Weekly Bulletin - Saint Sophia Cathedral

Sunday Bulletin 5 February 2012 Sunday of the Publican & the Pharisee

“God’s people, serving God’s people”

Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral 1324 South Normandie Avenue, Los Angeles, 90006 Office: 323.737.2424 Fax: 323.737.7029 www.stsophia.org www.saintsophia.org

Very Reverend Father John S. Bakas, Dean Reverend Father Allan Boyd, Assistant Priest

CALENDAR FOR THIS WEEK Sunday, February 5th

Triodion Begins

Orthros ………………………………………..………………..……...8:45am Memorials ……………………………………………………………..9:45am Divine Liturgy ………………………………...………...…….…..…10:00am

Monday, February 6th

Bible Studies with Father John: Philoptohos/Women’s Bible Study………………..……..……...10:30am Men’s Bible Study…………………………………..……….……...12:30pm Bible Study in the Faith (in the chapel) ………………………… 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 8th

Hellenic Academy (Adults) ……….……………………………….7:00pm Bible Study with Father Allan ………………………………………7:30pm

Thursday, February 9th

Catechism with Father Allan ……………………………………...7:30pm

Saturday, February 11th

Hellenic Academy (PreK & K)…...……………..…….….………..9:30am Hellenic Academy (K & 1-6)…..………………………...………...9:30am Hellenic Academy (Adults)………………………………….……12:30pm

WELCOME METROPOLITAN GERASIMOS It is a great joy to welcome Metropolitan Gerasimos to our Saint Sophia Cathedral. The Metropolitan is joined by our new Metropolis Chancellor, the V. Rev. Apostolos Koufallakis. It is a blessing and an honor to have them in our presence as they lead our congregation in prayer and worship. The Metropolitan will also celebrate the Agiasmo blessing of our new Huffington Center. Welcome your Eminence and welcome Fr. Apostolos.

EPISTLE READER Nicole Demetriou Sunday School Student




MEMORIALS George & Theo Chagares, Polly Kastas (1 year), George Kastas (26 years), John Liatsos, Maria Liatsos, Fotis Tsimahides, Anna Tsimahides, Fotini Pappas, Kostas Lykos, Stella Kontes, Panos Angels, James Alex (1 year)

ALTAR CANDLES One side offered in loving memory of George & Theo Chagares by their sister Kiki

ALTAR FLOWERS One side offered in loving memory of Stella Kontes and Panos Angels

May their memory be eternal…



Τροπαριον του Ναου, Ηχος πλ δ Ευλογητος ει Χριστε ο Θεος ημων, ο πανσοφους του αλιεις αναδειξας, καταπεμψας αυτοις το Πνευμα το Αγιον, και δι αυτων την οικουμενην σαγηνευσας, φιλανθρωπε, δοξα σοι.


HYMNS OF THE DAY Pre-Presentation – Second Antiphon

May Christ our true God, Who condescended, for our salvation, to be held in the arms of the righteous Simeon.

Hymn of the Feast - First Tone

Hail Virgin Theotokos full of Grace, for Christ our God, the Sun of Righteousness, has dawned from you, granting light to those in darkness. And you, O Righteous Elder, rejoice, taking in your arms, the Deliverance of our souls, who grants us Resurrection.

Apolytikion - First Tone

Savior, Your tomb was sealed by the Jews with a stone. Soldiers kept watch over Your sacred body. Yet, You rose on the third day, giving life to the world. Wherefore the powers of heaven cried out to You, O Giver of Life, “Glory to Your Resurrection, O Christ; glory to Your Kingdom, glory to Your dispensation who alone are the Loving One.”

Troparion of Saint Sophia (Holy Wisdom)

Blessed are You O Christ our God, Who as all wise the fishermen You showed forth; By sending your Holy Spirit down upon them and through them the universe You drew unto your net. O lover of mankind Glory to You.

Kontakion – First Tone

Your birth sanctified a Virgin’s womb and fittingly blessed the hands of Symeon. You have now come and saved us O Christ, our God. In troubled times, as the only loving One, give peace to Your commonwealth and strength to those in civil authority, whom You love.



Πρὸς Τιμόθεον β' 3:10-15 Τέκνον  Τιμόθεε,  παρηκολούθηκάς  μου  τῇ  διδασκαλίᾳ,  τῇ  ἀγωγῇ,  τῇ  προθέσει,  τῇ  πίστει,  τῇ  μακροθυμίᾳ,  τῇ  ἀγάπῃ,  τῇ  ὑπομονῇ,  τοῖς  διωγμοῖς,  τοῖς  παθήμασιν,  οἷά  μοι  ἐγένετο  ἐν  Ἀντιοχείᾳ,  ἐν  Ἰκονίῳ,  ἐν  Λύστροις,  οἵους  διωγμοὺς  ὑπήνεγκα∙  καὶ ἐκ πάντων με ἐρρύσατο ὁ κύριος. Καὶ πάντες δὲ οἱ θέλοντες  εὐσεβῶς  ζῇν  ἐν  Χριστῷ  Ἰησοῦ  διωχθήσονται.  Πονηροὶ  δὲ  ἄνθρωποι  καὶ  γόητες  προκόψουσιν  ἐπὶ  τὸ  χεῖρον,  πλανῶντες  καὶ πλανώμενοι. Σὺ δὲ μένε ἐν οἷς ἔμαθες καὶ ἐπιστώθης, εἰδὼς  παρὰ  τίνος  ἔμαθες,  καὶ  ὅτι  ἀπὸ  βρέφους  τὰ  ἱερὰ  γράμματα  οἶδας, τὰ δυνάμενά σε σοφίσαι εἰς σωτηρίαν διὰ πίστεως τῆς ἐν  Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. 



