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Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church
Publish Date: 2022-10-02
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Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church

General Information

  • Phone:
  • (561) 833-6387
  • Fax:
  • (561) 833-6391
  • Street Address:

  • 110 Southern Blvd.

  • West Palm Beach, FL 33405


Contact Information




Services Schedule

Sunday Services:

  8:30 am     Orthros

  9:45 am     Divine Liturgy

 

Sunday School Classes: 

11:15 am     After Holy Communion


Past Bulletins


This Week and Upcoming Events

Christ is in our midst!  He is and ever shall be!

 Our services are streamed live on the internet.
at our Saint Catherine website - www.stcatherine-wpb.org
 

Join us for Orthodox Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 9:45 a.m.

  

Light a candle and offer a prayer at Saint Catherine (click above).  The online form sends the names of your family and friends direct to Father Andrew at the altar; prayers are offered during the Proskomidi in preparation for the Divine Liturgy!

  

October 2, 2022
Second Sunday of Luke
Cyprian the Holy Martyr, Justina the Virgin-martyr of Nicomedea

 

COVID-19 protocol:  Parishioners and guests may wear a mask if they desire in our Church and Hellenic Cultural Center.  All are advised not to enter if exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.  Everyone should also follow the CDC guidelines quarantining if they recently been with someone who is COVID positive or experiencing symptoms.

Links to the service text:  Links to the service texts are through the Digital Chant Stand of our Archdiocese.  For optimal viewing select the "GR-EN Text/Music" link for Matins (Orthros) and Divine Liturgy. Apps may be downloaded for your phone or tablet.  Link to the Digital Chant Stand 

Holy Communion:  When the faithful approach the Holy Chalice, they should stand with respect before the priest and say their baptismal/chrismation name.  After the name is uttered, the faithful should open their mouth to receive Holy Communion.  When the spoon goes into the mouth, the faithful should close their mouth and make sure that they swallow the consecrated Bread and Wine.  Every person who stands before the Holy Chalice, should not have any contact with the red communion cloth, before, during, or after receiving Holy Communion.  The red communion cloth is to be placed under each person’s chin by those who are assisting the clergy.  Under no circumstances should the red communion cloth be used as a table napkin to wipe the mouth, nor should one who has received Holy Communion touch it at all. 

Coffee and Fellowship:  We invite all to join us for coffee and fellowship in our Hellenic Cultural Center after the Divine Liturgy.

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This Week
Sunday, October 2  2nd Sunday of Luke
      8:30 am  Orthros
      9:45 am  Divine Liturgy

Tuesday, October 4  
    11:30 am  Seniors Meeting

Wednesday, October 5  
      7:00 pm  Discover Orthodoxy

 

Highlights of Upcoming Services and Events
Sunday, October 9  3rd Sunday of Luke
      8:30 am  Orthros
      9:45 am  Divine Liturgy
    12:00 pm  Godparents’ Brunch after Liturgy

Tuesday, October 11
     AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope Meetings

Wednesday, October 12
      7:00 pm  Bible Study

 

2022 Stewardship:  We appreciate our stewards  our Saint Catherine family.  Your Stewardship gift reflects your appreciation for God's many blessings.  

As of September 19th, Stewardship gifts have been received from 230 individual/families totaling $187,268.  Many of the donations represent fulfillment of their total pledge for 2022 while many others have begun their weekly, monthly or other scheduled donation.  We are so thankful to these stewards.

Have you sent in your 2022 Stewardship Commitment Form?  Forms are available in the Narthex of the church, in the Hellenic Cultural Center and online.  Click here for the 2022 Stewardship Program and Commitment Form.  

The Donate buttons here and on our website lead to our online giving site.  Again, thank you for your support!


Youth Safety Resources:  We’re committed to connecting young people with Jesus Christ. To do that, we need to create ministry environments that are safe and health. For more on how you can help, please visit our Youth Safety website: goarch.org/safety.

 

YouTube Logo  Many of our Divine Liturgies have been recorded and can be viewed at www.youtube.com.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel; you will be notified when we begin a live stream.

Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church (Services from 2020 until now)

Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church (Selected services from 2015-2019)

  

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Event Flyers

    South Florida Glendi 2022

    South Florida Glendi 2022

    The First South Florida Conference Glendi to benefit our Metropolis' Diakonia Retreat Center, home of Saint Stephen's Summer Camp.... Saturday, October 1st.


