The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, May 7, 2023

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May 7, 2023




Sunday of the Paralytic



Close to the Sheep’s Gate in Jerusalem, there was a pool, which was called the Sheep’s Pool.  It had round about it five porches, that is, five sets of pillars supporting a domed roof.  Under this roof there lay very many sick people with various maladies, awaiting the moving of the water.  The first to step in after the troubling of the water was healed immediately of whatever malady he had.
It was there that the paralytic of today’s Gospel way lying, tormented by his infirmity of thirty-eight years. When Christ beheld him, He asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” And he answered with a quiet and meek voice, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool.”  The Lord said unto him, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”  And straightaway the man was made whole and took up his bed.  Walking in the presence of all, he departed rejoicing to his own house.  According to the expounders of the Gospels, the Lord Jesus healed this paralytic during the days of the Passover, when He had gone to Jerusalem for the Feast, and dwelt there teaching and working miracles.  According to Saint John the Evangelist, this miracle took place on the Sabbath.






Liturgical Guide



Apolytikion of Great and Holy Pascha in the Plagal First Mode
Χριστός ἀνέστη ἐκ νεκρῶν, θανάτῳ θάνατον πατήσας, καί τοῖς ἐν τοῖς μνήμασι ζωήν χαρισάμενος.
Christ is risen from the dead, by death, trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια…
Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death.  The first-born of the dead hath He become.  From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted 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 Plagal Fourth Mode
Εἰ καὶ ἐν τάφῳ κατῆλθες ἀθάνατε…
Though You went down into the tomb, You destroyed Hades’ power, and You rose the victor, Christ God, saying to the myrrh-bearing women, “Hail!” and granting peace to Your disciples, You who raise up the fallen.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Narthex Press

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse:  Clap your hands, all you nations.
The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 9:32-42

In those days, as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints that lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. Now there was at Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity. In those days she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him entreating him, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter rose and went with them. And when he had come, they took him to the upper room. All the widows stood beside him weeping, and showing tunics and other garments which Dorcas made while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. And he gave her his hand and lifted her up. Then calling the saints and widows he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.


Gospel Reading

John 5:1-15

At that time, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever stepped in first after the troubling of the water was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked.Now that day was the sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk.’ “They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your pallet, and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.




Memorial Prayer

Irene Zaravinos (3 years) survived by her husband Dr. Theodore Zaravinos, son John (Carla), daughter Katherine (Daniel), and grandson Theodore.




Baby Blessing


Katerina Petosa and Bruce Bechtel, together with her big brother Joseph, present Elianna for the 40 day baby blessing.





Coffee Hour In loving memory of his wife Irene, Dr. Theodore Zaravinos is sponsoring this Sunday’s coffee hour.




Sunday School News


Sunday, May 14- Middle & High School GOYANs stay in church No Sunday school for Middle & High Schoolers,
Sunday School WILL be in session for grades K-6 and Little Lambs
Sunday, May 21- End Of Year Recognition



General Assembly


The Spring General Assembly will take place on Sunday, May 21st. Remember to participate in any decisions you must be a current steward.  If you have any questions regarding the status of your stewardship call us at (954) 467-1515 or email


BINGO, SATURDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 20TH, 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, May 20th, at 11:30am.


