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COVID-19 Community Updates


 • All church services are cancelled, until further notice from the bishop.

 • A 2020-04-07 letter from the bishop can be read here.

 • If you have any questions regarding these directives, please call Father Nicolaie.




St. Silouan of Athos Chapel

We are an Apostolate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, “Mother Church of Christ’s poor,” under the Omophorion of Metropolitan Gregory of Nyssa (ACROD).




The liturgy before the Liturgy


“The journey toward the world is not simply the result of the Eucharist; it is also the pre-condition for it. In other words, we do not need only a ‘liturgy after the Liturgy’ but also a ‘liturgy before the Liturgy.’

The ‘liturgy before the Liturgy’ is the sacrament of love.

If solidarity, the journey towards the Other, and inviting the Other into the Kingdom, are not conditions and constitutive elements of the Liturgy, then the Liturgy risks lapsing into the sheer ritualism, meaning a conviction that the performance of rites and cults without further conditions automatically produces salvific results.”

— Athanasios N. Papathanasiou




  “Bearing torches: let us meet the bridegroom, Christ, as He comes forth from His tomb; and let us greet, with joyful song, the saving Pascha of God.” – Matins of Resurrection ode 5

  In this blessed Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord, the text of the hymn reminds us of our profound essence as God's creatures. On the night of Easter, we are bearers of the material and external light but because of the Baptism and the life of communion with God in the Church, we are also bearers of the inner and spiritual light that may completely transform us. The will, the understanding, the gestures, the relationships may become means of expressing this light in everything that exists around us. In this way each of us becomes a living flame and a personal Easter that illuminates our world like the heavenly hosts of angels.

  May the Good God bestow upon us all on this great Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord joy, peace, health, hope, strength, and love to overcome the trying time we all go through.

+Ioan Casian







 

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