Category: Holy Theotokos Greenville

  • Fall Reflects the Fall

    Dear Friends in Christ, Four years ago this month, Bishop Christodoulos came to Raleigh and served the first liturgy at the Chapel of St. Mark the Evangelist. A half a year later, I was ordained a priest, and our parish here in Greenville was also established. At the liturgy, the bishop gave a sermon which […]

  • Four Types of Magical Thinking in the Modern World

    Dear Friends in Christ, October is upon us already! The Fall season has begun, and the temperature is finally starting to drop here in North Carolina. September was a busy month, with the feast days of the Nativity of the Holy Theotokos (our parish feast) and the Holy Cross, along with the secular holiday of […]

  • Hurricanes and Charitable Vision

    Dear Friends in Christ, Hurricane Irene came through the area of Eastern NC with a vengeance. Ironically, Irene means peace in Greek! I am grateful to God that none of our parishioners lost their lives—downed trees and flooding are truly dangerous. Property damage did affect our community, however. One family lost their home, having to […]

  • Confession of Faith, Confession of Sins

    Dear Friends in Christ, The word “confess” comes up often in Orthodox prayers, writings, and sermons. There are two main ways that the term is used in the Church: to confess one’s faith, and to confess one’s sins. The former evokes images of the early Christians standing up for Christ in the arena, refusing to […]

  • The Holy Apostles in History

    Dear Friends in Christ, Summer is here again, but was there really a Spring this year in North Carolina?! We’ve all been trying to cope with the heat in various ways. I’m certainly thankful that our Church building has great air conditioning, especially when I serve the liturgy wearing several layers of vestments! With summer […]

  • Ordering Our Lives with the Saints

    Dear Friends in Christ, Have you ever noticed that it is easier to organize someone else’s space than your own? I remember when I was in college, I needed a part-time job. I had formerly worked in a customer-service role, and was eager to find something that didn’t require being in front of dozens of […]

  • Holy Week and Pascha in North Carolina

    Holy Week and Pascha in North Carolina

    For the third year now, we have served the Holy Week services at Nativity of the Holy Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church in Greenville, North Carolina, and its sister mission, the mission of St. Mark the Evangelist in Raleigh. I wanted to share with those of you who were not able to make it this year […]

  • The Sign of the Cross

    Dear Friends in Christ, I’m writing this message the week before the Third Sunday of Lent, when we commemorate the Holy Cross. The Holy Cross has such an important meaning to us, that we celebrate it twice a year. Back in September’s bulletin, I wrote about the appearances of the Cross in history. Appearances of […]

  • Icons and Informality

    Dear Friends in Christ, Oftentimes, one of the first things that our Non-Orthodox friends notice when they enter an Orthodox Church are the icons. Icons are pictures of Christ, His Mother, and the saints, which are hung or painted directly onto the walls of our churches and monasteries. They are often called “windows into Heaven.” […]

  • On Being a Bi-Vocational Priest

    When people meet me, they are usually surprised to learn that not only am I an Orthodox Christian priest, but that I also work as a computer Network Consulting Engineer. The term for what I am is “bi-vocational.” It is not a term that I invented, or which was even created in reference to Orthodox […]