1 FEBRUARY MARCH 2015 Vol. 80 No $1.00 In THIS ISSUE Santiago Calatrava design National Shrine Full page coverage for St. Nicholas National Shrine progress. P. 5 Ministry Videos The Archdiocese presents an online series of various ministries of the Church. P. 2 Rust Belt Parishes Support Shrine Four parishes in Ohio, W. Va., Pa., raise funds for St. Nicholas National Shrine. P. 5 March for Life Orthodox Christians participate in the March for Life in Washington. P. 6 Malnutrition in Greece Jaharis Foundation aids IOCC efforts to help Greece. P. 8 Youth Camps A guide to summer camps throughout the Archdiocese. P. 11 Middle East Crisis Christians in mortal danger throughout the region. P. 12 Greek Letters Events Fifty students honored at Three Hierarchs Celebration. P Remembering Selma The 50 th anniversary of the march on Selma, Ala. with Archbishop Iakovos. P. 18 Illinois School Early Childhood Education at Niles parish. P. 23 FDF Dance Festival Metropolis of San Francisco holds annual Folk Dance Festival. P. 13, 15, 28 Encyclical Holy and Great Lent Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance Matthew 3:8 To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the hymns and services of the Triodion period and at the entrance of this holy season of Great Lent, we are called to repentance. We are invited to come before God in the humility of the Publican. We are beckoned to return to His dwelling and His compassionate embrace as the Prodigal Son. We are confronted with the causes of our separation from God and our need for His great mercy. It is truly a time of repentance as we prepare to commemorate and contemplate all that has been done for us through Christ our Lord. This solemn and reflective journey is not one of despair. This is not a time of inconsolable grief or of deep anguish and anxiety. Holy and Great Lent is a time of spiritual renewal in which repentance finds forgiveness and grace, engenders hope, strengthens our faith and leads us to abundant and eternal life. First, we know through the Gospel that genuine repentance receives forgive- u to page 3 Tryptich (iconographer/date unknown) depicting from left, the Trial of Jesus, The Crucifixion and the Appearance of the Angel to the Myrrh-bearers after the Resurrection.
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3 FEBRUARY MARCH 2015 ARCHDIOCESE NEWS 3 Encyclical Feast of Saint Photios National Shrine Day To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, On this blessed Feast of St. Photios, we offer our gratitude and support for our beloved St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine, Fla. For almost four decades, our National Shrine as been a place that honors the earliest roots of our Greek American experience, affirms the value of this experience and the role of our Hellenic heritage in this country, and offers a beautiful witness of the power and grace of our Orthodox faith. The St. Photios Shrine is located in the Avero House, a building that served as a place of worship and refuge for Greek immigrants who came to this country in the 1770s as indentured servants. These forbears made this arduous journey hoping for opportunity and freedom. However, they arrived to the harsh and deadly conditions of the settlement of New Smyrna and the suffering and torture of servitude. In 1777, 300 survivors fled and settled in St. Augustine. In preserving this history and sharing this story, the Shrine carries the memory of our brave ancestors and honors their sacrifice and hopes. The Shrine is also a vital place among many institutions and programs that highlight the significant place and contribution of Greeks in the history of this country as well as the uniqueness of the Greek American experience. This has been an important part of the annual program of the Shrine, from the experience offered to visitors to the community, regional, and national events in which the Shrine directors and staff participate. For example in 2014, the Shrine was invited to participate in the installation of the Middle Passage Marker, one of 24 places on the Eastern seaboard designated by UNESCO s Slave Route Project for remembrance of those who arrived and died during the slave trade. In addition, the Shrine was represented in the events marking the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act and the influence the march and violent events of June 9, 1964 in St. Augustine had on the passage of the legislation. From its founding under the leadership of Archbishop Iakovos and with the support of many faithful of our Church in America, the St. Photios National Shrine has offered a witness of our Orthodox faith. Thousands of visitors have seen the beauty of the chapel and have offered prayers and lit candles. Regular educational programs have brought children and youth to this very sacred place. Also, the ongoing programs, church supply service, and bookstore offer support to the ministries of our parishes and a faithful testimony of our rich spiritual heritage and our mission to share the Gospel. In addition, the Shrine helps to preserve and share the legacy of our Greek Orthodox Church in America. to page 4 Archbishop Offers Condolences for Coptic Orthodox Slayings in Libya NEW YORK After learning of the recent brutal slaying of 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians from Egypt by the members of ISIS, Archbishop Demetrios, on behalf of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, issued letters of condolences to the Coptic Orthodox bishops in the United States. The Coptic Orthodox Christians were kidnapped in December and January from Libya and were held captive until their massacre. In his letters to the hierarchs, Archbishop Demetrios states: With a heavy heart and deep sadness, I convey my sincere condolences for the unjust slaying of twenty-one Coptic Orthodox Christians in Libya. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America stands in solidarity with our Coptic Orthodox brothers and sisters, and we prayerfully beseech our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to grant eternal rest to the souls of those who lost their lives During this time of mourning, please accept the prayers and fraternal love of the hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. As a sign of solidarity in word, action, and in prayer between the Greek Dimitrios Panagos photos Award of Excellence (above) With Archbishop Demetrios and Leadership 100 Chairman George Tsandikos are award recipients Drs. Eleni and Panagiota Andreopoulou, Constantine Triantafilou and Michael Psaros. Leadership 100 Meets in Orlando ORLANDO The 24 th annual Leadership 100 Conference on Feb featured a tribute to academician, artist and designer, Ilias I. Lalaounis, who died in December His widow, Lila, accepted the posthumous Leadership 100 Award for Excellence. Archbishop Demetrios offered the traditional Bible study and lecture and Constantine M. Triantafilou executive director and CEO of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), presented the opening forum. He described the IOCC s work in America and around the world. Three additional forums featured Leadership 100 members Michael Psaros, co-founder and co-managing partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP, and Drs. Eleni Andreopoulou and Panagiota Andreopoulou of Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The program also included a presentation on St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center by Jerry Dimitriou, executive director of administration for the Archdiocese. A Symphony at Sunset with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Peter Tiboris, also a member of Leadership 100, featured his wife, Eilana Lappalainen. Drs. Andreopoulou, Michael Psaros, Peter Tiboris and Eliana Lappalainen, and IOCC each received the Award for Excellence. Chairman George S. Tsandikos noted that some 350 members and guests and families, attended the conference. The Leadership 100 Executive Committee approved new grants of $1,250,243 to the Archdiocese and $495,556 to affiliated organizations. Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Coptic Orthodox Church of America, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela, Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod, will represent Archbishop Demetrios of America at a special prayer service at the Holy Archangel Michael and Saint Mena Coptic Orthodox Church in Staten Island, N.Y. The service is being held to honor the lives of the 21 innocent victims who lost their lives at the hands of ISIS militants in Libya. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America encourages the faithful to advance the effort to express solidarity in word, deed, and prayer with our Coptic Orthodox Christian brethren. The faithful are asked to help raise awareness among fellow citizens and elected officials of the plight of Christians and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East, and to offer prayers for those enduring such horrible acts of violence and persecution. The two special prayer services offered by the Coptic Orthodox Church took place Feb. 19 at Archangel Michael and St. Mena Coptic Orthodox Church at St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in East Brunswick, N.J. Additional grant proposals are still under review. The Archdiocese grants include $300,000 over three years for the Advisory Committee on Science and Technology Addressing Modern Challenges Initiative ; $270,000 for the Camping Ministry Program; $133,200 to the National Finance Committee Orthodox Software Initiative, $200,000 over two years for the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Church- World Affairs Faith-Based Diplomacy and Advocacy Initiative; $125,000 for the third year of the GOA Strategic Plan Project, $75,000 for the GOA Faith and Safety Project; $65,000 for the Department of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism Baseline Project; $52,043 for the second year of the Department of Administration Ministry Updates Project,. and $30,000 to Ionian Village for the IV On-the-Go retreat program. The new affiliated organization grants include $100,000 for the second year of the Metropolis of Atlanta Family Life Ministry; $125,000 over two years for Orthodox Christian Network to enhance the Multimedia offerings and marketing effectiveness of key GOA departments, $118,621 over two years to International Orthodox Christian Charities for the Serv-X-Treme! National Youth Service Leadership Development Initiative; $88,200 to Orthodox Christian Ministry for proper training for ministering to prisoners and educational outreach through training and inspirational videos; and $63,735 to Project Mexico-St. Innocent Orphanage for an intern development program. Encyclical Holy and Great Lent from page 1 ness and grace. The sincerity of the Publican expressed in his cry, God, be merciful to me a sinner, was recognized by God, and his sins were forgiven (Luke 18:13). John the Baptist preached, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, calling people to prepare to receive the One who was coming in grace and truth (Matthew 3:2). The Cross of our Lord is before us, offering by the grace of God a way to salvation through repentance. Second, repentance nurtures hope. As the power of God s grace transforms us, as we see the blessedness of life restored to communion with Him, we experience the joy of hope. For the Prodigal Son it was the journey to return to the house of his father, hoping that something better awaited. At the beginning of this holy season our repentance leads us on the path of hope, knowing that hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts (Romans 5:5). Third, as through repentance we receive forgiveness and grace and our hearts are filled with hope, our faith is strengthened. As we prepare to celebrate the fulfillment of God s promise to defeat death, restore us to life, and lead us to the Resurrection, our faith in Him grows. Finally, in this sacred time of prayer and reflection, our repentance leads us to salvation. Through repentance our eyes are opened, we turn from darkness to light so that we may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Christ (Acts 26:18). Through the revelation of the absolute truth by Christ and His Cross and Resurrection, we know where our repentance leads, and we know that ultimately we enter the ineffable realm of a saved life with the perspective of eternity. At the beginning of the Great Fast and Holy Lent, let us contemplate the power of repentance and take this opportunity to examine our hearts and minds. Let us pray in humility seeking the forgiveness and grace of God, returning to communion with Him. Let us find renewed hope in the light, peace, and joy that comes from our Crucified and Risen Lord. With paternal love in Christ, Dimitrios Panagos photos DEMETRIOS, Archbishop of Amer i ca To donate to the St. Nicholas National Shrine, make checks payable to: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Mailing Address: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 8 East 79 th St., New York, NY
4 4 ARCHDIOCESE NEWS FEBRUARY MARCH 2015 Encyclical from page 3 On this weekend of the annual pilgrimage, two new exhibits will open. Sponsored by Leadership 100, the exhibit Pioneering Priests of America will focus on the presence of Orthodoxy in America prior to As an addition to the permanent icon exhibit at the Shrine, eleven new icons will be added to an existing gift from Alfred Funai. These events and programs of our beloved St. Photios National Shrine represent the many facets of the ongoing work and witness of dedicated staff, directors, and benefactors. This ministry on behalf of all Greek Orthodox Christians in this country needs your prayers and support. On this Feast and the weekend of the Shrine s annual pilgrimage, I ask that you express your support for this historic place and vital institution of our Holy Archdiocese. We must also follow the example of our Shrine by remembering our past and our unique experience in this country, sharing it with our children, youth and others, and offering a powerful and loving witness of the faith and life we have through Jesus Christ our Lord. With paternal love in Christ, Vasilopita cutting Dimitrios Panagos photos Archbishop Demetrios invited the members of the Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir for a meal and vasilopita cutting at Archdiocese headquarters on Jan. 12 to honor them for their participation in the Nov. 30 concert in the Ancient Church of Agia Irini on the occasion of the first meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Constantinople. DEMETRIOS, Archbishop of Amer i ca Visit to monastery Gerondissa Photini, abbess of All Saints Monaster in Calverton, Long Island (left), welcomes Archbishop Demetrios on Feb 1 as he arrives for a pastoral visit. The visit was on the occasion of the installation of a new icon screen. The Archbishoo, assisted by Archdeacon Panteleimon and Deacon Panagioti (far left), blessed the sisters, Photeini and Theonymphi, and the monastery and presented them with a relic of St. Photini of Cyprus whose origin is from the occupied area in the northern part of the island. Feast of the Annunciation and Day of Greek Independence My soul magnifies the Lord For He Who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. (Luke 1:46-49) To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The Feast of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary, is a day when we celebrate a truly amazing and miraculous revelation. At the event of the Annunciation, the messenger of God appeared before Mary and announced the divine plan for our salvation through the birth of Christ. The words of the Archangel Gabriel revealed how God s promises would be fulfilled and the ancient prophesies affirmed. As he spoke and as the Virgin Mary believed and expressed her willingness to serve God, the Holy Spirit came upon her, and she exclaimed: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden. For behold, all generations henceforth will