    Godparents' Day is October 9th

    Godparents' Day is October 9th

    Godchildren & Godparents are encouraged to receive communion together on this day. Brunch in the HCC after the Liturgy.


    HDF Team Sneak Peek Performance October 16th

    HDF Team Sneak Peek Performance October 16th

    Join us for Luncheon a preview of our next performance after the Divine Liturgy.


    OXI Day Celebration Program and Luncheon, Oct 23rd

    OXI Day Celebration Program and Luncheon, Oct 23rd

    Saint Catherine Greek School Presents . . . . Come and support our children as they present a short program for you to enjoy!


    GOYA Fall Festival, Friday Oct 28th

    GOYA Fall Festival, Friday Oct 28th

    We begin at 6:00 pm


    Philoptochos Autism Tea, Saturday Nov 5th

    Philoptochos Autism Tea, Saturday Nov 5th

    This is the Fifteenth Annual Afternoon Tea to Benefit Autism and Other Charities. 2 pm - 4 pm


    Saint Catherine Annual Dinner Dance

    Saint Catherine Annual Dinner Dance

    Saturday, November 12th, starts 6:30 pm


    Forged: An Interactive Book on the Orthodox Faith for Young Men

    Forged: An Interactive Book on the Orthodox Faith for Young Men

    The writers of Forged understand that our young people require both guidance in their faith and strengthening that faith in a world that is often at odds with Orthodox Christian spirituality. What does it mean to be a man? How do I conduct myself in relationships, and in friendship? What is a healthy perspective concerning technology? Using this workbook our young men will have the opportunity to consider these subjects, within the Orthodox Christian style of life. Forged uses a structure that appeals to a young man’s creative sense of adventure and problem-solving, and these lessons are reinforced through journaling, activities and discussion topics that can be utilized in group settings.


    What's New on Engage Orthodoxy

    What's New on Engage Orthodoxy

    Engage Orthodoxy is a beautiful website created by FLM to provide resources and inspiration for our Orthodox family. EO hosts several blogs written by Orthodox authors on timely topics. In addition to blogs, EO has launched a podcast aimed at Orthodox homeschool families of teens. Check out our newest posts and listen to our podcast at www.engageorthodoxy.net


    Ukraine Relief Fund

    Ukraine Relief Fund

    “We join our spirit to the spirit of His All-Holiness and exhort all our Faithful: offer prayers and tangible support for all the Ukrainian People, those of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine and those of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, those of the Ukrainian Catholic and Jewish communities, and all who find themselves in the dire circumstances of war.”


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Gospel and Epistle Readings

Matins Gospel Reading

Fifth Orthros Gospel
The Reading is from Luke 24:13-35

At that time, [Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home wondering at what had happened. That very day] two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him. And He said to them, "What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?" and they stood still, looking sad. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered Him, "Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?" And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened. Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find His body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see." And He said to them, "O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was not it necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into this glory?" And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, He interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further, but they constrained Him, saying, "Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent." So He went in to stay with them. When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked to us on the road, while He opened to us the scriptures?" And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them, who said, "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" Then they told what had happened on the road and how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.


Epistle Reading

Prokeimenon. Grave Tone. Psalm 28.11,1.
The Lord will give strength to his people.
Verse: Bring to the Lord, O sons of God, bring to the Lord honor and glory.

The reading is from St. Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:1-10.

Brethren, working together with him, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labors, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.


Gospel Reading

2nd Sunday of Luke
The Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, "As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."


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Wisdom of the Fathers

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

There are three things that impel us towards what is holy: natural instincts, angelic powers and probity of intention. Natural instincts impel us when, for example, we do to others what we would wish them to do to us (cf. Luke 6:31), or when we see someone suffering deprivation or in need and naturally feel compassion. Angelic powers impel us when, being ourselves impelled to something worthwhile, we find we are providentially helped and guided. We are impelled by probity of intention when, discriminating between good and evil, we choose the good.
St. Maximos the Confessor
Second Century on Love no. 32, Philokalia Vol. 2 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 71, 7th century

