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Monthly Message from Father Niko – February 2019

“How are you feeling,” I asked the new mother.
“Just… very much in love,” she replied.

Beloved brothers and sisters in the Lord,

One of the greatest blessings I have as a parish priest is being near a family when they have just welcomed a new member into it. When a child is born, life changes completely for the baby’s immediate family and everyone around them: parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, even neighbors and friends! Absolutely everything changes. There is a newness, a rebirth, a beautiful new beginning, a different context to one’s story. We not only love the new baby, but we are in love with the new baby.

Because of our infatuation and being in love with the new member of the family, we do everything we can for the new child. We clothe the baby, change the baby, prepare a new room of the house, change our schedule, and we give the baby the best, most nourishing food we can possibly give it. It would make little sense to begin feeding the child when they are old enough to speak, even less to clothe the child when they are able to pick out an outfit when they can decide what they themselves like or dislike. The care for the child begins from even before it is born, and it is immediate and all-encompassing.

In the same way, as Orthodox Christians we do not wait to give our children spiritual care or nourishment when they grow older, but from right away! The Prophet Jeremiah asserts that God has told him, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” (1:5) The Psalmist says, “From my mother’s womb, you have been my God.” (22:10) A mother brings her new baby to the church forty days after giving birth that both may receive a blessing, and infants are baptized shortly after to begin receiving Holy Communion, the ultimate spiritual food! Truly, our tradition, going back to Biblical times, has affirmed that every step is taken to begin the care of the child’s soul and body right from the moment of conception.

On February 2, we commemorate the great feast of the Lord’s Presentation into the temple, in which His earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, brought the baby Jesus forty days after His birth in order to fulfill the Mosaic Law, as recorded by the Apostle Luke. The spiritual care displayed by Jesus’ parents began early on in His life because of their love for Him, and we continue this tradition by doing the same for our children out of our love for them. Yes, this month we do celebrate a holiday often associated with romantic love in Valentine’s Day, but we also celebrate another beautiful feast of love in our Church on February 2. In doing so, we affirm that we love our children from even before they emerge from the womb, doing everything we can for them, both their little body and their little soul.

May we continue to endeavor to love God in such a way as He loves us, and spares nothing for us and our physical and spiritual care as human beings. Amen!

With love in Christ,

Fr. Nikolaos Bekris,
Parish Priest

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Please join us as we recognize and thank George Psefteas for his commitment and dedication to the Resurrection Parish on February 10th.

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Apokriatiko Glendi – Saturday, March 2, 2019

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Mark your calendars now for these events coming in March!

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Please join us for our Building Project Gala this Saturday evening, January 19th

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We have two exciting events planned to kick off 2019 – our Annual Vasilopita Luncheon sponsored by the Resurrection Ladies Philoptochos Society on Sunday, January 13, and our Building Project Celebratory Gala on Saturday, January 19!

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This Monday we will finish off our 8-month study of the Book of Acts with a movie night – we will watch the movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” which was released this year.   Then the following Monday we will continue on the same scroll of Luke-Acts (backwards) as we begin to journey through the… Read More

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On May 1, a brunch for all our moms was held at Father Niko & Presbytera Stella’s house, and a wonderful time was had by all!  On that day, topics for forthcoming mom’s group sessions were discussed, including marriage and prayer, as well as continuing the topic of raising children in an Orthodox Christian home. … Read More

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As mentioned last month a new podcast has spun out of Father Niko’s blog, “Christ, Coffee and Comics” as of this year!  Chris Kotsakis, a devout Orthodox Christian from Northwest New Jersey who is also a graphic design artist, has arranged to record a podcast called “Creative Blessings” each month with Father Niko! The second… Read More

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Spiritual Sayings

With the hosts of angels, God’s messengers, with the Lord’s Forerunner, and Apostles, the chosen twelve. With the saints most holy, and with you, the Theotokos, we seek your intercession for our salvation.

God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.

How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! . . . Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!

wAs it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience.

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