1 Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral Sunday, April 17, 2016
2 St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church Office Mon.-Fri.: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Reverend Doctor Dimitrios Moraitis Dean Reverend Father Dean N. Paleologos Dean Emeritus Reverend Deacon Andrew Giourelis Georgia Parafestas -Parish Council President - Metropolis of Boston WELCOME Welcome to the Saint Spyridon Cathedral in Worcester, Massachusetts. We are honored that you have chosen to worship with us today. It is our hope that your visit here will bring you many blessings from God. Please be sure to tell us if you are visiting or if you are new to our community. Our Church Family worships the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and every Sunday, the Lord s Day, we commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to live the Holy Gospel in accordance with the Orthodox Faith; towards sanctification through God s grace in worship, the Divine Liturgy and the Sacraments: glorifying God through all joys and struggles; and as a Church Community, in Christian love, we seek to do His will so that through His mercy, we may attain His Kingdom. We are blessed to have the slippers of St. Spyridon, which are located in the narthex of the Church, please be sure to venerate them. We pray you have a blessed day and that you visit with us again soon. Also, please remember that one must be an Orthodox Christian in order to receive Holy Communion. If you would like to embrace the Orthodox Faith, please see Father Dimitrios Moraitis. May God Bless you! April 17, 2016 Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt Memorials Patricia Dodos-40 days Stephanie Bamikas-40 days Theofilos Raptis-40 days Fr. Emmanuel Sakelarides-6 months Vasiliki Mikelatos-1 yr Nikolaos Mansouri-1 yr Argyro Diamond-4 yrs Presv. Kalliope Sakelarides-18 yr James Diamond-18 yrs Altar Flowers Altar Flowers are sponsored in loving memory of Stephanie Bamikas, Elpida Economou, Fr. Emmanuel Sakelarides, Presv. Kalliope Sakelarides and Kyriaki Fotiadis by their families Sunday Services Orthros 8:30 am Divine Liturgy 9:45 am Pre-Sanctified Liturgy Wednesday, April St. George 6:00pm Saturday of Lazarus Saturday, April 23, :45am Orthros 9:45am DL Coffee Hour Coffee Hour is sponsored in loving memory of Stephanie Bamikas, Vasiliki Mikelatos NikolaosMansouri, Fr. Emmanuel Sakelarides, Presv. Kalliope Sakelarides, and Kyriaki Fotiadis by their families Saints of the Day St. Mary of Egypt, St. Symeon of Persidi and those with him, St. Makarios Archbishop of Corinth Trisagion Elpida Economou-6 yrs Catechisms Kimberly Means, Kimberly Gallant
3 Entrance Hymns Apolytikion Let us worship the Word, O ye faithful, praising Him that with the Father and the Spirit is cobeginningless God, Who was born of a pure Virgin that we all be saved; for He was pleased to mount the Cross in the flesh that He assumed, accepting thus to endure death. And by His glorious rising, He also willed to resurrect the dead. The image of God, was faithfully preserved in you, O Mother. For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By Your actions you taught us to look beyond the flesh for it passes, rather to be concerned about the soul which is immortal. Wherefore, O Holy Mary, your soul rejoices with the angels. Τὸν συνάναρχον Λόγον Πατρὶ καὶ Πνεύματι, τὸν ἐκ Παρθένου τεχθέντα εἰς σωτηρίαν ἡμῶν, ἀνυμνήσωμεν πιστοὶ καὶ προσκυνήσωμεν, ὅτι ηὐδόκησε σαρκί, ἀνελθεῖν ἐν τῷ σταυρῷ, καὶ θάνατον ὑπομεῖναι, καὶ ἐγεῖραι τοὺς τεθνεῶτας, ἐν τῇ ἐνδόξῳ Ἀναστάσει αὐτοῦ. Εν σοί Μήτερ ακριβώς διεσώθη τό κατ' εικόνα, λαβών γάρ τόν σταυρόν, ηκολούθησας τώ Χριστώ, καί πράττων εδίδασκες, υπεροράν μέν σαρκός, παρέρχεται γάρ επιμελείσθαι δέ ψυχής, πράγματος αθανάτου, διό καί μετά Αγγέλων συναγάλλεται, οσία Μαρία τό πνεύμά σου. For The Memorials Keep