Sunday after the Nativity – December 30, 2018
Saint of the Day
Anysia the Virgin-martyr of Thessaloniki
This Saint, who was from Thessalonica, was the daughter of pious and wealthy parents, After their death, she passed her life serving God by means of good deeds. One day, as she was on her way to church, a pagan soldier approached her and asked her to accompany him to the temple of the idols, but she refused. When he began to drag her with him, she spit in his face and confessed Christ. Filled with anger, he thrust his sword into her side and slew her, in the year 299, during the reign of Maximian.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos, Larry Kirifides
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου…
Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Nativity in the Fourth Mode
Ἡ γέννησίς σου Χριστὲ ὁ Θεὸς ἡμῶν…
Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath shined the light of knowledge upon the world; for thereby they that worshipped the stars were instructed by a star to worship Thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know Thee, the Dayspring from on high. O Lord, glory be to Thee.
Apolytikion for the Sunday after the Nativity in the Second Mode
O Joseph, proclaim the wonders to David, the ancestor of God. Thou hast seen a Virgin great with child; thou hast given glory with the shepherds; thou hast worshipped with the Magi; and thou hast been instructed through an Angel. Entreat Christ God to save our souls.
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…
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 Galatians 1:11-19.
Brethren, I would have you know that the gospel which was preached by me is not man’s gospel. For I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it; and I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely zealous was I for the traditions of my fathers. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.
Gospel Reading ~The Reading is from Matthew 2:13-23
When the wise men departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt have I called my son.”
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they were no more.” But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaos reigned over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
Theodore Vasil (20 yrs) loving son of Philip and Happy Vasil. Survived by his parents Philip and Happy, his wife Effie, his son Nicholas Vasil, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Stella Vlahos (19 yrs) survived by her daughter Mantha Mehallis, grandson Spero (Rocio) Mehallis and great grandson Lazaro.
We welcome Christine & Ryan Sarrell, Brayden, Blake and Adrianna as they present Evangelia for the traditional 40 day blessing
Philoptochos St. Basil/Gift Swap/Membership Party Please join Philoptochos for their annual Holiday Gift Swap/Membership Party on January 4, 2019 at the home of Kathy Ziegler, starting at 6:00pm. Bring a $10 gift for “swapping”, your favorite appetizer for sharing, and a potential new member to this popular event. Details: Kathy Ziegler or Marion Koliniatis.
Vasilopita Sale Get ready for the holidays! Buy your Vasilopita (New Year Bread with good luck coin) @ $10 each, Dec. 16, 23, and 30 in the Kandaras Hall. Sponsored by Philoptochos.
Save the Date Back by popular demand, Philoptochos will again sponsor a FEATHER PARTY on Friday, January 11, 2019, in the Kandaras Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7pm. Tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards. Additional cards are available for $1 each. Ticket proceeds go to FEEDING SOUTH FLORIDA! Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes. For more information, call Marion Koliniatis @ 305-632-1415.
Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.
Cross Road Application deadline is Feb 1, 2019. Cross Road is a ten-day academic summer institute that prepares high school juniors and seniors to connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. Participants from all over the country come together to experience daily worship, take theology classes from some of the best professors in the country, visit local parishes, serve their neighbor and tour the city. Two sessions (6/15–25 & 7/2–12) are offered at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Boston, MA and one (7/23-8/2) at North Park University, Chicago, IL. The priority application deadline is February 1, 2019. Applications for financial aid and scholarships are available after the student has been accepted to the program. Consider this excellent program for your 16 -18 year old. Complete information about the program and the application process is available on the Cross Road website (www.crossroadinstitute.org)
We hope you join us on January 27, 2019 for our 3rd “Celebration of Learning” event. Look for flyers in the South Narthex and at the coffee hour for more information about the event. Your continued support and commitment allows us to maintain and grow scholarships for a variety of educational and spiritual programs.
Festival Volunteers 2019 this is the best fellowship ministry & fundraiser and you make this all possible. Sign up now: Admissions, Bakery, Baklava Ice Cream, Bar tenders, Cashiers, Church Narthex & Candles, Decorating, Food Line Servers, Greek Coffee, Gyro, Pre-Festival Food Prep, Loukoumades, Festival Set Up & Take down, Saganaki and more! Come see us in the narthex!
Philoptochos member drive Consider joining Philoptochos.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
Tuesday 01/01 Feast of St. Basil
10:00am Divine Liturgy
1:00pm Philoptochos meeting
6:00pm Philoptochos party at Ziegler home
Saturday 01/05 Eve of Theophany
10:00am Divine Liturgy and Aghiasmos
Sunday 01/06 Theophany
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30am Prayer;Aghiasmos;Commemoration of St. John the Baptist
12:00pm Loukoumades Sunday-all proceeds benefit St. Demetrios