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St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2021-03-07
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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

PRAYING FOR THE DEAD

Saturday is Memorial Saturday, a day on which we gather for Divine Liturgy and a Memorial Service for all our loved ones passed. Each day of the week has a special commemoration. The day for prayers for the dead is Saturday, because it was on the Sabbath Day that Christ descended into Hades and released the captives held by death.  The Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday. Sunday is the Lord’s Day, the day of the Resurrection, the day of life not death, the so-called eighth day of the week because it is both the first day of the week and the day of eternity. But back to Saturday.

Death brings a separation of the soul from the corruptible body. In the Second Coming, we believe the soul will be reunited with the body, albeit in an uncorrupted spiritual state.  At that time, there will be a final judgment.  As we hear in the funeral service the words of Christ our Lord, from the Gospel of John, “and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment." (John 5:29)

Each individual is responsible for his or her own salvation. We will be judged according to our deeds, and saved through our faith in Christ. Still we ask: Did we truly believe? If so, were we obedient and consistent Disciples?

Prayer matters. We have numerous examples in scripture in which someone implored God and affected the outcome. Death may take a loved one from us, but we still love them and still want the best for them, so we pray that their souls find “blessed repose” and in the final judgment, may be reunited with the body to the “resurrection of life.” What greater gift can we offer our departed loved ones than to come together in communion and in prayer for the salvation of their souls?


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Upcoming Divine Services and Holy Days

LOOKING AHEAD: MEMORIAL SATURDAYS

The first Saturday of the Souls Liturgy and Memorial Service will be this Sunday, March 6th. Divine Liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the Memorial Service. Please bring kolliva and the names of your departed loved ones.

There are memorial sheets of paper in the narthex, or if you are unable to attend, send by mail the names of your passed loved ones directly to Fr. Gianulis at the Church address.

There will also be a Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service on Saturday, March 20th, the so-called third Psychosavvaton, commemorating the Miracle of the Kolliva of St. Theodore. There will not be a liturgy and memorial service on March 13th.


SUNDAY OF ORTHODOXY GREAT VESPERS

Join the Hampton Roads area clergy for Great Vespers in celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m.


WE ARE OPEN for In Person Worship Services

Please join us Sunday. By following the guidlines from the Archdiocese and with faith, you should feel comfortable and safe attending worship services. 

 

  • Please arrive early and register at the door as you enter. 
  • If you have been exposed to anyone who has the Coronavirus, please stay home and watch our services via YouTube.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands before entering the sanctuary. 
  • Masks will be required and are available at the door.
  • 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.  

YouTube SERVICES

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

LENTEN SERVICES EACH WEEK

During Great Lent, each Wednesday (excluding March 24th), the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be read beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

On Friday evenings, the Salutations to the Theotokos (Χαιρετισμοί) will be sung beginning at 7 p.m.

Confessions will be heard on Friday after the service.

 


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Announcements

Bishop Apostolos Visit

We welcome His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia to St. Demetrios for an arch-pastoral visit on Sunday, March 14th. The Orthros Service begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m.

Please come and greet our new bishop and show him our St. Demetrios philoxenia and respect.


ORTHODOXY 101

We are walking through the Divine Liturgy step-by-step via Zoom. We have a growing number of participants and enjoy a good and informative discussion. This Thursday, we are going to talk about the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Please join our discussion and fellowship each and every Thursday at 7 p.m. 

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

Meeting ID: 854 4389 2141
Passcode: 315679


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

Elias Paparis: St. Vincent Hospital, Erie PA


Our Deepest Sympathies...

Our condolences to the family and friends of Alexandra Prassas, who fell asleep in the Lord on February 27, 2021, and whose funeral was on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

May her memory be eternal.


Your Priest is as Close as Your Telephone

...especially during this difficult time, call your priest for pastoral needs, but understand that he is not a mind reader.  If you are sick and hospitalized, or have any other pastoral or sacramental need, do not hesitate to call him. Fr. Gianulis can always be reached by calling the church phone number, 220-0994.  If he is not in, leave a message and it will be delivered to his cell phone.


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.


FRIDAY FISH FRY RESUMES

We are shooting for next Friday, February 26th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Take out only. Fried Fish, French fries, coleslaw and dessert ($11). Online ordering should be set up shortly and drive through will be set up like we did for the drive through Festival.


SUNDAY SCHOOL RESOURCES

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/  


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


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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.  


Congratulations to...

...Evy Copetas and Jacob Andrews on their wedding. They were married on March 6th at St. Demetrios. Evy is a graduate of the College of William & Mary.

