Very Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis
Mr. Trevor J. Bullock
24 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
February 23, 2020
Sunday of the Last Judgment
The foregoing two parables — especially that of the Prodigal Son — have presented to us God's extreme goodness and love for man. But lest certain persons, putting their confidence in this alone, live carelessly, squandering upon sin the time given them to work out their salvation, and death suddenly snatch them away, the most divine Fathers have appointed this day's feast commemorating Christ's impartial Second Coming, through which we bring to mind that God is not only the Friend of man, but also the most righteous Judge, Who recompenses to each according to his deeds.
All foods, except meat and meat products, are allowed during the week that follows this Sunday.
Ἀπολυτίκιον Ἀναστάσιμον. Ἠχος γʹ.
Εὐφραινέσθω τὰ οὐράνια, ἀγαλλιάσθω τὰ ἐπίγεια, ὅτι ἐποίησε κράτος, ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, ὁ Κύριος, ἐπάτησε τῷ θανάτῳ τὸν θάνατον, πρωτότοκος τῶν νεκρῶν ἐγένετο, ἐκ κοιλίας ᾅδου ἐῤῥύσατο ἡμᾶς, καὶ παρέσχε τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.
Resurrectional Apolytikion. Mode 3.
Let the heavens sing for joy, and let everything on earth be glad. For with His Arm the Lord has worked power. He trampled death under foot by means of death; and He became the firstborn from the dead. From the maw of Hades He delivered us; and He granted the world His great mercy.
Ἀπολυτίκιον τοῦ Ναοῦ. Ἦχος δʹ.
Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τὸ Κεφάλαιον, καὶ τοῦ ἀπ' αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις, ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱὸς τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καὶ Γαβριὴλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διὸ καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.
Apolytikion of the Parish. Mode 4.
Today is the summary of our salvation, and the revelation of the age-old mystery. For the Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel announces the good news of grace. Therefore, let us join him, and cry aloud to the Theotokos: “Rejoice, Maiden full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
Κοντάκιον. Ἦχος αʹ.
Ὅταν ἔλθῃς ὁ Θεός, ἐπὶ γῆς μετὰ δόξης, καὶ τρέμωσι τὰ σύμπαντα, ποταμὸς δὲ τοῦ πυρὸς πρὸ τοῦ Βήματος ἕλκῃ, καὶ βίβλοι ἀνοίγωνται, καὶ τὰ κρυπτὰ δημοσιεύωνται, τότε ῥῦσαί με, ἐκ τοῦ πυρὸς τοῦ ἀσβέστου, καὶ ἀξίωσον, ἐκ δεξιῶν σου μὲ στῆναι, Κριτὰ δικαιότατε.
Kontakion. Mode 1.
When You, O God, will come to earth with glory, and all things tremble, and the river of fire flows before the Judgment Seat, and the books are opened and the hidden things made public, then deliver me from the unquenchable fire, and deem me worthy to stand at Your right hand, O most righteous Judge.
HYMNS OF ENTRANCE
Sunday of the Last Judgment
The Apostolic Reading
Prokeimenon: Sing praises to God; sing praises; sing praises to our King; sing praises.
Verse: Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with the voice of rejoicing.
The reading is from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (8:8-13; 9:1-2).
Brethren, food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. Only take care lest this liberty of yours somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if any one sees you, a man of knowledge, at table in an idol's temple, might he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak man is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food is a cause of my brother's falling, I will never eat meat, lest I cause my brother to fall. Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my workmanship in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
The Lord said, "When the Son of man comes in his glory and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
The epistle is being offered by JoAnn Ioannou.
The memorial service is offered for the repose of the souls of the servants of God:
Nicholas Pistolas - 40 days
Elektra Pistolas Sophocleus - 4 years
Athena Pistolas Klosteridis - 7 years
Evanthia Pistolas - 25 years
James Pistolas - 54 years
May their memory be eternal!
Mr. and Mrs. Max Cline present their second child, a daughter, for the traditional Forty Day Blessing.
Please join The Worthington Chapter of AHEPA for their pancake breakfast.
Collections continue to be received for the Helping Up Mission. The items needed by next Sunday are: comb, washcloth, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a bar of soap. One of each item should be placed in a one-gallon zip-lock bag. There is a box in the hallway outside of the Cathedral office.
