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You Can’t Get There by Yourself

We live in a society that prides itself on independence. The very fabric of our great Nation is woven by the threads of self-government and self-accomplishments. Awards are given for “Person of the Year'', not “Group of the Year.” But we all know there are just sometimes we need help. There are just some things we can’t do by ourselves. In the Gospel of Luke we hear, “There was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, December 4, 2022
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Don’t Allow Your ‘Christmas Preparations’ to Stop You from Preparing for Christmas

Don’t Allow Your ‘Christmas Preparations’ to Stop You from Preparing for Christmas The so-called Christmas Season for many can be filled with anxiety, guilt, gluttony, depression, and all-around hectic atmosphere. Have you asked yourself why it has to be this way? The answer is simple yet profound. We normally spend the time leading up to Christmas shopping, cleaning, decorating, going over our ‘to do lists’ and in a constant state of panic that we... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, November 27, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - November 27

Greetings in Christ,   Two weeks ago we shared in a beautiful expression of our communal Orthodox faith. Sunday the thirteenth, we came together for the Orthros and Divine Liturgy, fulfilling our sacramental commitment to Christ in His Church, following which the Angels Day camp was run beautifully, offering our youth an opportunity to grow in their faith, and knowledge of their faith in a thoughtfully produced environment. Among what they explored through crafts, lessons, and... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, November 27, 2022
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Greed is Spiritual Cancer

In the parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus teaches us the deadly result of a greedy heart. Faced with full barns and a banner crop, the Rich Fool panics because he has no place to store his growing wealth. “I will do this,” he says, “I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.” (Luke 12.18) Unfortunately for the Rich Fool, that was the night he would die and face judgment for the condition of his heart. Greed is a cancer... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, November 20, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - November 20

Greetings in Christ,   Today I would like to tell you about some phone applications that I personally use that may provide value to you in your spiritual journey as you live day to day.     St. Nicholas Cathedral App - our Parish app has our calendar of events, announcements for the parish and our youth ministries, and access to the live stream feed during all of our services.     Daily Readings App – I use this app to keep... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, November 20, 2022
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The Law of Love

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10.27) With these words a certain lawyer told the Lord he knew the Law and what it stood for, but that wasn’t enough for this certain lawyer. “But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” (Luke 10.29) The answer Jesus gave, I suspect, wasn’t exactly what... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, November 13, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - November 13

Greetings in Christ,   This Sunday after Divine Liturgy begins the awaited Angels Day Camp, this ministry has been working diligently for months to prepare for this experience, and we are excited and thankful for the opportunity to serve the youth of our Parish.   Also this Sunday is the long awaited Annual Friendsgiving event. What a beautiful event we are blessed to have in the spirit of Thanksgiving! The Hope and Joy Ministry has been working to make sure the doors of... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, November 13, 2022
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Humility is the Center of Salvation

An important Jewish leader had begged Jesus Christ to come to his home because his twelve year old daughter was very sick. Jesus agreed and, surrounded by a huge crowd of followers, was on His way to the house when He was interrupted by a devout and humble woman. This woman, sick for twelve years, believed with all her heart, that if she just was able to reach out and touch Jesus, she would be healed. Unlike Jairus the Jewish leader, she didn’t beg Jesus. She didn’t even want anyone... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, November 6, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - November 6

Greetings in Christ,   On Sunday the 30th of October after much anticipation, our Philoptochos hosted the Annual Hunger Fight. What I witnessed that day was a beautiful expression of Christian philanthropy within our community. It was a joyful experience of comradery and light competition as we all raced toward the finish line. While I do not have the final number, I believe we packed all together something between 10 and 15 thousand meals for our local community and for those in... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, November 6, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - October 30th

Greetings in Christ,   This Past Saturday and Sunday our Dance Ministry hosted their Embroidery Workshop. They had a wonderful time in fellowship, learning new skills, and dancing!   Also last weekend our Goyans participated in the St. Stefanos Volleyball Tournament, from Friday night they enjoyed fellowship, food, and icebreakers. On Saturday the Volleyball games commenced through the day, ending with a dinner dance and Polynesian fire dancing show. On Sunday we... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, October 30, 2022
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Hurricane Relief Fund Established

