The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 10, 2022


Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.
But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.
Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.


Church and Church Grounds Cleanup

To prepare the church and the church grounds for Pascha, we are having a clean up day on Saturday April 9 starting at 8:30am. Please join us.  Bring your tools and whatever else you think will make the job easier! Drinks and food will be available.


April 10, 2022


Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt


The memory of this Saint is celebrated on April 1, where her life is recorded. Since the end of the holy Forty Days is drawing nigh, it has been appointed for this day also, so that if we think it hard to practice a little abstinence forty days, we might be roused by the heroism of her who fasted in the wilderness forty-seven years; and also that the great loving-kindness of God, and His readiness to receive the repentant, might be demonstrated in very deed.




Liturgical Guide


Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων…
Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery


Apolytikion for Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐν σοὶ Μῆτερ ἀκριβῶς διεσώθη τὸ κατ’ εἰκόνα…
In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Mary, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery


Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε…
O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant:  O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication,  O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon.  First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.


The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14

BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.


Gospel Reading


The reading is from Mark 10:32-45

At that time, Jesus took his twelve disciples, and he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise.” And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”



Memorial Prayer

Betty Galanis (3 months) and Jimmy Galanis (5 years) survived by their children Penny Giannomoros, Christina (Spiro) Angelos, Nick (Denise) Galanis, and Spiro (Dawn) Galanis, and 10 grandchildren

Trisagion Prayer

Beth Partalis (1 year) beloved mother of Gregory (Lynn), William (Bridgit), Karen (Angelo), Matthew (Dick), grandmother of Julie, Katie, Emily, (Chris) Evan, (Lauren) Lorin, (Eddie) Rory, (Monica) and JB, (Dottie), great grandmother of JJ, Wyatt, Elizabeth, Harriet, Dlynn, and cousins, Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales.

Kostandinos Marchelos (12 years) Kostas is survived by his children, Adrianne, son-in-law, Nick, Spiro & daughter-in-law Nikki, Elias, 7 grandchildren: Irene and Tommy, Vasiliki and Theo, Marionna and Steven, and Stephanie; and his 6 great grandchildren; his brother-in-law, John and Jerry Bekios and extended family throughout New York and Greece.




Bookstore News 

New in the Bookstore:  This year, fill the children’s Easter baskets with more than just candy.  See our new children’s books The Resurrection of Christ and  101 Orthodox Saints, in addition to our selection of favorites.



Bookstore News 

New in the Bookstore:  This year, fill the children’s Easter baskets with more than just candy.  See our new children’s books The Resurrection of Christ and  101 Orthodox Saints, in addition to our selection of favorites.


Choir Practice

Join us for Choir rehearsal for Good Friday Lamentations.
Sunday, April 10 after Liturgy & Wednesday April 13 at 11:00am



Elementary/middle school girls who are interested in participating as Myrofores during the Holy Friday Lamentations Service are asked to contact Effie (954) 773-5455 for details.


Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship  for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website  Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (

Scholarship applications are available on line at the St. Demetrios website or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2022.


Dance News

Mandatory dance practice for children already registered in the Dance Program for 2021-2022
K-2 Sunday, April 10, 2022, after Sunday School
3-5 Saturday, April 16, 2022 after Palm folding and lenten retreat (Saturday of Lazarus)
6-8 Sunday, April 10, 2022, after Sunday School
9-12 Sunday, April 10, 2022, after Sunday School

Dance Practice for the April 30th Glendi is only for children already registered in the Dance Program for 2021-2022. Also, practice and costume fitting on April 10th or 16th, depending on age, is mandatory for participating in the group performances on April 30th. We hope that all families will attend the Glendi on April 30th.





Memorial Luminary Lighting Ceremony

4/22/22 (Great Friday) – Honor your passed loved one by purchasing a luminary that will be lit on Holy Friday around our church. Luminaries are $10.00/each, and please only one luminary per loved one who has passed. Daughters of Penelope, Narcissus Chapter #289 will be selling luminaries in the church hall each Sunday, beginning February 27th. You may also purchase by contacting Effie Kirkiles @ 727-534-7474 or, or by contacting Diane Paxinos @ 954-304-5913 or


Oral History Project

The Hellenic Cultural Society (HCS) of South Florida is undertaking an Oral History Project which aims at creating an archive of the emigration and immigration experience of Greek Americans.

> All humans in the Americas, including Native Americans, immigrated from other continents. Greeks have been emigrating from their ancestral villages, hamlets and cities since the ancient times. As a result, they established what became the cities of Alexandria, Nice, Napoli, Messina, Odessa and Byzantium, to name but a few. In more recent times, Greeks immigrated to the United States of America. Some of them are our ancestors. The experience of these ancestors is an integral part of American History and must be recorded.

