His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius traveled to Saint Nicholas Parish in Maryland for the feast of Saint Basil the Great, and to the Parish of Saint Seraphim of Sarov in Richmond, Virginia, which celebrates on the following day.
On the feast of Saint Seraphim, His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy. On the evening before, after the Vespers Service, he gave a talk on the life of Saint John the New Almsgiver, who reposed in 1966. A piece of the holy relic of the saint was given to the parish.
On the following day, he returned to the monastery of Saint John the Wonderworker.
“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...