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, For as long as people have lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida and the Tampa Bay Area, hurricane season has brought anxiety and fear of destruction. For more than one hundred years, Tarpon Springs has been spared a direct hit from hurricanes. For us Greek Orthodox Christians, we know why. Saint Nicholas watches over us. Year after year, the storms approach. Storm after storm, by the grace of God, avoids Tarpon Springs. In the news, on social... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Saturday, October 29, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - October 23rd

Greetings in Christ,   This past weekend our BoyScouts had a successful horseback riding trip. Everyone had a great time taking trails through the woods. Nomikos Tsongranis riding a horse through the trails.   This Coming week we have the Annual Philoptochos Rummage sale to look forward to.  Don’t forget! The rescheduled date for the Philoptochos Feed the hungry date is this coming Sunday the 30th!    As well, our Young... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, October 23, 2022
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Jesus’ Healing Tour; Next Stop….Your Heart

    Throughout the Gospels, we hear of Jesus moving from town to town healing crowds of believers of everything from paralysis to demonic possession. At each of these events, there are always witnesses who are shocked by what they see with their own eyes. Sometimes the shock leads to a deep faith in Christ; other times, the shock leads to rejecting Jesus and sending Him away.   In the Gospel of Luke, we hear how Jesus heals a man who was being controlled by so many... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, October 23, 2022
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Everyone Has an Equal Chance at God’s Love

In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus explains that God chooses to “cast His seed” without hesitation and without discrimination to whomever receives His word. He says, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside…some fell on rock….some among thorns….and some fell on good ground.” (Luke 8.5-8) It is important to notice that God didn’t wait to make sure His seed would only fall on good soil. NOR did He worry about... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, October 16, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - October 16th

Greetings in Christ,   Wednesday the fifth we had our second Parish Ministry Night, we were pleased to have another successful evening, in worship, fellowship and learning. We had a great showing of support, and are thankful to our ministries for all that they have done and continue to do in service to our community. We hope to see even more of our Church family in the coming month. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday November second, We hope to enjoy your company at the next... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, October 16, 2022
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The Touch of Christ Heals All

So many times we struggle with whether or not we should attend Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. I’ve heard so many explanations in the past thirty years about why people don’t need to be in Church to pray and experience God. The Gospel offers us a different answer with the story of the raising of the widow’s son in Nain. (Luke 7.11-17) In this story it was the physical touch of Christ, along with His command, that healed the young man. He touched the open coffin when He... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, October 9, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - October 9th

Greetings in Christ,   Here are just a few photos from our Dodgeball tournament!  A few weeks prior to this Sunday our Boy Scouts made a weekend camping trip to Rainbow River where they went tubing down one of the clearest bodies of water in the state! This upcoming Saturday the fifteenth, our Boy Scouts will be making a day trip to go horseback riding!   Sunday school has been running for a few weeks now, this is a reminder that it is... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, October 9, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - October 2nd

Greetings in Christ!   It is dually with great joy and solemnity that I write this letter following the great storm that was on our doorstep. In willful thanksgiving I pray to our Christ, God and to His Saints and our ceaseless intercessors St. Nicholas and the Archangel Michael, for guiding and protecting us unharmed through the storm. At the same time I pray for the renewal, peace, and health of our brothers and sisters in Christ who were in the path of this great thalassic... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, October 2, 2022
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When God Spares us from Storms

The past seven days have been stressful and confusing for our community. The constant changing path of Hurricane Ian was a rollercoaster of emotions. One day we were in the bullseye followed by all clear the next day. In the end, Saint Nicholas once again interceded for our safety to God, and God spared us another disaster. What was good for Tarpon Springs ended up being catastrophic for our neighbors to the south in Ft Myers and Naples and other areas of Florida. Walls of water and severe... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, October 2, 2022
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How Will You Help the Lord This Week?

