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March 27, 2022 - Sunday of The Holy Cross
SERVICES THIS WEEK:
We strongly encourage those who will not be attending church to participate in services through our website at https://www.stcons.org/video-streaming If you wish to follow along with the text, please use the link listed below: https://dcs.goarch.org/
Wednesday, March 30 – PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY, 5:30 pm
Service will be followed by a lecture by Fr. Mark Siestema, Holy Trinity, Lansing on the icons of the Baptism of Christ, Transfiguration, Resurrection of Lazarus, and Palm Sunday.; and a Lenten Pot Luck supper in the Hellenic Cultural Center.
Friday, March 25 – SALUTATIONS TO THE THEOTOKOS, 6:00 pm
Saints Constantine and Helen Church, Westland
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 be lit 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:
Jim, Panagioti, Gloria, Evans, Phyllis, Christina, Cynthia, Marti, Marty, Janet, Patricia, Juliana, John, Paul, Zacharias, Connie, Vanessa (Vasiliki), Jake, Maegan, Irene, Lisa, Pat, Jonathan, Alexandra, Tracy, Dianna, Lazarus, Betty, Catherine, Susan, Evelyn, Gregg, Peter, Ann Marie, Vasilios, Carol, George, Demetri, Steve, Molly, Maria, Elizabeth, Evans, Katherine, Mary, Margaret, Angela, Connie, Bill, Carrie, Vito, Pete, Amalia, Stephanie, Lisa, Anastasia, Rima, Kylie, Effie, Nicholas, and Maria.
Names may be added to the prayer list by request. If you would like to add or remove someone to the prayer list, please contact the church office at email@example.com
Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Mode. Psalm 27.9,1.
O Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.
Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-6.
BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee"; as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek."
Προκείμενον. Plagal Second Mode. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 27.9,1.
Σῶσον, Κύριε τὸν λαὸν σου καὶ εὐλόγησον τὴν κληρονομίαν σου.
Στίχ. Πρὸς σἐ, Κύριε, κεκράξομαι ὁ Θεός μου.
τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 4:14-16, 5:1-6.
Ἀδελφοί, ἔχοντες οὖν ἀρχιερέα μέγαν, διεληλυθότα τοὺς οὐρανούς, Ἰησοῦν τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ θεοῦ, κρατῶμεν τῆς ὁμολογίας. Οὐ γὰρ ἔχομεν ἀρχιερέα μὴ δυνάμενον συμπαθῆσαι ταῖς ἀσθενείαις ἡμῶν, πεπειραμένον δὲ κατὰ πάντα καθʼ ὁμοιότητα, χωρὶς ἁμαρτίας. Προσερχώμεθα οὖν μετὰ παρρησίας τῷ θρόνῳ τῆς χάριτος, ἵνα λάβωμεν ἔλεον, καὶ χάριν εὕρωμεν εἰς εὔκαιρον βοήθειαν. Πᾶς γὰρ ἀρχιερεύς, ἐξ ἀνθρώπων λαμβανόμενος, ὑπὲρ ἀνθρώπων καθίσταται τὰ πρὸς τὸν θεόν, ἵνα προσφέρῃ δῶρά τε καὶ θυσίας ὑπὲρ ἁμαρτιῶν· μετριοπαθεῖν δυνάμενος τοῖς ἀγνοοῦσιν καὶ πλανωμένοις, ἐπεὶ καὶ αὐτὸς περίκειται ἀσθένειαν· καὶ διὰ ταύτην ὀφείλει, καθὼς περὶ τοῦ λαοῦ, οὕτως καὶ περὶ ἑαυτοῦ, προσφέρειν ὑπὲρ ἁμαρτιῶν. Καὶ οὐχ ἑαυτῷ τις λαμβάνει τὴν τιμήν, ἀλλὰ καλούμενος ὑπὸ τοῦ θεοῦ, καθάπερ καὶ Ἀαρών. Οὕτως καὶ ὁ Χριστὸς οὐχ ἑαυτὸν ἐδόξασεν γενηθῆναι ἀρχιερέα, ἀλλʼ ὁ λαλήσας πρὸς αὐτόν, Υἱός μου εἶ σύ, ἐγὼ σήμερον γεγέννηκά σε. Καθὼς καὶ ἐν ἑτέρῳ λέγει, Σὺ ἱερεὺς εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα κατὰ τὴν τάξιν Μελχισεδέκ.
Sunday of the Holy Cross
The Reading is from Mark 8:34-38; 9:1
The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels." And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."
Sunday of the Holy Cross
Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 8:34-38, 9:1
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Εἴ τις θέλει ὀπίσω μου ἐλθεῖν, ἀπαρνησάσθω ἑαυτὸν καὶ ἀράτω τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ἀκολουθείτω μοι. ὃς γὰρ ἂν θέλῃ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ σῶσαι, ἀπολέσει αὐτήν· ὃς δ᾿ ἂν ἀπολέσῃ τὴν ἑαυτοῦ ψυχὴν ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου, οὗτος σώσει αὐτήν. τί γὰρ ὠφελήσει ἄνθρωπον ἐὰν κερδήσῃ τὸν κόσμον ὅλον, καὶ ζημιωθῇ τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ; ἢ τί δώσει ἄνθρωπος ἀντάλλαγμα τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ; ὃς γὰρ ἐὰν ἐπαισχυνθῇ με καὶ τοὺς ἐμοὺς λόγους ἐν τῇ γενεᾷ ταύτῃ τῇ μοιχαλίδι καὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ, καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπαισχυνθήσεται αὐτὸν ὅταν ἔλθῃ ἐν τῇ δόξῃ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ μετὰ τῶν ἀγγέλων τῶν ἁγίων. Καὶ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι εἰσί τινες τῶν ὧδε ἑστηκότων, οἵτινες οὐ μὴ γεύσωνται θανάτου ἕως ἂν ἴδωσι τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐληλυθυῖαν ἐν δυνάμει.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
PRESANCTIFIED LITURGY/ICONOGRAPHY/POT LUCK SUPPERS: Each Wednesday evening during Lent, following the 5:30pm Presanctified Liturgy service, there will be a presentation on our new iconography and a complimentary Lenten Pot-Luck Supper in the HCC. Bring a Lenten dish to pass if you can! The schedule is as follows:
Both the services and the lectures will be available via live video-feed on the parish website, www.stcons.org, if you are unable to attend in person.
