13th Sunday of Luke – November 25, 2018
Saint of the Day
Katherine the Great Martyr of Alexandria
Saint Katherine, who was from Alexandria, was the daughter of Constas (or Cestus). She was an exceedingly beautiful maiden, most chaste, and illustrious in wealth, lineage, and learning. By her steadfast understanding, she utterly vanquished the passionate and unbridled soul of Maximinus, the tyrant of Alexandria; and by her eloquence, she stopped the mouths of the so-called philosophers who had been gathered to dispute with her. She was crowned with the crown of martyrdom in the year 305. Her holy relics were taken by Angels to the holy mountain of Sinai, where they were discovered many years later; the famous monastery of Saint Katherine was originally dedicated to the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord and the Burning Bush, but later was dedicated to Saint Katherine. According to the ancient usage, Saints Katherine and Mercurius were celebrated on the 24th of this month, whereas the holy Hieromartyrs Clement of Rome and Peter of Alexandria were celebrated on the 25th. The dates of the feasts of these Saints were interchanged at the request of the Church and Monastery of Mount Sinai, so that the festival of Saint Katherine, their patron, might be celebrated more festively together with the Apodosis of the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos. The Slavic Churches, however, commemorate these Saints on their original dates.
Parish Council on Duty:
George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, John Clidas
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 Apodosis of the Entry in the Fourth Mode
Σήμερον τής ευδοκίας Θεού τό προοίμιον…
Today is the prelude of God’s good will and the heralding of the salvation of mankind. In the temple of God, the Virgin is presented openly, and she proclaimeth Christ unto all. To her, then, with a great voice let us cry aloud: Rejoice, O thou fulfilment of the Creator’s dispensation.
Apolytikion for Great Martyr Catherine in the Plagal First Mode
Τήν πανεύφημον νύμφην Χριστού υμνήσωμεν…
Let us praise the all-lauded and noble bride of Christ, the godly Catherine, the guardian of Sinai and its defence, who is also our support and succour and our help; for with the Holy Spirit’s sword she hath silenced brilliantly the clever among the godless; and being crowned as a Martyr, she now doth ask great mercy for us all.
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 Fourth Mode
Ο καθαρώτατος ναός τού Σωτήρος…
Today, the most pure temple of the Savior, the precious bridal chamber and Virgin, the sacred treasure of God, enters the house of the Lord, bringing the grace of the Divine Spirit. The Angels of God praise her. She is the heavenly tabernacle.
Epistle Reading ~ The reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians 3:23-29; 4:1-5.
Brethren, before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate; but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe. But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Gospel Reading ~The Reading is from Luke 18:18-27
At that time, a ruler came to Jesus and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’ ” And he said, “All these I have observed from my youth.” And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But when he heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus looking at him said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But he said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
Nicholas John Bazos (1 yr) survived by his children Amy, Michael, Peter, Nicky and John Bazos.
Panayiotis Pappas (1 yr) dear friend of the Atsidakos and Matthews families.
Maria (6 days) remembered by her friends.
Father Andrew’s FYI
Recently, I found myself reading, with great interest, from the PHILOKALIA, a truly spiritual book.
As I contemplated its content, I realized that as we grow spiritually, we don’t change our thinking about our relationships with God and our fellow human beings. What happens is that we evolve spiritually in our relationship with God and as a result we EVOLVE spiritually in our relationships with our fellow human beings.
Father Anthony Coniaris, a prolific author and a priest of the Greek Archdiocese at Saint Mary’s in Minneapolis, Minnesota for many years and the founder of Light and Life Publishing wrote in his book Confronting and Controlling Thoughts According to the Fathers of the Philokalia:
“Being completely present to people may be the greatest kind of love we can give them. For in a strange way, we are giving them our whole attention. Perhaps this is the most real way to value a person as a human being—to really be with him/her and take him/her seriously as he/she is. A single such contact may change the whole direction of a life. So, descend with the mind into the heart to be completely present not only to God but also to people. It is a great act of love.”
Thank you! A big thank you to our guest choir director and organist, Judy Jimokas.
General Assembly Mark your calendars. Sunday, December 2, 2018, in the Hall, directly after the Divine Liturgy.
Christmas Poinsettias Donations towards the purchase of poinsettias would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Philoptochos Thanksgiving Bake Sale ·· Last week’s bake sale was a success. Thank you to all who supported the many ministries of Philoptochos by baking or buying or both!
St. Demetrios Parish Family Christmas Celebration
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am No Sunday School
12:30pm No Greek dance
1:00pm-4:00pm HDF practice in the Hall
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek Classes A’, B’, G’, D’ & Adult Beginner
6:00pm-8:00pm Advanced Greek class
11:30am Loving Stitches
Friday 11/30 Feast Day of St. Andrew the First Called
10:00am Divine Liturgy
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:15am Sunday School
12:00pm Pap Corps bake sale & boutique
12:30pm General Assembly
12:30pm Greek dance