The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, July 9, 2023

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July 9, 2023




The Holy Hieromartyr Pancratius, Bishop of Tauromenium in Sicily



This Saint, who was a contemporary of the Apostles, had Antioch as his homeland, where he was guided to the Faith of Christ by Peter, the Chief of the Apostles. Later, he came to Sicily, where he brought many to the Faith, and was finally put to death by the pagans.





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.
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.

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 Letter to the Romans 10:1-10
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified. Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, “Who will ascend into heaven?” (that is, to bring Christ down) or “Who will descend into the abyss?” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.

Gospel Reading


Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1

At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one would pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.





Memorial Prayer


Presbytera Maria Chokanis (40 days) survived by her daughter Efrosini “Francine” Chokanis.

Aphrodite Ioannou (40 days) survived by her children Andreas and Alexandra, grandchildren, and great granddaughter.

Katherine Hampares (3 years) survived by Dr. Nelly Santos and Alexander Petterson.

Theodore Nicholas (3 years) survived by his loving wife Anna, brother Hon. William T. Nicholas (Catherine), daughter Annemarie (Jim), daughter in law Ellen, granddaughters, nieces, and their families.

Rev. Fr. Constantine Mitsos (11 years) survived by his son Nicholas (Dorothy), son in law Rev. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Trisagion Prayer


Peter Karvounis (1 month) survived by the Vafiadis family.

Michael Xypolitas (8 years) survived by his mother Nomiki Koutsourai, uncles Apostolos (Andrea) Velisarios and Ioannis (Anna) Koutsourais, aunts Stella Anasis and Dimitra Koutsourai, the Zitis family and many cousins.

Christos Christodoulou (14 years) survived by his wife Stavroula, his children Isabel and Paul (Olga), his grandchildren Eddie, Janice and Andrew, his brother Nicolas, his nephews, nieces and cousins.



Baby Blessing


Ioannis Stathakis and Natascha Rincon, together with big sisters Korina and Melina, present Lena and Nina for their 40 day blessing.




The flowers at the altar are in loving memory of Dr. Katherine Hampares.

Coffee Hour
The coffee hour is hosted in loving memory of both Rev. Fr. Constantine Mitsos and Theodore Nicholas.

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!







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

Saturday            7/15
11:30am                            BINGO

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