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Published by Spiro Bobotas, 2018-09-13 13:14:53

September 16, 2018

September 16, 2018

SAINT SOPHIA CATHEDRAL

MIAMI, FLORIDA

Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Ninian the Enlightener

Ninian the Enlightener of Scotland

Saint Ninian was born in Cumberland in Britain around the year 360, about a half century
after the Emperor Constantius Chlorus died in the British city of York, and his son Con-
stantine, who was with him when he died, was proclaimed Emperor. Ninian was born of
Christian parents of noble lineage, at a time when paganism was still strong in his native land.
As a young man he went to Rome, where he spent many years in study and ascetical strug-
gles. At Rome, Saint Ninian was consecrated some time after the death of Pope Damasus
in 384, and was sent back to his native island about the end of the fourth century. On his
return journey, it is likely that he passed through Tours and met
Saint Martin; what is certain is that many churches and cells
associated with Saint Ninian, including his own cathedral in
Whithorn, were named in honour of Saint Martin. When Saint
Ninian returned to Cumberland, he established monasteries
that fostered both the life of prayer and missionary labours. By
his preaching, his godly life, and his miracles, he ministered to his
own countrymen, the Britons, and also converted many of the
pagan Picts, who inhabited the northern regions (in today's
Scotland). He reposed in peace at his see of Whithorn in Gal-
loway in 432.

Rev. Fr. Spiro D. Bobotas

Telephone 305- 854-2922 * Fax: 305-858-1854
Website: stsophiamiami.org
2401 S.W. 3rd Avenue, 33129

Mailing Address: 244 SW 24th Road Miami, Fl. 33129

Liturgical Guide

.Apolytikion for the Resurrection– Tone PL 3
Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον,

By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. To the robber You opened Par-
adise. The lamentation of the myrrh-bearing women You transformed, and You gave Your
Apostles the order to proclaim to all that You had risen, O Christ our God, and granted

the world Your great mercy.

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Grave Mode
Σώσον Κύριε τόν λαόν σου καί ευλόγησον τήν κληρονομίαν σου,

Save, O Lord, Thy people and bless Thine inheritance; grant Thou unto the faithful victo-
ry over adversaries. And by the power of Thy Cross do Thou preserve Thy common-
wealth.

Apolytikion of Saint Euphemia in Tone 3
Λίαν εύφρανας τούς ορθοδόξους, καί κατήσχυνας τούς κακοδόξους,

O Euphemia, Christ's comely virgin, thou didst fill the Orthodox with gladness and didst
cover with shame all the heretics; for at the holy Fourth Council in Chalcedon, thou didst
confirm what the Fathers decreed aright. O all-glorious Great Martyr, do thou entreat

Christ God that His great mercy may be granted unto us.

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 glad-
ness 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.

Kontakion in Tone 4
Ουρανός πολύφωτος η Εκκλησία

The Church is shown to be a many-lighted heaven that doth shine a guiding light upon all
them that do believe; wherein while standing we cry aloud: Do Thou Thyself now establish

this house, O Lord.

Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading:

The Reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Galatians 2:16-20

BRETHREN, you know that a man is not justified by works of the law but through
faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by
faith in Christ, and not by works of the law, because by works of the law shall no one be
justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we ourselves were found to be
sinners, is Christ then an agent of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again those things
which I tore down, then I prove myself a transgressor. For I through the law died to the
law, that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of

God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Gospel Reading:

The Reading is from the Gospel According to Mark 8:34-38; 9:1

The Lord said: "If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his
cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life
for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole

world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is
ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son
of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

And he said to them, "Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not
taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power."

