Weekly Sunday Bulletin – October 11th, 2020

October 11, 2020~ Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council  

Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the First Mode
Το λθου σφραγισθντος π τν ουδαων…
When the stone had been sealed by the Jews and the soldiers were guarding Thine immaculate Body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Saviour, granting life unto the world. Wherefore, the powers of the Heavens cried out to Thee, O Lifegiver: Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ. Glory to Thy Kingdom. Glory to Thy dispensation, O only Friend of man.

Apolytikion for Sun. of the 7th Ecumenical Council in the Plagal Fourth Mode
περδεδοξασμνος ε, Χριστ Θες μν… 
Most glorified art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast established our Fathers as luminous stars upon the earth, and through them didst guide us all to the true Faith. O Most Merciful One, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode 
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε…

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

 

Prokeimenon. Fourth Mode. Daniel 3.26,27.
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers.
Verse: For you are just in all you have done.

 

The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to Titus 3:8-15

Titus, my son, the saying is sure. I desire you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to apply themselves to good deeds; these are excellent and profitable to men. But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels over the law, for they are unprofitable and futile. As for a man who is factious, after admonishing him once or twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is perverted and sinful; he is self-condemned. When I send Artemas or Tychicos to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. Do your best to speed Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; see that they lack nothing. And let our people learn to apply themselves to good deeds, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not to be unfruitful.  All who are with me send greeting to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council
The Reading is from Luke 8:5-15

The Lord said this parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell along the path, and was trodden under foot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew, and yielded a hundredfold.” And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but for others they are in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy; but these have no root, they believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. And as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bring forth fruit with patience.” As he said these things, he cried out “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

Trisagion Prayer

Antonia Thermis (70 years) the mother of Mitchell James and Sophia Thermis, the grandmother and great grandmother of 5 generations.

 

 


 

Baby Blessing

John and Erin Haralambis present Eleanor for the traditional 40 day blessing.

 

 


 

 

Sunday of the 7th Ecumenical Council

On the Sunday that falls on or immediately after the eleventh of this month, we chant the Service to the 350 holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which gathered in Nicaea in 787 under the holy Patriarch Tarasius and during the reign of the Empress Irene and her son, Constantine Porphyrogenitus, to refute the Iconoclast heresy, which had received imperial support beginning with the Edict issued in 726 by Emperor Leo the Isaurian. Many of the holy Fathers who condemned Iconoclasm at this holy Council later died as Confessors and Martyrs for the holy Icons during the second assult of Iconoclasm in the ninth century, especially during the reigns of Leo the Armenian and Theophilus.

 

 

Philip the Apostle of the 70, one of the 7 Deacons

Saint Philip, who had four daughters that prophesied, was from Caesarea of Palestine. He preached throughout Samaria; it was he also who met the eunuch of Candace, the Queen of the Ethiopians, as the eunuch was reading the Prophet Esaias, and he instructed and baptized him (Acts 8:26-39). He reposed in Tralles of Asia Minor while preaching the Gospel.

 

 

Theophanes the Confessor, Bishop of Nicaea

Saint Theophanes, the brother of Saint Theodore the Branded, was a Palestinian by race. Both were monks at the Monastery of Saint Sabbas. They were called “the Branded” because Theophilus, the last of the Iconoclast emperors, had twelve iambic verses branded by hot irons on their foreheads and then sent them into exile, where Theodore died in the year 838. After the death of Theophilus in 842, Theophanes was elected Bishop of Nicaea. Both brothers composed many canons and hymns, thereby adorning the services of the Church.

 



Schedule of Church Services

  • 10/11   Sunday: 9am/10am Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Also, we are live streaming our services.
Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast will be found.

 



Stewardship Year 2020

 

Thank you to our parishioners who have renewed their stewardship for pledge year 2020.

The pledge year runs from January 1st through December 31st.

To pledge visit https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ and choose “Stewardship” from the drop down menu.  If you have already pledged and wish to make a donation towards your pledge visit https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/

 



Announcements

 

Philoptochos service project
All citizens have the right to vote and be sure that their ballot won’t be lost or delivered too late to be counted. But voting is difficult for some of our elders who have no one to take their ballots to the ballot box if they don’t wish to mail them. Philoptochos wants to help.  If you can be a driver to pick up and deliver ballots from your area of Broward County to one of the early-voting secure ballot box sites, contact Juanita Antley, 954-257-7843, as soon as possible. If you need help casting your ballot or know someone who does, call Juanita before October 23.  ( Be sure to leave a message if she does not answer.) We will adhere to these deadlines, to ensure that ballots are delivered in plenty of time.

 


 

Pencil Pouches for Kids
The Daughters of Penelope are making “Pencil Pouches for Kids” for the students at Bennett Elementary School where our Sister Danielle Smith is the principal. We appreciate a minimum donation of $ 10.00 or any of the following supplies. Items needed are Safety scissors, washable markers, # 2 pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, erasers, Crayola (24 count) crayons, children’s face mask, mini hand sanitizer, small packets of tissues. Contact Judie Pappas 954 849-5859 or any member of the Daughters of Penelope for additional information.  Monetary donations may be payable to Narcissus Chapter 289 and mailed to DOP c/o Demetrios, 820 NE 14th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304.

