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August 21, 2022
10th Sunday of Matthew
The Holy Apostle Thaddaeus
The Apostle Thaddaeus was from Edessa, a Jew by race. When he came to Jerusalem, he became a disciple of Christ, and after His Ascension he returned to Edessa. There he catechized and baptized Abgar (see Aug. 16). Having preached in Mesopotamia, he ended his life in martyrdom. Though some call him one of the Twelve, whom Matthew calls “Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus” (Matt. 10:3), Eusebius says that he is one of the Seventy: “After [Christ’s] Resurrection from the dead, and His ascent into Heaven, Thomas, one of the twelve Apostles, inspired by God, sent Thaddaeus, one of the seventy disciples of Christ, to Edessa as a preacher and evangelist of Christ’s teaching” (Eccl. Hist. 1: 13).
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 Afterfeast of the Dormition in the First Mode
Εν τή Γεννήσει τήν παρθενίαν εφύλαξας…
In giving birth, thou didst preserve thy virginity; in thy dormition, thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos. Thou wast translated unto life, since thou art the Mother of Life; and by thine intercessions dost thou redeem our souls from death.
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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 Second Mode
Τήν εν πρεσβείαις ακοίμητον Θεοτόκον...
Neither the grave nor death could contain the Theotokos, the unshakable hope, ever vigilant in intercession and protection. As Mother of life, He who dwelt in the ever-virginal womb transposed her to life.
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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.
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.”
Helen Gatsonis (6 months) survived by her daughter Elizabeth.
Maria Papastamatis (2 years) survived by her husband George, sons Michael and Alex (Maria), and granddaughter Christina.
Demetrios Hamilothoris ( 1 year) survived by his wife Eleni and his children Maria and John.
In loving memory of his wife Maria, Mr. George Papastamatis has sponsored this Sunday’s luncheon.
In loving memory of Nicholas Christos, Stella Manikas Copulos and Aristides Copulos, the Christos and Stringer families have sponsored Sunday’s coffee hour.
St. Demetrios is celebrating youth in August and September. Our own youth programs, Sunday School, Dance, GOYA, HOPE, JOY and Greek School, will begin, and our students head back to their academic schools. Please support all Youth in the following ways:
1) Help Philoptochos and Daughters of Penelope support Bennett Elementary, a Title 1 school just 1 mile away and run by Principal Danielle Smith, who is also St. Demetrios Sunday School Principal. Donate the following items to the box in the narthex Composition books, Primary composition books, Tissues, Headphones ,Ziploc bags, Expo markers. Or, make checks payable to either organization, or donate at https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/
2) Donate generously to the Fanouropita on August 28, which benefits Metropolis youth programs like St. Stephen’s Camp, and St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
Program Registration for Sunday School, Hope, Joy, GOYA, Greek School, and Greek Dance will take place on Sunday, August 14 and Sunday August 21 in the hall after Divine Liturgy. Remember that you must be a Steward of St. Demetrios and current in your year 2022 financial commitment.
Youth Programs Volunteers
If you would like to join in the work done by our wonderful youth program volunteers, fill out the application found at the link below or pick up a form found in the narthex by the candles.
Dance Advisory Committee (DAC)
The DAC board is seeking several new parents or grandparents for this very low-stress (90% of the year) position. The main time we need assistance is helping with attendance and occasionally sitting in on practices to make sure everything is running smoothly and with the festival. For the festival, we need help selling the t-shirts (which can easily be done before the festival), collecting money from the dance floor and counting it. PLEASE consider running for the DAC Board as it is impossible for this program to be successful without parent support. Elections will be held on September 11, 2022.
BINGO, SATURDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 20, 2022 AT 12:00 NOON. Doors open at 11:30 am. Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments. It’s an afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food. Get 2 Bingo cards for $7.00 at the door. Supporting Feeding South Florida. Sponsored by Philoptochos! Invite your neighbors and friends.
See you on August 20th at 11:30am.
Ahepa 394 invites everyone in our community to attend this event; no admission fee.
Learn to play Backgammon class for Kids and Adults also no fee.
So come and enjoy a fun filled afternoon of competition & fellowship and cheer on your favorite participant to win the tournament.
Hellenic Cultural Society to present “Smyrna, my beloved”.
To commemorate the 100 years from the destruction of Smyrna, the Hellenic Cultural Society is presenting one South Florida screening of the acclaimed historical drama “SMYRNA, MY BELOVED” “ΣΜΥΡΝΗ ΜΟΥ, ΑΓΑΠΗΜΕΝΗ”. The film will be shown on Saturday, September 24, @ 3:20pm at Savor Cinema, 503 SE 6th street in Ft Lauderdale. Reception immediately after the screening at the Cinema’s outdoors garden.
“This moving historical saga follows a prominent Greek family forced to endure the burning of the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Smyrna in 1922 by the Turks and the killing of its Greek and Armenian populations”. Veteran actress Mimi Denissi is the creative force behind SMYRNA, MY BELOVED. The film is based on her play, which ran in Athens for an unprecedented three seasons and was seen by more than one million viewers. The film, the largest ever Greek movie production was a major Greek box office and international film festivals success. The film was directed by Grigoris Karantinakis. It has earned a total of 12 Hellenic Film Academy award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. The movie is in Greek and English with English subtitles. Tickets can be purchased at the Hall. Not suitable for young audiences.
“The burning of Smyrna was a seminal event in modern Greek history, seared into the consciousness of Greeks, many of whom emigrated to the US as a result of that atrocity”. Jimmy DeMetro, President of the Hellenic Film Society USA.
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.
We are launching our Summertime Angels Campaign. Please consider participating!
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.
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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!
12:00noon BINGO. Doors open @ 11:30am
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Loving Stitches
3:00pm PapCorps meeting
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy