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Holy Cross Church
Publish Date: 2020-04-26
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General Information

  • Phone:
  • (248) 477-1677
  • Fax:
  • (248) 477-0231
  • Street Address:

  • 25225 Middlebelt Rd.

  • Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Services Schedule

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DIVINE LITURGY SUNDAYS 10 A.M.

OFFICE HOURS 10 A.M.- 3 P.M.  MONDAY-WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY  (CLOSED THURSDAY)

BONNIE SITARAS: OFFICE COORDINATOR

 


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 5:12-20.

In those days, many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. But the high priest rose up and all who were with him, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and filled with jealousy they arrested the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out and said, "Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life."


Gospel Reading

Thomas Sunday
The Reading is from John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them: "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him: "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them: "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."

Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said: "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.


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Saints and Feasts

Thomsund
April 26

Thomas Sunday

Though the doors were shut at the dwelling where the disciples were gathered for fear of the Jews on the evening of the Sunday after the Passover, our Saviour wondrously entered and stood in their midst, and greeted them with His customary words, "Peace be unto you." Then He showed unto them His hands and feet and side; furthermore, in their presence, He took some fish and a honeycomb and ate before them, and thus assured them of His bodily Resurrection. But Thomas, who was not then present with the others, did not believe their testimony concerning Christ's Resurrection, but said in a decisive manner, "Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe." Wherefore after eight days, that is, on this day, when the disciples were again gathered together and Thomas was with them, the Lord Jesus came while the doors were shut, as He did formerly. Standing in their midst, He said, "Peace be unto you"; then He said to Thomas, "Bring hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not unbelieving, but believing."

And Thomas, beholding and examining carefully the hands and side of the Master, cried out with faith, "My Lord and my God." Thus he clearly proclaimed the two natures - human and divine - of the God-man (Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-29).

This day is called Antipascha (meaning "in the stead of Pascha," not "in opposition to Pascha") because with this day, the first Sunday after Pascha, the Church consecrates every Sunday of the year to the commemoration of Pascha, that is, the Resurrection.


Jason
April 29

Jason and Sosipater the Apostles of the 70 and their Companions

Both of these Saints were disciples of the Apostle Paul, who mentions them in his Epistle to the Romans, saying: "Jason and Sosipater my kinsmen greet you" (16:21). Jason was from Tarsus of Cilicia, and became bishop there. Sosipater was from Patras of Achaia, and became Bishop of Iconium. When they had shepherded their churches well for a long time, they departed west that they might profit others also, and arrived finally at the island of Corfu, where they were the first to preach the Gospel to its people. They suffered many things for Christ's Name, drew many souls to salvation, and finished the course of their life there. In the ancient city of Corfu, a church from the first centuries, built in their honour and bearing inscriptions that mention the Saints by name, verifies the historical account concerning them.


Jameszebedee
April 30

James the Apostle and brother of St. John the Theologian

James was one of the Twelve, like his brother John (celebrated on Sept. 26), whom the Lord called "Sons of Thunder," because they became great preachers and because of their profound theology. It was the Saint's boldness in preaching the Gospel that Herod Agrippa, the son of Aristobulus and grandson of Herod the Great, could not endure, and so he took him into custody during the days of the Passover, and slew him with the sword (Acts 12: 1-2); and thus he drank the cup of which the Saviour had spoken to him prophetically (Matt. 20:23). As for Herod, the following year he went down to Caesarea, and, as the Acts of the Apostles records: "Upon a set day, Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration" to the elders of Tyre and Sidon; and the flatterers that surrounded him "gave a shout, saying, 'it is the voice of a god, and not of a man.' And immediately an Angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory; and like his grandfather (see Dec. 29) "he was eaten of worms and gave up the spirit" (Acts 12:21-23)