 


 

ZOOM BINGO – Friday October 16th 7:30 pm.   
The Daughters of Penelope are hosting a Virtual Bingo game via Zoom for the Community of St. Demetrios,   2 cards for $ 5.00 additional cards can be purchased at the same price. Must register and pay by October 12th to receive your bingo cards by email Please include your email address. Payable to DOP Chapter 289 c/o St. Demetrios Church 820 NE 14th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304. Contact Judie Pappas 954 849-5859 or email jpappas34@yahoo.com for further information.  All proceeds will be donated to the church.


 



College student address request

Our college students are setting off on a new school year. If you have a child, grandchild or Godchild in college, please email the name and college address to philoptochos@st.demetrios.org Help us make sure they know that St. Demetrios loves them and prays for them.  We’ll be sending College Care Boxes soon.

 



College Care Boxes 2020-2021  
 
Philoptochos is collecting for College Care Boxes 2020-21 for our college students. They will be mailed out twice this school year, so the list below covers both boxes.  If you would like to help us remind our college students that we love and care about them, please donate an item listed or donate any amount online at: https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ (Select College Care Boxes) Please write checks to Ladies Philoptochos and mail checks to: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, College Care Boxes, 820 NE 14th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

We are trying to keep the element of surprise, so if you have any questions about what an item is, please email  philoptochos@stdemetrios.org

If you would like to donate an actual item, there are 30 students.  Please contact philoptochos@st.demetrios.org  to coordinate.


 

Light a Candle & Say a Prayer at Saint Demetrios

“It is impossible to imagine an Orthodox church in which candles are not lit.”
(Blessed Simeon of Thessalonica, 15th Century)

 

“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

We know that at this time it can be difficult to pray from home and not physically be in the church. One of the first things most people do upon entering an Orthodox Church is to light their candle and offer prayers for one’s personal needs or that of a family member or friend, we also light candles to pray for protection and safety so that we may live this life without fear.

If you wish to light a candle, visit https://saintdemetrios.square.site After you select the candle(s) that you would like us to light and before pressing the “Place Order” button, please submit the names of your loved ones, those who are alive and/or those who have departed this life. During these times we would be happy to light the candle for you and read the names that have been submitted during the Divine Liturgy.

 


 

Dear St. Demetrios Family,

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Lauderdale is open to the faithful.  We are complying with all CDC, State, Local and Archdiocese guidelines.  Here is the list of things that will be taking place on Sundays.

1)  Everyone must wear a mask in order to enter the church.

2)  Before entering the church, the temperature of each person will be taken by a designated person. If the person’s temperature is above 100.4 F he or she will be kindly asked to return to their home, both for their safety and the safety of others.

3) Parish Council will direct each parishioner to the designated X in the pews for each person or household to sit starting in the front of the church and working their way to back.

4) A place to accept offerings will be provided in the Narthex upon entering or leaving.

5) Parishioners are not to move around the church during the services to light candles or venerate icons.

6) Names and phone numbers of each attendee at every service will be taken in the event that a subsequent infection requires tracing.

7) If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell), you must NOT attend church, and immediately seek medical attention for yourself and your household.

8) Parishioners who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by civil authorities are given dispensation not to attend services and will be asked to refrain from attending.

9) In terms of preventing the spread of this virus, we ask parishioners to follow CDC directives, which currently include: washing of hands thoroughly and frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, avoiding sharing personal items, wearing a mask, and maintaining a social distance of six feet.

10) Honor is to be shown to Holy Icons and the Holy Cross by only doing your cross and bowing, keeping in mind not to kiss or to touch the Holy Icons and the Holy Cross.

11) No one is to enter the Holy Altar except the clergy and assigned adult helpers.

12) For Memorials, please write the names of your deceased for the clergy to pray for their souls (without Koliva).

13) Artoclasias will be celebrated as normal.

14) No service books will be left out for common use. This includes papers of any kind (bulletins etc.). Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own service books.

15) During Holy Communion – Communicants must line up row by row (with help from Parish Council) and remain six feet apart using the designated social distancing X’s that have been placed in the church.  Communicants may remove their masks only momentarily to receive Holy Communion.

16)  For the continued safety of those attending church services in person, parishioners should immediately leave when the service is finished. For the sake of others, please do not socialize in the Narthex or other areas of the church or its surrounding buildings or parking lots. Additionally, Sunday Coffee Fellowship hours will be suspended until further notice.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Peter Zougras

Divine Liturgy – 10/04/2020

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Sorry for the dropouts – there is a world wide internet outage today.

