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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2017-03-26
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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (817)626-5578
  • Fax:
  • (817)626-5073
  • Street Address:

  • 2020 NW 21st St.

  • Fort Worth, TX 76164-7708


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Services Schedule

Sunday

Orthros: 7:45am

Divine Liturgy: 9:00am

Weekday/Feast Days

Orthros: 8:00am

Divine Liturgy: 9:00am

Evening Services as Scheduled: 6:00pm


Past Bulletins


Welcome to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Christ is in our midst!

He is and ever shall be!

WELCOME. It is a blessing to have you with us today. Please join us for Fellowship Hour immediately following the Divine Liturgy for some coffee and treats as well as to meet fellow parishioners. If you would like to learn more about our community and Church, you may take some brochures and take a moment to fill out a family information sheet located in the Narthex and Father Nicholas will contact you. Thank you for joining us.

 

HOLY COMMUNION NOTICE: While everyone is welcome to worship with us, Holy Communion is reserved for those who have been Baptized and/or Confirmed in the Eastern Orthodox Faith and have prepared through prayer, fasting and recent confession.

 

All Guest and Newcomers are welcome to come forward at the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy to receive the Antidoron, which is bread that has been blessed.

 

STEWARDSHIP, OFFERINGS AND ATTENDANCE Bringing our stewardship offerings to the house of God is part of our worship of God. Our stewardship also supports our efforts to proclaim the fullness of the Gospel of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas through our ministries and outreach. Checks should be made out to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, designated in the memo for Stewardship (use your stewardship envelope), and placed in the basket. Offerings for the poor and those in need (alms) should be designated in the memo for Altar Fund. (Altar Fund is the clergy discretionary fund to help those in need.) 

 

Our regular attendance to Sunday and Weekday Divine Liturgies and other Divine Services is important for our spiritual growth and relationship with Christ as Orthodox Christians. 

 

Stewardship Donations Online: You can now add St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church to your online bill-pay with your bank in order to make your Stewardship Contribution Online. Simply: 1. go to your bank's website billpay 2. Add St. Demetrios as a Payee and 3. Include your envelope number in the memo/account field. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3. No more writing checks, no more envelopes! Keep your commitment, even when you are unable to attend on Sunday.

 

Parents: The worship experience is enhanced by having your children participate. Please help them learn proper behavior and reverence while in the Church. Teach them to cross themselves, venerate the Icons, & respond prayerfully “Lord have mercy.” More Church etiquette may be found at http://www.stdemetrios.net/our-parish/church-etiquette 

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At St. Demetrios

TODAY

Sunday of St. John Climacus

Christmation: Mary Mayo sponsored by Artemis Moon

Second Tray Sunday: Zoe for Life


FELLOWSHIP HOUR

Fellowship Hour: Annunciation Luncheon


PARISH COUNCIL USHERS

George Vardakis & Elaine Reidl


Please pray for us!

PASTORAL CARE: If you or someone you know is sick, elderly or scheduled for surgery please call the office to let us know so Fr. Nicholas can make a pastoral visit, please email him at frnicholas@stdemetrios.net.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK/RECOVERING   AND ARE OUR SHUT-INS

Mache Fannin

Helen Phiripes

Estelle Hieger

Eleni Rork

Coula Panagopoulos

Alexander Sofos

James Pendelton

Connie Sparto

Ruth Marsh

Ann Tsumpis

Katina Buster

Peter Vlahachos

Liana Drymiotes

Katherine Pattres

Kaye Riopelle

Fannie Maulsby

Theodore Diakis

Helen Martsoukas

Nina Speairs

 Bill Moon

 
Nick Kypreos                                                             Demetrios Markos 
 
 
 
 

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Stewardship Update

Stewardship

You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World

 2017 Stewardship Campaign

 

The base from which we serve as the Voice of Christ in a Changing World is the parish.  A strong parish provides opportunities for sharing the Good News of Christ, for welcoming those that are searching for a spiritual home, and a base from which we are sent out into the world. The parish also provides a place for worship, community and education in the faith. To be stewards of the Gospel, we need to be stewards of our parish. This requires the vision and inspiration to see the parish, not as it is, but as it could be. We are called to offer ourselves and our treasure to make our local church all that is can be. 

 

 

2017 Stewardship Ministry Update!

Thank you to all our Pledging Stewards, everyone who submitted a Stewardship Pledge Card!  To date, we have received 78 stewardship pledge cards for a total of $180,764 of our $188,000 goal! Only $7,236 left to go!

Your generosity is an encouragement to all our members to give back to God and His Church of the blessings we have and continue to receive in order to advance the Mission of the Church of the spreading the peace and joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

 

Malachi 3:10 – "'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,' says the Lord of hosts, 'if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.'

