Adult Religious Education Class – Sunday, May 31

May 29th, 2020|

Hiding in Plain Sight For this week’s class on OCN Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/MyOCN/), I will be offering a brief reflection based on how we all hide in plain sight at times, projecting to the outside world that all is well while hiding our struggles; and how in doing so we miss [...]

BULLETIN FOR SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020

May 29th, 2020|

Please find the Bulletin for this coming Sunday attached below for your prayerful preparation.  Stay well and God protect you all. Attachments: FATHERS OF THE FIRST COUNCIL MAY 31, 2020 22.pdf

THE ASCENSION: CHRIST’S VICTORY AND OURS AS WELL

May 29th, 2020|

As the angels, O Savior, wondered at Thy strange elevation, and the Disciples were amazed at Thy dread rising, Thou didst ascend in glory, being God, and the gates were lifted up for Thee. Wherefore, the heavenly powers were surprised, shouting, Glory to Thy condescension, O Savior; glory to Thy [...]

THE HOMEGOING OF 100,000 OF OUR OWN

May 29th, 2020|

There is no more sobering a thought than that of the fragility of human life. In a day when we closely approach 100,000 deaths, the result of COVID-19, how can we not pay attention?  How can we simply make it “matter of fact.”? How possibly can we exclude ourselves from [...]

Metropolis of New Jersey Virtual Graduation 2020

May 29th, 2020|

Christos Anesti! Christ is Risen! We hope you are all well. The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey will be holding a Virtual High School Graduation Ceremony for all of the faithful Greek Orthodox Christian graduating high school seniors of the Class of 2020 from throughout our Holy Metropolis. Please [...]

HEART SPEAKS UNTO HEART

May 26th, 2020|

It is often said that all preaching should be about the Kingdom of God. I suppose it was because that was what Jesus talked about most during his three-year public ministry. In Matthew’s Gospel the Lord mentions “the Kingdom of Heaven” 32 times. In Luke and Mark the phrase “Kingdom [...]

REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES

May 26th, 2020|

Brothers and Sisters in the Lord: I include below a prayer that your family might offer today to commemorate those who have given their lives, not only for our freedom but for the sustaining and protection of our physical health as a nation.  Let us join together with fervent hearts, [...]

TOUCHSTONES OF THE CHURCH’S HOLINESS

May 26th, 2020|

Today (May 25), the Holy Church commemorates the Third Finding of the Venerable Head of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner of the Lord. It is one of those “curious” commemorations that, unfortunately, goes unnoticed each year by most Orthodox believers.  The third discovery of the Head of the Holy [...]

METROPOLITAN EVANGELOS TO OFFER PRAYER SERVICE

May 26th, 2020|

Christ is risen!  Truly, He is Risen! Please find below an attachment from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos regarding a Special Prayer Service on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:30 PM. The Service is on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod, for all who are ill or have reposed because of [...]

VASSILIOS L. IOANNOU REPOSES IN THE LORD

May 26th, 2020|

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, Vassilios L. Ioannou was called by the Lord to Himself in the 82nd year of his earthly life. . He was born in Kastoria, Greece.  He is survived by his wife, Evangelia Ioannou, his son, Lazaros Ioannou, his daughters, Clairy Ioannou, Pandora Kessler (Cody), and his [...]

From Fr. Dimitrios: Home Religious Education

May 26th, 2020|

From Fr. Dimitrios: Home Religious Education Saturday, May 23, 2020 5th Saturday after Pascha Dear St. George Family, I pray this letter finds you and your families well. Today, as we do every Saturday, we are sending out the Department of Religious Education's gift for people of all ages: “Religious [...]

Adult Religious Education Class – Sunday, May 24

May 22nd, 2020|

Maintaining Our Well-Being in this Time of Crisis For this week’s class, we are altering the format slightly. We will not be using Zoom and will be returning to OCN’s Facebook live (https://www.facebook.com/MyOCN/). Also, instead of a one hour class, I will be offering a briefer reflection based on how [...]

