Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta
Publish Date: 2017-05-11
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Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta

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  • Phone:
  • 404-634-9345
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  • 2480 Clairmont Rd. NE

  • Atlanta, GA 30329

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Message from Metropolitan Alexios

My Beloved Ones,

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Christ is Risen!

As we have passed the halfway point between Pascha and Pentecost, I would like to mark a national holiday, which has its roots in our Christian understanding of the family. This Sunday, Mother’s Day, will reinforce St. Paul’s quotation to the Ephesians, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”    

This coming Sunday, I pray that we will all recall the simple but moving proverb, which states that, “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” Through the mysterious bond that is motherhood, God has given us an earthly, physical example of the unconditional love that we experience spiritually through our relationship with Him. No matter what we do, good or bad, God always loves us because we are His creations; just as our mothers, in spite of countless moments of sorrow and joy, never stop loving their children.

Christ Himself lived out the observance of this commandment by taking care of and honoring His mother, the Theotokos. In the Gospel of John, Christ’s first public miracle, changing the water into wine, comes at the instigation of His mother. The Evangelist tells us that Christ, though He questioned whether His time had yet come, performed the miracle because His mother wished for it. Even at their most vulnerable moment, with His mother at the foot of the Cross, He fulfilled His obligation as a dutiful son by ensuring that Mary was entrusted to the care of His beloved disciple John.

 Christ, as both God and Man, sought to present Himself as a model for the manner in which we are meant to treat our mothers, because He understood the valuable role that our mothers play. Mothers are so many things during the course of the lives of their children: they are our first teachers, they are providers of unconditional love, and they are pillars of support for the whole family, whether they work outside the home, or within.

This coming Sunday, I pray that we will all seek to honor our mothers (whether they are still with us, or if they have fallen asleep), and in thinking on them, grow closer to not only our families, but to our God, who in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to create people as wonderful as mothers.

Metropolitan of Atlanta


From the Chancellor's Desk

I commend all our mothers and mothers-to-be for their faithfulness in nurturing and raising our children and serving as role models of God’s love and mercy. We thank you and appreciate you greatly. In their honor, I offer this reflection of the role of motherhood. For our mothers who have fallen asleep in the Lord, we pray for their eternal repose.

A Mother’s Role . . . 

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love, I am a housekeeper – not a homemaker. If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love, my children learn cleanliness – not godliness. Love leaves the dust in search of a child's laugh. Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window. Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk. Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys. Love is present through the trials. Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive. Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, and then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood. Love is the key that opens salvation's message to a child's heart. Before I became a mother, I took glory in my house of perfection. Now, I glory in God's perfection of my child. 

As a mother, there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is love(Author Unknown)


+Fr. George Tsahakis


Reflections from Fr. James Rousakis

CHRISTOS ANESTI!   With a spiritual edifying Holy Week, culminating with glorious Resurrection of our Lord, I have been asked what is my favorite service?   It is difficult to answer the question since all the services have their unique feature, whether it is the entrance of the Nymphios, the Bridegroom Christ;  the procession of the Cross in a dark church, emotionally moved hearing the words, “Simeron cremate epi xilou…”;  the procession of the entombed Christ, the beautifully decorated Kouvouklion with the Epitaphios into the darkness of the night or receiving the light of Christ and announcing that He is Risen!  For me, it is hearing the most intimate feelings of the Panagia during the Egkomia, pouring out her broken heart, like only a mother can express.  We sing out these Lamentations in support of her.  As we honor her by singing out the Lamentations, we are reminded this year that in a week we honor our own mothers on Mother’s Day.

Sunday, May 14th is an important day!  It is important because anything that lives and breathes in this world came to life by a mother.  Motherhood, the American flag and apple pie are three things known for their stability and national appeal.  Unfortunately, today, the price of apples is inflated, the flag mistreated and even motherhood is abused.  I dedicate these words to all the mothers and mothers to be, with much respect and appreciation.

Down through the ages, mothers have been a stabilizing factor in the shaping of history and have positively influenced their children.  Our society, more than ever, needs mothers of character, mothers who will nurture their children in the ways of God.  The successful mother is the key to the successful home.

Let us look at the example of motherhood, the mother who was always quietly and supportively at her son’s side, the Panagia, and at the end of His life; He leaves her in the best of care, to the Apostle and Evangelist John, who we commemorate today.   From her we learn that…

Mother means love…A love that is so wide as is her heart;  a love that that is so different than the love of a brother, sister, father or friend;  a love she gives, to all her children equally and yet each feels as though they have all her love and a love which is given without asking for a reward or recognition.  In fact, one of the seeds I plant in the fertile mind of the sculptor, who created the Statue of Liberty, in “Libertaire, the Play”, in which I portrayed his mentor, concerned the concept of mother.  “Is not the greatest love in the world, that which is between a mother and her child?  A mother’s love is unconditional, she gives freely, with no expectations.  A love beyond price!”  The Statue of Liberty was the creation of a son honoring his mother’s love.

