SERMONS

 

Father George speaks to the congregation each week right after the reading of the Gospel (in Greek and English). He is an effective speaker, using simple language, humor and metaphors to explain the meaning of the Gospel and encourage the congregation to strive each week to move closer to Our Lord. 

Father George Shares

Each month, we will use the INFO CORNER for Father George to share information about upcoming feasts and special services to share ideas on why the event is special, and how it fits into Orthodox life, or the answers to questions that he's been asked so everyone can benefit from the answers. 

November Father George Shared about the blessing of the Phanouropita, which is in honor of St. Phanourios, the patron saint of finding lost things.  Some people also request the blessing for the health of family, or in thanksgiving for prayers answered. 

Reading-Little is known of the holy Martyr Phanurius, except that which is depicted concerning his martyrdom on his holy icon, which was discovered in the year 1500 among the ruins of an ancient church on Rhodes, when the Moslems ruled there. Thus he is called "the Newly Revealed." The faithful pray to Saint Phanurius especially to help them recover things that have been lost, and because he has answered their prayers so often, the custom has arisen of baking a Phaneropita ("Phanurius-Cake") as a thanks-offering.

Apolytikion of Martyr Phanurius-Fourth Tone

A heavenly song of praise is brightly sung on the earth; * the hosts of the Angels keep an earthly festival now in splendor and radiant joy; * from on high, they praise with hymns the suff'rings and struggles; * and below, the Church doth laud the heavenly glory * thou foundest by thy contests and pains, O glorious Phanurius.

Kontakion of Martyr Phanurius-Third Tone

From a vile captivity, thou didst deliver the Lord's priests, and, O godly-minded one, didst break their bonds by divine might; thou didst bravely shame the tyrants' audacious madness, giving joy unto the Angels, O thou Great Martyr. O Phanurius most glorious, we all revere thee as a true warrior of God.



 

Nativity Fast Begins November 15th

The Nativity Fast is one of four main fast periods throughout the ecclesiastical year. Beginning on November 15 and concluding on December 24, the Nativity Fast gives individuals the opportunity to prepare for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior in the Flesh on December 25. By abstaining from certain food and drink, particularly from meat, fish, dairy products, olive oil, and wine, as well as focusing more deeply on prayer and almsgiving, we can find that the primary aim of fasting is to make us conscious of our dependence upon God.

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