FROM THE DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT (May 24 Bulletin attached)

May 22nd, 2020|

On this coming Sunday, we reach the last Sunday of Paschaltide. On Wednesday, the Holy Church celebrates the Apodosis (leavetaking) of Pascha, the Feast of Feasts, and on the following day we will celebrate the Holy Ascension of the Lord.   Sunday’s Gospel provides two important lessons for us. Both involve [...]

From Fr. Dimitrios: Graduation Registration

May 22nd, 2020|

Dear St. George 2020 Graduates of High School, University, Graduate and Postgraduate Studies, Your upcoming graduation can truly be called “historic.” It is not only about your academic achievement and the hard work each of you put into it, it is also occurring during a global pandemic which, I’m certain, [...]

MOVING TOWARDS THE NEEDLE’S EYE

May 20th, 2020|

The Synoptic Gospels (Sts. Matthew, Mark, and Luke) share among them a certain commonality. They contain similar, sometimes almost identical stories from the life of Jesus. Their tone is, in part, biographical. St. John, on the other hand, in the last Gospel, gives us  teaching  that is more poetic, more [...]

OUR SISTER MARY CHIRIGOS REPOSES IN TE LORD

May 20th, 2020|

Mary Chirigos fell asleep in the Lord on May 10 in the 92nd year of her earthly life. Her memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery where she will be interred with her husband Dr. Michael Chirigos, at a date to be determined.  Mary was a patient advocate [...]

OUT OF CHAOS INTO QUIET

May 20th, 2020|

Last Saturday evening on National Public Radio, there was a program about the impact of the current pandemic on the human brain and its functions.  It was fascinating. The program was entitled “This is Your Brain During a Pandemic.” It laid out the neurological and physiological effects of being held [...]

IS THERE SOMETHING MISSING IN YOUR ORTHODOX LIFE?

May 18th, 2020|

In the Holy Gospel for today, (John 8: 42-51) Jesus, in His usual manner, goes directly to the heart of the subject.   He chastises a group of Jews who challenged His identity and even went so far as to associate Jesus with the evil one.  Of particular note to me, [...]

From Fr. Dimitrios: Home Religious Education

May 18th, 2020|

From Fr. Dimitrios: Home Religious Education Saturday, May 16, 2020 4th Saturday after Pascha Dear St. George Family, I pray this letter finds you and your families well. Today, as we do every Saturday, we are sending out the Department of Religious Education's gift for people of all ages: “Religious Education [...]

ONE ENCOUNTER CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE (5/17/20 Bulletin Attached)

May 15th, 2020|

On the coming Sunday we remember the meeting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman. (John 4:5-42) Each encounter with Christ in the New Testament is unique. Each encounter is open and free. Nothing with God in His dealings with humanity is formulaic or pre-planned. Never is anything forced. Some come [...]

Divine Liturgy Time Change!

May 15th, 2020|

Dear St. George Community, From this Sunday on, we will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy at a new time. Orthros: 8:30AM Divine Liturgy: 9:30AM Join us by live streaming at http://meetingslive.net/stgeorge_live/

St. George Philoptochos Community Outreach

May 15th, 2020|

Dear St. George Family, Xristos Anesti!  Christ is Risen! True to the Gospel’s calling, The Community of St. George through the Ladies Philoptochos, the philanthropic arm of the church, is coordinating to reach out and minister to those in need, particularly those suffering and in need from the global pandemic that [...]

CARING FOR “KINGS” DURING TIMES OF SUFFERING

May 15th, 2020|

Having some spiritual perspective on the current worldwide pandemic would be helpful in appreciating how the human family is dealing with it. In this regard, the Orthodox Christian Church, from its early days, has played a major role in restoring healing and wholeness, not only to the human soul, but [...]

St. George Greek Festival Update

May 15th, 2020|

Dear St. George family, Xristos Anesti! Christ is Risen! Due to the uncertainty with COVID-19, our Annual Festival has been POSTPONED. After much discussion with Fr. Dimitrios and the Parish Council, we have decided to move the festival to the Fall. We will continue to monitor the current situation and [...]