Sunday Orthros: 9 AM
Sunday Liturgy: 10 AM
Welcome to St. John Chrysostome Greek Orthodox Church
We are a thriving community of 65 families, working to share the Orthodox Faith with the South Florida area. We try to balance our lives with both corporate and personal prayer, philanthropic works to our greater community and common meals together. Our goal is the progression towards the kingdom of God in this life, in loving our fellow man and seeing Christ in the person sitting next to us.
We are pleased that you have joined us today for worship. To receive Communion in the Orthodox Church, one must be Baptized and/or Chrismated in the Orthodox Faith. The Orthodox Church understands Holy Communion as the sign of unity. If you are interested in learning more about the Orthodox Faith, please contact Father Andrew. Whether you are an Orthodox Christian or not, please come forward at the dismissal to receive the blessed bread which is offered to everyone as you leave. May Christ's blessings be with all of you.
CORRECTED AND UPTDATED BULLETIN FOR JULY 12TH
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO DR. MARY CHRYSSIADIS AND HER FAMILY AS A RESULT OF THE PASSING OF HER MOTHER, KATHERINE CHRYSSIADIS, ON THURSDAY. MAY GOD GRANT THEM STRENGTH AND kATHERINE A PEACEFUL JOURNEY TO THE KINGDOM. MAY HER MEMORY BE ETERNAL!
The following is my interpretation of a couple arttcles I have read over the years regarding the dash ( - ) that is found between the date of birth and death on a headstone.
Some of my interpretation is the result of a brief eulogy I heard about that - (dash).
The man who spoke, referred to the dates on the headstone of a friend. He noted that first came the date of her birth. He spoke of the following date with tears. But, he said, what mattered most of all was the dash - between the years.
He said that the dash - represents all the time she spent alive on earth. Now that she was gone, only those who loved her know what that little line is worth.
He went on to say that it doesn't matter how much we own; the cars, the house, the cash. He said that what matters most is how we live and love and how we spend our ( - ) dash; the time between birth and death.
We should give serious thought to our lives and whether or not there are things you'd like to change. Why? Well, actually, we never know how much time is left, that we can still rearrange.
Maybe we could just slow down enough to consider what's true and real, and always give thought to how other people feel.
For me, it also means to be less quick to be annoyed and angry. It means to show more appreciation and love the people in our lives like never before. The dash left in our lives provides an opportunity for each of is to treat each other with respect, and to more often wear a smile rather than a frown...remembering that this special dash we have left might only last a little while longer.
Therefore, when YOUR eulogy is being read, as someone is announcing your life's actions, would you be proud of the things they had to say about how YOU spent your dash?
(One of the articles I used for reference was by Linda Ellis whose article was copywrited)
SUMMERTIME ANGELS (Concept adapted, based on a program at St. Demetrios in Ft. Lauderdale)
THANK YOU TO:
Despina Zafiropoulos, $5,000 (for electric, waster management, water, internet/phone and customary regular monthly expenses, (but not priest's salary).
Many of the Florida parishes have numerous parishioners who summer away from our Florida churches, "snowbirds", which adversely affects our revenue during the summer. Therefore, we HAD TRIED TO IMPLEMENT another parish's system of paying for some our our regular monthly expenses DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. Unfortunately, I was not as clear as I should have been. It seems that it has created some confusion.
i AM THEREFORE SUSPENDING THE CONCEPT AND SUGGESTING THAT IF YOU WISH TO HELP SAINT JOHN'S,
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO DO SO AS YOUR HEART DICTATES AFTER PERSONAL PRAYER AND REFLECTION ON THE BLESSINGS GOD HAS BEWTOWED UPON YOU.
I am sure you realize that the current pandemic has created a reduction in our income. We require $10.5-12,000 to meet our monthly expenses, including the mortgage and priest. Any extra help you can provide at this time will be greatly appreciated.
The Parish Leadership thanks you in advance for your thoughtfulness and continued generosity.
***IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE TO DO THAT YET, PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE YOU STWARDSHIP PLEDGE, THE SUNDAY TRAY OFFEREINGS AND CANDLE MONEY AND SEND THEM TO THE CHURCH.
Saint Joseph was the brother of Saint Theodore the Studite (see Nov. 11). He also is called Studite, especially when he is mentioned together with his brother. According to Codinus, both of them composed the canons of the Triodion during the reign of Leo the Armenian, while in the Church of Saint Romanus (see Nov. 18); he is not to be confused with Saint Joseph the Hymnographer (Apr. 3). When Saint Joseph became Archbishop of Thessalonica, he was exiled thrice because of his godly zeal for the holy icons, suffering many hardships, imprisonments in dark dungeons, hunger, thirst, and every tribulation, in the midst of which he departed unto eternal life in 833.
St. John Chrysostom, Patron Saint of the Church - Apolytikion.
The grace that from your mouth shone forth like a torch illumined the universe. It deposited in the world the treasures of the absence of avarice. It showed us the height that is attained by humility. Now you instruct us by your words, Father John Chrysostom. Intercede with Christ God, the Word Himself, entreating Him to save our souls.
