Forgiveness Sunday – March 10, 2019
The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam’s exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today’s Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.
Parish Council on Duty:
Harry Tangalakis, Marion Koliniatis, Mark Zaden, Bill Ypsilantis, Paul Fountas, Peter Kokkinos
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Fourth Mode
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος …
From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Apolytikion for 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 Plagal Second Mode
Τῆς σοφίας ὁδηγέ …
O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, “O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen.”
Epistle Reading ~
The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.
Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.
Gospel Reading ~
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21
The Lord said, “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
“And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Protopresbyter Father Constantine Halkias (40 days) survived by his children.
Venet Maria Nickas (40 days) survived by her sisters Tina Ahearn and Billie Ann Arvanitakis and their families.
Niko Mladenovic (6 months) survived by his sister Nia Hatzisavvas and family.
Kasyani Mladenovic (1 yr) survived by her daughter Nia Hatzisavvas and family.
Helen Klonarides (40 days) survived by her husband Gerard Klonarides, by her daughters Geraldine (Kevin) and Caroline, and granddaughter Lylia.
Mitch Manesiotis (40 days) survived by his wife Barbara, daughter Cayce (Yoni), son Ross (Jenna), and grandson Ayan.
Speros Vlahos (20 yrs) survived by his daughter Mantha Mehallis, his grandson Spero (Rocio) Mehallis and great grandson Lazaro.
Oratorical Festival The Education, Youth and Culture Committee (EYCC) invites members of the St. Demetrios community to stay after church on Sunday, March 10, for the 2019 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Students in the junior division (Grades 7-9) and senior division (Grades 10-12) have prepared speeches on topics of Church history, theology, and modern relevance. Please support our youth by listening to their researched topics this afternoon beginning at 12:15 in the church.
The coffee hour is sponsored by: Tina Ahearn in loving memory of her sister Venet Maria Nickas and by Nia Hatzisavvas in loving memory of her brother Niko and her mother Kasyani.
The fish luncheon is sponsored by: Mike Halkias in loving memory of his father Protopresbyter Father Constantine Halkias.
May their memories be eternal.
Flowers for the Icon of the Theotokos We welcome donations towards flowers for the icon of the Theotokos which is adorned for the Salutations Service, March 15, 22, 29, April 5 and April 12.
Parish wide clean up day Saturday March 9 at 8:30am.
Air Conditioner Replacement Project
Honoring our past On March 16 after the Saturday of the Souls service we will honor all the grand benefactors of our community including but not limited to our founding parishioners and donors. A small reception will follow in the Kandaras Hall.
Thank You Thank you for your generous donations to St. Demetrios Church. Please remember to note the intention of your donation on the memo line of your check; for example, “Pledge 2019”, “Sunday Tray”, “Candles”, Air Conditioner, etc.
Thursday, March 7th @ 7pm –Free Lecture by Dr. Cara Giusti, Physical Therapist. “It’s a Matter of Movement, Not Aging” Regain mobility, strength, alleviate pain and move better. Bring family & friends. Doors open @ 6:45pm. Refreshments.
Saturday, March 16th @ 6:30pm Buy your tickets today for the popular Feather/BINGO Party! Doors open at 6:30pm; game time is 7:00pm; and tickets @ $7/person include 2 game cards. Ticket proceeds go to Feeding South Florida. Refreshments available. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information see Sue Carmona or Athena Loucas. Sunday, March 17th. Following church services, Pita Sunday in the Kandaras Hall.
Annual Celebration of the War for Greek Independence The Greek School at St. Demetrios cordially invites you and your friends to the Annual Celebration of the War for Greek Independence. Date: March 23,2019 Time: 7:00 PM Place: The Hall of St. Demetrios Speaker: Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas, sociolinguist, will expound on the influence of political/territorial freedom on the Greek language. Poems/songs: The children will recite poetry and will sing. Dinner: Dr. George Georgakakis and his able crew are planning a delectable Lenten repast for All.
Fashion Show Luncheon Come join the Daughters of Penelope for a wonderful afternoon with family and friends at our annual luncheon at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club on Saturday, March 23rd at 11:00am. We hope you will join us for a ladies fashion show by Dressbarn (Roz and Ali), entertainment and wonderful raffle baskets that will be auctioned. We are excited to support our cause, Limbitless Solutions, located at the campus of the University of Central Florida this year and provide financial assistance to their research team that assists young children that are in need of prosthetic limbs. Tickets are available for $55. Please see the attached invite for more information or if you would like to be involved. Judie at 954-849-5859 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:15pm Oratorical Festival
Monday 3/11 Clean Monday
No Greek classes
6:30pm Daughters of Penelope meeting
7:00pm Salutations to the Theotokos
9:00am/10:00am Saturday of the Souls Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:30am Reception honoring founding families and benefactors
6:30pm Feather party-ticket proceeds benefiting “Feeding South Florida”
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:00pm Pita Sunday