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Publish Date: 2017-08-27
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General Information

  • Phone:
  • (248) 477-1677
  • Fax:
  • (248) 477-0231
  • Street Address:

  • 25225 Middlebelt Rd.

  • Farmington Hills, MI 48336


Services Schedule

DIVINE LITURGY SUNDAYS 10 A.M.

OFFICE HOURS 10 A.M.- 3 P.M.  MONDAY-WEDNESDAY,  FRIDAY  (CLOSED THURSDAY)

BONNIE SITARAS: OFFICE COORDINATOR

 


Past Bulletins


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

First Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Matthew 28:16-20

At that time, the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshipped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. Amen."


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Third Mode. Psalm 46.6,1.
Sing praises to our God, sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations.

The reading is from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 15:1-11.

Brethren, I would remind you in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, by which you are saved, if you hold it fast -- unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.


Gospel Reading

12th Sunday of Matthew
The Reading is from Matthew 19:16-26

At that time, a young man came up to Jesus, kneeling and saying, "Good Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why do you call me good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which?" And Jesus said, "You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and You shall love your neighbor as yourself." The young man said to him, "All these I have observed; what do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me." When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had great possessions.

And Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When the disciples heard this they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."


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Hymns of the Day

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Third Mode

Let the Heavens rejoice; let earthly things be glad; for the Lord hath wrought might with His arm, He hath trampled upon death by death. The first-born of the dead hath He become. From the belly of Hades hath He delivered us, and hath granted great mercy to the world.

Apolytikion for the Church in the First Mode

O LORD SAVE, O SAVE THY PEOPLE, AND BLESS YOUR INHERITANCE, GRANT VICT'RIES TO THE DEVOUT CHRISTIANS, OVER THE ADVERSARIES, AND BY VIRTUE OF THY CROSS, PROTECT YOUR DOMINION, YOUR DOMINION, O LORD.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Fourth Mode

In your holy birth, Immaculate One, Joachim and Anna were rid of the shame of childlessness; Adam and Eve of the corruption of death. And so your people, free of the guilt of their sins, celebrate crying: "The barren one gives birth to the Theotokos, who nourishes our life."
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Saints and Feasts

Phanourios
August 27

Holy Martyr Phanurius

Little is known of the holy Martyr Phanurius, except that which is depicted concerning his martyrdom on his holy icon, which was discovered in the year 1500 among the ruins of an ancient church on Rhodes, when the Moslems ruled there. Thus he is called "the Newly Revealed." The faithful pray to Saint Phanurius especially to help them recover things that have been lost, and because he has answered their prayers so often, the custom has arisen of baking a Phaneropita ("Phanurius-Cake") as a thanks-offering.


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August 29

Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all the Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ's coming into the world (Esaias 40: 3; Mal. 3: 1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb; who came forth like another Elias the Zealot, whose life in the wilderness and divine zeal for God's Law he imitated: this divine Prophet, after he had preached the baptism of repentance according to God's command; had taught men of low rank and high how they must order their lives; had admonished those whom he baptized and had filled them with the fear of God, teaching them that no one is able to escape the wrath to come if he do not works worthy of repentance; had, through such preaching, prepared their hearts to receive the evangelical teachings of the Savior; and finally, after he had pointed out to the people the very Savior, and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, Which taketh away the sin of the world" (Luke 3:2-18; John 1: 29-36), after all this, John sealed with his own blood the truth of his words and was made a sacred victim for the divine Law at the hands of a transgressor.

