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  • 2160 N. Wauwatosa Avenue

  • Wauwatosa, WI 53213


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SUNDAY MATINS/DIVINE LITURGY, 8:30 am


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This Sunday

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17,  2017— Sunday After Holy Cross

APOLYTIKION: Angelic powers were …        Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου ....

EPISTLE:  Galatians 2:16-20 (pg.151)                        

HOLY GOSPEL: Matthew 8:34-38;9:1 (pg. 151-152)

READER:  Christopulos

ALTAR BOYS: Team B: Teddy C. Anagnostopoulos, Christo Antonopoulos, Angelo Cicatello, George L. Liapis, George P. Liapis, Markos Mamalakis, Dimitri Maniotis, Leonidas Melissourgos, Foti Papageorge, Andrew Roche, Vasili Tsiampas, Joseph VanCleve

USHERS: George Alexiou, Bob Gountis, Procopis Liapis, Apollon Limberatos, Niko Marlis

PROSPHORON:  Debbie Koutromanos

HOSPITALITY: Memorials

BOOKSTORE: Please call the office to volunteer

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24,  2017—1st Sunday of LUke

APOLYTIKION: Thou didst abolish death by …                  Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον ....

EPISTLE:  II Timothy 3:10-15 (pgs. 128-129)              

HOLY GOSPEL: John 3:13-17 (pgs. 94-95) 

READER:  Bob Gountis

ALTAR BOYS: Team A: Andre Acra, Theodore G. Anagnostopoulos, Evan Anagnostopoulos, Nikita Athens, Angelo Gorgolis, Christos Konstantakis, Peter Konstantakis, George Kostopoulos, Spiros Limberatos, Makis Limberatos, Dimitri Pandelis, Sam Patterson, Aristotelis & Dimitri Ziogas

USHERS: George Karas, Louie Kostopoulos, James Maholias, Alex Marlis, George Papageorge

PROSPHORON:  Presvytera Jennifer

HOSPITALITY:  Philoptochos

BOOKSTORE: Please call the office to volunteer

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Calendar

  • This week's events

    September 17 to October 2, 2017

    Sunday, September 17

    Happy Birthday! Christina Dahl

    +Memorial: 6-Months Theonie Topetzes

    +Memorial: 40-Days Dimitris Sidirokastritis

    +Memorial: 1-Year Theresa Poulos

    Sunday School: Div. Liturgy Class

    7:00AM Prosforon: Debbie Koutromanos

    8:15AM Matins

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Hospitality: Memorials

    Monday, September 18

    Roof

    6:00PM Ionians Dance Practice

    6:00PM Holiday FOLK FAIR: Kick-off Meeting

    7:00PM Dorians Dance Practice

    Tuesday, September 19

    10:00AM Action Fire & Alarm: Inspection

    6:00PM Bible Study (GR)

    Wednesday, September 20

    HALL USED: Epiphany 3-yr Anniversary Program setup

    Happy Birthday! Demitria Gountis

    8:00AM +Matins/Div. Liturgy

    Thursday, September 21

    Epiphany 3 year Anniversary Party & Picture day

    9:30AM 🎂HALL USED: Epiphany Anniversary program & Bake Sale

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Friday, September 22

    Happy Birthday! George Gapinski

    Happy Birthday! Sotirios Maillis

    Happy Birthday! Nicholas Wilkowski

    10:00AM Bible Studies (Eng.)

    4:00PM Fish Fry

    Saturday, September 23

    Philoptochos Metropolis Luncheon

    Happy Birthday! George Nienhuis

    8:00AM +Matins/Div. Liturgy

    Sunday, September 24

    Sunday School: Div. Liturgy Class

    Happy Birthday! Mrs. Thalia Maniotis

    7:00AM Prosforon: Presvytera Jennifer

    8:15AM Matins

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Hospitality: Philoptochos

    Monday, September 25

    Father Theologos's Ordination Anniversary

    6:00PM Ionians Dance Practice

    7:00PM Dorians Dance Practice

    Tuesday, September 26

    8:00AM +Matins/Div. Liturgy

    5:30PM Greek School: Agiasmos

    6:00PM Bible Study (GR)

    Wednesday, September 27

    Happy Birthday! Dimitri Maniotis

    Thursday, September 28

    Happy Birthday! Mrs. Helene Mannino

    Friday, September 29

    Happy Birthday! Presvytera Jennifer Pandelis

    Happy Birthday! Dimitris Pandelis

    OCWA Retreat

    10:00AM Bible Studies (Eng.)