Let Us Be Attentive.. Verse: Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them. God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel. Wisdom..

The Reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to Timothy 3:10-15

Let us be Attentive..

TIMOTHY, my son, you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at lconion, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.



The Reading is from Luke 18:10-14 The Lord said this parable, "Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.' But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted."


MINISTRY NEWS PHILOPTOHOS NEWS GO RED SUNDAY: Today has been designated as GO RED SUNDAY by the American Heart Association to remind us that Heart Disease is the Number One Killer of American women. 64% of women die from undetected coronary disease and the others had one or more symptoms that were overlooked. Heart disease is a silent killer. More women die from heart disease than from all forms of cancer combined. The Metropolis is reminding women to take charge of your life, go see your doctor, get a checkup, and live a healthier life. DEBUTANTE BALL: Chairman Katrina Beers is already making plans for the next Debutante Ball, to be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013. She is planning an information meeting in May. For further details you may call Katrina at (714) 936-7900. MOTHER OF THE YEAR: Nominations for Mother of the Year must be in the Philoptohos mailbox no later than tomorrow, February 6. (See next page.) FEED THE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT: Our new project will begin on Sunday, February 12 right after communion. Anyone who would like to make a sack lunch to donate, or wishes to come out with us to Pico and Normandie, may do so. A sandwich of any type of lunch meat, such as bologna, ham, turkey, cheese, peanut butter - would be great. If you want to add a small bottle of water or milk to go with the sandwich, perhaps a cookie or fruit - anything you want to donate will be very much appreciated. Father Bakas says that our Cathedral is a ‘lighthouse on rocky shores' and our Cathedral stands like a beacon in the neighborhood. We will not be walking alone; everyone will be walking in groups. If we find even one person that needs a lunch that day, then we have done God's work. This is the purpose of Philoptohos. BLANKETS FOR CHILDREN: If you can knit or sew a blankie for children who are in the hospital, then this is a project for you. Miller's Children's Hospital of Long Beach, will gladly accept your donation of a small blanket that children hold onto for 'comfort' while they are in the hospital. The neonatal ward for the tiniest of infants, could accept very small items about 6” x 6”. This can be put inside a bassinet with a sick baby. The toddler ward can accept items that are around 12” to 24”. Items should be cotton only. You can use a nice, tight 'knit' stitch or sew a cotton or cotton fleece little blanket. You may bring your donation in a bag to the church narthex marked for Philoptohos on Sundays and we will pick it up. "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do". Ephesians 2:10. With love, Virginia Noyes and the Philoptohos Board of Directors


MINISTRY NEWS (continued) Saint Sophia Philoptohos Society “Mother of the Year” NOMINATION FORM The Mother of the Year is selected by the Saint Sophia Philoptohos Society Board of Directors and honored at the Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show in May. Nominations are being accepted through January and the selection is made in February. Nomination Requirements and Selection Criteria Listed by Priority: 1. Must be a member of the Saint Sophia Philoptohos Society. 2. Must be a member of Saint Sophia Cathedral 3. A devoted volunteer to philanthropy within Philoptohos, who exemplifies and personifies its ideals and purposes. 4. A devoted volunteer and a dedicated supporter to our Church and our Community. NOMINEE’S NAME: _____________________________________________ Volunteer Service within Philoptohos: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Volunteer Service to Church and Community: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Use an additional sheet, if necessary Name of person submitting:________________________________________

Please return this form in a sealed envelope to: Saint Sophia Philoptohos Society 1324 Normandie Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90006

Deadline: Wednesday, February 6, 2012 11

MINISTRY NEWS (continued) PHILOPTOHOS VIP NEWS FEBRUARY ACTIVITIES Monday, February 27th - KATHARA DEFTERA Let us all celebrate the first day of Lent with liturgy at 10:00am followed by a delicious Lenten lunch which will be served in the Maniatakos Fellowship Hall prepared by our lovely VIP chefs - yia sta heria sas! Donation $12.00. Reservations are a must. Please call chairperson Irene Mitropetros (323)346-5223 or co-chair Athena Lolonis (818)846-1357. MARCH ACTIVITIES Thursday, March 22nd - THE GETTY VILLA We will be visiting the beautiful Getty Villa. Our chairperson Vickie Deryiades and co-chair Alex Markos will be giving us more details on this fun outing at a later date.

