The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, October 1st, 2023

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October 1, 2023


2nd Sunday of Luke




The Holy Protection of the Theotokos


The Feast of the Protection commemorates the appearance of the most holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople in the tenth century, as recorded in the life of Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ’s sake. While the multitudes of the faithful were gathered in church, Epiphanius, the friend of Saint Andrew, through the Saint’s prayers, beheld the Virgin Mary above the faithful and spreading out her veil over them, signifying her unceasing protection of all Christians. Because of this we keep a yearly feast of gratitude, imploring our Lady never to cease sheltering us in her mighty prayers.


Romanos the Melodist


Saint Romanos flourished during the reign of Anastasius (491-518). He was from Emesa of Syria, and apparently was born of Jewish parents, for a hymn written in his honour in Greek says he was “of Hebrew stock,” and it has furthermore been noted that he uses many Semitic idioms in his writings. He was baptized an Orthodox Christian, and at some time became a deacon in the Church of Beirut. He was the first composer of the kontakia, the foremost of which is that of the feast of Christ’s Nativity, On this day the Virgin …. In composing many of his kontakia. Saint Romanos was inspired by the hymns of Saint Ephraim of Syria.


Ananias, Apostle of the 70


Saint Ananias, whose name means “God is gracious,” was from Damascus, where by divine revelation he was commanded to baptize the Apostle Paul (Acts 9: 10-17). He completed the course of martyrdom when he was stoned to death during the proconsulate of Lucian.




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.
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Apolytikion for Ananias of the 70 in the Third Mode
Απόστολε Άγιε Ανανία…
O Holy Apostle Ananias, intercede with the merciful God that He grant unto our souls forgiveness of offences.
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Apolytikion for Romanos the Melodist in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Εν σοί Πάτερ ακριβώς διεσώθη τό κατ’ εικόνα…
In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Father; for taking up thy cross, thou didst follow Christ, and by thy deeds thou didst teach us to overlook the flesh, for it passeth away, but to attend to the soul since it is immortal. Wherefore, O righteous Romanos, thy spirit rejoiceth with the Angels.
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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 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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading


Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

Trisagion Prayer


Thalia Tsavaris (40 days)

Mary Owen (9 months) Survived by her nephew Jim (Mary), her godson and family, and all who knew and loved her.

Vasilios Papadimitriou (9 months) Survived by his wife Alexandra, his 3 children Amalia (Christohper), Vasiliki (Alberto) and Dimitri, his three grandchildren Alexandra, Marco and Christian and many nieces and nephews.

Chris Maounis (2 years) Survived by his daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro and his grandson Michael.

Thomas Glenos (28 years) Survived by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Announcements





In loving memory of her father Chris Maounis, Zoi DeTuro has donated the Altar flowers.



National Church Music Sunday


This Sunday, October 1, 2023, has been designated “National Church Music Sunday” throughout our Sacred Archdiocese. Being that it is the feast day of Saint Romanos the Melodist, this Sunday is an opportunity to recognize all who work tirelessly to offer their talents musically during the liturgical life of the Church. This includes chanters, chant groups, and choir members.

Thank you Alex, Athena, and Despina!


Ministry Programs 

If you have not done so, please register your children.  Stewardship of the individual or family is mandatory. Also, the Parental Covenant, Student Code of Conduct, Release of liability, and Release form and waiver are required.



Reminder: On October 1st, 2023 we will begin our fund collection for the Covenant House, Fort Lauderdale.  This organization offers a save haven for homeless teens who are in need of the many services they provide.  We will be collecting gift cards for their use.  There will be a collection box in the Kandaras Hall. Gift cards should be of $10-$15 donations from businesses like, Target, Walmart, Uber, etc. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

Learn to bake Prosfora, Saturday, September 30 at 10:30 in Kandaras hall.  The Holy Bread is absolutely essential at every Divine Liturgy, so it is necessary that every generation know how to prepare it.  All ages from older teens on up, men and women, are welcome.  You will learn the recipe, how to make a clear seal, the various ways to make the seal, and what each part of the seal means.  Making Prosfora, whether you make it often or occasionally, is a sacred duty and privilege. Please come and learn.  Light lunch will be served, so RSVP to Paula, 954-240-2896 or


Hope & Joy Movie Night




Philoptochos College Care Packages

For any Stewards of our church who may have a college aged son or daughter, please contact Philoptochos at St. So that we may send to them, College Care Boxes from our church twice a year.  If you would like to donate to the College Care Boxes please go to



Film Festival


Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida invites you to the first South Florida Greek Film Festival on October 14th and 15th at Savor Cinema 503 SE 6th Street, in Downtown Ft Lauderdale (near the Courthouse). All films have English subtitles. Free parking.

Schedule of screenings:

Saturday October 14th

6:00pm “Eftihia” and Reception sponsored by
The film unfolds the story of Eftihia Papyianopoulou and the story of 20th century popular Greek music. Eftihia, a refugee from Asia Minor, was the unconventional lyricist behind the greatest and timeless hits of Greek popular music such as “Perasmenes mou agapes”, “Ime aitos horis ftera” etc

Sunday October 15th

2:00pm Focusing on the Greek American experience: “George” (running time 30 min) and honoring one of the greatest leaders of Greece “Venizelos”.

”George” is a documentary short film about George Manias, who has operated a shoe shine shop for 76 years, ever since escaping the Nazi occupation of Crete at 14 years old…”George” is more than a documentation of George’s life. It’s a fairy tale about a man who exists apart from the modern world, toiling ceaselessly, right under our noses. George’s quiet consistency suggests a great power within him, despite his humble occupation and simple approach to life. It’s the power of things that last.

2:30pm “Venizelos: The Struggle for Asia Minor” follows one of modern Greece’s greatest politicians as he faces formidable challenges during the critical decade from the Balkan Wars and World War I up to the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne. Eleftherios Venizelos’s struggle is told through dramatized scenes, rare archive material, and interviews with experts.

4:45pm “What if” (running time 1h 51min) by C. Papakaliatis the director of “Maestro” series of Netflix.

7:20pm “Dodo” by P. Koutras, a 2022 Cannes Festival official selection film (running time 132min).

More information about the film festival:

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Sunday              10/1              
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
After Liturgy                        GOYA meeting
1:15pm                               Bible Study

Monday              10/2
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
7:00pm                              Intermediate Modern Greek over Google Meet

Tuesday             10/3
7:00pm                              AHEPA meeting
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Wednesday       10/4
6:30pm                               Learn to Dance

Thursday           10/5        
7:00pm                               Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Sunday              10/8             
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
1:15pm                               Bible Study