Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Publish Date: 2023-02-26
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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 Fourth Mode

The women disciples of the Lord heard from the angel, the joyful news of the Resurrection and the repeal of the sentence imposed upon our forefathers. With pride they said to the Apostles, "Death is vanquished, Christ our God is risen bestowing upon the world His great mercy."

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Second Mode

O Master, Prudence, Guide of Wisdom, Instruction to the foolish and Defender of the poor, strengthen my heart and grant it discernment. Give me words, Word of the Father, for behold, I shall not keep my lips from crying out to You, "O Merciful One, have mercy on me who has fallen."

Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fourth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:1-12

On the first day of the week at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking spices, which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel; and as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how He told you, while He was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise." And they remembered His words and returning from the tomb they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the Apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But 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.

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 Letter to the Romans 13:11-14; 14:1-4.

Brethren, salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is at hand. Let us then cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

As for the man who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not for disputes over opinions. One believes he may eat anything, while the weak man eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who abstains, and let not him who abstains pass judgment on him who eats; for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for God is able to make him stand.

Gospel Reading

Forgiveness Sunday
The Reading is from Matthew 6:14-21

The Lord said, "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

"And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."


Saints and Feasts

February 26

Forgiveness Sunday

The Holy Fathers have appointed the commemoration of Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight here, on the eve of the holy Forty-day Fast, demonstrating to us not by simple words, but by actual deeds, how beneficial fasting is for man, and how harmful and destructive are insatiety and the transgressing of the divine commandments. For the first commandment that God gave to man was that of fasting, which the first-fashioned received but did not keep; and not only did they not become gods, as they had imagined, but they lost even that blessed life which they had, and they fell into corruption and death, and transmitted these and innumerable other evils to all of mankind. The God-bearing Fathers set these things before us today, that by bringing to mind what we have fallen from, and what we have suffered because of the insatiety and disobedience of the first-fashioned, we might be diligent to return again to that ancient bliss and glory by means of fasting and obedience to all the divine commands. Taking occasion from today's Gospel (Matt. 6:14-21) to begin the Fast unencumbered by enmity, we also ask forgiveness this day, first from God, then from one another and all creation.

February 26

Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza

Saint Porphyrius had Thessalonica as his homeland. He became a monk in Scete of Egypt, where he lived for five years. He went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, after which he spent five years in much affliction in a cave near the Jordan. Stricken with a disease of the liver, he departed to Jerusalem, where he was ordained presbyter and appointed Keeper of the Cross at the age of 45. Three years later he was made Bishop of Gaza. He suffered much from the rulers and pagans of Gaza; but with the friendship of Saint John Chrysostom, and the patronage of the Empress Eudoxia, he razed the temple of the idol Marnas in Gaza and built a great church to the glory of God. He reposed in 450.

February 26

The Holy Great Martyr Photine, the Samaritan Women

Saint Photini lived in 1st century Palestine and was the woman that Christ met at Jacob's Well in Samaria as recorded in the Gospel according to John (4:4-26). After her encounter with Christ, she and her whole family were baptized by the Apostles and became evangelists of the early Church. Photini and her children eventually were summoned before the emperor Nero and instructed to renounce their faith in Christ. They refused to do so, accepting rather to suffer various tortures. After many efforts to force her to surrender to idolatry, the emperor ordered that she be thrown down a well. Photini gave up her life in the year 66.

St. Photini is commemorated on three occasions during the year: February 26 (Greek tradition), March 20 (Slavic tradition), and the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman on the 5th Sunday of Pascha.


Parish News and Announcements


Please join us for our Sunday Coffee Hour immediately following the Divine Liturgy.


President:             William G. Lianos    
Vice President:     Harry Harris
Treasurer:             Anthony Panson          
Asst. Treasurer:    William P. Lianos
Secretary:             Dean Politis


Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family of Mary H. Williams.
May her memory be eternal.

Mary Helen Williams
December 23, 1929 – February 21, 2023

Mary Helen Williams, age 93, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2023. Cherished mother to Paul Kelly Williams, Nancy Mary McDaniel, Lisa Marie (Shawn) Dickson, the late Daniel Edward Williams, and the late Deanna Marie Williams. Adored grandma to Raena Lynne (Shane Roberts) McDaniel, Alyssa Noelle McDaniel, Derek Patrick Dickson and Dominick Edward Dickson. Dear sister-in-law to Peggy Xenakis. Mary was also predeceased by her siblings John (Helen) Xenakis, Steve (Aspasia) Xenakis, James (Renee) Xenakis, Peter (Athena) Xenakis, George Xenakis, and Nicholas Xenakis.

