St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2020-03-15
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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (781) 237-5561
  • Fax:
  • (781) 237-8612
  • Street Address:

  • 57 Brown Street

  • Weston, MA 02493

Contact Information

Services Schedule

Matins Sunday - 8:30 a.m. Weekdays - 9:00 a.m.

Liturgy Sunday - 9:30 a.m. Weekdays - 9:30 a.m.

Past Bulletins

St. Demetrios Calendar

- Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 8:30 am

MONDAY, March 16
- Great Compline, 6 pm

- Presanctified Divine Liturgy, 10 am

THURSDAY, March 19
- Parish Council Meeting, 7 pm
- Choir Rehearsal, 7 pm

FRIDAY, March 20
- Philoptochos Lenten Retreat
- Salutations, 7 pm

SATURDAY, March 14
- Philoptochos Lenten Retreat
- Hellenic Nursing Home

- Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 8:30 am
- Church School
- Greek Dancing


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Plagal Second Tone. 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 1:10-14; 2:1-3.

"IN THE BEGINNING, Thou, Lord, didst found the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of thy hands; they will perish, but thou remainest; they will all grow old like a garment, like a mantle thou wilt roll them up, and they will be changed. But thou art the same, and thy years will never end." But to what angel has he ever said, "Sit at my right hand, till I make thy enemies a stool for thy feet?" Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?

Therefore we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the message declared by angels was valid and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him.

Gospel Reading

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas
The Reading is from Mark 2:1-12

At that time, Jesus entered Capernaum and it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, not even about the door; and he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven." Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak thus? It is a blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, "Why do you question thus in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Rise, take up your pallet and walk? But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins"-he said to the paralytic-"I say to you, rise, take up your pallet and go home." And he rose, and immediately took up the pallet and went out before them all; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"


Readings and Information

Today’s Epistle Reading (Hebrews 1:10-14; 2:1-3) is found on page 138 in your spiral Gospel and Epistle Book.

Today’s Gospel Reading (Mark 2:1-12) is found on page 139 in your spiral Gospel and Epistle Book.

Resurrectional Apolytikion, “Angelic powers appeared” is found on page 105 in your Blue Liturgy Book.

Thanksgiving prayers, for after Communion, are found on page 91 in your Blue Liturgy Book.

TODAY’S USHERS: George Doukas, Captain; Arthur Stameris; Jack Markis; David Newkirk; Tom Gennis,
Arthur Tzouganatos, Tim Marken, Sam Johnson.

TODAY’S MEMORIAL: 40 days for Anna Iatridis; 1 year for Basil Moskos; 2 years for Demetra Safiol; 3 years for James (Jimmy) Philopoulos; 3 years for Samuel George.

TODAY’S FELLOWSHIP HOUR: is graciously hosted by Nick and Mary Philopoulos.

TODAY’S GREETERS: Cindi Dabrowski.


Parish News and Events

REGARDING COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To ensure the communities safety regarding COVID-19, please refer to the guidelines that were emailed to the community, posted on our website and made available at the candle stands. To summarize, if you are feeling ill or have flu-like
symptoms, please stay home and worship with us online. Please keep your hands clean by washing them regularly or
sanitizing them. Please refrain from kissing Holy Icons, kissing the hands of the clergy, embracing one another during the Kiss of Peace or in greeting one another. The Holy Eucharist will be distributed as usual. We thank you for your
cooperation in abiding by these new guidelines and efforts. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to email, call, or speak with Fr. Nick or Fr. Vinnie.


Out of an abundance of caution we have decided to cancel the following upcoming events and ministries: this
Sunday’s Church School, this Monday’s Orthodox Life, and Tuesday’s Greek School. As each week progresses, we will reevaluate and communicate our future plan via email and this bulletin. This is not an easy decision to make, especially so early into our Lenten Journey. Please continue to pray for one another and for those throughout the world who need our prayers today and everyday.  Let us focus on our faith and hope in Jesus our Lord. As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Additionally, the following events are cancelled:Philoptochos Lenten Retreat; Greek Independence Day Parade. We will update you if anything else changes.



The Lenten season is underway and the bookstore has a variety of Lenten books as well as crosses, icons and many other religious items. Some of the Lenten books include:  Great Week and Pascha in the Greek Orthodox Church by Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas, Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann and The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus.  The children’s books include:  Holy Week and Pascha and The Miracle of the Red Egg and many others.


Throughout Lent there are opportunities to sponsor flowers for the altar as well as for the icon of the Theotokos. If you are interested in sponsoring in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion  please contact the church
office for more details on available dates.


