The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, February 25th, 2024

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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
Triodion Begins



Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople


This Saint was the son of one of the foremost princes in Constantinople, and was originally a consul and first among the Emperor’s private counselors.  Then, in 784, he was elected Patriarch of Constantinople by the Sovereigns Irene and her son Constantine Porphyrogenitus.  He convoked the Seventh Ecumenical Council that upheld the holy icons, and became the boast of the Church and a light to the clergy.  He reposed in 806. 





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.
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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
Φαρισαίου φύγωμεν ὑψηγορίαν…
Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican.  Let us cry out to the Savior, “Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled.”
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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 Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.


Gospel Reading



Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”



Memorial Prayer


Theodosios Bitsounis (23 years) survived by his children and grandchildren.


Trisagion Prayer


Michael Homatas (4 years) survived by his loving wife Stacy and family.

Stamatios Fragostefanakis (20 years) survived by his children and grandchildren.

Patricia G Makris (28 years), Constantine G Makris (30 years), Irene W Georgitson (33 years) Survived by Evangeline, Katina, Barbara Makris, Jacob C Hollander.







St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
After Divine Liturgy this Sunday, February 25th, St. Demetrios is hosting the Oratorical Festival.  All parishioners are welcome to listen to our students talk about the Orthodox Christian Faith.

Loving Stitches
Join the Loving Stitches on Tuesday, February 27 at 11:00am for camaraderie and crafting.

Fence Vote
Immediately following church services on Sunday, March 3, 2024, the community will vote on the color of the new fence that is to be installed. To participate, you must have been a Steward in good standing for year 2023.

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

In the vibrant tapestry of Festival 2024, the spotlight this Sunday shines brightly on Victor Demetriou – Food Line and  Tony Planakis –  Gyro.  Their unwavering dedication and passion, demonstrated through months of meticulous preparation leading up to the festival and tireless efforts during multiple days of setup, cleanup, and service, greatly contributed to an elevated festival experience for all.  The line of eager guests waiting for their delectable Greek dishes stretched further than ever before. At one point, the distinction between Gyro and Food Line blurred as the line extended out toward the church!

The spotlight also extends to the volunteers! On one end stood Tony and the team of master grillers and gyro/souvlaki wrappers, infusing the air with tantalizing aromas and crafting each wrap with precision. On the other end, Victor, and the food line team patiently engaged with patrons, explaining the nuances of each dish and proudly showcasing the Greek cuisine on every plate. Despite the relentless demands, both teams remained unwavering as welcoming hosts to our hungry and grateful guests!

Thank you volunteers listed here and those who jumped in: Food Line:  Victor Demetriou, Tony Maiorana, Costa Pieri, Christina, John & John Ioannou, George Papastamtis, Marsha Stamatakis, Richard Schieb, Mindy Markantone, Katelyn Tzavelis, Maria Vlamis, Tom, Maria & Sophia  Christos,  Michael B., Mary Steve, John Clidas,  Michelle Moskos, John Gagoudakis, Scott Stringer, Kathe Vezos Milner, Judith Jack, Stella Stringer, Marianne Kritikos, Stacy Simitses, Janet jeffrey, Eleni Angelos, Connie Fountas, Noura & Mariam Wassef…GYRO: Tony Planakis, Lea & George Planakis, Paul Steve, George Stringos, Telly, Melissa, Sophia & Demi Bakatselos, Tim Sergiou, Pantelis, Nicholas & Jordan Klonaris, Paula Ottati, Michael Delakas, Evelyn & Mark Shelnut, Demetrios Mastoros, Pauline Loupasakis, Andrew Chionidis, Petros, Irene & Dimitra Tsingelis, Steve & Stella Lycouris, Joe & Galena Hinkley, Vasiliki Karliambas, Jacob Francis, George & Dorothea Stratoudakis, Peter Angelakos, Kathe Vezos Milner, Margo Vogis, April Ypsilantis, George Palaidis, Alex Gerber, Dionysia Hatzikostantis, Randall Soy, Nikolaos Anaganostopoulos,           




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







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!








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

Monday              2/26
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet

Tuesday              2/27       
11:00am                            Loving Stitches

Thursday             2/29
7:00pm  – 9:00pm             Advanced Greek-zoom

Saturday              3/2
5:00pm                             Tavli tournament

Sunday                 3/3      
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion              Sunday School
GOYA Meeting
After Liturgy                       Fence Vote
After Liturgy                       Celebration of Learning Luncheon