Dear Parents Sunday March 8, 2020 Sunday of Orthodoxy We are inviting all children to attend Divine Liturgy and to participate in the Procession caring the Ikons to celebrate Sunday of Orthodoxy. Please, bring an Ikon with you. After, the children will meet with the teachers to learn more about Sunday of Orthodoxy, and to reflect on the Epistle Reading and on the Holy Gospel reading for Sunday; and they will learn how to chant the Apolitikion and Kontakion. The teachers Cari and Emma are preparing the lessons with much love and care. Fr. Anthony sends blessings and regards to all. Please come!!!...And we are very excited to see you again… Many thanks with appreciation. Pres. Monica **************** March 2020 Schedule for Religious Education
We invite all children and youth to come to the Divine Liturgy! Please come to church! Many thanks with appreciation to all the parents, grandparents,godparents and friends for your support and commitment!!!
INVITATION Saturday TBA Encounter/Retreat Theme: Sacrament of the Holy Communion Time: 11 am -3:00 pm All are invited! Please bring a dish!!! We will have lunch together. Please come!!! For more information or questions please call: 225-384-0571
Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival
Dear Parent, This letter is to inform you and to invite your child to participate on the Saint John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Please, on this coming Sunday February 9th, after the Divine Liturgy let Fr. Anthony or Pres. Monica know if your child would like to participate on this wonderful festival of the intellect. Also, you may send a message to Fr. Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org); 0r you may call us at 225-384-0571 The Oratorical Festival Program begins at the parish level and is divided into two divisions: Junior Division for students in grades 7–9 Senior Division for students in grades 10–12 If your child would like to participate on the Oratorical Festival, he or she will meet with Fr. Anthony and will receive instructions for the participation and how to register for this event. Please, see the attached information for more details. Thank you. Many blessings to all… Pres. Monica NOTE Saturday, March 28, 2020 St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church in Gulf Shores, AL is hosting the Western Conference Oratorical Festival. Parishes in the Western Conference are Gulf Shores, Mobile, Baton Rouge, Monroe, New Orleans, Biloxi, Jackson, Pensacola, Panama City and Ft. Walton Beach. Junior Division (Grades 7–9)
The Orthodox Church honors the Virgin Mary as the Theotokos. Discuss the role she plays in the Church and as a role model for all Christians.
Christ and many Church Fathers often criticized the wealthy. Do Christians need to live a life of poverty? Is it a sin to live a comfortable life?
“Lord have mercy” is the most repeated phrase in the Divine Liturgy. What does it mean to truly have mercy?
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3). Discuss the importance of reading Scripture in your life.
The theme of the upcoming 2020 Clergy–Laity Congress is “the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Discuss the way St. Paul defines love in this important chapter of the Bible.
Senior Division (Grades 10–12)
Discuss how the separation of church and state benefits us as Orthodox Christians in the United States.
In his enthronement address, Archbishop Elpidophoros said, “We are all deacons.” Discuss the importance of being a deacon – a servant – in the Church.
Discuss the significance of Constantinople in Church history and the struggles Orthodox Christians in Constantinople face today.
How have modern-day saints from the past 100 years, from St. Nektarios to St. Paisios and others, helped Orthodox Christians live their lives today?
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). How might Orthodox Christians put this command into practice?
********************** St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine Essay Contest All teens are invited to write a 1000-word essay and submit it to the Shrine (email@example.com) by January 6, 2020. The Essay must answer the question: ‘How do we, as Orthodox Christians, relate to sacred and historically significant treasures? There are 21 relics of saints of the early Church enshrined in the St. Photios Chapel. There are a dozen articles including, the St. Photios cross on exhibit in the museum. The ecclesiastical items of Father Gregoris Eliades of blessed memory are lovingly displayed, commemorating the five martyrs of Semendria and a gospel with the inscription: “Divine and Holy Gospel dedicated to the ever Blessedness and Exalted Patriarch of Jerusalem, Lord Chysanthos Notaras, Venice: by Nikolao Saro 1754.” Talk about sacred items you have in your life, what it means to make a pilgrimage, examples of how lives change after making a pilgrimage. All essays can be submitted electronically. Please send them double spaced and if possible in PDF format by January 6, 2020. The results of the Essay Contest will be posted electronically February 1st. There are three prizes: $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place.
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