Theosis – Becoming One with God

Fr. Christopher Metropulos
September 9, 2012

Book Reference
Making All Things New
An Invitation to the Spiritual Life
By Henri J. M. Nouwen
Anaphora of St. Basil, writings of the fathers; Athansios. Ireanaus, Dionysios, Justin Martyr, Theophilus and many others

 

Opening thoughts and basis for discussion

Psalm 82:6:
“You are gods, And all of you are children of the Most High.  But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes”…using the metaphor of life and death…Theosis becoming once again with God.

Stages of Theosis

Came about or developed by Evagrious of Pontus, Dionysios the Aeropagite, St Maximus the Confessor.
Purification
Illumination
Union

Not a three step process but rather a process of dynamic growth.
How do we work our way towards Theosis?

INNER PEACE and Worrying

The authentic spiritual life finds its basis in the human condition which all people whether they are Christians or not find themselves.

Scripture Reference:

Let us make the human being according to our image and likeness Gen 1:26 And let them rule the fish.

What must we do to achieve inner peace?

The authentic spiritual life finds its basis in the human condition which all people whether they are Christian and not have in common. Spiritual life is a real when it is lived in the midst of pain and joys of the here and now.

Occupation or preoccupation

On top of our everyday lives is all of the bad news in the avalanche of ads-unrelenting insistence that we will miss out on something very important if we do not do something specific they advertise.

How do you feel about your present life?

What do you long for spiritually?

What are your priorities?

Unfulfilled

Henri reflects that boredom, resentment, and depression are the result of being unfulfilled. What role have these feelings played in your life? Henri describes boredom, resentment and depression, all of which are signs of disconnectedness.

Conclusion

“Jesus responds to this condition of being filled yet unfulfilled…” (p. 37).

Jesus says in Matthew 6:33-34 on page 21 in your bibles..

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

Easter Glendi 2012

Join us in celebrating the Agape service at 2pm followed by our Glendi

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Mezethakia
Traditional Easter Dinner
salad, lamb, potatoes, vegetable and dessert

$30 —Parishioners
$35 — Non-Parishioners
$15 — Children (ages 10-15)

Children 9 and under free (when accompanied by an adult)

Tickets available in the Community Hall on
Sundays following the Divine Liturgy or by calling the Church Office to purchase by credit card at
(954) 467-1515

Hosted by our Parish Council

Easter Glendi Flyer 2012

Epiphany Celebration 2012

You are invited to the Pan Orthodox Celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany

 

Who: Hosted by the Orthodox Christian Parishes of all Jurisdictions From Miami to Fort Pierce and from Florida’s South West Coast
What: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Waters, and Diving for the Cross
Where: St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, FL
When: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2012

Procession, Blessing of the Waters and Diving for the Cross will Take place at 12:00 Noon Followed by a Luncheon

Adults: $20.00
Children: $10.00

2012 Epiphany Flyer

Join Us!!

Youth Worker Volunteers 2011-2012

St. Demetrios Educational Youth and Cultural Committee (EYCC) is calling you froth to serve our Lord by investing your time and talents in our children through Sunday School, Greek School, Greek Dance or GOYA Programs.

In the faith journey of our children

Being a Youth Worker Volunteer comes with GREAT rewards!

As a youth worker volunteer, you will be helping to instill in our youth the care and love for others that Jesus displayed in his own ministry

it takes nearly 100 Adult volunteers to successfully carry on the youth programs offered at our church.

Join EYCC and our youth in their journey as they learn about God, explore His teachings and grow in their faith.

 

Please fill out the application and submit to the Church Office or email office@stdemetrios.org.  Application must be received by May 22, 2011

Poster

Easter Glendi 2011

Join us in celebrating the Agape service at 2pm followed by our Glendi

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mezethakia
Traditional Easter Dinner
salad, lamb, potatoes, vegetable and dessert

$30 —Parishioners
$35 — Non-Parishioners
$15 — Children (ages 10-15)

Children 9 and under free (when accompanied by an adult)

Tickets available in the Community Hall on
Sundays following the Divine Liturgy or by calling the Church Office to purchase by credit card at
(954) 467-1515

Hosted by our Parish Council

Easter Glendi Flyer 2011

New Year’s Eve Bash 2011

Join us this year and attend the

St. Demetrios 2011 New Year’s Eve Bash

December 31, 2011

9:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

815 NE 15th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

Tickets

Adults: $45.00

Teens (13-18): $20.00

Children: $10.00

This years theme is “Villages of New York”

Tasty Eats from Little Italy, China Town and Astoria

NY-Style DJ Spinning Greek and American Hits

Champagne Toast & Party Favors Included!

Get a FREE 5″x7″ Family Photo

New Year’s Eve Flyer

Epiphany Celebration 2011

You are invited to the Pan Orthodox Celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany

 

Who: Hosted by the Orthodox Christian Parishes of all Jurisdictions From Miami to Fort Pierce and from Florida’s South West Coast
What: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Waters, and Diving for the Cross
Where: St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, FL
When: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 8, 2011

Procession, Blessing of the Waters and Diving for the Cross will Take place at 12:00 Noon Followed by a Luncheon

Adults: $17.00
Children: $10.00 (12 and under

2011 Epiphany Flyer

Epiphany Celebration 2010

You are invited to the Pan Orthodox Celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany

 

Who: Hosted by the Orthodox Christian Parishes of all Jurisdictions From Miami to Fort Pierce and from Florida’s South West Coast
What: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, Blessing of the Waters, and Diving for the Cross
Where: St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, FL
When: 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010

Procession, Blessing of the Waters and Diving for the Cross will Take place at 12:00 Noon Followed by a Luncheon

Adults: $17.00
Children: $10.00 (12 and under)

2010 Epiphany Flyer

Apokreatiko Glendi

Enjoy a fine evening of Dinner, Dancing, and Entertainment!!

There will be a silent action that with many prises!!

PREPARE TO FEAST ON:

• An appetizer plate with a Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Feta and Spanish sausages.
• An appealing starter of ribbon‐cut Cucumber Salad with baby Greens topped with Feta and Red Tear‐drop Tomatoes.
• An Adult Entrée with a tender, Skirt Steak served with a White Bean Ragu drizzled in parsley oil served with a side of French‐cut green beans.
• Additionally, a Children Entrée of Chicken Fingers will be served with a vegetable side dish.

EVENT PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE ST. DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

Apokreatiko Glendi Flyer