16th Sunday of Matthew – February 3, 2019
Saint of the Day
The Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-Receiver and the Holy Prophetess Anna
Today we honor the righteous Elder Symeon and Prophetess Anna, who prophesied concerning Him by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and were the first in Jerusalem to receive Him as the Messiah.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια …
Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.
Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Presentation in the First Mode
Χαῖρε κεχαριτωμένη Θεοτόκε Παρθένε …
Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, for from thee hath risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those in darkness. Rejoice, thou also, O righteous Elder, as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our souls, Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.
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 First Mode
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου …
Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
Epistle Reading ~ The Reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10
Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Matthew 25:14-30
The Lord said this parable: “A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” As he said these things he cried out: “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Victor Vogis (19 yrs) survived by his parents Victor and Margo, sisters Katya (Omar) and Esther (Tony) and niece
Souper Bowl of Caring Today is the Super Bowl, and that means that it is also the Souper Bowl of Caring . The GOYA participates in this worthy cause by taking up collections for IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities). Please be generous with your donations. Thank you!
SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm.
Special Lecture by doctor of physical therapy, Cara Giusti. Learn the daily moves, mindset, and practices of those living longer and aging with agility. Invite family, friends, & community. Sponsored by Philoptochos.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, March 16th @ 6:30pm.
Feather/BINGO Party. A fun evening for the whole family! Sponsored by Philoptochos.
EYCC News Post-Festival Attendance Policy: We will continue to take attendance after the festival to encourage families to participate in the Divine Liturgy and students to go regularly to Sunday school. Post-Festival attendance, however, will not count toward dancing in the 2020 festival. Instead we will recognize students who have superior attendance, and students who participate in other ways, such as Oratorical Festival, Epistle Reading, Choir, etc. at the Youth Sunday celebration on May 12. Adults in the community are encouraged to invite student participation and to let an EYCC member know about such participation. In September, 2019, we will revert to the Pre-Festival Attendance Policy, which connects attendance in church and Sunday school with the privilege of attending Dance Practice.
Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.
DOP The Daughters of Penelope would like to invite you to take on a challenge that is close to our heart as well as close to home. Our focus this year for philanthropy is to raise money for the University of Central Florida and their research team that assists young and old that are in need of prosthetic limbs. Saturday, March 23rd we will be having our annual luncheon at Lighthouse Point Yacht Club and you are all invited to attend. The cost is $55 for a delicious lunch, wonderful company and basket raffles to benefit the University of Central Florida and their dream team to build bionic limbs for children. If you or someone you know want to sponsor a raffle basket personally or with services from a business and would like to get involved in anyway please see Melissa Bakatselos, Tara Bakatselos or any officer from the Daughters of Penelope for more information. We will gladly accept donations of any amount to help UCF reach their goals and their organization “Limbitless Solutions”. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:30pm Greek Dance
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm Advanced Greek class
Thursday 02/07-Sunday 02/11
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy