12th Sunday of Luke – January 19, 2020
Macarius the Great of Egypt
St. Macarius the Great was from the Thebaid of Egypt, a disciple, as some say, of St. Anthony the Great. He was born about 331 and struggled in asceticism in the desert at Scete. Although young, he was called “the child elder” because of his great wisdom and austere manner of life. He was ordained presbyter and reposed in 391, at the age of 60. There are 50 homilies ascribed to him. It is said of St. Macarius that he became as a God upon earth, for even as God protects the whole world, so did he cover the faults he saw as if he did not see them. Once he came back to his cell to find a thief taking his things and loading them on a camel. Macarius’ non-possessiveness was so great that he helped the thief load the camel. When the camel refused to rise, Macarius returned to his cell and brought a small hoe, said that the camel wanted the hoe also, loaded it on, and kicked the camel telling it to get up. The camel obeyed Macarius’ command, but soon lay down again, and would not move until everything had been returned to Macarius. His contemporary, St. Macarius of Alexandria, was so called because he came from Alexandria and was therefore of that Greek-speaking colony; while St. Macarius the Great is also called “of Egypt,” that is, he belonged to the ancient race native to Egypt, the Copts.
Parish Council on Duty:
George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler, Philip Vias
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 Macarius the Great of Egypt in the First Mode
Τής ερήμου πολίτης, καί εν σώματι Άγγελος …
Thou didst prove to be a citizen of the desert, an angel in the flesh, and a wonderworker, O Macarius, our God-bearing Father. By fasting, vigil, and prayer thou didst obtain heavenly gifts, and thou healest the sick and the souls of them that have recourse to thee with faith. Glory to Him that hath given thee strength. Glory to Him that hath crowned thee. Glory to Him that worketh healings for all through thee.
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 Letter to the Colossians 3:4-11.
Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.
Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19
At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’s feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him: “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”
Kalliope Xenakis (3 mos) survived be her son Demetrios.
Dr. Alexander Xenakis (20 yrs) survived by his son Demetrios.
George Theoharis (3 mos) survived by his niece Nantia and her husband, and other nieces and nephews.
Venet Maria Nickas (1 yr) survived by her sister Tina (Mike) Ahearn and family.
Orlando “Haralambos” Perez (6 yrs) survived by his wife Evelyn, his daughter Nicole, and his stepson Michael. Thank you St. Demetrios community for your support.
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Festival Marketing and Sponsorship Opportunities
The deadline for submitting your ad for inclusion in the 2020 Festival Ad book is this Monday, January 20.
Levels range from $100 to $2,500 and this year there are banner options. Forms can be found at the visitors desk or download this form..
For details, please speak with Alexandra Zaden @ (678) 596-6776 or Kalli Vlamis @ (954) 270-8563
No Palazakia and no Kamaria dance practice this Sunday as the instructors are away at the Hellenic Dance Festival taking place in Orlando.
FESTIVAL Volunteers 2020…THIS IS THE BEST FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY & FUNDRAISER and YOU make this all possible. Volunteers are needed to drive the golf carts for parking, a chef for the kitchen, Food Prep Setting up the festival grounds, cashiers and so much more…Come see us in the narthex and SIGN UP TODAY!
Cook Needed We need a cook for the festival to cook basic things and is available to work from Mon., February 3 through Sun. evening, February 10. If anyone has a lead, contact the church.
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.
Save the dates The Festival is coming, and we have baking to do. Thursday, January 16 we baked koulourakia and Thursday, January 23, we will bake kourambiethes. We need lots of help and all skill levels. Men, too! We start at 9. Come when you can and stay as long as you can.
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation will offer $250,000 in awards to 40 exceptional Greek American undergraduates. The application is available at https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply/ and the deadline is January 31, 2020.
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Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Sunday School
12:30pm Jr. Palazakia & Sr. Palazakia Dance practice
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
11:00am Agape luncheon for seniors
7:00pm Festival meeting
6:00pm Cancer Chapter meeting
9:00am Kourabiethes baking
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Sunday School
12:00pm Three Hierarchs Celebration
12:30pm Dance practice