May God grant them many years and happiness together.


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FROM YOUR PARISH COUNCIL

PARISH COUNCIL TO MEET WITH BISHOP APOSTOLOS

On Sunday, March 14th, we welcome His Grace Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, who was recently assigned as the bishop responsible for the Metropolis of New Jersey. The faithful will have the opportunity to meet him by attending the Divine Liturgy on that Sunday. Unfortunately, due to the continuing Coronavirus restrictions, there will be no reception following services.

SOUND SYSTEM DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR CHALLENGE

We are into our second week of the dollar-for-dollar challenge up to $1,000. We have, to date, a total challenge donation of $100.00; which is now a $200.00 donation for the sound system. We only need $1,515 more to reach our goal of $5,000 for a new sound system. Let’s get there! The total collected for the sound system is now $3,485. We have 2 weeks left to take advantage of the dollar for dollar challenge, let’s not miss this opportunity! If you are among those who cannot hear Father's sermons, or want to help others who have a hard time hearing, please contribute to this challenge. Please send your donation earmarked for SOUND SYSTEM to the Church Office. Thank you!

STEWARDSHIP UPDATE

As St. John Chrysostom reminds us, "A rich man is not one who has much, but one who gives much. For what he gives away remains his forever!"

Are you a Steward of St. Demetrios?

We now have 50 Stewards of St. Demetrios with 33 stewardship pledges towards our 2021 goal of 100 and totaling $74,645.00. This is over 37 percent of our goal of $200,000.00 for 2021 and 33 percent of our stewardship pledge goal of 100 stewardship pledges. If you are already a steward, encourage your church friends to join you! If you are not a steward please become one! It takes all of us for stewardship to do the work of the church in our community of salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. All gifts to St. Demetrios are truly appreciated! The stewardship pledge allows the Council to plan financially for the year. Even though you may have already decided what you plan to give each week, month, or annually, without a stewardship form completed the Council has no way to accurately understand where we are financially and where we are headed.

If you can’t find your stewardship pamphlet/card or need a new one there are additional stewardship forms and envelopes available as you enter the church on the left along with a drop box for your completed stewardship pamphlet/cards. You can also send a letter to St. Demetrios with Stewardship noted on the front. Please complete a stewardship form and be counted on the Stewards listing inside the glass doors as you enter the building.

As St. Paul (Corinthians 9:6-7) admonishes us, "He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So, let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

Although Church services are now available, the collection tray is not being passed and many are not attending out of abundant caution. With limited attendance, our collections are still down. 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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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Sixth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:36-53

At that time, Jesus, having risen from the dead, stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them, "Peace to you." But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And when he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them.

Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled. Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high."

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and they returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.

Sixth Orthros Gospel
Κατὰ Λουκᾶν 24:36-53

Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦς ἔστη ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· εἰρήνη ὑμῖν. πτοηθέντες δὲ καὶ ἔμφοβοι γενόμενοι ἐδόκουν πνεῦμα θεωρεῖν. καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τί τεταραγμένοι ἐστέ, καὶ διατί διαλογισμοὶ ἀναβαίνουσιν ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ὑμῶν; ἴδετε τὰς χεῖράς μου καὶ τοὺς πόδας μου, ὅτι αὐτὸς ἐγώ εἰμι· ψηλαφήσατέ με καὶ ἴδετε, ὅτι πνεῦμα σάρκα καὶ ὀστέα οὐκ ἔχει καθὼς ἐμὲ θεωρεῖτε ἔχοντα. καὶ τοῦτο εἰπὼν ἐπέδειξεν αὐτοῖς τὰς χεῖρας καὶ τοὺς πόδας. ἔτι δὲ ἀπιστούντων αὐτῶν ἀπὸ τῆς χαρᾶς καὶ θαυμαζόντων εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· ἔχετέ τι βρώσιμον ἐνθάδε; οἱ δὲ ἐπέδωκαν αὐτῷ ἰχθύος ὀπτοῦ μέρος καὶ ἀπὸ μελισσίου κηρίου, καὶ λαβὼν ἐνώπιον αὐτῶν ἔφαγεν. εἶπε δὲ αὐτοῖς· οὗτοι οἱ λόγοι οὓς ἐλάλησα πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔτι ὢν σὺν ὑμῖν, ὅτι δεῖ πληρωθῆναι πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα ἐν τῷ νόμῳ Μωϋσέως καὶ προφήταις καὶ ψαλμοῖς περὶ ἐμοῦ. τότε διήνοιξεν αὐτῶν τὸν νοῦν τοῦ συνιέναι τὰς γραφάς, καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι οὕτω γέγραπται καὶ οὕτως ἔδει παθεῖν τὸν Χριστὸν καὶ ἀναστῆναι ἐκ νεκρῶν τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ κηρυχθῆναι ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ μετάνοιαν καὶ ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, ἀρξάμενον ἀπὸ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. ὑμεῖς δέ ἐστε μάρτυρες τούτων. καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ πατρός μου ἐφ᾿ ὑμᾶς· ὑμεῖς δὲ καθίσατε ἐν τῇ πόλει ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ ἕως οὗ ἐνδύσησθε δύναμιν ἐξ ὕψους.

