Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-10-01
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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 Fourth Mode

O Merciful One, You came from on high, and condescended to Your three day burial to save us from suffering. You are our Life and our Resurrection. Glory to You.

Apolytikion for Ananias of the 70 in the Third Mode

O Holy Apostle Ananias, intercede to our merciful God, that He may grant our souls forgiveness of sins.

Apolytikion for Romanos the Melodist in the Plagal Fourth Mode

The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Father. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Romanos, your soul rejoices with the angels.

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 Second Mode

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, having risen from the dead, Jesus went up and stood among His disciples and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; handle Me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, He said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave Him a piece of broiled fish [and some honeycomb], and He took it and ate before them. Then He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about Me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name in all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." Then He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them, He parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the Temple blessing God.

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.

Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


Saints and Feasts

October 01

2nd Sunday of Luke

October 01

Romanos the Melodist

Saint Romanos flourished during the reign of Anastasius (491-518). He was from Emesa of Syria, and apparently was born of Jewish parents, for a hymn written in his honour in Greek says he was "of Hebrew stock," and it has furthermore been noted that he uses many Semitic idioms in his writings. He was baptized an Orthodox Christian, and at some time became a deacon in the Church of Beirut. He was the first composer of the kontakia, the foremost of which is that of the feast of Christ's Nativity, On this day the Virgin .... In composing many of his kontakia. Saint Romanos was inspired by the hymns of Saint Ephraim of Syria.

October 01

Ananias, Apostle of the 70

Saint Ananias, whose name means "God is gracious," was from Damascus, where by divine revelation he was commanded to baptize the Apostle Paul (Acts 9: 10-17). He completed the course of martyrdom when he was stoned to death during the proconsulate of Lucian.


Parish News and Announcements


James Gaggos, 6 months - May his memory be eternal.


Demetrious, son of Konstandia Koikas and Antonio Cambell. Congratulations!


Coffee hour offered today by the family of James Gaggos.


On the Sundays that the Lions are playing a 1:00 PM home game, parishioners are kindly asked to leave the parking lot immediately after church. There will be no coffee hour.  If you leave your car in the lot for any reason, you will be required to pay for parking at the posted rates.   The church leases the parking lot to Park-Rite.  This is our single largest source of income.  On non-game days, you can stay parked in the lot until 2:00 pm.  The following dates are Lions Sunday home games: Oct 8, Nov 19, Dec 17 (time to be determined), and Jan 7 (time to be determined).


Sunday School classes are in session.  Classes start immediately after Holy Communion.  Please register your children, if you haven't done so. 



  • Our Fall Cash Raffle will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2023. 
  • Raffle tickets are $100.00 each.  The raffle continues to be a reverse raffle with the last three numbers drawn winning the grand prizes of $1,000, $2,000 and $4,000.
  • Separate dinner/cocktails ticket is $70.00 per person.
  • Please call the Church office or see any Parish Council member for any additional information or to purchase a ticket.
  • Thank you for your continued support of the Annunciation Cathedral.

    (Please see flyer insert.)


We have the pleasure to update you with the progress of the 10 new chandeliers from Petros Anagnostou, the owner of Naos, Orthodox Church Supplier, Inc.  The chandeliers have arrived and are being assembled and installed by Petros Anagnostou and a certified electrician.

These chandeliers are replacing the current 10 chandelier of Annunciation Cathedral, which were installed in 1977 during Phase II construction.  They were reinstalled in 1993 when the dome construction was completed.

We want to share with you a few photos of the assembly and installation. (Please see "Bulletin insert")


Our church will be providing bag lunches for 100 people in November.  Volunteers will be needed to prep the lunches on Saturday, November 11th from 9:30am to 11am in the Cathedral kitchen.  Donations can be made to the Annunciation Cathedral to help offset the cost of feeding the poor in November at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox church in Detroit.  Donations should be labeled “Feed the Poor”.  Thank you.


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


Your choir has begun another year in song this Sunday and we invite you to join us in the choir loft – young and old are welcome.  We accommodate all levels of musicality, and you do not have to read Greek to sing.  We practice once or twice per month, and sing with our whole hearts.   If you have always wanted to try, come sing with us!  We encourage you to offer your talents to your church. 

Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head:  they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.  Isaiah 51:11

Any questions can be directed to your nearest choir member or Kim Lianos at  We encourage you to join us!



We have the honor and pleasure to announce that the 7 Iconographies that are going to be placed at the naïve in the arches above the double entrance door, the 2 single doors, the 3 windows and on top of the storage cabinet door are in progress by our Cathedral’s Iconographer, Laurence Manos.

Our Iconographer sent us 3 photos of his progressive work so that we may also see the iconographic beauty that will beautify our most beloved Annunciation Cathedral here in the heart of Detroit.  May God bless him for his God-pleasing work and we hope to see more updates and see the 7 Icons placed at the Annunciation Cathedral according his schedule by the end of October, 2023.

We are all so excited to see much more of his talented work of faith in colors.

Please see pictures in "Bulletin inserts" section.


PHILOPTOCHOS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE is underway! Please consider joining our small but mighty group of dedicated women. See a Philoptochos board member for more information. Our Philoptochos Membership Form is included in the insert section of the bulletin.

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 also available in Farmington Hills.

As summer comes to an end and our children are heading back into the classroom, we want to make sure our college kids know they are still part of the Annunciation family.  For many years, the Philoptochos of Annunciation Cathedral has had an outreach program for our college kids.  Twice a year, we send them care packages to let them know their church family is thinking about them and praying for a successful, healthy year for them.  If you are a member in good standing, and have a college kid in your family, please submit their name, mailing address, school they are attending, and year of study to Kim Lianos or another Philoptochos member by September 30.  If you would like to help with this effort, or if you would like to donate an item for distribution to the group, please let Kim Lianos know. or text/call 313.850.6246.  All help is welcome!  


"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. 


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.


Caregiver needed for a few days a week, paid position. Duties include light housework and companionship.  For more information and details, please call Bess Bertolis at 734-674-7189.


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.

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

    October 1 to October 15, 2023

    Sunday, October 1

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:00AM Memorial - James Gaggos

    Tuesday, October 3

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Sunday, October 8

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


    1:00PM Lions Game

    Wednesday, October 11

    5:00PM Rehearsal - Liona

    Friday, October 13

    4:30PM Wedding - Liona

    Sunday, October 15

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy


Archdiocese News

Archdiocesan District Council holds first meeting of the New Ecclesiastical Year


On the evening of Tuesday, September 27, the Archdiocesan District Council, led by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, met for the first meeting of the New Ecclesiastical year. In addition to several agenda items, His Eminence thanked the outgoing Vice Chair of the Archdiocesan District Council, Archon Lazaros Hatzoglou, for his five years of dedicated and distinguished service to the advising body toward the District parishes. His Eminence together with Archdiocesan District Chancellor, Fr. Elias Villis, then welcomed the new Vice Chair, Archon Nicholas Balidis.

Archbishop Elpidophoros offered the Agiasmos for the beginning of the school year at St. Nicolas Shrine Church in Flushing, NY


His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America offered the Agiasmos for the beginning of the school year at St. Nicolas Shrine Church in Flushing, NY where there are more than 380 students enrolled.


Wisdom of the Fathers

Every work which does not have love as its beginning and root is nothing.
St. John Chrysostom
Unknown, 4th century