The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, August 13, 2023

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August 13, 2023


10th Sunday of Matthew 




Tikhon of Zadonsk



Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk was born in 1724 into a very poor family of the Novgorod province, and was named Timothy in holy Baptism. In his youth he was sent to seminary in Novgorod where he received a good education and later taught Greek and other subjects. Having received the monastic tonsure with the name Tikhon, in the same year he was ordained deacon and priest, and appointed two years later as rector of the Seminary in Tver. In 1761 he was consecrated Bishop of Kexholm and Ladoga, and in 1763 nominated Bishop of Voronezh, a difficult diocese to administer because of its large size and transient population, which included many schismatics. Feeling the burden of the episcopacy to be beyond his strength, the Saint resigned in 1767, retiring first to the Monastery of Tolshevo, and later to the monastery at Zadonsk, where he remained until his blessed repose. In retirement, he devoted all his time to fervent prayer and the writing of books. His treasury of books earned him the title of  “the Russian Chrysostom”, whose writings he employed extensively; simple in style, replete with quotes from the Holy Scriptures, they treat mostly of the duties of Christians, with many parables taken from daily life. In them the Christian is taught how to oppose the passions and cultivate the virtues. A large collection of the Saint’s letters are included in his works, and these give a wealth of spiritual guidance directed both to the laity and monastics. Saint Tikhon reposed in peace in 1783, at the age of fifty-nine. Over sixty years later, in 1845, when a new church was built in Zadonsk in place of the church where he was buried, it was necessary to remove his body. Although interred in a damp place, his relics were found to be whole and incorrupt; even his vestments were untouched by decay. Many miracles were worked by Saint Tikhon after his death, and some three hundred thousand pilgrims attended his glorification on August 13, 1863. He is one of the most beloved Russian Saints, and is invoked particularly for the protection and upbringing of children.






Liturgical Guide



Apolytikion for Holy Transfiguration 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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Apodosis of Transfiguration in the Grave Mode
Μετεμορθώθης εν τώ όρει Χριστέ ο Θεός…
Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure.  Shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending, through the prayers of the Theotokos.  Light-bestower, glory be to Thee.
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Seasonal Kontakion in the Grave Mode
Επί τού όρους μετεμορφώθης…
You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.
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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.

The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 4:9-16

Brethren, God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the off-scouring of all things. I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me.


Gospel Reading


The reading is from Matthew 17:14-23

At that time, a man came up to Jesus and kneeling before him said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.  And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.”  And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you?  Bring him here to me.”  And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”  He said to them, “Because of your little faith.  For truly I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move hence to yonder place,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.  But this kind never comes out except by prayer and fasting.”  As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them,  “The Son of man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Memorial Prayer



Irini Eleutheria Bacaloudi (40 days) Survived by her children Ahmed and Dahlia Lutfi, her sisters Mary Comessatti and Elly (Lorenzo) Picoti, her niece Sonia and nephews Ivano (Daniela) and Stefano (Marta) and her cousins scattered on four continents.  Irini’s final resting place is in the cemetery of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. George in Cairo, Egypt.

Elizabeth “Betty Athanasakos” (1 year) Survived by sister Antonia Hyland and brother Van Athanasakos. Nieces, Rena Shahan, Elizabeth Hyland, Lisa Ramage, nephew, Nickolas  Athanasakos.

Trisagion Prayer



Mary Sefferly (5 years) Survived by her sons Byron Fraute and Loren Fraute.

Guadalupe Gonzalez (2 yrs), Janneth Hernandez (8 months), Enrique Fraute (15 yrs), Antonio Plaza (1 yr), John Wills (2 months) Survived by Byron Fraute and Loren Fraute.








St. Demetrios Registration  2023-2024
Registration for our programs will take place Sunday, August 6 and Sunday, August 13. Stewardship of the individual or family (in the case of children) is mandatory.
Also, the Parental Covenant, Student Code of Conduct, Release of liability, and Release form and waiver are required.



Please join the Elders of our Community for the Agape luncheon at 11:30 AM on Tuesday 8/22/23 in the Great Hall. Chef Manos and his able crew are planning a delectable souvlaki meal with all the trimmings followed by dessert and ice cream.



Operation Classroom 
St. Demetrios Philoptochos’ annual Support of Operation Classroom begins today and will finish on August 27th.We are again providing support to Bennett Elementary School, who provides excellent education and care to the children of our community.A list of needed supplies will be posted. Monetary donations will also be greatly appreciated. Those donations will be used to purchase additional supplies.Thank you for supporting this worthy cause and your Philoptochos Organization.



Save the Date 
Summertime BINGO, Saturday, August 26th.  Doors open at 11:30am.  Kandaras Hall.


Save the Date
Thursday, September 7.  Join HCSSF at Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood for the screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.  Tickets are $13 per person and will be available for purchase in the hall.

Gyro Night
Join us on Saturday, August 19 at 6:30pm for our annual Gyro night.  The meal is complimentary.





August 12th. District GOYA Meet and Greet!!!!

GOYA District is having the first District GOYA Event of the new year at Season’s Clubhouse in Boca Raton. . .

Please RSVP to  by August 4.



Youth Programs News






St. Fanourios Day

On Sunday, August 27, the Church celebrates St. Fanourios.

As our children return to school, His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios asks Philoptochos to offer a Fanouropita to raise funds for 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.  Please give generously as we pass a basket and enjoy a piece of Fanouropita in the hall. All donations will go directly to the Metropolis Youth Programs. If you would like to donate a Fanouropita to share with the congregation it would be greatly appreciated..  If you prefer to serve your own cake in the hall or to take it home, please be sure you claim your cake prior to it being taken to the hall.  If your cake is taken to the hall, the ladies in the kitchen will gladly serve it for you to share with the community.

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.”

Donation Opportunities-  Summertime Angels






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!






Saturday            8/12
9:30am                               DOP meeting
11:00am                             District GOYA pool party at Boca Raton

Sunday               8/13          
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                       Registration for all programs
1:15pm                               Bible Study

Tuesday              8/15      The Dormition of the Theotokos
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Liturgy                       Complimentary Luncheon

Saturday            8/19
6:30pm                             Gyro Night

Sunday               8/20        Start of Youth Programs            
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
1:15pm                               Bible Study