᾿Εξήγαγε δὲ αὐτοὺς ἔξω ἕως εἰς Βηθανίαν, καὶ ἐπάρας τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ εὐλόγησεν αὐτούς. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ εὐλογεῖν αὐτὸν αὐτοὺς διέστη ἀπ᾿ αὐτῶν καὶ ἀνεφέρετο εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν. καὶ αὐτοὶ προσκυνήσαντες αὐτὸν ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ μετὰ χαρᾶς μεγάλης, καὶ ἦσαν διὰ παντὸς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ αἰνοῦντες καὶ εὐλογοῦντες τὸν Θεόν. ἀμήν.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Tone. Psalm 146.5;134.3.
Great is our Lord, and great is his power.
Verse: Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 8:8-13; 9:1-2.

Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall.

Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

Προκείμενον. Fourth Tone. ΨΑΛΜΟΙ 146.5;134.3.
Μέγας ὁ Κύριος ἡμῶν, καὶ μεγάλη ἡ ἰσχὺς ἀὐτοῦ.
Στίχ. Αἰνεῖτε τὸν Κύριον, ὅτι ἀγαθός.

τὸ Ἀνάγνωσμα Πρὸς Κορινθίους α' 8:8-13, 9:1-2.

Ἀδελφοί, βρῶμα ἡμᾶς οὐ παρίστησιν τῷ θεῷ· οὔτε γὰρ ἐὰν φάγωμεν περισσεύομεν, οὔτε ἐὰν μὴ φάγωμεν ὑστερούμεθα. Βλέπετε δὲ μήπως ἡ ἐξουσία ὑμῶν αὕτη πρόσκομμα γένηται τοῖς ἀσθενοῦσιν. Ἐὰν γάρ τις ἴδῃ σε τὸν ἔχοντα γνῶσιν ἐν εἰδωλείῳ κατακείμενον, οὐχὶ ἡ συνείδησις αὐτοῦ ἀσθενοῦς ὄντος οἰκοδομηθήσεται εἰς τὸ τὰ εἰδωλόθυτα ἐσθίειν; Καὶ ἀπολεῖται ὁ ἀσθενῶν ἀδελφὸς ἐπὶ τῇ σῇ γνώσει, διʼ ὃν Χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν; Οὕτως δὲ ἁμαρτάνοντες εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφούς, καὶ τύπτοντες αὐτῶν τὴν συνείδησιν ἀσθενοῦσαν, εἰς Χριστὸν ἁμαρτάνετε. Διόπερ εἰ βρῶμα σκανδαλίζει τὸν ἀδελφόν μου, οὐ μὴ φάγω κρέα εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, ἵνα μὴ τὸν ἀδελφόν μου σκανδαλίσω. Οὐκ εἰμὶ ἀπόστολος; Οὐκ εἰμὶ ἐλεύθερος; Οὐχὶ Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν τὸν κύριον ἡμῶν ἑώρακα; Οὐ τὸ ἔργον μου ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν κυρίῳ; Εἰ ἄλλοις οὐκ εἰμὶ ἀπόστολος, ἀλλά γε ὑμῖν εἰμι· ἡ γὰρ σφραγὶς τῆς ἐμῆς ἀποστολῆς ὑμεῖς ἐστε ἐν κυρίῳ.


