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OCTOBER 4, 2020 – 2nd SUNDAY OF LUKE
FAMILY SUNDAY/National Church Music Sunday
SIMEON NICOLAIDIS – 40 Days
EMMANUEL VIRGIL CIUNGAN – 40 Days
LINDA R. CIUNGAN – 15 Years
YIANNI (JOHN) ANGELOPOULOS - 6 Months
ASPASIA ANGELOPOULOS – 6 Months
HELEN KOKAS – 1 Year
WILLIAM KOKAS – 6 Years
CONSTANTINE KOKAS – 11 Years
May their memory be eternal!
SERVICES THIS WEEK:
Saints Constantine and Helen services are open for parishioners and we encourage those who are not in high-risk categories to attend services. Parish guidelines regarding capacity limits and safety restrictions are posted on the home page of our church website, https://www.stcons.org
The church building is professionally cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized weekly.
We strongly encourage those who will not be attending church to participate in services through our website, at https://www.stcons.org/video-streaming
Sunday, October 4th – 2nd Sunday of Luke, Orthros 9:00 am; Divine Liturgy 10:00 am If you wish to follow along with the text, please use the link listed below:
LIGHT A CANDLE AND SAY A PRAYER: When you are not able to attend church, you can purchase a candle from our church website (home page or video-streaming page), which Father Teodor will light before the following service or a service that you specify. Please give specific names, living or deceased, that you would like Father to remember in prayer. Father will light candles one hour before each service. For Sunday services, please place candle orders prior to 8:00 am Sunday morning.
PLEASE PRAY FOR: Christopher, Jonathan, Alexandra, Tracy, Dianna, Lazarus, Henry, Betty, Catherine, Susan, Evelyn, Gregg, Peter, Stella, Ann Marie, Vasilios, Carol, George, Demetri, Steve, Molly, Maria, Elizabeth, Carol, Evans, Katherine, Mike, Connie, Mary, Margaret, Angela, Connie, Bill, Carrie, Vito, Pete, Amalia, Stephanie, Lisa, Bill, Connie, Jacob, Anastasia, Rima, Kylie, Effie, Camryn, Nicholas, and Maria. (Names may be added by request to the prayer list.)
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 Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1.
Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, "I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
Προκείμενον. Plagal Fourth Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 75.11,1.
Εὔξασθε καὶ ἀπόδοτε Κυρίῳ τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν.
Στίχ. Γνωστὸς ἐν τῇ Ἰουδαίᾳ ὁ Θεός, ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ μέγα τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ.
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους β' 6:16-18, 7:1.
Ἀδελφοί, ὑμεῖς ἐστε ναὸς Θεοῦ ζῶντος, καθὼς εἶπεν ὁ θεός ὅτι Ἐνοικήσω ἐν αὐτοῖς, καὶ ἐμπεριπατήσω· καὶ ἔσομαι αὐτῶν θεός, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔσονταί μοι λαός. Διὸ, Ἐξέλθετε ἐκ μέσου αὐτῶν καὶ ἀφορίσθητε, λέγει κύριος, καὶ ἀκαθάρτου μὴ ἅπτεσθε· κἀγὼ εἰσδέξομαι ὑμᾶς, καὶ ἔσομαι ὑμῖν εἰς πατέρα, καὶ ὑμεῖς ἔσεσθέ μοι εἰς υἱοὺς καὶ θυγατέρας, λέγει κύριος παντοκράτωρ. Ταύτας οὖν ἔχοντες τὰς ἐπαγγελίας, ἀγαπητοί, καθαρίσωμεν ἑαυτοὺς ἀπὸ παντὸς μολυσμοῦ σαρκὸς καὶ πνεύματος, ἐπιτελοῦντες ἁγιωσύνην ἐν φόβῳ θεοῦ.
2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36
The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."
2nd Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 6:31-36
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· καθὼς θέλετε ἵνα ποιῶσιν ὑμῖν οἱ ἄνθρωποι, ποιεῖτε αὐτοῖς ὁμοίως. καὶ εἰ ἀγαπᾶτε τοὺς ἀγαπῶντας ὑμᾶς, ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; καὶ γὰρ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ τοὺς ἀγαπῶντας αὐτοὺς ἀγαπῶσι. καὶ ἐὰν ἀγαθοποιῆτε τοὺς ἀγαθοποιοῦντας ὑμᾶς, ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; καὶ γὰρ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ τὸ αὐτὸ ποιοῦσι. καὶ ἐὰν δανείζητε παρ᾿ ὧν ἐλπίζετε ἀπολαβεῖν, ποία ὑμῖν χάρις ἐστί; καὶ γὰρ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἁμαρτωλοῖς δανείζουσιν ἵνα ἀπολάβωσι τὰ ἴσα. πλὴν ἀγαπᾶτε τοὺς ἐχθροὺς ὑμῶν καὶ ἀγαθοποιεῖτε καὶ δανείζετε μηδὲν ἀπελπίζοντες, καὶ ἔσται ὁ μισθὸς ὑμῶν πολύς, καὶ ἔσεσθε υἱοὶ ὑψίστου, ὅτι αὐτὸς χρηστός ἐστιν ἐπὶ τοὺς ἀχαρίστους καὶ πονηρούς. Γίνεσθε οὖν οἰκτίρμονες, καθὼς καὶ ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν οἰκτίρμων ἐστί.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Our Adult Bible Study group will meet again on the Zoom platform on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 pm. All adults are welcome to join the conversation, as the group continues discussion of the Book of Job, and its relevance in the contemporary world. Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/7345256789, Meeting ID: 734 525 6789 For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: Be a hero. You can save as many as 3 lives with just one blood donation. On October 28th, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, we will be hosting a blood drive by the American Red Cross in the Hellenic Cultural Center. COVID-19 antibody testing available on all blood donations. To schedule an appointment, please log onto RedCrossBlood.org (sponsor code: stcons) or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) today.