Today, February 23 at 1 pm the next concert in our Annunciation Cathedral Concert Series will take place in Preston Hall at the AOC. Pianist Shirley Yoo and violinist Qing Li will be performing music by Beethoven, Manuel De Falla and other composers. Please join us for this outstanding concert featuring these two exceptional artists with a reception to follow.
If you are visiting the Cathedral, please introduce yourself to Father Dean or Father Duane at the end of the Liturgy.
Online donations are now available through the online “DONATE” button on the church website.
If you would like to be a "Recurring" or "Pledge" donor, you will need to go to the cathedral's website www.annunciationbaltimore.org and click on the donate button to set up an account with your bank and/or credit card so your gifts will be acknowledged in the new system. If you are a "Recurring" or "Pledge" donor and you made a recurring gift between January 1 and January 9, 2020, those donations will no longer be taken from your accounts without creating an account in our new online giving software. If you have questions about the termination of automatic withdrawals, always check with your bank and/or credit card service. Your bank or credit card information will need to be resubmitted through our new system. We are grateful for your stewardship! You can also make donations using your device, download the app, Give+, type in Annunciation Cathedral Baltimore, then follow the prompts.
BUILDING & MAINTENANCE
Work continues to be done at the Cemetery and Chapel. A tremendous amount of overgrown trees and bushes have been removed or pruned, new sidewalks around the perimeter of the Chapel, and repairs to the dome are being completed.
EDUCATION IN THE FAITH
Women’s bible study will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 10 am in the Chapel of Holy Wisdom. The scripture passage we will be discussing is Mark 4:1-20.
Annual Lenten Retreat with Father Andrew Damick and Mr. Steven Christoforou, March 21, 2020. Discussion on contemporary topics facing our young people and the Orthodox Church. Contact Jeanne Tsakalos, firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
On Friday, March 20, we will host an area-wide youth night with Stephen Christoforou. Stephen, as you may remember, was the host of the series “Be the Bee”. This event is open to all families, free of charge, and includes dinner. Contact Trevor if you are attending.
Little Angels - Our next meeting is Monday, Feb. 24th. Please contact Trevor to RSVP or to get more information.
The Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival is an opportunity for our young people to share their faith through a speech on a topic of their choice. The Oratorical Festival gives youth the chance to improve their speaking skills, learn more about their faith, and meet other young Orthodox Christians. Youth in grades 5 through 12 are invited to participate in this valuable program which is very timely with the Lenten Season. A number of scholarships (up to $30,000) are awarded locally and throughout the Archdiocese for finalists in this program. For information, help with topics, or other questions, contact Trevor.
Time to start planning for Camp Good Shepherd Summer Camp. The dates of the camp are July 20-24, 2020 on the grounds of Camp Wo-Me-To. Registration will be emailed in the coming weeks.
Young Professionals, join us Sunday, March 1st at 5:00pm for Vespers and pizza. This is an opportunity for us to begin Lent by praying together and asking forgiveness from one another. After Vespers we will have pizza and fellowship at the Belvedere. Contact Trevor for more information.
SPRING GLENDI 2020 – JOIN US FOR A FAMILY FUN NIGHT! The Greek School PTO is hosting its annual Spring Glendi on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The event will be held at the Preston Hall Ballroom with music provided by Zephyros. Tickets are $25 per person for anyone over 10; $10 for children 10 and under. Tickets include mezedakia, desserts, and soft drinks. All proceeds will support our Greek School students and activities throughout the year. For tickets, please contact Toula Bellios (410- 294- 6034) or Terri Hornick (240- 855- 6087).
Altar Boys – Young men, ages 9 and above are invited to come and assist with the Divine Services. Please arrive by 9:20 AM, dressed appropriately– white dress shirt, conservative tie, black pants, and black shoes. Use the side door by the elevator to enter the sacristy. Contact Father Dean for information, email@example.com.
HELLENIC HERITAGE MUSEUM
The Flying Greek - Luncheon and Film- Join us for the amazing story of Col. Steve Pisanos, who epitomizes the American dream from immigrant to patriot to hero. Pisanos immigrated to America as a teenager with little money and no knowledge of English. He went on to become a decorated WWII hero and received many awards, which include the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society Awards for heroism or extraordinary achievement in aerial flight. Learn more of his fascinating story and see the film “The Mettle Behind the Merit- The Steve Pisanos Story” Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m. AOC. $20. Donation covers luncheon and film. For reservations contact Maria Letras 410-916-3764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum welcomes you to view its current exhibits within the Theodore George Library of the Annunciation Orthodox Center every Sunday after church services.
