On Saturday, November 28/December 11, 2010, the Metropolitan Council of the Holy Metropolis met to discuss its ongoing work. Proposals were heard for a clergy health savings plan, a discretionary assistance fund, and a religious education fund to be created. The Uniform Parish Bylaws and the Special Regulation of the Metropolitan Council were reviewed and revised. A proposal to invite His Beatitude Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens and All Greece to America was approved.
His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos and His Grace Bishop Photios of Marathon (a member of the Eparchial Synod of the Holy Metropolis) co-presided. By the invitation of Metropolitan Pavlos, His Eminence Metropolitan Moses of Portland (HOCNA) was invited to observe the meetings, as he was already in New York visiting the bishops to discuss issues of mutual concern and pan-Orthodox cooperation.
No Metropolitan Council meeting will be planned for the Spring, in order to ensure that parishes have the resources to support the Archbishop's proposed visit. The next Metropolitan Council meeting will be held in the Fall of 2011.
A beautiful liturgy was served on Sunday, November 29 (o.s.) by His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos and His Grace Bishop Photios, with Archimandrite Epiphanios, Protopresbyter Emmanuel Colombos, Protopresbyter Theodore Giannakopoulos, Hieromonk Maximus Analepsiotis, Presbyter Anastasios Hudson, and Presbyter Nicholas Serigos concelebrating. Archimandrite Niphon and Presbyter.Michael Hallford also assisted in the altar.
We thank all the delegates who made the trip to New York to participate, and the Cathedral for hosting the meeting. These meetings, while primarily concerned with financial matters, are instrumental in maintaining a sense of fraternity and cooperation amongst our parishes.
Iftar, refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after sunset.
We report the following unchanged as it was published:
"The leaders of the Armenian, Roman, Jewish and Syrian communities of Turkey sat around the fasting Iftar dinner in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul." Read more...
St. John of Kronstadt Orthodox Church began as a mission parish in the year 2000, in a home chapel in Palm Coast, FL – a small town on Florida’s northeast coast located between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. After two years, it became necessary to have services in area community centers, rented for Sundays and other Holy Days. Read more...
Q. Are the prayers in the blue prayer book [A Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery —ed.] compulsory for everyone? I mean their morning prayers and the service of Small Compline. My confessor gave me a special rule but wasn’t clear about whether this replaced the book prayers or was in addition to them. Read more...