March 15, 2011
To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America
Saint Nicholas Church in Manhattan was the only house of worship destroyed during the horrifying terrorist attack at Ground Zero on September 11, 2011. The Church became an instantly recognizable place of prayer and worship of thousands of pilgrims and visitors; its historical value for the first Greeks who came to New York City
Holy Communion or Eucharist is a very significant sacrament. It is being described by the fathers of the Church as a fire, that either warms up our hearts and souls or burns and condemns the unprepared and unworthy.
JESUS TALKS ABOUT US
The Gospel reading of the first Sunday of Triodion is about all of us. It is the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. You see, we are either one or the other, Publicans or Pharisees.
Για να έχουμε καλή Τεσσαρακοστή, χρειάζεται όχι μόνο η ευχή αλλά και η προσευχή μας. Για το λόγο αυτό, οι σαράντα ημέρες προετοιμασίας προς το Άγιο Πάσχα συνοδεύονται από θεσπέσιες και κατανυκτικές ακολουθίες που καλλιεργούν την συνείδηση των πιστών,
Saint Nikiforos, who was from Antioch in Syria, contested during the reign of Gallienus, about the year 260. Through the working of the evil one, his friendship with a certain Christian priest named Sapricius was turned to bitter hatred.