Feast of St. Irene Chrysovalantou 2020

This past weekend, HIs Eminence Metropolitan Demetrius of America visited the parish of Saint Irene of Chrysovalantou in the Detroit area.

Upon his arrival on Saturday July 26/ August 8, he gave a spiritual talk. After the talk, His Eminence presided for the Saturday night vigil service. On Sunday morning he served the Hierarchical Liturgy and gave a sermon. After the liturgy, a meal was served and the faithful had some time to interact with their hierarch.

In the evening of the same day, another vigil service was served in honor of the patron Saint of the community, Saint Irene. On Monday, His Eminence served as a priest and asked Father Steven Allen to give a sermon.

After the festive meal, His Eminence gave his last comments, encouraging the faithful to understand that we must take "leaps of faith" in order to grow in faith, in light of all of the present and upcoming challenges. He gave examples of how the holy martyrs were given strength from the Lord, to shed their blood for His sake.

On the same day, our hierarch visited the small mission parish of All Saints, in Cleveland, Ohio. On the next day, he departed for his residence in Cobleskill, NY.

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Orthodox Awareness

A Miracle of Saint Spyridon

This miracle of Saint Spyridon took place in Mandra, Greece in 1926.

It was 12/25 December, 1926. The state Church of Greece adopted the Papal calendar and with the help of the Greek government persecuted all those who did not accept the Papal calendar. The faithful Orthodox Christians of Mandra woke up and headed to their Church to celebrate the Feast of Saint Spyridon. When they reached the Church they saw that the door to the Church had been secured with chains and the faithful could not enter. Before leaving the Church to return to their homes they stuck their candles on the door. As soon as the last person placed his candles on the door

the chains broke and fell. The faithful, confirmed in their Faith, entered the Church and celebrated the Feast of Saint Spyridon.

The miracle was reported the next day by the newspaper Skrip.

Missions

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Mission, Tucson, Arizona

Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary Priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Father John served the faithful in Tucson and the surrounding area in his home Chapel until his repose in November of 2000. His wife, Presbytera Valerie, continued to make her home Chapel available for the mission, with clergy from Saint Nectarios Orthodox Church in Seattle and His Eminence, Metropolitan Moses of Toronto (then of Portland), visiting to provide the Divine Services.

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2023 Youth Conference

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Ask A Priest

Is the GOC Insular?

Q. In considering becoming part of the GOC in America, I am getting warnings from various circles that the attitude of GOC people is that of being “walled off,” “arrogant,” “judgmental,” and “in your face” toward those not in the Genuine Orthodox Church, with accusations such as “World Orthodox” priests are “not even Christians” and the like. Could you give me your personal, realistic assessment of this dynamic and possibly refer me to an official statement on how GOC members should and do relate to and communicate with those in “World Orthodoxy”? Read more...