MEMORIAL– TRISAGION
Georgia Pitsoulakis

Remembered by her Husband Michael ,
Children and Grandchildren

Dr. Plato Alexander We thank
Dr. & Mrs. George Alexandrakis the following individuals
Mr. & Mrs. Lou Alexiou
Mr. Tiim Anagnost for their
Mrs. Mary Andersen 2018 Stewardship
Marina Angleton & Jim Petkas
Mr. Georgios Andreadis If you have yet to send in your
Mr. & Mrs. Gus Andy 2018 Pledge
Ms. Argie Anthony
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Arjona Please do so as the year is 3/4
Mr. Panagiotis Arvanitis over and we will begin our 2019
Ms. Sarah Arvantis
Ms. Jane Baloras drive in November
Ms. Malamatia Belafesta
Mrs. Mary Benitez Mr. & Mrs. George Cavalaris
Father & Presvitera Spiro Bobotas Ms. Mary Cavalaris
Mr. & Mrs. Clinton Bouchillon Ms. Marilyn Charles
Ms. Sheila Callesis Ms. Lynn Christ
Mr. Nicholas Callesis Ms. Catherine Christofis
Dr. Olimpia & Bogdan Carbunar Ms. Alice Christy
Mr. Thomas Carlos Mr. & Mrs. Paul Cocotos
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cavalaris Ms. Vasiliki Couyvtas
Mr. George Cozonis
Mr. & Mrs. Albert De Nicola
Mrs. Virginia Demery
Mr. & Mrs. Demetrios Lallas
Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Demos
Mr. & Mrs. Spiros Dimitropoulos
Mr. Constantin Dimitropoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Donelan
Mr. & Mrs. Fokas Drakalovich
Dr. Christopher Economides
Mr. & Mrs. Gus Efthimiou
Mr. Nicholas Efthimiou
Mr. Giorgios Farazoulis
Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas

Mr. & Mrs. Jose Godur Mr & Mrs. Anastasia Kekakos
Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Guillen Mr. John Kiskinis
Dr. & Mrs. John Hadjilogiou Mr. Andreas Konnafis
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Hados Dr. Eftichia Kontopoulos
Mr. Nick Hados Dr.Ruben Quintero
Mr. & Mrs. Aleco Haralambides Mr. & Mrs. Nick Kos
Mrs. Adis Haralambides Mr. & Mrs. Andrey Kotov
Mr. & Mrs. Konstantinos Hatzichristofis Mrs. Stella Kounelis
Mr. & Mrs. George Heropoulos Mr. Pierre Koussiafes
Mr. Raciel Henry Mr. & Mrs. Christos Lagos
Mr. & Mrs. Dean Hofmeister Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Lailas
Ms. Katherine Iordanoglou Mrs. Betty Lantz
Mr. & Mrs. Bret Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. Perry Lantz
Mr & Mrs. W. Steven Joachim Mr. & Mrs. Mario Larice
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Gonzalez Kakouris Ms. Irene Lirakis
Mr. & Mrs. Vasillaq Kalaveshi Ms. Virginia Lopez Rey
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Kallergis Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Loukas
Ms. Katherine Kallergis Mr. Stephen Macricostas
Mr. Nicholas Kallergis Ms. Vange Makris
Ms. Olga Kalogeropoulos Ms. Bia Marsellos
Mrs. Maria Kalogeropoulos Mrs. Dimitra Marsellos
Mr. John Kandara Mr. Evangelos Marsellos
Mrs. Lucille Kanelidis Mrs. Maroula Marsellos
Mr. & Mrs. George Kanistras Mr. & Mrs. Greg Martini
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Karakhanian Mr. & Mrs. Lazaros Mavrides
Ms. Esther Karamanlakis Mr. & Mrs. Peter Mekras
Mr. & Mrs. James Karnegis Mrs. Satira Mekras
Mr. & Mrs. Stamatios Kasselakis Mr. & Mrs. John G Mekra
Mr. & Mrs. Charalambos Kasselakis Mr. & Mrs. Demosthenes Mekras
Mrs. Fani Katsoufi Mr. Christos Meletis
Mr. & Mrs. James Katsoulos Mr. & Mrs. Themis Michalakos
Mr.& Mrs. Theodore Kays Ms. Stavroula Mihalakea

