NEWS & ENCYCLICALS FROM THE METROPOLIS

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Encyclical from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey concerning COVID-19 restrictions and current difficulties.

Letter from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey encouraging the Clergy and devout Faithful to financially support Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology through its "Light a Candle" initiative.

Archpastoral Message from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey encouraging the devout faithful to participate in the Divine Services and to support the mission and ministries of the Church through their generosity.

 

The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey strongly and unreservedly condemns the actions of the Turkish government and calls upon the international community to raise its voice against this most recent effort to appropriate and alter religious and cultural history by converting the Church of the Holy Savior at Chora to a mosque.

There are a multitude of saints and holy people who we venerate in the Orthodox Church who received recognition by the Church as saints for various reasons. Throughout the history of the Church there have been hierarchs, priests, ascetics, martyrs, theologians, and emperors whose lives inspire us and whose deeds prove to be examples for us in our daily devotion to our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Before our Lord’s crucifixion, He desired to strengthen the spiritual fortitude of His disciples so that they may endure the seeing their Lord put to death. It was for this reason that Christ ascended Mount Tabor with three of His disciples and, arrayed in brilliant light, He was transfigured before them.

In recent weeks as the threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic has more harshly affected other areas of the United States such as in the southern and western states, an alarming trend has started to appear. There are reports that, in some cases, people who have been inflicted with the Coronavirus had contracted it through their attendance at their local churches and other houses of worship.   

As we remember the tragic and unjust invasion of Cyprus by the Turkish government on July 20, 1974, we are once again reminded of the brutality that was displayed, the savagery that was exhibited, and the barbarity which was shown towards the people of Cyprus. These terrible injustices which were directed towards our Cypriot brothers and sisters has left a deep wound which has never healed and never could be healed until justice is delivered and Cyprus is once again united. 

In what can only be described as an act of hatred, disdain, and malice towards the Orthodox faith, Byzantine culture, and Hellenic heritage, the government and courts of Turkey have given permission for the venerable and holy Church of Agia Sophia in Constantinople to be turned into a mosques.  FORM LETTER 

During the past several months our nation has seen immense difficulties, families have endured severe hardships, and countless people have felt the devastating effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These challenges tested our fortitude as our local communities
and state authorities put sweeping measures in place in an effort to prevent the further spread of this vicious virus.

Let the celebration of our nation's independence inspire us to seek this freedom in love continually within our hearts and minds so that it may permeate our very being and so that we may be encouraged to become ambassadors of freedom everywhere and for every person seeking justice throughout the world.  

In the Tradition of the Orthodox Church, the Saturday prior to the Feast of Pentecost is marked by a commemoration of all those who have fallen asleep in the Lord in the hope of the Resurrection. This commemoration, commonly referred to as the Saturday of Souls is the final of four Saturdays of Souls during the year with the other three commemorations taking place during the Triodion period and during Great and Holy Lent.  

Over the past several days, communities across the United States have been in turmoil due to the tragic and unjust death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this past week.  

The fall of Constantinople on May 29, 1453 to the Ottoman Turks is an event that is burnt into the collective memory of Orthodox Christians everywhere throughout the world.  

During the past several weeks, our communities, our country, and the world have contended with the devastating effects of the Coronavirus which has sickened millions, taken the lives of hundreds of thousands, and caused economic distress for countless persons throughout the world.  

As we approach the Sacred days of Holy and Great Week, we find ourselves in a situation in which none of us have ever experienced before. This is normally a time in which families gather together to prayerfully participate in the Divine Services of the Church with their local Ecclesiastical Communities.

Even in the midst of the chaos which ensues throughout this nation and the world caused by the Coronavirus, I implore you to remain prayerful always. St. Paul teaches us to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). 

 

Message from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos on the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Celebrating the Feastday of the Annunciation of the Theotokos and Greek Independence Day. 

On this day we celebrate a feast wherein we affirm the faith of the Apostles, the faith of the Fathers, and the faith which has established the universe. In affirming our faith and the timeless truths which have been passed down to us, we affirm and defend our Orthodoxy. We defend our faith not as Greeks nor as Russians; not as Arabs nor as Serbs; neither as Romanians nor as Americans. As Orthodox Christians, we defend the
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, undivided and undefiled. Encyclical from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey on the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

There is no feast without fasting and there is no fasting without a feast. But in order to properly partake in the Nativity feast, we must first focus on this fast. Encyclical from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey on the Fast of the Nativity.

