This past weekend, HIs Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America visited the parish of Saint Irene of Chrysovalantou in the Detroit area.
Upon his arrival on Saturday July 26/ August 8, he gave a spiritual talk. After the talk, His Eminence presided for the Saturday night vigil service. On Sunday morning he served the Hierarchical Liturgy and gave a sermon. After the liturgy, a meal was served and the faithful had some time to interact with their hierarch.
In the evening of the same day, another vigil service was served in honor of the patron Saint of the community, Saint Irene. On Monday, His Eminence served as a priest and asked Father Steven Allen to give a sermon.
After the festive meal, His Eminence gave his last comments, encouraging the faithful to understand that we must take "leaps of faith" in order to grow in faith, in light of all of the present and upcoming challenges. He gave examples of how the holy martyrs were given strength from the Lord, to shed their blood for His sake.
On the same day, our hierarch visited the small mission parish of All Saints, in Cleveland, Ohio. On the next day, he departed for his residence in Cobleskill, NY.
Why do we follow the Old Orthodox Calendar?
a Because based on it, the First Ecumenical Council established the Paschal Canon and appointed that the feast of Holy Pascha may fall anywhere from March 22nd until April 25th, while with the New (Papal) Calendar it can fall as late at May 8th.
b The Gregorian (Papal) Calendar has been condemned by three Pan-Orthodox Councils under Patriarch Jeremiah Tranos (1583, 1587, 1589) Read more...
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...