 


2017 Stewards

 

Paul & Melissa Adamopoulos
John & Andrea Alexandrides
Jo Antonio
Ashraff & Hanan Azer
Cliff & Marina Beasley
James & Mary Kay Bishop
Costa Caglage
Michael & Jenna Copeland
James & Dimitra Cudd
Brittani Davidson
Homer & Sandra Dear
Tedros Debas & Helen Yosief
Theodor & Magdalini Diakis
Peter & Joanie Doas

Chris & Cari Douvry

George & Liana Drymiotes

Angeliki Everage
Magda Fleming
Gus Galanis
Mary Galanis
Kenneth & Margaret George
Jodi K. Glaros
James & Despina Goudey
Ken & Dorothy Greene
Randi Michele Grimes
Nicholas & Shyla Hadzellis
George & Katherine Haratsis
Paul & Jayne Haratsis
Sannie Haratsis
Jimmy Hatzes
Phil & Leeann Hieger
George & Biji Johnnidis
Derek & Maria Johnson
George & Sonya Kallinikos
Costa & Marina Katzianis
Lisa & George Kelly
Christopher & Marrlen Kime
Mark & Shelia Kime
Mary Kime
Ronald & Helen Kirk
Georgia Klioris & Trey McNiel
Nick & Cindy Kypreos
Mary & Harry Mayo
Efstathios & Laura Michaelides
William & Artemisia Moon
Mary Nation
Constance Nixon
Konstantinos Pagoulatos
Gerasimos Pagoulatos
Nikolas Pagoulatos
Anastasios Panagopoulos
Athanasios & Anna Maria Panagopoulos
Athanasios & Ioanna Panagopoulos, Sr.
Dean & Christine Panagopoulos
Jason & Nina Papadopoulos
Stephan & Chelsey Papadopoulos
Gus & Jeanne Payblas
James & Deborah Pendleton
Tommy & Dolly Peters
Joel & Kathryn Pool
Charles & Elaine Reidl
Peter & Barbara Rokkas
John & Kaity Sempeles
Lemonia & David Shaw
Elias & Samia Shiber
Bessie Sparto
Constantine & Georgia Sparto
Angelo Spelios
Timothy & Jamie Strong
Dianne Thodos
Yvonne Travis
Ernie & Mary Valamides
George & Janice Vardakis
Gloria Vardakis
Maria Wherley
Ali Winters
Antony Xenios
Christos & Catherine Xydas
Tigist Yemenu & Fekadu Waktola

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

O Lord by Your sacred Cross You abolished death, and granted unto the thief blessed paradise. The Myrrh-bearers ceased lamenting and turned to joy. The apostles did preach the Good News at Your command, that You had risen from the dead O Christ Our God, bestowing Your mercy upon the world ever more.
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for St. Demetrios the Great Martyr in the First Mode

All the word has found in you a victor, a mighty champion in times of danger, a contender in war who turned the nations back. The boastful pride of Lyaios you put to shame, and you inspired Nestor's courage in the stadium. Therefore, great and holy martyr Demetrios, we pray that you implore Christ, our God, and ask that his great mercy may be granted us.

Μέγαν εὕρατο ἐv τοῖς κιvδύvοις, σὲ ὑπέρμαχοv, ἡ οἰκουμένη, Ἀθλοφόρε τὰ ἔθνη τροπούμενον. Ὡς οὖν Λυαίου καθεῖλες τὴν ἔπαρσιν, ἐν τῷ σταδίῳ θαῤῥύvας τὸν Νέστορα, οὕτως Ἅγιε, Μεγαλομάρτυς Δημήτριε, Χριστὸν τὸν Θεὸν ἱκέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ἡμῖν τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια, ὡς λυτρωθεῖσα τῶν δεινῶν εὐχαριστήρια, ἀναγράφω σοὶ ἡ Πόλις σου Θεοτόκε, Ἀλλ' ὡς ἔχουσα τὸ κράτος ἀπροσμάχητον, ἐκ παντοίων μὲ κινδύνων ἐλευθέρωσον, ἵνα κράζω σοί, Χαῖρε νύμφη ἀνύμφευτε.
Champion General, I your City now ascribe to you * triumphant anthems as the tokens of my gratitude, * being rescued from the terrors, O Theotokos. * Inasmuch as you have power unassailable, * from all kinds of perils free me so that unto you * I may cry aloud: * Rejoice, O unwedded Bride.
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

Προκείμενον. Grave Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 28.11,1.
Κύριος ἰσχὺν τῷ λαῷ αὐτοῦ δώσει.
Στίχ. Ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ υἱοὶ Θεοῦ, ἐνέγκατε τῷ Κυρίῳ δόξαν καὶ τιμήν.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 6:13-20.

