“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:20-21)
By Fr. Alex Radulescu
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." (John 15:1-2)
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - Sometime in 312 A.D., as he was riding through France with his army, preparing to battle his political opponent Maxentius, the blessed Emperor Constantine saw a sign in the sky. It was the shape of a cross in front of the sun. Along this cross, there were the words En Touto Nika (In This Sign Conquer).
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - I remember an old Romanian saying that goes like this: Totdeauna lucrul tãu sã-l începi cu Dumnezeu (Always start your work with the Lord). This saying is rooted in the Christian idea of glorifying God every time we start working. Why? Because He is our Creator. He gives us strength, intelligence, wisdom, and pretty much everything we need to labor for our own benefit and ultimately for our salvation.
By Fr. Alex Radulescu - The Church has weathered many crises over its bi-millennial existence. The secret of its long-lasting existence is her head, Christ the Lord, who promised that “not even the gates of Hades shall prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) If the church was just a simple human institution, it would have collapsed long time ago.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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