Mary was born in Detroit, MI on December 23, 1929 to the late Constantine and the late Vasiliki (nee Korachis) Xenakis. She graduated from Southeastern High School in Detroit in 1948. A few years later, Mary met her former husband, the late Edward J Williams, and started a beautiful family. She had many jobs after raising her children; the one she liked best was Fruehauf Trailer and Tractor, where she was employed for 10 years. Raising her children was the life long career she cherished most.

Mary retired into her favorite “job” of all - raising her children. Her greatest joy was her family. Mary was an avid reader and independent soul that could teach herself to do anything. In her younger years, she traveled the world, but her favorite place was at home with her family, snuggled up with something to read. She will be dearly missed.

Visitation for Mary will be on Sunday February 26, 2023 from 2 PM until 6 PM, Trisagion service at 5 PM, at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 20705 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236.

Funeral service will be on Monday February 27, 2023 at 10 AM, instate at 9:30 AM, at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 21800 Marter Rd, St Clair Shores, MI 48080.


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:
February 18  - 1st Saturday of Souls – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
February 25  - 2nd Saturday of Souls – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
March 4        - 3rd  Saturday of Souls – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
June 3rd        - 4th  Saturday of Souls – Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m. 

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


Friday, March 24th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
Philoptochos will host Coffee Hours and our Annual Bake Sale.

Saturday, March 25th, 2023 – Matins at 8:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.
Our traditional Feast Day Luncheon will be held following the Service.

We would like to thank GEORGE GAGGOS for the many years of his service and act of love, serving as our Feast day Chairman.  George Gaggos will no longer be able to chair this event, and it will be tough to fill his shoes.  Thank you, George Gaggos, for all your help, time, effort and love of our Cathedral.

A Chairperson is needed to promote and lead all the activities required for the Feast day Bake Sale.  Please submit your name to the Church office.  Thank you and God bless you!

A few Ladies and Gentlemen are needed to help decorate and beautify several Panayia Icons with flowers. This act of love must be started and completed on Friday, March 24, 2023, starting at 10:00 a.m. 

Sponsors and donations needed for the Feast Day Luncheon (Please see "Bulletin inserts" section).
Flowers for Decoration of the Icons for our Feast Day.
Artoklasia for March 24 and 25.
Daffodils for the Service of the Veneration of the Holy Cross on Sunday, March 19.
Wreaths for the four Services of the Salutations to the Virgin Mary and Akathist Hymn.
Flowers for Holy Friday (Epitaphion) on Friday, April 14.
If anyone is interested in donating any of the above items, please contact the ChurchOffice.


PHILOPTOCHOS MEMBERSHIP DRIVE is underway! Please consider joining our small but mighty group of dedicated women. See a Philoptochos board member for more information.

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.

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


One of the most important things we can do for our children is ensure that they learn about our Orthodox faith.  Religious education should be an important part of their lives.  Classes for the 2022-2023 Sunday School have begun and are available for students from pre-K (age 4) to 12th grade.  Also, if anyone is interested in becoming a Sunday School teacher, please contact Fr. George.


The National Hellenic Society's Heritage Greece Program is a complementary, 2-week cultural immersion odyssey for accomplished Greek American college students who share their experiences with a peer group of exceptional students from the American College of Greece (ACG) in Athens, Greece or the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) in Thessaloniki, Greece. The Heritage Greece Program® goal is to connect the participants with their faith, heritage, roots, and Greek identity. For more information, visit

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.


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.


"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 2022 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.


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.


Bulletin inserts


Archdiocese News

SATURDAY OF SOULS (Memory of the Holy Ascetics) Christ Offers Himself


Even before Christianity was established, it was common practice for various cultures in the Mediterranean world to hold commemorations for the dead, where sacrifices were offered, family get-togethers were organized, and petitions in favor of the spirits of those who had perished were made.

Calendar of Annunciation

  • Calendar of Annunciation Cathedral

    February 26 to March 12, 2023

    Sunday, February 26

    Cheesefare Sunday

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Monday, February 27


    Friday, March 3

    7:00PM 1st Salutations

    Saturday, March 4

    10:00AM 3rd Saturday of Souls

    Sunday, March 5


    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    Tuesday, March 7

    7:00PM Parish Council Meeting

    Wednesday, March 8

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

    Friday, March 10

    7:00PM 2nd Salutations

    Sunday, March 12

    9:00AM Orthos

    10:00AM Divine Liturgy

    11:30AM Memorial - Ioanna Stathopoulos, 3 years

    11:30AM Memorial - Tina Tapazoglou, 1 year


Wisdom of the Fathers

Spiritual delight is not enjoyment found in things that exists outside the soul.
St. Isaac of Syria
Unknown, 7th century