12th Sunday of Luke – January 20, 2019
Saint of the Day
Righteous Euthymius the Great
This Saint, from Melitene in Armenia, was the son of pious parents Paul and Dionysia. He was born about 377. Since his mother had been barren, he was named Euthymius-which means “good cheer” or “joy”-for this is what his parents experienced at his birth. He studied under Eutroius, the Bishop of Melitene, he was ordained and entrusted with the care of the monasteries of Melitene. After he had come to Palestine about the year 406, he became the leader of a multitude of monks. Through him, a great tribe of Arabs was turned to piety, when he healed the son of their leader Aspebetos. Aspebetos was baptized with all his people; he took the name of Peter, and was later consecrated Bishop for his tribe, being called “Bishop of the Tents.” St. Euthymius also fought against the Nestorians, Eutychians, and Manichaeans. When Eudocia, the widow of St. Theodosius the Younger, had made her dwelling in Palestine, and had fallen into the heresy of the Monophysites which was championed in Palestine by a certain Theodosius, she sent envoys to St. Symeon the Stylite in Syria, asking him his opinion of Eutyches and the Council of Chalcedon which had condemned him; St. Symeon, praising the holiness and Orthodoxy of St. Euthymius near whom she dwelt, sent her to him to be delivered from her error. He became the divine oracle of the Church, or rather, “the vessel of divine utterance,” as a certain historian writes. He was the instructor and elder of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. Having lived for 96 years, he reposed in 473, on January 20.
Parish Council on Duty:
George Georgakakis,Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων…
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.
Apolytikion for Euthymius the Great in the Fourth Mode
Εὐφραίνου ἔρημος ἡ οὐ τίκτουσα …
Be glad, O barren one, that hast not given birth; be of good cheer, thou that hast not travailed; for a man of desires hath multiplied thy children of the Spirit, having planted them in piety and reared them in continence to the perfection of the virtues. By his prayers, O Christ our God, make our life peaceful.
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 4:6-15
Brethren, it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak, knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence. For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
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.”
Dr. Alexander Xenakis (19 years) husband of Kaliope and father of Demetrios.
Peter Michel (8 years) brother of Kaliope Xenakis, father of Anthony Michel, grandfather of Alexander and Demetrios.
Today’s Gospel provides for us an opportunity to see ungratefulness, “first hand”.
This foreigner, a Samaritan, did not just assume it was his right to be healed. He was a foreigner. BUT he had faith that he could be healed if he asked. And God, in the person of Jesus Christ, healed him. “Your faith has made you whole”, said Jesus.
And, out of ten lepers healed, only the ONE, the XENO, the foreigner, returned to give thanks to God for his healing. The one who returned did not assume it was his right to be healed, as the other 9 did, evidently. He was so thankful, so, “grateful”, that he returned to give thanks for his healing.
To be faithful as the one leper who returned to give his thanks to Jesus, you must believe Jesus can save you. Trust and faith in Jesus Christ leads to our own healing from our sin, the distance we keep from Jesus, just as the lepers, because we are in a state of sinfulness.
He knows our requests. He knows what we need. He wants us to seek from Him what we need, to be healed, to be saved. Like the leper in this story from this morning’s Gospel lesson, we must do what He instructs us. Our prayers ARE answered. However, God does not just perform some act of magic. We need to take an active role in fulfilling the requests we make of HIM.
Glorify God in you new life (without as much sin), a life in imitation of Him. We must turn to HIM and give thanks, like the ONE leper who returned and gave thanks for being healed. We must offer up our thanks for God answering us in our need.
Who will you be like? Who will we be like? Like the villagers who maybe believed but never acted? Like the nine lepers who accepted the healing as a right and never returned to give thanks to God? Or will we be like the one leper whose faith was complete, who not only took what God gave him, but returned to give thanks for the gift of healing?
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.
Dance Meeting A brief Annual Parent Festival meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27, in the hall, immediately following the Divine Liturgy.
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!
Festival Marketing Opportunities See the flyer below or pick up a form at church
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. There will not be a Coffee Hour on Jan. 27 due to the luncheon.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:00pm Fr. Andrew’s going away luncheon
12:30pm Greek Dance
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm Advanced Greek class
11:30am Loving Stitches
6:00pm Cancer Chapter meeting
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:00pm Dance parent meeting
12:00pm Celebration of Learning luncheon. No Coffee Hour
12:30pm Greek Dance