Έχει τεράστιο ενδιαφέρον η ανάπτυξη ορθόδοξων ιεραποστολικών κοινοτήτων σε διάφορες πολιτείες των ΗΠΑ. Η Ορθόδοξη Χριστιανική Εκκλησία γίνεται γνωστή στην αμερικάνικη ήπειρο και προσευχόμαστε όλοι οι Ορθόδοξοι Χριστιανοί των ΗΠΑ να γίνουν Ορθόδοξοι ιεραπόστολοι σε όλες τις ΗΠΑ και σε όλη την Αμερική. Of considerable interest to develop orthodox missionary communities in various US states. The Orthodox Christian Church is known in the American continent and pray all US Orthodox Christians to become Orthodox missionaries throughout the US and throughout the Americas.
Pentecost Letter from Bishop Anthony Encourages Support of Mission Parishes
In honor of the Holy Feast of Pentecost, Bishop Anthony encourages all churches in the Toledo Diocese to support our new missions. Missions are a sign of a living, and vibrant church, and evidence that the same Holy Spirit who descended upon the Apostles is with us today!
May 31, 2015
Great Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost
Beloved Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest:
Christ is in our midst!
We give thanks to God in all things as we enjoyed the blessings of the Great Fast, the Feast of Feasts, Pascha, and now our celebration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.
As we read in the Holy Scriptures, our Lord asked the apostles and disciples to stay in the Holy City of Jerusalem until they received «power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.» (Acts 1:8) The Holy Spirit gave them the power and grace to go and preach the Good News of His Resurrection. This «power» has been with the Church since that day and given to us!
This most-joyous feast represents the beginning of the Church’s mission to carry the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the four corners of the earth. From that day in Jerusalem, the Apostles followed our Lord’s command to make disciples of all nations. This mission continues to this very day.
Of particular importance in the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest is the work of our nine mission parishes and our Diocesan Mission Council. Through our mission parishes, the love of God the Father and the Communion of His All-Holy Spirit in His One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church have come to rest in the hearts and on the heads of so many in otherwise geographically and spiritually remote places throughout our Diocese.
As we hear in the Epistle, the establishment of missions is not always an easy task. Many of our mission parishes are small and without the material means to acquire what is needed to help them grow and prosper. It is vital that all of the faithful throughout the Diocese take up the task of sharing what they have received, both in spiritual and material blessings, with our mission parishes.
I strongly encourage our more-established parishes to «adopt» a mission parish and work to ensure that the mission has all that it needs to carry on the work of our Lord. In those mission parishes where many of the faithful have been «newly-illumined,» share the faith and traditions as we have received them from our spiritual fathers and mothers, and learn of the path that brought the faithful home to the Orthodox Church. As our Lord instructed the Apostles, «Freely ye have received, freely give.» (Mathew 10:8)
On the Great and Holy Feast of Pentecost, all parishes are asked to take a special offering to support our nine missions. You may send your checks to the «Diocese of Toledo Mission Fund», c/o Nicholas Ayoub 1251 Franklin St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. In addition, I am renewing my request that all parishes include a line item in their annual budgets for the benefit of the mission fund.
Please continue to keep our missions in your prayers during this festal season and throughout the entire year!
Have a blessed Feast and may the Lord bless you as you remain faithful to Him.
+ Bishop Anthony
Bishop of Toledo
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Planting Grant Missions: South Carolina faithful bless site of future church
Priest James Bozeman and the faithful of Saint James Church here marked their patronal feast day with the celebration of the blessing of the newly acquired site on which their future church will be built on Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Joining them were Archimandrite Gerasim, Administrator of the Diocese of the South; Archpriest Marcus Burch, Chancellor of the Diocese of the South; Archpriest Thomas Moore, Dean of the Carolinas Deanery; Priest John Parker, Chair of the OCA Department of Evangelization; and Priest Christopher Foley, Priest-in-charge of Holy Cross Church, Highpoint, NC.
Archimandrite Gerasim offered an inspiring sermon that illumined the true purpose for which God gives land to His people—to provide a place for His people to keep His commandments.
Saint James Mission was planted on April 30, 2012 with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon. Father James, who was assigned Priest-in-charge two months later, celebrated the community’s first Divine Liturgy on July 1, 2012. The mission was initiated under the direction of Father John Parker and the efforts of three Beaufort families who met in a classroom of a local Baptist church. Saint James—one of five mission communities receiving a Planting Grant from the Orthodox Church in America—has grown to 20 families who meet in a rented facility.
“I am grateful to our parishioners for their support and vision for the future of our mission,” said Father James. “We began with a small handful of people, meeting in a borrowed space, and possessing very few of the things we needed to celebrate divine services. In less than three years, through the support of our local sister churches, our deanery and diocese, and the OCA’s Planting Grant, God has regularly provided for our mission’s needs. By His grace, Saint James is becoming a true ‘Church family’ with a vision not only for a beautiful building on a beautiful piece of land, but for Christ’s name to be proclaimed in its fullness here in Beaufort and in coastal South Carolina.”
Along with a goal of raising funds, breaking ground and building within the next five years, Father James and his parishioners continue to focus on missionary outreach in Beaufort and in building on this foundation a strong, growing and spiritually healthy Church community.
Βρείτε μια ορθόδοξη Εκκλησία στις ΗΠΑ, στο Καναδά και στο Μεξικό. Find an Orthodox Christian church in USA, Canada and Mexico.
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America
6455 Silver Dawn Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89118
FAX 702-221-9167Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of N. America
358 Mountain Road
Englewood, NJ 07631
FAX 201 871-7954
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church
Carpatho Russian Orthodox Diocese in the USA
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)
Jerusalem Patriarchate in North and South America
Orthodox Church in America
Russian Orthodox Church in the USA
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
Βίντεο για το μοναστήρι του Αγίου Αντωνίου στην Αριζόνα των ΗΠΑ. Orthodox monastery of Saint Anthony, Arizona, USA.( Video )