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2 THUNDER BAY BULLETIN Published monthly. Editor(s): Rev. Nikolaos Tambakis PARISH PRIEST: Rev. Fr. Nikolaos Tambakis 106 Essex Court, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 7N6 # (807) cellular # (807) office/fax website: Office hours: by appointment HELLENIC COMMUNITY PRESIDENT: Harry Tsekouras 305 James Street N., Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7C 4T1 # (807) home VICE PRESIDENT: SECRETARY: CO-TREASURER: CO-TREASURER: Nick Milionis 146 Albany Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 6Z5 # (807) home Harry Glymitsas 220 Angus Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 2Y4 # (807) home Tom Marinis 358 Lark Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7B 1P5 # (807) home Peter Koukos 416 Shuniah Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 3A8 # (807) home BOARD MEMBERS: NICK KOUKOS, LOUIS PORT, TIMOLEON KAROUTAS, ACHILLEAS STATHOPOULOS, ANDY KARANASOS, MARIA MORAKIS. RELIGIOUS AND LEGAL AUTHORITIES HIS ALL HOLINESS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW I # ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE Fax: RUM PATRIKHANESI, FENER HALIC ISTANBUL, TURKIYE HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN SOTIRIOS # (416) GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS IF TORONTO (CANADA) Fax: (416) PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW WAY (86 OVERLEA BOULEVARD) TORONTO, ONTARIO M4H 1C6 EMBASSY OF GREECE # (613) MACLAREN STREET Fax: (613) OTTAWA, ONTARIO K2P 0K6 CONSULATE GENERAL OF GREECE # (416) BLOOR STREET E, SUITE 1800 Fax: (416) TORONTO, ONTARIO M4W 3L4 GREEK TOURIST OFFICE (TORONTO) # (416) BAY STREET Fax: (416) TORONTO, ONTARIO M5R 3K8 2
4 SEPTEMBER 14: EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS A tradition which took shape early and was definitely established in the Sixth century reports that Saint Helen, the mother of Emperor Constantine, rediscovered near Golgotha the three crosses which served to execute Christ and the two thieves. The healing of a dying woman permitted Bishop Makarios to recognize, as being the Lord's Cross, the one whose contact effected the miracle. The Holy Cross was preserved in the Basilica of the Resurrection until May 4, 614, the date on which the Persians carried it away after having taken the city of Jerusalem and destroying the Basilica. In 628, Emperor Heraclius defeated Chosroes and brought the Holy Cross back to Jerusalem. Heraclius took the venerable wood upon his shoulders and carried it back to Calvary with great pomp. According to legend, upon reaching the door of the church, the Emperor, magnificently dressed and wearing gold, was stopped by an invisible force. Zachary, the Bishop of Jerusalem, said to him: "Be careful, Emperor, that with these ornaments of triumph, you don't imitate sufficiently the poverty of Jesus Christ and the humility with which He carried His Cross." The Emperor laid aside his splendid clothes to dress himself in an ordinary cloak, and with bare feet, he was able to continue on his way. The site where tradition places the discovery of the Holy Cross by Saint Helen is venerated in the crypt of the Holy Resurrection, in Jerusalem. This commemorative chapel was made form part of an ancient drain which existed in the time of Our Lord in Jerusalem. Filled up later on, it was used by Constantine's architects in the crypt of the basilica. A part of the Cross, brought to Rome in the Sixth century, was exposed for the veneration of the faithful by order of the oriental Pope Sergius I ( ), in the Church of the Savior. That is why, equally in the East and the West, the feast of the Holy Cross had a considerable importance in the liturgical calendar from this epoch. It is made on Good Friday which is a direct reference. But, whereas the feast of Good Friday insists more on the historic event of Christ's Redemption, in His sufferings and death, today's feast more particularly represents for us the glorious aspect of this event, consequently, the instrument of execution on which the Lord died. The Church calls to mind for us in the Office the Old Testament signs, the heralds of the Cross: the tree of Eden, by which we were lost (the Cross was meant to save us); Noe's ark which accomplished the salvation of the just (the Cross affected the same to sinners); Jacob crossing his hands to bless his