Gospel Reading

Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
The Reading is from Matthew 25:31-46

The Lord said, "When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)
Κατὰ Ματθαῖον 25:31-46

Εἶπεν ὁ Κύριος· Ὅταν δὲ ἔλθῃ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐν τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ καὶ πάντες οἱ ἅγιοι ἄγγελοι μετ᾿ αὐτοῦ, τότε καθίσει ἐπὶ θρόνου δόξης αὐτοῦ, καὶ συναχθήσεται ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, καὶ ἀφοριεῖ αὐτοὺς ἀπ᾿ ἀλλήλων ὥσπερ ὁ ποιμὴν ἀφορίζει τὰ πρόβατα ἀπὸ τῶν ἐρίφων, καὶ στήσει τὰ μὲν πρόβατα ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ, τὰ δὲ ἐρίφια ἐξ εὐωνύμων. τότε ἐρεῖ ὁ βασιλεὺς τοῖς ἐκ δεξιῶν αὐτοῦ· δεῦτε οἱ εὐλογημένοι τοῦ πατρός μου, κληρονομήσατε τὴν ἡτοιμασμένην ὑμῖν βασιλείαν ἀπὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου. ἐπείνασα γάρ, καὶ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ἐδίψησα, καὶ ἐποτίσατέ με, ξένος ἤμην, καὶ συνηγάγετέ με, γυμνός, καὶ περιεβάλετέ με, ἠσθένησα, καὶ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με, ἐν φυλακῇ ἤμην, καὶ ἤλθετε πρός με. τότε ἀποκριθήσονται αὐτῷ οἱ δίκαιοι λέγοντες· κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα καὶ ἐθρέψαμεν, ἢ διψῶντα καὶ ἐποτίσαμεν; πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ξένον καὶ συνηγάγομεν, ἢ γυμνὸν καὶ περιεβάλομεν; πότε δέ σε εἴδομεν ἀσθενῆ ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ ἤλθομεν πρός σε; καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ βασιλεὺς ἐρεῖ αὐτοῖς· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφ᾿ ὅσον ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἀδελφῶν μου τῶν ἐλαχίστων, ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε. τότε ἐρεῖ καὶ τοῖς ἐξ εὐωνύμων· πορεύεσθε ἀπ᾿ ἐμοῦ οἱ κατηραμένοι εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ αἰώνιον τὸ ἡτοιμασμένον τῷ διαβόλῳ καὶ τοῖς ἀγγέλοις αὐτοῦ. ἐπείνασα γάρ, καὶ οὐκ ἐδώκατέ μοι φαγεῖν, ἐδίψησα, καὶ οὐκ ἐποτίσατέ με, ξένος ἤμην, καὶ οὐ συνηγάγετέ με, γυμνός, καὶ οὐ περιεβάλετέ με, ἀσθενὴς καὶ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ οὐκ ἐπεσκέψασθέ με. τότε ἀποκριθήσονται αὐτῷ καὶ αὐτοὶ λέγοντες· κύριε, πότε σε εἴδομεν πεινῶντα ἢ διψῶντα ἢ ξένον ἢ γυμνὸν ἢ ἀσθενῆ ἢ ἐν φυλακῇ, καὶ οὐ διηκονήσαμέν σοι; τότε ἀποκριθήσεται αὐτοῖς λέγων· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐφ᾿ ὅσον οὐκ ἐποιήσατε ἑνὶ τούτων τῶν ἐλαχίστων, οὐδὲ ἐμοὶ ἐποιήσατε. καὶ ἀπελεύσονται οὗτοι εἰς κόλασιν αἰώνιον, οἱ δὲ δίκαιοι εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.


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Saints and Feasts

Lastjudgement1
March 07

Judgment Sunday (Meatfare Sunday)

The foregoing two parables -- especially that of the Prodigal Son -- have presented to us God's extreme goodness and love for man. But lest certain persons, putting their confidence in this alone, live carelessly, squandering upon sin the time given them to work out their salvation, and death suddenly snatch them away, the most divine Fathers have appointed this day's feast commemorating Christ's impartial Second Coming, through which we bring to mind that God is not only the Friend of man, but also the most righteous Judge, Who recompenses to each according to his deeds.

It is the aim of the holy Fathers, through bringing to mind that fearful day, to rouse us from the slumber of carelessness unto the work of virtue, and to move us to love and compassion for our brethren. Besides this, even as on the coming Sunday of Cheese-fare we commemorate Adam's exile from the Paradise of delight -- which exile is the beginning of life as we know it now -- it is clear that today's is reckoned the last of all feasts, because on the last day of judgment, truly, everything of this world will come to an end.

All foods, except meat and meat products, are allowed during the week that follows this Sunday.


