Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
Sunday Bulletin, November 17, 2019
Very Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis
Mr. Trevor J. Bullock
24 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Ἀπολυτίκιον Ἀναστάσιμον. Ἦχος πλ. αʹ.
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.
Resurrectional Apolytikion. Mode pl. 1.
Let us worship the Word who is unoriginate * with the Father and the Spirit, and from a Virgin was born * for our salvation, O believers, and let us sing His praise. * For in His goodness He was pleased * to ascend the Cross in the flesh, and to undergo death, * and to raise up those who had died, * by His glorious Resurrection.
Ἀπολυτίκιον τοῦ Ἁγίου. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.
Ἐν προσευχαῖς γρηγορῶν, ταῖς τῶν θαυμάτων ἐργασίαις ἐγκαρτερῶν, ἐπωνυμίαν ἐκτήσω τὰ κατορθώματα· ἀλλὰ πρέσβευε Χριστῷ τῷ Θεῷ, Πάτερ Γρηγόριε, φωτίσαι τὰς ψυχὰς ἡμῶν, μὴ ποτε ὑπνώσωμεν, ἐν ἁμαρτίαις εἰς θάνατον.
Apolytikion of the Saint. Mode pl. 4.
By your accomplishments, you earned the name that you bore, for you were vigilant in prayer and diligent in working miracles. Therefore, holy father Gregory, intercede with Christ our God, that He illumine our souls, lest we fall asleep in sin unto death.
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 Church. 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 δʹ.
Ὁ καθαρώτατος ναὸς τοῦ Σωτῆρος, ἡ πολυτίμητος παστὰς καὶ Παρθένος, τὸ ἱερὸν θησαύρισμα τῆς δόξης τοῦ Θεοῦ, σήμερον εἰσάγεται, ἐν τῷ οἴκῳ Κυρίου, τὴν χάριν συνεισάγουσα, τὴν ἐν Πνεύματι Θείῳ· ἣν ἀνυμνοῦσιν Ἄγγελοι Θεοῦ· Αὕτη ὑπάρχει σκηνὴ ἐπουράνιος.
Kontakion. Mode 4.
The Savior’s most pure and immaculate temple, * the very precious bridal chamber and Virgin, * who is the sacred treasure of the glory of God, * on this day is being brought * into the House of the Lord, * and with herself she brings the grace * of the divine Spirit. * To her the angels of God sing hymns of praise: * She is truly * the heavenly Tabernacle.
HYMNS OF ENTRANCE
The Ninth Sunday of Luke
St. Gregory the Wonder-Worker & Bishop of Neo-Caesarea
Saint Gregory was born in Neocaesarea of Pontus to parents who were not Christians. He studied in Athens, in Alexandria, in Beirut, and finally for five years in Caesarea of Palestine under Origen, by whom he was also instructed in the Faith of Christ. Then, in the year 240, he became bishop of his own city, wherein he found only seventeen Christians. By the time the Saint reposed about the year 265, there were only seventeen unbelievers left there. Virtually the whole duration of his episcopacy was a time of continual, marvelous wonders worked by him. Because of this, he received the surname "Wonder-worker"; even the enemies of the truth called him a second Moses.
The Apostolic Reading
Prokeimenon: You shall guard us, O Lord; You shall preserve us.
Verse: Save me, O Lord, for the holy man has ceased.
The reading is from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians (6:11-18).
Brethren, see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that would compel you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who receive circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God. Henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
The Lord said this parable: "The land of a rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought to himself, 'What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?' And he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns, and build larger ones; and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; take your ease, eat, drink, be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul is required of you; and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." As he said these things, he cried out: "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
The epistle is being offered by James Mexis.
We thank our 2019 Stewardship Day Sponsors, Christopher and Filio Tsakalos, for choosing November 18th in memory of their beloved father, Nicholas Tsakalos.
The Laconian Society (Lykourgos-Taygete) celebrates the feastday of the patron saint of Laconia, Ayios Nikon, today with an artoclasia and coffee hour. The society was established in 1920 (94 years ago).
