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Holy Cross Church
Publish Date: 2021-04-11
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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

Eleventh Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:14-25

At that time, Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was raised from the dead, and he said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he said to him, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, "Do you love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go." (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to him, "Follow me."

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?" When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about this man?" Jesus said to him, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? Follow me!" So, the word went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die; but Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?" This is the disciple who is bearing witness to these things, and who has written these things; and we know that his testimony is true. But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 6:13-20.

BRETHREN, when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore to himself, saying, "Surely I will bless you and multiply you." And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise. Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.


Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. John Climacus
The Reading is from Mark 9:17-31

At that time, a man came to Jesus kneeling and saying: "Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able." And he answered them, "O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me." And they brought the boy to him; and when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. And Jesus asked his father, "How long has he had this?" And he said, "From childhood. And it has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you can do anything, have pity on us and help us." And Jesus said to him, "If you can! All things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!" And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "You dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again." And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse; so that most of them said, "He is dead." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" And he said to them, "This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer and fasting." They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

Seest thou how He now proceeds to lay beforehand in them the foundation of His doctrine about fasting? ... See, at any rate, how many blessings spring from them both. For he that is praying as he ought, and fasting, hath not many wants, and he that hath not many wants, cannot be covetous; ...
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

... he that is not covetous, will be also more disposed for almsgiving. He that fasts is light, and winged, and prays with wakefulness, and quenches his wicked lusts, and propitiates God, and humbles his soul when lifted up. Therefore even the apostles were almost always fasting.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 57 on Matthew 17,4,5. B#54, pp.355,356., 4th Century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for Sun. of St. John Climacus in the Plagal Fourth Mode

With the streams of thy tears, thou didst cultivate the barrenness of the desert; and by thy sighings from the depths,thou didst bear fruit a hundredfold in labours; and thou becamest a luminary, shining with miracles upon the world, O John our righteous Father. Intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Plagal Fourth Mode

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!"
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Saints and Feasts

Climicus
April 11

Sunday of St. John Climacus

The memory of this Saint is celebrated on March 30, where his biography may be found. He is celebrated today because his book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, is a sure guide to the ascetic life, written by a great man of prayer experienced in all forms of the monastic polity; it teaches the seeker after salvation how to lay a sound foundation for his struggles, how to detect and war against each of the passions, how to avoid the snares laid by the demons, and how to rise from the rudimental virtues to the heights of Godlike love and humility. It is held in such high esteem that it is universally read in its entirety in monasteries during the Great Fast.


Antipas
April 11

Antipas, Bishop of Pergamum

Saint Antipas was a contemporary of the holy Apostles, by whom he was made Bishop of Pergamum. He contested during the reign of Domitian, when he was cast, as it is said, into a bronze bull that had been heated exceedingly. The Evangelist John writes of him in the Book of Revelation, and says (as it were from the mouth of Christ, Who says to the Angel [that is, the Bishop] of the Church of Pergamum): "I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is; and thou holdest fast My Name, and hast not denied My Faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful Martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth" (Rev. 2:13). The faithful pray to this Saint for ailments of the teeth.


Allsaint
April 16

Agape, Chionia, and Irene, the Holy Martyrs

When the Emperor Diocletian was at Aquileia, he learned that these Saints were Christians, and had them brought before him. Because they would not deny Christ, he had them imprisoned, and when he went into Macedonia, he committed them to Dulcitius the Prefect, who, however, lost his understanding and became incapable of doing them any harm. Diocletian then gave Count Sisinius charge over them. He had Saints Agape and Chionia burned; he ordered that Saint Irene be put in a brothel, but by the providence of God this was not accomplished, and she was shot with an arrow. These holy sisters suffered martyrdom in Thessalonica in the year 295.


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Announcements

 

HOLY WEEK/EASTER BOOKS

If you would like to purchase your book ($25), please contact the Church Office. 

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 GREAT LENT AND HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 2021

Please use this link.

