Stewards of 2012 - St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Rev. Fr. Michael Eaccarino                                                     St. Nicholas Cathedral
Protopresbyter
                                                                            Table of Contents
Church: (727) 937-3540 ext. 222
Cell: (727) 946-9065
E-mail: fm@papouli.net                                               Parish Ministries Contact List                         4

                                                                     Father Michael                                     5-6
                                  Fr. Vasileios Tsourlis             Fr. Vasileios                                          7
                                       Assistant Priest
                                                                     Parish Council President                               8

                     Church: (727) 937-3540 ext. 224                 Stewardship                                            9
                                  Cell: 727-947-0266                 Stewardship List                              10, 44-45
                          E-mail: fvpater@gmail.com
                                                                     Philoptochos                                        12

                                                                     Finance                                          13-15
                   2012 Parish Council
                                                                     Sacraments - Weddings                               16
                      Executive Board                                Sacraments - Funerals                               17
 Karen Markopulos               President
                                                                     Sacraments - Baptisms                            18-19
 Konstantinos “Gus” Tsambis     Vice-President
 George P. Stamas               Treasurer                            Outreach                                            20
 Irene Karavokiros              Recording Secretary
                                                                     Epiphany                                            22
 Eva Athanasatos                Corresponding Secretary
                         Members                                     Faith In Action                                     23
 Chris Angelou                  Costas Sisois                        An Orthodox Experience at the Dinner Table          24
 John Brokalakis                John Stamas
 Nicholas Chagaris              Emmanuel Vestas                      Let’s Make Stewardship our Way of Life              26
 George Dovellos                Michael Zaronias
                                                                     St. Nicholas Dance Ministry                         28
 Nick Nicholas
                                                                     Music Ministry                                      29

 To schedule a House Blessing, Wedding, Baptism, 40 Day              Οἱ μάρτυρες τοῦ Ἰεχωβᾶ δέν εἶναι χριστιανοί      30-31
 Baby Blessing, Memorial, Trisagion, Hospital Visit, Visit to a
                                                                     Young Adult League                               32-33
 shut-in or pastoral meeting with priest, call Helen at 727-
 937-3540                                                            Εἶναι ἀπαραίτητο νά νηστεύουμε…;                    36

 For Information concerning “Treasure” Commitment of                 Ή νηστεία τής Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστής              37-39
 your Stewardship or any Financial Matters, call Kate at 727-
                                                                     St. Nicholas Greek School                           40
 937-3540 Monday thru Thursday between the hours of 2pm
 and 5pm or Friday 9am to 5pm                                        Catechism                                           41

 To check availability on any of our facilities, call
 Helen at 727-937-3540.
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                               St. Nicholas Cathedral Parish Minstries
                                                                Hellenic Benevolent
AHEPA                 James Miller               243-4546                               James Kaneris       937-1275
                                                                Society
                                                                                        Maria Sarantis      485-4605
Altar Boys            Manuel Vestas              943-8484       Hope & Joy
                                                                                        Simone Poullas      483-1568
                                                                                        Arty Giallourakis   937-6604
Athenian Society      Helen Karafilis            934-6570       Human Resources
                                                                                        Karen Markopoulos   709-5817
Bookstore
                      Georgette Vestas           324-9864       Kalymnian Society       Costas Sisois       858-2630
Coordinator
                      Theodora & Antonio
Boy Scouts                                       243-1706       Laconian Society        Manolakos           441-2660
                      Genduso
                      Louisa Delaportas          943-5523
Catechetical School   Galatiani Leadbetter       455-6712       Legal Counsel           Charles Samarkos    942-4433
                      Louise Leventelis          938-3336

                                                                Orthodox Christian
Chios Society         Chrysanthi Psoras          597-8421                               Charles Samarkos    942-4433
                                                                Living/Stewardship

Children’s Youth      Sandy Chambers             642-4454       Outreach &              Theodora Genduso    243-1706
Choir                 Andonia Harvey             430-4393       Evangelism Ministry     George Kallas       940-4958
Choir - 1st Liturgy   Katie Faklis               937-1214
                                                                Pancyprian Society      Angela Georgiadis   319-6804
Choir - 2nd Liturgy   Derose Andropoulos         942-1473
                                                                Parish Council Presi-
Choir - Byzantine     Demetri Mott               992-3374                               Karen Markopoulos   709-5817
                                                                dent

Cretan Society        James Boutsoukas           786-8879       Pre-School              Catherine Varkas    937-7122

Daughters of
                      Ann Miller                 942-6252       Philoptochos            Sylvia Joanow       944-3366
Penelope
Education, Culture
                      Chris Angelou              510-6753       Prometheas Society      Effie Vassiliou     692-6565
Youth Diakonia
Epiphany              Nicholas
                                                 433-0069       Real Estate             John Stamas         942-1197
Celebration           Mantzanas
Faith in Action
                      Nikitas Manias             772-9577       Scholarship             Chris Palaidis      808-3895
Ministry

Finance Committee     George Stamas              938-1561       Siatista Assoc.-USA     Peter J. Plumpis    376-8544

                      Gary Megaloudis            944-4791
Fundraising                                                     Sons of Pericles        Jimmy Makris        446-3100
                      Nick Nicholas              944-4967
                      Evangelia &     Erasmia    698-8110
GOYA - Junior                                                   Symian Society          Michael Faklis      937-3602
                      Psilakis                   644-6582
                      Katherine                                                         Panayiotis
GOYA - Senior                                    934-9419       Young Adult Ministry
                      Michaelides                                                       Toumblares
                      Maria Kouskoutis           942-7440
Greek Dance                                                                             Emmanuel Gombos     937-8658
                      Litsa Economou             505-6609       Youth Ministry Team
Ministry                                                                                Maria Angeliadis    505-9856
                      Eva Athanasatos            251-4768

Greek School          Chris Palaides             808-3895       Youth Basketball        Nicholaos Kolaxis   417-0105


Halki Society         Michele Manousos           858-4456       Website                 George Dovellos     415-6588
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

It is with great humility that I greet you in this New Year 2012. I feel very blessed to have been elected President of St.
Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s Parish Council and I look forward to the year ahead, serving St. Nicholas Cathe-
dral and our parish family.

St. Nicholas’ Parish Council is made up of fourteen men and women who love God and along with our clergy, are here to
serve you, our parish family. All Parish Council members look forward to meeting and interacting with you, to greet,
welcome and assist you.

St. Nicholas needs your help this year as we continue growing our ministries. We are in need of active volunteers on
ministries and committees, including office volunteers for mailings, helping to reach out to all our parishioners, with love
and compassion.

Our Faith in Action Ministry- Dome Renovation Committee has been blessed as through their talents and hard work and
above all, your love and donations, this project is in its last phase. If you have not purchased a St. Nicholas copper icon,
please purchase one soon! Another blessing is our Bookstore ministry. We are so fortunate to have dedicated parishion-
ers, under Fr. Michael’s love and guidance, who give of their time to keep our Bookstore open. There are religious books
on many topics in English and Greek, DVD’s, icons, as well as various religious gifts for children and adults. Come, visit
and make a purchase, you will be amazed at what you will find!

At St. Nicholas we are blessed to have a very talented group of men and women who serve our parish as youth ministry
and committee leaders; Catechism teachers, pre-school teachers, choir members, cantors, Greek Dance Ministry instruc-
tors, youth advisors for all ages; all men and women who give of their time and talents on a daily or weekly basis. What
we need now is you, each and every one of you, to volunteer, to ask what can I do to help my parish family?

St. Nicholas needs the “gift of you” in 2012! As you fill out your 2012 Commitment Card, please turn it over to the last
page, where you can start making a difference. Check off where you can help out and I feel certain that by each of us giv-
ing our commitment of time and talent, we can all grow closer to God and His Church. Our wonderful office staff will
generate a “talents list” for all chairmen who will then contact you.

As you read through the articles and enjoy the pictures in this issue of the VINE, I pray that you will find something that
will inspire you to come forward and join the St. Nicholas TEAM, as “Together Everyone Achieves More”! I look forward
to welcoming and working with you this year as one family, our St. Nicholas Cathedral parish family.

Yours in Christ,




Karen Markopulos
Spring 2012                                  St. Nicholas Cathedral Vine                             Page 9




Dear Parishioners:

        We started the process of inputting information for your Commit-
ment Cards for 2012. This month I am asking for your help in making
sure our records are correct and verifying that you have returned your
Commitment Card for 2012. You will see in this edition of the Vine a list
of all of those parishioners who have returned their Commitment Cards
as of January 31, 2012. This list is the official list of the current members
of our church.
                                                                                  Christ the True Vine

        If you returned a completed Commitment Card and your name is not on the list, please contact the
church office at 937-3540 or me at 461-1818. We will immediately check your inquiry and correct any er-
ror that resulted in not including you on the list. If you do not see your name on the list, I would encour-
age you to contact the church office or me and we will immediately send you a Commitment Card for
2012 to complete and return. We plan on updating the list in each edition of the Vine so everyone can
see if their name is on our list and help us make sure our records are complete.

      As you can see from the list, a large number of parishioners have not returned their completed
Commitment Card. Our cathedral survives off of the donation of time, talent and your treasure. As al-
ways, the operations of the cathedral, and the ministries being provided, need your financial support and
the support of your time and talents.

       If you know of someone that is not on the list, please contact that person and ask them if they have
any questions regarding Orthodox Christian Living/Stewardship and have them contact Fr. Michael, Fr.
Vasilios or me and we will try and answer their questions. If they do not have any questions, then we are
asking your assistance in helping to sustain and grow our church by encouraging them to return a com-
pleted Commitment Card.

      By helping encourage family and friends to complete and return their Commitment Cards, you are
performing an act of Orthodox Christian Living/Stewardship. Your church needs you to help continue the
mission of the church by making sure that every Greek Orthodox in our community participates in our Or-
thodox Christian Living/Stewardship program. This process begins when they return their completed
pledge form. Thank you in advance for your help in this vital process.


Yours in Christ,

Charles A. Samarkos,
Orthodox Christian Living/Stewardship Chairman
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                                                              Stewards of 2012
                 If your name should be on this list and it is not, we apologize. Please let us know at the office and we will rectify the omission.


Mr. & Mrs. Omar Abbas                  Mrs. Anna Chaplinsky                        Ms Barbara Frangos                          Stacy Kakaris
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Abbas              Mr. Anthony Jr. Chaplinsky                  Mr. and Mrs. John Frangos                   Mr. & Mrs. Dino Kalavanos
Dr. Panagiota Aggeletos                Mr. & Mrs. Nick Charles                     Mr. & Mrs. T. Frangos                       Mr George Kallas
Dr. Irene Agoris                       Mr. & Mrs. Peter Chergotis                  Mr. Milton Galimitakis                      Mr. & Mrs. Danny Kalos
Mrs. Lula Alexiou                      Mrs. Angeliki Chrissikos                    Mr. & Mrs. George T. Galoozis               Mr. & Mrs. Gerassimos Kalouris
Mrs. Bernice Alissandratos             Mr. & Mrs. Panagiotis Christoforos          Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas & Vicky Garifalis       Mrs. Niki Kanellis
Mr. & Mrs. Sotirios Anastasiadis       Mr. And Mrs.andreas Christopoulos           Mr. & Mrs. Lester H. Garner                 Mr. & Mrs. Drossos Kapaniris
Mr. Angelo A. Andreadis                Ms. Nikki M Christu                         Mr. & Mrs. Nick Georgakakis                 Ms. Victoria Kapaniris
Mr. & Mrs. Costas Andriotis            Ms. C. Chrysostomou                         Ms. Nikki Georgakakis                       Mr & Mrs George Kapetanis
Mr. & Mrs. George Andriotis            Mrs. Minnie Cladakis                        Mrs. Bessie George                          Mr. & Mrs. D. Kapetanopoulos
Mr. Evan Nicholas Andropoulos          Ms. Mary L Cocoris                          Mrs. Stephanie Georgion                     Mr. & Mrs. Lambros Kapodistrias
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Andropoulos           Miss Valadou Constas                        Mr. & Mrs. C. Georgoulias                   Mr. & Mrs. Kerry A Karagas
Mr. & Mrs. James Andropoulos           Mrs. Nancy Cosmos                           Ms Helen Giakoumis                          Mr. & Mrs. John Karagianis
Mr. & Dr.. Gregory Angeliadis          Mrs. Mary Costantino                        Mr. Bill C. Giallourakis                    Mrs. Kaliope Karakos
Mr. Theodore S. Antonio                Mr. Demetri Costas                          Mrs. Stamatia Giallourakis                  Mr. & Mrs. George Karalis
Mr. & Mrs. Ilias Antoniou              Mr & Mrs George Costas                      Mr. Manuel Gialousis                        Mr. & Mrs. Mike Karaphillis
Mr. Damianos Arfaras                   Miss Caliope Coutroulis                     Mr. & Mrs. Mike Gialousis                   Mr. & Mrs. Kosta Karatzas
Mr. George Z. Argeras                  Mr. & Mrs. George Cretekos                  Mr. & Mrs. Tony Gialousis                   Miss. Marianna Karavokiros
Mr. & Mrs. Zanetos Argeras             Mr & Mrs Angelo Dactylidis                  Miss Annita Ginnis                          Mr. & Mrs. Michael Karavokiros
Miss Alexandra Artzner                 Mr. Peter Dagios & Mrs. Joni Danos          Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Ginnis                   Miss Stavroula Karavokiros
Mr. Nicholas Artzner                   Mrs. Foteny Damalas                         Miss Lexa Ginnis                            Mr. Alexandros Kardoulias
Mr.& Mrs. Basil Assimack               Mr. & Mrs. Tony Damalos                     Mr. & Mrs. Nick E. Ginnis                   Mrs. Helen K. Karos
Mr. & Mrs. T. W. Assimack              Mr Steve Damigos                            Mr. & Mrs. Paul Giuliani                    Mr & Mrs Kostadinos Kartes
Ms. Daphni Austin                      Mrs. Helene Davant                          Mr. & Mrs. Frank C. Glenn                   Ms. Renee Katsaras
Mrs. Kyriaki Avgoustatos               Mrs. Helen David                            Mr. & Mrs. Rick Goff                        Mr. Basil Katzaras
Mr. & Mrs. William Avtgis              Ms. Louisa Delaportas                       Mr. Emmanuel Gombos                         Mrs. Fanny S. Katzaras
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Awe                 Mr. John Demetrakis                         Mrs. Maria Gonatos                          Mr. & Mrs. Steve G. Kayafas
Miss Maria Bageris                     Mrs. Despina Demitrakis                     Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Grant                     Mrs. Katherine Kelly
Mr & Mrs J. Jason Bangos               Mr. & Mrs. Spiros Diamantaras               Miss Katherine P. Gray                      Dr. & Mrs. Vincent Kiesel
Mr. & Mrs. George Barlas               Mr. & Mrs. George Dick                      Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas S. Halkias              Mrs. Olga Kypreos
Mr & Mrs David R. Becker               Mrs. Elpis Dimas                            Mr. Chris Haralambopoulos                   Mrs. Elsie Kirkpatrick
Ms. Alexis Ann Fatolitis               Mr and Mrs. Athanasios Dimitriadis          Miss Maria Henderson                        Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Kissanis
Miss Angeliki Beyko                    Mrs Sophia Dongas                           Mrs. Helen Hatton                           Mr. & Mrs. Demetrios Klimis
Ms. Stella Bickford                    Mr. Bill Dovellos                           Miss Alexandra Hatzileris                   Mr. & Mrs. Efthimios Klimis
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Bilirakis           Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Dragoutsis              Mr. & Mrs. Antonios Hatzileris              Ms. Irene G. Klonaris
Mr. & Mrs. Mark N. Billiris            Dr. Alexandre Eaccarino                     Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Henderson                Mr. & Mrs. Peter A. Kolianos
Mr & Mrs Otto Biltres                  Fr. & Presb. Michael Eaccarino              Mr. & Mrs. G. Himonetos                     Mr. Costa Kontodiakos
Mr. & Mrs. Costas Bizios               Mr. & Mrs. Trevor Eisele                    Mrs. Bertha Houllis                         Mr. Pantelis J. Kontodiakos
Mr. Jeremiah Blasko                    Mr. & Mrs. Michael J. Ergas                 Mrs. Margit Spanolios                       Mr. & Mrs. S. Kontogeorge
Mr. and Mrs. Panteleimon Bowlin        Mr. & Mrs. Robert Faison                    Ms. Evangeline Huddleston                   Mr. & Mrs. George Kontos
Mr. Bruce Boyer                        Mr. & Mrs. Achileas Fakiolas                Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Hughes                      Mr. & Mrs. James Korfias
Mr. & Mrs. John Brokalakis             Ms. Anna Faklis                             Mr. & Mrs. George S Hurs                    Mr. & Mrs. George Kotis
Ms. Erica Calkins                      Mr. Michael V. Faklis                       Ms. Litsa Ikonomou                          Mr. Demosthenes Kotronis
Mr. & Mrs. Sam Cambouris               Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Fatolitis               Mr George Intzeyiannis                      Mr. & Mrs. George Koudelis
Mrs. Jennie Cantonis                   Mr. & Mrs. Orin N. Fatolitis                Mrs. Sonia Iordanopoulou                    Ms. Maria Koukoulakis
Mrs. Georgia Carabelas                 Mr. & Mrs. Robert D. Fernandes              Mr. Ted Janakas                             Mr. John V. Koulianos
Mrs. Kathryn Carachi                   Mrs. Margo Filley                           Mrs. Sylvia Joanow                          Mrs. Anna Koumoundouros
Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Chagaris           Mr. & Mrs. John A. Forcella, Jr.            Lt. Col. Harold F. Johnson                  Mr. & Mrs. S. Kountoupis
Mr. & Mrs. H. David Chamberlain        Mr. & Mrs. Dimitris & Nicole Fostins        Mr. & Mrs. William Johnson                  Mr & Mrs Michael M. Kouremetis
Mr. & Mrs. George Chambers             Mr. & Mrs. George Fotopoulos                Mr. Marios Kaipakis                         Ms. Sevasti Kouremetis
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            What happened to “STEWARDSHIP”? And What is O.C.L.M.?
Have you ever played the word association game? You say a            Sounds more palatable than stewardship = $$$$$$.
word and ask another person to respond as quickly as they
can with the first thing that comes into their mind. Try it. Book    Taking all of this into consideration, that possibly we have cor-
– read, black –white, stewardship – money. That’s right, stew-       rupted the definition of this beautiful term and have connected
ardship – money. But that’s wrong because stewardship does           an inappropriately limited definition to something that means
not = money. Its meaning is much more holistic and of greater        so much more, I have taken the liberty to approach this Heav-
essence than merely money.                                           enly Management Directive of God to something much simpler
                                                                     but of great essence; living an Orthodox Christian life.
The word “stewardship” is a translation of the Greek term, oik-
onomia (οικονομία) a focal point for the Fathers of the Church.      Other synonyms that we might use are: manage, custo-
In biblical texts “oikonomia” denotes God’s plan of salvation        dian, keeper, overseer, επιτροπος or οικονομος. The
which is realized in the Incarnation of His Son.                     point is becoming clearer as to why I have chosen a dif-
                                                                     ferent approach to this vital part of our lives; our awe-
St. Paul uses the term “oikonomia” to indicate God’s manage-
                                                                     some responsibility and key to our salvation.
ment or dispensation of world history to prepare for the coming
of His Son, Jesus Christ, through whose Incarnation the riches       Therefore, if we realize that the term “stewardship” has been
of God have been poured out upon all men for the purpose of          mis-introduced decades ago as a means of fundraising in our
restoring them to communion with God through the forgive-            church, not faith raising, then why not re-define and present
ness of sin.                                                         this integral part of our life in Christ in a new, fresh manner.
“Stewardship” properly understood has to do with the mystery         We are living in the Obamian era which is synonymous with
of salvation which the Father has accomplished in the coming         “change” anyway.
of His Son, Jesus Christ. He has entrusted this mystery to the       It is all about living an Orthodox Christian Life. A true life in
Church. The Church has been appointed as the “steward” of            Christ. Easier said then understood. In following issues of The
the mystery of salvation in Christ. The church has been called       Vine, The Weekly Bulletin, Sermons from the Amvon (pulpit)
to make this known to all men. So far I have not heard one           and during Faith Enrichment (Bible Studies) for both youth and
reference directly to money.                                         adults, we will examine and learn what it really means to live
Let’s read various definitions from dictionaries defining the        our Orthodox Christianity. This is a time of renewal, of being
term “stewardship”.                                                  “born again”.
  The conducting, supervising, or managing of something;             Is this mind shift going to take place overnight? No, I don’t
   especially: the careful and responsible management of             think so. It will take a concerted effort on the part of all of us to
   something entrusted to one's care                                 truly thirst for the true meaning of life and to want to learn what
  The moral and ethical responsibility for caretaking on be-        is The Truth, who is God and what does He want from me
   half of others                                                    (us)? With this issue of The Vine we begin.
  Taking responsibility for the survival and well-being of          St. Ignatius admonishes the community: “Labour together,
   something that is valued                                          fight, run, suffer, sleep, watch with one another as God’s stew-
  Taking responsibility and caring                                  ards, companions and servants” (ως θεου οικονομοι και
                                                                     πάρεδροι και υπηρέται).
  One who administers anything as the agent of another or
   others.