******************************************* Prosforo Needed

The altar is in need for Holy Bread/Prosforo. Anyone who is interested in making Prosoforo for Divine Liturgy please deliver it to Jimmy Karatsikis or Chris Halekakis… Thank you

******************************************* SAINT SOPHIA BOOKSTORE AND GIFT SHOP NEWS The Saint Sophia Book Store and Gift Shop is now open! We have just received a large shipment of Icons and Gifts and are expecting more merchandise and books within the next few days. Please stop by and see our beautiful collection. Bill Striglos and his team have done an outstanding job preparing for the opening and are excited to share it with you. We are pleased to also announce our Saint Sophia Book Club! Our first selection is The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God by Frederica Mathewes-Green. The bookstore will have copies available & may also be purchased on Amazon.com. We will have our first meeting in the bookstore to discuss this book on March 12th at 7:30 pm and look forward to a wonderful conversation and further instruction on this ancient prayer. All are welcome and encouraged to join.


MINISTRY NEWS (continued) PHILANTHROPIA NEWS THANK YOU On behalf of the PHILANTHROPIA Team, we extend to our sisters of the Saint Sophia Philoptohos our deepest appreciation for sponsoring the “Evening with Friends” dinner honoring our Director, Rev. Father Peter V. Lambert, and Presbytera Sophia, on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The evening was outstanding and very enjoyable. Again, thank you from all of us for your continued love and support. Respectfully, Dr. Mary Gerasimou Nakata Philanthropia’s Chairman of the Board. FUTURE SCHEDULED PROJECTS CONFESSIONS: During Great Lent (which will begin on Monday, February 27th) Father Peter will be available for confessions every Wednesday afternoon from noon until 6:30 p.m. If this time is not convenient for you, please call Father at (818) 345-4724. GET ON THE BUS: This project is coming soon and will be observed on Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day respectively. We will keep you posted as the day approaches. USED CLOTHING and CANNED GOODS: Please identify all clothing donations on the outside of the bags by indicating whether they are for men, women or children. The two new receptacles for "used clothing" and "canned goods" are working great. Their new location will be announced in our next bulletin. Thank you! ANNUAL APPEAL: We thank you for your wonderful support in our annual appeal. PHILANTHROPIA WEBSITE: The “Winter” issue of the PHILANTHROPIA Newsletter is in the works and will be on the website shortly at: www.philanthropiaministry.org. We thank Perry Lambert who is coordinating our website effort. Take care and God Bless. With love, Father Peter 13



COMMUNITY NEWS Please join us in our new Maniatakos Fellowship Hall at Saint Sophia Cathedral’s Huffington Center 1324 South Normandie Avenue Los Angeles, 90006




Saint Sophia Moms N’ Tots St. Sophia Moms N' Tots Program is a Faith, Music and Movement program designed for Moms and/or Dad's with infants/toddlers between the ages of 6 months - 4 years old. If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle with a little one, please join us! DATE: Thursday, March 1st through Thursday, June 7th TIME: Thursdays, 10:30am -11:30am WHERE: Huffington Center at Saint Sophia, in the Nursery Room COST: $20 registration fee per child If you and your little one enjoy singing, dancing and spending time with friends, then you will love what we have in store for you! Our weekly gathering will consist of singing (both religious and secular), dance and movement activities, followed by story time and finally an activity based on our church calendar, be it a Feast Day or a Saints day, etc. We will learn how to do our cross, say our prayers, and much more! It will be a great opportunity for both parents and children to connect and share with one another in the spirit of Christian unity! If you have any questions please contact the St. Sophia Moms N’ Tots coordinator, Katia Boudouvas - [email protected]

******************************************* HOLY WEEK FLOWERS Donations are being accepted for floral arrangements, Icons and all related flowers for Holy Week & Easter. Altar plants donations may be made in any amount in memory of loved ones. Please call Cathedral office 323.737.2424 for specific floral arrangements and candles throughout the week. Please contact Ann Pappas or Jimmy Karatsikis for any additional information. 323.737.2424 Ext 207 (Ann) or Ext. 302 (Jimmy) 16



Please join Metropolitan Gerasimos, our clergy and fellow parishioners for the Dedication and Blessing of The Huffington Center Maniatakos Fellowship Hall Wilson Hanks Family Cultural Center Following the Divine Liturgy


For those who are sick or suffering…  St. James advises us, “If anyone among you is sick, let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” (James 5:13-14) Ensuring that St Sophia’s parishioners continue to be cared-for and prayed-for, please list names below of those in our midst that need prayer. Feel free to request the personal prayer of one of our priests after services, or to schedule this with one our priests during St Sophia Cathedral’s office hours. As you request prayer, you may also wish to make an offering to Saint Sophia’s Altar Fund. Label: “For the health of…” PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY:

Please submit this form to: Saint Sophia Cathedral Office 1324 S Normandie Ave. Los Angeles CA 90006



February 18, February 25, March 3, June 2

Prayers for the Souls of the Dead Please commemorate the souls of the blessed dead, whose names are here written:

“I am the resurrection and the life”, says the Lord; “He who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."




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