Very Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis
Mr. Trevor J. Bullock
24 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
January 19, 2020
Ἀπολυτίκιον Ἀναστάσιμον. Ἠχος πλ. βʹ. Ἀγγελικαὶ Δυνάµεις ἐπὶ τὸ µνῆµά σου, καὶ οἱ φυλάσσοντες ἀπενεκρώθησαν, καὶ ἵστατο Μαρία ἐν τῷ τάφῳ, ζητοῦσα τὸ ἄχραντόν σου σῶµα. Ἐσκύλευσας τὸν ᾍδην, µὴ πειρασθεὶς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ, ὑπήντησας τῇ Παρθένῳ, δωρούµενος τὴν ζωήν, ὁ ἀναστὰς ἐκ των νεκρῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.
Resurrectional Apolytikion. Mode pl. 2.
When the angelic powers appeared at Your grave, the soldiers guarding it feared and became as dead. And standing by the sepulcher was Mary who was seeking Your immaculate body. You devastated Hades, not afflicted by it. You went to meet the virgin, and granted eternal life. You resurrected from the dead. O Lord, glory to You.
Ἀπολυτίκιον τοῦ Ὁσίου.Ἠχος αʹ.
Τῆς ἐρήµου πολίτης καὶ ἐν σώµατι ἄγγελος καὶ θαυµατουργὸς ἀνεδείχθης θεοφόρε πατὴρ ἡµῶν Μακάριε· νηστείᾳ, ἀγρυπνίᾳ, προσευχῇ, οὐράνια χαρίσµατα λαβών· θεραπεύεις τοὺς νοσοῦντας καὶ τὰς ψυχὰς τῶν πίστει προστρεχόντων σοι. Δόξα τῷ δεδωκότι σοι ἰσχύν, δόξα τῷ σὲ στεφανώσαντι, δόξα τῷ ἐνεργοῦντι διὰ σοῦ πᾶσιν ἰάµατα.
Apolitikion of the Saint. Mode 1.
As a citizen of the desert and an angel incarnate and a wonder-worker you shone forth, O Makarios our God-bearing father. Since you received the spiritual gifts by fasting and vigilance and prayer, you can cure those who are ailing and heal the souls of those who run to you with faith. Glory to Him who gave His might to you; glory to Him who placed a crown on you; glory to Him who operates through you, providing cures to all
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 µήτραν παρθενικὴν ἁγιάσας τῷ τόκῳ σου, καὶ χεῖρας τοῦ Συµεὼν εὐλογήσας ὡς ἔπρεπε, προφθάσας καὶ νῦν ἔσωσας ἡµᾶς Χριστὲ ὁ Θεός. Ἀλλ' εἰρήνευσον ἐν πολέµοις τὸ πολίτευµα, καὶ κραταίωσον Βασιλεῖς οὓς ἠγάπησας, ὁ µόνος φιλάνθρωπος.
Kontakion. Mode 4.
You sanctified the virginal womb by Your birth, O Lord, and blessed the hands of Symeon fittingly, O Christ God; and even now You came and saved us. Now, give peace to our Nation in time of war, and empower our Leaders, so loved by You, the only one who loves humanity.
HYMNS OF ENTRANCE
twelfth Sunday of Luke
The Apostolic Reading
Prokeimenon: O Lord, save Your people, and bless Your inheritance.
Verse: To You, O Lord, I cry; O my God.
The reading is from Paul's Letter to Colossians (3:4-11).
Brethren, when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But now put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.
At that time, as Jesus entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices and said: "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When He saw them He said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus's feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then said Jesus: "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him: "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."
The epistle is being offered by
Presvytera Sandy Johnson.
The memorial service is offered for the repose of the souls of the servants of God:
Mary Kiladis - 40 days
Nicholas Kiladis - 6 years
Evanthia Rokas - 40 days
Georgios Rokas - 3 years
May their memory be eternal!
Please join us for a Coffee Hour sponsored today in memory of Nicholas and Mary Kiladis by the Kiladis Family.
Father Dean, Trevor, and Irene are continuing the pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Today the group is at the church of Saint George in Amman, Jordan.
If you are visiting the Cathedral, please introduce yourself to 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!
BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE
Cathedral Courtyard – The ramps on Preston Street have been repaired along with a few upgrades to the courtyard. The retaining walls have been shored-up, along with a number of needed improvements. We sincerely thank Karen and George Philipou for this generous gift.
Reminders for the 2019 Stewardship pledges have been sent to your homes. Kindly respond on a timely basis. The 2020 Stewardship Campaign is underway. If you have not received a stewardship card, kindly contact the Cathedral office, or you may pick one up at the Pangari or the office.
On Sunday, February 23 at 1 p.m. the next concert in our Annunciation Cathedral Concert Series will take place in Preston Hall at the AOC. Pianist Shirley Yoo and violinist Quig 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. For additional information and tickets: email@example.com, Maria Letras, firstname.lastname@example.org 410-916-3764; Gus Letras, email@example.com 410-303-2653
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.