                   Τι συνέβη «στη ΔΙΑΧΕΙΡΙΣΗ»; Και τι είναι O.C.L.M.;
Έχετε ποτέ παίξει το παιγνίδι των λέξεων; Λέτε μια λέξη και ζητάτε   Ο Αγιος Παύλος χρησιμοποιεί τον όρο «οικονομία» για να δείξει τη
από τον άλλο παίκτη να πεί όσο πιό γρήγορα μπορεί το πρώτο           διαχείριση ή την διανομή του Θεού ως προς την προετοιμασία της
πράγμα που έρχεται στο μυαλό του. Π.χ. δοκιμάστε: Βιβλίο -           παγκόσμιας ιστορίας για τον ερχομό του Υιού Του, Ιησού Χριστού,
διάβασμα, Μαύρο - άσπρο, Διαχείριση - χρήματα. Ετσι ακριβώς,         με την Ενσάρκωση του οποίου τα αγαθά του Θεού έχουν δοθεί εν
διαχείριση - χρήματα. Αλλά αυτό είναι λάθος γιατί διαχείρηση δεν     αφθονία επί της ανθρωπότητος με σκοπό την αποκατάσταση της
είναι = χρήματα. Η έννοιά της είναι πιό σφαιρική και μεγαλύτερης     επικοινωνίας τους με το Θεό διά μέσω της άφεσης αμαρτιών.
ουσίας από μόνο χρήματα.
                                                                     «Η διαχείριση», πλήρως κατανοητή, έχει να κάνει με το μυστήριο
Η λέξη «διαχείριση» είναι μετάφραση του Ελληνικού όρου,              της σωτηρίας που ο Πατέρας έχει επιτύχει με τον ερχομό του Υιού
οικονομία, ένα επίκεντρο σημείο για τους πατέρες της εκκλησίας.      Του, Ιησού Χριστού. Έχει εμπιστευτεί αυτό το μυστήριο στην
Στα βιβλικά κείμενα «η οικονομία» δηλώνει το σχέδιο του Θεού         Εκκλησία. Η Εκκλησία έχει διοριστεί ως «διαχειριστής» του
γιά την σωτηρία που πραγματοποιείται με την ενσάρκωση του            μυστηρίου της εν Χριστώ σωτηρίας. Η εκκλησία έχει κληθεί να το
Υιού Του.                                                            γνωστοποιήσει σε όλους τους ανθρώπους. Μέχρι τώρα δεν έχω
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ακούσει καμμία άμεση αναφορά στα χρήματα.                          Επομένως, εάν συνειδητοποιούμε ότι ο όρος «διαχείριση» -έχει
                                                                   εισαχθεί κατά λάθος πριν από δεκαετίες με την σημασία της
Ας διαβάσουμε τους διάφορους ορισμούς που τα λεξικά δίνουν γιά
                                                                   συλλογής κεφαλαίων στην εκκλησία μας, όχι ως ανάπτυξη της
τον όρο «διαχείριση».
                                                                   πίστης, τότε γιατί να μην επαναπροσδιορίσουμε και να μην
   Η διεύθυνση, η εποπτεία, ή διαχείριση από κάτι, ειδικά: η      παρουσιάσουμε αυτό το αναπόσπαστο μέρος της εν Χριστώ ζωής
    προσεκτική και αρμόδια διαχείριση από κάτι εμπιστευόμενο       μας με τρόπο νέο, φρέσκο; Ετσι κι αλλιώς ζούμε στην Obamian
    στην εποπτεία κάποιου                                          εποχή που είναι συνώνυμη με «την αλλαγή».
   την ηθική ευθύνη της διαχείρησης εξ ονόματος άλλων
                                                                   Έχει να κάνει με το να ζούμε μιά Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική ζωή. Μιά
   ανάληψη της ευθύνης για την επιβίωση και την ευημερία από      αληθινή εν Χριστώ ζωή. Είναι ευκολότερο να το λέμε παρά να το
    κάτι πολύτιμο
                                                                   καταλαβαίνουμε. Στις επόμενες εκδόσεις της Αμπέλου, του
   αναλαμβάνοντας την ευθύνη και φροντίδα                         Εβδομαδιαίου Δελτίου, των Κηρυγμάτων από τον Αμβωνα και κατά
   αυτός που διαχειρίζεται κάτι ως αντιπρόσωπος άλλων.            τη διάρκεια του Εμπλουτισμού της Πίστης (Μελέτες της Βίβλου) για
                                                                   τη νεολαία και τους ενηλίκους, θα εξετάσουμε και θα μάθουμε τι
Ακούγονται πιό ευχάριστα από το διαχείριση = χρήματα.
                                                                   σημαίνει πραγματικά να ζούμε τον Ορθόδοξο Χριστιανισμό μας.
Λαμβάνοντας υπόψη ότι ενδεχομένως έχουμε αλλοιώσει την             Αυτός είναι ο καιρός της ανανέωσης, της «επαναγέννησης».
σημασία αυτού του όμορφου όρου και έχουμε συνδέσει έναν
                                                                   Θα γίνει αυτή η μετατόπιση του νού σε ένα βράδυ; Δεν νομίζω. Θα
ανάρμοστα περιορισμένο ορισμό σε κάτι που σημαίνει τόσο πολύ
                                                                   χρειαστεί μεγάλη προσπάθεια εκ μέρους όλων μας γιά να
περισσότερα, πήρα το θάρρος να προσεγγίσω αυτήν την Θεϊκή
                                                                   διψάσουμε για την αληθινή έννοια της ζωής και να θελήσουμε να
Διαχειριστική Κατευθυντήρια γραμμή του Θεού με κάτι πολύ
                                                                   μάθουμε τι είναι Η Αλήθεια, η οποία είναι Θεός και τι θέλει από
απλούστερο αλλά μεγάλης ουσίας, βιώνοντας μία Ορθόδοξη
                                                                   μένα (μας);
Χριστιανική ζωή.
                                                                   Αυτή η έκδοση της Αμπέλου είναι η αρχή.
Άλλα συνώνυμα που μπορούμε να χρησιμοποιήσουμε είναι:
διαχειριστής, επιστάτης, φύλακας, επόπτης, επίτροπος ή             Ο Αγιος Ιγνάτιος προειδοποιεί την κοινότητα: «Εργαστείτε μαζί,
οικονόμος. Γίνεται σαφέστερο ως προς το γιατί έχω επιλέξει         παλέψτε, τρέξτε, υποφέρετε, κοιμηθήτε, προσέξτε ο ένας τον άλλο
διαφορετική προσέγγιση σε αυτό το τόσο ζωτικής σημασίας            ως διαχειριστές, σύντροφοι και υπηρέτες του Θεού» (ως Θεού
μέρος της ζωής μας η τρομερή μας ευθύνη και το κλειδί της          οικονόμοι και πάρεδροι και υπηρέται).
σωτηρίας μας.




                                     PHILOPTOCHOS
        Our New Board:
                Advisor                          Helen Vaporis;
                President                        Sylvia Joanow;
                1st Vice President               Duchess Arfaras;
                Recording Secretary              Maria Tsemelis;
                Corresponding Secretary          Kathy Matsis;
                Treasurer                        Apraxia Kapanaris;
                Board                            Stephanie Georgian, Katherine Kelly, Mary Vouros & Maria Amorginos


St. Nicholas Philoptochos is preparing for an active year and busy fundraising season. Our local only keeps $7 of the
$30 membership dues. The rest goes to support the National and Metropolis Philotochos. To be able to help our community, we
need every woman and family to join and to be actively involved in service to our church and in fundraising.


The wonderful Baking Ladies are busy all year, providing us with delicious Koulouria. (Still a bargain at $5.00)


If you are not a member, please join. If you are a member, please offer to help us serve St. Nicholas and our entire commu-
nity. Come work hard, make new friends, and have fun.
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              Finance Committee                By George P. Stamas
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       St. Nicholas Cathedral would appreciate Weddings being reserved 6 months in advance and baptisms reserved 3 months in advance. Please make an appointment with
                              Father Michael or Father Ioannis at your earliest convenience to arrange these dates and ensuing paperwork. Thank you.



                                                                                 29.-Jan.-2011                                               27-Aug.-2011
                                                                        Peter Quintas & Evangelia Liarikos                               Pantelis Mastrovasilis &
                                                                                                                                          Maria S. Margiotta
                 21-Aug-2010                                                    6 - Feb.-2011
       Stefanos Prayson & Maria Melas                                   Nathan Thomas & Sia Valsamides                                      3 -Sept.-2011
                                                                                                                                   George Dick & Michelle Mennone
                21-Aug-2010                                                  19 - Feb. - 2011
        Harry Spirides & Michelle Hinn                              Robert Dennis Fernandes & Agita Leka                                    24-Sept.-2011
                                                                                                                                       John Maillis & Amy Lege
                 18-Sep-2010                                                   19-Feb.-2011
Nicholas E. Koulias & Dolores Pearson - McKee                        James Edward Laden & Maria Maglis                                        1-Oct.-2011
                                                                                                                                   Aristides Avram & Amanda Forsee
                 17-Oct-2010                                                26 - Feb. –2011
       George Sazalis & Martine Viglioti                          Manuel Gialousis & Gina Marie Catanzaro                                    8-Oct.-2011
                                                                                                                                     George William Lazenby IV &
                  24-Oct-2010                                                    7-May –2011                                                Emerald Tsambis
  Christos Fotios Karanikas & Irene Filippakis                         Peter Eli Truza & Eirene Coussoule
                                                                                                                                           15-Oct.-2011
                24-Oct-2010                                                     7-May –2011                                      Elias Khashram & Falamina Khoury
      Tomas Peter Sideris & Matina Grafos                              Daniel Jaye & Debra Ann Faklis
                                                                                                                                               5-Nov.-2011
                 6-Nov-2010                                                    14-May –2011                                               Eric & Chrysoula Yang
      Christos Michael & Justine Schoeman                            John Angelakopoulos & Bobbie Jacobs
                                                                                                                                            27-Nov.-2011
                 13-Nov-2010                                                    21-May –2011                                   Phillip John Kalhorn & Marcia Natsis
      Victor Gkaravelis & Jackie Musallam                            Socrates Stavropoulos & Irene Mikalef
                                                                                                                                            10-Dec.-2011
                 14-Nov-2010                                                  28-May-2011                                        Panteleimon Korfiatis & Irinih Rinios
      Christos George & Soultana Paradisis                           Michael F. & Augoustina A. Sansone
                                                                                                                                            14-Jan..20-12
                20-Nov-2010                                                    28-May-2011                                        Justin Wingate & Elenee Karpathios
   Angelos (Carmen) Don & Panagiota Sahlas                             Andrew Korfias & Christy Nicholas
                                                                                                                                            28-Jan.-2012
               27-Nov-2010                                                    29-May-2011                                          Nikitas Pilatos & April Swetland
      Kenneth Perkins & Barbara Kitsos                            Thomas E. Skotis, Jr. & Linda M. Skotis

                11-Dec-2010                                                                                                                11-Feb.-2012
                                                                               18-June-2011
       Stavros Maglis & Yainara Sereno                                                                                             Bruce Boyer & Majda Rakanovic
                                                                  Nicholas Zoumberos & Sophina Vassilagoris

               12-Dec-2010                                                      9-July-2011                                                 18-Feb.-2012
   David Mark Leadbetter & Galatiani Maglis                          George Koudelis & Mary Stavropoulos                         Curtis Grant & Laura Judith Chapman

                 28-Dec.-2010                                                     30-July-2011
      Sardioin Jijelava & Kristen Peterson                               Phillip Ginnis & Desiree Milioto

               9 - Jan.- 2011                                                    20-Aug.-2011
     William Olive & Katherine Makryllos                                    Bradley & Christina Smither
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                                                                                 May their memory be eternal.
 Michael John Billiris       Irene Falaris           George Zissimopulos
   August 14, 2010          December 3, 2010          February 24, 2011

    Irene Kardules         Michael Kousaleos          George P. Despinis           Kyriakoula “Kula” Coros          George Maglaras
    August 16, 2010        December 7, 2010             March 1, 2011                   June 6, 2011               December 7, 2011

