We are a Greek Orthodox parish, part of the oldest Christian tradition dating back to 33 A.D., the day of Pentecost.
We trace our roots back to the Apostles and their teachings.
We are a stronghold of the moral, theological, liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Early Church.
We invite you to come and join us to experience the worship of Early Christianity in a modern setting.
Prayers and Anointing of the Sick
Saturday, December 20, 5:00 pm in our Sanctuary
Join us for Great Vespers and Prayers of Healing
The Compassion of the Lord:
“As he went ashore he saw a great throng; and he had compassion on them, and healed their sick.” (Matt. 14:14)
Fr. Panayiotis’ December Message
THE REAL GIFT OF CHRISTMAS
Dear friends and parishioners,
Christmas is at our doorstep one more time. The stores glimmer again in colorful lights and decorations inviting customers to peruse their merchandise and purchase gifts for others and for themselves.
At the church and at home, we will soon begin to sing the Christmas carols that everyone loves. We are going to decorate a tree and put gifts and toys under it. This is a very special time filled with the magic of this incredible season. We love it! We cannot wait every year for it. We love to get together as a family and celebrate one of our best meals of the year. We love to surround ourselves with those who are special in our lives.
This joy, love and peace that we share during this special season is really God’s Will for us. This was proclaimed by the angels as they hovered over the cave of Christ’s birth singing joyfully, “Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth peace, goodwill to humankind!”. That joy has been transmitted through this feast over the centuries to all generations. That joy is the Gift of God for us as He tries to repair our fallen condition. He understood that even His Incarnation (His taking flesh and sharing our humanity) would not be able to convince us fully to come to Him, so He planted in our lives this festive season along with the need for each other’s company as a means of bringing us together to celebrate His love for us. He does not want us to forget this special time, so He even uses the desire of businesses for profits to keep reminding us of the birth of His Son into the world – if businesses could do it, they would start the celebration of Christmas in July (I remember, in fact, one store in New York that did just that some years back). The fact that Christmas has become the most celebrated feast in our society is not by accident, but rather within the plan of God to bring us closer to Him.
Our rebellious nature, of course, seeks to devise new ways to break away from the embrace of our Creator. Some of us, like small children who want to assert their individuality, lash back at the love of their Father by rejecting the Christmas manger in the public square, by coming up with new greetings to replace “Merry Christmas”, by devising new feasts to fill the emptiness of their souls. They try to wipe out God, as if that will wipe out their sinful nature.
Christmas and its message of peace, love and salvation are deeply rooted in our nature. God in His wisdom and caring for us has reserved a special place of gentleness in our souls for the birth of His Son into our lives. That’s why we will again light trees and build mangers, again flock to the churches on Christmas Eve to celebrate, again buy presents for those around us. Through these things the joy of God’s presence residing in our souls is re-energized. In these, we relive the joy of the shepherds who beheld Him as a baby and the Magi who offered Gifts and worshipped Him.
Rejoice, therefore, my fellow Christians. Rejoice for the Real Gift of Christmas, God’s Joy, will fill our hearts again!
In Christ’s Love,
MOVING FORWARD – BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
THE SPECIAL PARISH ASSEMBLY (on 11/2/2014) APPROVED THE FUNDS TO MOVE FORWARD CREATING ENGINEERING DRAWINGS TO RENOVATE EXISTING STRUCTURES, BUILD NEW STRUCTURES AND CREATE MORE PARKING FOR OUR PARISHIONERS.