Metropolitan Nicholas: Pastoral Letters

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Archpastoral Letter on Great Lent 2008

Saturday, March 08, 2008

We are about to enter into the Season of the year when the Lord draws our hearts close to Him and His Church. We are about to refrain from certain foods and entertainments for a time. We are about to attend Divine Services more often. We are about to give more charity to the poor, to be kinder to our neighbors, to care for the sad and the grieving around us. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for the Nativity 2007

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I greet all of you with the words of the Archangel: "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11). And I invite you to sing with the Angelic Choir: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). Read more...

Diocesan Appeal For Greek Fires Relief

Friday, September 14, 2007

JOHNSTOWN, PA - His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas has issued a letter calling upon all diocesan clergy and the faithful to support efforts by the Greek Archdiocese of America to provide relief to the victims of the recent fires in Greece. A special collection in each diocesan parish has been requested for Sunday September 23, 2007. Read more...

Archpastoral Letter for Pentecost 2007

Sunday, May 27, 2007

In the act of CREATION, we see the Triune God at work; all things are made new out of nothing. In the act of REDEMPTION, again we see the Triune God at work, recreating and renewing what had been corrupted by man's fall. Read more...

Ecumenical Patriarch's Letter to Turkish P.M.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

BOSTON, MA - In a confidential letter to Recep Tayyip Erdogan dated August 28, 2003 (Protocol Number 801), just a few months after Mr. Erdogan was elected prime minister of Turkey, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople importunes the Turkish Government to change its policies and political stance towards the Patriarchate. In his letter, the Patriarch noted that, "in the year 1927, 100 thousand Greeks lived in Constantinople. Today, that number has been shrunk to 2,000 and even less," and refers to the "extermination" of the Greek Orthodox population in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul). Read more...

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