Mother means a life-long commitment, endurance…From the time she feels life, the life which hides within her, to the time of her passing away, she is always a mother, because her service never stops and the privilege of motherhood remains even after the death of her child.  The miracle Jesus performed when He raises the child of the widowed mother of Nain.  No one can remove a mother from being a mother, nor can neither time nor distance separate a mother from being a mother.    Whether a child is young or old, single or married, the warm encompassing arms of a mother’s love are always there for them.

Mother means sacrifice…A mother sacrifices for her child whether they are good or bad.  Her vocabulary only has the words of giving, serving and sacrificing.  She gives of herself for the welfare and progress of her child.  She prays for her child;  always her child is remembered in prayer.  A mother’s heart will truly desire the best welfare of her child with be a mother with a prayerful heart, full of love endurance and sacrifice.

My beloved mothers, you cannot boast of having built great churches and cathedrals, but you have built something more significant, you have built a dwelling place for the immortal soul of your children.  Not even the angels have been blessed with such grace, because no angel can share in God’s creative miracle to bring new beings into heaven.  Only human mothers, like you, have been given that privileged grace.  You are, according to Greek culture, the queen of the household and according to our faith, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ elevates motherhood to the second most important figure when we state “He came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.”  Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creation.  What on God’s earth is more glorious than to be a mother!  HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!


The Strategic Plan


Strategic Plan Updates

After many months of hard work and much anticipation, the first goals of the Metropolis of Atlanta Strategic Plan are complete and there is content on the Web Portal for download. Parishioners are invited to use the new content found at to enhance their efforts working for the Church and its many ministries. The completed Goals include: 1.1 Parish Strategic Planning (including the addition of customizable templates), 3.3 Communications Director, 5.4 Seniors Program, 10.1 Metropolis Website and 10.3 Best Practices Metropolis Resource Center Portal. In addition to the first content, the website has been redesigned for ease of use. For more information please visit If you have questions, contact your Parish Champion or


Family Life Ministry

The Metropolis of Atlanta’s Family Life Ministry ( strengthens individuals, families and church families through adaptable programs, blogs and educational materials as a means of fostering connection within our homes and our parishes. 

This week provides a deeper insight into the Orthodox home: a place that depends on more than the icons on the walls, but on the undercurrent of love and joy and peace in our homes.

Tuning into the unspoken ethos, Paula and Eleni will discuss aspects of Orthodox homes: time with each other; having our children be helpful, and know their importance in the family; listening with our senses to the unspoken messages; as well as, less competition and anxiety.

To listen, visit the podcast’s page HERE.

Journey of Marriage (Pre-Marital Seminar)

All couples marrying in the Metropolis must attend a Metropolis-sponsored Journey of Marriage seminar prior to their wedding. The couple will present their certificate of completion to their parish priest after the seminar. 

  • May 13, 2017 - Atlanta, GA
  • May 20, 2017 - Tarpon Springs, FL
  • June 17, 2017 - New Port Richey, FL

To see the full list of seminars through 2017, and to register, please visit:


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    The Panagia Chapel at the Diakonia Retreat Center is in its final stages. To wrap up the building of the Panagia Chapel, His Eminence has asked that each family give the names of their loved ones, living and deceased to be sealed in the Holy Table during consecration and prayed for during each service held in the Chapel forever. When submitting names, it is requested that each family prayerfully considers a sponsorship of $30 or more, as you are able, to the completion of the Panagia Chapel’s roof. For more information on how to submit names and a sponsorship for this effort, please speak with your parish priest. If you have further questions please contact the Metropolis office at 404-634-9345.

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    Christ the Good Shepherd - Family Camp for Special Needs

    Christ the Good Shepherd - Family Camp for Special Needs

    This is our third Special Needs Camp and we are limiting the session to 10 families to accommodate the physical, social/emotional, spiritual and dietary needs of all. contact Despina Koulianos: 251-454-5657

    2017 Clergy-Laity Assembly, Philoptochos and Southeastern Choir Federation Conference

    2017 Clergy-Laity Assembly, Philoptochos and Southeastern Choir Federation Conference

    The 2017 Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Clergy-Laity Assembly, Philoptochos and Southeastern Choir Federation Conference will take place on June 21-24, 2017 in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is the first time that our entire Metropolis family will be housed together under one conference. Additionally, on Friday, June 23 the Strategic Planning Teams will have the first "Faith Forums" to offer aid and training on several new programs designed for your parishes. Forms are available at Please visit our event page on Facebook (2017 Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta Clergy-Laity) for updates and more information, or you may contact us by email at


Gospel and Epistle Readings

Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Psalm 18.4,1.
Their voice has gone out into all the earth.
Verse: The heavens declare the glory of God.

The reading is from Acts of the Apostles 10:34-43.

IN THOSE DAYS, Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the word which he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all), the word which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. And we are witnesses to all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and made him manifest; not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that he is the one ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name."

