St. Demetrios Church
Publish Date: 2017-06-25
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St. Demetrios Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (440) 331-2246
  • Fax:
  • (440) 331-8407
  • Street Address:

  • 22909 Center Ridge Road

  • Rocky River, OH 44116
  • Mailing Address:

  • 22909 Center Ridge Road

  • Rocky River, OH 44116

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sundays 8:30 a.m. Orthros and 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy

Special weekday feastday services to be announced in the bulletin.

Past Bulletins

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Second Mode. Psalm 117.14,18.
The Lord is my strength and my song.
Verse: The Lord has chastened me sorely.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 5:1-10.

BRETHREN, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. While we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Why, one will hardly die for a righteous man -- though perhaps for a good man one will dare even to die. But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we are now justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Gospel Reading

3rd Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 6:22-33

The Lord said, "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear? For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well."


Parish Announcements




8:30; 9:30 a.m.

11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Orthros;   Divine Liturgy

Acolytes Team 2








9:30 a.m.

Bible   Study







7:00 p.m.

Orthodoxy   on Tap   [@Melt]


THE FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND!  All parishioners encouraged to volunteer a few shifts after the Festival on June 22-25. Any amount of time offered would be appreciated!

 To assist in any of the following areas, Please call/email chairperson directly:

FOOD LINE Servers/Runners  Carrie Delaney-Gesing:

KITCHEN HELP  Tony Trakas :

Souvlakia/ Gyro    Jimmy Sarantos 

 Taverna   Nick Petrakis:

Drive Thru  Dean Pasalis:

Pastries   Kim Vlastaris: 

Setup of Booths   Nick Hillman:

 Inside & Outside bar   Chris Steffas:

Loukoumades/Express Line    Marianna Hadgis 440-315-3936

Dance costumes   Eleni Papouras-Jenks


 Come see our Dance Groups perform at the Festival (June 22-25):

 Aeraki :         Thu: 6 p.m. in the courtyard; Fri: 5:30 p.m. in the Courtyard; Sat & Sun:  4 p.m. in the gym

 Kymata:           Thu: 7 p.m. in the gym;  Fri, Sat & Sun: 5 p.m. in the gym / 7 p.m. in the courtyard (weather permitting)

 Kyklonas:        Thu: 8 p.m. in the Courtyard;  Fri, Sat Sun:  6 p.m. in the gym / 8 p.m. in the courtyard (weather permitting)

 Aeraki costume pieces will be collected Sunday after the show.

 Kymata costumes must be cleaned and returned by the pizza party (date TBA)

 Kyklonas costumes must be cleaned and returned by Mon., July 17, when there will be a potluck picnic (details TBA.) 



The recent General Assembly approved the kick off of a fundraising campaign for the  church restoration project in two phases from 2017-18.  The external phase includes installment of a new roof and replacement of the HVAC systems. The internal phase includes duct work, new lighting fixtures, painting, carpet replacement and pew replacement.

Donor forms available in the office and Narthex.


Contact the office ( or 440-331-2246 ext.2) if your family or group/ministry can host a simple coffee hour on: July 2, 9, 23 or August 13.


Families, individuals, and couples are encouraged to check out #soakuptheson, a summer program to assist us in deepening our relationship to Christ and His Church- even when on vacation! Visit to download videos and guides, or check out and share weekly content from

Also starting this month, Ancient Faith Radio kicks off a special feature of interviews, reflections, and narratives that encourage and strengthen family life. Upcoming podcasts include topics on growing in Christ with our kids, teenage depression, Forgiveness in Marriage, and gerontology.



STS PETER & PAUL FEASTDAY  Wed., June 28  & Thu., June 29, go to  for services times.


~FOCUS Friends! will serve dinner at St. Herman’s on Saturdays, July 8 & Aug. 5. For more info, contact Linda Glynias (

~Philoptochos will serve dinner on Tue., Aug. 1.   Contact Maggie Steffas (440-871-6362)

St. Herman, located at Franklin and W. 45th,  is the only Orthodox homeless shelter in Cleveland. They serve 3 meals a day/ 365 days.

ST. PAUL FESTIVAL   July 20-23,  4548 Wallings Rd., North Royalton.

CHOIR CONVENTION The Mid-Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Choirs (MEFGOX) is having their 70th annual convention this year in Monessen, Penn., July 20-23.

IOCC BASEBALL NIGHT Sat., July 22, , 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Field. Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays. $30 Mezzanine seats, fireworks, and Jason Kipnis Bobbleheads. Call Connie Zimmerman (216-347-3123) for tickets. Donations accepted if unable to attend. Proceeds to benefit the humanitarian work of the International Orthodox Christian Charities.

GREEK DAY AT KENNYWOOD Tue., July 25 Greek Folk Dance groups from around the Metropolis are invited to perform between 5:00-6:00 p.m. next to the Greek Food Pavilion. Dancer groups will be allotted 15 minutes, singers & instrumentalists five minutes. Performers will gain free admission for a full day of rides. Family & friends of dancers can purchase discounted tickets ($26/adult and $16/seniors) by calling Ypapanti at 412-824-9188.

