Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2024-02-25
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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (313)965-2988
  • Fax:
  • (313) 965-2428
  • Street Address:

  • 707 E. Lafayette Blvd.

  • Detroit, MI 48226

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Sunday Service
Matins 9:00 am
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Past Bulletins


Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal First Mode

O Faithful, let us sing a hymn of praise and worship to the Logos, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, who was born of the Virgin for our salvation. Of His own will He went upon the Cross in the flesh and suffered death, to raise the dead through His glorious Resurrection.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Fourth Mode

Apolytikion of Annunciation of the Theotokos

Today marks the crowning of our salvation and the revelation of the mystery before all ages. For the Son of God becomes the son of the Virgin, and Gabriel proclaims the grace. Wherefore, we also cry out with him, "Hail, O full of grace, the Lord is with you."

Kontakion of Annunciation of the Theotokos

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"


Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

Let us flee from the boasting of the Pharisee and learn through our own sighs of sorrow the humility of the Publican. Let us cry out to the Savior, "Have mercy on us, for through You alone are we reconciled."

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:12-35

At that time, [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. That very day] two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" and they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find His body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see." And He said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was not it necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into this glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal First Mode. Psalm 11.7,1.
You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today
The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


Saints and Feasts

February 25

Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee: Triodion Begins Today

The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the word of our Lord, they "did all their works to be seen of men" (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14, 15, etc.), because of the apparent holiness of their lives they were thought by all to be righteous, and separate from others, which is what the name Pharisee means. On the other hand, Publicans, collectors of the royal taxes, committed many injustices and extortions for filthy lucre's sake, and all held them to be sinners and unjust. It was therefore according to common opinion that the Lord Jesus in His parable signified a virtuous person by a Pharisee, and a sinner by a Publican, to teach His disciples the harm of pride and the profit of humble-mindedness.

Since the chief weapon for virtue is humility, and the greatest hindrance to it is pride, the divine Fathers have set these three weeks before the Forty-day Fast as a preparation for the spiritual struggles of virtue. This present week they have called Harbinger, since it declares that the Fast is approaching; and they set humility as the foundation for all our spiritual labors by appointing that the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee be read today, even before the Fast begins, to teach, through the vaunting of the Pharisee, that the foul smoke of self-esteem and the stench of boasting drives away the grace of the Spirit, strips man of all his virtue, and casts him into the pits of Hades; and, through the repentance and contrite prayer of the Publican, that humility confers upon the sinner forgiveness of all his wicked deeds and raises him up to the greatest heights.

All foods are allowed the week that follows this Sunday.

February 25

Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople

This Saint was the son of one of the foremost princes in Constantinople, and was originally a consul and first among the Emperor's private counselors. Then, in 784, he was elected Patriarch of Constantinople by the Sovereigns Irene and her son Constantine Porphyrogenitus. He convoked the Seventh Ecumenical Council that upheld the holy icons, and became the boast of the Church and a light to the clergy. He reposed in 806.

February 25

Reginos, Bishop of Skopelos


Parish News and Announcements


Peter (Panteleimon) Skoures-6 months
Sotitrios Tsakonopoulos-1 year
Evangelos Tsakonopoulos -2 years
Evangelia Tatari-5 Years
Marina Vamvouka-8 years
Michael Vamvoukas-18 years
May their memory be eternal.


Coffee hour offered today by the Skoures and Vamvouka families.


  • National Philoptochos Operation Classroom Campaign: We are participating in this fundraiser from now until May. You can drop off school supplies to the kitchen crew on Sundays.  We will deliver what we collect to a needy LOCAL school of our choice.  Your generous support is greatly appreciated. 
  • Meat Fare Sunday: We will be hosting our Annual Macaronatha on Meat Fare Sunday, March 10.  Please come hungry. 
  • Lenten Salad Bar: We will be hosting a Lenten Salad Bar on Sunday, April 14. 
  • Memorial Coffee Hour Fees: Parishioners of the Annunciation $150.00, Non-parishioners $200.00.  This includes 2 tables of 8 completely set with 8 plates of food, utensils, and beverages (coffee and water).  Additional tables of 8 are $25.00 each. 
  • Cookbooks: Amaze your family and friends with your cooking skills! The Joy of Greek Cooking cookbooks are for sale once again! The book contains hundreds of authentic recipes from the kitchens of our parishioners. Price remains affordable at $20, or $24 which includes shipping. Porch pickup is also available in Farmington Hills.


Saturday of Souls is a series of Saturdays set aside in the liturgical Greek Orthodox Calendar for the remembrance of those who have died.

These days occur on designated Saturdays before and during the seasons of Lent and Easter: the first two are observed on the two Saturdays before Lent begins, the third Saturday of Souls coincides with the first Saturday of Lent, and the fourth Soul Saturdays takes place on the Saturday before Pentecost, the close of the Easter season.

Saturday holds special significance in the religious calendar as the day on which the crucified Jesus lay dead in the tomb before His resurrection.

On each Soul Saturday a special service is held where prayers are offered in memory of those who have died and a list of names of the dead is recited.

Participants attending the services prepare Kolyva, and also supply Wine, Olive Oil and Prosfora.

Saturday of Souls Services:
March 9   - 1st Saturday of Souls  – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
March 16 - 2nd Saturday of Souls – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
March 23 - 3rd  Saturday of Souls – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
June 22   - 4th  Saturday of Souls – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. 

