Pastoral Letter October 27, 2019

Orthodox Christianity is what Christ taught, the Apostles preached and the Father’s kept.

St. Athanasios the Great

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to announce a special event that St. Anna’s is sponsoring and I’m excited to introduce. This past May, the documentary film, Parallel Love was released to limited markets and audiences. It’s the story of a 90’s rock band who, when on the verge of stardom, were involved in a near-fatal car accident. They endured struggles in every way before the accident, and certainly afterwards as well. But as life went on, following the crash, most of the members of their band became Orthodox Christians…and eventually ordained as Orthodox priests! To this day, they still record, and they still serve in parishes.

I thought that this is a story worth hearing and certainly worth sharing. We have rented a Megaplex Theater at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City, Sunday November 17th at 4:00 pm. Tickets are available online at the address printed on the poster displayed below. There is also an announcement in this week’s Sunday Bulletin where you’ll find a live link to order tickets in the electronic version.

This film is not rated, and be forewarned, there is some inappropriate language (it’s a film about a rock band). And as we travel the road of a dynamic conversion to the Ancient Faith, there are also moments of grace, sanctity, hope and love (it’s also a film about people who love Christ enough to follow Him anywhere).

This film is an exceptional outreach opportunity for those searching for a relationship with Christ through His Church. It’s proof that Orthodoxy can speak to actually anyone from any background at any time in any circumstance. We can all be re-introduced to the powerful attributes of our precious Faith.

Again, three rock stars are now priests. But they’re also still rock stars.¬†This story will inspire you and energize your zeal for the Lord. It’s quirky enough to capture our attention, yet tender enough to reveal the mercy of the Lord.

St. Anna’s did not bring this film to Utah as a fund raiser. It’s an outreach effort and an opportunity to share our faith in a unique way. If there are a few dollars made at the end, we’ll allocate them to help establish a bookstore at our parish.

Please support this film with an open mind and an open heart. It’s a cool movie. Christ’s love is powerful.¬†

In His Love,

Fr. Anthony