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Published by Spiro Bobotas, 2018-11-29 15:05:36

December 13th 2018

December 13th 2018

SAINT SOPHIA CATHEDRAL

MIAMI, FLORIDA

Sunday, December 2nd 2018
Habakkuk the Prophet

This Prophet, whose name means "loving embrace," is
eighth in order of the minor Prophets. His homeland
and tribe are not recorded in the Divine Scriptures;
according to some, he was of the tribe of Symeon.
He prophesied in the years of Joachim, who is also
called Jechonias, before the Babylonian captivity of
the Jewish People, which took place 599 years before
Christ. When Nabuchodonosor came to take the Israel-
ites captive, Habakkuk fled to Ostrakine, and after
Jerusalem was destroyed and the Chaldeans departed, Habakkuk returned and culti-
vated his field. Once he made some pottage and was about to take it to the reapers in
the field. An Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and carried him with the pottage to
Babylon to feed Daniel in the lions' den, then brought him back to Judea (Bel and
the Dragon, 33-39): His book of prophecy is divided into three chapters; the third
chapter is also used as the Fourth Ode of the Psalter. His holy relics were found in
Palestine during the reign of Emperor Theodosius the Great, through a revelation to
Zebennus, Bishop of Eleutheropolis (Sozomen, Eccl. Hist., Book VII, 29).

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 2

Ὅτε κατῆλθες πρὸς τὸν θάνατον,
When Thou didst descend unto death, O Life Immortal, then didst Thou slay
Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And when Thou didst also raise the dead
out of the nethermost depths, all the powers in the Heavens cried out: O Life-giver,

Christ our God, glory be to Thee.

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

Seasonal Kontakion in Tone 3

Ἡ Παρθένος σήμερον

On this day the Virgin cometh to the cave to give birth to * God the Word ineffably,
* Who was before all the ages. * Dance for joy, O earth, on hearing * the gladsome
tidings; * with the Angels and the shepherds now glorify Him * Who is willing to be

gazed on * as a young Child Who * before the ages is God.

MEMORIAL

6 Months—Perikles Rodalakis

Remembered by his wife Georgia, and Family

Scripture Readings

Epistle Reading:

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians 6:10-17.

Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor
of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not con-
tending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers,
against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wicked-
ness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be
able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having
girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and hav-
ing shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel l of peace; besides all these, taking
the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And
take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Gospel Reading:
The Reading is from Luke 18:35-43

At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sit-
ting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this
meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of
David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be
silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus
stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked
him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And
Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately
he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw
it, gave praise to God.

2018 GOYA Christmas
Caroling Tour

The St. Sophia GOYANs are happy to announce
the 9th Annual St. Sophia GOYA Christmas Carol-

ing at your home tour with performances
starting at 6:00pm on
Friday, December 21 and also on Saturday, December 22.
If you would like to have the Saint Sophia Youth Group bring holiday cheer and
come caroling at your home, please complete the form below and return it to any
GOYA member. Performances are limited; please reserve your request early.
We will attempt to accommodate all requests. However,
we are limited by parking restrictions at some residences
as well as proximity to our route.

Request for GOYA Christmas Caroling At Your Home

Name

Address

Apt. Number City Zip Code
Cell Phone Number
Email Address
Preferred Date and Time

Additional Comments

Answers for Christmas Fun ; O Holy Night & Deck the Halls

STEWARDSHIP

We are wrapping up this year’s Stewardship Campaign.
If you have not given to the Cathedral
Please, Please do so!

Your support is what allows us to continue to minister to those who seek the
Lord and keep our ministries active.