Jeremiah
May 01

Jeremias the Prophet

This great Prophet of God, Jeremias, who loved his brethren and lamented for them greatly, who prayed much for the people and the Holy City, was the son of Helkias of the tribe of Levi, from the city of Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. He was sanctified from his mother's womb, as the Lord Himself said concerning him: "Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth from the womb, I sanctified thee; I appointed thee a prophet to the nations" (Jer. 1:5). He prophesied for thirty years, from 613 to 583 B.C. During the last captivity of the people in the reign of Sedekias, when only a few were left behind to cultivate the land, this Prophet remained with them by the permission of Nabuzardan, the captain of the guard under Nabuchodonosor. He wept and lamented inconsolably over the desolation of Jerusalem and the enslavement of his people. But even the few that remained behind transgressed again, and fearing the vengeance of the Chaldeans, they fled into Egypt, forcibly taking with them Jeremias and Baruch his disciple and scribe. There he prophesied concerning Egypt and other nations, and he was stoned to death in Taphnas by his own people about the year 583 B.C., since they would not endure to hear the truth of his words and his just rebukes. His book of prophecy is divided into fifty-one chapters, and his book of lamentation into five; he is ranked second among the greater Prophets. His name means "Yah is exalted."


Allsaint
May 01

Tamara (Tamar), Queen of Georgia

Saint Tamara was the only child of King George III. Upon his death in 1184, she became Queen at the age of twenty-four. Despite her youth, she ruled the country with such wisdom and godliness - leading it to unprecedented military triumphs over the neighbouring Moslem countries in defence of her kingdom, fostering arts and letters, and zealously strengthening Orthodoxy - that her reign is known as the Golden Age of Georgia. After her coronation, she convoked a local council to correct disorders in church life. When the bishops had assembled from all parts of her kingdom, she, like Saint Constantine at the First Ecumenical Council, honoured them as if she were a commoner, and they Angels of God; exhorting them to establish righteousness and redress abuses, she said in her humility, "Do away with every wickedness, beginning with me, for the prerogative of the throne is in no wise that of making war against God." Saint Tamara called herself "the father of orphans and the judge of widows," and her contemporaries called her "King" instead of "Queen." She herself led her army against the Moslems and fearlessly defeated them; because of the reverence that even the enemies of Georgia had for her, entire mountain tribes renounced Islam and were baptized. She built countless churches and monasteries throughout her kingdom, and was benefactress also to the Holy Land, Mount Athos, and holy places in Greece and Cyprus. She has always been much beloved by her people, who have memorialized her meekness, wisdom, piety, and obedience, and peace loving nature in innumerable legends, ballads, and songs; the poem written in her honour by Shota Rustaveli, "The Knight in the Panther Skin," is the masterpiece of Georgian literature. The great Queen Tamara departed the earthly kingdom for the heavenly in the year 1212.


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Holy Cross Notices

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ATTENTION:  

 FOR THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF OUR PARISHIONERS AND COMMUNITY,

THERE WILL BE NO WORSHIP SERVICES AT HOLY CROSS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

PLEASE READ LETTER FROM HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN NICHOLAS BELOW.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO LIVE STREAM SERVICES.PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK BELOW TO BE REDIRECTED TO THE ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA SITE LISTING ALL LIVE INTERNET BROADCASTS OF CHURCH SERVICES, INCLUDING OUR SISTER CHURCHES IN THE METROPOLIS OF DETROIT.  

 https://www.goarch.org/live-broadcasts

 

 

 

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE:  Although our doors are closed, keep in mind our Church bills still need to be paid. Please continue to support our Chuch during this difficult time via your Stewardship pledge and donations. Mail is picked up regurlarly and deposits are being made. Please mail your checks directly to

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 25225 Middlebelt Rd., Farmington Hills MI 48336  

 CHURCH OFFICE: The church office is closed until further notice. However, Bonnie has 24/7 access to our office email at holycross1969@gmail.com and can access our answering machine remotely and can notify Father when needed.  The church office phone number is 248-477-1677 ext. 3. 

