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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-01-17
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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • 757-220-0994
  • Street Address:

  • 4900 Mooretown Road

  • Williamsburg, VA 23188


Contact Information






Services Schedule

Sunday Services -- Kuriakh:

Orthros, 8:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy, 10:00 a.m.

OrqroV, 0845 pm.

Q. Leitourgia, 1000 pm.

 

Weekday Holy Days (as scheduled):

Orthros, 8:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.

KaqhmerineV EorteV:

OrqroV, 0845 pm.

Q. Leitourgia, 0930 pm.

 


Past Bulletins


Message from Fr. Gianulis

ORTHODOXY 101 RETURNS

Mark Twain once said, “Those who do not read are at no greater advantage than those who cannot read.”

I think, now more than ever, these words have a particular relevance. Especially, if we are among those who are taking precautions because of the Coronavirus, like staying home and not attending Sunday Liturgy, we need to read.

I have always applied this to the reading of scripture. Those who do not read their Bibles are also at no greater advantage than those who cannot read their Bibles.  Some cannot because they are persecuted. Some—yes even today—are illiterate. But most can read their Bibles. What a tremendous blessing we have that God speaks directly to us!  All we need to do is open the book and read.

Consider the fact that in the early centuries of Christianity—actually, all the way until the invention of the printing press in 1440—the average believer was illiterate.  Even for those who had the luxury of an education, books were unknown. Manuscripts were rare and only in the possession of the wealthy few. The Church itself carefully guarded its sacred writings and scriptures, keeping them locked up and only bringing them out when the congregation gathered for worship. This is why the reading of scripture became such an important part of the liturgy. The average person could not read, so he or she listened. The sermon followed so the priest could explain the passage to the faithful. Along with the scripture readings, the sermon told the story. Even though we may not be attending on Sunday, we still can have a similar and uplifting experience.

We are reviving the guided discussion we call Orthodoxy 101—a seminar to guide us and help us understand our Orthodox Christian Faith. Join us each week: Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. We begin tonight with a step-by-step walk through the Divine Liturgy. (see below for Zoom login information)


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Upcoming Divine Services and Holy Days

Presentation of the Lord to the Temple

 

Tuesday, February 2

Orthros, 8:45 a.m.

Divine Liturgy, 9:30 a.m.


In Person Worship Services

Join us for Sunday services. Religious services are not included in the maximum numbers restrictions announced in Governor Northam's Press Conference on Dec.10th. Moreover, all the precautions he urged religious leaders to follow, we are doing. Please follow the guidelines and help us ensure a safe worship environment. Please note: As we are each receiving from our own spoon, the special instructions regarding how to receive or no longer needed. 

 

  • Please arrive early and register prior to entering the sanctuary. 
  • If you have been exposed to anyone who has contracted the Coronavirus, please stay home and watch our services via YouTube.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before entering the sanctuary. 
  • Please wear a mask. Masks will be required.
  • Sit socially distanced from others. Only immediate families will be able to sit together.
  • Antidoron will be given out using plastic baggies.
  • Reverence but do not kiss any icons or the hand of the priest. Do not shake any hands or hug your friends and do not congregate outside following the liturgy. 

CHURCH OPEN FOR PRAYER

The Church will be open between 6 and 7 p.m. every Wednesday for personal prayer and meditation. All are welcome.


YouTube SERVICES

Click HERE to view the Sunday services on YouTube. Orthros, 9 a.m. Divine Liturgy, 10 a.m.

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Announcements

ORTHODOXY 101

We are going to begin an Adult Seminar series -- call it Orthodoxy 1010 if you want. We are going to begin by going through the Divine Liturgy step-by-step. This Thursday, we will start with the foundation found primarily in the Book of Exodus. Pleasd join our discussion and fellowship every Thursday, January 14th at 7 p.m. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85443892141?pwd=U283M1VRcUhCTXFRM0d5WXJIeGxuUT09

Meeting ID: 854 4389 2141
Passcode: 315679


VASILOPITA DONATION

We will not be able to celebrate the Vasilopita together this year. However, the Ladies of St. Demetrios ask that you send your donation for St. Basil Academy. Saint Basil Academy is a residential school for at-risk students run by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Garrison, New York. All proceeds collected will be sent via Philptochos to the Academy. Thank you.


VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL

We will not have in-person Sunday School classes at this time. However, parents, you are encouraged to "home school" your children in matters of the faith. In reality, this is a great opportunity to spend time with your children and learn more about the Faith together. Below is an excellent resource: https://tending-the-garden.com/virtualsundayschool/  


YOU ARE INVITED TO A ZOOM RETREAT

A Three-part Retreat on the Creed
 
Please mark your calendars for a three-part retreat on The Creed, dedicated to the Three Hierarchs: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory Naziazos, and St. John Chrysostom. It will be presented by Kevin Basil Fritts of St. Nicholas Primatial Cathedral and the Catholic University of America, and will be held on Zoom on three consecutive Wednesdays; January 20th, January 27th, and February 3rd, 2021 at 7:00PM. Please join us!
 
Click here or copy/paste this link to join - https://zoom.us/j/2100687480. The password is 208156.
 
Thank you Tom Coghill for sharing this information with St. Demetrios. 

Congratulations to...

The Swank family on their Baptisms January 9th.

Tony taking the name Anthony with Michael Thompson as his godfather.

Megan taking the name of Mary with Aurora Thompson as her godmother.

Benjamin and James with Michael and Aurora as their godparents.

May God grant them many years!


"I was sick and you visited me." Mt. 25:36

Elias Paparis: Undergoing treatment in Erie PA


HELP FOR OUR PARISHIONERS

If you or a loved one needs help with grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, or other needs that do not involve personal contact please call Tom Coghill at 757-784-6410. Also, volunteers are needed to help.


OFFERING ENVELOPES

Offering envelopes for 2021 are now available. As you enter the church building you will find them on the pew on the left. They are arranged alphabetically, please pick yours up to save postage. If you don’t find your name let Michael Thompson know and he will make sure you get envelopes. Please don’t use leftover envelopes from 2020.


Shop Amazon Smile for St. Demetrios

During this pandemic, more people are Christmas shopping on line. You can help St. Demetrios by doing so. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Same products, same prices, same service, but we get a donation. Click the link below to learn more.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-4454773


Poinsettia Plants

If you would like to take a pointsettia plant home, feel free. They are in the antiroom at the Church.


SOUND SYSTEM

The total collected for the sound system is now $3,285. We only need $1,715 more to reach our goal of $5,000.00. As this is "off budget" we would like to raise the money from donations. If you are among those who cannot hear Father's sermons, or want to help others who have a hard time hearing, you might wish to contribute to this cause. Please send your donation earmarked for SOUND SYSTEM to the Church Office. And thank you.


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GO FUND ME PAGE

We now have a Go Fund Me page for St. Demetrios. Help spread the word on it, share it with friends and boost it if you can.  That can be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.  


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FROM YOUR PARISH COUNCIL

 

STEWARDSHIP OFFERINGS

Although Church services are available now, the collection tray is not being passed and many are not attending out of abundant caution. We are still in need of your weekly stewardship offerings, perhaps more now that ever. With limited attendance, our collections are way down. In addition, please remember to complete paying your 2020 stewardship. In addition, if you have not made a stewardship gift for 2020 it is not too late.

Our stewardship campaign for 2021 has already begun. For those who were unable to pick up their 2021 stewardship envelope containing a church calendar, stewardship letter, and stewardship pamphlet/card for giving, these were mailed to you on Wednesday December 30, 2020. There are also additional stewardship envelopes available as you enter the church on the left along with a box to drop your completed stewardship pamphlet/cards in. Please complete your 2021 stewardship pamphlet/card, as soon as possible, so we can adequately plan for 2021 as outlined in the stewardship letter.

You can continue to contribute through our web page www.stdemva.com, send your weekly offering checks by mail, or use PayPal for your convenience.

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Updated Church Needs List

The St. Demetrios "needs" list below is grouped by similar needs. The first goup, Council Action, are needs that require Council action, but individuals can volunteer to assist the Council with these needs. The second group, Maintenance, are single action items, recurring maintenance, and the funding of mainentance. In this group individuals can volunteer and or provide funding for these items to accomplish them. The third and final group, Volunteers, are generally single action items or funding and do not involve the Council or the maintenance program.
Please consider all of these categories and if you have an interest in volunteering or funding please see Tom Coghill or Michael Thompson. You can also sign up on the bulletin board outside of the narthex of the church. Just write your name and preferred contact method phone and or email to the right of the line(s) you are interested in and you will be contacted. Thank you for your consideration of these items which will benefit our Church, just another way to express your stewardship for St. Demetrios.

