The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, November 26th, 2023

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November 26th, 2023


13th Sunday of Luke




St. Innocent was the Apostle to Siberia. He was an educator and missionary bishop to the region around Irkutsk, a city located near Lake Baikal in southeastern Siberia, close to the borders of Mongolia and China. He labored there for the Lord for ten years, 1721-1731, at a time of enormous moral decadence. He had profound intellectual and spiritual gifts: the gifts of teaching, languages, preaching and guiding people to God and moral living; gifts of humility, simplicity, patience, endurance and love for all people.

In a few short years he brought many people to the Orthodox Faith and vastly improved the moral and spiritual climate of the “pioneer East” of the Irkutsk region. He established schools and instructed the clergy and the people both by his words and by the power of his own example of holy living. He learned the language of the native inhabitants of the region in order to lead many of them to know and love the Lord. His devotion to serving God as a missionary to all races and classes of people in the far-off land of Siberia, and his great love and kindness to all people, endeared him to his flock as the “Holy Man of Siberia.”  In 1727, he was appointed the first bishop of Irkutsk, in which capacity he continued his missionary work.

In 1731, after only a little more than four years as bishop of Irkutsk, the saint fell asleep in the Lord, and was buried under the altar of the wooden church at the Ascension Monastery where he had lived. In 1766, when the church burned down, it was discovered that not only had the fire not harmed St. Innocent’s body, but that it had remained “incorrupt” (his flesh had not rotted and disappeared from his bones). Between 1766 and 1800, so many miracles were attributed to St. Innocent, that the citizens of Irkutsk appealed to have their local saint formally and universally glorified by the Church, which was granted in 1804.



Liturgical Guide



Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος…
From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions.  O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.
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 Third Mode
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον…
On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Epistle Reading


Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 4:1-7

Brethren, I, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Gospel Reading


Luke 18:18-27

At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said, “All these I have observed from my youth.” And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”



Trisagion Prayer


Helen Kappas (2 yrs) survived by her son Tom (Joanne) and family.

Georgia Aspras Mastrogianis (2 yrs) survived by her mother Alice Aspras.

Plato Pappas (2 yrs), Antigone Pappas (2 yrs), Philip Pappas (3 yrs), Cleo Pappas (37 yrs) family of Alice Aspras.






Christmas decorating
Join our GOYA on Saturday, November 25 from 10:00am-12:00noon as they decorate our sanctuary.  All parishioners are welcome!

Coffee Hour
In honor and in memory of her mother Mary Planakis, Clare Winkel has sponsored the coffee hour.

Loving Stitches
Tuesday, November 28th, 11:00am.

Candle Prices
As of Sunday, December 3rd, the cost of the 7-day glass candle will increase to $10.  The cost of the 15″ tall beeswax candle will increase to $5.00.

Save the Date
General Assembly – Sunday, December 3rd.

St. Demetrios Christmas Pageant and Party
Saturday, December 9th.





Philoptochos News

Philoptochos Annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale
Philoptochos is continuing the bake sale this coming Sunday, November 26th.  Still a great selection of sweets.




BINGO DATE CANCELLED for November 25.  Also, due to holidays and festival planning, there is no BINGO during the months of December and January.  The next scheduled BINGO date is Friday evening, February 16, at 6:00pm; also, March 30, April 20, & May 11…all Saturdays at 12 noon.  For questions, see Athena or Juanita.


Holiday Orders

As the holidays are fast approaching now is the time to put in your order for Vasilopita and Finikia/Melomakarona.  Orders will be taken in the Kandaras Hall on November 5,12,19 and 26.  Order your Holiday Goodies today.













GOYA Fundraiser



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           11/25
10:00am                            Christmas Decorating

Sunday              11/26        
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
After Liturgy                        Philoptochos Bake Sale
1:15pm                               Bible Study    

Monday              11/27
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
7:00pm                              Intermediate Modern Greek over Google Meet

Tuesday             11/28
11:00am                            Loving Stitches
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Thursday           11/30       
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Friday                 12/1
7:00pm                              DOP/AHEPA/PapCorps/Philoptochos – party at Galuppi’s

Sunday               12/3        
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
After Liturgy                        General Assembly
Pap Corps Christmas Boutique
1:15pm                                Bible Study