13th Sunday of Matthew – August 26, 2018
Saint of the Day – The Holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalie
The holy Martyrs Adrian and Natalie confessed the Christian Faith during the reign of Maximian, in Nicomedia, in the year 298. Adrian was a pagan; witnessing the valor of the Martyrs, and the fervent faith with which they suffered their torments, he also declared himself a Christian and was imprisoned. When this was told to his wife Natalie, who was secretly a believer, she visited him in prison and encouraged him in his sufferings. Saint Adrian’s hands and feet were placed on an anvil and broken off with a hammer; he died in his torments. His blessed wife recovered part of his holy relics and took it to Argyropolis near Byzantium, and reposed in peace soon after.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos, Larry Kirifides
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 for Martyrs Adrian and Natalie in the Third Mode
Αναφαίρετον, όλβον ηγήσω…
Thou didst deem that Faith which hath salvation to be riches never lost or plundered. Thou forsookest thy fathers’ impiety, and thou didst follow thy Master, becoming rich in His divine gifts, O glorious Adrian. With the godly-minded Natalie, who emboldened thee, entreat Christ God, O Martyr, that our souls be saved.
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.”
Epistle Reading ~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 ~The Reading is from 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?’
Efrosini Fotopoulos (6 mos) survived by her 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Maria Alentas (3 yrs) survived by her sisters Evelyn and Debbie and by her nieces and nephews.
Catherine Keches (7 days) beloved mother of Presvytera Cori (Fr. Jim) Katinas.
Fr. Andrew’s FYI
In our August 12th FYI we spoke about the need for some, in adulthood, to verbally recommit themselves to Christ through some kind of service. We are working on putting something together that includes some of the parts of the Catechumenate prayers in our Baptismal service.
But today, I would like to talk to you about what we do in preparation of or children’s baptismal service.
We tend to be a little annoyed at the time involved at the preparation necessary through the church for this most important day, including any fees.
But we spare no time or expense in preparing for the celebration following the reception of this new Christian. AND that mentality carries us AND them throughout their lives and puts many of them into a mindset that the Baptism is a cultural and secular event. This is what actually requires some adults to rethink the baptismal vows, spoken by the Godparent, and sometimes motivates them to need to do something themselves to verbally commit themselves to Christ and renounce the Evil One (devil).
Our lifelong journey is to live out the vows said on our behalf at our Baptism and Chrismation. It must be our lifelong ambition to recognize the gifts of the Holy Spirit given to us at our Chrismation and harness God’s Grace. Let us live a life worthy of HIS sacrifice for each of us on the Cross.
+May the POWER of His Grace be with all of you!
Educational Ministries ~ Youth and Adults
St. Demetrios GOYA The first GOYA meeting will be held next Sunday, September 2 after the Divine Liturgy.
District GOYA Welcome Back Pool Party
Saturday, September 8 – 1-4pm ~Seasons of Boca Raton Clubhouse ~ 6540 NW 30th Ave Boca Raton FL 33496
$20 Per GOYAN, $7 per adult
What to Bring: Modest and Church event appropriate swimsuit (1 piece for girls, board shorts for boys), Towel, Dry Change of Clothes, Athletic Clothing (in order to play basketball/volleyball), Closed-toed Shoes REQUIRED for Basketball
Lunch Potluck: The event will begin with lunch in the clubhouse. We agreed at our District GOYA meeting to treat this like a “potluck” where each parish brings something for the lunch. Sides (Salad, Baked Beans to serve 130 people) – Saint Demetrios. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fr. Steven Klund at
(561) 994-4822 if you have any questions or issues.
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. 276 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. Thank you!
St. Phanourios Celebration St. Phanourios’ Feast day is August 27. The Philoptochos will be celebrating the day on Sunday, August 26. Whoever from the community would like to, may bring in a Phaneropita. To benefit their many charities, the members of Philoptochos will pass a tray.
Choir The choir starts back up on Sunday, September 2.
Loving Stitches If you enjoy crocheting and/or knitting come to the Loving Stitches gathering, in the church hall, on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 11:30am. See you on August 28!
Large Hall Renovation Renovation On Tuesday, the city performed the final electrical inspection. The inspector was very pleased with the work. We passed!
Save the Date Sunday, September 9 is the start of youth and adult educational programs. There will be an Artoklasia, a welcome back Pastitsio luncheon and an honoring of our Archangel Michael nominees and honorees.
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.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30am Loving Stitches
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
12:00pm GOYA meeting