Very Rev. Archimandrite Constantine Moralis
Mr. Trevor J. Bullock
24 W. Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation
November 1, 2020
Ἀπολυτίκιον Ἀναστάσιμον. Ἦχος δʹ.
Τὸ φαιδρὸν τῆς Ἀναστάσεως κήρυγμα, ἐκ τοῦ Ἀγγέλου μαθοῦσαι αἱ τοῦ Κυρίου Μαθήτριαι, καὶ τὴν προγονικὴν ἀπόφασιν ἀποῤῥίψασαι, τοῖς Ἀποστόλοις καυχώμεναι ἔλεγον· Ἐσκύλευται ὁ θάνατος, ἠγέρθη Χριστὸς ὁ Θεός, δωρούμενος τῷ κόσμῳ τὸ μέγα ἔλεος.
Resurrectional Apolytikion. Mode 4.
When the women Disciples of the Lord had learned from the Angel the joyful message of the Resurrection and rejected the ancestral decision, they cried aloud to the Apostles triumphantly: Death has been despoiled, Christ God has risen, granting His great mercy to the world.
Ἀπολυτίκιον τῶν Ἁγίων. Ἦχος πλ. δʹ.
Ἅγιοι Ἀνάργυροι καὶ θαυματουργοί, ἐπισκέψασθε τὰς ἀσθενείας ἡμῶν, δωρεὰν ἐλάβετε, δωρεὰν δότε ἡμῖν.
Apolytikion for the Saints. Mode pl. 4.
Holy Unmercenaries and Wonder-workers, visit our infirmities. Freely you received; freely give to us.
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 βʹ.
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.
Kontakion. Mode 2.
O Protection of Christians that never falls, intercession with the Creator that never fails, we sinners beg you, do not ignore the voices of our prayers. O good Lady, we implore you, quickly come unto our aid, when we cry out to you with faith. Hurry to intercession, and hasten to supplication, O Theotokos who protect now and ever those who honor you.
HYMNS AFTER THE ENTRANCE
Cosmas and Damian the Holy Unmercenaries of Asia, and their mother Theodota
These Saints were from Asia (that is, Asia Minor). After the death of their father, their Christ-loving mother Theodota reared them in piety and in all manner of virtue, and had them instructed in every science, especially that of medicine. This became their vocation, and they went about healing every illness and malady, bestowing healing freely on both men and beasts alike; because of this, they are called "Unmercenaries." And thus, having completed the course of their life, they reposed in peace.
The Apostolic Reading
Prokeimenon: To the saints on His earth, in them the Lord magnified all His will.
Verse: I saw the Lord always before me.
The reading is from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. (12:27-31; 13:1-8)
Brethren, you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
The Lord said, "There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazaros, full of sores, who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man's table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Lazaros in his bosom. And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Lazaros to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazaros in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.' And he said, 'Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' But Abraham said, 'They have Moses, and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to them, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.' ".
Following the Divine Liturgy, a memorial service will be offered for the servants of God:
Deceased Members of the Philoptochos
Nicholas Tsakalos - 5 years
Mark Tsakalos - 43 years
Liberty Tsakalos - 6 years
Harry Tsakalos - 8 years
Helen Passas - 16 years
Emanuel Passas - 30 years
Stella Treantafellow - 48 years
Nicholas Treantafellow - 41 years
John Mangas - 48 years
Emanuel P. Passas - 9 years
Alexandra Likakis - 3 years
Konstantinos Likakis - 26 years
Stella Kikakis - 51 years
Eleni Likakis - 45 years
The Artoclasia this morning is offered in honor of the members of the Philoptochos, and those of whom they serve. Following services, the president of the Philoptochos, Jean Prevas, will address the congregation.
We thank our generous Stewardship Day Sponsors, the Honorable Stephen and Dr. Elizabeth Sfekas, for choosing to sponsor today, November 1st, in honor of their wedding anniversary.
Sunday School will take place immediately following Divine Liturgy.
If you are visiting the Cathedral today, please introduce yourself to one of the ushers.
Building & Maintenance
The sacristy work is now complete. The newly renovated sacristy is being used and fully functional.
