Sunday of St. John Climacus – April 7, 2019
Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow
Born in 1865 in the region of Pskov, our Father among the Saints Tikhon was tonsured a monk in 1891 and ordained to the priesthood in the same year. In 1897 he was consecrated Bishop of Lublin, and a year later appointed Bishop of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, with his see extending to all of North America from 1900 onwards. He did much to unite the Orthodox Christians of a great many ethnic backgrounds in North America, so that there was indeed one flock under one shepherd. In 1907 he was made Archbishop of Yaroslavl and Rostov, and in 1913, Archbishop of Lithuania.
In 1917, when he was Metropolitan of Moscow, he was elected to be the first Patriarch of Russia in over 200 years, in times that could not have been more difficult. After the Revolution of 1917, the persecution of the Russian Church by the atheist government grew more bold and more fierce with every year. By nature a meek and peace-loving man, Tikhon sought to determine, while giving only to God that which is God’s, what could be given to Caesar to preserve peace and avoid the shedding of blood. At his departure on the feast of the Annunciation in 1925, Saint Tikhon made the sign of the Cross thrice, pronouncing the words, “Glory to Thee, O God!” Because of the many unspeakable sufferings he endures as Patriarch, he is honoured as a Confessor.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis,Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos
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.
Apolytikion of Sunday of St. John Climacus 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 John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Apolytikion for 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 Plagal Fourth Mode
Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια…
To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: “Hail, unwedded bride!”
Epistle Reading ~
The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.
Brethren, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Gospel Reading ~
Gospel Reading ~Sunday of St. John Climacus The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31
At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, “How long has he had this?” And he said, “From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us.” And Jesus said to him, “If you can! All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again.” And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting.” They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”
* Peter James (40 days) brother of Mitchell James Thermis and Sophia Thermis and uncle of many nieces and nephews of 5 generations.
* Katerina Karpouzis Pagones (1 year) survived by her husband Paul Pagones and her children Sofia and Luke.
* Jacqueline Filosofos (4 yrs) remembered by her children, Argerous, Denise and Michael Filosofos and families.
* Autumn James (4 yrs) sister in law of Sophia Thermis
* Zaharenia Dikegoros Kutsukos (5 yrs) survived by her husband Harry Kutsukos, son John, daughter- in- law Lori and grandchildren John, Christina, Peter and Jack.
* Anastasia Kutsukos Karas (6 yrs) survived by her father Harry Kutsukos, her husband Nick Karas and her sons John and Peter.
* Nikitas Legakis (7 yrs) survived by wife Georgia, children Emmanuel and Maria & 4 grandchildren.
The flowers on the Altar are donated by Carol and Bill Pagones in memory of beloved niece Katerina Karpouzis Pagones. May her memory be eternal.
The flowers on the Solea are donated by Harry Kutsukos in memory of beloved wife Zaharenia and beloved daughter Anastasia. May their memories be eternal.
Sunday, April 7th: Loukoumathes for the Cure!
Please support cancer research with the purchase of a delicious treat! All funds go to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Giving Opportunities for Great Lent, Holy Week & Pascha. Please call the office for a list of items remaining to be donated. As always, thank you for your generosity!
We would like to thank Minas Halkias for organizing and preparing the meal for the luncheon on Sunday, March 31
Philoptochos News LAST OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE!
Today is the final day that Philoptochos will be collecting donations for the Clergy Education Fund (The Papouli Fund). This fund assists theology students of the Metropolis of Atlanta with scholarships and opportunities for continuing education. For those of you who have made your donations, Philoptochos sincerely thanks you. If you have not made your donation yet, please see Denise Filosofos or Athena Loucas in the Kandaras Hall following today’s church service.
Philoptochos will be accepting Pascha Orders for Tsourekia, Koulourakia and Easter Eggs
on April 7, 14, and 21. Tsourekia: round w/red egg, braided w/red egg, and braided no egg @ $10/loaf. Koulourakia: one dozen @ $10/bag. Dyed red eggs: one dozen @ $8/doz. (Dyed eggs must be picked up on Thursday, April 25th between 1:00-3:00pm.) Please be prepared to place your orders with payment on those days. Checks payable to: Philoptochos Ladies Society. See Athena Loucas or Marion Koliniatis.
Scholarships Available Students, parents and grandparents: Scholarships are available for St. Stephen’s Summer Camp. Attendance at the camp is not only fun and educational but provides our young Orthodox Christians with an environment to develop their spiritual growth. Complete information about St. Stephen’s Sumer Camp can be found on the Metropolis of Atlanta website: atlmetropolis.org/st-stephens-summer-camp Applications are also open for the Dr. Helene Tzitsikas Scholarship Fund which will be awarded to a college student from our parish. Details about the requirements for this scholarship can be found on the St. Demetrios website. The deadline for all scholarship applications is May 1st. Applications for all scholarships can be found on the table in the narthex near the office. Scholarship applications should be returned to the church office by the May 1st deadline.
2019 Three Hierarchs Scholarship (THS) Award Application forms for the THS awards of Drs. Anthony and Joyce Kales are available in the Church office. These scholarships are awarded strictly on the basis of meritorious academic achievement for college bound seniors. The academic guidelines for consideration include: Grade Point Average of 3.5 or above; membership in the National Honor Society; a combined SAT Verbal and Math score of 1320 or greater (the combined scores must be from the same SAT exam i.e., scores cannot be combined from two separate SAT exams). ACT substitution for the SAT examination is not allowed. Additionally, the SAT exam can be taken only a maximum of two times. Deadline for submission of application is June 15.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:00noon Loukoumathes for the Cure
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm Advanced Greek class
7:00pm Presanctified Liturgy
7:00pm Akathist Hymn
8:00pm Lenten Dinner & speaker Dr. Dean C. Vafiadis
6:30pm Lenten Comedy Special with Basile
For tickets call Chris@954-709-9651 or firstname.lastname@example.org
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School