ALL THE BLITZ, SAVE THE GLITZ: Things are a little different this year, and so our Annual “Putting on the Glitz” Dinner and Auction will be a virtual event. There are still plenty of chances to win money and prizes and to support the ministries of our Church. Raffle tickets will be available beginning next week from any Parish Council member or Fr. Teodor, and the drawing will be held on Sunday, November 8th.
NEWS AND NOTICES
HELLENIC CULTURAL CENTER REOPENING: As of October 9th, the State of Michigan is allowing banquet facilities to open for events with reduced capacity. This is great news! Masks and social distance restrictions are still in place, along with increased precautions in the preparation and serving of food and drink. Although they are not yet keeping regular office hours, if would like to discuss future bookings or other issues with the HCC staff, please contact Kathy at 313.303.6350 or email@example.com
DIVINE LITURGY BOOKS FOR SALE: Our parish bookstore is offering Divine Liturgy books for sale at cost for those who wish to follow along with the Divine Liturgy service during this time of pandemic. The books will be sold for $20 each. Parishioners are asked to bring their own book to church and take it home with them when they leave each week. For those not able to attend church at this time, books will also be available at the church office during business hours if you wish to follow along with the service from home.
QUESTIONS FOR FATHER TEODOR: In this unusual year with no regular Sunday School classes, Father Teodor will take a few minutes on Sunday mornings to answer questions from our young people (or adults!) about our faith. Questions can be submitted online using this link: https://forms.gle/7ae8mqd6DNSghbQs6
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER! And we have a winner!! Congratulations to Dimitra Serafim, who won first place in the Philoptochos Carrot Cake Competition! Actually the REAL winners were the Philo members attending yesterday's meeting, who got to sample the delicious cakes made by Dimitra, Carol Bozadzis, Chrys Schwartz, and Irene White!!
PANHELLENIC SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION: The Foundation is now accepting applications from eligible Greek American college students and will distribute $250,000 in scholarship awards ($20,000 given specifically for students studying music or arts) to exceptional undergraduates. Undergraduate students of Hellenic descent from all fifty states are encouraged to apply. Applications should be submitted electronically as instructed by January 31, 2021. For inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312) 357-6432.
VOLUNTEER USHERS NEEDED: With all the extra COVID procedures necessary for the church (taking temps, usher to seats, communion, bulletins, etc.) we need some extra support in the Narthex. We need men and women who are healthy, on the younger side, and able to get to church by 9:30 am. Please contact Annette at the church office, email@example.com or 734.525.6789 if you are able to volunteer for a Sunday service.
FEED THE NEEDY: All of our Sunday School families have received contribution folders for the Men’s Club John Koinis “Feed the Needy” program, providing Thanksgiving dinners to low-income family homes in Westland and Livonia. Donation envelopes for Feed the Needy are also available at the Pangari and in the church office. The Men’s Club golf outing, which is the primary fundraiser for the project was cancelled earlier this year, due to COVID 19 restrictions.
ICONOGRAPHY: We have reached 64% of our fundraising goals for our Iconography project! We are so grateful to the parish families that have already made a pledge to sponsor an icon. A list of icons still available for sponsorship is included in this Bulletin. For those who are interested, please talk to Father Teodor or contact the church office for more information.
DID YOU KNOW?
ST. ROMANOS, THE MELODIST: Today, our Church community observes National Church Music Ministry Sunday. It comes each year in the month of October, close to the feast day of Saint Romanos, the Melodist (October 1). St. Romanos flourished during the sixth century, which is considered to be the Golden Age of Byzantine hymnography.
According to legend, Romanos was not considered to be either a talented reader or singer. He was however, loved by the Patriarch of Constantinople because of his great humility. Once around the year 518, while serving in the Church of the Panagia at Blachaernae, he was assigned by the Patriarch to read the Kathisma verses and read so poorly that another reader had to take his place. Some of the lesser clergy ridiculed Romanos for this, and being humiliated he sat down in one of the choir stalls. Overcome by weariness and sorrow, he soon fell asleep. As he slept, the Theotokos (Mother of God) appeared to him in a dream with a scroll in her hand. She commanded him to eat the scroll, and as soon as he did so, he awoke.
He immediately received a blessing from the Patriarch, mounted the pulpit, and chanted extemporaneously his famous Kontakion of the Nativity, "Today the Virgin gives birth to Him Who is above all being…." The emperor, the patriarch, the clergy, and the entire congregation were amazed at both the profound theology of the hymn and Romanos' clear, beautiful voice as he sang. According to tradition, this was the very first kontakion ever sung. The Greek word "kontakion" (κοντάκιον) refers to the shaft on which a scroll is wound, hence the significance of the Theotokos' command for him to swallow a scroll, indicating that his compositions were by divine inspiration.
MEMORIAL SERVICE INFORMATION
Please call the church office to schedule memorials in a timely manner so we can include the information in the bulletin. On the day of the service, please bring a list of famnames you would like Father to remember in prayer. At this time, due to COVID restrictions, koliva that has been prepared for the memorial service cannot be distributed to parishioners, but will be returned to the family to take home. We are not currently allowed to have coffee hour, or distribute any cookies, paximadia or koulourakia.
Non-Orthodox Visitors Please Note: Holy Communion is offered to Orthodox Christians who have properly prepared themselves. Visitors are welcome to receive the Antidoron (Blessed Bread), which is distributed at the end of the Divine Liturgy.