The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, September 10, 2023

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September 10, 2023


Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross     




Poulcheria the Empress


The holy, right-believing Poulcheria the Empress was the daughter of Arcadius, the emperor of the eastern part of the Roman Empire, and his wife Aelia Eudoxia. As regent for her younger brother Theodosius II and empress in her own name, she strongly influenced the direction of the government in its relations with Christianity, especially during the Nestorian controversies in the fifth century.

Poulcheria was a devout Christian and at an early age she expressed her devotion to the Theotokos.  As the elder sister of Theodosius II, she held much of the power when he became emperor. She was involved extensively in the education of her brother.

In addition to her defense of Orthodoxy, Poulcheria is remembered for her zeal in promoting other interests of the Church. She had the relics of St. John Chrysostom returned from where he had died in exile and buried in the Church of the Apostles in Constantinople on January 27, 438. She had three churches built in Constantinople that honored the Theotokos. She built many hospitals, houses for pilgrims, and bequeathed her wealth to charity.

Her feast day is September 10; she also shares a feast day with her husband Marcian on February 17.




Liturgical Guide



Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι…
Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death.  And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.
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Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos in the Fourth Mode
Η γέννησίς σου Θεοτόκε…
Thy Nativity, O Theotokos, hath procliamed joy to the whole world; for from thee hath dawned the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, annulling the curse and bestowing the blessing, abolishing death and granting us life everlasting.
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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 Fourth Mode
Ιωακείμ καί Άννα όνειδισμού ατεκνίας…
In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: “The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life.”
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Epistle Reading


Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 6:11-18

Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.


Gospel Reading


John 3:13-17

The Lord said, “No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

Trisagion Prayer


Aphrodite Ioannou (90 days) Survived by her son Andreas, daughter Alexandra, grandchildren, and great granddaughter.

The victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks (22 years)




GOYA Meeting and Election on Sunday, September 1o 
For details on the meeting and eligibility to run for office, please call Alexandra Zaden at (678) 596-6776 of Jamie Makris at (610) 442-9217.



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.



Pastitsio Luncheon
Join us on Sunday, September 10, for a complimentary pastitsio luncheon.  We thank our anonymous parishioner for their generosity.




Greek School News


The Greek School at St. Demetrios will begin the academic year 2023-24 at 4:15 PM on Monday 9/11/23. The School offers the following classes:

Classes A´+ Β’, Γ’ and Δ´will meet on Mondays from 4:15 to 6:00 PM in the Partalis/Kales Learning Center.

Adult Beginners will meet on Mondays from 4:15 to 6:00 PM in the Great Hall.

Intermediate Modern Greek will meet at 7:00 PM on Mondays on Google Meet.

Advanced Modern Greek will meet at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Zoom.

Registration continues on Sundays in the Kandaras Hall. All are welcome.

Σας προσκαλούμε στην παρέα μας!!!




Agape Luncheon- September
The Elders of our Community invite you to the Agape luncheon on Tuesday 9/12/23. All are welcome.



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





Movie Night


Join us on Thursday, September 7 at Cinema Paradiso for a sneak preview of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3. This is a fundraiser for the Hellenic Cultural Society of South Florida.

The theater is located at 2008 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, FL. The movie starts at 7:30pm.  There are a limited number of tickets available so please purchase them asap! Tickets can be purchased for $20 each during coffee hour on Sundays or through our website at simplygreeksf,
We accept cash, check or credit card.




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!







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

Monday              9/11
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
7:00pm                              Intermediate Modern Greek over Google Meet

Tuesday             9/12
11:00am                            Agape Luncheon
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Wednesday       9/13
3:00pm                               Pap Corps meeting

Thursday           9/14        The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy     
7:00pm                               Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Saturday            9/16
11:30am                             BINGO
2:30pm                              HCSSF Book Club

Sunday              9/17              
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
1:15pm                               Bible Study