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HOLY WEEK READERS  

Please contact the Church Office or use this link to submit your name.

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HOUSE BLESSINGS

Please contact the Church Office to schedule your annual house blessing with Fr. Alex. 

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PROSPHORA

Interested in sponsoring prosphora? Please contact Maria Heller. 

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TODAY

  Sunday, April 11  - Divine Liturgy @ 10:00 am

                               - Coffee Hour (weather permitting)

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UPCOMING

• Monday, April 12 - Great Compline @ 7:00 pm

                              - Bible Study @ 8:00 pm

• Tuesday, April 13 - Church Cleaning @ 10:00 am

                               - Young Adult Meeting @ 7:00 pm

• Wednesday, April 14 - Presanctified Liturgy @ 6:00 pm

Thursday, April 15 - Parish Council Meeting @ 7:30 pm

• Friday, April 16 - Akathist @ 7:00 pm

• Sunday, April 18 - Divine Liturgy @ 10:00 am

                             - 1 year Memorial: Gus Spanos

                             - 40 day Memorial: Markella Matheos

• Monday, April 19 - Jesus of Nazareth Movie @ 7:00 pm

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WORSHIP

THE CHURCH IS OPEN. Please join us in prayer. Check our COVID-19 safety measures and policy.

LITURGY BOOKS have been removed from the pews. Please use this link to view the Divine Liturgy book.

Please download the Daily Readings App Lite (free download) for the daily Gospel & Epistle readings.

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LIVESTREAM SERVICES

www.holycrossgo.org/webcam

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STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE

Please continue to support our Chuch during this difficult time via your Stewardship pledge and donations. Please mail your checks directly to the church or donate online by clicking on the "GIVE" button on our website. Visit the Stewardship webpage to fill out your annual pledge card and/or to pay your stewardship.

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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 Fr. Alex will light a vigil candle for you and say a prayer. Donations are optional.

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SHOP AT ACE HARDWARE? 5% minus tax = (!)

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church or #214538. 5% line discount off everyday pricing in the store Ace Rewards as well as 6% Tax Exempt will come off automatically. 2% Ace Rewards

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SHOP AT KROGER?

Register your card in a few steps. Each May the registration needs to be renewed,
so if you were part of the program last year and haven't renewed, please do so. Go to:
www.krogercommunityrewards.com
Holy Cross' ID # 83567

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Prayer Requests

Please continue to pray for the health and healing of the following friends:

  • Rena Protopsaltis
  • Jack Gougoutas
  • Marilyn Georgeson
  • George Benardos
  • Gina Weiler
  • Terrie Stefanakis
  • Evelyn Morris
  • Dr. Pan Pesaros
  • Faye Prekeges
  • Fr. George Livanos
  • Dr. Maureen Kelly
  • Dr. Rick Wilsom
  • Dina Rand
  • Casiana

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

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Ladies Philoptochos News

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NEXT PHILOPTOCHOS MEETING
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 5:30 pm

At Church. 

 

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FILLOSWIRLZ ORDERS

Please see attached flyer. For online orders click here.

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2021 STEWARDSHIP

New and returning members are encouraged to complete the stewardship form. New members and new ideas are always welcome, so please consider joining and attending a meeting. Please see flyer attached.

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FLOWERS

If you are interested in donating flowers to decorate an icon for a feast day or for Pascha, please contact Debbie George or the Church Office. Check out the donation box on the pangari.

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COFFEE HOUR

Coffee Hour will be served on the Endearment Walk weather permitting. If you are interested in hosting Coffee Hour, please contact Debbie George or the Church Office.  

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Altar Boys

NOTICE FOR ALTAR BOYS & PARENTS

Being an Altar Server is a GREAT RESPONSIBILITY AND COMMITMENT to the Lord. Please BE ON TIME (arrive at least 15 minutes prior to any Church Service).