call me blessed. For He Who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name (Luke 1:46-49). This revelation to the Theotokos was and continues to be a revelation of truth and of God s unfathomable wisdom. Through the Incarnation of Christ came the fulfillment of His promises to Adam and Eve and to all humanity. The time for restoration had come. In the entrance of God into our human reality and His incarnation, that is by assuming the flesh and blood He had created, His plan of redemption was accomplished. The purpose and meaning of our creation, the priority of liberation from sin and evil, of communion with God, and the manner of the life of holiness were now revealed in the event of the Annunciation. The Annunciation also revealed the tremendous and immeasurable power of God. His power over creation was shown in the miraculous event of our Lord s incarnation. Through the Annunciation it was revealed that the temporal darkness of sin and the despair of death would be Encyclical vanquished through the invincible power of God, causing the Theotokos to sing, My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For He who is mighty has done great things for me (Luke 1:47-49). In this holy and divine revelation, we also see God s infinite grace. The Annunciation was filled with God s love, and this was shown through the Incarnation as Christ became man for us and for our salvation. The event revealed God s power to give, sustain and restore life. His revelation for our sake was given to the Theotokos, not to kings and rulers, affirming that salvation comes through grace, humility, and faith, not through mundane power, status, or force. The Feast of the Annunciation and the truth, power, and grace of God s revelation were the inspiration for our Greek forbearers who began the struggle for independence on this day in Affirming the truth of life and liberty as inherent to human existence, these valiant people overcame a greater force and centuries of Ottoman oppression. Through their love of God and freedom, of their Hellenic heritage and Orthodox faith, they were able to offer generations to come, a free nation and society where self-determination, liberty, and faith would be cherished. As we celebrate this Feast and Greek Independence Day, we honor the memory of our ancestors, and we seek the inspiration and courage to uphold and preserve all that they fought and died to achieve. Today, we join together in this remembrance and commemoration, as we also express through our worship the truth, power and love of God s revelation in the Annunciation to the Theotokos. As Orthodox Christians we know and affirm that ultimate victory over death, oppression, hatred, and violence is won in this same manner. His truth will endure all things. His power will give life and salvation. His love will bring hope and assurance. On this day of celebration may we offer a powerful witness of God s truth and love, revealing to others, as He has to us, the way to abundant and true life. With paternal love in Christ, DEMETRIOS, Archbishop of Amer i ca
5 FEBRUARY MARCH San Francisco Metropolis FDF Presents $10,000 for St. Nicholas ANAHEIM Passing the tray at the Divine Liturgy of the Metropolis of San Francisco Folk Dance Festival on Oct. 15, officiated by Archbishop Demetrios, garnered $10,000 for the St. Nicholas National Shrine Church. We passed a tray during liturgy after we made a specific plea to people to be as generous as they could and they came through with flying colors, said Fr. Gary Kyriacou, chairman of the Metropolis Folk Dance Festival. They were very generous, especially in response to the establishment of the St. Nicholas shrine. The presentation was made later that evening at a Metropolis Archons sponsored dinner in honor of the Archbishop. Metropolitan Gerasimos commented, Joy can be expressed in many ways. Dance is a primary form of that expres- sion. On 9/11 an attempt was made to extinguish hope and replace it with fear. We will not allow the enemy to be victorious. Just as we Greeks dance arm in arm, the participants of the FDF stand side by side with the entire Archdiocese to help St. Nicholas rise from the ashes as a symbol of hope and Christ s love. I am very proud that the participants of the 2015 Folk Dance Festival heard the call to action and showed their support by expressing their love for the Faith through their generosity. Fr. Gary Kyriacou presents Archbishop Demetrios with the donation of $10,000 for the St. Nicholas National Shrine Church. Also shown, from left: FDF Vice President Spiro Beckas, FDF Director of Finance Michael Syrengelas and Metropolitan Gerasimos. (Joanna Duterte photo) Pittsburgh Metropolis Basketball Tournament Raises Funds for National Shrine Church WEIRTON, W.Va. STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Goyans in four parishes in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia recently teamed up to hold a basketball tournament that had the St. Nicholas National Shrine Church as its beneficiary. The four small parishes, located in the part of the country that is called the Rust Belt (formerly the major steel-producing and manufacturing region in prosperous times) consisted of Holy Trinity Church in Steubenville, Ohio; Holy Trinity in Ambridge, Pa., and All Saints in Weirton and St. John the Divine in Wheeling, W.Va., which together comprise the Holy Saints basketball team. Initiated by these communities parish leaders, chaired by Nick Tranto of Weirton, they brought together about 20 kids from the churches to form a girls team and a boys team to compete against the larger parishes in the Pittsburgh Metropolis Through the tournament, held over the Jan weekend, they raised $700 for St. Nicholas National Shrine, and the passing of the tray at the Divine Liturgy brought the total to $1,200. Rikki Kamarados, youth advisor and parish treasurer at Holy Trinity, said this was a first-time fundraiser for the St. Nicholas Shrine Church. The local AHEPA chapter raised $200 for the shrine at a December breakfast. About 400 Goyans and 100 adults took part in the tournament. For the winners, in lieu of trophies, certificates were given to the second and third-place finishers and an icon of St. Nicholas was presented to the winner of the Sportsmanship Award. Fr. Nick Halkias, pastor of Holy Trinity, explained that the practice of Holy Trinity Church photo giving out trophies was replaced with icons several years ago. Trophies? What is the need? Trophies gather dust and create a false sense of pride, he said. Besides, they look like little idols. He explained that, in 2008, in support of the S.A.M.P. (Support A Mission Priest) program of OCMC, the parishes of Sts. Constantine & Helen in Reading, Pa and Ypapanti in East Pittsburgh, Pa., started passing out certificates in lieu of trophies at their GOYA basketball tournaments. With the money they would have spent on trophies, they made a donation to the S.A.M.P. program, naming a missionary priest that would be supported for a year because of their generosity. For the sportsmanship trophy, the winning parish would receive an icon as well as the certificate, signifying the importance of Christian sportsmanship as well as letting them feel a part of that mission priest named in the certificate. This year, the Holy Saints hosted the Metropolis basketball tournament. Using this generous attitude of icons and certificates in lieu of trophies, the GOYA decided that the beneficiary of this tournament s proceeds should be the St. Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero, Fr. Halkias said. The Steubenville church hosted the Liturgy on Sunday for the tournament, which was attended by Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh and Archdeacon Ryan Gzikowski, Dr. Jim Kyros (Metropolis Athletic Committee chairman), Fr. Frank Milanese of All Saints in Weirton, and about 400 players, coaches, advisors and chaperones. The Divine Liturgy ended with a presentation of the Sportsmanship Award and the explanation of why the St. Nicholas Shrine is such a worthy recipient of the tournament s donation. The parish of All Saints in Canonsburg, Pa, represented by GOYAN Joe Karras, received the Sportsmanship Icon of St. Nicholas (with a certificate on the back, with information about the St. Nicholas Shrine Project). After Metropolitan Savas explained the significance of the Shrine, a check of $500 was presented to him by Holy Saints GOYA Advisor, Rikki Kamarados, and two senior GOYANS (James Demitras of Holy Trinity in Steubenville, and Angelena Kayafas of St. John the Divine in Wheeling). Following the presentation, an additional tray was passed for the St. Nicholas Shrine. It is amazing what can be done out of obedience to Christ. Offering donations and icons in lieu of trophies further exemplifies St. Paul s desire to receive the imperishable crown that he speaks of in 1 Corinthians 9: May the Lord, through His dedicated people of all ages, continue to bless the St. Nicholas Shrine project to its completion and to the ultimate glory of His name, said Fr. Halkias. Major Contributors as of February AHEPA $1 million Allwin, Maria $1 million Anonymous $5 million Bouras, Nicholas J. and Anna Foundation $1 million Calamos, Mae and John P. $1 million Coumantaros, Sophia and George $1 million Doucas, Elizabeth and William $1 million FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy & Hellenism $1 million Georges, Dathel and John $1 million Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society Inc. $2 million Leadership 100 Endowment Fund $1 million Marcus, Judy and George $1 million Metropoulos, Marianne and Dean $1 million Niarchos Foundation $5 million Pappajohn, Mary and John $1 million Pappas Sr., Peter J. and Cathy $1.3 million Psaros, Robin and Michael $1 million Spanos Family, Faye and Alexander $1 million Tsakalos, Nick and Jeanne $1 million The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle Archons $1 million
6 6 by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos On January 22 I had the honor of attending and marching with hundreds of thousands of citizens from across our nation at the annual March for Life in Washington. This annual event, virtually ignored by the major broadcast media and most news media apart from Fox News, is one of the largest, if not the largest annual protest march in our nation s capital, and highlights the opposition to so-called abortion rights as well as, and more importantly, a right to life of the pre-born. This is the fifth time I have participated in this event. Last year, representing the Chair of the Assembly of Bishops, Archbishop Demetrios of America, I was privileged to offer the invocation at the pre-march rally, accompanied by numerous fellow hierarchs of our Orthodox Tradition, not to mention hundreds of Orthodox Christian marchers. While this year s invocation was offered by the Roman Catholic tradition, I was struck by the camaraderie among Christian leaders in general, and their recollection of and appreciation for the Orthodox participants. March For Life Reflections on The March for Life Photos courtesy of Bishop Demetrios Dozens of Orthodox Christians were among hundreds of thousands who participated in the march, including Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos (below). Regardless of distinctions in opinions regarding legal or constitutional questions, or even the theological basis for an opposition to abortion on demand and the sanctity of human life, the common agreement on the conclusions regarding what remains a polarizing moral question of our American society is noteworthy. Our common witness to the sacredness of life is not only an important aspect of our Orthodox presence in this nation, but also a basic area of agreement in our ecumenical environment and one where we have gained some small victory. This victory is the obvious increasing presence of young people at the March for Life itself. If we may observe a general increase in the protest movements of college-age young adults generally, it can be admitted that such protests often seem to be amorphous, less focused and more popular social activities than the youth movements of the Vietnam War era. At such publicized protests many participants have no clear goal. Such is not the case with the March for Life with an increasing number of young people who are clear in their opposition to abortion on demand. One might even note that this does not necessarily indicate a simple rise in the political conservatism of young adults, for the same demographic remains concerned about many causes and issues that cross the political division of left and right: from FEBRUARY MARCH 2015 civil rights and social tolerance, to the protection of the environment. Obviously, for Orthodox Christians, the right to life is not simply a political or legal issue. It is a moral issue. Indeed, my own concern is not simply about what is legal or illegal in the juridical framework of our nation. While this may be important, more important is the moral force of our Christian faith and our Orthodox witness to our neighbors in our American society and culture. We not only stand, and march, with those with whom we agree, but affirm the principle of our faith as witnesses to the truth before those with whom we disagree. Of course, in our day, we also stand and affirm a principle to our own Orthodox sisters and brothers: that such a witness is a necessary aspect of doing the truth in our present context. So I am heartened by the regular and even growing presence of Orthodox Christians at the March for Life: from hierarchs, to parish clergy, monastic s, seminarians and laypersons of all ages, showing that not only do we pray that all human life be blessed and held sacred, in the womb, in our homes, in the streets and in our prisons, but that our prayer moves us to confess the gift of life granted by our Lord by all those who would spurn that gift through the actions of abusing or removing life, or by ambivalence to the spurning of that sacred gift in our homes, on our streets, in our prisons and even, sadly, in our institutions of healing. May our Lord grant us the strength to continue this witness so that we may bring righteousness to our land. Bishop Demetrios is chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago and represented the Archdiocese at the event.