Thy servants in remembrance, O Lord, since Thou art good; and do Thou forgive every sin in this life; for no man is without sin, except for Thee Who art able to grant rest even unto him who has departed hence. Saint Spyridon O Father, God-bearer, Spyridon, you were proven a champion and Wonder Worker of the First Ecumenical Council. You spoke to the girl in the grave and turned the serpent to gold. And, when chanting your prayers, most sacred One, angels ministered with you. Glory to Him who glorified you; glory to Him who crowned you; glory to Him who, through you, works healing for all. Kontakion O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee. Αγίου Σπυρίδωνος Της Συνόδου της πρώτης ανεδείχθης υπέρμαχος, και θαυματουργός Θεοφόρε, Σπυρίδων Πατήρ ημών, διο νεκρά συ εν τάφω προσφωνείς, και όφιν εις χρυσούν μετέβαλες, και εν τω μέλπειν τας αγίας σου ευχάς, Αγγέλους εσκες συλλειτουργούντας σοι Ιερώτατε, Δοξα τω σε δοξάσαντι, δόξα τω σε στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τω Kontakion Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε, μεσιτεία πρὸς τὸν Ποιητὴν ἀμετάθετε. Μὴ παρίδῃς ἁμαρτωλῶν δεήσεων φωνάς, ἀλλὰ πρόφθασον, ὡς ἀγαθή, εἰς τὴν βοήθειαν ἡμῶν, τῶν πιστῶς κραυγαζόντων σοι Τάχυνον εἰς πρεσβείαν, καὶ σπεῦσον εἰς ἱκεσίαν, ἡ προστατεύουσα ἀεί, Θεοτόκε, τῶν τιμώντων σε.
4 PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY NEWS The Ladies of Philoptochos will be prepping dough for Tsourekia on Monday, April 18th 4:30pm and baking on Tuesday, April 19th at 8am. Dying Easter Eggs Thurs. April HELLENIC ARTS SOCIETY The Hellenic Arts Society will be meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in the Tonna Rm. 7:00pm GOYA April 19, 2016-No meeting April 26, 2016-attend Church Service, Holy Week PARISH BOOKSTORE Great New Book Arrivals! A Child s Guide to the Divine Liturgy - beautifully illustrated and annotated, useful for the very young and even adults Prayer guides for teenagers and young adults. Pictures of God -Icons beautifully explained with great pictures! Great for young and all ages. Wonderful for parents to read with their children. TODAY! We are honored to have Bishop Athanasios Akunda celebrating the Divine Liturgy LITTLE ANGELS Little Angels will meet on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 9:30am Greek School PTA Lambades Fundraiser to benefit the Greek School PTA Easter Lambades will be sold in the foyer of the Founder s Court TODAY immediately following Divine Liturgy. Thank you for supporting the children of the Greek School. COTSIDAS CULTURAL CENTER Web Site The web site for the rental of the Cultural Center can now be accessed at Note that Parishioner rental rates are priced considerably lower to those advertised to the General Public, (Hall $850, Founders Court $300). Rental rates for Cathedral Affiliates (AHEPA, Epirotic Society, Union Hristohorafiton, etc) are half of the Parishioner rate. There is no charge for rentals to Cathedral Ministries (Philoptochos, GOYA, Holy Trinity etc.). For more information contact Mike Dionis or Jim Voyiatzis through the Cathedral office. Preparing For Easter Fr. Dimitri, Al Matulaitis, Mike Dionis,Paul Soter and George Fotiades did a wonderful job cleaning the Chandelier and other light fixtures of our cathedral in order to prepare for Holy Week and Pascha Services HOLY TRINITY Holy Trinity has employment openings for Full-Time and Part-Time Dietary Aides, and Per Diem Housekeepers. Please contact Michelle Williamson, Director of Human Resources, at (508) , ext. 218 or Please submit any news, updates, fliers and photos you would like to see in the Sunday Bulletin to: Also if you d like to be added to the list to receive the bulletin via please contact Georgia at the above address. The Sunday Bulletin can also be viewed on the St. Spyridon website by clicking on the About tab, Weekly Bulletin.