This was Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Galilee, the son of Herod the Great. This man had a lawful wife, the daughter of Arethas (or Aretas), the King of Arabia (that is, Arabia Petraea, which had the famous Nabatean stone city of Petra as its capital. This is the Aretas mentioned by Saint Paul in II Cor. 11:32). Without any cause, and against every commandment of the Law, he put her away and took to himself Herodias, the wife of his deceased brother Philip, to whom Herodias had borne a daughter, Salome. He would not desist from this unlawful union even when John, the preacher of repentance, the bold and austere accuser of the lawless, censured him and told him, "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife" (Mark 6: 18). Thus Herod, besides his other unholy acts, added yet this, that he apprehended John and shut him in prison; and perhaps he would have killed him straightway, had he not feared the people, who had extreme reverence for John. Certainly, in the beginning, he himself had great reverence for this just and holy man. But finally, being pierced with the sting of a mad lust for the woman Herodias, he laid his defiled hands on the teacher of purity on the very day he was celebrating his birthday. When Salome, Herodias' daughter, had danced in order to please him and those who were supping with him, he promised her -- with an oath more foolish than any foolishness -- that he would give her anything she asked, even unto the half of his kingdom. And she, consulting with her mother, straightway asked for the head of John the Baptist in a charger. Hence this transgressor of the Law, preferring his lawless oath above the precepts of the Law, fulfilled this godless promise and filled his loathsome banquet with the blood of the Prophet. So it was that that all-venerable head, revered by the Angels, was given as a prize for an abominable dance, and became the plaything of the dissolute daughter of a debauched mother. As for the body of the divine Baptist, it was taken up by his disciples and placed in a tomb (Mark 6: 21 - 29). Concerning the finding of his holy head, see February 24 and May 25.


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September 01

Ecclesiastical New Year

For the maintenance of their armed forces, the Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years. At the end of each fifteen-year period, an assessment was made of what economic changes had taken place, and a new tax was decreed, which was to be paid over the span of the fifteen years. This imperial decree, which was issued before the season of winter, was named Indictio, that is, Definiton, or Order. This name was adopted by the emperors in Constantinople also. At other times, the latter also used the term Epinemisis, that is, Distribution (Dianome). It is commonly held that Saint Constantine the Great introduced the Indiction decrees in A.D. 312, after he beheld the sign of the Cross in heaven and vanquished Maxentius and was proclaimed Emperor in the West. Some, however (and this seems more likely), ascribe the institution of the Indiction to Augustus Caesar, three years before the birth of Christ. Those who hold this view offer as proof the papal bull issued in A.D. 781 which is dated thus: Anno IV, Indictionis LIII -that is, the fourth year of the fifty-third Indiction. From this, we can deduce the aforementioned year (3 B.C.) by multiplying the fifty-two complete Indictions by the number of years in each (15), and adding the three years of the fifty-third Indiction. There are three types of Indictions: 1) That which was introduced in the West, and which is called Imperial, or Caesarean, or Constantinian, and which begins on the 24th of September; 2) The so-called Papal Indiction, which begins on the 1st of January; and 3) The Constantinopolitan, which was adopted by the Patriarchs of that city after the fall of the Eastern Empire in 1453. This Indiction is indicated in their own hand on the decrees they issue, without the numeration of the fifteen years. This Indiction begins on the 1st of September and is observed with special ceremony in the Church. Since the completion of each year takes place, as it were, with the harvest and gathering of the crops into storehouses, and we begin anew from henceforth the sowing of seed in the earth for the production of future crops, September is considered the beginning of the New Year. The Church also keeps festival this day, beseeching God for fair weather, seasonable rains, and an abundance of the fruits of the earth. The Holy Scriptures (Lev. 23:24-5 and Num. 29:1-2) also testify that the people of Israel celebrated the feast of the Blowing of the Trumpets on this day, offering hymns of thanksgiving. In addition to all the aforesaid, on this feast we also commemorate our Saviour's entry into the synagogue in Nazareth, where He was given the book of the Prophet Esaias to read, and He opened it and found the place where it is written, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, for which cause He hath anointed Me..." (Luke 4:16-30).

It should be noted that to the present day, the Church has always celebrated the beginning of the New Year on September 1. This was the custom in Constantinople until its fall in 1453 and in Russia until the reign of Peter I. September 1 is still festively celebrated as the New Year at the Patriarchate of Constantinople; among the Jews also the New Year, although reckoned according to a moveable calendar, usually falls in September. The service of the Menaion for January 1 is for our Lord's Circumcision and for the memorial of Saint Basil the Great, without any mention of its being the beginning of a new year.


