SAINT SOPHIA CATHEDRAL
Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
The Synaxis of the Holy and Righteous Symeon the God-Receiver
and the Holy Prophetess Anna
Yesterday we celebrated the Meeting of our Lord in the Temple; to-
day we honor the righteous Elder Symeon and Prophetess Anna,
who prophesied concerning Him by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
and were the first in Jerusalem to receive Him as the Messiah.
Wisdom of the Fathers
There is an old saying: 'Excesses meet.' Too much fasting and too much eating come to the
same end. Keeping too long a vigil brings the same disastrous cost as ... sluggishness... Too
much self-denial brings weakness and induces the same condition as carelessness. Often I have
seen men who would not be snared by gluttony fall, nevertheless, through immoderate fasting
and tumble in weakness into the very urge which they had overcome. Unmeasured vigils and
foolish denial of rest overcame those whom sleep could not overcome. Therefore, 'fortified to
right and to left in the armor of justice,' as the apostle says (2 Cor. 6:7), life must be lived with
due measure and, with discernment for a guide, the road must be traveled between the two
kinds of excess so that in the end we may not allow ourselves to be diverted from the pathway
of restraint which has been laid down for us nor fall through dangerous carelessness into the
urgings of gluttony and self-indulgence.
Rev. Fr. Spiro D. Bobotas
Telephone 305- 854-2922 * Fax: 305-858-1854
2401 S.W. 3rd Avenue, 33129
Mailing Address: 244 SW 24th Road Miami, Fl. 33129
Resurrectional Apolytikion –Tone 3
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια,
Let the heavens sing for joy, and let everything on earth be glad. * For with His Arm
the Lord has worked power. * He trampled death under foot by means of death; * and
He became the firstborn from the dead. * From the maw of Hades He delivered us; *
and He granted the world His great mercy.
Apolytikion for Afterfeast of the Presentation in the First Mode
Χαῖρε κεχαριτωμένη Θεοτόκε Παρθένε,
Rejoice, thou who art full of grace, O Virgin Theotokos, for from thee hath risen the
Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, enlightening those in darkness. Rejoice,
thou also, O righteous Elder, as thou receivest in thine arms the Redeemer of our
souls, Who also granteth unto us the Resurrection.
Apolytikion for St. Sophia Tone 3
Χαίρει ἔχουσα ἡ Ἐκκλησία,
Having you and your three daughters, as a sacred boast the Church rejoices, and
with gladness she praises you, You are to me my pride and joy, as are the most pre-
cious relics of your children; Oh Glorious Martyrs: Sophia, Faith, Hope and Love,
, intercede to Christ our God to save our souls.
Ὁ μήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῶ τόκω σου,
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 common-
wealth in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the
St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.
BRETHREN, working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the
grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and
helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now
is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be
found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way:
through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments,
tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the
Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons
of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute
and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet
well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful,
yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet pos-
The Reading is from Luke 19:1-10
The Lord said this parable: "A man going on a journey called his servants and en-
trusted to them his property; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another
one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the
five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So al-
so, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the
one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. Now after a long
time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had re-
ceived the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered
to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good
and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the
joy of your master.' And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you
delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well
done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much;
enter into the joy of your master.' He also who had received the one talent came forward, say-
ing, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where
you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you
have what is yours.' But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew
that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought
to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was
my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has
not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer dark-
ness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth." As he said these things he cried out: "He
who has ears to hear, let him hear!"
Applications and instructions for these three scholarships administered by the Department of Philanthropy of the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are available for awards to be made for the 2019-2020 academic year.
The George & Naouma (Gioule) Gioles Scholarship and the Katina John Malta Scholarship are for under-
graduate studies, and the Paleologos Scholarship is awarded for graduate work of a non-theological nature. Each
of these scholarships was established through generous gifts from dedicated Greek Orthodox Christians who want-
ed to provide financial assistance towards the education of young people from our Orthodox Christian community.
THE CHRISTOS AND GEORGIA TRAKATELLIS FELLOWSHIP
Applications are also available for a fellowship from The Christos and Georgia Trakatellis Fellowship
Fund for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Fund, overseen by the Chancellor’s Office, offers fellowships
to graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to study Greek language, Hellenic
culture and liturgical practice. These studies can take place in the United States or, preferably, in Greece
or at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The study could be part of an established academic
program (Doctoral or Master Levels) or part of a free program, which should be well structured and clearly
defined in view of the above stated purpose of the Fund.
Candidates shall be chosen based on merit and need. The amount of the fellowship is $3,000 per semester
for up to two semesters. One or more full or partial fellowships will be awarded annually.
Festival Album 2019
To take an ad out in our Festival Album
simply contact John Scurtis or email your info to [email protected]
Sunday, February 3rd 16th Sunday of Matthew Matins 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
Wednesday, February 6th Theology, Cheese & Chat 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 9th Baking for Festival 10:00 AM
Sunday, February 10th Sunday of the Canaanite Matins 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM
We once again Congratulate our HDF Dance Troupe for
their recent award winning performance.
Spread the word there will be a meeting immediately following the
Divine Liturgy today in the Fellowship House. Join us as we pre-
pare for our up-comimg evemts
Support our Sister Parish of St. Demetrios
by visiting their Festival,
6 Month –Eleutheria Sboukis
Remembered by her Daughter Cindy,Redmond, Grand daughters Zoe
and Ashley and family.