Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council – October 13, 2019
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.
Parish Council on Duty:
George Georgakakis, Karyl Zitis, Lazarus Kirifides, Katherine Ziegler, Basil Economou, Philip Vias
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 the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal Fourth Mode
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.
Epistle Reading ~The reading is from St. Paul’s 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.
Gospel Reading ~ 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.
Sofia Glantzis (9 months) survived by her husband Philipp, son Nikolaos, daughter in law Tania and granddaughter Stefania.
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A Message from Fr. Peter
Thank you for a wonderful start to our Youth Programs. It is a blessing to see so many of children and families attending Divine Liturgy, Sunday School, Dance, and GOYA each week.
After further reflection, as well as discussions with other priests in our area, we have collectively agreed to the following policy:
Effective immediately, all dancers will dance in their current school grade level. There will be no exceptions.
Additionally, if any businesses would like to have performances with our dance groups, there is an application that can be found on our website. This must be completed, and submitted to the Dance Advisory Council and Parish Council for approval prior to agreeing to any performances.
Our parish is preparing to mail care packages to all of our college students. Please help us in reaching as many of our young people as possible. If you know of any college students that are connected to our parish, please send us their names, their address, email and name of their College. You may email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org
May God bless them and all of our young people!
Feeding South Florida All parishioners are invited to help Philoptochos pack and sort food donations for Feeding South Florida 2501 SW 32 Terrace | Pembroke Park, FL 33023. Students can earn service hours. Sign up by Sun., Oct. 22. Feeding South Florida does not allow last minute walk-ins, so you must be registered in advance. See or email Paula Kirifides, email@example.com, with your name, phone # and email address. There is also a sign-up sheet at the Information Center by the Bookstore. Serving 300 non-profits, Feeding South Florida is the largest distributer of food serving Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. With your help, we can help the hungry in our own community.
Kali Parea October Dinner Thurs. Oct 17, 7-9 pm Celebrate Oktoberfest at OLD HEIDELBERG 900 Marina Mile State Rd 84 SW 24th St Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315 ph#954-463-6747. If you have questions and to RSVP contact: Barb Makris 954-319-2268. Email: Barb.firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP BY 10/15
DON’T MISS…and plan to attend the BINGO/Feather Party on FRI., OCT. 18th, in the Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tickets @$7/person include 2 BINGO cards. Bring your family & friends for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship. Great prizes & refreshments! Ticket proceeds benefit Feeding South Florida. BE SURE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!! Sponsored by Ladies Philoptochos Society.
The Daughters of Penelope are collecting pop tops off of cans to send to the Shriners Hospital, the hospital sells them and the proceeds help pay for the custom built wheelchairs for the children. We will have a collection jar in the church hall. Thank you!
New at St. Demetrios The St. Demetrios Information Center. Where? In the hall next to the bookstore. What? All the programs that St. Demetrios has to offer.
Bookstore 2020 wall calendars featuring various icons of Christ, plus some new titles have arrived.
On November 6th, a lecture on “Existential Threats Confronting the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Why Americans Should Care” will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Clearwater Florida. On January 18th, 2020 talks on “Prospects for a United Orthodoxy in America” and “Understanding this “Present Evil Age” in the Persecution of Christians” will be held at Saint Katherine Church in Naples sponsored by the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute as well as the Archons of “all ‘ Florida . Plans are also being finalized for an Archon presentation to be held at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox church in Fort Lauderdale.
Calendar of Events for the Week
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Sunday School
4:15pm-6:00pm Greek School Classes Α, Β, Γ and Adult Beginner Section 1
6:00pm-7:00pm Greek School Adult Beginner Section 2
6:00pm-8:00pm Greek School Advanced Class
10:30am Visiting Angels meeting
11:00am Agape Luncheon for Seniors
7:00pm BINGO Party Night (doors open @ 6:30pm)
9:00am/10:00am Orthros/Divine Liturgy
11:00am Sunday School