The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, October 8th, 2023

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October 8, 2023


3rd Sunday of Luke




Pelagia the Righteous


This Saint was a prominent actress of the city of Antioch, and a pagan, who lived a life of unrestrained prodigality and led many to perdition. Instructed and baptized by a certain bishop named Nonnus (Saint Nonnus is commemorated Nov. 10), she departed for the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, where she lived as a recluse, feigning to be a eunuch called Pelagia. She lived in such holiness and repentance that within three or four years she was deemed worthy to repose in an odour of sanctity, in the middle of the fifth century. Her tomb on the Mount of Olives has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.                                                                                                                                                                             




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 Righteous Pelagia in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐν σοὶ Μῆτερ ἀκριβῶς διεσώθη τὸ κατ’ εἰκόνα…
In thee the image was preserved with exactness, O Mother; 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 Pelagia, 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. First Mode. Psalm 32.22,1.
Let your mercy, O Lord, be upon us.
Verse: Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 9:6-11

Brethren, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work. As it is written, “He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your resources and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for great generosity, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Gospel Reading


Luke 7:11-16

At that time, Jesus went to a city called Nain, and His disciples and a great crowd went with Him. As He drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” And He came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And He gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!”


Memorial Prayer


John Karliambas (40 days) Survived by his wife Chaido and by his daughters Alexia and Vasiliki.

Marian Yanni Zaden (40 days) Mother of Mark (Alexandra) Zaden, grandmother of Athena, Marian and Joseph.

Trisagion Prayer


Antonia Thermis (73 years) Survived by her daughter Sophia Thermis and by four generations; grandchildren and great grandchildren.




The Artoklasia is offered for the health of the members of the Daughters of Penelope.




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.




Visit the link below to support our youth group.



Reminder for Today: Philoptochos will be filling the College Care Boxes for our students who are away from home. Feel free to help us today after coffee hour in the small hall.  Remember, “Many hands make light work”.

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).

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Stewardship: Jesus Blesses the Five Loaves in the Wilderness


Jesus is the Giver of Life! The miracle that feeds the five thousand tells us that Jesus is the Bread of Life. We receive the Bread of Life through faith and sacrament. The Church Fathers relate this miracle to the Holy Eucharist. Following the invocation by Jesus, the disciples distribute the food to the people. The miracle of five loaves and two fish feeding five thousand plus people demonstrates the power of God to provide for all. It is after the Lord’s blessing, and by His Grace that we are allowed to partake of the Holy Gifts.

The Holy Mysteria are the means by which we are united with God. By partaking of the precious Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we become one with Him. When we gather to partake of the Holy Eucharist we become what God intended us to be: united to Him in faith and love, and through Him, to one another. It is in love, faith, and worship that we are truly stewards of the Church!

The local parish fulfills its true task and is a most genuine expression of the Church when its ministries and activities center on the heart of true Christian STEWARDSHIP expressed in faith, love, and worship. This is the ideal and the goal that each parish seeks to attain and every Orthodox Christian strives to accomplish.

In the miracle of the five loaves and two fish we also have the remaining baskets of food. This reminds us that none of God’s gifts should be lost or forgotten. Any time we offer a service of the Blessing of the Loaves (Artoklasia), we celebrate this miraculous event. We are reminded of the multitude of blessings we receive and that we have much to share through the Church.

Within the context of this miracle there are things that define Christian living. Not the least of which is setting aside and giving systematically a percentage or proportion of what we earn and receive on a regular basis. We may even give beyond our measured amounts in order to share our blessings with the Body of Christ.

See: Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14




Stewardship Form

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

Monday              10/9
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
7:00pm                              Intermediate Modern Greek over Google Meet

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

Wednesday       10/11
6:30pm                               DOP meeting

Thursday           10/12        
10:30am                             Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm                               Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

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