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – October 4th, 2020


October 4, 2020~ 1st  Sunday of Luke

Liturgical Guide

 

Resurrectional Apolytikion in the Plagal 4th Mode
ξ ψους κατλθες εσπλαγχνος…
From on high didst Thou descend, O Compassionate One; to burial of three days hast Thou submitted that Thou mightest free us from our passions. O our Life and Resurrection, Lord, glory be to Thee.

Apolytikion of St. Demetrios in the Third Mode
Μέγαν εύρατο εv τοίς κιvδύvοις …

Greatness has been found in danger.  You are champion of the world.  A victor who could turn the nations back.  You boldly encouraged Nestor to defeat Lyaeus in the arena.  Therefore, holy great martyr Demetrios, intercede with Christ our God, to grant us His great mercy.

Seasonal Kontakion in the Second Mode 
Προστασία τῶν Χριστιανῶν ἀκαταίσχυντε…

O Protection of Christians that cannot be put to shame, mediation unto the creator most constant: O despise not the voices of those who have sinned; but be quick, O good one, to come unto our aid, who in faith cry unto thee: Hasten to intercession and speed thou to make supplication, O thou who dost ever protect, O Theotokos, them that honor thee.

Prokeimenon. Plagal Fourth Mode. Psalm 75.11,1.
Make your vows to the Lord our God and perform them.
Verse: God is known in Judah; his name is great in Israel.

The reading is from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1

Brethren, you are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”  Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God.
2nd Sunday of Luke
The Gospel Reading is from Luke 6:31-36

The Lord said, “As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.”

Memorial Prayer

Maria Papastamatis (40 days) survived by her husband George, son Michael, son Alexander (Maria), and granddaughter Christina.

Dobri Petrov Penev (9 years) survived by his daughter Aneta Peneva – Zlateva.

Catherine Lycouris survived by her son Stephen and her grandsons Alexander and Constantine.

 


 

 

Hierotheus, Bishop of Athens
October 04

According to some, Hierotheus, like Saint Dionysius, was a member of the court of Mars Hill. Having first been instructed in the Faith of Christ by Paul, he became Bishop of Athens. He, in turn, initiated the divine Dionysius more perfectly into the mysteries of Christ; the latter, on his part, elaborated more clearly and distinctly Hierotheus’ concise and summary teachings concerning the Faith. He too was brought miraculously by the power of the Holy Spirit to be present at the Dormition of the Theotokos, when, together with the sacred Apostles, he became a leader of the divine hymnody. “He was wholly transported, wholly outside himself and was so deeply absorbed in communion with the sacred things he celebrated in hymnology, that to all who heard him and saw him and knew him, and yet knew him not, he seemed to be inspired of God, a divine hymnographer,” as Dionysius says (On the Divine Names, 3:2). Having lived in a manner pleasing to God, he reposed in the Lord.

 



Schedule of Church Services

  • 10/4   Sunday: 9am/10am Orthros/Divine Liturgy

Also, we are live streaming our services.
Visit https://stdemetrios.org/ where a link to the broadcast will be found.

 



Stewardship Year 2020

 

Thank you to our parishioners who have renewed their stewardship for pledge year 2020.

The pledge year runs from January 1st through December 31st.

To pledge visit https://stdemetrios.org/our-parish/stewardship/stewardship-form/ and choose “Stewardship” from the drop down menu.  If you have already pledged and wish to make a donation towards your pledge visit https://stdemetrios.org/make-a-donation/

 



Announcements

 

A “Thank You” To Our Church Musicians

This Sunday we celebrate National Church Music Sunday.  It is a day set aside across our entire Archdiocese to commemorate the dedicated and talented women and men in our congregation whose stewardship provides music for our liturgical services throughout the year.

The ministry of music is an essential part of our religious life.  Through our hymns, we worship the Lord, our God-we give thanks, we ask for blessings, we renew our faith, and we express the joy of Orthodox Christian fellowship.

When you see our chanters, Alex, Vassilis, Athena, and Mona, please tell them how much you appreciate their gift to our parish.

 



Youth Programs and the Greek School at St. Demetrios

  • Watch your email for details to register for the youth programs.
  • The Greek School classes for children and adults commenced on Monday, September 21.  Kindly contact Dr. Stavroula Christodoulou at isapaul@aol.com for additional information.

 



Philoptochos service project

All citizens have the right to vote and be sure that their ballot won’t be lost or delivered too late to be counted. But voting is difficult for some of our elders who have no one to take their ballots to the ballot box if they don’t wish to mail them. Philoptochos wants to help.  If you can be a driver to pick up and deliver ballots from your area of Broward County to one of the early-voting secure ballot box sites, contact Juanita Antley, 954-257-7843, as soon as possible. If you need help casting your ballot or know someone who does, call Juanita before October 23.  ( Be sure to leave a message if she does not answer.) We will adhere to these deadlines, to ensure that ballots are delivered in plenty of time.

