On Sunday May 13/26, His Eminence visited the parish of Saint Isidore of Chios to celebrate the feast day of the Saint together with the parishioners, accompanied by His Grace, Bishop Maximos and Priestmonk Benedict. His Eminence delivered a sermon on the Gospel reading of the day, stressing that Christians never say “that’s just the way I am” but ever work towards the goal of sanctification through repentance. The Christian is works until his last breath to become a better person (which means a better Christian), since we are not ourselves if we are separated from God.
After the service of the Divine Liturgy and the procession with the icon and relics both of Saint Isidore and Saint Photini (The Samaritan Woman), a festive meal was served for the faithful.
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Why do we follow the Old Orthodox Calendar?
a Because based on it, the First Ecumenical Council established the Paschal Canon and appointed that the feast of Holy Pascha may fall anywhere from March 22nd until April 25th, while with the New (Papal) Calendar it can fall as late at May 8th.
b The Gregorian (Papal) Calendar has been condemned by three Pan-Orthodox Councils under Patriarch Jeremiah Tranos (1583, 1587, 1589) Read more...
Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Tucson, AZ, is a beautiful mission parish near downtown Tucson, a city in southern Arizona. It was started in 1997 by Father John Bockman, who was a missionary priest formerly serving missions in Tennessee and Massachusetts since 1990. Read more...