The Holy Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas of Myra gained a second Priest on the Feast of The Circumcision of the Lord and Saint Basil, on January 1/14. His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America ordained Deacon John V. Psaromatis to the Holy Priesthood during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
Fr. John, the son of Vasilios and Margaret Psaromatis, was born on May 1, 1986 (n.s.), in Gloversville, NY. He is the eighth of nine children and has five brothers and three sisters. One of Fr. John’s older brothers, Fr. George V. Psaromatis, also serves the St. Nicholas community. The Psaromatis grandparents, Panagiotis and Maria, had 14 children and over 50 grandchildren, and were among the small, persecuted group in Greece that remained faithful to the patristic “Old Calendar” since the 1924 calendar change. The Psaromatis children learned from their pious grandparents the importance of staying in “the Fold of Christ”—the True Orthodox Church. They also learned from them the power of the Sign of the Cross, as Pappou Panagiotis would always say, «Όποιος κάνει τον Σταυρό του, Όπλο έχει στο πλευρό του» which means, “Whoever makes the Sign of the Cross, has a Weapon at his side.” For her part, Yaya Maria always counseled her many children and grandchildren to make the Sign of the Cross over all of their comings and goings throughout each day, as well as over their pillow before going to sleep each night.
Fr. John’s maternal grandparents, Elmer and Nancy Page, were of Irish-Scottish and Native American-Iroquois descent, from upstate New York. Fr. John was baptized as a baby at the Holy Trinity Monastery, in Jordanville, NY.
While visiting his brother and sister-in-law, Fr. George and Presbytera Mary, in Oregon, Fr. John met Catherine Parr, the daughter of Fr. Constantine and Presbytera Deborah Parr. The two wed in 2010, at the Holy Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos. They moved to Maryland and now have five children, Margarita-Irene, age 9, Vasili, age 8, Constantine, age 5, Panagiotis, age 3, and Devorah, age 1.
In early 2018, Fr. John and Presbytera Catherine reflected deeply on their roles in this life, on their trust in our Savior, and on the seriousness of answering the need to serve the Holy Church of God and accepted ordination to the Diaconate.
Fr. George had been the only presbyter serving St. Nicholas’s large parish, and Fr. John, after serving as Deacon for four years, was ordained to the Priesthood. He will be assisting Fr. George and ministering to the flock of St. Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church in Maryland. Fr. John will also be visiting the Parish of Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Mt. Union PA and will be assisting Fr. Christos Patitsas.
“And unto one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to each one according to his strength… For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have in abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” (Matt: 14-16; 28-29) When a person is baptized into the body of Christ, he enters into our Savior’s army and wages war against the evil one. Some are called to the front. May the Theotokos strengthen and support Fr. John and all our Deacons, Priests, and especially our holy Hierarchs, the icons of Christ, for they are all struggling at the front lines of this war.
Glory be to God for all things!
This miracle of Saint Spyridon took place in Mandra, Greece in 1926.
It was 12/25 December, 1926. The state Church of Greece adopted the Papal calendar and with the help of the Greek government persecuted all those who did not accept the Papal calendar. The faithful Orthodox Christians of Mandra woke up and headed to their Church to celebrate the Feast of Saint Spyridon. When they reached the Church they saw that the door to the Church had been secured with chains and the faithful could not enter. Before leaving the Church to return to their homes they stuck their candles on the door. As soon as the last person placed his candles on the door
the chains broke and fell. The faithful, confirmed in their Faith, entered the Church and celebrated the Feast of Saint Spyridon.
The miracle was reported the next day by the newspaper Skrip.
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary Priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.Read more...
2021 St. Xenia Camp
Greetings St. Xenia Camp family,
As previously announced, through the intercessions of St. Xenia, the prayers of so many of you, and with the blessing of Metropolitan Demetrius, St. Xenia Camp 2021 will return to Forest Acres in Fryeburg, Maine August 15-21! Given the continued impact of COVID-19, camp this year may yet be somewhat different from the past Forest Acres experiences. We are sharing this information ahead of registration so that all families can make an informed decision on whether they feel comfortable sending their camper(s) this year. [Read more...]
Q. Can you please explain the significance of the forty day memorial service? An Evangelical family asked one of our relatives that question. We said that it’s best to ask a clergy member. Thank you in advance for your response. (We will forward it to them as soon as possible).
-P. & M. G. Read more...