Once again, St. John’s Dinner was a success. Our church house was filled with people enjoying great food and good fellowship. At the end of Divine Liturgy, we celebrated the Five Loaves so deliciously made by Connie Wells. The sought-after coin in Pantelis’Hadjizacharia’s Vasilopita was in the piece cut for the Daughters of Penelope, and so it went to Connie Wells, DOP President.
Next in January came Stewardship Sunday. Forty -two stewardship cards were turned in from:
Maria Adams Christopher Apostolides Theodore Apostolos
Mary Carlino Paul & Kathy Clayton Alex Ellis
George Enright Catherina Garcia Nicole Garcia
Janet Garoutte Lynnette Goldy Suzanne Goldy
Adam Holladay Argerie Hoty Pamela Jacobsen
Barbara Kalandros Helen Lynch Kelly Marian Kochiovelos
Elizabeth Lepetsos JoAnn Limberis Marge Lindskog
Father Thomas & Presb. Kristin Lynch Timothy Lynch
Pat & Fran Marsh Bill Mehos Elaine & Vince Monforte
Bret & Katrina Orton Father Stephen & Presb. Ashley Powley
Dean Rougas Nick Rougas Sam Rougas
John & Rebecca Sakelaris Gina & Steve Schaarschmidt
Tim & April Scheiderer Elaine Scott Nick & Anne Serras Chris Speros Maria Swanson Nonie Vlahavas Sam & Erica Vlahavas Helen Yannias Theodore Zavichas
There will be more cards coming in as some people are out of town or ill.
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The father of Georgiann Lymberopoulos Haering, Dr. Panayotis Lymberopoulos, recently passed away. He was one of the founders of Saints Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Boulder. His 40 day memorial will be held there on Sunday, February 3rd. May our Lord grant him paradise and may his memory be eternal. Please remember Georgiann and her family in your prayers.
New York Times covers the Ecumenical Patriarch’s lawsuit against Princeton University over stolen Holy Manuscripts
The New York Times on Friday published an informative report on the lawsuit that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has just filed against Princeton University, asking for the return of holy manuscripts that were stolen during World War I from the Monastery of the Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa in Drama, Greece. These manuscripts are not only at Princeton, but also at Duke University and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. The Order renews its call to these institutions to recognize that the Ecumenical Patriarchate is indeed the rightful owner of these precious and irreplaceable documents, and to return them immediately. The Times reports that “among the evidence cited in the lawsuit is a volume, ‘Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century: A Descriptive Catalogue,’ which was published in 2010 and identifies some manuscripts in the school’s collection as having been removed from the monastery in 1917 by Bulgarian authorities.” The importance of this cannot be overstated. The Times quotes George A. Tsougarakis, the lawyer who is representing His All-Holiness, the Monastery, and other Church officials in the suit. Referring to the catalogue, Tsougarakis says: “This is Princeton’s book, issued by the Princeton press, about Princeton’s collection, written by Princeton employees. In our view that’s about as concrete an admission as you could get.” Attorney Tsougarakis is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and member of the National Council, the Order’s governing board. The holy manuscripts at issue, painstakingly written out by hand and diligently preserved for centuries, were stolen in 1917 by marauding Bulgarian troops from the Monastery of the Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa, along with nearly the entire contents of the library. The volumes were then sold in bookshops all over Europe and either acquired by the institutions or by collectors who then donated them to the institutions. According to The Times, “the Byzantine-era manuscripts sought by the plaintiffs are St. John Chrysostom’s ‘Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew,’ written in A.D. 955 by the scribe Nikephoros the Notary; St. John Climacus’s ‘Heavenly Ladder’ written in A.D. 1081
in Constantinople by the scribe Joseph; and pages from the ninth century that were probably part of ‘Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew’ that may have been rebound at some point to ‘Heavenly Ladder.’ In addition, the plaintiffs are asking for the return of a 16th-century version of ‘Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew,’ which they said was also stolen by the Bulgarian forces in 1917 and bought by Princeton in 1921.” The Times noted that the Ecumenical Patriarchate has been trying to recover these manuscripts for three years, having “first asked for the return of five manuscripts held by Princeton in a letter in 2015 that called them ‘indelible and invaluable pieces of Byzantine culture’ and ‘hallowed writings that are still cherished and revered by the Eastern Orthodox Church and its faithful.’” The Times quoted Fr. Alex Karloutsos, Spiritual Advisor to the Order of Saint Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, stating that the manuscripts are “part of sacred history, and that’s our spiritual and cultural identity,” and that their theft and attempts to recover them had been “very painful.” In matters such as this, the law is clear: a purchaser, even one who had no idea that he is buying stolen goods, cannot acquire valid title to stolen property, and has an obligation to return it. In 2016, when the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago learned that one of the manuscripts in its collection, Eikosiphoinissa Monastery Codex 1424, had also been stolen from the monastery by the Bulgarian guerrillas in 1917, the School's President, Dr. James Nieman, gave many principled reasons for returning the manuscript to its rightful home. The Order hopes that officials at Princeton University, as well as Duke University and the Morgan Library & Museum will move swiftly now to return the manuscripts in their collections to their rightful home in the Eikosiphoinissa Monastery. The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Condemns New York's New Abortion Law The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, strongly condemns the State of New York’s new Reproductive Health Act that was passed on January 22, 2019. This new law allows abortions up to the moment of birth and gives people who are not doctors the right to perform abortions.
I c o n o g r a p h y W o r k s h o p
Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church invites you to join academically trained Orthodox iconographer, Christopher Gosey, in a four session icon-writing workshop.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 6pm-9pm (optional) Friday, March 15, 2019 - 6pm-9pm Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 9am-6pm Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 1pm - 6pm (finishing session if needed)
Space available for up to 10 participants - SIGN UP EARLY
NO painting or drawing experience required! $275 fee includes all materials.
You will create your own icon of the Virgin Mary (new students) or St. John the Baptist (returning students) in the Byzantine tradition. Mr. Gosey will provide personal, hands-on, technical instruction and a brief narrative on the origins of Byzantine-style icons. Learn about the spiritual preparations of the iconographer's prayer of blessing before painting.
Please rsvp by Feb 27 to Nick Rougas (719-369-7700) or email@example.com. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis according to the date and time of your rsvp, and followed byreceipt of your payment.
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Pueblo, Colorado