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November 16: Apostle Matthew
Friday, November 16, 2018

As we enter the Nativity Fast, I hope that we are all beginning to prepare our hearts for this holy season. As a part of that, Metropolitan Gregory has asked that we add a special prayer for peace to our evening prayer rule, or at least at some time during the day. A copy of the prayer is attached, as well as his letter regarding the significance of the prayer. Please try very hard to honor his wishes in this regard.

November 9: St. Nectarios
Friday, November 09, 2018

I apologize for this coming out so late in the day. Pani and I have been industriously working away on our 25 year collection of stuff in Brasstown. I have often read of a study cited by people who are minimalists, saying that the average American home contains 300,000 separate items or things. If that is true, I think Pani and I have disposed of 200,000. Tomorrow Pani is driving a load of things belonging to Allyson to Asheville...

I have a friend who insists that the upcoming weekend is the most wonderful one of the year, as we set our clocks back and snooze for an extra hour...

Over the last weeks, Pani and I have been struggling in trying to entice into the house a feral cat mom and her two kittens. ...

October 19: Joel the Prophet
Friday, October 19, 2018

First, on this chilly and beautiful morning, I am pleased to tell you that the elevation of our Bishop Gregory is complete. He is now Metropolitan Gregory...

This Friday seems to be a study in contrasts. We are preparing on Sunday to commemorate the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Council ...

September 28: St. Chariton the Confessor
Friday, September 28, 2018

Finally, a day that speaks to us of fall. It is a wonderful day in the Lord! ...

September 21. Apostle Quadratus
Friday, September 21, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, With autumn finally upon us, I think we can all heave a sigh of relief as the heat starts to fade away. We can also be grateful that it appears that John will be released from the hospital today. Johannah deserves kudos as well...

Today is the day when we remember the Life Giving Cross. It is made of wood, but has been endowed with enormous power when our Lord was crucified upon it. Indeed, it is a pious belief that the Cross corresponded to the Trtee in the Garden of Eden...

A Prayer in the face of inclement weather
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Prayer in the face of inclement weather O Master, Lord our God, Who through Thy consubstantial Word, Who is without beginning, and Thy life-giving Spirit, Who is equal in honor, hast brought everything out of nothingness into being; Who hast set sandy barriers to the sea, and hast weighed the mountains and the valleys in a balance; Who hast measured the skies and holds the water in the palm of Thy hand; ...

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This weekend has two hugely significant events. Saturday is the Commemoration of the Nativity of the Theotokos. If you remember the story, birth of the child Mary to her mother Anna has parallels to the conception and birth of St. John the Baptist, to his parents Zacharias and Elizabeth...

August 24: Martyr Kyra of Persia
Friday, August 24, 2018

There are a couple of ways of looking at this weekend. On the one hand, it is the first day thus far that has hinted of autumn, which is always pleasing. On the other hand, four months from today is Christmas Eve, which means, roughly, that there are only 120 shopping days before Christmas...

August 17: Martyr Myron
Friday, August 24, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, It has been a week of unexpected health problems for some reason. Some of those are among our own, while others are outside of the parish, but among people important to us...

Our Gospel reading this Sunday is the parable of the unforgiving servant. Forgiven an enormous debt by his master and king, he leaves the Royal Chambers only to run into another servant who owes him a trifling sum...

Feast Day for Prophet Elias
Friday, August 24, 2018

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Today is the day when we commemorate the Prophet Elias. He has more of a connection to our church than most people realize. A little known fact: If for some reason our church was not named St. Nicholas, I had two back ups that I was going to suggest...

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