7 FEBRUARY MARCH The Voice of Philoptochos by Christine Karavites ATLANTA - The two day National Board meeting hosted by the hospitable Metropolis of Atlanta Philoptochos under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Alexios, featured interactive forums and important discussions. Bishop Sevastianos of Zela opened the meeting with an inspiring reflection that guided the members on a thoughtful journey through the Triodion period in preparation for Great Lent. National President Maria Logus set forth a vision and goals for chapters and members nationwide. She charged us to engage all members of our community in our work so that Philoptochos is fully integrated into the Church s life. To encourage families, youth and our children to participate she presented the following goals: First, to promote more hands on philanthropy we will work together for a national goal to serve 250,000 meals in the coming 18 months until the convention. With 441 active chapters this means each chapter needs to serve 31 meals a month. National Board Convenes Winter Meeting Second, we will enhance communications and promote programs to reach our chapters, our clergy and our communities and especially our younger members. Third, we will adopt a resolution to increase the Philoptochos membership by 5 percent. President Logus shared her vision for a Leadership Institute to engage members from each Metropolis in Leadership skill building and to partner with Orthodox Christian Fellowship to establish Philoptochos on our higher education campuses. St. Nicholas National Shrine Philoptochos Committee Chairmen Jennifer Constantin, Arlene Siavelis Kehl and Anne Michals updated members on each Metropolis s activities supporting the Shrine Campaign. The goal is that each chapter and each member demonstrates support for this important effort. A sample chapter presentation was offered by Anita Kartalopoulos. Vasilopita Celebrations Help Saint Basil Academy Westfield, N.J. Philoptochos members filled the Bouras Center for the 49 th year as the Holy Trinity community, led by Fr. Peter Delvizis, held its Vasilopita event. Chapter President Peggy Pefanis and event Chairmen Helen Constantinides Bruno and Janet Zervakos O Sullivan greeted special guests that included the Saint Basil Academy children, National President Maria Logus and New Jersey Metropolis Philoptochos President Anastasia Michals. Deep appreciation was extended to parishioners whose generosity enables Philoptochos to fulfill its Christ-centered mission helping those in need. Agapios Kyritsis, Saint Basil Academy secretary and Apostolos Apostolou were recognized for their continued service to the Academy and the Vasilopita celebration. Ellen Manos Athenson, Stewardship and Amelia Pritz served as co chairmen. Their committee offered brunch to more than 200 parishioners. They spoke of Philoptochos focus and invited chapter board members to offer their 2015 stewardship as an example and encouragement for others. Annunciation Cathedral, Houston chapter President Maria Halvatzis reported that the parish raised $30,806. Fr. Michael Lambakis opened the celebration and emphasized the Academy s importance and praised Philoptochos for its work. Funds are raised in various ways. Chairman Eleni Kyriazis and her committee offer the Vasilopita breads for the coffee hour where there is a donation basket. Additional members make beautifully wrapped breads to purchase at a $50 minimum. Each organization receiving the Vasilopita that Fr. Lambakis offers donates. An auction of 20 Vasilopita breads concludes the successful event. St. Catherine, Greenwood Colo. chapter invited Alex, a Saint Basil resident to tell her heartwarming story about her life before and after being admitted to the Academy. Chapter President Pam Weinroth and event Chairman Elaine Cladis noted that 45 Vasilopita breads were baked and offered at the lavish coffee hour for the parishioners whose generosity raised close to $6,300. The successful Vasilopita event embraced the fellowship, philanthropy and Philoptochos traditions. Holy Trinity, Dallas chapter President Marilyn Martin acknowledged special guests Fr. Costas Sitaras, Saint Basil Academy director and an Academy resident, Katherine, who offered an emotional speech about her life journey and the loving security found at the Academy. whose benefactor donated two cars for use by the students with off-campus part-time jobs. The Holy Trinity community raised $20,590 from the Vasilopita auction. An anonymous donor s gift of $10,000 made the total $30,590. Frs. Constantine Constantinidis and Peter Kostakis offered the Vasilopita to parishioners and guests. Three former Saint Basil Academy students: Joanne Canellos, Billy Karant and Presbytera Alexandra Poulos were recognized. Each metropolis president led an interactive session on increasing membership organized by Chairmen Alexis Limberakis and Maria Tamvakologos. A membership trend analysis of the past six years was offered by Assistant Treasurer Georgia Vlitas. An important Leadership forum presentation on better understanding our role as servant leaders and board members was presented by President Logus and Metropolis Presidents Jeannie Ranglas and Irene Arsoniadis. Treasurer Martha Stefanidakis noted the disbursements since October 2014 that included: The APC NSP Benevolent Fund $15,000; Retired Clergy Fund $40,000; Ecumenical Patriarchate Fund $50,000; Aid to the People of Greece and Cyprus $50,000 distributed as follows: $15,000 to Apostoli Food Program, $15,000 to Moschato After School Program, $20,000 for the Archdiocese of Cyprus and, for the NW Regional Conference Deals with Family Issues SEATTLE More than 100 women from Philoptochos chapters in Washington and Oregon attended the Northwest Regional Conference at St. Demetrios Church on Jan. 31., Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos President Jeannie Ranglas along with other board members came from California to participate in the day-long sessions with the theme Building Stronger Families in Today s World. Mrs. Ranglas gave the attendees a comprehensive overview of the work and ministries of the Metropolis Philoptochos including the Bishop Anthony Student Aid Endowment Fund which provides scholarships to seminarians and students from the Metropolis studying at Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology and a companion Adopt-A-Student program for chapters to connect with individual students throughout the year; Kids n Cancer/ Camp Agape, a program that offers a week of summer camp at one of five facilities located in Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona, to children with cancer and their entire families; Pennies and Prayers, a collection during Great Lent to assist the establishment and nurturing of small Mission parishes; St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, Calif., where Philoptochos has a lodge named in its honor; Women s Health and Wellness programs; an Emergency Relief Fund; and most recently support of the rebuilding of St. Nicholas Church and National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York, destroyed on 9/11. She also highlighted goals for 2015 with emphasis on growth and communications. The Metropolis of San Francisco Philoptochos is a dynamic movement which includes seven Western states, 58 chapters, and over 4,000 faithful, strong and bold women who are committed to helping others through kindness, compassion, and care, Mrs. Ranglas noted. The main focus of the conference had its genesis from a presentation at the National Philoptochos Convention last summer in Philadelphia. St. Demetrios chapter President Susan Reichmann heard the discussion by Rachel Lloyd, Founder and CEO of GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services) on the tragic and widespread problem of human trafficking, especially of young girls. Although Ms. Lloyd was unable to come to Seattle, Ms. Reichmann pulled together speakers from several local social service providers who assist victims of trafficking, homelessness, domestic violence, and related issues. National Philoptochos is now undertaking a new initiative with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF End Trafficking Program. A most poignant speech which kept the entire audience silent and attentive came from an 18 year old woman, Ivy Jacobsen, who had been molested by her father starting in 6 th grade. Finally in her sophomore year in high school, Ms. Jacobsen told a friend who reported the abuse to authorities. They arrested the father, and then Ms. Jacobsen took the courageous step of testifying against him in court, not once but in three separate trials. He was finally convicted and is serving 16 years in prison. She was selected to speak at her high school graduated where she told her painful story to over 6,000 people attending, and has since been interviewed by NPR and other media. HCHC Scholarship Fund, $36,400 with 26 students receiving $1,400 each. Frances Levas, Metropolis of Boston Philoptochos president invited everyone to Boston for the Children s Medical Fund Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. On Sunday, Nov. 1, Archbishop Demetrios and Metropolitan Methodios will celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Annunciation Cathedral in Boston in honor of Sts. Cosmas and Damianos, the Philoptochos patron saints. The CMF cochairmen are Christine Karavites, Elaine Kevgas and Georgia Lagadinos. At the Saturday meeting Bishop Sevastianos was joined by area clergy: Fr. Spiros Bobotas, Aristidis Arizi, Romanos Galben and Christopher Metropulos for the Vasilopita Allen cutting. Altchech Also Photography present were the chapter presidents and members from the area parishes. Clifford T. Argue photo Chapter president Reichmann with Fr. Photios Dumont of St. Demetrios Church, Seattle. Jubilee Women s Center, rebuilding lives, one extraordinary woman at a time, is a ministry already supported by the St. Demetrios chapter. It provides safe and affordable community housing, clothing, holistic care management, and community meals for more than 60 women each year. The director of Jubilee, Cheryl Sesnon, commented that the residents really look forward to the delicious meals prepared and served by the St. Demetrios ladies. Also making presentations were representatives from New Horizons Ministries, a Christian organization, which partners with youth to exit life on the streets on their journey to a sustainable future, and New Beginnings which empowers survivors and mobilizes community awareness and action to end domestic violence. A notebook with additional resource documents was provided the attendees including from each of the speakers, from UNICEF on human trafficking, and a paper by Paulette Geanacopoulos, a licensed social worker in the National Philoptochos office in New York, on Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence in the Greek Orthodox Community. We wanted to make the binder comprehensive to be used as a tool to start conversations in the attendees parishes giving awareness of Philoptochos works outside the usual community, Ms. Reichmann said. In his message to the conference through a letter, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco stated, By working together as a church and a community, we can positively impact the lives of people who deserve a chance at happiness, peace and success, all while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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In return for their participation, farmers will commit a portion of the food they produce to people in need in their communities, especially children facing malnutrition as a result of the prolonged economic crisis. More than 300,000 children in Greece now live in families that cannot afford to provide a healthy diet including meat or fish, according to data from UNICEF. One in four children in Greece lives in poverty, and one third are at risk of living in poverty. The numbers are shocking and the impact on hard working people faced with such prolonged unemployment is having deeply felt social, economic and psychological effects on families, said Constantine Triantafilou, IOCC executive director. For the past three years, Triantafilou has been coordinating relief efforts with Apostoli, the social service agency of the Church of Greece. IOCC has been addressing the growing needs of Greece s most vulnerable families, with support from the Jaharis Foundation and private donors in the U.S. Over the last year alone, more than $9 million in food, medical assistance and heating fuel have been provided through the Give for Greece program. The extraordinary circumstances in Greece continue to have devastating effects on families, said Mary Jaharis. This is not simply an economic crisis for Greece, but a personal disaster being played out for hundreds of thousands of families. We remain concerned for the well being of the people of Greece and have committed an additional $1 million in support for these efforts, especially for the children. The commitment by the Jaharis Foundation is offered as a challenge grant, with every dollar contributed by donors to be matched dollar-for-dollar by the foundation. Many families whom we meet have been stripped of nearly everything their jobs, their savings, and their plans for the future, observed Triantafilou. We are trying to provide assistance in ways that make an impact, especially for the children, but do so in a way that doesn t also take away their dignity. IOCC, working with a grocery store chain in Greece, has provided more than 1,000 pre qualified families with grocery store cards that allow them to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and milk. Participants in the program are able to shop alongside their neighbors and purchase items suitable for their dietary needs, rather than collect aid at distribution centers. The agricultural products are all sourced in Greece to support local farmers and milk producers. By sourcing food from farmers in Greece, we are looking for ways to help address the underlying need for economic development while also providing essential support for families facing very difficult circumstances, explained Triantafilou. In addition to the assistance to farmers and the grocery card program, IOCC will continue to provide food aid through Apostoli and the Church of Greece, heating fuel to institutions serving the elderly, children and people with disabilities in northern Greece, and support to public hospitals to address huge shortages due to budget cuts in the public health sector. More than 700,000 Greeks are expected to benefit from medical supplies planned for delivery to Greece this year. The need for assistance continues to grow as an increasing number of Greece s people find themselves without income and access to social services. Many of the unemployed have exhausted their benefits with just 15 percent of those people who have registered for unemployment now eligible to receive government assistance. Yet, for every available job in Greece, there are 19 unemployed people, according to the European Commission. In addition to the support from the Jaharis Foundation, IOCC s efforts to assist families in Greece this was also made possible with funding from the Hellenic community including the John G. Rangos Sr. Family Foundation, the Styliades Hellenic Orthodox Foundation, the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, The Hellenic Initiative (THI), the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the Pancretan Association of America, the Kallinikeion Foundation, the Gerondelis Foundation, the Chios Society and thousands of individual donors. 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9 FEBRUARY MARCH Photo credit Arthur Smith Jr. Metropolitan Gerasimos with Archbishop Cordileone at the Vespers service in observance of International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholics Hold Ecumenical Service in Calif. BELMONT, Calif. Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco joined together in prayer at a Vespers service on Sunday, Jan. 18. The two hierarchs came together for this service for the beginning of the international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity but especially for persecuted Christians in the Middle East and Africa who are suffering and dying for their faith. The service took place at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Belmont. In attendance were members of the neighboring Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont, led by Fr. Peter Salmas. Archbishop Cordileone invited Metropolitan Gerasimos to deliver the homily at the evening vespers. Metropolitan Gerasimos called upon Orthodox and Catholic brothers and sisters to bear wit- Metropolis News ness to our common faith in Jesus Christ, and to raise our voices, our shared voices, to our most high God when referring to the injustice against the Christians in the Middle East and Africa. He also stated that We have made it kind of regular to meet this way, and I hope and pray we will not stop meeting this way. Archbishop Cordileone thanked Metropolitan Gerasimos for a powerful reminder of the serious situation Christians are facing around the world. More than 300 Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic faithful, including clergy from both churches, came together in prayer recognizing the need for prayer for Christian Unity. Faithful of Holy Cross Church, along with faithful of their neighboring parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church have gathered in prayer annually since Holy Cross Church obtained a blessed relic of the Holy Cross in HUC Offers Undergraduate Scholarships for 2015 The Hellenic University Club of New York offers its annual undergraduate scholarships of $2,000 each for qualified high school seniors. This award is offered to students of Hellenic ancestry, who are citizens, or permanent legal residents of the tristate New York area. Candidates must demonstrate scholastic achievement and aptitude as indicated by excellent grades, SAT scores, an active involvement in extracurricular activities, with an appreciation of their Hellenic heritage and their commitment to the Greek-American community and there must be a clear financial need. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee on, or before, April 30. Additional information may be obtained from: The Hellenic University Club of New York Inc., Scholarship Committee Undergraduate Division, P.O. Box 6882, F.D.R. Station, New York, NY, The updated applications may be downloaded directly from our website (or by submitting your request to the Scholarship Committee at the address above): S. Florida Church Hosting Religious Freedom Symposium NAPLES, Fla. St. Katherine Church and the Archons of South Florida will sponsor a religious freedom symposium, The Plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Christianity Under Attack, March 14. Dr. Anthony Limberakis, national commander of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will give this presentation. Fr. Fouad Saba, dean of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Coral Gables, Fla., will present Promise, Law by Mary Doreza EAST PITTSBURGH, Pa. The Presentation of Christ (Ypapanti) Church of East Pittsburgh is among the many churches that are celebrating their centennial in the early part of the 21 st century. A distinguishing characteristic of Ypapanti is that it is the only parish in the Archdiocese that bears the name of Ypapanti and celebrates its Feast Day on Feb. 2. As each Orthodox Christian mother enters the church with her new born infant 40 days after giving birth, to receive the blessing of the Lord and return to the communion of the Church, she commemorates this holy day. There is another unique feature of the small parish of Ypapanti that was built in 1915 in the town where the original George Westinghouse plant was established. Among the parishes in the greater Pittsburgh region, it is the only one that was built as a Greek Orthodox Church on the same site on Electric Avenue, where it has continued to serve its community for all of the 100 years. It has been a beacon of by Presbytera Annie Swelha and Freedom: Living the Word of God, in which he will relate his personal experiences concerning the plight of Christians in the Middle East. John Scurtis is the Archons regional commander is South Florida. Admission is free but registration is required. To register, contact St. Katherine Church in Naples ( ) or: Carol Dimopoulos, net, ( ), or Kathy Manousos, ( ). East Pittsburgh Church Making Plans for Centennial DUNLAP, Calif. The Metropolis of San Francisco Sisterhood of Presvyteres has had an annual weekend retreat since Up to 40 presbyteres attend this delightful and edifying weekend held at the end of January at St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center. Below is a reflection on this year s retreat offered by I have visited St. Nicholas Ranch many times, but this was my first trip to the retreat center as a Presbytera. As someone who is new to this role, I was eager to connect with the wise women of the San Francisco Christian light and life to the area. Wanting to share the joy of the Centennial, the community has planned a three day weekend on Oct to which everyone is invited. On Friday night, former members and guests from near and far will enjoy the fun and friends at a Welcome Night in the Olympia Hall. On Saturday, Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh will celebrate Great Vespers with Pittsburgh area and former Ypapanti clergy. Vespers will be followed by a Centennial dinner dance where the Ypapanti Grecian Odyssey Dancers will perform. The current Ypapanti congregation is looking forward to welcoming former parishioners and guests to celebrate this once in a lifetime milestone, either by attending the weekend event, or by contributing to the Commemorative Album that will be distributed in October. For more information contact the Presentation of Christ in East Pittsburgh ( ) or papanti.org Ms. Doreza is the Ypapanti Church Centennial chairman. San Francisco Presbyteres Sisterhood Retreat Metropolis at the annual Presbyteres Retreat. At the retreat, 24 presbyteres from across the West Coast gathered together at St. Nicholas Ranch for fellowship and constructive discussions. Fr. John Mefrige, of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese was the retreat speaker. Fr. John was warmly received by the group. We appreciated his workshops on conflict management and practicing forgiveness. When we weren t attending the workshops, our group enjoyed fabulous meals, prayed the Paraklesis and Vespers services together, and attended Liturgy at the Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life Giving Spring. GREEK ORTHODOX MISSION OF HAITI MISSION TRIP JUNE 4 9, 2015 JOIN FR. 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11 FEBRUARY MARCH Youth Camps Archdiocese Summer Camps Summer camping season is three months away and the Archdiocese offers a selection of several facilities located in each metropolis, the Direct Archdiocesan District and Greece. The camps are under the guidance of the Office of Camping Ministries of the Archdiocese Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the individual metropolises. At the direction of the Holy Eparchial Synod, each camp is mandated to use the policies and procedures outlined in the Youth Protection Manual that guide clergy and lay persons charged with selecting, training and supervising those who work with young people at camps and retreats. The Office of Camping Ministries creates, coordinates and distributes standardized resources and training sessions for camp directors and staff, and sets standards for camp operation. The guide on this page provides information for potential campers considering attending Ionian Village or the metropolis camps this summer. In cases where information is NA (not available) or TBA (to be announced), contact the metropolis, the camp director or contact person listed. Numbers next to each camp listed correspond to their location on the map(s). This guide does not include listings for local parish camps. Ionian Village Location: Bartholomio, Peloponnesus, Greece Dates: Session One, June 23-July 12; Session Two (July 20-Aug.8); Spiritual Odyssey Pilgrimage to Cyprus and Crete, May 30-June 9. Age ranges: Open to campers who have completed grades Cost per camper: $4,250 (all inclusive); camp only (excludes airfare) Director or contact person and phone number: Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, address: Open to: Any young person from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which includes all metropolises and the Direct Archdiocesan District. Registration period: Early-bird registration opens Feb. 1-15; regular registration follows until April 30. Spiritual Odyssey Pilgrimage Program: Offers young adults, ages 19-28, the opportunity to encounter Greek Orthodox culture and faith through focused pilgrimages. Spiritual Odyssey Cyprus-June METROPOLIS OF BOSTON St. Methodios Camp Location: St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center Contocook, N.H. Dates: Week 1, July 2-6; Summer Family Camp (Week 1 only, all ages as family), Week 2, July 7-13; Week 3, July 14-20; Week 4, July 21-27; Week 5; July 28-Aug. 3; Week 6, Aug Cost per camper: $575 per camper; (for Family Camp, $575 for first three persons, $50 each additional). Director or contact person and phone number: Michael Sintros (director), website: mbcamp.org Open to: (ages 8-18, and families) Registration: Begins March 1 METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY Camp Good Shepherd Location: Camp Linwood MacDonald YMCA-Branchville, N.J. Dates: JOY July 13-19; GOYA #1 July and GOYA #2 July 27-Aug. 2 Cost per camper: TBA Director or contact person and phone number: George Tomczewski (youth director), Metropolis Youth Office, Open to: Children ages 8-18 Registration: Begins Feb. 1 METROPOLIS OF PITTSBURGH Camp Nazareth Location: Mercer, Pa. (One hour north of Pittsburgh. This camp is owned by the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, presided by Bishop Gregory of Nyssa). Dates: Four one-week Sessions: Session 1: JOY (grades 3-7) June 16 22; Session 2: JOY June 28-July 4; Session 3: GOYA (grades 8-12) July 5-11; Session 4: GOYA July Cost per camper: Early Bird: $500; Regular: $525 (Financial-need Scholarship available through grant from Leadership 100.) Director or contact person and phone number: Ted Cherpas, camp ministries coordinator Open to: all metropolises, jurisdictions and Christian faiths. Registration: Early Bird registration begins March 16. Regular registration begins May 15. METROPOLIS OF ATLANTA St. Stephen s Camp Location: Diakonia Retreat Center, Salem, S.C. Dates: Senior Camp, June 29-July 5; 6 th grade through high school senior (four sessions) Week 1-June 28-July 4, Week 2-July 5-11, Week 3-July 12-18, Week 4-July 19-July 25, Week 5-July 26-Aug. 1. Cost per camper: $400, with $25 sibling discounts Open to: 6 th grade through senior year Director or contact person and phone number: Julie Moricz, Registration: begins April 15-May 31 METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO Camp Fanari Location: St. Iakovos Retreat Center, Brighton, WI Dates: June th graders June th and 11 th graders only July th - 11 th graders July th - 11 th graders Cost per camper: $475 (Subject to change) Director or contact person and phone number: Dn. Chris Avramopoulos, Website: Open to: all Orthodox Christian youth Registration: April 1 until each week is full, first come first serve basis Fanari Camp will be taking place at the NEW St. Iakovos Retreat Center, Brighton, Wis., for the first time. Dates: June 15-21, th - 11th Graders June 22-28, th and 11th Graders only July 6-12, th - 11 th graders July 13-19, th - 11 th graders First come first serve basis. METROPOLIS OF DENVER Camp Emmanuel Location: Manzano Mountain Retreat, Torreon, N.M. (southeast of Albuquerque) Dates: Junior Session (June 9-15) ages 11-14; Senior Session (June ) ages Cost per camper: TBA Director or contact person and phone number: Deacon Paul Zaharas (camp director); Fr. Evan Armatas (program director), u to page 24 GREECE * RIZOS JEWELRY Street Flushing, NY tel.: fax: the one and only jewelry store in the USA that designs and manufactures christening crosses. 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12 12 Middle East Crisis FEBRUARY MARCH 2015 Christians Face Mortal Danger throughout Mideast, N. Africa O.O. photo Archives tour A group of 12 th graders from St. Demetrios High School in Astoria received an orientation to the Archives of the Archdiocese from Director Nikie Calles (at left)on Feb. 12 as part of their studies. They were accompanied by teachers (at right) Chris Tripolas and Andreas Karras. To donate to the St. Nicholas National Shrine, make checks payable to: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Mailing Address: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 8 East 79 th St., New York, NY SAVE THE DATE National Philoptochos Children s Medical Fund Luncheon Hosted by the Metropolis of Boston October 31, 2015 Editor s note: The following article was provided by the Order of St. Andrew- Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. It is a condensed version of a series of reports from the Gatestone Institute on the Christmas slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa, produced by Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam s New War on Christians, published by Regnery in April The Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank based in New York, is dedicated to educating the public about what the mainstream media fails to report on institutions of democracy, human rights and a host of other issues. The entire text of the reports can be viewed on the Gatestone Institute website:www. gatestoneinstitute.org They chopped children in half. They chopped all heads off. How do you respond to that? That is what we have been going through. That is what we are going through. the Rev. Canon Andrew White, an Anglican priest known as the Vicar of Baghdad. There are always more and more frequent cases where the blasphemy law is used to target religious minorities or to settle cases of disputes or private rivalries, or simply as an instrument of blackmail. Shardar Mushtaq Gill, Pakistani Christian lawyer. Islamic law holds that new churches are never to be built in Muslim lands and existing ones never repaired. Even so, many of these partially wrecked churches continue to be used, and are even packed, during church services. The Christmas season witnessed some of the most barbaric attacks on Christians throughout the Islamic world. After Rev. White told of how the Islamic State (IS) chopped (Christian) children in half; they chopped their heads off, he offered the following anecdote: IS turned up and they said to the (Christian) children, You say the words (the shehada, to convert to Islam), that you will follow Muhammad. And four of the children, all under 15, said, No, we love Jesus (Yesua). We have always loved Jesus. We have always followed Jesus. Jesus has always been with us. They (IS) said, Say the words! They (children) said, No, we can t. (White starts sobbing) They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry. They re my children. That is what we have been going through. That is what we are going through The situation in select countries Iraq: In mid-december, as people in the West were doing their last-minute Christmas shopping, churches under IS authority were turned into torture chambers for Christians. According to a witness, churches are being used as prisons and for torture. Three of the Christian prisoners died because they were sick and nobody cared for them. The witness, known as Abu Aasi, said that Christian prisoners in the churches are being forced to convert and that IS members have been breaking all the crosses and statues of Mary. Other reports told of how Christian prisoners blindfolded and handcuffed were held at an ancient Chaldean Church in eastern Mosul, and that St. George s monastery was now a female prison. Pakistan: Christian minorities cel- 2 nd Anniversary of Greek, Armenian Priests Kidnapping On Feb. 9, exactly two years after their kidnapping by Islamists patrolling the road from Aleppo to Damascus, Greek Orthodox priest Maher Mahfouz and Armenian priest Michel Kayyal are still missing. The two clergymen were taken from a public bus while traveling to the Rûm town of Kafroun. Their fate and whereabouts, to date, are unknown. Operation Antioch calls upon the Orthodox faithful to seek answers. Operation Antioch asks every Orthodox Christian to speak to their local priests and ask them to help organize local parishes to lobby on behalf of those missing and dying in Syria. Stay up-to-date with Operation Antioch at by visiting its Facebook page at ebrated Christmas with religious fervor by offering prayers in different churches under tight security, said one report : heavy contingents of police were deployed in and around the churches and city areas where movement of other people was restricted and the citizens were allowed only after a thorough body search... Also in Pakistan, Elisabeth Bibi, a 28 year old pregnant Christian mother of four, was beaten, scorned and humiliated, deprived of her dignity (and) forced to walk naked through the town by two Muslim brothers, the pregnant woman s employers, following an argument. In the ordeal, she lost her baby. Another report states that she was beaten with pipes and then robbed by the two Muslim men. Rights activists say the attack was motivated because of Bibi s (Christian) religious beliefs. Bibi herself said that the Muslim family often tried to persuade her to convert to Islam. Police, as often happens when Muslims attack Christians, failed to arrest the two brothers, and Christian activists received threats to drop the charges Egypt: Islamic clerics and websites warned Muslims to refrain from any form of participation in Christian celebrations and condemned Muslims who offered their best wishes to their Christian neighbors during Christmas. There were also death threats and incitement to violence against churches, with particular reference to Christian communities in the governorates of Minya, Alexandria and Fayyum, where the Salafis and Muslim Brotherhood have a strong presence Sudan: Security agents and police have broad powers to arrest Christians and other lowly regarded people without cause, for creating a public disturbance. The Christians were released after paying a fine of $250 each Iran: On Christmas day in Tehran province, nine Christians were arrested after a paramilitary force and armed plainclothes agents raided a house church where they were celebrating Christmas. to page 22
