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SEPTEMBER 10, 2023 – SUNDAY BEFORE HOLY CROSS
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SERVICES THIS WEEK:
Sunday, September – 10th - SUNDAY BEFORE HOLY CROSS, Orthros 8:45 am, Divine Liturgy 10:00 am Saints Constantine and Helen Church, Westland
Wednesday, September 13th – VESPERS, ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS, 7:00 pm
Holy Cross Church, Farmington Hills
Thursday, September 14th - ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS, Orthros 9:00 am, Divine Liturgy, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Church, Farmington Hills
VIDEO ARCHIVE: Previously recorded Sunday Divine Liturgy services are archived and available on our website! Go to https://www.stcons.org/video-streaming and you can click on the service you would like to view.
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: John, Nick, Christopher, Sarantos, George, David, Marcos, Evangela, Lela, Doris, Dawn, Panagioti, Nannette, Joanna, Suzanne, Lambrine, Nick, Fotini, Niki, George, Matthew, Tom, Stefanos, Georgia, Leonidas, Gus, Connie, Maria, Brenda, Panagiota, Nicholas, Vicki, Susan, 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, Angela, Bill, Carrie, Vito, Pete, Amalia, Stephanie, Lisa, Anastasia, Kylie, Effie, Nicholas, and Maria.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
WELCOME BACK LUNCHEON: All are invited to stay after the Divine Liturgy TODAY, Sunday, September 10th, for a complimentary “Welcome Back” luncheon in the Hellenic Cultural Center. Since today is also the first day of Sunday School, and there will be a few extra surprises in store!
SUNDAY SCHOOL The first day of Sunday School is TODAY, September 10th! Some of the classrooms have changed, be sure to check the signage outside the door when you go to pick up your children after the service. It’s not too late to register your Pre-K to High School child today; registration forms are available in the church office (online registration link in electronic bulletin.) Our religious education program teaches our young people about Orthodox Faith. For more information, contact: Frances Marinos email@example.com
PHILOPTOCHOS FASHION SHOW: Tickets are on sale now for our St. Helen Philoptochos “Sweater Weather – Fall Fashion, and Philanthropy” event on Saturday, September 16th. There will be a delicious brunch, fashion show, shopping, raffles and more! Tickets will not be sold at the door, but can be purchased at today’s coffee hour, and are $35/person, $10 for children under 12. For group reservations or more information, contact Pam Avdoulos at 248.568.5060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ADULT BIBLE STUDY Our Adult Bible Study group will begin meeting again THIS TUESDAY, September 12th at 7:00 pm. The group meets each Tuesday evening on the ZOOM platform. ZOOM LINK is: https://zoom.us/j/7345256789, Meeting ID: 734 525 6789. All adults are welcome to join, as we resume our study of the Book of Matthew. No pre-registration is required.
GOYA MEETING: There will be a GOYA Meeting next Sunday, September 17th, in the Board room following Sunday School. Young people 7th – 12th grade, please plan to attend. For more information, email@example.com
UPCOMING GREEK FESTIVALS: Support our sister churches!
NEWS AND NOTICES:
GLITZ AUCTION ITEMS: We are collecting both live and silent auction items for our “Putting on the Glitz” Auction and Dinner to be held on November 12th. At this time, we are especially trying to secure large items, such as trips, hotel stays, sports tickets, event tickets, etc. We are also looking for donations of services, and silent auction items. Please notify Annette at firstname.lastname@example.org about any donation opportunities.
GREEKFEST PLANNING: It’s time to start planning for next year’s GreekFest! If you are interested in working on a planning committee for our festival, to be held in February 2024, contact Dean Peretsakis at email@example.com
MANY THANKS! Thank you to all who donated school supplies, supporting our Philoptochos effort on behalf of FOCUS Detroit. Thanks to your generosity, many low-income Detroit area children will have new supplies for a successful school year!
HOPE & JOY CORNER: Starting next Sunday, September 17,our HOPE and JOY team will have a special table at coffee hour just for kids! Each week, this table will be a gathering place for children to stop by and participate in quick/fun activities! The table will also offer parents a central place for information about St Cons’ youth programming, upcoming events, activities, and opportunities for our kids and families. Our HOPE and JOY groups are for children K - 6th grade. The first HOPE and JOY family event will take place after church on Sunday, October 22nd. If you have any questions please reach out to Lisa Madias (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Zoe Miller (email@example.com)
AND DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THESE ADDITIONAL YOUTH PROGRAMS!
ALTAR BOYS: Contact: Fr. Teodor Petrutiu firstname.lastname@example.org or Pete Simakas email@example.com
BIDDY BASKETBALL: Contact: Joy Kisabeth firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Requested Coffee Hour sponsorship donation is $150, and the HCC will set up a table with cloth and coffee, etc. for your family. 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.
REMEMBER THE CHURCH IN YOUR WILL:You’ve supported the church your whole life, remembering us in your estate plan will help the church when you’re gone. Consult your estate planner or contact the Church office for information. We are grateful to our parishioners who have left bequests to the church in the last few years. Their loving legacy made a big difference! May their memory be eternal.
DID YOU KNOW? THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
The Nativity of the Theotokos is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on September 8. The Holy Virgin and Theotokos Mary was born to elderly and previously barren parents by the names of Joachim and Anna, in answer to their prayers. Orthodox Christians do not hold to the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, in which it is supposed that Mary was preserved from the ancestral sin that befalls us all as descendants of Adam and Eve, in anticipation of her giving birth to the sinless Christ. The Orthodox believe that Mary indeed received the ancestral sin, having been conceived in the normal way of humanity, and thus needed salvation like all mankind.