The Hellenic Heritage Museum of Maryland welcomes you to view their exhibits within the Theodore George Library of the Annunciation Orthodox Center every Sunday after church services. Come see a sampling of how we are preserving Greek culture to inspire future generations. All are welcome.
The Annunciation Women’s Guild is offering the 15th Annual Sale of our Hand-dipped Chocolate Covered Pretzels for Valentine's Day or "Just Because" for just $10.00 per box! All pre-orders must be emailed/phoned by Jan 24, 2020. There will be a table in the lower lobby taking pre-orders on Sundays, Jan 5, 12, 19 for deliveries on Feb 2 and 9.
TAVERNA NIGHT 2020. The Women’s Guild invites all to attend their Annual Taverna Night, on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. The event will be held in the Preston Hall Ballroom with music by Zephyros. Tickets are $30.00 per person and $20.00 for those 18 and younger. Mezedakia will be served. A Cash Bar will be available. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact: Georgette Stavrakas email@example.com / 443-691-5231 or Georgeann Morekas
firstname.lastname@example.org / 443-845-1176
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.
Join the Hellenic Heritage Museum of Maryland Book Club. Both men & women 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. We meet at the home of Helen Sarafidis, 1104 W. Joppa Rd. Towson 21204, second Sunday of each month at 3:00 PM. Please respond to 410-825-8532 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The book for February is “The Gold of Troy” by Robert Payne. March is “The Hour of the Bell” by Harry Mark Petrakis. April is, “Christ Is Restored” by Nikos Kazanzakis. May is, “The Greek Drama” by Diana Agelopoulos.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
SAINT MAKARIOS OF EGYPT
Saint Macarius the Great was from the Thebaid of Egypt, a disciple, as some say, of Saint Anthony the Great. He was born about 331 and struggled in asceticism in the desert at Scete. Although young, he was called "the child elder" because of his great wisdom and austere manner of life. He was ordained presbyter and reposed in 391, at the age of sixty. There are fifty homilies ascribed to him.
It is said of Saint Macarius that he became as a God upon earth, for even as God protects the whole world, so did he cover the faults he saw as if he did not see them. Once he came back to his cell to find a thief taking his things and loading them on a camel. Macarius' non-possessiveness was so great that he helped the thief load the camel. When the camel refused to rise, Macarius returned to his cell and brought a small garden tool, said that the camel wanted the garden tool also, loaded it on, and kicked the camel telling it to get up. The camel obeyed Macarius' command, but soon lay down again, and would not move until everything had been returned to Macarius. His contemporary, Saint Macarius of Alexandria, was so called because he came from Alexandria and was therefore of that Greek-speaking colony; while Saint Macarius the Great is also called "of Egypt," that is, he belonged to the ancient race native to Egypt, the Copts.
On February 2, the Church commemorates an important event in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 2:22-40). Forty days after His birth the God-Infant was taken to the Jerusalem Temple, the center of the nation’s religious life. According to the Law of Moses (Lev. 12:2-8), a woman who gave birth to a male child was forbidden to enter the Temple of God for forty days. At the end of this time the mother came to the Temple with the child, to offer a young lamb or pigeon to the Lord as a purification sacrifice. The Most Holy Virgin, the Mother of God, had no need of purification, since she had given birth to the Source of purity and sanctity without defilement. However, she humbly fulfilled the requirements of the Law.
At this time the righteous Elder Simeon (February 3) was living in Jerusalem. It had been revealed to him that he would not die until he should behold the promised Messiah. By inspiration from above, Saint Simeon went to the Temple at the very moment when the Most Holy Theotokos and Saint Joseph had brought the Infant Jesus to fulfill the Law.
The God-Receiver Simeon took the divine Child in his arms, and giving thanks to God, he spoke the words repeated by the Church each evening at Vespers: “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people, a light to enlighten the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel” (Luke 2:29-32). Saint Simeon said to the Most Holy Virgin: “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against. Yea, a sword shall pierce through your own soul also, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35).
At the Temple was the 84-year-old widow Anna the Prophetess, daughter of Phanuel (February 3), “who did not leave the temple, but served God with fasting and prayers night and day. She arrived just when Saint Simeon met the divine Child. She also gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who were looking for redemption in Jerusalem” (Luke 2:37-38). In the icon of the Feast she holds a scroll which reads: “This Child has established Heaven and earth.”
Before Christ was born, righteous men and women lived by faith in the promised Messiah, and awaited His coming. The Righteous Simeon and the Prophetess Anna, the last righteous people of the Old Testament, were deemed worthy to meet the Savior in the Temple.
The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord is among the most ancient feasts of the Christian Church.
MEETING OF OUR LORD - FEBRUARY 2