Encyclical from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey for the Feastday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

The Feastday of the Dormition of the Theotokos. 

Encyclical from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey on the tragic mass shooting incidents in El Paso TX and Dayton OH.

  • Visit by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos

We were blessed with a visit from His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey to see our new property and celebrate our feast day. If you were unable to attend, we encourage you to view the press release and view a recording of Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles Vesper Services June 29, 2019.

Encyclical from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey on Great and Holy Pascha 2019.

Encyclical from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey on the feast of the Annunciation.

"Cliffs of Freedom is the story of an ill-fated romance between young Greek village girl Anna Christina and a conflicted Turkish officer named Tariq during the dawn of the Greek War for Independence against the Ottoman Empire in 1821.  When their budding romance brings tragedy to her village, she swears revenge against the Turks and joins the Greek rebellion, inadvertently becoming a local symbol of the Greek resistance movement.... but the pair cannot deny their feelings for each other.  Their encounters and skirmishes inevitable lead to a tragic confrontation during a pivotal battle between the Greeks and Turks that will change the course of history." More information can be found at www.cliffsoffreedomfilm.com

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Encyclical from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey as we begin the period of Great Lent and prepare ourselves to fully participate in His glorious three-day Resurrection.

As we find ourselves approaching the Nativity of our Lord, God, and Savior, Jesus Christ, we are called to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord. We hear in the hymnology of the Church from the Kathismata of the Sunday prior to the Nativity, "Prepare yourself, O Bethlehem, for Eden is opened unto all." We are thus given a glimpse at the precise reason for which we are preparing ourselves - salvation. With the coming Nativity of Christ as the incarnate Word of God, we prepare ourselves for something no other group of people in the history of the world has ever beheld; God in the flesh condescending to us not out of necessity, but out of choice.  Read More

Press release on the Metropolis program to bring awaremness to the opioid crisis. Visit the website for more information: http://www.nj.goarch.org/opioids

Encyclical from His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey Ecclesiastical Situation in Ukraine 

  • His Eminence Evangelos announces the M.O.R.E. Program, an important new initiative to fight Opioid Addiction in our communities.

  • Hierarch Bestows Loudoun's Greek Orthodox Parish with a Name Marking Parish's 10-year Anniversary 

Dulles, Va.- Loudoun's growing Greek Orthodox community reached another milestone with a decision by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey to bestow the Greek Orthodox Parish of Loudoun County with the blessed name of the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church. The Metropolitan made the announcement during a special visit to the church on October 30th, as the parish celebrated the 10th anniversary of its founding and ministry. With this official name comes His Eminence's blessing to pursue land in Loudoun County for a permanent worship site. Parishioners see the new name in part as a reflection of the church's deepening roots in Loudoun, which will add impetus to its efforts to pursue a new worship site in the county.

"Clearly," said Father George Alexon, presiding priest at Holy Apostles, "our parishioners have worked hard for ten years to establish and sustain our parish. Bestowing a name upon our parish is the culmination of all our hard work. Now that we have a permanent name, we must continue our diligent efforts to secure a permanent home for our Orthodox community in Loudoun County. This will allow us to enhance our spiritual growth and charitable and philanthropic giving to those in need in the county."

Founded in 2006, Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church celebrated its 10-year anniversary at a gala held October 29th, and attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos and Susan Volpe, Loudoun County Supervisor for the Algonkian District. 
Since its inception, the church has grown to 150 families, and more than 22 Ministries, Committees and Organizations that are actively involved in the church and community outreach programs.

"Our Parish received the glorious news of our church's new name with profound gratitude and elation" said Marina Blair, Parish Council President, "Whoever comes through our doors is always welcomed and embraced! Our Holy Apostles is our home, our church family".

Parishioners currently worship in a temporary facility (21580 Atlantic Blvd., Unit160, Bldg D, Dulles, Va). Divine Liturgy is celebrated every Sunday at 9:30am. Sunday School and Greek School classes are also offered. All Christians looking for a church home and belief and acceptance in Jesus Christ as our Savior are welcome.

To learn more about Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church or to support its efforts to find a permanent home, you may contact them and donate at www.holyapostlesgreekorthodox.org. 

The Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church is under the dominion of His Eminence Evangelos, Metropolitan of New Jersey, www.nj.goarch.org