Why do we judge our neighbors? Because we shun knowing ourselves. Someone busy trying to understand himself has no time to notice the shortcomings of others. Judge yourself ... and you will stop judging others. Judge a poor deed, but do not judge the doer. It is necessary to consider yourself the most sinful of all, and to forgive your neighbor every poor deed.
St. Seraphim of Sarov
Unknown, 19th century

Every work which does not have love as its beginning and root is nothing.
St. John Chrysostom
Unknown, 4th century

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Saints and Feasts

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October 02

2nd Sunday of Luke


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October 02

The Holy Hieromartyr Cyprian and the Virgin Martyr Justina

Saint Justina who was from Damascus, lived in virginity for the sake of Christ. Saint Cyprian, who was from Antioch, began as an initiate of magic and worshipper of the demons. A certain foolish young man who had been smitten with Justina's beauty hired Cyprian to draw her to love him; when Cyprian had wed every demonic device he knew, and had failed, being repulsed by the power of Christ Whom Justina invoked, he understood the weakness of the demons and came to know the truth. Delivered from demonic delusion, he came to Christ and burned all his books of magic, was baptized, and later ascended the episcopal throne in his country. Later, he and Justina were arrested by the Count of Damascus, and having endured many torments at his hands, they were sent finally to Diocletian in Nicomedia, where they were beheaded about the year 304.


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October 03

Dionysios the Areopagite

This Saint was from Athens, a learned man, and a member of the famous judicial court of Mars Hill (in Greek Aeros Pagos, hence the name Areopagite (see Acts 17:19-34). When Saint Paul preached in Athens, he was one of the first there to believe in Christ, and, according to some, became the first bishop of that city. Others say -- and this may be more probable--that he was the second Bishop of Athens, after Saint Hierotheus, whom Dionysios calls his friend and teacher "after Paul" (On the Divine Names, 3:2). With Saint Hierotheus he was also present at the Dormition of the most holy Theotokos; the Doxasticon of the Aposticha for the service of the Dormition is partly taken from a passage in Chapter III of On the Divine Names. According to ancient tradition, he received a martyr's end (according to some, in Athens itself) about the year 96.


Johnhermit
October 04

John the Hermit


Hierotheos
October 04

Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens

According to some, Hierotheus, like Saint Dionysius, was a member of the court of Mars Hill. Having first been instructed in the Faith of Christ by Paul, he became Bishop of Athens. He, in turn, initiated the divine Dionysius more perfectly into the mysteries of Christ; the latter, on his part, elaborated more clearly and distinctly Hierotheus' concise and summary teachings concerning the Faith. He too was brought miraculously by the power of the Holy Spirit to be present at the Dormition of the Theotokos, when, together with the sacred Apostles, he became a leader of the divine hymnody. "He was wholly transported, wholly outside himself and was so deeply absorbed in communion with the sacred things he celebrated in hymnology, that to all who heard him and saw him and knew him, and yet knew him not, he seemed to be inspired of God, a divine hymnographer," as Dionysius says (On the Divine Names, 3:2). Having lived in a manner pleasing to God, he reposed in the Lord.


Charitine
October 05

Charitina the Martyr

Saint Charitina contested for Christ during the reign of Diocletian, in the year 290. The handmaid of a certain Claudius, she was betrayed as a Christian to Dometian, the Count, before whom she fearlessly confessed Christ. After suffering the most terrible tortures, including the uprooting of her teeth and nails, she gave up her soul into the hands of the Lord.


Petermoscow
October 05

Peter, Alexis, Jonah, Hermogenes & Tikhon, Metropolitans of Moscow

The feast of the Hierarchs of Moscow was established during the reign of Tsar Theodore Ioannovich and Patriarch Job in the year 1596. Their individual feasts are: Saint Peter (+1326), December 21, and August 24, translation of holy relics; Saint Alexis (+14th cent.), February 12, and May 20, recovery of holy relics; Saint Jonah (+1461), March 31 and June 15, with the recovery of his holy relics celebrated on May 27. In 1875, at the proposal of Metropolitan Innocent of Moscow, to this feast was joined the commemoration of Saint Philip of Moscow (+1569), whose feast is kept on January 9, and the recovery of his holy relics on July 3. In more recent times, the holy Patriarchs Hermogenes (+1612) and Tikhon (+1925) have been added to the Synaxis. Saint Hermogenes, who was starved to death by the Poles, is also celebrated on February 17 and May 12, and Saint Tikhon, a confessor under the atheist yoke, on March 25. the Menaion service itself makes reference only to Saints Peter, Alexis, Jonah, and Philip.


