Monthly Pastoral Message from Fr. Christ

PASTORAL MESSAGE

 

 

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Fr. Christ's Pastoral Message

 

May 2016 Archpastoral Message

Greek - English

 

 

 

April 2016 Pastoral Message

Beloved, 

We find ourselves in the heart of Great Lent in which meaningful services are offered to assist us in cultivating a prayerful and fertile heart whose soul can receive and benefit from the saving work our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has done for us.  

I invite you to join us throughout the weeks for the many Lenten services.  The Compline service is penitential; the Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgies provide the medicine of immortality, as St. Ignatius called it, which strengthens us during the week; and the Sunday Liturgies which hold our hand as we navigate the weeks of Lent.  

This Lent and fast is a journey, my friends.   Individually, it will have peaks and valleys, spiritual highs and lows, yet, it is important we remain on the journey.   

Toward the end of this journey, we will approach Holy Week, our Lord's Passion and Resurrection, with renewed faith, stronger discipline in our Christian values and moral compass, a greater love for our Lord's sacrifice on the Cross and the passage way He opened to us through His resurrection.   

To get there my friends, we are encouraged to abstain from certain items: foods, myriads of meetings and social engagements.  To abstain from these things is not enough, however. What is most important is that we replace them with additional prayer, that we increase our giving to the needy and our visiting with those who are alone. We must strive to control what comes out of our mouths as we fast and be conscious of what goes into them; put aside time each day to read sacred books beginning with the Holy Bible and other books available in our bookstore.  Finally, afford ourselves of the opportunities to attend the sacred services I mentioned.  

We have also been introduced to the meaningful Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim which serves as a checklist on our spiritual journey.  You will find it on the adjacent page for your convenience.  I encourage you to pray it every evening and throughout the day.  Make it a regular part of your spiritual walk, not just during Great Lent, but throughout the year. 

With brotherly love and pastoral blessings, I remain your fellow journeyer,

Rev. Father Christ Kontos, Protopresbyter

 

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim 

Lord and Master of my life, cast  away from me the spirit of laziness, idle curiosity, love of power and vain talk. 

But grant me, Your servant, the spirit of moderation, humility, patience and love.
 

Yes, Lord and King, grant me to see my own faults and not judge my brothers and sisters.  
 

For You are blessed forever. Amen.