The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, November 6, 2022

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Dear St. Demetrios Community,

This past week at St. Demetrios has been extremely fulfilling.  Our Parish Council, our entire community and I continue to have so much to be thankful.

I was extremely blessed to, once again, preside over Vespers Services on October 25 to honor St. Demetrios, and I remain especially humbled that all of our fellow priests from the Southeast Florida Orthodox Church Conference blessed us in serving at our parish.

This past week, we were honored to have His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela join us and give generously of his time through-out the weekend at events in celebration of St. Demetrios.  The event was a tremendous success with over 45 young people partaking of fun at our bounce house and activities including face painting, pumpkin carving, and story-telling by Presbytera Alexa.  Please join me in thanking Peggy Zapantis, Anna Minadakis, Presbytera Alexa Zougras and Anna Visvardis for organizing and hosting this wonderful event.

This past Sunday, we celebrated a beautiful hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Grace Bishop Sevastianos.  I hope you enjoyed His Grace’s wonderful sermon on the reading from Luke 16:19-31 on the rich man and a poor man named Lazaros.  His message of truly seeing those in need and giving of one’s time in recognition of Christ within all of us, is truly profound and worthy for all to implement in our daily actions.  This week I have often thought about his reflections of seeing those in need on the streets of New York City.

Church was followed by a wonderful presentation by our Greek School students in celebration of OXI Day.  Thank you to our participants and to all who helped organize this event.

I thought you might enjoy these pictures of His Grace with our children at our Joy and Hope fall festival and during the Divine Liturgy.




Please join us in spreading the word of our upcoming events:

  • Ladies Philoptochos Hats Galore Event:  Saturday, November 5, 2 p.m.
    • Ladies, wear your fanciest hat and join us for an afternoon of tea, refreshments and fun.  This event is complimentary for all women of St. Demetrios.
  • GOYA Retreat to Holy Monastery of Panagia Vlahernon: Saturday, November 5
    • We look forward to taking our wonderful GOYANS to the Holy Monastery for an enlightening and renewing retreat
  • Little Lambs:  every Sunday, after communion
    • Thanks in advance to all parents bringing their kids.  All infants to pre-K4 are welcome to attend.


As always, your questions and suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.  Thank you for being a blessing to each other and to me.

In Christ,

Father Peter


November 6, 2022

7th Sunday of Luke



Paul the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople


Saint Paul was from Thessalonica. He became the secretary of Alexander, Patriarch of Constantinople (see Aug. 30), a deacon, and then the successor of Saint Alexander in about 337. Because of his virtue, his eloquence in teaching, and his zeal for Orthodoxy, the Arians hated and feared him. When the Arian Emperor Constantius, who was in Antioch, learned of Paul’s election, he exiled Paul and proclaimed the Arian Eusebius Patriarch. Saint Paul went to Rome, where he found Saint Athanasius the Great also in exile. Provided with letters by Pope Julius, Paul returned to Constantinople, and after the death of Eusebius in 342, ascended again his rightful throne; the Arians meanwhile elected Macedonius, because he rejected the Son’s con-substantiality with the Father (and the divinity of the Holy Spirit besides). When Constantius, yet at Antioch, learned of Paul’s return, he sent troops to Constantinople to drive Paul out. The Saint returned to Rome, where Saint Athanasius also was again in exile. Constans, Emperor of the West, Constantius’ brother, but Orthodox, wrote to Constantius that if Athanasius and Paul were not allowed to return to their sees, he would come with troops to restore them him-self. So Paul again returned to his throne. After the death of Constans, however, Constantius had Paul deposed. Because of the love of the people for Saint Paul, Philip the Prefect, who was sent for him, was compelled to arrest him secretly to avoid a sedition. Paul was banished to Cucusus, on the borders of Cilicia and Armenia; a town through which his most illustrious successor, Saint John Chrysostom would also pass on his way to Comana in his last exile. In Cucusus, about the year 350, as Saint Paul was celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the little house where he was a prisoner, the Arians strangled him with his own omophorion, so much did they fear him even in exile. His holy relics were brought back to Constantinople with honour by the Emperor Theodosius the Great.



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 for Paul the Confessor in the Third Mode
Θείας πίστεως ομολογία…
Thy confession of the one divine Faith showed thee to the Church to be a new Paul and a zealot among priests, O holy one. The righteous blood both of Abel and Zachary with thee doth cry out together unto the Lord. Righteous Father, intercede with Christ God in our behalf that His great mercy may be granted unto us.
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
Προστασα τν Χριστιανν κατασχυντε…
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery


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 Galatians 2:16-20

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.


Gospel Reading

The reading is from Luke 8:41-56

At that time, there came to Jesus a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue; and falling at Jesus’ feet he besought him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. As he went, the people pressed round him. And a woman who had had a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind him, and touched the fringe of his garment; and immediately her flow of blood ceased. And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter and those who were with him said, “Master, the multitudes surround you and press upon you!” But Jesus said, “Some one touched me; for I perceive that power has gone forth from me.” And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” While he was still speaking, a man from the ruler’s house came and said, “Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.” But Jesus on hearing this answered him, “Do not fear; only believe, and she shall be well.” And when he came to the house, he permitted no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. And all were weeping and bewailing her; but he said, “Do not weep; for she is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once; and he directed that something should be given her to eat. And her parents were amazed; but he charged them to tell no one what had happened.


