The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, January 7th, 2024

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Saturday, January 6, 2024



Location: Beach Pavilion at Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Florida 33308

9:00am Orthros
10:00am Divine Liturgy followed by the Blessing of the Water.

Doves will be released and then the divers will dive for the Cross.

Immediately following service, refreshments  will be served on the pier at Anglins beach Cafe.

Please sign waiver prior or at location if you would like to dive for the Cross.  All ages are welcome to dive for the Cross.






January 7th, 2024



Synaxis of John the Holy Glorious Prophet, Baptist, & Forerunner


Today we celebrate the Synaxis in honour of the most sacred Forerunner, since he ministered at the Mystery of the Divine Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    



Liturgical Guide


Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου…
Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead.  And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body.  Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.
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Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Theophany in the First Mode
Ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ βαπτιζομένου σου Κύριε…
When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son.  And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word.  O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.
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Apolytikion for Synaxis of John the Forerunner in the Second Mode
Μνήμη δικαίου μέτ’ ἐγκωμίων…
The memory of the just is celebrated with hymns of praise, but the Lord’s testimony is sufficient for thee, O Forerunner; for thou hast proved to be truly even more venerable than the Prophets, since thou was granted to baptize in the running waters Him Whom they proclaimed.  Wherefore, having contested for the truth, thou didst rejoice to announce the good tidings even to those in Hades:  that God hath appeared in the flesh, taking away the sin of the world and granting us great mercy.
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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
Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον τὴ οἰκουμένη…
You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: “You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light.”
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Epistle Reading



Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 63.11,1.
The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord.
Verse: Oh God, hear my cry.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 19:1-8

In those days, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the upper country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve of them in all. And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, arguing and pleading about the kingdom of God.


Gospel Reading



John 1:29-34

At that time, John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for He was before me.’ I myself did not know Him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that He might be revealed to Israel.” And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on Him. I myself did not know Him; but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”





Memorial Prayer


Evgenia Griva, Presvytera (40 days) survived by her daughter Fotini (Nick) and by his grandson Ioannis.

Vasilios Papadimitriou (1 year) survived by his wife Alexandra, his children Amalia (Chris), Vasiliki (Alberto), and Dimitrios and by his grandchildren Alexandra, Christian, and Marco.

Evridiki Gialis (1 year) survived by her parents, her brother, and her fiance Panagiotis Golfinopoulos.

Markos Hatzikostantis (4 years) survived by his children, grandchildren, and siblings.

Konstantina Lymberis (22 years) survived by her children, her sister, nephews and nieces.


Trisagion Prayer


Loukis Petrides (1 year) and Ioulia Petrides (15 years) survived by their daughter Stella Lycouris.

Mitchell James Thermis (3 years) brother of Sophia Thermis, husband of Loretta, uncle and great uncle of 4 generations.

Ariadna Palacios (7 years) survived by her daughter Theodora.






Coffee Hour
In memory of Presvytera Evgenia Griva, her daughter Fotini is sponsoring this Sunday’s coffee hour.

Practice Saturday 1/6/24 3-7pm.

Ladies who have missed baking for our Festival.
Philoptochos will be baking for the first time in several years!  If you  have missed shaping our cookies and hearing how wonderful they are,get ready. You are invited to come on Wednesday January 10th any time after 9:30am.  Join us for a morning of fun, socializing,and conversation.  We will only be making Koulourakia this year. Our goal is 3,000 cookies!  Please come and join us   to meet our goal.

Also, remember to sign up early if you want to work at the Bakery during the festival. It is important to sign up ahead of time so we can properly cover the days.  Thank you for your dedication to these projects.

Agape Luncheon
The Agape Fellowship will meet for its monthly luncheon at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Chef Nick Manos and his able crew (Andrew, Bessie, Cindy, Eva and Sue/Sophia) will prepare a delectable meal of shrimp with all the trimmings. Ice cream and dessert will follow. President Cleo Georgakakis will welcome you, Maestra Maria Jordan will play the piano and Alexandra Nichols will be the MC. Fee is $10.00 per person. Happy New Year to All. Peace…

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.

On Friday January 12th, Dr. Katherine Kelaidis, the NHM Director of Research and Content and J. Bucher, the Collections and Archives Manager, will lead a 1hour virtual training for interested parties (time to be announced). All are welcome.

For more info please contact Stavroula Christodoulou or Malvina Currie


  • The Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in Tampa and the Festival of the Arts in Boca Raton present “Socrates Now”  by Yannis Simonides at 5:30 PM on January 18, 2024 at FAU Theater 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33431. The event is free and open to the public, however, seat reservations are required:

“Socrates Now” is an eighty minute solo performance-discourse which captures the essence of the socratic ethic in an accessible and engaging manner. You are invited to take a seat at the People’s  Court in the Agora of Ancient Athens as Socrates goes on trial for his life being judged by a jury of 500 male citizens in 399 B.C. Hear the philosopher face his accusers with his trademark wit, incisive logic and the courage of his ideals. Consider his arguments on virtue, justice, politics, corruption, civic duty, love, life and hope in the face of death and draw your own judgement. Enjoy the post-performance opportunity to discuss with the actor the ramifications of your verdict. The actor YANNIS SIMONIDES was born in Constantinople and was raised in Athens. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Yale School of Drama. He has served as professor and chair of the undergraduate Drama Department at the New York University [NYU] Tisch School of the Arts and is a founding director of the Greek Theatre of New York. Simonides has been awarded an Emmy  by the American Academy of Televisioin Arts and Sciences and has been named Ambassador of Hellenism by the City of Athens for his lifelong service to Greek Arts and Letters worldwide.




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!




Festival 2024 Sponsorship Opportunities




St. Demetrios 2024 Walking Saints Pilgrimage

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Stewardship Form

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               1/6        Holy Theophany
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy at Lauderdale by the Sea Pier
3:00pm-7:00pm                  HDF practice

Sunday                  1/7    
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
Parish Vasilopita
After Communion              Sunday School followed by dance
12:00noon                         GOYA Meeting

Monday                1/8
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’
& Adult Beginner
7:00pm                              Intermediate Greek -Google Meet
Tuesday               1/9       

7:00pm                              Advanced Greek-zoom

Wednesday        1/10
9:30am                              Philoptochos baking
6:30pm                              DOP meeting

Thursday            1/11
6:30pm                              Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm                              Advanced Greek-zoom

Sunday               1/14      
8:30am/9:30am                 Orthros/Divine Liturgy
 After Communion             Sunday School