Saints, Feasts, and Readings for 8/04/2020

Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles
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Mary Magdalene, the Holy Myrrh-bearer and Equal to the Apostles; Markella, the Virgin-martyr of Chios

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Archpastoral Letter From Metropolitan Gregory Regarding The Conversion of The Hagia Sophia To A Mosque

Saturday, July 18, 2020

July 19, 2020

Protocol No. 29/2020

Glory to Jesus Christ!

Dear Reverend Fathers and Faithful Laity of our God-Protected Diocese,

Today I write with a sense of great sadness, disgust, anger, determination, faith, and urgency.  

On July 10, 2020 Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan formally converted The Great Cathedral of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (present day Istanbul) into a mosque. Built in 537 AD during the reign of Emperor Justinian, for more than a millennium Hagia Sophia served as a place of rich spiritual and cultural inspiration for all. If you have ever been inside this World Heritage Site (I have visited it a couple of times) you know the awesomeness of this architectural wonder.   

In 1453 when the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople, the Great Church of Christianity was converted into a mosque.  Later however, in 1934, it was converted into a museum by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey.  Transforming Hagia Sophia into a museum opened it up to all people of all faiths and not the property of any one religion. Over 3 million people visited each year. Read more...

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Statement on the Tragic Conversion of Hagia Sophia from Museum to Mosque

Friday, July 10, 2020

We, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, protest the decision of the civil courts in Turkey, as well as the clear direction of their government, to re-convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. As citizens of the United States of America, we implore our government to intervene for the reve Read More ...

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St. Nikephoros the Leper (1890-1964)

Thursday, July 23, 2020

In the midst of the global corona virus pandemic, a relatively unknown, new saint of our Church has attracted the attention of Orthodox Christians around the world.    Stories have been circulating over the past few months of his appearance in visions to people in Greece and Bulgaria telling them to be unafraid and to be assured of his continued intercessory prayers before the Lord’s Throne.  St. Nikephoros was afflicted with Hansen’s Disease, commonly known as leprosy.  Before the advent of new treatments in the 1940s those infected by the disease were quarantined and removed from society often for the rest of their lives. The Gospels record several instances of our Lord reaching out to heal people of this dreaded disease.   Leprosy can damage the nerves, respiratory tract, skin and eyes.  The nerve damage may lead to an inability to feel pain, which can lead to the loss of parts of a person's extremities from repeated injuries or infection due to unnoticed wounds/  St. Nikephoros suffered throughout his life with the devastating affects of the disease but the abundant grace of God in him grew as his body decayed. Read more...


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Praying together and reading Scripture together are pillars of a Christ- centered Orthodox Christian family. While families may desire to have these activities in their home, they may not be sure how to start. SPF50 intends to help our families bridge that gap. SPF stands for “Scripture, Prayer, Family” and is designed to equip families to read the Scriptures and pray together at home.

This will be an ongoing parish-centered program to help families have quality time with our Lord and with one another, both of which are hard to come by. 

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