1. Council Action:
* 2021 Annual Budget
* Draft business plans for Church and Williamsburg Hellenic Center
* Establish a Capital Maintenance & Replacement Budget
* Establish a maintence committee:
* 2021 Stewardship Plan
* Form a committee to reduce our capital debt of $1,990,000
* Form an audit committee
* Create Greek Festival budget spreadsheet with account codes
* Computer equipment for office
* Renegotiate Cox phone and internet expenses

2. Capital Maintenance & Replacement Plan:
* Contribute to roof repair - replacement fund
* Contribute to HVAC replacement/repair fund
* Contribute to lawn maintenance equipment fund
* Contribute to kitchen range hood fire suppression system repair fund
* Make drywall repairs and paint as needed
* Clean black mold from ceilings in Sanctuary after roof leaks are repaired
* Contribute to termite - wasp control fund
* Change HVAC filters
* Apply sealant to balcony door threshold
* Remove and replace termite damaged baseboard in hallway between ballroom and kitchen doors
* Repair lights at street sign
* Parking lot repair - resurfacing fund
* Replacing interior light fixtures with LEDs
* Window replacement fund
* Repair or replace non-working exterior light fixtures
* Clean out gutters and repair leaks

3. Volunteers:
* Serve on the Parish Council
* Clean the Sanctuary and other areas of the building
* Lawn maintenance team
* Fill kitchen and restroom floor drain traps with water monthly
* Donate postage stamps
* Tighten loose lock cylinders on doors
* Bring non-perishable food items to church for Williamsburg Food Bank
* Contribute to replacement sound system fund
* Hellenic Center event set-up and take down

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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Tenth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from John 21:1-14

At that time, being raised from the dead, Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he revealed himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Tenth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Ἰωάννην 21:1-14

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ἐφανέρωσεν ἑαυτὸν πάλιν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς ἐπὶ τῆς θαλάσσης τῆς Τιβεριάδος· ἐφανέρωσε δὲ οὕτως. ἦσαν ὁμοῦ Σίμων Πέτρος, καὶ Θωμᾶς ὁ λεγόμενος Δίδυμος, καὶ Ναθαναὴλ ὁ ἀπὸ Κανᾶ τῆς Γαλιλαίας, καὶ οἱ τοῦ Ζεβεδαίου, καὶ ἄλλοι ἐκ τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ δύο. λέγει αὐτοῖς Σίμων Πέτρος· ὑπάγω ἁλιεύειν. λέγουσιν αὐτῷ· ἐρχόμεθα καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν σοί. ἐξῆλθον καὶ ἐνέβησαν εἰς τὸ πλοῖον εὐθύς, καὶ ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ νυκτὶ ἐπίασαν οὐδέν. πρωΐας δὲ ἤδη γενομένης ἔστη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἰς τὸν αἰγιαλόν· οὐ μέντοι ᾔδεισαν οἱ μαθηταὶ ὅτι ᾿Ιησοῦς ἐστι. λέγει οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· παιδία, μή τι προσφάγιον ἔχετε; ἀπεκρίθησαν αὐτῷ· οὔ. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· βάλετε εἰς τὰ δεξιὰ μέρη τοῦ πλοίου τὸ δίκτυον, καὶ εὑρήσετε. ἔβαλον οὖν, καὶ οὐκέτι αὐτὸ ἑλκύσαι ἴσχυσαν ἀπὸ τοῦ πλήθους τῶν ἰχθύων. λέγει οὖν ὁ μαθητὴς ἐκεῖνος, ὃν ἠγάπα ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς, τῷ Πέτρῳ· ὁ Κύριός ἐστι. Σίμων οὖν Πέτρος ἀκούσας ὅτι ὁ Κύριός ἐστι, τὸν ἐπενδύτην διεζώσατο· ἦν γὰρ γυμνός· καὶ ἔβαλεν ἑαυτὸν εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν· οἱ δὲ ἄλλοι μαθηταὶ τῷ πλοιαρίῳ ἦλθον· οὐ γὰρ ἦσαν μακρὰν ἀπὸ τῆς γῆς, ἀλλ᾽ ὡς ἀπὸ πηχῶν διακοσίων, σύροντες τὸ δίκτυον τῶν ἰχθύων. ὡς οὖν ἀπέβησαν εἰς τὴν γῆν, βλέπουσιν ἀνθρακιὰν κειμένην καὶ ὀψάριον ἐπικείμενον καὶ ἄρτον. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· ἐνέγκατε ἀπὸ τῶν ὀψαρίων ὧν ἐπιάσατε νῦν. ἀνέβη Σίμων Πέτρος καὶ εἵλκυσε τὸ δίκτυον ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, μεστὸν ἰχθύων μεγάλων ἑκατὸν πεντήκοντα τριῶν· καὶ τοσούτων ὄντων οὐκ ἐσχίσθη τὸ δίκτυον. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς· δεῦτε ἀριστήσατε. οὐδεὶς δὲ ἐτόλμα τῶν μαθητῶν ἐξετάσαι αὐτὸν σὺ τίς εἶ, εἰδότες ὅτι ὁ Κύριός ἐστιν. ἔρχεται οὖν ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς καὶ λαμβάνει τὸν ἄρτον καὶ δίδωσιν αὐτοῖς, καὶ τὸ ὀψάριον ὁμοίως. Τοῦτο ἤδη τρίτον ἐφανερώθη ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ ἐγερθεὶς ἐκ νεκρῶν.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 115.15,12.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
Verse: What shall I render to the Lord for all that he has given me?