14 14 ΟΡΘΟ ΟΞΟΣ ΠΑΡΑΤΗΡΗΤΗΣ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ Φωτογραφία: Ο.Ο. Ἐθνική Ἡμέρα τοῦ Προσκυνήματος τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτίου Πρός τούς Σεβασμιωτάτους καί Θεοφιλεστάτους Ἀρχιερεῖς, τούς Εὐλαβεστάτους Ἱερεῖς καί Διακόνους, τούς Μοναχούς καί Μοναχές, τούς Προέδρους καί Μέλη τῶν Κοινοτικῶν Συμβουλίων, τά Ἡμερήσια καί Ἀπογευματινά Σχολεῖα, τίς Φιλοπτώχους Ἀδελφότητες, τήν Νεολαία, τίς Ἑλληνορθόδοξες Ὀργανώσεις καί ὁλόκληρο τό Χριστεπώνυμον πλήρωμα τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς Ἀμερικῆς. Προσφιλεῖς Ἀδελφοί καί Ἀδελφές ἐν Χριστῷ, Στήν εὐλογημένη αὐτή Ἑορτή τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτίου, ἐκφράζουμε τήν εὐγνωμοσύνη μας καί προσφέρουμε τή στήριξή μας στό προσφιλές μας Ἐθνικό Ἑλληνορθόδοξο Προσκύνημα τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτίου στήν πόλη Ἁγίου Αὐγουστίνου, Φλώριδας. Ἐπί τέσσερις σχεδόν δεκαετίες, τό Ἐθνικό Προσκύνημά μας ἔχει ὑπάρξει ἕνας τόπος ὁ ὁποῖος τιμᾶ τίς πρῶτες ρίζες τῆς Ἑλληνοαμερικανικῆς ἐμπειρίας μας, ἐπιβεβαιώνει τήν ἀξία αὐτῆς τῆς ἐμπειρίας καί τόν ρόλο τῆς Ἑλληνικῆς κληρονομιᾶς μας σ αὐτή τήν χώρα, καί προσφέρει ὡραία μαρτυρία τῆς δυνάμεως καί τῆς χάριτος τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου πίστεώς μας. Τό Προσκύνημα τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτίου ἑδρεύει στό ἱστορικό κτίριο Avero House. Πρόκειται περί ἑνός κτιρίου τό ὁποῖο χρησίμευσε ὡς τόπος λατρείας καί καταφυγίου γιά τούς Ἕλληνες μετανᾶστες οἱ ὁποῖοι ἦλθαν σέ αὐτή τήν χώρα τήν δεκαετία τοῦ 1770 ὡς μισθωμένοι ὑπηρέτες. Οἱ πρόγονοί μας αὐτοί ἔκαναν τό ἐπίπονο ταξίδι ἐλπίζοντας νά ἀνακαλύψουν ἕναν τόπο δυνατοτήτων καί εὐκαιριῶν. Ὅμως, ἔφθασαν στίς σκληρές καί ἄκρως ἐπικίνδυνες συνθῆκες τοῦ ἀποικισμοῦ τῆς πόλεως Νέας Σμύρνης τῆς Φλώριδας καί τῶν βασάνων καί μαρτυρίων τῆς δουλείας. Τό ἔτος 1777, τριακόσιοι ἐπιζῶντες δραπέτευσαν καί ἐγκαταστάθηκαν στήν πόλη τοῦ Ἁγίου Αὐγουστίνου. Διατηρῶντας αὐτή τήν ἱστορική συνέχεια καί διαδίδοντας τήν ἱστορική πορεία του, τό Προσκύνημα τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτίου διατηρεῖ τή μνήμη τῶν γενναίων προγόνων μας καί τιμᾶ τήν θυσία καί τίς ἐλπίδες των. Τό Προσκύνημα ἀποτελεῖ ἐπίσης ζωτικό τόπο ἀνάμεσα σέ πολλά ἱδρύματα καί προγράμματα τῆς Ἐκκλησίας μας, καί ὑπογραμμίζει τή σημαντική θέση καί συνεισφορά τῶν Ἑλλήνων στήν ἱστορία αὐτῆς τῆς χώρας καθώς καί τή μοναδικότητα τῆς Ἑλληνοαμερικανικῆς ἐμπειρίας. Αὐτό ἔχει καταστῇ σημαντικό τμῆμα τοῦ ἐτησίου προγράμματος τοῦ Προσκυνήματος, ἀπό τήν ἐμπειρία ἡ ὁποία προσφέρεται στούς ἐπισκέπτες ἐκ τῶν ἐνοριῶν μας καί τίς τοπικές καί ἐθνικές ἐκδηλώσεις στίς ὁποῖες οἱ διευθυντές καί τό προσωπικό τοῦ Προσκυνήματος συμμετέχουν. Γιά παράδειγμα, τό 2014 τό Προσκύνημα προσκλήθηκε νά συμμετάσχῃ στήν ἐγκατάσταση τοῦ Σηματοδότου Μέσης Διαβάσεως, ἕνα ἐκ τῶν εἰκοσιτεσσάρων σημείων τῆς Ἀνατολικῆς ἀκτογραμμῆς τά ὁποῖα ἔχουν ἐπιλεγῇ ἀπό τό «Ἔργο Διαδρομῆς Σκλάβων» τῆς UNESCO γιά τή μνημόνευση ἐκείνων οἱ ὁποῖοι ἔφθασαν καί πέθαναν κατά τή διάρκεια τῶν σκλαβοπάζαρων. Ἐπίσης, τό Προσκύνημα ἐκπροσωπήθηκε στίς ἐκδηλώσεις γιά τόν ἑορτασμό τῆς πεντηκοστῆς ἐπετείου ἀπό τήν ὑπογραφή τοῦ Νόμου περί Πολιτικῶν Δικαιωμάτων καί τήν ἐπίδραση τῆς πορείας καί τῶν βιαίων γεγονότων τῆς 9 ης Ἰουνίου 1964 στόν Ἅγιο Αὐγουστῖνο λόγῳ τῆς ψηφίσεώς του ὡς νόμου. Ἀπό τήν ἵδρυσή του, ὑπό τήν ἡγεσία τοῦ Ἀρχιεπισκόπου Ἰακώβου καί μέ τήν ὑποστήριξη πολλῶν πιστῶν τῆς Ἐκκλησίας μας στήν Ἀμερική, τό Ἐθνικό Προσκύνημα τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτίου ἔχει προσφέρῃ μαρτυρία τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου πίστεως. Χιλιάδες ἐπισκεπτῶν ἔχουν θαυμάσῃ τό ὑπέροχο παρεκκλήσιο καί προσευχήθηκαν και ἄναψαν κεριά. Συχνά, ἐκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα ἔχουν φέρει παιδιά καί νέους σ αὐτόν τόν ἱερό τόπο. Ἐπίσης, τά συνεχιζόμενα προγράμματα, ἡ ὑπηρεσία ἐκκλησιαστικῶν προμηθειῶν καί τό βιβλιοπωλεῖο προσφέρουν στήριξη στίς διακονίες τῶν ἐνοριῶν μας καί πιστή μαρτυρία τῆς πλουσίας πνευματικῆς κληρονομιᾶς μας καί διακονίας μας γιά τή διάδοση τοῦ Εὐαγγελίου. Ἐπιπροσθέτως, τό Προσκύνημα βοηθᾶ στή διατήρηση καί διαιώνιση τῆς κληρονομιᾶς τῆς Ἑλληνορθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας μας στήν Ἀμερική. Ἐντός τοῦ Σαββατοκύριακου τοῦ Ἐτησίου Προσκυνηματικοῦ Ταξιδίου, θά ἐγκαινιασθῇ μία νέα ἔκθεση. Χρηματοδοτούμενη ὑπό τῆς «Ἡγεσίας τῶν 100», ἡ ἔκθεση «Πρωτοπόροι Ἱερεῖς τῆς Ἀμερικῆς» θά ἑστιάσῃ τήν προσοχή στήν παρουσία τῆς Ὀρθοδοξίας στήν Ἀμερική πρό τοῦ Ἐπί πλέον, στήν μόνιμη ἔκθεση εἰκόνων στό Προσκύνημα, ἕνδεκα νέες εἰκόνες θά πλουτίσουν τήν ἐνυπάρχουσα συλλογή, δωρεά τοῦ κ. Alfred Funai. Αὐτές οἱ ἐκδηλώσεις καί τά προγράμματα τοῦ προσφιλοῦς μας Ἐθνικοῦ Προσκυνήματος τοῦ Ἁγίου Φωτίου ἐκπροσωποῦν τίς πολλές πτυχές τοῦ διαρκοῦς ἔργου καί τῆς μαρτυρίας τοῦ ἀφοσιωμένου προσωπικοῦ, διευθυντῶν καί δωρητῶν. Αὐτή ἡ διακονία ἐκ μέρους ὅλων τῶν Ἑλληνορθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν σέ αὐτή τήν χώρα χρειάζεται τίς προσευχές καί τή στήριξή σας. Στήν Ἑορτή αὐτή καί κατά τό Σαββατοκύριακο τοῦ Ἐτησίου Προσκυνηματικοῦ Ταξιδίου τοῦ Προσκυνήματος, σᾶς καλῶ νά ἐκφράσετε τή στήριξή σας πρός αὐτό τόν ἱστορικό τόπο καί σημαντικό ἵδρυμα τῆς Ἱερᾶς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς μας. Ὀφείλουμε νά ἀκολουθήσουμε τό παράδειγμα τοῦ Προσκυνήματός μας μνημονεύοντας τό παρελθόν καί τή μοναδική ἐμπειρία μας σέ αὐτή τήν χώρα, μοιραζόμενοι αὐτήν μέ τά παιδιά μας, τή νεολαία μας καί τούς ἄλλους, καί προσφέροντας δυναμική καί στοργική μαρτυρία τῆς ἀγάπης καί τῆς ζωῆς τήν ὁποία ἔχουμε διά τοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, τοῦ Κυρίου μας. Μετά πατρικῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἀγάπης, ὁ Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Ἀμερικῆς Δημήτριος ΦΕΒΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΣ ΜΑΡΤΙΟΣ 2015 Εληξαν οι εργασίες της Διορθοδόξου Ειδικής Επιτροπής ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥΠΟΛΗ. Στην δεύτερη συνεδρία της που πραγματοποιήθηκε και πάλιν στο Ορθόδοξο Κέντρο του Οικουμενικού Πατριαρχείο στην Γενεύη, υπό την Προεδρία του Μητροπολίτου Γέροντος Περγάμου Ιωάννου (15-21 Φεβρουαρίου 2015), η Επιτροπή ασχολήθηκε με το θέμα «Η συμβολή της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησἰας εις την προώθησιν της Ειρήνης, της Δικαιοσύνης, της Ελευθερίας, της Αδελφοσύνης και Αγάπης μεταξύ των λαών και την εξαφάνισιν των φυλετικών και άλλων διακρίσεων», στο οποίο έγιναν οι απαιτούμενες αλλαγἐς. Η Σύναξις των Ορθοδόξων Προκαθημένων που συνήλθε στην Κωνσταντινούπολη τον Μάρτιο του 2014, είχε αποφασίσει την σύσταση μιας Διορθοδόξου Ειδικής Επιτροπής, με σκοπό την αναθεώρηση των κειμένων τα οποία είχαν εκπονηθεί από την Γ Πανορθὀδοξη Προσυνοδική Διάσκεψη το 1986, και που συμπεριλαμβάνονται στο θεματολόγιο της Αγίας και Μεγάλης Συνόδου. Σε μιά πρώτη φάση, τον Νοέμβριο του 2014, η Επιτροπή ασχολήθηκε με το θέμα των Διαχριστιανικὠν Διαλόγων και της Οικουμενικής Κινήσεως γενικά. Στην επόμενη συνεδρία της, η Ειδική Επιτροπή θα ασχοληθεί με την επιμέλεια των κειμένων που αφορούν στα εξής θέματα της Ημερησίας Διατάξεως της Αγἰας και Μεγάλης Συνόδου: «Το ζήτημα του Κοινού Ημερολογίου», «Κωλύματα γάμου», και «Η σπουδαιότης της νηστείας και η τήρησις αυτής σήμερον». Το έργο της Επιτροπής προβλέπεται να ολοκληρωθεί προ του Πάσχα Τα αναθεωρηθέντα από αυτήν κείμενα θα παραπεμφθούν στην επόμενη Προσυνοδική Πανορθόδοξη Διάσκεψη, που προγραμματίστηκε για τα μέσα του τρέχοντο;ς έτους. Στις εργασίες της Ειδικής Επιτροπής συμμετείχαν ὀλες οι κατά τόπους Ορθόδοξες Εκκλησίες, με Αντιπροσωπείες που περιελάμβαναν Αρχιερείς, Πρεσβυτέρους και Πανεπιστημιακούς διδασκάλους. Εορτή των Τριών Ιεραρχών και Ελληνικών Γραμμάτων του Τμήματος της Ελληνικής Παιδείας της Αρχιεπισκοπής Αμερικής ΝΕΑ ΥΟΡΚΗ. Η φετινή εορτή των Τριών Ιεραρχών και των Ελληνικών Γραμμάτων υπό την αιγίδα του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αμερικής κ. Δημητρίου, πραγματοποιήθηκε στον Καθεδρικό Ναό της Αγίας Τριάδας στη Νέα Υόρκη το βράδυ της Παρασκευής 30 Ιανουαρίου. Κύριος ομιλητής ήταν ο Αρχιμανδρίτης Γέροντας π. Βασίλειος Γοντικάκης, Προηγούμενος της Ιεράς Μονής Ιβήρων του Αγίου Όρους με θέμα: «Η θεία λειτουργία ως Τριαδική Θεοφάνεια. Το Οικουμενικό Μήνυμα της Θεολογίας των Τριών Ιεραρχών». Στην εορτή παραβρέθηκαν ο Σεβασμιώτατος Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριος, ο Θεοφιλέστατος Ζήλων κ. Σεβαστιανός, Αρχιγραμματέας της Ιεράς Επαρχιακής Συνόδου, ο Αρχιμανδρίτης π. Ιερόθεος Ζαχαρής, Ηγούμενος της Μονής Χρυσοβαλάντου, ο Γενικός Πρόξενος της Ελλάδος, πρέσβης κ. Γεώργιος Ηλιόπουλος, ο Γενικός Πρόξενος της Κύπρου πρέσβης Βασίλειος Φιλίππου, ο Πρόξενος της Ελλάδας κ. Μάνος Κουμπαράκης, ο Διευθυντής και εκδότης της ημερήσιας εφημερίδας «Εθνικός Κήρυξ» κ. Αντώνης Η. Διαματάρης μετά της συζύγου του, η Πρόεδρος της Ομοσπονδίας Εκπαιδευτικών Αμερικής κ. Στέλλα Κοκόλη, ο Δρ. Γεώργιος Τσιούλιας και άλλοι επίσημοι. Τους παρεβρισκόμενους καλωσόρισε ο π. Ιωάννης Βλάχος, Ιερατικώς προϊστάμενος του Καθεδρικού Ναού, ενώ τμήμα της Αρχιεπισκοπικής Βυζαντινής χορωδίας έψαλε κατανυκτικούς ψαλμούς ως και το Απολυτίκιο των Τριών Ιεραρχών. Η εκδήλωση ολοκληρώθηκε με αντιφώνηση του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αμερικής κ. Δημητρίου. Τον Γέροντα π. Βασίλειο Προηγούμενο της Ιεράς Μονής Ιβήρων καλωσόρισε και παρουσίασε ο Διευθυντής Ελληνικής Παιδείας Δρ. Ιωάννης Ευθυμιόπουλος, ο οποίος αναφέρθηκε στο κοινωνικό έργο των Τριών Ιεραρχών ως και την προσφορά των Μοναχών της Μοναστικής Αθωνικής πολιτείας. Μεταξύ άλλων είπε: «Αισθάνομαι ιδιαίτερη τιμή και διακατέχομαι από συγκίνηση, γιατί μου δόθηκε αυτή η δυνατότητα από τον Σεβασμιώτατο Αρχιεπίσκοπο Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριο να πω λίγα λόγια σκιαγραφώντας την πνευματικότητα και την πολυδιάστατη οικουμενικότητα των Τριών Ιεραρχών. «Από την άλλη πλευρά, με προσήκοντα σεβασμό και ταπεινότητα με την ευκαιρία της θεόδοτης αυτής συντυχίας να εξάρω την παρουσία ανάμεσά μας ενός τόσο γνωστού από τις πλέον λόγιες μορφές του σημερινού μοναχισμού τον φωτισμένον αγιορείτη Γέροντα, π. Βασίλειο, Προηγούμενον, Ιβηρίτη (Γοντικάκη) από την μοναστική Αθωνική πολιτεία. «Με την ευλογία σας, ας μου επιτραπεί να αρκεστώ με λίγα λόγια στη σημερινή μέρα για να πω μερικές σκέψεις μου, γιατί σήμερα συνεταιριάζεται ο Ελληνισμός με την Εκκλησία, με την Ορθοδοξία και η Εκκλησία παντρεύεται τον ορθόν λόγο και την Ελληνική παιδεία. «Η ένωση αυτή είναι προϊόν μιας βαθύτερης, ειλικρινούς και βιωματικής κατάφασης προς τον Θεό, προς τον άνθρωπο, το τέλειο δημιούργημα του Θεού και προς το πνεύμα, που κατ εξοχή συνδέει τον άνθρωπο με το Δημιούργημά του. «Από πατερικά κείμενα και μελέτες που έχουν έλθει στο φως, διαπιστώνεται ότι οι Τρεις Ιεράρχες είχαν στραμμένη την προσοχή τους στις ηθικές επιπτώσεις, και ενεργούσαν ως πνευματικοί ποιμένες. «Οι πράξεις τους και όλη η σκέψη τους διακατέχονταν από ένα κοινωνικό ιδεώδες και κοινωνικό όραμα. Το ιδεώδες μιας τέτοιας κοινωνίας, οι Τρεις Ιεράρχες το είδαν μέσα από τρία αλληλοσυμπληρώμενα επιμέρους ιδεώδη που είναι: Το ιδεώδες του τέλειου ανθρώπου. Το ιδεώδες της Άσκησης των Αγίων. Το ιδεώδες της παιδείας. «Η παιδεία γι αυτούς είναι ένα είδος ποιμαντικής αγωγής και όχι μια στείρα πολυμάθεια, αφού ως Άνθρωποι με ανοιχτούς πνευματικούς ορίζοντες, στήριξαν την αρχαία ελληνική παιδεία. «Αντέδρασαν στις απόψεις κάποιων ακραίων και φοβικών χριστιανών, αποκαλώντας τους «αγροίκους και αγράμματους», γιατί αρνιόταν τη μελέτη της κλασσικής παιδείας. «Ενθάρρυναν και στήριξαν τους νέους για να έχουν ευρύτητα γνώσεων, να συμμετέχουν στα διάφορα κοινωνικά ρεύματα και να έχουν κριτική σκέψη. «Υπήρξαν ασκητές, αλλά η άσκησή τους δεν υπήρξε ποτέ άρνηση της ζωής και του κόσμου, γιατί η άσκηση αυτή είχε διαποτίσει τη ζωή τους και τους χάριζε ηρεμία και ελευθερία ψυχής. Ήταν ελεύθεροι άνθρωποι οι Τρεις Ιεράρχες και είχαν ανοιχτά μυαλά. Γι αυτό και τα κηρύγματά τους είναι πρωτοποριακά και έξω από σκοπιμότητες. Τους ήταν αδιάφορο αν αυτό άρεσε στο κατεστημένο της εποχής ή τα κηρύγματά τους τάραζαν τα νερά. Τα κοινωνικά προβλήματα και η αδικία, τους απασχόλησαν όχι μόνο θεωρητικά αλλά και πρακτικά. Τα λόγια τους ξεκάθαρα και αληθινά ήταν σε πλήρη συμφωνία με τις πράξεις τους, και γι αυτά που υπερασπίζονταν. Παραμένουν πιστοί σε θέματα αρχών και ασυμβίβαστοι με την αδικία. Θα μπορούσαν να χαρακτηρισθούν σαν κοινωνικοί εργάτες, σαν άνθρωποι αγάπης, σαν αγωνιστές της αλήθειας και της δικαιοσύνης, σαν ποιητές και συγγραφείς, σαν ασκητές, σαν λειτουργοί και ιεράρχες, σαν Άνθρωποι, ακέραιοι, σεμνοί, πρότυπα πνευματικού κάλλους, Άνθρωποι Άγιοι. Μελετώντας το έργο τους, βλέπουμε ότι uσελίδα 16
15 ΦΕΒΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΣ ΜΑΡΤΙΟΣ 2015 ΟΡΘΟ ΟΞΟΣ ORTHODOX ΠΑΡΑΤΗΡΗΤΗΣ OBSERVER 15 FDF 2015: 39 ο Φεστιβάλ Ελληνικών Παραδοσιακών Χορών uσελίδα 13 νεολαίας στην Αμερική και το μεγαλύτερο φεστιβάλ Ελληνικών Παραδοσιακών χορών στον κόσμο. Η συμμετοχή των χορευτών, μουσικών, τραγουδιστών και χοροδιδασκάλων έφτασε τις νέους, αγόρια και κορίτσια, και ο συνολικός αριθμός των εγγεγραμμένων συμπεριλαμβανομένων των γονέων, συνοδών και φίλων ξεπέρασε τις άτομα. Το Φεστιβάλ Ελληνικών Παραδοσιακών Χορών (FDF) αποτελεί ένα βαθιά ριζωμένο θεσμό και μια μακρά παράδοση στην Μητρόπολη του Αγίου Φραγκίσκου της Ιεράς Αρχιεπισκοπής Αμερικής. Ξεκίνησε από τον Μητροπολίτη Αγίου Φραγκίσκου κυρό Αντώνιο (Γεωργιαννάκη ) πριν από 39 χρόνια. Το εφετινό φεστιβάλ ήταν αφιερωμένο στην μνήμη του αείμνηστου αρχιερέως και στο όραμά του για την διατήρηση και καλλιέργεια της Ελληνορθόδοξου κληρονομιάς στις Η.Π.