son Joseph; Moses extending his arms to open in the Red Sea a door of salvation to the Israelites, then throwing some wood into the waters of Mara to sweeten their bitterness; the same Moses striking the rock with his staff to make life-giving water spring forth, and praying, with hands crossed, for the victory of the Jewish people over Amalec; the rod of Aaron; the brazen serpent, the predisposition in the Cross taken by the Jewish people around the Ark of the covenant... The Cross is the instrument of the passion, the stool upon which the Lord rested His feet, the trophy of victory, the rampart of the Church, the cure of all ills, the honor of Christians. Nevertheless, the texts of the Divine Liturgy maintain still more the spirit of the sorrowful Passion of the Lord, abandoned by His Father on the Cross, "a scandal for the Jews and a folly for the Greeks" (that is, the pagans). 4
6 ORTHODOXY GOES POLYNESIAN! For those who think that Orthodoxy does not take part in missionary activity, here is a fine example to debunk that myth. Some of the first missionaries of the Orthodox faith were St. Paul and the rest of the Apostles, which are obvious. Others, such as St. Patrick of Ireland and Ss. Cyril and Methodios are wellknown as well. Recently, Orthodoxy has made in-roads in Polynesia, and more specifically Fiji. Credit to the blog Mystagogy for bringing this to my attention. The Metropolitan of New Zealand Amphilochios in Rhodes by Peggy Dokou August, 11, 2009 Romfea.org The Metropolitan of New Zealand Amphilochios is found in Rhodes during his summer intermission for the occasion of the first ordination of an Orthodox priest from the Islands of Fiji, whose name is Bartholomew. The ordination will be performed by the Metropolitan of New Zealand himself at the Monastery of Thari, which is expected to take place next month. Interestingly the new cleric will remain in Rhodes to train for his new office and then he will go to his future parish on the Island of Fiji. Sacred Mission The Sacred Metropolis of New Zealand has been characterized by the Ecumenical Patriarch as an office that is missionary in nature. It has under its oversight New Zealand and the Islands of the South Pacific, which includes Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and the nearby island groups. In 1970 it was established by the Archbishop of Australia - whom it was under at that time. 6
7 His Eminence the Metropolitan of New Zealand spoke about his visit to Rhodes which is his particular homeland. The goal of my visit to Rhodes is to come to my homeland every time leisure permits, which brings me joy, strength and courage towards the continuance of my work which I am accomplishing on the far side of the world. New Zealand is a country that is developing very slowly. The people there are good and we live harmoniously. What is your Orthodox flock there like? We are 5,000 Greeks and approximately 10,000 of Slavic descent (Russians, Serbs, Bulgarians, etc.). And beyond that we have started to expand also toward the native element. The New Zealanders are either of Anglo-Saxon descent or the indigenous Maori. Are there problems in New Zealand with the Diaspora? The future of Orthodoxy looks auspicious. Many express a desire to embrace Orthodox Christianity which inspires in them respect and trust. Now we have baptized quite a few who are from the Island of Fiji, situated in the southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean and being at a distance of three hours from New Zealand by flight. Do you have the support from the Ecumenical Patriarchate? The Ecumenical Patriarchate supports us very much and oversees the Metropolis of New Zealand. The Patriarchate desires to be ubiquitous and be the first to step into these areas, for there are problems in the lands of the Diaspora along with the other Orthodox Patriarchates (Russian, Serbian, etc.). We try to be organized and to offer what we can to Orthodox and whoever desires to embrace our religion. 7
8 SCHEDULE OF DIVINE SERVICES SEPTEMBER 2009 TUESDAY 1 +BEGINNING OF THE INCDICTION. ST. SIMEON STYLITE. ORTHROS 9:15AM, DIVINE LITURGY 10:15AM SUNDAY TH SUNDAY OF MATTHEW. MIRACLE OF THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL. ORTHROS 9:15AM, DIVINE LITURGY 10:30AM TUESDAY 8 +NATIVITY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS. ORTHROS 9:15AM, DIVINE LITURGY 10:15AM SUNDAY 13 +SUNDAY BEFORE THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS. ST. CORNELIUS THE CENTURION. ORTHROS 9:15AM, DIVINE LITURGY 10:30AM MONDAY 14 +EXALTATION OF THE CROSS. ORTHROS 9:15AM, DIVINE LITURGY 10:30AM SUNDAY 20 +SUNDAY AFTER THE EXALTATION OF THE CROSS. ST. EFSTATHIOS. ORTHROS 9:15AM, DIVINE LITURGY 10:30AM SUNDAY ST SUNDAY OF LUKE. ST. ARISTARCHOS THE APOSTLE. ORTHROS 9:15AM, DIVINE LITURGY 10:30AM CAMP METAMORPHOSIS WINNIPEG 2009 GIMLI, MANITOBA The campers and counselors and priests of Camp Metamorphosis Winnipeg
10 OUR MEMBERS So far only 99 people have submitted their membership dues for We ask and encourage everyone to do so as soon as possible. Each member is indispensable for the well being and functioning of our parish. We thank all who have taken the time to submit their membership dues already as of August 28, 2009: 1. Mr. Gavriil Aspropotamitis 2. Mr. Peter Avgeropoulos 3. Mrs. Joyce Avgeropoulos 4. Mr. Nick Balina 5. Ms. Cathy Biniaris 6. Mr. Anthony Biniaris 7. Mr. George Biniaris 8. Mrs. Toni Biniaris 9. Mr. Charlie Biniaris 10. Mrs. Irene Biniaris 11. Mrs. Katerina Biniaris 12. Mr. William Biniaris 13. Mrs. Dimitra Biniaris 14. Mrs. Athena Blieske 15. Mr. Michael Boote *** 16. Mr. George Callianteris 17. Mrs. Reena Callianteris 18. Mr. Tax Callianteris 19. Mr. Gus Chimbakis 20. Mrs. Helen Chimbakis 21. Mr. George Comminos 22. Mr. Andre Comminos 23. Mrs. Nitsa Comminos 24. Mr. Bill Comminos 25. Mrs. Tarja Comminos 26. Mr. Peter Comminos 27. Mr. Paul Dowhos* 28. Mrs. Vicki Dowhos 29. Mrs. Bayba Frattolin 30. Mrs. Tara Giardetti 31. Mr. Peter Giardetti 32. Mrs. Sheila Glymitsas 33. Mr. Harry Glymitsas 34. Mrs. Toula Glymitsas 35. Mr. Bill Hatzis 36. Mrs. Stella Hatzis 37. Mr. Demetris Hatzis 38. Miss Debbie Hatzis 39. Mr. Jamie Hatzis 40. Mr. Paul Imperius ** 41. Mrs. Christine Imperius ** 42. Mrs. Lisa Kahramanos 43. Mr. Andy Karanasos 44. Mrs. Lori Karanasos 45. Mr. Nick Koukos 46. Mrs. Joyce Koukos 47. Mr. Peter Koukos 48. Mrs. Tanya Koukos* 49. Mr. Ray Leino 50. Mrs. Virginia Leino 51. Mr. Christopher Lent 52. Mrs. Joanne Lent 53. Mr. Jack Lotsios 54. Mrs. Effie Lotsios 55. Ms. Dolores Maki 56. Ms. Maria Morakis 57. Mr. Emmanuel Mousataos 58. Mr. Tom Marinis ** 59. Mr. Rob Mayer 60. Mrs. Theresa Mayer 61. Mrs. Helen Machairas 62. Mrs. Matina Mellas 63. Mr. Tom Mellas 64. Mrs. Smaragde Mellas 65. Ms. Georgina Mellas 66. Mrs. Bessie Melville 67. Mrs. Athina Morakis 68. Ms. Maria Morakis 69. Mr. John Pantoulias 70. Mr. Peter Pantoulias 71. Mrs. Helen Pantoulias 72. Mrs. Maria Pantoulias 73. Mrs. Nikki Pantoulias 74. Mr. John Pavlou 75. Mrs. Maria Pavlou 76. Mr. Tom Pavlou 77. Mrs. Rosa Pavlou 78. Mr. Costa Pazianos 79. Mrs. Virginia Pazianos 80. Mr. Jim Pazianos ** 81. Mr. Steve Scollie * 82. Mr. Andrew Sheare 83. Mrs. Cathy Sheare 84. Mrs. Rose Sourtzis 85. Mr. Achileas Stathopoulos 86. Mrs. Irene Stathopoulos 87. Mr. Emilios Stefanidis 88. Mrs. Xeni Theodore 89. Mr. Andrew Todd *** 90. Mr. Constantine Tsekouras 91. Mrs. Jane Tsekouras 92. Ms. Elaine Tsekouras 93. Mr. Harry Tsekouras 94. Mrs. Lily Tsekouras 95. Mr. Gus Tsentouros 96. Mrs. Ploumi Vlotaros 97. Mrs. Athina Vlotaros 98. Miss Georgina Voulgaris 99. Mrs. Effie Voulgaris * Associate Membership ** Enhanced Membership *** Student Membership ΟRTHODOX STUDY SERIES The Orthodox Study Series is a program by Fr. Nikolaos for us to better understand the Word of God in Orthodoxy and incorporate it into our daily lives, so we can come closer to Him. Every second Tuesday in the Church (unless otherwise indicated) Tuesday, September 16 & pm 7.30pm 10
11 GREEK LANGUAGE CLASSES 2009 This year Mrs. Theodora Hatzis will be offering a course called Greek for Travelers at Confederation College. This course will provide beginner level learners planning to travel to Greek-speaking countries with words, expressions, questions, sentences and tips needed for specific situations such as greeting and introducing themselves to people. See page 28 of The Key. Course length: Tuesdays from October 26 to November 24, 2009; 7:00 9:00pm. Cost: $96.60 For additional information call or
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16 ORTHODOXY AROUND THE WORLD BELGIUM Saint Constance, daughter of Emperor Constantine, dead in Antiochia in the year 354 and buried in Roma. Reliquary of a foot that is kept in Brussels (Belgium). 16
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