Apolytikion Ήχος Πλ. B – 6th
Eternal with the Father and the Spirit is the Word, Who of a Virgin was begotten for our salvation. As the faithful we both praise and worship Him, for in the flesh, did He consent to ascend unto the Cross, and death did He endure and He raised unto life the dead through His all glorious resurrection.
Apolytikion of St. Demetrios
Μέγαν εύρατο έν τοίς κινδύνοις…
The world found in you a great champion in dangers a victor who could turn the nations back! As you restrained Levi in the arena, you also inspired Nestor to courage! Therefore, holy, great martyr, Demetrios, entreat Christ God to grant us great mercy!
Ή Παρθένος σήμερον…
Today the Virgin comes to the cave to ineffably give to birth, to the eternal Logos. Hearkening to this, rejoice , O Universe, with the angels and shepherds glorify Him, the God before all ages, who willed to be beheld as a young child.
Dimitrios Giannopoulos (1yr) survived by his wife Kiriaki, daughter Elefteria (Platon) Bakatselos, grandchildren and great children
Dr. Helen Tzitsikas (1yr) survived by friends Michael and Mary Keller, Delia Garcia Menecol, Lola Appleton-Bajonek and Daughters of Penelope
Helen (15yrs) Nicholas (25yrs)Georgoulakis survived by their son George and daughter Pauline (John) Loupasakis, grandchildren Peter (Neirah) Loupasakis, Eleni (John) Chalvadakis and Nicholas
For the health and well being of Andrea Atsidakos and family
Fr. Chris will be hearing holy confession during Orthros and after the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 22.Please call the church office to make an appointment.
Saint of the Week
Andrew the First-Called Apostle – November 30
He was the son of Jonah and brother of Peter, born in Bethsaida and a fisherman by profession. He was first a disciple of St. John the Baptist, but, when John pointed to the Lord Jesus and said “Behold the Lamb of God” (Jn. 1:36), St. Andrew left his first teacher and followed Christ. After that, Andrew brought his brother Peter to the Lord. After the descent of the Holly Spirit, it fell to the lot of the first of Christ’s apostles, St. Andrew, to preach the Gospel in Byzantium and Thrace, then in the lands along the Danube, in Russia and around the Black Sea, and finally in Epirus, Greece and the Peloponnese, where he suffered. In Byzantium, he installed St. Stachys as its first bishop; in Kiev he raised the Cross on high and prophesied a Christian future for the Russian people; in Thrace, Epirus, Greek and the Peloponnese, he brought many people to the Faith and gave them bishops and priests. In the city of Patras he performed many wonders in the name of Christ and brought many to the Lord, among whom were the brother and wife of the imperial governor, Aegeatus. Aegeatus, infuriated by this, put Andrew to torture and then crucified him. While he was still alive on the cross, the Apostle of Christ taught the Christians who were gathered round him. The people wanted to take him down from the cross, but he would not let them. Finally, the Apostle prayed to God and a strange radiance surrounded him. This light lasted for half an hour and when it disappeared, the Apostle gave his holy soul into God’s hands. Thus the first-called Apostle, who first of the twelve Great Apostlescame to know the Lord and followed Him ,finished his earthly course. St. Andrew suffered for his Lord in the year 62. His relics were translated to Constantinople, but his head was later taken to Rome and one hand to Moscow. (taken from The Prologue from Ochrid– Lives of the Saints and Homilies)
St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2:4-10
BRETHREN, God who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God: not because of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
14th Sunday of Luke
At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.