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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2021-02-28
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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


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Services Schedule

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


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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 Third Mode

O Father, foolishly I ran away from Your glory, and in sin, squandered the riches You gave me. Wherefore, I cry out to You with the voice of the Prodigal, "I have sinned before You Compassionate Father. Receive me in repentance and take me as one of Your hired servants."
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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, 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 it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his 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 First Letter to the Corinthians 6:12-20.

Brethren, "all things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything. "Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh." But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body and in your spirit which belong to God.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of the Prodigal Son
The Reading is from Luke 15:11-32

The Lord said this parable: "There was a man who had two sons; and the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the property that falls to me.' And he divided his living between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in loose living. And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his belly with the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.' And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to make merry. Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.' But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, 'Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"


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Saints and Feasts

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February 28

Sunday of the Prodigal Son

Through the parable of today's Gospel, our Saviour has set forth three things for us: the condition of the sinner, the rule of repentance, and the greatness of God's compassion. The divine Fathers have put this reading the week after the parable of the Publican and Pharisee so that, seeing in the person of the Prodigal Son our own wretched condition -- inasmuch as we are sunken in sin, far from God and His Mysteries -- we might at last come to our senses and make haste to return to Him by repentance during these holy days of the Fast.

Furthermore, those who have wrought many great iniquities, and have persisted in them for a long time, oftentimes fall into despair, thinking that there can no longer be any forgiveness for them; and so being without hope, they fall every day into the same and even worse iniquities. Therefore, the divine Fathers, that they might root out the passion of despair from the hearts of such people, and rouse them to the deeds of virtue, have set the present parable at the forecourts of the Fast, to show them the surpassing goodness of God's compassion, and to teach them that there is no sin -- no matter how great it may be -- that can overcome at any time His love for man.


Allsaint
February 28

Righteous John Cassian the Confessor

Note: If it is not a leap year the hymns of Saint John are transferred to the 28th.

This Saint was born about the year 350, and was, according to some, from Rome, according to others, from Dacia Pontica (Dobrogea in present-day Romania). He was a learned man who had first served in the military. Later, he forsook this life and became a monk in Bethlehem with his friend and fellow-ascetic, Germanus of Dacia Pontica, whose memory is also celebrated today. Hearing the fame of the great Fathers of Scete, they went to Egypt about the year 390; their meetings with the famous monks of Scete are recorded in Saint John's Conferences. In the year 403 they went to Constantinople, where Cassian was ordained deacon by Saint John Chrysostom; after the exile of Saint Chrysostom, Saints Cassian and Germanus went to Rome with letters to Pope Innocent I in defence of the exiled Archbishop of Constantinople. There Saint Cassian was ordained priest, after which he went to Marseilles, where he established the famous monastery of Saint Victor. He reposed in peace about the year 433.

The last of his writings was On the Incarnation of the Lord, Against Nestorius, written in 430 at the request of Leo, the Archdeacon of Pope Celestine. In this work he was the first to show the spiritual kinship between Pelagianism, which taught that Christ was a mere man who without the help of God had avoided sin, and that it was possible for man to overcome sin by his own efforts; and Nestorianism, which taught that Christ was a mere man used as an instrument by the Son of God, but was not God become man; and indeed, when Nestorius first became Patriarch of Constantinople in 428, he made much show of persecuting the heretics, with the exception only of the Pelagians, whom he received into communion and interceded for them to the Emperor and to Pope Celestine.

The error opposed to Pelagianism but equally ruinous was Augustine's teaching that after the fall, man was so corrupt that he could do nothing for his own salvation, and that God simply predestined some men to salvation and others to damnation. Saint John Cassian refuted this blasphemy in the thirteenth of his Conferences, with Abbot Chairemon, which eloquently sets forth, at length and with many citations from the Holy Scriptures, the Orthodox teaching of the balance between the grace of God on one hand, and man's efforts on the other, necessary for our salvation.

Saint Benedict of Nursia, in Chapter 73 of his Rule, ranks Saint Cassian's Institutes and Conferences first among the writings of the monastic fathers, and commands that they be read in his monasteries; indeed, the Rule of Saint Benedict is greatly indebted to the Institutes of Saint John Cassian. Saint John Climacus also praises him highly in section 105 of Step 4 of the Ladder of Divine Ascent, on Obedience.


Allsaint
February 28

Jonah the Righteous Martyr of Lerios


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Parish News and Announcements

UPCOMING SERVICES AND EVENTS

March 6           SATURDAY OF SOULS – Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

March 13         SATURDAY OF SOULS – Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

March 20         SATURDAY OF SOULS – Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

March 24         GREAT VESPERS OF THE ANNUNCIATION – Vespers at 7:00 p.m.

March 25         FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION – Matins 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.


MARCH 25TH MESSAGE FROM PARISH PRESIDENT

Dear fellow parishioners,

As March approaches, I can’t help but think about all the activity that historically has occurred across our parish preparing for our annual March 24th vesper service and our March 25th Divine Liturgy and luncheon commemorating our Annunciation Cathedral name day. We have been fortunate to have parishioners like George Gaggos (and many others), who has selflessly headed up our luncheon committee for many years in order to ensure that we enjoy the wonderful dishes that are provided by many different people (an example that comes to mind immediately is Bill Loizon and his one-of-a-kind “tarama salata”) and to organize the selling of the luncheon tickets. We have been very fortunate to have most of what is necessary donated and to have great attendance for the luncheon each and every year.