Ἀδελφοί, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ ἐπαγγειλάμενος ὁ θεός, ἐπεὶ κατʼ οὐδενὸς εἶχεν μείζονος ὀμόσαι, ὤμοσεν καθʼ ἑαυτοῦ, λέγων, Ἦ μὴν εὐλογῶν εὐλογήσω σε, καὶ πληθύνων πληθυνῶ σε. Καὶ οὕτως μακροθυμήσας ἐπέτυχεν τῆς ἐπαγγελίας. Ἄνθρωποι μὲν γὰρ κατὰ τοῦ μείζονος ὀμνύουσιν, καὶ πάσης αὐτοῖς ἀντιλογίας πέρας εἰς βεβαίωσιν ὁ ὅρκος. Ἐν ᾧ περισσότερον βουλόμενος ὁ θεὸς ἐπιδεῖξαι τοῖς κληρονόμοις τῆς ἐπαγγελίας τὸ ἀμετάθετον τῆς βουλῆς αὐτοῦ, ἐμεσίτευσεν ὅρκῳ, ἵνα διὰ δύο πραγμάτων ἀμεταθέτων, ἐν οἷς ἀδύνατον ψεύσασθαι θεόν, ἰσχυρὰν παράκλησιν ἔχωμεν οἱ καταφυγόντες κρατῆσαι τῆς προκειμένης ἐλπίδος· ἣν ὡς ἄγκυραν ἔχομεν τῆς ψυχῆς ἀσφαλῆ τε καὶ βεβαίαν, καὶ εἰσερχομένην εἰς τὸ ἐσώτερον τοῦ καταπετάσματος· ὅπου πρόδρομος ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν εἰσῆλθεν Ἰησοῦς, κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδὲκ ἀρχιερεὺς γενόμενος εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."

Sunday of St. John Climacus
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 9:17-31

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἄνθρωπός τις προσῆλθε τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγων, διδάσκαλε, ἤνεγκα τὸν υἱόν μου πρός σε, ἔχοντα πνεῦμα ἄλαλον. καὶ ὅπου ἂν αὐτὸν καταλάβῃ, ῥήσσει αὐτόν, καὶ ἀφρίζει καὶ τρίζει τοὺς ὀδόντας αὐτοῦ, καὶ ξηραίνεται· καὶ εἶπον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου ἵνα αὐτὸ ἐκβάλωσι, καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν. ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς αὐτῷ λέγει· ὦ γενεὰ ἄπιστος, ἕως πότε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν; φέρετε αὐτὸν πρός με. καὶ ἤνεγκαν αὐτὸν πρὸς αὐτόν. καὶ ἰδὼν αὐτὸν εὐθέως τὸ πνεῦμα ἐσπάραξεν αὐτόν, καὶ πεσὼν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἐκυλίετο ἀφρίζων. καὶ ἐπηρώτησε τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ· πόσος χρόνος ἐστὶν ὡς τοῦτο γέγονεν αὐτῷ; ὁ δὲ εἶπε· παιδιόθεν. καὶ πολλάκις αὐτὸν καὶ εἰς πῦρ ἔβαλε καὶ εἰς ὕδατα, ἵνα ἀπολέσῃ αὐτόν· ἀλλ᾿ εἴ τι δύνασαι, βοήθησον ἡμῖν σπλαγχνισθεὶς ἐφ᾿ ἡμᾶς. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ τὸ εἰ δύνασαι πιστεῦσαι, πάντα δυνατὰ τῷ πιστεύοντι. καὶ εὐθέως κράξας ὁ πατὴρ τοῦ παιδίου μετὰ δακρύων ἔλεγε· πιστεύω, κύριε· βοήθει μου τῇ ἀπιστίᾳ. ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ὅτι ἐπισυντρέχει ὄχλος, ἐπετίμησε τῷ πνεύματι τῷ ἀκαθάρτῳ λέγων αὐτῷ· τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἄλαλον καὶ κωφόν, ἐγώ σοι ἐπιτάσσω, ἔξελθε ἐξ αὐτοῦ καὶ μηκέτι εἰσέλθῃς εἰς αὐτόν. καὶ κράξαν καὶ πολλὰ σπαράξαν αὐτὸν ἐξῆλθε, καὶ ἐγένετο ὡσεὶ νεκρός, ὥστε πολλοὺς λέγειν ὅτι ἀπέθανεν. ὁ δὲ ᾿Ιησοῦς κρατήσας αὐτὸν τῆς χειρὸς ἤγειρεν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀνέστη. Καὶ εἰσελθόντα αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκον οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν κατ᾿ ἰδίαν, ὅτι ἡμεῖς οὐκ ἠδυνήθημεν ἐκβαλεῖν αὐτό. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τοῦτο τὸ γένος ἐν οὐδενὶ δύναται ἐξελθεῖν εἰ μὴ ἐν προσευχῇ καὶ νηστείᾳ. Καὶ ἐκεῖθεν ἐξελθόντες παρεπορεύοντο διὰ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἵνα τις γνῷ· ἐδίδασκε γὰρ τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδίδοται εἰς χεῖρας ἀνθρώπων, καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ ἀποκτανθεὶς τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

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Saints and Feasts

Climicus
March 26

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Matrona
March 27

The Holy Matrona of Thessalonica

This martyr was the servant of a certain Jewish woman named Pantilla, the wife of the Governor of Thessalonica. When Matrona refused to follow her mistress into the synagogue Pantilla beat her so severly that she died in a few days, and thus received the crown of her confession.


