Holy Theophany – January 6, 2019
Saint of the Day
The Theophany of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
About the beginning of our Lord’s thirtieth year, John the Forerunner, who was some six months older than Our Saviour according to the flesh, and had lived in the wilderness since his childhood, received a command from God and came into the parts of the Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance unto the remission of sins. Then our Saviour also came from Galilee to the Jordan, and sought and received baptism though He was the Master and John was but a servant. Whereupon, there came to pass those marvellous deeds, great and beyond nature: the Heavens were opened, the Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Him that was being baptized and the voice was heard from the Heavens hearing witness that this was the beloved Son of God, now baptized as a man (Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:1-22). From these events the Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the great mystery of the Trinity were demonstrated. It is also from this that the present feast is called “Theophany,” that is, the divine manifestation, God’s appearance among men. On this venerable day the sacred mystery of Christian baptism was inaugurated; henceforth also began the saving preaching of the Kingdom of the Heavens.
Parish Council on Duty:
George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, John Clidas
Apolytikion for Holy Epiphany in the First Mode
Ἐν Ἰορδάνῃ βαπτιζομένου σου Κύριε…
When Thou wast baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest; for the voice of the Father bare witness to Thee, calling Thee His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of the word. O Christ our God, Who hast appeared and hast enlightened the world, glory be to Thee.
Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode
Ἐπεφάνης σήμερον τὴ οἰκουμένη …
You appeared to the world today, and Your light, O Lord, has left its mark upon us. With fuller understanding we sing to You: “You came, You were made manifest, the unapproachable light.”
Epistle Reading ~ The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7.
TITUS, my son, the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of the great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Matthew 3:13-17
At that time, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. And when Jesus was baptized, he went up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting on him; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Loukoumades Sunday Enjoy loukoumades during coffee hour this Sunday. All proceeds will benefit the ministries of St. Demetrios Church.
Feather Party time is almost here! Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, fellowship, food, and great prizes on Friday, January 11th in the Kandaras Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards. Additional cards are available for $1 each. Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida! For more information, call Marion Koliniatis @ 305-632-141
Bookstore News Now available at the bookstore, 2019 wall calendars featuring angels and angelic visitations. Also come and see the newest books in stock.
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!
Festival Marketing Opportunities See the flyer below or pick up a form at church
Cross Road Application deadline is Feb 1, 2019Cross 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.
Calendar of Events for the Week
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
1:00pm-4:00pm HDF practice
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm Advanced Greek class
7:00pm Feather Party
10:00am DOP meeting in the hall
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:30pm Greek Dance