Saint of the Day – The Holy Martyrs Photius and Anicetus of Nicomedia
These Martyrs contested in Nicomedia about the year 288. When Diocletian stirred up his persecution of the Christians, Anicetus presented himself openly and said that all who worship idols are blind and senseless. He was beaten with rods so ruthlessly that his bones appeared from the rents and wounds in his flesh. As he was suffering further torments, his nephew Photius came and embraced him, calling him his father and his uncle. He was also put to many tortures with him. They were then imprisoned together for three years. Finally they were cast into a furnace, where they gave up their spirits, and their bodies were preserved unharmed. Saint Anicetus is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos,Larry Kirifides
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode
Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον…
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.
Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Transfiguration in the Grave Mode
Μετεμορθώθης εν τώ όρει Χριστέ ο Θεός…
Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ our God, showing to Thy disciples Thy glory as each one could endure. Shine forth Thou on us, who are sinners all, Thy light ever-unending, through the prayers of the Theotokos. Light-bestower, glory be to Thee.
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 Grave Mode
Επί τού όρους μετεμορφώθης…
You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.
The Reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 9:2-12.
Brethren, you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. This is my defense to those who would examine me. Do we not have the right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a sister as wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.
The Reading is from Matthew 18:23-35
The Lord said this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents; and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you besought me; and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord delivered him to the torturers, till he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
Luz Marina Romani (40 days) survived by her husband John Theodoropoulos and sister in law Angela and family.
Georgia Micklas (1 yr) survived by children Robert Micklas and Mary Oxios, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Betty Monezis (3 yrs) survived be her daughter Mona Monezis-Kapakos (Chris)
Mary Zahartzis (10 yrs) survived by her daughters Anna and Kristina.
Stella Manikas Copulos (15 yrs) survivrd by her daughter Stella Copulos Stringer (Scott) and her granddaughter Emily Stella Stringer.
Additional Liturgical Services
Friday, August 10
Monday, August 13
Wednesday, August 15
Dormition of the Theotokos
9am/10am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
Fr. Andrew’s FYI
Last Sunday, we discussed the need felt by some Adult Orthodox Christians, baptized as infants, to have some type of rededication or renewal service. They feel they may have strayed, albeit unknowingly, from God. As a result, they feel the need to verbally rededicate themselves to God and His mission, much like their Godparents did at their baptisms, since they have returned to Godly work, worship and behavior.
If we look to Baptism, we see it is based on the life of Jesus Christ; His ministry, His Death and His Resurrection. Baptism was a specific instruction of Jesus to His Apostles. It has been the practice of the Church of Christ from the very beginning, based on Christ’s commandment to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
It is the very first Mystery (Sacrament) in which a person participates to enter the Church and thus, become a member of the Body of Christ. It is the means by which we can pass into the realm of salvation and ultimately become citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Most of us were baptized as infants. Although we may have been raised in the Church, we cradle Orthodox have sometimes taken our “membership” in the Church for granted. We have forgotten, or never knew, that the Sacrament of Baptism was to regenerate us and liberate us from our fallen nature (original sin) and open to us the real possibility of a new life in Christ.
Our Baptism Rite has two actual Sacraments: Baptism and Chrismation. So we are symbolically washed clean and then anointed with the Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit; God’s Grace and Power.
(More in next Sunday’s FYI)
Feast of The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady
the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary – August 15th
This is what the Church has received from the tradition of the Fathers. When the time came that our Savior was well-pleased to take His Mother to Himself, He declared to her through an Angel that in three days He would translate her from this life to eternity. On hearing this, she went to the Mount of Olives, to pray. Giving thanks to God, she returned home and prepared what was necessary for her burial. While these things were taking place, clouds caught up the Apostles from and brought them to the house of the Mother of God. As a mother, she consoled them and then raised her hands to Heaven and prayed for the peace of the world. She blessed the Apostles, and, reclining upon her bed, gave up her all-holy spirit.
The Apostles took up her body and brought it to the sepulchre, while the Angels chanted with them. When they reached Gethsemane, they buried the all-immaculate body of the Theotokos. On the third day after the burial, when they were eating and raised up the bread in Jesus’ Name, the Theotokos appeared saying “Rejoice”. From this they learned concerning the bodily translation of the Theotokos into the Heavens.
Large Hall Renovation Update
Educational Ministries ~ Youth and Adults
Junior Choir Do you know what Katy Perry, John Legend, Kevin Costner, Carrie Underwood and Justin Timberlake have in common? They all started in the church choir! We are calling all future stars, young and old, to join the new Junior Choir. If you are interested, call Mona at (954) 240-3271.
Greek School The Greek School at St. Demetrios will offer six classes during the academic year 2018-19. Classes A’, B’, Γ’, Δ´ and Adult Beginner are scheduled to meet on Mondays from 4:15 to 6:00 PM. The Advanced Modern Greek class will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Registration details will be announced as soon as the website is updated. For more information, please call the St. Demetrios office at 954-467-1515 Monday through Thursday. Welcome to all who wish to explore the Modern Greek language and its 3,000+ year history.
Σας προσκαλούμε στη μελέτη της ωραίας ελληνικής γλώσσας που έχει βαθειές ρίζες στην αρχαιότητα.
Youth Programs Volunteers Our community is blessed with a holistic youth program that includes Sunday School, Greek School, Dance, GOYA, HOPE/JOY and a Youth Library. All these programs need volunteers to share in the fulfilling work of educating our youngsters. All volunteers must fill out an application each year. Please pick up an application from the table in the south narthex and turn it in to the office or to the appropriate youth adviser.
“Come and See”
Please support your church in year 2018 with your time, talent and treasure. 268 of your fellow parishioners/families have done so. Don’t delay, pledge today! Call the office for more information or fill out a pledge card.
And He said to them, “Beware and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does life consist of his possessions. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. ~ Luke 12:15,23,34.
Landscape Cleanup Let’s beautify our church grounds! Bring your gardening tools and join your fellow parishioners on Saturday, August 11 at 8:00am.
Flowers Thank you to all who donated flowers for The Icon of the Theotokos for the Paraklisis services and for the garland.
Car Donation Dr. Hionis has generously agreed to donate all proceeds from the sale of his 2006 Cadillac DTS with 66,000 miles to St. Demetrios. It has new tires and is in excellent condition. The asking price is $4,000. Please contact the church office or one of the Parish Council members if you are interested in purchasing this car while simultaneously helping St. Demetrios.
Large Hall Renovation The bathrooms have been demolished.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
7:00pm Paraklisis to the Theotokos
Wednesday 8/15 Dormition of the Theotokos
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy