The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, October 15th, 2023

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October 15, 2023


Sunday of the Seventh Ecumenical Council





On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian.  Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.                                                                                                                                                                   




Liturgical Guide



Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity.  And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out:  O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
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Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ὑπερδεδοξασμένος εἶ, Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν…
Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith.  O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.
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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. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to Titus 3:8-15

Titus, my son, the saying is sure.  I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men.  But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile.  As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned.When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.  Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing.  And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Gospel Reading


Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when His disciples asked Him what this parable meant, He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” As He said these things, He cried out “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”



Trisagion Prayer


Nicholas Demiris (3 years) Survived by his mother  Kalliopi Hanlon and family.

Baby Blessing



We welcome Steven and Marionna Gonedes as they present Michael Steven Gonedes for the 40 day blessing.





You are cordially invited to the Agape luncheon to be held in the Great Hall at 11:30 AM on Tuesday 10/17/23.  Chef Manos plans to prepare shrimp scampi with all the trimmings. Snacks, desserts, refreshments and wine will complete the delectable meal. All this for $8.00 per person. Please join us.



Pap Corps
Chapter Meeting – Wednesday, October 18th – 3PM



Visit the link below to support our youth group.


Help Wanted
Please help after church on Sunday, October 22 to prepare the church for Bishop Sevastianos’ visit for our church’s feast day.  We will be polishing some of the metal items on the altar and doing some light cleaning and dusting in the altar.  Thank you.


Thank You
A big thank you to Tony Planakis for installing a gate at the walled in storage area behind our kitchen.


Sunday, October 15


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.



Feast Day Vespers Reception: Just a reminder from Philoptochos. On October 25 there will be a reception following the vesper service for St. Demetrios’ Feastday. All ladies are invited to bake a dessert item to serve to our guests at the reception. These must be small, individual, finger food size. If you are able to put them in individual papers, that is very helpful.  Your treats can be dropped off in the office before 4:30 or prior to services in the hall by 6:30. We need time to create mixed platters which will be served to tables after Father Peter blesses the food.

SAVE THE DATE:  BINGO, Saturday, October 28th.  Doors open @ 11:30am. Kandaras Hall.

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.




Save the Date




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:

For tickets For more information visit the website at



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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            10/14
10:00am                             Harvest Festival
6:00pm                               Film Festival at Savor Cinema

Sunday              10/15             
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
1:15pm                               Bible Study
2:00pm                               Film Festival at Savor Cinema

Monday              10/16
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
7:00pm                              Intermediate Modern Greek over Google Meet

Tuesday             10/17
11:30am                            Agape Seniors-Luncheon
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Wednesday       10/18
3:00pm                             Pap Corps Meeting
6:30pm                             Learn to Dance

Thursday           10/19        
7:00pm                               Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Saturday            10/21
7:00pm                              St. Demetrios Dinner Dance

Sunday              10/22              
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
1:15pm                               Bible Study