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Metropolis of Chicago Archons Hold 2nd Annual Business Retreat

METROPOLIS OF CHICAGO ARCHONS HOLD 2ND ANNUAL BUSINESS RETREAT

 GUEST SPEAKER PROFESSOR JAMES SKEDROS DISCUSSED HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF AND FUTURE OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE

KANSASVILLE, WI: The Metropolis of Chicago's Archons held their 2nd Annual Archon Business Retreat on Saturday, April 22, at the at St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, Wisconsin. During the retreat, Metropolis of Chicago Archon news was reported and National Archon-related events discussed.
 
The guest speaker for this year's retreat was James Skedros, the current dean of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies. Dr. Skedros centered his lecture on the importance of the city of Constantinople for the past, present and future of the Patriarchate.

James C. Skedros is dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, MA) and the Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies. A graduate of Holy Cross, Professor Skedros received his Th.D. from Harvard Divinity School in the History of Christianity in 1996. From 1996 to 1998 he was Assistant Professor of Orthodox Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has been on the faculty of Holy Cross since 1998. His teaching and research areas include popular religious practices in Late Antiquity, Byzantine Christianity, the lives of early Christian and Byzantine saints, pilgrimage, and Christian-Muslim relations. He is also Lecturer on New Testament Greek at Harvard Divinity School where he has been teaching Greek since 2000.

In addition to his book on the historical development of the veneration of the early Christian martyr Demetrios (St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki: Civic Patron and Divine Protector, 4th-7th c. CE ), he has published several journal articles as well as entries in important references works (The Cambridge Dictionary of ChristianityThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox ChristianityThe Orthodox Christian World) and in several books dealing with the veneration and commemoration of saints. He is a double recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, both for the study of Byzantine saints in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Eastern Orthodox Christians are the second largest Christian faith tradition worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website: www.chicago.goarch.org. More information on the Archons is available at www.Archons.org and more information on Holy Cross Hellenic College can be found at www.hchc.edu.

 

Annual Celebration at the Chapel of the Life-giving Spring

Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago, spiritual leader of all Greek Orthodox parishioners within Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana, visited the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville on Friday, April 21.

2017 Greek Independence Day Parade

We are pleased to announce that the annual Greek Independence Day Parade will be taking place on Sunday, April 30, 2017 beginning at 2:30 PM in Chicago’s historic Greek-Town, on Halsted Street.

Pascha in Dubuque with His Grace Bishop Demetrios

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited St Elias the Prophet Greek Orthodox Church in Dubuque on Saturday, April 15, to celebrate Orthodox Easter services. Eastern Orthodox observe Easter, or Pascha (literally, “Passover”), as the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this year on Sunday, April 16.

Holy Saturday Morning in Sioux City: The First Resurrection

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Sioux City on Saturday, April 15, to celebrate Orthodox Easter services. Eastern Orthodox observe Easter, or Pascha (literally, “Passover”), as the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this year on Sunday, April 16

15th Annual Washing of the Feet: Video

At the last supper our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ kneeled down and washed the dirty feet of each of his disciples. Imagine what your feet would look like if you traveled all over the desert of the Holy Land in nothing but sandals.   Yet Christ washed them.

Holy Friday Evening in Des Moines

LOCAL GREEK ORTHODOX PARISH TO CELEBRATE
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

GREEK ORTHODOX REGIONAL HIERARCH TO VISIT DES MOINES

DES MOINES, IOWA:  Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited St George Greek Orthodox Church in Des Moines on Friday, April 14, to preside at Good Friday services, part of Holy Week for Eastern Orthodox followers worldwide.  

This year, Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16.  Good Friday, as in other Christian traditions, is a commemoration of the Crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ. Easter, or Pascha as it is commonly named in Orthodox traditions, is the remembrance of his resurrection from the dead. Good Friday is marked by several elaborate ceremonies and rituals beginning the evening prior.  
   
The service in Des Moines will specifically focus on the death and burial of Jesus. The service includes a procession outside and around the church building with an icon of the Entombed Christ (Epitafios) and a decorated canopy, recalling the descent of Christ into the realm of the dead (Hades).