    4:00PM Fish Fry

    Sunday, October 1

    Sunday School: Div. Liturgy Class

    Happy Birthday! Steve Poulos

    7:00AM Prosforon:

    8:15AM Matins

    9:30AM Divine Liturgy

    12:30PM Hospitality:

    Monday, October 2

    Happy Birthday! Panagiotis Konstantakis

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Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

By Fr. Stavros AkrotirianakisRoger Hunt in The Prayer Team

Sep 15, 2017  Comment(s)  Tags: 
 

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team.

The Beatitudes

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain, and when He sat down His disciples came to Him.  And He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 5:1-3

 

Good morning Prayer Team!

Our new Prayer Team unit for the next couple of weeks will focus on the Beatitudes, sometimes called “The Prescriptions for Daily Living.”  The Beatitudes were given by the Lord as part of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.  They each begin with the words “Blessed are those” who are doing something that is pleasing to God.  It continually amazes me how a person can focus on only a few verses of scripture, and if they commit the words and associated actions to memory, they are well on the way to a Christian life that pleases God and will be blessed by God in return.

What the world says: Blessed are the pushers, those who assert themselves, for they are the ones who get on in the world.

What the Lord says:

Be humble.  If you think you are humble, you are not.

Humility is to empty yourself of pride.

One who is “poor” has nothing.  In this context, one who has “nothing” must put his whole hope in God.  The humble person is the person who feels a desperate need for God and is utterly certain that only in God can his needs be satisfied. 

St. John Chrysostom teaches us to regard nothing as our own, that we see everything as a temporary loan. 

Humility does not make us doormats, nor does it mean that we should continuously cringe before God.  Instead we are supposed to see other people as being valuable in God’s eyes as we are, and developing a kind of empathy with the weaknesses of others that makes it impossible to judge others out of self-righteousness.

Poor in spirit means to have a total dependence on God.  That is faith.  Poor in spirit means to recognize that we are not worthy of Christ, like the tax collector in Luke 18:9-14, who would not even lift his eyes towards heaven, but said “God have mercy on me a sinner.” 

How do we become poor in spirit?  By continually repenting or our sins.  By realizing that we all have a ways to go in our faith journey.  And by continually glorifying God, rather than ourselves.

Almighty Lord, help me to be humble today.  Help me to not judge others.  Help me to give glory to You in all that I do today.  Help me to empty myself of my own pride so that I can be filled with Your love and Your strength, so that I can experience Your joy.  Amen.

Keep your focus on the Lord today!

 

+Fr. Stavros


The Right Hand of Saint Spyridon in Chicago

St Spyridons Right Hand Veneration in Chicago


ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN FASTING GUIDELINES

When fasting, this is the order of removing the different food groups:

1. Meat—We remove all meat products

2. Dairy/Eggs—We remove all dairy products and eggs

3. Fish—We remove all fish with a backbone

4. Oil/Wine—We remove shellfish and all vegan dishes with oil

5. Strict Fast—Bread, nuts, water-boiled soups

 

So, our calendar fasting symbols mean:

1.       Fast-Free: Everything is allowed (in moderation)

2.       Dairy/Eggs Allowed: No Meat

3.       Fish Allowed: No Meat/Dairy/Eggs

4.       Oil/Wine Allowed: No Meat/Dairy/Eggs/Fish

5.       Strict Fast: No Meat/Dairy/Eggs/Fish/Oil/Wine or Shellfish


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Bulletin Inserts

    Children's Word

    Children's Word

    Weekly bulletin for children


    Golden Agers: Lake Geneva Boat Tour

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    on Saturday, October 28th RSVP by September 30th to Maria Pappas Cost: $20 per person


    AHEPA Golf Registration Form & Info

    AHEPA Golf Registration Form & Info

    Information and registration form for this year's Annual Hellenic Cup sponsored by AHEPA Milwaukee on October 1st, 2017


