Judgement Sunday – March 3, 2019
The foregoing two parables — especially that of the Prodigal Son — have presented to us God’s extreme goodness and love for man. But lest certain persons, putting their confidence in this alone, live carelessly, squandering upon sin the time given them to work out their salvation, and death suddenly snatch them away, the most divine Fathers have appointed this day’s feast commemorating Christ’s impartial Second Coming, through which we bring to mind that God is not only the Friend of man, but also the most righteous Judge, Who recompenses to each according to his deeds. It is the aim of the holy Fathers, through bringing to mind that fearful day, to rouse us from the slumber of carelessness unto the work of virtue, and to move us to love and compassion for our brethren. Besides this, even as on the coming Sunday of Cheese-fare we commemorate Adam’s exile from the Paradise of delight — which exile is the beginning of life as we know it now — it is clear that today’s is reckoned the last of all feasts, because on the last day of judgment, truly, everything of this world will come to an end. All foods, except meat and meat products, are allowed during the week that follows this Sunday.
Parish Council on Duty:
George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou
Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου…
Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers’ lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.
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 Third Mode
Ὅταν ἔλθῃς ὁ Θεός ...
O God, when You come upon the earth in glory, the whole world will tremble. A river of fire will bring all before Your Judgment Seat and the books will be opened, and everything in secret will become public. At that time, deliver me from the fire which never dies, and enable me to stand by Your right hand, O Judge most just.
Epistle Reading ~
The reading is from St. Paul’s First Letter to the
Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2
Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol’s temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother’s falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
Gospel Reading ~
The Reading is from Matthew 25:31-46
The Lord said, “When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Catherine Fountas (40 days) Catherine is survived by her children, Charles Peter, Irene, Nicoletta, Linda and Paul Peter. She held close to her heart the memory of her son John Peter, who passed away in 2015. Also surviving are granddaughters, Natalie Fountas-Davis and Devin Eicher; great granddaughter, Penelope Eicher; her sister, Betty Philopoulos; her sister-in-law, Catherine Halachis; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
The Artoklasia is offered for the health of Charlotte, Cynthia and Karyl Zitis and Andrea and Paul Velisarios
Fellowship Hour The coffee hour, is sponsored byThe Fountas family in loving memory of Catherine Fountas. May her memory be eternal.
Parish wide clean up day Saturday March 9 at 8:30am.
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.
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
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Thursday, March 7th @ 6pm –Philoptochos General Meeting (Brief, to finish by 6:45pm.)
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. See Athena Loucas for more info. Saturday, March 16th @6:30 -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. See Sue Carmona or Athena Loucas for more info.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm Advanced Greek class
6:00pm Philoptochos meeting
7:00pm Lecture on physical fitness-details in Philoptochos news
8:30am Church grounds cleanup
9:00am/10:00am Saturday of the Souls Orthros/Divine Liturgy
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School