Mrs. Nicki Mitseas Mr. Tony Rodolakis
Mr. & Mrs. George Mitseas
Ms. Eleni Monas Ms. Cynthia Rodriguez
Mr. & Mrs. Sotirios Moulinos
Mr. & Mrs. Apostolos Nares Mr. & Mrs. Martin Ross
Claudiu & Maria Nelersa
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Nieves Dr. & Mrs. Emmanuel Roussakis
Dr. Demetra Orphanos
Ms. Marianna Page Mr. & Mrs. Farzad Safi
Mrs. Barbara Panagakos
Mr. Savvas Pantelides Mr. & Mrs. Rene Sagebien
Mr. Aris Papadopoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Pasquier Mr. & Mrs. James Sanders III
Dr. Athena Pefkarou
Mrs. Matilda Kalaveshi Pelettier Dr & Mrs. Theodore Sarafoglu
Mr. & Mrs. BillPetros
Mr. Nicholas Pisaris Mr. & Mrs. John Scurtis
Mr. Michael Pitsoulakis
Mr. & Mrs. George Potter Drs. George Sfakianakis
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Poulos
Mrs. Anastasia Prevolis Mr. & Mrs. Aristides Simopoulos
Ms. Emmanuela Prevolis
Mr. & Mrs. John Priovolos Ms. Thalia Sotus
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Rader
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Rahman Mr. & Mrs. Herschel Sparks
Ms. Cindy Redmond
Mr. & Mrs. Juan Renta Mr. & Mrs. Felix Stancu
Ms. Maria Ritsi
Mrs. Georgia Theiss

Mrs. Olga Tsagaris

Mrs. Anastasia Tsiplis

Drs Andreas Tzakis

Mrs. Daisy Vagias *

Mr. & Mrs. Georgios Vougiatzis

Mrs. Mary Venable

Ms. Elena Vertlib

Mr. Stratos Vranas

Mr. & Mrs. Peyton Watson

Mr. & Mrs. Craig Wensley

Mr. & Mrs. Tian Ying

Mr. Lukas Zapsas

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Zervas *Deceased

I force not, I compel not, but each one I make lord of his own choice; wherefore also I say, 'If any
man will.' For to good things do I call you, not to things evil, or burdensome; not to punishment and
vengeance, that I should have to compel.
St. John Chrysosotom



DANCE 2018

With another ecclesiastical year beginning and another School
year under way we once again welcome back our dancers. This
year the church has taken to heart its sacred obligation to teach,
and preach Jesus Christ and to not only offer social and
entertaining events to our children but to make sure that the
primary function of the church be Salvation. This is spelled out
clearly in the letter that was sent to all stewards of the Church in
August. But to be very specific. If a dancer does not have 55% attendance in Sunday
School and in the Divine Liturgy and the parents are not stewards of the Church the danc-
er will not be allowed to dance at the Festival. (see highlighted paragraph on the follow-
ing page) This is the stance that the parishes in South Florida have adopted for the Spiritu-
al well being of the Flock and it is the policy of The Cathedral of Saint Sophia. It is our
prayer that all children participate, live dance, and play all within the participation and
knowledge of the Orthodox Faith.

District Goya starts off with a Splash!

GOYA’S
2018-19

District Season
begain this past
Saturday with a Pool
Party in Boca Raton
with over 80 Goyans
participating,
although we had
some rain, the day
was a wonderful
success filled with
fun, friendship and a
loving message.
This Sunday
The Goyans will
have their first
meeting and will

hold their
Elections

A ministry of the Church differs itself from an organization or club, A ministry is a gathering of the faithful of
the Church who share the same interests. It is a spiritual ministry, based on the theological tenets of the Ortho-

dox Christian Faith
August 2, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With the beginning of the Ecclesiastical (Church) year, our ministry teams are preparing for our wonderful min-
istries and educational programs to begin. Our teams have been working diligently to prepare for a Christ-
centered year of spiritual growth, learning and Christian Fellowship. Ministry registration will begin on August
19th and continue through August 26th. Whether you are interested in the Little Lambs, GOYA, “Theology,
Cheese & Chat”, Sunday Church School, Acolytes, Choir, Philoptochos, Senior Power, the Dance groups,
AHEPA or the festival we will be available to assist you in the registration process which will occur in the Kar-
negis Fellowship Hall.
All of our ministries and programs are designed to enhance the spiritual life of our faithful, and integrate them
more fully into a genuine communion with our Lord, Jesus Christ and each other. They are made available to
those who are current stewards of our Cathedral. It is imperative that all families are active sacramental mem-
bers of the Church, and we highly encourage them to attend the worship services regularly and on time.
We have come a long way in the last six years to rebuild and reinvigorate our programs and to place what is of
most importance to the forefront of our efforts, Christ.
It is our Goal and Sacred Duty to preach and teach salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is
through the church services, study classes, Sunday school and the various ministries that we can convey Christ’s
Grace and His Love. That is why it is important to all of us to become active members in all that the Church has
to offer.
At present we have 150 families who have shown their commitment to the Cathedral by becoming stewards.
There are still 50 to 75 families who have yet to pledge. If you are one of the families who have yet to give
please do so. Your commitment and your participation is needed.
For our children who want to join our dance ministry and participate at the Greek Festival, It is important that
each child be enrolled in Sunday Church School and have a minimum of 55% attendance throughout the entire
year. Once the Festival concludes, for example, dancers must still maintain at least 55% or they will not be eli-
gible to dance at the Festival the following year.
Should you have any questions regarding the registration process, please feel free to contact us
Wishing you a blessed remainder of the summer and looking forward to a beautiful year growing in our Faith.
In His Service,

Rev. Fr. Spiro D. Bobotas



SAINT SOPHIA , FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE

These holy Martyrs dwelt in Italy in the reign of Hadrian (117-138). They came of a
rich and devout family and their mother Sophia brought them up in the Faith, Hope
and Agape of the names she had given them. Word of their admirable manner of life
reached the Emperor who, hearing they were in Rome, sent soldiers to bring them be-
fore him. Considering their tender years, he was amazed at how steadfast in the faith
Sophia’s daughters were, and thinking it was only by supporting one another that they
were able to hold their own against him, he put them to the question separately.

Faith, who was twelve years old, was brought in first. She boldly dismissed the tyrant’s
flatteries and deprecated his shameless deeds and vain plots against the Christians.
The infuriated Emperor had her stripped, mercilessly beaten and her breasts torn off,
whence milk not blood flowed forth. The other tortures she endured were to no avail, for
she was protected by the power of God. When, at last, they came to strike off her head,
Sophia encouraged her to accept with joy the death that would unite her to Christ.

Hope, who was ten years old, was brought in next. Confessing Christ as steadfastly as
her sister, she was beaten and cast into a raging furnace, but its fire went out on touching
her, in whom love of God burnt with a fiercer flame than material fire. After many other
tortures, she too died by the sword, giving thanks to God.

Agape, the third of the sisters, was then summoned before the Emperor whom anger
had maddened. She was only nine years old but of the same steadfast mind as her sis-
ters. She was hung on a gallows and chained so tightly that her limbs were broken by the
bonds. She was then thrown into a furnace, from which she was delivered by an angel,
and finally, beheaded. Sophia rejoiced in spirit to see her daughters so gloriously mak-
ing their way to the abodes of the righteous but, overwhelmed by earthly sorrow, she
gave back her soul to God a few days later at their tomb. Their memories are celebrated
on September 17.

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 16th, Sunday -Sunday After the Holy Cross - Matins: 9:00 AM

- Liturgy: 10:00 AM

GOYA Meeting and Elections 12:00 PM

Great Vespers of Saint Sophia 5:00 PM

September 17th, Monday, Liturgy for Saint Sophia Matins 8:00AM

- Liturgy 9:00 AM

September 23rd, Sunday -1st Sunday of Luke - Matins: 9:00 AM
- Liturgy: 10:00 AM

JOIN US TONIGHT
AT 5:00 PM

For the Feast Day
Vespers of

Saint Sophia & her 3 daughters

Light refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall
immediately after the Vespers.
Monday Morning

We will Celebrate the Divine Liturgy starting at
9:00 AM

Tuesday, September 18th
@ 7:00PM

In the Fellowship house on 25th
Rd. We will gather for our first

“Theology, Cheese and Chat”

This is a mini bible study and an
opportunity to ask theological

questions that you might have in a
friendly, open enviorment over a
glass of wine, soda with cheese

and cracker


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