The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, February 18th, 2024

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Sunday, February 18th, 2024

Sunday of the Canaanite


          Leo the Great, Pope of Rome


According to some, this Saint was born in Rome, but according to others in Tyrrenia (Tuscany), and was consecrated to the archiepiscopal throne of Rome in 440.  In 448, when Saint Flavian, Archbishop of Constantinople, summoned Eutyches, an archimandrite in Constantinople, to give account for his teaching that there was only one nature in Christ after the Incarnation, Eutyches appealed to Saint Leo in Rome.  After Saint Leo had carefully examined Eutyches’s teachings, he wrote an epistle to Saint Flavian, setting forth the Orthodox teaching of the person of Christ, and His two natures, and also counseling Flavian that, should Eutyches sincerely repent of his error, he should be received back with all good will.  At the Council held in Ephesus in 449, which was presided over by Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria (and which Saint Leo, in a letter to the holy Empress Pulcheria in 451, was the first to call “The Robber Council”), Dioscorus, having military might behind him, did not allow Saint Leo’s epistle to Flavian to be read, although repeatedly asked to do so; even before the Robber Council was held, Dioscorus had uncanonically received the unrepentant Eutyches back into communion.  Because Saint Leo had many cares in Rome owing to the wars of Attila the Hun and other barbarians, in 451 he sent four delegates to the Fourth Ecumenical Council, where 630 Fathers gathered in Chalcedon during the reign of Marcian, to condemn the teachings of Eutyches and those who supported him.  Saint Leo’s epistle to Flavian was read at the Fourth Council, and was confirmed by the Holy Fathers as the Orthodox teaching on the incarnate person of our Lord; it is also called the “Tome of Leo.”  The Saint wrote many works in Latin; he reposed in 461.





Liturgical Guide




Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα…
Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly:  Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
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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
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. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.


Gospel Reading



Matthew 15:21-28

At that time, Jesus went to the district of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely possessed by a demon.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and begged Him, saying,  “Send her away, for she is crying after us.” He answered,  “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and knelt before Him, saying,  “Lord, help me.” And He answered,  “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” She said,  “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered her,  “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.




Memorial Prayer


Dennis Zographos (6 months) survived by his parents Cathy and George and his brothers Paul and Cory.

Evangelos (Evans) Gerakas (1 year) survived by his sister Ethel Gerakas and his cousin Diana Faaborg.

Neophytos Demetriou (4 years) survived by his children and grandchildren.



Trisagion Prayer


Theodore Spinos (40 days) survived by his wife MaryEllen, his children and grandchildren and by his sister Margo Vogis.

William Ragas (3 months) survived by his parents Alexis and Kyriaki.

Esther Spinos (9 years) and Kostas Spinos (10 years) survived by their daughter Margo (Victor) Vogis and by their grandchildren.

Irene Zographos (14 years) survived by the Vogis family.

Victor George Vogis (23 years) survived by his parents Victor and Margo Vogis, his sisters Katya (Omar) and Esther (Tony) and his niece Margo Marie.

Elias Aspras (32 years) husband of Alice Aspras, father of Emmanuel Aspras and Dr. Ana Aspras Steele.

Anthony Aspras (39 years) son of Alice Aspras, brother of Emmanuel Aspras and Dr, Ana Aspras Steele.

Baby Blessing


James Theodore Stout and Zoila Osores present Rafael Leonidas Stout for the 40 day blessing.







Coffee Hour
In his memory, the family of Evans Gerakas is sponsoring Sunday’s coffee hour.
Additionally, in memory of her brother Theodore Spinos, Margot Vogis is sponsoring Sunday’s coffee hour.

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

Our heartfelt gratitude to every single volunteer donating their precious time and unique talents as well as supporting the festival by bringing guests, donations and sharing our event through your social media, displaying signs and sharing our festival cards.  Each act is a contributing factor to our overall success!