EAST SIDE GREEK FEST  Aug. 24-27 at Sts. Constantine & Helen Cathedral, 3352 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland Heights.

NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS BENEFIT Sat., Sept. 9, is the 4th annual dinner in memory of Gerontissa Taxiarchia at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Pittsburgh. 3 p.m. Vesper service; 4 p.m. banquet. $100/ticket (fish or chicken entrees) RSVP:

YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE Sept. 1-4, Orthodox young adults (ages 19-32) from across the US will gather in Houston, Texas. Kick off on Friday with a comedy show by SoTiri, Saturday workshops and fun western event. Sunday  Divine Liturgy, followed by a pool party and then a grand banquet with Basil the Comedian. For information, registration, and hotel accommodations, visit:; or share: ~

‘ZOE’  NEEDS YOU  ZOE for Life! is expanding services offered to  women in crisis pregnancies. If you have a few hours a week this summer to volunteer, please contact Despina at:



ST. PAISIOS Wed., July 12, come celebrate the feastday of one of the most recently canonized saints. 8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy, in the  chapel.

 Feast of the Transfiguration, Sun., Aug. 6. This marks the day when Jesus ascended Mt.  Tabor, and  His face shone like the sun. There appeared the Prophets Moses and Elias, who spoke with Him concerning His upcoming Passion.  Then, a radiant cloud overshadowed them and they heard that same voice which had been heard at the Baptism of Christ, saying: "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased; hear ye Him" (Matt. 17: 5.)  Traditionally celebrated by the bringing of the first harvest of grapes to church.  We invite all the faithful to bring fruit to the coffee hour.

The Falling Asleep of the Virgin Mary
During the Dormition Lent (Aug. 1-15) join us for Paraclesis services at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, Aug. 2 &9 and Fridays, Aug. 4 & 11.
Tue., Aug. 15 ,  8:30 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy in St. Demetrios Church.
Sun., August 20th, we invite all our Marias, Panayotis & Panayotas, and Despinas to bring something to coffee hour and celebrate your nameday with the whole community.


Save the dates. Aug.  15-17. All families with children 5-17 are invited for three evenings of  fellowship, learning what it means ‘When Jesus said, “I am…”


Head’s up for the 10th annual St.Demetrios Golf Outing  on Fri., Sept. 1 at Sweetbriar Golf Club in Avon Lake. Registration now open. $135/golfer or $450/foursome, Contact Manuel Steffas (440-821-6095) or pay online at


Sun., Sept. 10, come meet local Greek-American authors Paula Kalamaras, Thalia Marakas, Vanessa Pasiadis, Kristina Tartara as they talk about their books and inspirations. $25/person. Advance sale only. Contact Jan Voiklis (440-503-3946)


Saints and Feasts

June 25

The Righteous Martyr Febronia

This Martyr practiced the ascetic discipline in Nisibis of Mesopotamia; she was of such great beauty that the report of her came to the persecutor Selenus, and every attempt was made to make her deny Christ. After many horrible tortures, she was cruelly dismembered by the executioners, then beheaded, in the year 310 (or, according to some, in 302, during the reign of Diocletian).

June 26

David the Righteous of Thessalonika

Saint David, who was from Thessalonica, lived a most holy and ascetical life. For some years, he took up his dwelling in the branches of an almond tree, exposed to all the elements and extremes of the weather. He reposed in peace during the reign of Saint Justinian the Great, in the sixth century.

June 27

Joanna the Myrrhbearer

June 28

Paul the Physician of Corinth

June 29

Peter and Paul, the Holy Apostles

The divinely-blessed Peter was from Bethsaida of Galilee. He was the son of Jonas and the brother of Andrew the First-called. He was a fisherman by trade, unlearned and poor, and was called Simon; later he was renamed Peter by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, Who looked at him and said, "Thou art Simon the son of Jonas; thou shalt be called Cephas (which is by interpretation, Peter)" (John 1:42). On being raised by the Lord to the dignity of an Apostle and becoming inseparable from Him as His zealous disciple, he followed Him from the beginning of His preaching of salvation up until the very Passion, when, in the court of Caiaphas the high priest, he denied Him thrice because of his fear of the Jews and of the danger at hand. But again, after many bitter tears, he received complete forgiveness of his transgression. After the Resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Spirit, he preached in Judea, Antioch, and certain parts of Asia, and finally came to Rome, where he was crucified upside down by Nero, and thus he ascended to the eternal habitations about the year 66 or 68, leaving two Catholic (General) Epistles to the Church of Christ.

