St. Demetrios & the children

Holy Week Message

Dear Youth Workers and Advisors,

During these last days before the start of Holy Week, I would like to wish you a most blessed and uplifting Holy Week and PASCHA!

As you all know, the week ahead of us is filled with increased prayer and fasting, and most assuredly increased worship services in our respective parishes. These services, as you are aware, are not simply “fillers” before the Anastasi Service, but are each powerful and moving services that spell out the heart-wrenching story of our Lord’s last days: His betrayal, trial, and ultimately His crucifixion that leads to the life-giving Resurrection. While we relive Christ’s Resurrection in our weekly liturgical life, it is only at this most sacred time of our ecclesiastical year that we have the opportunity to truly come to understand on a deeper and more emotional level our Lord’s sacrifice and the fullness of God’s love for us.

I want to encourage each of you, of course, to attend these services, but more than that, I encourage each of you to spread the word to your young people about the services. It is important that our children learn from a young age the significance of each of the Holy Week services, so that as they continue to grow and mature, this sacred time will always be one of reflection and prayer for them.

As we approach the mystical Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, I wish each and every one of you a blessed Holy Week that brings you and your young people into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.

Kali Anastasi,

Rev. Deacon Evagoras Constantinides

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The Direct Archdiocesan District, housed at the Archdiocese in New York City, encompasses parishes in most of New York State, the western half of Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is led by its director, Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, and is under the pastoral care of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.