Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – September 14, 2019
Nikitas the Great Martyr
This Saint was of high birth among the Goths beyond the Danube River. He was taken by Athanaric, pagan ruler of the Goths, and after being tortured, was burned to death for his confession of Christ. According to some, this took place during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great; according to others, under the Emperor Gratian.
Parish Council on Duty:
George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler,
Basil Economou, Philip Vias
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα…
Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly: Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Mode
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου…
Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.
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 Fourth Mode
Ο υψωθείς εν τώ Σταυρώ εκουσίως…
Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.
Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
The Lord said: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”
Thomas Nicholas Stagios (40 days) survived by family in Massachusetts and in Florida.
Chrisi Demetriou (3 months) survived by her husband Neophytos, her children Andreas, Mary, Georgia and Victor, and their families.
Nicholas George Davros (1 year) survived by his two sons Sincere and Nazir, his daughter Christna, Ericka, Niki Moudriza, George Davros, Georgia Davros and Mark, grandmother Irini Moundriza, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Zaharenia Dikegoros Kutsukos (5 years) survived by her husband Harry Kutsukos, son John, daughter in law Lori and grandchildren John and Christina.
Anastasia Kutsukos Carras (7 years) survived by her father Harry Kutsukos, her husband Nick and her children John and Peter.
Every September, as we begin the ecclesiastical and school year, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios asks the Philoptochos of the Metropolis to offer a Fanouropita and to donate the proceeds to the Metropolis Youth Programs. These programs include the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival, St. Stephen’s Summer Camp, the Winter Youth Rally, the Hellenic Dance Festival, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, GOYA retreats, and Special Needs Family Camp.
As the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents of our youth, we know what a positive impact these programs have on our children, and what a priority it is to keep our youth close to our Church. With your generosity, the Metropolis can expand these programs and make them available to all young people.
Saint Fanourios was martyred as a youth. His icon was discovered in the 1500’s in an ancient church in Rhodes amidst a pile of decayed icons. His, however, appeared to be freshly painted.
Around the saint’s face were twelve distinct drawings which showed that Fanourios endured cruel torture.
Tradition says that Saint Fanourios’ mother was a sinner whom he could not convert in her lifetime. As he was being tortured, he prayed, not for his own soul, but for hers as he said, “For the sake of these my sufferings, Lord, help all those who will pray to Thee for the salvation of Fanourios’ sinful mother.”
Therefore, today we pray, “O Lord, save Fanourios’ mother and help me, a sinner.”
Whether because his icon was lost, then found, or because he prayed that the soul of his mother would not be lost, Saint Fanourios has become the saint of things lost and found. It is custom to pray for his help and then to bake and bring a Fanouropita to church to be blessed by the priest and to share with others.
Agape Luncheon for Seniors Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00am.
Choir Anyone wishing to sing is welcome to attend rehearsals on Sunday mornings at 9:15am in the radio room upstairs .
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, October 10th @ 7:00pm. Workshop on “Medicare and Risk-Free Retirement Planning”. Presented by Ladies Philoptochos Society.
New at St. Demetrios The St. Demetrios Information Center. Where? In the hall next to the bookstore. What? All the programs that St. Demetrios has to offer.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy/Philoptochos Fanouropit
11:00am Sunday School
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ and Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm Greek School Advanced Class
7:00pm Vespers @ St. Sophia, 2401 SW 3rd Ave., Miami 33129
Tuesday 9/17 Feast Day of St. Sophia and her daughters Faith, Hope
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/ Liturgy @ St. Sophia, 2401 SW 3rd Ave., Miami
10:30am Visiting Angels meeting
11:00am Agape-Luncheon for Seniors
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Sunday School
12:00pm GOYA meeting/Election