Hello & Good Afternoon to You,
The Family & Friends of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios
Elmhurst, IL
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Palm Sunday
The Lord’s Entry Into Jerusalem
Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
Today Christ enters the path not only of His sufferings but of that dreadful loneliness which enshrouds Him during all the days of Passion week. The loneliness begins with a misunderstanding; the people expect that the Lord’s entry into Jerusalem will be the triumphant procession of a political leader, of a leader who will free his people from oppression, from slavery, from what they consider godlessness – because all paganism or idol-worship is a denial of the living God. The loneliness will develop further into the dreadful loneliness of not being understood even by His disciples. At the Last Supper when the Saviour talks to them for the last time, they will be in constant doubt as to the meaning of His words. And later when He goes into the Garden of Gethsemane before the fearful death that is facing Him, His closest disciples, Peter, John and James – whom He chose to go with Him fall asleep, depressed, tired, hopeless. The culmination of this loneliness will be Christ’s cry on the cross, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Abandoned men, rejected by the people of Israel He encounters the extreme of forsakenness and dies without God, without men, alone, with only His love for God and His love for mankind, dying for its sake and for God’s glory.
Epistle Reading (4/25/2021): Philippian 4:4-9
Gospel Reading (4/25/2021): John 12:1-18
St. Mark the Evangelist as a Model for our Lives
Feast Day - April 25 or Third Day of Pascha
By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

Mark the Evangelist was named John ("the name Mark was a Roman surname, which was then added to the primary name John"). In the house of his mother, where the first Christians gathered together to worship God, he met the Apostle Peter who, as it seems, was his teacher and spiritual father, which is why he calls him "my son" (1 Pet. 5:13). This relationship is shown by the fact that Mark the Evangelist in his Gospel preserved the message of the Apostle Peter, of which he is called an interpreter. "When the Apostle Peter preached his teachings in Rome he invited admiration, and there the faithful wanted to have written those things they heard, which is why they begged Mark who was with him to wrote it for them" (St. Nikodemos the Hagiorite).
St. Demetrios Parish Information


 This Week at St. Demetrios
As a courtesy reminder, it is necessary to sign up on our website. 
Live-streaming is being offered for all of the Holy Week services.

Sunday, April 25th
PALM SUNDAY / ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΩΝ ΒΑΙΩΝ
Όρθρος, 8π.μ. / Orthros, 8a.m. (Live)
Θεία Λειτουργία, 9:30π.μ. / Divine Liturgy, 9:30a.m.
Palm Sunday "To Go Fish Luncheon"
Philoptochos Bake Sale
PTO Lambathes Sale
Service of the Bridegroom, 7p.m.

Monday, April 26th
HOLY MONDAY - ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑ
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)
Service of the Bridegroom, 7p.m. (Main Church Only)
Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου, 7μ.μ.

Tuesday, April 27th
HOLY TUESDAY - ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΤΡΙΤΗ
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Service of the Bridegroom, 7p.m. (Main Church Only)
Ακολουθία του Νυμφίου, 7μ.μ.

Wednesday, April 28th
HOLY WEDNESDAY- ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΤΕΤΑΡΤΗ
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-2:00p.m. (Early Release)
Sacrament of Holy Unction, 3:00p.m.
Evening Service of Holy Wednesday & Anointing of the Faithful with Holy Unction Oil, 7:00p.m.
Ιερόν Ευχέλαιον, 3:00μ.μ.
Τό Εσπέρας Ακολουθία της Μ. Τετάρτης, 7:00μ.μ.
(Main Church & Gym for both services, 3pm & 7pm)

Thursday, April 29th
HOLY THURSDAY - ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΕΜΠΤΗ
Pythagoras Children's Academy, 8:30p.m.-3:15p.m.
Divine Liturgy, 8a.m.
Service of the Holy Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, 6:30p.m.
Service of the ROYAL HOURS, 10p.m.
Θεία Λειτουργία, 8π.μ.
Ακολουθία των Αγίων Πάθων του ΚΥΡΙΟΥ, 6:30μ.μ.
Ακολουθία ΒΑΣΙΛΙΚΩΝ ΩΡΩΝ, 10μ.μ.
(Main Church and Gym for the evening service.)