Thomas
October 06

Thomas the Apostle of the 12

The name Thomas means, "twin." He was one of the Twelve, a Galilean by birth. Sophroneus (not the famous Patriarch of Jerusalem [7th Century, celebrated March 11], but a friend of Jerome's), quoted also by Jerome, says that Saint Thomas preached to the Parthians, Pesians, Medes, Hyrcanians, Bactrians, and neighbouring nations. According to Heracleon, the Apostle died a natural death; according to other accounts, he was martyred at Meliapur His tomb was known by Saint John Chrysostom to be at Edessa in Syria, to which city his holy relics may have been translated from India in the fourth century.


Sergiusbaccos
October 07

Sergius & Bacchus the Great Martyrs of Syria

These holy Martyrs were Romans of high rank in the service of the Emperor Maximian, to whom it was reported that they did not take part in the festivals of the idols. When he called them into his presence, they confessed their Faith in the one God. He had them arrayed in women's clothes and paraded through the streets in mockery. They were afterwards scourged, from which Saint Bacchus died. This was about the year 296. Saint Sergius was then taken to Resapha in Syria, where he was tortured and beheaded. His tomb in Resapha became a very famous shrine, to which pilgrims came from as far away as Western Europe; Resapha was later renamed Sergiopolis in his honour.


Jonahmanchuria
October 07

Jonah of Manchuria


Allsaint
October 08

Pelagia the Righteous

This Saint was a prominent actress of the city of Antioch, and a pagan, who lived a life of unrestrained prodigality and led many to perdition. Instructed and baptized by a certain bishop named Nonnus (Saint Nonnus is commemorated Nov. 10), she departed for the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, where she lived as a recluse, feigning to be a eunuch called Pelagia. She lived in such holiness and repentance that within three or four years she was deemed worthy to repose in an odour of sanctity, in the middle of the fifth century. Her tomb on the Mount of Olives has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.


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Messages from our Metropolis of Atlanta

 Metropolitan Alexios' Message

September 30, 2022

To the Reverend Clergy & the Faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta:
 
My Beloved Ones,
 

“Deliver this community and city, O Lord, and every city and town,
 from famine, plague, earthquake, hurricane, tornado and flood.” 
(From St. Basil’s Liturgy)

 

I greet you in a spirit of sober reflection, but also thanksgiving, as we continue to watch the path of Hurricane Ian.

It is with gratitude to Almighty God that I am pleased to report that our parish communities in Southwestern Florida (Ft. Myers, Port Charlotte & Naples) are in regular contact with the Metropolis to report only minor damage to their churches, and no loss of life among our brothers and sisters. Truly, it is impossible not to feel God's continual presence--from the time we began to prepare, until today. Even as the storm traveled across the state and out to sea, communities in the Tampa Bay area and Orlando continually express their thankfulness to God for sparing them the worst of the damage.

Of course, such a large storm means that our thoughts and prayers now extend to our parishes in Eastern Georgia & the Carolinas, as well as our Orthodox brothers and sisters living in the state of Virginia, in the Metropolis of New Jersey. They of course, remain in our prayers, and we will be in contact with many of our Metropolis parishes as we watch the storm closely.

Mindful as we are of those who are suffering from loss of life and livelihood, I encourage all our Atlanta Philoptochos chapters to collect charitable funds this Sunday, either through the use of a tray, or a collection plate to be located in the Narthex. These proceeds should be directed to Martha Driscoll, Treasurer of the Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos Board. 

Even though the storm has not yet fully passed, and lives are still at risk, it is a blessing to know that opportunities for worship and fellowship demonstrate the continuance of life. Last night, St. Nicholas Cathedral in Tarpon Springs offered a doxology and Divine Liturgy to express their thankfulness to God, through the intercessions of their Patron Saint (who is the protector of ships & of the seas), and this weekend the regional Young Adult Retreat will take place as scheduled at St. John the Baptist of Tampa Bay.