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March 26

Synaxis in honor of the Archangel Gabriel

This festive Synaxis is celebrated to the glory of the Archangel Gabriel, since he ministered to the marvelous mystery of God's incarnate dispensation.


Allsaint
March 29

Martyr Cyril the Deacon and Those with him

Saint Cyril was a deacon from Heliopolis in Phoenicia. During the reign of the Emperor Constantius, son of Saint Constantine, he had also broken the idols in pieces. When Julian came to power, Saint Cyril was seized by the idolaters and his belly was ripped open. The other holy Martyrs celebrated today, martyred in Gaza and Ascalon during the reign of Julian, were men of priestly rank and consecrated virgins; they were disemboweled, filled with barley, and set before swine to be eaten. The account of all the above Saints is given in Book III, ch. 3, of Theodoret of Cyrrhus' "Ecclesiastical History."


Allsaint
March 29

The Holy Martyrs Jonas and Barachesius

As for the holy Martyrs Jonas and Barachesius, they were monks from Persia who lived in the reign of Sapor II, King of Persia from 325 to 379. These Saints found nine Christians in prison suffering for their faith, and comforted them, encouraging them to stand fast till the end, which they did, and received the crown of martyrdom. Because of this, Saints Jonas and Barachesius also were seized, and commanded to worship the fire, the sun, and the water. When they refused, Jonas, among other tortures, had his hands and feet cut off, was crushed in a device that broke his bones, and was sawn asunder. Barachesius was dragged naked over thorns, his whole body was pierced with sharp reeds and then broken in the same device employed upon Jonas, and when boiling pitch was poured down his throat, he gave up his soul into the hands of God.


Iconclimacus
March 30

John Climacus the Righteous, author of The Divine Ladder of Ascent

This Saint gave himself over to the ascetical life from his early youth. Experienced both in the solitary life of the hermit and in the communal life of cenobitic monasticism, he was appointed Abbot of the Monastery at Mount Sinai and wrote a book containing thirty homilies on virtue. Each homily deals with one virtue, and progressing from those that deal with holy and righteous activity (praxis) unto those that deal with divine vision (theoria), they raise a man up as though by means of steps unto the height of Heaven. For this cause his work is called "The Ladder of Divine Ascent." The day he was made Abbot of Sinai, the Prophet Moses was seen giving commands to those who served at table. Saint John reposed in 603, at eighty years of age. See also the Fourth Sunday of the Fast.


Vmakthst
April 01

5th Saturday of Lent: The Akathist Hymn

About the year 626, the Persians, Avars, and Slavs came with a great host and besieged the imperial city of Constantinople while the Emperor Heraclius and the main body of the Byzantine army were absent in the East. Enemy ships filled the sea, especially the Golden Horn, and on land the adversaries were ready for attack with foot-soldiers, horses, and engines of war. Though the citizens courageously withstood them, yet they were few in number and would be unable to repulse the attack of such a great host. Hence, they could not count on any other means of salvation, except the protection of the Theotokos. And truly, suddenly a violent tempest broke up all the ships and submerged them, and the bodies of the invaders were cast out near the Blachernae quarter of the city where the famous Church of the Theotokos stood. Taking courage from this, the people went forth from the city and repulsed the remaining forces, who fled out of fear. In 673, the city was miraculously delivered yet again, this time from an invasion of the Arabs. Then in 717-718, led by the Saracen general Maslamah, the Arab fleet laid siege once more to the city. The numerical superiority of the enemy was so overwhelming that the fall of the Imperial City seemed imminent. But then the Mother of God, together with a multitude of the angelic hosts, appeared suddenly over the city walls. The enemy forces, struck with terror and thrown into a panic at this apparition, fled in disarray. Soon after this, the Arab fleet was utterly destroyed by a terrible storm in the Aegean Sea on the eve of the Annunciation, March 24, 718. Thenceforth, a special "feast of victory and of thanksgiving" was dedicated to celebrate and commemorate these benefactions. In this magnificent service, the Akathist Hymn is prominent and holds the place of honour. It appears that even before the occasion of the enemy assaults mentioned above, the Akathist Hymn was already in use as the prescribed Service for the Feast of the Annunciation, together with the kontakion, "When the bodiless one learned the secret command," which has the Annunciation as its theme. It was only on the occasion of the great miracle wrought for the Christian populace of the Imperial City on the eve of the Annunciation in 718 that the hymn "To thee, the Champion Leader" was composed, most likely by Saint Germanus, Patriarch of Constantinople.

