Feast Day of St. Nicholas of Myra 2013

This year, the Church of St. Nicholas of Myra in Crofton, MD, was blessed to have His Grace, Bishop Demetrius of Boston, visit on its feast day. His Grace arrived on Wednesday, December 5/18, and was present for the vigil of the feast. The next day he served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, concelebrating with Fr. George Psaromatis, the pastor of the parish, and Archdeacon Agathangelus from Holy Ascension Monastery in Bearsville, NY. Before the beginning of Liturgy, Nicholas Snogren was tonsured a reader. There was a meal following the service, and the faithful had the opportunity to visit with His Grace.

On Friday, December 7/20, Paraklesis was served and many of the faithful attended. On Saturday at 5pm, the Bishop came and visited with the children attending Greek school. The children had the chance to speak with His Grace. They were greatly edified by his words. Many faithful were present for the vigil that followed.

On Sunday, December 9/22, His Grace served another Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, concelebrating with Fr. Nicodemos Gayle from St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church in Glen Allen, VA, Fr. George Psaromatis, and Archdeacon Agathangelus. John V. Psaromatis was made an ecclesiarch before the Liturgy. The grace felt by the clergy and the faithful during the Liturgy was beyond words. After Liturgy, a banquet was held with a question and answer period. The faithful were greatly edified by His Grace's words and presence.

Many years to Nicholas Snogren and John V. Psaromatis and may St. Nicholas always protect them and all of us and intercede on our behalf.

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A Miracle of Saint Spyridon

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.

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