St. Sophia Greek

Orthodox Church

Rev. Fr. Gregory Georgiou

Presiding Priest

Tina Thomas

Parish Council President

Phone: 863-224-4307

Direct Email

Sunday, April 7th, 2024

Veneration of the Cross

Orthros 8:45 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am

Procession of the Holy Cross following

Service of Matins in


Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

From the website of the Annunciation Cathedral

in Atlanta, Georgia

Readings for April 7th

Prokeimenon. Mode Plagal 2 

Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance.

Verse: To you, O Lord, I have cried, O my God.

St. Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews

(4:14-16, 5:1-6)


BRETHREN, since we have a high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee”; as he says also in another place, “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

Gospel According to

St. Mark

(8:34-38; 9:1)


The Lord said: “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.”

Sunday of the Holy Cross

With the help of God, we have almost reached the middle of the course of the Fast, where our strength has been worn down through abstinence, and the full difficulty of the labour set before us becomes apparent. Therefore our holy Mother, the Church of Christ, now brings to our help the all-holy Cross, the joy of the world, the strength of the faithful, the staff of the just, and the hope of sinners, so that by venerating it reverently, we might receive strength and grace to complete the divine struggle of the Fast.

Apolytikion of Sunday of the Holy Cross

First Tone

O Lord, save Your people and bless Your inheritance, granting our rulers to prevail over adversaries, and protecting Your commonwealth by Your Cross.

Kontakion of Sunday of the Holy Cross

Grave Tone

Now the flaming sword no longer guards the gates of Paradise; * it has been mysteriously quenched by the wood of the Cross! * The sting of death and the victory of hell have been vanquished; * for You, O my Savior, * did come and cry to those in hell: * “Enter again into Paradise.”

Hierarchical Visit

Memorial Service

Yianni Ioannides 

Memorial service (2 years) 

Luncheon will be provided by

his beloved wife Katerina and family

Sunday School 

and Greek School

Sunday School/Catechism

and Greek School 

following Divine Liturgy

Upcoming Service

April 28th, 2024

Palm Sunday

Orthros 8:45 am

Divine Liturgy 10:00 am


Palm Sunday Luncheon Fundraiser 

April 28th

Fish Plaki 

Fresh Shrimp

Kalamarakia and more

Rice, salad, desserts 

$20.00 per person 

$5.00 Children 6-12

Children 5 and under free

The meal will generously be provided

by Minas Ioannides

and Yiannis Bampounis.

Many Years to them

and their families.

Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, April 28th Morning

Palm Sunday

10:00 am

Wednesday, May 1st

Service of Holy Unction

6:30 pm

Thursday, May 2nd Morning

Vespers & Liturgy of St. Basil

10:00 am

Thursday, May 2nd Evening

The Holy Passion Service

6:30 pm

Friday, May 3rd Afternoon

Descent from the Cross

4:00 pm

Friday, May 3rd Evening

Lamentation Service

6:30 pm

Saturday Morning, May 4th

Vespers & Liturgy of St. Basil

10:00 am

Saturday Evening, May 4th

Matins and Resurrection Service 11:00 pm


Κυριακη, 28 Απριλιου 

Κυριακη των Βαιων Πρωι

10:00 πμ

Τεταρτη, 1 Μαΐου

Μεγαλη Τεταρτη Μυστηριον του Ευχελαιου

6:30 μμ

Πεμπτη, 2 Μαΐου

Μεγαλη Πεμπτη Πρωι− Θεια Λειτουργια Μεγ. Βασιλειου

10:00 πμ

Μεγαλη Πεμπτη Βραδυ − Τα 12 Ευαγγελια

6:30 μμ

Παρασκευη, 3 Μαΐου

Η Αποκαθηλωση

4:00 μμ

Μεγαλη Παρασκευη Βραδυ − Ο Επιταφιος Θρηνο

6:30 μμ

Σαββατο Πρωι, 4 Μαΐου

Μεγα Σαββατο Πρωι − Θεια Λειτουργια Μεγα Βασιλειου

10:00 πμ

Σαββατο Βραδυ, 4 Μαΐου

Η Ανασταση του Κυριου − Σαββατο Βραδυ

11:00 μμ

Holy Week Supplies

Palms for the Palm Crosses...Donated

Floral Arrangement for Extreme Humility (Bridegroom) Icon...Donated

Floral Wreath for the Cross...$150

Floral Arrangement for the Resurrection (Anastasi) Icon...Donated

Easter Lilies...$200

Flowers for Christ’s Tomb (Epitaphios)...$1000

(partially donated)

Candles for Holy Unction (7 Gospels)...Donated

Candles for Passion Gospels...Donated

White linen sheet for Christ’s Body...Donated

Bay leaves for Holy Saturday...Donated

Decorated Pascha Candle for Father Donated

Eggs for Pascha...$200

Please contact us as soon as possible

to donate needed Holy Week Supplies.


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Stewardship and Capital Campaign

We are truly grateful and thankful for

your love for Christ and His Church.

You can also make your stewardship payment online if convenient.

We ask that you continue supporting your parish with your time, talent, and treasure.

If you have any questions call our

Stewardship Chairman Peter Pappas

(908) 510-6987.

Click HERE to fill out your 2024 Online Stewardship
Click HERE for the Capital Campaign Form
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Food Pantry

‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger, and you took me in; Naked, and you clothed me.’ Matthew 25:34-36

We are collecting food items and toiletries to help those in need in our community. Please bring to the church hall on Sundays.

We can also accommodate your schedule and arrange to receive donations on other days.

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1030 Bradbury Rd, Winter Haven, FL 33880


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