Α. Το «όραμα» του αποτέλεσε τη θεματική αναφορά του εορταστικού φεστιβάλ. Το φεστιβάλ FDF, αναγεννήθηκε και συνεχίζει με μεγάλη επιτυχία από το 2005, υπό την αιγίδα του Σεβ. Μητροπολίτη Αγίου Φραγκίσκου κ. Γερασίμου και με βάση το τρίπτυχο πίστη, χορός και συντροφικότητα. Οι χώροι του ξενοδοχείου Marriott έσφυζαν από τις δραστηριότητες των χορευτικών συγκροτημάτων. Τα νταούλια, οι τσαμπούνες, η λύρα, το λαγούτο, ο ζουρνάς, ηχούσαν παντού, στους διαδρόμους, στο συνεδριακό χώρο του ξενοδοχείου, στις αίθουσες πρακτικής και διαγωνισμού, στον εξωτερικό αύλειο χώρο, μέχρι και στο απέναντι ξενοδοχείο Hilton που εξυπηρετούσε όσους δεν χωρούσαν στο πρώτο. Οι πρόβες και η επιμελής προετοιμασία ήταν από μόνα τους ένα μεγάλο ελληνικό πανηγύρι και γιορτή. Οι ημιτελικοί διαγωνισμοί πραγματοποιήθηκαν την Παρασκευή 13 Φεβρουαρίου και οι περισσότεροι τελικοί το Σάββατο 14 Φεβρουαρίου. Οι πολυμελείς κριτικές επιτροπές ακούραστες στις δυο μεγάλες αίθουσες διαγωνισμού βαθμολογούσαν με προσοχή τις χορευτικές ικανότητες, την ακρίβεια της εκτελέσεως, τη μουσική και το τραγούδι, τη πρωτοτυπία αλλά και την πιστότητα της χορογραφίας και τα κοστούμια. Τα περισσότερα χορευτικά συγκροτήματα παρουσίασαν ένα πρόγραμμα ενότητα δύο ή Πίστη, Παράδοση, Χορός κι Ελληνική Ψυχή τριών χορών από συγκεκριμένη περιοχή ή ακόμη και συγκεκριμένο χωριό της Ελλάδος βασισμένο πάνω σ ένα θέμα όπως ό γάμος ή άλλη γιορτή. Ο διαγωνισμός πραγματοποιείται σε διαφορετικά επίπεδα και κατηγορίες με βάση την ηλικία και την χορευτική δεινότητα των διαγωνιζομένων. Η μεγάλη πλειοψηφία των συμμετοχών είχαν το δικό τους παραδοσιακό μουσικό συγκρότημα ενώ οι ίδιοι χορευτές τραγουδούσαν το τραγούδι που χόρευαν. Είναι αδύνατο να περιγραφεί η προσήλωση, η ενέργεια, ο ενθουσιασμός και η ψυχή των κοριτσιών και αγοριών που συμμετείχαν και εκπροσώπησαν τις ενορίες και κοινότητές τους. Το μέγεθος και η πολυπλοκότητα του φεστιβάλ και του διαγωνιστικού μέρους είναι τέτοιο που απαιτεί άριστη οργάνωση και άψογο συντονισμό. Ήταν όλα άριστα διοργανωμένα και απόλυτα συγχρονισμένα υπό την άγρυπνη ματιά του Μητροπολίτου Αγίου Φραγκίσκου κ. Γερασίμου. Στο πλευρό του βρίσκονταν επιβλέπων, ο νεοεκλεγής Επίσκοπος Μηδείας κ. Απόστολος, πρωτοσυγκελλεύων της Μητροπόλεως. Την άμεση ευθύνη της διοργανώσεως είχε διοργανωτική επιτροπή υπό τον π. Κυριάκο (Γκάρυ) Κυριάκου, ο οποίος είναι και πρόεδρος του διοικητικού συμβουλίου του FDF. Ο Σεβασμιώτατος Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριος ταξίδεψε αργά το βράδυ του Σαββάτου από το Orlando της Φλόριδα όπου πραγματοποιείτο το συνέδριο της «Ηγεσίας των 100», στο Anaheim για να παραστεί στο Φεστιβάλ Ελληνικών Παραδοσιακών Χορών (FDF) έστω και την τελευταία ημέρα. Εγκύκλιος Περίπου τρεις χιλιάδες πιστοί παρακολούθησαν τη Θεία Λειτουργία που πραγματοποιήθηκε σε μεγάλη αίθουσα του συνεδριακού κέντρου του ξενοδοχείου το πρωί της Κυριακής, προεξάρχοντος του Αρχιεπισκόπου Δημητρίου και συλλειτουργούντων 25 κληρικών της Ι. Μητροπόλεως Αγίου Φραγκίσκου. Ο Μητροπολίτης Γεράσιμος και ο Επίσκοπος Απόστολος παρέστησαν συμπροσευχόμενοι στο ιερό. «Η Εκκλησία είναι το μέλλον της νεολαίας», είπε ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος στο εκκλησίασμα, αντιστρέφοντας το κοινότοπο λεγόμενο ότι η νεολαία είναι το μέλλον της Εκκλησίας. Τόνισε επίσης ότι και μόνο ο αριθμός των συμμετεχόντων στο φεστιβάλ FDF αποτελεί ένα θαυμάσιο, μοναδικό και ανεπανάληπτο γεγονός που φανερώνει την αγάπη του Θεού στην οποία αναβαπτιζόμεθα διά μέσου της χαράς του Ευαγγελίου Του, αλλά και διά μέσου της χαράς των χορών και της συντροφικότητας του φεστιβάλ. «Υπό την σκέπη και φροντίδα του Θεού της δικαιοσύνης, της ειρήνης, της ωραιότητος και της αγάπης είμεθα σήμερα οι πιο ευλογημένοι και ευτυχείς άνθρωποι στο Λος Άντζελες», κατέληξε ο Σεβασμιώτατος. Ο π. Κυριάκου έκανε έκκληση στο εκκλησίασμα να στηρίξει με τον οβολό του την ανοικοδόμηση του κατεστραφέντος την 11η Σεπτεμβρίου ναού του Αγίου Νικολάου στο Παγκόσμιο Εμπορικό Κέντρο της Νέας Υόρκης. Ο δίσκος που περιήλθε συνέλεξε σχεδόν 10 χιλιάδες δολάρια. Ακολούθησε επιμνημόσυνη δέηση για τον αείμνηστο Μητροπολίτη Αντώνιο. Το απόγευμα της Κυριακής και για τέσσερις ώρες πραγματοποιήθηκε ο τελικός διαγωνισμός των χορευτικών συγκροτημάτων ανώτατου επιπέδου. Στη σκηνή εναλλάχθηκαν οκτώ συγκροτήματα παρουσιάζοντας θεαματικές στιγμές και έντονες συγκινήσεις και αποσπώντας το χειροκρότημα και τον ενθουσιασμό του κοινού. Τέλος, η ημέρα ολοκληρώθηκε με την επίσημη τελετή απονομής των βραβείων και μεταλλίων σε όλες της κατηγορίες του διαγωνισμού. Στην κατηγορία του ανώτατου επιπέδου την πρώτη θέση κατέλαβε το συγκρότημα Olympian Dancers από την κοινότητα Κοιμήσεως της Θεοτόκου, Long Beach, Calif., τη δεύτερη θέση το συγκρότημα Παλιό Σχολειό, Αγίας Τριάδος του San Francisco, την τρίτη θέση και το βραβείο καλύτερων κουστουμιών πήρε το συγκρότημα Βιονικός της κοινότητος του Αγ. Νικολάου, San Jose, Calif., τη τέταρτη θέση και το βραβείο τραγουδιού της κατηγορίας πήρε το συγκρότημα Ακρίτες του Αγίου Δημητρίου, Seattle, Wash., και το ειδικό βραβείο ιδρυτών απονεμήθηκε στο συγκρότημα Θόρυβος της ενορίας της Κοιμήσεως, Modesto, Calif. Επιπλέον, τα βραβεία καλύτερης συνολικής παρουσίας δόθηκαν για την Β Κατηγορία (μικρότερες ηλικίες) στο συγκρότημα Junior Olympians της κοινότητος Κοιμήσεως της Θεοτόκου, Long Beach, Calif., και για την Α Κατηγορία στο συγκρότημα Θρύλος από της κοινότητα της Αγ. Τριάδος, Charlotte της Β. Καρολίνας. Ο πλήρης κατάλογος των αποτελεσμάτων δημοσιεύεται στη σελίδα yourfdf.org/fdf_2015.html Κατάλογος με περισσότερες φωτογραφίες υπάρχει στη σελίδα: sets/ / Εμμανουήλ Τζανφουρνάρης, Ευαγγελισμός της Θεοτόκου, αρχές 17 ου αιώνα. uσελίδα 13 ὄχι σέ βασιλεῖς καί ἡγέτες, ἐπιβεβαιώνοντας ὅτι ἡ σωτηρία ἔρχεται διά τῆς χάριτος, τῆς ταπεινώσεως καί τῆς πίστεως καί ὄχι διά τῆς κοσμικῆς ἐξουσίας, τῆς δυνάμεως, τῆς ὑψηλῆς θέσεως ἤ τῆς βίας. Ἡ Ἑορτή τοῦ Εὐαγγελισμοῦ καί ἡ ἀλήθεια, ἡ δύναμη καί ἡ χάρη τῆς ἀποκαλύψεως τοῦ Θεοῦ ἀπετέλεσε τήν ἔμπνευση γιά τούς Ἕλληνες προγόνους μας οἱ ὁποῖοι ξεκίνησαν τή μάχη γιά ἀνεξαρτησία τήν ἡμέρα αὐτή τό Ἐπικυρώνοντας τήν ἀλήθεια τῆς ζωῆς καί τῆς ἐλευθερίας ὡς ἐγγενῆ στοιχεῖα τῆς ἀνθρώπινης ὑπάρξεως, οἱ ἀνδρεῖοι αὐτοί ἄνθρωποι νίκησαν μιά μεγαλύτερη δύναμη καί αἰῶνες Ὀθωμανικῆς κατοχῆς. Διά τῆς ἀγάπης των πρός τόν Θεό καί τήν ἐλευθερία, πρός τήν Ἑλληνική κληρονομιά καί τήν Ὀρθόδοξο πίστη των, κατάφεραν νά προσφέρουν στίς ἐπερχόμενες γενεές ἕνα ἐλεύθερο ἔθνος καί μία ἐλεύθερη κοινωνία ὅπου τά στοιχεῖα τῆς αὐτοδιαθέσεως, ἡ ἐλευθερία καί ἡ πίστη γίνονταν σεβαστά. Καθώς γιορτάζουμε τήν Ἑορτή αὐτή καί τήν Ἡμέρα τῆς Ἑλληνικῆς Ἀνεξαρτησίας, τιμοῦμε τή μνήμη τῶν προγόνων μας καί ἀναζητοῦμε ἔμπνευση καί θάρρος γιά νά κρατήσουμε καί νά διατηρήσουμε ὅλα αὐτά γιά τά ὁποῖα ἐκεῖνοι πολέμησαν καί σκοτώθηκαν γιά νά ἐπιτύχουν. Σήμερα, συγκεντρωνόμεθα ὅλοι γιά νά θημηθοῦμε καί νά τιμήσουμε αυτή τήν ἐπέτειο, καθώς ἐκφράζουμε μέσα ἀπό τήν πίστη μας τήν ἀλήθεια, τή δύναμη καί τήν ἀγάπη τῆς ἀποκαλύψεως τοῦ Θεοῦ στόν Εὐαγγελισμό τῆς Θεοτόκου. Ὡς Ὀρθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί γνωρίζουμε καί ἐπιβεβαιώνουμε ὅτι ἡ ἀπόλυτη κυριαρχία ἐπί τοῦ θανάτου, τῆς καταπιέσεως, τοῦ μίσους, καί τῆς βίας κερδίζεται κατ αὐτόν τόν τρόπο. Ἡ ἀλήθεια Του ἀντέχει σέ ὅλα. Ἡ δύναμή Του χαρίζει ζωή καί σωτηρία. Ἡ ἀγάπη Του φέρνει ἐλπίδα καί βεβαιότητα. Τήν ἡμέρα αὐτή τοῦ πανηγυρισμοῦ ἄς προσφέρουμε μαρτυρία τῆς ἀληθείας καί ἀγάπης τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀποκαλύπτοντας στούς ἄλλους, ὅπως Ἐκεῖνος σ ἐμᾶς, τήν ὁδό πρός τήν ἄφθονη καί ἀληθινή ζωή. Μετά πατρικῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἀγάπης, ὁ Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Ἀμερικῆς Δημήτριος
16 16 ΟΡΘΟ ΟΞΟΣ ΠΑΡΑΤΗΡΗΤΗΣ ΦΕΒΡΟΥΑΡΙΟΣ ΜΑΡΤΙΟΣ 2015 ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ Ἁγία καί Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστή uσελίδα 13 Πρῶτον, γνωρίζουμε μέσα ἀπό τό Εὐαγγέλιο ὅτι ἡ εἰλικρινής μετάνοια λαμβάνει συγχώρηση καί χάρη. Ἡ εἰλικρίνεια τοῦ Τελώνου ἡ ὁποία ἐκφράσθηκε στήν κραυγή του, ὁ Θεός, ἱλάσθητί μοι τῷ ἁμαρτωλῷ (Λουκ. 18:13), ἀναγνωρίσθηκε ἀπό τόν Θεό, καί οἱ ἁμαρτίες του συγχωρήθηκαν. Ὁ Ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Βαπτιστής ἐκήρυττε, Μετανοεῖτε, ἤγγικεν γάρ ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν (Ματθ. 3:2), καλῶντας τούς ἀνθρώπους νά προετοιμασθοῦν νά ὑποδεχθοῦν τόν Ἕνα Ἐκεῖνον ὁ Ὁποῖος ἐρχόταν ἐν χάριτι καί ἀληθείᾳ. Ὁ Σταυρός τοῦ Κυρίου μας εἶναι ἐνώπιόν μας, προσφέροντας διά τῆς χάριτος τοῦ Θεοῦ σωτηρία μέσῳ τῆς μετανοίας. Δεύτερον, ἡ μετάνοια καλλιεργεῖ ἐλπίδα. Ὅπως ἡ δύναμη τῆς χάριτος τοῦ Θεοῦ μᾶς μεταμορφώνει, καθώς ἀντιλαμβανόμεθα τήν εὐλογία τῆς ἀποκαταστάσεως τῆς ζωῆς στήν κοινωνία μαζί Του, νιώθουμε τήν χαρά τῆς ἐλπίδος. Γιά τόν Ἄσωτο Υἱό, ὑπῆρξε ἐλπίδα στό ταξίδι τῆς ἐπιστροφῆς στό σπίτι τοῦ πατέρα του, ἀναμένοντας κάτι καλύτερο. Στήν ἔναρξη αὐτῆς τῆς ἱερᾶς περιόδου, ἡ μετάνοια μᾶς ὁδηγεῖ στήν ὁδο τῆς ἐλπίδος, γνωρίζοντας ὅτι ἡ ἐλπίς οὐ καταισχύνει, ὅτι ἡ ἀγάπη τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐκκέχυται ἐν ταῖς καρδίαις ἡμῶν (Ρωμ. 5:5). Τρίτον, ὅπως διά τῆς μετανοίας λαμβάνουμε συγχώρηση καί χάρη καί οἱ καρδιές μας γεμίζουν ἐλπίδα, ἡ πίστη μας ἐνδυναμώνεται. Καθώς προετοιμαζόμεθα νά ἑορτάσουμε τήν ἐκπλήρωση τῆς ὑποσχέσεως τοῦ Θεοῦ γιά τήν ὑπερνίκηση τοῦ θανάτου, τήν ἀποκατάστασή μας στή ζωή, καί τήν καθοδήγησή μας στήν Ἀνάσταση, ἡ πίστη μας σέ Ἐκεῖνον αὐξάνει. Τέλος, σέ αὐτή τήν ἱερά περίοδο προσευχῆς καί στοχασμοῦ, ἡ μετάνοια μᾶς ὁδηγεῖ στή σωτηρία. Μέσα ἀπό τη μετάνοια διανοίγονται οἱ ὀφθαλμοί μας, στρεφόμαστε ἀπό τό σκοτάδι στό φῶς, ἔτσι ὥστε ἐπιστρέψαι ἀπό σκότους εἰς φῶς καί τῆς ἐξουσίας τοῦ σατανᾶ ἐπί τόν Θεόν, τοῦ λαβεῖν ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν καί κλῆρον ἐν τοῖς ἡγιασμένοις πίστει τῇ εἰς Ἐμέ (Πράξ. 26:18). Μέσα ἀπό τήν ἀποκάλυψη τῆς ἀπολύτου ἀληθείας διά τοῦ Χριστοῦ καί τῆς Σταυρώσεως καί Ἀναστάσεώς Του, γνωρίζουμε ποῦ ὁδηγεῖ ἡ μετάνοιά μας, καί πώς οὐσιαστικά εἰσερχόμεθα στήν ἄφατη σφαίρα μιᾶς λυτρωμένης ζωῆς μέ προοπτική αἰωνιότητος. Στήν ἔναρξη τῆς Ἁγίας καί Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστῆς, ἄς ἀναλογισθοῦμε τή δύναμη τῆς μετανοίας καί ἄς μή χάσουμε τήν εὐκαιρία νά ἐξετάσουμε τήν καρδιά καί τό νοῦ μας. Ἄς προσευχηθοῦμε μέ ταπεινότητα ζητῶντας τή συγχώρηση καί χάρη τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀποκαθιστῶντας τήν κοινωνία μαζί Του. Ἄς ἀνακαλύψουμε τήν ἀνακαινισμένη ἐλπίδα στό φῶς, στήν εἰρήνη καί στήν χαρά πού προέρχεται ἀπό τόν Ἐσταυρωμένο καί Ἀναστάντα Κύριό μας. Μετά πατρικῆς ἐν Χριστῷ ἀγάπης, ὁ Ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Ἀμερικῆς Δημήτριος uσελίδα 13 Ἡ περίοδος αὕτη εἶναι ἡ ἀρχοµένη ἀπὸ τῆς αὔριον σωτήριος προετοιµασία διὰ τὸ «Πάσχα τὸ µέγα καὶ ἱερώτατον Χριστοῦ». Εἶναι ἡ Ἁγία καὶ Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστή, τὴν ὁποίαν πρέπει νὰ βιώσωµεν «δέησιν προσάγοντες καὶ ἄφεσιν αἰτοῦντες», ὥστε νὰ γευθῶµεν ἀληθῶς τὸ Πάσχα «µετὰ πάντων τῶν Ἁγίων», γινόµενοι «ἅγιοι», διὰ τῆς ὁµολογίας ἐνώπιον Θεοῦ καὶ ἀνθρώπων ὅτι εἴµεθα «σκεύη κεραµέως» συνθλιβόµενα ὑπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ καθ ἡµέραν, «πίπτοντες καὶ ἀνιστάµενοι». Νὰ ὁµολογήσωµεν δηλαδὴ τὴν ἀνθρωπίνην ἀτέλειαν καὶ ἀδυναµίαν µας καὶ τὴν ἐνώπιον Θεοῦ µηδαµινότητά µας, µετανοοῦντες καὶ ἐπαναλαµβά-νοντες ἐν ἑσπέρᾳ καὶ πρωὶ καὶ µεσηµβρίᾳ καὶ ἐν παντὶ καιρῷ καὶ πάσῃ ὥρᾳ, καίτοι «ἅγιοι» διὰ τοῦ βαπτίσµατος, ὅτι «εἷς Ἅγιος, εἷς Κύριος, Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, εἰς δόξαν Θεοῦ Πατρός». Καλοῦµεν, λοιπόν, πάντας τοὺς Ὀρθοδόξους πιστούς, κληρικούς, µοναχοὺς καὶ µοναχάς, ἀδελφοὶ καὶ τέκνα, νὰ µεταβάλωµεν τὴν ζωήν µας, πάντοτε µέν, ἰδιαιτέρως δὲ κατὰ τὴν περίοδον αὐτὴν τῆς Ἁγίας καὶ Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστῆς, εἰς ἀγαπητικὴν πρὸς τὸν πλησίον προσπάθειαν προπαρασκευῆς διὰ τὴν µετοχὴν ἐκτυπώτερον ἀπὸ τοῦδε εἰς τὴν ἀνέσπερον Βασιλείαν τοῦ Κυρίου, τὸ «καινὸν Πάσχα». Προσκαλοῦµεν τοὺς πάντας εἰς ζωὴν ἁγιότητος καὶ πνευµατικοῦ ἀγῶνος διὰ νὰ χαρισθῇ εἰς τὸν κόσµον καὶ εἰς ἡµᾶς ὡς «δόσις ἀγαθὴ» καὶ ὡς «δώρηµα τέλειον» ἡ δυνατότης τῆς ὑπερβάσεως τῆς ἁµαρτίας, διότι «πᾶς ὁ γεγεννηµένος ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἁµαρτίαν οὐ ποιεῖ [...] καὶ uσελίδα 14 ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΙΚΗ ΕΓΚΥΚΛΙΟΣ οὐ δύναται ἁµαρτάνειν, ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ γεγέννηται» (Α Ἰωάν. γ, 9-10). Ἂς εἰσέλθωµεν, λοιπόν, µὲ ὅλην τὴν ψυχήν µας, µὴ σκυθρωπάζοντες, ἀλλὰ χαίροντες καὶ ἀγαλλόµενοι, εἰς τὸ πνευµατικὸν τοῦτο στάδιον τῶν ἀρετῶν καὶ ἂς καθοπλισθῶµεν «ἀγάπης τὴν λαµπρότητα, προσευχῆς τὴν ἀστραπήν, ἁγνείας τὴν καθαρότητα, εὐανδρίας τὴν ἰσχύν», καὶ ἂς συνοδοιπορήσωµεν µὲ τὸν Κύριον, δεόµενοι Αὐτοῦ νὰ µὴ «παρίδῃ ἡµᾶς κινδυνεύοντας τὴν ἀπ Αὐτοῦ διάστασιν» (Δοξαστικὸν τῆς Σταυροπροσκυνήσεως), ἀλλὰ νὰ µᾶς ἀξιώσῃ «ὅπως λαµπροφόροι προφθάσωµεν εἰς τὴν ἁγίαν καὶ τριήµερον Ἀνάστασιν, τὴν καταλάµπουσαν ἀφθαρσίαν τῷ κόσµῳ» (ποίηµα Θεοδώρου, ἀκολουθία Δευτέρας Α Ἑβδοµάδος Νηστειῶν). Ἀδελφοὶ καὶ τέκνα ἐν Χριστῷ, Ἡ Ἁγία καὶ Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστὴ εἶναι ὡς περίοδος προετοιµασίας καὶ µετανοίας φωνὴ τῆς συνειδήσεώς µας, ἡ ὁποία, ἐσωτερικὴ καὶ ἀνέκφραστος, εἶναι προσωπικὴ κρίσις. Ὅταν µᾶς εὑρίσκῃ σφάλλοντας διαµαρτύρεται ἐντονώτατα, καθότι «οὐδὲν αὐτῆς βιαιότερον ἐν κόσµῳ», κατὰ τὸν βιωµατικὸν κήρυκα τῆς µετανοίας Ἅγιον Ἀνδρέαν Κρήτης. Ὅθεν, πρέπει νὰ εἰρηνεύῃ µὲ τὴν συνείδησίν του ἕκαστος, διὰ τῆς µετανοίας, ὥστε «ἐν τῷ πυρὶ τῆς συνειδήσεως νὰ προσφέρωµεν µυστικὴν ὁλοκάρπωσιν», θυσιάζοντες τὰ πάθη µας καὶ προσφέροντες αὐτὰ θυσίαν ἀγάπης πρὸς τὸν συνάνθρωπον, ὅπως ὁ Κύριος ἑαυτὸν ὑπὲρ «τῆς τοῦ κόσµου ζωῆς καὶ σωτηρίας». Τότε µόνον θὰ ἀνατείλῃ καὶ δι ἡµᾶς ἐκ τοῦ τάφου ἡ συγγνώµη καὶ θὰ ζήσω- µεν ὡς ἀνθρωπότης ἐν ἀλληλοσεβασµῷ καὶ ἀγάπῃ µακρὰν τῶν ὅσων βλέποµεν κατὰ τὰς ἡµέρας ταύτας φρικτῶν ἐγκλη- µάτων νὰ πλήττουν τὴν οἰκουµένην ἅπασαν. Εἰς τὸν ἀγῶνα τοῦτον ἔχοµεν συµµάχους καὶ πρεσβευτὰς πάντας τούς Ἁγίους καὶ µάλιστα τὴν Παναγίαν Μητέρα τοῦ Κυρίου µας, τὴν διὰ τῶν ἱκεσιῶν της ὡς ἄλλος λουτὴρ «ἐκπλύνουσαν συνείδησιν». Ὅθεν, προτρεπόµεθα καὶ παρακαλοῦµεν, ὡς πνευµατικὸς Πατὴρ τῶν ἀνὰ τὴν οἰκουµένην Ὀρθοδόξων πιστῶν µας, ἑαυτοὺς καὶ ἀλλήλους, νὰ δράµωµεν µετὰ σπουδῆς εἰς τὸ ἀπὸ τῆς αὔριον ἀρχό- µενον στάδιον τῶν ἀρετῶν, «µὴ ἄτοπα λογιζόµενοι, µὴ παράνοµα πράττοντες», ἀλλὰ πορευόµενοι ἐν Χάριτι νὰ ἐκπλύνω- µεν τὰς συνειδήσεις «γνώµῃ ἀγαθῇ» διὰ τῆς µετανοίας, ἔχοντες τὴν βεβαιότητα ὅτι οἱ οὐρανοὶ καὶ ἡ γῆ καὶ πάντα «τὰ ὁρατὰ καὶ ἀόρατα» θὰ καταυγασθοῦν ἐν τέλει ὑπὸ τοῦ φωτὸς τῆς Ἀναστάσεως τοῦ Κυρίου. Ἡµεῖς δέ, «πρὸ τῶν θυρῶν τοῦ Ναοῦ τοῦ Κυρίου» ἱστάµενοι, ἐὰν ἀξίως πολιτευθῶµεν, θὰ περιβληθῶµεν χιτῶνα φωτεινὸν µιµήσεως τοῦ Χριστοῦ καὶ θὰ ἀξιωθῶµεν τοῦ «καινοῦ πόµατος» ἐκ τῆς Πηγῆς τῆς ἀφθαρσίας, γευόµενοι τῆς χαρᾶς τοῦ ὀλβίου τάφου τοῦ Κυρίου καὶ συνωθούµενοι ἐν τῇ Ἐκκλησίᾳ «ἕως τῶν κεράτων τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου», ἐν τόπῳ ὅπου «τὰ φοβερὰ τελεσιουργεῖται». Γένοιτο. Ἁγία καὶ Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστὴ, βιε Ὁ Κωνσταντινουπόλεως ΒΑΡΘΟΛΟΜΑΙΟΣ διάπυρος πρὸς Θεὸν εὐχέτης πάντων ὑµῶν Εορτή των Τριών Ιεραρχών και των Ελληνικών Γραμμάτων του Τμήματος της Ελληνικής Παιδείας της Αρχιεπισκοπής Αμερικής αυτό έχει ξεχωριστό ενδιαφέρον. Η αναγωγή στο σήμερα μας οδηγεί στη διαπίστωση ότι οι Τρεις Ιεράρχες μπορούν να λειτουργήσουν ως πρότυπα για όλους μας σ αυτή την πολυεπίπεδη κρίση που διέρχεται σήμερα ο κόσμος μας. Βλέπουμε ότι έχουμε πολλά κοινά. Οικονομικά προβλήματα. Κοινωνικές διακρίσεις, καταπάτηση ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων, απαγωγές, πόλεμοι, θρησκευτικές συγκρούσεις, πολιτιστική πενία, ηθική καταρράκωση, κοινωνικά αδιέξοδα. Για όλα αυτά οι Άγιοι Πατέρες έδωσαν άμεσες λύσεις και όπου χρειάστηκε, συγκρούσθηκαν με το κατεστημένο. «Οι κοινωνικές θέσεις τους είναι σύγχρονες και ριζοσπαστικές. Θα λέγαμε ότι θυμίζουν, περιόδους κοινωνικών επαναστάσεων και συγκρούσεων και όπως αναφέρει ο Μακαριώτατος Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αλβανίας κ. Αναστάσιος «Η γλώσσα τους αποκτά μια μοναδική οξύτητα όταν κηρύσσουν την ισότητα και την αδελφοσύνη όλων των ανθρώπων». Συγκρούστηκαν και υπερασπίστηκαν τη δικαιοσύνη και την ορθή έκφραση της ορθόδοξης πίστης, γεγονός που τους οδήγησε σε διωγμούς και εξορίες. «Οι Τρεις Πατέρες πιστεύουν ξεκάθαρα ότι τα συμφέροντα των ισχυρών και η μανία για την απόκτηση πλούτου είναι αυτά που μας οδηγούν και ευθύνονται για την κατάντια των κοινωνιών, για τους πολέμους, για την εξαθλίωση των κοινωνιών. «Οι πόλεμοι, γράφει ο Ιωάννης ο Χρυσόστομος, γίνονται από έρωτα για τα χρήματα», ενώ ο Μέγας Βασίλειος γράφει: «Ως πότε θα κυβερνά ο πλούτος που είναι η αιτία πολέμου;». «Οι εξοπλισμοί λέγει, γίνονται για την απόκτηση πλούτου». Συνεχίζει ο Ιωάννης ο Χρυσόστομος: «όπου γαρ το εμόν και το σόν εκεί πάσα μάχη ιδέα και φιλονικία υπόθεσις». «Η θάλασσα», έλεγε ο Μέγας Βασίλειος μιλώντας για τον πλεονέκτη, «γνωρίζει τα όριά της». Η νύχτα δεν υπερβαίνει τις οροθεσίες που καθόρισε ο Δημιουργός. Ο πλούσιος όμως δεν χορταίνει. Ο πόθος του να αυξήσει τα πλούτη του μοιάζει με ασταμάτητη πυρκαγιά». «Έχεις «τόσα και τόσα αγαθά», ρωτά, «τι θα τα κάνεις τελικά; Τρεις πήχες γης δεν περιμένουν και σένα όλοι και όλοι όταν πεθάνεις; Ποιος θα σε υπερασπιστεί την ώρα της κρίσεως; Όπου και αν στρέψεις το βλέμμα σου θα βλέπεις τις όψεις εκείνων που δεν έδειξες ευσπλαχνία. «Αν αναλογιστούμε το βίο, τις θυσίες και την προσφορά των Τριών Ιεραρχών, τις συγκρούσεις τα κοινωνικά φαινόμενα και την αγάπη για τον άνθρωπο, θα αντλήσουμε ένα διαχρονικό μήνυμα. «Ότι μπορούμε να επιβιώσουμε, αν μιμηθούμε το ήθος, τη συμπεριφορά και την αγωνιστικότητά τους. «Ότι η κοινωνική ευαισθησία αγγίζει τα όρια της θυσίας και δεν έχει όρια θρησκευτικά, πολιτικά, κοινωνικά, ή φυλετικά. Προσπαθεί να πλάσει ανθρώπους με ήθος. «Η σύνδεσή μας με την παράδοση των Τριών Ιεραρχών και των άλλων Πατέρων αποτελεί για όλους