Lavrentiossalamis
March 07

Lavrentios of Megara, the Righteous


March 07

Paul the Simple


March 07

The Holy Martyred Bishops of Cherson: Basileus, Ephraim, Eugene, Capito, Aetherius, Agathodorus, and Elpidius

These holy Bishops were sent to Cherson on the Black Sea by Hermon, Bishop of Jerusalem, in the days of Diocletian, about the year 300, to preach the Gospel. Ephraim and Basileus were sent first. Basileus raised to life the dead son of a local ruler, because of which many were baptized. Those who remained in their unbelief, however, dragged him through the streets until he died. Ephraim, refusing to offer sacrifice to idols, was beheaded. After them, Euguene, Agathodorus, Capito, and Elpitius were sent by the Bishop of Jerusalem as heralds of the Faith, but they also were slain by the ungodly. Last of all, the Bishop of Jerusalem sent Aetherius; he was drowned during the reign of Saint Constantine the Great.


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal Second Tone

When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You.
Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάμεις ἐπὶ τὸ μνῆμά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶμα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, μὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούμενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.

Seasonal Kontakion in the First Tone

O God, when You come upon the earth in glory, the whole world will tremble. A river of fire will bring all before Your Judgment Seat and the books will be opened, and everything in secret will become public. At that time, deliver me from the fire which never dies, and enable me to stand by Your right hand, O Judge most just.
Ὅταν ἔλθῃς ὁ Θεός, ἐπὶ γῆς μετὰ δόξης, καὶ τρέμωσι τὰ σύμπαντα, ποταμὸς δὲ τοῦ πυρὸς πρὸ τοῦ Βήματος ἕλκῃ, καὶ βίβλοι ἀνοίγωνται, καὶ τὰ κρυπτὰ δημοσιεύωνται, τότε ῥῦσαί με, ἐκ τοῦ πυρὸς τοῦ ἀσβέστου, καὶ ἀξίωσον, ἐκ δεξιῶν σου μὲ στῆναι, Κριτὰ δικαιότατε.
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Wisdom of the Fathers

For when one has pity on the poor, he lends to God; and he who gives to the least gives to God--sacrifices spiritually to God an odour of a sweet smell.
St. Cyprian of Carthage
The Lord's Prayer, 33. B#41, p.102, 3rd century

So great was the honour and providential care which God bestowed upon man that He brought the entire sensible world into being before him and for his sake. The kingdom of heaven was prepared for him from the foundation of the world (cf. Matt. 25:34); God first took counsel concerning him, and then he was fashioned by God's hand and according to the image of God (cf. Gen. 1:26-27). God did not form the whole man from matter and from the elements of this sensible world, as He did the other animals. He formed only man's body from these materials; but man's soul He took from things supercelestial or, rather, it came from God Himself when mysteriously He breathed life into man (cf. Gen. 2:7).
St. Gregory Palamas
Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 24, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 356, 14th century

When you pray, whether inwardly only, or both inwardly and outwardly, be firmly convinced that the Lord is there, beside you and within you, and hears every word, even if it is uttered only within yourself, even when you only pray mentally; speak from your whole heart, sincerely, and likewise judge yourself sincerely, without in the least justifying yourself; have faith that the Lord will have mercy upon you—and you will not remain unforgiven.
—St. John of Kronstadt

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St. Demetrios Parish Calendar

  • St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

    March 7 to April 4, 2021

    SUN
    MON
    TUE
    WED
    THU
    FRI
    SAT
    7
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    8
    9
    6:00PM Parish Council Exec. Board Zoom Meeting
    10
    7:00PM OCF via Zoom
    11
    7:00PM Orthodox Study Group
    12
    13
    14
    Bishop Apostolos Celebrant
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    15
    Great Lent Begins
    6:30PM Parish Council Mtg.
    16
    17
    5:30PM Presanctified Liturgy
    7:00PM OCF via Zoom
    18
    7:00PM Orthodox Study Group
    19
    7:00PM Salutations (Οι Χαιρετισμοι)
    20
    Miracle of Kollyva by Saint Theodore the Tyro
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    10:45AM Memorial Service
    21
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    6:00PM Great Vespers
    22
    23
    24
    6:00PM Great Vespers
    7:00PM OCF via Zoom
    25
    Annunciation
    8:45AM Orthros
    9:30AM Divine Liturgy
    26
    7:00PM Salutations (Οι Χαιρετισμοι)
    27
    28
    9:00AM Orthros
    10:00AM Divine Liturgy
    29
    30
    31
    5:30PM Presanctified Liturgy
    7:00PM OCF via Zoom
    1
    APR
    7:00PM Orthodox Study Group
    2
    7:00PM Salutations (Οι Χαιρετισμοι)
    3
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FISH FRY

    FISH FRY

    FISH FRY

    See enclosed for details on the weekly Friday Fish Fry


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