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Monthly Message from Father Niko – January 2021

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new…’” – Revelation 21:5

Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
In Greek mythology, the Phoenix was a creature which died and was continuously reborn in its ashes. Associated with the sun, the phoenix came to symbolize creation’s endurance, perseverance, and life from death, and is where the expression to “rise from the ashes” comes from.

In the Book of Revelation, we read about how at the Lord’s Second Coming, He will transform everything into a different creation, a heavenly kingdom on earth. As Orthodox, we believe that this will be a renewal for all of creation, including nature itself. When partaking of the sacraments, we encounter a taste of the kingdom that is to come, as the Holy Spirit works to transform what is created into something new.  At every baptism service, the priest prays the words “that they might be a partaker in Christ’s death and resurrection,” acknowledging that there will be a transformation that will take place. Like the phoenix legend, which birthed life out of death, so too, does the Lord, but in a much greater way! 

As we enter this New Year, let us prepare to celebrate the feast of the Lord’s baptism, Epiphany, knowing that through Him, we have been made new!  The fullness of that transformation is to come, but as members of the Church, Christ’s body, the beginning of that renewal has already taken place. The same prayers that are prayed at baptism are also prayed at the blessing of the waters every January, giving us a continual taste of that rebirth that is to come in the last days. 

May we enter this new year full of hope in eternal life, knowing that the Lord, truly, makes “all things new.” 

Happy New Year!  Καλη Χρονια!
With love in Christ,

Fr. Niko Bekris

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Watch Father Niko’s comforting Homily – Sunday, January 10, 2020

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We have a critical need for shoppers to volunteer on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month to shop and/or transport food from the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland to the Church.

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Annual Vasilopita Celebration
Sunday, January 10 @ Virtual Coffee Hour, 12:00 p.m.

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A new Psalter group to further unite the parish in prayer, led by Justin Bosl, begins in January.

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As we embrace 2021, we are filled with anticipation of “All Things New.” Read more inside!

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Watch as Father Niko wishes all hope, peace and joy this Christmas.

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Outdoor, in-person Divine Services are canceled on December 13 due to rain but our livestream is available for viewing from home.

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The December Bulletin is Here! Where do you find Hope and Joy in 2020? Find out what several of our parishioners have to say on page 5!

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GivingTuesday was created to inspire hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. GivingTuesday is also a good time to give back to God through our 2020 Spirit of Giving Appeal.

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Alameda County Moves to Purple Tier; In-person, Outdoor Divine Services Continue, Weather Permitting

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We are currently reassessing offering in-person, outdoor Worship Services for parishioners due to the recent Alameda County COVID-19 move to Purple Tier.

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We give thanks for Father Niko Bekris, who is celebrating his 5-year anniversary at Resurrection on Sunday, November 15. Join us as we honor Fr. Niko on Sunday’s Virtual Coffee Hour.

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Spiritual Sayings

The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.

Our soul, as a spiritual, active being, cannot remain idle; it either does good or evil, one of the two; either wheat grows in it or tares. But as every good comes from God, and as the means of obtaining every good from God is prayer, those who pray fervently, sincerely, from the depths of their hearts, obtain from the Lord grace to do good, and, before all, the grace of faith; whilst those who do not pray, naturally remain without these spiritual gifts, voluntarily depriving themselves of them by their own negligence and spiritual coldness.

God was the reason of true faith and good behavior and of the knowledge of technology among people. While people continually felt God above them, before them, and around them, in the same way air and light is felt, they attributed and dedicated all their technological works and handiwork to Him, their Lord and Creator.

A certain monk told me that when he was very sick, his mother said to his father, “How our little boy is suffering. I would gladly give myself to be cut up into pieces if that would ease his suffering.” Such is the love of God for people. He pitied people so much that he wanted to suffer for them, like their own mother, and even more. But no one can understand this great love without the grace of the Holy Spirit.


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