Pastoral Letter July 28, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

These past two days have been filled with great joy and spiritual satisfaction. As an Orthodox Christian community which carries the name of St. Anna, the Mother of the Most Holy Theotokos, we enjoyed a lovely service of Great Vespers, including the Blessing of the Loaves and the Procession/Veneration of her holy Relic. Then on the morning of the 25th, we celebrated the Divine Liturgy in honor of the Ancestor of Christ; His maternal grandmother. 

For those who participated in these divine services – I am truly appreciative. Thank you for making the Matron Saint of our church a priority in your spiritual lives. 

If for any valid reason, you were unable to come to one of these services in the immediate past, two days, you have yet another opportunity.

On Friday, July 26th at 7:00 pm we will pray the Paraklesis Service to St. Anna at 7:00 pm.

Through her prayers and intercessions, we receive countless blessings. When we gather to pray; honoring her name, and praising Christ, Who is of her very Grandson, we express, in no small terms, our heart-felt gratitude for the impact she has in our lives. If we truly regard her impact and find tender solace in her presence, we will express such thanksgiving through our participation in our liturgical life. Especially when it comes to services for St. Anna.

 Our church should have been filled, at least for Great Vespers on the evening of July 24th. Please, my beloved in the Lord, we can and should do better by her.

As Orthodox Christians, we are a worshipping people. This is my call to worship. 

With Much Love in Christ,

Fr. Anthony