In the Gospel of Luke we hear the calling of the first disciples of Christ while they were “off duty” from their day of fishing. Jesus “saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets.” (Luke 5.2) Their day was finished and I’m sure the fishermen were looking forward to a few moments of rest after a long day at work, but the Lord had other plans. “Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s,... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, September 25, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - September 25

Greetings in Christ!   On thursday the 15th of September we had the distinct pleasure of hosting a Pan-Orthodox event on the Feast of St. Nikitas. We came together for Orthros and Divine Liturgy as the Orthodox Community of the greater Tampa Bay area. Our dear Hierarch Bishop Sevastianos of Zelon presided over the service, and offered us all encouragement in our faith during his sermon. Following Divine Liturgy the clergy enjoyed fellowship and Lunch together hosted by our Parish... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, September 25, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - September 18

Greetings in Christ,   This past week we kicked off a new ministry aimed toward preparing High School Upperclass students for life after graduation. We are blessed to have this great opportunity, and we look forward to the next of their monthly meetings! The Saturday prior to this, The Philadelphia Men's Ministry took a day trip to the Panagia Vlahernon Mens Monastery for a brief spiritual excursion. We had the opportunity to venerate in their Church, Share a meal, see... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, September 18, 2022
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Christianity is for Radicals

It used to be that most people didn't associate being a Christian with being a radical, but radical living is exactly what Jesus expects from His followers. “What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8.37) That sounds pretty radical to me! Many of us grew up believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. We even believe in the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – but we never sit down to really think about what it means to believe in Jesus... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, September 18, 2022
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Family Ministries Director, Weekly Message - September 11

Greetings in Christ,   This past Wednesday we experienced our very first Parish Ministry Night here at our St. Nicholas Cathedral. The event by any standard for first time ministries was a beautiful success, and a good indication of the greater potential for these events and events like it in our community. This event saw nearly 90 parishioners of all ages in attendance. As was advertised, we joined together in worship in the Cathedral, following which we enjoyed fellowship and... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, September 11, 2022
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Another Year; Another Chance

We come once again to the Sunday before the Feast of Holy Cross. Year after year the Church begins the cycle of Feasts in September. Our annual commemoration of the Holy Cross is an annual reminder both of God’s love for us and our love for Him. It gives  us another chance, year after year, to ‘get it right’ and mirror the love of God in our lives. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, September 11, 2022
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Do YOU Want Eternal Life?

When Jesus was asked, “What good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” He responded by saying, “If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Matthew 19.16-17) After listing all the commandments the rich man chose to push the issue further by saying, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” (Matthew 19.20) Ultimately, after Jesus said, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, September 4, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - August 28

Greetings in Christ,   It is with great joy that I am able to boast on behalf of the hard work and dedication shown in the work of our St. Nicholas PreSchool program. Recently we have achieved a one hundred percent readiness score in our School, meaning that one hundred percent of the graduating class was deemed ready to enter Kindergarten! It is clear through these results and seeing the wonderful work that is being accomplished, we have a solid foundation and program. The... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, August 28, 2022
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Life Isn’t a Game

When we were children we played games like hide-and-seek. The “seeker” would count to ten and call out “ready or not, here I come” and then rush out to find those who were hiding. Once the “seeker” reached “10” there was no chance if we had not found a place to hide. Our best chance was to outrun the seeker to “base” and hope we could avoid being caught. Games are fun….but they aren’t life. There are several times in... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, August 28, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message - August 21

Greetings in Christ,   In my last week of scheduled meetings I’ve come across another wonder of dedication, involvement and care for Christ’s ministry in this beautiful Church. What may seem unspectacular, I find great appreciation for. That in our world of uncounted responsibilities-of love and labor which are shouldered with care from week to week while the espoused activities of our lives vie for our undivided attention. There are those who are willing to go above... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, August 21, 2022
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Questions of Faith

