The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, October 31st, 2021



October 31, 2021
5th Sunday of Luke

Saints and Feasts Commemorated


Cosmas and Damian the Holy Unmercenaries, and their mother Theodota
Commemorated on November 1

These Saints were from Asia (that is, Asia Minor). After the death of their father, their Christ-loving mother Theodota reared them in piety and in all manner of virtue, and had them instructed in every science, especially that of medicine. This became their vocation, and they went about healing every illness and malady, bestowing healing freely on both men and beasts alike; because of this, they are called “Unmercenaries.” And thus, having completed the course of their life, they reposed in peace.



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.
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
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.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by: Holy Transfiguration Monastery.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon.  Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.


The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 11:31-33; 12:1-9

Brethren, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie. At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me, but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.I must boast; there is nothing to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven — whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into Paradise –whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows — and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. Though if I wish to boast, I shall not be a fool, for I shall be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too elated. Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Gospel Reading

The reading is from Luke 16:19-31

The Lord said, “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazaros, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazaros in his bosom. And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazaros to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazaros in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses, and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ He said to them, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.'”



Memorial Prayer

Chris Maounis (40 days) survived by his daughter Zoi (Vito) DeTuro and his grandson Michael.




Coffee Hour

Zoi DeTuro has sponsored the coffee hour in memory of her father Chris Maounis.





Our Church.  Our Spiritual Home.

“…in the Church we live eternal life starting from now. We do not simply await the life to come, but we experience and enjoy it from the present. The Kingdom of God, according to the Fathers, is not life beyond the grave but communion with God….” –Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

We are kicking off the Year 2022 Stewardship Campaign. Be in church on Sundays, October 17 , October 24, and November 7 to hear parishioner testimonials.  Sunday, November 14 is Stewardship Sunday when we will all submit our pledge forms for year 2022 and enjoy a luncheon after the Divine Liturgy.

Have you pledged your time, talent treasure for year 2021?  If yes, thank you!  If no, won’t you do so today? Fill out a form at  You can make donations towards your financial pledge here by choosing “Stewardship” from the dropdown menu.



Greek School News

On Sunday 10/31/2021 following the Divine Liturgy, the children of our School will commemorate OXI Day in the Sanctuary. They and their teachers have expended time and energy in preparation for this event. We are all so very proud and grateful for their efforts.
Και εις ανώτερα!!!


Dance Troupe News

  • On October 31st, All Festival dance practice for K-12 is canceled.  Only HDF will practice from 1-3P in the church hall.
  • Come out to North Miami Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church to see our St. Demetrios HDF Dance Troupe perform at 6PM and 8PM on Saturday, November 13th. Free Admission 12250 NW 2nd Avenue, North Miami, FL 33168.  The Annunciation Church Festival runs Fri, Nov 12-Sun, Nov 14 from 12PM – 9PM


Loving Stitches

Loving Stitches reminder!! Our meeting is set for November 2 in the hall! See you then!!

Philoptochos News

SAVE THE DATE:  BINGO—Friday, November 19th!!!  Doors open at 5:30pm and games begin at 6:00pm.  An evening of fun, food, family & friends!  Supporting Feeding South Florida.  Sponsored by Philoptochos!  More details to come!

SAVE THE DATE:  Annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale —Sunday, November 21st!!!  More details to come!



Join AHEPA for this worthy cause.


Hellenic Cultural Society Book Club Series 2021

Do you like reading?

Join the discussion of the book “Zorba the Greek” by Nikos Kazantzakis.
Saturday November 20, 2021, 12:00 pm -3:00 pm at St Demetrios Hall.  Light lunch and refreshments will be served.

Reservations by phone: Stavroula Christodoulou 954-899-8455.
By email:

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957), nominated twice for a Nobel Prize in Literature, was a novelist, dramatist, translator, poet, travel writer, and the president of the Hellenic Literary Society. “Zorba the Greek” became an international bestseller and inspiration for the Oscar-winning film “Zorba”. The book can be purchased at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.