Applications welcome from high school seniors, undergrad/grad students and law/medical school students.
Deadline: April 17, 2020. Applications can be accessed at:
For questions contact Nancy Agris Savage at


The Lenten Young Adult Retreat will be the weekend of March 27th-29th at MBC. If you are interested in
attending please email


On March Friday, March 20th to Saturday, March 21st join us at the St. Methodios Retreat Centerr in Contoocook, NH for a retreat. The theme this year is Developing A Sacred Space. Cost: $165.00 double room, $225.00 single room. This includes three meals. Sign up at the Philoptochos table during fellowship hour or by emailing Pres. Elaine Krommydas at ‚Äč or Nikki Stournaras at ‚Äč


The next meeting of the Senior Guild is on the 25th of March (Annunciation of the Theotokos) following Divine Liturgy. We will discuss our future plans for this year. I would like to thank the ladies who cook, serve, and clean- up after us. I would like our Senior Guild Members to reflect on what the Annunciation means. This is the beginning of our Theotokos being informed by the Archangel Gabriel that she would become the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! It is also Greek Independence Day. These are two very important events for our Greek Orthodox Church. Please come and join us for a delicious meal, and friendship. If you have any questions please contact Artemis Martakis @ (508) 785-0045. The Senior Guild hopes to see you there.


Starting on Clean Monday and continuing throughout the Monday’s of Lent we will be reading and discussing the book, “The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem” by Marcus Borg and John Crossan. This reading and discussion will be guided by Dr. James Skedros. Classes will begin immediately following Great Compline. Dates: March 23, 30 and April 6. Books will be available for purchase on the night of for $11 or you can purchase the book on Amazon. If you have any questions or concerns contact Fr. Vinnie at


To view images from the event visit:

You can download a complimentary websize/watermarked image and also purchase prints or digital files as needed. For more information, contact Areti Bratsis at 508-698–0150 or

60th Anniversary Commemorative Album

The 60th Anniversary Commemorative Album committee is hard at work!  The album will be published in late Spring 2020. Please consider purchasing an ad in the album,  It’s a wonderful way to send a congratulatory message to the
community, honor the memory of a loved one, celebrate your family or feature a business. The form can be found at:

In addition, we are currently collecting photos to include in the album.  If you have any high quality photos from the last 60 years that you would like to submit for consideration, please do so by emailing them to or mailing them to Album Committee c/o St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church,
Weston, MA 02493.  We are particularly interested in group photos from the last 20 years.  With each submission, please identify who is in the photo as well as when and where the photo was taken.  


Discover the rich collection of inspirational books for adults and children in our bookstore.  The collection includes outstanding texts, written by our very own clergy and parishioners.  There are also beautiful icons, St. Demetrios crosses and prayer bracelets from various Greek monasteries.


It has come to our attention that someone is sending fraudulent emails pretending to be Fr. Nick and asking for electronic gift cards. Please do not respond to this message and immediately mark as spam and delete. Many of the emails are being sent from a gmail email account– our parish email addresses are not associated with gmail. They will have “” as the ending.St. Demetrios and its priests will never ask for funds via electronic gift cards ever. If you have any questions or concerns please call the main office, 781-237-5561.


Check out the magazine "Cyprus Today" which is available for circulation.  If interested, you are welcomed to
borrow. So we can keep track of the interest of these magazines, please fill in your last name and the dates (month and year) on the label on the back cover.  Allowed check out period is one month.


Philoptochos is delighted to offer their St. Christine's Catering Program. Visit  the church website under the Philoptochos page to view the ordering menu. Thanks for using the Philoptochos Catering.


If you would like to sponsor altar flowers in memory of loved ones or in honor of a special occasion please contact the church office for more details on available dates.

The calendar is open for any one wishing to sponsor coffee hour this coming year. If you are interested please contact Pam Brody at 781-864-6427. 

As the Church School year comes to a start, we ask that everyone assist us by waiting patiently in your seats for the children to receive Holy Communion first so that they may get to their classes.

In order to facilitate this process as efficiently as possible, we ask that Church School Teachers, Children and their parents be dismissed first for communion. All other parishioners are asked to stay in their seats and wait for the ushers to dismiss their row. We appreciate your patience and your support!

We miss you when you are not with us! If you need a ride to and from church consider taking the St. Demetrios Ortho-Taxi service.  If you are interested call the church office (781-237-5561) by Friday at noon for Sunday Liturgy, or two days in advance for other services or events. You will receive a call from your driver to arrange pick-up times. The roundtrip fare is $5 to be donated to the Senior Guild.