μας ίσως την ελπίδα για τη διατήρηση της ταυτότητάς μας, του δικού μας ήθους και συμπεριφοράς για να βρούμε το δικό μας εαυτό μέσα σε μια παγκοσμιοποιημένη κοινωνία. «Σήμερα, η παρουσία ενός τόσου γνωστού και φωτισμένου Αγιορείτη Γέροντα ανάμεσά μας, σε μια εποχή που η μοναστική πολιτεία του Αγίου Όρους γιορτάζει νέους πνευματικούς θριάμβους, αποτελεί για όλους μας ξεχωριστή ευλογία, αφού πριν λίγες ημέρες η Μεγάλη του Χριστού Εκκλησία κατέταξε και επίσημα στο Αγιολόγιο τον Γέροντα Παΐσιο τον Αγιορίτη. «Γιατί το Άγιο Όρος παραμένει ζωτικό και σημαντικό στη ζωή μας σήμερα και μας διδάσκει μέσα από τη ζωή, τη δράση και τα βιώματα των Αγίων, και των Γερόντων του, που αποτελούν τη συνέχεια των Πατέρων της Εκκλησίας και την προσωποποίηση της διδασκαλίας τους. «Εκεί στη μοναστική πολιτεία του Άθωνα, όπου ζει και βασιλεύει ο μοναχικός βίος και ασκείται η ισοπολιτεία, αγγελόμορφοι πολίτεςοπλίτες μάχονται με την καθοδήγηση και την προστασία της Υπερμάχου Στρατηγού. Σπέρνουν την σωτηρία και μπολιάζουν τις ψυχές μας με το κλήμα απ το «περιβόλι της Παναγιάς», που τους χαρίζει το γλυκύτατο κρασί της αληθινής ελευθερίας και οδηγεί στη «νηφάλιο μέθη». «Αντιμέτωποι με τις πολλαπλές προκλήσεις μιας ξέφρενα παγκοσμιοποιημένης εποχής όπου ο φανατισμός και η υλιστική αθεΐα μας απειλούν, στρέφουμε το βλέμμα της καρδιάς και του νου μας στο Άγιον Όρος, όπου οι διδασκαλίες των Τριών Ιεραρχών και των Αγίων Πατέρων που τους ακολούθησαν, περί αρετής, περί αγγελικής πολιτείας, περί ελευθερίας μένουν ακέραιες και ασύντριπτες απ την αλλοτρίωση. Έτσι η παράδοση και οι προσευχές των μοναχών αποτελούν «ύδωρ αλλόμενον» που ποτίζει την εριβώλακα γη της ρωμέικης ψυχής μας, ώστε να δρέψουμε τους καρπούς της σωτηρίας», είπε ο Δρ. Ιωάννης Ευθυμιόπουλος και συνέχισε: «καλωσορίζοντας λοιπόν τον σεβαστό Γέροντα π. Βασίλειο, Προηγούμενο της Ιεράς Μονής Ιβήρων του Αγίου Όρους, είμαστε βέβαιοι ότι θα μας μεταδώσει λίγο από αυτό το «αλλόμενο ύδωρ» για να ποτίσει τις καρδιές μας με τα νάματα των Τριών Ιεραρχών. «Να μας βοηθήσει να κατανοήσουμε καλύτερα τη φράση του «Η μεγαλωσύνη του Θεού φανερώνεται στη θυσία της αγάπης και στην κένωση της προσφοράς». «Αλλά και να ευφρανθούμε από την καλλιέπεια, τη γλυκύτητα, τον πεποικελμένο Αγιορίτικο (αλλιώτικο) λόγο του και την επιστημονική του δεξιότητα με την ανάπτυξη της σημερινής ομιλίας του. «Η θεία λειτουργία ως Τριαδική Θεοφάνεια και το οικουμενικό μήνυμα της Θεολογίας των Τριών Ιεραρχών», κατέληξε.
17 FEBRUARY MARCH Greek Letters Celebration Greek Letters Event Honors 50 Students NEW YORK Fifty students from Greek day and afternoon schools from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and New York were recognized in an awards ceremony Jan. 31 at Holy Trinity Cathedral. The program included a keynote address by Madeline Singas, the acting district attorney of Nassau County, New York, who was raised in Astoria and graduated from St. Demetrios School Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University and Fordham University Law School. Her presentation was Living our Greek Orthodox Heritage. Students receiving the Three Hierarchs Award of Excellence were as follows: VIRGINIA St. Katherine Church, Falls Church: Panagiotis Alexopoulos, Sophia Pelekasis and Iliana Tzafolias. MARYLAND St. Nicholas Baltimore: Aikaterini Ieromonahos, Marina Protopapas and Geneviene Stakias. NEW JERSEY St. George, Piscataway: Ourania Gargalidis St. George, Clifton: Elena Soumilas St. Demetrios, Union: Kyriaki Desipris Ascension, Fairview: Martha Christina Karaiakofoglou NEW YORK Day Schools St. Demetrios School, Astoria: Alexandros Avramides, Artemios Diamantis, George Kastanas, Eleni Katounis, Sofia Maria Krampis, Vasiliki Mitsaki, Cleopatra Papadopoulos, Christina Papageorgiou, Anna Psaradakis, Pantelis Sgouros, Despina Skartados, Dimitris Souropanis, Evangelia Tsagaris, Alkiviadis Tzortzoglou, Kristi Vongli and Zapantis Argyri. William Spyropoulos School, Flushing: Phylissa Dionysiou, Anna Olivia Georgoulas, Theodoros Karanikolas, Diamantis Kassimis, Irene Masoutis, Samantha Savvides and Steven Shinas. Greek American Institute, Bronx: Alexandra Rachiele Students honored at the Greek Letters even held at Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral on Jan. 31. Greek Afternoon Schools St. Demetrios, Astoria: Anna Markouizos and Christos Tsevis Holy Cross, Brooklyn: Panagiotis Papamichalakis Holy Cross, Whitestone: Dionysia Amorgianos St. Peter, Bronx: Heleni Trihas Holy Trinity, New Rochelle: Paulina Fafalios, Joanna Georgiou and George Kalyvas Assumption, Port Jefferson, Nicolletta Gasparis. Holy Trinity, Hicksville: Argiroula Kefalas,St Vicky Marinakos and Dimetra Sarris. St. Markella, Wantagh: George Milonas Dimitrios Panagos photos Kimisis tis Theotkou, Poughkeepsie: Alexandra Abouezzi and Theodore Kapogiannis St. Sophia, Albany: Athanasia Efstathiadis, Vicky Kalpaxis and Joanna Rassias Annuniciation, Buffalo: Marilena Papavassiliou St. Irene Chrysovalantou, Astoria: Anna Maria Chasoura St. Nectarios, Brooklyn: Ellie Livadiotakis Plato, Brooklyn: Marina Eliopoulos Independent Students Lisandros Hadjigeorghi, Anna Kasamias, Amalia Moula, Maria Pondikos, Alexandros Rellos and Stavroula Tomboris Shown with Maria Makedon, director of the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education (left), Eleni Alexopoulos, director of St. Catherine s Hellenic School in Falls Church, Va., and Archbishop Demetrios, are students from the Falls Church school, Sophia Pelekasis and Iliana Tzafolias, Panagiotis Alexopoulos, and his father, Fr. Stefanos Alexopoulos, Ph.D., and Consul General of Greece in New York, Ambassador George Eliopoulos. (below) His Eminence praises the Holy Trinity Cathedral youth choir for its performance of Greek songs. Christ is Risen! The Resurrection Service & Divine Liturgy of Pascha Witness the moving service of the Resurrection of Christ in what is known as the largest Greek Orthodox parish in America, St. Nicholas Shrine Church, Flushing, NY. Thousands gather inside and outside the church to hear Archbishop Demetrios of America read the Gospel and proclaim, Christos Anesti - Christ is Risen! The faithful raise their lighted candles, joyfully singing together. Christ is risen from the dead; by death, He has trampled death, and to those in the tombs He has granted life. (Paschal Troparion). This video presentation, Christ is Risen! The Resurrection Service & Divine Liturgy of Pascha, was broadcast LIVE around the world in The narration was added and editing occurred in order for the program to air nationally on NBC during the Paschal season in To purchase your DVD copy of this program ($20 per DVD + $6 S&H) please call , or or comple the order form below and mail it to: GOTelecom, 8E. 79th Street, New York, NY Yes, I want to order DVD copies Enclosed is my check for: $ or I authorize GOTelecom to charge my: Exp. date: Card No.: Name on Card: Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: Produced by The program has been made possible with a grant by Christos Spyropoulos and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
18 18 Church History FEBRUARY MARCH 2015 Remembering Selma 50 Years Later: Archbishop Iakovos and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King by William H. Samonides, Ph.D. Fifty years ago, on March 15, 1965, Archbishop Iakovos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of North and South America, went to Selma, Alabama and marched beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A moment of that day was captured on film and became the cover photograph of the March 26, 1965 issue of Life magazine. It is a compelling image. Dr. King is in the center of the photo, holding a large memorial wreath for the Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister and civil rights activist from Boston. The Rev. Reeb had died four days earlier after a group of white men beat him for daring to march in a black demonstration. Although Dr. King is at the center, it is Archbishop Iakovos, solemnly gazing into the camera, that rivets our attention. The bearded Archbishop, in robes unfamiliar then to most of the American public, created a bit of a sensation in this setting. The caption, Historic Turning Point for the Negro s Cause, was no doubt due to the presence of white men such as Archbishop Iakovos and Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, who was standing behind the Archbishop. It was also a historic event for the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Archbishop Iakovos, during his 37 years ( ) as head of the Church in America, was photographed thousands of times with world leaders and American presidents, but it was the Life cover that became an iconic image. Archbishop Iakovos knew discrimination first hand. He was born Demetrios Koukouzis in 1911, during the final years of the Ottoman Empire, on Imvros, an island at the mouth of the Dardanelles. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was also born there in Until the middle of the 20 th century, this island was the home of a large, thriving Greek Orthodox community. The First Balkan War erupted the year after his birth, heralding a decadelong series of wars that forever altered his home and region. The young Demetrios Koukouzis experienced the first years of the fledgling Republic of Turkey as a child selling dry goods and icons in his parents general store, as a student at the Patriarchal Theological School of Halki where he graduated in 1934, and as a deacon of the Church from 1934 to It was a time of great political turmoil and social ferment. He understood what it meant to be a second class citizen in the land of one s birth. Orthodox Christians were allowed to practice their faith, but only with significant economic, social, and political restrictions. In theory, the rights of this young man and other Orthodox Christians were protected by law and international treaty. The reality of their daily life was very different. In May 1939, when Deacon Iakovos arrived in America to become Archdeacon to Archbishop Athenagoras, he was admitted to this country as a 27-year-old ethnic Greek clergyman with Turkish citizenship. A series of laws enacted by Congress in the 1920 s had drastically reduced immigration of Greeks and other so-called new immigrants from southern and eastern Europe. The Greeks, Italians, and Jews were considered undesirable, less likely to learn English and assimilate into American democracy and culture. This legislation was the culmination of decades of anti-greek sentiment in America. The Immigration Act of 1924 set a draconian quota for ethnic Greeks to 100 immigrants per year. As a clergyman, The iconic Life magazine cover of Archbishop Iakovos standing with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The picture was taken by Peter Christopoulos, then a photographer for the magazine, who persuaded the editors to use this photo on the cover. Now and Archon, he lives in New Jersey where he is a member of St. Demetrios Church in Perth Amboy (Observer archives) however, Deacon Iakovos qualified as a non-quota Greek. Otherwise, immigration restriction would probably have prevented or at least delayed for many years his entry into the United States. With his personal experience of discrimination and as a Christian, it is therefore not surprising that 50 years ago Archbishop Iakovos chose to answer the call, to go to Selma and stand with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is also not surprising that he was an outspoken supporter of the Civil Rights Act of From 1865 to 1870, the 13 th, 14 th, and 15 th Amendments were added to the Constitution to ensure equality to all citizens, but they were not enough. Archbishop Iakovos understood from his experience in Turkey that laws offer the promise of equality and change, but an enforcement mechanism is also required. Selma initially became a focal point in the Civil Rights Movement because of the great difficulties in registering black voters. Not long after the ratification of the 15 th Amendment granting black men the right to vote, opponents chipped away at its provisions, starting with the 1876 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Reese. Many black Americans, especially those living in the South, were denied access to the polls. As a result, in 1964 only 23 percent of black adults in Alabama were registered to vote. The situation was perhaps worst in Selma, where 51 percent of the city s residents were black, but only 2 percent (335 of 15,115 black residents) were registered to vote. This was not because of apathy. Blacks were threatened with losing their jobs and otherwise intimidated from voting. To qualify to vote they also had to pass to next page
19 FEBRUARY MARCH Parish Profile Texas Church Part of the Body of Christ in the City with the Same Name PARISH profile Name: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Location: Corpus Christi, Texas Metropolis of Denver Founded: 1948 Clergy: Fr. John Haby (Holy Cross 11) Size: about 130 families E mail: Web: nicholas.org Noteworthy: The priest from San Antonio created the iconography in CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas No one knows when the first Greek Orthodox Christians may have come to this city in South Texas, even for a short while. Perhaps there were Greek sailors on the crew of Spanish explorer Alonso Alvarez de Pineda in 1519 when he discovered the bay and settlement on Roman Catholic feast day of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ). Or perhaps seafaring Greeks were drawn to this port city in the 19 th or early 20 th century that ranks as the fifth largest port in the United States (in terms of tonnage). Whenever it was, by May 1936 there were enough Greek Orthodox people present to form a temporary committee to look into organizing a parish under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, according to a parish history. The committee changed its name to the Delphi Social and Educational Club and started fund raising for a Greek afternoon school. On April 14, 1944, the organization purchased property near downtown and eventually built the church that continues to serve the community. Meanwhile, the community met at a local Episcopal church with visiting priests officiating the services. The parish was incorporated in 1948 with George H. Plomarity as the president. He was the father of Archon Harry Plomarity, retired director of the Port of Corpus Christi who also served as parish council president and has been a long-time member of the Archdiocesan Council and St. Photios National Shrine board. The Plomarity family has been actively involved in the parish to the present day. The church received its charter from the Archdiocese in Construction of the house of worship began in 1950 and Fr. John Zografos of St. Sophia Church in San Antonio, also a noted iconographer, was commissioned in April to create the icons. Fr. Zografos also ST. NICHOLAS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH St. Nicholas church photo officiated at the laying of the cornerstone ceremony later that month. In December of that year, Fr. Emmanuel Panos of St. George Church in Shreveport, La., was assigned as the first parish priest. In December 1971, Bishop John of Thermon consecrated the church, assisted by the Very Rev. Ambrose Giannoukos, the parish priest and the longest-serving pastor; Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, then-dean of Annunciation Cathedral in Houston, Deacon John Stehling and Peter C. Anton Jr. (the present Metropolitan Tarasios of Buenos Aires), both from San Antonio. Changing demographics Because of immigration in recent decades from Eastern Europe, parish membership now includes those of Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian and Bulgarian Orthodox background. Some members are of Hispanic heritage. However, there are many descendants of the founding families, and also recent immigrants from the island of Karpathos, with a large number from the village of Spoa on the island. Several are Greek restaurant owners in the city. The city has a large U.S. Navy presence, with