Summertime Fun and the Starlight Music Series continue. Friday, July 26, Friday, August 2 and Friday, August 9. See details within the bulletin.
6th Sunday of Matthew – July 28, 2019
Saint Irene, who was from Cappadocia, flourished in the ninth century. Because of her great beauty and virtue, she was brought to Constantinople as a prospective bride for the young Emperor Michael (842-867); however, as Saint Joannicius the Great foretold, it was God’s will that she assume the monastic habit instead. She shone forth in great ascetical labours, and suffered many attacks from the demons; while yet a novice, she attained to the practice of Saint Arsenius the Great, of praying the whole night long with arms stretched out towards Heaven (see May 8). God showed forth great signs and wonders in her, and she became the Abbess of the Convent of Chrysovalantou. She was granted the gift of clairvoyance and knew the thoughts of all that came to her. She appeared in a vision to the king and rebuked him for unjustly imprisoning a nobleman who had been falsely accused. Through a sailor from Patmos to whom he had appeared, Saint John the Evangelist sent her fragrant and wondrous apples from Paradise. She reposed at the age of 103, still retaining the youthful beauty of her countenance. After her repose, marvelous healings beyond number have been wrought by her to the present day.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode
Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι…
Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is co-beginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead.
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 Grave Mode
Επί τού όρους μετεμορφώθης…
You were transfigured upon the mount, O Christ our God, and Your disciples, in so far as they could bear, beheld Your glory. Thus, when they see You crucified, they may understand Your voluntary passion, and proclaim to the world that You are truly the effulgence of the Father.
Epistle Reading ~ The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 12:6-14
Brethren, having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
Gospel Reading ~ The Reading is from Matthew 9:1-8
At that time, getting into a boat Jesus crossed over and came to his own city. And behold, they brought to him a paralytic, lying on his bed; and when Jesus saw their faith he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.” And behold, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say ‘Rise and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” he then said to the paralytic — “Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.
Chrisi Demetriou (40 days) survived by her husband Neophytos and her children Andreas, Mary, Georgia and Victor, and their families.
Aikaterini Parisi (5 years) survived by her sister Maria (George) Papastamatis, her nephews Michael and Alexander (Maria) Papastamatis, and her great niece Christina.
If you have yet to pledge for the year, please fill out a form; stewardship is not automatically renewed. If you have pledged, please check to see if you are current in your donations towards your gift of treasure. If you have questions, please call the office, (954) 467-1515, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Number of stewards: 266 Amount pledged: $255,422.50 Amount received: $180,694.40
Flowers: In loving memory of her sister, Aikaterini Parisi, Maria Papastamatis has donated the Altar flowers.
Fellowship Hour: The coffee hour is sponsored by Victor Demetriou and family in loving memory of his mother Chrisi Demetriou.
Application for Youth Workers: Thank you to those of you who have completed the St. Demetrios Volunteer Form. If you plan on working with our children (Sunday School, GOYA, Dance, Greek School, etc.), please complete the Volunteer Application at your earliest convenience. This application is required before you are able to assist with any of our Youth Programs. Also, in accordance with the guidelines of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, all Youth Workers at St. Demetrios abide by the Policies for the Safety of Youth and Children, which include training and a background check. You may pick up a form found at the Visitors desk or visit: https://stdemetrios.org/ministries/eycc-volunteer-application/
Summertime Fun: 6-10pm. New time*** Join us every Friday night for the Starlight music series at Holiday Park. Bring snacks, finger food, small bites, blankets, drinks, lawn chairs, etc. (if it rains we will watch a movie in the hall). At 6:00 pm, meet up @ small hall parking lot. 7-10pm Concert across street from church @ Holiday Park.
Food guide: A-F finger food / G-K bring snacks / L-P bring dessert / Q-U bring appetizers / V-Z bring drinks
Location Addresses: For accuracy, ride sharing purposes and emergencies, the correct addresses for the various sections of our campus are:
St. Demetrios Church (sanctuary) St. Demetrios Hall (large hall)
820 NE 14th Avenue 801 NE 15th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
St. Demetrios Church
Kandaras Hall (small hall)
811 NE 15th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
6:00pm Summertime Fun
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy