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Publish Date: 2020-12-06
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  • Phone:
  • (248) 477-1677
  • Fax:
  • (248) 477-0231
  • Street Address:

  • 25225 Middlebelt Rd.

  • Farmington Hills, MI 48336


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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

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 the 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. 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? Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of man must be delivered in to 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. Grave Mode. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21.

Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Gospel Reading

10th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.


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Wisdom of the Fathers

So great an evil is envy. For not against strangers only, but even against our own, is it ever warring.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

And yet here He speaks only; whereas elsewhere in many cases He heals by laying on of hands also. But nevertheless none of these things made them meek; rather, while the man was healed, they by his health became worse. For His desire indeed was to cure them before him, and He tried innumerable ways of healing, both by what He did in their presence, and by what He said: but since their malady after all was incurable, He proceeded to the work.
St. John Chrysostom
Homily 40 on Matthew 12, 4th Century

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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode

When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for Nicholas the Wonderworker in the Fourth Mode

The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock as a rule of faith, an icon of meekness, and a teacher of temperance; for this cause, thou hast achieved the heights by humility, riches by poverty. O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Third Mode

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably, * Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.
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Saints and Feasts

Nicholas
December 06

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

This Saint lived during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great, and reposed in 330, As a young man, he desired to espouse the solitary life. He made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jerusalem, where he found a place to withdraw to devote himself to prayer. It was made known to him, however, that this was not the will of God for him, but that he should return to his homeland to be a cause of salvation for many. He returned to Myra, and was ordained bishop. He became known for his abundant mercy, providing for the poor and needy, and delivering those who had been unjustly accused. No less was he known for his zeal for the truth. He was present at the First Ecumenical Council of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325; upon hearing the blasphemies that Arius brazenly uttered against the Son of God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the face. Since the canons of the Church forbid the clergy to strike any man at all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain of the bishops, informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not out of passion, but extreme love and piety. The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs, The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock ... was written originally for Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travellers, and of sea-farers in particular; he is one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.


Anna
December 09

The Conception by St. Anna of the Most Holy Theotokos

According to the ancient tradition of the Church, since Saint Anna, the Ancestor of God, was barren, she and her husband Joachim remained without children until old age. Therefore, sorrowing over their childlessness, they besought God with a promise that, if He were to grant them the fruit of the womb, they would offer their offspring to Him as a gift. And God, hearkening to their supplication, informed them through an Angel concerning the birth of the Virgin. And thus, through God's promise, Anna conceived according to the laws of nature, and was deemed worthy to become the mother of the Mother of our Lord (see also Sept. 8).


Spyridon
December 12

Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous

Spyridon, the God-bearing Father of the Church, the great defender of Corfu and the boast of all the Orthodox, had Cyprus as his homeland. He was simple in manner and humble of heart, and was a shepherd of sheep. When he was joined to a wife, he begat of her a daughter whom they named Irene. After his wife's departure from this life, he was appointed Bishop of Trimythus, and thus he became also a shepherd of rational sheep. When the First Ecumenical Council was assembled in Nicaea, he also was present, and by means of his most simple words stopped the mouths of the Arians who were wise in their own conceit. By the divine grace which dwelt in him, he wrought such great wonders that he received the surname 'Wonderworker." So it is that, having tended his flock piously and in a manner pleasing to God, he reposed in the Lord about the year 350, leaving to his country his sacred relics as a consolation and source of healing for the faithful.

About the middle of the seventh century, because of the incursions made by the barbarians at that time, his sacred relics were taken to Constantinople, where they remained, being honoured by the emperors themselves. But before the fall of Constantinople, which took place on May 29, 1453, a certain priest named George Kalokhairetes, the parish priest of the church where the Saint's sacred relics, as well as those of Saint Theodora the Empress, were kept, took them away on account of the impending peril. Travelling by way of Serbia, he came as far as Arta in Epirus, a region in Western Greece opposite to the isle of Corfu. From there, while the misfortunes of the Christian people were increasing with every day, he passed over to Corfu about the year 1460. The relics of Saint Theodora were given to the people of Corfu; but those of Saint Spyridon remain to this day, according to the rights of inheritance, the most precious treasure of the priest's own descendants, and they continue to be a staff for the faithful in Orthodoxy, and a supernatural wonder for those that behold him; for even after the passage of 1,500 years, they have remained incorrupt, and even the flexibility of his flesh has been preserved. Truly wondrous is God in His Saints! (Ps. 67:3 5)


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Announcements


TODAY

• Sunday, December 6 - Memorials (40 day) Demetra "Tula" Kronas and Thomas Theodorou

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UPCOMING

• Tuesday, December 8 - Young Adults Zoom Faith Chat with Fr. Alex @7:00 pm

• Wednesday, December 9 - Parish Council Meeting @ 7:30 pm

• Saturday, December 12 - Dvinine Liturgy for the Feast Day of St. Spyridon @ 10:00 am

• Sunday, December 13 - General Assembly and Parish Council Elections

• Friday, December 18 - Paraklessis @7:00 pm

• Sunday, December 20 - Memorial (3 year) Johnny Ioanou

• Thursday, December 24 - Vesperal Divine Liturgy @6:00 pm

• Friday, December 25 - Divine Liturgy @10:00 am

• Sunday, December 27 - Memorial (6 month) Marge Lazarou

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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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Prayer Requests

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

  • Eugene Glenn Stackhouse
  • Dr. Pan Pesaros
  • Faye Prekeges
  • Fr. George Livanos
  • Christina Burke
  • Presv. Silvana & baby Casiana
  • Dr. Maureen Kelly
  • George Stefanakis
  • Dr. Rick Wilsom
  • Dina Rand

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, December 15 @ 5:30 pm
at the home of Denise Liberty

 

 

 

READY TO BAKE FILLOSWIRLZ SALE - See flyer attached
OUTREACH PROJECT WITH THE PARK WEST FOUNDATION - See flyer attached

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FLOWERS

If you are interested in donating flowers to decorate the icons for a Paraklesis Service, a Feast Day, or Christmas, please contact Debbie George or the Church Office.

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COFFEE HOUR

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the colder weather approaching, we are discontinuing coffee hour until the spring, or until such time that the State and/or Metropolis restrictions are loosened.

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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 :

GEORGIA MORRIS

M/M Peter Morris

KEVIN BURKE

Tula Georgeson

Dr. Pamela Georgeson & Dr. Mark Decco

KATHERINE LAGOS

M/M George Katsias

THOMAS THEODOROU

M/M Lanny Nuechterlein

M/M Edward Power

M/M Larry List

 David & Mary Swetich

Peggy Theodore

M/M Jerry Franchina

Nancy Phelps

Dr. Athena Demetriou

M/M Tom Casoglos

M/M Peter Zervos

MARIA PONIROS

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

M/M George Fekaris

M/M Edward Power

M/M Peter Zervos

Mrs. Margarita Shukla

Peggy Theodore

M/M Steve Fekaris

Susan Armstrong

Maritsa Loizos

M/M Tom Casoglos

Tula Georgeson

Dr. Pamela Georgeson & Dr. Mark Decco

M/M George Katsias

M/M John Fekaris

TULA KRONAS

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

M/M George Katsias

PHILIP ARMSTRONG

M/M Peter Zervos

M/M Ed Power

Susan Armstrong

M/M Marty Gehan

KASIANI GIKAS

Elaine Ioanou

M/M Peter Morris

M/M George Katsias

VIOLA SAINATO

M/M James Heller

MANUEL CORTESSIS

M/M Steve Fekaris

THOMAS AND NINA ECONOMY

M/M Stephen Economy

JOHN AND IRENE KARAPHILLIS

M/M Stephen Economy

FR. JOHN MOUTAFIS

M/M Tim Keros

GEORGE CULLEY

M/M Doug Garber

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M George Katsias

M/M Scott Linzell

M/M Bill Williams

M/M Tom Casoglos

Mrs. Patty Spanos

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

Kathleen A. Bauer

M/M John Zannis

Mr. Mike Kaczmarek

M/M Brian Robinson

M/M George Fekaris

M/M Jim Heller & Family 

M/M George Vlahakis

Ms. Susan Armstrong

M/M Peter Zervos

M/M Edward Power

M/M George Stefanakis

M/M Marty Gehan

M/M Anthony Barr

Drs. Pamela Georgeson & Mark Decco

Mrs. Tula Georgeson

M/M Andrew Bittinger

M/M Tim Keros

Mrs. Elaine Ioanou

M/M Neeraj Shah

MIKE RAMBUS

M/M Peter Morris

STRATIS MADIAS

M/M Edward Power

M/M Peter Zervos

M/M Steve Fekaris

M/M George Liadis

 Nicholas Liadis

Emilie Liadis

Mrs. Patty Spanos

M/M Adam Angelas

Madias Brothers, Inc

Maria Madias & Thomas Barkulis

M/M Nick Madias

JIM AND MARY C. MADIAS

M/M George Liadis

Nicholas Liadis

Emilie Liadis

Maria Madias & Thomas Barkulis

M/M Nick Madias

GEORGE BETSAKIS

M/M Evans Lucas

M/M Stephen Economy

M/M Albert Scaglione

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

M/M Andrew Bittinger

PRESVYTERA NIKIE ARTEMAS

 M/M Albert Scaglione

M/M Tim Keros

Harry & Maria Kokkinakis

GUS SPANOS 

M/M David Gordon

M/M Peter Morris

 

MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL

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Events, Announcements and Flyers

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