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SEPTEMBER 11, 2022 – SUNDAY BEFORE HOLY CROSS
MADIAS AND CALAGIAS FAMILIES (Coffee Hour Sponsor)
May their memory be eternal!
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
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Sunday, September 11 SUNDAY BEFORE HOLY CROSS, Orthros 8:45, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am
Saints Constantine and Helen Church
Tuesday, September 13 VESPERS, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 14 FEAST DAY, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS, 10:00 am
Both services, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Farmington Hills
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.
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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Brenda, Panagiota, Nicholas, Vicki, Susan, Tom, Suzanne, Tom, Thomas, Jim, Panagioti, Gloria, Evans, Phyllis, Marti, Marty, Janet, John, Paul, Zacharias, Vanessa (Vasiliki), Jake, Maegan, Irene, Lisa, Pat, Jonathan, Alexandra, Tracy, Dianna, Betty, Catherine, Susan, Evelyn, Gregg, Peter, Ann Marie, Vasilios, Carol, George, Demetri, Steve, Molly, Maria, Elizabeth, Katherine, Mary, Margaret, Angela, Bill, Carrie, Vito, Pete, Amalia, Stephanie, Lisa, Anastasia, Kylie, Effie, Nicholas, and Maria. Names may be added to the prayer list by request. If you would like to add a name to the prayer list, or if there is a name that should be removed from 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 Galatians 6:11-18.
Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
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 Γαλάτας 6:11-18.
Ἀδελφοί, ἴδετε πηλίκοις ὑμῖν γράμμασιν ἔγραψα τῇ ἐμῇ χειρί. Ὅσοι θέλουσιν εὐπροσωπῆσαι ἐν σαρκί, οὗτοι ἀναγκάζουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, μόνον ἵνα μὴ τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ Χριστοῦ διώκωνται. Οὐδὲ γὰρ οἱ περιτετμημένοι αὐτοὶ νόμον φυλάσσουσιν, ἀλλὰ θέλουσιν ὑμᾶς περιτέμνεσθαι, ἵνα ἐν τῇ ὑμετέρᾳ σαρκὶ καυχήσωνται. Ἐμοὶ δὲ μὴ γένοιτο καυχᾶσθαι εἰ μὴ ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ· διʼ οὗ ἐμοὶ κόσμος ἐσταύρωται, κἀγὼ τῷ κόσμῳ. Ἐν γὰρ Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ οὔτε περιτομή τι ἰσχύει, οὔτε ἀκροβυστία, ἀλλὰ καινὴ κτίσις. Καὶ ὅσοι τῷ κανόνι τούτῳ στοιχήσουσιν, εἰρήνη ἐπʼ αὐτούς, καὶ ἔλεος, καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ θεοῦ. Τοῦ λοιποῦ, κόπους μοι μηδεὶς παρεχέτω· ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα τοῦ κυρίου Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. Ἡ χάρις τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ μετὰ τοῦ πνεύματος ὑμῶν, ἀδελφοί. Ἀμήν.
Sunday before Holy Cross
The Reading is from John 3:13-17
The Lord said, "No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him."
Sunday before Holy Cross
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 3:13-17
Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· καὶ οὐδεὶς ἀναβέβηκεν εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εἰ μὴ ὁ ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καταβάς, ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ὁ ὤν ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ. καὶ καθὼς Μωϋσῆς ὕψωσε τὸν ὄφιν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, οὕτως ὑψωθῆναι δεῖ τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ' ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. Οὕτω γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ' ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον. οὐ γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἵνα κρίνῃ τὸν κόσμον, ἀλλ' ἵνα σωθῇ ὁ κόσμος δι' αὐτοῦ.
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES:
SUNDAY SCHOOL STARTS TODAY! The first day of Sunday School is today, Sunday, September 11th. Please go to the St. Cons website and register your young people, ages 4 – 18, online for the upcoming Sunday School year. Registration will also be available today in person. Prior to communion, Father will speak directly with the children for 5 minutes or so, then they will take communion and go with their Sunday School teachers to their classroom. Please plan to stay for fellowship after church, as our HOPE and JOY groups will host coffee hour for all of our parishioners following today’s Divine Liturgy!
TLC LUNCHEON: Join us for our first TLC (Tuesday Lunch Club) of the season this Tuesday, September 13th at 12:00 noon. We will have a special welcome to fall luncheon, all ages are welcome. Lunch will be $15/person. Please RSVP to Caryl Lowes or the church office at 734.525.6789 no later than September 9th.
FALL, FASHION AND PHILANTHROPY: Our St. Helen Philoptochos will sponsor a Fashion Show and Brunch on Saturday, September 17th. Brunch, Dessert, and Cash Bar with Mimosas and other specialty drinks; Women’s fashions; Raffles and Shopping; and lots of great fun! Tickets are $25/person, $10/children 10 and under. Advance reservations only - for more information or to purchase tickets, contact Carol Bozadzis 248.471.4368 or Joy Kisabeth, 734.673.4400.
SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION BRUNCH: Following the Divine Liturgy service on Sunday September 25th, we will be offering a complimentary brunch in the Hellenic Cultural Center to honor and recognize those generous donors who sponsored Icons in this preliminary phase of our Iconography Project. All are welcome to join and celebrate our beautiful new iconography and those who helped to make it possible. Those who have sponsored icons, please RSVP to the church office with the number of people who will be in attendance.
BIBLE STUDY: Our Adult Bible Study meetings will begin on Tuesday, September 20 (NOT September 13th, as previously stated) via the ZOOM platform. We will continue our study of the Book of Matthew. ZOOM LINK is: https://zoom.us/j/7345256789, Meeting ID: 734 525 6789. All adults are welcome to join, no pre-registration is required.
GREEK SCHOOL CLASSES: Saints Constantine and Helen – Nativity of the Virgin Mary GOC joint ministry, “The Three Hierarchs” Greek School will be starting soon! Register now for Greek classes at every level, for children and adults. Online registration is available now for Children at: https://www.jotform.com/220619417930051; and for Adults at: https://form.jotform.com/222486354136154. For more information, contact Program Director, Anna Liakou-Hentnik, firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-425-2321
HOPE AND JOY LUNCHEON: Our HOPE and JOY groups will meet after church on Sunday, October 2nd for a delicious lunch, fun fall crafts, and an opportunity to ask Father Teodor questions about our faith. RSVP to Frances Marinos, email@example.com
GOYA MEETING: Our first GOYA meeting of the year will be held in the board room on Sunday October 16th following church. All young people, ages 12 – 18 welcome to join.
FALL FESTIVAL: Mark Your Calendars! Our annual Fall Festival will be held on Friday, October 28th! Join us in the Hellenic Cultural Center for fun and food for kids of all ages!
NEWS AND NOTICES:
SAINT GEORGE GREEK FEST: OPA!Our sister church, St. George GOC in Southgate will be having their annual Greek Fest next Sunday, September 18th. Enjoy authentic Greek food and pastries, Greek music and Dance in their covered pavilion and beautiful park.
MCOC YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE: The Motor City Orthodox Conference for Young Adults, “What is Servant Leadership?” will be held at the Hotel St. Regis, Detroit, from November 4 – 6, 2022. Keynote Speaker is Steve Christoforou. Our parish will assist those parishioners, ages 21 – 40, with conference registration fees. Those interested in attending should speak directly to Fr. Teodor. . For additional conference information and registration, www.motorcityorthodox.org
GOYA CANS AND BOTTLES: This is the final week to bring in returnable cans and bottles for the GOYA fund-raising drive. Last day for drop off is Sunday September 11th.
MEMORIAL SERVICES: Please call the church office to schedule all memorials and coffee hour sponsorships at least two weeks in advance. On the day of the service, please bring a list of family names you would like Father to remember in prayer. Koliva will be distributed at the coffee hour; if you wish to bring in paximadia, koulourakia, or other dry cookie it may also be distributed. Coffee Hour sponsorship is not required, however the church is grateful to those who wish to make a sponsorship donation of $150, and the HCC will set up a table with cloth and coffee, etc. for your family.
SERVICES AND SACRAMENTS
September 10th – GEORGE RODOPOULOS to VANESSA DAWSON
September 9th – CHRYSOULA (CHRIS) BETSISTAS
May her memory be eternal!
DID YOU KNOW? EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS
The Feast of the Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross is celebrated each year on September 14. The Feast commemorates the finding of the True Cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine.
In the twentieth year of his reign (326), the Emperor Constantine sent his mother Saint Helen to Jerusalem to venerate the holy places and to find the site of the Holy Sepulchre and of the Cross. Relying upon the oral tradition of the faithful, Saint Helen found the precious Cross together with the crosses of the two thieves crucified with our Lord. However, Helen had no way of determining which was the Cross of Christ.
With the healing of a dying woman who touched one of the crosses, Patriarch Macarius of Jerusalem identified the True Cross of Christ. Saint Helen and her court venerated the Precious and Life-Giving Cross along with many others who came to see this great instrument of Redemption.
The Patriarch mounted the ambo (pulpit) and lifted the Cross with both hands so that all of the people gathered could see it. The crowd responded with "Lord have mercy".
This became the occasion of the institution in all of the Churches of the Exaltation of the Precious Cross, not only in memory of the event of the finding of the Cross, but also to celebrate how an instrument of shame was used to overcome death and bring salvation and eternal life.
The Feast is an opportunity outside of the observances of Holy Week to celebrate the full significance of the victory of the Cross over the powers of the world, and the triumph of the wisdom of God through the Cross over the wisdom of this world. This Feast also gives the Church an opportunity to relish the full glory of the Cross as a source of light, hope and victory for Christ's people. It is also a time to celebrate the universality of the work of redemption accomplished through the Cross: the entire universe is seen through the light of the Cross, the new Tree of Life which provides nourishment for those who have been redeemed in Christ.