Christmas is approaching and Christians all the world will be preparing themselves for the celebration of the «great and paradoxical mystery», which is the incarnation of the Only-begotten Son of God for our salvation and for the reconciliation of man with his Creator. Christmas remains a mystery for those who live outside the Church and beyond the Christian Faith. For this reason, in the service on the Sunday before the Feast of Christmas the Church reads the Epistle to the Hebrews, written by the great missionary and Apostle, St. Paul. In both the chapter and throughout the Epistle, he reminds the Jewish people about their forefathers; More particularly about Abraham and all the Patriarchs, who by faith and in obedience to God, had accomplished great miracles and victories over those who were against them. Having faith in the promises and the authority of God, they lived like strangers in this world, because they believed that God would never fail in his words and his promise. Abraham and all his descendants in faith «For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God»
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Encyclical in English from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey for the Ecclesiastical Situation in Ukraine.
Open now until October 8th .. St. Athanasios Church Apparel and accessories store.
You can now purchase your items online in 3 easy steps:
1. Go to the online store at https://stathanasiosapparel.itemorder.com
2. Choose your items and add them to your cart
3. Securely checkout with your credit card
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Mark Twain once said, “It’s not the passages in the Bible I don’t understand that bother me so much, it’s the ones that I do understand. Most of us have been presented with the Christian concert of giving known as Stewardship. We probably know the following facts about it:
That God wants us to give proportionately of our income to the Church.
God wants us to give cheerfully.
God does not want us to draw attention to ourselves through our giving.
God wants us to lay aside daily a sum of money to give to the Church.
Stewardship is a giving of our time, talents and finances to God.
ούχ υμών έστι χρόνους ή καιρούς ούς ο πατήρ έθετο εν τη ιδία
εξουσία, αλλά λήψεσθε δύναμιν, επελθόντος του Αγίου Πνεύματος
εφ’ υμάς» (Πράξεις Α΄ 7)
WITH YOUR FAMILY
On the top left of the website there is a Donate button exactly like the one below. Using this button allows you do submit a payment for Stewardship.
We now offer monthly payment subscriptions using PayPal for stewardship. On the Stewardship page you can sign up for an account and choose one of the options below.
September 12, 2018
The Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy Esteemed Members of the Metropolitan Council, Esteemed Members of the Parish Councils, Esteemed Members of the Philoptochos Sisterhood of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey My Beloved, I pray that this letter finds all of you well and spiritually sound. Please be advised that due to impending effects of Hurricane Florence along the eastern coast of the United States, I have made the most difficult decision to CANCEL the Annual Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey Holy Cross Celebration and Blessing of the Waters scheduled for this Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Asbury Park. I request that each of you please immediately inform your parishioners of the cancellation of this Metropolis Event by sending a notice through your parish email listserv, through your parish robo call system and by placing an announcement on your parish website.
Praying that our loving Lord continues to bless all of you, I remain With Paternal Love and Blessings,
† E V A N G E L O S Metropolitan of New Jersey
GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS OF NEW JERSEY – ΙΕΡΑ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΣ ΝΕΑΣ ΙΕΡΣΕΗΣ
215 East Grove Street, Westfield, NJ, 07090-1656 • Tel: (908) 301-0500 • Fax: (908) 301-1397
Web: www.nj.goarch.org • E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: There will be regular Church services this Sunday.