A shout out this week to Bill Ypsilantis!  Bill is a member of the festival steering committee involved in every aspect of the festival planning throughout the year leading to our big event. He is onsite weeks prior and during festival ensuring everything is on time and set up in place among many other tasks!  He and his wife, April are responsible for successfully securing and managing the particulars for the carnival which was a big challenge these past years and his children were on board supporting festival where needed!   Bill is always on point for onsite troubleshooting, and a key “go to”person for all things festival.  He is always ready to support everyone in any way he can.  When you see Bill around, take a moment to thank him for his contribution to the success of our community and his valued role in our festival success.

St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
St. Demetrios will be hosting the Oratorical Festival on Sunday, February 25, 2024. Details forthcoming. Participants may visit for details. Judges are needed. If you are interested in serving as a judge, please text or call Danielle Smith at 954-478-3860.

Agape Luncheon
You are cordially invited to the Agape Luncheon to be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday 2/20/24. Chef Nick Manos and his able crew will prepare a delectable meal. Entrance $10.00.

Pap Corps
Chapter Meeting – Wednesday February 21, 3:00PM

BINGO, FRIDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 16, AT 6PM.   Doors open at 5:30pm.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.  The Festival is over so join us for a relaxing evening 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 Friday evening, February 16th, at 5:30pm.






Hellenic Cultural Society News

  • The National Hellenic Museum in Chicago and the Hellenic Cultural Society will collaborate on the Society’s South Florida Oral History Project. The goal of the project is to record and preserve the stories of Greek American immigrants (or their descendants). The recordings will be preserved at the National Hellenic Museum’s Collections and Archives Center.

For more info please contact Stavroula Christodoulou or Malvina Currie



The “Looted Parthenon Sculptures” Presentation







Saint Demetrios Fence Project- Fall 2023


The time has finally come to fence in our property.

Our plan at this time is to close off our property with a 6-foot-high steel fence.  There will be four entry gates some or all of which will ultimately be motorized for ease of use.

As part of this project, we will have to redo the festival outdoor electrical system.  The motorized fence will have to tap into this system for power.  The current electrical infrastructure is approximately 20 years old and has critical salt corrosion problems.  Our concern is that it may experience a critical failure during a festival that could lead to a complete festival loss.

The price tag for all this will be $350,000.  Our community has already collected $227,000 for the fence.  These funds have primarily come from the William and Bridget Eaton Partalis Charitable Remainder Unitrust and The Dina Hatzikostantis Estate. The Parish Council also intends to use the 2023 Partalis Family Lead Trust gift of approximately $27,000 for the fence project.

This leaves our community responsible for raising the remaining $100,000.

Please help us as we continue our endeavor to rebuild our parish.  Your gift will help Saint Demetrios  continue its mission of offering liturgical services, sacraments and programs that cultivate spiritual growth, strengthen families, and transform lives.



Volunteer Today in the South Narthex…Food Prep *  Setting up & Decorating  * Cashiers * Bakery * Greek Coffee
Volunteer Table * Parking & Golf Carts Drivers * Food Line Server * GYRO * Loukoumades * Greek Grocery * Admissions
Bar * Greek Grill Saganaki Loukaniko * Kitchen Team *

There’s Great Joy getting to know your church family during festival time!




St. Demetrios 2024 Walking Saints Pilgrimage

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Stewardship Year 2024


Please fill out a year 2024 pledge form by clicking here  Or download this form, fill out both sides completely and return it to the office.  Thank you!








Friday                  2/16
6:00pm                                 Bingo

Saturday             2/17
9:30am                                DOP meeting
7:00pm                                Parthenon Sculptures presentation

Sunday               2/18     
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School

Monday              2/19
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet

Tuesday              2/20       
11:30am                            Agape Luncheon
7:00pm                              Advanced Greek-zoom

Wednesday         2/21
3:00pm                              Pap Corps Chapter meeting

Thursday             2/22
7:00pm                              Advanced Greek-zoom

Sunday                 2/25      
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School
After Liturgy                       Oratorical Festival