Historians have ascribed the Akathist Hymn to Patriarch Sergius of Constantinople (638), to Saint George the Confessor, Bishop of Pisidia (818), or even to Saint Photius the Great (891), all of whom lived either at the time of or after the above-mentioned sieges. However, it appears most likely from its language, content, and style that the true composer of the Akathist Hymn is Saint Romanus the Melodist (6th century).


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April 01

Mary of Egypt

When Mary was only twelve years old, she left her parents and departed to Alexandria, where she lived a depraved life for seventeen years. Then, moved by curiosity, she went with many pilgrims to Jerusalem, that she might see the Exaltation of the venerable Cross. Even in the Holy City she gave herself over to every kind of licentiousness and drew many into the depth of perdition. Desiring to go into the church on the day of the Exaltation of the Cross, time and again she perceived a certain invisible power preventing her entrance, whereas the multitude of people about her entered unhindered. Therefore, wounded in heart by this, she decided to change her way of life and reconcile herself to God by means of repentance. Invoking our Lady the Theotokos as her protectress, she asked her to open the way for her to worship the Cross, and vowed that she would renounce the world. And thus, returning once again to the church, she entered easily. When she had worshipped the precious Wood, she departed that same day from Jerusalem and passed over the Jordan. She went into the inner wilderness and for forty-seven years lived a most harsh manner of life, surpassing human strength; alone, she prayed to God alone. Toward the end of her life, she met a certain hermit named Zosimas, and she related to him her life from the beginning. She requested of him to bring her the immaculate Mysteries that she might partake of them. According to her request, he did this the following year on Holy and Great Thursday. One year after this, Zosimas again went thither and found her dead, laid upon the ground, and letters written in the sand near her which said: "Abba Zosimas, bury here the body of wretched Mary. I died on the very day I partook of the immaculate Mysteries. Pray for me." Her death is reckoned by some to have taken place in 378, by some, in 437, and by others, in 522. She is commemorated also on the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. Her life was recorded by Saint Sophronius of Jerusalem.


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Ministry News

BIG THANKS

A Big THANK YOU goes to all of our volunteers and donors who helped with the Metropolis Oratorical Festival!!!  We would not have been able to host the event without you!!!!

AHEPA * Apollo's Greek Import * Paul Adamopoulos * Kalliope Angelides * St. Barbara's Philoptochos * Marina Beasley * Evans Caglage * Irene Cline * Jenna & Michael Copeland * Cowboy Cleaners * V. Rev. Archimandrite Dositheos * Mark & Susan Enterline * Magda Fleming *Gus Galanis * Maria & Kosta Georgeton * Irene Giannakakis * Despina & James Goudey * Ken & Dorothy Greene * Michelle Grimes * Terry Herbert * Phil & Leeann Hieger * Biji Johnnidis * Maria Johnson * Costa & Marina Katzianis * Mary Kime * Helen Kirk * Megan Kolster * Butch Krucky * Matt Lee * Zach Lueth * Artemis Moon * Dennis & Morfoula Mouzakis * Nikos Pagoulatos * Anna Panagopoulos * Anna Maria Panagopoulos * Christine & Dean Panagopoulos * Chelsey Papdopoulos * Mary Sharpley * Kalliope Papadopoulos * Jason & Nina Papadopoulos * Connie Rafailedes * Helen Reidl * Lemonia & David Shaw * Dino & Georgia Sparto * Angelo Spelios * George & Janice Vardakis * Ross & Danae Wardrup * Cathy Xydas

 

 Please email admin@stdemetrios.net if you know of someone who should be on this list!  


PASCHA CARD

VOTE TODAY!!

 

Our talented youth are designing our first Pascha Card!!!

All students are eligible to participate 4-10

Artwork must be on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper and have a Pascha theme.

Any art material may be used to create the picture. Please no 3D elements.

Please make sure your NAME is printed clearly on the back.

The artwork will be displayed at our Annunciation Luncheon on Sunday, March 26th. The community will be able to vote on their favorite and the winner will be be placed on the St. Demetrios Pascha Card that will be mailed to all of our Community.

 

Deadline for submissions: March 26th.

Please submit to Maria Johnson, Hope/Joy Coordinator.


UPCOMING!!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!

 

Saturday, March 25 Feast of the Annunciation Divine Liturgy at 9:00am

 

Sunday, March 26   Feast of the Annunciation Luncheon

                             Sunday Church School Kiddos submit your Pascha Card Drawings

                             Pan-Orthodox Vespers at 6:00pm at St. Demetrios

 

Sunday, April 2       Spring General Assembly and GOYA Fundraiser

 

Saturday, April 8     Lazarus Retreat following Divine Liturgy at 9:00am

 

Sunday, April 9       Palm Sunday Luncheon

                             GOYA meeting

                             Bridegroom Service 5:30pm

 

Monday, April 10     Liturgy of Pre-sanctified Gifts at 9:00am

                             Bridegroom Service 6:00pm

 

Tuesday, April 11    Liturgy of Pre-sanctified Gifts at 9:00am

                             Bridegroom Service 6:00pm

 

