St. Demetrios Feast Day Celebration

The world has found in you, o victor, a mighty champion in great danger, and the one who caused the nations to flee, in the arena overcoming the strength of Liaus by inspiring Nestor with courage, do you also O Great Martyr, Demetrios, pray to Christ, our God, that He may give us His great mercy.

Hymns of the Feast

Saint Demetrios suffered in Thessalonica during the reign of Galerius Maximian (c. 306). He belonged to one of the most distinguished families of the province of Macedonia and was widely admired not only because of his noble ancestry and grace of bearing, but also for virtue, wisdom and goodness of heart surpassing that of his elders.

The military expertise of Saint Demetrios led Galerius, as Caesar of the Eastern Empire, to appoint him commander of the Roman forces in Thessaly and Proconsul for Hellas. But for all this, Demetrios remained ever aware of the underlying realities of life. Since faith in Christ had touched his heart, all the glory of this world meant nothing to him, and there was nothing he preferred to teaching and preaching the word of God.

Despite the persecution directed against Christians by the Emperor, Saint Demetrios brought a large number of pagans to the faith. His words convinced them because they saw in the righteousness, peace and brotherly love that marked his life an illustration of the truth of which he spoke.

The Emperor Maximian had just won a series of brilliant victories over the Scythians and was on his way back to Rome when he halted at Thessalonica to receive the acclamations of the populace and to offer sacrifices in thanksgiving to the idols. A number of pagans, envious of the success of the Saint, took advantage of the Emperor's presence in the city to denounce Demetrios as a Christian. Maximian's astonishment gave way to violent indignation when he was told that Demetrios' was making use of his official position to spread the faith. Demetrios was summoned and confined in a cell, located in the basement of nearby baths.

Maximian arranged for games and gladiatorial combats to take place in the amphitheater of the city. He had brought with him a man of gigantic stature and Herculean strength called Lyaios, a Vandal by origin. Such was this man's strength and skill in single combat that no one could withstand him. There was in the city a young Christian called Nestor, who observing the empty pride of the Emperor in the victories of his champion, made up his mind to show him that real power belongs to Christ alone. He ran to the baths where Demetrios was imprisoned and asked for the protection of his prayer in going to confront the giant. The Martyr made the sign of the Cross on the brow and the heart of the boy, and sent him like David before Goliath. He reached the amphitheater just as the heralds were crying out on all sides for any who would stand against Lyaios. Advancing towards the Emperor, Nestor threw his tunic to the ground and shouted, "God of Demetrios, help me!" In the first encounter, at the very moment the giant rushed upon him, Nestor slipped aside and stabbed him to the heart with his dagger. There was uproar and amazement at the marvel, and people asked themselves how a mere child, relying neither on strength nor weapons, could so suddenly have brought down the barbarian.

Rather than yield to the sign of the sovereign power of God, the Emperor flew into a rage and ordered the immediate arrest of Nestor and his beheading outside the city. He had heard Nestor calling upon the God of Demetrios and, supposing the Saint had used some kind of witchcraft, Maximian ordered his soldiers to go and thrust Demetrios through with their lances, without trial, in the depths of his prison cell. There were some Christians, including Demetrios' servant Lupus, present at his martyrdom, and when the soldiers had gone, they reverently buried the Saint's body.

It was God's will that the grace with which He filled Saint Demetrios should remain active even after his death. This is why He caused to flow from his body a myron with a delightful scent, which had the property of healing all who took it as an unction, with faith in the intercession of the Saint. Time and again, during sixteen hundred years, Saint Demetrios has given proof of his benevolent care for the city of Thessalonica and its inhabitants. He has defended them from the attacks of barbarians, he has preserved them from plague and famine, healed the sick and comforted the afflicted.

Apolytikion and Kontakion courtesy of Holy Cross Press, Brookline, MA
http://www.goarch.org/special/demetrios/index_html

21:Sep

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church 26th Annual Golf Classic

Swing



Early Registration (Prior to 8/15/20) $150 / Player


Registration (After 8/15/20) $175 / Player
BBQ Lunch
Great Tee Prize Pkg.
Buffet Dinner
Silent Auction
Raffle


EVENT SCHEDULE
11:00 Registration
& Putting Contest
11:30 Lunch
12:15 Shotgun Start

28:Apr

Annual Agape Picnic


Χριστός ἀνέστη! - Christos Anesti (Christ is Risen!)
Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη! - Alithos Anesti (Truly He is Risen!)


There will be plenty of whole roasted Lamb & Chicken from the rotisserie, leg of Lamb from the BBQ, Rice, Beans, Green Beans, Potatoes, Salad, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Water, Jumpers and an Egg Hunt for the kids. (Beer, Wine & Soda will be available for purchase)

Donations can be made now through Saturday, April 20th in any amount you choose (our cost to put on the event is $25 per person). After April 20th, the entry fee will be $35 per adult, $25 per child 5-12 years old. To RSVP complete & return the form below, use Pushpay Online or call the office at 805-482-1273 For more information or to offer help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 818-913-1568

Our picnic has been growing over the years and following are a few needs to ensure we have a successful event. If you're interested in helping in any capacity, email or call the church office or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 818-913-1568

  • Volunteers to help for two hour shifts on Easter day (serving, cooking, bar, drinks, checking in, music, cleaning, etc.).
  • Volunteers to help in the afternoon of Holy Thursday in preparing the meats.
  • Donations needed for any of the menu items and/or products that will be used for the Agape Picnic.

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06:Jan

Epiphany Celebration

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ST DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
ANNUAL EPIPHANY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6th 2019
Rain or Shine
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am @ Agape Center
5575 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
Then proceed to the Ventura Harbor
for
Blessing of Harbor waters & dive for the Cross
12 NOON


Youth Divers needed (male and female) 12 to 18 yrs old
(must be 12 as of January 1, 2018)

Youth Consent Form


Buffet Luncheon immediately follows event celebration at the
THE GREEK Mediterranean Steak & Seafood
1583 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101
Ventura Harbor, California 93001

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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Touched by Christ


I experienced an amazing awakening during our pilgrimage. Several things touched my heart, and you know me, I will spill these details, little by little, within my Sunday Liturgy sermons. Standing on the grounds where Christ walked and being at the sites where our Savior performed His miracles was most profound.


We entered the city of Nain. Our tour guide, Fr. Leondios (an Archimandrite of Greek descent), stumped me when he asked, “Who knows what happened here in Nain?” because he pronounced it “Nah-een.” When I realized where we were, I was provoked by the notion that this was where Christ raised the son of the widow from the dead. As He led His crowd into the city, He encountered the funeral procession and said to the grieving widow, “Don’t cry.” Two large groups, with two very different functions, collide at the city gates.


There is a lot to learn as we look at this collision. The first is a procession of death. It is the funeral of a young man that is the only son of his widowed mother. The second is comprised of Chris’s disciples and followers. One a procession of life and the other a procession of death.


The procession of death is exasperated by...


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