HOPE AND JOY EASTER BASKET BRUNCH: Our children, ages 4 – 12 and their families are invited to join us on April 3rd for an “Easter Basket Brunch”! We will put together Easter baskets to be given to low-income children, have fun craft activities, and learn about Holy Week and Easter from Fr. Teodor! Please RSPV to Frances Marinos at 734.776.4484 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 27th if your family can attend. We are also in need of GOYA and teenvolunteers.
GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: The Detroit Greek Independence Day Parade will be held on Sunday, April 10th, starting at 3:00 pm on Monroe Street in Detroit’s Greektown Historic District. His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America will be in attendance. Please plan to walk the parade route with your family in the Saints Constantine and Helen Church group!
PALM SUNDAY LUNCH: After church on April 17th, we will have our annual Palm Sunday Lunch. Let’s begin Holy Week together with our parish family! The menu includes baked White Fish, Fried Calamari, Shrimp and Rice, Pasta, Roasted Potatoes, Peas, Salad Fries, and Sorbet. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $15 for children. There will be open seating, ONLY FULL TABLES SOLD IN ADVANCE WILL BE RESERVED. Buy your tickets in advance and skip the line! Tickets will be available for sale at coffee hour and in the church office.
FRIDAY SALUTATIONS/CONFESSION: The remaining Friday night Salutations to the Theotokos services will be held at 6:00 pm. We will still be having our Lenten Seafood Buffet and Carry Out in the Hellenic Cultural Center on Fridays, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm until April 15th. Father Teodor will be available after the service on Friday, April 8th or by appointment for confession.
COMMUNION VISITS: Fr. Teodor will be making visits to our home-bound parishioners to offer communion from April 4th – April 15th. If you, or someone you know is unable to attend church and would like to receive communion before Holy Week, please call the church office to schedule a visit.
COCC VESPERS: Each Sunday evening throughout Lent the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches holds a Vespers service at a different area Orthodox church, beginning at 6:00 pm. Tonight’s 3/27/22 service will be held at St. George Romanion Cathedral, Southfield. Fr. Michael Varlamos will serve as Homilist. All are welcome. For a full schedule, visit their website at www.coccdetroit.org
NEWS AND NOTICES:
ICON DONATIONS: Our Sunday School will continue accepting donations through the Saturday of Lazarus (April 16th) of used icons to be sent to the Orthodox Public Action Project, to distribute to Orthodox Christians facing religious persecution in the Middle East and South Africa. Please leave your icons in the basket in the Narthex when you come to church.
UKRAINE RELIEF FUND: Together, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) have started a fund to raise $1 million for both immediate and long-term support of the Ukrainian people. A tray will be passed in church next Sunday, April 3rd to collect donations for this joint fundraising effort. Checks should be made out to Saints Constantine and Helen, with “Ukraine Relief” written in the notes.
FAITH ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIPS – Awards ranging up to $12,000 will be given to graduating high school seniors entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall of 2022 at a 4-year accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be of Greek Orthodox faith and member of a parish. For questions, please call (212) 803-9363 or email email@example.com.
“SENSE-SATIONAL” VCS - SAVE THE DATES! Our Vacation Church School will be held the week of August 8th – 12th. This year we will focus on the 5 Senses – sight, hearing, taste, touch, smell – as we help our kids connect with our unseen, untouchable God through their physical senses. If you have a young person between the ages of 4 and 12, save this week for learning about our faith, making new friends, and big fun! Teens ages 13 – 18 are needed to work as volunteers, teacher’s aids, etc. We also need adult help that week with teaching, crafts, and outside play. If you can help, contact Frances Marinos at fmarinos @comcast.net or the church office.
MEMORIAL SERVICES: Koliva that has been prepared for memorial services can now be distributed to parishioners at the end of service. Requested Coffee Hour sponsorship donation is $150, and the HCC will set up a table with cloth and coffee, etc. for your family. Paximadia and koulourakia may also be distributed at the coffee hour. Please call the church office to schedule memorials and coffee hour sponsorships in a timely manner so we can include the information in the bulletin. On the day of the service, please bring a list of family names you would like Father to remember in prayer.
WE’RE HIRING! We are looking for staff to fill several positions at the Hellenic Cultural Center, including servers, event managers, bartenders, office staff, and maintenance. If you are interested, or know somebody who might be a good fit, please talk to Nicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734.525.3550; or the church office.
STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE: If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to submit your 2022 Stewardship Pledge card today. You ae not considered a member in good standing at the parish, unless this card is completed each year. Stewardship Pledge cards are available at the Pangari or the church office. Parishioners can also complete the 2022 Stewardship Pledge Card online from our website, or at this direct link: https://form.jotform.com/220062911610138
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.