    St. Photios Essay

    St. Photios Essay

    The Shrine is built in the memory of the Greek Orthodox colonists. Why? Write a 1000-word essay showcasing your understanding of what happened in 1777 to the survivors of the New Smyrna Colony.... Deadline for submissions: December 31, 2017 1st Place wins $500 2nd Place wins $250 3rd Place wins $100


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    2017 Scholarship Guide

    2017 Scholarship Guide

    Windy City has compiled this guide of scholarships that are available to Greek Americans. "We’re dedicated to providing resources for our community, and we’re so excited to present Greek American Scholarship Guide 2017. ... Find information here to begin your research and application process. Some deadlines have already passed this year, but later this year, applications for 2018 will be posted. That will give you time to work through this information and determine your own eligibility and what opportunities to pursue. With the ever-increasing cost of college education, we recommend that you apply for as many scholarships as you can – no matter how small. The numbers will add up and every dollar makes a difference. In this guide, find “mini profiles” of scholarship awards of more than $5000. Also find a list of links to other organizations that offer smaller awards. Look for ideas on other places to search for opportunities, as well as tips on applying and winning scholarships. A very special thank you to our sponsors. We’re grateful to The John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation and PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation for their continued support. You’ll learn also more about them in this guide. Dive in! Happy Scholarship Hunting!


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Saints and Feasts

Exaltation
September 17

Sunday after Holy Cross


Sophia
September 17

Sophia & her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love

These Saints were from Italy and contested for the Faith about the year 126, during the reign of the Emperor Hadrian. Faith was twelve years old, Hope, ten, and Love, nine; each was tormented and then beheaded, from the eldest to the youngest. Their mother Sophia mourned at their grave for three days, where she also fell asleep in peace; because of her courageous endurance in the face of her daughters' sufferings, she is also counted a martyr. The name Sophia means "wisdom" in Greek; as for her daughters' names, Faith, Hope, and Love (Charity), they are Pistis, Elpis, and Agape in Greek, and Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov in Russian.


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.

But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened.

Fourth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 24:1-12

Καὶ τὸ μὲν σάββατον ἡσύχασαν κατὰ τὴν ἐντολήν, Τῇ δὲ μιᾷ τῶν σαββάτων ὄρθρου βαθέος ἦλθον ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμα φέρουσαι ἃ ἡτοίμασαν ἀρώματα, καί τινες σὺν αὐταῖς. εὗρον δὲ τὸν λίθον ἀποκεκυλισμένον ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου, καὶ εἰσελθοῦσαι οὐχ εὗρον τὸ σῶμα τοῦ Κυρίου ᾿Ιησοῦ. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ διαπορεῖσθαι αὐτὰς περὶ τούτου καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνδρες δύο ἐπέστησαν αὐταῖς ἐν ἐσθήσεσιν ἀστραπτούσαις. ἐμφόβων δὲ γενομένων αὐτῶν καὶ κλινουσῶν τὸ πρόσωπον εἰς τὴν γῆν εἶπον πρὸς αὐτάς· τί ζητεῖτε τὸν ζῶντα μετὰ τῶν νεκρῶν; οὐκ ἔστιν ὧδε, ἀλλ᾿ ἠγέρθη· μνήσθητε ὡς ἐλάλησεν ὑμῖν ἔτι ὢν ἐν τῇ Γαλιλαίᾳ, λέγων ὅτι δεῖ τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδοθῆναι εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων ἁμαρτωλῶν καὶ σταυρωθῆναι, καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστῆναι. καὶ ἐμνήσθησαν τῶν ῥημάτων αὐτοῦ, καὶ ὑποστρέψασαι ἀπὸ τοῦ μνημείου ἀπήγγειλαν ταῦτα πάντα τοῖς ἕνδεκα καὶ πᾶσι τοῖς λοιποῖς. ἦσαν δὲ ἡ Μαγδαληνὴ Μαρία καὶ ᾿Ιωάννα καὶ Μαρία ᾿Ιακώβου καὶ οἱ λοιπαὶ σὺν αὐταῖς, αἳ ἔλεγον πρὸς τοὺς ἀποστόλους ταῦτα. καὶ ἐφάνησαν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ὡσεὶ λῆρος τὰ ῥήματα αὐτῶν, καὶ ἠπίστουν αὐταῖς. ὁ δὲ Πέτρος ἀναστὰς ἔδραμεν ἐπὶ τὸ μνημεῖον, καὶ παρακύψας βλέπει τὰ ὀθόνια κείμενα μόνα, καὶ ἀπῆλθε πρὸς ἑαυτόν, θαυμάζων τὸ γεγονός.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20.