What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ? Most people would answer by saying they believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came into the world to save sinners. And they would be correct, but is it enough to offer these few words about belief? The difficult answer unfortunately is, “NO!” It is not enough to just believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He came into the world to save sinners. After all…..even the devil believes in Jesus Christ. When... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, August 21, 2022
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It is Safe in the Ark

We read the story of Noah's Ark in the Old Testament. (Genesis 6-8). The only way for Noah and his family to be safe from the flood was to get in the Ark. For forty days and forty nights the storm raged and the floodwaters came. Everything that was not in the Ark was swept away. Outside the Ark there was total destruction, but inside the Ark the animals and Noah’s family were safe. Once the storm stopped and flood waters subsided, God called Noah and his family out of the Ark to live... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, August 14, 2022
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Family Ministry Director's Weekly Message

Greetings in Christ, Last weekend I Joined the Boy Scout Troop on their weekend camping trip at the Sand Hill Boy Scout Campgrounds in the Spring Hill area. We received a tour of the land, Including two natural springs, one of which connects directly to the Florida Aquifer which was featured on National Geographic. As well, the BoyScouts had an opportunity to work on their Marksmanship at the camp's training ground.The main attraction of our camp out was a canoeing trip down the... Read More
Posted by Vikentios Livanos at Sunday, August 14, 2022
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What Can we Accomplish with Only a Few Fish?

When the Apostles of Our Lord were faced with a great need they turned to Christ…..well sorta. In the Gospel story of the feeding of the 5000, faced with “only five loaves and two fish” the Apostles urged Jesus to send the crowd of people away to get food for themselves. They said, “This is a deserted place, send the multitude away, that they may go into the village and buy themselves food. We have here only five loaves and two fish.” (Matthew 14.15-17) In their... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, August 7, 2022
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Against Cremation

When it comes to our struggle against the modern, secular world, one consistent pattern emerges. Our society has no regard for the human body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. We abuse our bodies with drugs and alcohol. We use our bodies as canvas for artwork, and as pincushions. It should come as no surprise then that when our bodies die, more and more are opting for cremation. The Church is against cremation, but few know why. Many claim it is because we need our bones to be resurrected... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, July 17, 2022
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Church Etiquette 

Over the past few months I have had several conversations with members of our St Nicholas Cathedral family about the state of our church etiquette. I have heard comments ranging from “They shouldn’t be dressed like that,” to “The children are distracting.” It can be difficult attending divine worship in a Cathedral filled with so many faithful. With each member of our Church, standards on these issues vary, and sometimes they vary drastically. To help us ‘get... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, July 10, 2022
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What are you worried about?

Let’s face it, life is difficult. “Where will my family live?” “What will my family eat?” “How will I send my children to college?” “Will I have a job next week after the merger?” Although we may not struggle about these exact questions, we all know life is a struggle, no matter who we are or where we live. And yet the Lord says, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, July 3, 2022
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Immediate Response Required

In today’s Gospel we witness Christ calling His first disciples to follow Him. These humble ‘working class’ men were already faithful Jews. As fishermen, they knew hard and about long days. They knew how to put their faith in God to ‘provide’ for their livelihood and fill their nets. They knew that every blessing for God required patience and discipline. All their knowledge prepared them for what was to come next. As Christ walked by, He said, “Follow Me... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, June 26, 2022
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A Reflection on Fathers' Day

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence.” (1 Timothy 3.2-5)   Summer comes along and the thought of spending time outdoors with our families and friends brings a warm feeling to our hearts. It’s... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, June 19, 2022
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We are Never Alone

In a society so preoccupied with individualism, it can be very easy to feel alone, even if we are surrounded by other people. Our faces are glued to our smart phone screens, and our senses are totally cut off from reality. Most of the time we are totally unaware of those around us, so feeling alone has become ‘normal’ for most, but we are never alone. No, I’m not talking about aliens, although the media has been preoccupied with the idea of UFO’s lately.... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, June 12, 2022
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Summer Heat