     Peter Loukas           John Kaloyios         Argetie “Angie” Malamatos           Angeline I. Savvas           Andrew Margaritis
    August 17, 2010        December 13, 2010             March 3, 2011                  June 20, 2011               December 10, 2011

     Rita Pavlou           Bill Demitrakis            Bessie Kostogiannes              Eleni Hoffman                Mary Athanason
    August 23, 2010        December 17, 2010             March 9, 2011                  June 21, 2011               December 21, 2011

   Maria Tsatsakis         Anna Chilopulos           Kaliope M. Ashbrook                Harry Billiris              Maritsa Vorrias
   August 23, 2010         December 19, 2010           March 19, 2011                    July 12, 2011              December 28, 2011

   Aglaia Spadideas       Lucas Louis Pappas        Alice “Aspasia” Gombos              James Fengar                  Mary Georgeo
   September 1, 2010       December 20, 2010             March 20, 2011                  July 25, 2011               January 14, 2012

   Nicholas Caminos         Joseph Gallota            Charles K. Tsambis            Nicholas G. Zazaliaris         Theophilos Samarkos
   September 5, 2010       December 20, 2010            March 22, 2011                 August 1, 2011               January 19, 2012

   Angelina Arethas         Helen Kallergis          Maria Kousathanas                Paraskevi Pappas               Angee Kaloudis
   September 7, 2010       December 30, 2010          March 22, 2011                   August 8, 2011                February 2, 2012

   Nick Karvounis          Costas Epsilanty       Presb. Eleni Theophilopoulos          Michael Liolios              Philip Fatolitis
   September 7, 2010       December 30, 2010             March 25, 2011                 August 25, 2011              February 8, 2012

   Mary Kachikis            Angeliki Gotsis          Irene Triandopoulos           Demosthenis Daskaleas              James Varkas
  September 10, 2010       December 30, 2010            March 26, 2011                 Sept. 3, 2011                 February 9, 2012

    Samuel Moskos           Fotini Tsaousis           Anastasios Mantas             Gerasimos Augoustatos        Bessie Virginia Diamond
   September 11, 2010       January 3, 2011            March 28, 2011                    Sept. 12, 2011              February 16, 2012

    George Koutsis        Mary Lou Moutsatsos           Sylvia Billiris               Michael Fountotos             Anastasia Beltsios
  September 27, 2010        January 4, 2011             March 28, 2011                  Sept. 27, 2011              February 22, 2012

   Nicoletta Pappas         Helen Samarkos              Angela Rivolta                  John Critikos                Maria Fatolitis
    October 6, 2010         January 11, 2011             April 1, 2011            October 9, 2011 - Trisagion       February 22, 2012

  Frances G. Cretekos        Perry Tzokas             Filaretos Filaretou             Mary Kontogeorge                Helen Karos
    October 9, 2010         January 25, 2011             April 19, 2011                October 10, 2011             February 24, 2012

   Angelo C. Angelis       Nikolaos G. Skyllas        Constantine Lulias             Nicholas Kariofilis         Georgios Kapetanopoulos
    October 16, 2010       January 28, 2011              May 4, 2011                  October 13, 2011                March 5, 2012

 Alexandra Xadzipulos       Mary Lee Stratis           Alyson Watterson               Angela Karantonis              Niki Zagorianos
    October 27, 2010        January 28, 2011             May 5, 2011              October 15, 2011 - Trisagion       March 12, 2012

    Rose Tsighis            Kaliope Klimis                Mary Cody               Deceased: Kathy Vrachnos          Mark Chris Pyros
   November 1, 2010         February 9, 2011              May 9, 2011                 November 5, 2011               March 14, 2012

 Louis George Peronis         Spiro David           Sunday Evelyn Johnson             Mary Theodorou                 Bessie Levidiotis
  November 12, 2010         February 17, 2011           May 27, 2011                  November 10, 2011               March 17, 2012

 Sakellarios N. Houllis   Argirios Panteliodis        Antony Chaplinsky               Michael Paradise           Constantinos Haskopoulos
  November 22, 2010        February 17, 2011             June 2, 2011                 November 17, 2011               March 20, 2012

  Caliope Korakakis         George Marakis           Angelo Gus Orfanides              Antony Houllis                Mary Pipinos
  November 30, 2010        February 22, 2011             June 5, 2011                 November 25, 2011              March 24, 2012
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May-15-10                                       July -6-10     Oct. 30-10                                      Jan. -30-11
Maria Vanni Marko                            Fotios Trikilis   Yaimara Galatiani Sereno                  Nathaniel Thomas

May-15-10                                      July -18-10     Nov.-13-10                                      Feb.- 5-11
Michael Caden Koukoulakis              Elijah Mihail Halbig    Maria Kartes                           James Edward Laden
                                                                                                        ADULT BAPTISM
May-29-10                                       July-24-10     Nov.-14-10
Maria Irene Zaronias               Anastasia Sophia Stroud     Adamantios Christos Paradisis                     Feb.-17-11
                                                                                               Maria Olive Marika Tsigounis
May-29-10                                     August-7-10      Nov.-14-10
Nikolas Panormitis Skourellos    Andreas Ioannis Migadakis     Ioannis Christos Paradisis                        Mar.-3-11
                                                                                                        Sophia-Alexis Koch
May -30-10                                    August-15-10     Nov. -17-10
Natalia Maria Arriaga                Pericles Ethan Kovach     Dionysios Dakota Todd                            Mar.-5-11
                                                                                                   Fotios Armando Vasacas
May-30-10                                    August-22-10      Nov.-21-10
Nomiki Rinios                               Jacob Connors      Maria Michele Fatolitis                           Mar.-19-11
                                                                                                Nicholas Michael Karaphillis
June - 5- 10                                   Sept.- 4-10     Nov.-27-10
John Emmanuel Lelekis        Panteleimon George Himonetos      Eleonora Masae Hirasuna                          April-15-11
                                                                                                               Sophia Savo
June -12-10                                    Sept.- 12-10    Nov - 27 – 10
Olivia-Maria Dukas               Justina Justine Schoeman      Mihalea Maria Perkins                           April-27-11
                                         ADULT BAPTISM                                          Nicholas Michael Swainston
June - 12-10                                                   Nov.-28-10
Panagiota Ioanna Hardy                       Sep. - 19-10      Evangelia Leah Kahagas                           April-30-11
                        George Anthony Nectarios Jackson                                    Eirini Chrysovalantou Zaronias
June-12-10
                                                               Nov. - 28-10
Mary Hardy                                    Sept. 25-10                                                      April -30-11
                                                               Dimitrios Yiorgos Thomas
                                             Jacob Fahey                                                   Charles Wadland
June -19-10
                                                               Dec.-18-10
Maria Pantelis                                                                                                   May-1-11
                                                 Oct.-9-10     Emmanuel Michael Grigoris
                                                                                                              Alexander &
                            Aven(Evangelos) Nicholas Moran
June-26-10                                                                                               Zachary Kariofilis
                                                               Jan.-7-11
Richard Gavin Schultz
                                                 Oct.-9-10     Zacharias Fillmore
                                                                                                                  May-2-11
                             Marios- Nikolaos Koutsouradis
June-27-10                                                     Jan.-8-11                            Gabriell-Bobbie Jacobs
Konstantinos Koursiotis                                        Konstantinos Giorgos Chambers
                                                 Oct. 10-10                                                       May-8-11
                                 Michael - Richard Ilarraza                                             Konstandina Anna &
July-3-10                                                      Jan.-9-11
Anthony – Blaine Crowder                                       Aiyana-Maria    May                     Elizabeth Irene Paul
                                                 Oct. 10-10
                                    Sevasti - Tonya Jaeger     Jan.-15-11                                       May-14-11
July-3-10
                                        ADULT BAPTISM          Delilah- Mae Jerkins                   Peter John Tsikouris
Vasiliki P & Gabriela Pow

July - 3-10                                    Oct. 30-10      Jan.-22-11                                        May-15-11
Maria Koulianos                   Sophia Anne Tsombanidis      Christopher Luke Hourdas           Olivia-Evangelia Sarantis

July-3-10                                       Oct. 30-10     Jan. 30-11                                       May-22-11
Mihalitsa Ekken               William Nicholas Tsombanidis     Frances Eleni Damalos                    Ioannis Zografakis
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May-22-11                                       Sept. - 17-11          Jan. - 8-12
Gabriel Jaskulski                            Michelle Scheier          Vakina Korfiatis

May-23-11                                       Sept.-24-11            Jan.-15-12
Christianos Tagaropoulos              Anthony –John Maillis            Daniel Brown

May -29-11                                       Sept.-25-11           Jan. 21-12
Gerasimos Nicholas Zaronias         Eleftherios Mastrovasilis          Sofia – Nicole Lambropoulos

                                                  Sept.-25-11          Jan. -21-12
May-29-11
Melina Adonia Skotis                               Luke Esles          Isabella-Maria Sakadales

                                                   Oct.-9-11           Jan.-28-12
June-4-11
                                      Dionysia-Maria Kappas            Halkias Stefania
Nikolas Fulton
                                                  Oct. -23-11          Feb.-12-12
June-4-11
                                            ADULT BAPTISM              Canter Dimitri
Georgia Michaela Borkowski
                                          Yanni Kalhorn Phillip
                                                                       Feb.-12-12
June-11-11                                       Oct.-28-11            Diamantaras Sevasti
George William Lazenby              Anthony "Tanner" Stocks
ADULT BAPTISM                                                          Feb. 18-12
                                                   Nov. 6-11           Zaronias Katerina
June-11-11                          Alexandra Angelakopoulos
Alexander John &                                                       Feb. 19-12
Olivia Sophia Georgiadis                          Nov. 13-11           McKenzie Giovanni
                                   Kostandinos-Michael Sisois
June-18-11                                                             Feb. 25-12
Nicholas Mazza                                   Nov. 20 – 11          Sophia-Luisa Biltres
                                      Isabella- Grace Taylor
June-18-11                                                             March-10-12
George Bradley Jandernal                           Nov. 26-11          Isabella Inman
                              Michael-Chrysovalantis Karatzas
                                                                       March-10-12
June-22-11
                                                 Nov. 26 -11           Elias-Anthony Forcella
Juliet Tharin
                                              Andrew Smith
                                                                       March -18-12
July-24-11
                                                    Dec.-3-11          Ioannis Triandafilos
Efymia Maria Mougros
                                   Alexa Michelle Balestriere
Aug.-20-11                                                             CHRISMATIONS
                                                  Dec. -3-11
Lewis Mither
                                      Ioannis Skourellos
                                                                       Oct.-17-10
Aug.-27-11                                                             Martine Vigliotti
                                                 Dec. -10-11
Noah & Jaylynn Koulias
                                              James Moraitis
                                                                       Jan.-7-11
Sept. -4-11
                                                Dec.-11-2011           Robert Fillmore
ADULT BAPTISM
Antonia "April" Swetland                   Angelos Samarkos

Sept.-11-11                                       Dec. -17-11
Patrick Laden                             Demetri Fotopoulos

Sept.-17-11                                       Dec. -18-11
Matthew-Constantine Leka                     Alimonos Sophia
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    Outreach & Evangelism

Outreach & Evangelism Ministry is under the spiritual guidance of Fr. Michael, and includes Daphne Austin, George Cham-
bers, Theodora Genduso, George Kallas, Renee Katsaris, Jim Korfias, and Georgia Tsangaris. We also enjoy plentiful support
from the Parish Council and the Philoptochos, all working together to help us “Reach Out”.

Outreach and Evangelism can mean different things to different people, and if you asked around to see what people think this
ministry is responsible for you’d be sure to get quite a few different answers. What exactly is our mission?

    1. Revitalize the faith of active Orthodox Christians
    2. Reach out to inactive Orthodox Christians
    3. Meet the needs of those inquiring about the Orthodox faith
    4. Offer the tools for ministry renewal
    5. Offer guidance in the establishment of new ministries

This is somewhat of a broad mission, and you can see how the Outreach & Evangelism Ministry can sometimes be viewed as
a “catch all” for items that otherwise may not have a clear area to be assigned. Here is what we’ve been working on in 2011:

    Phone Broadcasting System
       Many of our elder members do not use email, and although we are already sending announcements to our church
       members via e-mail, not all members are getting these messages. We have installed a new system that allow Father
       Michael and Father Vasileios to send out messages to all 900 of our families at the touch of a button – as compared to
       having a group of people making 900 phone calls – and the messages will go out in Greek and English. This will allow
       us to instantly remind people about important church services, holidays, events, last minute schedule changes, and
       even weather, safety, and evacuation conditions. In the coming months you will begin getting phone messages from
       our church, and we ask that you please contact the church office and keep your contact information current as it
       changes.

    Spirited Speaker Series
        We will be scheduling speakers to present various topics periodically in Father Tryfon Hall on Sundays at 1:PM. Ad-
        mission will vary depending on the speaker, and may include a complimentary glass of wine, snacks, and other re-
        freshments. Topics will range from serious religious to light humor, and speakers may include authors of books, includ-
        ing those available at our bookstore. Our intent is to bring people to our church, and expose them to our members,
        our facilities, and our community. Keep an eye out in the bulletin for announcements featuring the “Spirited Speaker
        Series” and please plan to come – and bring a friend – the series are open to all, members and non-members.

Here are some other areas we are planning to focus on in 2012:

       Arranging Church Transportation for Seniors on Sundays and Holy Days
       Greeters at Services
       Public Relations
       O.A.S.I.S. Addictive Support Group
       Support Group for New Moms

We are currently looking for leaders and volunteers to assist in the implementation of these programs, and the development of
new ministries and programs. Are you too busy to get involved? Then we want you! You know what they say? If you need to
get something done, give it to a busy person. If you are looking for a way to give back to God and the community, this may
very well be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. If you would like to find out more about how to get involved, or how to start
and lead a ministry, contact George Kallas at 727-940-4958 or g5kallas@yahoo.com.
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                                 GREEK ORTHODOX METROPOLIS ATLANTA                                           OF




                                                   ΙΕΡΑ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΙΣ ΑΤΛΑΝΤΑΣ

February 2, 2012

Reverend Clergy and the Faithful of the Holy and God-protected Metropolis of Atlanta

My dearly beloved in the Lord,

                                                      “For You formed my inward parts;
                                                    You covered me in my mother’s womb.”
                                                                Psalm 139:13

My brothers and sisters, as children of God and people living in the fear of God, we can see that we are living in troubled times. Our forefa-
thers, out of reverence for God, respected religious beliefs and the freedom given to us by God. That is why the First Amendment to our Con-
stitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference: “Congress shall make no law re-
specting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This principle is unique and connects us with God and God
with us. Unfortunately, it today’s society, and under current leadership, we are dealing with a society that is not merely ignorant about God, or
neutral toward Christianity, but in many ways actively opposes Christ and His teachings and Christian believers.
For this, permit me to remind you of the teachings of our Faith, and share some thoughts on the sanctity of life with you, faithful Orthodox
Christians of the Metropolis of Atlanta. I would like to inform you and ask you for your participation in the political arena by contacting your
elected representatives regarding our commitment to the sanctity of life, and of course, reserving your support and your vote for the place
identified with faith and Christian teachings.
In our country, we have witnessed a tragic and relentless assault on the life and dignity of human beings, who are created in the image and
likeness of God. As our Creator, God knows us even before we are born. As the Psalmist says, even while we were still in our mother's
womb, God loved and had plans for us. In the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary visited her cousin, St. Elizabeth, who was also pregnant, and
St. Elizabeth exclaimed “Why do I deserve such honor, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For when the sound of your greeting
reached my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:39-45) The unborn St. John the Forerunner recognized and rejoiced in the
presence of Christ in His mother’s womb. In all of the Gospels and the Fathers, we find that the sanctity of human life is not ‘optional’ or an
‘opinion’ of the Church, but rather is the Truth of God, revealed to us by the Incarnation, by the life and ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ.
How then can we be true to the commandments of our Lord in a society that dismisses or ignores our traditional Christian values of the sanc-
tity and dignity of each individual human life? How can we witness to the sanctity of life in a consistent and meaningful way? After all, free-
dom of religion, which we as Americans are so proud of, means nothing without respect for the rights of everyone to follow the moral princi-
ples of their faith, and not to be forced to violate their conscience and religious beliefs.

