The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, April 21st, 2024

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Sunday, April 21st, 2024

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.


                                                             Wisdom of the Fathers     

Before He humbled Himself, only the angels knew him.  After He humbled Himself, all human nature knew Him.  You see how His humbling of Himself did not make Him have less but produced countless benefits, countless deeds of virtue, and made His glory shine forth with greater brightness?  God wants for nothing and has need of nothing.  Yet, when He humbled Himself, He produced such great good, increased His household, and extended His kingdom. Why, then, are you afraid that you will become less if you humble yourself?

St. John Chrysostom
On the Incomprehensible Nature of God. 8.46-47.  Taken from:  Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.  Vol: Mark. Intervarsity Press, 2005, p. 143.





Liturgical Guide



Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι…
Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death.  And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.
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.

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: Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Epistle Reading


Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

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.”




Memorial Prayer

Kaliope Courakos (40 days) remembered by the Courakos and Pilavakis families.

George Courakos (1 yr) remembered by the Courakos and Pilavakis families.

George Pilavakis (1 yr) remembered by the Pilavakis and Courakos families.

Haricleia Kollitidou (1 yr) mother of Trip Kollitides.

Yiannis Panageotou (2 yrs) remembered by his wife Maria Panageotou.


Trisagion Prayer


Connie Sedares (2 yrs) remembered by her loving family and friends.

Maria Vera (3 yrs)

Maria Barakakos (9 yrs) mother of Efi Barakakos.




Baby Blessing

Persephone (Percy) Skye Davis daughter of Marie Tranakas and Trevor Davis.






Coffee Hour
In loving memory of George Pilavakis and Kaliope and George Courakos, the Pilavakis and Courakos familes have sponsored this Sunday’s coffee hour.



Prosforo Baking
We invite anyone who knows how to make prosforo to please do so. Thank you for your offering.



Thank You
A big thank you to George Chiavaras, Tim Cox, Demetrios Limperopoulos, Anne Nicholas, Jimmy Tsekeris, and Bill Ypsilantis who did the lion’s share of the work cleaning up after a plumbing issue last Thursday.


Sunday School and Joy & Hope News

  • For a letter excusing you from school Holy Friday, please see Fr. Peter.
  • Please be at church at 1:30pm on Holy Friday, May 3rd, to adorn with flowers the Children’s’ kouvouklion.


Choir Practice 
Choir will rehearse the Lamentations for Holy Friday and the special hymns for the Resurrection Service on Holy Saturday/midnight.  Sunday, April 21 after Liturgy & Wednesday, May 1 at 11am.  Questions to Athena or Alex.


Loving Stitches
April 23 at 11:00am.  Join us for stitching and camaraderie.


Pap Corps
Wednesday April 24 3PM – Pap Corps Chapter meeting


Donation Opportunities
Even partial donations towards the following items would be greatly appreciated!  Please note the intention of your donation on your check’s memo line.  Thank you!  If you have any questions, please call the office (954)467-1515.


Flowers for the icon of the Panagia

$75  Salutations service 4/12

Flowers for Sunday of the Holy Cross

For Palm Sunday
2 vases red roses $175

Palm Sunday evening, Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday
Flowers for the Icon of the Bridegroom $75 each

For Holy Thursday
2 vases red roses $175

For Holy Friday
Flowers for the kouvouklion $1,700 (approximate number)
Rose petals for the myrofores $100

For Holy Saturday
1 gallon bucket Bay Leaves  $20

For the Resurrection Service
2 vases white roses $175


Stewardship Year 2024
We are more than a quarter through the calendar year.

If you have filled out a pledge form for year 2024 but have not yet made a donation toward your pledge of treasure, please do so. 

To make payments on your pledge, use and at the drop down menu choose “Stewardship” .  If paying by check, please note “Pledge 2024” on the memo line.

We thank our parishioners who have pledged their gifts of time, talent and treasure for year 2024.  
If you have not, please fill out a form.  You can download a form, pick up a form at church, or use




Lenten Lecture
Please join us in the hall, Friday, April 19, after the Akathist Hymn, We will enjoy a meal and listen to Dr. Dean Vafiadis who will teach us about the Bridegroom Service chanted on Palm Sunday evening, Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday.


Saturday, April 20, at 12:00 noon.
   Doors open at11:30am.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for a relaxing afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.  See you on Saturday, April 20, at 11:30am.


Feeding South Florida
Philoptochos will be dispensing paper bags for the annual collection for Feeding South Florida.  We will be collecting donations of nonperishable food that will help provide food for the needy in Broward County.  The collection dates will run from April  through April 21st.  Donated food can be left in a container located in the hall or with any Philoptochos member.  Thank you for contributing to this wonderful foundation and our neighbors in need.


Hope & Joy News

Easter Egg Hunt




Saturday of Lazarus





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 (

It’s important to note that applications for St. Stephen’s Camp open on March 28th. 

Scholarship applications are available online at the St. Demetrios website under the heading of “Ministries” or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for all applications are May 15, 2024.

AHEPA Scholarship



Dance Advisory Committee Election-Change of Date

Dance Advisory Committee elections: On May 19, 2024 , the committee will hold elections for two seats.  The term for the position is two years. You need to have a child/grandchild enrolled in the dance program, to be eligible to join the committee. Parishioners who meet the eligibility requirements and would like to join the committee, please contact Kiki in the church office by no later than April 22nd. You are more than welcome to speak with any of the current committee members, Christina Tsekeris, Danielle Smith, Christa Fitzgerald, Joy Catsicas, Maria Papastamatis, Ana Visvardis, and Eva Galouzis, if you would like more information about what the DAC does.


Palm Sunday Luncheon




Join the Scholar Choir of the Archimedean School for a special performance of the Oratorio “Ελεύθεροι Πολιορκημένοι» (Elefteroi -Free besieged) and other songs.

The oratorio by composer Petros Hatjopoulos is based on the homonymous epic poem by Greek National Poet Dionisios Solomos. The poem describes the heroic fight of the citizens of Messologi during the third Siege (April 15, 1825 to April 10, 1826) and the tragic sortie in which 8,000 citizens were slaughtered including women and children. Commemorating 198 years from the siege and the tragic exodus.

















Friday                  4/19 

7:00pm                             Akathist Hymn
8:00pm                             Lenten meal and Lecture

Saturday              4/20
4:00pm                           Joy & Hope Egg Hunt at Bayview Park
8:00pm                           Echoes of Greece Concert

Sunday                4/21   
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School
After Liturgy                       Choir Practice

Monday                4/22      

4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet
Tuesday               4/23
11:00am                             Loving Stitches

Wednesday          4/24
3:00pm                             Pap Corps Meeting

Thursday             4/25     
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Saturday              4/27     Saturday of Lazarus
9:00am/10:00am              Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                      Breakfast, Palm Folding, Lazarakia Baking

Sunday                4/28     Palm Sunday
8:30am/9:30am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                      Palm Sunday Luncheon
7:00pm                             Bridegroom Service