We are looking for additional people to help greet/welcome our parishioners to church on Sunday mornings. All those who are interested in being a part of this wonderful program please contact Angel Hatgelakas through Marianne at the church office. Tel: 781-237-5561 or email: Thank you.

If you are interested in joining the Usher Team please contact Georgia Gefteas at or 978-973-7476.

The webpage of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has a great amount of resources for anyone looking to learn more about the faith. You can find the daily readings of the church, information about saints, what we believe, and prayers for any occasion. Additionally, you can stay up to date with news that affects us as Christians. Be sure to check regularly!

Located near HCHC in Brookline, the Philoxenia House offers a home and hospitality to patients and those who accompany them while they are undergoing treatment in the Boston area.  For several years a few of us visit the home twice a year to try to brighten their lives by planting flowers.  This is a joy for us.  For more information regarding this ministry please contact Betty Titus, 781.237.4748, or Eleanor Spiliakos, 978.443.3746.

Being asked this during our festival a number of times — we as Orthodox Christians ought to respond:

“The Orthodox Christian Church is a worldwide body of believers who  confess and worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God, as Lord and Messiah. This body has a tangible and continuous history of Christian faith and practice from the time of Christ’s Apostles. The use of the adjective ‘orthodox’ to describe the Church dates back to the earliest centuries and was applied to those Christians who maintained the tradition transmitted by Christ’s Apostles (1 Thess 2:15)”

Come and visit the Fr. Manikas Library and check out one of our many books on a variety of different topics. After Divine Liturgy, please stop by the library and see what we have to offer. See Cindi Dabrowski in the library for assistance on picking out a selection to take home and further your knowledge of our faith.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has developed and released a Daily Readings App for iOS and Android. It offers the daily Epistle and Gospel readings of the day as well as the saints that are commemorated on that day. Furthermore, it offers prayers,  dates of future Feast Days and fasting guidelines.

It’s a great resource that is offered by our Archdiocese. Sign into your app store and download it today!

The National Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries offers a weekly web video series on YouTube called “Be the Bee” each week a question or theme about our faith is answered in just 5 minutes! Check out this new and interesting approach to learning about our faith! Go to: to see the entire series! 


Saints and Feasts

March 15

Agapius the Martyr & His Companions

The holy Martyrs contested for piety's sake during the reign of Diocletian (284-305), when Urban was Governor of Caesarea of Palestine. When Urban had commanded that together with a heathen festival, certain condemned Christians be publicly cast to wild beasts, Timolaus, a native of Pontus, Dionysius of Tripolis in Phoenicia, Romulus of Diospolis, Plesius (or Paisius) and Alexander from Egypt, and another Alexander from Gaza, tied their own hands and presented themselves to Urban when the exhibition was about to begin, professing their faith in Christ; they were immediately cast into prison. A few days later Agapios and Dionysius also presented themselves. All were beheaded together at Caesarea. Their martyrdom is recorded by Eusebius (Eccl. Hist.,Book VIII, ch.3, called The Martyrs of Palestine).

March 15

Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas

This divine Father, who was from Asia Minor, was from childhood reared in the royal court of Constantinople, where he was instructed in both religious and secular wisdom. Later, while still a youth, he left the imperial court and struggled in asceticism on Mount Athos, and in the Skete at Beroea. He spent some time in Thessalonica being treated for an illness that came from his harsh manner of life. He was present in Constantinople at the Council that was convened in 1341 against Barlaam of Calabria, and at the Council of 1347 against Acindynus, who was of like mind with Barlaam; Barlaam and Acindynus claimed that the grace of God is created. At both these Councils, the Saint contended courageously for the true dogmas of the Church of Christ, teaching in particular that divine grace is not created, but is the uncreated energies of God which are poured forth throughout creation: otherwise it would be impossible, if grace were created, for man to have genuine communion with the uncreated God. In 1347 he was appointed Metropolitan of Thessalonica. He tended his flock in an apostolic manner for some twelve years, and wrote many books and treatises on the most exalted doctrines of our Faith; and having lived for a total of sixty-three years, he reposed in the Lord in 1359.

His holy relics are kept in the Cathedral of Thessalonica. A full service was composed for his feast day by the Patriarch Philotheus in 1368, when it was established that his feast be celebrated on this day. Since works without right faith avail nothing, we set Orthodoxy of faith as the foundation of all that we accomplish during the Fast, by celebrating the Triumph of Orthodoxy the Sunday before, and the great defender of the teachings of the holy Fathers today.

