The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, October 16, 2022

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October 16, 2022


Sunday of the 7th 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.


Longinus the Centurion


This Martyr was in the service of Pontius Pilate at the time of Christ our Saviour’s Passion. While standing guard at the Cross and beholding the earthquake and all that came to pass, he cried out with fear, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matt. 27:54). After the Resurrection, he forsook the military and departed for Cappadocia, his homeland, where he preached Christ. By the agency of Pontius Pilate, Tiberius Caesar had him arrested and beheaded.      



Liturgical Guide


Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων…
Although the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers guarded Your most pure body, You arose on the third day, O Savior, giving life to the world. For this reason, the heavenly powers cried out to you, O Giver of Life: Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ! Glory to Your kingdom! Glory to Your dispensation, only Lover of Mankind!
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Apolytikion for Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal Fourth Mode
περδεδοξασμνος ε, Χριστ Θες μν…
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
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.
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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

The reading is from 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.”





Memorial Prayer

Sotiria Penso (40 days) survived by her daughters Helen and Christine Penso.


Trisagion Prayer


Nicholas Demiris (2 years) survived by his mother Kalliopi Hanlon, brothers Chris (Caroline) and Harry (Eileen), nephews Teddy, Harry and Angelo, nieces Angelica and Eleni.

Zoe Grabova (11 years) survived by his wife Penelope and his daughters Karen, Sharon, Doreen and Eileen.

Antonia Valdez Thermis (72 years) matriarch of five generations of grand children and great grandchildren.  Loved and missed by her daughter Sophia Thermis.









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.


Coffee Hour
In loving memory of her son Nicholas Demiris, Kalliopi Hanlon is sponsoring this Sunday’s coffee hour.


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!


Greetings from the elders of our St. Demetrios Community.
Please join us on Tuesday 10/18/22 for a delectable lunch to be graciously prepared by Chef Manos (Mr. Nicholas Manos) and his ablecrew. Dessert and ice cream will follow. It is a time of camaraderie, mutual support, laughter and song. President Ms. Gloria Linda Stokes will welcome you. Entrance $8.00. The fun begins at 11:30 AM.

The feast of St. Demetrios is fast approaching.  The cost of adorning the icon with flowers is $150.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

Saint Demetrios Feast Day Liturgical Services
Vespers ~Tuesday, October 25 at 6:30pm
Orthros and Divine Liturgy ~Wednesday, October 26 at 9:00am/10:00am


Important Date Change 
Bingo Friday Evening, October 28, 2022 at 6:00PM. 
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.Feeding South Florida.Sponsored by Philoptochos!Invite your family, friends & on October 28th at 5:30pm.

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.


Come see our new assortment of monastery soap, incense, and prayer ropes.


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


Visiting Angels
Help us reach out to homebound parishioners to let them know their church remembers them and prays for them. If you know of someone who would like a call, card or visit, let us know at, or by calling Paula Kirifides 954-240-2896 or Mary Taschioglou 954-424-1762.


Caregiver Support Group
Philoptochos: Are you caring for a loved one?• Do you wish you could talk to others who are facing the same caregiving challenges? • Would it be helpful to share your concerns, and questions about caregiving with those who understand our faith, and culture? • Are you so overwhelmed you’re not even sure what to ask or who could help?

National Philoptochos is offering an online caregiver support group.  The 6 sessions begin October 18.  Pre Registration is required at  Space is limited.



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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Saturday           10/15
11:00am                          DOP Fashion Show & Luncheon at Home 2 Suites

Sunday              10/16     

9:00am/10:00am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion            Sunday School
12:30pm                          Dance
1:15pm                            Bible Study

Monday              10/17
4:15pm-6:00pm               Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
6:30pm-7:30pm               Intermediate Modern Greek – Google Meet

Tuesday             10/18

11:30am                          Agape Luncheon
7:00pm                           Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Thursday           10/20
7:00pm                            Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Saturday             10/22
6:00pm                           Feast Day Dinner Dance

Sunday               10/23
9:00am/10:00am             Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Communion            Sunday School
12:30pm                          Dance
1:15pm                            Bible Study