the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station located a few miles outside the city and naval ships based at Ingleside. A navy chaplain from one of the ships, Fr. David Pratt, served as the visiting priest in Fr. John Hayden (Haby), the current pastor, has ministered to the parish since 2013, having previously been the assistant priest at Assumption Church in Springfield, Ohio. A Texas native, he grew up in Rock Springs, near San Antonio and had graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. For several years he worked as a nuclear engineer at the Commanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Granbury, about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Coming from a Protestant background, he converted to Orthodoxy in the late 1990s, following the death of his 6-year-old daughter in a car accident. He describes his ministry at St. Nicholas as to maximize the Liturgical Life of the church, love all the parishioners especially in their time of need and maximize the Stewardship along with the growth of the parish. One of his major tasks is to organize activities for the young people of the community. There is a Sunday school with about 15 students in four grades. The parish is on the stewardship program, but its main source of revenue is the annual Greek festival the first weekend in November. St. Nicholas is the only Orthodox Christian parish in Corpus Christi, a city of about 300,000, which is the gateway to Padre Island National Seashore, sometimes referred to as the Texas Riviera. Compiled by Jim Golding Remembering Selma 50 Years Later: Archbishop Iakovos and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King from previous page literacy tests similar to the discriminatory literacy tests that were an obstacle to Greek immigrants after Congress passed the Immigration Act of The fight to register Selma s black voters had begun in 1962 but had made little progress. Dr. King knew Alabama well. His wife, Coretta Scott King, was born and raised just 35 miles from Selma. He was also a pastor in the state capital at Montgomery from 1954 to His direct involvement at Selma began on Jan. 2, The following month, less than 60 days after he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, he found himself arrested for marching without a proper parade permit and incarcerated. While in jail he quipped that there were more blacks in jail in Selma than there were registered to vote. On Sunday, March 7, the first of three marches from Selma to Montgomery to take complaints directly to Gov. George Wallace began at the Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. There were about 600 marchers, but they did not get far. On the outskirts of Selma at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were attacked by billyclub-wielding state troopers amid clouds of tear gas. Viewers from around the nation were horrified when they saw the graphic television footage. The second march was planned for two days later, but the 2,000 marchers went no further than the bridge. They feared being attacked by local law enforcement. This was the night that Rev. Reeb was beaten to death. Archbishop Iakovos went to Selma for the memorial service for the Rev. Reeb and others in response to a telegram from the Rev. Dr. Robert W. Spike, executive director of the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches, in which Archbishop Iakovos was active. He was part of a delegation of 22 clergymen representing different denominations. Selma was dangerous, and advisors opposed his participation. Dr. King had been assaulted there on Jan.18. Whites publicly supporting the blacks became targets, and the murder of Rev. Reeb made it clear that clergymen were no exception. In Selma, Archbishop Iakovos attended the memorial service in Brown Chapel and then, together with almost 4,000 mourners, marched eight blocks to the county courthouse. He left Selma that night when, in Washington, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed Congress and announced his intention to send them legislation designed to eliminate illegal barriers to the right to vote. This became the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was signed into law on Aug. 6, Just as events in Birmingham are credited with the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, those in Selma, which culminated in the third march to Montgomery on March 25 with 25,000 standing before the Alabama state Capitol, are said to be responsible for the Voting Rights Act of It was a time of groundbreaking legislation. Later that year, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was signed into law on Oct. 3, finally ending the 40-year restrictive quota on Greek immigration. Archbishop Iakovos outspoken support of Dr. King and the civil rights movement was not popular at the time. Earlier in the century, the participation of a Greek immigrant in this kind of public demonstration would probably have resulted in deportation. Today we can look back and marvel at how much has changed in a half century and, after a cursory glance at a newspaper, lament how much remains the same. The image of Archbishop Iakovos, a man of courage and convictions, endures. The author grew up in the American South. Twice, in 1965 and in 1970, the schools he attended were desegregated. He was a high school freshman in Memphis when Dr. King was assassinated there on April 4, See His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos and The Civil Rights Movement: Selma, 1965 by Fr. Michael N. Varlamos at for a complementary account. Archdiocese to Co-Sponsor UN Event Commemorating March The Archdiocese, along with the Permanent Mission of the United States to the UN and the Permanent Observer Mission of the European Union, will sponsor a panel discussion March 26 to commemorate the 50 th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King s 1965 march in Selma. Guest speakers, including Archbishop Demetrios, will focus on the march s significance. His Eminence will reflect upon Archbishop Iakovos role in the march. For more information and to register to attend, visit:
20 20 Obituaries FEBRUARY MARCH 2015 Bob Simon Bob Simon, the veteran CBS 60 Minutes correspondent who brought the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the world s attention in 2009, died Feb. 11 in a car crash on Manhattan s West Side Highway. He was 73. It was during his interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew that His All Holiness commented he felt crucified in his existence in the hostile environment Christianity faces in Turkey. In 2011, Simon pursued other stories relating to Orthodox Christianity with presentations including St. Katherine s Monastery on Mount Sinai and Mount Athos. In 2013, Simon accepted the Athenagoras Human Rights Award on behalf of 60 Minutes from the Order of St. Andrew Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. As a war correspondent since the 1960s, Simon covered 35 wars throughout the world. In January 1991, during the start of the Gulf War, Simon and other members of the CBS News coverage team were captured by Iraqi forces near the Saudi Kuwaiti border. They spent 40 days in Iraqi prisons and he was severely beaten during his incarceration. According to news reports, a bureaucratic mistake on Simons International Red Cross ID card helped convince his captors that he was a Protestant, though he was Jewish, which saved his life. Upon learning of the death of Bob Simon, Archons National Commander Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis issued the following statement. It is with a very heavy heart that we mourn the untimely and tragic death today of Bob Simon, renown CBS 60 Minutes journalist. Mr. Simon s extraordinary interview of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, titled The Patriarch which aired on December 17, 2009 was a game changer in the struggle for religious freedom. The international community had not known of the repressive religious freedom deficit in Turkey until Mr. Simon asked His All-Holiness the question heard around the world, Do you feel sometimes crucified in your own country, Yes I do feel crucified... responded the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians. Bob Simon, along with CBS News President Jeff Fager, Producer Harry Radliffe II and the 60 Minutes team received the 2013 Athenagoras Human Rights Award for their perilous work to expose the Turkish STERLING TRAVEL 20 LAUREN LANE, PHILLIPSBURG, N.J Lauren Lane, Phillipsburg, NJ TICKETS 2 GREECE ON SALE government s negative treatment of minority religions. Bob Simon and his 60 Minutes colleagues went on to produce significant journalistic segments on world Orthodoxy including the Monks of Mount Athos (April 2011), the program exposing the Exodus of Christians from the Holy Land (April 2012) and the persecution of Egyptian Copts (December 2013). The Archons and all freedom loving citizens of the world will always be grateful to this brilliant, intrepid and seminal journalist who exposed injustice and inhumanity wherever it existed and championed religious freedom for the Holy and Great Mother Church of Constantinople. The Order of St. Andrew expresses our profound condolences to Francoise, the beloved wife of Bob, their daughter and the entire 60 Minutes team at CBS News. May his memory be eternal, Presbytera Anna Gerotheou Gallos Presbytera Anna Gerotheou Gallos, 95, daughter of Fr. John Gerotheou, and Presbytera Evangeline, died Feb. 4. Presbytera Anna was a pioneer and a visionary in the music ministry of the Archdiocese. She was instrumental in the formation of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, and a founder of several church music federations. She was born in Philadelphia in 1920, the eldest of four girls. A dedicated and accomplished musician, Anna enjoyed a career that spanned more than eight decades. Competent in the vocal arts, piano, and organ, Anna was a music educator, choral director and prolific composer of church music. She directed her first church choir at age 15, studied music in high school and earned a bachelor s degree in theory and voice and a master s in church music, composing and conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Anna married Fr. George P. Gallos and, in their 53 years together, they organized and spearheaded two choir federations, retreats, choir schools and workshops to help improve the spiritual and musical standards of church music and church choirs. They both played a very important part in the formation of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, with the charter being presented by Anna to the Clergy-Laity Congress in 1976 in Philadelphia. 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Anna served as choir director with her husband in the following parishes: St. George, New Britain, Conn., Annunciation, Rochester, N.Y.; Annunciation, Baltimore (where she also taught music at City College and, later, Forest Park High School); St. Demetrios, Weston, Mass.; St. Nicholas, Spartanburg, S.C.; St. Constantine and Helen, Annapolis, Md.; and Holy Trinity, St. Augustine, Fla. Anna was also a teacher and consultant at Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology. After the death of Fr. Gallos in 1995, Anna relocated to Timonium, Md., from their parish in St. Augustine, Fla., and accepted the position of director of music at St. Demetrios Church in Towson, where she served from 1996 through Anna continued to write music and consult and mentor choir directors until her final days. Anna was awarded the St. Romanos the Melodist Medallion for Exemplary Archdiocesan Service, the highest national honor given to a church musician by the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. She also received the St. Paul Medal, the Archdiocese s highest honor for a lay person, from Archbishop Iakovos on her 50 th year of serving as a choir director. One of the most prolific composers of Greek Orthodox Church music in the United States, Anna s works include seven divine liturgies, numerous holy day service hymns, concert music, and special music for the organ. Anna founded the Evangeline Music Press which showcases her music and accomplishments at services.htm. Anna is survived by her two sons, Stephen, and his wife Joanne, and John, as well as her sister, Marie Gram, sister-in-law, Penelope Poulos, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Donations may be given with checks to EFGOCM (Eastern Federation Greek Orthodox Church Musicians) Anna Gallos Scholarship Fund, and mailed to Maria Keritsis, Scholarship Chair, 9030 Kings Crown Road, North Chesterfield, VA The funeral was held Feb. 10 at the Annunciation Cathedral in Baltimore, preceded by the choral singing of Anna s music. Presbytera Maryann Wingenbach LOUISVILLE, Ky. Presbytera Maryann (Pearce) Wingenbach, 75, wife of retired Greek Orthodox priest Fr. Gregory Wingenbach, died Jan. 14 after a lengthy illness. A direct descendant of Revolutionary War Gen. Jonathan Clark, she and Fr. Gregory were married 53 years. She had been a homemaker and a librarian, helping to organize and help staff long inactive school libraries in the northeastern U.S. She held a master s degree from the University of Pittsburgh (was Phi Beta Kappa) a bachelor s degree from Spalding University, graduating summa cum laude, and an associate degree from Bellarmine College. In addition to Fr. Gregory survivors include children, Mary-Adele Allison of Fisherville, Ky.; John W. Wingenbach of Wake Forest, N.C.; Evgenia Ryan, numerous grandchildren; siblings William Pearce of Elizabethtown, Ky., Susannah Patton of Walton, Key, and Sally Jessel of Louisville; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services took place at St. Michael s Orthodox Church in Louisville. Archon George A. Zazanis George A. Zazanis, M.D, pioneer of neurosurgery and former chief of neurosurgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, died of cancer on Feb. 4, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 84. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, to parents who emigrated from Greece, Dr. Zazanis graduated from the University of Michigan. He earned both M.D. and M.S. degrees from Temple University School of Medicine and, while enlisted as a U.S. Army captain in Newfoundland, Canada, he was awarded a commendation medal in He completed his residency at Temple University, where he met Marina Pappas Zazanis, his adoring wife of 52 years. Following his residency, he joined the practice of his late partner Henry Liss. In 1965, they performed the first stereotactic neurosurgical operation in the state of New Jersey. He served as chief of neurosurgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital until 1987, when he was appointed to chair the department at UMDNJ. Dr. Zazanis neurosurgical procedures and clinical research were widely presented and published, and he sponsored numerous postgraduate candidates and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Zazanis was honored with the title of Archon for his outstanding leadership and service to the Greek Orthodox Church and to the community at large. In addition to his devoted wife Marina, he is survived by his daughter, Elena and her husband, Paul Fish, and two sisters, Alpena Zazanis and Bess Nicholas. Gifts In Memory of George A. Zazanis may be made to Orthodox Christian Mission Center, 220 Mason Manatee Way, St. Augustine, Fla., 32086, or to Temple University School of Medicine, Office of Institutional Advancement, 3500 North Broad St., Suite 1101, Philadelphia, PA Fr. Thomas Heath CHICOPEE, Mass. Fr. Thomas Heath, 68, a former priest of St. Luke s Church in East Longmeadow, died Dec. 9 at his home. He was born July 21, 1946 in Salisbury, Md., to the late Irving and Eleanor (Svatek) Heath. He completed public school in Salisbury, attended Towson State College in Towson, Md., where he graduated in elementary education, Holy Cross School of Theology, earning at M.Div., and Loyola College in Baltimore for two years. 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