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2015 Triumph of Orthodox Vespers

This was a blessed evening. Please click this link to view the pictures.

2015 Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers

Father Demetrios Carellas' retreat in Chicago

On Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hosted Father Demetrios Carellas, Chaplain of the Holy Monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. 

This two day seminar was titled “Come Let Us Go to the Mountain of The Lord – A Patristic Look Into the Spiritual Treasury of the Beatitudes."  These sessions focused on 4,5 & 6. 

  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 

  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 

  • Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 

    Papa Demetri discussed these Beatitudes and their impact upon our lives as Orthodox Christians. For example, when reflecting on righteousness, we are challenged by the passions. They cause a self-centered existence not a God centered existence. Passions start with forgetfulness, laziness and ignorance. The earthly can never satisfy our hunger – we must be Christ centered to satisfy this hunger. 

    When we consider God’s mercy, we find that sinful people need:

  • God’s mercy as opposed to just His judgment

  • God’s long suffering for repentance

  • The soul’s impulse to be towards repentance

  • Forgiveness of sins but only with the forgiveness of others

Throughout the presentations, Papa Demetri emphasized how much God loves us and that to be Orthodox we have to focus on the mystical and open our hearts as this is His dwelling place within us. As we progress through our faith we may struggle with Him or experience agony without Him! The choice is ours.

The Orthodox Christian Churches of Chicago Welcome You!

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN SYNERGY is a Pan-Orthodox organization,  consisting of Clergy and lay representatives of Chicago-area Orthodox Christian parishes who seek to project awareness of Orthodox Christianity to the public at large.

Established in 1990, SYNERGY works together with its parent organization, the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago, and with the blessings of the Chicago-area Orthodox Hierarchs. Our primary objective is to provide religious education opportunities via the Annual Symposium, seminars and the web site. SYNERGY represents the following Orthodox Christian Jurisdictions:                   

 Albanian Orthodox                                           

 Antiochian Orthodox                                                     

 Bulgarian Orthodox                     

 Byelo-Russian Orthodox

 Carpatho-Russian Orthodox

 Greek Orthodox

 Orthodox Church in America

 Romanian Orthodox

 Russian Orthodox

 Serbian Orthodox

 Ukrainian Orthodox

 SYNERGY  is always looking for new members! Check our calendar below for upcoming meeting dates and locations, or email our organization at chicagosynergy@gmail.com

 

 

 

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 If your parish or diocese has a an event of interest, please let us know!
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We represent the following Orthodox jurisdictions:

Albanian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, Bulgarian Orthodox, Byelo-Russian Orthodox, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Orthodox Church in America, Romanian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox
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