 

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LIST OF ALTAR BOYS

 TEAM A

 TEAM B

​ Ioannis Yannakis (Captain)

​​ Dimitri Sitaras (Captain)

 Stavros Fekaris

 Alex Matthews

 Mateo Pesaros

 Dino Thanos

 Panos Stilianos

 Niko Thanos

 Christos Stilianos

 Benjamin Barnaby

 

 Nicholas Barnaby

SCHEDULE 2020-2021

 TEAM A

 TEAM B

 2020

 2020

 OCT. 18

 OCT. 25

 NOV. 1, 15, 29

 NOV. 8, 22

 DEC. 13, 27

 DEC. 6, 20

 2021

 2021

 JAN. 10, 24

 JAN. 3, 17, 31

 FEB. 7, 21

 FEB. 14, 28

 MAR. 7, 21

 MAR. 14, 28

 APR. 4, 18

 APR. 11, 25

 MAY 2, 16, 30

 MAY 9, 23

 JUNE 13, 27

 JUNE 6, 20

 



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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 :

DR. JOHN & ELIZABETH LUCAS

Diane Morris

M/M Anthony Barr

MATTHEW MORRIS

Diane Morris

M/M Anthony Barr

RON FIELDS

Diane Morris

M/M Anthony Barr

C. "BO" BOWMASTER

M/M James Heller

MARKELLA MATHEOS

Mrs. Maritsa Loizos

Patty Spanos

Daniel Hildreth & JoAnna Spanos

Karl & Sarah Zimmermann

M/M Ed Power

M/M Peter Zervos

Susan Armstrong

George & Margarita Madias

Dean & Grete Madias

Christine Middleton

Alexandra Keros

M/M Van Kyriakopoulos

M/M Steve Fekaris

Helen Catsimpiris

M/M Marty Gehan

Nicholas & Marianthe Madias &

Jayne & Marianne

Bob & Betty Blackburn

Karl Zimmermann

Mark & Julie Pulte

JOHN IOANOU

Elaine Ioanou

SOPHIE ETHANS

Denise Liberty

M/M Peter Zervos

PHILIP ARMSTRONG

Patty Spanos

KIKI ZAFERES

Mrs. Lula Abbo & Family

PRESV. NIKIE ARTEMAS

Christy Gouletas

BESS GROBER

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

Margarita Shukla

M/M George Katsias

HELEN COSTA

Sophie Paron

M/M William S. Hiotaky

M/M Gust Bills

William Cheek

Lorna Danz

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

M/M Peter Zervos

M/M Edward Power

M/M John Warncke

M/M Patrick O'Neil

M/M Van Kyriakopoulos

M/M Anthony Barr

THEODORE STRATIGOS

M/M Jim Heller

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

M/M Anthony Barr

HARRY KAITAS

Denise Liberty

MYRA HERMIZ

M/M Jim Heller

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M George Fekaris

M/M Martin Gehan

M/M Albert Scaglione

M/M Dan Dallas

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

M/M Peter Zervos

Patty Spanos

M/M Ed Power

HELEN WILLIAMS

M/M Bill Williams

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M Martin Gehan

M/M Tom Casoglos

M/M Jim Heller

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

M/M Peter Zervos

M/M Edward Power

Patty Spanos

M/M Anthony Barr

THEODORE J. KUKUNAS

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M Peter Zervos

ANGERO SPETHOGIANIS

M/M Adam Angelas

MARY PONIROS

M/M George Liadis

CHRISTINA BURKE

M/M George Liadis

MAMOSH SANDIHA

M/M John Liadis

EUGENE PENCAK

M/M Limperis Zervos

M/M Peter Zervos

BILL VASILIDES 

M/M Alex Kargilis

AGGELIKI ZAFIROPOULOS

M/M George Stefanakis

M/M Scott & Angel Linzell

NICK KARAMIHAS

M/M George Stefanakis

 

MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL

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Events, Announcements and Flyers

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