By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ is Risen! Christos Anesti! On behalf of Fr. Alex, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers in our communities.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - After God created the world, He put humans in charge of it: “God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (1: 28)
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, when I was in Thessaloniki in 1999 studying Greek at the Aristotelian University, I used to take a bus from our little village of Paleokastro into the city. The bus would drop off us near the intersection of Lagkada and Via Egnatia. From there it was about a 15-minute walk to the University.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - When I was little, probably around 7-8 years old, my parents took me to the circus for the first time. I did not know what to expect. They pitched a big tent in my neighborhood. I remember we had to buy tickets in advance then return for the show. It was an evening show. When the time came, we got in line as one by one people filled the stands inside the tent.
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Today was just a beautiful day. This weekend brought us the nicest weather we’ve experienced seen since last fall. It was as if the Lord unlocked our jail cell and waited to see what we would do. It took me a day and a half, but I finally came to my senses and bolted.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - These days, more than ever, we use social media to connect with one another. Now we have an excuse: the quarantine. But how is social media affecting our spiritual life, we may wonder? I would say, a lot! Even before the pandemic, studies after studies have proven the negative effect of the “electronic” interactions in our daily life.
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - As I wrote the other day, before my final year at Holy Cross, we were sent on an extraordinary trip to Greece. Part of the trip included visiting the Patriarchate in Constantinople. We spent a week in Istanbul. We stayed at the Theological School in Halki (Halki is an island in the Bosporus) and took ferries to the city every morning. We visited His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Patriarchate several times, visited all the major churches and historical sites in Istanbul (all but the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazar are from the Roman Empire (Byzantium)), took a trip to Nicea (a former capital of the empire and home to the 1st and 7thEcumenical Councils), and met many wonderful people. I must say, the Turks we encountered along the way were very welcoming, nice, beautiful people; as I’ll explain later, those associated with the government were different. It was a fantastic trip.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - During the COVID-19 quarantine, our parish has continued the Bible study via the internet. I am so glad we can still meet and learn the word of God. Many of our parishioners who were not able to attend it in the past are now interested, since the sessions are online and there is no need to travel in the evening.
By Fr. Nick Kotsis - Since I came to Ann Arbor as a student in 1992, I have always enjoyed the fall in this beautiful town. The fall here has, at least in semblance to me, been replete with warm, sunny days and cool, crisp evenings. In the first few weeks of September, the cicadas still cry out in the night; perhaps in lamentation of summer’s pass, but more likely in calls to attention at the great transformation their lofty abodes will soon undergo. And when their echoes fade, the blended colors of the maples, oaks, and all the other trees transform the vista into something Jackson Pollock could not imitate.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - During the Paschal season, we greet each other with this statement: Christ is Risen! and the response confirms the statement: Truly He is Risen!
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
3109 Scio Church Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone: (734) 332-8200
Fax: (734) 332-8201