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Publish Date: 2020-09-27
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General Information

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

  • 25225 Middlebelt Rd.

  • Farmington Hills, MI 48336


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Services Schedule

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DIVINE LITURGY SUNDAYS 10 A.M.

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

BONNIE SITARAS: OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

 


Past Bulletins


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. Grave Mode. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.


Gospel Reading

1st Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

At that time, as Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

There is an old saying: 'Excesses meet.' Too much fasting and too much eating come to the same end. Keeping too long a vigil brings the same disastrous cost as ... sluggishness... Too much self-denial brings weakness and induces the same condition as carelessness. Often I have seen men who would not be snared by gluttony fall, nevertheless, through immoderate fasting and tumble in weakness into the very urge which they had overcome. Unmeasured vigils and foolish denial of rest overcame those whom sleep could not overcome. Therefore, 'fortified to right and to left in the armor of justice,' as the apostle says (2 Cor. 6:7), life must be lived with due measure and, with discernment for a guide, the road must be traveled between the two kinds of excess so that in the end we may not allow ourselves to be diverted from the pathway of restraint which has been laid down for us nor fall through dangerous carelessness into the urgings of gluttony and self-indulgence.
St. John Cassian
Conferences, Conference Two: On Discernment no. 16; Paulist Press pg. 76, 5th century

For now they were well instructed beforehand...But mark both their faith and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work when they heard His command, they delayed not, they procrastinated not, they said not, "let us return home, and converse with our kinsfolk," but "they forsook all and followed."
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 14 on Matthew 4, 4th Century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode

Thou didst abolish death by Thy Cross; Thou didst open Paradise to the thief; Thou didst transform the myrrh-bearers' lamentation, and didst bid Thine Apostles to preach that Thou art risen, O Christ God, granting great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Martyr Callistratus & his Companions in the Fourth Mode

Thy Martyrs, O Lord, in their courageous contest for Thee received as the prize the crowns of incorruption and life from Thee, our immortal God. For since they possessed Thy strength, they cast down the tyrants and wholly destroyed the demons' strengthless presumption. O Christ God, by their prayers, save our souls, since Thou art merciful.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

Save, O Lord, Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting victory to the faithful over the enemy, and by Your Cross protecting Your commonwealth.

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.
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Saints and Feasts

Allsaint
September 27

Callistratus the Martyr & his 49 Companions

These Martyrs contested for the Faith during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 288. Saint Callistratus was arrested as a Christian, and after being tormented, was enclosed in a sack and cast into the sea. The sack burst, and the Saint came to dry land safe and sound. Forty-nine soldiers, seeing this, also confessed Christ, and with him were cast into prison, then beheaded.


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October 01

The Holy Protection of the Theotokos

The Feast of the Protection commemorates the appearance of the most holy Theotokos in the Church of Blachernae in Constantinople in the tenth century, as recorded in the life of Saint Andrew the Fool for Christ's sake. While the multitudes of the faithful were gathered in church, Epiphanius, the friend of Saint Andrew, through the Saint's prayers, beheld the Virgin Mary above the faithful and spreading out her veil over them, signifying her unceasing protection of all Christians. Because of this we keep a yearly feast of gratitude, imploring our Lady never to cease sheltering us in her mighty prayers.

In the Greek tradition, this feast is celebrated on October 28, while in the Slavic tradition, this feast is celebrated on October 1.


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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.


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Holy Cross Notices

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THIS WEEK 

* Sunday School starts - Sunday, September 27 

UPCOMING

* GOYA kickoff - Sunday, October 4 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm Outdoors - Details to follow

* ADULT group kickoff - Sunday, October 18 @5:00 pm - Details to follow

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CHURCH IS OPEN! PLEASE JOIN US IN WORSHIP!

https://www.holycrossgo.org/covid-19.html

*LITURGY BOOKS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THE PEWS. PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO VIEW THE DIVINE LITURGY BOOK 

  https://www.goarch.org/-/the-divine-liturgy-of-saint-john-chrysostom

 *PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE DAILY READING LITE  AP (free download) FOR THE GOSPEL & EPISTLE 

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 PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO LIVESTREAM SERVICES:

Holy Cross Livestream

 

  You can also click on the link below to be redirected to the Archdiocese site listing all live internet broadcasts of church services, including our sister churches in the Metropolis of Detroit. 

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

 

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE: Please continue to support our Chuch during this difficult time via your Stewardship pledge and donations. Please mail your checks directly to

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

 VIGIL CANDLES: If you would like us to light a vigil candle for you, please call the Church Office or  email office@holycrossgo.org 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:

Faye Prekeges

Fr. George Livanos

Christina Burke

Dr. Maureen Kelly

George Stefanakis

Dr. Rick Wilsom

Dina Rand

Mary Poniros

 

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

office@holycrossgo.org

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Ladies Philoptochos News

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NEXT PHILOPTOCHOS MEETING: 
Tuesday, October 13
Details to follow
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COFFEE HOUR:
 
We are currently able to host Coffee Hour, outdoors on the Endearment Walk, as long as social distancing and protective measures are in placePlease contact Debbie George or Bonnie Sitaras in the Church Office to sign up and for more details.
 
