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Epiphany Celebration

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ST DEMETRIOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
ANNUAL EPIPHANY CELEBRATION
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15th 2017
Rain or Shine
Divine Liturgy 10:00 am @ Agape Center
5575 Santa Rosa Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
Then proceed to the Ventura Harbor
for
Blessing of Harbor waters & dive for the Cross
12 NOON


Youth Divers needed (male and female) 12 to 18 yrs old
(must be 12 as of January 1, 2017)

Youth Consent Form


Buffet Luncheon immediately follows event celebration at the
THE GREEK Mediterranean Steak & Seafood
1583 Spinnaker Drive, Suite 101
Ventura Harbor, California 93001

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Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

Encounter Christ


Many Evangelical Christians can name the date in which they were “Born Again.” The day in which they made Christ a priority in their life. Many of us, as Orthodox Christians, make that commitment on the day of our Baptism and Christmation, as infants. Are we transformed by the love of Christ? Do we allow ourselves to be transformed by Christ? There is a common theme in the Sunday Gospel readings following Pascha (Easter). Each of these five Sunday Gospels after Pascha distinguish a person (or persons) transformed by Christ.

The Sunday following Pascha we hear of “Doubting” Thomas. Thomas is skeptical about the encounter his brother disciples have with the risen Lord and make a bold proclamation, “Unless I see and touch!” The Lord reveals himself to Thomas and Thomas is immediately transformed. Without having to touch, he exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas encounter’s Christ and his faith is renewed.

The second Sunday after Pascha, we learn of the Myrrh-Bearing Women. These brave women approach the tomb of Christ and find it empty. Having encountered Christ, they return and share the good news with the disciples. Then on the third Sunday after our Lord’s Resurrection the Church shares the story of the paralytic. Although this happens before the Lord’s crucifixion, it holds fast to the theme of “Encountering Christ.” The man has suffered with an infirmity for 38 years...

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