Each of us is called by God to do something. Each of us has been given gifts by God to serve our fellow man. My brothers and sisters, at this
critical time, as we battle against evil and indifference and the powers of this world, we must join together, come together, as leaders, as spiri-
tual fathers and as Faithful to witness and affirm our commitment to the sanctity of all life, because we are all followers of the One who said.
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

My beloved ones, do not forget that we live in a time when we must do battle with the Antichrist, as St. John says, “And this is the spirit of
the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” (1 John 4:3). Of course, we know that the Antichrist will
not come with a face or an image but rather with an ideology, presented to us in such a way that it will lead us out of the true Faith, as St. John
reminds us, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world.”(2 John 1:7) I believe that this is the time when we must be careful, and not
open the doors of our hearts to everything we hear, but rather be critical and discerning the truth. For my part, I have already informed you of
what our Faith teaches, now you, as followers of Christ, must act accordingly. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 11:15)

I remain, with much love and prayers for you and your loved ones, and thinking of the times we live in,

Prayerfully yours with paternal love in Christ,
+Metropolitan Alexios
+ALEXIOS
Metropolitan of Atlanta


                   2480 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30329 Telephone: 404-634-9345 Fax: 404-634-2471
                                    Web: www.atlmetropolis.org E-mail: info@atlmetropolis.org
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     Epiphany Committee

                                          Epiphany - January 6, 2012

    This year’s Epiphany celebration was full of surprises, excitement and a great opportunity for reflection. It was the scene of
a first time occurrence regarding the recognition of 4 official cross retrievers. It was also a wonderful reminder of how our tradi-
tions are in constant battle with the changing times. Let us briefly reflect on the day’s events and where we are going from here
as a parish.

   First we had a very unique situation in which the first cross thrown was not retrieved and could not be found for a significant
period of time. The decision was then made to toss a second cross in the waters in hopes of a speedy retrieval and the com-
mencement of the blessing of a sole retriever. The second cross was brought forth from the waters but soon after that, the first
cross was discovered as well and hoisted in the air to the delight of all onlookers. It was decided soon after, that a larger num-
ber of boys would rightfully deemed retrievers and those 4 young men have all now been enshrined in history. These events,
rare as they may be, still provided us all the opportunity to receive a most glorious blessing and to share in this wonderful occa-
sion as Greek Orthodox Christians and members of St Nicholas cathedral.

     Let us also take a moment to thank God for the strength to continue our battle with the passions and temptations within us
and the guidance we seek to navigate our journey through this life. It is with our Lord Jesus Christ’s love for us, that we are
given yet another chance to receive this blessing from our God the father and the Holy Spirit. These blessings will only bear
fruit if we recognize we are in a constant struggle and the world we live in is
filled with pitfalls and detours. The significance of this year’s event was not
the number of cross retrievers. It is the realization that the celebration of Je-
sus Christ’s baptism and his ministry on earth must be cherished every day
we have breath in our souls.

    Now in the coming weeks and months, we prepare for another Epiphany
celebration in the year 2013. As always, we will proceed from the church, to
waters surrounded by thousands, in an event televised to millions, in the
hopes of receiving yet more blessings. But let us not forget the most important
thing is to conduct ourselves as orthodox Christians and pray for God’s grace
in all that we do.

With Love and Obedience

NIko Mantzanas



                                     Healing Our Hearts Through Forgiveness
                            How can we forgive those who do not want to be forgiven? Our deepest desire is that the
                            forgiveness we offer will be received. This mutuality between giving and receiving is what
                           creates peace and harmony. But if our condition for giving forgiveness is that it will be re-
                    ceived, we seldom will forgive! Forgiving the other is first and foremost an inner movement. It is an
                 act that removes anger, bitterness, and the desire for revenge from our hearts and helps us to reclaim
                 our human dignity. We cannot force those we want to forgive into accepting our forgiveness. They
                 might not be able or willing do so. They may not even know or feel that they have wounded us.

               The only people we can really change are ourselves. Forgiving others is first and foremost healing our own
               hearts.
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                                                                 Faith in Action Committee
                                       The Faith in Action committee would like to thank the community for the support we
                                       have received to date on the Dome Renovation/Repair project. We have made signifi-
                                       cant progress since the first of the 2011. Current status of the project follows:
                                           The copper on the dome, and steps leading to the dome were removed.
                                           We found minimum damage to the infrastructure of the dome and all of it was re-
                                          paired.
       Two layers of waterproofing material were installed on the dome and steps.
       A thicker layer of new copper was installed on top of the waterproofing material using state of the art standing seam
        technology
       The Cross at the top of the dome was removed and replaced with a new Cross which contains a time capsule with the
        names of hundreds of our parishioners.
       The copper in the troughs that catch the rainwater on each side of the Cathedral were removed and replaced with two
        layers of waterproofing material. Much of the damage in the Nave of the Cathedral was caused by water intrusion from
        these troughs.
       All the sealants on the exterior of the Cathedral were removed and replaced.
       The entire exterior of the Cathedral was power washed and a sealer was applied to make the exterior of the Cathedral
        waterproof.
       All the clear protective panels covering the stained glass windows have been replaced.
       The roof on the bell tower has been re-roofed
       The ridge cap on the roof was replaced, as we deemed it to be a source of potential leaks in the future
       The small dome in the front of the Cathedral has been encased in copper and a new Cross has been installed.
       All plaster damage in the Solea, Nave and Narthex of the Cathedral has been repaired.
       The entire inside of the Cathedral has been repainted.
       Water damage in the dormers at the top of the dome required a special lift to reach these areas have been repaired.
       The water damaged icons in the interior of the Cathedral have been repaired.
       The external doors of the Cathedral have been refinished.
       The granite steps on all entries to the Cathedral have been cleaned and re-grouted.
       Lighting in the dome has been replaced.
       The electrical panel in the Cathedral has been replaced.
       The exterior lighting and speakers have been repaired

All of the work on the exterior of the Cathedral has been completed and much of the interior work has been completed. To
date we have received $450,000 in pledges and contributions. Although we have taken out a $200,000 line-of-credit we have
been able to complete the work to date without using any of the line of credit, we have since closed the line-of-credit. We are
redoubling our fundraising efforts and would like to ask each parishioner to donate additional funds so we can complete this
very successful project. Please make your tax deductible contribution to the St. Nicholas Cathedral Building Fund.
The Faith in Action Committee has developed an Icon of St. Nicholas that is manufactured from the copper that was removed
from the Cathedral dome during the dome renovation/repair project. The St. Nicholas Icon is crafted from the original copper
that has been on the Cathedral dome. The Icon of St. Nicholas was pressed from engraved plates produced by Greek born,
Master Engraver, Peter Kambouris. The finished Icons are a reliefed (3D) image of St. Nicholas in the copper. The copper
Icon is placed in a beautifully crafted wooden frame. There are two sizes of frames, 5 inches by 7 inches or 7 inches by 10
inches. The frames can be ordered any of four colors: copper, black, silver or gold. The framed Icon is delivered in a presen-
tation box with a certificate of authenticity making it suitable for giving as a gift or graduation present.
We have sold almost 420 icons, and have more available. The cost of each the Icon in the 5 inch by 7 inch frame is a $100
donation. The cost of each the Icon in the 7 inch by 10 inch frame is a $150 donation. If you are interested in purchasing an
Icon please contact the Cathedral office or Michael Kouremetis at 727-267-3298.
The Faith in Action committee has recently been assigned the task of repairing the fire security alarm system in the Cathedral
and in Father Tryphon hall. The systems have been recently struck by lightning and are dire need of updating. We have also
assumed responsibility for repairing the air conditioning systems for the Cathedral. Both projects will require significant addi-
tional funding. Please consider contributing to the repair of these necessary systems by donating to the St. Nicholas Cathedral
Building Fund.

Yours in Christ,   The Faith in Action Committee
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             An Orthodox Experience of the Dinner Table
                                                   By Father Pat Reardon


 Perhaps I am mistaken, but I suspect one of the problems              his own a "form" common to those who share the blessings of
involved in the pursuit of Wisdom is that some folks fancy             the meal.
they are further along than they really are. I am thinking of
those who read the Upanishads and Plato when they have                 First, a person learns to pray at table, to thank God for His
yet to master Mother Goose.                                            blessings, some of which the family shares at mealtime. He
                                                                       thus acquires the habit of gratitude, which is essential to a
Normally the simpler things come first: Grammar before logic.          soul pleasing to God. A man that does not pray at meals is no
We crawl first, then walk. We take the pen in hand after we            better than a dog.
are competent with the pencil, and maybe the pencil should
wait until we are sufficiently skilled with the crayon.                Second, because he has just thanked God for his food, one
                                                                       cannot logically complain of it. This would contradict his
And we don’t begin alone. The aforementioned implements of             prayer of thanksgiving. On the contrary, he eats gratefully
learning, in fact---all of them normally employed in private---        what is put in front of him, and a child is correctly given no
depend on our competence with the one human implement                  choice in this matter. He thus learns to receive what life offers
we learned to use in a social setting. I mean that most basic          and does not entertain the fancy that experience must con-
utensil: the spoon.                                                    form to his preferences. This simple lesson is indispensable
                                                                       to the formation of character.
Let me state my thesis outright: The quest of Wisdom com-
mences with learning how to eat. The most basic steps to-              Third, a person learns elementary self-control. He is discour-
wards virtue are mastered at the family table. Character be-           aged from gorging himself like a mule. He thus acquires the
gins with etiquette. Teach a child how to dine like a human            habit of restricting his passions and appetites, a lesson fun-
being, and you have gone wonderfully far in his education.             damental to the moral formation of character.
If I had not known this fact before, I would have learned it           Fourth, at the family table one becomes versed in the formali-
from Sirach (especially 31:12-32:13). This aspect of Sirach's          ties of speech common in a polite society. Under the gentle
theory flows from his conviction that the quest of Wisdom is a         discipline of his elders, he acquires the ability to communi-
social enterprise. This is a proposition on which he insists           cate with others kindly, a trait also vital to the contouring of
repeatedly: The wise man is one who knows how to live                  character.
wisely in society and spends his life in pursuit of its greater
good. And where does a wise man acquire the rudiments of               Mastered at the family table, these simple disciplines are es-
this calling? When he first learns to eat with his family.             sential to the social growth of the human being. He will learn
                                                                       to think of himself as---and feel himself to be---an integral
It is at home (domus) that human beings are---literally---
                                                                       member of the larger social reality, gradually gaining an
"domesticated." It is during meals that they increase, not only
"in stature," but also "in wisdom" (Luke 2:52). Here they ac-          awareness of his place and duties in that society. Becoming
quire those patterns of affability, restraint, courtesy, and culti-    what Henri Bergson calls un moi social, he will learn that
vated joy that prepare them for a wise life in a larger world.         strong and pleasant conviviality essential to a wise life.

In acquiring table discipline---which pertains to language and
posture as well as eating---young human beings are in-                     Forgiving does not mean forgetting.
structed in the simple pleasures of what is called
"conviviality." This literally means "living in common."              When we forgive a person, the memory of the wound might
                                                                          stay with us for a long time, even throughout our lives.
Indeed, it is arguable that the lessons learned at the family
                                                                      Sometimes we carry the memory in our bodies as a visible
table are more fundamental to the pursuit of Wisdom than
those learned in the classroom. It is at meals that souls are             sign. But forgiveness changes the way we remember.
nourished, as well as bodies. It is largely from eating with the       It converts the curse into a blessing. When we forgive our
family that helpful information is conveyed and the founda-                parents for their divorce, our children for their lack of
tional lines of character are formed.                                   attention, our friends for their unfaithfulness in crisis, our
In this setting, one gradually learns the art of the "inner           doctors for their ill advice, we no longer have to experience
check," as Irving Babbitt calls it. Restraint is in order. There       ourselves as the victims of events we had no control over.
are things that may not be done at table---and certain sub-
jects never spoken of---and certain other things must be said           Forgiveness allows us to claim our own power and not
or done at table.                                                       let these events destroy us; it enables them to become
Without this inner check of discipline, there is no chance of                 events that deepen the wisdom of our hearts.
conviviality. The eater "conforms" to a standard, adopting as                     Forgiveness indeed heals memories.
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                                   Stepping over Our Wounds
                     Sometimes we have to "step over" our anger, our jealousy, or
                     our feelings of rejection and move on. The temptation is to get
                     stuck in our negative emotions, poking around in them as if we
                     belong there. Then we become the "offended one," "the forgot-
                     ten one," or the
                     "discarded one." Yes,
                     we can get attached to
                     these negative identities
                     and even take morbid
                     pleasure in them. It
                     might be good to have
                     a look at these dark
                     feelings and explore
                     where they come from,
                     but there comes a mo-
                     ment to step over them,
                     leave them behind and
                     travel on.
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                                                y
                  ‘Let’s Make Stewardship Our Wa of Life’
                                                   by Bill Marianes


“WHEW, I’m certainly glad that’s                                                                  We teach our children to say
over. Now I can get back to normal.”                                                              “thank you” when they receive
This sentiment is perhaps one of                                                                  gifts, but do we do the same to
the most widely                                                                                   our Father who blesses us
felt emotions, generally in the fall, in                                                          every moment of our lives?
most Greek Orthodox parishes in                                                                   Thankfully, it’s not too late to
America. It follows the two “Main                                                                 walk the talk.
Events” we frequently dread in our
church lives, namely our Steward-                                                                The book Oriented Leadership
ship Sunday and Greek Festival.                                                                  says “Stewardship is what a per-
                                                                                                 son does, after saying, ‘I believe’
Somehow, people we never see                                                                     as proof of that belief.”
during the year magically get their                                                              We all like to talk and tell folks
GPS navigation systems to again                                                                  what “we believe.” But what have
find their church solely during the                                                              we done lately with the gifts God
day they will attend (and maybe work) the Greek Festival. And     gave us? Not just your talents, but including your talents. Not
then, as if Harry Houdini and David Copperfield attended our      just your time, but including your time. Not just your money,
parishes, these “part-timers” become like groundhogs that         but including your money.
show us their shadows as they disappear until next year.
                                                                  What have you done with the amazing thing that you do so
On the other hand, Stewardship Sunday strikes fear in the         spectacularly? Who in your parish have you taught that thing
hearts and minds of many parishioners even more than having       that only you can do so well? When was the last time you
to go to confession. Someone might actually ask us to account     brought your wit, wisdom, philosophy, coaching, fix-it skills or
for what we have done with the gifts God gave us. But thank-      just loving care to one of your Parishioners (or a total stranger)
fully for most, the traveling magic show comes into               who was afraid, confused, lost, sick, suffering, hungry, thirsty,
the pews on only one Sunday, with much fanfare, new slick         in prison, or just in need?
banners, brochures and slogans, and then disappears just as
quickly.                                                          There is only one thing keeping you from being the incredible
                                                                  steward you are capable of becoming. And that one thing is
Imagine if God only showed up and gave us His gifts one Sun-      You. I know you are busy. So is everyone else. But every day
day, or weekend, a year and then He disappeared and left us       of your life, among the trillions of gifts God gives you each
completely on our own with no food, nothing to drink, no sun-     nanosecond, are two very big ones. The first, is the gift of 24
shine, etc. Our Lord gives us unconditional love and gifts        hours. And the second, is the gift of free will to decide what
every second of every day of our lives. Without His gifts we      you will do with the first gift. It is up to you. As we all told our
could not exist. The breath of oxygen you just inhaled and the    children at one time or the other: “You are the boss of you.”
lungs you used to process it to stay alive were both
gifts from your Father.                                           What have you done today with the gifts God gave you? In
                                                                  which ministries of your parish, Metropolis, Archdiocese or
And yet we somehow think our stewardship can be relegated         Patriarchate have you assisted this week or month or year?
to one Stewardship Sunday or weekend of gyro–making               This is what you are called to do every day, not just the week-
and baklava–slinging. My simple definition is: “Stewardship is    end of the Festival or Stewardship Sunday.
what you do with the gifts God gave you.” Nothing more com-
                                                                  You can’t change how you got to where you are, but you can
plicated than that.
                                                                  change where you’re going. You don’t know when you will
                                                                  meet your Maker and be asked to account for your life.
Everything we have is a gift from our Father. And these gifts
are ours for only the limited time we are here on this earth.     Perhaps you may not want to wait and hope you’ll get a “Hail
And yet we sometimes forget that what we do with those gifts      Mary” shot like the thief next to our Lord on the day of His
is one of the measures of whether or not our souls are pre-       crucifixion. Ask to be remembered in His kingdom every day,
pared for salvation and the hoped-for eternal life of theosis     and in every way you act, and with what you do with the gifts
and oneness with our Lord and Savior.                             God gave you.
Stewardship is a way of life. It is what we do every second,      Don’t wait for the Main Event(s). It might just be too late. Do
minute, hour and day of our life. It isn’t just about writing a   something today! And God bless you as you pursue your own
check once a year. It is about demonstrating every day that we    unique stewardship calling. SOTPAETJ (stay on The Path,
understand what our responsibility is with respect to ALL of      and enjoy the journey)
the gifts we have received.
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                    WANTED
              Live-in Companion,
              Tarpon Springs, FL.

