In today’s Apostolic Reading, we heard with how much faith Abraham and his descendants obeyed the voice of God and with great certainty and patience they waited for the promise He had given them to be fulfilled.
For ten years, I have been keeping my ears and my heart open to your messages of pain, to your problems and to your anxieties, trying along with my prayers to do the best I can on all of these. However, today your spiritual father feels that he is the one in need of sharing with you his own personal pain and of asking for your prayer.
The Orthodox Church from the outset operates on the basis of the Holy Canons, which have been established by the Holy Apostles and the God-inspired Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Councils. Obedience and observance of the Holy Canons of the Holy Orthodox Church by all Orthodox Christians, both clergy and lay men is obligatory.