On Friday, June 7/20 and Saturday, June 8/21, the Transfer of the Relics of the Great-Martyr Theodore the General, Fr. Savvas Anastasiou visited the mission of St. John of Kronstadt in Bunnell, FL.
On Friday evening, after a meal with the congregation, they served the Ninth Hour, Vespers, Matins, and First Hour. On Saturday morning, the Third and Sixth Hour and the Divine Liturgy.
In his sermon, Fr. Savvas spoke of the great miracle of Church unity which has occurred in the past three years and how this greatly facilitates the faithful's spiritual lives because there are now more churches in which to worship, and they are not compelled to travel such great distances as they were in the past.
“Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.”
We mustn’t have absolute trust in human beings for our salvation, no matter what dignity they have. Human beings are changeable. Today they are saints, tomorrow—deniers. Today—sinners, tomorrow—righteous. We must have absolute trust in God, and in Him we must base our hopes of salvation. “Blessed is he of whom the God of Jacob is his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 145:5). Read more...
Jonesboro is a town located near the Eastern border of Arkansas, with a population of approximately 60,000. From a human standpoint, it’s not the most likely candidate for a traditional Orthodox mission, but for an Orthodox Christian who orders his priorities around Christ and His Church, it makes perfect sense. Read more...