May we continue to offer such praises and opportunities for strengthening our faith, now, and all the days of our lives. I remain,

Paternally yours with blessings and with love in our Lord,

 
+ A L E X I O S
Metropolitan of Atlanta

 

  

On Youth Safety Protocols

From Father George Tsahakis, Chancellor:  On behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios and Monica Gjerde, our Metropolis Youth Coordinator, I commend you for working to achieve the ongoing safety and protection of our youth.  Please review the following:

  

 

In closing, we understand this effort requires 100 percent compliance.  The parish I serve, St. Christopher Church is 100 percent compliant with the above protocol.  If your parish is at 100 percent, email me so I can add you to the listing for His Eminence's review.  He is both supportive and has completed his background check, the 2-part Youth Safety and 1-part youth worker regulations online training.  This is an ongoing responsibility for all our clergy and their youth workers... we support your efforts to guide your parish to 100 percent compliance. Thank you.

*If you misplaced your password, contact your Parish Youth Safety Admin to get it.

For information on Policies for the Safety of Youth and Children, please click https://atlmetropolis.org/policies-for-the-safety-of-youth-and-children!

Please remember that all parishes must comply and sign their parish contracts to host any youth ministry programs or events on the parish level (Sunday School) or to participate on a District or Metropolis Level Events (Retreats, WYR & HDF).

 

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.

To see the full list of seminars in our Metropolis for 2022 & 2023 and to register, please visit:
https://atlmetropolis.org/pre-marital-seminars-journey-of-marriage

Registration is online.  Materials costs are included in the registration.  The seminars are currently being conducted by Zoom meeting.

 

New Video from Trisagion Films

New Video 

by Trisagion Films

NEW RELEASE -- St. Hermione: Of the First Unmercenary Healers

This past week, we released the latest video in our series about the lives of Orthodox Saints. Our video about St. Hermione shares the story about one of the earliest holy unmercenary healers, the daughter of the deacon and evangelist Philip. Because of St. Hermione's love for Christ and through her inspiration, the early Christians invented the first full-scale hospitals and other institutions so that they could better care for the sick, the poor, the widowed, and the orphaned. Watch our video to learn more about her life and martyrdom and also more about this period in early Christian history.

If you enjoy our work, please consider contributing to our effort. We use donations to support our artists, upgrade equipment, and maintain our website and domain name. One option is the crowdfunding site Patreon, where your monthly donation will go a long way in helping us share the Orthodox faith with the world. You can also make donations via PayPal. Contact us directly if you would like to donate via other methods. We greatly appreciate any help you can give!

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Archepiscopal Message

Remarks at the Repatriation Celebratory Luncheon

09/30/2022

We are gathered for this celebratory luncheon, because today is a day of great joy for all. Only yesterday, we were in the Queen of Cities, Constantinople with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Today, we find ourselves in Greece, at the home of the Manuscript whose journey has been a long one.

Remarks at the Official Repatriation Event of Gospel 220, in memoriam of Metropolitan Pavlos of Drama, Kozinitsa Monastery

09/30/2022

Today, this auspicious and joy-filled day, I have the privilege to represent our Spiritual Father, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew – in whose sacred presence we were graced these last days, for the purpose of receiving an extraordinary example of Christian love and responsibility. For today, the Holy Book of the Gospels, the manuscript once known as Kosinitza Manuscript 220, is being returned to its Monastic Home and Sanctuary.

Remarks Remarks at Dinner in Honor of the Repatriation of Gospel Manuscript 220

09/30/2022

We complete today’s monumental occasion with this festive agape meal, replete with the exhausted joy from so many commemorations, here in the refectory of Panagia Eikosiphoinissa Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery. It is meet and right that we close the day here, in the home of the of the Manuscript, a home that awaits the return of other lost children who were flung far and wide after the First World War’s ravages of this spiritual center.

Homily at the Divine Liturgy Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Seattle, Washington

09/26/2022

The Divine Liturgy is the final point in our arc of celebration for this Centennial Weekend. We come together as a community, and as more than what we can perceive with our senses. For in the Eucharist, when we ‘do this in remembrance of Him,’ we step into God’s time – His Kairos, the Eternal Now where all is present, and all is possible.