We are sponsoring a bus trip to St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for a presentation by Aphordite E. Peponois on the Painted churches of Romania: 16th Century Orthodox Treasurers, Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:30 PM. A bus will leave from the Cathedral parking lot promptly at 11:00 AM and there will be a minimal transportation cost based on the number of participants. Please contact Jasmine Lampadarios (443) 465-6890 or email@example.com before May 1st.
The museum’s Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 8th, at 3:00 P.M. at the home of Helen Sarafidis, 1104 W. Joppa Road, Towson, MD. Please respond to 410-825-8532 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The book for March is, “The Hour of the Bell” by Harry Mark Petrakis.
Sunday, March 9 is the First Sunday of Lent - the Sunday of Orthodoxy. It is a day where we commemorate the return of the icons to the Church. Our youth are encouraged to bring their icons from home. We will process around the interior of the Cathedral with a series of petitions and offer prayers. That evening at 5:00 PM, we will have a Great Vespers Service with the neighboring parishes at our Cathedral.
WOMEN’S GUILD TAVERNA NIGHT! The Women’s Guild invites all to attend their Annual Taverna Night on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Preston Hall Ballroom of the AOC, 25 W. Preston Street, with music by Zephyros. Tickets are $30/person and $20 for those 18 and younger. Mezedakia will be served. A Cash Bar will be available. For additional information and to purchase tickets, contact: Georgette Stavrakas email@example.com / 443-691-5231 or Georgeann Morekas firstname.lastname@example.org / 443-845-1176. Tickets will be sold in the Lower Lobby on Sunday February 9, 16 and 23.
Have you made your summer vacation plans? Join us for a fun filled 7 Day cruise - Axion's “Cruizin with the Greeks” on the Carnival Pride to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands - Sailing Sunday, 6/21 - Sunday, 6/28, 2020 from Baltimore, MD. Contact Effie Karabelas at Going Places Travel Agency at 410-284-9200 / email@example.com.
PHILOPTOCHOS AND SUNDAY SCHOOL
Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the Annunciation community for its continued support. With your help, we were able to provide 122,473 meals to homeless students in Baltimore City last year.
The mission of WBHK is to provide nourishment to vulnerable youth in Baltimore City in order to foster their academic success. Hungry children incur delays in their physical, intellectual and emotional development. There are more than 3,000 homeless children in Baltimore City Schools. The largest number are in kindergarten and first grade. Baltimore City has no state or federally funded weekend feeding programs for school children.
Here is how you can help:
Make a donation of $10 to WB4K (check payable to) and place in Philoptochos mailbox, or you may donate online at www.weekendbackpacks.org.
Help pack backpacks on Thursdays from 9:30-11:00am at their headquarters 1505 Bedford Avenue, Pikesville.
Volunteer to deliver the backpacks to schools. Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-615-3340.
In addition, we are continuing to collect the following: cereal - 11oz or larger; peanut butter - 15 or 16 oz jars (no jelly); ramen noodles; granola bars; cans of Chef Boyardee; canned fruits, vegetables, beans, fish, chicken and sausages; small individual containers of applesauce or pudding. Place donations in the collection box outside of the Church office. For questions or more information, please contact Effie Theodore at 410-616-9847 or email@example.com.
Are you receiving the Sunday Bulletins, Monthly Newsletters, and Cathedral messages via your email? If you answered NO to any of these, you are not signed up on our private Listserv. Keep in touch with the various ministries, service schedules, and committees by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply type "SUBSCRIBE" in the subject line with your name in the body. You will be added immediately.
Text to Join (TTJ) allows you to receive you text messages regarding various ministries. You may Text to Join - GOYA (AnnunGoya to 84576); Sunday School (AnnunSunSch to 84576); Greek School (AnnunGrkSch to 84576); Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Ocfbalto to 84576); Young Professionals (youngannun to 84576); Men’s Fellowship (mensfellowship to 84576). In your text message, you type the code, 84576 and in the body type the ministry you wish to receive subscription.
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5:00pm - AA and Al-Anon Meetings
10:00am - Little Angels, Cribbery
9:00am - Orthros and Divine Liturgy for St. Photini, Chapel of Holy Wisdom
7:00pm - GOYA Boys Basketball Practice, Social Hall
7:30pm - Taverna Night, AOC
9:00am - Saturday of the Souls, Cemetery Chapel
Visit our online calendar at www.annunciationbaltimore.org/calendar.