March 15

Manuel the New Martyr of Crete

March 15

Holy Apostle Aristobulos of the Seventy, Bishop of Britain

Saint Aristobulos, the brother of Saint Barnabas, was ordained to be bishop in Britain by the Apostle Paul, who mentions him in his epistle to the Romans (16:10). He suffered many afflictions at the hands of the pagans, but also brought many to Christ. Having established the Church there, he finally reposed in peace.

March 16

Christodulus the Wonderworker of Patmos

Saint Christodulus, who was from the region of Nicaea of Bithynia, was the son of Theodore and Anna, and was given the name John. He assumed the monastic habit in his youth and was renamed Christodulus ("slave of Christ" in Greek). At first, he lived the ascetical life in various places, then he received permission and monetary aid from the Emperor Alexis I Comnenus (reigned 1081-1118), and built on the island of Patmos a church and monastery named in honour of Saint John the Evangelist. These buildings stand to this day. However, when the Arabs attacked that place, he fled with his disciples and went to Euboia (Euripus), where also he completed the course of his life about the end of the eleventh century on the 16th of March. The disciples of this righteous man took his sacred incorrupt remains and transferred them to his own monastery, where they repose to this day for the sanctification of those who have recourse to them with faith.

March 16

Sabine the Martyr of Egypt

The holy Martyr Sabine was from Hermopolis in Egypt, and was known for his zeal and piety. During the persecution of Diocletian, he concealed himself with other Christians in a small dwelling outside the city. But when he was discovered, and professed his faith in Christ, he was taken before Arian the Governor, and after he had been tortured he was drowned in the river. Concerning Arian the Governor, See also December 14.

March 16

Aristovoulos, Apostle of the 70

March 16

3rd Monday of Lent

March 16

Romanos the Hieromartyr of Parium

March 16

Julian the Martyr

March 17

Alexis the Man of God

Saint Alexis was born in old Rome of illustrious parents named Euphemianus and Aglais, and at their request was joined to a young woman in marriage. However, he did not remain with her even for one day, but fled to Edessa, where he lived for eighteen years. He returned to Rome in the guise of a beggar and sat at the gates of his father's house, unknown to all and mocked by his own servants. His identity was revealed only after his death by a paper that he had on his person, which he himself had written a little before his repose. The pious Emperor Honorius honoured him with a solemn burial. The title "Man of God" was given to him from heaven in a vision to the Bishop of Rome on the day of the Saint's repose.

March 17

Patrick the Enlightener of Ireland

Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old. Though the son of a deacon and a grandson of a priest, it was not until his captivity that he sought out the Lord with his whole heart. In his Confession, the testament he wrote towards the end of his life, he says, "After I came to Ireland - every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed - the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was so moved that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and almost as many at night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountain; and I would rise for prayer before daylight, through snow, through frost, through rain, and I felt no harm." After six years of slavery in Ireland, he was guided by God to make his escape, and afterwards struggled in the monastic life at Auxerre in Gaul, under the guidance of the holy Bishop Germanus. Many years later he was ordained bishop and sent to Ireland once again, about the year 432, to convert the Irish to Christ. His arduous labours bore so much fruit that within seven years, three bishops were sent from Gaul to help him shepherd his flock, "my brethren and sons whom I have baptized in the Lord - so many thousands of people," he says in his Confession. His apostolic work was not accomplished without much "weariness and painfulness," long journeys through difficult country, and many perils; he says his very life was in danger twelve times. When he came to Ireland as its enlightener, it was a pagan country; when he ended his earthly life some thirty years later, about 461, the Faith of Christ was established in every corner.

March 17

Marinos the Martyr

March 17

Theocteristos the Confessor

March 17

Paul the Righteous Martyr

March 18

Cyril, Patriarch of Jerusalem

This Saint was born in 315, and succeeded Maximus as Archbishop of Jerusalem in 350. He was zealous for the Orthodox Faith, and was a defender of the poor. He was exiled three times by the Arian Emperors Constantius and Valens. But after their death, he was recalled to his throne; he reposed in peace in 386. Of his writings, the most prominent are his catechetical lectures, which are considered the most ancient systematic summary of Christian teaching. Before Saint Cyril, there had been two dioceses, one of Jerusalem, and one of Holy Sion; under Saint Cyril, they were united into one bishopric. See also May 7.

