The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 2, 2023

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April 2, 2023




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!
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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.
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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
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.
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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.

Epistle Reading:  

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

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.”

Trisagion Prayer

Vasilios Papadimitriou (3 months) survived by his wife Alexandra, his children Amalia (Chris), Vasiliki (Alberto) and Dimitrios, and by his grandchildren Alexandra, Christian, and Michael.

Savvas Andonas (9 months) survived by his wife Maria Andona.

Jackie Filosofos (8 years) survived by her children Argerous, Denise, and Michael (Cindy) and by her grandchildren Michael, Sevaste (Todd) and Theo (Brooke).

Maria Barakakos (9 years) survived by her daughter Effie Barakakos.

Nikitas Legakis (11 years) survived by his wife Georgia, his children Manny and Maria and four grandchildren.



Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida movie night!  Please join us for the screening ofKing Otto(2021),a superb soccer gala, produced and directed by Greek-American filmmaker Christopher Andre Marks. Doors open7:00pm on Saturday, April 1st.time 80min with English Subtitles. Drinks & snacks for purchase. RSVP




Coffee Hour
The coffee hour of Sunday, April 2 will be sponsored in honor of Alice Aspras on the occasion of her 97th birthday.



Donation Opportunities Palms $452, flowers for icon of the Bridegroom $150, flowers for the icon of Holy Thursday $100, flowers for icon of the Resurrection $100, red roses for Holy Thursday $100, white roses for the Resurrection $100, rose petals for Holy Friday $40, flowers for the kouvouklion –cost to be determined. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!



Prosforo and Holy Communion Wine
Offerings of Prosforo and Nama Byzantino Red Wine for Holy Communion would be greatly appreciated.



Pre-Sanctified Liturgy, Lenten Dinner, and Lecture
Join us on Wednesday, April 5 at 5:30pm for the Service of the Pre-sanctified Gifts.
After the service, enjoy a lenten dinner prepared by our GOYAns and listen to a lecture “Letters of Saints and Monks” presented by Dr. Dean Vafiades.


Good Friday Myrofores
Girls in Kindergarten to 5th grade are invited to be Myrofores for the Good Friday Lamentations Service.  For more information, please contact Effie Vasil at 954 773 5455.



Philoptochos Pascha Treats 
Orders for tsourekia and cookies may be picked up in the hall after Church this Sunday, April 2.  We have small quantities available for purchase of tsourekia, koulourakia and melomakarona.






St. Stephen’ s Camp
For Camper registration, Staff Applications, and donation opportunities
visit  Application opens March 29.




Keep the Fast/ Share the Food
Keep the Fast/Share the Food: In Broward County today, 210,000 people are chronically food insecure.  80,000 of those are children.  During our Lenten fast, help Philoptochos Share the Food by donating to Feeding South Florida.  You may bring canned goods to the hall until April 2, donate online at or with a check to Ladies Philoptochos, with FSF in the memo line. Feeding South Florida can provide nine meals with every $1 we donate.

“While fasting with the body, o brethren, let us also fast in spirit; let us loosen every connection with injustice… Let us give bread to the hungry and introduce into our house the poor who have no roof to cover them, that we may receive from Christ our God the great mercy.” From the first Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified gifts of Lent.







Save The Date – April 22 & Walk with Us for the Cure




End of year Luncheon Meeting

Tickets can be purchased via http://





We are looking for new members in the St. Demetrios Choir.  We’d love to have you join us!  Please see Chanters Alex or Athena for more information.  Thank you!




Please fill out a year 2023 pledge form by clicking here  Or download this form, fill out both sides completely and return it to the office.  Thank you!






Friday                    3/31
7:00pm                              Akathist Hymn

Saturday               4/1     
9:30am                              Oratorical Festival at Ft. Pierce
7:00pm                              HCS Movie Night

Sunday                  4/2     
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion               Sunday School and Little Lambs
12:30pm                             GOYA meeting
1:15pm                               Bible Study

Monday                  4/3     
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
6:30pm-7:30pm                 Intermediate Modern Greek – Google Meet

Tuesday                 4/4
7:00pm                                Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Wednesday          4/5
5:30pm                              Service of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts
After the Service               Lenten dinner prepared by the students of GOYA
Lecture by Dr. Dean Vafiades

Thursday               4/6
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Saturday               4/8 
9:00am /10:00am              Saturday of Lazaros   
After Liturgy                       Lenten brunch and Palm folding

Sunday                 4/9        Palm Sunday 
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                        Luncheon
7:00pm                               Service of the Bridegroom