Tag: Pastoral Notes

  • Keeping the End in Mind

    Dear Friends in Christ, Last Friday, there was a rare “Derecho” storm which pounded the East Coast, knocking out power in the DC area, parts of North Carolina, and places even further away. I had been working in the Northern Virginia area for my secular profession and left the Falls Church area around 8:00 pm […]

  • Heavenly King

    Dear Friends in Christ, Most prayers of the Orthodox Church begin with the following prayer: Heavenly King, O Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, Who Art everywhere present and fillest all things, O Treasury of blessings and Bestower of life, come and dwell within us, and cleanse us from all stain, and save our souls, O […]

  • Christ Preached in Hades

    Dear Friends in Christ, Christ Is Risen! Χριστός ανέστη! We had a blessed Pascha here in Greenville, North Carolina. Those of you who were able to make it joined me in witnessing our largest turnout to date. Seeing this steady growth of our parish is encouraging and gives us the energy needed to keep going […]

  • Behold, the Bridegroom Cometh

    Dear Friends in Christ, Holy Week is fast approaching, and Great Lent 2012 will conclude before we know it. This year, we began celebrating the Akathist to the Theotokos (Hairetismi) each Friday night. When I was not able to make it to Greenville, the parishioners came together and prayed it as a lay-led service, which […]

  • Fr. Anastasios’s 2012 Pastoral Challenge!

    Dear Friends in Christ, 2011 drew to a close here in Greenville, and on a very positive note as we welcomed several new people who have begun to attend regularly. This builds upon the growth we had already experienced this year, making 2011 our best year yet! It’s a testament to all of your dedication, […]

  • Peace on Earth

    Dear Friends in Christ, Over the Thanksgiving break, I heard about fights breaking out in stores as shoppers vied to get the best deals on merchandise on so-called “Black Friday.” Below are two excerpts, one locally in the Kinston area of Eastern Carolina, and the other from across the country in California: Kinston, North Carolina, […]

  • 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 […]