March 18

Trophimos & Eukarpion, Monk-martyrs of Nicomedea

March 18

Edward the Martyr, King of England

March 19

The Holy Martyrs Chrysanthus and Daria

Saint Chrysanthus, who was from Alexandria, had been instructed in the Faith of Christ by a certain bishop. His father, who was a senator by rank and a pagan, had him shut up in prison for many days; then, seeing the unchanging disposition of his mind, he commanded that a certain young woman named Daria be brought from Athens. She was a very beautiful and learned maiden, and also an idolater, and Chrysanthus' father wedded him to her so that he might be drawn away from the Faith of Christ because of his love for her. Instead of this however, Chrysanthus drew Daria unto piety, and both of them boldly proclaimed Christ and received the crown of martyrdom in 283, during the reign of Numerian, when they were buried alive in a pit of mire.

March 19

Demetrios the New Martyr

March 20

Righteous Fathers slain at the Monastery of St. Savas

The Righteous Martyrs were put to death by the barbarians during the reign of Emperor Heraclius, when Saint Modestus was Patriarch of Jerusalem (632-634).

March 20

Cuthbert the Wonderworker, Bishop of Lindisfarne

Saint Cuthbert was born in Britain about the year 635, and became a monk in his youth at the monastery of Melrose by the River Tweed. After many years of struggle as a true priest of Christ, in the service both of his own brethren and of the neglected Christians of isolated country villages, he became a solitary on Farne Island in 676. After eight years as a hermit, he was constrained to leave his quiet to become Bishop of Lindisfarne, in which office he served for almost two years. He returned to his hermitage two months before he reposed in peace in 687. Because of the miracles he wrought both during his life and at his tomb after his death, he is called the "Wonderworker of Britain." The whole English people honoured him, and kings were both benefactors to his shrine and suppliants of his prayers. Eleven years after his death, his holy relics were revealed to be incorrupt; when his body was translated from Lindisfarne to Durham Cathedral in August of 1104, his body was still found to be untouched by decay, giving off "an odour of sweetest fragrancy," and "from the flexibility of its joints representing a person asleep rather than dead." Finally, when the most impious Henry VIII desecrated his shrine, opening it to despoil it of its valuables, his body was again found incorrupt, and was buried in 1542. It is believed that after this the holy relics of Saint Cuthbert were hidden to preserve them from further desecration.

March 20

Myron the New Martyr of Crete

March 20

Photini the Samaritan Woman

Saint Photini lived in 1st century Palestine and was the woman that Christ met at the well in Samaria as recorded in the Gospel according to John (4:4-26). After her encounter with Christ, she and her whole family were baptized by the Apostles and became evangelists of the early Church. Photini and her children eventually were summoned before the emperor Nero and instructed to renounce their faith in Christ. They reused to do so, accepting rather to suffer various tortures. After many efforts to force her to surrender to idolatry, the emperor ordered that she be thrown down a well. Photini gave up her life in the year 66.

March 21

Third Saturday of Lent

March 21

James the Confessor

This Saint took up the monastic life from his youth in the Monastery of Studium, where he became a disciple of Saint Theodore the Studite. Later he became bishop and suffered many afflictions and torments at the hands of the Iconoclasts. Saint Theodore composed a homily in honour of this Saint James (PG 99, 1353-1356).

March 21

Thomas I, Patriarch of Constantinople

March 21

Philemon and Domninos

March 22

Sunday of the Holy Cross

With the help of God, we have almost reached the middle of the course of the Fast, where our strength has been worn down through abstinence, and the full difficulty of the labour set before us becomes apparent. Therefore our holy Mother, the Church of Christ, now brings to our help the all-holy Cross, the joy of the world, the strength of the faithful, the staff of the just, and the hope of sinners, so that by venerating it reverently, we might receive strength and grace to complete the divine struggle of the Fast.

March 22

Basil the Holy Martyr of Ancyra

Saint Basil strove in martyrdom during the short reign of Julian the Apostate, from 361-363. The Saint was denounced as a Christian to Saturninus, Governor of Ancyra, who, when Basil would not deny Christ, had him hanged from a post and scraped on his sides, then beaten, and cast into prison. A few days later, when Julian himself came through Ancyra, the Saint was brought before him and was asked to deny Christ, Whom he rather confessed the more. Julian then had strips cut in his flesh, so that they were left hanging from his body in front and in back. The valiant Martyr tore one of these strips off of his body and cast it into Julian's face. At this Julian commanded that iron spits be heated fiery hot; Saint Basil's belly, his back, and all his joints were pierced with them, and he received the crown of martyrdom.

March 22

Kalliniki & Vassilisa the Martyrs

March 22

Euthemios the New Martyr