 



Pencil Pouches for Kids

The Daughters of Penelope are making “Pencil Pouches for Kids” for the students at Bennett Elementary School where our Sister Danielle Smith is the principal. We appreciate a minimum donation of $ 10.00 or any of the following supplies. Items needed are Safety scissors, washable markers, # 2 pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, erasers, Crayola (24 count) crayons, childrens face mask, mini hand sanitizer, small packets of tissues. Contact Judie Pappas 954 849-5859 or any member of the Daughters of Penelope for additional information.  Monetary donations may be payable to Narcissus Chapter 289 and mailed to DOP c/o Demetrios, 820 NE 14th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304.

 



Model of St. Demetrios Church

Thank you to the Visvardis family for the LEGO model of St. Demetrios Church!

 



ZOOM BINGO – Friday October 16th 7:30 pm.
   
The Daughters of Penelope are hosting a Virtual Bingo game via Zoom for the Community of St. Demetrios,   2 cards for $ 5.00 additional cards can be purchased at the same price. Must register and pay by October 12th to receive your bingo cards by email Please include your email address. Payable to DOP Chapter 289 c/o St. Demetrios Church 820 NE 14th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304. Contact Judie Pappas 954 849-5859 or email jpappas34@yahoo.com for further information.  All proceeds will be donated to the church.



College student address request

Our college students are setting off on a new school year. If you have a child, grandchild or Godchild in college, please email the name and college address to philoptochos@st.demetrios.org Help us make sure they know that St. Demetrios loves them and prays for them.  We’ll be sending College Care Boxes soon.

 



College Care Boxes 2020-2021  
 
Philoptochos is collecting for College Care Boxes 2020-21 for our college students. They will be mailed out twice this school year, so the list below covers both boxes.  If you would like to help us remind our college students that we love and care about them, please donate an item listed or donate any amount online at: https://ladies-philoptochos-of-st-demetrios.square.site/ (Select College Care Boxes) Please write checks to Ladies Philoptochos and mail checks to: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, College Care Boxes, 820 NE 14th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

We are trying to keep the element of surprise, so if you have any questions about what an item is, please email  philoptochos@stdemetrios.org

If you would like to donate an actual item, there are 30 students.  Please contact philoptochos@st.demetrios.org  to coordinate.


 

Light a Candle & Say a Prayer at Saint Demetrios

“It is impossible to imagine an Orthodox church in which candles are not lit.”
(Blessed Simeon of Thessalonica, 15th Century)

 

“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

We know that at this time it can be difficult to pray from home and not physically be in the church. One of the first things most people do upon entering an Orthodox Church is to light their candle and offer prayers for one’s personal needs or that of a family member or friend, we also light candles to pray for protection and safety so that we may live this life without fear.

If you wish to light a candle, visit https://saintdemetrios.square.site After you select the candle(s) that you would like us to light and before pressing the “Place Order” button, please submit the names of your loved ones, those who are alive and/or those who have departed this life. During these times we would be happy to light the candle for you and read the names that have been submitted during the Divine Liturgy.

 


 

Dear St. Demetrios Family,

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ft. Lauderdale is open to the faithful.  We are complying with all CDC, State, Local and Archdiocese guidelines.  Here is the list of things that will be taking place on Sundays.

1)  Everyone must wear a mask in order to enter the church.

2)  Before entering the church, the temperature of each person will be taken by a designated person. If the person’s temperature is above 100.4 F he or she will be kindly asked to return to their home, both for their safety and the safety of others.

3) Parish Council will direct each parishioner to the designated X in the pews for each person or household to sit starting in the front of the church and working their way to back.

4) A place to accept offerings will be provided in the Narthex upon entering or leaving.

5) Parishioners are not to move around the church during the services to light candles or venerate icons.

6) Names and phone numbers of each attendee at every service will be taken in the event that a subsequent infection requires tracing.

7) If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell), you must NOT attend church, and immediately seek medical attention for yourself and your household.

8) Parishioners who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by civil authorities are given dispensation not to attend services and will be asked to refrain from attending.

9) In terms of preventing the spread of this virus, we ask parishioners to follow CDC directives, which currently include: washing of hands thoroughly and frequently, covering your coughs and sneezes, avoiding sharing personal items, wearing a mask, and maintaining a social distance of six feet.

10) Honor is to be shown to Holy Icons and the Holy Cross by only doing your cross and bowing, keeping in mind not to kiss or to touch the Holy Icons and the Holy Cross.

11) No one is to enter the Holy Altar except the clergy and assigned adult helpers.

12) For Memorials, please write the names of your deceased for the clergy to pray for their souls (without Koliva).

13) Artoclasias will be celebrated as normal.

14) No service books will be left out for common use. This includes papers of any kind (bulletins etc.). Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own service books.

15) During Holy Communion – Communicants must line up row by row (with help from Parish Council) and remain six feet apart using the designated social distancing X’s that have been placed in the church.  Communicants may remove their masks only momentarily to receive Holy Communion.

