The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, January 16th, 2022


January 16, 2022
12th Sunday of Luke


Saints and Feasts Commemorated 

Veneration of Apostle Peter’s Precious Chains
January 16

Herod Agrippa, the grandson of Herod the Great and king of the Jews, grew wroth against the Church of Christ, and slew James, the brother of John the Evangelist. Seeing that this pleased the Jews, he took Peter also into custody and locked him up in prison, intending to keep him there until after the feast of the Passover, so that he could win the favour of the people by presenting him to them as a victim. But the Apostle was saved when he was miraculously set free by an Angel (Acts 12:1-19). The chains wherewith the Apostle was bound received from his most sacred body the grace of sanctification and healing, which is bestowed upon the faithful who draw nigh with faith.
That such sacred treasures work wonders and many healings is witnessed by the divine Scripture, where it speaks concerning Paul, saying that the Christians in Ephesus had such reverence for him, that his handkerchiefs and aprons, taken up with much reverence, healed the sick of their maladies: “So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them” (Acts 19:12). But not only the Apostles’ clothing (which certainly touched the bodies of the sick), but even their shadow alone performed healings. On beholding this, people put their sick on stretchers and beds and brought them out into the streets that, when Peter passed by, his shadow “might overshadow some of them”(Acts 5:15). From this the Church has learned to show reverence and piety not only to the relics of their bodies, but also in the clothing of God’s Saints.


St. Makarios Kalogeras, hierodeacon of Patmos
January 17


He was born to a prosperous family on the island of Patmos. As soon as he was old enough to leave home, he attended the Patriarchal School in Constantinople, where he distinguished himself. He became a monk, then a deacon, but always refused to be ordained to the priesthood, though the Metropolitan of Nikomedia wished Makarios to be his successor. Instead, he returned to Patmos in 1713 and entered the Monastery of St John the Theologian, where he remained until his death.
Though he lived in great asceticism and constant prayer, Saint Makarios was moved by a concern for the salvation and education of the Orthodox people, who often lived in great ignorance, even of their own faith, under Ottoman rule. He established a school in a building adjacent to the monastery, and offered courses free of charge to any who could come. Modeling the curriculum on that of the Patriarchal School, he served more as a spiritual father than a worldly professor. The school grew steadily, partly due to generous contributions from a few wealthy Greek families and trade guilds in Constantinople. But students, many of them very poor, still had to pay for their own needs, and Saint Makarios used his own funds to aid the poorest of them. In addition, he secretly distributed any money that came to him personally to the poor on Patmos. The school at Patmos became famous throughout the Church, and its head became a spiritual father not only to his students but througout the Greek nation. Bishops often asked him to write homilies; about sixty of these were published in book form as The Trumpet of the Gospel, which is still widely read today by the faithful. Having greatly edified thousands while laboring tirelessly for the salvation of his soul, Saint Makarios reposed in peace in 1737.



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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery


Apolytikion for Veneration of the Chains of Apostle Peter in the Second Mode
Τὴν Ῥώμην μὴ λιπῶν…
Without leaving Rome, thou didst come to us by the precious chains which thou didst wear. O foremost of the Apostles.  And venerating them with faith, we pray:  By thine intercessions with God, grant us great mercy.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery


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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery


Seasonal Kontakion in the First Mode
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου…
Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon.  Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press


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 Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11

Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

Gospel Reading


The reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said:  “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.”  When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.  Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’s feet, giving him thanks.  Now he was a Samaritan.  Then said Jesus: “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?  Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him: “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Memorial Prayer

Georgia Mastrogianis (40 days) daughter of Alice Aspras, mother of Chris (Amy) Nikolopoulos and Alicia (Joseph) Quinones, grandmother of Angela and Morgan, sister of Dr. Ana Aspras Steele and Emmanuel (Marilyn) Aspras.

Trisagion Prayer

Sofia Glantzis (3 years) survived by her husband Philipp, son Nicholas, daughter in law Tania, and granddaughter Stefania.

George Stringos (3 years) survived by his wife Angeliki, son Emanuel, son George (Tracey), and grandson George.

Dimitrios Gigiras (5 years) survived by his daughters Evangelia Gigiras and Jane Lafata, grandchildren Patrick, Gregory and Andrew, great granddaughter Thaleia, siblings, nieces and nephews.

Constantine Anastasiou (18 years) survived by his wife Toni, his children Father Savvas and Jason, and his grandchildren Fotini, Antonios and Isabella.

Demetrios Kapakos (41 years) survived by his sons Chris (Mona) and Gus (Shelby), his daughters Stavroula (Nick) Ferrarese and Efstathia (Ted) Stout, and his grandchildren James Stout and Sarah Stout.

Antigone Pappas (5 months), Plato Pappas (7 months), Elias Asras (30 years), Anthony Aspras (37 years) beloved family of Alice Aspras.





Coffee Hour

In loving memory of her daughter Georgia Mastrogianis, Alice Aspras is hosting today’s coffee hour.


Youth Programs News

Dear Parents,

Sunday School & Dance are canceled until 1/30/22.

When classes resume on 1/30/22, we will continue to follow the attendance policy of dancers attending both Sunday School and Dance, in order for dancers to be allowed to perform at a Spring Celebration.  The date of the celebration is to be determined.


Loving Stitches News


Due to the high number of Covid cases, we will be canceling our meeting for January.
Hopefully we can meet up in February.
Please stay happy, healthy, & safe!


Celebration of Learning Luncheon

The Celebration of Learning luncheon planned for January 23, 2022 is being rescheduled. The new date will be announced soon.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Philoptochos News

Philoptochos 2022 Memberships:  Annual dues are payable now.  Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2022, as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America.  Please make checks payable to Philoptochos or use credit cards via Square.


Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida 

Do you love reading and discussing old and new ideas about passion and rage, greatness and pride?

You are cordially invited to join our Book Club as we discuss the play “Medea” by Euripides. The play was written in 431 BC and was first produced in Athens at the city’s Dionysia Festival. It is one of the great plays of the Western literary canon and one of the most frequently performed Greek tragedies in the late 20th century. The play, Medea’s story of betrayal by her husband is a remarkable study of injustice and ruthless revenge. Special appearance: an actor will read a short passage and a solo dance will be presented.

You can purchase the book at the Hall, at Barnes and Noble or Amazon for $6 or download it for free.

Due to the high numbers of Omicron cases, we will meet online on Saturday January 29th at 12:30pm .
We are looking forward to seeing you.

For more information please contact Stavroula Christodoulou (954) 899-8455 or Malvina Currie (954) 993-7456

To purchase the book in English


Free in Greek

This event is part of the Book Club Series 2022 Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida.


St. Demetrios Church in the National Herald

Read the article regarding the Epiphany Celebration.

Read the article regarding Fr. Peter’s 10 year anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.


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Sunday           1/16 
9:00am/10:00am            Orthros/Divine Liturgy

No Sunday School
No Dance Practice

1:00pm-2:00pm              Bible Study

Monday       1/17
4:15pm-6:00pm           Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner @ church
6:30pm-7:30pm           Intermediate Modern Greek -Zoom

Tuesday      1/18 
7:00pm                        Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Thursday     1/20           
7:00pm                        Adv. Modern Greek-Zoom

Sunday        1/23
9:00am/10:00am            Orthros/Divine Liturgy

No Sunday School
No Dance Practice

1:00pm-2:00pm              Bible Study