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September 2012 Observer

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Seasonal Greetings

Ecclesiast​ical New Year 2014

Beloved Philoptochos Sisters,

On behalf of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, I greet you in thanksgiving as the Greek Orthodox Church commemorates the Feast of the Indiction, that is, the Ecclesiastical New Year. September 1 marks this beginning as it relates historically to harvest gathering and prayers of gratitude to God. In more contemporary times, it signifies the beginning of the school year, life changes and opportunities.

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has established September 1 as the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment. The protection of our global environment and conservation of natural resources is our sacred responsibility as stewards of God’s gifts. The natural order indicates a period of renewal for all that grows and lives in God’s world. We have a hallowed responsibility to be good stewards of the manifold gifts of God and to conserve His creation according to His will.

For the Philoptochos Sisterhood, the Ecclesiastical New Year marks the beginning of our evaluation and recommitment of service and stewardship, renewing the Myrrh Bearing roles we assume to foster healthy and productive relationships helping the broken, underprivileged and disenfranchised, embracing them not only into our personal lives but into the vibrancy of the community. This is not a job, not even a duty, but our joy of offering love and assistance.

To read the rest of the letter, please open the attached document.

Pascha 2014

Beloved National Board, Chapter Presidents and Stewards of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society,

The absolute and unconditional truth of time immemorial is the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

The universal and timeless gift that Christ offered through His Crucifixion and Resurrection was the selfless, sacrificial love that affected nature and humankind forever. This is the most irreplaceable and unique certainty in history and the core of our Christian existence.

We see His love illumined on the candle lit faces of our family and loved ones when at midnight on Holy Saturday, we celebrate the Feast of Feasts. As followers and believers, we respond and embrace “as you did it to the least of my brethren.” Only when we share Christ’s love with our neighbors through tender and devoted service will the brightness that emanates from the Glorious Resurrection truly bless us and save us from defeating darkness. Only God can rescue us from the bonds of death because God’s victory triumphed over death. “Christ is risen from the dead. By death He has trampled upon death and bestowed life to those in the tombs.”

To read the rest of President Skeadas' message, click here.

Christmas 2013

Beloved National Board, Chapter Presidents and Stewards of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society,

"For with God nothing will be impossible." Luke 1:37

In a cave amidst gentle creatures more than two thousand years ago, the Holy birth of the Baby Jesus saved humanity and enabled everyone from  time immemorial to receive the blessing, the ultimate gift of redemption and everlasting life.

The blessed Theotokos, the Holy Mother of God, was spiritually pure and completely willing to receive God's grace on behalf of humankind. For this reason we honor Mary and we pray to her to intercede to our Lord on our behalf. The Virgin Mary is our ultimate role model who gives us strength even on the most difficult and despairing day.

Click here to read more of President Skeadas’ message

Pascha 2013

Beloved National Board, Chapter Presidents and Stewards of the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, 

Christos Anesti!  Alithos Anesti! I greet you in thanksgiving as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  We are invited to “Come and Receive the Light.”  During Great and Holy Lent we walk together towards the sacred mystery of unconditional love found in the Crucifixion and Resurrection of our Lord marking the emergence from darkness. 

“Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb.  Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments.  Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, Why do you seek the living among the dead?  He is not here, but is risen!”  (Luke 24:1-6)

To read more of Mrs. Skeadas' message, click here.

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