> The HCS invites you to include in the proposed archive the emigration and immigration history of your family. This may be accomplished through a live interview or by submitting written answers to a set of questions. All this primary data will be uploaded on a website and will become available to scholars embarking on a variety of topics regarding Greek Americans. In addition to the narrative you may wish to include copies of photographs and documents such as certificates of birth, baptism, marriage, divorce and death, passports etc.

> For more information please contact Malvina Protogerou Currie at or Stavroula Christodoulou at or at





Ukraine Relief Fund

March 3, 2022

To the Reverend Clergy, the Ladies Philoptochos Societies and all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:

My beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

I greet you with love in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we prepare to greet the beginning of the Springtime Fast, I am mindful of the terrible conflict that has befallen the citizens of Ukraine, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, because of the Russian invasion.

Even as we enter a period of repentance, and shall pray more fervently for peace and goodwill to be restored, I am proud to write to you that our Archdiocese has established the GOARCH Ukraine Relief Fund. This Fund (which shall receive beneficial advice from International Orthodox Christian Charities) “…aims to raise $1 million for both immediate and long-term support of the Ukrainian people”. I am also pleased to announce that yesterday afternoon His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America donated $100,000 to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on behalf of our Archdiocese, to support the efforts of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

This easy to use page available by clicking here  allows for an individual to select their donation amount, and then to specify their Metropolis and their home parish. In this way we all–individual persons, families & parish communities–can do our part to uplift the Ukranian nation through prayer and monetary assistance.

To quote His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros’ coming encyclical, “We join our spirit to the spirit of His All-Holiness and exhort all our Faithful: offer prayers and tangible support for all the Ukrainian People, those of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and those of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, those of the Ukrainian Catholic and Jewish communities, and all who find themselves in the dire circumstances of war.”

Standing with the people of Ukraine, and praying for a quick and peaceful resolution, I remain,

Paternally yours with love and blessings,

+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta


Philoptochos News    

Lenten Outreach
Again this year our Lenten Outreach is for the Ft. Lauderdale Covenant House.  We are collecting gift cards that they can use for clothes and toiletries, rides to work and school, and dinner between work and school.  Please put cards or cash in the box in the narthex or donate online at
Covenant House serves homeless teen-agers by giving them a safe place to live while they continue at their home schools and jobs.  They provide job training, education, mental health counseling, and assist with jobs and housing after their clients graduate from high school, so they can develop as independent adults.

Pascha Bake Sale
The bakery in Tarpon needed our order early, so all pre-orders will be distributed before we sell in the hall. If you want be sure to get tsoureki and koulourakia, order now, in the hall, by mailing a check to the church or online here


Walk for the Cure The Fort Lauderdale Pap Corps Chapter is holding a walkathon to raise funds to support cancer research.  Join us on Saturday, April 30th as we walk for the cure. Details are available in the Church Hall during the coffee hour.



2nd Annual Drawing Contest – St. Photios National Shrine


Our St. Demetrios Students, and Fr. Peter, will be attending Week 5


Our Church.  Our Spiritual Home.  Our Family


Our St. Demetrios Church is our spiritual home. It is a place of prayer, comfort, spiritual healing, and celebration. You may have been brought here on your 40th day, or it may have been the destination of your spiritual journey. For both, St. Demetrios Church is a spiritual home to which we may always return. We are brothers and sisters in Christ – a family.

We ask you to support the worship, service and activities of our vibrant community. Giving to His Church is a way to thank God for His grace, His generosity and His many blessings.

Thank you very much for your 2021 stewardship pledge.  Your gift truly makes a difference by enabling us to serve those who come to seek Jesus Christ in His Church. Please consider increasing your pledge for 2022. Even a small increase will help us do that much more to strengthen and advance our parish.  Please fill out a year 2022 pledge form. Fill out both sides completely so that we can update our database. Thank you!








Friday            4/8  
7:00pm                               Akathist Hymn

Saturday        4/9               
8:30am                              Church and grounds cleanup

Sunday          4/10  
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Communion               Sunday School

After Liturgy                        Choir practice

After Sunday School           Dance practice K-2nd grades; 6th through 8th grades; 9th through 12th grades

Monday         4/11 
4:15pm-6:00pm                  Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner @ church

6:30pm-7:30pm                  Intermediate Modern Greek -Zoom

Tuesday        4/12
7:00pm                               Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Wednesday   4/13
11:00am                            Choir practice

6:30pm                              DOP meeting

Thursday       4/14  
10:30am                            Philoptochos meeting

7:00pm                              Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Saturday      4/16             Saturday of Lazaros
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy
followed by community breakfast, palm folding and Lenten retreat

3:00pm-5:00pm                 Dance Practice 3rd-5th grades

Sunday         4/17              Palm Sunday
9:00am/10:00am               Orthros/Divine Liturgy

After Liturgy                      Palm Sunday Luncheon

7:00pm                             Service of the Nymphios