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Published by Spiro Bobotas, 2018-09-21 09:14:44

September, 23, 2018

September, 23, 2018



Sunday, September 23rd, 2018

1st Sunday of Luke


This came to pass fifteen months before the birth of
Christ, after the vision of the Angel that Zacharias,
the father of the Forerunner, saw in the Temple while
he executed the priest's office in the order of his
course during the feast of the Tabernacles, as tradi-
tion bears witness. In this vision, the Archangel Ga-
briel appeared to Zacharias and said to him, "Thy
prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee
a son, and thou shalt call his name John" (Luke 1:13).
Knowing that Elizabeth was barren, and that both he
and she were elderly, Zacharias did not believe what
the Angel told him, although he had before him the example of Abraham and Sarah,
of Hannah, mother of the Prophet Samuel, and of other barren women in Israel who
gave birth by the power of God. Hence, he was condemned by the Archangel to re-
main speechless until the fulfilment of these words in their season, which also came to
pass (Luke 1:7-24).

Rev. Fr. Spiro D. Bobotas

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Liturgical Guide

Apolytikion for the Resurrection– Tone PL 4


From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days
hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and

Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion for the conception of John the Baptist– Tone 4

Η πρώην ού τίκτουσα,

Rejoice, O thou barren one who hadst not borne until now; for lo, in all truth thou hast
conceived the lamp of the Sun, and he shall send forth his light over all the earth,
which is afflicted with blindness. Dance, O Zacharias, and cry out with great bold-
ness: The one to be born is the blest Prophet of God Most High. 

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.



O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator
most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O
good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession
and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos,

them that honor thee.

Scripture Readings

Epistle Lesson

St. Paul's First Letter to the Galatians 4:22-27

Brethren, Abraham had two sons, one by a slave and one by a free woman. But the son of the
slave was born according to the flesh, the son of the free woman through promise. Now this is an
allegory: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery;
she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusa-
lem, for she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
For it is written, "Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are
not in travail; for the children of the desolate one are many more than the children of her that is

Gospel Lesson

The Reading is from Luke 5:1-11

At that time, as Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, he saw two boats by the lake;
but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the
boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and
taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out
into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all
night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this,
they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their part-
ners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that
they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart
from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all who were with him, at the
catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who
were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be
catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed

Everyone is invited to attend





Our Festivities for Saint
Sophia will end with our
Annual Feast Day Buffet
Today following the
Divine Liturgy
See you there.


“Whenever you read the Gospel, Christ Himself is speaking to you. And
while you read; you are praying and talking to Him.” Saint Tikhon

The new Church year just began a few days ago on September 1st so it’s the perfect
time for all of us to make a plan for reading the Bible this year. I found three Orthodox
sources to help us. These plans are great for anyone to use whether you are reading
alone or with a small group. Here they are, in order from the simplest to the most chal-
This could be a good year for us to simply commit to praying daily and reading the Bi-
ble verses in the Lectionary for each day. (Here is an easily downloadable app for
Here is a plan for reading the whole Bible in one year. I love it because it’s visually
simple and has a box to check off after you read each day so you can keep track of
your progress. It includes readings from the Old Testament and the New Testament
most days. The readings should take about 15 minutes each day:
This site has more resources to help inspire us to read Scripture. The plan itself in-
cludes daily readings from The Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testa-
ment. Psalms and Proverbs are repeated- you’ll read them twice in one year. This plan
also has a clear, attractive format, boxes to check off, and has dates already written
on it– starting with September 1st. It claims to take 15-20 minutes of reading each day,
but I’d allow a little more time:
Reading Scripture is like praying, it’s a way for us to communicate with God and for
HIm to communicate with us. As we immerse ourselves in God’s word each day, the
beautiful message of Scripture enters our hearts and inspires us throughout the day.
You might think we get enough Scripture by faithfully attending Liturgy, but our homes
should be “little churches” which are also infused with God’s words. Besides, reading
at home helps us internalize our faith and reinforces what we hear chanted in our

Last year my husband Mark and I were astonished and shocked to discover one of
our teenage sons didn’t know the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Our boys at-
tend Matins and Liturgy faithfully and have gone to Christian schools where they
took Bible classes and yet, there were gaping holes in what they knew about the
Bible and basic Christianity. We realized we only had a short time to do something
about this, so we decided to read the New Testament with them in one year.

Mark downloaded a plan which covered the entire New Testament by reading one
chapter a day for only five days each week. Most weekday mornings, our family
gathers to read our chapter silently together. After reading, each of us writes down
one verse that “speaks” to us. We each have a journal for our own verses. After
everyone has finished, we discuss the chapter and share our verses. We rely on
the footnotes in our Orthodox Study Bibles and other resources to help us keep an
Orthodox understanding of our readings. At the end of each week, we each write
down one of our verses on a post-it note and stick it somewhere visible, usually the
bathroom mirror, so we can memorize that verse.
This has been a valuable way for us to spend about 20-30 minutes together each
morning. It’s not always convenient, but it’s worth a little less sleep or to need to
switch around schedules a little in order to have the gift of sharing the Bible togeth-
er as a family five days a week. We have just started reading Revelation and will
complete our year-long plan in a few weeks.

At first, our boys didn’t share much about what they were reading in the Bible. Then
they went through a phase where they seemed to be trying to parrot us or please
us, but as the year has progressed, our sons have increasingly opened up and are
starting to grow in the things they share. The same will happen with you, even if
you are reading alone. As you read, the Scripture will enter your heart, the words
will flow through your day, and these precious words of God will be woven into your

It’s only 15-20 minutes a day. Are you up for it? Talk to your priest and decide
which plan is the best for you.

The article is taken from

Edna King, B.S.Ed., M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, home schools her two
younger sons. She and her husband, Mark, have four children. Edna’s oldest child is
an adult, her youngest child is in heaven after a lengthy battle with cancer, and her
middle children are adopted boys from Ukraine. She brings a unique perspective on
parenting to her role in Family Life Ministry and draws upon her varied life experi-
ences, 17 years of teaching, and the Orthodox faith to lovingly help other parents.

Lasts Sunday the GOYANS met to hold their board elections . From Left to right:
Alexandra Wensley -Advisor, Giulisa -Treasurer, Giuliana - Vice-President,
Lindsey -President, & Caroline -Secretary, Staci &Teddy .
Back Row: Maria Ritsi,-Sr. Advisor, Christina , Elizabeth , Evanthia ,
Andrew , Tyler , Antonio , Ana Cabrera-Adivisor & Fr. Spiro.

The executive board, the Goyans and their advisors are looking forward to a year full of
Theology, Fun and Friendship. We congratulate the newly elected officers as they will

be given the oath of office during today’s Divine Liturgy.


Ulysses Lou, John, Helen, Michael, John,
Mae Vaughn & Donald

Remembered by the Xenos Family and
Helen Braswell Kakouris



September 23rd, First Sunday of Luke Matins 9:00 AM
Liturgy 10:00 AM
Swearing in of the Goya Executive Board
Fellowship House 12:30 PM
Liturgy 9:00 AM
September 25th Theology, Cheese and Chat 10:00 AM
September 30th Second Sunday of Luke



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