  Looking for a Greek woman 65 or older, to
  live with elderly Greek woman in Tarpon
  Springs, FL (walking
  distance to Fred
  Howard Park and
  Sunset Beaches).
  Free room and
  board in exchange
  for companionship
  and assistance
  (shopping, doctor’s
  appointments).
  Shared cooking,
  cleaning, and gardening. Plenty of personal
  time to enjoy the vibrant Greek community
  and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
  Valid driver’s license required – full back-
  ground check will be performed. If interested,
  please call 727-940-4958 for details.
 Spring 2012                                        St. Nicholas Cathedral Vine                                          Page 28



                                                                        St. Nicholas Dance Ministry Mission Statement:

                                                                 I. To preserve, perpetuate and promote Greek culture through
                                                                the introduction, education and performance of its dance, song
                                                                and history within a Christian environment.

                                                                II. To foster responsibility and commitment; to nurture and to
                                                                support talents and potential in
                                                                order to develop productive members of society and thus a pro-
                                                                ductive Christian society.



The St. Nicholas Dance Ministry is completely self-sufficient. With the need of purchasing costumes, attending learning work-
shops and attending the Hellenic Dance Festival, the Dance Ministry relies solely on its own fundraising. And as good stewards
of our church, we tithe our share of 10% after every event we host. This year we were happy to donate $500 in Bibles to our
Catechetical School.

There are currently about 120 registered dancers, divided into four dance groups ranging from grades one through college. In
addition we have a Choral Group consisting of many of our dancers. We
participate in church and community events, for example, festivals, cele-
brations, dances, and other special occasions.

Having many children of different ages gives us the opportunity to provide
Christian fellowship within each group and as a whole. Most of our danc-
ers are also involved in other St. Nicholas Youth Ministries such as Cate-
 Spring 2012
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                                                            “Let the word of christ dwell in you richly, teach and
                                                           admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and
                                                             hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your
                                                                       hearts to god”. Colossians 3:16

We wish to invite you to join us in this orthodox christian mission. If you sing in the shower, can read notes or not, are a profes-
sional/amateur musician, transplanted choir member, tired/retired instumental/vocal music teacher, please call us!!!

Musically yours,

                   Mrs. Katie Faklis              Co-Director               727.937.1214
                   Mrs. Diane Anastasiades        Co-Director               727.789.9512
                   Mr. John Lulias                Assistant Director        727.945.1930
                   Mrs. Irene Koutelas            Librarian                 727.934.5245
                   Mrs. Nena Assimack                                       727.934.4531
                   Mrs. Billie Spirides           kdspidr@yahoo.com         727.934.0789
                   Mrs. Kally Karakos                                       727.937.3330


Choir Membership Committee




                                                       The Epiphany Youth Choir of St. Nicholas is a unique group of children
                                                       between the ages of 4 to 11. They rehearse weekly on Thursdays in Try-
                                                       fon Hall from 6:30-7:15 pm in preparation for programs and special church
                                                       celebrations. Directed by Sandy Chambers and Antonia Harvey, who be-
                                                       came friends as young girls in the choir, they work together as a
                                                       team. Children are taught the techniques for using the voice properly and
                                                       methods for breathing and projecting. Phonetics and learning games are
                                                       used to learn the hymns which are sung in Greek and English.

 The musical youth program of our church is also designed to perpetuate future choir members for our church and other Greek
 Orthodox choirs they may attend. The group is on a temporary break until March 1st.

                         Feel free to contact Sandy Chambers at Sandy@BarlasChambers.com
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                    Οἱ μάρτυρες τοῦ Ἰεχωβᾶ δέν εἶναι χριστιανοί
                       (Γνωμοδότηση της 3.9.2001 του κ. Εισαγγελέως Πλημμελειοδικών Σερρών)

… «Οι Χιλιαστές η Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά μη δεχόμενοι την               Σερρών κ. Ηλία Νικ. Σεφερίδη, η οποία καταχωρείται κατωτέρω.
θεότητα του Χριστού, πιστεύοντες αυτόν ως απλόν άνθρωπο και
πως είναι αδελφός του Εωσφόρου η παλαιότερα πως είναι                Στις διατάξεις αυτής, την οποία ανεύραμε στο Επίσημο Δελτίο της
ταυτόσημο πρόσωπο του διαβόλου δεν μπορούν να                        Εκκλησίας της Ελλάδος ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ (τεύχος 5ο, Μάϊος 2002),
αυτοαποκαλούνται ως Χριστιανοί Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά, αφού οι          καταχωρισμένη, αναφέρονται μεταξύ άλλων και τα εξής:
δοξασίες τους συνιστούν βλασφημία του προσώπου του Ιησού             1. Οι Χιλιαστές η Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά δεν μπορούν να
Χριστού …                                                            αυτοαποκαλούνται ως Χριστιανοί Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά, καθ’
(Γνωμοδότηση της 3.9.2001 του κ. Εισαγγελέως Πλημμελειοδικών         όσον δεν δέχονται τον Χριστό ως Θεό και οι δοξασίες τους
Σερρών. Απόσπασμα από το Επίσημον Δελτίον της Εκκλησίας της          συνιστούν βλασφημία κατά του προσώπου του Ιησού Χριστού.
Ελλάδος, ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑ τεύχος 5ο, Μάϊος 2002, Αθήναι).                    Τόσο από την Ορθοδοξία όσο και από τον Καθολικισμό
                                                                     χαρακτηρίζονται ως πολέμιες του Χριστιανισμού. Ορθότερο και
ΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΗ                                                             δίκαιο θα ήταν να ονομάζονται ως Αντίχριστοι Μάρτυρες του
                                                                     Ιεχωβά.
      Βασικό δόγμα της Χριστιανικής πίστεως γενικώς είναι η
Θεότητα του Ιησού Χριστού. Ο Χριστός είναι το δεύτερο Πρόσωπο        2. Ο Χιλιασμός συνιστά παναίρεση και όχι Χριστιανική αίρεση, γι’
της Μίας Αγίας Ομοοσίου και Αδιαιρέτου Τριάδος. Δηλαδή του           αυτό δεν έχει αναγνωριστεί από την αλλοδαπή νομολογία ως
Ενός Θεού, του Μόνου Αληθινού, ο Οποίος είναι Τρισυπόστατος          γνωστή θρησκεία, αφού δεν είναι γνωστό το ακολουθούμενο
(Τρεις Υποστάσεις – Τρία Πρόσωπα)· Πατήρ, Υιος και Άγιο              τυπικό τους και η λατρεία τους.
Πνεύμα.
                                                                     Τόσον το Γαλλικό Συμβούλιο Επικρατείας όσον και το
Ο Χριστιανισμός αναγνωρίζει ως ιδρυτή της πίστεώς του τον Ιησού      Ομοσπονδιακό Διοικητικό Ακυρωτικό Δικαστήριο Γερμανίας δεν
Χριστό, τον Μονογενή Υιό και Λόγο του Θεού Πατρός, τον               δέχονται τον Χιλιασμό ως γνωστή θρησκεία, διότι η συμπεριφορά
γεννηθέντα εξ Αυτού προ πάντων των αιώνων. Ο Ιησούς Χριστός,         των Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά αντίκειται στους δημοκρατικούς
Θεός όντας, εσαρκώθη εκ Πνεύματος Αγίου και Μαρίας της               θεσμούς, δηλ. είναι αντίθετη προς τα χρηστά ήθη και την έννομη
Παρθένου, της Θεοτόκου, προ 2006 ετών. Κατήλθε δε στη γη ως          τάξη.
τέλειος Θεός και τέλειος άνθρωπος (χωρίς αμαρτία), για να μας
σώσει. Εσταυρώθη αδίκως ο Δίκαιος και την Τρίτη ημέρα                3. Οι αυτοαποκαλούμενοι Χριστιανοί Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά,
ανεστήθη εκ των νεκρών, αναληφθείς μετά 40νθήμερο στους              σκοπόν έχουν με τις δηλώσεις τους να παραπλανήσουν και να
Ουρανούς.                                                            προσηλυτίσουν αφελείς, αδιαφόρους προς την Χριστιανική πίστη
                                                                     και ολιγογραμμάτους ανθρώπους.
Αναμένεται δε η Δευτέρα Έλευσή Του για να κρίνει ζώντας και
νεκρούς. Εδίδαξε και εβίωσε ο Συνάναρχος προς τον Πατέρα και το      Με τις χρησιμοποιούμενες μεθόδους παραβιάζουν τη θρησκευτική
Άγιο Πνεύμα, αλλά και Θεάνθρωπος, ταπείνωση και αγάπη και            ελευθερία του ατόμου και με πειθώ, άσκηση ψυχολογικών πιέσεων,
συγχώρησε τους σταυρωτές Του. Ας Τον μιμηθούμε, πιστεύοντας          προς δε και τη χρησιμοποίηση χωρίων της Αγίας Γραφής, τα οποία
σ’ Αυτόν ως Σωτήρα μας και τηρώντας το Ευαγγέλιό Του.                παρερμηνεύουν, επιτυγχάνουν του σκοπού τους, καθιστώντας
                                                                     αυτούς οπαδούς των δοξασιών τους.
Συναφώς, κρίνουμε σκόπιμο ν’ αναφέρουμε ότι, σύμφωνα με το
Σύμβολο της πίστεώς μας (Ορθόδοξο Δόγμα), το Άγιο Πνεύμα, το         Επισημαίνεται δε ιδιαιτέρως, ότι ο πολίτης υποχρεούται να δηλώνει
Οποίο είναι το Τρίτο Πρόσωπο του Τριαδικού μας Θεού,                 ειλικρινά, όσον τούτο ζητείται από τις Αρχές, το θρήσκευμα η το
εκπορεύεται ΜΟΝΟΝ από τον Θεό – Πατέρα και είναι Ομοούσιο            δόγμα του.
προς Αυτόν, αλλά και προς Υιό και Λόγο Του. Είναι δε Κύριο και       4. Οι ληξίαρχοι υποχρεούνται να καταχωρούν στα ληξιαρχεικά
Ζωοποιό. Είναι Θεός και συμπροσκυνείται και συνδοξάζεται με τον      τους βιβλία ως θρήσκευμα των Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά τον αληθή
Πατέρα και τον Υιό.                                                  τίτλο της πίστεώς τους «Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά», ανεξάρτητα από
Οι Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά δεν δέχονται τον Χριστό ως Θεό (Υιό και       τη δήλωσή τους ως Χριστιανών Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά, γιατί τούτο
Λόγο του Θεού), αλλ’ ως έναν απλό άνθρωπο, ούτε πιστεύουν στην       είναι αντίθετο προς τις δοξασίες τους.
Ανάστασή Του (Χιλιαστικό Περιοδικό «ΞΥΠΝΑ» της 22.12.1984).          Εξ άλλου, σύμφωνα με τα προεκτεθέντα δεν πιστεύουν ότι ο
Η Θεότητα του Χριστού, ως γνωστόν, αποδεικνύεται πλήρως από          Χριστός είναι ιδρυτής και αρχηγός της πίστεώς τους. Επομένως, η
την Αγία Γραφή (Παλαιά και Καινή Διαθήκη). Επίσης, δεν               καταχώρηση ψευδών, αναληθών και παραπλανητικών δηλώσεων
δέχονται ότι η ψυχή είναι αθάνατη, πιστεύουν όμως, ότι θα σωθούν     των Χιλιαστών στα βιβλία των Ληξιαρχείων δημιουργεί σύγχυση
μόνον 144.000 ψυχές, ενώ οι υπόλοιπες θα καταστραφούν.               και συμβάλλει στον προσηλυτισμό αδαών, γιατί οι δηλώσεις τους
Περισσότερα στοιχεία, σχετικά με τον ιδρυτή, τη σύσταση, τις         αυτές δεν έχουν σχέση με τις θρησκευτικές τους πεποιθήσεις, οι
επωνυμίες της Οργάνωσης των Μαρτύρων του Ιεχωβά και τις εν           οποίες – είναι βέβαιο – ότι είναι κατά του Χριστιανισμού,
γένει δοξασίες τους, κατά καιρούς, ως και τους σκοπούς τους, πολύ    γενικώτερα.
συνοπτικά, βέβαια, μπορεί κανείς να αναγνώσει στην από 3.9.2001      Κατόπιν των ανωτέρω, παρακαλούμε θερμώς, όλους τους
Γνωμοδότηση του αξιοτίμου Εισαγγελέως Πλημμελειοδικών
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αναγνώστες – του μικρού αυτού τευχιδίου – εν Χριστώ αδελφούς        (η Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά) είναι ψευδής, απατηλή και
μας, όπως το μελετήσουν με ιδιαίτερη προσοχή για να                 παραπλανητική, διότι υπούλως θέλουν να προσηλυτίσουν τους
ενημερωθούν, για ποιούς λόγους πρέπει ν’ αποφεύγουν τους            αδυνάτους στην πίστη, πως τάχα και αυτοί πιστεύουν στο Χριστό,
Αντιχρίστους Μάρτυρες του Ιεχωβά (Χιλιαστές).                       ενώ τούτο είναι αναληθές (Χιλιαστικό Περιοδικό της 24.12.1984
                                                                    υπό τίτλο «ΞΥΠΝΑ»). Ας μην είμαστε αφελείς. Αναντίρρητα,
Στο απόρρητο Χιλιαστικό Βιβλίο «Λύχνος»αναγράφονται -               αιρετικοί (Παπικοί – Φραγκολατίνοι, Προτεστάντες, Μονοφυσίτες
συγκεκριμένα- οι σκοποί των δολίων και επικινδύνων αυτών            κ.λπ.), αλλά και όσοι άλλοι ανήκουν στην Παναίρεση του
εχθρών της Πατρίδας μας και της Ορθοδόξου πίστεώς μας.              Οικουμενισμού και του Χιλιασμού επιτίθενται συνεχώς και
Ιδιαιτέρως, μνημονεύεται σε τούτο πως πρέπει να μεταδίδουν τις      μεθοδευμένα κατά της Ορθοδοξίας μας για να την εξαφανίσουν.
δοξασίες τους σε απλοϊκούς ανθρώπους με τις κατ’ επανάληψη          Όμως ματαιοπονούν. Η Ορθοδοξία είναι η ΜΙΑ και ΜΟΝΗ, Αγία,
                                                                    Καθολική και Αποστολική Εκκλησία, με Κεφαλή και Αρχηγό τον
επισκέψεις τους, αλλά και τις οικονομικές βοήθειες σ’ αυτούς.
                                                                    Ιησού Χριστό. Ο Ρωμαιοκαθολικισμός δεν αποτελεί Εκκλησία,
Κανείς Έλληνας και Ορθόδοξος Χριστιανός να μην πλανηθεί με τα       γιατί αρχηγό της δεν έχει το Χριστό, αλλά τον «αλάθητο»,
δολλάριά τους και προδώσει την πίστη του. Οι καιροί μας είναι       «ισόθεο» και «ανθρωπόθεο» Πάπα.
χαλεποί. Να μην φοβούμεθα να ομολογούμε τον Κύριό μας Ιησού
Χριστό. Να μη γενεί κανείς προδότης και αντίχριστος. Ζη Κύριος ο    Γενικώς, οι αιρετικοί πιστεύουμε, ότι γνωρίζουν την Αλήθεια, ότι
                                                                    δηλ. ο Χριστός είναι ο Υιος του Θεού, αλλά και η Οδός και η
Θεός.
                                                                    Αλήθεια και η Ζωή. Ας μετανοήσουν, αν θέλουν ειλικρινά, και να
Τέλος, θα πρέπει να επισημάνουμε ότι, βασικό τους δόγμα είναι       επιστρέψουν συνειδητά στην Ορθοδοξία. Καλό είναι, να
πως θα έλθει η χιλιετής βασιλεία στη γη, όπου θα κυβερνήσουν οι     παρακολουθούμε όλους τους Αντιχρίστους δολίους εχθρούς της
προπάτορες Αβραάμ, Ισαάκ κ.λπ., όταν θα συμπληρωθεί ο αριθμός       Πίστεώς μας και της Πατρίδος μας. Ο Χριστός μεθ’ ημών. Αμήν.
των εκλεκτών 144.000. Η επωνυμία τους -ως εκ τούτου-Χιλιαστές                                            PART 2—NEXT EDITION
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The St. Nicholas YAL is a League of Young Adults between
the ages of 18 & 35. These young adults join together for
Worship, Outreach, Fellowship, and overall interaction with
the Orthodox Church community.

A successful Young Adult League creates a setting where
Young Adults grow spiritually through experiencing the four
characteristics which symbolize the YAL movement. Namely,
Worship (Liturgia), Witness (Martyria), Service (Diakonia),
and Fellowship (Koinonia). Using these four characteristics,
we will live a balanced Orthodox Christian life, growing in His
likeness.