16)  For the continued safety of those attending church services in person, parishioners should immediately leave when the service is finished. For the sake of others, please do not socialize in the Narthex or other areas of the church or its surrounding buildings or parking lots. Additionally, Sunday Coffee Fellowship hours will be suspended until further notice.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Peter Zougras

Divine Liturgy – 09/20/2020

Click here – to Light a Candle

Sorry for the dropouts – there is a world wide internet outage today.

Divine Liturgy – 09/13/2020

Click here – to Light a Candle

Sorry for the dropouts – there is a world wide internet outage today.

Patriarchal Encyclical – September 2020

View/Download PDF Version -> Patriarchal Encyclical September 1_2020

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Prot. No.529

+ B A R T H O L O M E W

BY GOD’S MERCY ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE-NEW ROME AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH TO ALL THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH GRACE, PEACE AND MERCY
FROM THE MAKER OF ALL CREATION OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

Dearest brother Hierarchs and beloved children in the Lord,

It is a shared conviction that, in our time, the natural environment is threatened like never before in the history of humankind. The magnitude of this threat becomes manifest in the fact that what is at stake is not anymore the quality, but the preservation of life on our planet. For the first time in history, man is capable of destroying the conditions of life on earth. Nuclear weapons are the symbol of man’s Promethean titanism, the tangible expression of the “complex of omnipotence” of the contemporary “man-god.”

In using the power that stems from science and technology, what is revealed today is the ambivalence of man’s freedom. Science serves life; it contributes to progress, to confronting illnesses and many conditions that were hitherto considered “fateful”; it creates new positive perspectives for the future. However, at the same time, it provides man with all-powerful means, whose misuse can be turned destructive. We are experiencing the unfolding destruction of the natural environment, of biodiversity, of flora and fauna, of the pollution of aquatic resources and the atmosphere, the progressing collapse of climate balance, as well as other excesses of boundaries and measures in many dimensions of life. The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (Crete, 2016) rightly and splendidly decreed that “scientific knowledge does not mobilize the moral will of man, who knows the dangers but continues to act as if he did not know.” (Encyclical, § 11)

It is apparent that the protection of the common good, of the integrity of the natural environment, is the common responsibility of all inhabitants of the earth. The contemporary categorical imperative for humankind is that we live without destroying the environment. However, while on a personal level and on the level of many communities, groups, movements and organizations, there is a demonstration of great sensitivity and ecological responsibility, nations and economic agents are unable – in the name of geopolitical ambitions and the “autonomy of the economy” – to adopt the correct decisions for the protection of creation and instead cultivate the illusion that the pretended “global ecological destruction” is an ideological fabrication of ecological movements and that the natural environment has the power of renewing itself. Yet the crucial question remains: How much longer will nature endure the fruitless discussions and consultations, as well as any further delay in assuming decisive actions for its protection?

The fact that, during the period of the pandemic of the novel coronavirus Covid-19, with the mandatory restrictions of movement, the shutdown of factories, and the diminishment in industrial activity and production, we observed a reduction of pollution and encumbrance of the atmosphere, has proved the anthropogenic nature of the contemporary ecological crisis. It became once again clear that industry, the contemporary means of transportation, the automobile and the airplane, the non-negotiable priority of economic indicators and the like, negatively impact the environmental balance and that a change of direction toward an ecological economy constitutes an unwavering necessity. There is no genuine progress that is founded on the destruction of the natural environment. It is inconceivable that we adopt economic decisions without also taking into account their ecological consequences. Economic development cannot remain a nightmare for ecology. We are certain that there is an alternative way of economic structure and development besides the economism and the orientation of economic activity toward the maximization of profiteering. The future of humanity is not the homo oeconomicus.

The Ecumenical Patriarchate, which in recent decades has pioneered in the field of the protection of the creation, will continue its ecological initiatives, the organization of ecological conferences, the mobilization of its faithful and especially the youth, the promotion of the environment’s protection as a fundamental subject for interreligious dialogue and the common initiatives of religions, the contacts with political leaders and institutions, the cooperation with environmental organizations and ecological movements. It is evident that the collaboration for the protection of the environment creates additional avenues of communication and possibilities for new common actions.

We repeat that the environmental activities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are an extension of its ecclesiological self-consciousness and do not comprise a simple circumstantial reaction to a new phenomenon. The very life of the Church is an applied ecology. The sacraments of the Church, its entire life of worship, its asceticism and communal life, the daily life of its faithful, express and generate the deepest respect for creation. The ecological sensitivity of Orthodoxy was not created by but emerged from the contemporary environmental crisis. The struggle for the protection of creation is a central dimension of our faith. Respect for the environment is an act of doxology of God’s name, while the destruction of creation is an offense against the Creator, entirely irreconcilable with the basic tenets of Christian theology.

Most honorable brothers and dearly beloved children, the ecofriendly values of the Orthodox tradition, the precious legacy of the Fathers, constitute an embankment against the culture, whose axiological foundation is the domination of man over nature. Faith in Christ inspires and strengthens the human endeavor even before the immense challenges. From the perspective of faith, we are able to discover and assess not only the problematic dimensions, but also the positive possibilities and prospects of contemporary civilization. We call upon Orthodox young men and women to realize the significance of living as faithful Christians and contemporary people. Faith in the eternal destiny of man strengthens our witness in the world.