VIGIL CANDLES: If you would like us to light a vigil candle for you, please call the Church Office and leave a message or email holycross1969@gmail.com with your name(s) and we will make sure to light a vigil candle for you and say a prayer. You can send in your donation by mail (please write vigil candle in the memo line). 

  

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Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for the health and healing of the following friends:

Gus Spanos

Father Constantine and Presvytera Pauline Pavlakos

Debbie Kondziolka

Dina Rand

Mary Poniros

Caliope Muzithras

 

If you would like to add your name or a loved one's name to the prayer list, please email the office 

holycross1969@gmail.com

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Seniors 2020

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WE WOULD LIKE TO HONOR THE SENIOR CLASS OF 2020. 

Please email the church office holycross1969@gmail.com the following information:

 

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

name of graduate, names of parents, city of residence, name of high school, academic honors, sports or other activities, college plans for the fall. Please email your senior photo, or a photo taken during your senior year to the church office.

 

COLLEGE GRADUATES

name of graduate, names of  parents, city of residence, name of college/university and city/state, degree earned, academic honors, plans for the fall. Please email your senior photo, or a photo taken during your senior year to the church office.

 

Graduates are usually honored in Church on Father's Day, however, this year we are not sure we will be able to do this. Instead, I will publish your accomplishments in the e-bulletin and on the Holy Cross Facebook page, so our Church family can celebrate you. 

 

 

 

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Ladies Philoptochos News

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NEXT PHILOPTOCHOS MEETING: 
TBD
 
 
ANNUAL SALAD LUNCHEON & FASHION SHOW POSTPONED DATE TBA
 
 
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 APRIL  COFFEE HOUR HOSTS:
 
  CANCELLED 
 
COFFEE HOUR SIGN UP
Call Bonnie Sitaras or Debbie George
Thank you to all who sign up in offering hospitality/filoxenia!
 

 

 

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Altar Boy List

HOLY CROSS ALTAR BOYS 2019 - 2020            

Captains:  Sam Zervos, Yianni Giannakis, Alex Matthews

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TEAM 1                          TEAM 2

Nicholas Barnaby             

Benjamin Barnaby     Cristo Stilianos

Mateo Pesaros            Pano Stilianos

Stavros Fekaris           Dino Thanos            

Dimitri Sitaras             Niko Thanos                  

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Team 1                          Team 2

December 1,15,29       December 8, 22

January 12, 26            January 5, 19

February 9, 23             February 2, 16

March 8, 22                 March 1, 15, 29

April 5,  Holy Week 12-19    April 26

May 3, 17, 31               May 10, 24

June 14, 28                 June 7, 21

July - August (Open)

September 13, 27        September 6,20

 

On Holy Days, if you come on Time you can serve :

for robes on holy days it’s first come-first serve.

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PLEASE NOTE ALTAR BOYS & PARENTS-

This is a great commitment to the Lord and it is an important RESPONSIBILTY to be on Time for the Divine Liturgy!

Liturgy begins at 10 a.m. SO please be on time !

DO NOT come into the Holy Altar  after 10:05 a.m.

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Memorial Donations to Holy Cross

OUR THANKS

To those who in lieu of flowers gave monetary

contributions to the Church in memory of :

 

WILLIAM POWER JR.

M/M John George

M/M James Sitaras

M/M Edward Power

M/M Marty Gehan

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

M/M Peter Morris

M/M James Heller

Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco

Mrs. Tula Georgeson

M/M George Katsias

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M Peter Zervos

JAY GALYON

M/M Evans Lucas

EVAN THOMAS

M/M George Malis

JIMMY SYNOD

M/M George Katsias

HARRY SITARAS

Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco

Mrs. Tula Georgeson

ANGIE PERESKY

Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco 

Mrs. Tula Georgeson

HELEN VARVERIS

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

M/M George Fekaris

M/M George Katsias

ANN CHRISTO

Maria Madias

Kiki Zafiropoulos

Christine Naife

Mrs. Kaliope Christo

PATRICIA SCHWAMBERGER

M/M George Katsias

 

MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL

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Events, Announcements and Flyers

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