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Published by Spiro Bobotas, 2018-01-26 09:47:11

January 28th, 2018 final

January 28th, 2018 final



Sunday, January 28th , 2018
Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee

The Pharisees were an ancient and outstanding sect
among the Jews known for their diligent observance of the
outward matters of the Law. Although, according to the
word of our Lord, they "did all their works to be seen of
men" (Matt. 23:5), and were hypocrites (ibid. 23: 13, 14,
15, etc.), because of the apparent holiness of their lives
they were thought by all to be righteous, and separate from
others, which is what the name Pharisee means. On the other hand, Publicans, collectors of
the royal taxes, committed many injustices and extortions for filthy lucre's sake, and all held
them to be sinners and unjust. It was therefore according to common opinion that the Lord
Jesus in His parable signified a virtuous person by a Pharisee, and a sinner by a Publican, to
teach His disciples the harm of pride and the profit of humble-mindedness.

Beginning of the Triodion

Since the chief weapon for virtue is humility, and the greatest hindrance to it is pride, the
divine Fathers have set these three weeks before the Forty-day Fast as a preparation for

the spiritual struggles of virtue. This present week they have called Harbinger, since it
declares that the Fast is approaching; and they set humility as the foundation for all our
spiritual labors by appointing that the parable of the Publican and the Pharisee be read

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Rev. Fr. Spiro D. Bobotas

Telephone 305- 854-2922 * Fax: 305-858-1854
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Liturgical Guide

Resurrectional Apolytikion - Tone 1

Τοῦ λίθου σφραγισθέντος ὑπὸ τῶν Ἰουδαίων

The stone had been secured with a seal by the Judeans, * and a guard of soldiers was
watching Your immaculate body. * You rose on the third day, O Lord * and Savior,
granting life unto the world. * For this reason were the powers of heaven crying out to

You, O Life-giver: * Glory to Your resurrection, O Christ; * glory to Your eternal rule;
* glory to Your dispensation, only One who loves mankind.

Apolytikion for St. Sophia Tone 3

Χαίρει ἔχουσα ἡ Ἐκκλησία, σὲ καὶ τέκνα σου καύχημα θεῖον,

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 precious 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 commonwealth
in troubled times and strengthen those in authority, whom You love, as only the loving


Anthony Baloras

Remembered by his loving wife Jane

Garciela Taleno

Remembered by her Grandson Elia Obando

Scripture Readings

The Reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15.
Epistle Reading

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith,
my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at
Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord
rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while
evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you,
continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to
instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

Gospel Lesson

The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14

The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and
the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank
you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax
collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far
off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful
to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for
everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."

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today, even before the Fast begins, to teach, through the vaunting of the Pharisee, that the
foul smoke of self-esteem and the stench of boasting drives away the grace of the Spirit,
strips man of all his virtue, and casts him into the pits of Hades; and, through the repent-
ance and contrite prayer of the Publican, that humility confers upon the sinner forgiveness
of all his wicked deeds and raises him up to the greatest heights.

All foods are allowed the week that follows this Sunday.


February 2nd Thursday Presentation of our Lord Matins 8:30 AM

Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM

February 4th, Hierarchical Liturgy with His Emienence Archbishop Demetrios

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios,Geron of America will enter the Cathedral at 9:15 AM

We will also be welcoming two Metropolitans and the members of Leadership 100

Festival Album

The submission deadline for our Festival Album is February 9th
Please get your ads, copy and photos in on or prior to that date. Please refer to the forms in

the Narthex for information on ad/submission and guidlines you can submit your
information to [email protected]

Time to make the Koulourakia!

We need your help! Join us on January 27th, February 3rd, 10th & 17th
as we prepare for our 40th annual Greek Festival

Baking starts at 10AM

Please volunteer your time to assist the Cathedral of St Sophia with this year’s festival.
Whether you can do the physical labor, man a
booth, sell ads for the festival album or help bake,

your participation is needed.
Please fill out a volunteer form and speak to

Lynn Christ.

Coral Gables Chili Cookoff 2018

Sunday, February 25, 1-5 p.m. / Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park
Come support the St. Sophia Team (reigning Champs) at this Year’s Chili Cook off.

For more info contact Eleni Monas

Today our Goyans are participating with hundreds of other Orthodox
Christian parishes from around the country to support the hungry with

their annual

Souper Bowl of Caring.

This yearly event which is held near Superbowl Sunday raises needed money
and collects can goods for those less fortunate. To make it even more

interesting the Goyans use the cans they collect and create a piece of art work with which they
will compete with the other local Goya chapters for best use of cans in an art display.

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