In this spirit, from the Phanar, we wish all of you a propitious and all-blessed new ecclesiastical year, fruitful in Christ-like deeds, for the benefit of all creation and to the glory of the all-wise Creator of all. And we invoke upon you, through the intercessions of the All-Holy Theotokos, the Pammakaristos, the grace and mercy of the God of wonders.

September 1, 2020
+Bartholomew of Constantinople
Fervent supplicant of all before God

Ἀριθμ. Πρωτ. 529

† Β Α Ρ Θ Ο Λ Ο Μ Α Ι Ο Σ
ΕΛΕΩι ΘΕΟΥ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΣ ΚΩΝΣΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥΠΟΛΕΩΣ ΝΕΑΣ ΡΩΜΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚΟΣ ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΗΣ ΠΑΝΤΙ Τῼ ΠΛΗΡΩΜΑΤΙ ΤΗΣ ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΑΣ ΧΑΡΙΝ, ΕΙΡΗΝΗΝ ΚΑΙ ΕΛΕΟΣ ΠΑΡΑ ΤΟΥ ΔΗΜΙΟΥΡΓΟΥ ΠΑΣΗΣ ΤΗΣ ΚΤΙΣΕΩΣ
ΚΥΡΙΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΘΕΟΥ ΚΑΙ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΗΜΩΝ ΙΗΣΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ

Προσφιλεῖς ἀδελφοί ἱεράρχαι καί τέκνα ἐν Κυρίῳ ἀγαπητά,

Ἀποτελεῖ κοινήν πεποίθησιν, ὅτι εἰς τήν ἐποχήν μας τό φυσικόν περιβάλλον ἀπειλεῖται ὅσον ποτέ ἄλλοτε εἰς τήν ἱστορίαν τῆς ἀνθρωπότητος. Τό μέγεθος τῆς ἀπειλῆς ἀποκαλύπτεται εἰς τό γεγονός ὅτι τό διακύβευμα δέν εἶναι πλέον ἡ ποιότης τῆς ζωῆς, ἀλλά ἡ διατήρησις αὐτῆς εἰς τόν πλανήτην μας. Διά πρώτην φοράν εἰς τήν ἱστορίαν, ὁ ἄνθρωπος δύναται νά καταστρέψῃ τούς ὅρους τῆς ζωῆς ἐπί τῆς γῆς. Τά πυρηνικά ὅπλα εἶναι τό σύμβολον τοῦ προμηθεϊκοῦ τιτανισμοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ἁπτή ἔκφρασις τοῦ «συμπλέγματος παντοδυναμίας» τοῦ συγχρόνου «ἀνθρωποθεοῦ».
Εἰς τήν χρῆσιν τῆς πηγαζούσης ἐκ τῆς ἐπιστήμης καί τῆς τεχνολογίας ἰσχύος, ἀποκαλύπτεται σήμερον ἡ ἀμφισημία τῆς ἐλευθερίας τοῦ ἀνθρώπου. Ἡ ἐπιστήμη ὑπηρετεῖ τήν ζωήν, συμβάλλει εἰς τήν πρόοδον, εἰς τήν ἀντιμετώπισιν τῶν ἀσθενειῶν καί πολλῶν καταστάσεων αἱ ὁποῖαι ἐθεωροῦντο μέχρι σήμερον «μοιραῖαι», δημιουργεῖ νέας θετικάς προοπτικάς διά τό μέλλον. Ὅμως, ταυτοχρόνως, δίδει εἰς τόν ἄνθρωπον πανίσχυρα μέσα, ἡ κακή χρῆσις τῶν ὁποίων δύναται νά ἀποβῇ καταστροφική. Βιοῦμεν τήν ἐξελισσομένην καταστροφήν τοῦ φυσικοῦ περιβάλλοντος, τῆς βιοποικιλότητος, τῆς χλωρίδος καί τῆς πανίδος, τήν ρύπανσιν τῶν ὑδατίνων πόρων καί τῆς ἀτμοσφαίρας, τήν προϊοῦσαν ἀνατροπήν τῆς κλιματικῆς ἰσορροπίας καί ἄλλας ὐπερβάσεις ὁρίων καί μέτρων εἰς πολλάς διαστάσεις τῆς ζωῆς. Ὀρθῶς καί προσφυῶς ἀπεφάνθη ἡ Αγία καί Μεγάλη Σύνοδος τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου Ἐκκλησίας (Κρήτη 2016), ὅτι «ἡ ἐπιστημονική γνῶσις δέν κινητοποιεῖ τήν ἠθικήν βούλησιν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου, ὁ ὁποῖος, καίτοι γνωρίζει τούς κινδύνους, συνεχίζει νά δρᾷ ὡς ἐάν δέν ἐγνώριζεν» (Ἐγκύκλιος, § 11).

