Beginning of Great Lent is at Hand

A Letter from His Eminence DEMETRIOS, Archbishop of America

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are truly blessed to enter once again this sacred and holy season of Great Lent, a time of prayer and reflection, a time of fasting and abstinence, a time of service, and a time of spiritual renewal. We have begun this transformative journey to the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord over the past few weeks from the beginning of the Triodion, starting with the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. We have been led through the services and observances of the Church to contemplate all that separates us from God, to affirm our need for His grace and love and forgiveness, and to find hope in Him.

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Reflections on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord by Metropolitan ALEXIOS

My Beloved Ones

As we continue through the period of Triodion, today gives us an opportunity to look behind us, to Christmas, and ahead, to Holy Week, as we consider the virtue of patience.

Today, February 2nd, 40 days after Christmas, marks The Presentation of Our Lord and Savior in the Temple. Mary and Joseph, being devout, remembered the command that the first-born son was to be taken to the Temple 40 days after birth, and dedicated to God. The parents were expected to make a sacrifice. If they were wealthy, they were to offer a lamb, a pigeon or a young turtledove. However, as His guardian and Mother, Joseph and Mary, were poor, they offered the option of two turtledoves.

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Christmas Greetings from Metropolitan JOSEPH

Nativity 2017

Today doth Bethlehem receive Him Who sitteth with the Father forever. Today the angels glorify, as worthy of God, the babe that is born, shouting: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth be peace, and goodwill among men.

Beloved in Christ,

With great joy I greet you at the dawn of this bright and glorious feast of the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, making the cave a heaven and the manger a noble place!

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A Christmas Message from Bishop ANTHONY

Dear beloved Clergy and Faithful of our Midwest Diocese,

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Home, family, friends, decorations that adorn both hearth and hearts, the texture, feel and color of love that, somehow, is renewed in us this time of year, is our greatest blessing.  Christmas is composed of the rhythm, rhymes, and hymns that carry more of a presence than a present.

Jesus Christ comes into the world prepared for Him through the prayers of many generations of faithful people.  His birth in a wilderness cave begins our rebirth in the wilderness of a world that has failed to find happiness, peace on earth, and goodwill toward men and women.

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Nativity Meditation

​Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

The gates of Eden are opened to the nations, when the Redeemer is born in a cave.

O Virgin, you are truly a pure golden censer, the dwelling of the Trinity whom no space can contain.  For in you the Son came to dwell.

God’s coming to us at Christmas is in itself an unfathomable mystery, but it is a mystery that makes sense of everything else written in Scripture.