Wednesday, April 12  Liturgy of Pre-sanctified Gifts at 9:00am

                               Holy Unction 3:30pm

                               Orthros of the Last Supper 6:00pm

 

Thursday, April 13    Vesperal Divine Liturgy & Washing of the Feet Service 9:00am

                              Dyeing of the Red Eggs

                              Service of the 12 Gospels 6:00pm

 

Friday, April 14       Royal Hours 9:00am

                             Decorating following Royal Hours

                             Taking Down from the Cross 3:00pm

                             Lamentations 6:00pm

 

Saturday, April 15   Divine Liturgy of First Anastasis 9:00am

                             Service of Proskomidia 10:00pm

                             Pascha Vigil 11:00pm

 

Sunday, April 16     Great & Holy Pascha 12:00pm

                             Agape Meal & Egg Hunt 2:00am

                             Agape Vespers 10:00am

                             Egg Hunt following Vespers


ADULT CATECHISM

Adult Catechism Class: ORTHODOX TRADITIONS

 

Are you a new member to the church who has found yourself wondering why

  • we make the sign of the cross,
  • curious about the use of bread for the many services,
  • wondering what the black rope is around wrists,
  • where should I kiss on the icon,
  • why do we think our prayers rise as incense?

Are you a life-long member who isn't quiet sure what the answers are to these questions?

This is THE CLASS for you!

When: TWO FRIDAYS LEFT: MARCH 24 & 31 following the Akathist to the Mother of God

 


SECOND TRAY SUNDAYS

During Lent we are all called to increase our Alms.  Second Tray Sundays is time that St. Demetrios pulls together to support the efforts of the Greek Orthodox Church. Please join us each of the following Sundays in having a donation to place in the second tray. You may write a check directly to the charity or to St. Demetrios with a note in the memo field.  All donations collected will go directly to the charity.

March 26 - Zoe for Life www.zoeforlifeonline.org

April 2 - IOCC www.iocc.org

Thank you for your generosity. Every donation is greatly appreciated.


Flowers, flowers, and more flowers!

As we entered into Lent, there are many flowers that St. Demetrios is in need of. If you would like to sponsor or contribute towards one of the following, please contact Fr. Nicholas at frnicholas@stdemetrios.net or 617-530-0885.

Feast of the Holy Cross: $175 DONATED

Feast of the Annunciation: $200 DONATED

Palm Sunday: $100 DONATED

Tomb of Christ: $500 DONATED

 THANK YOU FOR OUR WONDERFUL DONORS!!!! 


THE CHILDREN'S WORD

Have you ever promised something to a friend? Did your friend believe you? Did you keep your promise?

In today’s epistle reading, we hear about a promise God made. He promised Abraham that he would have a son.   Abraham was an old man by then, so at first he didn’t believe God! But God kept His promise, and Abraham and his wife Sarah really did have a baby son, Isaac.

God has promised so many things to us, too! Can you think of one of His promises? We can find them in the Bible. If you live close to God, He says, “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Another time, we hear, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” And another, “Everyone who looks on the Son and believes in Him should have life forever, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

We have so many promises from our Lord! He says if we love Him, He will take care of us. He says if we love Him, He will reward us. Do you believe His promises? God always keeps His promises. Now, can you make a promise to God? Can you promise to love Him, and to try to grow closer to Him?

THE GOOD KIND OF PEER PRESSURE: THE 26 MARTYRS IN THE CRIMEA

You might hear a lot about peer pressure at school.  Sometimes kids pressure their friends to do the wrong kind of thing. You know, things they probably didn’t want to do in the first place.

But did you know? Sometimes we can help our friends and family do the right kind of thing too.

Many years ago (in the year 375), a group of Christians who lived in Crimea did just that. They were in trouble because they wouldn’t worship idols, and they knew they were going to be punished. But these Christians encouraged each other. They helped each other stay strong in their love for Jesus Christ.

Finally, the idol-worshipping ruler had had enough. The 26 Christians were having a church service in a tent, and he brought an idol by on a chariot. When they still wouldn’t worship it, he set fire to the tent, and the Christians died in the fire.

We don’t know the names of all the saints who died that day, but we remember them all. And we pray to God that if we ever had to make a choice like that, we would follow the example of these 26 brave Christians, too!

We celebrate the nameday of these 26 saints today, March 26th.

Click here to download your free copy of The Children’s Word.

 

Sunday Church School

St. Demetrios Sunday Church School

invites you to join us in upholding

the tradition of celebrating Saturday of Lazarus with

a Lazarus Retreat

Saturday, April 8th

following Divine Liturgy

Lunch provided

Please email Despina Goudey of your attendance at grkgddz@sbcglobal.net.

We will make Lazaraki, Palm Crosses, Pascha Candles and more.


GOYA Camp Emmanual

On behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah I am pleased to announce that preparations for Camp Emmanuel 2017​ are under way.  Each summer the camp program offers the young people of our Church an excellent opportunity to learn and grow in an Orthodox Christian community atmosphere.

