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Published by Spiro Bobotas, 2021-12-02 13:35:52

December 5th 2021

December 5th 2021

Sabbas the Sanctified

SAINT SOPHIA This Saint was born in 439 in Moutalaska, a small village of Cap-
CATHEDRAL padocia. He entered the arena of the monastic life from childhood
and was under that master trainer of monastics, Euthymius, the
MIAMI, FLORIDA Great, the teacher of the desert. He became the spiritual Father
of many monks and an instructor for the monasteries in Palestine,
Sunday, and was appointed leader (archimandrite) of the desert-dwellers of
December 5th, Palestine by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. In his old age he went to
Constantinople, to the Emperors Anastasius and Saint Justinian
2021 the Great, in behalf of the Orthodox Faith and the dogmas of the
Council of Chalcedon. Having lived ninety-four years, he reposed
Rev. in 533. The Typicon for the ecclesiastical services had its begin-
Fr. Spiro D. Bobotas ning in the monastery established by this righteous one.


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Liturgical Guide

Resurrectional Apolytikion - Tone Grave

Κατέλυσας τῷ Σταυρῷ σου τὸν θάνατον
By means of Your Cross, O Lord, You abolished death. * To the robber You
opened Paradise. * The lamentation of the myrrhbearing 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.

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.

Kontakion Third Mode

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.


1 Year—Fokas Drakalovich

Remembered by his wife Lydia, son Sebastian,
daughter Olga, grandchildren and families

Epistle Reading
St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians 5:22-26; 6:1-2.

Brethren, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, good-
ness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law. And
those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and
desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us have no self
-conceit, no provoking of one another, no envy of one another. Brethren, if a
man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a
spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one an-
other's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Gospel Reading:
Luke 13:10-17

At that time, Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And there
was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years; she was bent over and
could not fully straighten herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her and said to
her, "Woman, you are freed from your infirmity." And he laid his hands upon her, and
immediately she was made straight, and she praised God. But the ruler of the syna-
gogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people,
"There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be
healed, and not on the sabbath day." Then the Lord answered him, "You hypocrites!
Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and
lead it away to water it? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Sa-
tan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?" As he
said this, all his adversaries were put to shame; and all the people rejoiced at all the glo-
rious things that were done by him.

Meet this year’s Parish council Nominees

Marina Angleton Petkas

Deeply devoted to her Faith, Marina has given her time to various Cathedral events including the
annual festival, Chairperson of the 2020 Virtual Wine Tasting and as a committee member for
the Reopening Gala. Marina and her husband, Jim Petkas are also the title sponsors of the event
Marina’s family has been affiliated with Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral since her
grandparents Angelo and Mary Kays settled in Miami and helped to build the Cathedral, as we
now know it. Her roots in our community are deep. Marina’s grandmother was the first organist
and her aunt, Mary Alice Kays has served as the choir director for decades. Her parents, Penny
and Jim Angleton Sr. were also active members; her father held the title of Archon. For the bet-
ter part of her career, Marina has worked in the television industry at networks including NBC
and CNN. She is the recipient of nine Emmy Awards for writing and producing. She is also the President, Part-
ner and Lead Editor of The Write Essay; an international company dedicated to helping students reach their col-
lege admissions goals.

Lynn Christ is an active member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral and has proudly

volunteered her time to many events and committees over the years, a few of which are high-
lighted below:
Parish Cuncil Board member - 2016 to present
Member of the St. Sophia Philoptochos Society - 2013 to present
Co-Chair of the St. Sophia Greek Festival - 2019, 2020 and 2022
Volunteer Coordinator Chair of the St. Sophia Greek Festival - 2017 to 2020
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Lynn is an accomplished executive with 29 years
of proven success within the international cargo and logistics industry. With experience in
multi-cultural markets, strong interpersonal and leadership skills, she has held executive level positions at vari-
ous organizations throughout her career.
Lynn married her husband, Walter Zawistowski at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in 2015

John Priovolos has been devoted to his Greek Orthodox faith from birth. His parents, St
as an altar boy, was in the GOYA, and was a member of the dance troupe. He married his
2010. In 2012, he and his wife Alicia became parents to their daughter Sofia. Three years
John’s undergraduate studies were at the University of Florida. He continued his education
John immediately began to serve his community as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-D
In 2014, John merged with fellow altar boy Christos Lagos, and now manages Lagos & Pr
nal litigation, catastrophic injury cases, and crisis management. John has always given back to the communi

Meet the Nominees Cont.