Gospel Reading

4th Thursday after Pascha
The Reading is from John 8:12-20

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." The Pharisees then said to him, "You are bearing witness to yourself; your testimony is not true." Jesus answered, "Even if I do bear witness to myself, my testimony is true, for I know whence I have come and whither I am going, but you do not know whence I come or whither I am going. You judge according to the flesh, I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone that judge, but I and he who sent me. In your law it is written that the testimony of two men is true; I bear witness to myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness to me." They said to him therefore, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me nor my Father; if you knew me, you would know my Father also." These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.


Wisdom of the Fathers

I am truly filled with wonder at the wise dispensation of the Holy Spirit; how He confined the Epistles of the rest to a small number, but to Paul the former persecutor gave the privilege of writing fourteen. For it was not because Peter or John was less that He restrained the gift; God forbid! But in order that the doctrine might be beyond question, He granted to the former enemy and persecutor the privilege of writing more, in order that we all might thus be made believers. ...Many, my beloved, are the true testimonies concerning Christ. The Father bears witness from heaven of His Son: the Holy Ghost bears witness, descending bodily in likeness of a dove: the Archangel Gabriel bears witness, bringing good tidings to Mary: the Virgin Mother of God bears witness: the blessed place of the manger bears witness. ...Symeon bears witness, who received Him in his arms, and said, Now, Lord, latest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people. Anna also, the prophetess, a most devout widow, of austere life, bears witness of Him. John the Baptist bears witness, the greatest among the Prophets, and leader of the New Covenant, who in a manner united both Covenants in Himself, the Old and the New. Jordan is His witness among rivers; the sea of Tiberias among seas: blind and lame bear witness, and dead men raised to life, and devils saying, What have we to do with Thee, Jesus? we know Thee, who Thou art, the Holy One of God. Winds bear witness, silenced at His bidding: five loaves multiplied into five thousand bear Him witness. ...His former enemies bear witness, of whom the blessed Paul is one...the Twelve Apostles are His witnesses, having preached the truth not only in words, but also by their own torments and deaths...and all the Gentile converts bear witness, by dying for His sake, whom they never saw with eyes of flesh...if there is any one who formerly believed not, let him now believe...Thou art called a Christian: be tender of the name...let your good works shine fare men...
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
Catechetical Lectures 10, 4th century

Christians ... should strive in all things and ought not to pass judgment of any kind on anyone, not on the prostitute nor on sinners nor on disorderly persons. But they should look upon all persons with a single mind and a pure eye so that it may be for such a person almost a natural and fixed attitude never to despise or judge or abhor anyone or to divide people and put them into boxes ... For this is purity of heart, that, when you see the sinner and the weak, you have compassion and show mercy to them.
St. Makarios the Great
Homilies 5.8, 4th century


Saints and Feasts

May 11

Methodius & Cyril, Equal-to-the Apostles Illuminators of the Slavs

Born in Thessalonica, Saint Methodius was a military man before becoming a monk on Mount Olympus. His brother Constantine, known as the Philosopher because of his erudition, was Librarian at the Church of the Holy Wisdom in Constantinople; he later became a monk with the name of Cyril. The Emperor Michael sent him with his brother Methodius to the Khazars in response to their petition for teachers to expound to them the Christian Faith. On their way, they stayed in Cherson, where they recovered from the Black Sea the relics of Saint Clement of Rome. Later, they were called by Prince Rostislav of Moravia to instruct his people in the Orthodox Faith (Saint Rostislav died a martyr's death and is celebrated Oct. 15). The Saints devised an alphabet for the Slavs, and used it to translate the Greek books into the language of the people. In their apostolic labours throughout the Balkans, the holy brothers were slandered by certain Germanic bishops who opposed the use of the vernacular in the church services. Summoned to court at Rome in 867, they presented their Slavonic translations to Pope Adrian II, who received them with love and full approval. Two years later, Saint Cyril reposed in Rome on February 14 and was buried in the Church of Saint Clement. Saint Methodius was made Bishop of Moravia, but at the intrigues of certain Latin clergy, was cast into prison by the "Holy Roman Emperor" (the Germanic Emperor of the West), where he was cruelly tormented for some three years. In 874, through the defence of Pope John VIII, he was freed and made Archbishop of Moravia. Because he reproved the lax morals of the German priests in Moravia, he was soon accused of heresy by them, and was forbidden to celebrate the Liturgy in Slavonic. Summoned to Rome again in 879, he was completely exonerated and allowed once again to use the Slavonic tongue for the divine services. He reposed on April 6, 885.

May 11

Hieromartyr Mocius

The holy Hieromartyr Mocius, who was of Roman parents, lived during the reign of Diocletian, and was a priest in Amphipolis of Thrace. One day as the idolaters were assembled, and the Proconsul Laodicius was offering sacrifice to Dionysus, Mocius entered the temple and overturned the altar. After many torments, through which he was preserved whole by grace divine, he was sent to Byzantium, where he was beheaded about the year 288. Saint Constantine the Great built a magnificent church in honour of Saint Mocius in Constantinople, where his holy relics were enshrined. He is one of the Holy Unmercenaries.