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos serves as the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just recently last year official recognition by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

Eastern Orthodox Christians are the second largest Christian denomination worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on His Grace Bishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website: www.chicago.goarch.org.

Holy Friday at Waterloo Parish

LOCAL GREEK ORTHODOX PARISH TO CELEBRATE
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES

GREEK ORTHODOX REGIONAL HIERARCH TO VISIT WATERLOO

WATERLOO, IOWA:  Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Waterloo on Friday, April 14, to preside at Good Friday services, part of Holy Week for Eastern Orthodox followers worldwide.  

This year, Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16.  Good Friday, as in other Christian traditions, is a commemoration of the Crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ.  Easter, or Pascha as it is commonly named in Orthodox traditions, is the remembrance of his resurrection from the dead.  Good Friday is marked by several elaborate ceremonies and rituals beginning the evening prior.  
   
The service in Waterloo will specifically focus on the death and burial of Jesus.  The bishop will read the biblical narrative of the Crucifixion and following the section recounting the death of Jesus, will remove the icon of the Crucified Jesus from the Cross. The reading resumes with the account of Christ’s burial.  Later in the service an elaborate procession will occur with an icon of the Entombed Christ (Epitafios) throughout the church.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos serves as the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. In his position, he travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for Religious Freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just recently last year official recognition by the United States of the Genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.

Easter Orthodox Christians are the second largest Christian denomination worldwide. The Metropolis of Chicago oversees all Greek Orthodox Parishes within Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as large portions of Missouri and Indiana. You can find more information on His Grace Bishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on our website: www.chicago.goarch.org

Bishop Demetrios Visits Mason City Parish

MASON CITY, IOWA: Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, officiated the Twelve Gospels for Holy Thursday at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church at 1311 2nd Street Southwest in Mason City on Thursday, April 13.

BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS OFFICIATES PALM SUNDAY IN ST PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS

BISHOP DEMETRIOS OF MOKISSOS OFFICIATES PALM SUNDAY AND THE BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK IN ST PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS

GREEK ORTHODOX REGIONAL HIERARCH TO VISITS
ST GEORGE AND ST MARY’S GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCHES

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, visited St. George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul and St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, April 9, to celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week for Eastern Orthodox followers worldwide.

Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday marking the last entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem before his crucifixion, consists of numerous services each day. Each focuses on particular events recounted in the New Testament regarding that final week, the highlights being ornate ceremonies and rituals marking Christ’s Passion (Thursday evening), Crucificxion and Burial (Good Friday) and culminating in the midnight Resurrection Service on Eastern Sunday morning. Orthodox Christians commonly use the word Pascha, a Hellenized form of the Hebrew meaning “Passover” to refer to this holiday, the most splendidly celebrated of the year.

On a day that earlier witnessed a terrorist attack during Palm Sunday services at a Coptic Orthodox Church north of Cairo, Egypt, his Grace Bishop Demetrios took a powerful and heart-felt moment during his morning sermon to call out the ongoing atrocities that is the Genocide by ISIS of the Christian minority population of the Middle East. His Grace has a lengthy record of call attention to and demanding a end to these barbaric Crimes Against Humanity.

Following Sunday morning services at St George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul, his Grace joined Father Rick Andrew in stopping by to visit retired Metropolis of Chicago priest Father Ted Filandrinos. No longer able to easily attend Orthodox services, Bishop Demetrios gain Holy Communion and shared many large heavy laughs with his longtime friend and outstanding servant to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.

Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos serves as the Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago (equivalent to a Roman Catholic Vicar General), under the leadership of Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. He regularly travels throughout the Metropolis of Chicago to visit most of the parishes annually. He has received nationwide recognition for his human rights activities and interfaith outreach, including his leadership in ending the death penalty in Illinois, state resolutions calling for religious freedom for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and just recently last year, an official recognition by the United States of the genocide by ISIS against the Christian minority population of Syria and Iraq.