On Friday July 12/25, 2014 His Eminence, Metropolitan Demetrius of America, accompanied by Hieromonk Maximus and Archdeacon Agathangelus traveled to Bogotá, Columbia in order to receive Fr. Félix Piñeros and his family and the faithful with him. Fr. Félix and Presbytera Clara/Fotini have a small but nice house chapel in the third floor of their house, dedicated to St. Nectarios of Aegina.
They served Matins on Saturday morning, and arranged the altar with antimension and chrism. It turns out that the relic in the antimension is of St. Fotini, Presbytera’s patron saint. On Saturday evening they served full Vespers. On Sunday morning Metropolitan Demetrius served Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with Frs. Félix and Maximus. Fr. Agathangelus chanted assisted by Presbytera Clara/Fotini. The clergy answered questions about chanting, liturgics, and various practical things relating to Church life. We departed early Monday morning. Fr. Félix is a retired lawyer who also studied for eight years in a Roman Catholic seminary. He has written a number of books in Spanish about Orthodoxy. He is looking into finding a larger building so the mission can grow.
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...
Registration is now open for the 2017 St Xenia Camp. Please visit the St Xenia Camp website for more information and registration.
The Family Youth Conference will be held Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22 at The Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church in Concord, NH.
Q. Are the prayers in the blue prayer book [A Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery —ed.] compulsory for everyone? I mean their morning prayers and the service of Small Compline. My confessor gave me a special rule but wasn’t clear about whether this replaced the book prayers or was in addition to them. Read more...