Jeanette Drosinos - 40 days
Nicholas Tsakalos - 4 years
Mark Tsakalos - 42 years
Liberty Tsakalos - 5 years
Harry Tsakalos - 7 years
Helen Passas - 15 years
Emanuel Passas - 29 years
Mike Passas - 8 years
Stella Treantafellow - 47 years
Nick Treantafellow - 26 years
John Mangos - 47 years
We welcome our visitors for the GOYA Basketball tournament. We are grateful to our volunteers and youth for making this year's Tournament a success.
Our Cathedral has recently launched a new website: annunciationbaltimore.org. On the new site you will be able to view upcoming events, make online payments for stewardship and donations, and see the various activities happening in our parish.
EDUCATION IN THE ORTHODOX FAITH
Women’s Bible Study – Presvytera Sandy and Irene Bullock offer bible study sessions for the women in the Chapel of Holy Wisdom. The next meeting is Sat., Nov. 23rd, and the passage is Romans 8:31-39. For information contact Irene (727) 858-8432 or Presvytera Sandy (443) 745-0986.
Save the date for the Candlelight Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 22 at 4 p.m. This will be the second concert in our concert series. This program will feature renowned organist John Walker performing on our newly refurbished organ, the various choirs and chanters of our cathedral singing traditional Christmas liturgical music, and sacred and traditional carols of the holiday season. Plan to make this your Christmas musical event with your family and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Christmas season.
Drivers Needed to bring out of state colleges students to and from our Cathedral for Liturgy. If you are able to assist, please contact Trevor.
Little Angels – Our next meeting is Tues, Dec. 3rd at 10am. Little Angels typically meets for a short lesson, snack, and activity. If you are a parent or grandparent who has little ones (kindergarten and under), please contract Trevor.
Hope/Joy – We will be joining Greek School with koulourakia baking on Dec. 6th. Contact Trevor or Dorothea for more information.
Are you a college student looking to connect with other Orthodox Christians? OCF is a program that cultivates a campus community of fellowship, education, worship, and service. Contact Trevor to find out about ongoing OCF meetings at your campus.
Celebrating Hellenic culture and cultivating positive fellowship activity, the Annunciation Cathedral Hellenic Dance Ministry is a great opportunity for children to learn traditional Greek dances. Our dance groups perform at our annual Greek Festival, local cultural celebrations, and community events. Most practices for all groups will take place on Sundays after Liturgy. If you are interested in joining our Cathedral Dance groups, contact Peggy DiBiassi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tina at email@example.com. We welcome all kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade! To sign up follow this link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/greekdance.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the Women's Guild for its annual Christmas Luncheon. This fun and festive event will be held on Sunday, December 8th at 12:00pm noon. This year the location with be right across the street at Preston Hall - Annunciation Orthodox Center. Do all your Christmas shopping at the Christmas Boutique! Lunch choices are crabcake, salmon, and pasta primavera. (gluten free). Tickets are $42/pp and will be sold downstairs after church, or you can contact Maryanth Constantine at email@example.com or Vangie Sakles at (410) 561-3939. Please bring an unwrapped toy for donation to the Ronald McDonald house.
Philoptochos Update – The November Loaves & Fishes project was a great success. A team of volunteers met last week and put together 55 pans of pasta casseroles to feed the hungry in Baltimore at the Franciscan Center. Many thanks to all who showed up to help and to those who donated cooked pasta for the base of the casseroles. Our next Loaves & Fishes date is Saturday Dec. 14 at 9:45 AM in the Fr. Monios Hall. Please come help out or donate cooked ziti or penne pasta (at least 2 pounds) for the effort. As the days grow colder, the hot meals served at the Franciscan Center are vital and greatly appreciated as our efforts directly impact the lives of hundreds of men, women and children. For questions, contact Melody Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan Prevas at email@example.com.
The Hellenic Heritage Museum of Maryland expresses its appreciation to the community for the opportunity to adapt space within the Theodore George Library of the Annunciation Orthodox Center to exhibit parts of the museum’s extensive collection. The museum will be hosting the community coffee hour on Sunday, November 24th and invites everyone to join us at the AOC to view a selection of regional costumed dolls of Greece, a display of antique icons, and some highlights of the Paul S. Sarbanes Collection recently donated to HHMM by the retired U.S. Senator. Please take a few minutes to view the temporary display of “A THREAD THROUGH TIME: Regional Embroidery Techniques of Greece” in the William Donald Schaefer Room and consider becoming a member of the museum. Everyone is welcomed.