Once again, Camp Emmanuel will be held at Manzano Mountain Retreat in Torreon, NM, near Albuquerque.  The Junior Session (ages 11-14) will be held June 
18​-24, while the Senior Session (ages 15-18) will take place June 11​-17​.  

Online Registration for Camp Emmanuel will be available at: http://www.youth.denver.goarch.org/events/2017-events/2017-camp-emmanuel-home/
 
The Regular Registration Fee is $390 ($370 for additional children in the same immediate family).
Early registration fees,  processed by 11:59 p.m. MDT, on March 31, 2017, will receive a 10% discount.
 
Please email Fr. Nicholas at frnicholas@stdememtrios.net if you are planning to attend this year. 

PASCHA BAKE SALE

 

 Name: _________________________        Phone: _______________________

 _________Tsoureki/Bread $6 

_________Koulourakia $8 (1dz)       

_________Spanakopita $12(sm pan)   $20(lg pan)

_________Pastitsio $12 (sm pan)

Total $__________________ 

Please call Anna Panagopoulos to place order 817-834-0052.

DEADLINE: Sunday, April 2nd                   PICK-UP: Palm Sunday


ARE YOU INTERESTED??

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN DONATING 3 HOURS OF YOUR TIME??

SERVING THE COMMUNITY??

HELPING??

Join thousands of Fort Worth residents for the largest litter cleanup of the year — the 32nd annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup.

April 1, 2017  8–11 a.m.

Any Fort Worth location in need of cleaning is eligible as a cleanup site for the Cowtown Cleanup. Sign up to clean a greenbelt, a park, a roadway or any area of your choosing. For groups or individuals not sure where to go, consider joining an experienced group leader at one of the 10 prearranged Join-A-Group cleanup sites.

WE WOULD LIKE TO GATHER A FEW WHO ARE INTEREST IN HELPING WITH OUR COMMUNITY!

The Northside High School (2211 McKinley Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76164) where we have our Festival Parking is in need of helpers.

http://fortworthtexas.gov/cowtowncleanup/

Please contact Father Nicholas at frnicholas@stdemetrios.net if you are able to donate 3 hours of your time.

Thank you!!!


PHILOPTOCHOS

BIG FAT GREEK VENDOR & CRAFT FAIR!
 
Please join us at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for our Big Fat Greek Vendor/Craft Fair Fundraiser!  Enjoy a day of shopping with our wonderful vendors.  We will also be selling coffee, water, soda and Greek pastries, including everyone's favorite Loukoumades (honey puffs)!  Enjoy a cup of coffee and a pastry while you do your Mother's Day shopping.  Also for sale is our very own cookbook with Greek and Mediterranean recipes from our own parishioners!  Admission is FREE.
 
This event is sponsored by our Philoptochos Society, the Philanthropic arm of the church serving those in need. Some of the charities we have supported include: Samaritan  House, Presbyterian Night Shelter, Center for Transforming Lives, Aid to Greece and Cyprus, The Warm Place, Children's Miracle Network, Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program, Project Mexico, and Orthodox Christian Mission Center. 
 
Vendors include: LuLaRoe, Origami Owl, Woodworking, Crafts & Birdhouses, Handmade Pottery, Paparazzi, Scentsy, Tupperware, Stampin' Up, Mary Kay, Avon, Usborne Books, Perfectly Posh, LipSense, Creative Memories, Essential Oils, Pampered Chef, Younique Cosmetics, Norwest, Hydrate Botanicals, Pop Em' Presents, and 31 Bags.

SPRING GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Please remember that Sunday, April 2, after the Divine Liturgy we have the Spring General Assembly

All parishioners are invited to attend,  however only Members in Good Standing are eligible to vote. A Member in Good Standing is the one who has paid his/her stewardship in full for last year and is making payments toward this year’s stewardship pledge.

 

The list of the Stewards Eligible to vote is printed in the Sunday’s Bulletin and Monthly Orator. The Stewardship Pledge Cards and payments towards stewardship must be received before April 2, 2017.  

 

Please remember that your 2016 Stewardship Commitment does not carry over to 2017. If you wish to be a Steward in 2017 you must submit a 2017 stewardship card.


