Sunday, June 7, 2009
This great Feast of the Church is celebrated with the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom on the Sunday that is the fiftieth day after the celebration of Pascha. The Liturgy is conducted on the day of the Feast, and is preceded the evening before by a Great Vespers service and on the morning of the Feast by the Matins service. On the day of the Feast a Vespers service is conducted that includes the kneeling prayers. These prayers mark the beginning of the practice of kneeling during the Liturgy at the time when the holy gifts of bread and wine are consecrated as the body and blood of Christ. The practice of kneeling has been suspended during the Paschal season. On the Monday following the Feast, the Divine Liturgy is conducted in commemoration of the All-holy and Life-creating and All-powerful Spirit, Who is God, and One of the Trinity, and of one honor and one essence and one glory with the Father and the Son (From the Synaxarion of the Feast).
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Officiated at the Feast of the Pentecost today June 7, 2009 at the Archdiocesan Holy Trinity Cathedral in NYC. His Eminence was assisted by the Dean of the Cathedral Fr. Frank Marangos, Very Reverend Sebastian Skordalos, Fr. Mark Arrey, Fr. Vasilios Bassakyros, and Archdeacon Panteleimon and Deacon Nathanael.
Feast of Holy Pentecost
The Feast of Holy Pentecost is celebrated each year on the fiftieth day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Easter) and ten days after the Feast of the Ascension of Christ. The Feast is always celebrated on a Sunday.
The Feast commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, a feast of the Jewish tradition. It also celebrates the establishment of the Church through the preaching of the Apostles and the baptism of the thousands who on that day believed in the Gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Feast is also seen as the culmination of the revelation of the Holy Trinity.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Washington, D.C. Friends and Family members and Fellow Journalists filled The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sophia June 2, 2009 for a Tris-Agion Service for Lambros Papantoniou who passed away to the Lord May 28, 2009 at a Washington Hospital. Lambros who worked as a Journalist for various Greek and Greek American Newspapers including the Bi-Weekly Greek News for the last 6 years was loved by all who had contact with him. Greek News partners A. Zoupaniotis and D.Panagos from NY said that no-one can ever fill Lambros shoes in this business. Lambros was everywhere, he loved Greece and Cyprus and America where he lived and worked for the last 35 years. Fellow Journalists from the State Dept. said that they learned to love and respect their job from Mr. Lambros as they called him. Lambros always had Greece and Cyprus in his heart. Lambros always had a question regarding his favorite issues. Fr. Ioannis Tavlaridis and Fr. Dimitirs Antokas read and performed a Memorial and Tris-Agion Service prior to Lambros Departure to be burried in his Homeland Mandra, Greece. The Greek Flag will accompany Lambros throughout his last journey to his home in Greece said Ambassador Alexandros Mallias.