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Fr. George’s Pascha Message

Beloved, Al Masih Qam! Hakan Qam! We greet you and your loved ones with this great proclamation, as we have for the last 46 years. Yet, this song has been sung by our ancestors for the last two thousand years. Our message to you this year is to invite you to enter Holy Week as [...]

Resurrection message from St. Gregory

St. Gregory the Theologian, from the Paschal Orations Yesterday I was crucified with Him; today I am glorified with Him. Yesterday I died with Him; Today I am made alive with Him. Yesterday I was buried with Him; today I am raised up with Him. Let us offer to Him Who suffered and rose again [...]

Open Letter to President Trump

President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 Mr. President, I greet you and your family including your grandchildren with the same greeting that the angels gave the shepherds during this holy season, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor [...]

A Reflection on Our 45th Thanksgiving in America: What are You Grateful for?

Beloved, This Thanksgiving season marks our 45th anniversary of being part of the most wonderful community and family in a church that houses us all. Over these last 45 years, we have done what our faith calls us to do—have a conversation about Thanksgiving, not just the holiday, but truly giving thanks. Those many years [...]

Statement on the Orlando Shooting

Beloved, The Basilica of St. Mary, its clergy, parishioners and entire community are not only shocked, but numb and appalled by the senseless mass shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. We condemn the use of weapons of mass destruction. Lest we forget, we invaded Iraq under the pretense of mass destruction to avoid [...]

Reflection for Mother’s Day

Reflection for Mother’s Day By: Fr. George Shalhoub May 8, 2016 This Sunday, our nation will honor and pay tribute to Mothers by setting aside a day to say thank you with cards, flowers or lunch, which in my own opinion, is shortchanging the dignity and honor of what she represents to humanity. Nonetheless, my [...]

Reflection on the New Year by Fr. George Shalhoub

Beloved, I know for a fact that within a few days the New Year will be knocking at each and every one of our doors. Many will go to parties and celebrate, others will stay home and many of our beloved will be spending their New Year’s Eve in refugee camps, in dilapidated homes or going to church that [...]

Is the Church a “Reality” for you?

Someone once said, when asked why they find it so important to attend church regularly, that they go to church because for them; "The church is where I find my reality."  Wow...what a statement.  Not only is that comment full of humilty...but also full of truth!  For us, as Christians, the simple truth…is that we believe our [...]

Do you understand the mission of the Orthodox Church?

Is Orthodoxy a Religion? by Fr. John Romanides This is an excerpt from the upcoming book Patristic Theology, The University Lectures of Father John Romanides, by Uncut Mountain Press. Many are of the opinion that Orthodoxy is just one religion among many and that its chief concern is to prepare the mem-bers of the Church [...]