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Conveying 2000 years of history, tradition and faith is a daunting task. For that matter, even just 40 years is challenging. We have sought to provide you with a few tools to help you begin to understand this great faith that we have received from generations of stewards of the Church. In these pages, we have tried to recognize and honor those who have laid the foundations of our Orthodox Christian church here in Melbourne, Florida and to provide current information on our many ministries and programs. Additionally, we have provided links to other sites we have found helpful in understanding the Orthodox Faith. By God's grace and with your input and support, we hope to do even better. We give thanks to all those who have worked and given sacrificially as stewards of God's Holy Church; we give all the praise and glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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Dear Faithful and Friends,
I have been greatly troubled lately by how dark and fallen the world seems to have become. There is so much overt, twisted sexuality, violence and other sinful behavior being thrown at us from every direction…and God forbid we should call sin a sin. In our society today, it seems as though that is what is considered a sin.
As an example, on television we’ve gone from Lucy & Ricky (a married couple sleeping in separate beds), to Father Knows Best (an intact, traditional family), to My Three Sons (single dad raising three boys with male help), to the Partridge Family (single mom raising four kids with single male manager), to the Brady Bunch (two widowed parents who marry and “blend” their six kids into a family), to the Modern Family (sorry I can’t even tell you).
This Sunday evening, we begin Great Lent in the Orthodox Christian faith. We begin
with the Vespers of Forgiveness at 6 PM Sunday evening, with repentance, forgiveness,
alms (charitable giving to those in need -
On Wednesday evenings during Great Lent, we will be offering the Pre-
On the first five Friday evenings, we will be offering the Salutations/Akathist to the Theotokos at 6 PM, followed by The Birth of Freedom DVD series (around 7:30 PM).
This morning I went to see the newly released 20th Century Fox film SON OF GOD. I generally prefer to read the book before going to see the movie. I encourage you to also read The Book, the Bible, especially the New Testament and most especially the authorized autobiographies of Jesus Christ by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John (note that all other “versions” of His Story are all, or mostly all, pure fiction). If you haven’t already done so, make a point of completing a reading of at least the Gospels during Great Lent in preparation for Great and Holy Week. I promise you that you will be greatly blessed!
No movie can perfectly render any book. SON OF GOD does a very admirable, respectful job of getting across the Gospel story (predominantly from John’s Gospel). Like any movie, it takes some license with facts but gets across Gospel truths beautifully, powerfully and accurately.
As Christians, God has commanded us to be in the Light. This Great Lent, I encourage you to join me in watching less TV, in spending less time spamming your mind, heart and soul with content from the Internet. Content yourself with Christ! Make a point of spending more time with the Son of God, Jesus Christ and in fellowship with fellow believers.
Celebrate the Light of Christ. Go see SON OF GOD with your family and friends (bring tissues). As the movie ended, I wanted to shout out, “Jesus wants to love the hell out of all of you. He wants you to help Him carry the cross.”
There’s more Good News coming! Two previews were shown. Before Pascha, the movie version of Heaven is for Real will be released. If you haven’t read the book, make a point of reading it before you go see the movie. Have tissues with you as you read the book and see the movie because you will receive the gift of tears, tears of divine joy, when you see the story.
Also, an all-
Brothers and sisters, many of you have read (or at least heard from) the book, and hopefully most of you will go see the movie. My great hope and prayer however is that you will all truly meet, know and fall in love with the Person, Jesus Christ.
I pray that we may all have a spiritually fruitful Great Lent.
+Fr. Demetri Tsigas
St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
5965 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne FL 32940-
321.254.1045 (fax) 321.821.0450
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