Please pick up a form for names in the exo-narthex.



Hi Everybody,
As you know the Metro Detroit Lenten Concert is scheduled for March 3rd. We need your assistance to help advertise to the parishes of the Metro Detroit area. Attached is the flyer. We ask that you have your parish distribute it. Email blast, inclusion in the Sunday Bulletin, adding to your parish website, etc. - whatever method(s) your parish uses to distribute information.

We appreciate your assistance with promoting this event.
Thank you, The Lenten Concert Committee

Please see flyer in "Bulletin inserts" section. 



Join us 6:30pm at Mercury Burger in Corktown, Detroit for our last burger before lent! Please come support this Detroit staple with us on March 9.


Celebrating the 25-Year Enthronement Anniversary in honor of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas this year.

A dinner is being planned for Saturday, October 12, 2024, at the Saints Constantine and Helen - Hellenic Cultural Center in Westland.  Details will follow.


"As the Father has sent me, so I send you." John 20:21. Christian stewardship is a commitment to God through our time, talent, and treasure. Your 2023 Stewardship pledge card is available in the Narthex. Please take the time to complete your card and place it in the Stewardship box.


Please call Fr. Georgios Manias or the Church Office to schedule and confirm in advance, Sacraments and special Liturgical services, such as Memorials and Trisagion in order to honor your beloved ones. 


The Holy relic (‘Αγιo Λείψανο) of St. Andrew the Apostle will be on display in the reliquary of the Annunciation Cathedral of Detroit for embracement and veneration for whomever wishes to do so.  The Holy relics have been safe guarded in the sanctuary of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral for over one hundred years, and it is now the time for them to be venerated and presented to all the faithful Christians.


Meetings with Father Georgios Manias are by appointment only. Please schedule meetings through the church office or by contacting Father at 313-588-0829.  Thank you! 


Any individual wishing to schedule an appointment for Confession with Fr. Georgios Manias may do so by contacting Father at 313-588-0829.


Live streaming of the Annunciation Cathedral services begin at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday.  

Please go directly to our website: and click the link: Annunciation Cathedral Services.


To contribute to our Cathedral electronically. You can either go to our website's home page and click on the "Donate" button with the following link:

Or, you can click on the following link to go directly to the "Donate" PayPal page:

You also still have the option of sending your donation by check directly to the Cathedral. In this tough economic time, we greatly appreciate any contribution towards your stewardship.


Dear friends and supporters of our ministries at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Cathedral and Orthodox Detroit Outreach

As you may know, here in the inner city of SW Detroit, for the past ten years we have been serving our neighbors in need. Our church campus has provided the hub for many of our surrounding parishes. We essentially are providing an opportunity to serve the poor and grow as Orthodox Christian missionaries.

Every week for the past 8 years we have offered a Sunday Neighborhood Meal. Through our many volunteers, these meals offer a cooked sit-down meal, non-perishable food and hygiene items, seasonal clothing, and most importantly, a hospitable setting where our neighbors experience fellowship, faith, and love.

For the past few years, we have been repurposing part of our main church campus with a new fully equipped kitchen and fellowship space. This kitchen project is nearing completion. With your help and prayers, we hope to reopen again for Sunday Neighborhood Meals and fellowship very soon.

We ask that you would please consider offering a donation towards this end.

You can access our Go Fund Me page here:

We thank you in advance for your help.  Please continue to pray for all   who
are called into this noble work, and for all whom we serve.

Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Cathedral

707 EAST

The 707 East banquet hall is back in operation! After a two-year break due to the pandemic, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Ernie's Catering to handle our catering needs and to oversee all aspects of 707 East. They come highly recommended and also handle the catering for St. Nicholas in Troy. For all your catering needs, call Ernie's direct at 586-286-8435.


There are two (2) cemetery plots available at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, MI.  They are located in the Garden of Religious Liberty section.  Each plot is $1,600.  For more information, contact Marsha Ponkey at (313) 469-6977.


Bulletin inserts


Calendar of Annunciation

  • Calendar of Annunciation Cathedral

    February 25 to March 10, 2024

    Sunday, February 25


    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Sunday, March 3

    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, March 5

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Saturday, March 9

    10:00AM Saturday of Souls - Liturgy

    1:00PM Baptism - Martinez

    Sunday, March 10


    9:00AM Matins

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Trisagion - Christine (Tina) Tapazoglou - 2 years

    12:00PM Macaronatha - Philoptochos


Archdiocese News

Archbishop Elpidophoros Welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Myron of New Zealand and All Oceania to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Headquarters


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan Myron of New Zealand and All Oceania to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America headquarters on Thursday, February 22, 2024.

Metropolis of Detroit YAL Lenten Retreat Registration Open


Registration is open for the Metropolis of Detroit YAL Lenten Retreat Alone Together: Distraction, Attention, and Personhood 11am-6pm March 30, 2024 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio.

Exciting Announcement: 'OI RIZES MOU' (MY ROOTS) to be Released in English!


The Department of Greek Education is excited to announce the upcoming release of "OI RIZES MOU" in English. This captivating children's book offers a window into Greek culture and its rich traditions.


Wisdom of the Fathers

It is possible for those who have come back again after repentance to shine with much lustre, and oftentimes more than those who have never fallen at all, I have demonstrated from the divine writings. Thus at least both the publicans and the harlots inherit the kingdom of Heaven, thus many of the last are placed before the first.
St. John Chrysostom