St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

General Assembly Agenda

April 2, 2017

 

  1. Opening prayer- Fr. Nicholas
  2. Nomination of Assembly Chair
  3. Minutes - Fall General Assembly Meeting- Secretary-Stephan Papadopoulos
  4. Priest’s report-Fr. Nicholas
  5. President’s report- Paul Adamopoulos
  6. Financial report- Treasurer- Ash Azer
  7. Committee Report:
    1. Stewardship committee report – Fr. Nicholas
    2. Buildings and grounds report -George Vardakis
    3. Audit committee report -Ken George
    4. Festival Report- Ken Greene
    5. Church Health Team Ministry- Ken George
    6. Church Safety Ministry- Phil Hieger
    7. Nominating/Elections
      1. Nominating/Election Committee (3)
      2.   i.       The Nominating Committee shall canvass the members of the Parish a sufficient number of times so as to assure that there will be more candidates for office than positions to be filled, and submit their names in nomination (5 for Odd years 6 for Even years) at the November Parish Assembly, at which time the committee shall be discharged of its duties 
      3. Festival Chairperson(s)
      4. Metropolis Clergy-Laity Congress Representative Election
      5. Old business
        1. Roof
        2. New business
          1. Cleaning Crew
          2. Closing prayer

PASCHA CARD

Pascha time is upon us, please sign up and make a donation for our first Community Pascha Card. This year our card will have a beautiful drawings from our Hope/Joy children. Deadline: Sunday, April 2nd. 

Please print how you would like your name to appear in the Pascha Card:

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

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Encyclical Of Archbishop Demetrios For Holy And Great Lent 2017

02/24/2017

As we begin this sacred journey through Holy and Great Lent, through a time of earnest prayer and sincere reflection, we are guided by the presence of our Lord and the hymns and prayers of this season to experience the power of God’s grace. https://www.goarch.org/-/encyclical-of-archbishop-demetrios-for-holy-and-great-lent-2017
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St. Demetrios Calendar of Events

  • Calendar

    March 26 to April 10, 2017

    Sunday, March 26

    Usher: Paul Adamopoulos & Tigist Yemenu

    Sunday of St. John Climacus

    Prosphoro- Dimitra Bakintas

    7:45AM Orthros

    8:45AM Christmation: Mary Mayo sponsored by Artemis Moon

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Second Tray Sunday: Zoe for Life

    11:00AM Hope/Joy Pascha Card

    11:00AM Annunciation luncheon

    6:00PM Pan orthodox Lenten vespers-St Demetrios

    Monday, March 27

    The Holy Matrona of Thessalonica

    4:30PM Greek School

    6:00PM Great Compline

    Tuesday, March 28

    Hilarion the New

    Wednesday, March 29

    Mark, Bishop of Arethusa

    9:00AM Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts

    11:30AM Central North Think Tank Meeting

    Thursday, March 30

    John Climacus the Righteous, author of The Divine Ladder of Ascent

    10:00AM Baking: Koularakia

    Friday, March 31

    The Holy Hieromartyr Hypatius, Bishop of Gangra

    6:00PM Akathist to the Mother of God

    7:00PM Adult education- Traditions of the church

    Saturday, April 1

    Mary of Egypt

    Sunday, April 2

    Prosphoro- Marina Beasley

    Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt

    7:45AM Orthros

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Second Tray Sunday: IOCC

    10:30AM Goya Breakfast

    11:30AM Hope Joy Activity: Pascha Card making for Shutins

    11:30AM General assembly

    6:00PM Pan-Orthodox Vespers-St Seraphim

    Monday, April 3

    Nicetas, Abbot of the Monastery of Medicium

    4:30PM Greek School

    Tuesday, April 4

    George the Righteous of Maleon

    6:30PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, April 5

    Monk-Martyrs Claudius, Diodore, Victor, Victorinus, and those with them

    5:30PM Daily bread/Presbyterian Night shelter

    6:00PM Liturgy of Pre-Sanctified Gifts

    Thursday, April 6

    Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople

    9:00AM Baking: Tsoureki/ Pascha Bread

    Friday, April 7

    Calliopus and Akylina the Martyrs

    6:00PM Great Vespers for Lazarus Saturday

    Saturday, April 8

    Lazarus Saturday

    8:00AM Orthros

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:00AM Lazarus Retreat

    10:30AM Hang up Palms

    6:00PM Great Vespers

    Sunday, April 9

    Prosphoro- Dimitra Cudd

    Palm Sunday

    7:45AM Orthros

    9:00AM Divine Liturgy

    10:30AM Palm Sunday Luncheon

    11:00AM Take Down Palms after Liturgy

    11:30AM GOYA Meeting

    4:00PM Daily Bread /Samaritan House

    6:00PM Bridegroom service

    Monday, April 10

    Holy Monday


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Bulletin Inserts

    OCMC Short Term Mission Team Trip

    OCMC Short Term Mission Team Trip

    Please see attached OCMC Flier Our very own Ali Winters has been accepted to go to Alaska with OCMC. Let us offer our support by including her in out prayers and offering her financial support to help her cover the expense. If you would like to make a financial gift in support of Ali Winters, please write a check to St. Demetrios and memo it : OCMC Ali Winters Please support Ali in her efforts to participate with OCMC.


    Sunday of St. John Climacus - Family Connections (Letter)

    Sunday of St. John Climacus - Family Connections (Letter)

    Bulletin Insert in letter format on the Sunday of St. John Climacus with Resources for Couples and Families provided by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    Insert shared from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America until April 05, 2017.


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