 
September 27: TBD
October 4: TBD
October 11: TBD
October 18: TBD
October 25: TBD
  
Thank you to all who sign up in offering hospitality/filoxenia!
 

 

 

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Altar Boy List

HOLY CROSS ALTAR BOYS 2020-2021    

* currently we cannot have anyone under 18 years of age serving in the altar *       

Captains:  TBD

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TEAM 1                          TEAM 2

 TBD                              TBD       

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Team 1                          Team 2

TBD                               TBD

 

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 :

STRATIS MADIAS

M/M Edward Power

M/M Peter Zervos

JUNE TROGU

M/M Evans Lucas & Calli Lucas

WILLIAM POWER JR.

Mrs. Patty Spanos

ANN CHRISTO

Mrs. Kaliope Christo

Christine Naife

Aggeliki Zafiropoulos

GEORGE BETSAKIS

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M Stephen Economy

CHARLES CHAPMON

M/M James Heller

SHERYL CONN

M/M James Heller

JAMES BITTINGER SR.

M/M Edward Power

M/M James Heller

Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco

Mrs. Tula Georgeson

M/M George Katsias

Dr./M James Stewart

M/M Anthony Barr

Mrs. Patty Spanos

ALIA DEMOPOULOS

Mr. Richard Peresky

Mrs. Patty Spanos

LUCILLE KOURTAKIS

M/M Demetrius Kourtakis

JOSEPH ARTUSO

M/M Alexander Kargilis

Mrs. Anita Kargilis 

ODY & EVELYN YEZBACK

M/M Evans Lucas & Calli Lucas

PAULINE YEZBACK

M/M Evans Lucas & Calli Lucas

PRESVYTERA NIKIE ARTEMAS

M/M John George

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M Jim Sitaras

Holy Cross Philoptochos

M/M William Hiotaky

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

M/M James Heller & Family

Hountalas Family

M/M William Williams

M/M Andy Moundros

M/M George Malis

Dr/M James Stewart

Margarita Shukla

Dr/M Marcus Zervos

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M George Katsias

M/M Robert Blake

M/M Thomas Casoglos

Ms. Sophie Paron

St. John the Theologian- Kali Parea

Mr. William A. Michas

St. Philothea Philoptochos of St. John Chapter # 1034

M/M Andrew Bittinger

Mrs. Peggy Theodore

PTO/Mother's Club of St. John the Theologian

Fr. George Parsenios

M/M Chris & Elaine Tikas & Family

M/M Joe Putre

M/M Jerome Maragliano

M/M Larry Goldman

M/M Antony Kontos

Holy Cross Choir

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

Norm Fletcher & Lindy Link

M/M Edward Power

Ms. Susan Armstrong

M/M John Vlahakis

Andon Family

M/M Demetrios Bayiokos

M/M Peter Zervos

M/M Steve Galiotos

M/M George Fekaris

Mrs. Penelope Bellas & Family

M/M Anthony Barr

M/M Kent Alcott

Ms. Frances Spanos

M/M Michael Rand

M/M George Staphos

Mr. Benjamin Jankowski

M/M Eric Nelson

Mr. Thomas Stathopoulos

 Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco

 Mrs. Tula Georgeson

M/M George Stefanakis

Mrs. Patty Spanos

M/M Stavro Soussou & Family

 CALIOPE MADIAS MUZITHRAS

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M George Liadis

Mr. Costas Koutouras

M/M Adam Angelas

MIKE RAMBUS

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M Lou Chalogianis

M/M Thomas Casoglos

Mrs. Peggy Theodore

Dr. & Mrs. Marcus Zervos

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Zervos

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Power

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

M/M Anthony Barr

M/M Douglas Garber

Ms. Margarita Shukla

M/M James Heller

Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco

 Mrs. Tula Georgeson

M/M George Stefanakis

 MARIA KOUTOURAS

Mr. Costas Koutouras

EVGENIA ROZOS

M/M George Liadis

NICHOLAS AND MARGE LAZAROU

Dr/M James Stewart & Family

M/M Andrew Bittinger & Family

 FR. JOHN MOUTAFIS

M/M Steve Fekaris

Ms. Kassiane Power

M/M Edward Power

M/M Peter Zervos

Dr/M Marcus Zervos

M/M George Stefanakis

MARGE LAZAROU

M/M Anthony Barr

Ms. Anastasia Spanos

M/M Tad Krear

Dr. & Mrs. Harry Mighion

Holy Cross Philoptochos

M/M Gus Kavalaris

Mr. Jim Kavalaris

M/M Demetri Preonas

M/M Chris Liakonis

Meadowlake Farms No One Property Owners

M/M William Hiotaky

Mrs. Peggy Theodore

M/M Peter Angelas

Maria Heide & Family

Nina Papas

Bill Papas & Family

M/M Douglas Garber

M/M George Stefanakis

Mrs. Patty Spanos

GUS SPANOS 

M/M Tad Krear

M/M Marty Gehan

Mrs. Lula Abbo & Family

Dr/M Angelo M. Zervos

Mrs. Harriet Hountalas

Mr. George Koutouras

M/M George Stefanakis

M/M Peter Morris

ANGIE PERESKY

M/M Marty Gehan

 

MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL

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