5 Ο ΑΠΟΣΤΟΛΟΣ Πρὸς Ἑβραίους 9:11-14 Σὺ Κύριε, φυλάξαις ἡμᾶς καὶ διατηρήσαις ἡμᾶς. Στίχ. Σῶσον με, Κύριε, ὅτι ἐκλέλοιπεν ὅσιος. Ἀδελφοί, Χριστὸς δὲ παραγενόμενος ἀρχιερεὺς τῶν μελλόντων ἀγαθῶν, διὰ τῆς μείζονος καὶ τελειοτέρας σκηνῆς, οὐ χειροποιήτου, τοῦτʼ ἔστιν, οὐ ταύτης τῆς κτίσεως, οὐδὲ διʼ αἵματος τράγων καὶ μόσχων, διὰ δὲ τοῦ ἰδίου αἵματος εἰσῆλθεν ἐφάπαξ εἰς τὰ ἅγια, αἰωνίαν λύτρωσιν εὑράμενος. Εἰ γὰρ τὸ αἷμα ταύρων καὶ τράγων, καὶ σποδὸς δαμάλεως ῥαντίζουσα τοὺς κεκοινωμένους, ἁγιάζει πρὸς τὴν τῆς σαρκὸς καθαρότητα, πόσῳ μᾶλλον τὸ αἷμα τοῦ Χριστοῦ, ὃς διὰ πνεύματος αἰωνίου ἑαυτὸν προσήνεγκεν ἄμωμον τῷ θεῷ, καθαριεῖ τὴν συνείδησιν ὑμῶν ἀπὸ νεκρῶν ἔργων, εἰς τὸ λατρεύειν θεῷ ζῶντι; ΤΗΕ EPISTLE St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-14 You, O Lord, shall keep us and preserve us. Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the godly man has failed. BRETHREN, when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
6 \Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt Κατὰ Μᾶρκον 10:32-45 Τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ, παραλαβάνει ὁ Ἰησοῦς τοὺς δώδεκα μαθητάς αὐτοῦ καὶ ἤρξατο αὐτοῖς λέγειν τὰ μέλλοντα αὐτῷ συμβαίνειν, ὅτι ἰδοὺ ἀναβαίνομεν εἰς Ιεροσόλυμα καὶ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου παραδοθήσεται τοῖς ἀρχιερεῦσι καὶ γραμματεῦσι, καὶ κατακρινοῦσιν αὐτὸν θανάτῳ καὶ παραδώσουσιν αὐτὸν τοῖς ἔθνεσι, καὶ ἐμπαίξουσιν αὐτῷ καὶ μαστιγώσουσιν αὐτὸν καὶ ἐμπτύσουσιν αὐτῷ καὶ ἀποκτενοῦσιν αὐτόν, καὶ τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ ἀναστήσεται. Καὶ προσπορεύονται αὐτῷ Ιάκωβος καὶ Ιωάννης υἱοὶ Ζεβεδαίου λέγοντες διδάσκαλε, θέλομεν ἵνα ὃ ἐὰν αἰτήσωμεν ποιήσῃς ἡμῖν. ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς τί θέλετε ποιῆσαί με ὑμῖν; οἱ δὲ εἶπον αὐτῷ δὸς ἡμῖν ἵνα εἷς ἐκ δεξιῶν σου καὶ εἷς ἐξ εὐωνύμων σου καθίσωμεν ἐν τῇ δόξῃ σου. ὁ δὲ Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς οὐκ οἴδατε τί αἰτεῖσθε. δύνασθε πιεῖν τὸ ποτήριον ὃ ἐγὼ πίνω, καὶ τὸ βάπτισμα ὃ ἐγὼ βαπτίζομαι βαπτισθῆναι; οἱ δὲ εἶπον αὐτῷ δυνάμεθα. ὁ δὲ Ιησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς τὸ μὲν ποτήριον ὃ ἐγὼ πίνω πίεσθε, καὶ τὸ βάπτισμα ὃ ἐγὼ βαπτίζομαι βαπτισθήσεσθε τὸ δὲ καθίσαι ἐκ δεξιῶν μου καὶ ἐξ εὐωνύμων οὐκ ἔστιν ἐμὸν δοῦναι, ἀλλ οἷς ἡτοίμασται. Καὶ ἀκούσαντες οἱ δέκα ἤρξαντο ἀγανακτεῖν περὶ Ιακώβου καὶ Ιωάννου. ὁ δὲ Ιησοῦς προσκαλεσάμενος αὐτοὺς λέγει αὐτοῖς οἴδατε ὅτι οἱ δοκοῦντες ἄρχειν τῶν ἐθνῶν κατακυριεύουσιν αὐτῶν καὶ οἱ μεγάλοι αὐτῶν κατεξουσιάζουσιν αὐτῶν οὐχ οὕτω δὲ ἔσται ἐν ὑμῖν, ἀλλ ὃς ἐὰν θέλῃ γενέσθαι μέγας ἐν ὑμῖν, ἔσται ὑμῶν διάκονος, καὶ ὃς ἐὰν θέλῃ ὑμῶν γενέσθαι πρῶτος, ἔσται πάντων δοῦλος καὶ γὰρ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου οὐκ ἦλθε διακονηθῆναι, ἀλλὰ διακονῆσαι, καὶ δοῦναι τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ λύτρον ἀντὶ πολλῶν. Gospel Reading Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt The Gospel according to Mark 10:32-45 At that time, Jesus taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and deliver him to the Gentiles; and they will mock him, and spit upon him, and scourge him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise." And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him, and said to him, "Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." And he said to them, "What do you want me to do for you?" And they said to him, "Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?" And they said to him, "We are able." And Jesus said to them, "The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant of James and John. And Jesus called them to him and said to them, "You know that those who are supposed to rule over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you; but whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Fasting / Νηστεία The Great Fast continues Abstain from meat and dairy everyday, oil is allowed on the Weekend