Trisagion Prayer

Connie Sedares (6 months) mother of Maria (Alex) Georgiou and Christine (Larry Oswald) Sedares, grandmother of 2, great grandmother of 1, sister of Martha (Ed) Pechous, and Elaine (Phil) Rissky.

Stephen Belouris (9 years) husband of Terese Mosher Belouris, brother of Nina (Tom) McGuirk, uncle of Erin (Kevin) Ryan, Tom McGuirk, Jr., and Stacey (Victor) Rodriguez.

George Vezos (15 years) husband of Ann Vezos, father of Stacy Vezos, Kathe Milner, and Georgia (Bill) Callum, grandfather of 5, great grandfather of 3.

Christopher McGuirk (23 years) son of Nina and Tom McGuirk, brother of Erin (Kevin) Ryan, Tom McGuirk, Jr., and Stacey (Victor) Rodriguez, uncle to 3 nieces and 1 nephew.




Baby Blessing

Athena and Kyle (Kyriakos) Soukup present “Leonidas” for the 40 day baby blessing.





Coffee Hour
In loving memory of George Vezos, his family will sponsor Sunday’s coffee hour.


There will be no dance practice on Sunday, November 6.  All dance classes are cancelled on November 6.


The St. Demetrios choir returned to the choir loft on October 16, and we are looking for new members.
Please see Chanters Alex or Athena for more information.


We have wall calendars for 2023, featuring the saints and martyrs of the early church


GOYA is collecting fast food gift cards in $5 and $10 increments, as well as monetary donations to purchase the gift cards, for Covenant House teen residents. You can make your donation during coffee hour through November 13. We are grateful for your help!


Bible Study
Bible Study is on Sundays at 1:15pm.  The focus is the Old Testament books Ezekiel and Judges.  We will meet upstairs next to the choir loft.


Doors open at 5:30pm.  Many gift prizes, 50/50 raffle, plus refreshments.   It’s an evening of fun, family, friends, & food.  Get 2 Bingo cards for $7.00 at the door.  Supporting Feeding South Florida.  Sponsored by Philoptochos!  Invite your family, neighbors & friends.
See you on November 18th, at 5:30PM.



Hats Galore! Ladies, wear your fanciest hat and join us for an afternoon of tea, refreshments and fun.  Complimentary, for all women of St. Demetrios.  Saturday, November 5, 2 pm. RSVP today in the hall.

Thanksgiving Potluck


Save the Date!

Hellenic Cultural Society of S. Florida

November 19th @ 7:00pm

“Lost Ηomelands, newfound Ηopes-Χαμενες Πατριδες, νεες Ελπιδες”

1922 marked the end of the 3000 year continuous presence of Greeks in Ionia/Asia Minor. Petros Tsingelis will guide us through the Asia Minor catastrophe events, a turning point in 20th century’s Modern Greek History. Join us for a lecture, a lively Q&A and a taste of Ionia! RSVP recommended. (754) 702-7323 or  RSVP/INFO

It promises to be a fascinating lecture with lots of pictures as Petros will walk us through the Ioanian landscape.


Buy Tickets in the Hall

Join Philoptochos, Daughters of Penelope, PAP Corps, AHEPA, and Agape at their annual Christmas Party, Friday, December 2 at Tropical Acres, $55.



Oral History Project

The Hellenic Cultural Society (HCS) of South Florida is undertaking an Oral History Project which aims at creating an archive of the emigration and immigration experience of Greek Americans.

> All humans in the Americas, including Native Americans, immigrated from other continents. Greeks have been emigrating from their ancestral villages, hamlets and cities since the ancient times. As a result, they established what became the cities of Alexandria, Nice, Napoli, Messina, Odessa and Byzantium, to name but a few. In more recent times, Greeks immigrated to the United States of America. Some of them are our ancestors. The experience of these ancestors is an integral part of American History and must be recorded.

> The HCS invites you to include in the proposed archive the emigration and immigration history of your family. This may be accomplished through a live interview or by submitting written answers to a set of questions. All this primary data will be uploaded on a website and will become available to scholars embarking on a variety of topics regarding Greek Americans. In addition to the narrative you may wish to include copies of photographs and documents such as certificates of birth, baptism, marriage, divorce and death, passports etc.

> For more information please contact Malvina Protogerou Currie at or Stavroula Christodoulou at or at





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Friday                 11/04
7:00pm-10:00pm            HDF practice

Saturday            11/05
2:00pm                            Hats Galore!

Sunday               11/06     

9:00am/10:00am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion            Sunday School & Little Lambs
1:15pm                            Bible Study
Dance practice canceled-all levels.

Monday              11/07
4:15pm-6:00pm               Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
6:30pm-7:30pm               Intermediate Modern Greek – Google Meet

Tuesday             11/08

7:00pm                            Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Wednesday       11/09
6:00pm                           Thanksgiving Potluck

Thursday           11/10
6:00pm                            Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm                            Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Sunday               11/13   Stewardship Sunday 
9:00am/10:00am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion            Sunday School and Little Lambs
After Liturgy                    Luncheon & Archangel Michael Awards presentation
12:30pm                          Dance
1:15pm                            Bible Study