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 13:17-21.

Brethren, obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you. Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Προκείμενον. Grave Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 115.15,12.
Τίμιος ἐναντίον Κυρίου ὁ θάνατος τῶν ὁσίων αὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Τί ἀνταποδώσωμεν τῷ Κυρίῳ περὶ πάντων, ὧν ἀνταπέδωκεν ἡμῖν;

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 13:17-21.

Ἀδελφοί, πείθεσθε τοῖς ἡγουμένοις ὑμῶν, καὶ ὑπείκετε· αὐτοὶ γὰρ ἀγρυπνοῦσιν ὑπὲρ τῶν ψυχῶν ὑμῶν, ὡς λόγον ἀποδώσοντες· ἵνα μετὰ χαρᾶς τοῦτο ποιῶσιν, καὶ μὴ στενάζοντες· ἀλυσιτελὲς γὰρ ὑμῖν τοῦτο. Προσεύχεσθε περὶ ἡμῶν· πεποίθαμεν γὰρ ὅτι καλὴν συνείδησιν ἔχομεν, ἐν πᾶσιν καλῶς θέλοντες ἀναστρέφεσθαι. Περισσοτέρως δὲ παρακαλῶ τοῦτο ποιῆσαι, ἵνα τάχιον ἀποκατασταθῶ ὑμῖν. Ὁ δὲ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης, ὁ ἀναγαγὼν ἐκ νεκρῶν τὸν ποιμένα τῶν προβάτων τὸν μέγαν ἐν αἵματι διαθήκης αἰωνίου, τὸν κύριον ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦν, καταρτίσαι ὑμᾶς ἐν παντὶ ἔργῳ ἀγαθῷ εἰς τὸ ποιῆσαι τὸ θέλημα αὐτοῦ, ποιῶν ἐν ὑμῖν τὸ εὐάρεστον ἐνώπιον αὐτοῦ, διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ· ᾧ ἡ δόξα εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. Ἀμήν.


Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 17:12-19

At that time, as Jesus entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."

12th Sunday of Luke
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 17:12-19

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν αὐτῷ δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· ᾿Ιησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς. καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσι. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν. εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψε μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν Θεόν, καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρείτης. ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς εἶπεν· οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ; οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ Θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέ σε.


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Saints and Feasts

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January 17

Anthony the Great

Saint Anthony, the Father of monks, was born in Egypt in 251 of pious parents who departed this life while he was yet young. On hearing the words of the Gospel: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor" (Matt. 19:21), he immediately put it into action. Distributing to the poor all he had, and fleeing from all the turmoil of the world, he departed to the desert. The manifold temptations he endured continually for the span of twenty years are incredible. His ascetic struggles by day and by night, whereby he mortified the uprisings of the passions and attained to the height of dispassion, surpass the bounds of nature; and the report of his deeds of virtue drew such a multitude to follow him that the desert was transformed into a city, while he became, so to speak, the governor, lawgiver, and master-trainer of all the citizens of this newly-formed city.

The cities of the world also enjoyed the fruit of his virtue. When the Christians were being persecuted and put to death under Maximinus in 312, he hastened to their aid and consolation. When the Church was troubled by the Arians, he went with zeal to Alexandria in 335 and struggled against them in behalf of Orthodoxy. During this time, by the grace of his words, he also turned many unbelievers to Christ.

Saint Anthony began his ascetic life outside his village of Coma in Upper Egypt, studying the ways of the ascetics and holy men there, and perfecting himself in the virtues of each until he surpassed them all. Desiring to increase his labors, he departed into the desert, and finding an abandoned fortress in the mountain, he made his dwelling in it, training himself in extreme fasting, unceasing prayer, and fierce conflicts with the demons. Here he remained, as mentioned above, about twenty years. Saint Athanasius the Great, who knew him personally and wrote his life, says that he came forth from that fortress "initiated in the mysteries and filled with the Spirit of God." Afterwards, because of the press of the faithful, who deprived him of his solitude, he was enlightened by God to journey with certain Bedouins, until he came to a mountain in the desert near the Red Sea, where he passed the remaining part of his life.

