The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, August 27, 2023

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August 27, 2023


12th Sunday of Matthew 




Holy Martyr Phanurius




Little is known of the holy Martyr Phanurius, except that which is depicted concerning his martyrdom on his holy icon, which was discovered in the year 1500 among the ruins of an ancient church on Rhodes, when the Moslems ruled there. Thus he is called “the Newly Revealed.” The faithful pray to Saint Phanurius especially to help them recover things that have been lost, and because he has answered their prayers so often, the custom has arisen of baking a Phaneropita (“Phanurius-Cake”) as a thanks-offering.




Liturgical Guide



Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια…
Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death.  The first-born of the dead hath He become.  From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.
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Apolytikion for Martyr Phanurius in the Fourth Mode
Ὡς ἄστρον ἀνέτειλας…
A heavenly song of praise is brightly sung on the earth; * the hosts of the Angels keep an earthly festival now in splendor and radiant joy; * from on high, they praise with hymns the suff’rings and struggles; * and below, the Church doth laud the heavenly glory * thou foundest by thy contests and pains, O glorious Phanurius.
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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 Fourth Mode
Ιωακείμ καί Άννα όνειδισμού ατεκνίας…
In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: “The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life.”
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Epistle Reading



Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 67.35,26.
God is wonderful among his saints.
Verse: Bless God in the congregations.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 6:10-17

Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace; besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.


Gospel Reading


Matthew 19:16-26

At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, “Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you call me good?  One there is who is good.  If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”  He said to him, “Which?”  And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  The young man said to him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?”  Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”  But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”


Trisagion Prayer

Magdalini Manessis (9 days)

40 day Baby Blessing



Athena and Freddy Macias present Nikolai Macias-Constantino for his 40 day blessing.






GOYA Meeting and Election on Sunday, September 1o 
For details on the meeting and eligibility to run for office, please call Alexandra Zaden at (678) 596-6776 of Jamie Makris at (610) 442-9217.



Ministry Programs 
If you have not done so, please register your children.  Stewardship of the individual or family is mandatory. Also, the Parental Covenant, Student Code of Conduct, Release of liability, and Release form and waiver are required.



Loving Stitches Reminder
Please remember there is no meeting for Loving Stitches in August. We would love to see everyone on September 26.




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.




Youth Programs News





Summertime BINGO


Saturday, August 26th, at 12 noon.Doors open at 11:30am.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  Join us for an afternoon of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 BINGO cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida and Covenant House.  Sponsored by Philoptochos.  Invite your neighbors and friends.  See you on Saturday, August 26th, at 11:30am.



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.”


Movie Night


Join us on Thursday, September 7 at Cinema Paradiso for a sneak preview of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. This is a fundraiser for the Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida.

The theater is located at 2008 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, FL. The movie starts at 7:30pm.  There are a limited number of tickets available so please purchase them asap! Tickets can be purchased for $20 each during coffee hour on Sundays or through our website at simplygreeksf,
We accept cash, check or credit card.


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            8/26
11:30am                             BINGO
12:00 noon                         Youth Beach Picnic

Sunday               8/27       St.  Phanourios Day          
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
1:15pm                               Bible Study