On September 1st we commemorate the Ecclesiastical New Year (Beginning of the Indiction), which is festively celebrated at the Venerable Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

As many of us have now returned from our summer vacations, and as our children and grandchildren prepare to return to school, our Holy Metropolis is taking this opportunity to share some “back to school” spiritual resources for the nourishment of our souls.

The Church represents the realm of the holy

“Do not separate yourselves from Christ and from the Church. Do you hear the priest ringing the bells? Rise at once, wash yourselves, and go to church. Attend the Orthros attentively and likewise the Divine Liturgy.” –St. Kosmas Aitolos

Do you have questions about the Orthodox faith?

We preserve the Doctrine of the Lord uncorrupted, and firmly adhere to the Faith He delivered to us, and keep it free from blemish and diminution, as a Royal Treasure, and a monument of great price, neither adding any thing, nor taking any thing from it. (Eastern Patriarchs, Letter of 1718).

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
(1 Thess. 5:16-18).

“Prayer is the seed of gentleness and the absence of anger… Prayer is a remedy against grief and depression… Whatever you have endured out of love of wisdom will bear fruit for you at the time of prayer… If you want to pray properly, do not let yourself be upset or you will run in vain.” –Abba Nilus

Are you looking for Orthodox icons of Christ, Panagia, and the saints?

The grace of truth has shown forth, and the things which were foreshadowed of old have now been fulfilled openly; for behold, the Church has put on the incarnate likeness of Christ … in accordance with the foresign of the tabernacle of the [Old] Covenant, that, keeping the Icon of Him whom we worship, we may not go astray.

Department of Religious Education

“If you are an ardent reader, seek not brilliant and erudite texts; otherwise the demon of haughtiness will strike your heart. But like a wise bee that gathers honey from flowers, so also through your reading obtain healing for your soul.” –Saint Ephraim the Syrian

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