Saint Athanasius says of him that "his countenance had a great and wonderful grace. This gift also he had from the Saviour. For if he were present in a great company of monks, and any one who did not know him previously wished to see him, immediately coming forward he passed by the rest, and hurried to Anthony, as though attracted by his appearance. Yet neither in height nor breadth was he conspicuous above others, but in the serenity of his manner and the purity of his soul." So Passing his life, and becoming an example of virtue and a rule for monastics, he reposed on January 17 in the year 356, having lived altogether some 105 years.


January 17

Anthony the New of the Berropas Skete


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January 17

George the New Martyr of Ioannina


January 17

Theodosius the Emperor


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Tone

By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. * To the robber You opened Paradise. * The lamentation of the myrrhbearing women You transformed, * and You gave Your Apostles the order to proclaim to all * that You had risen, O Christ our God, * and granted the world Your great mercy.
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον, ἠνέῳξας τῷ Λῃστῇ τὸν Παράδεισον, τῶν Μυροφόρων τὸν θρῆνον μετέβαλες, καὶ τοῖς σοῖς Ἀποστόλοις κηρύττειν ἐπέταξας, ὅτι ἀνέστης Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός, παρέχων τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.

Apolytikion for Anthony the Great in the Fourth Tone

O Father Anthony, you imitated the zealous Elijah. You followed the straight paths of the Baptist and became a desert dweller. By prayer you confirmed the universe. Wherefore, intercede with Christ our God to save our souls.
Τὸν ζηλωτὴν Ἠλίαν τοὶς τρόποις μιμούμενος, τῶ Βαπτιστὴ εὐθείαις ταὶς τρίβοις ἑπόμενος, Πάτερ Ἀντώνιε, τῆς ἐρήμου γέγονας οἰκιστής, καὶ τὴν οἰκουμένην ἐστήριξας εὐχαίς σου, διὸ πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῶ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν.

Apolytikion for the Church in the Third Tone

The world has found in you a great champion in time of peril, as you emerged the victor in routing the barbarians. For as you brought to naught the boasts of Lyaios, imparting courage to Nestor in the stadium, in like manner, holy one, great Martyr Demetrios, invoke Christ God for us, that He may grant us His great mercy.

Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις, σέ υπέρμαχοv η οικουμένη, Αθλοφόρε τά έθνη τροπούμενον. Ως ούν Λυαίου καθείλες τήν έπαρσιν, εν τώ σταδίω θαρρύvας τόν Νέστορα, ούτως Άγιε, Μεγαλομάρτυς Δημήτριε, Χριστόν τόν Θεόν ικέτευε, δωρήσασθαι ημίν τό μέγα έλεος.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin's womb and properly blessed the hands of Symeon. Having now come and saved us O Christ our God, give peace to Your commonwealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving One.
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου, καὶ χείρας τοῦ Συμεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νὺν ἔσωσας ἡμᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέμοις τὸ πολίτευμα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ μόνος φιλάνθρωπος.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

Having met the Savior, therefore, the lepers earnestly besought Him to free them from their misery, and called Him Master, that is. Teacher. No one pitied them when suffering this malady, but He Who had appeared on earth for this very reason, and had become man that He might show pity to all, He was moved with compassion for them, and had mercy on them.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century

And why did He not rather say, I will, be you cleansed; as He did in the case of another leper, but commanded them rather to show themselves to the priests? It was because the law gave directions to this effect to those who were delivered from leprosy (Lev. 14-2); for it commanded them to show themselves to the priests, and to offer a sacrifice for their cleansing.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke, Homilies 113-116. B#42, pp. 465-466, 4th Century

"The key to knowledge is the humility of Christ. The door of the Kingdom of Heaven is open, not to those who only know in their learned minds the mysteries of faith and the commandments of their Creator, but to those who have progressed far enough to live by them."
St. Bede the Venerable

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St. Demetrios Parish Calendar

  • St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

    January 17 to February 15, 2021

    SUN
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    17
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    18
    6:30PM Parish Council Mtg.
    6:30PM Parish Council Zoom Meeting
    19
    20
    21
    7:00PM Orthodox Study Group
    22
    23
    24
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    25
    26
    27
    28
    7:00PM Orthodox Study Group
    29
    30
    31
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    1
    FEB
    2
    Presentation of the Lord
    8:45AM Orthros
    9:30AM Divine Liturgy
    3
    4
    7:00PM Orthodox Study Group
    5
    6
    7
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    8
    9
    10
    11
    7:00PM Orthodox Study Group
    12
    13
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