The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, July 16, 2023

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July 16, 2023




Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 4th Ecumenical Council




On the Sunday that falls from the 13th to the 19th of the present month, we chant the Service to the 630 Holy and God-bearing Fathers who came together for the 4th Ecumenical Council who assembled in Chalcedon in 451, to condemn Eutyches, who taught that there was only one nature, the divine, in Christ after the Incarnation, and Dioscorus, Patriarch of Alexandria, who illegally received Eutyches back into communion and deposed Saint Flavian, Patriarch of Constantinople, who had excommunicated Eutyches.
In the Slavic tradition, on this Sunday, the Fathers of the first six Ecumenical Councils are all commemorated.





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 for Sunday of the Holy Fathers in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν…
Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith.  O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.
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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.  Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 31.11,1.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.
Verse:  Blessed are they whose transgressions have been forgiven.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to Titus 3:8-15

Titus, my son, the saying is sure.  I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.  But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile.  As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.  And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.


Gospel Reading


Matthew 5:14-19

The Lord said to his disciples, “You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hid.  Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.  For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.  Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”



Trisagion Prayer


Sakellarios Anasis (3 years) survived by his wife Styliani, children Giorgios (Evie), Antonios (Nomiki), Nikolas, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law Apostolos Velisarios, and the Zitis family.

George C. Makris (13 years) survived by Evangeline, Katina, Barbara Makris, Jacob C. Hollander.

Joseph Frechette Sr. (40 days) survived by the Makris (Frechette) family.

Nicolaos Simos (3 years) survived by his wife Kathryn, his daughter Anna, and his mother-in-law Ann Zarcadoolas.

Evangelos Zarcadoolas (38 years) survived by his wife Ann Zarcadoolas, his daughters, and his grandaughter.







Scholarship Awards 2023
This year the St. Demetrios Scholarship Committee is happy to award the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Endowed Scholarship to Grace Fitzwilliam.   The Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Endowed Scholarship is granted to college (or college bound) students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding academic achievement, personal excellence, and regular participation in the life of our St. Demetrios Church.  Grace has demonstrated high academic excellence and has served in leadership roles in school and community activities.  She was the vice president of several National Honor Societies.   She is environmentally conscious having spearheaded “Project Pick Up” a beach and park cleanup service amongst Florida high school students. Currently, Grace is attending the University of Florida. We wish her every success in her studies and future endeavors.

Additionally, because of your donations to the Scholarship Committee this year, we can recognize three other distinguished students from our community with an “Award of Excellence”. These awards are bestowed to Emily Stringer who is beginning her master’s degree program at Florida Gulf Coast University, Eleni Angelos who is currently enrolled at Nova Southeastern University, and George Planakis who is currently enrolled at the University of Central Florida.

We wish all our scholarship and award recipients every success in their studies and future endeavors.

Agape Luncheon
Please join the elders of our Community for the Agape luncheon on Tuesday 7/18/23. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Entrance $8.00 for a delectable meal to be prepared by Chef Manos and his assistants.

Gyro Night
Join us on Saturday, August 19 at 6:30pm for our annual Gyro night.  The meal is complimentary.

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.

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.”




BINGO, SATURDAY AFTERNOON, JULY 15TH, AT 12:00 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, July 15th, at 11:30am.

Thank you to all the Philoptochos members who joined in taking BINGO to Covenant House (a home for displaced youth) last week.  Your participation was greatly appreciated!










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           7/15
11:30am                             Bingo

Sunday               7/16          
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
1:15pm                               Bible Study

Tuesday              7/18
11:30am                             Agape Luncheon

Sunday              7/23            
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
1:15pm                               Bible Study