The Liturgical Guide and Bulletin for Sunday, September 3, 2023

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September 3, 2023


13th Sunday of Matthew    




Holy Father Theoctistus  



Saint Theoctistus, a monk at the Palestinian lavra of Pharan, embraced a more severe life in the wilderness with his friend Saint Euthymius the Great.  They founded a monastery, of which Theoctistus was the abbot.  He reposed in deep old age in 451.




Liturgical Guide



Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Fourth Mode
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα…
Having learned the joyful proclamation of the Resurrection from the Angel, and having cast off the ancestral condemnation, the women disciples of the Lord spake to the Apostles exultantly:  Death is despoiled and Christ God is risen, granting great mercy to the world.
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Apolytikion for Hieromartyr Anthimus in the Fourth Mode
Καί τρόπων μέτοχος, καί θρόνων διάδοχος…
As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Anthimus. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
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Apolytikion for Righteous Theoctistus and Euthymius in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ταίς τών δακρύων σου ροαίς…
With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O Theoktistos our righteous Father.  Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
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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. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 16:13-24

Brethren, be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. Now, brethren, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints; I urge you to be subject to such men and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicos, because they have made up for your absence; for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such men. The churches of Asia send greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brethren send greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If any one has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.



Gospel Reading



Matthew 21:33-42

The Lord said this parable, “There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?'”



Trisagion Prayer


Petroula Papastavrou (40 days) survived by her children Demetrios, Linda and Sandy, 2 granddaughters, and by her sisters Angeliki Stringos and Ioanna Andriotakis-Lambiris.

Florentia Karan (1 year) and Nikonas “Nick” Karan (6 years) survived by sons Gregory and Anastasios and their families.

Kostantinos Romoudis (1 and 1/2 years) father of Anastasios “Tasos” Romoudis.

Maria Kirilova Peneva (6 years) mother of Aneta Zlateva.






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 next 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.



Youth Programs News
All who were at the Youth Picnic had a wonderful time!  Join us next time.









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               9/3               
8:30am/9:30am                  Orthros/Divine Liturgy
After Holy Communion       Sunday School followed by Dance
1:15pm                               Bible Study

Tuesday             9/5
7:00pm                               AHEPA meeting

Thursday           9/7
7:30pm                               Movie Night at Cinema Paradiso, Hollywood          

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