Beloved Brothers and Sisters,

I feel the need to reach out to you these days, when everyone is going through such an unprecedented suffering, and, of course, we all share this pain.

Due to the rapid spread of the virus, as you know, the Governments, in order to protect their people from this great danger, have been forced to take harsh restrictive measures to avoid the crowding in many public places, even in places of worship of any religion.

Brother hierarchs and beloved children in the Lord,

From the Phanar, from the heart of the Queen of Cities, from the City of the Great Church and of Haghia Sophia, we are communicating with each and every one of you – women, men, and children – because of the unprecedented conditions and tribulation that we are facing as a human race as a result of the global threat posed by the pandemic of the new coronavirus, called Covid-19.

We honor today a great Father of our Church, St. Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessalonika. St. Gregory, in keeping with the example of the Holy Fathers of the Church, confronted the heresies of his time to defend Orthodox doctrine. This is why the Church has designated the Second Sunday of Great Lent to commemorate his memory, in extension of the previous Sunday of Orthodoxy.

Today, on this first Sunday of Great Lent, our Holy Church celebrates the triumph of Orthodoxy. It is a commemoration of victory of the true faith against heresies, and all other enemies. That is why this day is called the Sunday of Orthodoxy.”

We offer hymns of thanks to the God of love as once again we enter Holy and Great Lent, the arena of ascetic struggle, fasting and abstinence, of vigilance and spiritual awareness, of guarding our senses and prayer, of humility and self-knowledge. We are commencing a new and blessed pilgrimage toward Holy Pascha, which has opened for us the gates of paradise.” In Church and as Church, as we behold the Risen Lord of glory, we all journey together along the way of deification by grace that leads to the heavenly goods prepared by God for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9).


Schedule of services on December 2020

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