Εἶναι προφανές ὅτι ἡ προστασία τοῦ κοινοῦ ἀγαθοῦ, τοῦ ἀκεραίου φυσικοῦ περιβάλλοντος, εἶναι κοινή εὐθύνη ὅλων τῶν κατοίκων τῆς γῆς. Ἡ σύγχρονος κατηγορική προστακτική διά τήν ἀνθρωπότητα εἶναι νά ζῶμεν χωρίς νά καταστρέφωμεν τό περιβάλλον. Ἐνῶ ὅμως εἰς προσωπικόν ἐπίπεδον καί ἀπό πολλάς κοινότητας, ὁμάδας, κινήματα καί ὀργανώσεις ἐπιδεικνύεται μεγάλη εὐαισθησία καί οἰκολογική εὐθύνη, τά κράτη καί οἱ οἰκονομικοί παράγοντες ἀδυνατοῦν, ἐν ὀνόματι γεωπολιτικῶν σχεδιασμῶν καί τῆς «ἰδιονομίας τῆς οἰκονομίας», νά λάβουν τάς ὀρθάς ἀποφάσεις διά τήν προστασίαν τῆς κτίσεως καί καλλιεργοῦν τήν ψευδαίσθησιν ὅτι τά περί «παγκοσμίου οἰκολογικῆς καταστροφῆς» εἶναι ἰδεολόγημα τῶν οἰκολογικῶν κινημάτων καί ὅτι τό φυσικόν περιβάλλον ἔχει τήν δύναμιν νά ἀνανεώνεται ἀφ᾿ ἑαυτοῦ. Τό κρίσιμον ἐρώτημα, ὅμως, παραμένει: Πόσον θά ἀνθέξῃ ἡ φύσις τάς ἀκάρπους συζητήσεις καί τάς διασκέψεις, τήν περαιτέρω καθυστέρησιν εἰς τήν ἀνάληψιν ἀποφασιστικῶν δράσεων διά τήν προστασίαν της;

Τό γεγονός ὅτι κατά τήν διάρκειαν τῆς πανδημίας τοῦ νέου κορωνοϊοῦ Covid-19, μέ τόν ἐπιβληθέντα περιορισμόν τῶν μετακινήσεων, τό κλείσιμον ἐργοστασίων καί τήν μείωσιν τῆς βιομηχανικῆς δραστηριότητος καί παραγωγῆς, παρετηρήθη μείωσις τῶν ρύπων καί τῆς ἐπιβαρύνσεως τῆς ἀτμοσφαίρας, ἀπέδειξε τόν ἀνθρωπογενῆ χαρακτῆρα τῆς συγχρόνου οἰκολογικῆς κρίσεως. Κατέστη εκ νέου σαφές ὅτι ἡ βιομηχανία, ὁ σύγχρονος τρόπος μετακινήσεως, τό αὐτοκίνητον καί τό ἀεροπλάνον, ἡ ἀδιαπραγμάτευτος προτεραιότης τῶν οἰκονομικῶν δεικτῶν καί ἄλλα συναφῆ, ἐπῃρεάζουν ἀρνητικῶς τήν περιβαλλοντικήν ἰσορροπίαν καί ὅτι η ἀλλαγή πορείας πρός τήν κατεύθυνσιν μιᾶς οἰκολογικῆς οἰκονομίας ἀποτελεῖ ἀδήριτον ἀναγκαιότητα. Δέν ὑπάρχει ἀληθής πρόοδος, η ὁποία στηρίζεται εἰς τήν καταστροφήν τοῦ φυσικοῦ περιβάλλοντος. Εἶναι ἀδιανόητον νά λαμβάνωνται οἰκονομικαί ἀποφάσεις χωρίς νά συνυπολογίζωνται αἱ οἰκολογικαί ἐπιπτώσεις των. Ἡ οἰκονομική ἀνάπτυξις δέν εἶναι δυνατόν νά παραμένῃ ἐφιάλτης διά τήν οἰκολογίαν. Εἴμεθα βέβαιοι ὅτι ὑπάρχει ἐναλλακτική ὁδός οἰκονομικῆς ὀργανώσεως καί ἀναπτύξεως ἔναντι τοῦ οἰκονομισμοῦ καί τοῦ προσανατολισμοῦ τῆς οἰκονομικῆς δραστηριότητος εἰς τήν μεγιστοποίησιν τῆς κερδοφορίας. Τό μέλλον τῆς ἀνθρωπότητος δέν εἶναι ὁ homo oeconomicus.

