Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach, Florida was blessed with a pastoral visit by His Grace, Bishop Sebastian of Zela who presided over the celebrations of the feast day of the Parish on October 25th and 26th. As part of the various activities prepared for this visit, His Grace, Bishop Sebastian bestowed a special award from the Greek School Program of Saint Demetrios Parish upon one of the students, Michael Bramblett.
It is with gratitude to Almighty God that I am pleased to report that our parish communities in Southwestern Florida (Ft. Myers, Port Charlotte & Naples) are in regular contact with the Metropolis to report only minor damage to their churches, and no loss of life among our brothers and sisters. Truly, it is impossible not to feel God's continual presence--from the time we began to prepare, until today. Even as the storm traveled across the state and out to sea, communities in the Tampa Bay area and Orlando continually express their thankfulness to God for sparing them the worst of the damage.
With hurricane season upon the Southern United States, I prayerfully ask that we turn our attention and prayers to the state of Florida, recently fallen under a State of Emergency due to the oncoming Hurricane Ian. Specifically, I offer my prayers and blessing to those Metropolis communities which are in the storms current path, including the Tampa Bay area and Naples.
On Sunday, September 11th, 2022, His Grace Bishop Sevastianos visited Holy Trinity (Raleigh, NC) where he bestowed the Ofikion of the Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne to Fr. Paul Christy, blessed readers and and tonsured several Acolytes
On the morning of Friday, July 15, 2022, an important member of our family and community fell asleep in our Lord. Reverend Father Regis John Alexoudis, passed away in Wilmington, NC surrounded by his family.
Archbishop Elpidophoros joyfully shares with great pleasure and pride, the announcement of the White House that the Reverend Alexander Karloutsos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Throne and servant of the Archdiocese for over fifty years, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the hands of President Biden at the White House on July 7, 2022.
Beloved in the Lord, Χριστὸς ἀνέστη. Christ is Risen. It is with a troubled and sorrowful heart that I greet you today in the name of our Risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like each of you, I was shocked and grieved to hear of the horrifying attack in Uvalde, Texas, which has resulted in the deaths of 19 elementary school students and 2 teachers.
Beginning May 13th through the 15th, Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Birmingham, AL opened their doors to the Metropolis of Atlanta as they hosted the Metropolis Level St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival.
Saint Porphyrios was organized and named under the omophorion of His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, and guided under the direction of His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela beginning in to give us direction in November 2020.