JOIN US NEXT WEEK
FOR OUR 2018
CHRISTMAS
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Dr. Plato Alexander STEWARDS
Dr. & Mrs. George Alexandrakis
Mrs. Nikki Alexiou Ms. Lynn Christ
Mr. Tim Anagnost Ms. Catherine Christofis
Mrs. Mary Andersen Ms. Alice Christy
Marina Angleton & Jim Petkas Mr. & Mrs. Paul Cocotos
Mr. Georgios Andreadis Ms. Vasiliki Couyvtas
Mr. & Mrs. Gus Andy Mr. George Cozonis
Ms. Argie Anthony Mr. & Mrs. Albert De Nicola
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Arjona Mrs. Virginia Demery
Mr. Panagiotis Arvanitis Mr. & Mrs. Demetrios Lallas
Ms. Sarah Arvantis Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Demos
Ms. Jane Baloras Mr. & Mrs. Spiros Dimitropoulos
Ms. Malamatia Belafesta Mr. Constantin Dimitropoulos
Mrs. Mary Benitez Mr. & Mrs. Allen Donelan
Father & Presvitera Spiro Bobotas Mr. & Mrs. Fokas Drakalovich
Mr. & Mrs. Clinton Bouchillon Dr. Christopher Economides
Ms. Sheila Callesis Mr. & Mrs. Gus Efthimiou
Mr. Nicholas Callesis Mr. Nicholas Efthimiou
Dr. Olimpia & Bogdan Carbunar Mr. Giorgios Farazoulis
Mr. Thomas Carlos Mr. & Mrs. David Gonzalez
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Cavalaris * Dr. Dame Evangeline Gouletas
Mr. & Mrs. George Cavalaris Mr. & Mrs. Jose Godur
Ms. Mary Cavalaris Mr. & Mrs. Ramon Guillen
Ms. Marilyn Charles Dr. & Mrs. John Hadjilogiou
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Hados
Mr. Nick Hados
Mr. & Mrs. Aleco Haralambides

S FOR 2018

Mrs. Adis Haralambides Mr.& Mrs. Theodore Kays
Mr. & Mrs. Konstantinos Hatzichristofis Mr & Mrs. Anastasia Kekakos
Mr. & Mrs. George Heropoulos Mr. John Kiskinis
Mr. Raciel Henry Mr. Andreas Konnafis
Mr. & Mrs. Dean Hofmeister Dr. Eftichia Kontopoulos
Ms. Katherine Iordanoglou Dr. Ruben Quintero
Mr. & Mrs. Bret Jenkins Mr. & Mrs. Nick Kos
Mr & Mrs. W. Steven Joachim Mr. & Mrs. Andrey Kotov
Mr. & Mrs. Alex Gonzalez Kakouris Mrs. Stella Kounelis
Mr. & Mrs. Vasillaq Kalaveshi Mr. Pierre Koussiafes
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Kallergis Mr. & Mrs. Christos Lagos
Ms. Katherine Kallergis Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Lailas
Mr. Nicholas Kallergis Mrs. Betty Lantz
Ms. Olga Kalogeropoulos Mr. & Mrs. Perry Lantz
Mrs. Maria Kalogeropoulos Mr. & Mrs. Mario Larice
Mr. & Mrs. Kiriakos Kalogiannis Ms. Irene Lirakis
Mr. John Kandara Ms. Virginia Lopez Rey
Mrs. Lucille Kanelidis Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Loukas
Mr. & Mrs. George Kanistras Mr. Stephen Macricostas
Mr. & Mrs. AlexKarakhanian Ms. Vange Makris
Ms. Esther Karamanlakis Ms. Bia Marsellos
Mr. & Mrs. James Karnegis Mrs. Dimitra Marsellos
Mr. & Mrs. Stamatios Kasselakis Mr. Evangelos Marsellos
Mr. & Mrs. Charalambos Kasselakis Mrs. Maroula Marsellos
Mrs. Fani Katsoufi Mr. & Mrs. Greg Martini
Mr. & Mrs. James Katsoulos

Mr. & Mrs. Lazaros Mavrides Mrs. Anastasia Prevolis
Mr. & Mrs. Peter Mekras Ms. Emmanuela Prevolis
Mrs. Satira Mekras Mr. & Mrs. John Priovolos
Mr. & Mrs. John G Mekra Mr. & Mrs. Brian Rader
Mr. & Mrs. Demosthenes Mekras Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Rahman
Mr. Christos Meletis Ms. Cindy Redmond
Mr. & Mrs. Themis Michalakos Mr. & Mrs. Juan Renta
Ms. Stavroula Mihalakea Ms. Maria Ritsi
Mrs. Nicki Mitseas Mrs. Stella Rodolakis Moroudas
Mr. & Mrs. George Mitseas Mr. Tony Rodolakis
Ms. Eleni Monas Ms. Cynthia Rodriguez
Mr. & Mrs. Sotirios Moulinos Mr. & Mrs. Martin Ross
Mr. & Mrs. Apostolos Nares Dr. & Mrs. Emmanuel Roussakis
Claudiu & Maria Nelersa Mr. & Mrs. Farzad Safi
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Nieves Mr. & Mrs. Rene Sagebien
Dr. Demetra Orphanos Mr. & Mrs. James Sanders III
Ms. Marianna Page Dr & Mrs. Theodore Sarafoglu Margaret
Mrs. Barbara Panagakos Mr. & Mrs. John Scurtis
Mr. Savvas Pantelides Drs. George Sfakianakis
Mr. Aris Papadopoulos Mr. & Mrs. Aristides Simopoulos
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Pasquier Ms. Thalia Sotus
Dr. Athena Pefkarou Mr. & Mrs. Herschel Sparks
Mrs. Matilda Kalaveshi Pelettier Mr. & Mrs. Felix Stancu
Mr. & Mrs. William Petros Mrs. Georgia Theiss
Mr. Nicholas Pisaris Mrs. Olga Tsagaris
Mr. Michael Pitsoulakis Mrs. Anastasia Tsiplis
Mr. & Mrs. Tony Pitsoulakis Drs Andreas Tzakis
Mr. & Mrs. George Potter Mrs. Daisy Vagias *
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Poulos Mr. & Mrs. Georgios Vougiatzis

Mrs. Mary Venable Mr. & Mrs. Craig Wensley
Ms. Elena Vertlib Mr. & Mrs. Tian Ying
Mr. & Mrs. James Vosotos Mr. Lukas Zapsas
Mr. Stratos Vranas Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Zervas
Mr. & Mrs. Peyton Watson

Join us next week as the Philoptochos sponsors the Annual
Saint Nicholas Brunch.

Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

This Saint lived during the reign of
Saint Constantine the Great, and
reposed in 330, As a young man, he
desired to espouse the solitary life. He
made a pilgrimage to the holy city Jeru-
salem, where he found a place to with-
draw to devote himself to prayer. It was
made known to him, however, that this
was not the will of God for him, but that
he should return to his homeland to be a
cause of salvation for many. He
returned to Myra, and was ordained
bishop. He became known for his abun-
dant mercy, providing for the poor and
needy, and delivering those who had
been unjustly accused. No less was he
known for his zeal for the truth. He was
present at the First Ecumenical Council
of the 318 Fathers at Nicaea in 325;
upon hearing the blasphemies that Ari-
us brazenly uttered against the Son of
God, Saint Nicholas struck him on the
face. Since the canons of the Church
forbid the clergy to strike any man at
all, his fellow bishops were in perplexity
what disciplinary action was to be taken against this hierarch whom all revered. In the
night our Lord Jesus Christ and our Lady Theotokos appeared to certain of the bishops,

informing them that no action was to be taken against him, since he had acted not
out of passion, but extreme love and piety. The Dismissal Hymn for holy hierarchs,
The truth of things hath revealed thee to thy flock ... was written originally for
Saint Nicholas. He is the patron of all travellers, and of sea-farers in particular; he
is one of the best known and best loved Saints of all time.

Please join the Philoptochos to celebrate the Christmas Season after the
Divine Liturgy and the Annual Christmas Pageant on Sunday December

9th A light luncheon will be served after the blessing by Father Spiro.

PC ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK

UPCOMING EVENTS

December - 2nd 14th Sunday of Luke - Matins: 9:00 AM

- Liturgy: 10:00 AM

Christmas Pageant Rehersals after Church

If you would like your child to participate the rehearsal is vital

December - 6th Saint Nicholas - Matins: 8:30 AM

- Liturgy: 9:00 AM

December 9th 10th Sunday of Luke - Matins: 9:00 AM

- Liturgy: 10:00 AM

PC Elections following the Divine Liturgy

Saint Nicholas Brunch

Christmas Pageant

The Philoptochos is collecting unwrapped toys for the Miami Rescue Mission’s
Christmas Toy Drive.

TOYS FOR CHILDREN 10 YEARS OLD AND UP
BOARD GAMES

SPORTS BALLS AND OTHER SPORTS EQUIPMENT
JOURNALS AND BOOKS

CHRISTMAS
FUN

Can you name the
Christmas songs
depicted in these

whimsical
drawings?
Answers on page 4


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