Friday, April 30th
HOLY FRIDAY - ΜΕΓΑΛΗ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ
Service of the APOKATHELOSIS, 3p.m.
Lamentations with procession of EPITAPHIOS, 6:30p.m.
Ακολουθία Αποκαθηλώσεως, 3μ.μ.
Ακολουθία Επιταφίου Θρήνου, 6:30μ.μ.
(Main Church and Gym for both services, 3pm & 6:30pm)

Saturday, May 1st
HOLY SATURDAY MORNING - ΜΕΓΑΛΟ ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ ΠΡΩΙ
Divine Liturgy, 8:30a.m.
Θεία Λειτουργία, 8:30π.μ. 
(Main Church and Gym)    
 
HOLY SATURDAY NIGHT - ΜΕΓΑΛΟ ΣΑΒΒΑΤΟ ΒΡΑΔΥ
(ALL FAITHFUL WILL BEGIN OUTSIDE AT 11:30PM.
AFTER THE RESURRECTION SERVICE THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP WILL PROCEED TO EITHER THE CHURCH OR THE GYM)
Service of the RESURRECTION, 11:30pm
Ακολουθία ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΕΩΣ, 11:30μ.μ.
Divine Liturgy, 12a.m.
Θεία Λειτουργία, 12π.μ.
CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN!
ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ! ΑΛΗΘΩΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!

Sunday, May 2nd
HOLY PASCHA - ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΣΧΑ Μay 2nd
AGAPE VESPERS SERVICE, 11a.m.
ΕΣΠΕΡΙΝΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΑΓΑΠΗΣ, 11π.μ.
(Main Church and Gym)

Monday, May 3rd
MONDAY OF BRIGHT WEEK - ΔΕΥΤΕΡΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΔΙΑΚΑΙΝΗΣΙΜΟΥ
St. George the Great Martyr -Γεώργιος Μεγαλομάρτυρυς
Όρθρος, 8π.μ. / Orthros, 8a.m. (Live)
Θεία Λειτουργία, 9:00π.μ. / Divine Liturgy, 9:00a.m.
Pythagoras Greek School (PGS), 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. (Remote Classes)

Friday, May 7th
FRIDAY OF BRIGHT WEEK - ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ ΤΗΣ ΔΙΑΚΑΙΝΗΣΙΜΟΥ
The Life-Giving Font of the Theotokos
Orthros, 8a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9:00a.m.
Της Ζωοδόχου Πηγής Όρθρος, 8π.μ. & Θεία Λειτουργία, 9:00π.μ.

Live-streaming is being offered for all Holy Week services.
Links may be found at saintdemetrioselmhurst.org/live or below.
1. Church You-Tube Channel
2. Church Facebook Page
Please Note: Tiropites & Spanakopites are being sold frozen.



Online Sign Up
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Church Services
*Just a note: We will be returning to one Divine Liturgy beginning with the 1st Sunday of Pascha: The Sunday of St. Thomas, May 9th. Orthros, 8a.m. & Divine Liturgy, 9:30a.m.


Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9a.m.-5p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Email for Fr. Dionysios:

paterdionysio@gmail.com
Youth Ministry, Religious Ed. & Athletics Update
There is still time to register for tomorrow's
JOY/WAY Lazarus Retreat!
To register please email religiousteacher@gmail.com.
Looking Ahead...
  • Bright Thursday BBQ, May 6th - Jr./Sr. GOYA Gathering
6:15pm to 8pm
NEW YOUTH MINISTRY CALENDAR
Please check out our complete youth ministry calendar for the remainder of this school year. In addition, if you have not registered, please do so!! THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Religious Education/Sunday School

Zoom Gatherings will resume on Sunday, May 16th

We invite all 3rd-12th graders to join us every Sunday evening for a half hour zoom meeting. Grades 3-5 @ 6:30pm, Grades 6-8 @ 7pm and Grades 9-12 @ 7:30pm.

You may also contact our director, Mrs. Lia Papadopoulos, to be added or with any questions at religiousedteacher@gmail.com.
2021 Stewardship of
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios

Stewardship as of Friday, April 23rd: 285 Stewards
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Demetrios’
13th Annual Grocery Bag Parish Food Drive

Please click on the button below to obtain the flyer and the noted links!
The St. Demetrios Ladies Philoptochos Scholarship Application
for 2021 is now available!

If you are a high school senior or college student, we encourage you to apply. We congratulate you in advance for all the hard work that you have put into your education. We are very proud of you!

If you have any questions please contact Helen Romios at helenromios23@gmail.com.
Saint Demetrios Parish Bookstore

Filling your Pascha Baskets?
Don't forget your Parish Bookstore! 
Mrs. Theresa Kekatos will be available by appointment for "In-the-Church-Office Pick-Up" on Fridays, 3:30pm to 5p.m.
Many of you know what items you may need or perhaps you want to pick up a book or icon. 

Please contact Mrs. Kekatos at tkekatos@hotmail.com or 708.373.5614 for inquiries, to place your order and/or arrange a time for pick up on Friday. Exact cash, check or credit card is required for payment. Thank you!
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ONLINE GIVING
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found on our parish website?
Here you can contribute towards
"Light a Vigil Candle" and more.
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Elmhurst, IL
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