Τό Οἰκουμενικόν Πατριαρχεῖον, τό ὁποῖον κατά τάς τελευταίας δεκαετίας πρωτοστατεῖ εἰς τόν χῶρον τῆς προστασίας τῆς κτίσεως, θά συνεχίσῃ τάς οἰκολογικάς του πρωτοβουλίας, τήν ὀργάνωσιν οἰκολογικῶν συνεδρίων, τήν κινητοποίησιν τῶν πιστῶν καί πρωτίστως τῆς νεολαίας, τήν ἀνάδειξιν τῆς προστασίας τοῦ περιβάλλοντος εἰς βασικόν θέμα τοῦ διαθρησκειακοῦ διαλόγου καί τῶν κοινῶν πρωτοβουλιῶν τῶν θρησκειῶν, τάς ἐπαφάς μέ πολιτικούς ἡγέτας καί θεσμούς, τήν συνεργασίαν μέ περιβαλλοντικάς ὀργανώσεις καί οἰκολογικά κινήματα. Εἶναι προφανές ὅτι ἡ σύμπραξις διά τήν προστασίαν τοῦ περιβάλλοντος δημιουργεῖ διαύλους ἐπικοινωνίας καί δυνατότητας διά νέας κοινάς δράσεις.

Ἐπαναλαμβάνομεν, ὅτι αἱ περιβαλλοντικαί δραστηριότητες τοῦ Οἰκουμε-νικοῦ Πατριαρχείου εἶναι προέκτασις τῆς ἐκκλησιολογικῆς αὐτοσυνειδησίας του καί δέν ἀποτελοῦν ἁπλῶς περιστασιακήν ἀντίδρασιν εἰς ἕν νέον φαινόμενον. Ἡ ἰδία ἡ ζωή τῆς Ἐκκλησίας εἶναι ἐφηρμοσμένη οἰκολογία. Τά μυστήρια τῆς Ἐκκλησίας, σύνολος ἡ λατρευτική ζωή, ὁ ἀσκητισμός καί ὁ κοινοτισμός, ἡ καθημερινότης τῶν πιστῶν, ἐκφράζουν καί παράγουν βαθύτατον σεβασμόν πρός τήν κτίσιν. Ἡ οἰκολογική εὐαισθησία τῆς Ὀρθοδοξίας δέν ἐδημιουργήθη, ἀλλά ἀνεδείχθη από τήν σύγχρονον περιβαλλοντικήν κρίσιν. Ὁ ἀγών διά τήν προστασίαν τῆς δημιουργίας εἶναι κεντρική διάστασις τῆς πίστεώς μας. Ὁ σεβασμός τοῦ περιβάλλοντος εἶναι ἔμπρακτος δοξολογία τοῦ ὀνόματος τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐνῶ ἡ καταστροφή τῆς κτίσεως εἶναι προσβολή τοῦ Δημιουργοῦ, ὅλως ἀσύμβατος μέ τάς βασικάς παραδοχάς τῆς χριστιανικῆς θεολογίας.

Τιμιώτατοι ἀδελφοί καί προσφιλέστατα τέκνα, Αἱ οἰκοφιλικαί ἀξίαι τῆς Ὀρθοδόξου παραδόσεως, ἡ πολύτιμος παρακατα-θήκη τῶν Πατέρων, ἀποτελοῦν ἀνάχωμα κατά τῆς κουλτούρας, ἀξιολογική βάσις τῆς ὁποίας εἶναι ἡ κυριαρχία τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπί τῆς φύσεως. Ἡ πίστις εἰς Χριστόν ἐμπνέει καί ἐνισχύει τήν ἀνθρωπίνην προσπάθειαν ἐνώπιον καί τῶν μεγίστων δυσκολιῶν. Ὑπό τό πρῖσμα τῆς πίστεως, δυνάμεθα νά ἀνακαλύπτωμεν καί νά ἀξιολογῶμεν ὄχι μόνον τάς προβληματικάς πτυχάς, ἀλλά καί τάς θετικάς δυνατότητας καί προοπτικάς τοῦ συγχρόνου πολιτισμοῦ. Καλοῦμεν τούς ὀρθοδόξους νέους καί τάς νέας νά συνειδητοποιήσουν τήν σημασίαν τοῦ νά ζοῦν ὡς πιστοί χριστιανοί καί σύγχρονοι ἄνθρωποι. Ἡ πίστις εἰς τόν αἰώνιον προορισμόν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου κρατύνει τήν μαρτυρίαν μας ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ.

Ἐν τῷ πνεύματι τούτῳ, εὐχόμενοι ἐκ Φαναρίου πᾶσιν ὑμῖν αἴσιον καί παντευλόγητον τό νέον ἐκκλησιαστικόν ἔτος, καρποτόκον εἰς ἔργα χριστοπρεπῆ, ἐπ᾿ ἀγαθῷ τῆς κτίσεως ὅλης καί πρός δόξαν τοῦ πανσόφου Ποιητοῦ τῶν ἁπάντων, ἐπικαλούμεθα ἐφ᾿ ὑμᾶς, πρεσβείαις τῆς Παναγίας τῆς Παμμακα-ρίστου, τήν χάριν καί τό ἔλεος τοῦ Θεοῦ τῶν θαυμασίων.

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