14th Sunday of Luke – December 1, 2019
Philaret the Merciful of Amnia
Saint Philaret a native of Paphlagonia in Asia Minor, was a virtuous Christian layman who lived in lawful wedlock and raised a family. He was most renowned for his generosity to all in need. With the permission of God, in a short space of time he lost the greater part of his possessions to theft and other misfortunes and was left with nothing but his family, his home, and a little livestock. Yet he continued to give generously to the poor despite the faint-heartedness of his family, who reproached him for giving alms when they were in need themselves; and God, seeing his faith, restored his prosperity to him many times over. He foresaw the day of his death, and reposed in an odour of sanctity in Constantinople in 789.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον …
Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers’ lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.
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 Third Mode
Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον, τὸν Προαιώνιον Λόγον…
On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
Epistle Reading ~ The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 2:14-22.
Brethren, Christ is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Gospel Reading ~The reading is from Luke 18:35-43
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.
Eleni Mandalozis(40 days) survived by her husband Basil and her daughter Maria Mandalozis.
Margaret Malanos Vellis (10 yrs) mother of Katherine Vellis.
Helen Georgoulakis (21 yrs) survived by her children Pauline and George.
We welcome Theodora Kanouta and Carlos Showing as they present Valentina for the traditional 40 day blessing.
Stewardship Year 2019
Stewardship Year 2019
Number of pledges: 311 Amount pledged: $274,688.50 Amount received: $253,137.32
Stewardship Year 2020 If you didn’t receive a pledge form for year 2020, please fill out the form found in the narthex by the candle area.
Christmas Party, Dinner and Nativity Pageant Circle Friday, December 13 on your calendars for a heartwarming pageant and a Christmas party featuring a delicious dinner. No admission charge.
Thank you A huge thank you to all who baked, bought and helped to sell the delicious sweets. You made it the most successful Philoptochos bake sale in recent memory. Και του χρονου!
Poinsettias Any donations toward the purchase of poinsettias would be greatly appreciated!
Cook Needed We need a cook for the festival. Someone who can cook basic things and is available to work from Mon., February 3 through Sun. evening, February 10. We don’t need a chef since we make almost all of our food, ourselves, in advance. If anyone has a lead, please contact the church.
Cancer Fighting Sunday December 8th is “Cancer Fighting Sunday”. Please join us during the coffee hour where you can purchase lovely holiday items, a delicious pizza & salad lunch and chocolate desserts. Your contributions will go toward funding important research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. This fundraising event is sponsored by our local Pap Corps chapter.
Applications for Cross Road Hellenic College Holy Cross Program are open For more information about this program go to the website: www.crossroadinstitute.org or call (617) 850-1310.
Reserve your space and buy your tickets today! Tuesday, December 10th is the date for the Annual Christmas Dinner at 6:30pm for the various ministries of St. Demetrios Church at Tropical Acres in Hollywood. Benefiting Toys for Tots, bring an unwrapped gift for ages tots to teens. Door prizes, entertainment, and a surprise visit!!! Tickets @$45/person are on sale today. See Athena Loucas, Kate Arniotis, or Marion Koliniatis.
Philoptochos 2020 Memberships Become a new member or renew your membership @$50 for 2020 as you support the national, metropolis and local organizations of the philanthropic arm of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America. See Paula Kirifides or Denise Filosofos today.
You Can’t Win…If You Don’t Play! The St. Demetrios GOYA is excited to announce their first Louis Vuitton raffle. There are two new beautiful bags to choose from with a retail value of $2,000 each. (Artsy or the Clapton PM) Tickets are $50 and only 100 tickets will be sold. All proceeds will benefit the St. Demetrios GOYA. The winner will be announced on 12/13 at the annual Christmas Pageant. Please ask any GOYAN or GOYAN advisor for ticket information. Everyone has a chance to win big! Good luck!!!
Ride Request A parishioner couple from Margate would love to be able to attend church services and events that are held in the evening. They are unable to drive at night and kindly ask if anyone would be willing to provide rides. If you can help, please call or email the office. Thank you!
Visit https://thediakoniaretreatcenter.com/ for information on everything the Diakonia Center has to offer.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Sunday School
12:00pm Loukoumathes for the Cure hosted by the Pap Corps
10:30am Philoptochos Board of Directors meeting
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ & Adult Beginner Section 1
6:00pm-8:00pm Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2
6:00pm-8:00pm Greek School Advanced Class
11:30am Loving Stitches
7:00pm Parish Council training seminar @ St. Demetrios
6:00pm Vespers of St. Nicholas @ St. Nicholas Church
2525 South 25th St., Ft. Pierce, FL 34981
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Sunday School
12:00pm Cancer Fighting Sunday
12:00pm GOYA meeting
12:30pm General Assembly