Father’s Message – Summer 2016

My Dear Parishioners,

Once again our church community and parish of St. Athanasios came together to celebrate the beautiful and inspiring services of Holy Week and Pascha.

The beauty of these Holy Days was made even more memorable by the beautiful Epitaphio, the loving prayers and offerings of all the faithful who came to share in both tears and great joy.  Added to the joy of the Resurrection, I do wish to express my gratitude to all the faithful who made this Paschal Celebration a memorable one.

Paschal Encyclicals from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of NJ

Come receive the light, from the never-setting light; and glorify Christ who has risen from the dead!” Only yesterday, we were with Christ in the Upper Room. Only yesterday, we were with Christ in the garden of Gethsemane. Only yesterday, we were with Christ on Golgotha. But today, we are drawn into His glorious resurrection, and we are inspired by a divine joy that fills our hearts. We became new men and women, renewed by the sacrifice of infinite love.

We should no longer be afraid: let us become like Christ, since Christ has chosen to become like us, to be united to us. On this day of Pascha, we enter the doors of the Kingdom. As Saint Paul wrote to the Ephesians: God made us alive together with Christ, and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly place in Christ Jesus.(Eph 2:5-6)

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42nd Annual Greek Festival

St. Athanasios is having our annual Greek Festival May 12-15 and preparations have already been under way. If you are available and willing to assist in the festival preparations, please contact the church office for the schedule of preparations.  We are looking for people that can donate supplies, time, or services.  The success of this event depends upon all of us.
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You can also invite your friends to the Facebook event.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1707320159556065/

Palm Sunday Tsoureki Sale and Luncheon

We will be having a Palm Sunday Luncheon hosted by our Philoptochos on April 24th following the Divine Liturgy.  2016 Palm Sunday Luncheon Menu will include fried bakaliaro, fasolatha, beet salad & skordalia.  Take out orders are also available using the form attached here.  We will also be distributing tsourekia orders on Palm Sunday and the order form is also below.
2016 Tsoureki Sale
Please mail, fax, or email this form to the Church to order your tsoureki for Easter.

Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church

Holy Week in the Eastern Orthodox Church institutes the sanctity of the whole calendar year of the Church.  Its center of commemorations and inspiration is Easter wherein the glorified Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated.  Every Sunday is dedicated in the Eastern Orthodox Church to the Resurrection of the Lord.  One hundred days are dedicated to Easter, 50 before it for preparation, and another 50 after it for commemorating the glorification of the Lord.  Easter is considered the “Feasts of Feasts”.

The services of Holy Week transform us into eyewitnesses and direct participants in the awesome events of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In readings taken from both the Old and New Testaments, in hymns, processions, and liturgical commemoration, we see the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, and the mighty acts by which God himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, grants us forgiveness for our sins, and rescues us from the pain of eternal death.

Holy Week is the most important week of the year, because it brings us to the gates of God’s Kingdom.  Christ’s voluntary sacrifice on the Cross gives us access to the very presence of God.  As we remember the last days of Christ on earth, we relive the great moments of His passion through a continuous liturgical drama.