Paul, the chosen vessel of Christ, the glory of the Church, the Apostle of the Nations and teacher of the whole world, was a Jew by race, of the tribe of Benjamin, having Tarsus as his homeland. He was a Roman citizen, fluent in the Greek language, an expert in knowledge of the Law, a Pharisee, born of a Pharisee, and a disciple of Gamaliel, a Pharisee and notable teacher of the Law in Jerusalem. For this cause, from the beginning, Paul was a most fervent zealot for the traditions of the Jews and a great persecutor of the Church of Christ; at that time, his name was Saul (Acts 22:3-4). In his great passion of rage and fury against the disciples of the Lord, he went to Damascus bearing letters of introduction from the high priest. His intention was to bring the disciples of Christ back to Jerusalem in bonds. As he was approaching Damascus, about midday there suddenly shone upon him a light from Heaven. Falling on the earth, he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" And he asked, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus Whom thou persecutest; it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks." And that heavenly voice and brilliance made him tremble, and he was blinded for a time. He was led by the hand into the city, and on account of a divine revelation to the Apostle Ananias (see Oct. 1), he was baptized by him, and both his bodily and spiritual eyes were opened to the knowledge of the Sun of Righteousness. And straightway- O wondrous transformation! - beyond all expectation, he spoke with boldness in the synagogues, proclaiming that "Christ is the Son of God" (Acts 9:1-21). As for his zeal in preaching the Gospel after these things had come to pass, as for his unabating labors and afflictions of diverse kinds, the wounds, the prisons, the bonds, the beatings, the stonings, the shipwrecks, the journeys, the perils on land, on sea, in cities, in wildernesses, the continual vigils, the daily fasting, the hunger, the thirst, the nakedness, and all those other things that he endured for the Name of Christ, and which he underwent before nations and kings and the Israelites, and above all, his care for all the churches, his fiery longing for the salvation of all, whereby he became all things to all men, that he might save them all if possible, and because of which, with his heart aflame, he continuously traveled throughout all parts, visiting them all, and like a bird of heaven flying from Asia and Europe, the West and East, neither staying nor abiding in any one place - all these things are related incident by incident in the Book of the Acts, and as he himself tells them in his Epistles. His Epistles, being fourteen in number, are explained in 250 homilies by the divine Chrysostom and make manifest the loftiness of his thoughts, the abundance of the revelations made to him, the wisdom given to him from God, wherewith he brings together in a wondrous manner the Old with the New Testaments, and expounds the mysteries thereof which had been concealed under types; he confirms the doctrines of the Faith, expounds the ethical teaching of the Gospel, and demonstrates with exactness the duties incumbent upon every rank, age, and order of man. In all these things his teaching proved to be a spiritual trumpet, and his speech was seen to be more radiant than the sun, and by these means he clearly sounded forth the word of truth and illumined the ends of the world. Having completed the work of his ministry, he likewise ended his life in martyrdom when he was beheaded in Rome during the reign of Nero, at the same time, some say, when Peter was crucified.

June 30

Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles: Peter, Andrew, James & John the sons of Zebedee, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Jude the brother of James, Simon & Matthias

The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, the First-called; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, who was also the Evangelist and Theologian; Philip, and Bartholomew (see also June 11); Thomas, and Matthew the publican, who was also called Levi and was an Evangelist; James the son of Alphaeus, and Jude (also called Lebbaeus, and surnamed Thaddaeus), the brother of James, the Brother of God; Simon the Cananite ("the Zealot"), and Matthias, who was elected to fill the place of Judas the traitor (see Aug. 9).

July 01

Cosmas & Damian the Holy Unmercenaries

These Saints, who are different from those that are celebrated on the 1st of November, were from Rome. They were physicians, freely bestowing healing upon beasts and men, asking nothing from the healed other than that they confess and believe in Christ. They ended their life in martyrdom in the year 284, under the Emperors Carinus and Numerian.


Wisdom of the Fathers

And let me beg you to consider how he everywhere sets down these two points;His part, and our part. On His part, however, there be things varied and numerous and diverse. For He died for us, and farther reconciled us, and brought us to Himself, and gave us grace unspeakable. But we brought faith only as our contribution. And so he says," "by faith, unto this grace"What grace is this? tell me. It is the being counted worthy of the knowledge of God, the being forced from error, the coming to a knowledge of the Truth, the obtaining of all the blessings that come through Baptism. For the end of His bringing us near was that we might receive these gifts. For it was not only that we might have simple remission of sins, that we were reconciled; but that we might receive also countless benefits...A person has acquired rule and glory and authority, yet he does not stand therein continuously, but is speedily cast out of it. Or if man take it not from him, death comes, and is sure to take it from him. But God's gifts are not of this kind; for neither man, nor occasion, nor crisis of affairs, nor even the Devil, nor death, can come and cast us. out of them. But when we are dead we then more strictly speaking have possession of them, and keep going on enjoying more and more.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 9 on Romans 4, 4th Century

Unless the grace of God comes to the help of our frailty, to protect and defend it, no man can withstand the insidious onslaughts of the enemy nor can he damp down or hold in check the fevers which burn in our flesh with nature's fire.
St. John Cassian
Conferences, Conference Two: On Discernment, Paulist Press pg. 74, 5th century


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Second Mode

When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode

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.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News


Family Ministry Conference to be held September 20-23, 2017 in Pittsburgh


The Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese will host its second family ministry conference, The Orthodox Family in a Changing World, in an effort to explore critical issues in the family life-cycle and practical methods to address them in the parish and the home.