Drawing Competition


Commemorating The Fall of Constantinople

The Theodosion Walls – The Walls of Constantinople

In conjunction with the annual commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople, the trustees of the Saint Photios Foundation invite children ages 9-12 of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to participate in The Third Annual Drawing Contest.  This is an opportunity to learn about the Fall of Constantinople which marked the end of the 1000-year reign of the Byzantine Empire.
Artists are asked to research this architectural marvel begun during the reign of Theodosius II in the early 5th century.    Anthemius, who was Theodosius’ Praetorian Prefect (prime minister) at the time, is credited with supervising this three-tiered perimeter.  Constructed over the course of nine years, extending from the Gold Gate, the wall continued for 4 miles, stretching across the peninsula from the Sea of Marmara to the Golden Horn, expanding on the work begun in the 4th century by Emperor Constantine I.
The walls were an effective defense line for 800 years.  It was the largest and strongest barricade built in either the ancient or medieval worlds. Even Attila the Hun failed in conquering the “Queen of Cities”.  The moat in the first tier, the 96 towers, the sentries at the ten gates are just a few of the many elements that created this highly effective line of defense.
In 1453, the Empire came to an end when the Ottomans breached Constantinople’s ancient land wall after besieging the city for 55 days.  Sultan Mehmet II carried out the 8-week campaign, surrounding Constantinople from land and sea while employing cannon to maintain a constant barrage of the city’s formidable walls.  The Empire collapsed as the City was taken on May 29, 1453.
Participants will submit drawings of the Theodosion Walls – The Walls of Constantinople, the city’s most impressive surviving monuments from antiquity in today’s modern-day Istanbul, Turkey.
The St. Photios Foundation, Inc. is grateful to William, Pamela, and Michael Toundas who continue to underwrite this creative learning opportunity for our children in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
This competition is open to all children ages 9-12 of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  There are no fees for participation.

One grand prize of $250.00.
All submissions must be received at the Saint Photios Nation Shrine NO LATER THAN Friday, May 12, 2023, via email to: Polexeni Maouris Hillier, Executive Director of St. Photios National Shrine at The Winner will be announced on May 29, 2023.  All submissions will become property of the Saint Photios National Shrine.


  1. One 2-dimensional drawing of The Walls of Constantinople, on 8 ½” by 11” paper (landscape/horizontal view).
  2. The following media (or combination of media) may be used: crayon, marker, colored pencil, watercolor paint.
  3. Two high-definition photographs of drawings; one of the drawing itself (alone), and one including the artist holding the original drawing.
  4. Contact information including artist’s name, age, home address, parish affiliation, and parent or guardian’s email address.  Must be submitted with the Parental Authorization to Share Photo of Artist in Shrine Special Exhibit Area (attached)


More details about this year’s event can be found at



Scholarship News

Applications for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship  for students enrolled in higher education as well as applications for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp are open.  More information about the Dr. Tzitsikas Scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website

Information about St. Stephen’s Camp can be found on their website St. Stephen’s Summer Camp – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta – Atlanta, GA (

Scholarship applications are available on line at the St. Demetrios website or call the Church Office 954-467-1515 Monday – Thursday.  Deadlines for these applications are June 1, 2023.


2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Applications for scholarships administered by the Office of the Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are available for awards to be made for the 2023-2024 academic year. The deadline for submitting an application for any of these scholarships is May 19, 2023.

The Gioles and Malta Scholarships are available to Undergraduate Students. The Paleologos Scholarship is available to Graduate students. The Trakatellis Scholarship is available to graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology who are pursuing further academic studies. The Taylor Scholarship offers financial assistance to students pursuing a post-graduate degree in the areas of theology, religious studies, or pastoral training. The Tembelis Scholarship is available to all students studying at Hellenic College-Holy Cross.

Click on the links below to download and print the scholarships instructions and applications.

For more information about any of these scholarship opportunities, please send an email to or call 212-774-0283.


Faith Scholarships

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors enrolling in a 4-year accredited U.S. university this fall and a member of a Greek Orthodox parish. Application and eligibility details are available at Application deadline is June 30th, 2023.

Founded in 2004 by a group of visionary Greek American leaders and philanthropists, FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism is an independent 501(c)(3) organization that supports the development of innovative educational, cultural, and scholarship programs that promote Hellenism, an understanding of the Greek Orthodox faith, and the relationship of the two to America’s history and multicultural landscape for young people. FAITH has proudly awarded over 1,950 grants and scholarships to the best and brightest young leaders of the Hellenic-American and Greek Orthodox community.

For any questions or inquiries, please don’t hesitate to call us (212) 803-9363 or email us at




End of year Luncheon Meeting

Tickets can be purchased via http://







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!






Thursday          5/4         
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Sunday               5/7       
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion               Sunday School and Little Lambs
1:00pm                               GOYA meeting

1:15pm                               Bible Study

Monday              5/8     
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
6:30pm-7:30pm                 Intermediate Modern Greek – Google Meet    

Tuesday             5/9       
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Thursday            5/11
6:00pm                              Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Sunday              5/14
9:00am/10:00am                Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion               Sunday School K-6 and Little Lambs
1:15pm                               Bible Study