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"Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." - Romans 15:7
Through this web site, we are pleased to be able to introduce you to that same worship and fellowship as it is expressed in the life of our Parish. If you are a new member of our parish, or are considering membership, these web pages will acquaint you with what our parish offers. To those who give it support and sustenance; to those who already belong to the church, we hope they will provide you with the assurance that your sacrificial offerings are received with profound respect, and are utilized to maximum effectiveness. They will, in any case, enable you to make the informed decisions that are necessary for a meaningful relationship with your church.
Dearest Spiritual Ohana,
Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
As we enter into the month of May, we continue to celebrate amidst the Glory and Joy of our Lord’s Resurrection. We conclude our yearly Paschal Greetings of “Christ is risen” on the eve of the Ascension on May 24th, then proceed to celebrate the Ascension and then make our way toward the celebration of Holy Pentecost. I pray that the light of the Resurrection continue to burn in your hearts always, throughout the year and ever-resoundingly illumine your everyday lives. The Resurrection of our Lord is so central in our lives as Orthodox Christians. It expresses the ultimate love of our Lord in that He conquers death by His Death and grants us the opportunity to live in and through Him forever. Even though we take leave us this Glorious Season, toward the end of the month, we continue to celebrate the Resurrection practically every Sunday throughout the entire year. “Sunday” in Greek (Kuriakh) means “the Lord’s Day.”
To keep the flame of the Resurrection ignited in your hearts, I share with you a few facts about “the Miracle of the Holy Fire” which takes every year at the Holy Sephulcre (the location of Christ’s Tomb) in Jerusalem, and has taken place for centuries upon centuries every year during the Celebration of Orthodox Holy Pascha.
1. General Description of the Miracle
On the appointed day at noon, the Greek Orthodox patriarch, followed by the Armenian archbishop, march in grand and solemn procession with their own clergies, while singing hymns. They march three times round the Church of the Holy Sephulcre. Once the procession has ended, the Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem or another Orthodox Archbishop recites a specific prayer, removes his robes and enters alone into the Sephulcre. Before entering the Tomb of Christ, the patriarch is examined by Jewish Israeli authorities to prove that he does not carry technical means to light the fire. This investigation used to be carried out by Muslim Turkish Ottoman soldiers.
The Armenian archbishops remain in the antechamber, where the angel was sitting when he appeared to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection of Jesus. The congregation subsequently chants Kyrie eleison (“Lord, have mercy” in Greek) until the Holy Fire spontaneously descends on 33 white candles tied together by the Patriarch while he is alone inside the tomb chamber of Jesus. The patriarch then reveals himself from the tomb chamber and recites some prayers, before he lights either 33 or 12 candles and distributes them to the congregation. The fire is considered by believers to be the flame of the Resurrection power, as well as the fire of the Burning Bush of Mount Sinai.
2. In the Patriarch of Jerusalem’s Own Words
“I find my way through the darkness towards the inner chamber in which I fall on my knees. Here I say certain prayers that have been handed down to us through the centuries and, having said them, I wait. Sometimes I may wait a few minutes, but normally the miracle happens immediately after I have said the prayers. From the core of the very stone on which Jesus lay an indefinable light pours forth. It usually has a blue tint, but the color may change and take many different hues. It cannot be described in human terms. The light rises out of the stone as mist may rise out of a lake it almost looks as if the stone is covered by a moist cloud, but it is light. This light each year behaves differently. Sometimes it covers just the stone, while other times it gives light to the whole sepulchre, so that people who stand outside the tomb and look into it will see it filled with light. The light does not burn I have never had my beard burnt in all the sixteen years I have been Patriarch in Jerusalem and have received the Holy Fire. The light is of a different consistency than normal fire that burns in an oil lamp.
“At a certain point the light rises and forms a column in which the fire is of a different nature, so that I am able to light my candles from it. When I thus have received the flame on my candles, I go out and give the fire first to the Armenian Patriarch and then to the Coptic. Hereafter I give the flame to all people present in the Church.”
The Holy Fire is a great miracle that takes place every year, confirming our Lord’s Resurrection. There exist written accounts dated all the way back to the 4th Century by which authors write about the holy events occurring in the 1st Century. St. John Damascene and St. Gregory of Nyssa, for example, make accounts of how the Apostle Peter saw the Holy Light in the Holy Sephulcre after Christ’s Resurrection.
For us who have not seen and witnessed the Miracle of the Holy Fire, firsthand, there exists video footage of it on “YouTube.” Just type, for example, “Holy Fire/Light in Jerusalem,” and you can see for yourselves!
Of course, there are miracles that are before us, continuously, in our daily lives. Our every breath is a miracle!
Glory to God in all things!
With Love in Christ,
Special Services in May & June
Saturday May 20, 2017
Wednesday May 24, 2017
Thursday May 25, 2017
Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am
Saturday May 27, 2017
Saturday of the Souls
Saturday June 3, 2017
Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am
Apostles Peter & Paul
Thursday June 29, 2017
Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am
Synaxis of the Holy Apostles
Friday June 30, 2017
Orthros 8:30am Liturgy 9:30am
Be the Bee - Informational Videos About Orthodoxy
Help Send Sharon & Angeliki to Ionian Village
Sharon Higashi & Angeliki Scordilis, are high school seniors and active members of our church, Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthdodox Cathedral of the Pacific.
They grew up together as best friends and were very excited last month, when they received the wonderful news that they were granted scholarships to attend Ionian Village, a 20-day spiritual and cultural based summer camp in Greece. They will join 200 youth from all around the country and be fully immersed in their culture and faith. Visiting archeological sites, learning the Greek language, and especially the opportunity to visit monasteries and venerate the saints in person are some incredible things they look forward to experiencing.
Though they are blessed beyond measure to have this incredible opportunity, there are numerous expenses that the scholarships do not fully cover. We still need to raise funds for their round-trip airfare from Honolulu to JFK, onto Athens, Greece, as well as I.V. camp fees. Hopefully, any extra funds could be used as spending money on the trip and donations to the different monasteries they visit.
These young women are fundraising personally and selling cookies, pretzel sticks, and marshmallow cereal bars (along with anything else they can think of), to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip happen.
As their moms, Anita and I are also trying to help them achieve their goals. We're creating this page to crowd-source and reach out to our family, friends, and anyone else able to donate to these amazing young women. We are grateful for the largest to the smallest donations and believe no donation is too small. Even $1 is greatly appreciated!
Here is a link to Ionian Village's website:
Much mahalo, Efharisto, and God Bless.
Hawaii Delegation to FDF
Diakonia - Giving Back to the Community
These are Diakonia pictures of the 2 Dance Groups Nisiotes the Islanders and Nisiopeda Little Island Children.
The Nisiopeda joined the adult choir from Saints Constantine Cathedral Greek Orthodox of the Pacific to sing and dance at The Plaza, a Senior Living Residence next door to the church.
The Nisiotes asked friends to come and help them clean up Oneula Beach in Ewa Beach, Hawaii.
Philoptochos Rummage Sale Fundraiser
Mahalo for your support on a very successful fundraising event!
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