His Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius has been traveling a lot (by car), visiting parishes and parishioners.
On July 19/August 1, he served at the Church of Saint Seraphim of Sarov in Richmond, Virginia. After Vespers on the previous day, he gave a talk to the parishioners. After the festive meal on the feast day, he spoke again. In the evening of the same day, he traveled to Maryland to serve Vespers for the feast of the Holy Prophet Elias at Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church. The next day, he served Matins and Liturgy.
He returned to the monastery for less than a day, and then traveled to Independence, Ohio, where the Church of All Saints is located. From there, he traveled to Detroit, Michigan for the Grand Opening of the Church of Saint Irene of Chrysovalantou, and the ordination of Father Leonidas Pittos to the priesthood. His Eminence remained there for four days, daily serving the services for the feast days, concluding with the feast of Saint Irene of Chrysovalantou.
Please pray for our Metropolitan as he will continue to travel through the next two months.
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The Patriarchal Encyclical of 1920 foresaw a series of steps toward the “union of the Churches,” of which the first was the change of the calendar for the simultaneous celebration of feast days by all the “Churches.” The content of the encyclical was kept secret from the faithful and only after a few years became known. Read more...
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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...]
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