (4 yrs) survived by children Chris & Mona Kapakos, Constantinos & Shelby Kapakos, Vola & Nick Ferrarese, Effie & Ted Stout, and by grandchildren James Stout and Sara Stout.

George John Simitses (5 yrs) survived by his wife Nena, children John, William (Vicki), and Alexandra (Mark), 8 grandchildren, and his sister Marina.

Maria Konstantinidis (9 yrs) survived by her husband Dimitrios, 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her sister.

Katina Maounis (11 yrs) survived by her husband Chris, daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro, and grandson Michael.

Gerasimos Solos (25 yrs). Father to Stephen Solos and Emily Solos. Grandfather to Nicole Solos.

 

Baby Blessing

 

Samantha Lingeman and Richard Jaimes present Jackson Nicholas Jaimes for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 


 

Stewardship

 

“…The Greatest Of These Is Love” 1 Cor 13:13

 

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of St. Demetrios Church. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings. Let’s Step Up our gifts of Time Talent and Treasure!

Thank you!

Please fill out a pledge form by either downloading the form below or by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ 

You can make contributions towards your financial pledge by visiting https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/ .

 


 

Announcements

 

Flowers

  • The flowers at the Altar are in loving memory of  Maria Konstantinidis.

Coffee Hour

  • In memory of his beloved wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos has sponsored today’s coffee hour.

Youth Celebration

Join us in congratulating Fotini Anastasiou, Theo Cockrell, Xander Economou, Benjamin Martin, and George Planakis on their high school graduation. We wish them all the best!

Spring General Assembly

  • The Spring General Assembly will take place in the hall on Sunday, May 23, after Divine Liturgy.

 

Scholarship News

  • 2021 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award 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: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.

 

  • FAITH Scholarships for Academic Excellence  Applicants must be graduating a public, private, or parochial high school in the United States and embarking to study in an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2021 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email info@thefaithendowment.org. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.  Visit http://www.thefaithendowment.org/scholarships/

 

 


 

Philoptochos News

 

  • Thank you!

Χριστός Ανέστη! Αληθώς ό Κύριος.

The Ladies of Philoptochos would like to sincerely thank all those who were able to donate to the Covenant House fundraiser. Through your generosity we were able to deliver $745 worth of gift cards!

God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  • Save the Date! 

SAVE THE DATE:  Afternoon BINGO PARTY is scheduled for Saturday, June 19 in the Church Hall.  (Social distancing will be observed.)  Doors open at 11:30am and games begin at 12:00 noon.  Pizza and beverages will be for sale.  Bring family and friends to this fun event with prizes and 50/50 raffle.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.

 


 

  • Philoptochos St. Nicholas donations

The Philoptochos of the Metropolis of Atlanta and His Eminence Alexios have asked us to help them fulfill our Metropolis commitment to the rebuilding of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine in New York City.  This is the church which was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks.  They have asked that  families donate $20 or whatever they are able.  Donations may be made online at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ or by check made out to St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos.  Please put “St. Nicholas” in the memo section.

 


 

Daughters of Penelope News

 

  • End of Year Luncheon Meeting

The Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter 289 invite you to join us for the  2021 – 2022 Installation of Officers with St. Demetrios Philoptochos and The Pap Corps End of  Year Luncheon Meeting  Saturday May 22, 2021 at 11:30 am.  For details, please see flyer.

 


 

Mental Health Resources

 

Late last year, the Assembly of Bishops assembled a Mental Health Task Force to assist our Churches in this very important ministry to the faithful. I am therefore very pleased to announce that, as the result of the work of the Task Force, a National Directory of Orthodox Mental Health providers has been created. Visit  https://www.assemblyofbishops.org/directories/mental-health/ .
I join my fellow Hierarchs in thanking the Steering Committee of the Mental Health Task Force, and all those Orthodox Professionals who participated in the creation of this directory, so that it might help the greatest number of individuals.

Praying for the continued health of all, both in body and soul, I remain,

Paternally yours with love in Christ,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta