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Published by Spiro Bobotas, 2019-03-14 15:18:09

March 17, 2019

March 17, 2019


Saint For more than one hundred years the Church of Christ was trou-
bled by the persecution of the Iconoclasts of evil belief, beginning
Sophia in the reign of Leo the Isaurian (717-741) and ending in the reign
of Theophilus (829-842). After Theophilus's death, his widow
Cathedral the Empress Theodora (celebrated Feb. 11), together with the
Patriarch Methodius (June 14), established Orthodoxy anew.
Miami, This ever-memorable Queen venerated the icon of the Mother of
Florida God in the presence of the Patriarch Methodius and the other
confessors and righteous men, and openly cried out these holy
Sunday, words: "If anyone does not offer relative worship to the holy icons,
March not adoring them as though they were gods, but venerating them
17th 2019 out of love as images of the archetype, let him be anathema." Then
with common prayer and fasting during the whole first week of the
Telephone Forty-day Fast, she asked God's forgiveness for her husband.
After this, on the first Sunday of the Fast, she and her son, Mi-
305- 854-2922 chael the Emperor, made a procession with all the clergy and peo-
ple and restored the holy icons, and again adorned the Church of
* Fax: Christ with them. This is the holy deed that all we the Orthodox
commemorate today, and we call this radiant and venerable day the
305-858-1854 Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is, the triumph of true doctrine over

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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 Sav-

ior, 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 Sun. of Orthodoxy in the Second Mode
Τὴν ἄχραντον Εἰκόνα σου προσκυνοῦμεν Ἀγαθέ,

We worship Thine immaculate icon, O Good One, asking the forgiveness of our fail-
ings, O Christ our God; for of Thine own will Thou wast well-pleased to ascend the
Cross in the flesh, that Thou mightest deliver from slavery to the enemy those whom

Thou hadst fashioned. Wherefore, we cry to Thee thankfully: Thou didst fill all
things with joy, O our Saviour, when Thou camest to save the world.

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.

Τὴ ὑπερμάχω στρατηγῶ τὰ νικητήρια,

To you, Theotokos, invincible Defender, having been delivered from peril, I, your
city, dedicate the victory festival as a thank offering. In your irresistible might, keep me

safe from all trials, that I may call out to you: "Hail, unwedded bride!"

Epistle Reading:

St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 11:24-26, 32-40.

Brethren, by faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's
daughter, choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the
fleeting pleasures of sin. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gide-
on, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets -- who through
faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, be-
came mighty in war, put foreign enemies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrec-
tion. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better
life. Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were
stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword; they went about in skins of
sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated -- of whom the world was not worthy -- wan-
dering over deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these,
though well attested by their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had fore-
seen something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Gospel Reading:

John 1:43-51

At that time, Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow
me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathan-
ael, and he said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets
wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good
come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw Nathanael coming
to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" Nathanael said to
him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were
under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael answered him, "Rabbi, you are the son of God!
You are the King of Israel!" Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under
the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." And he said to him,
"Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending
and descending upon the Son of man."


You are invited to participate in serving as a reader during the Great Lenten Season.
On Fridays, for the Salutations to the Virgin Mary, March 15, March 22, March 29,
April 5, and April 12, 2019. For Holy Week, the following days and times are available

for you to participate.

HOLY WEEK— Palm Sunday, Bridegroom Services—Sunday, 6:00 pm, April 21,

Holy Monday, April 22, 6pm;
Holy Tuesday, April 23, 7 pm.
Holy Wednesday evening, April 24
4 PM Holy Unction —Bridegroom Service , at 7 pm.;
Holy Thursday morning, April 25, 9 am; and Thursday evening, , 6:30 pm;
Good Friday Morning, April 26;
Holy Saturday Morning, April 27; and/or
Agape Service—11:30 am, April 28, 2019.

SUNDAY, APRIL April 28, 2019.

The Holy Gospel, Verses—St. John 20:19-25—are read in as many languages that pa-
rishioners can participate. Can you read in Latin, French, German, Spanish, Albanian,

Italian, Hebrew, Portughese, Romanian, Farsi, Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, Polish,
Turkish, Arabic, or Serbian?

Please call the church office or Elaine Lailas to indicate your interest in this spiritual ex-

Church Office—305-854-2922 or Elaine Lailas—305-858-3491, or [email protected] or
text at 305-281-5787.

We thank the 85 Stewards
who have pledge for the

2019 Calendar Year.
If you have not filled out
your Stewardship Card
please prayerfully consider

doing so today.

Stewardship Tri-folds are
found in the back of the


St. Stephen's Summer Camper Registration Opens
March 20 at 12:00 p.m. EST

Registration Cost $425.00 ($200.00 Deposit) Campers are only allowed
to attend camp for one week. Campers are welcome to attend camp any

week that best fits their family's schedule.

Camp sells out fast ! Be prepared with all your information
at12:00 Noon Sharp!

Summer 2019

Week 1: June 23 -June 29
Week 2: June 30 - July 6
Week 3: July 7 - July 13
Week 4: July 14 - July 20
Week 5: July 21 - July 27


Sunday, March 17thh Sunday of Orthodoxy Matins 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy 10:00 AM

Sunday Afternoon Pan Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy celebration
@ St. Mary Church in West Palm Beach

Wednesday, March 20th Pre-sanctified Liturgy 6:30 PM

Following liturgy Theology Cheese and Chat @ 7:30 PM

Friday, March 22th Salutations to the Virgin Mary 7:00 PM

In just over a month we will once again be in the midst of Holy
Week. As in every year we are hoping to enhance the church and the

icons in beautiful Flowers
Please consider a donation towards the flowers during this most Holy

time of the year.


@ St. MarY Greek Orthodox Church
Pan Orthodox Service
West Palm Beach

MARCH 17th, 2019

All Orthodox Jurisdictions have been invited

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