Live streaming of Services at st. Nicholas Church - Engomi

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Dear ESC members, 

I am in the pleasant position to announce to you that you can now watch all services of Lent period Live Streaming through the webpage of St. Nicholas Church - Engomi

agiosnikolaosengomis.com

God bless you and give you strength during this trial period that we all go through! 

 

Fr. Ioannis

Drawing near to the throne of Grace

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The Reading from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Hebrews. (4:14-5:6) and The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Mark. (8:34-9:1) 
 
On the third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent we mark a wonderful event. We have now reached the halfway point of this great and holy struggle. The Church is a wise mother and she knows her children well. She has seen their struggles over two millennia and in the midst of their struggles and trials and tribulations, she has raised up countless numbers of saints from among her children.
 
So today as we celebrate the third Sunday of Lent, Our mother, the Church, brings forth the remembrance and the image of the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ to strengthen us and to encourage us during this difficult time of fasting and prayer. In the life of a Christian, nothing is more frightening or painful than to look at oneself and ones failings before God and to examine his or her life and repent honestly and truly. If it was easy, everyone would become saints. If it was easy Our Lord Jesus Christ would have said “The way is large and wide and many enter it!” But our blessed Master does not say that at all. He says “The way is narrow and there are few who find it.”
 
Yet the Church reminds us that even in the midst of these difficult days of repentance, we should keep going, keep pressing on towards God. And as we begin to grow tired of fasting and repentance and struggle, the Church brings out her most powerful treasure. She shares with us the trophy of the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ, which has become our victory as well. How can we not be comforted whenever we see the image of the cross of Christ? How can we not have our wounds soothed by that beautiful image of God’s love for us?

New announcement from Holy Archbishopric 17/03/2020

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Dear English Speaking Members,
 
Sadly we will have to stop our English liturgies until Pascha for two reasons.  As you may have already heard, according the latest announcement of Holy Archbishopric,  only 10 persons can attend the services of the church including the chanters.  And secondly,  father Nichalas has been trapped in USA because of the current situation.  He kindly asks your prayers. 
 
Also according to our Bishop father Christoforos of Karpasia, priests  will not be receiving confession until Pascha.  
 
I truly understand your desire to receive Holy Communion even from the Greek speaking churches, but as you already realize it will be difficult. Don't feel bad about all this.  Think more  positively.  I already said to my spiritual children that I feel that God has put all of us to a penance, because we are not worthy to receive Holy Communion.  It is a good opportunity through this period to evaluate the quality of Holy Communion and the spiritual gifts that God is giving as daily through His Church.  Saint Mary of Egypt, was living in the desert and Abba Zosimas was visiting her in the desert once every year to give her Holy Communion.  I think that no one of us considers himself  more worthy  than this great saint of Egypt. 
 
Let us humble ourselves and ask continuously the mercy of God.  Let us motivate ourselves to pray more at home, even getting on our knees and show real repentance for our sins!  God allowed all this because we need to become true Christians by undergoing through this penance with prayer and humility.
I cordially wish you strength and patience.  God is working out something really good out of all this!  He allows all this because he truly loves us. 
For latest news, I will be keeping you informed through this page.   
 
Frather  Ioannis
 
 

"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

Mathew 28:19