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Metropolitan's Message

amfilochios kisamou“We replaced wisdom with knowledge and now we have replaced knowledge with information”, writes Thomas Eliot in “Waste Land”. Could we possibly make the Internet an important pastoral tool in the hands of the Church? Could the millions of people who daily surf the cyberworld palpate hope and discover the wonders of God and people via the Internet?" Believing that the Church's mission is to offer this world the opening of Heaven and to give man the prospect of salvation, which is Christ Himself, the question arises...  


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Beginning of the New Ecclesiastical Year 2014

The beginning of the new ecclesiastical year was celebrated in our Metropolis with Divine Liturgies and a special event held in the courtyard of the Holy Church of St. George, in the Parish of Pyrgos in Kastelli. After the blessing, which was officiated by our Bishop, the Encyclical of the Ecumenical Patriarch for the new ecclesiastical year and the day dedicated to the protection of the environment was read, as the Ecumenical Patriarchate has established the first of September as a day of prayer for the environment.

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Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year 2014

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Feast of St. Alexander 2014

Invited by His Eminence Metropolitan of New Smyrna Simeon, our Bishop participated in the feast of St. Alexander, Archbishop of Constantinople, which is also the feast of the namesake beauteous Holy Metropolitan Church of the Municipality of Paleo Faliro. His Eminence Metropolitan of Trifylia & Olympia Mr. Chrysostom was also invited and presided over the Vespers, where he also spoke.

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Giona desert celebration 28 & 29/8/2014

The desert of Giona was flooded again by pilgrims during the two-day commemoration of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, when we also celebrate the holy church of Saint John in Giona, which belongs to the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of Gonia of our Metropolis and has been granted to the Parish of Rodopou. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims came throughout the duration of the festive period to this famous shrine, whose story begins in the late 10th century, and was a place of monastic ascesis.

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Transfer of Holy Relic of St. Spyridon to Santorini 2014

At the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan of Thera, Amorgos and Islands Mr. Epiphanius, a fragment of the holy relic of the right hand of our Father Saint Spyridon, Bishop of Tremithus the Miraculous, which is stored in the H. Cathedral of St. Spyridon in Kisamos, was transferred from our Diocese for blessing and Sanctification. The Sacred Relic was hosted at the Holy Church of the Annunciation of Emporeio in Thera. In this beauteous Temple, an accurate replica of the Miraculous Icon of Panaghia Proussiotissa is kept, which is celebrated on the Apodosis of the feast of the Assumption of the Theotokos.

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Feast of Saint Hieromartyr Eutyches 2014

On August 24, feast of the Holy Hieromartyr Eutyches, festal Vespers and a Divine Liturgy are held at the namesake temple in Tsiskiana, Selinon. During the two-day celebration, hundreds of pilgrims from around the region flood the temple of St. Eutyches, as well as many residents of the Province of Selinon and elswhere, who bear the name of the Saint. This year as well, our Bishop presided over the Divine Liturgy, while many priests of the Province of Selinon also participated, along with hundreds of believers. In his brief speech, His Eminence referred to the need for a confession of faith in these difficult and hard times, also noting: “...the responsibility for anything evil, barbaric and brutal happening around us and within our societies and our daily lives lies with each and every one of us. The life and deeds of today’s honored Saint invites us all to be awake and alert,” concluded our Bishop.

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Announcement 19/8/2014

jerusalem-green-building-internThe Holy Metropolis of Kisamos & Selinon announces that the scheduled pilgrimage trip to the Holy Land (Jerusalem) from September 25th to October 1st is postponed because of the war taking place there. Our Holy Metropolis would like to thank the dozens of people who, trusting the Church of Kisamos & Selinon, had registered for participation in this pilgrimage trip and hopes that our God of peace and reconciliation will give the much desired peace in that region and that International Organizations will contribute effectively and essentially in stopping the murders and massacres of children and civilians and prove, finally, that culture means justice, peace, brotherhood and not cannibalism and prevailing of the strong and powerful.

By the Holy Metropolis

 

Announcement 5/8/2014

img 0841aFrom the Fundraising Committee for the erection of the Holy Temple of Saint Nikephoros the Leper it is announced that at the request of believers who wish to offer their love for the erection of the first church dedicated to St. Nikephoros the Leper, a special bank account has been created under the name: “Holy Church of St. Constantine of Syrikari,” Fundraising Committee, Account Number: 390/296090-78, National Bank of Greece, in order to collect money for the img 0939a 2construction of the church dedicated to St. Nikephoros the Leper in Syrikari Kissamos, natal land of St. Nikephoros. Those wishing to make a donation are requested to use the account, with full details, in order to take a valid receipt. For further information contact: Tel. 28220-22107, mob. 6974843591 Fr Emmanuel Bargiotakis. The Fundraising Committee consists of people such as the Mayor of Kisamos, the Archieratical Supervisorof the region, relatives of the Saint, etc.

By the Fundraising Committee

 

Social Solidarity Actions by Annousakeio Foundation 2013

Our Metropolis, in the context of Social Solidarity, offers organised soup kitchens for people who are in need (unemployed, impoverished, economic immigrants, homeless, elderly, etc), as well as packages of food, clothing, medicine and free medical examination, in an effort to help cover the growing needs of our destitute brothers.

More specifically, the offer includes:

  • 67,525 servings of food: 105 servings for inmates of the Foundation and other attendants and 80 portions for people of the surrounding area, thus providing 185 servings total (X 365imeron) on a daily basis,
  • 929 bags with different types of foods: pasta, beans, milk, chicken, etc., an average 13 kg each, total: 12.077 kg, and 300 packets with sweets. This offer is categorized in the following way:
    • 840 bags of food for 130 people registered at the Social Grocery,
    • 59 bags of food and 180 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Kisamos
    • 30 bags of food and 120 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Selinon
  • For 95 families, medicine and medical supplies
  • For 193 families, clothing items.
  • For 35 families, blankets and various bed covers.
  • Free examination of the community, in particular 156 people, through volunteer work by 13 doctors of different specialties.

Specifically, for the year 2013 Annousakeio Foundation wishes to thank the following physicians: Schiniotaki Irene - ENT, Bouzakis Elias - Gastroenterologist, Tsourounakis Nektarios – Pediatrician, Sillas Dimitris - Physiatrist, Bonatakis Michael - Cardiologist, Voulgaraki Olga – Pulmonary, Paterakis Pantelis - Urologist - Andrologist, Tsouris George - Radiologist, Marakomichelakis John - ENT, Psarakis Eftychios - Surgeon, Moustardas Marios - Vascular, Athanasakis Dimitrios - Dentist, Costas Frangos - Radiologist.

 

Information - Applications for recording incidents and
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Contact Tel: 2822022276 Fr. Antonios Aretakis