December 20 ~ Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch
Saint Ignatius was a disciple of Saint John the Theologian, and a successor of the Apostles, and he became the second Bishop of Antioch, after Evodus. He wrote many epistles to the faithful, strengthening them in their confession, and preserving for us the teachings of the holy Apostles. Brought to Rome under Trajan, he was surrendered to lions to be eaten, and so finished the course of martyrdom about the year 107. The remnants of his bones were carefully gathered by the faithful and brought to Antioch. He is called God-bearer, as one who bare God within himself and was aflame in heart with love for Him. Therefore, in his Epistle to the Romans (ch. 4), imploring their love not to attempt to deliver him from his longed-for martyrdom, he said, “I am the wheat of God, and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found to be the pure bread of God.”
Parish Council on Duty:
Manny Daskos, Basil Economou, Michael Fossler, George Georgakakis, Marion Koliniatis
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 Forefeast of the Nativity in the First Mode
Ἑτοιμάζου Βηθλεέμ, ἤνοικται πᾶσιν ἡ Ἐδέμ…
O Bethlehem, rejoice; Ephratha, make thou ready; * for in her womb the Ewe-lamb doth bear the Great Shepherd, * and lo, she now urgently maketh haste to give birth to Him. * On beholding Him, the righteous God-bearing Fathers * all rejoice, and with the shepherds sing hymns in praise of * the Virgin that nursed a child.
Apolytikion for Sunday before Nativity in the Second Mode
Μεγάλα τὰ τῆς πίστεως κατορθώματα…
Great are the achievements of faith! In the fountain of flame, as by the water of rest, the Three Holy Children rejoiced. And the Prophet Daniel proved a shepherd of lions as of sheep. By their prayers, O Christ our God, save our souls.
Apolytikion for Ignatius the God-Bearer in the Fourth Mode
Καί τρόπων μέτοχος …
As a sharer of the ways and a successor to the throne of the Apostles, O inspired of God, thou foundest discipline to be a means of ascent to divine vision. Wherefore, having rightly divided the word of truth, thou didst also contest for the Faith even unto blood, O Hieromartyr Ignatius. Intercede with Christ our God that our souls be saved.
Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις…
The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught the boasts of Lyaios, imparting courage to Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may 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.
The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews 11:9-10; 32-40.
BRETHREN, by faith Abraham sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked forward to the city which has foundation, whose builder and maker is God.
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets – who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated – of whom the world was not worthy – wandering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
And all these, though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had foreseen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
The Reading is from Matthew 1:1-25
The book of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asa, and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus.
Memorials and Trisagia
Presv. Mary Pallas (6 months) survived by her daughter Stacy (Michael) Homatas, son Tom Pallas and granddaughter Naomi
Mary Levendos (2 years) survived by her many, many friends.
Nicholas Cassas (3 years) survived by son Andy, daughters Maryann (Bill) Ley and Stephanie (Doug) Swank and 8 grandchildren.
Zaharias Haralambis (10 years) survived by his wife Clara, sons Michael (Irene), Nikola (Joann), John (Erin), daughter Maria (Rocky) Conway and 11 grandchildren.
The flowers on the Altar have been donated in loving memory of Zaharias Haralambis
The St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Stewardship Program is based on the ideal that Stewardship Pledges are able to cover the Budgeted Operating Costs of our Church. In that regard the Parish Council proposed a plan which accomplished that objective. The General Assembly of St. Demetrios Church on November 22, 2015 unanimously voted to approve this new Stewardship Program effective January 1st 2016. Thank you to all who unanimously voted to approve these measures. By now, all of our generous year 2015 stewards should have received a very important letter regarding the new program. We ask that you carefully review the information and promptly respond. If you have any questions, please call (954) 467-1515.
- AHEPA will be hosting a pizza luncheon Sunday, December 20 to benefit the Ahepa 394 Scholarship fund. Donation $5.00
- A Devoted Heart
Precious friends of “A Devoted Heart” , we will be meeting to study on Dec.20th We will be continuing our biblically based, scripturally solid study of the dual nature of Jesus Christ.
- New Bookstore Items
2016 Wall Calendars featuring American Saints ~ Thirty Steps to Heaven- The Ladder of Divine Assent for All Walks of Life
In The Eyes of Your Creator- Truly Valuing Yourself and Others ~ Becoming a Healing Presence
- Christmas Poinsettias
Help celebrate the Christmas season! Make a donation to adorn the sanctuary with Poinsettias. In the memo line of your check note : ”poinsettias” . Thank you for your generosity!
- Thank you
The Cancer Chapter would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for everyone’s generous support during our recent Cancer Fighting Sunday fundraising event. Your contributions go towards important research in the war against caner. We want to wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas Season!
- FESTIVAL Volunteers 2016…BEST FESTIVAL EVER!!!
Thursday, February 11th through Sunday, February 14th Pick your spots now. Join any of the many talented teams that make our festival ONE OF THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRIES & FUNDRAISERS OFFERED.
We have a spot for everyone: Ad Book Sales, Admissions, Appetizers/Mezedes, Pre-Festival Baking, 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, Taverna, Volunteer Processing and more!
Come see us in the narthex today!
- Celebrate New Year’s Eve at St. Demetrios
New Year’s eve Parisian Style ~Thursday, December 31, 2015~ Cocktails at 8:00pm; Dinner at 8:30pm
Catered by Culinary Republic
Music by Sasha
Adults: $65.00; 12 & Under $25.00; Cash Bar
For Reservations: Contact Chris Kapakos@ 954-709-9651 or via email @ CKapakos@comcast.net or Purchase your tickets in the Community Center every Sunday after Liturgy through Dec. 27, 2015
Sponsored & Hosted by AHEPA #394~ Proceeds to benefit St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
- Save the Date ~Feast of the Epiphany ~ Pan Orthodox Celebration ~Saturday, January 9, 2016
At Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach
Orthros 9:00am, Archieratical Divine Liturgy 10:00am, Procession, Blessing of the Waters and Diving for the Cross 12:00 Noon
Followed by a Luncheon: Lamb Shank over Rice, Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee
Adults $25, Children $10 (12 years and under)
- Save the date ~Daughters of Penelope Wine Tasting & food pairing Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00pm. More details to follow.