Πέμπτη, 14 Απριλίου 2016

Lenten Spiritual Homily

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada)
Under the Jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Lenten Spiritual Homily By Archimandrite Maximos Constas
With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios, Archimandrite Maximos Constas from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology visited our Holy Metropolis.

The primary purpose of his visit was to deliver a keynote spiritual address on Our Thoughts and Mental Health: An Orthodox Perspective.

The edifying homily was given at the Church of St. Nicholas in Toronto on Saturday, April 9, 2016, which was preceded by a holy Vespers service presided over by Rev. Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos, Parish Priest at the Church of Sts. Constantine and Helen.

Approximately 400 pious faithful of different nationalities came to listen to Fr. Maximos talk about Logismoi and the need to strengthen our relationship with Christ. The address, delivered in English and Greek, lasted roughly one-hour and was followed by a Question and Answer session facilitated by Mr. E. Sotiropoulos, the organizer of the event.

His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios was represented by His Grace Bishop Christoforos.

Following the spiritual nourishment delivered by Fr. Maximos which energized the faithful during this holy period of Great Lent, a complimentary Lenten meal was offered to all people in the parish hall.

Fr. Maximos concelebrated the Divine Liturgy the following day, the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent (Sunday of St. John Climacus) at All Saints in Toronto, together with Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Haridimos Sarris.

Fr. Maximos delivered the homily at All Saints, a shorter one on the Gospel reading of the day (Mark 9:17-31) and on Hieromartyr Gregory V, Patriarch of Constantinople to the Sunday School students, and the main homily on the meaning of Great Lent, the importance of fasting, and the significance of The Ladder of Divine Ascent by St. John Climacus.

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