Work is nearing completion to shore-up the walls at the Dr. Savas Tsakiris Courtyard. Landscaping is nearing completion at the Cemetery Chapel of the Holy Resurrection.
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.
Support the Cathedral through your regular Amazon purchases by logging into Amazon Smile and selecting “Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation”.
A Parish Assembly will be held in the Cathedral on Sunday, November 22, 2020, following Divine Liturgy and Sunday School. For those not attending in person, you will need to pre-register to participate via Zoom. Additional information for pre-registration is forthcoming.
Women’s Guild and Philoptochos Christmas Event – Save the date – December 4-6 – 10:30 – 2:30 in the Father Constantine Monios Social Hall. Join us as you prepare for the Christmas season. A great selection of Christmas crafts & gifts - ornaments - jewelry - greeting and note cards - Greek & Christmas-themed masks - homemade scarves, blankets & pillowcases - fresh decorated wreaths & arrangements - dipped pretzels - rustic chocolate – and Greek Christmas baked goods will be available. You will be able to pre-order crab cake, salmon and vegetarian meals to go. Appointments/Mask will be required - We will follow COVID guidelines to help keep you safe as you shop. Details to follow.
If you would like to receive Sunday Bulletins, Monthly Newsletters, and Cathedral messages via your email from our Listserv, please email Fr. Dean with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and your name in the body. This is a great way to keep in touch with the various ministries, service schedules, and committees of our Cathedral. A number of our families who have Comcast as their email provider have not been receiving messages from our Listserv (messages are marked as spam). If you have a Comcast email address, please provide us with an alternative email address to ensure you continue receiving messages.
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). In your text message, you type the code 84576, and in the body type the ministry you wish to receive subscription.
Education in the Faith
Due to current events in the life of our parish, both Zoom classes with Fr. Dean have been postponed.
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 Philoptochos 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 Bullock, 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.
Annual Hat/Scarf/Glove Drive – Weekend Backpacks for Homeless Kids is currently serving 800 students between the ages of 5 and 14 and they desperately need our community's help. Every year they provide each of their kids with a new hat, scarf and a pair of gloves. The items do not need to be expensive or fancy, just new. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, Philoptochos is happy to do the shopping for you. Make your check payable to Philoptochos with a notation of WBHK. The items will be collected through Thanksgiving and distributed during the first week of December. There is a collection box outside of the downstairs GOYA Room. We will continue to collect 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.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Effie Theodore at 602-509-5434 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are extremely grateful to all who participate in our 2020 Stewardship Campaign. Over the last few months, we are thankful to those who responded to giving online. We have just mailed 3rd quarter statements ending September 30. These are not bills, but they are 2020 Stewardship Statements on your donations to your church. If your 2020 Stewardship Statement is incorrect, or you have not received a 2020 Stewardship Statement kindly contact the office, 410-727-1831 or Lynda, email@example.com.
Youth and Young Adult
Sunday School registration is still open for 6th grade and under. https://forms.gle/vCxmxPru92oqYoEN7. Children older than 6th grade are instead encouraged to register for GOYA.
Our next GOYA meeting will be held on November 7th at Camp Puh'tok. Contact Trevor for more information. GOYA meets each month for worship, witness, service, and fellowship. Contact Trevor for more information. Registration: https://forms.gle/3c32YWrsGx785i237.
Greek School has started. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call one of the administrators: Mary Ann Rigopoulos at 443-834-5429 or Kelly Kypraios at 443-797-4611. Help us spread the word about our Greek School registration by sharing with friends, family, parents, and grandparents whose children are Greek School age. To register for Greek School, please go to the Cathedral website: annunciationbaltimore.org/Greek-School-Reg
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarships to Greek-American undergraduates (must be of Hellenic descent). All interested students can apply on their website: https://www.panhellenicsf.org/apply.
Services dates and times are listed on our online calendar: annunciationbaltimore.org/calendar.
5:00pm – Greek School
7:30pm – Orthros
9:00am – Divine Liturgy
10:30am – Sunday School
6:30pm – Vespers for St. Nektarios