In the year 2011 we were very active as a youth league. YAL
had a very balanced agenda of events, between community
service, our Christian faith, and social fellowship.
YAL hosted several church coffee hours on Sundays along
with occasional bake sales. Whenever there is an opportunity
to lend a helping hand, our Young Adults are quick to get in-
volved with the community. A few months ago YAL members
helped Father Vasilios spread mulch at the preschool. More
community events where YAL has been involved include:

  St. Nicholas Drug Awareness Seminar
  Collecting Toys for Tots for the less fortunate during the
     holidays
    Donate turkeys & hams & deliver dinners to homes for St.
     Nicholas Christmas Dinner for the homeless
    Visiting the nursing homes and singing kalanda with Fr.
     Vasilios for Christmas
    Help Philoptohos host their annual Christmas Party for
     the Abused woman’s shelter & provide gifts for the chil-
     dren
    YAL host Open Gym at the St. Nicholas community hall
     every Friday night 7-9pm
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              YAL socials are made up of enjoyable
              events where young adults can meet
              similar aged peers with mutual moral
              values, faith, and culture.

              This past year YAL member’s gathered
              at the local coffee shop “@ Cafe”
              Wednesday nights for socials. Some
              other YAL outings include bowling, kara-
              oke, skating and more.

                Attended Gasparilla Parade
                Sunset Beach Barbeque Picnic
                YAL Christmas Party

              We enjoy participating in local community
              gatherings and glendi’s such as “Night on
              the Islands” down on the Sponge Docks,
              hosted by the city of Tarpon Springs, the
              first Saturday of each month. Other com-
              munity events that the YAL participated
              in include:

                “Greek Nights” at club Portofinos in
                 Clearwater
                Sunset Party Cruz with DJ Astatos
                The Symian Dinner Dance
                Lokonian Dinner Dance
                Giannoulis Concert!

              The Young Adult League, along with Fa-
              ther Vasilios also went on a retreat to St.
              Augustine in Late October to visit the
              Orthodox shrine of St. Photios, and the
              OCMC (Orthodox Christian Mission Cen-
              ter).

              We believe using these four characteris-
              tics, (Worship, Witness, Service, and
              Fellowship). We will live a balanced Or-
              thodox Christian life, growing in His like-
              ness. YAL plans on continuing it’s enthu-
              siastic, involvement with the Orthodox
              community again in 2012!

              If you would like to join YAL please con-
              tact YAL Pres. Panagiotes Toumblares
              @ 727 5144184 for more Info.
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A Greek Reporter Initiative to help the people of Greece             We at Greek
who are in need of a job                                             Reporter
                                                                     believe that
Greece is currently trapped in historically awful economic           this is a great
conditions. There have been a lot of initiatives to try to help      way to help
Greece and its people, who are suffering because of firings,         the people of
tax hikes and a continuously deteriorating quality of life.          Greece.
While sending money to your relatives, opening accounts to           There are hundreds of thousands of Greek-American,
collect money in order to cover a tiny hole of the Greek             Greek-Canadian, Greek-Australian and Greek people
debt, and maybe bringing two or three friends over to Amer-          around the world that are successful businessmen and can
ica, Canada or Australia, may be a temporary solution,               help the people of Greece, by hiring them to work for their
something more drastic is necessary.                                 company from Greece.
Something that will be more sustainable and won't make               This is why we created hireagreek.com, so people from
the Greek people feel like charity cases.                            Greece can post their resumes and companies from around
What Greece needs is jobs, and you can help while simul-             the world can browse them and hopefully employ people.
taneously expanding your company's workforce.                        We believe in Greece and we don't think that the mass exo-
Today there are hundreds of jobs that can be done long-              dus of the Greek population is a good resolution to the cri-
distance, with the use of online tools. For example, if you          sis, nor do we want a permanent state of joblessness in
need a website, a new business card design, or somebody              Greece. We can all help, so next time you need a service,
to edit a video or translate your documents, the people who          think to hire a Greek first.
will provide these services to you don't need to be in your          We really believe in this initiative, and this is why Greek
office, or even in the same continent as you are.                    Reporter funded and created hireagreek.com without a
For all those jobs that can be done remotely, consider hire-         second thought. You can help too by passing this message
ing a Greek. Greek people are highly talented, and al-               around, posting a job opening that can be filled by some-
though public opinion lately has been against them, we               body in Greece, or send this message to your relatives in
know that given the right work conditions Greeks produce             Greece to post their resume.
great results, an asset that has helped Greek diaspora
members succeed throughout the world.                                            www.hireagreek.com

                                 Forgiveness, the Cement of Community Life
                                                                        Community is not possible without the willingness to
                                                                        forgive one another "seventy-seven times" (see Mat-
                                                                        thew 18:22). Forgiveness is the cement of community
                                                                        life. Forgiveness holds us together through good and
                                                                        bad times, and it allows us to grow in mutual love.

                                                                        But what is there to forgive or to ask forgiveness for?
                                                                        As people who have hearts that long for perfect love,
                                                                        we have to forgive one another for not being able to
                                                                        give or receive that perfect love in our everyday lives.
                                                                        Our many needs constantly interfere with our desire
                                                                        to be there for the other unconditionally. Our love is
                                                                        always limited by spoken or unspoken conditions.
                                                                        What needs to be forgiven? We need to forgive one
                                                                        another for not being God!
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Στις 7 Ιανουαρίου του 2012, ο Καλυμνιακός Σύλλογος του
Τάρπον Σπρινκς “Άγιος Παντελεήμων”, είχε την τιμή να
διοργανώσει το 2ο Πανκαλυμνιακό Συνέδριο.
Στο συνέδριο συμμετείχαν Καλύμνιοι από διάφορα μέρη των
ΗΠΑ, οι οποίοι είχαν την ευκαιρία να παραστούν και στον
εορτασμό των Θεοφανίων της κοινότητάς μας. Ευχαριστούμε
τον Καλυμνιακής καταγωγής σεβασμιότατο κκ Νικήτα, τον
θεοφιλέστατο επίσκοπο κκ Σεβαστιανό, καθώς και του δύο μας
ιερείς, τον πατέρα Μιχαήλ και τον πατέρα Βασίλειο, και ΟΛΟΥς όσους μας τίμησαν με την παρουσία τους.
Κατά τη χοροσπερίδα της διοργάνωσεις, χόρεψαν συγκροτήματα από το Οχάιο, τη Νέα Υόρκη και το Τάρπον Σπρινκς και όλα τα έσοδα
της βραδιάς δωρήθηκαν στην εκκλησία μας, τον Άγιο Νικόλαο, ποσό που ανήλθε στις $13,164!
Ευχόμαστε σε όλους Χρόνια Πολλά και Καλή Χρονιά! Εκ μέρους του Διοικητικού Συμβουλίου των Καλυμνίων.
Με εκτίμηση,
Ο πρόεδρος, Κων/νος Σισώης



                               On January 7, 2012, the Kalymnian Society of Tarpon Springs “Agios Panteleimon”, had the
                               honor to host the 2nd Pankalymnian Convention.

                               During the convention numerious Kalymnians participated from all over the United States, who
                               also had the opportunity to be present at the Epiphany celebrations of our community. We
                               would like to thank our fellow Kalymnian his Eminence Bishop Nikita, His Eminence Bishop
                               Sebastian, as well as both of our priests, Fr. Michael and Fr. Vasilios, and ALL of those who
                               honored us with their presence.

                            Dance groups from Ohio, New York and Tarpon Springs performed at the convention's Gala,
whose proceeds all were donated to our church, St. Nicholas Cathedral and came to $13,164!

We wish you all a Happy New Year and many more! On behalf of the Executive Board of the Kalymnians,

Respectfully,
Konstantinos Sisois,
Kalymnian Society President



                                                Receiving Forgiveness

 There are two sides to forgiveness: giving and receiving. Although at first
sight giving seems to be harder, it often appears that we are not able to offer
forgiveness to others because we have not been able fully to receive it. Only
as people who have accepted forgiveness can we find the inner freedom to
give it. Why is receiving forgiveness so difficult? It is very hard to say,
"Without your forgiveness I am still bound to what happened between us.
Only you can set me free." That requires not only a confession that we have
hurt somebody but also the humility to acknowledge our dependency on oth-
ers. Only when we can receive forgiveness can we give it.
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                           Εἶναι ἀπαραίτητο νά νηστεύουμε…;
Πρώτα θα κάνω λόγο για την εγκράτεια στα φαγητά, η οποία         Τις τροφές τις
είναι αντίθετη της γαστριμαργίας, και για τον τρόπο των          χρησιμοποιούμε
νηστειών και την ποσότητα των φαγητών. Και αυτά, όχι από         τόσο ώστε να
τον εαυτό μου, αλλά καθώς παραλάβαμε από τους αγίους             ζήσουμε, όχι για
Πατέρες. Εκείνοι λοιπόν, δεν έχουν παραδώσει έναν κανόνα         να
νηστείας, ούτε έναν τρόπο της διατροφής, ούτε το ίδιο μέτρο,     σκλαβωθούμε
γιατί δεν έχουν όλοι την ίδια δύναμη, είτε λόγω ηλικίας, είτε    στις ορμές της
ασθενείας, είτε καλύτερης συνήθειας του σώματος.Έχουν            επιθυμίας. Η
όμως παραδώσει σε όλους έναν σκοπό, να                           μετρημένη και
αποφεύγουμε την αφθονία και να αποστρεφόμαστε                    μέσα σε λογικά
το χορτασμό της κοιλιάς.Έχουν δει στην πράξη ότι είναι           όρια τροφή
ωφελιμότερο και βοηθά στην καθαρότητα το να τρώει κανείς         βοηθά στην
μια φορά την ημέρα από το να τρώει κάθε τρείς ή τέσσερις ή       υγεία του
εφτά ώρες. Γιατί λένε, εκείνος που επεκτείνεται υπέρμετρα        σώματος, δεν
στην νηστεία, υπέρμετρα κατόπιν τρώει.                           αφαιρεί την
                                                                 αγιότητα.
Και από αυτό, άλλοτε εξαιτίας της υπερβολής της                  Ακριβής
αποχής από την τροφή ατονεί το σώμα και γίνεται πιο              κανόνας
απρόθυμο για τις πνευματικές εργασίες, και άλλοτε                εγκράτειας όπως
όταν γεμίσει από το βάρος των τροφών προκαλεί                    παρέδωσαν οι
αμέλεια και εξασθένηση της ψυχής.                                Πατέρες είναι να σταματούμε να τρώμε πρίν
Και πάλι οι άγιοι Πατέρες δοκίμασαν και είδαν ότι δεν είναι      χορτάσουμε. Και ο Απόστολος που είπε: «Μη
για όλους κατάλληλη η διατροφή με χόρτα, ούτε με όσπρια,         φροντίζετε για τη σάρκα, πώς να ικανοποιήσετε τις
ούτε όλοι μπορούν να τρέφονται μόνο με ξερό ψωμί. Και            επιθυμίες της», δεν εμπόδισε την αναγκαία κυβέρνηση της
άλλος, καθώς είπαν, ενώ τρώει δύο λίτρες ψωμί, πεινά ακόμη,      ζωής, αλλά απαγόρευσε την φιλήδονη φροντίδα.
ενώ άλλος τρώει μία λίτρα ή έξ ουγγιές και χορταίνει. Σε         Άλλωστε, για την τέλεια καθαρότητα της ψυχής, δεν
όλους λοιπόν, όπως είπα, ένα κανόνα εγκράτειας έχουν             αρκεί μόνη η εγκράτεια στα φαγητά αν δεν συντρέχουν και
παραδώσει, το να μην ξεγελιούνται με το χορτασμό της             οι υπόλοιπες αρετές. Τη μερική καθαρότητα της ψυχής,
κοιλίας, ούτε να παρασύρονται από την ηδονή του                  μέσω της σωφροσύνης, ιδιαίτερα κατορθώνουν η
λάρυγγα. Γιατί δεν είναι μόνο η διαφορά της ποιότητας            νηστεία και η εγκράτεια. Γιατί είναι αδύνατον εκείνος που
των τροφών, αλλά και η ποσότητα που ανάβει τα                    έχει γεμάτη την κοιλιά του, να κάνει νοερό πόλεμο εναντίον
πυρωμένα βέλη της πορνείας. Γιατί με οποιαδήποτε                 του πνεύματος της πορνείας.
τροφή όταν γεμίσει η κοιλιά, γεννά το σπόρο της διαφθοράς.       Ώστε λοιπόν πρώτος αγώνας μας ας είναι να
Και πάλι δεν είναι μόνο η κραιπάλη του κρασιού που φέρνει        συγκρατούμε την κοιλιά μας και να υποδουλώνουμε το
μέθη στη διάνοια, αλλά και η αφθονία του νερού και κάθε          σώμα. Όχι μόνο με νηστεία, αλλά και με αγρυπνία και κόπο
τροφής η υπερβολική χρήση, τη ζαλίζει και φέρνει νύστα           και πνευματικά αναγνώσματα και με το να μαζεύουμε την
σ’αυτήν. Αιτία της καταστροφής των Σοδομιτών δεν                 καρδιά μας πάνω στο φόβο της κολάσεως και στον πόθο της
ήταν η κραιπάλη του κρασιού και των διαφόρων                     βασιλείας των Ουρανών.
φαγητών, αλλά η αφθονία του άρτου, κατά τον
προφήτη.                                                         Απόσπασμα από τη «Φιλοκαλία» - Άγιος Κασσιανός ο