Remarks at Centennial Banquet, Saint Demetrios Community Center, Seattle

09/26/2022

Given the coincidence, I look at the Saint Demetrios Parish here in Seattle as a microcosm of the Archdiocese. You are a Parish that is full of vibrancy and energy. Your liturgical schedule is lively. Your numbers – both of the stewardship ministries and Philoptochos – are impressive. Your activities for youth, seniors, and especially the fellowship groups – demonstrate a sincere and successful program of outreach to all the constituencies of the Parish. But above all of these marvelous aspects of Parish life, there is one thing that impresses me the most: the pairing of your Mission Statement and your Vision Statement.

Greetings and Toast At the Luncheon Hosted by the Archons of the Throne, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

09/25/2022

Anytime that I find myself in the company of the Order of Saint Andrew, our much beloved and deeply cherished body of Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate here in America, I feel tremendous pride and great happiness. As you know, the Archons are a special group of people in the life of the Church. By their very offikia, they take upon themselves duties and responsibilities to the Mother Church of Constantinople that are essential for Her health and prosperity.

Homily At the Service of Great Vespers, Saint Demetrios Church, Seattle

09/25/2022

I am so very happy to be sharing this celebratory centenary weekend with your parish, and with the wider Orthodox Community of Seattle. I must stress that your parish and the Archdiocese are the same age! One hundred years young – each one!
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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese News

Ohio Historical Marker Placed at Church Site Founded by Greek Christian Refugees of Asia Minor

09/29/2022

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in partnership with the Ohio History Connection, a nonprofit statewide history organization advancing Ohio’s history and stories, held a dedication ceremony for a Historical Marker on Saturday, September 17 at 12 p.m. at the site of the former Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church built in 1917, located at 1749 10th Street N.E., Canton, OH 44709. The Historical Marker recognized the property as a landmark that served as the religious, social, and cultural center for the Greek Christian refugees of Asia Minor who migrated to Canton, Ohio in the early 1900s.

Letter from Metropolitan Alexios on Hurricane Ian

09/28/2022

With hurricane season upon the Southern United States, I prayerfully ask that we turn our attention and prayers to the state of Florida, recently fallen under a State of Emergency due to the oncoming Hurricane Ian. Specifically, I offer my prayers and blessing to those Metropolis communities which are in the storms current path, including the Tampa Bay area and Naples.

Statement of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on Hurricane Ian

09/28/2022

Statement of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America on Hurricane Ian

IOCC and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Respond in Ukraine Partnership Provides Emergency Assistance to Ukrainians Affected by Conflict

09/27/2022

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announced today that with support from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, IOCC will provide immediate assistance to people in Ukraine displaced by the conflict and receiving aid through six dioceses of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Monastic Synaxis Communique

09/26/2022

Monastic Synaxis Communique

Archbishop Elpidophoros Makes Surprise Visit to Holy Trinity Church for Greek Festival

09/23/2022

There was no need to travel all the way to the Aegean this past weekend to experience Greek hospitality, culture, and food. Locals only had to attend the annual Greek Festival, hosted since 1973 by the Greek Orthodox Holy Trinity Church in New Rochelle. Participants had many diverse activities to choose from.

Oxford Press Publishes Groundbreaking Book on the Bible in Orthodox Christianity

08/03/2022

Boston— A groundbreaking new text with a foreword by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has been published by Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, the Archbishop Demetrios Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

New Books Available on Orthodox Marketplace

06/02/2022

Three new valuable guides for the Orthodox faithful are now available on Orthodox Marketplace.

2022 Directory Now Available Online

01/28/2022

The 2022 Directory of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is now available online at www.goarch.org/directory. The Directory can also be downloaded from the website as a pdf and used as a digital book on tablets, smart phones and other digital reading devices.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Launches New Orthodox Marketplace

09/09/2021

Orthodox Marketplace of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America launched a new store on Wednesday September 7, 2021. The new platform (still at www.orthodoxmarketplace.com ) has many updated features from the previous platform, improving the user interface and enhancing the marketing capabilities of the store.

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Acquires Popular Byzantine Chant Resource “AGES Initiatives”

08/31/2021

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has acquired certain assets of the respected AGES Initiatives organization, which has provided digital music for Byzantine Chant utilizing both Byzantine and Western notations and translations of liturgical texts for Orthodox churches around the world since 2012. In that time, AGES Initiatives has developed a full suite of digital texts designed to facilitate the study of Byzantine chant in a variety of languages for those at church, at home, or in the classroom.
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