Brethren, knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Γαλάτας 2:16-20.

Ἀδελφοί, εἰδότες ὅτι οὐ δικαιοῦται ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ἔργων νόμου, ἐὰν μὴ διὰ πίστεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, καὶ ἡμεῖς εἰς Χριστὸν Ἰησοῦν ἐπιστεύσαμεν, ἵνα δικαιωθῶμεν ἐκ πίστεως Χριστοῦ, καὶ οὐκ ἐξ ἔργων νόμου· διότι οὐ δικαιωθήσεται ἐξ ἔργων νόμου πᾶσα σάρξ. Εἰ δέ, ζητοῦντες δικαιωθῆναι ἐν Χριστῷ, εὑρέθημεν καὶ αὐτοὶ ἁμαρτωλοί, ἆρα Χριστὸς ἁμαρτίας διάκονος; Μὴ γένοιτο. Εἰ γὰρ ἃ κατέλυσα, ταῦτα πάλιν οἰκοδομῶ, παραβάτην ἐμαυτὸν συνίστημι. Ἐγὼ γὰρ διὰ νόμου νόμῳ ἀπέθανον, ἵνα θεῷ ζήσω. Χριστῷ συνεσταύρωμαι· ζῶ δέ, οὐκέτι ἐγώ, ζῇ δὲ ἐν ἐμοὶ Χριστός· ὃ δὲ νῦν ζῶ ἐν σαρκί, ἐν πίστει ζῶ τῇ τοῦ υἱοῦ τοῦ θεοῦ, τοῦ ἀγαπήσαντός με καὶ παραδόντος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ.


Gospel Reading

Sunday after Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."

Sunday after Holy Cross
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 8:34-38, 9:1

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δ᾿ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες τῶν ὧδε ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Mode

Angelic powers were above Thy tomb, and they that guarded Thee became as dead. And Mary stood by the grave seeking Thine immaculate Body. Thou hast despoiled Hades and wast not tried thereby. Thou didst meet the Virgin and didst grant us life. O Thou Who didst arise from the dead, Lord, glory be to Thee.
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Holy Cross in the First Mode

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victory over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy commonwealth.
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου, νίκας τοίς Βασιλεύσι κατά βαρβάρων δωρούμενος καί τό σόν φυλάττων διά τού Σταυρού σου πολίτευμα.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

Lifted up on the Cross by Your free will, Christ God, grant mercies to the new commonwealth that bears Your name. Gladden our faithful rulers by Your power, giving them victories over their adversaries. May Your alliance be for them a weapon for peace, an invincible standard.
Ο υψωθείς εν τώ Σταυρώ εκουσίως, τή επωνύμω σου καινή πολιτεία, τούς οικτιρμούς σου δώρησαι, Χριστέ ο Θεός, Εύφρανον εν τή δυνάμει σου, τούς πιστούς Βασιλείς ημών, νίκας χορηγών αυτοίς, κατά τών πολεμίων, τήν συμμαχίαν έχοιεν τήν σήν, όπλον ειρήνης, αήττητον τρόπαιον.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

And see how He also makes His discourse unexceptionable: not saying at all, "whether you will, or no, you must suffer this," but how? "If any man will come after me."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century

"I force not, I compel not, but each one I make lord of his own choice; wherefore also I say, 'If any man will.' For to good things do I call you, not to things evil, or burdensome; not to punishment and vengeance, that I should have to compel.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 55 on Matthew 16, 1. B#54, p.339., 4th Century

We do not know God from His essence. We know Him rather from the grandeur of His creation and from His providential care for all creatures. For through these, as though they were mirrors, we may attain insight into His infinite goodness, wisdom and power.
St. Maximos the Confessor
First Century on Love no. 96, Philokalia Vol. 2 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 64, 7th century

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