The United Chian Societies of Baltimore are hosting their Annual Dance featuring Gianna Fafaliou, Giannis Apostolidis, and Lefteris Bournias on Saturday, Nov. 16th at the Greektown Square & Event Center (700 Quail Street) 8pm to 2am. Contact Kelly Argetakis @ 443-865-6748, Kiki Stroumbis @ 410-952-3679 or ChiosSocietyBaltimore@gmail.com.
SAVE THE DATE: Nikki Sharkey Memorial Glendi/Dance at the AOC on Friday evening, December 27th. Hosted by AHEPA Chapter 30 and Daughters of Penelope Chapter 27. Details to follow.
Join the Hellenic Heritage Museum of Maryland Book Club. All are welcome to join as we discuss a variety of Greek & Greek American topics in English related to History, Travel, Fiction & Nonfiction, Poetry, and Culture. Please respond to 410-825-8532 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The book for January 12th is “North of Ithaka” by Eleni Gage. The book for February is “The Child Died Tomorrow” by Nestor Matsas.
Axion Charity Events brings you… "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. Join us for a fun filled 7 Day cruise with several events. A $50/person deposit required to reserve your spot, with a $250/person deposit you can reserve a specific cabin. Stateroom pricing and info available at www.Axioncharityevents.org or contact AxionCharityEvents@gmail.com. To pay your deposit, contact Effie Karabelas at Going Places Travel Agency at 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:
We are collecting new hats, scarves and gloves for ages K-8 through Thanksgiving.
Make a donation of $10 per weekend backpack to Philoptochos, or you may donate online at www.weekendbackpacks.org.
Help pack backpacks on Thursdays from 9:30-11 a.m. 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.
CHRISTMAS BAKED GOODS. The Cathedral of the Annunciation Philoptochos Society is preparing Christmas Baked Goods for your Holiday giving and enjoyment: Koulourakia - $18.00, Kourambiethes - $15.00, Finikia - $15.00, Baklava - $25.00, Cinnamon Sugar Pecans - $10.00, and Christmas Sweet Bread - $10.00. Items will be available for pickup on Sunday, December 15 following the Divine Liturgy. Pre-Order your selection by NOVEMBER 20, 2019: Kathe Apesos-Poulos (443-310-1481); Georgeann Morekas (443-845-1176); or Annunciationphilo@yahoo.com. The proceeds from the sale benefit the good works of the Philoptochos Society.
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, 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.
Shopping on Amazon helps to benefit the Cathedral. When you log onto Amazon Smile, look for the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation as a beneficiary.
5:00 pm – Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon meetings. Enter through the Maryland avenue doors.
6:30 pm – GOYA Girls Basketball Practice, Social Hall
6:30 pm – Vespers for Presentation of the Theotokos, Chapel of Holy Wisdom
9:00 am – Orthros, 10:00am - Divine Liturgy for Presentation of the Theotokos, Chapel of Holy Wisdom
6:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal
6:30 pm – OCF meeting at Loyola Campus
7:00 pm – GOYA Boys Basketball Practice, Social Hall
10:00 am – Philoptochos Baking
10:00 am – Women’s Bible Study, Chapel of Holy Wisdom
Have you made or fulfilled your STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE for 2019?
Go online at www.annunciationbaltimore.org
DECEMBER 1, 2019
AHEPA LODGE ROOM
FOLLOWING THE DIVINE LITURGY
Consider offering your greeting in the Annual Christmas Card which is mailed to each parish home.
Your donation of $25 must be received TODAY !
Offering poinsettias in memory or in honor of our loved ones is a beautiful tradition. Donations may be made for $25.00 each. Please make checks payable to the Annunciation Cathedral, and return by December 10, 2019
[Annunciation Cathedral, 24 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201]
Yes, I would like to donate _________________ Christmas plants at $25.00 each.
Please accept my gift
in memory of ______________________________________________________
in honor of ______________________________________________________
Donated by ______________________________________________________