7 Saint Spyridon Cathedral GREAT LENT SERVICES 2016 FIFTH SUNDAY OF GREAT LENT Sun. April 17: Orthros at 8:30 a.m., and Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m.: St. Mary of Egypt - A Wed. April 20, 6:00 p.m The Pre-sanctified St. Mary s Assumption Church Saturday of Lazarus Saturday, April 23 - Orthros at 8:45 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m. On Saturday, we will begin the final part of Great Lent and Holy Week with the Saturday of Lazarus. On this day, we celebrate the miracle that Christ performed by raising Lazarus from the dead. It is found in the Gospel of John 11:1-45. This is when Christ showed that He was both man and God, as He had power over mortality. It is considered a major feast day of the Church. Palm Sunday marks the commemoration of Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and the fulfillment of messianic prophecy. It continued the theme set forth with Lazarus, where He was God made flesh. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, where we begin the remembrance of Christ s death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the most sacred time of the liturgical year. Saturday of Lazarus Lenten Luncheon and Palm Folding Saturday, April 23, 2016 immediately following Divine Liturgy Please join us for a Lenten Luncheon and folding of palm crosses in preparation for Palm Sunday. Everyone is welcomed to participate. Holy Saturday First Resurrection Ringing Bell Service Saturday, April 30, 8:00am We ask all our young people ( and not so young) to bring bells to this service to be rung when Fr. Dimitri throws the bay leaves in the air. All are welcomed, bring the entire family!
8 ST. SPYRIDON HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 2016 Saturday of Lazarus Saturday, April 23 - Orthros at 8:45 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m. (Folding of Palms and Lenten Brunch to follow) Palm Sunday Sunday, April 24 - Orthros at 8:45 a.m. and Divine Liturgy at 9:45 a.m. 7:00 p.m.: Orthros of Great Monday HOLY MONDAY Monday, April 25-7:00 p.m.: Orthros of Great Tuesday - HOLY TUESDAY Tuesday, April 26-7:00 p.m.: Orthros of Great Wednesday - Hymn of Kassiani HOLY WEDNESDAY Wednesday, April 27-3:00 p.m.: Service of Holy Unction 7:00 p.m.: Orthros of Holy Thursday and the Washing of the Feet HOLY THURSDAY Thursday, April 28-6:30 a.m.: Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil 6:30 p.m.: The Twelve Gospel Readings and the procession of the Crucified Christ GOOD FRIDAY Friday, April 29 8:30 a.m. Royal Hours - 10:15 a.m. Decorating of the Epitafios; 3:00 p.m. Great Vespers of the Decent from the Cross 7:00 p.m. Orthros of Great Friday - HOLY SATURDAY Saturday, April 30-8:00 a.m. - The Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil 11:00 p.m. - Vigil for the Holy Resurrection EASTER SUNDAY Sunday, May 1-12:00 a.m. - Resurrection Service 12:30 a.m. - The Paschal Liturgy and Sermon of St. John Chrysostom 11:00 a.m. - Agape Service 12:00pm - Easter Egg Hunt
10 LENTEN AND HOLY WEEK FLOWER OFFERINGS Please consider donating one of these items for the health of your family or in memory of a loved one 5 Icons for the $ each 8 Bales of $45 each 8 donations of $35.00 each for the Daffodils for the Veneration of the Cross 1 Large icon of the $ Icon of The Nymphios for Palm $ small Icon of The Nymphios for Palm $ Icons for Palm $65.00 each 1 Icon of the Last Supper for Holy $ Icon for Holy Rose petals $ bunches of Bay $40.00 each 1 Large Icon of the Taking Down of the Lord from the $ Large icon of the tomb of Christ $ Icon of Women at the Tomb for Holy Saturday $ icons of the $95.00 each 1 Resurrection $ Icons on $ Lily $12.00 each 40 Longflora $195 total Lavender