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September 01

Symeon the Stylite

Our righteous Father Symeon was born about the year 390 in a certain village named Sis, in the mountain region of Cilicia and Syria. Having first been a shepherd, he entered the monastic discipline at a young age. After trying various kinds of ascetical practices, both in the monastery and then in the wilderness, he began standing on pillars of progressively greater height, and heroically persevered in this for more than forty years; the greater part of this time he spent standing upright, even when one of his feet became gangrenous, and other parts of his body gave way under the strain. He did not adopt this strange way of life out of vainglory, a charge that some of his contemporaries made against him at the first: because he was already famous for his asceticism and holiness before ascending his first pillar (in Greek, style, whence he is called "Stylite"), many pious people came to him wishing to touch his garments, either for healing or for a blessing; to escape the continual vexation they caused, he made a pillar about ten feet high, and then higher and higher, until the fourth and last was about fifty feet high. The Church historian Theodoret of Cyrrhus, an eyewitness of his exploits who wrote of him while Symeon was yet alive, called him "the great wonder of the world." God gave him the grace to persevere in such an astonishing form of asceticism that multitudes came to see him from Persia, Armenia, South Arabia, Georgia, Thrace, Spain, Italy, Gaul, and the British Isles. Theodoret says that he became so famous in Rome that the Nomadic Arabs by the thousands believed in Christ and were baptized because of him; the King of Persia sent envoys to inquire into his way of life, and the Queen asked to be sent oil that he had blessed. He also was a great defender of sound doctrine, and confirmed the Orthodoxy of the Holy Council of Chalcedon for many who had been beguiled by the teachings of the Monophysites, including the Empress Eudocia, widow of Theodosius the Younger. After a life of unheard-of achievements and struggles, he reposed in peace at the age of sixty-nine, in the year 459.


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September 02

John the Abstainer, Patriarch of Constantinople

Saint John became Patriarch during the reign of Tiberius, in the year 582, governed the Church for thirteen years and five months, and reposed in peace in 595. It was during this Patriarch's reign, in the year 586, that the title "Ecumenical Patriarch," not used before this, came to be instituted.


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Notices

August 27 Memorials
15 Year: Calliope Lucas
25 Year: Peter Lucas / Theodore Lucas
 
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Links to eBulletin, Facebook, Metropolis
 
 Facebook: HolyCrossGreekOrthodoxChurch
 
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Ladies Philoptochos News

 AUGUST 28 @ 6:30 P.M. FIRST MEETING
(after making spanakopita)
 
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CONGRATULATIONS! TO OUR NEW BOARD
(will be sworn in September)
Debbie George, President
Terrie Stefanakis, Vice President
Denise Liberty, Recording Secretary
Evangeli Stilianos, Corresponding Secretary
Dina Rand, Treasurer
 
Thank you, to our outgoing officers
Presvytera Olga, Audrey Kourtakis and Pauline Yiannakis

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Altar Boy List

altar boys: july and august are open, come on time and come in !

 

 Captains: Matt Power,  Alex Krear, Milton Alexander

TEAM ONE

  • Matthew Fekaris
  • Steven Blough
  • Demetri Zervos
  • Nicholas Barnaby
  • Benjamin Barnaby
  • Mateo Pesaros

Team One Schedule:  July & August open Come any Sunday!  September 10.

TEAM TWO

  • Chris Zervos
  • Samie Zervos
  • Yianni Yiannakis
  • Dimitri Sitaras
  • Pano Stilianos
  • Dino Thanos

Team Two Schedule:  July open Come any Sunday!  September 17.

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On Holy Days, if you come on time you can serve, for robes on Holy Days it's first come-first serve.

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PLEASE NOTE ALTAR BOYS AND PARENTS:  This is a great commitment to the Lord and it is an important RESPONSIBILITY to be on time for the Divine Liturgy!