Assembly of Bishops Mental Health Task Force


Listen to the Assembly of Bishops Mental Health Task Force Steering Committee Member and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Susan Zacharia-Sanders, address common misconceptions about seeking mental health care through this podcast with Holistic Christian Life.…
If you need help, you can find Orthodox providers near you using our directory at:

Ionian Village Summer  2022 Program Dates


The Office of Ionian Village announces the dates for its Summer 2022 programs. Ionian Village is the international camping ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with campgrounds located in Peloponnesus, Greece. The mission of Ionian Village is to enrich the lives of its participants by bringing campers and staff into close contact with their Orthodox faith and Hellenic heritage by providing the opportunity for young people of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to foster a life-long appreciation and love of Greece, Orthodoxy, and Hellenism.

IV Next

Dozens of colleges and universities offer study abroad programs in Greece, and many programs of our own diaspora offer similar opportunities for young adults to travel to Greece and see the sights. However, IV Next is the only travel-based program for young adults that has our Greek Orthodox faith as a core tenet of the program. Only IV Next combines professional development, international travel, and the Orthodox Faith into one all-inclusive program.

  • IV Next is for participants ages 19-24 and will run from May 30-June 10, 2022

Summer Camp

The picturesque Ionian Village campgrounds sit along the shores of the pristine Ionian Sea and are equipped with a private beach, a renovated Olympic-sized pool, and various athletic courts and fields. Campers actively explore their Orthodox faith and heritage, both through the daily at-camp program and through excursions to culturally and religiously significant sites throughout Greece. Excursions include Ancient Olympia, Patras, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Kalavrita, Aegina, and Athens. Each 20-day session is open to young people who will have completed grades 9 through 12.

  • Session One: June 19 – July 8, 2022
  • Session Two: July 18 – August 6, 2022


Ionian Village Summer 2022 Staff Applications

Ionian Village depends upon its highly motivated and energetic Staff Members, each of whom is selected through a careful application process. Applicants must be Greek Orthodox and at least 21 years old by August 20, 2022. Staff commitment is June 10-August 10, 2022.  Applications to be a part of the 2022 Summer Staff will be available on the Ionian Village website on December 26, 2021.

For more information regarding any of our 2022 Summer programs, to apply to be a Staff, Medical, or Clergy Member, or to register for our Alumni Project, please visit the Ionian Village website at


If you would like to help GOYA, please support their fundraiser.




Sunday, October 31        
Orthros/Divine Liturgy                                                     9:00AM/10:00AM

Sunday School                                                                    After Holy Communion

OXI Day Presentation by the Greek School                 After the Divine Liturgy

Bible Study                                                                          1:00PM – 2:00PM

HDF                                                                                      1:00PM – 3:00PM in the church hall

Monday, November 01

Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner @ church            4:15PM-6:00PM

Intermediate Modern Greek -Zoom                                            6:30PM-7:30PM

Tuesday, November 02 

Loving Stitches                                                                               11:30AM

Advanced Modern Greek-Zoom                                                  7:00PM

AHEPA Meeting                                                                             7:00PM

Wednesday, November 03

DOP Meeting                                                                                   6:30PM

Thursday, November 04

Advanced Modern Greek-Zoom                                                 7:00PM

Sunday, November 07

Orthros/Divine Liturgy                                                                9:00AM/10:00AM

Sunday School                                                                               After Holy Communion

Bible Study                                                                                    1:00PM – 2:00PM

Jr. Palazakia K-2nd grade                                                           12:45PM-1:30PM Upstairs classrooms

Palazakia 3rd-5th grade                                                              12:45PM-1:45PM Upstairs classrooms

Sr. Palazakia 6th-8th grade                                                        1:00PM – 2:00PM @ ArtServe

Kamaria 9th-12th grade                                                            1:00PM-2:00PM @ ArtServe
HDF                                                                                               2:30PM – 3:30PM in the church hall