Weekly Sunday Bulletin – October 11th, 2020

October 11, 2020~ Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council  

Liturgical Guide


Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Το λθου σφραγισθντος π τν ουδαων…
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 Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal Fourth Mode
περδεδοξασμνος ε, Χριστ Θες μν… 
Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.

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 Second Mode 
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε…

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.


Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.


The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to Titus 3:8-15

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.  All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” As he said these things, he cried out “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”


Trisagion Prayer

Antonia Thermis (70 years) the mother of Mitchell James and Sophia Thermis, the grandmother and great grandmother of 5 generations.




Baby Blessing

John and Erin Haralambis present Eleanor for the traditional 40 day blessing.





Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.



Philip the Apostle of the 70, one of the 7 Deacons

Saint Philip, who had four daughters that prophesied, was from Caesarea of Palestine. He preached throughout Samaria; it was he also who met the eunuch of Candace, the Queen of the Ethiopians, as the eunuch was reading the Prophet Esaias, and he instructed and baptized him (Acts 8:26-39). He reposed in Tralles of Asia Minor while preaching the Gospel.



Theophanes the Confessor, Bishop of Nicaea

Saint Theophanes, the brother of Saint Theodore the Branded, was a Palestinian by race. Both were monks at the Monastery of Saint Sabbas. They were called “the Branded” because Theophilus, the last of the Iconoclast emperors, had twelve iambic verses branded by hot irons on their foreheads and then sent them into exile, where Theodore died in the year 838. After the death of Theophilus in 842, Theophanes was elected Bishop of Nicaea. Both brothers composed many canons and hymns, thereby adorning the services of the Church.


Schedule of Church Services

  • 10/11   Sunday: 9am/10am Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Also, we are live streaming our services.
Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast will be found.


Stewardship Year 2020


Thank you to our parishioners who have renewed their stewardship for pledge year 2020.

The pledge year runs from January 1st through December 31st.

To pledge visit https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ and choose “Stewardship” from the drop down menu.  If you have already pledged and wish to make a donation towards your pledge visit https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/




Philoptochos service project
All citizens have the right to vote and be sure that their ballot won’t be lost or delivered too late to be counted. But voting is difficult for some of our elders who have no one to take their ballots to the ballot box if they don’t wish to mail them. Philoptochos wants to help.  If you can be a driver to pick up and deliver ballots from your area of Broward County to one of the early-voting secure ballot box sites, contact Juanita Antley, 954-257-7843, as soon as possible. If you need help casting your ballot or know someone who does, call Juanita before October 23.  ( Be sure to leave a message if she does not answer.) We will adhere to these deadlines, to ensure that ballots are delivered in plenty of time.



Pencil Pouches for Kids
The Daughters of Penelope are making “Pencil Pouches for Kids” for the students at Bennett Elementary School where our Sister Danielle Smith is the principal. We appreciate a minimum donation of $ 10.00 or any of the following supplies. Items needed are Safety scissors, washable markers, # 2 pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, erasers, Crayola (24 count) crayons, children’s face mask, mini hand sanitizer, small packets of tissues. Contact Judie Pappas 954 849-5859 or any member of the Daughters of Penelope for additional information.  Monetary donations may be payable to Narcissus Chapter 289 and mailed to DOP c/o Demetrios, 820 NE 14th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304.



ZOOM BINGO – Friday October 16th 7:30 pm.   
The Daughters of Penelope are hosting a Virtual Bingo game via Zoom for the Community of St. Demetrios,   2 cards for $ 5.00 additional cards can be purchased at the same price. Must register and pay by October 12th to receive your bingo cards by email Please include your email address. Payable to DOP Chapter 289 c/o St. Demetrios Church 820 NE 14th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304. Contact Judie Pappas 954 849-5859 or email jpappas34@yahoo.com for further information.  All proceeds will be donated to the church.


College student address request

Our college students are setting off on a new school year. If you have a child, grandchild or Godchild in college, please email the name and college address to philoptochos@st.demetrios.org Help us make sure they know that St. Demetrios loves them and prays for them.  We’ll be sending College Care Boxes soon.


College Care Boxes 2020-2021  
Philoptochos is collecting for College Care Boxes 2020-21 for our college students. They will be mailed out twice this school year, so the list below covers both boxes.  If you would like to help us remind our college students that we love and care about them, please donate an item listed or donate any amount online at: https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ (Select College Care Boxes) Please write checks to Ladies Philoptochos and mail checks to: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, College Care Boxes, 820 NE 14th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

We are trying to keep the element of surprise, so if you have any questions about what an item is, please email  philoptochos@stdemetrios.org

If you would like to donate an actual item, there are 30 students.  Please contact philoptochos@st.demetrios.org  to coordinate.


Light a Candle & Say a Prayer at Saint Demetrios

“It is impossible to imagine an Orthodox church in which candles are not lit.”
(Blessed Simeon of Thessalonica, 15th Century)


“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

We know that at this time it can be difficult to pray from home and not physically be in the church. One of the first things most people do upon entering an Orthodox Church is to light their candle and offer prayers for one’s personal needs or that of a family member or friend, we also light candles to pray for protection and safety so that we may live this life without fear.

If you wish to light a candle, visit https://saintdemetrios.square.site After you select the candle(s) that you would like us to light and before pressing the “Place Order” button, please submit the names of your loved ones, those who are alive and/or those who have departed this life. During these times we would be happy to light the candle for you and read the names that have been submitted during the Divine Liturgy.



Dear St. Demetrios Family,

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Lauderdale is open to the faithful.  We are complying with all CDC, State, Local and Archdiocese guidelines.  Here is the list of things that will be taking place on Sundays.

1)  Everyone must wear a mask in order to enter the church.

2)  Before entering the church, the temperature of each person will be taken by a designated person. If the person’s temperature is above 100.4 F he or she will be kindly asked to return to their home, both for their safety and the safety of others.

3) Parish Council will direct each parishioner to the designated X in the pews for each person or household to sit starting in the front of the church and working their way to back.

4) A place to accept offerings will be provided in the Narthex upon entering or leaving.

5) Parishioners are not to move around the church during the services to light candles or venerate icons.

6) Names and phone numbers of each attendee at every service will be taken in the event that a subsequent infection requires tracing.

7) If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell), you must NOT attend church, and immediately seek medical attention for yourself and your household.

8) Parishioners who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by civil authorities are given dispensation not to attend services and will be asked to refrain from attending.

9) In terms of preventing the spread of this virus, we ask parishioners to follow CDC directives, which currently include: washing of hands thoroughly and frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, avoiding sharing personal items, wearing a mask, and maintaining a social distance of six feet.

10) Honor is to be shown to Holy Icons and the Holy Cross by only doing your cross and bowing, keeping in mind not to kiss or to touch the Holy Icons and the Holy Cross.

11) No one is to enter the Holy Altar except the clergy and assigned adult helpers.

12) For Memorials, please write the names of your deceased for the clergy to pray for their souls (without Koliva).

13) Artoclasias will be celebrated as normal.

14) No service books will be left out for common use. This includes papers of any kind (bulletins etc.). Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own service books.

15) During Holy Communion – Communicants must line up row by row (with help from Parish Council) and remain six feet apart using the designated social distancing X’s that have been placed in the church.  Communicants may remove their masks only momentarily to receive Holy Communion.

16)  For the continued safety of those attending church services in person, parishioners should immediately leave when the service is finished. For the sake of others, please do not socialize in the Narthex or other areas of the church or its surrounding buildings or parking lots. Additionally, Sunday Coffee Fellowship hours will be suspended until further notice.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Peter Zougras