Roses for $ total 3 Dozen $50/Dozen 1,000 Carnations for the each Special Aromatic Processional Candles for Holy Thursday Evening (3 The 12 Candles for the 12 Gospel Readings The Wreath of the $95.00 The Priest s Resurrection $40.00 The Bishop s Resurrection $50.00 Altar Candles for Palm Sunday (4 candles $15.00 Altar Candles for Easter Sunday (4 candles $15.00 Oil for Holy $35.00 Scent for Good $50.00 Altar Flowers for Palm $60.00 Altar Flowers for Easter $60.00 We have entered the period of Great Lent and we pray that you will have a wonderful and Holy Easter season. The decoration of the Cathedral and Holy Icons is a wonderful way to give back to our church. Thank you for your donations.
11 Prayers for the Living Father Dimitri will be reading the names of the living on Holy Saturday night before the Divine Liturgy. Please write the names of your loved ones who are living on a sheet of paper, place them in an envelope, and hand them to a member of the parish council. Proceeds will go to Project Mexico Prayers for the Deceased Father Dimitri will be praying a special memorial service on Good Friday during the Epitafion service. We ask all parishioners to write the names of their loved ones who have fallen asleep in the Lord, to place the written names of the departed in an envelope and hand them to a member of the parish council. Proceeds will go to Project Mexico.
12 PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON The Saint Spyridon Parish Council invites you to join us on Sunday, April 24, 2016 for our annual Palm Sunday Lenten Luncheon. PLACE: Cotsidas Cultural Center 102 Russell St., Worcester, MA TIME: Immediately following Divine Liturgy COST: Adults: $25.00 Children $10.00 Please R.S.V.P. to Evangelia 508*887*
14 OPEN TO EVERYONE Please join us for an informative meeting to discuss topics concerning Grecian Festival 2016 All are welcomed to participate in discussing our upcoming festival. Monday, April 18, 2016 at 7pm Senior Center Boston Duck Tours Day Trip Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Sign up and info on bulletin board Show your support and fundraise for our own Grecian Festival by having your name printed on our beautiful Grecian Festival banner which will be displayed all 3 days during the festivities. $20 -$50 donors. Thank you and may God Bless you. Please call George Gourousis AHEPA We are planning to have an initiation of new members, and vote on reinstatement of members. We could also be having election of Delegates for the District Convention to be held in Lynn, MA on June 25, All our members are encouraged to attend and TODAY! We will have a table set up in the foyer today and on Sunday, April 17th.Please stop by immediately following Divine Liturgy and sign up to have your name printed on the St. Spyridon Grecian Festival banner.
15 Easter Sunday May 1, 2016 after AGAPE Service Please join us for an Easter Egg Hunt for the children of our Parish. The Egg Hunt will take place on church grounds (weather permitting) immediately following AGAPE Service on Easter Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 12:00pm.
16 2016 Stewardship Report * GOAL Week 2016 Total 317 pledges received Stewardship Budget 15 $122, $386 average/family $ * GOAL amount includes the 2016 Stewardship Budget Receipts of $330, Funds reflect all monies received in 2016 We suggest you budget your Stewardship contribution as you do your monthly home expenses Our Cathedral must meet the Financial needs of its ministries and annual operating budget by way of its Christian Stewardship Program. It is each and everyone's responsibility to accept honor and support your role as a Contributing Steward. Please pledge your Required Stewardship Contribution now, if you have not done so. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.