Liturgy begins at 10 a.m. SO please be on time!

DO NOT come into the Holy Altar after 10:05 a.m.

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St Nicholas National Shrine Parish Campaign

Holy Cross contribution to campaign 21,279 (Goya 1,100 of total), Philoptochos contribution to campaign 4,000 (25,279)

We were the 2nd highest in our Metropolis...

 

St. Nicholas National Shrine

www.StNicholasWTC.org

 

See construction progress via web cam link

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Memorial Donations to Holy Cross

 

OUR THANKS

 

To those who in lieu of flowers gave monetary

contributions to the Church in memory of :

(as of August 15)

 

 

ROSEMARY COLLIAS

M/M Norman R. Owens

 

GEORGE PARON

M/M James Grove

 

NICHOLAS LAZAROU

M/M George Katsias

M/M James Stewart

Mrs. Mary Lazarou

 

GEORGE KOURTAKIS

M/M Jim Kourtakis

M/M John Lucas (c/o Irene Katsias)

 

ANASTASIA (STASA) MATHEOS

               M/M Steve Fekaris                                  M/M Dan Dallas

               Mrs. Zoe Jaimee                                     Mrs. Georgia Morris

               M/M John Sinanis                                    M/M Jim Sitaras

               M/M Gus E. Zervos                                Dr/M Marcus J. Zervos

               M/M Adam Angelas                                Mrs. Maritsa Loizos

               M/M George Scarvelis                             Mrs. H.P. Kyriakopoulos

              Mr. Angelo P. Zervos                        Stephen Scarvelis, Gus Scarvelis

             Michael and Cherie Scarvelis                M/M Gus Mackris

              M/M Jim Heller                                    M/M John Liadis

             M/M Ken MacLaren                              M/M Thomas Casoglos           

             M/M Michael Zervos                             M/M Nicholas Madias

            M/M Greg Demopoulos                         M/M George & Cathy Poletis

           M/M Tom & Liz Alexander                      M/M Stelios Sinanis

         M/M Van Kyriakopoulos                                Mr. Pete Moundros

          M/M Paul & Cecilia Yee                        M/M George Katsias

          M/M Franklin & Jean Wadsworth            M/M Peter Angelas

           M/M Bill Williams                                  M/M Ted Andris

          M/M Alex Kargilis                                  M/M Patrick Quinn

        Mr. Karl Zimmermann                        Mrs. Maritsa Loizos

        M/M Tim Keros

        Maria Ponirou, Bill & Despina Catsikopoulos           

        Michael, Gaia, Bridget & Amelia Klass & friends at Associated Dealer Services

 

        

CHRIS ANDRES

          M/M Salem Nahhat                           Beverly Shehab                       

          M/M Theodore Niforos                       Ms Diane Reed                       

         Eric Harabadian & Lisa Hagopian        Dr/M Marcus Zervos                       

          M/M Evans Lucas                              M/M Greg Demopoulos           

          Alfreda Bakalis                                  Bill Vargo

 

                                                            GEORGE DEMOPOULOS

          M/M Steve Fekaris                 Mrs. Paula Andres           

          M/M Gus Spanos & Anastasia Spanos Mr. George Matheos                       

          M/M David Myers and Christina Morris         Zoe Harris                                   

          Vicky Kettner                                  Mr. Matthew Quinn                       

         Mrs. Kanella Katsikas                        Bill Vargo

         Richard Peresky & Jeanette Pierce       M/M Martin Manna                       

          Wejkan Shouneyia                             M/M Steve Fekaris                       

          M/M Jim Sitaras                                  M/M Ricky Hajji

          M/M John Liadis                              Nicholas Koutouras & Linda Maglia

        Mr. Costas Koutouras                      M/M Robert W. Armstrong                                                                           

         M/M Richard Peresky & Christopher Peresky

 

       MAY THEIR MEMORY BE ETERNAL   __

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