The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, September 17, 2023

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September 17, 2023


Sunday after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross    




Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love


These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Faith about the year 126, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian.  Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest.  Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters’ sufferings, she is also counted a martyr.  The name Sophia means “wisdom” in Greek; as for her daughters’ names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.




Liturgical Guide



Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου…
Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead.  And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body.  Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby.  Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Reading is under copyright and is used with permission, all rights reserved by Holy Transfiguration Monastery

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Mode
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου…
Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries.  And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.
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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
Ο υψωθείς εν τώ Σταυρώ εκουσίως…
Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
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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 2:16-20

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gospel Reading


Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

Memorial Prayer


Konstantine “Gus” Leontarakis (40 days)

Mary Pieri (6 months) survived by her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her siblings.


Trisagion Prayer


Catherine Lycouris survived by her son Stephen and by her grandsons Alexander and Constantine.

Baby Blessing


Samantha and Anthony Kotsonas and big sister Nikoletta present Luka Theodoros for his 40 day blessing.




In loving memory of Gus Leontarakis, Pauline and Pam Stamm have offered the sanctuary flowers.



Coffee Hour
In loving memory of Gus Leontarakis, a luncheon is offered by Sophia Mylona and Thasos Restaurant.  All are welcome.



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.


Thank You!

The Board of your Philoptochos would like to thank all of you who donated to the Fanouropita Fund for the benefit of the Metropolis Youth Programs.  We were able, due to your generosity, to send $400 to allow the youth of our parish to have the programs available to them.  God Bless you all. Σας ευχαριστούμε! Juanita Antley,

President Philoptochos Society of St Demetrios, Fort Lauderdale

St. Elpis Chapter  5003




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!!!


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



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“Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.”
1 Corinthians 12:27     

Evaluate your life – Are you a contributing member of the body of Christ? Are you actively serving God and sharing Him with others? Are you contributing to peace and unity within His body? Do you worship regularly? Take a moment to evaluate your life in light of these principles.



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            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

Monday              9/18
4:15pm-6:00pm                 Greek Classes A’,B’, Γ’, Δ’ & Adult Beginner in person
7:00pm                              Intermediate Modern Greek over Google Meet

Tuesday             9/19
7:00pm                              Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Wednesday       9/20
6:30pm                              DOP meeting

Thursday           9/21        
6:00pm                               Philoptochos meeting    
7:00pm                               Advanced Modern Greek-zoom

Sunday              9/24              
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
After Liturgy                       Loukoumades Sunday
1:15pm                               Bible Study