George Karavetsos was born and raised in Massachusetts and attended St. George
Church in Lynn, Massachusetts. He has fond memories as a child of attending Sunday
school and studying and learning about the Orthodox faith. He and his wife, Marlene re-
main devoted to the Orthodox faith and do their very best to instill the values of Ortho-
doxy upon our four children: Georgie (10); Alexander (8); Nicholas (6); and Cecilia (3
1/2) .
Since being welcomed to St. Sophia about 15 years ago, the family has trulyf ound a spir-
itual home. His family's personal roots run deep at St. Sophia. they were married at St.
Sophia in 2009 and Georgie, Alexander, Nicholas, and Cecilia all were baptized at the
Cathedral. George puts it simply, “our family is very blessed to be part of such a loving
and caring religious community. Most importantly, as I know we all agree, we remain inspired by Father Spiro's
vision, passion, and leadership. Our future remains extremely bright under Father Spiro and Presbytera Lisa's

spiritual guidance and leadership.”
J.T. Sanders III joined St. Sophia in 2016 after moving from Orlando, FL with his wife

Trish, and at the time, 2-month-old James Sanders. Since joining the parish, J.T. has been
involved with many activities at the cathedral including co-chairing the Greek festival in
2019, 2020, and upcoming in 2022, along with the renovation of the cathedral that was just
completed this summer. J.T. & Trish have 3 children, James is 5, Grace is 3, and David
Spiro is 2 in December. All 3 children were baptized in St. Sophia by Fr. Spiro. .J.T.’s
family has ties back to St. Sophia that date back to the 1960s, when his YiaYia and Papou
(Ponticos) moved to North Miami beach for approx. 5 years. Eventually, they moved to
SW Florida and helped start the parishes in Fort Myers (Annunciation) and Port Charlotte
(Holy Trinity). J.T. served as an alter boy at Holy Trinity from the age of 7 until he fin-
ished college in 2007. J.T. received the Archangel Michael award in 2002.
For his career, J.T. works for General Contractor Brasfield & Gorrie. He specializes in
Health Care and Commercial Construction. Some of his projects in town include Mercy Hospital, Mount Sinai
Hialeah FSED, Burger King Headquarters, and the new HCA Florida University Hospital in Davie, FL. He is
opening an office next month in Coral Gables to solidify the company’s long-term commitment to Miami and
cultivate growth for the company in this region.

teve and Voula, introduced him to the North Miami Church of the Annunciation when he was born. He served
s beautiful bride in 2009, and attended the St. Sophia Cathedral ever since. His family moved to the Roads in

later, they welcomed their son Lucas. Both Priovolos children attend Sunday School regularly, and love our
n in Miami, and attended St. Thomas University School of Law. After graduating in 2003 with a law degree,
Dade County. After four years, he started his own law practice as a solo practitioner.
riovolos, PLLC. His practice has evolved over the years, and he currently focuses on complex civil and crimi-
ity, and looks forward to “paying it forward,” while a member of the Parish Council.

2021 Parish Council
Election will be held next Sunday

Saint Sophia is assisting

Miami Rescue Mission
with its Annual

This will be a ONE DAY collection

Please bring your unwrapped toy to the Hall on
Sunday, Dec 12th


Sunday, December 5th , Matins 9:00 AM
Tuesday, December 6th, Divine Liturgy 10:00AM

Matins 8:15AM
Divine Liturgy 9:00 AM

Sunday, December 12th Saint Spyridon 9:00 AM
Divine Liturgy

Christmas Pageant immediatelly after the Divine Liturgy
Elections for the Parish Council following the Pageant

Christmas Pageant

This years pageant will be held on December 12th
Parents please allow your children this opportunity

rehearse with their peers to make this another

wonderful experience for them and us.

2022 Stewardship Campaign

Our 2022 Campaign is underway

I believe and I am sure you will agree that any ministry that brings our community closer
to Christ is a worthy ministry, therefore, we ask you to support the
Church in order that we may continue to minister to all who come
to this Cathedral. Giving to the Church is a way to thank God for
His grace and generosity. The question is not, “How much do I give
to stay in the club?” or “What are the dues” but “how can I thank
God for my many blessing?”

Please prayerfully fill your stewardship card and mail or drop it off in
th office or simply scan the QR code to go to our web pay.

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