This week marks the end of another school year, and the beginning of a new adventure we all know and love as summer. Even for families without children in school, the end of the school year represents the cycle of life and the enjoyable tradition of summer vacations! For those of us in Florida, summer also means unbearable heat and the need for some refreshing water at the beach. There was another time in the heat of the day when someone needed some refreshing water. A woman from Samaria... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, May 22, 2022
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Nobody is Alone

Early in Jesus' earthly ministry, He came across a man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, who was lying by the Pool of Bethesda. At certain times during the year, an angel of the Lord would come down from heaven, stir the water, and the one who entered the water first after the angel, would be healed. This man whom Jesus met, time after time, was too slow dragging himself into the pool. Though he failed to be healed after so many years, he never gave up hope. He never stopped... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, May 15, 2022
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Our Common Mother

On the second Sunday of May each year we honor mothers. We honor them with luncheons, flowers, gifts and praise for their dedication and love. But what do we offer our “common” mother, the Mother of God? The Ever-Virgin Mary whom we call Mother of God, is also our mother. This honor given to her is not just symbolic, but a real relationship she maintains with us as her children. Consider this… The Mother of God, exercising her free will, gave God permission to enter... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, May 8, 2022
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From Fear to Faith

In the evening of the first Pascha, the Apostles had locked themselves in a room because they were afraid of the Jewish elite, when Jesus appeared inside the room and said to them, “’Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’ And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” (John 20.21-22) But Thomas was not there and doubted the story the Apostles told when he arrived saying, “Unless I see in... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, May 1, 2022
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Starting Over Requires Drastic Measures

When someone suffering from addiction desires to stop his addiction, radical changes in his way of life are required in order for him to isolate the behaviors that feed his addiction. This is the process that is so successfully carried at drug and alcohol rehab facilities throughout our nation. Many times the first step in rehab is spending time “in detox” which gives the body time for the particular drug to be cleansed from his organs etc. The same process is required when we... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, April 10, 2022
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The struggle is EVERYTHING

We have arrived at the “half-way point” of our Great Lenten Journey, and the Church brings our attention solidly upon the Holy Precious and Life-Giving Cross of our Lord. In the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Great Lent we hear Jesus Christ challenge us to join Him on the Cross. “For whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 8:34) The life of every Christian is found in the Cross, both the Cross of Christ and OUR... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, March 27, 2022
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Στο σημερινό Ευαγγέλιο του Αποστόλου Μάρκου

Στο σημερινό Ευαγγέλιο του Αποστόλου Μάρκου βλέπουμε τον Ιησού να επισκέπτεται ένα σπίτι στην... Read More
Posted by Fr Theofanis Katsiklis at Sunday, March 20, 2022
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Great Lenten Fasting Guidelines for 2022

If you currently do not fast regularly or at all… abstain from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays   If you currently fast from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays… abstain from meat every day during Great Lent If you currently fast… increase your fasting one “level” this year following the example above beginning with Wednesdays and Fridays. Suggested Fasting Levels in the Orthodox Christian Tradition 1.       Abstain... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, March 6, 2022
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The Who, What, Where, When and Why of Prayer

Since the Triodion is a special time to prepare us for Great Lent, and Great Lent will have a greater focus on prayer,  I thought this week I would talk about prayer. Once I was asked, “Can we pray for people who are not of the Christian faith, for example for the healing from a sickness?” When I was considering this question, it occurred to me that we should speak about prayer in general since it is a central part of our Orthodox Christian Life. The simple answer to this... Read More
Posted by Fr Athanasios Haros at Sunday, February 20, 2022
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The Prodigal Son

The week, we hear the story of a wealthy man with two sons.  The younger son asked his father to give him his share of the wealth so he can live his own life.  He traveled far away from home and lived a rich life for years until he had nothing left. He went back to his father, begging for a job as one of his servants so he can at least have some food to eat.  As soon as his father saw him, he ran to his son and welcomed him home.  Not as a servant, but as his son.  The... Read More
Posted by Fr Theofanis Katsiklis at Sunday, February 20, 2022
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