Ἡ τοῦ στόματός σου καθάπερ πυρσὸς ἐκλάμψασα χάρις, τὴν οἰκουμένην ἐφώτισεν, ἀφιλαργυρίας τῶ κόσμω θησαυροὺς ἐναπέθετο, τὸ ὕψος ἡμῖν τῆς ταπεινοφροσύνης ὑπέδειξεν. Ἀλλὰ σοὶς λόγοις παιδεύων, Πάτερ, Ἰωάννη Χρυσόστομε, πρέσβευετῶ Λόγῳ Χριστῷ τῶ Θεῷ, σωθῆναι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν
Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35
At that time, two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. And he said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" And they stood still looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And he said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see." And he said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So he went in to stay with them. When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 103.24,1.
O Lord, how manifold are your works. You have made all things in wisdom.
Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul.
The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 10:1-10.
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but it is not enlightened. For, being ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law, that every one who has faith may be justified. Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on the law shall live by it. But the righteousness based on faith says, Do not say in your heart, "Who will ascend into heaven?" (that is, to bring Christ down) or "Who will descend into the abyss?" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); because, if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved.
5th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 8:28-34; 9:1
At that time, when Jesus came to the country of the Gergesenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one would pass that way. And behold, they cried out, "What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?" Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, "If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine." And he said to them, "Go." So they came out and went into the swine; and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, and what had happened to the demoniacs. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighborhood. And getting into a boat he crossed over and came to his own city.
Please pray for our brothers and sisters in our Community and their families, and all those who are in need of our prayers.
Joel, William (Bill), Evangelos, Katherine (Dr. Mary's mother) Harry, Mirsini, Peter, Helen, Eleni, Becky, Mary D’Jay, Presbytera Helen, Fr. Constantine, Fr. Demetri Tsigas (Melbourne Priest), SAVAS, Kosta, Demetrios, Mary, Evangelia, Kyriakos (Charley), Danny, Peter, Kay, Linda, Chris, Diana, Tom and Family, Nick K, Maggie, Helen, Gena Mildner, Joanna, Constantina, Mimi, Virginia, Apostolos, Sophie, Joshua, Despina, Thomas, Jan, Aristides, Lucas, Baby Paul, Leona, Mary, Toula, Eleni, Phylitsa, George Edward, Efrosini, George, Stella, Phyllis, Irene, Georgia, Marcia, Sheila and Maureen, Laura, Sophia.
ALL SUNDAY SERVICES 9– 11:15 AM
JULY SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
Sun. July 12th, Sunday, Orthros I Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM
Sun. July 19th, Sunday, Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM
Mon.. July 20th, Monday, Prophet Elias, Divine Liturgy, 10AM
Sun. July 26th, Sunday, Saint Paraskevi, Orthros & Divine Liturgy, 9-11:30AM
Mon. July 27th, Monday, Saint Panteleimon, Divine Liturgy, 10AM
We have been given some pastoral discretion from the Ecumenical Patriarchate regarding how we may administer Holy Communion.
OOPS...After many comments by Hierarchs around the world, including the US, the Patriarchal Synod had rescinded the "pastor's discretion" regarding how we administer Holy Communion during this PANDEMIC.
Therefore, we will administer Holy Communion as we had been doing. You will come up to the Chalice, keeping your 6 feet distancing ( there will be tape on the floor to assist you. You should not touch the spoon or the cloth. You will tilt your head back and Father Andrew will tip the spoon to empty the Body and Blood of Christ from the spoon into your mouth.
Those who are unable to come up to the Chalice, should remain in their seast and I will come down to you, as has been our custom.
Any questions? Contact Father Andrew at 561-818-6215 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STEWARDSHIP PLEDGED MEMBERS (As of Sunday, July 5th)
We should have 75 member families on our list, at least. We do not, as of the date listed above. So, if your name does not appear here, it means we have not received a Stewardship Pledge from you. Please check your records verify that your financial committment to Saint John's is up to date.
Alexandrou, Anna & Lazarus
Bakas, Pericles & Panagiota (Toula)
Chryssiadis, Mary & Mark Teplitz
Dionisopoulos, Nick & Athanasia (Mimi)
Doukas, John & Mersini
Fitzer, Pamela (Tseklenis) & Peter
Ioannides, Nina Marie
Karamatsoukas, Nicholas & Celeste
Kokenos, Nicholas & Frosso
Koltis, Denise & Sotiri Dushas
Kouklamanis, Nick & Anastasia
Kuzemka, Nick & Carole
Kyriakos, Eva (Presvytera)
Laskaris, John & Joanna
Lefco, Evelyn & Michael
Mahalares, Father Andrew
Malliaroudakis, George & Doria
Menexis, Michael and Doris
Mihaltse, William & Diana
Monsma, Joel & Constance
Moulis, Peter & Helene
Nakos, Peter & Anastasia (Annie)
Neamonitis, Nicholas & Thomae
Nickas, Aristides (Steve) & Barbara
Papadopoulos, Demetrios & Vie
Pappas, Steve & Rose Marie (Posie)
Pantazopoulos, Anthony & Katherine
Parasco, Odessefs & Mary
Petrides, Pat (Kyriaki)
Reams, Bill & Jodie
Shenas, Steven & Kelly
Siggelakis, Nikitas and Leona
Siggelakis, TJ & Jennifer
Soupios, Val & Barbara
Tambakis, John and JoAnn
Tosi, Lawrence (Larry)
Tsefterides, Christos & Saadia
Tsouchlis, John & Smaragda (Maggie)
Wilshire, Maria & Alfr
Zafiropoulos, Despina (Debbie)
Zafiropoulos, John & Maria
Zaimes, George & Dena