Chief cornerstone, Foundation and Earthquakes

This work is separated in three Units, for the Glory of the Holy Trinity

Dedicated to all the Orthodox Fellow-Citizens with the Apostles

«Therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the Saints, and of the same household/family of God; having been built upon the Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the Chief Corner-Stone; In Whom all the Building (The Church) put together grows to a Holy Temple in the Lord: In whom you also are built together for a dwelling of God through the Spirit.» (Eph. 2, 19-22)

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Saint Leo the Great on the Apostles Fast and its Significance

Saint Leo the Great (Sermon 78 – On the Whidsuntide or Pentecost Fast)

I. Since the Apostles’ Day Till Now Self-Restraint is the Best Defence Against the Devil’s Assaults.

Today’s festival, dearly-beloved, hallowed by the descent of the Holy Spirit, is followed, as you know by a solemn fast, which being a salutary institution for the healing of soul and body, we must keep with devout observance. For when the Apostles had been filled with the promised power, and the Spirit of Truth had entered their hearts,

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A History of the Apostle’s Fast

Patristic Testimony Concerning the Fast

The fast of the holy Apostles is very ancient, dating back to the first centuries of Christianity. We have the testimony of St. Athanasius the Great, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Leo the Great and Theodoret of Cyrrhus regarding it. The oldest testimony regarding the Apostles Fast is given to us by St. Athanasius the Great (†373). In his letter to Emperor Constance, in speaking of the persecution by the Arians, he writes: «During the week following Pentecost, the people who observed the fast went out to the cemetery to pray.» «The Lord so ordained it,» says …

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The Resurrection of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)

The Resurrection of Christ - Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594)

15-01 γνωρίζω δὲ ὑμῖν, ἀδελφοί, τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ὃ εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν, ὃ καὶ παρελάβετε, ἐν ᾧ καὶ ἑστήκατε,

1: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

15-02 δὶ’ οὗ καὶ σῴζεσθε, τίνι λόγῳ εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν εἰ κατέχετε, ἐκτὸς εἰ μὴ εἰκῇ ἐπιστεύσατε.

2: By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

15-03 παρέδωκα γὰρ ὑμῖν ἐν πρώτοις, ὃ καὶ παρέλαβον, ὅτι χριστὸς ἀπέθανεν ὑπὲρ τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ἡμῶν κατὰ τὰς γραφάς,

3: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

St. Polycarp of Smyrna (February 23)

Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, who was «fruitful in every good work» (Col. 1:10), was born in the first century, and lived in Smyrna in Asia Minor. He was orphaned at an early age, but at the direction of an angel, he was raised by the pious widow Kallista. After the death of his adoptive mother, Polycarp gave away his possessions and began to lead a chaste life, caring for the sick and the infirm. He was very fond of and close to St Bucolus, Bishop of Smyrna (February 6). He ordained Polycarp as deacon, entrusting to him to preach the Word of God in church. He also ordained him to the holy priesthood. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called

The Feast of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First Called is November 30th. Our Community chose Saint Andrew as its patron saint because the first organizational meeting of our Parish was held on his Feast Day, November 30, 1979. The Patron Icon of St. Andrew, enshrined in the narthex of the Church, is a unique composition that exists nowhere else in sacred art. Iconographer Xenia Pokrovsky designed and wrote this sacred icon in egg-tempera. It depicts St. Andrew’s missionary work in the cities of Syria, from which the ancestors of many of our parishioners emigrated. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Do you know how the Apostles died?

1 Matthew

Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , killed by a sword wound.

2

Mark

Died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.

3

Luke

Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

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