                                    Forgiveness, the Way to Freedom
To forgive another person from the heart is an act of liberation. We set that person free from the negative bonds that
exist between us. We say, "I no longer hold your offense against you" But there is more. We also free ourselves from the
burden of being the "offended one." As long as we do not forgive those who have wounded us, we carry them with us
or, worse, pull them as a heavy load. The great temptation is to cling in anger to our enemies and then define ourselves
as being offended and wounded by them. Forgiveness, therefore, liberates not only the other but also ourselves. It is the
way to the freedom of the children of God.
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                        Ή νηστεία τής Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστής
Μεταξύ τών μακρών νηστειών τού έτους ή νηστεία τής                 τού 5ον Κανόνος τής Α' οϊκουμενικής Συνό­δου, που συνήλθε
Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστής είναι ή αρχαιότερη καί                       στή Νίκαια τής Βιθυνίας, μάς όδηγεϊ στό συμπέρασμα ότι
αϋστηρότερη περίοδος νη­στείας. Μαζί μέ τή νηστεία τής             κατά τήν έποχή πού συγκλήθηκε ή Σύνοδος (325 μ.Χ.) ή
Τετάρτης καί τής Παρασκευής ανάγει τήν αρχή της σ' αϋ­τή           Τεσσαρακοστή αποτελούσε καθιερωμένο Θεσμό σ' όλόκληρη
τήν αποστολική έποχή, όπως μπορούμε νά συμπεράνουμε                τήν 'Εκκλησία.
άπό αδιαμφισβήτητες Ιστορι­κές μαρτυρίες που έχουμε.
                                                                   'Αλλες Ιστορικές μαρτυρίες, όπως αυτή τού Ιστορικού
1. 'Αφετηρία καί πυρήνα αϋτής τhς νη­στείας θά πρέπει νά           Εύσεβίου Καισαρείας, αναφέρον­ται ακόμη σαφέστερα στήν
θεωρήσουμε τήν αρχαιό­τατη νηστεία πρό τον Πάσχα, ή                ύπαρξη τής Τεσ­σαρακοστής καί συνδέουν τήν καθιέρωσή
όποία καθιε­ρώθηκε εϊς ανάμνησιν τών παθών τού Κυρίου              της ώς περιόδου νηστείας καί πνευματικής προ­παρασκευής
καί ώς περίοδος προπαρασκευής τών πιστών γιά τήν έορτή             γιά τό Πάσχα μέ τήν τεσσαρα­κονθήμερη νηστεία τού Κυρίου
τού Πάσχα καί τών κατηχουμέ­νων γιά τό Βάπτισμα. Οί                καί τών προ­φητών Μωύσή καί 'Ηλία.
Άποστολικές Δια­ταγές συνδέουν τήν καθιέρωση τής
νηστείας τού Πάσχα μέ τά λόγια τού Κυρίου «όταν άπαρθη             3. "Οπως στήν αρχική νηστεία πρό τού Πάσχα, έτσι καί στη
απ' αϋτων ό νυμφίος, τότε νηστεύ­σουσιν έν έκείναις ταϊς           νηστεία τής Τεσσαρακο­στής υπήρχε μεγάλη ποικιλία από
ήμέραις» (Μάρκ. 2,20' Ματθ. 9,15' Λουκ. 5,35). «'Εκεϊναι αί        τόπο σέ τόπο μέχρι τήν όριστική διαμόρφωσή της. Διαφορές
ήμέραι» είναι κατά τίς Διαταγές αυτές κατά τίς όποίες ό            υπήρχαν καί στόν υπολογισμό τής χρονικής διάρκειάς της καί
Κύριος καί Νυμφίος «ήρθη άφ' ημών ϋπό τών ψευδωνύμων               στόν τρόπο, μέ τόν όποϊο οί χριστιανοί τηρούσαν τή νηστεία.
'Ιουδαίων και σταυρω προσεπάγη καί με­τά άνόμων                    Αύτό όμως πού μέ ασφάλεια μπορούμε νά υποστηρίξουμε
έλογίσθη'. Διό παραινουμεν καί                                     είναι ότι ανέκαθεν ή νηστεία τής Τεσσαρακοστής ήταν πολυ
 «Είναι αληθινά μακάριος καί τρισμακά­ριος εκεϊνος που             αυστηρή νη­στεία. `Ο 69ος Κανών των αγίων 'Αποστόλων
τηρεί έγκράτεια, διότι πρα­γματικά ή έγκράτεια είναι μεγάλη        απειλεϊ μέ καθαίρεση τούς κληρικούς καί μέ αφορισμό τούς
αρετή...                                                           λαϊκούς, πού δέν νηστεύουν ατην άγίαν Τεσσαρακοστήν τού
                                                                   Πάσχα». Κατά τόν 50ό Κανόνα τής τοπικής Συνόδου τής Λαο
Είναι εγκράτεια στις τροφές τό νά όρίζει κανείς τόν εαυτό τον      ­δικείας (συγκλήθηκε γύρω στό 360 μ.Χ.) «δεϊ πάσαν τήν
καί νά μήν επιδιώκει τροφές υπερβολικές ή φαγητά                   Τεσσαρακοστήν νηστεύειν ξηροφα­γούντες».
πανάκριβα, τό νά μήν τρώγει κανείς πρίν άπό τόν κατάλλη­λο
καιρό ή πρίν άπό τήν ώρα, τό νά μήν εί­ναι αχόρταγος στα           `Ως πρός τά είδη τροφών καί ποτών, από τά όποϊα έπρεπε οί
ώραϊα φαγητά, τό νά μήν επιθυμεϊ τό ένα φαγητό ύστερα άπό          χριστιανοί νά απέχουν, ή αρ­χή πού άπό ένωρίς έπικράτησε
τό άλλο.                                                           ήταν ότι οί νη­στεύοντες απέχουν άπό τροφές έξ αϊματος
                                                                   (κρέας - ψάρια), από τροφές ζωϊκής προελεύ­σεως
Είναι εγκράτεια στό ποτό τό νά όριζει κανείς τόν εαυτό τον         (γαλακτοκομικά προϊόντα καί αύγά) καί από τόν οίνο. `Ο
καί νά μήν κάθεται μα­ζί μέ άλλους σέ οινοποσίες ή σέ              τύπος νησεείας γιά όλη τήν Τεσσαρακοστή ήταν νά
απολαύσεις οίνων, τό νά μήν πίνει οίνο άφοβα, τό νά μήν            παραμένουν οί χρι­στιανοί άσιτοι μέχρι τήν ένάτη ώρα (3
επιδιώκει τίς ποικιλίες τών ποτών καί τις άπολανσεις τών           μ.μ) καί νά απέχουν άπό τίς τροφές πού αναφέραμε κατά τό
παρασκευασμένων κραμά­των, τό νά μήν πίνει χωρίς μέτρο,            γεύμα.
όχι μόνο τό κρασί άλλά, άν είναι δυνατό, ακόμη καί τό νερό.
                                                                   4. Τό όνομα Τεσσαρακοστή πού προσέλαβε ή πρό τον Πάσχα
Είναι έγκράτεια στήν πονηρή επιθυμία καί ήδονή, τό νά              μακρά περίοδος νηστείας, συνδέεται σίγουρα μέ τόν άριθμό
όριζει κανείς τες αισθήσεις τον καί νά μήν συμπαρασύρεται          τών σαράν­τα ήμερών νηστείας που ή περίοδος περιλαμ­
άπό τίς έπι­Θυμίες που παρουσιάζονται, τό νά μή συγκα­             βάνει. Οί Άποστολικές Διαταγές συνιστών­τας τόν εορτασμό
τατίθεται στούς λογισμούς που υποκινούν τό πάθος τής               διαφόρων χριστιανικών εορτών, προσθέτουν: «Μεθ' άς ύμϊν
φιληδονίας, τό νά μήν χάνει τό θέλημα τής σαρχός, άλλά             φυλα­κτέα ή νηστεία τής Τεσσαρακοστής, μνήμην
αντίθετα νά χαλι­ναγωγεί τά πάθη μέ τό φόβο τον Οεον»h8.           περιέχουσα τής του Κυρίου πολιτείας τε καί νομοθεσίας».
ΕΦΡΑΙΜ Ο ΣΥΡΟΣ                                                     'Οτι τό όνομα Τεσσαρακοστή σχετίζεται μέ τόν άριθμό τών
                                                                   σαράντα ήμερών νηστείας, φαίνεται καί άπό τά όσα μάς λένε
ύμϊν νηστεύειν ταύτας, ώς καί ήμεϊς ένηστεύ­σαμεν έν τώ
                                                                   οί 'Απο
ληφθήναι αυτόν αφ' ημών άχρις έσπέρας».
                                                                   σcολικές Διαταγές στή συνέχεια:
2. `Ο χρόνος τής νηστείας πρό του Πάσχα αρχικά δέν ήταν
                                                                   «'Επιτελείσθω δέ ή νηστεία αύτη πρό τής νηστείας τον
ούτε μεγάλος ούτε καί ο ίδιος σέ όλες τίς τοπικές 'Εκκλησίες.
                                                                   Πάσχα (προφανώς έννοουν τή νηστεία τής Μεγάλης
`Υπήρχε δηλαδή στήν πρώτη 'Εκκλησία έλευθερία καί όχι
απόλυτη όμοιομορφία. Ποικιλία ακόμη παρατηρούμε καί                `Εβδομάδας), άρ­χομένη μέν από Δευτέρας (τής Καθαράς
στόν τρόπο, μέ τόν όποίο νήστεύαν οί χριστιανοί αυτήν τήν          δηλαδή), πληρούμένη δέ είς Παρασκευήν (τήν παραμονή τον
περίοδο.                                                           Σαββάτού τον Λαζά­ρου). Μεθ' άς (τίς σαράντα ήμέρες τής
Πότε ακριβώς έμφανίζεται ή Τεσσαρακο­στή ώς περίοδος               Τεσσαρακοστής) άπονηστευσαντες άρξα­σθε τής άγίας τον
νηστείας πρό τής έορτής τον Πάσχα, είναι δύσκολο νά                Πάσχα εβδομάδος, νη­στενοντες αυτήν πάντες μετά φόβού
καθορισθεί μέ ακρίβεια. Μία αναφορά στήν Τεσσαρακοστή              καί τρόμού».
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Η Τεσσαρακοστή πολυ ενωρίς ονομάστη­κε Μεγάλη. `Ο               Κατά τήν έβδομάδα αυτή απαγορεύεται ή κρεοφαγία καί
χαρακτηρισμός αυτός τής άποδόθηκε όχι μόνο γιά νά               επιτρέ­πεται -όλες τις ήμέρες- νά καταλύουμε ψάρια, τυρί
διακρίνεται άπό τίς άλλες μακρές νηστεϊες του έτους, άλλά       (καί όλα τά άλλα γαλακτοκομικά είδη) καί αυγά. Μέ τήν
καί γιά νά έξαρθεϊ ή σημασία της: ή αυστη­ρότητα της            Κυριακή τής Τυρινής κλείνει ή προπαρασκευαστική περίοδος
νηστείας καί γενικότερα της ασκήσεως που προϋποθέτει καί        τών τριών εβδομάδων καί άπό τήν επομένη εισ­ερχόμαστε
ό σκοπός χά­ριν τον όποίον καθιερώθηκε, ή πνευματική            στή Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστή.
ΧΡΕΟΣ ΤΩΝ ΧΡΙΣΤΙΑΝΩΝ                                            6. Πώς πρέπει νά νηστεύούμε σήμερα τή Μεγάλη
Η ΝΗΣΤΕΙΑ                                                       Τεσσαρακοστή; Οπως είπαμε ήδη, ή νηστεία τής Μεγάλης
                                                                Τεσσαρακοστής ήταν άπαρχής Ιδιαίτερα αύστηρή. Μέ
«Πρέπει καί ήμείς, αδελφοί μου, οί ευσε­βείς χριστιανοί νά      ανάλογη άγωνιστική διάθεση επιδιώκουμε οί 'Ορθόδο­ξοι νά
νηστεύωμεν πάντοτε, μά περισσότερον τήν Τετράδη, διατί          τήν τηρούμε καί σήμερα.
έπουλήθη­χε ό Κύριος καί τήν Παρασκευή, διατί εσταυρώθη.
`Ομοίως έχομε χρέος νά νη­στεύωμεν καί τές άλλες                Μέ ιδιαίτερη αύστηρότητα νηστεύουμε τήν πρώτη ή άλλιώς
Τεσσαρακοστές, κα­θώς εφώτισε τό άγιον Πνεύμα τούς              Καθαρά Εβδομάδα. Πολλοί —καί όχι μόνο μοναχοί— τηρούν
άγίους Πατέρας τής 'Εκκλησίας μας καί μάς έγρα­ψαν διά νά       τό λεγόμενο τριήμερο απέχουν δηλαδή από κάθε είδος τρο­
νηστεύωμεν, νά νεκρώνωμεν τά πάθη, νά ταπεινώνωμεν τήν          φής κατά τίς τρεϊς πρώτες ήμέρες καί κοινω­νούν κατά τήν
σάρκα, τό σώμα, όπού είναι ένας λύκος, ένα γουρούνι, ένα        πρώτη λειτουργία των Προηγια­σμένων. Αλλοι παραμένουν
θηρίον, ένα λεοντάρι. Καί μάλιστα μέ τά όλίγα ζούμεν μέ         ασιτοι μέχρι τήν ώρα τού Μεγάλου 'Απόδειπνου. Λάδι (καί οί
ευκολία καί όταν τρώγωμεν πολλά, θέλομεν καί έξοδα πολλά.       ­νο) καταλύουμε μόνο τό Σάββατο καί τήν Κυ­ριακή.
'Εγώ τώρα ήμπορώ νά ζήσω μέ εκατό δράμια ψωμί 'Εκείνα τά
ευλογεί ό Θεός, διατί είναι αναγκαία καί όχι νά τρώγωμεν        Μέ τόν ίδιο περίπου τρόπο όφείλουμε νά νηστεύουμε καί τό
εκατόν δέκα. 'Εκείνα τά δέκα τά καταραται, διατί είναι          άλλο διάστημα τής Τεσσα­ρακοστής. Άν Θέλουμε νά είμαστε
χαράμι, είναι εκεινού τού πεινασμένου. Φυ­λάγετε αυτές τές      άκριβεϊς, άπό λάδι απέχουμε όλες τίς ήμέρες τής εβδο­
τέσσαρες Τεσσαρακοστές, χριστιανοί μου; 'Εδώ πώς                μάδας καί όχι μόνο τήν Τετάρτη καί τήν Παρα­σκευή. Κατά
πηγαίνετε; Άν είστε χριστιανοί, πρέπει νά τές φυλάγετε,         τή Μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστή, σύμ­φωνα μέ τούς Κανόνες, λάδι
μάλιστα τήν Μεyάλην Σαρακοστή»                                  καταλύουμε μόνο τό Σάββατο καί τήν Κυριακή. Άν
                                                                όρισμένοι τώρα καταλύουν λάδι καί άλλες ήμέρες (Δευ­τέρα,
προετοιμασία μας δηλαδή γιά τήν κορυφαία εορτή τον              Τρίτη, Πέμπτη), αυτό Θά πρέπει νά γίνε­ται μόνο γιά
Πάσχα.                                                          λόγους αδυναμίας («δι' άσθέ­νειαν σωματικήν», όπως λέει
                                                                ό 69ος 'Αποστο­λικός Κανών) καί μετά από έγκριση τού
5. `Η μεγάλη Τεσσαρακοστή όπως είναι γνωστό, αρχίζει άπό        Πνευ­ματικού τους.
τήν Καθαρά Δευτέρα. Τό διάστημα τριών εβδομάδων άπό τήν
Κυ­ριακή τον Τελώνου καί Φαρισαίου, μέ τήν όποία αρχίζει ή      7. "Οπως είπαμε, κατά τή Μεγάλη Τεσσα­ρακοστή
περίοδος του Τριωδίου («ανοίγει τό Τριώδιο», λέει ό λαός        ανεμπόδιστα καί υποχρεωτικά κατά­λυση οίνου καί έλαίου
μας), μέ­χρι τήν Κυριακή τής Τυρινής που προηγεϊται,            έχουμε μόνο τά Σάββα­τα καί τίς Κυριακές. 'Εξαίρεση επίσης
άποτελεϊ ένα προπαρασκευαστικό στάδιο, τό όποίο μάς             γίνεται γιά τήν εορτή των άγίων Τεσσαράκοντα Μαρ­
προετοιμάζει γιά νά εϊσέλθουμε στήν Τεσσαρακοστή. Τά            τύρων, κατά τήν όποία επιτρέπεται ή κατάλυση οίνου καί
άγιογραφικά ανα­γνώσματα καί ή Θαυμάσια υμνογραφία              έλαίου καί γιά τήν εορτή του Ευαγ­γελισμου τής
που πάλλει άπό κατάνυξη καί συντριβή μάς ύπο­γραμμίζουν         Θεοτόκου κατά τήν όποία κατα­λύουμε ψάρι.
τή σημασία τής αληθους προσευ­χης, τής ειλικρινής
μετανοίας, τής νηστείας καί τής εγκράτειας.`                    Σέ ό,τι άφορά τήν κατάλυση ιχθύων κατά τήν Κυριακή τών
                                                                Βαΐων υπάρχει διχογνωμία. Μερικά μοναστηριακά Τυπικά,
Η πρώτη εβδομάδα -που όνομάζεται καί προσφωνήσιμος              τό Τριώδιο καί ό άγιος Θεόδωρος ό Στουδίτης συνιστουν τήν
επειδή άποτελεϊ τήν εϊσ­αγωγή τής όλης περιόδου- είναι          κατάλυση ιχθύων, άφ' ενός γιά τή λήξη τής νηστείας (ή
άπολυτή, δηλαδή καταλύουμε εϊς πάντα όλες τις ήμέ­              νηστεία τής Μ. Τεσσαρακο­στής λήγει τό εσπέρας τής
ρες καί κατά τήν Τετάρτη καί τήν Παρα­σκευή.                    Παρασκευής πρό τού Σαββάτου τού Λαζάρου) καί άφ' έτέρον
                                                                γιά νά τιμηθει ό θρίαμβος τού Χριστού επί του Θανάτου μέ
Τή δεύτερη εβδομάδα (άπό τήν Κυριακή τον 'Ασώτου μέχρι          τήν άνάσταση του Λαζάρου. Έτσι ή Κυριακή τών Βαϊων
τών 'Απόκρεω) γίνεται κατάλυση εϊς πάντα όλες τις ήμέρες,       λογίζεται ώς Δε­σποτική εορτή. 'Αντίθετα, ό άγιος Νικόδημος
έκτός άπό τήν Τετάρτη καί τήν Παρασκευή. Τίς δύο                ό `Αγιορείτης θεωρεί ώς νεώτερη προσθήκη τήν αναγραφή
αυτές ήμέρες υπάρχει πλήρης νηστεία, όπως κατά τις ήμέρες       του Τριωδίου, που συνιστά κα­τάλυση ιχθύων, καί τήν
τής Τεσσαρακοστής. `Η έβδομάδα αυτή -καί κυρίως ή τρίτη         αποκλείει.
Κυρια­κή - όνομάζεται των 'Απόκρεω, προφανως διότι τότε
σταματούμε νά καταλύουμε κρέας• κατά κάποιον τρόπο              Τί πρέπει νά γίνεται; Έχουμε τή γνώμη ότι, λόγω καί τής
δηλαδή τό άποχαιρετού­με, προκειμένου σέ λίγο νά                γενικευμένης συνήθειας, γιά τους χριστιανούς του κόσμου
αρχίσουμε τή νη­στεία .                                         μπορεί νά ισχυει ή επιεικέστερη εκδοχή, δηλαδή ή κατάλυση
                                                                ιχθύων. Αν αρχαία μοναστηριακά Τυπικά κι ένας Θεόδωρος
Η τρίτη έβδομάδα αρχίζει άπό τή Δευτέ­ρα (μετά τήν              Στουδίτης συνιστουν τήν κα­τάλυση γιά τους μοναχούς, είναι
Κυριακή τών 'Απόκρεω) καί λή­γει τήν Κυριακή τής                νοητό εμείς νά τήν άπαγορεύουμε στους λαϊκούς;
Τυροφάγου. Τήν έβδο­μάδα αυτή -γνωστή εύρύτερα τής
Τυροφά­γου- ό άγιος Θεόδωρος ό Στουδίτης τήν όνομάζει           8. Ο ιδιαίτερος τόνος αυστηρότητας που χαρακτηρίζει τή
«προνήστιμον» καί ή υμνογραφία «προχαθάρσιον»                   νηστεία τής Καθαράς 'Εβδο­μάδας διακρίνει καί τή νηστεία
έβδομάδα, επειδή κατ' έξ­οχήν αυτή μάς προετοιμάζει γιά νά      τής Μεγάλης Εβδομάδας. Μεγάλη όνομάζεται, καθώς έ­
εϊσέλθου­με στήν Τεσσαρακοστή.                                  ξηγεϊό άγιος 'Ιωάννης ό Χρυσόστομος, όχι γιατί διαφέρει
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                                                                                                   What Icaros
                                                                                               Didn’t Get To See
                                                                  Icaros had good intentions when he ignored his father’s
                                                                  warnings about the sun and sea. He wanted to see more
                                                                  of the beautiful island. Little did the daring lad with wax
                                                                  wings know that the Island would bear his name someday.
χρονικά σέ κάτι άπό τίς άλλες εβδομάδες τού χρόνον («οϋκ          I, on the other hand did listen to my mother most of the time
έπειδή πλέον έχει τό μήκος τών ωρων, οϋδέ έπειδή πλείους          about being an Icarian.       During my childhood my Greek
ημέρας έχει»), άλλά λόγω τών μεγάλων γεγο­νότων τής               Heritage was always reinforced, as documented in the
πίστεως που εορτάζουμε κατ' αϋ­τήν καί των ϋπερφυων               popular movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. My Papou used
αγαθων που μάς χαρί­στηκαν («έπειδή μεγάλα τινά καί               to make me circle words in the newspaper that were of
απόρρητα τυγχάνει τά ϋπάρξαντα ήμϊν έν αϋτή αγαθά. 'Εν            Greek derivatives. Thus, early on I began to see what
γάρ ταύτη ό χρόνιος έλύθη πόλεμος, θά­νατος έσβέσθη,              made us unique as my family forged a life in the United
κατάρα άνηρέθη..., Θεού κα­ταλλαγή πρός ανθρώπους                 States yet clung to the Icarian way of life. I wasn’t just a
γέγονεν, οϋρανός βάσιμος γέγονεν»).                               Greek, I was an Icarian. For example, if I met someone at
                                                                  a church dance the first question always asked…..what part
Η νηστεία τής Μεγάλης `Εβδομάδας -τό είπαμε ήδη- είναι
                                                                  of Greece are you from …..Or where were your parents
αρχαιότατη. 'Αποτελεί, θά λέγαμε, ιδιαίτερο τμημα της όλης
                                                                  born?
νηστείας τής Μεγάλης Τεσσαρακοστής, έξω άπό τόν αριθμό
τών σαράντα νηστήσιμων ήμερων, καί οί χριστιανοί                  Oh how my cousins and I looked forward to the Icarian con-
ανέκαθεν τήν σέβονταν βαθιά καί τήν νήστευαν μέ πολλή             ventions! None of my American friends had an experience
αϋστηρότητα.                                                      like this……talk about a family reunion! I realized in my late
                                                                  teens that the convention was the one event that insured
Είναι πολυ χαρακτηριστικά τά όσα μάς λένε γιά τή νηστεία
                                                                  an Icarian would meet and marry an Icarian. My mother
τής Μεγάλης `Εβδομάδας οί Αποστολικές Διαταγές:
                                                                  would view any young man interested in me that was not
«'Εν ταϊς ήμέραις ουν του Πάσχα νη­στεύετε, άρχόμενοι άπό         Icarian as un acceptable. If he was American …..God for-
Δευτέρας μέχρι τής Παρασκευής καί Σαββάτου, έξ ημέρας,            bid!
μόνω χρώμενοι άρτω καί άλί καί λαχάνοις καί ποτω υδατι,
οίνου δέ καί κρεων άπέ­χεσθε εν ταύταις ήμέραι γάρ εϊσι πέν­      My mother and grandmother taught me much about life
θους, άλλ' ούχ εορτης. Τήν μέντοι Παρα­σκενήν καί τό              and my heritage. Our Icarian roots were firmly planted as
Σάββατον όλόκληρον νη­στεύσατε, ος δύναμις πρόσεστιν              members of a local chapter of the Icarian organization.
τοιαύτη, μηδενός γευόμενοι μέχρις άλεκτοροφωνίας νυκτός'          I recently attended a Helios Chapter Dance and I watched
εϊ δέ τις άδννατεϊ τάς δύο σννά­πτειν όμου, φυλασσέσθω κάν        as people came in and greeted each other warmly with
τό Σάββατον. Λέγει γάρ που αυτός ό Κύριος περί εαυ­του            hugs and kisses. Young and old displayed joy and a sense
φάσκων' "'Οταν άπαρθη άπ' αυτών ό νυμφίος, νηστεύσουσιν           of anticipation for dinner and the glendi to begin. As the
έν εκείναις ταϊς ήμέραις».                                        music began I closed my eyes briefly to listen. It was as
9. "Ολες τις ήμέρες, λοιπόν, άπό τή Μ. Δευτέρα ώς τό Μ.           though I was a teenager again. The music was the same.
Σάββατο απέχουμε άπό λάδι καί τηρούμε ξηροφαγία. Γιά              The people were different and yet all was the same. A
τή Μ. Πέμ­πτη υπάρχει κάποια σύγχυση. Τό Τριώδιο,                 middle aged man held his granddaughter’s hand and
όρισμένα μοναστηριακά Τυπικά καί μιά εϋ­ρυτατα                    walked to the dance floor and joined the line dancing. He
διαδεδομένη συνήθεια μεταξύ των χριστιανων επιτρέπουν             moved with such passion and grace .The little girl followed
τήν κατάλυση οίνου καί έλαίου προφανώς πρός τιμήν του             her grandfather’s steps perfectly. Obviously it was not her
μυστη­ρίου τής Θείας Ευχαριστίας πού μάς παρέδω­σε ό              first time on the dance floor. I couldn’t help remembering
Κύριος κατά τήν ήμέρα αυτή καί λόγω της προσελεύσεως              my family and cousins teaching me the various line
πολλων πιστων στή Θεία Μετάληψη. 'Αντίθετα, ό άγιος               dances many years ago.
Νικόδημος ό `Αγιορείτης είναι επιφυλακτικός. Φρονουμε
                                                                  In many ways the Icarian chapters have perpetuated our
ταπεινά ότι γιά τούς χριστιανούς του κόσμου μπορεϊ νά γίνει
                                                                  heritage and traditions. Icaros would not have flown away if
ανεκτή ή κατάλυση ελαίού. 'Απεναντίας, οί μοναχοί στίς
                                                                  he had landed safely. He would have stayed on the island
Μονές, πού ακολουθούν γενικότερα αυστηρότερο τύπο
                                                                  and made a wonderful life for himself. Icaros did not get to
νηστείας, άς απέχουν.
                                                                  see and learn about the Island and its people. My siblings
'Ιδιαίτερη προσοχή θά πρέπει νά έπιδει­χθεϊ γιά τό Μέγα           and I are very fortunate to have lived with a front row seat
Σάββατο. Είναι ήμέρα αυ­στηρής νηστείας, τό μόνο                  observing and learning how to be Icarian.
Σάββατο του έτους πού νηστεύεται. `Επομένως ατιμάζουν
τήν ϊερότητα τής ημέρας καί ασεβούν βαρύτατα όσοι, μέ τό          Elizabeth M Gensante
αϊτιολογικό δηθεν ότι «έγινε ή πρώτη ανάσταση» (!),
σπεύδουν νά καταπα­τήσουν τή νηστεία.
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                                                                                      ΝΕΑ ΤΟΥ
                                                                                 ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟΥ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟΥ


Αγαπητοί Γονείς και Κηδεμόνες

Σ τις 15 Σεπτεμβρίου, το απογευματινό σχολείο του Αγίου Νικολάου καλωσόρισε τους μαθητές και τους γονείς από τις
καλοκαιρινές τους διακοπές, με τον παραδοσιακό τρόπο του Αγιασμού και της Ευλογίας.Ο Πατέρας Μιχαήλ ευλόγησε τους
μαθητές, δασκάλους και γονείς και ευχήθηκε μία υγιής και παραγωγική χρονιά.

Οι στόχοι μας για μία καινούργια σχολική χρονιά με ελπίδα και συνέχεια της διδασκαλίας που περιέχει την Ελληνική γλώσσα,
Θρησκεία, Ιστορία και Γεωγραφία.

   Πρόγραμμα:                   Τετάρτη – Πέμπτη από 4:30 εώς 6:30 μ.μ

   Διδακτκικὀ Προσωπικὀ: Χρήστος ΠαλαΪδης – Διευθυντής

                                Δημήτριος Μοtt – Δάσκαλος

                                Μαρία Καrys – Δασκάλα

                                Ναταλία Abdulkarine – Βοηθός Δασκάλας

Θα θέλαμε να Ευχαριστήσουμε Θερμά, τους Γονείς, και τα Μέλη του συλλόγου για τη συνεχή υποστήριξή τους, με τη δουλειά
τους και την προσπάθειά τους στο δύσκολο αυτό έργο.

Ευχόμαστε ο Θεός να Ευλογεί πάντα το σχολείο μας και την κοινότητά μας.
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                               An Obituary printed in the Miami Herald........ Interesting and sadly rather true.
           'Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one
           knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
           He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
                           Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
                           Why the early bird gets the worm;
                           Life isn't always fair; and maybe it was my fault.
           Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies
           (adults, not children,are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-
old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch;
and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplin-
ing their unruly children.
Common Sense declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin
to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their vic-
tims. Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could
sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled
a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust his wife, Discretion his daughter, Responsibility his son,
Reason
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame and I'm A Victim. Not many
attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.
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   Τι πρέπει να κάνουμε, όταν                                             Record of Protest
      είμαστε πληγωμένοι..                                              Against the Infringement
                                                                          of Religious Liberty
           Αγίου Νικοδήμου του Αγιορείτου
                                                                                 by the
 Ἀναρτήθηκε στὶς 29 Ἰανουαρίου 2012 ἀπὸ τὸν/τὴν byzanti0
                                                                         Department of Health
Όταν βρίσκεσαι πληγωμένος, επειδή έπεσες σε κάποιο                        and Human Services
αμάρτημα λόγω αδυναμίας σου ή καμιά φορά με τη θέλησή
σου μη δειλιάσεις· ούτε να ταραχθείς γι’ αυτό, αλλά αφού
επιστρέψεις αμέσως στον Θεό, μίλησε έτσι: «Βλέπε, Κύριέ
μου· έκανα τέτοια πράγματα, σαν τέτοιος που είμαι·             The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North
ούτε ήταν δυνατό να περίμενες και τίποτε άλλο από              and Central America, which is comprised of the 65 ca-
εμένα τον τόσο κακοπροαίρετο και αδύνατο, παρά
                                                               nonical Orthodox bishops in the United States, Canada
ξεπεσμό και γκρέμισμα».
                                                               and Mexico, join their voices with the United States
Και ευχαρίστησέ τον και αγάπησέ τον περισσότερο παρά           Conference of Catholic Bishops and all those who ada-
ποτέ, θαυμάζοντας την τόσο μεγάλη ευσπλαχνία του, διότι
                                                               mantly protest the recent decision by the United States
μολονότι λυπήθηκε από σένα, πάλι σου δίνει το δεξί του χέρι
και σε βοηθάει, για να μη ξαναπέσεις στην αμαρτία·             Department of Health and Human Services, and call
τελευταία, πες με μεγάλο θάρρος στη μεγάλη ευσπλαχνία          upon all the Orthodox Christian faithful to contact their
του: «Εσύ, Κύριέ μου, συγχώρησέ με και μην                     elected representatives today to voice their concern in
επιτρέψεις στο εξής να ζω χωρισμένος από σένα, ούτε            the face of this threat to the sanctity of the Church’s
να απομακρυνθώ ποτέ, ούτε να σε λυπήσω πλέον».
                                                               conscience.
Και κάνοντας έτσι, μη σκεφτείς αν σε συγχώρεσε, διότι αυτό
δεν είναι τίποτε άλλο, παρά υπερηφάνεια, ενόχληση του νου,     In this ruling by HHS, religious hospitals, educational
χάσιμο του καιρού και απάτη του διαβόλου, χρωματισμένη με
                                                               institutions, and other organizations will be required to
διάφορες καλές προφάσεις. Γι’ αυτό, αφήνοντας τον εαυτό
σου ελεύθερο στα ελεήμονα χέρια του Θεού, ακολούθησε την       pay for the full cost of contraceptives (including some
άσκησή σου, σαν να μην είχες πέσει.                            abortion-inducing drugs) and sterilizations for their em-
Και αν συμβεί εξ’ αιτίας της αδυναμίας σου να αμαρτήσεις       ployees, regardless of the religious convictions of the
πολλές φορές την ημέρα, κάνε αυτό που σου είπα όλες τις        employers.
φορές, όχι με μικρότερη ελπίδα στον Θεό. Και κατηγορώντας
περισσότερο τον εαυτό σου και μισώντας την αμαρτία
περισσότερο, αγωνίσου να ζεις με μεγαλύτερη προφύλαξη.         The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guaran-
                                                               tees the free exercise of religion. This freedom is trans-
Αυτή η εκγύμναση δεν αρέσει στον διάβολο· γιατί βλέπει πως
αρέσει πολύ στον Θεό, επειδή και μένει ντροπιασμένος ο
                                                               gressed when a religious institution is required to pay
αντίπαλος, βλέποντας ότι νικήθηκε από εκείνον, που αυτός       for “contraceptive services” including abortion-inducing
είχε πριν νικήσει. Γι’ αυτό και χρησιμοποιεί διαφορετικούς     drugs and sterilization services that directly violate their
τρόπους για να μας εμποδίσει, να μην το κάνουμε. Και πολλές    religious convictions. Providing such services should
φορές πετυχαίνει το σκοπό του εξ’ αιτίας της αμέλειάς μας
                                                               not be regarded as mandated medical care. We, the
και της μικρής φροντίδας που έχουμε στον εαυτό μας.[…]
                                                               Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, call upon
Ο τρόπος λοιπόν, για να αποκτήσεις την ειρήνη, είναι ο εξής·   HHS Secretary Sebelius and the Obama Administration
να ξεχάσεις τελείως την πτώση και την αμαρτία σου και να
                                                               to rescind this unjust ruling and to respect the religious
παραδοθείς στη σκέψη της μεγάλης αγαθότητας του Θεού·
και ότι, αυτός μένει πολύ πρόθυμος και επιθυμεί να             freedom guaranteed all Americans by the First Amend-
συγχωρέσει κάθε αμαρτία, όσο και αν είναι βαριά,               ment.
προσκαλώντας τον αμαρτωλό με διάφορους τρόπους και
μέσα από διάφορους δρόμους, για να έλθει σε συναίσθηση
και να ενωθεί μαζί του σε αυτήν τη ζωή με την χάρι του· στην
δε άλλη να τον αγιάσει με τη δόξα του και να τον κάνει
αιώνια μακάριο. Κατόπιν, όταν έλθει η ώρα της
εξομολογήσεως, την οποία σε προτρέπω να κάνεις πολύ
συχνά, θυμήσου όλες σου τις αμαρτίες, και με νέο πόνο και
λύπη, φανέρωσέ τες όλες στον Πνευματικό σου και κάνε με
προθυμία τον κανόνα που θα σου ορίσει.
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     Full service community pharmacy                   Κοινοτικό φαρμακείο πλήρους εξυπηρέτησης
     Open from 9 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday         Ανοιχτό από τις 9 π.μ. μέχρι τις 6:00 π.μ. από Δευτέρα μέχρι
      and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday                       Παρασκευή και το Σάββατο από τις 9:00 π.μ. μέχρι τις 1:00 μ.μ.
     Offering compounding services                     Προσφέρουμε υπηρεσία ανάμειξης φαρμάκων
     Local delivery available                          Διαθέτουμε κατ’οίκον διανομή στην περιοχή
     Accepting all major insurances including Medi-    Δεχόμαστε όλες τις γνωστές ασφάλειες συμπεριλαμβανομένης
      care Part D                                        και της Medicare Part D.



                          742 S. Pinellas Avenue                                     (727) 934-3400
                          Tarpon Springs, FL 34689                              Fax: (727) 934-3440

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17 E. Tarpon Avenue                     U.S. POSTAGE PAID
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