January 24, 2021
Very Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis
Mr. Trevor J. Bullock
24 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
HYMNS AFTER THE ENTRANCE
Ἀπολυτίκιον Ἀναστάσιμον. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.
Ἐξ ὕψους κατῆλθες ὁ εὔσπλαγχνος, ταφὴν κατεδέξω τριήμερον, ἵνα ἡμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃς τῶν παθῶν. Ἡ ζωὴ καὶ ἡ Ἀνάστασις ἡμῶν, Κύριε δόξα σοι.
Resurrectional Apolytikion. Mode pl. 4.
You descended from on high, O compassionate One, and condescended to be buried for three days, so that from the passions You might set us free. Our life and resurrection, O Lord, glory be to You.
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.
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 1.
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.
St. Xenia of Rome
Saint Xenia of Rome, in the world Eusebia, was the only daughter of an eminent Roman senator. From her youth she loved God, and wished to avoid the marriage arranged for her. She secretly left her parental home with two servants devoted to her, and set sail upon a ship. Through the Providence of God she met the head of the monastery of the holy Apostle Andrew in Milassa, a town of Caria (Asia Minor). She besought him to take her and her companions to Milassa. She also changed her name, calling herself Xenia (meaning “stranger” or “foreigner” in Greek).
At Milassa she bought land, built a church dedicated to Saint Stephen, and founded a woman’s monastery. Soon after this Bishop Paul of Milassa made Xenia a deaconess, because of her virtuous life. The saint helped everyone: for the destitute, she was a benefactress; for the grief-stricken, a comforter; for sinners, a guide to repentance. She possessed a deep humility, accounting herself
St. Xenia of Rome (cont.)
the worst and most sinful of all.
In her ascetic deeds she was guided by the counsels of the Palestinian ascetic, Saint Euthymius. The sublime life of Saint Xenia drew many souls to Christ. The holy virgin died in 450 while she was praying. During her funeral, a luminous wreath of stars surrounding a radiant cross appeared over the monastery in the heavens. This sign accompanied the body of the saint when it was carried into the city, and remained until the saint’s burial. Many of the sick received healing after touching the relics of the saint.
Following the death of Saint Xenia, first one of her former servants died, then the other. They were buried at the saint’s feet.
Read more at goarch.org.
The Apostolic Reading
Prokeimenon: Pray and return to the Lord Your God.
Verse: In Judah God is known; His name is great in Israel.
The reading is from Paul’s First Letter to Timothy. (1:15-17)
Timothy, my son, the saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the foremost of sinners; but I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience for an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of Ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.
At that time, as Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging; and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." And he cried, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, let me receive my sight." And Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
After Divine Liturgy, a memorial service will be offered for the following:
Angelina Stamatacos – 3 months
We thank our 2021 Stewardship anonymous Day Sponsor for choosing January 25th in honor of Saint Gregory.
A short Sunday School lesson will be given to the children immediately following Divine Liturgy.
If you are visiting the Cathedral today, please introduce yourself to one of the ushers.
In accordance with COVID19, registration for services is required for contact tracing. You may register for future services by going to our Cathedral website, www.annunciationbaltimore.org/calendar Services for the current month will be posted, you may click on the service, and follow the link for the registration form.
Online donations can be made through our parish website: annunciationbaltimore.org. Click the “DONATE” button in the upper right-hand corner. We are grateful for your continued stewardship during these difficult times. You can also make donations using your mobile devices by downloading the Give+ app, typing in “Annunciation Cathedral Baltimore” and following the prompts. Consider using this platform to light a candle in memory or in honor of your loved ones (suggested donation is $10).
You may also wish to consider using the TextToTray service. Simply text the dollar amount to (833) 934-2637 and follow the prompts. Please note that TextToTray can only be used for candles and tray donations. Donations for stewardship, “in memory of”, flowers, wine, and other donations for specific items must be made through the Give+ app or through our website. The Cathedral is also very grateful for donations made in the form of checks.
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Text to Join (TTJ) allows you to receive text message updates regarding various ministries. You may text to sign up for: GOYA (AnnunGoya to 84576); Sunday School (AnnunSunSch to 84576); Greek School (AnnunGrkSch to 84576); Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Ocfbalto to 84576); Young Adults (youngannun to 84576); Men’s Fellowship (mensfellowship to 84576). Simply send a text message to the number 84576, and in the body type the ministry you wish to receive subscription for.
Our Cathedral’s Philoptochos is here to help you and your family through this unprecedented crisis with COVID-19. Our Board has access to resources in our Chapter and the National and Metropolis organization to help our community. We are able to assist with medical bills, mortgage and rental assistance, eviction prevention, food donations for your pantry, meals for your family, clothing and other needs. You are not alone during this time. Please reach out and know that your Philoptochos is here. It is a blessing to be able to help others, and through our outreach, we show our love for God. Contact Fr. Dean, Trevor, or Jo Gafos (email@example.com) for additional information.
Our Philoptochos Chapter has been very active during the coronavirus pandemic supporting those in need. As we can all imagine, times may get harder before they get better. Philoptochos depends on your participation and donations to support the work that we gladly do every day. Please consider joining the Philoptochos, by contacting Susan Prevas 410-218-4347, or making a donation to support our efforts. Thank you in advance. Stay safe and well.
Let Weekend Backpacks cater your “Souper Bowl” supper. Weekend Backpacks is hosting a virtual fundraiser over Super Bowl weekend in lieu of their annual in-person event. For additional information or to purchase a “Souper Bowl” bag, go to www.weekendbackpacks.org/souperbowl.
Weekend Backpacks is distributing 800 backpacks to 25 Baltimore City schools each week. Unfortunately, there are 11 additional schools on the waiting list, so our hope is to increase our number to 1,200 backpacks per week. In order to reach our goal, we need your help. We need the following food items: cereal-11oz or larger; peanut butter-15 or 16oz 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. You may also make a monetary donation online at www.weekendbackpacks.org. Please feel free to contact Effie Theodore at 602-509-5434 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Stewardship Pledge cards for 2021 were mailed with your November newsletter. Please take a moment to make a thoughtful pledge for 2021 and to update your contact information. You can mail the cards to the Cathedral Office or bring them to church with you. Your help is gratefully appreciated as the Parish Council looks forward to planning the new year.
Online giving accounts with recurring payments need to be updated to Stewardship 2021, as we can no longer record 2020 Stewardship payments made online. Please visit your account and select EDIT next to your recurring payment at the bottom of the page and change the account to "2021 Stewardship". Since January 1, 2021, all stewardship gifts made online have been applied to 2021 Stewardship.
Youth and Young Adult
Sunday School lessons take place on Sundays immediately following Divine Liturgy. Supplementary activity packets are sent out by email for families to complete at home. For more information, please contact Trevor.
All middle and high school students are invited to join GOYA. We meet each month for meetings and activities that involve of worship, witness, service, and fellowship. Contact Trevor for more information. Registration: https://forms.gle/3c32YWrsGx785i237.
If you are interested in Greek School, please email email@example.com or call one of the administrators: Mary Ann Rigopoulos at 443-834-5429 or Kelly Kypraios at 443-797-4611.
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarships to Greek-American undergraduates (must be of Hellenic descent): https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply.
Services dates and times are listed on our online calendar: annunciationbaltimore.org/calendar.
7:00pm – Modern Greek Beginner Class
7:00pm – Modern Greek Beginner Class
5:00pm – Virtual Greek School
9:00am – Orthros & Divine Liturgy for the Three Hierarchs
7:30pm – Orthros
9:00am – Divine Liturgy
10:30am – Sunday School