Unfortunately, this year like last year, we will not be able to have our luncheon on March 25. I of course hope to still see most of you at both our March 24th evening vesper service and our March 25th morning divine liturgy. Also, both services will be streamed on our website, annunciationcathedral.org. Although we will not be able to participate in the luncheon on March 25, I would like to propose that in the spirit of involvement and cooperation that we have demonstrated in the past, we still give what we can to help support our Cathedral and to honor our name day. Perhaps those who have donated food or other supplies could give an equivalent monetary donation. Or, for those who have traditionally given the $25 donation for a luncheon ticket, you could give a donation to the church for the same amount. As we have done in the past, if you make a donation with instructions earmarking it for March 25th, your names will be placed in our weekly bulletin. Remember that you have the following options to donate:

1.     In-person at Cathedral services

2.     By mail to the Cathedral office (please include special instructions)

3.     Online (where you also have the ability to write special instructions for the donation)

Hopefully, you all appreciate our ongoing special circumstances due to the covid pandemic, and thus the need for emails like this. The good news is that there appears to be some light at the end of this horrible tunnel and I am very confident that not only will we be able to enjoy each other’s company (and Bill’s tarama) at our March 25th name day luncheon next year, but that we can also go back to just sending out gentle reminders about stewardship.

With kind regards,
Harry Harris
Annunciation Cathedral Parish Council President


MARCH 25TH FEAST DAY DONATIONS IN LIEU OF LUNCHEON

-Anonymous

-Anna & George Gaggos

-Mary Gaggos

-Sophia & Theophanis Papaconstantinou

-Jamie Spriet


PHILOPTOCHOS NEWS

Our Philoptochos Membership Form is included in the insert section of the bulletin. 

As you all know, the ongoing pandemic has completely eliminated our ability to host any fundraisers. Yet our small Philoptochos chapter has continued to fulfill our commitments and obligations, month after month, in order to help those most in need. We humbly ask you to remember your Philoptochos by donating any amount. You can donate through the church’s website, by clicking on ‘Donate’, and simply mention Philoptochos on the notation line, as well as mailing a check or donating while you’re in church.  Thank you.
 
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 also available in Farmington Hills.

STEWARDSHIP & AHEPA MATCH DONATION

Please see "Bulletin Insert" section.


VIRTUAL BIBLE STUDY

Please join Father Georgios Manias for Virtual Bible Study classes which are held every other Wednesday, at 7:00 PM.  Our next class will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

John 16:1-33
Greek: http://onlinechapel.goarch.org/biblegreek/Bible.grc.GBS.NT.1904.John/Bible.grc.GBS.NT.1904.John.16_v1.pdf
English: https://bibles.org/bible/555fef9a6cb31151-01/JHN.16

John 17:1-26
Greek: http://onlinechapel.goarch.org/biblegreek/Bible.grc.GBS.NT.1904.John/Bible.grc.GBS.NT.1904.John.17_v1.pdf
English:  https://bibles.org/bible/555fef9a6cb31151-01/JHN.17


PLEASE KEEP MARIA GLIKIS AND MARY GAGGOS IN YOUR PRAYERS

Maria Glikis
Ashford Court
37501 Joy Road, Westland, MI 48185
Phone number: 734-338-9751. 

Mary Gaggos
Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods
21260 Mack Ave.
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
Phone number: 313-882-7614

You can send a card or call, I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated!  


LIVE STREAMING OF SERVICES

We are pleased to announce that you can now watch live streaming of the Annunciation Cathedral services, starting at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday.  

Please go directly to our website: annunciationcathedral.org

click the link: Annunciation Cathedral Services


SACRAMENTS AND SPECIAL LITURGICAL SERVICES

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

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! 


CONFESSION

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


STEWARDSHIP

"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 2021 Stewardship pledge card is available in the Narthex. Please take the time to complete your card and place it in the Stewardship box.


DONATIONS

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:

http://www.annunciationcathedral.org/

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

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=L5LRXU8CDMKJW&source=url

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.

CARE GIVER

Experienced care giver for the elderly. Please call Anna Myzina at 313-707-2482.


BAKALIKON GREEK MARKET

A new Greek market is now open in Greektown. It has all your Greek gifts, pantry staples, wines, cheeses, breads and a lot more specialty imported products from Greece.  You can place your order at 313-962-7093 or click on link below for more information:
http://greektownmarket.com

 


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Bulletin inserts

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Archepiscopal Message

Archbishop Elpidophoros, Homily at the Divine Liturgy of the Publican and the Pharisee

02/21/2021

It is in a hymn of this morning’s Orthros service that for the first time this year we are introduced to the words “open to me the gates of repentance, O Giver of Life…” reminding us that we are now in the period of Triodion – the season of awareness that leads to the Great Fast of the Holy Forty Days and the Pascha of our Lord.
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Ecumenical Patriarchate News

Now Accepting Online Nominations for the Office of Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

02/22/2021

With the blessings of the Exarch His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, the Order of St. Andrew is now accepting online applications for the high office of Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
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Calendar of Annunciation

  • Annunciation Calendar

    February 28 to March 14, 2021

    Sunday, February 28

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, March 2

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, March 3

    6:00PM Public Community Meeting: Designing the Plaza at Gratiot and Randolph

    Saturday, March 6

    10:00AM Saturday of Souls

    Sunday, March 7

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Wednesday, March 10

    2:00PM Greektown Community Monthly Meeting with Greektown Neighborhood Partnership

    7:00PM Virtual Bible Study

    Saturday, March 13

    10:00AM Saturday of Souls

    Sunday, March 14

    Daylight Saving Time starts

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

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Wisdom of the Fathers

... but since he repented, and did not despair, he was restored, even after such great corruption, to the same splendour as before, and was arrayed in the most beautiful robe, and enjoyed greater honours than his brother who had not fallen.
St. John Chrysostom
AN EXHORTATION TO THEODORE AFTER HIS FALL, 4th Century

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